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Maniacs defend home field, 6-3


Grangeville has ambitions of winning the Central Idaho League — or at least qualifying for the state tournament out of second place — but will have to crack Orofino when the Maniacs visit May 3.

Rams bop Troy 13-12


Last Saturday, April 16, the Clearwater Valley softball team hit an important milestone with a come-from-behind win against Troy, during which CV overcame a five-run deficit to top the Trojans 13-12, coach Hailey Fishback told the Free Press.

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High water lifts 32nd jet boat race

Every April 14 for 102 years, the White Bird streamgage topped out well below 30,000 cfs (cubic feet per second), but last Thursday morning, April 14, the reading topped a 74-year old daily record — and the river continued to rise.

Chinook seasons open Saturday

The spring chinook salmon fishing season will open Saturday, April 23, on parts of the mainstem Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. brief

Kooskia softball team to reconvene April 25; Tennis team slates car wash fund-raiser; Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups set April 27.

Cortez pleads guilty in bighorn sheep poaching case; judgement withheld

Paul R. Cortez of Nampa pled guilty in Idaho County district court today, through an agreement to drop all the charges against him but one felony count for poaching a bighorn sheep in Salmon River country last November. brief

IDFG urges safety this turkey hunting season; Women On Target clinic slated May 14; GHS gridders named “team of the year,” Bruner top athlete.

Grangeville netters show strength in league


The tennis league is a bit bigger than the Grangeville’s league in other sports, as Coeur d’ Alene Charter, Clark Fork, Culdesac, Orofino, Timberline, Clearwater Valley, and GHS all competed together last Saturday at Lewiston High School. It’s a rare chance for the northern schools — Coeur d’Alene Charter and Clark Fork — to meet the southern teams for seeding before districts May 12.

Bulldog boys place fifth as relay wins, Lindsley doubles; McWilliams paces PHS; Shepherd tops 8-3 in first meet

Track & Field

Grangeville’s 4x400 relay team turned in the winning time of 3:45.86 with legs by Hunter Connolley, Ryan Rucklic, Adam Wonnacott and Diego Barela, and the Bulldogs took fifth place in boys team scoring last Tuesday, April 5.

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Time Zone, Confluence rapids look stout

32nd Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races

The Little Salmon River has been ticking up toward 3,000 cubic feet per second, and if it’s surging when the weather cracks 70 degrees as expected on Saturday, the Confluence Rapid could give Time Zone a run for the best place to watch this year’s Salmon River Jet Boat Races.

Spring is prime time for lakes, reservoirs

Sunny, warm spring weather arrives and your favorite river starts flowing high and the color of chocolate milk. Sound familiar? It often happens when the mountain snowpack melts, but don’t fear. While some rivers may be difficult to fish during spring runoff, many lakes and reservoirs are coming into their prime.

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Bulldogs bop Rams 7-0, split set with St. Maries


The Bulldogs caught Clearwater Valley on a day the Rams would rather forget, as Grangeville’s starting pitcher Layton Harris worked seven solid innings without allowing much contact to the Rams, who booted away five errors behind Keiran Owens.

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In The Pipeline

Lochsa River surfers hit the Pipeline Rapids wave last Sunday, April 10, and with the river running at around 8,000 cubic feet per second, the annual Lochsa River Madness is just around the corner.

Managing chinook seasons is a constant work in progress

Spring Chinook fishing opens April 23, and anglers often wonder how many salmon there will be and how long the season will last. It’s a challenging question to answer because unlike most Idaho fisheries, salmon seasons are dependent on how many fish return from the ocean each year.

Column: A tale of two squirrels

Dear Bwana, It would seem some type of tree squirrels have taken over my bird feeders! At first they were a nuisance, but now I’ve actually kind of grown to like them. I was wondering if you could give me any helpful hints to find out exactly what kind they are? Thanks in advance, Loretta I think I can help you out, Loretta.