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Idaho County Republicans pull Crapo support following Trump decision

Senator Mike Crapo crossed a line in the sand for Idaho County Republicans who last week pulled their support for the three-term incumbent just days following his decision to pull his endorsement for GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. As a result, the Idaho County Republican Central Committee (ICRCC) stated, in an Oct. 11 letter to the senator, its members would not be providing physical nor financial support toward his re-election campaign, which would include sign and literature distribution, as well as removal of signs currently placed.

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Platform to address issues, more responsive - Meyers

Election 2016: Dist. 7 Senate - Crabtree, Meyers race for state seat

From education to economics, District 7 is faced with a complex set of issues, according to Ken Meyers. “There are a lot of things we need to be focused on,” he said, “and we have a platform here to focus on them,” within the Idaho Legislature.

GOP needs to own dissent regarding Trump candidacy


We must disagree, in part, with our county Republican friends in their disassociation last week with Senator Crapo for his decision to rescind his endorsement of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Ceremony opens new vet center

A place to meet

One person stood clear of the scissors at Saturday’s dedication ceremony for the new veterans’ center in Grangeville. “I’m commissioned now and they won’t let me touch anything sharp!” joked Robert Skinner, commander for the State of Idaho American Legion. Around 160 people attended the Oct. 15 event, celebrating the grand opening of the Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 East Main Street.

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Golden Harvest

Assembly draws neighbors, apples to start a tasty fall

Even the yellow jackets were friendly. Such was the golden fall Clearwater Valley morning on Saturday, Oct. 1, as several dozen people gathered at the Tahoe QRU building on Leitch Creek Road to combine apples and elbow grease into smooth, sweet cider.

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Kooskia Cowboy Breaks Loose

District 3 High School Rodeo held its last event for the fall season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. The season starts up again with events beginning late-April 2017. Pictured here on Sunday was Luke Olsen of Kooskia in the junior high breakaway event.

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Cause under investigation in Oct. 5 Stites mobile home fire

Cause is undetermined for last week’s fire that destroyed a Stites double-wide mobile home. The rental residence at 420 Old School Avenue was determined a total loss, according to Fire Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department.

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Olds pick for judge position

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.

A welcome return for Oktoberfest celebration


Oktoberfest: Did you have a good time? Great. Now let’s keep that ball rolling.

Alcohol suspected factor in U.S. 12 fatality accident

Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s three-vehicle fatality accident at Kamiah. Rex D. Pevehouse, 83, of Orofino, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

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Newcomers vie for house seat: Chilcott

Election 2016: Dist. 7A (Chilcott)

‘Important to do a good job for everyone in the district’ — Chilcott

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Martinez: Improvements to department, public service

Election 2016: Sheriff - Contentious race on achievements, needs for change

“I want to work for the people and take this department in a direction that everyone can be proud of and rally behind,” he said.

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Fire Prepares Fields

Landowners were burning fields just south of the Idaho County Airport last Friday, Sept. 30, the backdrop for asphalt work under way on the newly reconstructed runway.

IRS scam makes rounds of Kooskia says Johnson

A phone call that you owe back taxes to the federal government? That you had better respond or the sheriff’s office will be serving you a warrant? “Hopefully, everybody knows the IRS doesn’t work that way,” said Robert Johnson.

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Martinez endorsement ad draws Giddings’ comment at Grangeville city council

'My main concern is politics has moved into the city police ...'

Contention within the Idaho County Sheriff’s race spilled into city government business Monday night. Sheriff Doug Giddings addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting concerning an endorsement ad that ran last week for his opponent, Carlos Martinez, featuring five city police officers – including Chief Morgan Drew.

Idaho Falls motorcyclist hurt in Sept. 23 crash

Inattention was cited as a factor in last week’s motorcycle crash that injured an Idaho Falls man.

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Sweet Pressure

About 50 people participated in the third annual Tahoe QRU Apple Cider Pressing fund-raiser, held Saturday morning, Oct. 1, on Leitch Creek Road outside Kooskia. Participants combined a range of apples — including red and golden delicious to McIntosh and gala — and elbow grease to press out smooth, sweet cider. The event raised $156 for the volunteer emergency medical response organization. Pictured here helping participants is (right) Tahoe QRU EMT Irene Finehout.

