Andrew Ottoson

Sports/Outdoors Editor

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I grew up in the Denver suburbs and went to college in Hillsboro, Kansas, where I studied chemistry and bible and got my first newspaper job doing sports and features for a little weekly. I moved to Grangeville in April 2011, when I started covering sports and other topics for the Idaho County Free Press.

Recent Stories

 

Tax bill includes new roads levy, higher garbage service fees

With notices in the mail, some who own property in Idaho County have seen a big new tax on the bill. Others have seen a tax rate lower than it was last year, but some of those who have seen their rates dip are still owing local governments more overall this year due to a rise in county solid waste fees. Still others – namely, those whose property is served by the Idaho County Road & Bridge Department – have seen both a higher solid waste fee and a significantly higher overall tax rate due to the new levy, which the county commission began considering last summer and approved in September.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Pirates tip Grangeville, 72-62

The Prairie basketball boys clawed back from down 11 points to tie the score at halftime of Grangeville's home opener Thursday night, Nov. 30, which PHS went on to win, 72-62.

November 30, 2017 9:51 p.m. read more..
 

County commission approves first new subdivision since 2010

For the first time since 2010, the Idaho County Commission approved a new subdivision, under which developer Timothy Hicks is bringing a cluster of new houses to about 31 acres in the Tahoe area east of Stites. “I worked with one other surveyor, but it was Chad Erickson who really saw this through,” Hicks told the Free Press after county officials’ signatures were added to the mylar Tuesday morning, Nov. 28. “It wouldn’t have happened without his help.” “I was just the surveyor on his project,” Erickson said, “but working through the regulations involved really does require someone who knows how to expedite the process.”

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Pirates’ prize: a rematch

After Oakley’s main weapon, Chandler Jones, put the Prairie boys on notice early in the 1AD1 semifinal last Friday night, Nov. 10, PHS quarterback Spencer Schumacher and running back Jacob Stubbers notified the Hornets the Pirates also had come to the Kibbie Dome fully armed.

November 15, 2017 8:56 a.m. read more..


Deary ends Salmon River's season

The Salmon River boys' football season ended against one of the strongest 1AD2 football teams in the state Friday night in the Kibbie Dome, where Deary scored the final 40 points, reversing an early Savages lead.

November 8, 2017 8:28 a.m. read more..


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