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Lt. Governor declares Idaho, Lewis counties in state of emergency

State to "provide resources and assistance wherever we can"

Acting Governor Brad Little declares two states of emergency; Idaho, Lewis counties declared disaster areas

Court Records: District/Magistrate


Idaho County District Court: Judge Gregory FitzMaurice, Magistrate Jeff Payne

Dispatch Log: ICSO, GPD, CPD


Dispatch Log: March 13 - March 19

School levy election draws less than third of voters

‘Disappointed in the turnout’ says board chair

“I have to say I was a little disappointed in the turnout for one thing,” said school board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. “I was really hoping to have a better representation.”

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Cottonwood’s Bent Hinge offers DIY fun

Cottonwood’s latest brick and mortar business combines custom-designed products with fun. The Bent Hinge recently opened at the corner of Main and King streets. Serena Lockett offers personalized products, such as T-shirts and mugs. And on Friday evenings, Lockett opens her doors for a do-it-yourself workshop.

Riggins man presumed drowned in accident

Vehicle located Monday upside down in the river

Search efforts continued along the Salmon River as of press time for Derek L. Olson, 35 of Riggins, presumed drowned following an early morning Monday accident.

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Electrical issue cause for Elk City fire

“We had a quick response, we put out the fire right away..."

Firefighters made short work on an Elk City house fire last week, saving the two-story structure. No injuries were reported. An electrical issue – old wiring – is the suspected cause of last Wednesday’s March 15 fire, according to Jon Menough, board chairman, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, that originated in the attic.

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U of I students spending spring break in prison

Program allows ‘Vandals’ to volunteer, teach NICI inmates

The Alternative Service Break program is administered through the Department of Student Involvement at the university. Students participated in the Making Corrections: Enhancing Education in Incarceration event March 11-18, one of five programs available in the spring 2017 semester.

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Night Of Fantasy

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted its annual Chocolate Fantasy fund-raiser last Saturday, March 18, at the SPPS gymnasium.

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Help sought to take lights down at Pioneer Park

The crews of Avista and Idaho County Light and Power will be taking down lights at Grangeville’s Pioneer Park Tuesday March 28, starting at 8 a.m. People are needed to test, wrap and stow lights. All volunteers are welcome to help the Grangeville Horizons Recreational Group. •

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Cottonwood residents meet, discuss school building’s potential

Fate of former Prairie Elementary; option for community center

Fourteen residents attended a meeting hosted by the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Tuesday, March 14, to hear suggestions about potential uses for the former elementary school building. “Our role is to identify what our options are,” said Michael Taylor, president of consulting firm Vita Nuova. “Tonight, our goal is to hear from you.”

Use of Force policy passes for MVSD 244

Next step for district: ICSO for training

After almost two years of discourse, rewrites and discussion, Mountain View School District 244’s board passed its Use of Force policy at the Feb. 27 regular meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

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Fire Academy

The 11th annual Clearwater Fire Academy was held in Orofino last week, March 17-19, drawing firefighters from dozens of fire departments throughout the region for skill-building and new information training.

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Wimer Field upgrades pitched to Cottonwood council

Cottonwood Youth Sports asks for procedural policy

“It’s not a full donation. I know it’s not going to be something that will happen right away,” he said. “What I’m trying to see is what would be allowable from the city, what the city would like to see, how we proceed forward from this point.”

April 14 comment deadline on DEQ funding three area utility projects

Three public entities are seeking funding through Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for planned wastewater and drinking water construction projects. Public comment on these proposals is due April 14.