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Andrew Ottoson

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Abuse victim files suit against ICSO

A sex crime that ended in jail time for a former Idaho Sheriff’s deputy has spawned a sweeping lawsuit against the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

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FOR THE TIGHT SPOTS

Local team drills confined space rescues

When there is work to be done in the underbelly of, say, a grain silo or a sawmill, someone has a job to do. But for the work to go forward without raising eyebrows at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, someone has to know how to respond to emergencies that might trap workers in confined spaces. And not just any rescuers will do.

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Track & Field: Sullivan runs ‘area best’ 200 meters

Last time they crossed paths, Hailey Sullivan saw several of these sprinters from a slightly different angle. Last Thursday, May 1 at the Meet of Champions at Vollmer Bowl, they saw her.

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Track & Field: Bass wins four; Lindsley sets discus PR

Grangeville’s track and field squad marked out the top boys and girls scores last Friday, April 25, at the Lewis-Clark/Nez Perce Games behind nine first-place boys finishes and four first-place girls finishes.

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Done shootin’ ? Lack of members may spell end for Riggins Gun Club land plan

RIGGINS — Boom, gone.

If the Riggins Gun Club — once a 32-member outfit — can’t find more members, the area may misfire on a golden opportunity to establish a permanent hub for shooting sports: shotgunning trap or skeet, sighting in hunting rifles, or passing all the how-tos to the next generation. At stake, according to Rodger Laughlin, one of the club’s last two members, is a long-sought chance to acquire the shooting grounds north of Time Zone Bridge, two miles north of Riggins, which is presently owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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High Hoops

High Hoops Free Press / Andrew Ottoson Grangeville City League adult recreational basketball league organizer Micah Buck battled Brandon Stark for a rebound during the April 17 finale at GEMS.

Pole fire knocks Cottonwood off grid

Hundreds of grid users were left without electricity last Thursday night, April 17, when a power pole fire at the south entrance from U.S. Highway 95 caused an outage.

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High water likely into the summer

Resurgent snowpacks to boost regional river flow levels

Thanks to one of the wettest two-month stretches ever seen by Clearwater River basin water scientists, the drainage’s snowpack grew to about 35 percent above normal as of April 1. That’s despite starting the water year with four consecutive below-average months of precipitation, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s monthly water supply outlook.

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Whole Lotta Horns

Bill Lancaster of Payette brought a truckload of about 5,000 pounds of elk and deer antlers through Grangeville last Thursday, April 10.

Track & Field: Border War -- Arnzen triples in short runs

During basketball season, one of Prairie’s powerful rebounders presented a matchup problem between the lane lines, and last Saturday, April 12, proved superior height is no disadvantage in the lanes marked out for sprinters at the annual “Border War” featuring the small schools of Idaho and Washington.

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Jet boats to run 30th annual Salmon River race this weekend

Racing fans will line the banks of the Salmon River this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, to take in the sound and spectacle of jet boats topping out at more than 100 miles per hour.

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State office candidates take to the stump at Grangeville event

With candidates for several state offices making a campaign stop together, Idaho County officials, local Republican leadership and GOP rank-and-filers from surrounding counties nearly filled the Super 8 conference room last Wednesday night, April 2. Meanwhile, stopping in Lewiston, incumbent state attorney general Lawrence Wasden reportedly, per the Lewiston Tribune, described them as “fringe members of his party running primary campaigns.”

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Wolf report: 659 live in Idaho: Fewer packs counted in 2013 surveys

Last year, for the first time since their establishment in Idaho during the mid-1990s, the number of wolf packs documented in the state declined from the prior year count. Despite documenting nine new packs, per official numbers released last Friday, April 4, the pack count dipped 16.4 percent from the 2012 year-end count of 128.

Payette’s sheep grazing closures upheld in court

Wool growers’ recent shot at reversing a Payette National Forest decision to close domestic sheep grazing allotments missed the mark, a federal judge ruled last month. That shot may also have been the wool growers’ last shot at a reversal, as Idaho Wool Growers Association President Harry Soulen told the Associated Press that in weighing an appeal “we’ve got to study this before we make that decision one way or another.”

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Snaggin Some Stealies

Steelhead and fishermen alike were still piled up at the South Fork Clearwater River “Snag Hole” last Saturday, March 29. For Idaho Fish and Game’s most recent steelhead harvest report, 143 South Fork Clearwater River anglers were checked, reporting 634 hours spent fishing to catch 129 steelhead (of which 122 were released), for a rate of five hours per catch.

