July 20, 2016
July 20, 2016
The Idaho County Commission’s first meeting on the new natural resource plan back in January 2016 launched a public process during which the county received written comments from 15 locals. The Free Press reviewed all the comments as well as the Idaho County Natural Resource Plan (ICNRP) initial and final drafts and found some comments are reflected more strongly in the final draft than others. The commission is preparing to adopt the ICNRP next Tuesday, July 26.
A Montana woman was transported for treatment following a Sunday afternoon, July 17, motorcycle crash on U.S. 12.
In a unanimous decision by Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Board of Education, a bid to asphalt the gravel track was approved Monday night, July 18. The $100,635.60 bid came from Valley Paving and Asphalt of Cottonwood. District Superintendent Rene’ Forsmann said the district had received only one bid by the deadline.
Event in Riggins: Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23
What includes classic cars, reunions and local talent galore? It’s those Hot Summer Nights. The annual Hot Summer Nights celebration is set for this weekend, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Riggins. The annual event is held at the Riggins City Park.
Free Summer Concert Series
The Free Summer Concert Series will continue Thursday night, July 21, with the band Vintage Youth. “This Grangeville-based band plays a little bit of everything,” said concert organizer Rachel Young.
Suspect, Kretschmer, faces unrelated burglary charges in 2016 thefts
Already faced with felonies for a series of area burglaries, a Grangeville man faces unrelated new charges for allegedly stealing explosives from an Idaho Transportation Department work site last fall. As a result of this, the state agency has changed procedures to better track and secure such hazardous materials in the future.
Spillage from the White Bird City Council meeting Monday, July 11, leaked into the town hall meeting Thursday, July 14. At the council meeting, Mayor Rod Pilant made a three-page letter available to the public addressing his concerns regarding a handful of rumors circulating in the community. The community responded to his commentary at a town hall meeting at the IOOF Hall scheduled to discuss problems with the community’s waste water plant.
As milling work on Main Street progresses today and Thursday (July 20-21), repaving along U.S. Highway 95 through Grangeville is scheduled for completion this Friday, July 22, with normal traffic to resume on the weekend. According to Idaho Transportation Department project manager Janet Zarate, shoulder grading next Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, may cause minor motorist delays.
Second victim not recovered
Water conditions allowed for recovery last Sunday, July 17, of the vehicle involved in May’s double fatality crash. However, the body of the second victim, Cayla Danenberg, 20, was not located in the 2004 Nissan Maxima.
Comment by July 30 on ITD work for FY17-21
State proposals call for more than $53 million in transportation infrastructure projects within Idaho County during the next five years. These are part of the FY2017-21 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) currently up for public comment through July 30.
While questioning a Grangeville man on passing bad checks at a Riggins grocery, law enforcement made an interesting discovery. Now, along with four counts of issuing checks without sufficient funds, Steeven G. Nunez, 28, is charged with additional felonies of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver, and possession of major contraband within a correctional facility, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Wesley Shira died at the scene; three juveniles injured
Idaho State Police is currently investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash Friday night, July 15, south of Cottonwood. Wesley E. Shira, 34, of Grangeville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detours at night, two lanes during day; business access to be maintained
Construction kicks into high gear Friday night, July 15, as crews begin a 24-7 schedule to expedite repaving along Main Street/State Highway 13. Contractor, Knife River, will begin milling Grangeville’s Main Street Friday night, starting at 9 p.m. from U.S. Highway 95 to Idaho Avenue, and work until 6 a.m. Saturday, July 16. Milling will continue Saturday night, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday morning from Idaho Avenue to the junction with Mt. Idaho Road.
A familiar Grangeville face is embarking upon a new business journey. Tom Cassill, Jr., is now a residential specialist/Realtor with United Country Real Estate in Grangeville.
The Board of Directors of the Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative Association, Inc., based in Grangeville, recently announced Max Beach has been selected to be the cooperative’s next general manager.