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Andrew Ottoson

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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.

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TUESDAY: Grangeville's Wassmuth shows strength in wrestling return

Wrestlers from across the Central Idaho League will converge tonight at Prairie High School.

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MONDAY: Highland feasts during third quarter famine at CVHS

The Clearwater Valley girls fended off Highland's press during the first half, and lingered within about six points until a run of cold shooting let the Huskies open up a big lead Monday night.

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SATURDAY: Prairie boys win fourth game in five days

The Prairie boys will play the first of their Whitepine League set against Troy, which will double as their fourth game in five days. Since Tuesday, the Pirates have won three contests by an average of nearly 21 points per game.

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FRIDAY: Bruner's 18 lift Prairie over CV

The cross-county matchup of Prairie and Clearwater Valley features teams in contention near the top of the Whitepine League, but also two of the area's outstanding senior basketball players.

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THURSDAY: Grangeville girls top Genesee

Visiting Genesee came to town with as many wins (eight) as Grangeville had games played, and left with the same number. With 21 points from Hailey Sullivan, the home team pulled out a 45-28 win despite a rough shooting night.

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Jail turning away convicts for lack of space; county officials talking options

The Idaho County jail is full – not every day, but so frequently that some local scofflaws aren’t serving the sentences judges are handing down. And so, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings sketched out what it would cost to contract for four beds in another county – Lewis or Clearwater – so that those convicted of lesser crimes can serve their sentences.

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Grangeville tops Kamiah despite Pethtel's big night

Kamiah standout Chris Pethtel tallied 29 points and helped the Kubs slash a 19-point Grangeville lead to seven with about a minute remaining, but GHS held on to win Tuesday night's game 59-52.

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Rams rack season sweep of Summit

Clearwater Valley's Kamm Mangun shot the lights out and the Rams topped Summit for the second time this season.

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Year In Review

Since March, Idaho County teams have celebrated championships in boys basketball (Prairie’s bench pictured above at that culmination), girls track, volleyball and football. Here’s a look back.

County commission weighs writing new trade legislation

Lochsa Land Exchange:

At the heart of the trade is divided ownership of the Upper Lochsa River drainage, with Western Pacific Timber (WPT) owning every other square mile, alternating with the Forest Service. At the fringe are two swaths of Forest Service front country land south of Grangeville and southeast of Harpster — and Idaho County will be asking WPT whether the company is open to considering other fringe land.

USFS announces plans to regulate suction dredging

Approve as many as 35 operations per year

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests on Dec. 18 announced a plan to regulate suction dredging operations and to approve as many as 35 suction dredging operations per year, of which 20 would be allowed in creeks east and northeast of Pierce.

First Clear Creek project timber sale slated for summer 2016

The Clearwater Basin Collaborative’s years-in-the-making Clear Creek Integrated Restoration Project hit another milestone this week. Having survived review last summer, the project has been decided and is headed for implementation – meaning up to 85.2 million board feet of timber is expected to come out of the 44,000-acre project area in coming years, starting next summer.

CFI to reopen log yard as ferocious fire season prompts salvage surge

IDL sells 13 salvage sales so far: totaling 83.5 million board feet

Though last year’s fires hit local forests hard, a quick response from land managers appears poised to spark a short-lived timber boom. Starting Jan. 4, the Clearwater Forest Industries facility in Kooskia will once again have an operational log yard, where CFI will be buying until salvage efforts slow.

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Grangeville holds off Genesee

Friday night's battle of the Bulldogs -- Grangeville vs. Genesee -- had all the makings of a blowout, until a fourth quarter dry spell loosened Grangeville's grip on the game. Despite a few nervous moments at the end, the hosts held off the visitors, 50-45, on the strength of Layton Harris' 12 points.

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Pfefferkorn lifts CV past Kubs’ press

Clearwater Valley's Trey Pfefferkorn handled Kamiah's heavy pressure well enough to be the difference in the boys game Friday night at the Upriver Rampage — a 59-54 Rams win over the host Kubs.

Parks named CIL’s best

When the Central Idaho League coaches named the best players in their league Tuesday, Dec. 15, Bulldogs standout Austin Parks got major kudos: he’s the CIL’s 2015 player of the year and its offensive MVP.