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David Rauzi

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Honor dead by keeping obligations to the living


Public commemorations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day give veterans those opportunities to remind adults about what we may have taken for granted in our ease and complacency, and to instill in a new generation the essential values of service and duty to our nation. But while we honor the dead this weekend, our ongoing efforts should be to support the living.

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World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

Memorial Day Weekend: Lochsa River Madness

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

River conditions stall search for missing women

Car involved in crash located

River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.

Investigation ongoing, charges pending following searches

Suspect detained; undetermined if related to regional crimes

Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.

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Frei, Duman take commission seats; levies pass

Primary Election May 17: unofficial results

Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.

One hurt in two-vehicle crash May 10 north of Cottonwood on U.S. 95

A citation for inattentive/careless driving is pending against a Grangeville man who was injured last week in a two-vehicle accident one mile north of Cottonwood on U.S. Highway 95.

Beyond revenue, marijuana legalization also brings new challenges, duties


Right now it’s all smiles and visions of economic opportunity for Idaho’s neighbors. But while the grass is truly greener over the other side of the fence, pot legalization comes with a new set of challenges that may put some perspective to those seeing it as just gold at the end of the rainbow.

Thieves take opportunity, keys to drive away with cars

Two local car thefts within Grangeville had one thing in common: “In both vehicles, the keys had been left in the car.”

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Ready to vote?

Primary election is next Tuesday

Elections are next Tuesday, May 17, for contested county and state races: Idaho County, Dist. 7 Legislature

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At The Car Wash

The Grangeville High School tennis team held its annual car wash fund-raiser at Les Schwab Tires on Main Street last Saturday, May 7.

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Hand In Hand

Couples danced to the sounds of Coltrain at Saturday’s April 30 ICARE Barn Dance at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. The event raised funds for ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) that serves Clearwater River communities in providing benefits to area cancer patients who are actively undergoing treatment. To date, ICARE has helped a total 176 people with a total $80,900.

Felony pot charge against Washington man

May 10 preliminary hearing set for Bruce

A May 10 preliminary hearing is set for a Washington State man charged with felony possession of marijuana.

Burn permits required starting May 10

Notify sheriff’s office of activity ask fire officials

Starting next Tuesday, May 10, Idahoans must obtain a burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting certain controlled burn activities. Permits can be obtained online at .

Focus to ‘ensure justice for all’ for Gutierrez, Supreme Court candidate

Gutierrez is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court

Sergio A. Gutierrez of Nampa is one of four candidates seeking an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in the upcoming May 17 primary. To succeed Justice Jim Jones, the top candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the total votes; otherwise, the top two candidates will have a runoff in the Nov. 8 general election. The justice candidate visited Grangeville last Thursday, April 28, as part of his statewide campaign.

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Salmon River Country

The Salmon River Community Church, located just off Main Street in Riggins, is nestled in the mountains alongside the Salmon River.

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BLM Office Going Up At Cottonwood

The new BLM Cottonwood Field Office is currently under construction and phase I is scheduled to be completed by early July. The new 7,000-square-foot office building and 4,800-square-foot storage building will replace the existing facilities with more modern, energy efficient buildings and consolidate space for the public to access services. Phase II consists of demolition of the remaining building and construction of the parking lot, and will be completed by mid-November.

County airport work set to start in June

“Hopefully we’ll know on the grant for the taxiway by June 1,” Cook said, “which will allow for construction of both the runway and taxiway by Valley Paving this year.” Estimated work time is 75 days for the runway and 55 days for the taxiway, with completion set by the end of October.

IFG confirms Blue North mill purchase under way

“Closing is subject to due diligence”

Idaho Forest Group on Tuesday, May 3, confirmed it is in the process of purchasing Blue North Forest Products, LLC, in Kamiah. “Closing is subject to due diligence,” said Shannon Fuchs, manager for IFG’s Grangeville mill, “that is likely to be cleared in mid-May.”

Finding common ground, property rights at issue for pair

Election – Dist. 7 Senate – Crabtree, Nuxoll

Carl Crabtree of Grangeville will challenge incumbent Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood for the District 7 Senate position in the May 17 Republican primary election. The winner in this race will face Democrat Ken Meyers of Sagle in the Nov. 8 general election.

