Doyel Shamley of Nevada-based Veritas Research Consulting will accompany and advise Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik in visits with Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests officials later this month.
After a week of shuffling players into new roles in the wake of a narrow loss in their Central Idaho League opener earlier this month, the Bulldogs played near-perfect defense in a lopsided win over St. Maries last Friday night, Oct. 10...
At the upcoming Mountain View School District 244 board meeting Grangeville Youth Soccer organizers — a group of seven families strongly committed to the local program for ages kindergarten through sixth grade — will ask the board to consider launching a fall varsity girls soccer team.
The U.S. Forest Service is asking a federal judge for a mulligan on a travel planning decision at the heart of its years-long court battle with the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA) and Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC).
Clearwater Valley High School (class of ’96) alum Callie McPhee won the Idaho High School Activities Association’s state “Official of the Year” award by vote of IHSAA members for her work last season.
A contest for control of the Central Idaho League’s top seed spun out of Grangeville’s grip despite the Bulldogs building early leads during three of the four games on Sept. 30.
With Central Idaho League play set to open on Friday night, Oct. 3, at Orofino, Grangeville whipped the Lake City JV 42-14.
If not for a new drainage system installed at Prairie’s field during the off-season, a midweek storm may have made a slog out of the game last Friday night, Sept. 26.
Western Pacific Timber (WPT) delivered an Upper Lochsa Land Exchange proposal to the offices of Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador last Monday, Sept. 22.
A famous boxer supposedly said “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” Clearwater Valley’s designs for slowing down Kamiah took a hit 15 seconds into the game last Friday night, Sept. 19.
During the third quarter of a lopsided 41-6 win over McCall -Donnelly last Friday night, Sept. 19, Grangeville’s junior quarterback, Layton Harris, marked four games in a row with at least two touchdown passes.
The Johnson Bar Fire on the Moose Creek Ranger District has grown along its southeastern and northwestern flanks, where a Sept. 12 heat map showed fire activity increasing in conjunction with warmer weather last week. Firefighters surged into the area late last month, and as of Sept. 15, the fire had not crossed any of the lines built in August.
Commission approves $18 million budget; property tax rate unchanged
As part of a 19 percent bigger budget for fiscal 2014, which the Idaho County board proposed last month and approved last Tuesday, Sept. 2, the county commissioners tabbed $3.3 million for a major airport renovation during the upcoming fiscal year. The money will fund a new runway at the airport in Grangeville, where the county anticipates construction as early as the end of summer, 2015.
Prairie’s season opener featured a matchup of two of the Whitepine League’s elite teams — a rematch between teams whose places in the WPL pecking order were determined by a back-and-forth 96-point shootout last September in Cottonwood.
The Whitepine League standings include just two league games so far, with reigning WPL champion Troy and chief contender Prairie still undefeated after Week 1.
Kooskia Krush won the 2014 Grangeville Co-Ed Softball League championship last Wednesday night, Aug. 27, at Lions Park, by claiming a 15-9 win over runners-up Brew Crew.
Less than a minute into the Bulldogs’ 2014 opener, defensive back Michael Wilson — Grangeville’s most experienced varsity player — picked off Moscow’s third down pass attempt and returned it 10 yards to the Bears 12. Two minutes later, Jack Lawrence — a junior running back and linebacker making his first varsity start — showed off his speed with a touchdown run around the left side of the formation.
Two years ago, Harvard researchers found a link between two motor neuron diseases: Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) — and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which threatens the life of tiny Oakley Smith.
The Nez Perce Tribe was “surprised at the tone and unusual nature of the letter” it received from the Idaho County Commission last month; that’s how Nez Perce Tribe chairman Silas Whitman put it in a reply the county received from the tribe on Aug. 12.
A fire first reported Aug. 3 on federal ground about one mile southwest of the Johnson Bar Campground took four days to grow to 400 acres, running down into both the Goddard Creek and Elk City Creek drainages; last Friday, Aug. 8, it sprinted south, jumped Goddard Creek and expanded by almost 800 acres.
“It was our mistake, not the tribe’s,” Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said last Monday, Aug. 11, of 28 years of garbage fees the board failed to collect...
Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) booked a boom year in fiscal 2014, which ended June 30: 347 million board feet valued at more than $72 million was harvested on endowment trust lands the agency manages.
