News for Wednesday, February 26, 2014




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Alcohol a suspected factor in injury accident

Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s one-car crash along the White Bird Grade. William E. Eacret, 74, of Kooskia, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood. SMH does not release patient update information.

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Ultimate Over-Lap : Doubling down with two powerful posts played out perfectly for PHS

Call these Prairie Pirates champions once again, and count coach Lori Mader’s pressure defenses and post offenses among the level’s most potent powerplays. Lapwai — second-best among the 1AD1 girls for the second straight season — fell into early foul trouble and soon proved prone to attack by PHS forwards Kayla Schumacher and Kyndahl Ulmer, who scored 17 points apiece to lift Prairie’s second girls basketball title in three seasons, 56-40. As the fouls piled up during the championship game last Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Idaho Center, the Wildcats’ ability to counter Prairie’s effort dwindled as each half progressed.

Smart faces multiple felony charges in three jurisdictions

Enhancement could add prison time to suspect’s sentence

Washington State and the Idaho Department of Correction are vying for their share in the prosecution of an Orofino man currently awaiting trial in Idaho County on felony fraud charges. And depending on that outcome, Jacob D. Smart, 28, could face more prison time as well as a “three-strike” penalty enhancement extending his incarceration up to his lifetime.

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Feb. 10 GHS incident aftermath: Lockdown a ‘blessing in disguise’

The Monday, Feb. 10, lockdown at Grangeville High School may seem like a waste of time in hindsight, but that’s not how Mountain View School District 244 superintendent Kent Stokes is looking at it. “I actually believe this was a blessing in disguise,” Stokes said. The lockdown of Grangeville schools resulted from a report a person had been seen carrying a gun into the school. The firearm turned out to be a toy gun for a school play prop.

F&G commission to meet in Boise March 19-20

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will consider proposed big game seasons for 2014 during a meeting March 19-20 in Boise, which includes a public hearing at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19 at the Washington Group Plaza at 720 East Park Blvd.

Call Log : Idaho County Sheriff

Feb. 17 - 23

Monday, Feb. 17 Grangeville: Suspicious Vrieling Rd; Vandalism Powerline Rd; Injury Accident Hwy 95 MP 247.5; Kooskia: Theft Ridgewood Dr; Tree in road Hwy 12 MP 95; Domestic Dispute Hill St; Suspicious Main St Business; Riggins: Theft Lodge St; Rocks in Rd Salmon River Rd. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Grangeville: Icy Roads White Bird Grade; Kooskia: Suspicious Red Fir Rd; VIN Battleridge Rd; Trespassing Kidder Ridge; Slide Off Hwy 12 MP 156.7; Riggins: DWP Cite of 18-year-old Nampa man. Wednesday, Feb. 19

Court Records: February 25

Idaho County District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin Magistrate Jeff Payne

Summit boys take GPA award

Cottonwood News

Mega Kudos to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team. They have been named Academic State Champions for 1-A, Division II. They had a team grade point average of 3.550. The award will be presented at the state basketball tournament in Caldwell.

Kamiah levy: invest in your community

Letter: Ne;s Kludt, Kamiah

Every four months or so, like most people I know, my wife and I make the trip to either Clarkston or Missoula and make the Costco/Walmart run. There are several items which either we just can’t get locally or we need to buy in bulk, so it just makes sense to go out of the area to buy these items. However, this probably only makes up about 5 percent of our total shopping.

Fulcher: Idaho needs fresh leadership

Letter: Mary Alder

Idaho’s farmers, rivers, and even our woodstoves are under assault by the EPA. Our education, which is supposed to be state run, is under the thumb of the U.S. Department of Education and the federal administration.

Youth invited to get involved in government

This year’s Patriot Academy Northwest will be held at the Capitol Building in Boise June 10-13. Applicants need to be between the ages of 15-25. Scholarships for the event are available through the Idaho County Republican Central Committee and Patriot Academy Northwest.

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Kids Keep Grades Up

Grangeville Elementary Middle School fourth and fifth graders from the IKUG (“I Keep Up Grades”) group are pictured here. These are students who have 3.75 GPA or above. Many students in grades four through eight at GEMS were recipients of IKUG and IBUG (“I Brought Up Grades”) awards.

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Applicants sought for White Bird Queen tryouts set March 22

White Bird Queen tryouts are set for Saturday, March 22, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 95, starting at 1 p.m.

In response: Choice, access: private alternatives can lower health care costs

Opinion by Stephen Akerman

I am always struck at how people use the good health impacts of medicine to justify forcing individuals to accept a government mandate. Ms. Margaret Henbest, and other supporters of Your Health Idaho, are doing just that (“Essential Benefits will help state residents stay healthy, control costs,” Feb. 5, Idaho County Free Press).

