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Andrew Ottoson

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Local taxes not the biggest issue, but worthy of public's attention

People don’t show up for public meetings the way they used to. History describes huge numbers standing for hours, listening to Lincoln and Douglas, but during the Sept. 5 Idaho County budget hearing last week, elected officials shared a laugh over something they – and we – are worried about.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

New Wild and Scenic plan designations possible

Through a new website, the Forest Service is receiving comments on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest’s Wild & Scenic Rivers, which are being sought from the public as part of the ongoing forest plan revision process.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Board approves solid waste fee hike, new roads tax

In a pair of hearings Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, the Idaho County Commission approved higher solid waste fees for all as well as a new road and bridge tax for some in order to make the coming year’s budget compute. The board passed both resolutions unanimously.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Clarkston slips Grangeville's grip

All three local football games that had been scheduled for Friday night were scrubbed due to bad air quality related to forest fires, and all three have been rescheduled. Two of those will kick off on Saturday, if the air is good.

September 8, 2017 5 p.m. read more..

Valley’s air attack evades Kubs radar

“They’ve got speed, they’re physical, they’ve got the total package,” Kamiah head coach Nels Kludt said of his opening-night opponent after his team’s 60-20 loss to Valley Friday, Sept. 1. “They beat Challis last week about like they beat us. That’s a good team.”

September 6, 2017 8:15 a.m. read more..

Wallace wallops Clearwater Valley

Leading by 16 early, with a long return of the opening kick having set up the first score of the game, Wallace’s passing game hit Clearwater Valley for score after score, making a 50-22 final score.

September 6, 2017 8:10 a.m. read more..

Troy, Genesee top PHS

Troy’s hitters looked strong, but to Pirates coach Julie Schumacher, Prairie’s own miscues were an even bigger factor in the Trojans’ 3-0 win (25-12, 25-16, 25-16) Thursday night, Aug. 31. Earlier in the week, Genesee posted a 3-0 win (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) at PHS.

September 6, 2017 8:05 a.m. read more..

Kamiah honors Squires; Kubs thumped

Whatever else happens when the Kubs host Valley tonight, the Kubs have scheduled what is sure to be a big moment in school history, when they'll name the place where Hill Street meets Lawyer Creek after Bob Squires.

September 1, 2017 noon read more..

Third generation Main Street retailer competes with high-tech giants

Every smart business adapts along with its customers and competitors. For retailers like Lindsley’s Home Furnishings in places like Grangeville, the rise of Internet giants such as Amazon is bringing global competition to Main Street. While providing great service has helped distinguish Lindsley’s from other competitors since 1945, a big part of what owner Jeff Lindsley is about is keeping his prices competitive.

August 30, 2017 4:23 p.m. read more..

Kamiah rising: Football squad aims to progress

The Kamiah boys have their work cut out for them this season. Second-year head coach Nels Kludt describes them as a proud bunch who were disappointed with how last season ended up — and who want to prove the program’s winning tradition continues.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

Pirates on board with familiar new coach

This fall, coaching changes are a big part of what several local teams are facing, and the Prairie volleyball team is no exception. But it won’t be a jarring transition in Cottonwood.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

Kamiah excited for York’s 25th season

Entering her 25th year as head Kamiah volleyball coach, Leah York has a senior-led squad while other teams that have recently led the Whitepine League are going through changes: Troy lost its best player to the normal turnover and Prairie has a first-year head coach.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

Cheer turnout grows

“This year, with the additions of a few extra people, we now have the personnel to have safety spotters on the team on the field for some really great partner stunting and pyramids,” GHS cheerleaders head coach Renita Lee said. “We’re going to be able to do build-ups, which is exciting.” GHS has 11 out for cheerleading this fall, and Lee has big plans.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

Stellar crew: CIL showdowns coming this October

Jeff Adams is living the dream: Not only has he realized a lifelong goal to some day coach the Grangeville High football squad, but also, he takes the wheel from former head Jeff Lindsley at just the moment when a large and gifted group of sophomores have become upperclassmen.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

CV alum Sears steps up

The Clearwater Valley volleyball team has a new head coach Rams fans will recognize both for her JV coaching and her accomplishments as an athlete.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

GHS resets: Hudson takes charge of volleyball program

“They work really, really hard,” first-year Bulldogs head coach Cheyenne Hudson said of her new team, “and we’re working on some mental stuff. It’s a game of mistakes, but right now they get down really fast if they make a mistake. I’m working really hard on that mental side — how they control their emotions, that kind of thing.”