Ominous clouds move through the area every August, but last weekend an especially cruel twist of lightning struck fire into an area stoutly defended by a local fire crew just three weeks ago. Though the Pittsburg Fire eventually swelled to 8,000 acres, an interagency command credited a Salmon River Ranger District crew’s initial attack with stopping the fire’s advance below Highrange Ridge.
About a mile and a half east of the Lochsa Lodge, Western Pacific Timber has a “for sale” sign and about 80 acres up for subdivision and developed. Located near Forest Service Road 111, the land is a tiny portion of the company’s holdings in that area, but the sale would be enough, in WPT attorney Andy Hawes’ words, “to keep the lights on.”
In May, the Idaho County Commission discovered a mountain of uncollected garbage bills which have been piling up since 1987 on account of a flaw in the county’s billing system. Last Thursday, July 24, board chairman James Rockwell sent the Nez Perce Tribe a letter requesting payment of more than $327,000 and asking the tribe to budget more than $19,000 per year to cover garbage collection on tribe-owned property in Idaho County.
West of old Golden, the South Fork Clearwater River bent around the feet of mountains.
Funding has been locked in and a Boise-based contractor will be carrying out the nitty-gritty details of engineering a replacement for the aging Manning Crevice Bridge, with planners pushing back the anticipated start of construction to late next summer.
When lightning struck a few miles north of Pittsburg Landing 10 days ago, it hit a sore spot for locals who lost property when fire surged over Pittsburg Saddle seven years ago. That fire – the Poe Cabin Fire – claimed more than 58,000 acres and no fewer than two residences as well as much private timber and stored hay.
Hot weather, good food, friends and family – it must have been Border Days.
Congressional Rep. Raul Labrador today, July 9, is introducing legislation to set up a permanent county-operated shooting range on about 31 acres north of Time Zone Bridge.
Boosted by this spring’s rain, area crops are on track – and many are in excellent shape, according to University of Idaho’s Lewis County ag extension agent Ken Hart. Winter wheat crops are doing “about average,” Hart said Tuesday, July 1.
Twenty years ago, Hetty Dutra ventured out on the proverbial thousand-mile journey from Wallowa Lake, Ore. to the Bear Paw Mountains in Montana. This year, she is once again tracing the path taken by the non-treaty Nez Perce during the war, which broke out in White Bird during June 1877.
Bulldogs make their annual passing camp another big hit
The Grangeville High School football squad took to the famous blue turf at Boise State University for the football camp the Bulldogs have attended annually under head coach Jeff Lindsley.
Superior. That’s one word for the rough stock that ran the cowboys ragged at the 25th Annual White Bird Rodeo held last Friday and Saturday, June 13-14.
River runners steered a wide variety of watercraft around and sometimes through the “Haystack Wave” in the Lake Creek Rapids east of Riggins during the Big Water Blowout last Saturday, June 7.
Achievements boost PHS’s Cochran, co-valedictorian, to West Point post
It’s one of history’s secrets: The first time anyone ambitious enough to pursue such a bold idea thought to hold a rodeo here.
Federal planners may soon be more able to deliver on the old vision of conservation the first national forester, Gifford Pinchot, wrote of during the Forest Service’s early days: “where conflicting interests must be reconciled the question will always be decided from the standpoint of the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.”
Bass, medley lift Grangeville girls; Lindsley, Blankenship carry GHS boys; Prairie relays double; Arnzen wins; Eades’ shot put title sets school record
“...the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” — Hobbes, Leviathan
The Grangeville boys and girls teams won their respective regional team titles last Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, at the 2A District I-II track meet held at Kootenai High School. The 1A regionals, held at the same time and place but scored separately, saw the Kamiah boys place third, while the Prairie girls and boys placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
“We had a conversation about striking out,” Clearwater Valley coach Josh Bradley said after his young squad pulled off a 16-7 upset of Whitepine League top seed Genesee last Thursday, May 16.
As revealed in the Forest Service’s April 30 response, the federal and local governments are in agreement on one point in a lawsuit over Golden-area road closures: the Forest Service does not recognize “Idaho County’s claim to control and ownership of the Buckhorn Creek Road System.”
Clearwater Valley surprised Genesee with one of its best performances, and will play Prairie for the 1A District II championship Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.