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The Idaho County Free Press presents this year's Get Acquainted 2021. The 38th annual issue …

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Innovia Foundation announces the opening of the second Annual Photo Contest: Reimagining Our Communities. They are seeking photographs to help tell the story of the region’s beauty and resiliency in the face of the past year’s unprecedented challenges.

      With the recent influx of metal storage containers in use and in the effort to clean up some of the residential properties, questions arise in how to enforce the City’s Nuisance Ordinance. Clearwater County Prosecutor Clayne Tyler was asked to meet with Orofino City Council members at the re…

        State endowment lands around McCall should be used to protect public access to Payette Lake, provide housing and stimulate the local recreation industry, according to the McCall City Council and Valley County.

          On March 6, at approximately 2122 hours (11:22 p.m.), the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, Orofino Ambulance, and Rescue, all responded to a single vehicle rollover crash with driver ejection. An Orofino resident, Nolan Leachman, 40, was driving up Upper Fords Creek Road when he crashed, …

            On Feb. 22, at approximately 1745 hours (5:45 p.m.), Clearwater County Sheriff's Office along with Clearwater County Ambulance and Rescue 3 responded to mile marker 48.5 on Highway 12 for a vehicle vs. rock collision. Vitaly Y. Sevostianov, 47, of Greer, was traveling east bound on Highway 1…

              A request through Orofino Rural Fire District (ORFD) to extend fire protection to county property located on Plantation Drive, outside of the current rural district boundaries, was denied by the Orofino City Council at the regular meeting held Feb. 9.

                The 300-foot no wake zone on Payette Lake is not enough to prevent accelerated shoreline erosion from wake boats, according to study results presented on Monday at the second session of the North Fork Payette River Watershed Summit.

                  The Valley County recycling center in Lake Fork is running smoothly after two months in operation with a few changes needing to be made since opening, Valley County officials said.

                    Orofino City Council considered the request to expand the Orofino Rural Fire District (ORFD) boundary to include city fire protection for 308 Deer Cedar Road at their meeting held Jan. 26. Currently, properties wishing to be added to the district must first receive the Orofino Fire Chief’s c…

                      Governor Little, Senator Carl Crabtree and Commerce Director, Tom Kealey, visited Orofino on Feb. 5, meeting with Mayor Sean Simmons, Ziply Fiber CEO Harold Zeitz, and local leaders.

                        On Feb. 4, at about 11:31 p.m., Clearwater County Sheriff Deputies, Rescue 3 and Orofino Ambulance responded to a vehicle accident on Harmony Heights Loop Road. The driver, 25-year-old Austin Fugate, of Orofino, was driving his 2002 Dodge Neon up Harmony Heights. The vehicle left the roadway…

                          On Jan. 27, a multi-agency enhanced emphasis patrol was conducted on the highways around the LC valley. Enhanced emphasis patrols focus on highway safety, traffic violations and look for evidence of criminal activity that often involves the roadways, like human and drug trafficking. Taking p…

                            North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) is pleased to announce that Kim Vogel has accepted the promotion to Education Program Manager at NICI’s Robert Janss School. For the past year, Kim has held the position of Pre-Release Instructor, where she has been passionate about teaching life s…

                              Jeff Greene received a personal visit from some very important folks from the Special Olympics Idaho who had traveled long and far through the windstorm on Jan. 13, to officially announce that he, Jeff Greene, 38, of Peck, Idaho, would be traveling to Russia to participate in the winter game…

                                COEUR D'ALENE – Sade Tyel Bronson, 34, of Lapwai, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Bronson to serve five y…

                                  On Jan. 21, the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, Orofino Ambulance, and Rescue 3 all responded to a vehicle crash about 3.5 miles up Dent Bridge Road. Orofino residents, Kathy and Rod Shields, apparently affected by a heavy fog, crashed their 2006 Hummer, after leaving the roadway. Rescue…

                                    A federal study of Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project lacks details needed to accurately gauge the project’s harm to water quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

                                      The Idaho Board of Land Commissioners has given its final approval to a land exchange with the Bureau of Land Management, trading endowment trust land within the Owyhee Canyonland Wilderness with federal lands outside the designated wilderness area. More than 31,000 acres of non-wilderness f…

                                        On Jan. 14, at 19:29 (7:29 p.m.), Clearwater County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a green 1998 Saturn for expired registration and speeding. The driver of the Saturn was identified as Tyler Bradley, 31, of Orofino. Bradley fled the traffic stop on foot. Bradley ended up in the Clearwa…

                                          Routing Idaho 55 around downtown McCall via Deinhard Lane and Boydstun Street is being studied by the City of McCall and the Idaho Transportation Department.

                                            Due to the regional increase of COVID-19 cases the Lewis County Courthouse, including the sheriff’s office, auditor’s office, assessor’s office, prosecutor’s office, and treasurer’s office will be open by appointment only.

                                              On Jan. 8, 2021, at approximately 1:41 a.m., the Lewiston Policed Department (LPD) received report of a shooting in the 1700 block of 7th Avenue. Initial information was that two subjects had come into a residence and shot a male and then fled the area. Officers from the LPD arrived on scene…

                                                When Gary and Susan Multanen bought their home on Smitty Lane in McCall eight years ago, they did not expect forested state land behind their property to be filled in with subdivisions.

                                                  An Ambulance update was provided to Clearwater County Commissioners at their regular meeting Dec. 28, by Interim Director Don Gardener. Though the county has experienced a significant spread of the coronavirus, approximately 200 of the county’s confirmed cases were found within the Idaho Cor…

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