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

Summit squad starts strong

Summit’s 2017 volleyball squad showed much potential during the annual preseason Jamboree Aug. 21 in Grangeville, where the Patriots won the three games they played.

August 30, 2017 noon read more..

Bulldogs rumble early, Bears rally late

The Bulldogs’ first football game of 2017 turned on a couple of no-luck plays during the second half, and the Bulldogs still nearly came up with a key defensive stop late in what ended up a 21-14 loss to Moscow Friday night, Aug. 25.

August 30, 2017 8:25 a.m. read more..

Moscow escapes Grangeville with a win

Grangeville's first football game of 2017 turned on a couple of odd plays during the second half, and the Bulldogs still also came up with a key defensive stop late in what ended up a 21-14 loss to Moscow Friday night, Aug. 25.

August 26, 2017 noon read more..

Serrano strikes first at Senior Championships

Louie Serrano of Grangeville set two local marks last bowling season, bowling Camas Lanes’ first 300 game as well as an 800 series. He bowled another perfect game in March, during the qualification tournament held in Burley for the 2017 Senior Championships recently held in Las Vegas. And Serrano’s strong play continued in Vegas, where he tallied a 714 score on 650 pins during the three-game medal round in the 55-59 men’s classification.

August 23, 2017 8:08 a.m. read more..

Federal land buy, Highline Fire irk county commissioner

Idaho County commission chairman Skip Brandt on Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, notified congressional representatives and local, regional and statewide media that the Payette National Forest is intending to buy “another chunk of our county/private/taxable acres” in the southern part of Idaho County.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

County budget tops $21M; Sept. 5 public hearing set

The proposed budget for Idaho County’s next fiscal year, published in the legal notices on 4B today, marks just the second time since 2000 the bottom line number has topped $20 million. The Idaho County Airport renovation booked in 2016, which was carried out largely with federal money, pushed the grand total that year to more than $22 million.

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Ready To Let Loose: Elk City Days 2017

Elk City Days was in full swing on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a parade, sawdust dig, and the logging show. Here, a participant gets ready to let loose of the double-bladed ax toward the target.

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Manning Crevice Bridge replacement work runs into rock removal issue

First, the rock held up the work. Then the work held up the rock. Now what’s the holdup? Last Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Manning Crevice Bridge replacement project contractor, RSCI, told the Idaho County commission they may be asking the Federal Highway Administration for a change order to allow the rock to stay.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cold, wet spring cost farmers 70-80 percent of their yields

The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Area 'river segments' evaluated for Wild and Scenic possibilities

In the midst of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ forest plan revision process, the Idaho County Commission is asking the Forest Service to go all the way through a process that would narrow down the list of rivers that could eventually get Wild and Scenic protection. It’s known as a “suitability evaluation,” and it’s a step the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires the Forest Service to complete – whether during the forest plan revision or not.

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Solid waste reform still in the works; garbage fees, costs, still on rise

Idaho County’s solid waste contractor, Robert Simmons of Simmons Sanitation, is working with county commissioners to develop a true solid waste system, as compared to the status quo operation in which local dumpsters are open 24/7/365 for all users – and continually brimming with all types of trash, refuse and items that have outlived their usefulness.

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Fire near Pollock quickly controlled last Thursday

Firefighters brought a wildfire west of Pollock under quick control last Thursday, July 27. U.S. Forest Service single engine air tankers (SEATs) were seen delivering loads of fire retardant during the firefighting effort, in a video that can be viewed on the Free Press website.

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Grangeville football squad’s trip to Boise a big hit

Grangeville’s annual football camp trip to Boise last month was “really, really good,” coach Jeff Adams said July 24. “Especially defensively.” “It’s always awesome,” Adams said. “This time we got some really good information. We had most of the squad go down.”

July 26, 2017 6:27 a.m. read more..


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