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.
This month, there’s a bill that would enshrine law enforcement video — dashcam video and body camera video — in public records law. If it becomes law, this bill would hold county law enforcement videos to different standards than a county’s paper records.
The away stretch of the home-and-home series that will decide Grangeville’s place in the Central Idaho League turned in the Bulldogs’ favor when senior forward Patrick Schumacher banked in a three-pointer with 11 seconds to go last Monday night, Feb. 6.
The Bulldogs have a new head football coach.
The Salmon River girls had taken an unexpected loss on a last-second shot against Tri Valley earlier this season, but made certain no late twist of luck could turn around the final score last Saturday night, Jan. 28, routing the Titans 63-30 on the strength of Maddy Tucker’s 35 points.
A deal that stood ready to deepen trade relationships between the United States and Pacific Rim countries such as Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan was deep-sixed last week, when the new administration in Washington D.C. officially tossed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
New DEQ guidance will change way landfills operate regarding yard waste
Think yard waste and brush is an expensive problem now? Dumping it is about to start costing Idaho and Lewis counties an additional $110,000 a year, minimum, under the agreement the counties have with Robert Simmons of Simmons Sanitation.
Difference will be divided among all the remaining taxable property
When the Idaho Department of Lands acquired about 2,400 acres of former Potlatch Corporation timberland at Maggie Butte last year, the transaction cut about $4,100 a year from the flow of property tax and fee dollars the landowners were paying to the local and state government.
A federal judge dealt an Idaho Department of Fish and Game elk research program a significant setback with a ruling last week that will require the agency to destroy data IDFG began gathering in the Frank Church Wilderness 17 months ago.
With Carson Morrow claiming first place in the 152-pound weight class, the Clearwater Valley wrestlers nicked Pullman in the team scoring last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, at the Maniac Invitational.
What happens near Pollock usually stays near Pollock, but sometimes it ends up in federal court. According to plaintiffs Raymond Hamell and Rachell Hamell, Idaho County valued three separate properties near Pollock at more than $500,000, including one parcel assessed at $406,000, which the Hamells disputed in 2010 “due to a lack of access to the property.”
County closing in on regional landfill project near Council
As Idaho County closes in on having a new place to send solid waste, the county’s solid waste contractor is close to signing off on a new transfer station location on the Camas Prairie.
The game last Friday night, Jan. 6, figured to be a close contest, but Genesee’s overmatched guards struggled against Grangeville’s defensive pressure.
A tree-cutting project the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests sketched out during the course of about six years is being challenged in federal court, so the plan is on hold.
Roy Kinner caught on with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1988, working as an enforcement technician — a training position and a stepping stone to becoming a conservation officer — in Orofino.
System 'extremely critical to Idaho County and the Pacific Northwest'
In light of a federal agency’s move to reevaluate the Columbia River System dams, the Idaho County Commission sent the agency – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – a letter suggesting the addition of more dams like those along the Snake River.
It wasn't Lapwai's A-game, Wildcats coach Eric Spencer told the Free Press after his squad's 84-69 win at Prairie Friday night, because for a stretch of the fourth quarter, his girls simply did not play as well as they had earlier in the contest.
During the decade before the Idaho County Commission made some changes in how the county handles subdivisions, the county had been processing new subdivisions almost every year. Since adding a “procedure for property division approval” in 2010, only one new subdivision has come before the board.
County may front $500k to dump near Council
To advance a new five-county landfill, Idaho County may sink $500,000 from general fund reserves and be repaid one ton at a time, out of the tipping fees that will fund operation of a facility to be constructed near Council, Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt told the Free Press Monday, Dec. 12.
In late October, when heavy machines arrived in Crooked River to start reconstructing the river valley, the Idaho County Commission demanded the Forest Service delay the start of work, which had been in planning since 2012. Among other changes, the project called for removal of most of the so-called “meanders” – the piles that have channeled the river since miners put them in place in olden days. Favorable weather allowed workers to complete a bypass channel before snow set in this week.
The visiting Vandals trailed 14-0 and the Bulldogs went on to win 67-42 Tuesday night at GHS. After the game, Grangeville coach Kelcey Edwards said his players all hit goals they set before the contest: rebounding for the forwards, assists for the guards.
Event nets $16K in money and food donations
The Idaho County Shootout raised $16,648 in donations, and Prairie won both of the basketball games Saturday night at GHS.
Everything was in its right place Friday night at GHS, where the hosts won the varsity, JV and C games in lopsided fashion.
Orofino scored or drew a whistle just about every time they posted up 6-4 post Bayley Noah, including two touches for the big guy in the final three minutes of a 52-48 win over Salmon River Thursday night. Earlier in the night, the SRHS girls beat Orofino 60-46.
Software blip strips about 40 residents of homeowner’s exemption
After tax notices went out, last week, an unidentified area man noticed his homeowners exemption had gone missing. He reported the problem to the county assessor’s office on Nov. 22, and his diligence revealed a bigger problem. On Nov. 29, Idaho County deputy assessor Kim Nuxoll told the county commission and the Free Press about a computer error that inadvertently stripped as many as 40 local homeowners – mainly owners of mobile homes – of their exemptions.
The annual Upriver Rampage showdown between Clearwater Valley and Kamiah is tonight, with both boys teams player their first games of the season and the girls teams squaring off for the first time this season.
Idaho Land Board drops $2.5 million on buy; move to cut about $4,400 annually from Idaho County tax revenue
Having heard from their appraisers that some timberland could generate a 5.5 percent rate of return, the Idaho Land Board on Nov. 15 voted to tap $2.5 million and pay $1,053 per acre for the block, which is bordered partly by private property, partly by Forest Service land and mostly by state school endowment lands 10 miles east of Kamiah.
