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Andrew Ottoson

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Pirates’ prize: a rematch

After Oakley’s main weapon, Chandler Jones, put the Prairie boys on notice early in the 1AD1 semifinal last Friday night, Nov. 10, PHS quarterback Spencer Schumacher and running back Jacob Stubbers notified the Hornets the Pirates also had come to the Kibbie Dome fully armed.

November 15, 2017 8:56 a.m. read more..


Deary ends Salmon River's season

The Salmon River boys' football season ended against one of the strongest 1AD2 football teams in the state Friday night in the Kibbie Dome, where Deary scored the final 40 points, reversing an early Savages lead.

November 8, 2017 8:28 a.m. read more..
    

Salmon River Road to get another $900K in new work

Idaho County has entered into an agreement with Idaho Transportation Department for an estimated $897,000 in new work on the Salmon River Road. The agreement is for work intended to reduce ongoing maintenance costs, which were a sticking point in 2016, during negotiations over whether the county or the federal government would have to pay for the reconstructed road’s upkeep.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Vandals tear down Snowhaven sign; replacement in works

Seven miles south of town along the Grangeville-Salmon Road, someone tore down the sign that points out the turnoff up to the Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area last weekend. “They hooked on to the posts with a chain and pulled it down,” Snowhaven manager Scott Wasem said Sunday night, Oct. 29.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Power lines an issue for fire on WB grade

The Oct. 17 fire that burned 75 acres above the White Bird Grade was caused by power lines during what IDL Fire Bureau Chief JT Wensman called the “high wind events that occurred” that night. On Oct. 26, Wensman told the Free Press the related investigation was not yet complete.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Genesee locks WPL’s top seed

Kamiah cut into the hosts' 28-0 lead a few minutes before halftime, but the Kubs needed many more big plays than they produced during a 40-6 loss to the Whitepine League's top team Friday night, Oct. 20.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Fire burns 75 acres on White Bird Grade

A fire on the night of Oct. 17 burned about 75 acres above the White Bird Grade and was fought by the Idaho Department of Lands and the Forest Service. There were no injuries or property losses, IDL said Monday, Oct. 23.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Genesee secures top seed

Kamiah fell out of the playoff picture with a narrow loss to Lapwai a couple of weeks ago, but Genesee ought not overlook the Kubs tonight.

October 20, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..


Playoff-bound Bulldogs on bye week

Orofino supporters were left righteously salty over a holding penalty call which undid a two-point conversion run, which would have tied the game with 13 seconds left last Friday night, Oct. 13, at GHS.

October 18, 2017 8:17 a.m. read more..


'Incredible' amount to county for ICRMP insurance policy

Before the Idaho County Commission approved a motion to pay its first quarter bills during the Oct. 10 meeting, commissioner Mark Frei remarked that the county pays an incredible amount for risk management insurance. The board then approved payment to the statewide provider of local government insurance, ICRMP (the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program).

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Correction: Oct 18, 2017

In a front page report last week (“Giddings unfazed: State rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County,” 1A, Oct. 11) the Free Press reported an inaccurate date. As reported, Idaho County public records include two voter registration cards signed by Giddings. In fact, these are dated Jan. 17, 2015 and Nov. 3, 2015, and they reflect her changes of address that year. However, due to a Free Press error, the original article inaccurately stated the day the January 2015 card was signed. The Free Press regrets this error. — A.O.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Orofino nearly upsets Grangeville

The Orofino Maniacs had two cracks at a potential game-tying two-point conversion on Grangeville's home field, but the Bulldogs claimed the Central Idaho League title with a 28-26 win over their longest-standing rival Friday night, Oct. 13.

October 13, 2017 10:55 p.m. read more..


Timberlake ends boys soccer season

The Grangeville boys' state tournament hopes ended Tuesday night, Oct. 10, when Timberlake held on for a 2-1 win during the second round of the District I-II tournament.

October 12, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..


Lapwai barely stays unbeaten in the WPL

Down by a dozen with less than six minutes to play, the Kubs put together one of the finest defensive stands seen all season at the recently-christened Bob Squires Sports Complex.

October 11, 2017 8:48 a.m. read more..
 

Giddings unfazed; State Rep says she did all law required in move from Ada County

Contrary to statewide media reports that she is caught a residency and tax scandal, Rep. Priscilla Giddings told the Free Press she had done everything the law required of her and that she continued to follow the law after she decided to run for office early in 2016. She said she even went to the trouble of seeking advice from the Ada County Assessor’s Office at the time she was moving from Garden City to White Bird.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Tom’s Tailgate Party Hits Clearwater Valley

(L-R) Clearwater Valley High School athletic director Kolby Krieger is pictured here with Tom Sherry of KREM 2 News in Spokane and Bill Finnan. CVHS was the recipient of a Tom’s Tailgate pre-game party Friday, Oct. 6. About 100 people turned out for the tailgate party and KREM 2 donated $222 to Clearwater Valley schools.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
   

Grangeville to visit St. Maries Friday

Including touchdown runs by Justin Fogleman and Jaize Norman, the Bulldogs accomplished everything they wanted during a 48-0 win over the Lewiston JV Thursday night, Sept. 28, despite a couple of scheduling oddities — one planned and one unplanned.

