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Election 2014: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislative: Voters decide contested commission races Nov. 4

Idaho County voters head to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 4, to decide contested commission races and the formation of a White Bird recreation district.

Council tables cat licensing issue to Nov. 3 meeting

Ending a city regulation for cat licensing is looking to be no simple matter for the Grangeville City Council. And comment at last week’s regular meeting shows the issue lies deeper than whether there’s a tag dangling or not from a collar.

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Minor injury in two-car crash near Cottonwood

An inattentive driving citation is pending for a Moscow man who received minor injuries in a two-car crash last Friday, Oct. 24, north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.

Support of timber industry is your story to tell

What is vitally important to the economy and well-being of Idaho County? Say the “forest products industry” and you’ll get a lot of “tell us something we don’t know” responses around here. And rightly so, as this industry forms the historic bedrock of this region’s – and, in fact, the Northwest’s – formation and development.

Three-way race for commission in District 2

Election 2014: Idaho County

Voters have a three-way race of newcomers to decide from in the choice for Idaho County Commission District 2. Up for vote in the Nov. 4 general election, the two-year term is sought by Independent Matthew D. Bybee, Republican Mark A. Frei and Democrat Jerry Zumalt, all of Grangeville. The position’s annual salary is $23,945.

Incumbent focus on ‘less government involvement’

Election 2014: District 7 Senate race: Drews, Nuxoll

Cottonwood Republican Sheryl Nuxoll will face off for re-election on Nov. 4 against Democrat challenger Casey Drews (D) of Osburn for the District 7 Senate seat.

ISP investigates collision

Idaho State Police is investigating a multiple injury crash that occurred earlier this month at the Johnston and Tolo Lake roads intersection west of Grangeville.

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1870 Medal of Honor recipient receives belated grave marker: Smith recognized for gallantry

Actions of gallantry during an engagement with American Indians in the Arizona Territory more than a century ago warranted William H. Smith to receive the Medal of Honor. Less than 10 years later he died of natural causes and was buried in a cemetery near Mt. Idaho.

Election 2014: Dist. 7A house: Chilcott, McMillan Employment, education, ending obstruction issues for candidates

The need for legislators to end obstructionism and work for citizens’ best interests, such as in education, supporting living wages and job creation are issues in the race for State District 7A Representative, sought by Jessica Chilcott (D) of Sagle and incumbent Shannon McMillan (R) of Silverton.

Gunfire, fight ends in felony charges

A gunfire incident in Grangeville earlier this month has resulted in felony charges for two 35-year-old men. Preliminary hearings are set this Friday, Oct. 17, in magistrate court for Mike A. Heisey of Moriarty, N.M., and Abraham A. Oman of Grangeville.

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Equipment failure ends in pickup fire: Occupants, animals escape without injury

A vehicle malfunction is the suspected cause in a fire last week that destroyed a pickup on the White Bird Grade and partially obstructed traffic along U.S. Highway 95.

Scammers try threat, lottery win to defraud

Scammers are working familiar angles to defraud area residents of their money.

Election: Dist. 1 County Commission: Public lands, communication issues for pair

Public lands management and improving communication and education with county residents on its governmental operations are a few issues for candidates in the District 1 Commissioner race. Incumbent Republican “Skip” Brandt will face fellow Kooskia resident, Independent George Perry, in the Nov. 4 general election. This is a four-year-term position that receives an annual $23,945 salary.

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Three injured in two-vehicle collision, fire on Tuesday

Three people were injured yesterday, Oct. 7, in a two-vehicle collision on Johnston Road just west of Grangeville.

Minor injuries in two-vehicle collision Sunday east of Kamiah

Two people were transported for treatment for minor injuries suffered in a Sunday two-vehicle collision on Eldorado Creek/FS Road 500.

County drivers not rude, just annoyingly courteous

Someone once said that the value of a survey is not in the results but in the controversy it generates in its aftermath with folks vying to contradict its findings.

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Three injured two-vehicle collision Johnston Road; fire consumes both trucks

Johnston Road is closed as emergency crews extinguish a burning box truck involved in a multiple injury crash this morning, Tuesday, Oct. 7.

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Unrelated vehicle crashes result in two fatalities

Unrelated vehicle crashes last week resulted in two fatalities.

IDL controls Wild Plum Fire by Kooskia homes

Idaho Department of Lands crews last week contained the Wild Plum Fire four miles east of Kooskia at three quarters of an acre.

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Mendenhall convicted for Vandenburg’s beating death: 12-15 years ordered for manslaughter

Tara R. Mendenhall will spend more than a decade in prison for last year’s beating death of Lora K. Vandenburg.

Census shows county payroll increase for 2012

Idaho County reported a total $108.767 million in annual payroll for 2012, according to statistics recently released through the U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns report.

Bomb hoax arrest: SH employee charged for threat that locked down facility for hours

A Grangeville man faces a felony charge for making a false bomb threat last week that resulted in a lockdown of Syringa Hospital and disrupted patient services for more than three hours.

Drug, alcohol combo factors in Sept. 20 death

A combination of alcohol and narcotics is a suspected factor in last month’s death of David R. Pugh, 35, of McCall. Determination is pending testing of blood samples by the Idaho State Police lab.

