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Preparing for End of the World: USFS rolls out forest health project south of Grangeville

'This is a rollout. It’s not a plan yet. It’s very preliminary'

Prescribed burning was a concern for Grangeville couple, Dick and Lois Geary, who questioned Forest Service officials last week concerning a potential project south of Grangeville. They asked about areas designated for fuels and possible prescribed burns – including close to their property – that take up a sizeable portion of the approximate 49,500-acre End of the World project map. “We want to work with you as landowners,” said Salmon River District Ranger Jeff Shinn, discussing the burns proposed for these areas, along with repeating a theme throughout last Wednesday’s meeting this project will be shaped by public comments and concerns.

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Carcass show, judging contest awards three

The Idaho County Carcass Show and Judging Contest was held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Sonnen Meats in Greencreek. 4-H and FFA members were given instruction on how to quality and yield grade beef and sheep carcasses and how to determine USDA grades on swine carcasses.

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Baerlocher family farm reaches century mark

One hundred years ago, Bernard A. Baerlocher paid $22 per acre for the first 100 acres of what is now the farm owned by Joe and Arlene Baerlocher near Greencreek. That historical fact and others were shared recently when the Baerlocher farm was recognized as an Idaho Century Farm through the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

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Mosman is new ag science teacher, FFA advisor; FFA open house social set for Sept. 18

A new face in education has taken over the helm of Grangeville High School’s agricultural science education; however, to Katie Mosman, Grangeville feels like home. “I grew up on a farm north of Nezperce and graduated from Nezperce High School in 2009,” Mosman said. “Being in Grangeville really does feel like home.”

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Century Farm recognizes Arnzen place

‘We had a great childhood here ...’

“John and Mary stood here 100 years ago and looked out over the prairie, wondering what they had gotten themselves into,” Bennett said.

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Neighbors helping neighbors to combat wilderness weeds

Partnerships dedicated to addressing invasive weeds demonstrated a renewed commitment to the cause this summer through various projects in wilderness areas across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

Probation, restitution ordered in 2014 cattle theft, misbranding case

Probation and restitution were ordered for a Slate Creek man sentenced last week regarding a 2016 cattle theft and misbranding case.

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2017 Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Support for sale stays strong

Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”

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Free nitrate screening offered at Idaho County Fair to private well owners

Testing on Wednesday, Aug. 16, Thursday, Aug 17

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will offer free nitrate screening for private well owners at the Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood from noon to 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 16) and Thursday, Aug 17.

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Smokey Harvest at Grangeville

Despite smoke in the air and hazy skies, Mike Hauger was busy at work with harvest Sunday, Aug. 5, just off U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville, between Powerline and Zumalt roads.

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Managing Forest Service grazing allotments: A challenge ‘staying ahead of change...’

“I have been interested in range and range management since high school,” said Steve Hiebert, recently retired range management specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Raised in Pullman, Wash., the heart of wheat country, Hiebert always wanted to work in the outdoors.

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Cold, wet spring cost farmers 70-80 percent of their yields

Last year’s was a brutal winter for producers in many parts of the state

The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”

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Crop Signs Up Throughout County

The crop signs have returned. Idaho County residents will notice crop signs – 22 are out this year — at fields along highways 95 and 13, identifying what is growing.

Aug. 1 deadline to nominate for FSA county committees

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6

Idaho County farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6.

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Farm to school: Riggins Elementary makes use of program

“There is something about growing your own food that makes kids willing to try things they normally wouldn’t touch,” said Tracy Travis, fifth grade, Riggins Elementary School (RES) teacher.