I saw with great interest the latest rumors (smears) from the Giddings folks – Doug Ulmer may be part of some mysterious “cabal” that seeks to subvert and control the sheriff’s office. I can tell you exactly what this is – but first let me commend and thank the Free Press for publishing this…

The team Hoodman, Ulmer, Brandt and MacGregor have each used their positions to push a Russian hoax in Idaho County. No evidence, no documents, all pushed forward using the clout of a commissioner and prosecutor in hopes of taking down the sheriff and replace him with their compliant buddy. 

I am writing this letter of support for Doug Ulmer for Sheriff. I know there has been a lot of mudslinging during this campaign, similar to when Carlos Martinez was running against Giddings. I am not going to get into the he said/she said garbage, but rather speak of something I know about a…

I wonder if the self-isolation order created unintended consequences by inoculating individuals with an unseen secondary virus called FANW20 (Fear and Not Working 2020), which may prove to be more problematic. By observation, after a couple months, FANW20 definitely affects mental, emotional…

Back before 24 hour "news" networks, I remember listening to Walter Cronkite on CBS and Huntley/Brinkley on NBC. These men told us in an hour a day what was going on in the world. They didn't tell us what they thought or what their network thought or what we should think. They just told us w…

I want to thank the Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club and Idaho County Light and Power for lighting the cross on the hill! It reminds us all of what Jesus Christ, our Lord, did for us on the cross, and seeing it keeps our hope alive.

Hurrah! and kudos to the Idaho County Free Press for its editorial board, Publisher Sarah Klement and  Editor David Rauzi, addressing the matter of free speech in an editorial [May 20 issue] by Rauzi titled, “If freedom of speech makes you angry, it’s doing its job right,” published this past week.

In a recent editorial [April 29 issue], Woody stated multiple times that I had spread “misinformation.” I didn’t respond to the nonsense and simply moved on. At a later meeting we shook hands and I thought we were past it. His spins and distortions have again surfaced in a report to the boar…

This time of year, the voting public is inundated with statements of promise and statements of principle. We all hope that the people we vote for are honest and committed to our benefit, while being true to their oath of support for our state and national constitutions. Hope springs eternal.

Let’s face it, some of you Ulmer believers out there hate my guts for throwing a cold glass of reality in everyone’s face with this “Ulmer, you’re fired!” insert?  Some I gather would just as soon punch me in the face, or worse, shoot me—as if freedom of speech, or the press, means nothing w…

If we open our economy up now, some people are going to get sick and some of them will die. If we open up in 6 months or a year, some people are going to get sick and some of them will die. Let's do it now and help save what is left of our businesses. Every day we delay further adds to the d…

Regarding Border Days during a pandemic: It looks like Idaho County cannot learn the lesson from Blaine County. It is understandable young folks are worried enough about their livelihoods to take risk and go back to work so they can put food on the table. What I don't understand is taking th…

An old edition of the Free Press (Dec. 5, 1918) states that 75 percent of the people in Grangeville have the Spanish influenza. They didn’t just ‘test positive’ for the disease, but rather three out of four people here showed “symptoms” of the ravaging flu. Whereas, in today’s COVID-19 flue …

Last week, I read an article from The Citizen concerning Doug Ulmer that I was very disturbed by. The major accusation was the claim that Ulmer was linked to a “swamp” or “cabal” within Idaho County, with absolutely no evidence to support any claims. It would seem the writer tries to appeal …

Today in Idaho, citizens have awakened to the meaning of “elections have consequences.” As we watch our governor, numerous elected officials from around the state, and a band of unelected bureaucrats attempt to steamroll our constitutional rights and our freedoms, citizens need to be fully e…

I was reading the letters in the paper and I was very shocked at what people were writing. I am just a kid, but even I can see the disrespectful things that are written in these letters. I am not going to point anyone out, because that too would be disrespectful. Are these the people we want…

As most residents of Clearwater have heard, a family moved in and is in the process of creating an exotic animal refuge. Residents of the area are worried by this because, like most of Idaho County, we have kids and livestock. A lot of us depend on livestock for our food and income. We want …

It is time to make a difference in law enforcement at the top position in Idaho County. Sheriff Giddings has had a good run, but I see a lack of urgency and responsiveness to addressing issues and problems as they come up. Many things are being swept under the carpet or completely ignored. T…

