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Andrew Ottoson

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New Views For July 4 Border Days Firecracker Fun Run

Route change this year to protect runners’ safety

The Firecracker Fun Run will go off this July 4 as it has for years, but will pop a bit differently this year.

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Riding High

The Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association’s Sunday in Kamiah last weekend, June 17-18, included a 73-point saddle bronc ride by Clancy Glenn — which was good enough to win the event.

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EhCapa Equestrian In White Bird

The EhCapa queen leads bareback riders over the bar during their performance at the White Bird Rodeo during Father’s Day weekend June 16-17.

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Marek’s ranch bronc ride a big winner

White Bird Rodeo

Local ranching scion Konnyr Marek had an outstanding couple of days on home turf at the 28th annual White Bird Rodeo last weekend, June 16-17, with big wins during both the main event (ranch bronc riding) and the local team roping.

USDA projects production drop for Idaho wheat

'Those prices are a little high compared to our local prices'

The forecast, dated May 1, anticipates a decline of nearly 3 percent in acreage planted and a 10-11 percent decline in yield per acre

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Smokejumpers test skills near Grangeville

High Marks

When fire erupted in so many local forest locales back in 2015, Missoula smokejumper Colby Jackson helped keep one of the many mid-August starts nameless.

Good Neighbor sales under way; more work planned for area lands

The Forest Service has completed all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and sale preparation work for the Woodrat Salvage Sale, one of the first Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) projects to be planned in the region.

ICSO arrests pair on drug charges at Weir Hot Springs

Michael E. Eggimann was arrested on charges related to the possession of marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia, and Tanner Slaybaugh was cited for possession of pot and paraphernalia, last Saturday, May 27, at Weir Hot Springs.

Judge gives USFS Orograde project a go-ahead

Civil case continues

Back in April, when the Forest Service notified the federal court in which Friends of the Clearwater sought to halt the Orogrande Community Protection Project that work would start June 1, the environmentalist plaintiffs asked the court to stop the work from going forward. On May 31, the court – under Chief U.S. Magistrate Ronald E. Bush – allowed the work to go forward while the sides continue to argue the case.

Traffic moving south of Pollock after accident downs power lines

Idaho State Police investigated a crash involving a commercial vehicle that rolled, downed power lines, and was blocking US Highway 95 at milepost 173, approximately 10 miles north of New Meadows. Idaho Transportation Department closed US Highway 95 from New Meadows to Pollock shortly before noon PT, then shortly before 2 p.m. PT restored alternating traffic through one lane.

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Fischer named SSCI ‘officer of the year’

This spring, district conservation officer George Fischer received an award he called “the pinnacle of recognition for wildlife officers” — the 2016 Shikar-Safari Club International “officer of the year” award.

Uptmor to run at College of Idaho

Next Level Athlete

Having run distance for the 2017 state champion Prairie Pirates Chaye Uptmor is headed to Caldwell on scholarship this fall, where she plans to study health and human sciences and psychology and, eventually, to pursue a degree in occupational therapy.

Commission redirects $80k to new projects

Last August, county commissioners set aside $150,000 for overhauling the Idaho County Courthouse parking lot, but the board has decided two five-figure expenses will come first. Having received only one bid for the parking lot overhaul earlier this month – and that for more than $200,000 – the board last week approved redirecting more than $84,000 to two other courthouse projects.

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Grangeville accident briefly slows weekend travelers

An accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Main Street/State Highway 13 briefly impaired the flow of traffic shortly after 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, May 26, when Jacob Candeube of Missoula, Mont., failed to stop his Toyota pickup at the stop sign.

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Locals mostly two-and-out vs. 3A competition

Tennis

Clearwater Valley’s Kamm and Trayse Mangun played exceptionally, and came closer to a state medal than any other local individual or doubles team at the 3A state tennis meet held May 19-20 at Vallivue and Caldwell high schools.

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Prairie takes girls team title

Prairie’s last race of the day once again proved decisive, with the 4x400 girls outpacing Oakley by more than four seconds to move the team total two points ahead of Valley, into clear first.

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GHS scores 20 at state track meet

The young Grangeville teams combined for 20 points in team scoring last Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, at the 2A state track championships.