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Felony manslaughter charged in Friday’s fatal US 95 collision

Marea L. Burkenbine, 57, of Grangeville died in Sept. 30 accident

Excessive speed and loss of control are alleged factors in last Friday’s fatal collision accident at Grangeville, which resulted in a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter against the driver involved.

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Fatal crash at US 95, Main Street intersection

State police investigating early morning Friday, Sept. 30 accident

A Minnesota truck driver has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter following this morning’s fatal two-vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 95 at Grangeville.

PILT, SRS again at issue; funds no less warranted


At issue – yet again — are millions in federal appropriations to rural communities, including Idaho County: PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding.

Kretschmer sentenced; sentencing set in felony theft

Crime Briefs:

Sentencing set in felony theft, stolen checks case; Kretschmer sentenced in storage unit burglaries, thefts

Texas man dies in Sunday crash

Health condition a possible factor

A Texas man was killed Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 14. Frank H. Sayle, 67, of Sealy, died at the scene.

Somber anniversaries mark need to avoid complacency in region’s back country


This month marks a series of sad anniversaries.

Elk City slide cleanup set for end-of-month

“It’s getting close.” Under the best-case scenario, by the end of the month, State Highway 14 will return to normal through the Elk City slide site, with cleanup, repair and stabilization work essentially completed by that time, according to Reed Hollinshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

Brody seeks Idaho Supreme Court justice seat

'They want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law...'

In discussing her race, candidate for Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody said Idahoans she’s talked with across the state share a common view. “More than anything,” Brody said, “they want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law and that they will apply the law equally, no matter who walks in the courtroom, and that their voice will be heard and considered.”

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Future Gridiron Stars

Clearwater Valley played against Grangeville last Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the area’s youth football program. The 5th/6th grade boys played the evening game at Grangeville High School with CV winning 14-12. Here, CV ball carrier Anthony Fabbi runs up the field with other players in pursuit.

Local voice needed in oversize shipments issue


The issue has laid dormant for a few years, but the matter of oversized shipments being transported along U.S. Highway 12 has returned to the public sphere. Your comments are sought for a proposed rule to regulate these along a nearly 100-mile stretch of the road.

Montana motorcyclist dies in US 12 accident

Montana resident Gerald Mick died last week following a motorcycle versus vehicle accident along U.S. Highway 12.

James Piotrowski (D) to face Rep. Labrador in November

Election 2016: race for Congress

James Piotrowski grew up in a family that emphasized public service; his parents were involved in service and youth organizations. And in his legal career, Piotrowski took that service to heart in representing the real needs of working people, the disabled community and helping to enhance and protect civil rights, he said. “This race is an extension of that,” he said, “to make Idaho the best it can be while respecting what it already is.”

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Quartet Crooners

The Gonzaga University Concert Choir performed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11. The performance, “Unclouded Day: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals” was part of the monastery’s Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude program. The numbers on the program included a traditional barbershop quartet song, Coney Island Baby, seen performed here.

Prison time suspended, probation ordered for gold nugget thief

Jacob W. Collier of White Bird was sentenced Aug. 15 on felony charges for burglary and grand theft for a December 2015 incident at Hoot’s Café.

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Smith retires from USFS after 30-plus years

“It’s been a really good career. I’ve been very lucky,” said Laura Smith, being around many good people in and out of the federal agency, having received excellent training through the years, “and working with the finest folks around.”

Turner faces grand theft charge for stealing rifles, handgun from roommate

Already incarcerated, awaiting a court hearing on burglary and theft allegations, a Stites woman faces a new charge regarding stolen firearms. Jamie I. Turner, 36, waived her preliminary hearing for felony grand theft at a hearing Friday, Sept. 2. Turner was bound over for arraignment at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26. Turner also will have a hearing on two felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor counts of petit theft related to July incidents at The Establishment in Grangeville.

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Yard watering guidelines recommended to curb excessive usage, strain on Grangeville system

Water, water everywhere … and that’s a problem for Grangeville Public Works. Excessive water use is a strain on the municipal water system during this time of year, and the city is encouraging residents to adopt more efficient use for lawn irrigation. “If they can follow yard watering guidelines, they can still have green lawns and also save money on their water bills,” said Eric Jones, public works maintenance lead.

