Shortly after the 1994 girls basketball team won the state championship, coach Skip Hall told the Free Press the feeling that comes of taking a team to the absolute peak “gets a little more satisfying every day.”
If spring has sprung early across the region, it seems to have sprung best in Grangeville. While much of the squad spent last week on a band trip, several of the Bulldogs distinguished themselves at the Lewiston Invitational last Saturday, March 21. Two seniors — Drew Lindsley and Kaleala Bass — not only staked out some of the best marks seen anywhere in Idaho’s 2A classification, they also added their names to the Lewiston Invitational’s record book.
The Grangeville baseball squad will throw out its first pitch of 2015 at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Asotin. The Bulldogs will be playing Genesee at the Asotin Tournament, which will also be the site of two Saturday games.
Stirrings of life came to the Clearwater Valley early this year, and not just because spring weather arrived sooner than expected.
They played until the sun went down, and then they turned the lights on.
Forest Service to reconsider its reasons for restrictions
Environmentalists have long pressed the Forest Service for tougher motorized recreation rules, but their partial victory in federal court last Thursday, March 11, will now force the combined Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to reconsider a plan to force drivers to stick to designated routes.
Construction may start in August
This fall, a crawler crane will roll through Burgdorf, north-bound, then on to French Creek Road, then down the dozen or so switchbacks that descend toward the Salmon River, then west to the Manning Crevice Bridge, where it will stand opposite an outrigger crane. Together, these cranes will help raise a replacement for the span originally constructed in 1934. Then they’ll remove the old bridge.
Prairie's Lucas Arnzen powered up a double-double as the Pirates surged to a first-round victory over one of the classification's most highly-touted teams.
Grangeville's Michael Wilson totaled 31 points after scoring 18 early in the first round of the 2A state boys basketball tournament Thursday night at Capital High School.
Orofino nicked Grangeville twice in the final three meetings between the Central Idaho League rivals, but the last one — the decisive one on Feb. 25 — turned in the Bulldogs’ favor 47-40.
Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) and Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) both reached their respective finals with wins on Saturday morning at the 2A state wrestling tournament.
Michael Wilson put up 20 points in a crucial stop on Grangeville's road back to the 2A boys basketball state tournament. St. Maries claimed the north's top seed by winning the district championship earlier in the week, but GHS extended its season with a 60-35 victory over New Plymouth Saturday afternoon.
Seven lead changes during the first half signaled a close game, but for much of the contest, Lapwai stood firmly in control of the 1AD1 District II boys district title game Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center. During the short stretches when the Pirates' shots were falling, Prairie evened up the game -- but a bit of treachery in the Pirates' shooting touch combined with timely shooting by the Wildcats allowed Lapwai to sustain scoring runs up to double-digit leads early and late in the game.
Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) and Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) both aced their state wrestling competition, and will wrestle as two of the area's eight remaining medal hopefuls tomorrow.
Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play.
Grangeville trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half of its first round 2A state tournament matchup against Wendell, but charged back to win 46-44 in overtime Thursday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School.
The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.
The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.
Prairie ran into a buzz saw in its district title matchup against the team most observers favor at the outset of the 1AD1 state tournament. But as the only team in the tournament to have played a close game against Lapwai this season, the Pirates may be primed to force a rematch in the classification’s biggest game.
The local gold-picking community got a boost last Wednesday, Feb. 11, when a house committee deadlocked on whether to stop Rep. Paul Shepherd’s latest bill, which aims to exempt suction dredging from federal laws under which the Environmental Protection Agency forbids suction dredging in the Clearwater and Salmon river drainages.
Pro-wolf environmentalists are taking to court the federal agency tasked with killing problematic wild animals, alleging the Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services arm has “never examined or disclosed the effect of its activities in combination with recreational wolf hunting and trapping conducted by the public.”
In Clear Creek, Alternative C it is.
State hammers ‘past employee’ who shot research elk illegally last year
Led by Central Idaho League "player of the year" Hailey Sullivan, the Grangeville girls took one step closer to a district tournament title.
Grangeville found itself in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, but St. Maries had no answer for the 16-6 run GHS used to lock up a share of the Central Idaho League lead.
