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David Rauzi

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Robber to serve time for heist: 27-month stretch for 19-year-old

The getaway driver in May’s US Bank robbery in Cottonwood will spend more than two years in federal prison.

Wind gusts cut power, roll semi

High winds from last Friday night’s storm resulted in minor power outages and a non-injury semi-truck crash.

Election 2014: official results: County shows 60.55 percent turnout

Idaho County voters made a good showing at the midterm elections: 60.55 percent (5,773) of total registered voters participated in the Nov. 4 general election, according to official results.

Flue blaze spreads to burn home

Initially reported as a chimney fire at a home northeast of Kooskia, a Nov. 13 blaze soon spread to destroy the entire structure.

Weippe man in good condition following crash

A Weippe man is listed in good condition following injuries suffered in a two-vehicle collision east of Weippe last Thursday, Nov. 20.

2013 Crime in Idaho County: Larceny again tops list

Thou shalt not steal? Disobeying the eighth commandment remains the top criminal problem in Idaho County.

Council to change bulk water fees; Walco talks on DEQ landfill plans

“Basically we’ve been giving away bulk water free for years,” said Grangeville Public Works Director Jeff McFrederick.

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Agencies begin determining disaster priorities, county mitigation projects

As participants worked through grading the magnitude and frequency of hazards and potential disasters in Idaho County, coordinator Brad Tucker, Northwest Management Inc. (NMI), joked on the emerging trend that incidents here are of high risk and occur rather frequently.

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On Target ... For Fun

Kooskia First Presbyterian Church held its annual community party Friday evening, Nov. 21, at the Kooskia Community Center on Main Street.

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Focused On The Story

Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew read to kids and parents Monday night, Nov. 17, at the Grangeville Centennial Library’s annual pajama party.

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2012 Census of Agriculture: Idaho County Stats show profits up, farm acres increased

Idaho County’s agriculture industry is showing profit, and the small family farms continue to become fewer, according to statistics released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Accidents mark start of winter weather

Winter’s first snowfall took motorists for a ride last week, resulting in numerous crashes, including one incident involving four vehicles that escalated when an Idaho Transportation Department snowplow slid into an Idaho County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle.

Cat licensing ordinance change dead

“From day one I have not been in favor of changing the ordinance,” said Grangeville City Councilor Wes Lester. “I say to leave it alone.”

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Speed a factor in single-vehicle rollover crash on Lukes Gulch Road

Speed was a factor in last week’s single-vehicle rollover crash in which a Grangeville woman was injured.

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ICLP hosts 76th annual meeting

Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative members received a report on their utility’s business at last week’s 76th annual membership meeting, held in Greencreek.

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Brandt, Frei win county commission; ‘yes’ to rec district

Nov. 4 unofficial election results; county voter turnout high at 60 percent

Tuesday night unofficial election results show a GOP sweep in the Idaho County Commission race, with Dist. 1 incumbent Skip Brandt and Dist. 2 newcomer Mark Frei receiving the voter majority.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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