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Andrew Ottoson

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IRU wins road permit, salvage logging case

Federal district court ruled Moose Creek District Ranger Joe Hudson erred

When it comes to roads in the Wild and Scenic Selway River drainage, the Forest Service can’t just give the State of Idaho permission to run a thousand log trucks to and from state ground. The Forest Service has to consider environmental laws before issuing a permit, including the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Commission chimes in on J-Bar Salvage lawsuit

Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United are suing the Forest Service over federal salvage logging east of Lowell, in the area scorched by the Johnson Bar Fire nearly two years ago, and the Idaho County Commission is chiming in.

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More than 200 finish area hunter ed courses

“It’s a huge undertaking for the kids and the instructors alike,” Idaho Department of Fish and Game district conservation officer George Fischer said Monday, March 28, looking back at the hunter education programs that IDFG has helped put on across the area this year. “It’s two hours after school in the evenings. Ages go from nine to 60 — I think we had a student in their 70s this year.”

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Storm stops meet at CV

Grangeville’s tennis squad followed up a strong outing March 17 at Orofino with a good showing in limited action last week at Clearwater Valley. The Bulldogs were rained out of a March 21 visit to Lewiston and were all but rained out against the Rams, when wet weather slickened the courts at CVHS and put a stop to four matches that were in progress early Thursday evening.

Bulldogs break through before spring break

Grangeville headed to spring break on a bit of a high note, notching the first win of the spring 9-3 during the second half of the set last Friday, March 25. Layton Harris relieved Shane Wood in the fourth inning of the opener, which GHS dropped 11-9 despite a late rally. With Harris starting the late show, the Bulldogs won 9-3, as their suddenly hot hitting carrying over into leads of 2-0 and 4-2. Grangeville added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

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Colton tops Grangeville; unbeaten Rams whip Troy 9-2

Grangeville’s baseball season opener was bumped from March 12 to last Friday, March 18, by wet weather and the Bulldogs’ game showed a bit of rust.

Commission leans toward Adams County landfill, pushes for central setup

'our fee structure is disconnected from actual use'

A plan to put a regional landfill at the Kaschmitter Rock Pit east of town was buried by a backlash five years ago, and a fresh talk of a regional landfill had some locals wondering late last month whether Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt has been digging in the same old dirt. But it’s not the same. Five counties – Adams, Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis and Valley – are considering new digs for a regional landfill near Council, and Brandt has been Idaho County’s point-man for the joint powers agreement that would be needed for the counties to start formal talks with each other.

Bulldogs to open at Asotin

Harris to pitch as Grangeville's season gets underway.

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Rams rock on, but other openers were washed out

Spring springs

For the first time in three years, the Clearwater Valley softball girls scored in their first game. That was true whether the count began with an exhibition tournament at Fenn Field last Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, or with a 14-7 win over Grangeville Monday night, March 14.

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Night closures start on Manning bridge project

Night closures related to the Manning Crevice Bridge work were scheduled this week, March 14-18, as announced in the weekly project newsletter released last Thursday, March 10, online at

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Weather mucks spring sports openers; CV tournament to proceed

The baseball and softball seasons are scheduled to open today, but weather may yet interfere. For now, the Clearwater Valley boys are set to take on Orofino's JV at 3 p.m., with a CV-Troy game to follow at 5:30 p.m. Across town at Fenn Field, the CV girls are set to play Asotin at 3 p.m. with the Grangeville girls to play Asotin at 4:45 p.m., if the weather holds up.

Suction dredging bill stalls

Each of the last three sessions at the state legislature, suction dredge miners have pushed for legislation to roll back state and federal regulation of their practice. With a voice vote last Tuesday, Feb. 23, the House Natural Resources Committee opted not to advance the dredgers’ latest proposal.

Utah group tells state legislature federal land weakens Idaho

Attorney George Wentz on Monday told the Idaho legislature that federal ownership makes states weaker than states that have little federal land – and that the constitution does not allow the federal government to make any state weaker than the others. “Is Idaho weaker than New York because Idaho doesn’t have dominion over all its land? Actually, it is,” Wentz said.

Wassmuth, Owens win titles; seven locals medal at state

Shaydn Wassmuth needed only 16 seconds to take the championship in the 2A 220-pound weight class. Keiran Owens took down Collin Fogg of Ririe for the 2A 285-pound title.

Grangeville KOs Orofino, braces for St. Maries

The Grangeville boys led by a point midway through the second quarter of their 54-45 win over Orofino last night night at the Central Idaho League's district tournament, and the score remained close through halftime. The Bulldogs took the lead for good with a layup-and-one by Luke Stokes, which Dylan Canaday cemented with a jump shot.

