The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration have announced their intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Columbia River System operations and configurations for 14 federal projects in the interior Columbia Basin.
Restrooms at the Idaho County Courthouse were out of service Thursday, Oct. 20, while a City of Grangeville work crew dug a hole in the west edge of the courthouse lawn in search of a leaky bit of plumbing. The problem first emerged with water flowing into Main Street at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was temporarily fixed Wednesday only to reemerge Thursday morning.
Salmon River's volleyball team added two district tournament wins to the streak the Savages have run off against Long Pin Conference foes, defeating Garden Valley 3-0 on Oct. 15 and defeating Council 3-0 in the District III title game last night. The district title comes with a berth in the 1AD2 state tournament, Oct. 28-29 at Bonneville, where the Savages will play the District IV champion -- either Lighthouse Christian or Carey -- in the first round.
Bulldogs maul Maniacs 21-6
Pity the coin-operated laundromat washers and dryers.
Prairie thundered Troy 42-20 after a slow start saw the Trojans strike first, on a long pass play, last Friday night, Oct. 7.
Three Whitepine League district volleyball seeds are set in the upper division, and four are firmed up in the lower division.
St. Maries 8, Grangeville 0
An 8-0 final score last Friday night, Oct. 7, began with ominous turnovers by both teams: back-to-back fumbles foretold a defensive struggle during the first cold rain of the season at the Bulldogs home field.
After years of arguing with the Federal Highway Administration over the Salmon River Road, Idaho County has accepted the Salmon River Road was “completed…per the project agreement” in September 2013. The county had been seeking changes that could make the road cheaper to maintain.
New public defender sought
Grangeville attorney Victoria Olds will serve as magistrate judge for Lewis County. Olds was selected by the Second District Magistrate Commission last Thursday, Oct. 6, to replace retiring Magistrate Judge Stephen Calhoun. It is expected she will be sworn in January 2017.
Grangeville High School seniors Katrina Frei and Luke Stokes were crowned homecoming queen and king at halftime of the football game Friday night, Oct. 7.
An interception return during the final minute of the second quarter set up the first and only score of the 8-0 win St. Maries claimed Friday night at GHS.
"St. Maries is without question one of the top three teams in the state,” GHS coach Jeff Lindsley said. “They have the seniors — 10 of their 11 starters on defense, which is uncommon at the 2A level — so it’s their turn, so to speak.”
GHS special teams made three key plays as Grangeville beat Parma 44-21 last Friday night, Sept. 23.
Clearwater Valley senior Cole Olsen finished second overall among the boys at the Seaport Invitational cross-country meet held last Saturday, Sept. 17, in Clarkston.
Salmon River won the Grangeville Tournament with a 21-18, 21-11, victory over the host Bulldogs in the final last Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Pirates rushed for 278 of 386 total yards during their 42-0 demolition of Council Friday night, Sept. 16.
Trey Pfefferkorn ran for a couple of touchdowns, Mitch Morrow ran for one and threw for three, and the CV Rams led by 40 at halftime of a 60-12 blowout win over Timberline Friday night.
The solid waste system is more solid financially this year than it was last year, and the Idaho County Commission is working to control a key cost – the tipping fee landfill operators assess in exchange for accepting trash. If a new landfill is established near Council – as Idaho, Adams, Valley, Clearwater and Lewis counties are working to do – the difference for the county could be as much as $6.30 per ton to dispose of Idaho County’s 40 tons per day, or about a $90,000 per year difference.
The Bulldogs gained a late chance to tie when Frankie Zumwalt recovered a fumble, with Clarkston turning it over in the course of trying to run out the fourth quarter clock. But the Bantams defense rose to the occasion and kept GHS from advancing near their goal during the final three minutes of their 33-26 win last Thursday night, Sept. 8.
Savages quarterback Tucker Boyd threw a touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown and delivered three two-point conversions, all of which had Prairie trailing 30-18 entering the fourth quarter.
The Grangeville soccer squad has been voted eligible for the district tournament, GHS soccer organizers said Monday night, Sept. 12. Before this week, the Bulldogs had been operating on the idea that they’d be eligible for their first post-season next fall.
It was a perfect first night of the new bowling season. Doug McRoberts knew it would happen this year, because he knew Louie Serrano had bowled 15 previous perfect games. McRoberts, who owns and operates Camas Lanes in Grangeville with his wife, Brenda, had come close as others had in recent years. The facility record stood at 297 until the breakthrough came last night, Sept. 8, when Serrano made a bit of local history when he rattled off 12 strikes in a row for Camas Lanes' first-ever 300 game.
The Bulldogs struck first, and struck repeatedly to beat Orofino 7-2 Tuesday night, Sept. 6, in front of their first home crowd. Roughly 50 Grangeville supporters turned out despite wet weather that slowed the action on the GHS pitch, located on the freshly-lined patch just west of the football field.
Grangeville’s cross-country program consists of two boys with big aspirations this fall, under the tutelage of coach Jim Suhr.
Whitepine League football
Clearwater Valley had Wallace right where the Rams wanted them during the first two minutes of the Whitepine League contest held last Friday night, Sept. 2, at the Kibbie Dome.
McCall-Donnelly had trouble countering hard hitting from Rachel Kelley and Maicee Conner, as well as the serving of Kenzie Kennedy, Paige Lindsley and Kate Lutz last Thursday night, Sept. 1. Conner, Katrina Frei and Lindsley also hit well against the Vandals during Grangeville's return trip to McCall Sept. 6.
