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Border Days rodeo to continue Sunday at 2 p.m.

Marek leads bull riding, plus other unofficial results

As the only Border Days bull rider with a qualified ride to his name, Grangeville's own Bo Marek stands to cash one heck of a check this year. If his score holds up -- 77 points -- Marek will have earned every penny.

Getting serious about waste County plan to rework system

The Idaho County Commission is continuing to get serious about reforming the way solid waste disposal works on the Camas Prairie.

IRU files injunction to stop timber cut on Selway Salvage sale

The Idaho Department of Lands estimated more than $2 million could be netted for the state schools trust if work on the Selway Salvage timber sale starts soon, but the work may be held up by a controversy about the use of a road that cuts through private property.

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Full slate set for 2015 Border Days Rodeo: Bucking broncs blast off this Friday

Starting with slack time at 10 a.m. July 3, more than 200 rodeo pros affiliated with the Idaho Cowboys Association, Pro-West and NPRA will be taking their turns at Border Days arena, vying for $12,300 in added money.

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Grand Entry For White Bird Days

White Bird Days grand marshals Polly Hollandsworth (green vest) and Peg Marek (brown vest) led the parade on horseback last Saturday, June 20.

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Eagle Scout flagpole project helped by many local hands

Grangeville’s Marcus Gravatt started his Eagle Scout project two years ago, having weighed a variety of civic ideas.

Environmentalists court pyhrric victory

History advises against fighting battles that can be won only by self-destruction, but a fight now under way in a federal court is exactly that kind of fight.

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Thrills, Spills Mark Rafting Season’s Opener

Many of those who passed through the Chair Creek rapids north of Riggins caught a big wave, but a few quite literally hit the Salmon River last Saturday afternoon, June 6, for the Big Water Blowout — an annual celebration of the start of the local rafting season.

Suit seeks to stop USFS road use to reach sale

Morgan and Olga Wright are suing the Forest Service to stop the use of a road that crosses their property to reach state land where the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has proposed to cut nearly seven million board feet of timber.

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Prioritizing spending, pushing back federal overrreach, debt issue key for Sen. Crapo

Late last month, Sen. Mike Crapo visited the area. His tour included stops in seven Idaho County communities; he met with the Idaho County Free Press editorial board on May 29.

Familiar foes on the docket for Whitepine League

The rippling consequences of the failure of a school levy in Troy are already being felt more than 130 miles to the south, as the Whitepine League bastion’s plans to visit Riggins for a Zero Week game at Salmon River High School may not hold up this August.

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Canoeists’ bodies found

EMT urges river-users to wear life jackets

Two weeks after two Coeur d’Alene men were reported missing in the French Creek area, both have been found deceased.

Commissioners discuss solid waste

At the outset of the budgeting season for the 2016 fiscal year – with the Idaho County Commission to hear each department’s budget request during the weeks ahead – the board will begin considering a new idea on how to keep a lid on solid waste costs in the future.

GHS adds 4A Sandpoint to fall football schedule

A four-person scramble in support of GHS football is set for Sunday, June 7, at Grangeville Country Club, with tee-off set for noon.

ITD plans $2.5-million-plus projects at Grangeville, U.S. 95 starting in 2016

Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer.

‘Win-win’ on project to create firebreaks at Harpster

Idaho County has long sought federal dollars to fund work to create firebreaks in between Harpster and the Golden Hills, Idaho County Fire Mitigation Department head Randy Doman said last Thursday, May 21. With a grant now in place, work began Monday, May 25.

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Clearwater Chinook Running Hot

The most recent South Fork Clearwater River harvest report estimated the chinook salmon catch rate at less than eight hours per keeper while anglers on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers totaled more than 800 keepers May 11-17.

State tennis brackets set

A last-minute injury withdrawal will have Grangeville's Sarah Wilson competing this weekend at Vallivue High School in place of teammate Savannah Thanstrom, who placed second in the district's girls singles bracket. The state bracket was announced Wednesday morning.

