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Andrew Ottoson

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Bulldogs win district title

Tennis

Grangeville and Clearwater Valley tennis players are on to state, as the Bulldogs won the district team title yesterday and eight Rams posted top-four finishes.

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Seventh-inning heroics take Grangeville to state

Baseball district championship

Though talking up their teammates from the visiting dugout, the Bulldogs were, officially, the home team Monday night, May 8 — so when it came down to the last at bat, it was the Grangeville boys’ turn to win a place at state with one stunning swing.

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Watch Your Step at Post Office

Steps in need of repair

The Grangeville Post Office is open, but the front steps are temporarily closed due to crumbling concrete. Repairs aren’t likely to be done this week, as the work is on hold during the facility’s transition to a new postmaster, whose first day is anticipated next Monday, May 15.

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CVRA Royalty Takes First At Riggins Rodeo Parade

Clearwater Valley Roundup Association Queen Tayscha Mozley (right) and Princess Shelbie Miller (left) received a first-place ribbon in the “Mounted Royalty” division at the Riggins Rodeo Parade Sunday, May 7.

Idaho County seeks grant money as new public defense standards go into effect

The latest changes that have followed an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit are tightening regulation of the defense attorneys taxpayers provide for those who can’t afford private representation. Starting this month, new state standards require local courts to provide public defenders from the first day in court – whereas the poor and accused had often faced their initial appearances without an attorney there to argue for their bail.

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Former director returns to Salmon River Race

Friend in the business

Salmon River Jet Boat Race director Kim Friend returned to the event after a few years away from it, and had high praises for those who helped sustain it during the interim.

League game swamped

Grangeville's April 15 Central Idaho League baseball game against St. Maries had been relocated to Kooskia because the field at GHS has been to wet to play on this spring. But the field at CVHS was also too wet for baseball Saturday morning. The game will be rescheduled, but a date and time has not yet been decided.

Prairie baseball, softball home games moved north

Pirates home games originally slated for Saturday, April 15, in Cottonwood, have been relocated to parts north due to wet weather in the forecast. Softball will play at Airport Park at noon in Lewiston, and baseball will play at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Potlatch, weather permitting.

Softball, tennis events rained out; area baseball games, track meet to proceed

Grangeville High softball and tennis events, scheduled for the afternoon of April 13, have been called off due to rain.

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Kennedy wins three matches as Bulldogs top Orofino, Culdesac

The GHS tennis squad hosted Orofino and Culdesac Tuesday night, and met little resistance in the course of winning 15 of 17 matches. Boys singles sophomore standout Colby Kennedy drew praise from coach Kerry McCulley for winning three matches on the evening.

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Rams stop skid, win a pair

Baseball

Leading up to spring break, Clearwater Valley’s baseball season hadn’t gone as well as coach Josh Bradley had hoped, but with wins over Kendrick and McCall last week and a slew of Whitepine League games on the slate this week, the Rams have stopped skidding and are looking to accelerate up the WPL table.

SRS dollars not in sight; 25 percent funds fall far short

“there is little hope Congress will act quickly enough this year” - Sen. Crapo

Some local taxing districts have for years been bracing for a big budget hit should one of the main flows of federal money into Idaho County be shut off, and with the Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies’ funding on the chopping block, Idaho County Commissioners sounded an alarm last month.

Civil suit against county continues in fed court

Arguments over Idaho County’s handling of a tax sale in 2016

Arguments over Idaho County’s handling of a tax sale in 2016 continued in federal court late last month, with attorneys for plaintiffs Raymond R. Hamell and Rachelle J. Hamell seeking to amend the civil complaint attorneys representing the Hamells filed last October.

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Seven-run seventh tips Battle of the Bulldogs to Grangeville

They have the same mascot, and for six innings Monday night, April 3, the Grangeville and Genesee baseball teams had something else in common: three runs apiece.

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Manning Crevice Bridge Project: No traffic delays set for race, rodeo days

Progress continues to be made on the Manning Crevice Bridge replacement project, which began last year and is expected to continue into winter 2017.