October 4, 2017 8:18 a.m. read more..


Player protests cast doubt on NFL's future

The NFL players’ protests have been the talk of the nation for more than a week. Everyone has a take, but almost no one has a stake. While fans feel like they’re in serious relationships with their favorite teams, the league’s marriages with gigantic television companies are the real deals.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Prairie celebrates homecoming win over Kamiah

September is the time for football optimism. There will still be four weeks left in the 1AD1 regular season after Genesee plays Wallace tomorrow, and the Whitepine League lead will remain reachable for any team that might run the table. But as the only 1AD1 team to beat Prairie thus far, none looks more likely to run the table than Genesee.

September 29, 2017 3:07 p.m. read more..


Grangeville tops Lewiston JV 48-0

It'll be another football-heavy week, as the local games are once again spread over multiple days. We'll be covering Grangeville's game tonight, and we'll have more on the state of the Whitepine League tomorrow.

September 28, 2017 2:16 p.m. read more..
 

Pirates climb WPL standings

Beneath the surface of a 64-28 Prairie win over the Rams last Friday night, Sept. 22, are signs the quality of football at Clearwater Valley High is on the rise.

September 27, 2017 7:57 a.m. read more..
  

Bulldogs maul Vandals with balanced run, pass offense

For the second time in as many games against teams in their classification, the GHS boys had a blowout win. If they had been stung by a couple of earlier losses to larger schools farther north, the Bulldogs showed no sign of any ill effects in their second game against a squad from parts south, downing McCall 42-8 on Friday night, Sept. 15.

September 20, 2017 8:18 a.m. read more..


Gomez tallies; Jacks win

St. Maries allowed just one goal during the two soccer games played today at GHS, with the Bulldog boys falling 4-0 and the Grangeville girls on the short side of a 7-1 final score.

September 20, 2017 8:15 a.m. read more..


Salmon River tops Grangeville Tournament as Shepherd stars up front

During the last of five matches the Salmon River girls won, in a total of 10 sets, during the Grangeville Tournament, Salmon River front-liner Chevelle Shepherd had a series of solo blocks that staked out a 6-0 lead for SRHS, prompting a Prairie timeout. The Savages led that game by as many as 10, and went on to win the finale 25-14, 25-17.

September 20, 2017 8:12 a.m. read more..


GHS Homecoming Queen and King

Grangeville High crowned Morgan Crea and Garett Malone homecoming queen and king during a ceremony at halftime of the Bulldogs' 42-8 win over McCall Friday night, Sept. 15.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Plans on the table for bridge

The new Manning Crevice Bridge may be ready for travelers later this year, and two possibilities have emerged for what may happen to the old one when work is finalized next spring or summer. The questions looming over the old bridge are who, if anyone, would pay the maintenance expenses involved with keeping it in place – and if no one will pay the cost of keeping it up, where it will go when it comes down.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Savages win Grangeville Tournament

It's homecoming week in Grangeville and Riggins, and Grangeville's parade departed GHS for Heritage Square at 10:45 a.m. Activities are set to continue at the football field at 1 p.m.

September 15, 2017 11:41 a.m. read more..
  

Kubs smoked by Rams, Summers

“If we had to play them again tomorrow, it might turn out different,” Clearwater Valley head coach Roger Whalen said after the Rams' 54-6 win — his first win as CV's leading man. “With a rivalry game, you never know how that's going to go.”

September 13, 2017 9:01 a.m. read more..


Bantams sidestep Bulldogs’ big plays

A couple of long scoring plays by Booker Bush put Grangeville ahead 6-0 early in the first quarter and 20-16 late in the third quarter, but host Clarkston converted a tip-drill interception into the decisive points during their 22-20 win over the Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 9.

September 13, 2017 8:59 a.m. read more..


Local taxes not the biggest issue, but worthy of public's attention

People don’t show up for public meetings the way they used to. History describes huge numbers standing for hours, listening to Lincoln and Douglas, but during the Sept. 5 Idaho County budget hearing last week, elected officials shared a laugh over something they – and we – are worried about.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Board approves solid waste fee hike, new roads tax

In a pair of hearings Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, the Idaho County Commission approved higher solid waste fees for all as well as a new road and bridge tax for some in order to make the coming year’s budget compute. The board passed both resolutions unanimously.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


New Wild and Scenic plan designations possible

Through a new website, the Forest Service is receiving comments on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest’s Wild & Scenic Rivers, which are being sought from the public as part of the ongoing forest plan revision process.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Clarkston slips Grangeville's grip

All three local football games that had been scheduled for Friday night were scrubbed due to bad air quality related to forest fires, and all three have been rescheduled. Two of those will kick off on Saturday, if the air is good.

September 8, 2017 5 p.m. read more..


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