Notes from the Idaho County Commission Sept. 5, 2017
Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club.
Election set for Nov. 7
Several city elections will be contested this November as residents vie for open council and mayor positions.
“It takes time, and it’s a process”
Federal funds freed up with last month’s presidential disaster declaration to assist Idaho counties that suffered losses due to spring flooding. While Idaho County is among nine counties that are poised to receive assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, whether and to what extent – and when — its projects will be reimbursed for costs remains an unknown.
Final work on the Idaho County Airport’s multimillion-dollar reconstruction project next week will necessitate a several-day closure. The Grangeville facility will be closed to fixed-wing traffic starting Monday, Sept. 18, and through that Friday, Sept. 22.
‘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.
In a pair of hearings Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, the Idaho County Commission approved higher solid waste fees for all as well as a new road and bridge tax for some in order to make the coming year’s budget compute. The board passed both resolutions unanimously.
Grangeville High School students and staff have been walking around dressed like apes, cavemen and nerds this week. It must be homecoming.
Fire suppression costs of $84,500 will be billed to the parent of the juvenile who started a wildland blaze near White Bird earlier this summer.
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.
Outbuilding lost in Yellow Bull Fire
Fires, property damage, power outages: Early last week, two successive storm fronts moved across the region, causing a fair share of chaos – and subsequent cleanup — for residents and emergency crews.
Kooskia City Park was the setting Sunday evening, Sept. 3, for area kids to gather for a game of speed volleyball, and for parents to visit on the sidelines. The group gathers for this activity each Wednesday and Sunday, as one parent said, “to enjoy being a part of each other’s lives.” Pictured here with action balanced to go either way were (L-R) Josiah Silva and Jordan Raichart.
Hospital budget passes for coming year
Syringa Hospital representatives recently spent several hours working on disaster planning – from fires and ice-storms to attacks and school emergencies. At the August meeting, the hospital board discussed a “table top” disaster preparedness activity that took place late this summer and involved many local entities. “One thing we definitely saw was the problem with a lack of communication between agencies,” reported CNO Alex Frei.
Cottonwood in top five nationally for unhealthy conditions
Unhealthy air quality conditions are forecasted to linger into this Thursday. Meanwhile, conditions due to regional wildfires put the city of Cottonwood yesterday (Sept. 5) in the top five nationally for poor air quality.
‘Never seen smoke hit the ground like that’
“Once the fire got started under that, it was impossible to stop it,” said Fire Chief Bob Mager. In a rare instance of coinciding problems, Grangeville firefighters faced a series of challenges and setbacks in battling a structure fire last Tuesday night, Aug. 29, that gutted a single-story home and outbuilding, and damaged a camp trailer.
- North B Street home structure fire, Tuesday, Aug. 29
- White Bird Grade semitruck, straw bale fire (Aug. 17. 2017) - 3
- White Bird Grade semitruck, straw bale fire (Aug. 17. 2017) - 2
- White Bird Grade semitruck, straw bale fire (Aug. 17. 2017) - 1
- Kooskia City Park Splash Pad Dedication
- Law Enforcement Training, May 26, 2017
- Lochsa River Madness event 2013: Rapids Success
- 2017 Kyle Petty Charity Ride visits Kooskia
- GHS Jazz Band May 8 2017 Pops concert
- Grangeville Merchants Chili Cookoff 2017