GHS baseball season ends in second round

Losses to Melba and Malad brought Grangeville's baseball season to a close during the first two days of play at the 2A state tournament held in Idaho Falls.

Pirates reach softball semifinal

With an 11-10 win over Notus, the Prairie girls are in position to play Horseshoe Bend for a shot at the 1A championship. The semifinal is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at Airport Park in Lewiston.

Rams in the running for third place

The Clearwater Valley boys beat Wilder 7-1 in the first game of the 1A state baseball tournament, and after falling to Genesee, the Rams are set to play Glenns Ferry for third place.

Olsen wins 3,200

State track and field results: Day 1

Cole Olsen won the 3,200 run Friday at the 1A state track meet.

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Tennis team takes district title; 14 Bulldogs headed to state

A rain delay sidelined the small classifications District I-II tennis tournament last Friday morning, May 12, but when the weather finally broke at about 3:30 p.m., the floodgates opened for Grangeville’s athletes. Playing shortened matches on account of limited remaining daylight and in anticipation of more rain the next morning, the Bulldogs won three categories outright and qualified 14 in all for state.

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Local athletes qualify for 53 state events

Track & Field

Clearwater Valley senior Cole Olsen won three district titles on his own and anchored the region’s fastest medley relay last last Saturday, May 13, at Kootenai High School.

Bulldogs win district title

Tennis

Grangeville and Clearwater Valley tennis players are on to state, as the Bulldogs won the district team title yesterday and eight Rams posted top-four finishes.

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Seventh-inning heroics take Grangeville to state

Baseball district championship

Though talking up their teammates from the visiting dugout, the Bulldogs were, officially, the home team Monday night, May 8 — so when it came down to the last at bat, it was the Grangeville boys’ turn to win a place at state with one stunning swing.

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Watch Your Step at Post Office

Steps in need of repair

The Grangeville Post Office is open, but the front steps are temporarily closed due to crumbling concrete. Repairs aren’t likely to be done this week, as the work is on hold during the facility’s transition to a new postmaster, whose first day is anticipated next Monday, May 15.

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CVRA Royalty Takes First At Riggins Rodeo Parade

Clearwater Valley Roundup Association Queen Tayscha Mozley (right) and Princess Shelbie Miller (left) received a first-place ribbon in the “Mounted Royalty” division at the Riggins Rodeo Parade Sunday, May 7.

Idaho County seeks grant money as new public defense standards go into effect

The latest changes that have followed an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit are tightening regulation of the defense attorneys taxpayers provide for those who can’t afford private representation. Starting this month, new state standards require local courts to provide public defenders from the first day in court – whereas the poor and accused had often faced their initial appearances without an attorney there to argue for their bail.

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Former director returns to Salmon River Race

Friend in the business

Salmon River Jet Boat Race director Kim Friend returned to the event after a few years away from it, and had high praises for those who helped sustain it during the interim.

League game swamped

Grangeville's April 15 Central Idaho League baseball game against St. Maries had been relocated to Kooskia because the field at GHS has been to wet to play on this spring. But the field at CVHS was also too wet for baseball Saturday morning. The game will be rescheduled, but a date and time has not yet been decided.

Prairie baseball, softball home games moved north

Pirates home games originally slated for Saturday, April 15, in Cottonwood, have been relocated to parts north due to wet weather in the forecast. Softball will play at Airport Park at noon in Lewiston, and baseball will play at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Potlatch, weather permitting.

Softball, tennis events rained out; area baseball games, track meet to proceed

Grangeville High softball and tennis events, scheduled for the afternoon of April 13, have been called off due to rain.

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Kennedy wins three matches as Bulldogs top Orofino, Culdesac

The GHS tennis squad hosted Orofino and Culdesac Tuesday night, and met little resistance in the course of winning 15 of 17 matches. Boys singles sophomore standout Colby Kennedy drew praise from coach Kerry McCulley for winning three matches on the evening.

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Rams stop skid, win a pair

Baseball

Leading up to spring break, Clearwater Valley’s baseball season hadn’t gone as well as coach Josh Bradley had hoped, but with wins over Kendrick and McCall last week and a slew of Whitepine League games on the slate this week, the Rams have stopped skidding and are looking to accelerate up the WPL table.

