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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s tournament time, and this year’s tournaments will be held in Orofino.
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.
The kids’ stick horse race is back and there’s plenty of action for the adults this weekend, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Stirrings of life came to the Clearwater Valley early this year, and not just because spring weather arrived sooner than expected.
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.
They played until the sun went down, and then they turned the lights on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.
Pro-wolf environmentalists are taking to court the federal agency tasked with killing problematic wild animals, alleging the Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services arm has “never examined or disclosed the effect of its activities in combination with recreational wolf hunting and trapping conducted by the public.”
The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.
The local gold-picking community got a boost last Wednesday, Feb. 11, when a house committee deadlocked on whether to stop Rep. Paul Shepherd’s latest bill, which aims to exempt suction dredging from federal laws under which the Environmental Protection Agency forbids suction dredging in the Clearwater and Salmon river drainages.
Prairie ran into a buzz saw in its district title matchup against the team most observers favor at the outset of the 1AD1 state tournament. But as the only team in the tournament to have played a close game against Lapwai this season, the Pirates may be primed to force a rematch in the classification’s biggest game.
State hammers ‘past employee’ who shot research elk illegally last year
In Clear Creek, Alternative C it is.
Led by Central Idaho League "player of the year" Hailey Sullivan, the Grangeville girls took one step closer to a district tournament title.
Grangeville found itself in foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, but St. Maries had no answer for the 16-6 run GHS used to lock up a share of the Central Idaho League lead.
Less than five minutes into Friday's game, Grangeville had a point total it would take Coeur d'Alene Charter most of three quarters to match.
Grangeville 58, Genesee 33
In the battle of the Bulldogs — Grangeville versus Genesee — Michael and Michael (Stevens and Wilson) had big nights for the victorious hosts.
Search and rescue dollars aren’t famous among the monies local jurisdictions receive from the federal government in the form of Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payouts. PILT was renewed late last year, but while Idaho County and local school districts anxiously await Congressional action on SRS, Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges is trying to schedule a gun show to help fund one of the county’s basic services.
Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.
While the public-sector lethal control board’s efforts may have stalled, a private group trying to organize locals wants to accelerate the trapping of wolves in the Clearwater Region.
Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted the Savages to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night at Salmon River High School — but without effective defense from Rylie Travis and Alex Diaz, Highland's Tanner Dempsey (26 points) might have given the visiting Huskies a winning burst.
Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted Salmon River to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night.
Garbage fees that for decades Idaho County failed to bill to 118 Nez Perce Tribe-owned properties will be billed soon, outgoing Idaho County Commission chairman James Rockwell said Tuesday, Dec. 30.