Chips are down ... so drive slow
Complete and under budget, city chip sealing is complete. Grangeville Public Works asks drivers to keep it slow and steady until streets can fully set up with the first good cold weather this winter.
Shoppers spent time downtown Grangeville last week, Aug. 10, 11 and 12, for the annual Crazy Days sales. Here, Irwin Drug set up its sales on its Main Street sidewalks for easy access.
Aug. 25 preliminary hearing set
A Kamiah man will appear in magistrate court this month, charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16, a felony. An Aug. 25 preliminary hearing is set.
Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?
Grangeville city meeting Aug. 7
The project will move forward on a private effort to develop a band shell at Pioneer Park. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Grangeville City Council approved tentative conceptual plans for a trapezoid-shaped structure to provide a public entertainment venue.
"We were very fortunate"
Cottonwood firefighters made short work of two minor grass fires set off in freak incidents Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6. “We ended up having two at the same time,” said Chief Roy Uhlenkott, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department, with both controlled to small areas, having avoided any structure or property damage.
The face of Idaho County is looking grayer these days. According to recent U.S. Census estimates comparing changes from 2010 to 2015, the age 65 and older population has consistently increased, between 2.5 to 3.4 percent, making up 24.7 percent of Idaho County’s total population (4,025 of 16,272 as of July 2015). During this same period, the median age in the county has increased steadily from 48.0 to 49.6.
During wildfire season and its threats to homes and property is the ever-present danger to firefighters working the lines to contain blazes and stop their spread. The human cost to fighting these fires was recently brought home by two recent incidents in Montana
Theft, or larceny, was Idaho County’s top offense for 2016, according to an annual crime report released this month from Idaho State Police. Last year, a total 77 larceny incidents were reported to the region’s three law enforcement agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments. Tying as the county’s second highest reported crime were drug/narcotics and drug equipment offenses at 61 each, followed by 59 simple assaults, 56 burglaries and 31 vandalisms.
Unknown suspect at this time
Grangeville Police are currently investigating a Sunday evening indecent exposure incident at Lions Park involving two children as reported victims. “We don’t have any known suspects at this point,” said Chief Morgan Drew, and police are following leads based on the physical descriptions given.
Write a lettter to the editor
An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the Idaho County Free Press attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.
A court date is pending for a Kooskia man charged with felony drug and firearm charges following a traffic stop last month.
Politics energizes us as few things can, which explains why rivers of cash flow toward candidates and causes. Wouldn’t that same enthusiasm be nice when it comes to funding our own communities and causes.
An Arizona man was sentenced early last month in connection to a 2014 accident resulting in the death of a Grangeville motorcyclist.
“It was ordered in anticipation of increased activity from firefighting, and to take into account the ongoing taxiway closure for construction work,” said airport manager Mike Cook.
'The only thing that changes is all local calls will have to dial 10 digits'
Making a call? Don’t forget the area code. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 5, Idahoans will need to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number to make a local call.
The Triple Bar Drill Team held its O-Mok-See last Sunday, July 30, at the Border Days Arena in Grangeville.
Mother, 2-year-old escape injury in Sunday rollover
Two unrelated motor vehicle injury accidents were reported on U.S. Highway 12 last Saturday, July 29, requiring medical transport.
Grangeville August 2017 Chip Seal Project
Work begins Thursday, Aug. 3, on Grangeville’s half-million-dollar city-wide chip seal project. What you need to know this week:
'This will be an inconvenience to pilots, but the runway remains open'
Construction work currently under way at the Idaho County Airport will put completion to last year’s multi-million-dollar runway and taxiway reconstruction project. Fixed-wing pilots will still be able to use the facility, though a west end portion of the taxiway will be closed for this phase of work, set to last 10 days; and the east end will be closed for improvements tentatively starting Wednesday, Aug. 2, and last about a week. Taxiway work was broken into two phases so aircraft could still use the facility.
It’s the biggest chip seal project ever to be conducted in Grangeville, and it starts next week. An estimated 238,000 square yards of city streets will be completed in about a two-week period by contractor Herco of Lewiston. Just less than $500,000, the project will stretch north to south from the truck route to Harrison Street at the city limits, the bulk of work to be conducted on multiple blocks north and south of Main Street between Idaho and Meadow streets.
This Grumman HU-16 “Albatross” was parked at the Idaho County Airport last Friday, July 21.
