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Absentee voting under way for school district levy elections

Decisions on March 14

Absentee voting started Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Idaho County Courthouse for regional school district levies up for decision in the March 14 election. Those wishing to register to vote in this election can either do so at the polls election day; or they can register at the courthouse, however, they will need to also vote at that time.

New boiler purchased for city pool; other council news

“It’s February and snowing, and we’re going to talk about the pool,” joked Mayor Bruce Walker.

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Dancing The Night Away

The Festival of Hearts, a fund-raiser hosted by the Syringa Hospital Foundation, was held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge last Saturday night, Feb. 18. Prize winners for the evening: Alex Frei won a $500 gift certificate from B&B Bargain; Jeff Day won a gun safe from B&B Bargain; Jennifer Zimmerman from Inland Northwest Blood Center won the muzzleloader; and Jake Simler won the .22 rifle.

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Hitmen Lay Down The Beat

The Festival of Hearts, a fund-raiser hosted by the Syringa Hospital Foundation, was held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge last Saturday night, Feb. 18.

Meth by mail: Felonies charged in drug postal delivery

Preliminary hearings are set in both Idaho and Valley county magistrate courts for two people charged in relation to a postal delivery of methamphetamine earlier this month.

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Warm, wet weather system may bring more runoff

Concerns for travel corridors include Lolo Pass

Problems from rain and melting snow are forecasted to resume starting Thursday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula. A warm and wet system, complete with mild temperatures and measurable rainfall, will occur Thursday through Friday. While this system will be quick to cross through the region, a total of a half- inch to an inch of rain is likely during this time.

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NRA Banquet Fun

Attendees packed the Grangeville Elks Lodge Friday night, Feb. 10, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go 50/50 toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.

Constitutional amendment for term limits? Whoa, not so fast


Are congressional term limits an idea whose time has come? Whoa, not so fast. President Donald Trump rode into the White House on the wave of that public sentiment voicing “It’s time for a change.” Now, looking to strike while the iron is hot, Idaho’s Rep. Raul Labrador is introducing a term limits constitutional amendment for congressional members.

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Issues ‘relatively minor’ from warm system that brings melt

Months of snow came off in a rush last Thursday, Feb. 9, as temperatures warmed that —- assisted by gusting winds — turned ice into rushing water. Reports started coming in to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at 7:21 a.m....

Idaho County production up from 2015

For Idaho County, 2016 saw a dramatic increase in crop production, in comparison to the prior year, per data released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Increases, per crop, varied from more than half to one-and-a-half times what producers saw in 2015.

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‘Sew Day’ production line pieces quilts to recognize, comfort area veterans

‘We have a long waiting list...’

Work was falling to pieces last Saturday. Busy hands operated sewing machines while others moved rotary cutters across fabric, which would head to the stitchers, later to undergo the hot pressure of irons. “We couldn’t have done anything without our pressing fairies,” one woman said. But ensuring stitched seams were steamed flat and true was among all the essential steps in turning fabric into handmade quilts that would soon be bestowed upon area military veterans.

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Democrats focus on messaging, strategy at meeting

Republican-dominated state: ‘Doesn’t mean we stop’

What issues are upcoming, and where do Democrats head from here? Officials with the Idaho Democratic Party (IDP) spoke to more than 40 people who attended a Sunday morning politics potluck, Jan. 29, at the Soltman Center in Grangeville. Key speaker was Mat Erpelding, Dist. 19 Representative and Minority Leader for the House. He acknowledged the continuing challenge of electing Democrats in a Republican-dominated state; for his own part, he didn’t get into politics, he said, because it was easy.

Loggers helping protect water quality? You bet!


Turn on the tap, or drop a line in a clear river. You’re enjoying the bounty of Idaho’s fantastic waters. So, thank a logger for this when you see one.

What would you like to see on this opinion page?


What do you think? It’s nice to be asked, and we’re taking a break from giving our opinion on the world of Idaho County this week to ask you how readers can better interact on this page.

Grangeville adopts revised multi-hazard mitigation plan

Storm damage, disasters or emergencies: Before problems occur, or if and when they do, Idaho County is ready with a plan. Last month noted the last of the region’s governmental entities to sign on to the Idaho County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. On Jan. 17, the City of Grangeville adopted by resolution the plan

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Tracks At Tolo

Animal tracks were recently pictured traveling across the frozen surface of Tolo Lake outside Grangeville.

