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Idaho County Commission notes


Notes from the Idaho County Commission Sept. 5, 2017

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High School Rodeo Competition At Grangeville

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.

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Races are on: City elections contested in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird

Election set for Nov. 7

Several city elections will be contested this November as residents vie for open council and mayor positions.

County spring road damage projects await process for reimbursement determination

“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.

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Final airport work to close facility Sept. 18 to fixed-wing traffic

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.

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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.

Board approves solid waste fee hike, new roads tax

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.

GHS homecoming parade set for Friday

Grangeville High School students and staff have been walking around dressed like apes, cavemen and nerds this week. It must be homecoming.

$84,500 billed to parent of juvenile who set Whitebird Fire

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.

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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.

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Storms leave outages, fires, damage in wake

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.

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Volleyball In Kooskia Park

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.

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Disaster exercise lacked ICSO rep

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.

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Hazy air quality forecasted into Thursday

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.

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Multiple challenges for firefighters on North B Street house fire

‘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.