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Honored Service To City

At the Aug. 15 council meeting, retiring Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department chief Dan Tackett (left) received a plaque of appreciation for his service to the city from Mayor Bruce Walker (right). Tackett has served nearly 30 years on GVFD and as chief since 1994. “He’s been an excellent chief,” Walker said at the meeting, complimenting on his professional management of the department. “He’s done an outstanding job for the City of Grangeville.”

Brothers charged in 2013 firearms theft

Three years after a Clearwater-area residence was burglarized and firearms were stolen, two Grangeville brothers have been arrested in connection with the crime.

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Power Swing

Randall Miskin of the Kooskia Krush team powers through a swing during last Friday’s Aug. 26 double elimination championship tournament, held at Lions Park in Grangeville. The Krush team lost both games that evening to the Brew Crew team, which won the championship.

Stop being passive; you need to be engaged


Often times the cry is heard that public officials are “doing things behind closed doors” or pushing agendas without the knowledge or consent of the public. Could it be that we simply didn’t take the time to pay attention to what these officials were doing until we stumbled across it late in the game? It’s much easier to push the blame on public officials than take responsibility in admitting we weren’t paying attention.

Rate increases, road projects set in FY17 budget

Sept. 6 public hearing: Grangeville City Council

The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 15 percent increase in its fiscal year 2017 budget. Set at $5,496,785, the proposed budget – effective Oct. 1 at the start of the fiscal year – would include additional funds for planned city street work, as well as rate increases for services. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., during the regular Grangeville City Council meeting. Comment on the proposal will be taken, after which the budget will be considered for adoption.

Hey, watch your political mouth


Readers on this letters page will be informed that the Idaho County Democrats’ booth was vandalized during the Idaho County Fair. Of course, it wasn’t you who did this. This was the work of dumb, or perhaps both dumb and dumber, acting out the only kind of political discourse he or they were able to do: graffiti and demolition. Perhaps they celebrated their triumph later by shooting out power pole insulators.

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2016 4-H, FFA Livestock Sale; up from 2015

2016 4-H, FFA Livestock Sale; up from 2015

Construction flagger struck, injured on Tuesday

Brenda Ehrard, 55, of Pocatello, was airlifted

A construction flagger was transported by Life Flight Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, after being struck by a vehicle.

Council hears plans for Capitol Tree visit in November

Christmas plans were announced early at the Aug. 15 Grangeville City Council meeting, as the Forest Service announced plans for a November presentation of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Meth, explosive found at arrest of eluding suspect

Godwin, 34, faces multiple felony, misdemeanor charges

An anonymous tip last Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Culdesac man, sought on outstanding warrants, who allegedly fled from a traffic stop last month. Now, Timothy Joshua Godwin, 34, faces multiple charges resulting from the July pursuit as well as from the weekend’s arrest that include felonies for eluding a police officer, and possession of both methamphetamine and an explosive device.

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Smile for the camera?

Video sensors run Grangeville signals; state project at end

What’s up with those cameras at Grangeville’s stoplights? Equipment upgrades at the Main and Idaho streets intersection propose to make for more responsive signal changes and better assist road-crossing pedestrians.

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GVFD firefighters receive honors

Six Grangeville firefighters were recently recognized at a department function.

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‘Life safety is the first thing of everything’

Mager new chief in charge of Grangeville fire departments

Saving structures and personal property are important to firefighters, but Bob Mager spells out their top overriding duty: “Life safety is the first thing of everything,” he said. “If mamma can’t find little Billy then the whole thing stops. You may lose the building trying to save a life, but that’s the first thing: life safety.”

Life is more fun in person; get to the county fair


Presidential politics. Regional economics. Immigration. Health care costs. The impending family arguments at Thanksgiving dinner. OK, we’ve got enough seriousness on our plates to literally last us through the end of the year. So let’s set that stuff aside and focus on something more locally pressing: You’re going to the Idaho County Fair this year, right?

Magistrate post draws applicants

Two Grangeville attorneys apply for Lewis County position

Two Grangeville attorneys are in the running for a vacant magistrate judge position in Lewis County. Daren Fales and Victoria Olds are both private practice attorneys.

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That Kooskia Smile

A string of rodeo flag bearers provided welcome smiles during Saturday’s Aug. 6 Kooskia Days parade. Here, carrying the flag for the Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association is Roberta Dutcher Paul of Kooskia.