Comment sought on Riggins public shooting range

The Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood Field Office is asking for public comments by mid-June regarding a 36-acre parcel just north of Time Zone Bridge.

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Clearing the bar: 41 area track and field athletes headed to state

For many of the dozens of area athletes who qualified to compete at the state track and field meet at Middle- ton this weekend, earning a trip to state counts as a major triumph. For the best of the best in Idaho County, qualifying is a mile-marker on the way to the apex goal: a state title.

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Bulldogs knock out Kendrick, fall to Orofino

The Maniacs occasionally got the better of Grangeville in boys team sports earlier this year and had the GHS baseball team’s number all spring. With a walk-off mercy rule victory over Kendrick on the second day of District II tournament play, the Bulldogs gave themselves a shot at reaching the state tournament. But the second post-season Bulldogs-Maniacs encounter in as many days ended with Grangeville’s hitters again stumped by Orofino’s pitching.

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Bulldogs notch five solo wins at ‘area best’

On a day that athletes from across the region marked outstanding performances, several of Grangeville’s set new personal records and others from across Idaho County proved their places among North Central Idaho’s elite.

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Playoffs set to run this week in Orofino

It’s tournament time, and this year’s tournaments will be held in Orofino.

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Riggins Rodeo starts Saturday

The kids’ stick horse race is back and there’s plenty of action for the adults this weekend, too.

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Softball: Pirates pop McCall, Troy

The Pirates had 10 wins under their collective belts before a 3-0 loss to Genesee sent them for a loop. Prairie stumbled to a 15-14 loss to Asotin on April 21, allowing the Panthers to score nine runs during the fourth inning of that contest.

County objecting to Crooked River Valley rehab project

The Forest Service’s Crooked River Valley Rehabilitation would dramatically reshape a valley marked by mining five miles west of Elk City, and the Idaho County Commission is objecting.

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1A Baseball: Rams rise as Whitepine League play picks up

For Clearwater Valley fans, a win over down-river rival Kamiah always comes as a treat — and, as a bonus, the Rams’ 4-3 victory last Thursday, April 9, maintained their lead over the Kubs in the standings.

Frei won’t press for pro-life insurance

Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei will not press forward with a plan for the county to pay for a pro-life alternative to the county’s existing health insurance.

Pair caught after chase in stolen pickup

Court hearings are pending for two individuals arrested Monday night, April 6, following an alleged flight from law enforcement in a vehicle reported stolen out of Missouri.

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Top students enjoy bird clinic at Flying B Ranch

Young hunters are the future of conservation and the hunting tradition. By introducing our youth to the joys of hunting at an early age, we can ensure the future of hunting and conservation remains strong.

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Book focuses on historical airstrips

Hells Canyon, Salmon River areas among mentions

The second volume of Richard Holm Jr.’s “Bound For The Backcountry” set holds out a rare public account of the private people who pioneered air travel in the canyon country that lends the land so much of the remoteness Idaho County people enjoy.

Frei proposes "rights of conscience" alternative to county insurance

The first policy initiative authored by Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei would offer local government employees an alternative to the Affordable Care Act insurance Idaho County presently provides. For each employee who both opted out and qualified for membership in a "health sharing ministry," the county would send money directly to a "non-insurance, non-state regulated program that does not guarantee payment of claims." But Frei's resolution to create this "rights of conscience" alternative was tabled Tuesday, April 7, in order to allow time for an employee meeting "sometime in the next two weeks," Frei said.

Basketball: Statesman names Wilson 2A “player of the year”

Having been an all-state first-teamer in football and basketball in two previous seasons, GHS senior Michael Wilson brought home one of the most prestigious awards any newspaper could possibly bestow on a high school basketball player in Idaho.