Despite what the final score might suggest to those who weren’t at GHS last Thursday night, Sept. 1, this one wasn’t close, and couldn’t have been expected to be. The Bulldogs posted a 47-30 win over the Lewiston JV.
Prairie’s daunting week involved two key road matches, and Genesee and Troy knocked the Pirates from the top of the standings.
Genesee had the Pirates off-balance during the first half and built a short-lived lead, 12-8, last Thursday night, Sept. 1. Prairie rallied to a 40-18 win behind sophomore quarterback Spencer Schumacher, who hit four of 12 pass attempts including a touchdown throw to Hunter Chaffee.
Rep. Raul Labrador’s visit last Friday, Sept. 2, marked the end of his first tour of the district he represents in Congress, where has shown a willingness to clash with Republican leaders such as former Speaker John Boehner.
Bulldog of the Week
Grangeville High School sophomore Booker Bush was doing something he had never done before when he got the start under center last Friday night, Aug. 26.
One of the area’s most decorated football players, Jake Bruner, is off to College of Idaho to play basketball this fall.
After preserving an 18-15 victory over Grangeville when TJ Wiltse’s 40-yard crack at a last-second kick to tie deflected off a teammate, the host Bears threw a very public party for themselves last Friday night, Aug. 26.
Next level athletes
Prairie Pirates softball standout Hailey Danly — a talented setter with the PHS volleyball program — is headed to Walla Walla Community College for college softball and pre-engineering.
After years of looking at it, the Forest Service will take another look at the Clear Creek restoration. In December 2015, Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert opted for restoration in the Clear Creek watershed. Her decision on the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project came after years of analysis, which had found that by exercising care during harvest and decommissioning disused roads it would be possible to reduce sedimentation east of Kooskia in the long term while also bringing 85 million board feet of timber to market.
During the Idaho County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, commission chairman Jim Chmelik said the Gun Club Fire started when tracer rounds were fired by “a couple of people who were members of the gun club” who, he said, “did step up and say ‘we did it.’” “They didn’t try to hide it or anything,” Chmelik said, “but they might as well have just gone down there with bottle rockets.”
State agency looks to secure S.F. Clearwater River fishing access at Harpster, aims to keep anglers from being shut out
IDFG working to buy Scott property
A popular fishing and swimming spot in Harpster may become public property, if the sale of a nine-acre private tract of riverbed goes forward this fall.
The Grangeville High School soccer team took the field for the first time Saturday, Aug. 20 at Moscow, where the Bears' big advantages -- size, experience, numbers and the home field -- proved too much for the upstarts to overcome.
Next level athletes
Among the many aspects of her athletic ability, Krystin Uhlenkott’s ability to jump high and spike hard stands out in hindsight — not only for how that skill made her one of setter Hailey Danly’s go-to girls, but also for propelling her all the way to Pendleton, Ore.
Clear Creek at issue:
An October 2015 difference over $1.2 million foretold part of a full-blown federal case that may undercut the Clearwater Basin Collaborative’s long-sought restoration of the Clear Creek drainage southeast of the Middle Fork Clearwater River’s confluence with the South Fork.
Pursuit vehicles had to switch to local frequencies as they passed from county to county
A scofflaw tested the emergency communication system last week, coincidentally, on the day after the Idaho County Commission appointed two men to a regional board that helps keep radio connections working smoothly during incidents that involve multiple jurisdictions.
Idaho County citizens may be on the hook for half of the $1.3 million estimated cost of starting up
During the next year, depending on how negotiations proceed, Idaho County citizens may be on the hook for half of the $1.3 million estimated cost of starting up a five-county joint landfill to be located near Council. That’s because Idaho County would be delivering half the tonnage to the new landfill – about 40 tons of solid waste per day.
Competitors get the crosscut saw in line, ready for the Jack and Jill event at Saturday’s Aug. 13 logging show, part of the annual Elk City Days celebration. For event results, see page 8A.
Next level athletes
Unlike many others who go on to college sports after successful times at Grangeville High School, Abigail Stowell didn’t start playing her sport of choice early in childhood.
Bulldogs to visit Moscow Aug. 20
It’s soccer season. Soccer practice started statewide on Monday, Aug. 8, and a 6 a.m. session at Grangeville High School marked the first time the Bulldogs have taken the field for this sport.
As work on the Manning Crevice Bridge continues, a second large crane arrived last week by way of Burgdorf and micropiles that form a key part of the base were finished. On top of the micropiles, a 20-foot tall concrete abutment will eventually be constructed, and on top of the abutment, a 75-foot tall steel tower will eventually be placed.
Riggins fire burns 49 acres
Initial attack quelled several new fires in the Grangeville Interagency Dispatch fire zone last weekend, and the 2,400-acre Cedar Fire forced new closures in the deep woods 11 miles south of the Powell Ranger Station.
Nearly three months after its first public comment period ended, and after several rounds of editing, the Idaho County Commission adopted a new natural resource plan at the board’s regular meeting Aug. 9. The plan stakes out the county’s position on numerous land management issues, and is intended for use by project planners at other levels of government.
Increase largely due to justice, jail, murder trial issues
The amount of property tax Idaho County requires to pay public expenses is going up, but the commission’s decision isn’t expected to make a big change to the rate most homeowners pay. “A good portion of the increase is due to bad people,” commissioner Skip Brandt said, noting that a new murder trial for Mark Lankford has been budgeted in, as have changes in the county’s adult probation, public defense and jail systems.
Next level athletes
Alongside other 2016ers, Madison Brown had boosted the girls volleyball and basketball programs’ high expectations from the time she was a freshman, but her capstone season came to an abrupt end when her knee gave way after she went to block an opponent’s shot last winter.