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Baseball:Rams top Nezperce, Highland in Bradley’s debut

Prairie’s first baseball season in recent memory began with a blast March 17 against a Clearwater Valley squad guided by a new hand. CV’s bench boss, Josh Bradley, has a group of 16, of whom 14 have been regulars with his Babe Ruth and little league squads for years.

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Mattson named White Bird queen

A girl for whom the White Bird Rodeo was her first rodeo, Dakota Matson, 16, of Nezperce, was crowned queen of the 25th Annual White Bird Rodeo last Saturday, March 22. Daughter of committee members Delbert and Dee Matson, she always helps “get ready for the rodeo and other functions at the rodeo grounds,” she wrote.

House drops dredging bill: Shows level of frustration, but goes too far, unconstitutional

The Idaho Legislature’s State Affairs committee took a month to advance state Rep. Paul Shepherd’s Feb. 6 proposal to nullify Environmental Protection Agency regulations; it took a week for the Resources and Conservation committee, of which Shepherd is a member, to send House Bill 473 to the House floor. But when it came to the House floor yesterday, Tuesday, March 18, Resource and Conservation committee chairman Lawrence Denney moved to retract it, preventing a vote of the full House and leaving a whole class of Idaho County river users – Salmon and Clearwater small-scale suction dredge miners – high and dry.

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One after another: Pirates capture second ’ship this month

No 1AD1 tourney foe stood toe-to-toe with Prairie’s big boys

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Set of four: Savages extend football-basketball title run

Vander Esch – 93 points – sets scoring mark, powers Salmon River’s championship drive

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Grangeville’s title defense continues

As five early lead changes would suggest, St. Maries put Grangeville into a bit of a wobble during the first quarter of the 2A District I-II title game last Thursday night, Feb. 27. But as the big run the Bulldogs delivered with a state berth at stake would suggest, the reigning state champions are capable of strong defense when they play balanced basketball.

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Ultimate Over-Lap : Doubling down with two powerful posts played out perfectly for PHS

Call these Prairie Pirates champions once again, and count coach Lori Mader’s pressure defenses and post offenses among the level’s most potent powerplays. Lapwai — second-best among the 1AD1 girls for the second straight season — fell into early foul trouble and soon proved prone to attack by PHS forwards Kayla Schumacher and Kyndahl Ulmer, who scored 17 points apiece to lift Prairie’s second girls basketball title in three seasons, 56-40. As the fouls piled up during the championship game last Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Idaho Center, the Wildcats’ ability to counter Prairie’s effort dwindled as each half progressed.

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2A girls basketball

Despite early stumble, Grangeville finishes 2014 on a winning note

Last Friday morning, Feb. 21, the Grangeville girls awoke from a nightmare start to their season-ending tournament and finished off their final 2014 games in a fashion befitting a proud basketball tradition. Their consolation bracket foes, perhaps energized by knowing Melba held one of the state’s higher-scoring teams to just 27 in a first-round upset last Thursday night, Feb. 20, did not fall easily.

1AD1 District II tournament matchups: Prairie pops CV, Kamiah in post-season preppers

In their final regular season games, Prairie had no trouble with two of the teams the Pirates may encounter during the upcoming 1AD1 District II tournament.

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Slate Creek, Joseph Plains subject of travel planning

42 years ago this month, on Feb. 8, 1972, then-President Richard Nixon signed Executive Order 11644, which directed executive branch departments to start managing vehicle use on public lands – and that order has rippled through time to compel the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to start regulating routes on its lands throughout North Central Idaho, soon to include part of BLM’s acreage in Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Latah counties as well as the agency’s Slate Creek holdings in the Lower Salmon River.

Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs: Genesee edges Grangeville

Genesee rallied back from a slow start and a 25-17 halftime deficit to defeat host Grangeville in a Wednesday night boys basketball battle.

Shepherd to push EPA nullification

Eight months after the Riggins-area suction dredge mining community put its case to U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, suction dredgers packed a joint hearing of the Idaho Legislature’s natural resources committees last Monday, Feb. 3. An hour of testimony – including speeches from two Idaho County elected officials – led to the Feb. 6 introduction of a bill by Rep. Paul Shepherd of Riggins to declare Environmental Protection Agency regulations “null and void.”

