GOP candidates for Idaho County offices have been invited to speak at the Idaho County Republican Central Committee next Tuesday, April 15. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel, and the public is invited to attend. Contact Marge at 962-3519.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Grangeville City Council will meet on Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Grangeville City Hall. Set for discussion during the meeting are public hearings on an alley vacation and two right-of-way issues, and a first reading of the downtown ADA parking ordinance.
Recreation managers at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have struggled during the past 10 years to keep campgrounds, cabins and lookout rentals open without raising fees during a time when budgets have significantly declined resulting in staff and service reductions.
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests continue to work on developing its Forest Plan that will set the course of management for the next 10-15 years. The next public collaborative meeting is Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m. in Orofino at the Forest Service office (12730 U.S. Highway 12). The topics covered at this meeting will be wildlife resources and review of fire and fuels, air quality, recreation, and scenery resource topics presented at the February and March meetings.
Several candidates for state offices will meet with the public at an event set for Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 p.m., Super 8 Motel in Grangeville. The event is sponsored by Integrity in Government PAC (Marge Arnzen of Cottonwood, treasurer).
A controlled burn got out of control Sunday afternoon, March 23, and destroyed a shed at Cottonwood.
Idaho Power reported 1,156 of its customers in Riggins and New Meadows were affected by an approximately three-hour outage last Thursday, March 20. A malfunction in an underground cable disrupted power at 2:50 p.m. (MT), and power was restored at 6:11 p.m.
Rory L. York, 68, of Peck, died last Wednesday, March 12, following an accident north of Kamiah on U.S. Highway 12. Reported at 9:03 a.m. at milepost 55, according to Idaho State Police, York was driving a 2012 Toyota Scion westbound when he drifted off the right hand side of the road, struck a tree and rolled into the river. York was wearing a seat belt.
The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with funding assistance from the NRA Foundation, will be offering a one-day basic handgun firearms class on Friday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Grangeville.
Idaho State Police and local law enforcement agencies have increased high-visibility impaired driving patrols this week, to run through this Saturday, March 22.
Veteran’s advocate will be in Grangeville March 18
The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, March 18, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon).
Approximately $17,000 in gross proceeds were raised from the Feb. 24 Larry Ramos Farewell Concert with The Association, according to coordinator Carolyn Haning.
After a long winter’s nap – Harpster Community Building is again having bingo starting Wednesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. Plan to be there and you may go home with some winnings. Cost is still $10 for your bingo packet, speed bingo is an additional $1.
White Bird Queen tryouts are set for Saturday, March 22, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena on U.S. Highway 95, starting at 1 p.m.
Inland Northwest utilities advise consumers on email scam
Inland Northwest electric utility companies are being targeted with the latest national scam using e-mail to send bogus energy bills. Avista Corporation is among those receiving customer reports of phishing e-mails. Rather than referencing a specific utility, the e-mails are generic and ask customers to view their bill by clicking a link in the e-mail and set up automatic payment plans. This is a broad scam with e-mail addresses likely being pulled from external sources. If you currently receive electronic bills from your utility and are unsure if the e-mail is legitimate, some quick ways to verify the accuracy of the e-mail are to: Check the sender. Before clicking on the link to view your bill, hover over the link to be sure that it is directing you back to your utility. Lastly, do not ever enter personal payment information if you have not logged into your account securely.