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

    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…

                  COEUR D’ALENE – Jonathan Leo Pope, 25, of Lewiston, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 46 months in federal prison for possession of stolen firearms. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Pope to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence and to …

                    Funding for the next year remains a mystery, explains JSD 171 Superintendent, Dr. Michael Garrett at the regular board of trustees meeting April 19. He said his superintendent’s group has been advocating as much as possible through calls, texts, emails and meetings.

                      On Friday, April 23, 2021, Terry Ash, 41, of Midvale, Idaho, was arrested for the shooting death of Matthew Banning. The shooting occurred on April 11, 2021, at 135 S. School Road, Midvale, Idaho. Ash is currently being held in the Washington County Jail on a $1,000,000.00 bond.

                        Big Canyon Fire Department was called out to a house fire two blocks west of downtown Peck around 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. Arriving units found a house with heavy smoke coming from the attic. Big Canyon requested assistance from both Orofino and Sunnyside Fire Departments. Over 20 fire…

                          Lewiston Police arrested a 20-year-old man at about 6:30 p.m. on April 29 for burglary and malicious injury to property in regard to this case. Lance J. Anittila was taken into custody without incident in the 800 block of 20th Street in Lewiston due to his prior criminal record.

                            Matt Elven was chosen out of four applicants to be the new Prairie Jr./Sr. High School principal. His hiring was approved by the school board at their April meeting, Monday, April 19.

                              The Big Canyon Fire Department was called out on Friday, April 9, at approximately 5:30 p.m. to a manufactured home fire approximately one mile west of Peck on Angel Ridge Road. Smoke was noticeable for several miles. When the fire crews arrived the single wide manufactured home was complete…

                                Trident Holdings tried to buy Brundage Mountain Resort and develop it into one of the largest ski resorts in North America as part of its plan to trade for state land around McCall, according to a proposal to investors.

                                  Over the past two days, the Idaho State Police, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office participated in a Criminal Interdiction Emphasis Patrol. The emphasis patrol conducted 65 traffic stops, resulting in 21 felonies, 47 misdemeanors, five DUIs, five warrant …

                                    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…

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