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David Rauzi

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Dumped cigarette butts apparent cause of grass fire

A small amount of acreage was burned in an apparent negligence-related grass fire at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Johnston Road (south) Wednesday morning, July 1.

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‘Old Glory’ all new for Main Street

Grangeville’s Main Street will have a fresh red-white-and-blue look come July 1.

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Accidental cause speculated for South Fork Café fire

Stites restaurant destroyed; draws multi-agency firefighter response throughout region

Initial speculation is an accidental cause for last Friday night’s structure fire that destroyed the South Fork Café on Stites’ Main Street.

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Mechanical failure torches truck, spreads to trailer, second vehicle

A Riggins-area couple escaped without injury last week from a fire that consumed their pickup, along with a trailer loaded with a second truck they were hauling.

Border Days 2015: Tips to get you through it

Whew! Hot enough for ya? What a way to start off the week going into Border Days.

Minor injuries after two-vehicle crash on Main Street, US 95

Two minor injuries were reported, neither requiring medical response, following a two-vehicle crash last Thursday, June 25, at the Main Street / U.S. Highway 95 intersection in Grangeville.

Fire destroys crashed semi, scorches hill

No injuries were reported in a chip truck accident south of Lucile last week that caused a minor 2.2-acre wildfire along a U.S. Highway 95 hillside. The semi-truck was destroyed and a portion of the trailer was damaged.

Idaho rural populations up 1 percent; Idaho County growth minimal according to U.S. Census estimates

Idaho County communities were a part — though incrementally — of a 1 percent population increase seen in the state’s rural areas last year, according to estimates released May 21 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Multi-agency response by Stites makes quick work of hayfield fire; conditions warrant care

A multi-agency response made quick work of a hayfield fire near Stites last week, an incident highlighting the start of fire season and, according to officials, a reminder to be prepared.

Vehicle registration, gas tax jump July 1

Increase funds state road, bridge projects

Idaho vehicle registration fees are set to take a big jump come the start of July, but an early trip to the DMV office could head off some of those extra costs, at least for a year.

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Flower bulb harvest coming into bloom for ‘iris lady’ Judy Bean

Brilliant colors of sunburst yellow, velvet purple, sky blue and burgundy wine stand along and through Judy Bean’s expansive garden plot above Harpster. Many of these irises are in full bloom and some just past. Bean is about ready for a harvest.

Monday accidents: Four sent to hospital following two-vehicle crash

Four people were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 95 just north of the Idaho County line.

Thinking on Father’s Day? Best gift is your time

Dads come into the spotlight this Sunday as we commemorate Father’s Day.

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Fatal accidents claim two local men

Tragedy struck just days apart last week in two unrelated traffic crashes that claimed the lives of two Idaho County men.

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Right Time For A Swim

Summer fun is in full swing along the Salmon River. Friends gathered for an afternoon swim in the heat of the day last Friday, June 12, at Skookumchuck south of White Bird off U.S. Highway 95. Pictured here are Adalei Lefebvre, Abbie Frei (in tube) and Jenna Denuit with Cameran Green in the back.

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Cottonwood, White Bird community projects awarded grants

Nearly a half million dollars in Idaho Community Development Block Grant funds were awarded in May to community projects in Cottonwood and White Bird. In Cottonwood, $150,000 will go toward a community center improvements project, and in White Bird, $300,000 will benefit a wastewater system project.

This is your page to praise, criticize or just talk

Community newspapers serve a variety of purposes, and one of the most important is to provide a voice for the opinions of its readers.

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Crapo visits county officials

“The issue isn’t public safety, it’s about ownership and unloading federal management onto the counties,” said Gene Meinen, supervisor, Idaho County Road Department.

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Suspicious trailer fire, multiple break-ins under investigation

Inquiry continues into last week’s fire at a Grangeville storage lot that destroyed a 24-foot camper trailer and led police onto possibly related burglaries at the location.

Senator Crapo’s visits make a difference

Do town hall meetings matter? Is there value in exercising your free speech to your elected officials among your fellow citizens? Can you truly say it’s made a difference?

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GPD investigating trailer fire connection to burglaries

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27: Investigators are actively working an early morning trailer fire incident that may be related to additional crimes at this location and in the area.

Scheduling conflicts result in year postponement for airport’s annual Warbird Weekend event

Due to scheduling conflicts for pilots and available aircraft, organizers for Warbird Weekend have reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s event, resuming the normal schedule for 2016.

ITD plans $2.5-million-plus projects at Grangeville, U.S. 95 starting in 2016

Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer.

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Elk City author highlights stories on long-lived for health book

Everyone seems to be interested in living well,” said Jim Heckathorn, 81, of Elk City, speaking last Friday, May 22, at the Grangeville Senior Center, about his new book, “How to Live Long and Like It.”