Spain lottery sets off ‘warning bells’ for Riggins woman

Apparent good fortune arrived in the mail last week for Althea Herman. But this resident at Rapid River Subdivision south of Riggins had suspicions from the start she had not just become a multimillion dollar lottery winner. Multiple misspellings, awkward sentence construction and inconsistencies with the return address: These were quick indicators that the letter she received last Thursday, April 21, was a scam attempt.

Grangeville couple, Harpster woman hurt in regional crashes

Idaho County residents were injured in unrelated accidents within the region, reported by Idaho State Police (ISP).

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NICI Warden Lynn Guyer breaks free: Guyer retires after 30 years with IDOC

It’s full circle for Lynn Guyer. The 52-year-old Cottonwood man, who started his career 30 years ago as a correctional officer for North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) at Cottonwood completes it at the same facility, retiring from the warden position at the end of the month.

Reining in restrictive regulations, conservative values at issue

Election – Dist. 7B Rep. – Shepherd, Steneck

Incumbent Paul Shepherd of Riggins will face off against challenger Kris Steneck of Elk City for the District 7B Representative position in the May 17 Republican primary election.

Candidate forum format needs to change


Is the candidate forum as we know it dead? Is public interest at such a low? Or is the tried and true method of finding more out about candidates in a public setting as relevant as a VHS player?

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‘There are different ways...’

County, Dist. 7 candidates hit questions at GOP forum

GOP candidates for Idaho County Commission and District 7 legislative positions attended a political forum in Grangeville, one of three organized last week by the Idaho County Republican Central Committee.

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Prom at PHS

Prairie High School hosted its annual prom on Saturday, April 23, with the theme “Diamonds are Forever.” The 2016 royalty were king Brandon Higgins and queen Krystin Uhlenkott. Among those hitting the dance floor Saturday night included (pictured) Josie Peery with Danial Leonard In the background are Jordyn Higgins, and Chaye Uptmor with Luke Stokes.

Unwanted meds turn-in event this Saturday

Events in Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, Cottonwood

Area law enforcement agencies will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday, April 30, as part of an annual nationwide effort with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to prevent medication abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Base grizzly delisting on opinion of TV vampire?


Celebrity endorsements: Harmless enough when famous faces are hawking cereal, cars or phone companies; much more insidious when it’s matters of significant public policy that national politics – often driven by the fickle fingers of public opinion — will impose on the West.

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Caked In Color

The second annual Kamiah HOSA Color Blast Run drew 124 participants last Saturday, April 16, raising approximately $2,100; one-third will go toward the chapter and two-thirds to the ICARE organization that assists local cancer patients. Participants both ran and walked the 5k route that started at Kamiah High School. Kamiah HOSA chapter adviser Terry Law thanked event sponsors and volunteers, noting it was “a lot of fun” for all those involved. Among the participants was this well-coated multicolor girl.

Arrest in FD truck, cash theft

Felony charges are pending against a 22-year-old Elk City man for allegedly stealing cash from a relative and then absconding with a recently donated pickup to the community’s fire department. Arrested this past weekend in southern Idaho, Quam M. G. Anderson is being held on $25,000 bond in Twin Falls pending transfer to Idaho County.

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B-I-N-G-O! For CV Graduating Class

The Clearwater Valley High School senior class hosted a Bingo and walking tacos night last Friday, April 8, to raise funds for its Safe and Sober Graduation Party. Among the evening’s participants included (L-R) student Hailie Roy and Mika Charley.

Public land use, garbage issues for Bennett, Frei

Election – Dist. 2 Commission

Public land use and access, solid waste, fiscal responsibility and need for new ideas are issues being raised in the race between Republicans Rusty Bennett and Mark Frei for the Idaho County Commission. Bennett will be challenging first-term incumbent Frei in the race for the four-year-term District 2 position in the May 17 primary election. The commission position makes an annual $24,424 salary.

Census reports minor 2015 growth for Idaho County

Idaho County saw a minor population increase, 0.4 percent, last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Minor wildfires burn acreage near Grangeville, Kooskia

Emergency personnel responded to two minor wildland fires in the region last Wednesday, April 6.

Idaho County SRS payment down 3.8 percent

Receiving $6.250 million

Idaho County will be receiving $6.250 million in federal payments, down 3.8 percent from year prior, through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS).

