Andrew Ottoson

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Kamiah mill sale: Blue North officials asked IFG to step in

Faced with having to close the Kamiah mill, in October 2015, Blue North Forest Products approached Idaho Forest Group about buying out its assets and timber position, Blue North operating manager Bill Mulligan confirmed to the Free Press Monday morning, May 16. IFG is in the process of completing the buyout, subject to “various closing conditions” IFG now anticipates will be met later this month.

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Judge puts J-Bar salvage on hold

USFS reviewing decision and and 'will move forward accordingly'

Late Thursday, May 12, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service’s Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stops salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers, which was set to begin as early as Monday, May 16.

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Primed for Middleton

46 individuals qualify, six as No. 1 seeds

No one in the region could match the Kubs’ strength in numbers on the boys side of the 1A/2A District I-II championships held last Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, and they had one additional edge going for them: their track was looking freshly sharp on account of new paint the KHS coaches and boosters had recently laid down.

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Risch finds 97 percent opposed Lochsa Land Exchange - Matter 'not settled' and 'not close'

In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell dated May 12, U.S. Senator Jim Risch formally ended his pursuit of a legislated end to one long, controversial saga: the Lochsa Land Exchange.

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Pirates end Genesee’s reign

Spencer Schumacher had Genesee off-balance from the very start last Saturday, May 14, yielding only a bunt single through the first three innings even as the PHS lineup pounded out a 5-0 lead on the way to an 8-2 win over the defending 1A champions.

Forest Service salvage logging blocked

Late yesterday, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction in the civil case over the Forest Service's Johnson Bar Fire Salvage project. The order stops salvage logging near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic rivers.

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Absent "critical mass of consensus," Risch will not advance Lochsa Land Exchange

In a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell dated May 12, U.S. Senator Jim Risch formally ended his pursuit of a legislated end to one long, controversial saga: the Lochsa Land Exchange.

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Grangeville's season ends on walk-off home run

Baseball

Orofino's Hayden Wilson brought the Maniacs all the way back from down 7-2 to win 8-7 during the second game of the district tournament last night, May 10, at OHS.

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Blue North ‘couldn’t sustain’ losses

IFG ‘intent’ to dismantle mill unconfirmed

With very little advance notice, more than five-dozen mill workers got the word from Blue North Forest Products ownership May 3: that the mill is closing, that market forces have swallowed up the business, and that unlike the other times the plant has shut down, this time, “this is the end.” Last week, the Free Press reported buyer Idaho Forest Group anticipates the sale will be complete by mid-month.

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Orofino hosting district tournaments this week

Baseball

Prairie, Kamiah stun Genesee; Orofino spoils Bulldogs’ CIL title hopes; Panthers crack Lawrence’s gem.

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