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Thanks to many on Association concert

Thanks: David Rauzi

Just a short note to say how great an event we had on Monday with the Larry Ramos Farewell Concert with The Association. Our appreciation goes up the chain, starting with Larry himself providing this opportunity here in Grangeville at the Blue Fox Theater, and as a benefit for the Clearwater to Salmon Rivers Relay for Life. Appreciation also to band members who came in for this event, and the army of organizers who made this happen.

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GHS lockdown: Reaction, aftermath appropriate

Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.

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Harpster sets March events

After a long winter’s nap – Harpster Community Building is again having bingo starting Wednesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. Plan to be there and you may go home with some winnings. Cost is still $10 for your bingo packet, speed bingo is an additional $1.

Dredgers support Clean Water Act

Letter: Mark Hollon, Riggins

Hello, and thank you to the Idaho County Free Press for coverage [Feb. 12 issue] of Paul Shepherd’s fight with the EPA. First, reporter Andrew Ottoson got most of it right. But, when Andrew claimed Paul Shepherd (and dredgers) want to nullify Congress’ Clean Water Act, he missed the point; he was wrong. Neither Paul nor any dredger wishes to challenge the Clean Water Act, in fact we dredgers support it full heartedly.

Will voters re-elect ignorant leaders?

Letter: David Bearman, Kooskia

Convicted drunk driver Gov. “Butch” bemoans Federal Judge Winmill’s ruling that closed U.S. Highway 12 to megaloads, saying that the judge obviously doesn’t share Idaho values. The judge didn’t “make law” suiting those who worship unregulated capitalism.

White Bird Queen tryouts slated March 22

White Bird Queen tryouts are set for Saturday, March 22, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 95, starting at 1 p.m. Women between the ages of 14-18 who reside in Idaho, Adams or Lewis counties are eligible. The White Bird Rodeo will celebrate its 25th year June 13-14. Contact Kami Fogleman, 983-1726 or 983-8779.

Fisher to play at all-star game

Clearwater Valley’s Dillon Fisher has been selected to play in the 2014 all-state all-star football game to be played at Canyon Ridge High School on June 21.

Call Log : Lewis County Sheriff

Feb. 3 -8

Monday, Feb. 3 Theft - RP reported theft of two five-gallon propane tanks and one five-gallon gas can. RP also reported vandalism of a tractor, swather and four wheeler and damage to one wheat crop. Incident took place two weeks ago and again on Friday. Threats - Haley in Asotin County reports they were at a gymnastic event in Clarkston about 40 minutes ago and subject had made threats against employees there because he had not seen his kids in six months and he wanted to see them. Employees stated that they could smell alcohol on his breath. He then left and wife believes he may be driving a white commercial vehicle and may have at least two guns in the vehicle.

Notes from the Idaho County Commission Jan. 18.

Guests/Presenters: Paul Neville-request for subdivision ordinance variance; Jared Hopkins & Dale Moore, ITD-communication line request; Kirk MacGregor-Affordable Care Act; Jim Crowley & Nadine McDonald-Juvenile Probation update.

Organizations : Feb. 25

Idaho County Genealogical Society The Idaho County Genealogical Society met at the Grangeville City Hall on Feb. 13. New officers for the coming year are president, Myrna DeHaas; vice president, Toni Baker; secretary, Jeannie Hafer, and treasurer, Jeannette Lester. Dorothy Eimers gave a hands-on program on getting acquainted with the resources and equipment that is available for research in the genealogy library room. The program committee has outlined a number of interesting programs for the coming year. If you are interested in tracing your family tree, mapping your family medical history (Epigenetics), visiting old cemeteries or touring museums, then you are urged to join us. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Grangeville City Hall. Cottonwood Senior Citizens Dolores G. Seubert opened the Feb. 18 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Joyce Forsmann gave the dinner prayer. Guests were Chuck Arnzen from Grangeville and Gail Hart and Edna Forseth. There were 50 meals served with 15 takeouts. Donna Barnett won the free dinner. Katie Remacle and Donna Barnett were this week’s joke tellers. Judy Arledge and Hilda Nuttman split the nickel bingo pot while Delores Kindall won the blackout. Door prizes were won by Mary Purdy, Hilda Nuttman, Sylvia Forsmann, Dolores VonBargen, Ron Sonnen and Gen Broker. Menu for March 4: Cook’s Choice.

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Memory Kept Alive

Rev. Chris Hagenbuch of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Grangeville hands a check for $5,000 to John Bennett who represents the Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) Endowment Fund.

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Recycling options in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kooskia; weekend, weekday hours set Recycling for cardboard, plastics, tin and aluminum cans is available at Idaho County Recycling sites in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Kooskia. The Grangeville site is open Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., on Day Road north of U.S. Highway 95. The Cottonwood site is open Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., across from Columbia Grain. The Kooskia site is open Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m., and winter hours on Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, near the old pole yard. For information on recycling, call 983-2843.