Grangeville routs Charter, forces rematch with Orofino

Luke Stokes scored 14 points, Layton Harris scored 10 and Grangeville ripped Coeur d'Alene Charter 67-40 on the second night of the Central Idaho League's district tournament Tuesday night, Feb. 23. By thrashing Charter, the Bulldogs set up a rematch with first round nemesis Orofino, which tagged GHS 58-39 on the tournament's first night. Grangeville will play Orofino at 7 p.m. tonight at Troy.

Wassmuth qualifies as No. 1 seed; 19 local wrestlers heading to 2A state

The familiar mats at Clearwater Valley High School were a fine proving ground for local wrestlers who last Saturday, Feb. 20, competed for space at the state tournament coming up this week at Pocatello’s Holt Arena.

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Savages take third

The Savages put together a righteous run at the end of their battle with Dietrich last Friday, Feb. 19, but the Blue Devils held on by a slim margin, 47-44.

Bulldogs dinged; Pirates advance; CV survives; Summit set to open

Boys basketball: District II tournaments

Patriots play tonight; Pirates state-bound; Maniacs maul Dawgs.

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GHS run out Friday

Grangeville had an early lead against Cole Valley Christian, but the Chargers eventually pulled away, 48-35, despite shooting just 12 percent from the field during the first half. Grangeville went 10-for-62 for the game, but put together a 14-3 run that staked out a 16-8 lead during the second quarter last Friday, Feb. 19.

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Pirates top Valley, drop Genesee, take second

The Prairie girls sputtered during the first quarter, dominated during the second, persevered during the second half and ultimately, won their 1AD1 semifinal playoff against Genesee, 64-52. In effect, the Friday night, Feb. 19, battle between the Whitepine League rivals decided second place, as eventual champion Lapwai had beaten both Prairie and Genesee by double-digits in all recent meetings.

Prairie girls advance to 1AD1 title game

Girls state basketball results

The Prairie girls sputtered during the first quarter, dominated during the second, persevered during the second half and ultimately, won their 1AD1 semifinal playoff against Genesee, 64-52.

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Council seals top seed

The Salmon River boys had designs on winning one of their last two regular season games, and had a two-point difference late in their finale against Council last Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Lumberjacks pulled away, 70-55, but with six minutes to go, Riley Travis tallied a layup and fouled out Council’s Paolo Celada, bringing the Savages within 47-45.

Grangeville sweeps Orofino, secures second seed

Despite some sharp shooting by Orofino's Hayden Wilson (16 points, mostly during the third quarter) and Kolby Brink (16, mostly during the first half), the Grangeville boys pulled out a 52-44 win over their Central Idaho League rivals.

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Pirates outpace Bulldogs in rivalry game

Jake Bruner (25 points), Terran Peery (17) and Calvin Hinkelman (10) lifted the visiting Pirates to a 74-59 win over Grangeville on the last night of their regular season. The Bulldogs will wrap up on Tuesday night at Orofino.

THURSDAY: Grangeville girls to play for district title

The Grangeville girls will take on St. Maries with the Central Idaho League's district title and a state tournament berth at stake.

WEDNESDAY: Savages to host key league game

The Salmon River boys have a chance to climb the Long Pin Conference standings with Council in town on senior night.

Cameras give justice necessary speed


No one ever wants to see a law enforcement officer kill anyone, and bringing a firearm to bear is rarely necessary even in that dangerous line of work. Whenever it is necessary for an officer to draw down on a human being, there must be quick, clear accountability. Every. Single. Time.

FS plans salvage of 1,864 acres in emergency sales

Emergency logging on salvage sales east of Kooskia and north of Lowell is in the works. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on Jan. 27 announced 1,864 acres of salvage harvest and reforestation divided between two salvage projects, the Woodrat Salvage and the Upper Lolo Salvage.

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TUESDAY: Kludt plays, Kubs win third straight

The KHS seniors celebrated their final home game with a win over Grangeville, 53-47, on the strength of 16 points from junior Garrison Bretz and 14 from senior Parker Whipple. But no basket drew a louder cheer than the announcement that Lars Kludt -- who has been sidelined throughout this basketball season -- would start.

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FRIDAY: Salmon River works over Sho-Ban

Prairie girls lock up state tournament berth

After the Salmon River boys take on non-league Sho-Ban tonight, they'll have two regular season games remaining, both against teams at the top of the Long Pin Conference standings.