City to further pursue proposal for mountain biking trail construction at watershed property

Citizen interest in developing a trail for mountain biking within city-owned property south of town will receive further scrutiny.

Winds result in April 4 outage, trees in highway

High winds on a tail of a cold front last week resulted in minor highway blockage and a power outage in the Syringa area.

Natural resources, easing regulatory burden issues for Giddings, McMillan

Election – Dist. 7A Representative

White Bird resident Priscilla Giddings will face incumbent Shannon McMillan of Silverton in the May 17 Republican primary election for District 7A Representative. The winner in this contest will face Democrat Jessica Chilcott of Sandpoint in the Nov. 8 general election.

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U of I students spend spring break working with NICI inmates

'...we’re absolutely happy to be here'

Working with convicted felons on improving basic living and vocational skills and preparing them for employment may not be how many young people would want to spend their spring break. But nine University of Idaho students chose to do so earlier last month at North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood.

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Eye For Steelhead

Fishing has remained busy along the South Fork of the Clearwater River, including last Friday, April 1, where activity was seen along State Highway 14 from near the base of the Mt. Idaho Grade and right up toward Golden. Here, two men keep their focus at a popular hole near milepost 7 where steelhead were to be had. Check the latest fishing reports with Idaho Fish and Game online:

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Editor's Note

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Safety Precautions

Nearly two dozen kids participated in a March 26 bike safety event at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, one in a series of Extreme Adventure Club offerings for kids ages 8 to 18 through PICH (Partners Inspiring Community Health). Events are free and run through June. Next is an April 16 geocaching activity, contact Kirsten Jensen, 983-2667; on April 30, “A Taste of Italy,” JoAnn Smith, 507-0720; June 11, disc golf and pizza party, Kevin Asker, 983-6098.

Electrical issue causes Thursday structure fire at Twin Bridges home

Woman treated for minor smoke inhalation

An electrical problem was cited as a factor in last week’s structure fire at the Twin Bridges Subdivision. An estimated $5,000 to $10,000 in damage, primarily to the modular home’s electrical system, resulted from last Thursday’s March 31, fire, according to Chief Allan Yearsley, Salmon River Rural Fire Department (SRRFD).

Public safety: EMS starts with dispatch; don’t do THAT while driving


Public safety is on our minds this week; some unsung heroes to keep in mind, and a social activity you shouldn’t be doing while driving.

Girl Scouts back flags to improve pedestrian safety


With all the big, pressing, controversial, distressing issues out there, sometimes it’s nice to digress and just hit a few of the small ones. Ever given crosswalk flags a thought?

Crime Briefs

Felonies charged in meth possession, aggravated battery

Riggins woman charged with felony meth possession; Kamiah man charged with felony aggravated battery

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‘...someone to speak truth to power’

Idaho County Democrats heavy for Sanders in March 22 caucus

Last week’s Democrat caucus to choose a presidential candidate was just one of its purposes, explained event emcee Linwood Laughy to the approximately 160 people who gathered March 22 at the Grangeville High School cafetorium. “Let’s have open minds, listen and see what we can learn,” he said, and “… to participate in our democracy. And our country needs us to participate a lot.”

Splitting Kooskia off from district? Sheer lunacy


Splitting off Kooskia from Mountain View School District 244 is not ridiculous or crazy as its board representative, Mike Dominguez, said at Monday night’s meeting. It is sheer lunacy, and it’s implementation – were patrons to be so foolish as to be led down that primrose path – would spell disaster for that community, and more importantly, its kids.

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Klapprich chosen as 2016 White Bird Rodeo Queen

Grangeville High School freshman Bella Klapprich was chosen Saturday, March 19, as the 2016 White Bird Rodeo queen.

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‘We’re trying to meet all of the unmet needs...’

WUNCCIL helps replace Kamiah homes lost to fire

A week’s worth of hammer swinging put up two new homes for Kamiah families who lost everything to last summer’s disastrous wildfire season. The two wood-framed homes – one 600 square feet, the other 900 square feet — finished last week were around $30,000 each to construct, largely due to labor provided by Mennonite church groups out of Montana, donated lumber from area mills – CFI at Kooskia, Idaho Forest Group at Grangeville, and Blue North Forest Products and Empire Lumber of Kamiah – and financial generosity of North Central Idaho communities.