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Tactic used fire to save home

‘Looking to find opportunities to go in and make the kill’; North Mill house a total loss; ground floor property largely salvageable

Firefighters spent hours battling a two-story structure fire late into Saturday evening that looked poised to consume the entire home. But a tactic allowing the blaze to breech the roof provided the opening crews took to arrest its progress and largely save the ground floor and most of its personal property.

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Fire strikes Grangeville home

Road blocked as firefighters work on North Mill Street

Three engines responded when a house in the 400 block of North Mill Street in Grangeville caught fire on Saturday night, Jan. 28.

Concern for confusing subdivision code has city considering ordinance revision

Initially a great idea, buy-in fees may have stunted development

“I want to get the discussion started,” said public works director Jeff McFrederick, who addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting on existing codes for city development, specifically on reworking the subdivision ordinance.

Your voice had impact with Kooskia bridge issue


Your voice made a difference. And as a result, the East Kooskia Bridge is headed for repairs and continued use.

County law enforcement agencies’ stats released in ISP rape kit report

Idaho State Police Forensic Services recently released findings on evidence collected in sexual assault investigations that includes data from Idaho County law enforcement agencies. Data came from 118 Idaho law enforcement agencies and details the number and status of sexual assault kits held by each agency. The survey was mandated by the Idaho Legislature per a state law enacted last year.

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Keeping Ahead Of Runoff

Grangeville Public Works crews were out last Wednesday, Jan. 18, clearing drains and keeping them clear following a temperature rise that melted off a significant portion of the town’s snowfall. Here, crews hack through ice buildup to clear a water backup at South State and East South streets that threatened to flood Bell Equipment.

County poverty rates stable, household income increased

U.S. Census report:

For 2015 within Idaho County, according to U.S. Census estimates, 2,559 people of all ages were listed in poverty, or 16.3 percent of the 15,744 population.

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Swinging Time In Greencreek

More than 300 people attended the St. Anthony’s Society Annual Crab Feed at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday night, Jan. 21. Along with heaping plates of crab, the evening also featured music by ‘80s rock band, Centerline. Pictured is one of the couples who rocked the dance floor late into the evening.

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Kamiah mill fire attributed to activity during building demolition

“minimal loss” due to the fire

Kamiah Fire Department wrapped up its investigation of last Thursday’s fire at the former Blue North Mill site concluding hot work from a cutting torch touched off a blaze that destroyed the old mill building.

City survey’s value is in accountability to citizens


Is the recently completed Grangeville Community Survey – citizen opinions on city and community services — just all “touchy-feely” busy work with no substantial result other than yet another report to file? We’d argue that city residents’ opinions are part of the public record, they have been reviewed in official session by city officials, and the results and candid comments are on display for anyone who requests them.

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‘Oomph to knock a manhole cover off’

Vactor vehicle offers public works proactive, in-house maintenance

This truck sucks, and Grangeville public works director Jeff McFrederick couldn’t be happier. Councilors gathered prior to a city meeting last month to look over a Vactor combination sewer cleaner recently acquired by public works. Purchased for $130,000 through the formal bid process, the truck combines high-pressure water jetting and a high-flow vacuum source to scour pipes clean, and then vacuum the material causing blockages to restore and maintain normal flow.

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Don’t touch it

Thursday outage a reminder to avoid downed lines

- Power was disrupted to 75 customers of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative last Thursday evening, Jan. 12, when a power line broke along Highway 7. - “The most important thing here is that everyone stays away from any downed line, and don’t ever think that it is dead. Consider every line energized until it is repaired.”

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Snow, rain system Wednesday may cause problems

Hazardous travel, snow loading issues into Jan. 18 evening

The National Weather Service office in Missoula is forecasting a weather system will bring wet and warmer weather to central Idaho and western Montana starting this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 17) and likely peaking in intensity Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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Scout project provides flag drop box

Container for worn flags at vet center

Have a damaged U.S. flag that needs to be disposed of? Toss it in the can!

Arrest warrant issued for Boise man

Thousands in stolen property recovered

Law enforcement is seeking a Boise man following recovery last week of thousands of dollars in stolen items recovered during a warrant search at a Riggins property. An arrest warrant has been issued for Joshua Blair Manley, 27. The warrant has a $30,000 bond and nationwide extradition. Those with information on Manley’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) at 983-1100, or their local law enforcement agency.