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THURSDAY: Grangeville girls' regular season wraps up

It's senior night for the Bulldogs, and at 6 p.m. the GHS girls are hosting Moscow, which won the first meeting of the teams 44-9 in January.

WEDNESDAY: Grangeville to host CIL wrestlers

Kamiah girls to meet Troy for district b-ball tournament opener

At the Lewis-Clark Activity Center in Lewiston, the No. 5 seeded Kamiah girls will face No. 4 Troy in the first round of the 1AD1 District II girls basketball tournament, which will send two Whitepine League teams to state, and possibly three.

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SATURDAY: Summit celebrates senior night with a 'W'

With more than two weeks left in the regular season, the Summit boys have locked up the No. 1 seed for their district tournament.

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FRIDAY: Grangeville hammers Charter

The Bulldogs - both boys and girls - romped visiting Coeur d'Alene Charter, with the GHS boys rolling 66-38 and the girls cruising 60-20.

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THURSDAY: Lapwai boys fend off Kamiah, barely

Starting with a win over Prairie in December, Lapwai boys have held the Whitepine League's top seed wire-to-wire, and nobody else in the league has been close. There is only one league team the Wildcats have yet to play: Kamiah, 2-5 in the WPL, has the first of its home-and-home with the Wildcats tonight.

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Wrestlers hit the mats at CV

Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth is about “halfway there” in his quest to get back in shape following his return from a football injury.

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Reform plans aim to head off tax hike

Solid waste in Idaho County:

The days for anonymously dumping any amount of any kind of solid waste at any time of day or night any day of the week aren’t yet numbered, but the Idaho County Commission recently heard testimony describing one possible end of the old way.

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TUESDAY: Bulldogs turn back Rams charge

The Grangeville boys, coming off a Central Idaho League loss to St. Maries, will pay a visit to the Rams, who are in a stretch of alternating CIL foes with league games of their own.

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MONDAY: CIL wrestlers tune up at CV

With several of the state's top-ranked wrestlers on hand -- including Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth and CV's Keiran Owens -- the action is sure to be well-waged when the Central Idaho League convenes tonight at Clearwater Valley High School.

SATURDAY: Grangeville visiting St. Maries

Grangeville's Central Idaho League title hopes are on the line today at St. Maries.

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FRIDAY: Prairie clocks Kamiah

Prairie put three players in double-figures, mainly by way of a second-half surge, which turned a 13-12 Kubs halftime lead into a 51-38 Pirates victory.

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THURSDAY: Lapwai rips Prairie, keeps up perfect league record

With three players scoring double-digits, the Lapwai girls thrashed Prairie 66-33.

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Wassmuth returns; Rams run strong

Shaydn Wassmuth had been out with a knee injury since the late stages of the football season, but showed strength and explosiveness in two competitions last week: he went undefeated at 220 pounds on Jan. 12 against the Central Idaho League, which essentially spans the district, but also on Jan. 16 at Wendell, where essentially all of the wrestlers in the state meet for a preview of the competition they’ll face at Pocatello.

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TUESDAY: Grangeville girls thump Kamiah

The Grangeville girls shot nearly 50 percent from the field, including a seven-for-15 showing from the arc, and defeated Kamiah 59-18.

MONDAY: Pirates blast Panthers

At Asotin, the Prairie girls will seek their fifth consecutive win, having defeated the Panthers once already this season. The previous meeting was a 60-28 Pirates win in December.

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SATURDAY: Grangeville girls edge Lumberjacks

Behind Hailey Sullivan's 20 points and Paige Lindsley's 14, the GHS girls overcame a six-point deficit and defeated St. Maries 55-53.

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FRIDAY: Tri-Valley holds off Salmon River boys

The Salmon River girls will look to hold on to the top spot in the Long Pin Conference, while the boys will look for their second league win tonight against Tri-Valley.

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THURSDAY: Bulldogs beat Orofino for second league win

Austin Parks scored 15, Patrick Schumacher scored 10 and seven other Bulldogs scored at least one hoop as Grangeville surged to a 58-44 victory over Orofino.

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Drug cases on rise, pinching justice system

Public defender report:

“Methamphetamine addition is the number one felony drug offense in this county,” according to a report delivered to the commission by Idaho County’s public defenders. Olds Law Offices, run by Scott and Vicki Olds, provided representation in enough indigent cases to fill a calendar last year. The sheer volume of drug cases – combined with changes in state policy – is leading to delays, and the delays are contributing to the problem the commission has heard about a few times in recent weeks.