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Hall retires after 31 years: Grangeville coach helmed five state champion teams across three sports

Shortly after the 1994 girls basketball team won the state championship, coach Skip Hall told the Free Press the feeling that comes of taking a team to the absolute peak “gets a little more satisfying every day.”

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Track & Field: Lindsley eyes Hill’s school record

If spring has sprung early across the region, it seems to have sprung best in Grangeville. While much of the squad spent last week on a band trip, several of the Bulldogs distinguished themselves at the Lewiston Invitational last Saturday, March 21. Two seniors — Drew Lindsley and Kaleala Bass — not only staked out some of the best marks seen anywhere in Idaho’s 2A classification, they also added their names to the Lewiston Invitational’s record book.

Scheduling note: GHS to open against Genesee

The Grangeville baseball squad will throw out its first pitch of 2015 at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Asotin. The Bulldogs will be playing Genesee at the Asotin Tournament, which will also be the site of two Saturday games.

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Baseball season begins: New digs a hit as Rams look to climb league standings

Stirrings of life came to the Clearwater Valley early this year, and not just because spring weather arrived sooner than expected.

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Rams, Bulldogs meet for the first of four times this year

They played until the sun went down, and then they turned the lights on.

Court remands Clearwater National Forest travel plan

Forest Service to reconsider its reasons for restrictions

Environmentalists have long pressed the Forest Service for tougher motorized recreation rules, but their partial victory in federal court last Thursday, March 11, will now force the combined Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to reconsider a plan to force drivers to stick to designated routes.

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Manning bridge construction near Riggins planned for fall

Construction may start in August

This fall, a crawler crane will roll through Burgdorf, north-bound, then on to French Creek Road, then down the dozen or so switchbacks that descend toward the Salmon River, then west to the Manning Crevice Bridge, where it will stand opposite an outrigger crane. Together, these cranes will help raise a replacement for the span originally constructed in 1934. By next fall, they’ll be ready to remove the old bridge.

Pirates smoke Ambrose, reach state semifinal

Prairie's Lucas Arnzen powered up a double-double as the Pirates surged to a first-round victory over one of the classification's most highly-touted teams.

Firth advances despite Bulldogs' fast start

Grangeville's Michael Wilson totaled 31 points after scoring 18 early in the first round of the 2A state boys basketball tournament Thursday night at Capital High School.

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Bulldogs break Orofino, blast New Plymouth to qualify

Orofino nicked Grangeville twice in the final three meetings between the Central Idaho League rivals, but the last one — the decisive one on Feb. 25 — turned in the Bulldogs’ favor 47-40.

State wrestling tournament results: Saturday evening results

Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) and Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) both reached their respective finals with wins on Saturday morning at the 2A state wrestling tournament.

Grangeville clobbers New Plymouth, books return to 2A tourney

Michael Wilson put up 20 points in a crucial stop on Grangeville's road back to the 2A boys basketball state tournament. St. Maries claimed the north's top seed by winning the district championship earlier in the week, but GHS extended its season with a 60-35 victory over New Plymouth Saturday afternoon.

Lapwai tops Prairie in district title game

Seven lead changes during the first half signaled a close game, but for much of the contest, Lapwai stood firmly in control of the 1AD1 District II boys district title game Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center. During the short stretches when the Pirates' shots were falling, Prairie evened up the game -- but a bit of treachery in the Pirates' shooting touch combined with timely shooting by the Wildcats allowed Lapwai to sustain scoring runs up to double-digit leads early and late in the game.

UPDATE: Eight locals still in the hunt at state wrestling tournament

Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) and Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) both aced their state wrestling competition, and will wrestle as two of the area's eight remaining medal hopefuls tomorrow.

Pirates' pressure squashes Liberty Charter

Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play.

Brown, Bass key Bulldogs win in OT

Grangeville trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half of its first round 2A state tournament matchup against Wendell, but charged back to win 46-44 in overtime Thursday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School.

Pirates advance to district tourney final, lock up state tournament berth

The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.

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