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.
A snowy night didn’t discourage attendance at last Saturday’s Jan. 7 gathering of the Mountain Dewers Square Dance Club.
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.
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.
A Grangeville man faces firearm-related felonies resulting from his New Year’s Eve arrest.
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.
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.
Container for worn flags at vet center
Have a damaged U.S. flag that needs to be disposed of? Toss it in the can!
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.
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.
A White Bird juvenile has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatality accident on U.S. Highway 95 last summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Grangeville woman was treated last week for minor injuries following a single-vehicle crash
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.
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.
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.
So critical, emergency medical service is a blessing we often overlook to count.
Results from a city-wide survey conducted this spring will be presented at Monday’s Grangeville City Council meeting. Pending its approval of results, the council is being recommended to subsequent actions to disseminate and discuss survey results with the public, and follow up on comments and areas of recommended improvement, strategic planning and follow-up.
Valleys to expect 'impressive totals;' potential impact to ground, air travel
More snow is on its way for Idaho County in a series of forecasted systems set to start Thursday evening, Dec. 8. Multiple rounds are expected, according to a Dec. 7 video briefing by the National Weather Service Missoula office, with Thursday beginning a four- or five-day period where many valleys will see accumulating snow each day.
A homeless man found in a church restroom last month faces a felony burglary charge.
Black ice a contributing factor in Dec. 4 accident
Two Cottonwood residents were injured in a Sunday evening, weather-related crash on U.S. Highway 95 along the Winchester grade. Idaho State Police (ISP) is investigating the incident.
Comment due Dec. 10 SH13 project at Butcher Creek
Butcher Creek Bridge on State Highway 13 is being proposed for $1 million in replacement work by the Idaho Transportation Department. This is one of 26 such projects ITD proposes for implementation throughout the state, pending available funding.
Grangeville Elks Lodge 1825 donated $2,000 to VFW Post 3520. Funds came through the Elks National Association’s gratitude grant provided to support local, charitable activities. Presenting the check on Dec. 2 were (L-R) Dan Tackett, vice president of the Idaho Elks Association; Eric Jones, Grangeville Elks Lodge trustee; and Chad Miller, commander, VFW Post 3520.
Three-quarters of a century ago, on this date, Dec. 7, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise aerial attack on the U.S. Naval facilities at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the event enraged the nation and launched U.S. involvement in World War II. We all know the story. Or do we?
Snow in mountain passes could hamper travel; frigid temperatures by Tuesday
North Central Idaho could begin seeing the impacts of a big winter storm as early as Saturday night, Dec. 8, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula, with significant snow amounts and frigid temperatures causing problems for travel.
Proactive forward-thinking plans by Idaho Democrats in the wake of the 2016 General Election are an inspiration for a change in state party politics overall.
Event now nine years running; volunteers do the job, ‘because we love it’
“The generosity of our community,” said Terra Hill, has provided for Pioneer Park Christmas lighting, allowing the public to “enjoy it in winter as well as summer.”
Idaho State Police is continuing its investigation into a two-vehicle collision last Friday, Nov. 25, five miles north of Ferdinand.
Unemployment for Idaho County is above the average for the state, in preliminary figures reported this month by the Idaho Department of Labor; however, it has dropped by half a percentage point from a year ago.
Christmas gets a little closer when the Main Street garlands go up. Members of the Grangeville Merchants and an Avista lineman crew with bucket truck were out Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, wrapping the 53 Main Street lampposts with LED-strung garlands. Pictured here, Melinda Hall was all smiles on the project, which she conducted with Nancy Asker and Jody Hoogland.
Back in business:
The Idaho County Airport is back in business. The county-owned facility opened to fixed-wing aircraft traffic on Monday, Nov. 14, after being shut down for more than five months to undergo nearly $7 million in reconstruction of both the runway and taxiway.
2016 Election: final results
2016 was a record turnout within the last three presidential elections for Idaho County voters at 83.10 percent, up more than 4 percent from the last highest year, 2008, when Barack Obama first took office. Results were canvassed Monday, Nov. 14, by the Idaho County Commission, confirming 8,517 ballots were cast Nov. 8 out of a total 10,249 registered voters. 2016 also saw the highest number of election day registrants – 783 – within the past three presidential elections.
Republicans also won more votes in opponents home counties to take District 7 seats.
For the District 7 legislative races, unofficial results are Carl Crabtree (R) of Grangeville won the senate over Ken Meyers (D) of Sagle, 14,318 to 5,071; and Priscilla Giddings (R) of White Bird overcame Jessica Chilcott (D) of Sandpoint, 13,647 to 5,633, for Dist. 7A Representative.
The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center in Grangeville hosted the Jukebox Saturday Night Swing Dance on Nov. 12. The evening event for veterans and families included music, dancing and time to catch up with friends. Pictured here: Amy Rose (right) of Greencreek, helps her daughter, Makayla, line up a pool shot.
2016 Election: final results
With Idaho County showing a presidential election record turnout of 83.1 percent, how did individual precincts fare, percentage-wise?
What does last week’s Idaho County Sheriff’s election have to say? Here are some thoughts:
Crews with Grangeville Rural Fire Department responded to a hay fire at Fenn Saturday night, Nov. 5, threatening nearby houses and a fence. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, which affected three tons of hay at the Wesley and Amy Palmer residence.
28 of 28 precincts reporting
By a slim margin, Idaho County voters chose to retain incumbent Idaho County Sheriff over challenger Carlos Martinez in Tuesday night’s Nov. 8 general election. - Other results: Dist. 7, local decisions
Foundation awards $6,037 in grants to Grangeville projects
We’re really excited to see the results of this grant funding in our community,” said John Bennett, president of the Grangeville Community Foundation. Bennett spoke to nearly 100 people who attended the foundation’s 2016 Appreciation and Grant Award event last Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Grangeville Senior Center.
October saw impressive precipitation levels through the region, according to preliminary data released by the National Weather Service Missoula office.
Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative finishes up a good year for revenue and operations, according to reports presented at its annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 3.
We can always find more ways to thank and support veterans. Here are a few suggestions that are easy to implement and would mean a lot to a military service person.
Reconstruction work has been extended, moving the reopening of the Idaho County Airport to Nov. 14.
Victim, Chandler, was Free Press correspondent for years
The driver who allegedly caused last week’s three-vehicle fatality crash east of Kooskia may be facing a criminal charge.
Out of disaster, residents served their neighbors’ needs in the best tradition of the state, according to Senator Mike Crapo, who recognized the regional non-profit WUNCCIL last week with his Spirit of Idaho award.