Wilks Ranch now largest single landowner in Idaho County at more than 42,000 acres

Q&A with Wilks family member, Wilks Development Company manager

- The Wilks Ranch has grown to more than 42,000 acres, making the outfit Farris Wilks registered back in 2010 the single largest landowner in Idaho County. - In response to questions the Free Press asked via e-mail, Foster relayed answers from Wilks family member and Wilks Development Company manager Justin Wilks.

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Genesee wins big, schedule picks up

Much of Grangeville’s early softball slate was pushed around by spring weather, but a mostly-clear sky allowed the Bulldogs to take the field at Airport Park against Genesee on Monday, April 4.

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Local athletes’ performances show gains ahead of spring break

Track & Field

Having competed against mostly smaller schools earlier in the week at Kamiah, Grangeville and Clearwater Valley last Saturday, March 25, measured off against some of the bigger ones they’ll see this season.

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Pirates Open League Play With A ‘W’

Prairie notched a 6-1 win over Clearwater Valley last Thursday, March 23, at CVHS.

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Bulldogs win opener at CV

Baseball

Clearwater Valley handed opening day starter Keiran Owens a 7-0 lead two innings into the Rams’ first game of the season. But in the course of hosting Grangeville, CV’s bats went quiet last Tuesday afternoon, March 14.

Young GHS squad tastes Vollmer Bowl

Track & Field

For so many Grangeville track and field athletes, the competition last Saturday, March 18, was their first.

Loughran doubles; Pfefferkorn, Rives open on top

Track & Field

The Clearwater Valley boys placed third as a team behind Deer Park and Troy last Saturday, March 18, and the CV girls took fourth behind three out-of-state teams.

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South Fork, main stem Clearwater may flood this weekend

With about an inch of rain thought to be on the way, National Weather Service forecasters are anticipating bigger trouble may come from area rivers and creeks this weekend than has been seen already.

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Grangeville sports schedules get new home: ghsathletics.org

A new “official website of Grangeville High School Bulldogs athletics” is now the place where the school’s sports calendars are being maintained online. The clearinghouse for online schedule information previously accessed through schedulestar.com now redirects to ghsathletics.org.

Elk City water system revamp hits a hitch

To govern or not to govern: that is the question about a current plan to modernize the sewer system. It’s not yet clear when Elk City Water and Sewer Association (ECWSA) members will make their choice.

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Pirates top Valley, Wilder; place second to Lapwai

The Prairie boys once again took Lapwai down to the final minute, but having shocked the state’s top-ranked 1AD1 team during the district tournament, the Pirates fell to Lapwai 57-49 during the championship game last Saturday, March 4.

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Grangeville senior nabs 2A 145 title; Dominguez places second, Perrin third

ZUMWALT WINS

Consider the moment Frankie Zumwalt became a state champion wrestler.

Gov. Otter intervenes in FOC’s Orogrande lawsuit

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.

A year later, legislature writing body cam video — accountability — into law

Editorial

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.

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Bow-ow! Bulldogs nipped in OT

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.

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Bulldogs turn to Adams

The Bulldogs have a new head football coach.

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SR girls lock top seed

Basketball

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.

Ag deal scrapped, but relationships remain strong

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).

Solid waste expense may jump $110K under DEQ rules

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.

Court orders elk radio collar data collected by IDFG to be destroyed

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.

Maggie Butte land buy tweaks local tax base

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.

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Morrow lifts CV

Wrestling

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.

New transfer station poised for prairie

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.

County sued for $476K on access, tax disputes

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.”

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Grangeville whacks Genesee, 53-16

The game last Friday night, Jan. 6, figured to be a close contest, but Genesee’s overmatched guards struggled against Grangeville’s defensive pressure.

Orogrande project on hold pending lawsuit

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.

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Retired “Officer of the Year” Kinner reflects on 28-year Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game career

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.

More dams a need says commission

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.

Lapwai routs Prairie

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.

Convoluted county ordinance getting rewrite

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.

Landfill talks continue

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.

Crooked River valley reconstruction proceeding to plan

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.

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Grangeville thumps McCall

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.

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Prairie sweeps 'Shootout'

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.

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Bulldogs smoke McCall

Everything was in its right place Friday night at GHS, where the hosts won the varsity, JV and C games in lopsided fashion.