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Fire command exercise draws region’s agencies to Kamiah

Working on communications and coordinating services was the focus of an urban/wildland fire command exercise held at the Kamiah Public Service Building Feb. 15. This was sponsored by the emergency management offices of Idaho and Lewis counties, with the aid of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security (BHS), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), U.S. Forest Service and Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center

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Youth Basketball: Grangeville ELementary Middle School

Grangeville’s fourth and fifth grade boys team, coached by Nolan Schoo, won the Kendrick Tournament last Saturday, Feb. 22, with a 4-0 record. Grangeville’s fourth grade girls won the Kamiah basketball tournament.

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Youth Basketball: St.s Peter and Paul

The Sts. Peter and Paul’s grades 7-8 girls team finished fourth in their age group among about 350 total competitors. They won the sportsmanship trophy. Members of the team are (from left): front row coach Heidi Lindsley, Abby Asker, Molly Deford, Yadira Rojas and Rachel Chmelik; back row coach Russ Lindsley, Brenda Gomez, Paige Lindsley, Rebecca Kaschmitter and Victoria Rockwell.

District II tournaments:Bulldogs bite Orofino, control their fate

With an 18-point swing in their favor during the middle quarters of a 51-43 victory over Orofino, Grangeville locked down a key district tournament win last Monday night, Feb. 24. Topping Orofino in the first post-season meeting of the Central Idaho League’s top contenders puts Grangeville on course for a state berth with one more win. Orofino would need to nip the Bulldogs twice to qualify the 2A tournament, and the Maniacs must win tonight to even have the chance. Grangeville would have the same margin for error if St. Maries wins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26; either way, the Bulldogs will play for the 2A District II title on Feb. 27.

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1AD2 boys basketball: S.R. anticipates District III title

By outflanking Council 65-42 last Saturday, Feb. 22, Salmon River looks to have opened up a beeline to the District III boys basketball title, with which the Savages would secure a state berth. Salmon River smoked Council with a 16-minute firestorm during which the Savages rained down 35 points, primarily from Leighton Vander Esch (who scored 28 points in the game), McCoy Hale (17) and Jimmy Shepherd (14). Up next, the Savages (18-2 overall) need no longer consider Wilder, which was eliminated by Meadows Valley last Thursday, Feb. 20, nor Meadows Valley, which was eliminated by Horseshoe Bend last Saturday afternoon.

Wrestling: Five Rams bound for Nampa

With last week’s district tournament in the rear view mirror, 16 wrestlers representing Grangeville, Prairie, Clearwater Valley and Kamiah high schools have been seeded for the upcoming all-classifications state tournament to be held Feb. 28-March 1 in Nampa at the Idaho Center.

Grower meeting set for Cottonwood

It's Your Business

Grower meeting set for Cottonwood

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2A girls basketball

Despite early stumble, Grangeville finishes 2014 on a winning note

Last Friday morning, Feb. 21, the Grangeville girls awoke from a nightmare start to their season-ending tournament and finished off their final 2014 games in a fashion befitting a proud basketball tradition. Their consolation bracket foes, perhaps energized by knowing Melba held one of the state’s higher-scoring teams to just 27 in a first-round upset last Thursday night, Feb. 20, did not fall easily.

Market Reports: Feb. 19 & 25

Cottonwood and Lewiston

Cattle Market Comments: Very active with excellent buyer attendance with more than 70 volume buyers; 3,620 head sold. Next Feeder Sale March 5. Don’t miss it. Small Animal Horse and Stock Cow Sale, Feb. 26. Kimberly Angus Bull Sale March 12, Fancy set of bulls. Steers: 300-400 lbs., 215-231; 400-500 lbs., 228 to 243; 500-600 lbs...

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Water, water everywhere: March 8 fund-raiser to help Kooskia project

We have water, Houston. For the last 20 years, the manicured wayside at the junction of U.S. highways 12 and 13 has had its vegetation watered by volunteers who hauled water to the site. In September 2013, the Kooskia Revitalization Team voted to have a well drilled to ease the impact on volunteers and ensure the site stays healthy.

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Quick response; realized wasn’t a drill

From a law enforcement perspective, Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew said he was pleased with the quick reaction to the Feb. 10 GHS lockdown by all those involved. “Three units in three minutes [two GPD, one Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy]: You can’t ask for a much faster response time than that,” said Chief Drew. And with the situation unknown and the possible suspect unable to be identified or located, it took within a minute for staff and students to enact lockdown procedures by moving to secure indoor locations. “It was very quick; people realized it wasn’t a drill,” he said.

Grain Market : Feb. 25

GRAIN MARKET GRANGEVILLE (Primeland Co-op) February 25, 2014

In the News...