Contractor compensates city half on project due to street problems

Knife River Corporation will be paying the City of Grangeville $12,500 to resolve a long-standing issue with degradation problems on its Pine Street paving project.

Bomb hoax scare at Syringa Hospital

Investigation under way; no motive, suspect as yet

(SEPT. 25 UPDATE) - Investigation is ongoing into Thursday’s bomb threat hoax at Syringa Hospital with no leads at present regarding a suspect or a reason.

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Heavy rain, wind gusts may hit region today, Friday

NWS: potential for damage, power outages

Heavy rains and wind gusts are forecast starting today for the North Central Idaho region, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula.

General election: Nov. 4 -Absentee voting under way; commission seats contested

Elections? Already? In-person absentee voting started Monday, Sept. 22, at the Idaho County Courthouse for races to be decided in the Nov. 4 general election.

Law enforcement warns impersonation scams making regional rounds

Scammer reveals call trick to CPD police

Scammers try many techniques to trick potential victims out of their personal and financial information, such as posing as representing a governmental agency. But those tricks can come to a halt if they unknowingly try to scam a law enforcement officer … such as recently with Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran.

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Autumn Whitewater

Unseasonably warm temperatures are providing good conditions for whitewater rafting enthusiasts to continue to enjoy Idaho County rivers. Last Saturday, Sept. 20, a group of several rafts were navigating the Salmon River near Lightning Creek Rapids.

No easy answers to address motorcycle fatalities

Usually in this spot we’re calling your attention to an issue and yapping about what we’d do to make the world a better place if we were named kings for a day.

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Cause under state investigation for 100-plus-acre Almost Fire

Cause is undetermined for a wildfire that burned more than 100 acres of private stubble fields off Old Highway 7 last Friday, Sept. 19.

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Cause of death, victim identity unknown in 30-year-old case

Who was this man, and how did he die?

He was someone’s son, a friend or co-worker to others. But who he was and how he died in the forested corridor along U.S. Highway 12 remains an elusive mystery. A classic cold case that is periodically revisited as tips or new forensic technologies arise. Meanwhile, the unidentified remains await determination. And it’s been a long wait for Mr. Bones — so named by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) – who has languished in a basement box since his discovery 30 years ago this month.

Cold cases: why they matter

You would hope that someone has not forgotten, that someone is searching for answers, that justice is being sought.

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Fatal motorcycle crash under ISP investigation

Idaho State Police is currently investigating a Sunday night rear-end crash between a motorcycle and a car on Johnston Road that claimed the life of a Grangeville man.

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Rape case needs info

Last month a woman was raped in Elk City, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in its investigation.

Doggone!: Impounded dogs stolen in city pound burglary

Doggone. Who stole the pups from the pound?

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Saturday crashes injure two

Two people were transported for medical attention following a Friday night, Aug. 29, chain collision accident on Glenwood Road.

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Holli Woodings, D, secretary of state candidate: Looking to solutions ‘best for Idaho’

It was through her service in the Idaho Legislature that Holli Woodings was encouraged to run for secretary of state.

Where’d my stuff go? Check your storage locker

Is your stuff safe? Are you sure? Have you checked?

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Balfe pleads; Fisher set for trial in bank robbery

A Meridian woman is set for sentencing this fall for involvement in May’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood.

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Woman injured, power down following utility pole crash

Anger is a suspected factor in a vehicle accident last week that resulted in a minor injury, a neighborhood power disruption, thousands of dollars in utility damages and the arrest of the driver on multiple misdemeanor charges.

Crash claims Keuterville man at scene: Woman dies following Aug. 19 accident

Inattentive driving is a suspected factor in last Thursday’s single-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of Matthew K. Seubert, 26, of Greencreek.

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Idaho County Fair 2014 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Gross sales up 13 percent from 2013

Gross sales were up 13 percent from last year for the Idaho County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale, totaling $272,866, though animal numbers were down.

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Skydiving draws Avista crew, public to event at Cottonwood Airport

Falling out of the sky isn’t a circumstance for enthusiasm. Unless you’re held in check by 350-plus-square feet of nylon parachute. Then that’s a time to be cheering.

Grangeville City Council to determine FY15 budget at Sept. 2 hearing

Next Tuesday, the Grangeville City Council will be considering approval of the proposed $5,426,922 fiscal year 2015 budget.

Rest areas a good opportunity for cooperation

Chances for success improve when you are engaged with partners sharing mutual goals. And we have a lightly tapped resource that could be the catalyst for such a cooperative effort.

Prison time pending for meth dealer

Prison time is pending for a Grangeville methamphetamine dealer, who as a result of his conviction was placed on a 365-day retained jurisdiction rider with the Idaho Department of Correction.

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IDFG volunteer, teens injured in SH 14 crash

Inattentive driving was cited as a factor in last week’s rollover pickup accident on State Highway 14 that injured a man and two teens en route to an Idaho Department of Fish and Game youth salmon camp at Elk City.

Appointee pending following Lorentz resignation

Appointment of a new Grangeville city councilor is pending, following last week’s resignation announcement by Brian Lorentz.

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Driver injured in rollover crash at Cottonwood

Also: U.S. 12 scene of several crashes

Inattentive driving was cited as a factor in last Thursday’s semi-truck rollover accident that resulted in minor injuries for the driver.

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