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

    The 100 Deadliest Days remain deadly in 2021. According to preliminary data from the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety, 92 people died in traffic crashes on Idaho roads this summer, as the 100 Deadliest Days comes to a close.

      On Sept. 15, at approximately 1320 hours (1:20 p.m.), the Idaho State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on US Highway 12, at milepost 24. William R. Jared, of Weippe, was driving a 1995 Kenworth logging truck eastbound on Highway 12. Jared drove off the right shoulder, came back ont…

        A McCall man and a Las Vegas man died and a McCall man was injured when a single-engine plane crashed about 60 miles east of McCall last Saturday, Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

          On Sept. 1, at approximately 2023 hours (8:23 p.m.), the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle crash, of a family of six, over the embankment, near mile marker 2 on Harmony Heights Loop. All occupants of the 2019 Dodge 1500 were found alive, some wore seatbelts and…

            Two deaths were reported in Clearwater County due to Covid-19, both men in their 70s. Four Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the county last week. Three new cases were reported in Lewis County, seven in Idaho County, 16 in Latah County and 36 in Nez Perce County.

              On Aug. 18, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Clearwater County Deputies, Rescue 3 and Orofino Ambulance responded to a single vehicle rollover accident at milepost 14 on Grangemont Rd. The vehicle was approximately 30 ft. off the road, sitting on the roof of the car. Jasmine Shelley, 22, was oper…

                The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Animal Health Laboratory has confirmed multiple cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in horses. Affected horses are in Lemhi, Twin Falls, Canyon, Ada and Blaine counties. One horse was euthanized due to the severity. The other horses are recovering …

                  On July 30, at approximately 8:41 p.m., the Orofino Police Department, assisted by the Clearwater County Sheriff's Department and the Clearwater County Ambulance Service, responded to the Riverside Motel, in Orofino, for a report of shots being fired. The reporting party indicated two males …

                    McCall’s “town herd” of deer will not be relocated after the McCall City Council last week changed course and voted down a proposed ban on wildlife feeding.

                      Although Adams County is home to thousands of cattle, residents might not know that the area is home to over a dozen dog breeders, raising and selling many different kinds of dogs to people all over the country.

                        Robin Fox, a service hydrologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Spokane was the guest speaker at the Great Craigmont Chamber meeting on July 14 and used the word “historic” a lot when describing the weather conditions from October 2020 – June 2021.

                          On July 14, at approximately 5:28 p.m., Clearwater County Deputies, Weippe Fire, Pierce Fire, Orofino Fire, Upper Fords Creek Fire, CPTPA and IDL responded to the area of Mile Marker 7.5 on Hwy 11 for a report of three wild land fires. Deputies closed Hwy 11 down from Mile Marker 7 to Mile M…

                            At the Orofino City Council meeting held June 22, City Administrator Ryan Smathers asked council members for feedback regarding sidewalk cafes which have become quite the trend, particularly since the pandemic wreaked havoc on our nation. Several interested parties have expressed interest in…

                              On July 3, at 0230 hours (2:30 a.m.), officers with the Clearwater County Sheriff's and the Orofino Police Department were dispatched to Cold Springs Road off Loseth Road, Orofino, Idaho for a camper on fire. When officers arrived, the camper and a truck were fully engulfed and a total loss.…

                                On July 1, at approximately 0645 hours (6:45 a.m.), Clearwater County Deputies, Weippe Fire Department and the Weippe Ambulance responded to 620 W Pierce Avenue; #5 (Durant's Trailer Park), in Weippe, for a structure fire. It was reported a trailer house was on fire. The residence on fire tu…

                                  On June 30, at approximately 12:58 a.m., a Clearwater County Deputy, Orofino Ambulance, and Rescue 3 responded to the area of Hwy 7, near mile marker 0.5 for a report of possible vehicle accident. Roger D. Vanmuyden (56), of Nezperce, was driving his 2005 Ram 2500 pickup when he misjudged a …

                                    On June 21, at approximately 10 a.m., Clearwater County Sheriff Deputies responded to mile marker 1, on the 247 Road, near Headquarters, Clearwater County, for a single vehicle, non-injury, rollover collision, involving a logging truck.

                                      To celebrate Joybelle Scott’s life, the Claire and Dow Scott Giving Fund has created a scholarship for deserving Orofino High School seniors. A university education transformed Joybelle’s life, enriching the lives of her four children and the lives of her nine grandchildren.

                                        COLFAX — Whitman County Assessor Robin Jones died early Saturday morning, June 5, of cancer. She was 48. Jones worked for 27 years in the assessor’s office, serving as an assessor since her appointment in 2017 and election to a four-year term in 2018.

                                          Ali Rehder hosted a golf tournament at the Grangeville Country Club June 5 for her senior project. The tournament/sponsorships raised more than $5,000 to be donated to A New Beginnings Adoption Agency in Boise.

                                            Idaho State Senator Dan Johnson and Representatives Mike Kingsley and Lori McCann visited the Craigmont Area Chamber on Wednesday, June 9 to discuss the past legislature session (or still in session as far as the Idaho House is concerned).

                                              On June 9, at approximately 8:29 p.m., Idaho State Police Troopers responded to an injury motorcycle crash, eastbound on U.S. 12, near milepost 35. Theodore Mills, 59, of Orofino, had been traveling eastbound when he was unable to avoid a deer and struck it, causing him to be thrown from the…

                                                Wes Keller planted willow tress on Monday along the shore of the Little Salmon River north of New Meadows, a small step in what Keller hopes will soon be a larger effort to protect water quality in the river.

                                                  OGDEN, Utah – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service aims to revitalize local economies and support sustainable forest management in the Intermountain Region by investing $250,000 as part of the agency’s Wood Innovation and Community Forest Grant programs.

                                                    A traffic stop, conducted on May 18, at 6:49 p.m. by the Idaho State Police, led to the seizure of 30 grams of meth and 13 grams of heroin from the vehicle. The traffic stop led to a search warrant of a residence in Lewiston. From the residence, the Idaho State Police seized a significant am…

                                                      It was reported at the May 13 meeting of the Cottonwood City Council that meeting the requirements of the new sewer discharge permit from the State of Idaho’s Division of Environmental Quality looks like it could cost the City a bit extra, mostly in wages.

                                                        On May 21, law enforcement officials from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S Attorney's Office, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene Police Departments are warning the public about a sharp increase in fatal overdoses connected to the high…

                                                          The Nez Perce Tribe praised Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) for stepping forward to join Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) in advancing Simpson’s proposed Northwest Energy and Salmon Plan. The Tribe recently joined a historic summit of twelve Northwest Tribes on the Umatilla Reservation to …

                                                            COEUR D’ALENE – Christopher William Bounds, 38, of Lind, Washington, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 322 months in federal prison. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Bounds to serve ten years of supervised release following his prison sentence, pay a $2,400 fine, and…

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