Salmon River head coach Charlie Shepherd wasn't happy with his team's performance before halftime, but he was elated in the end. The Savages beat Kendrick 30-20 in the 1AD2 title game on the strength of three Canyon Harper touchdown runs, the second of which -- combined with his conversion run -- gave SRHS a 22-14 lead with just 20 seconds left in what had been a rough first half.
Matter concerns 2012 sex crime involving ICSO deputy, minor
A civil case filed in Lewis County District Court against Idaho County by the young Kamiah woman who was victimized by an Idaho County Sheriff’s deputy four years ago has been scheduled for a jury trial next June.
The Bulldogs home opener had been planned for Tuesday night, Nov. 15, but that contest has been rescheduled to Thursday night, Nov. 17, with the varsity to take the floor against 1AD1 defending champion Lapwai at 7:30 p.m.
Salmon River thumps Carey 36-20, returns to 1AD2 championship game
Salmon River’s march to the 1AD2 title game began with the defending state champions ranked atop the classification according to the idahosports.com coaches poll — a status the Savages never relinquished. A loss to Lapwai Week Five broke a 13-game winning streak, and while media pollsters dropped SRHS behind Dietrich, the Savages have won six in a row since then.
Clearwater Valley struck first with senior Torrie Pfefferkorn notching the first points of the season Tuesday night and Alicia Reuben leveled the score at 4-4 about three minutes into the contest against Nezperce, but the Indians scored the next three baskets won going away, 57-28.
A contract for the next two fiscal years was finalized Nov. 1, when the Idaho County Commission signed off on a deal with Joanna M. McFarland, McFarland Law Office, Attorney at Law, out of Lewiston.
Prairie had the 1AD1 quarterfinal firmly in hand for seven of the last eight minutes last Saturday, Nov. 5, only for Notus to mount a stunning comeback to win 38-36.
Bulldogs honcho to develop strength and conditioning program
The Bulldogs have done a lot of winning during the seven years Jeff Lindsley has been head coach, and the GHS alum on Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, told the Free Press he took on the job with the intention of holding it for just one year.
Salmon River had no problem with Cascade — not until the last few minutes, when, after sending out their JV boys, the Ramblers picked up their physical play.
Bulldogs 29, Vandals 28 (OT)
All eyes were on Noah Kaschmitter after reserve quarterback Chad Simmons scrambled into the end zone with a vengeance on the second-to-last play of Grangeville's 29-28 overtime triumph Friday night, Oct. 28.
Crooked River at issue:
Heavy equipment has been seen in the Crooked River drainage, and a lawsuit – Idaho County against the U.S. Forest Service – may be soon to follow. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have, since December 2012, been planning to remove old mining dredge piles and reorder Crooked River’s flow, to benefit fish such as salmon and steelhead.
All eyes were on Noah Kaschmitter after reserve quarterback Chad Simmons scrambled into the end zone with a vengeance on the second-to-last play of Grangeville's 29-28 overtime triumph Friday night at McCall.
Clearwater Valley needed a win to keep Troy from clinching the third of the Whitepine League’s three playoff berths, but starting with a fumble on their second play from scrimmage, the Rams’ opportunity slipped away.
Restrooms at the Idaho County Courthouse were out of service Thursday, Oct. 20, while a City of Grangeville work crew dug a hole in the west edge of the courthouse lawn in search of a leaky bit of plumbing. The problem first emerged with water flowing into Main Street at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was temporarily fixed Wednesday only to reemerge Thursday morning.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration have announced their intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Columbia River System operations and configurations for 14 federal projects in the interior Columbia Basin.
Roughly 1,400 Idaho County citizens have voted so far
Roughly 1,400 Idaho County citizens have voted so far, of about 9,600 registered for this election. That’s according to the arm of local government that’s tasked with overseeing elections – the Idaho County clerk’s office, which is now seeing about 40 voters per day casting early ballots.
Water, sewer system project estimate: $4M
Idaho County Commissioners Mark Frei and Jim Chmelik both stated support for an upcoming effort to modernize Elk City’s 50-year-old water and sewer system, which is expected to cost $4 million with funding to involve a $500,000 Idaho Department of Commerce block grant, state and federal loans and a $2.5 million USDA Rural Development grant. The block grant application is to be postmarked by Nov. 18, grant writer Walter Steed told the board during a public hearing Oct. 18, and a decision will follow next spring.
Salmon River's volleyball team added two district tournament wins to the streak the Savages have run off against Long Pin Conference foes, defeating Garden Valley 3-0 on Oct. 15 and defeating Council 3-0 in the District III title game last night. The district title comes with a berth in the 1AD2 state tournament, Oct. 28-29 at Bonneville, where the Savages will play the District IV champion -- either Lighthouse Christian or Carey -- in the first round.
Bulldogs maul Maniacs 21-6
Pity the coin-operated laundromat washers and dryers.
Prairie thundered Troy 42-20 after a slow start saw the Trojans strike first, on a long pass play, last Friday night, Oct. 7.
Three Whitepine League district volleyball seeds are set in the upper division, and four are firmed up in the lower division.
St. Maries 8, Grangeville 0
An 8-0 final score last Friday night, Oct. 7, began with ominous turnovers by both teams: back-to-back fumbles foretold a defensive struggle during the first cold rain of the season at the Bulldogs home field.
After years of arguing with the Federal Highway Administration over the Salmon River Road, Idaho County has accepted the Salmon River Road was “completed…per the project agreement” in September 2013. The county had been seeking changes that could make the road cheaper to maintain.