Today’s view is more often looking outward to solve our problems. Economic development is one such area that we look to others – politicians, non-profit cooperatives, paid consultants — to address and solve. But the first and best tool lies at home: your local chamber of commerce.
Fixed-wing aircraft will still be able to use facility
Construction work starts at the Idaho County Airport on Tuesday, July 25. A portion of the taxiway will be closed during this approximate 10-day period, as will a second portion during another closure tentatively set to start Aug. 8 and last around five days.
“Definitely that will be a plus,” said Chief Terry Cochran, Cottonwood Police Department, on a state proposal for intersection safety improvements at Graves Creek and Twin house roads.
Comment sought by July 30 on proposals
An estimated $86 million-plus in Idaho County infrastructure work is being proposed – starting next year and through 2024 — as part of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP).
Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.
Private grassland southeast of White Bird burned overnight July 7, with locals who stayed up late taking photos of the burning at Baker Creek waking up to find the swath showing little activity Saturday morning.
Border Days festivities start off each morning with the Cowboy Breakfast at the Masonic Temple. Pictured here on the first day, Sunday, July 2, were Jeannie Fitch of Riggins with her son, Jed, and his family, receiving from VFW members “poppies of rememberance.”
"...we come back for Border Days to see everyone..."
Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.
"Pilots have been very happy with it" -- on the reconstructed facility
Vintage aircraft will be on display as part of next week’s grand re-opening of the Idaho County Airport. The public is invited to attend next Wednesday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the facility on Airport Road, across from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Office in Grangeville.
Recent regional population information released
Population numbers are up for the state. Not so much for Idaho County. According to population estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Idaho County had a total 16,156 in 2016, down by 104 from the year prior.
Swan, 60, went missing following May 28 crash into Salmon River
A body found in the Salmon River on Saturday has been identified as Kenny Swan, 60, who went missing following a May vehicle accident.
The 106th Grangeville Border Days is July 1-4 (Saturday through Tuesday), with each day loaded with events.
Are you ready? This Saturday, July 1, kicks off Grangeville Border Days. Whether a local or a visitor, this event is for you.
Frazier: "He really has served this community well"
“Have a great time. Be safe,” exclaimed Scott Garrett, CEO for Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU), as water jets shot off at the new splash pad for more than a dozen excited bathing suit-clad kids waiting to jump in.
For now, a Lions Park concession stand lease renewal for Grangeville Youth Baseball stands in limbo as the city council last week reached an impasse regarding policy consistency and the issue of conducting commerce on municipal property.
What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.
The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center hosted a Vietnam veterans welcome home and recognition day on Sunday, June 25. The Grangeville facility was filled to capacity, with the crowd spilling outside for the afternoon event that included a barbecue, music and presentations, which included from Quilts of Valor.
Need for ‘clear minds’
“We want to have law enforcement focus on safety and safe tactics,” said Ehrhardt, “for them, as well as for bystanders and innocent people who happen to be in the area.”
The Kooskia Saddliers held an O-Mok-See last Saturday, June 24, at their arena just north of town on U.S. Highway 12.
U.S. Census report: Business Patterns
Though there may be fewer business establishments in Idaho County than there were a decade ago, U.S. Census estimates released recently show an increase during this same period in both employees and annual payroll.
Crews with Avista and the Border Days Committee were out early Tuesday morning, June 20, hanging flags along Grangeville’s Main Street, another indicator the four-day celebration — July 1-4 — is nearly upon us.
'It’s getting better; it’s not as long as it was'
Delays have lessened but still remain an issue for driver’s license issuing in Idaho County, as well as across the state, due to continued system compatibility issues that likely may not be resolved until next year.
“I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.
Allegations of area thefts may have been behind last month’s felony assault incident at a Lucile boat ramp.
Changes due to price variations, land availability
While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.
Searchability for key words and phrases is another big feature
Just how did prominent Nezperce farmer Wm. Shockley propose to “entirely eliminate” smut from the country? What act of bravery did local man Charles Sales commit to receive $1,000 from O.R.&N. Company?
30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville
That was the sound of German engineering rolling into Grangeville. Coming at the end of the week highlighted with area high school graduations, 30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville on Friday, May 26, participants in the Ramshorn Rally.
Summer’s warmth and green seems finally to be here after months of cold and lots of precipitation. Taking advantage of a warm spring day recently (May 13) were these boys at the Kooskia City Park.