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Going for one: Title trifecta in play as three teams reach football finals

For Prairie, it’s a shot at back-to-back football championships. For Salmon River, it’s a chance for the program’s fourth championship since 2009. For Grangeville, it’s a return to the mountaintop – a landmark at the brink of the pinnacle the Bulldogs reached for the first time in 2011.

Solid waste site sought, County Dumpsters are overloaded

Disposing of solid waste has long been one of the county’s biggest expenses, and one of its biggest headaches. For half a year, Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei has been working on sorting out the problem, and he’s closing in on a way to reform how Grangeville-area residents get rid of recyclables, garbage, junk and debris.

Investigation continues on WaterOz fire

Cause remained undetermined as investigation continues into last month’s fire that destroyed WaterOz.

Schools prepare for the worst ‘Hope for the best’

With a rash of school shootings across the United States – and recent incidents hitting closer to home in the Northwest – it’s no doubt parents may question the safety of their children locally. “Our number one concern is the safety of all our students,” said Grangeville High School Principal Steve Higgins.

Area communities offer Christmas wishes for kids

A variety of local programs are available for children in need at Christmas time.

New Idaho area code ‘986’ to be used in 2017

State regulators recently approved a 16-month plan for Idaho’s second area code to be implemented in late 2017. An hour after the Idaho Public Utilities Commission issued its order approving the plan, the agency that contracts with the federal government to administer the nation’s area code numbering plan, Neustar, issued Idaho’s second area code: 986. The second area code will be issued only to new telephone numbers beginning in late 2017. Idaho is one of few states that still has one area code, “208” issued in 1947.

Register by Nov. 30 for free workshop set Dec. 2 on fire recovery for forest landowners

University of Idaho Extension and the Idaho Department of Lands are conducting a free workshop in Kamiah on Dec. 2: After the Fire: Implications for Property Taxes, Income Taxes, and Insurance for Forest Landowners. Attendees should preregister by Nov. 30.

Applications due Dec. 15 for ground water grants

The Idaho Water Resource Board invites cities, school districts and smaller agricultural water users to apply for a Ground Water Conservation Grant by Dec. 15 to help reduce ground water consumption in local areas. A total of $200,000 is available for the grants this year.

Regional animal shelter proposal topic of Dec. 9 community meeting

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) will host an informational meeting Wednesday, Dec. 9, for those looking to be involved in the creation of a regional animal shelter. The public meeting runs 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Soltman Center, 700 West Main Street, Grangeville.

Ambulance benefits from generosity

Thanks to Idaho Power, the Weiser Ambulance District is $3,400 richer in resources that will not only benefit the efforts of the Quick Response Unit, but will be an asset to the community as a whole in time of emergency.

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Kooskia man, Paul, dies in SH13 crash

Kooskia resident Tommy D. Paul, 72, died last week in a vehicle accident on State Highway 13. The crash was reported at 1:59 p.m. last Wednesday, Nov. 11, at milepost 17.2, approximately five miles south of Stites, according to Idaho State Police.

Montana woman dies in Thursday US 12 crash

A Montana woman died in a rollover crash on U.S. Highway 12 last week on Lolo Pass. Gail L. Hill, 56, of Stevensville, died at the scene last Thursday, Nov. 12, according to Idaho State Police.

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Blackwell is Idaho’s school psychologist of the year

Dani Blackwell may be in a small, unassuming corner office in the back of Grangeville Elementary School, but she plays a big part in lives of local kids.

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‘Village Shoppe’ opens on Main Street

Maryann Gulotta knows what it’s like to be a business owner. And she likes it. She and her husband, Michael, owned a Christian book store in New York for 17 years prior to moving to Idaho. For the past several years Michael has served as pastor of the Christian Reformed Church.

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Ranching, hunting can be allies, beneficial to each other

Idaho County Free Press “Ranchers and hunters can be great allies, as well as great antagonists,” said Roy Kinner, Grangeville Senior Conservation Officer. Hunting season is upon us. While many ranchers enjoy hunting themselves, this time of year can be viewed as an opportunity or detrimental.