Rep. Labrador’s renewed efforts good; need to be more inclusive

Good effort by Congressman Raul Labrador who remains persistent on his proposal to allow state and local management of federally managed forests.

Reeling Them In

Students were out in sudsy force last Saturday, May 23, putting soap and water to work for a GHS Tennis fund-raiser, held at Les Schwab Tires.

Helipad denied permit by city

In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.

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Investigators determine Cottonwood man took own life after setting trailer home fire

Following inquiry on last week’s fatal house fire in Cottonwood, investigators say the owner, Robert George Jull, 72, intentionally set his trailer home on fire just prior to shooting himself.

GPD seat belt emphasis runs through June 2

Grangeville police officers will be keeping an eye on you … for safety.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

SRS level low but to increase next fiscal year

Idaho County to receive $6M

Coming in at a five-year funding low for Idaho County, Secure Rural Schools (SRS) appropriations were reauthorized by Congress late last month.

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Walk for Life

More than 160 people took part on Saturday, May 9, in Hope Center’s 8th annual Walk for Life in Grangeville, a fund-raiser for their facilities here and Kamiah.

Making a difference: Committed citizens can change a county

You’ve heard the quote before. In fact, we’ve printed Margaret Mead’s words of wisdom here on this very page in the past:

P&Z vote against helipad permit: City council to hear matter on May 18

Syringa Hospital’s plans for a Main Street helipad took a hit last week with a recommendation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to deny its request for a conditional use permit.

2014 Idaho Supreme Court report: One-third of felony collections not made last year

Just more than one-third of felony collections ordered by the District Court in Idaho County were not collected last year.

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Steve Fox CD has raised $1,000 for veterans

Since Steve Fox’s album, “Moses Foster: Still America,” was released last July, it has sold more than 600 copies, raising more than $1,000 so far that has gone to benefit veterans’ causes.

EMTs are looking a little grayer these days

As firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) rushed about at Saturday’s mass casualty drill in Kamiah last Saturday, one observer made the comment that the EMTs are looking pretty gray.

Young adult numbers dropping in Idaho County reports U.S. Census

As part of the Idaho County population, the number of young adults has dropped by 10 percent in the past few decades.

Council denies Syringa helipad demo request

Takeoff was denied for a helicopter demonstration at Syringa Hospital’s proposed Main Street helipad location. From here, the matter continues for deliberation at next Tuesday’s April 28 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting, which will make its recommendations on the proposal for final determination by the Grangeville City Council.

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Color Blast run in Kamiah draws 162

Community gets behind fund-raiser for Clearwater Valley

Puffs of multicolored clouds of dyed cornstarch kicked off Saturday’s fun run to raise funds for area cancer patients.

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Wedding Day Shoot

Sunny, warm weather and trees in blooming pink set the backdrop for wedding photos taken at the Kooskia Kiosk on U.S. Highway 12 last Saturday afternoon, April 18.

Arbitrator to decide suit between Kooskia, Stites: Disagreement for wastewater services at issue for municipalities

Disagreement concerning contractual obligations for intermunicipal wastewater disposal is at the heart of a civil suit filed earlier this year by the City of Kooskia against the City of Stites.

Helipad demo waits on council approval

Grangeville’s Main Street may feel the blast of rotor wash within the month as part of a demonstration being planned by Syringa Hospital in its efforts to develop a helipad adjacent to the facility for air transport of critical patients.

Helicopter demo will help answer lingering questions on SH helipad proposal

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Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be hearing a proposal for a helicopter demonstration at the proposed Syringa Hospital helipad site on Main Street.

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Goal: Permanent SRS solution for rural counties: Sen. Crapo visits Kamiah for town hall meeting

The uncertainty of funding and even reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) has become an annual drama put on by federal legislators, one that is watched anxiously by officials in rural counties – including here in Idaho County — whose budgets either balance or break upon this Congressional appropriation.

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Take a seat: New bleachers section ready for Open Riggins Rodeo in May

Attendees to the Riggins Rodeo next month will have a new place to sit.

Education alone won’t drive civic participation

Let’s set the scene for you on public participation with your local government: Imagine multimillion dollar budgets being discussed, tens of thousands of dollars being authorized for expenditure on infrastructure projects, and changes proposed in zoning ordinances.

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Crabtree retires after 31 years on the job

After defending Idaho County from invaders for 31 years, Carl Crabtree is stepping down.

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Hand In Hand At Kooskia

Members of the Mountain Dewers Square and Round Dance Club moved to the call at their regular dance, held last Saturday, March 28, at Clearwater Valley Middle School in Kooskia.

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