SRS dollars not in sight; 25 percent funds fall far short

“there is little hope Congress will act quickly enough this year” - Sen. Crapo

Some local taxing districts have for years been bracing for a big budget hit should one of the main flows of federal money into Idaho County be shut off, and with the Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies’ funding on the chopping block, Idaho County Commissioners sounded an alarm last month.

Civil suit against county continues in fed court

Arguments over Idaho County’s handling of a tax sale in 2016

Arguments over Idaho County’s handling of a tax sale in 2016 continued in federal court late last month, with attorneys for plaintiffs Raymond R. Hamell and Rachelle J. Hamell seeking to amend the civil complaint attorneys representing the Hamells filed last October.

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Genesee wins big, schedule picks up

Much of Grangeville’s early softball slate was pushed around by spring weather, but a mostly-clear sky allowed the Bulldogs to take the field at Airport Park against Genesee on Monday, April 4.

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Seven-run seventh tips Battle of the Bulldogs to Grangeville

They have the same mascot, and for six innings Monday night, April 3, the Grangeville and Genesee baseball teams had something else in common: three runs apiece.

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Manning Crevice Bridge Project: No traffic delays set for race, rodeo days

Progress continues to be made on the Manning Crevice Bridge replacement project, which began last year and is expected to continue into winter 2017.

Wilks Ranch now largest single landowner in Idaho County at more than 42,000 acres

Q&A with Wilks family member, Wilks Development Company manager

- The Wilks Ranch has grown to more than 42,000 acres, making the outfit Farris Wilks registered back in 2010 the single largest landowner in Idaho County. - In response to questions the Free Press asked via e-mail, Foster relayed answers from Wilks family member and Wilks Development Company manager Justin Wilks.

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Local athletes’ performances show gains ahead of spring break

Track & Field

Having competed against mostly smaller schools earlier in the week at Kamiah, Grangeville and Clearwater Valley last Saturday, March 25, measured off against some of the bigger ones they’ll see this season.

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Pirates Open League Play With A ‘W’

Prairie notched a 6-1 win over Clearwater Valley last Thursday, March 23, at CVHS.

Loughran doubles; Pfefferkorn, Rives open on top

Track & Field

The Clearwater Valley boys placed third as a team behind Deer Park and Troy last Saturday, March 18, and the CV girls took fourth behind three out-of-state teams.

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Bulldogs win opener at CV

Baseball

Clearwater Valley handed opening day starter Keiran Owens a 7-0 lead two innings into the Rams’ first game of the season. But in the course of hosting Grangeville, CV’s bats went quiet last Tuesday afternoon, March 14.

Young GHS squad tastes Vollmer Bowl

Track & Field

For so many Grangeville track and field athletes, the competition last Saturday, March 18, was their first.

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South Fork, main stem Clearwater may flood this weekend

With about an inch of rain thought to be on the way, National Weather Service forecasters are anticipating bigger trouble may come from area rivers and creeks this weekend than has been seen already.

Elk City water system revamp hits a hitch

To govern or not to govern: that is the question about a current plan to modernize the sewer system. It’s not yet clear when Elk City Water and Sewer Association (ECWSA) members will make their choice.

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Pirates top Valley, Wilder; place second to Lapwai

The Prairie boys once again took Lapwai down to the final minute, but having shocked the state’s top-ranked 1AD1 team during the district tournament, the Pirates fell to Lapwai 57-49 during the championship game last Saturday, March 4.

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Grangeville sports schedules get new home: ghsathletics.org

A new “official website of Grangeville High School Bulldogs athletics” is now the place where the school’s sports calendars are being maintained online. The clearinghouse for online schedule information previously accessed through schedulestar.com now redirects to ghsathletics.org.

Gov. Otter intervenes in FOC’s Orogrande lawsuit

A Forest Service project that could help harden the Orogrande community against wildfire is tied up in court and Idaho’s executive branch is stepping in. Gov. Butch Otter has moved to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit Friends of the Clearwater filed late last year.

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