Less than five minutes into Friday's game, Grangeville had a point total it would take Coeur d'Alene Charter most of three quarters to match.
Search and rescue dollars aren’t famous among the monies local jurisdictions receive from the federal government in the form of Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payouts. PILT was renewed late last year, but while Idaho County and local school districts anxiously await Congressional action on SRS, Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges is trying to schedule a gun show to help fund one of the county’s basic services.
Grangeville 58, Genesee 33
In the battle of the Bulldogs — Grangeville versus Genesee — Michael and Michael (Stevens and Wilson) had big nights for the victorious hosts.
Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.
While the public-sector lethal control board’s efforts may have stalled, a private group trying to organize locals wants to accelerate the trapping of wolves in the Clearwater Region.
Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted the Savages to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night at Salmon River High School — but without effective defense from Rylie Travis and Alex Diaz, Highland's Tanner Dempsey (26 points) might have given the visiting Huskies a winning burst.
Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted Salmon River to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night.
Garbage fees that for decades Idaho County failed to bill to 118 Nez Perce Tribe-owned properties will be billed soon, outgoing Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said Tuesday, Dec. 30.
For all of the first half and parts of the third and fourth quarters of a 62-58 loss Dec. 29 at the LCSC Activity Center, Grangeville matched Lewiston shot for shot.
For all of the first half and parts of the third and fourth quarters, Grangeville matched Lewiston shot for shot.
Morrow’s trey lifts CV to overtime win; food banks net $8,000
On a night Kamiah led by 10 points with four minutes left in the fourth quarter, a late surge set up a moment for Clearwater Valley sophomore Mitch Morrow to take and make a hero shot.
The annual Idaho County Shootout raised more than $10,000 for local food banks — about $6,000 less than the event raised last year. Organizers decided ahead of time that the traveling trophy would not be awarded this year.
The Grangeville boys basketball squad held visiting McCall-Donnelly to just five points during each of the first two quarters even as guard Layton Harris rained down three-point shots last Saturday night, Dec. 6.
For the third time in a week, Prairie doubled its opponent’s point total.
Steve Munson, 61, retired from a life dedicated to fire management with the Forest Service. Now he runs — eight to 15 miles every other day, and 26.2 at least once a month.
WPT co-owners kick Blixseth with Lochsa land auction plan; court rejects $12M sale as undervaluing bankrupt billionaire’s former share
Western Pacific Timber, one of Idaho County’s largest landowners is the subject of a court room tug-of-war between a former billionaire and the man who once loaned him millions.
Late in the second year of its 10-year contract with Simmons Sanitation and Recycling Service, Idaho County’s garbage system is $78,000 in the hole. The county commission is taking steps to avoid changing the even-older fee structure – and taking a harder line to local landowners.
In the aftermath of a 72-18 final score, it is clear that visiting Valley was wholly overmatched during the 1AD1 football championship game held at the Kibbie Dome last Friday night, Nov. 21.
Prairie 72, Valley 18
Behind four first half touchdowns by Jake Bruner, the Prairie Pirates won the 1AD1 state football championship Friday night.
“...in the common degree of the moral, there is no virtue. Virtue is excellence...” — Adam Smith, 1759
For the second week in a row, Prairie overcame a slow start. For the second time this playoff season, Prairie dominated a Thursday night game. For the first time since winning the 2008 eight-man football championship, the Pirates advanced to the 1AD1 title game.
North Fremont had no trouble with Bear Lake on Halloween Weekend, but gave away a “trick-or-treat” game on Nov. 8, allowing Grangeville five late touchdowns — and a 49-28 quarterfinal win.
Starting in the mid-1990s and continuing until last week, Troy and Genesee put together an impressive run: 12 of the past 18 class 1A division titles. But Prairie will mark 2014 as the year when a senior-led squad directed by Whitepine League “coach of the year” Cheyenne Hudson topped both the league and the state.
He was the hatchetman. When retiring supervisor Rick Brazell came to the area’s national forests in 2009, much of the writing was already on the wall.
Before Max Cawley recovered a Nampa Christian player's fumble midway through the first quarter of Grangeville's 47-13 first round victory last Friday night, Oct. 31, the Bulldogs and the Trojans had traded possessions.