FT. IRWIN, Calif. -- Local soldiers from the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team are currently mobilized in a four-week deployment to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., to participate in a large-scale exercise. This deployment is the state’s largest…

    Clearwater Valley High School junior, Kaylee Page, is the 2019 White Bird Rodeo Queen. She is the daughter of Yogi and Phyllis Page of Clearwater, and has one brother, Jackson, 14.

    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.

    Students at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Grangeville received an education in the capabilities of stock dogs at an afternoon demonstration last Friday, May 10.Ray Holes of Lazy H Livestock and Prescriptive Livestock Services of White Bird, conducted two half-hour sessions, explaining the wh…

    WHITE BIRD -- Our little town will come alive this weekend with the sights and sounds of White Bird Days and Rodeo. Come join grand marshals, Mike and Marlene Heath, and the 2019 rodeo queen Kaylee Page in this year’s activities. Setup around town is slated to begin Friday morning about 10 a…

    WHITE BIRD -- With an early deadline because of Memorial Day, I am just repeating some upcoming events. I hope everyone had a great holiday although it looked to be a bit on the rainy side.

    WHITE BIRD -- The end of May brings on the graduations around the area and with that, school will be out for the summer, too. Hope this brings on the warmer weather for all to enjoy, and with this being the start of the summer season, camping, fishing and rides to the back country, remember …

    WHITE BIRD -- Can we say sunny skies, warm temperatures and a great weekend for all the mothers. I think Mother Nature is on board with us at least for a few days. It won’t be long and the seniors will be graduating and school will be out for the summer.

      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.

            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.

              The annual White Bird Rodeo is coming up June 14-15, with entries to be called in June 3 at 208-845-2051 or made online at enterup.biz. New this year, the rodeo is accepting double entries in rough stock, including novice events, ranch bronc riding and steer wrestling.

              WHITE BIRD -- Mother Nature may be finally coming around…boy, the weather was really nice this last weekend. Riggins Rodeo is now in the books, heard there was a great time had by all, many activities over the last weekend saw very nice, if not some warm temperatures.

                WHITE BIRD – The Rebekahs will present their annual “Spring Fiesta” Sunday, May 5, starting at 11 a.m. and going on until the food runs out. This is set for the White Bird IOOF Hall and all proceeds will benefit the hall.

                SALMON, Idaho – Roberta Robie rang in her 102nd birthday Tuesday, April 23, 2019, by rising at 6:30 a.m. sharp – a habit instilled in her from the many years she spent running the Salmon River Ranch near White Bird with her husband, Peck. In addition to ranching, she taught school for many years.

                WHITE BIRD -- May is here, and let’s hope this weather will finally decide what it wants to do! This month will be packed with lots of events taking place, graduations around the areas, and the kids are waiting for that special day, May 23, when school will be out for the summer (yes, I did …

                  Last year, Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R-White Bird) appealed taxes on her Garden City (Boise-area) house. The Ada County Board of Equalization had moved to tax the full value of the house, but on April 8, the Idaho State Board of Tax Appeals decided in Giddings’ favor, finding that she was ent…

                    WHITE BIRD – The Rebekahs will present their annual “Spring Fiesta” Sunday, May 5, starting at 11 a.m. and going on until the food runs out. This is set for the White Bird IOOF Hall and all proceeds will benefit the hall.

                    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.

                      WHITE BIRD – The Rebekahs will present their annual “Spring Fiesta” Sunday, May 5, starting at 11 a.m. and going on until the food runs out. This is set for the White Bird IOOF Hall and all proceeds will benefit the hall.

                        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.

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                        After rain fell on snow at elevations up to 5,000 feet as well as on soil saturated by several days of light precipitation, runoff flooded into lowlands across Idaho County last week – and damage continued to mount under yet more wet weather as the week wore on.

                        WHITE BIRD -- April showers are sure to bring on the flowers. The fruit trees are budding or blooming depending where you live. It really is beautiful to see new life coming alive after their winter's rest.

                        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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