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Fish and Game temporarily halts online license and tag sales

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday announced it has temporarily suspended the sale of licenses and tags online after being notified that its online license vendor’s computer system was breached. The State of Idaho online licensing system will be down indefinitely until state officials can ensure the public’s information will be secure.

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Farmers’ market asks customers to complete survey this Saturday

This Saturday, Aug. 27, the Grangeville Farmers’ Market is asking customers to complete an annual survey. A drawing will be held from completed surveys with gift certificates given to three customers.

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It's Your Business: Stop by Hoene’s, win prizes

The Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach program will offer some upcoming programs. The Logs to Lumber Tour at Idaho Forest Group in Grangeville will be held Sept. 20. (Notice date change from a previously advertised date). Cost is $10.

In the News - Aug. 24, 2016

Independent candidate for Sheriff, Carlos Martinez, will hold a town hall event in Kooskia on Monday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at The Outpost. Martinez will discuss his plans for the sheriff’s office and take questions from the public. For information: 935-8260 or martinezforsheriff@gmail.com.

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Colorful Entry

The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.

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2,084-acre Gun Club Fire linked to tracers shot Aug. 17

During the Idaho County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, commission chairman Jim Chmelik said the Gun Club Fire started when tracer rounds were fired by “a couple of people who were members of the gun club” who, he said, “did step up and say ‘we did it.’” “They didn’t try to hide it or anything,” Chmelik said, “but they might as well have just gone down there with bottle rockets.”

Meth, explosive found at arrest of eluding suspect

Godwin, 34, faces multiple felony, misdemeanor charges

An anonymous tip last Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Culdesac man, sought on outstanding warrants, who allegedly fled from a traffic stop last month. Now, Timothy Joshua Godwin, 34, faces multiple charges resulting from the July pursuit as well as from the weekend’s arrest that include felonies for eluding a police officer, and possession of both methamphetamine and an explosive device.

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Low-falling numbers draw prairie producers at Greencreek meeting

“We want to talk about the complexities of the issue, the economy behind it and the technical side,” said Bill Fory, Idaho Wheat commissioner. “This important subject needs some real dialogue around it.”

Foundation decides to nix traditional event after 22 years

Festival of Trees: no more

The first week in December will look a lot different in Grangeville this year. “The [Syringa] Foundation met and agreed the live auction for Festival of Trees is no longer receiving strong community support,” reported Syringa trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Aug. 22 board meeting.

Council hears plans for Capitol Tree visit in November

Christmas plans were announced early at the Aug. 15 Grangeville City Council meeting, as the Forest Service announced plans for a November presentation of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

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School Starts At GEMS

It was a bright, sunny, happily-chaotic morning on the Grangeville Elementary Middle School playground the first day of school, yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Parents were taking photos as students hefted new backpacks full of supplies. GEMS PTA was ready with a photo board for parents this morning and fifth grader Emmie Told had her picture taken by mom, Katie, before class.

Clear Creek project withdrawn by USFS

After years of looking at it, the Forest Service will take another look at the Clear Creek restoration. In December 2015, Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests supervisor Cheryl Probert opted for restoration in the Clear Creek watershed. Her decision on the Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project came after years of analysis, which had found that by exercising care during harvest and decommissioning disused roads it would be possible to reduce sedimentation east of Kooskia in the long term while also bringing 85 million board feet of timber to market.

Rate increases, road projects set in FY17 budget

Sept. 6 public hearing: Grangeville City Council

The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 15 percent increase in its fiscal year 2017 budget. Set at $5,496,785, the proposed budget – effective Oct. 1 at the start of the fiscal year – would include additional funds for planned city street work, as well as rate increases for services. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., during the regular Grangeville City Council meeting. Comment on the proposal will be taken, after which the budget will be considered for adoption.

Construction flagger struck, injured on Tuesday

Brenda Ehrard, 55, of Pocatello, was airlifted

A construction flagger was transported by Life Flight Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, after being struck by a vehicle.

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Necessary tool in toolbox, ‘but we don’t want to abuse it’

“Our line of work is a lifestyle,” said Clark Tacke, president of Idaho County Grain Growers. Farmers have been tilling soil, planting seeds, harvesting crops, and burning stubble for generations. Stubble burning is crop beneficial to many; to others it is environmentally unsafe. Idaho’s Crop Residue Burning (CRB) program has a long and rather troubled history.

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