Inland Northwest utilities advise consumers on email scam

Inland Northwest electric utility companies are being targeted with the latest national scam using e-mail to send bogus energy bills. Avista Corporation is among those receiving customer reports of phishing e-mails. Rather than referencing a specific utility, the e-mails are generic and ask customers to view their bill by clicking a link in the e-mail and set up automatic payment plans. This is a broad scam with e-mail addresses likely being pulled from external sources. If you currently receive electronic bills from your utility and are unsure if the e-mail is legitimate, some quick ways to verify the accuracy of the e-mail are to: Check the sender. Before clicking on the link to view your bill, hover over the link to be sure that it is directing you back to your utility. Lastly, do not ever enter personal payment information if you have not logged into your account securely.

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Hometown Heroes

Cash and Carry recently handed over funds to the Grangeville Police Department raised from its Hometown Heroes promotion. Here (left) C&C owner Jim Schmidt hands the check to Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew at Cash and Carry Market in Grangeville Thursday, Feb. 20

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Spears pens history of McComas Meadows

The roots run deep in McComas Meadows. And Harpster’s Monty Spears has spent a lifetime tending to those roots. Spears, a fourth generation descendent of the meadows, recently published the book “The History of McComas Meadows, 1894 to Present.”

‘Fire Speaks the Land ’: Dance performance set for area schools

Fire science education for youth merges with the performing arts when the University of Montana, CoMotion Dance Project performs Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance. Eight school performances will be conducted for K-sixth grade students during the week of March 10-14 at Clearwater Valley, Kamiah, Timberline, Orofino, Troy, Deary, Lapwai and Grangeville elementary schools. The 50-minute performance uses original choreography, narration and music to explore fire science, forest ecology and traditional native perspectives on fire.

Community Briefs: ‘Idaho and Abraham Lincoln ’ session set for March 5

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The program “Idaho and Abraham Lincoln” will be presented by historian Garry Bush Wednesday, March 5, Grangeville High School, 11 a.m., and at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia at 2 p.m. Bush is a first-person speaker and educator certified by the National Park Service. The event is sponsored by the Lewis-Clark State College Speaker’s Bureau. Follow the trail of Lincoln’s rise to national prominence and his involvement in the formation of Idaho. Learn how Lincoln and the Union’s future depended on Western mineral wealth and how Lincoln’s legacy impacts Idaho today. Experience Idaho’s beginnings with rare photographs and memorabilia. This will be an interactive PowerPoint presentation which is free and open to the public. Pleasant View Baptist Church to host men’s breakfast March 8 WHITE BIRD — Pleasant View Baptist Church will be hosting a men’s breakfast one Saturday morning per month beginning Saturday, March 8. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. free of charge and concludes by 8 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. Parenting class set for March 4 at Soltman Center GRANGEVILLE — “Let’s Talk About Raising Kids” parenting class is set for Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Soltman Center. Nathalie Kretzmann will offer the free class on increasing compliance, enhancing family closeness and working with respectful discipline techniques, argument stopping and sibling issues. For details call 983-1620. Suprun to speak at EMS conference March 1 GRANGEVILLE — International EMS author and speaker Christopher Suprun will be the keynote presenter at the Spring Fling EMS Conference March 1 at Grangeville. Suprun is a firefighter/flight paramedic who responded to the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the Washington area sniper, and later Hurricane Katrina. He currently serves as chairman of the Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center Advisory Council and is a frequent author and presenter at conferences across the United State and internationally. He has previously served as adjunct faculty with The George Washington University, the US Secret Service Academy, and numerous other public and private entities.

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Tempus Fugit: Feb. 26

A look at the History of Idaho County

Revival set for Baptist church

Elk City News

The Baptist Church will be having its winter revival, March 9-11. Sunday, March 9, services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11, they will be at 6 p.m. The evangelist will be Wendell Schrock, currently attending Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Dawn, will accompany him on the trip. Wendell is a pilot, an auctioneer and former police officer.

Help sought for baby

Riggins News

Congratulations to Salmon River High School science teacher, Mrs. Sarah Walters, for being selected to the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholar’s mentorship program. This is the second selection for Mrs. Walters in three years. She will be a mentor in the Moscow area. Way to represent science and Salmon River area!

Off the hook ... Phone ringing for whitewater

Lowell, Syringa News

So this morning I got up to no Internet, no news because no TV, the telephone is out, and even my coffeemaker didn’t work, my truck is buried in snow (slash slush), my boots are still wet from yesterday’s digging out, and I can’t find my cat. Highway 12 is closed again due to landslides, and the guy plowed the Selway road about 7 a.m. We do have electricity, thank goodness, and the school bus showed up at exactly the right time, so life goes on in Lowell.

Town Hall meeting is Friday: MVSD super to discuss school with residents

White Bird News

Not only do I have news to report this week, but I have the best news that has come to this draw in years! Here it is.