A few years back, I received a call from a neighbor who stated that our ranch had three or four lambs on her side of the fence. She was very nice about it and asked me to come and assist in helping the lambs get back home. At this point, I tried to retrieve the wayward lambs. It was then tha…

I have confidence in Sheriff Doug Giddings. In contrast to the other candidates, he has the years of experience in administration and day-to-day law enforcement that we need. He has served the public and led his department with honor and integrity and is up to meeting any challenges these ne…

It’s an election year, and how I wish Governor Little was up for re-election. In 2014, I ran against now Governor Little for the office of lt. governor; and it is with a deep concern for my state and my country that I make an appeal to his oath of office.

We would like to stand in support of Doug Giddings. He is a man of integrity with high moral standards. He has been a great help in the times we have needed him, and we appreciate that fact. We believe that through the years he has proven himself in the office of sheriff. 

The Idaho County sheriff election: I’m voting for Doug Ulmer. He has expressed to me his interest in improving the Idaho County deputies’ abilities to effectively communicate with the public, especially during crisis situations. The better the deputies can do this, the less need there is for…

Leadership for the safety of our communities is once again hanging out there. It is time to choose a well-versed law enforcement leader who will willingly take the responsibility as sheriff for the folks of Idaho County. With that in mind, I'd like to strongly suggest that you consider Doug …

I haven't seen any information justifying the $800,000 increase to the levy for school Dist. 244. No answers, again, where's the transparency? There isn't justification, it's pure greed at the expense of property taxpayers. This last school year saw very large expenditures that will not be r…

It is with distinct pleasure that I write my first ever letter to the editor in support of Doug Ulmer as our next Idaho County sheriff. I have known Doug for over 35 years. This letter is based upon personal observation of Doug in the work, community and school scenes. I have full confidence…

As the election begins to wind down, I want to remind everyone that I want to keep my campaign on a positive note.  The memes posted in the paper are not positive. I don’t agree with this type of campaigning and I don’t want to be associated with it. The support has been amazing, so if you f…

Patrick Henry said it best: "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided and that is the lamp of experience. I have no way of judging the future but by the past."

Maybe now would be a good time to stop and ask how our battle with the Corona virus is going! Many my age see problems brewing, and we pose some questions following!

Drs. Erickson and Massihi held a press conference recently. They said that with current government statistics, the death rate is much smaller than was previously believed. Sweden, who did not lock-down, and neighbor Norway, who did, had similar death rates. They said isolating lowers our imm…

I am retired from 30 years of teaching shop, construction and agriculture. In those 30 years, I advised students that if they found a career they loved, they wouldn’t work a day in their life. Doug Ulmer told me he wanted to be a deputy sheriff, which would be something he loved.

I am a female senior citizen in Elk City, served my country as Army captain in the medical corp, planned a relaxing life in Idaho County. My neighbor had other ideas. He harassed and stalked me like an ex-spouse. He recruited others in the community.

May 19th, all ballots for this year's primary election must be marked and mailed in. In these trying times with keeping our social distance, understanding how to vote, and who to vote for is mind-boggling.

Having known Doug Ulmer since my days as a county commissioner, I can tell you he is a very good man, a fair man, and a man of high integrity. The kind of guy you want wearing a badge. He’ll make an excellent sheriff, and he has my vote.

I would like to tell everyone why I am no longer at the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and urge you to vote for Doug Ulmer for sheriff of Idaho County. 

After serving on the school board for over 11 years, I have come to know how much the district needs to operate. This year’s levy amount far surpasses those needs. I attended the school board meeting when they set this year’s levy amount. I was astonished to hear Mr. Woodford ask for over $4…

It’s that time again for our primary elections, but this time everyone needs to request and return an absentee ballot. We have two candidates for the Republican ticket for sheriff of Idaho County. Both candidates are staunch supporters of our 2nd Amendment rights, fully support and defend th…

We are supporting Doug Giddings for Idaho County Sheriff. His integrity and honesty is above reproach. It is too bad his opponent can only make himself look good, by making things up, to make others look bad.

On behalf of The Riggins Community Food Pantry, operated by the Salmon River Senior Citizens, we would like to give a huge thank you to River Adventures "Women With Bait" food drive held a few months ago. They were able to collect over 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food products, and $400 wa…

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