July 20, 2016
July 20, 2016
Bales of hay stand in a field just off Old Highway 7 west of Grangeville. Advanced Welding and Steel, Inc., and Idaho Forest Group can be seen in the background.
All wheat stored in all positions on June 1 totaled 21.8 million bushels in Idaho, up from 18.2 million bushels a year ago, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Waning returns for grain, feed and livestock are in contrast to stable or improved returns for forest products, according to the July Northwest Farm Credit Services Snapshots report.
Idaho wheat, barley and oats production is being reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
100 years, still growing
“Without U.S. production there would be no need for Farm Credit Services, so the fact that FCS has been around for 100 years is truly a testament of how important agriculture is to our country, and the world for that matter”
Some local Snake River tourism operators aren’t too happy about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s proposal to bump the cost of river tours $5-$10 per person per trip, and some are alleging river managers have made poor use of existing funds while allowing key facilities in Hells Canyon to languish.
The Idaho County unemployment rate for May 2016 stands at 5.1 percent, higher than the state by 1.4 percentage points. But efforts to put residents back to work are ongoing. The Idaho Department of Labor will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Kamiah Middle School Gym, 906 12th Street.
This week, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention July 18-21. Brandt said he has never gone to the convention as a delegate before, but wanted to be part of it this time, as a Trump delegate for Idaho. “I have never wanted to go,” he said, “but this is history in the making.”
A local face has been seen working away at the Idaho County Free Press and The Shopper office this summer.
Work started Monday, July 18, on application of a double seal coat to an approximate 18-mile section of State Highway 14. The work will preserve the roadway surface and provide greater traction for motorists.
A four-man crew with Towers Northwest LLC spent last Thursday and Friday, July 14-15, conducting wireless tower upgrades in Grangeville. The 200-foot tall tower, located south of Early Bird Supply off North D Street, is leased to American Tower, which bought out the lease from former owner, Verizon. Last week, the crew was replacing tower LED lighting – three in the middle and a new top beacon — to a more reliable system that allows American Tower better system monitoring abilities. Pictured here during Thursday evening’s work were Kyle Dinsdale (facing) and Levi Membrere.
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Notes from the Idaho County Commission July 12, 2016
The idea that climate changes can be predicted well enough to inform government action is part of the new policy the Idaho County Commission is set to adopt at next Tuesday, July 26.