Ranchers, hunters to fund wolf control proposal

In his January “state of the state” address, Gov. Otter proposed $2 million in seed money the state would provide to establish and fund a new wolf control board.

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Put Me In, Coach

Lawson Roberg, having fun on the GHS basketball court.

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Bulldogs run down Charter

The Bulldogs made short work of a Central Idaho League foe with a 19-0 start en route to a 53-19 win over Charter last Saturday, Jan. 25, leaving only Orofino to stand between Grangeville and the CIL title.

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Bulldogs clock Maniacs, lock up league title

With just one Central Idaho League game remaining after Grangeville thumped Orofino, the CIL's unbeaten leaders pulled two games ahead of second place Tuesday night.

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Two wins from league title, Grangeville preps for CDA

A dozen and one days after playing a double-overtime thriller at Colton, the Bulldogs made swift work of the Wildcats on Monday night, Jan. 20.

County takes on bridge maintenance

The Salmon River Road’s blacktop leads to the Manning Crevice Bridge, where construction of a new span is anticipated this fall. Idaho County has reached an agreement with federal agencies on maintenance, county commissioner Jim Chmelik said, under which the county has “reluctantly agreed to take over maintenance on the old bridge.”

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Straight Shooter

A few snowflakes fell Sunday morning, but wind made for a few more misses than usual at Grangeville Gun Club, which opened the Camas Prairie Trap Shoot in eighth place in the team standings.

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GHS girls win ‘Shootout’ rematch

Barely a minute into the varsity opener, when Prairie girls varsity coach Lori Mader called a timeout to turn a scramble for a loose ball into an extra possession for the PHS girls, it was clear the Pirates intended to try to squeeze the maximum from every slight advantage they could find.

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Prairie, Grangeville split Friday night double-header

With a GHS gym packed for four games Friday night, the Grangeville girls powered past Prairie 51-44. The Pirates claimed victory in the boys game, 54-48.

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How Grangeville alum Jennifer Mills turned a passion into a career Running after life

When Jennifer Mills got serious about running as a teenager during the early 1990s, she launched herself into the routine with the relentlessness of a distance racer.

Wilson returns, but Genesee rolls

Area basketball roundup

Grangeville guard Michael Wilson returned to the lineup, but was limited to six points in his first action of the season.

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Pirates slam reigning champ Savages; nab third win of week over area’s elite

It ended on an uncontested dunk by Salmon River’s Leighton Vander Esch, but the second half on Thursday night, Dec. 19, had already seen Prairie leading by as many as 18 points late in a 66-55 Pirates win.

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Humbled by Colton, GHS thumps Asotin

Sullivan averages 11.3 points per game for the week as Grangeville improves to 5-1.

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New look Bulldogs hit six three-point shots in first game

Even with one of their gunners out injured, five Bulldogs hit at least one three-point shot.

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Ready to defend, contend

Grangeville's basketball title defense begins Friday

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GHS grad visits old stomping grounds

Principal Ruzicka stops by with Centennial Football team

John Ruzicka, a Grangeville High School alum, was in town last week for a movie and a Friday morning walkthrough with the Capital High School football team.

Salmon River 66, Council 26: Savages claim back-to-back 1AD2 titles

Salmon River pulled ahead during the first quarter and scored relentlessly throughout its win over Council.

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Week 11: Thanks for playing, everyone

A thank you to all who played, plus one last pick.

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One down, one to go: Savages move on from 1AD2 semifinal

Savages return to 1AD2 title game; they’ll face Long Pin rival Council.

Disaster ruling to expedite bridge repair

Urgently needed repairs are in progress on a bridge near milepost 33 off State Highway 14 west of Elk City, according to Idaho County officials who sought and received a disaster declaration from the county commission this month in order to streamline what is normally a complicated permit process.

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1AD1 semifinal: Pirates place third as Troy rallies late to advance

Prairie's bid to upend Troy began with a brilliant offensive and defensive sequence and included a couple of magic moments near the end of the contest.

GHS girls win home opener: Grangeville 77, Lapwai 65

With 28 points from Chantel Key, the Grangeville girls basketball team won its second game of the season.

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Salmon River 44, Dietrich 0: Savages reach second straight title game

Salmon River defeated Dietrich in lopsided fashion in Saturday's 1AD2 semifinal. The Savages will play for the state title at Boise State.