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Food Bank Donation

Representatives of Pine Tree Credit Union in Grangeville presented a $4,832 check to volunteers with the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Funds were raised through the second annual food drive – sponsored by the credit union and Bud’s Powersports that matched $3 with every dollar donated.

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NICI inmates hand out presents

Inmates from North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood handed out presents of their own making on Friday, Dec. 23, to residents at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood Shelter Home, and in Grangeville at Meadowlark Homes and Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation.

Man faces felony firearm charges

A Grangeville man faces firearm-related felonies resulting from his New Year’s Eve arrest.

Avalanche threat ends; US 12 open

Highway closed Sunday night

After a nearly two-day closure due to threat of avalanche, U.S. Highway 12 was set for reopening as of press time Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 10.

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Calling The Dance

A snowy night didn’t discourage attendance at last Saturday’s Jan. 7 gathering of the Mountain Dewers Square Dance Club.

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ARC Blood Drive

The American Red Cross reported a great turnout for its blood drive in Grangeville last Thursday, Jan. 6, held at the Idaho National Guard Armory, with 68 donors generating 60 units.

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Undetermined on when U.S. 12 to be reopened

Sunday night closure of highway due to avalanche risk east of Kooskia

UPDATE, Jan. 9 - When travel will resume is undetermined at this point, following a Sunday night closure of U.S. Highway 12, east of Kooskia, due to avalanche danger. Threats to safety were too high to allow motorists to traverse the route, according to Jake Melder, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

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Pushing Winter Around

A series of recent winter storms have kept regional maintenance crews busy – including pictured here Dec. 30 in Grangeville — in keeping roads clear of snow.

System maintenance advised in wake of fires

Dec. 23 blaze destroys Kooskia trailer home

Following several recent fires in the community, Kooskia Fire Chief Mark Anderson advises residents on preventative measures to avoid problems. “This is the time of year when most of our fires are heating system related fires,” Anderson said.

Fire, police good; streets? not great

Council takes 32-page survey summary under review

People’s opinions on city services? Fire, police, clerk’s office and the library get top marks. Not so much for basic city infrastructure: Sidewalks, curbs, streets, as well as ordinances, received the lowest ratings.

White Bird teen charged in fatal crash

A White Bird juvenile has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatality accident on U.S. Highway 95 last summer.

IDeal accounts in region nearly $700,000

College savings more than double state rate

Idahoans are opening more IDeal college savings accounts, and Idaho County leads state growth by more than double.

Observations on district’s use of force policy


The framework of a “use of force” policy continues to be shaped by trustees for Mountain View School District 244. The outcome is inevitable: A policy will be formed, no question about it. But the form it will take is still shadowy at best at this point. Two things we’ve observed through this process, now more than a year in the works.

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Keeping the water flowing

Mager clears way for Heritage Square fountain to run free

“When it gets below 20 or 15 degrees,” he said, it’s important to ensure water remains circulating. Otherwise, pipes will freeze; the last time this happened, the fountain was off for three months until it was warm enough to thaw and resume operations.

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Grangeville woman treated after vehicle strikes Irwin Drug building

A Grangeville woman was treated last week for minor injuries following a single-vehicle crash

‘Drive sober’

Emphasis patrols run to Jan. 3

Idaho County law enforcement will be conducting impaired driving emphasis patrols through the holidays as part of a nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Deputies with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office have been allotted extra hours to go out and look for impaired drivers, who will include those who have put themselves and others on the roads at risk through both alcohol and narcotics use.

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Snow, cold temperatures forecasted into weekend

Expect travel difficulties in mountain passes; North Central Idaho temps to see minus digits

UPDATE, Dec. 16, noon – Snow and cold continues, with conditions to cause issues for travelers and potential hazards for those outside for extended periods.

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Morning collision at Irwin Drug sends one to hospital

Grangeville woman treated for minor injuries

An elderly woman was transported to Syringa Hospital after a vehicle crash at Irwin Drug on South State Street this morning, Dec. 14, in Grangeville. Grangeville Police Department is investigating. The cause was unknown as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

24-7 volunteer EMT service often overlooked


So critical, emergency medical service is a blessing we often overlook to count.