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Reversal on negligence ruling opens way for plaintiff claim against IFG

A 2010 helicopter crash killed two state employees and a private helicopter pilot, and a jury eventually “could conclude that the accident would not have happened” if not for negligence on the part of one of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists who died in the Kamiah-area wreck five years ago.

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Kamiah EMS providers honored for efforts during August fires

‘We are forever grateful and in your debt’

More than 100 people attended the afternoon Oct. 5 recognition ceremony at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park, honoring volunteer firefighters, EMTs and city and county law enforcement with multiple praises for individual dedication, selflessness, bravery and also determination to push through the exhaustion for days of effort to protect and serve the community threatened by wildfire in August as part of the Clearwater Complex.

Second NICI escapee gets 2-5 years in 2014 incident

The second half in a 2014 joint escape from NICI has earned more time behind bars.

IDL: Grangeville-area prescribed burn "highly successful"

Two small prescribed broadcast burns are helping Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) get rid of the fire hazards from logging slash and preparing the ground for new seedlings.

Call Log: Lewis County Sheriff

Report of a fast-moving fire.

Court Records: District/Magistrate

Debbie Ilene Morley, 56, DUI, $1,790.50, 2 years probation, 2 years determinate time, 3 years indeterminate time, penitentiary suspended, 180 days in county jail, 30 days absolute, will be allowed work release after initial 30 days.

Government: Idaho County Commission

Notes from the Idaho County Commission Sept. 22. Guests/Presenters: Syd Fuzzell-Claims; Jerry Zumalt-Phone System Upgrade; Kathy Ackerman-Designation of Polling Places; Connie Jensen-Blyth and Richard Spencer-Fire Rehab Planning; Gene Meinen-BLM Right-of-Way; Kirk MacGregor-Ada County Pathology Agreement, Juvenile Detention MOU; Mark Frei-Solid Waste Mega Site Update; Kelly Lineberry-Request for Exemption of Church Property. Approvals: Claims totaling $140,150.64; Valence Phone Upgrade; Designation of polling places for November 3 election; Wage and salary increases as requested by department heads; Hiring of Cody Parker as Detention Officer; Levy Rates for Taxing Districts; Certificates of Residency; BLM Right-of-Way; Juvenile Detention MOU; Life Center Church exemption; Minutes of the Sept. 15 meeting. An official copy of the minutes of this meeting will be available at upon approval by the Idaho County Board of Commissioners.

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‘Reading buddies’ meant to instill love of literacy

Does your child get bored while reading alone? Maybe he needs a “Reading Buddy.”

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‘Join up or form up’ focus of Oct. 7 public meeting for volunteers, forming fire districts

Event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m., Kooskia Fire Station

The meeting will begin with an approximate 15-minute presentation and question and answer session, followed by informal time for participants to meet with officials.

Census shows Idaho County gain in 65 and older, 20-to-39 age groups

Is Idaho County getting grayer? Yes, but it is also showing an increase in younger-age populations as well, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

District to decide $500,000 water revenue bond on Nov. 3

Election 2015: Rapid River Water & Sewer District

If approved, district patrons could see at minimum a $10 water rate increase, and construction on the approximately million-dollar project would tentatively start in fall 2016.

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest visitor surveys begin Oct. 1

For the next 12 months, U.S. Forest Service visitors will be asked to provide information that will shape recreation opportunities on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest now and in the future.

Kids Klub begins fund-raising for its own building

Sometimes it takes year of planning – even nearly 20 years – for a project to come to fruition. Kids Klub, Inc., board members and staff know about that. The non-profit organization is currently researching and implementing funding options to build their one facility.

Hands-on outdoor classroom has been teaching kids for 30 years

Pristine beauty, rugged dirt roads and a blazing fire make for an inviting campground. Add 50 sixth-grade students, a plethora of parent, teacher and community volunteers, and it’s Grangeville’s annual outdoor classroom event, or what’s commonly called The Sixth Grade Campout.

St. Mary’s clinics offers flu vaccines

St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will be offering a variety of times for their patients to receive flu vaccinations in the upcoming month.