Illegal drug use in popular recreation areas along U.S. Highway 12 came under scrutiny during the Memorial Day weekend with law enforcement emphasis patrols resulting in 30 individual charges, including some felonies.

KOOSKIA – Longtime Idaho County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Doug Ulmer, is looking to take the next step. Last week, the Kooskia resident formally announced his candidacy for Idaho County Sheriff, which will come up for election next year.

Results of the May 21 election were canvassed last week by the Idaho County Commission with no substantive changes to results.

Recreationists kicked off the summer rafting season on the Salmon River with the Big Water Blowout Festival, held last Saturday, June 1. The highlighted activity for this annual event is discounted raft trips provided by Riggins outfitters, running the rapids in North America’s second deepes…

The Idaho County Commission signed on to a community partnership agreement with Midas Gold last fall, under which in February Midas launched a foundation expected to return about one percent of Stibnite Mine profits to communities such as Yellow Pine and Riggins.

The 2019 Riggins Rodeo Parade Sunday, May 5, saw people enjoying the sunshine on Main Street.

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you, means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach them to soar on their own.” Congratulations to all high school graduates who are taking that first step out into the world away from hig…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “When you switch that graduation tassel from here to there, it means your days of high school are behind you and you are ready to step out into life and the world ahead of you.” Jeannie Fitch

RIGGINS -- School levy and Syringa Hospital Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Salmon River Heritage Center and at the Canyon Pines RV Park. Salmon River School District 243 levy is again requesting $525,000 as in the past several years. Get out and v…

    COEUR D’ALENE – The Idaho Community Foundation’s Northern Region Grant Panel has selected 75 north Idaho nonprofit organizations to receive more than $255,000 through its annual competitive grant cycle.

      COTTONWOOD -- Sunday, June 23, is Idaho County Democrats’ annual fund-raiser, a picnic and pie auction. This year’s picnic will again be held at the Cottonwood City Park, across from the fairgrounds. There will be a table of silent auction items and a live pie auction. ICDP will provide hamb…

        GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m., at Super 8 in Grangeville. The public is welcome to attend.

          GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Treasurer’s Office reminds residents the second half of 2018 property taxes are due by Thursday, June 20, at close of business at 5 p.m. Payments can be made at the treasurer’s office at the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville, by phone and online.

          At the end of April, Midas Gold made good on its commitment to add another $100,000 to the Stibnite Foundation for the first quarter of 2019, a spokesperson told the Free Press on the company’s behalf Wednesday, May 15.

            Rep. Priscilla Giddings stopped by Riggins Elementary School last week to present a Steps for Schools check for $500 to Trish Simonson, preschool teacher at RES. The program challenges state legislators to walk as much as possible for one month during the legislative session. Outfitted with …

            Voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide on area school district levies, positions for the hospital board and highway district, a revenue bond, and a mayoral recall.

            RIGGINS -- My quote of the week: “M is for the many things she gave me. O means only that she’s growing old. T is for the tears she shed to save me. H is for her heart of purest gold. E is for her eyes with love-light shining. R means right and right she’ll always be. Put them all together t…

            RIGGINS -- National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2. Pastor Mike Chapman is leading a time of prayer at 12:15 p.m., in the parking lot of the Salmon River Community Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

            RIGGINS – The 71st annual Riggins Rodeo is set for this weekend, with a theme of “How ‘Bout Them Cowboys?” as a nod to both area cowboys and The Dallas Cowboys’ hometown player, Leighton VanderEsch.

            The river came up overnight and the number of boats competing at the 35th Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races dropped off, from 10 that started and finished all of the first day’s legs, to four that successfully zipped through the Island Bar-Lightning Creek stretch both Saturday and Sunday, A…

            It remains unclear whether federal tax dollars may come to Idaho County as a consequence of flooding earlier this month, but some repairs are needed sooner than even state disaster relief funding may become available.

              RIGGINS -- Pinehurst Quilters of Riggins will be hosting a quilt show Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., in the upper level of the Riggins Community Center. Admission is $3.

              RIGGINS -- Quote for this week is mine: “Becoming a grammy or grandpa doesn’t mean you’re old, it means that you’ve been blessed with the most precious gift there is.” …and what a precious week we had with Finn and Darby…as well as a super time last weekend with Kylie and Ty.

              Idaho County Commissioners have a big ticket queued up for Tuesday, April 9, when the board will discuss and decide what to do about aging computer technology as a wave of obsolescence looms in 2020.

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