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David Rauzi

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Plans for state success: ‘No Baloney’ at Democrat luncheon held in Grangeville

“If you’re getting loud, eventually they’re not going to hear you,” said State Representative John Rusche, Minority Leader, (Dist. 6),” and you’ve probably stopped listening, too.”

Investigation continues into series of burglaries in Grangeville area

With one arrest under their belts, area law enforcement continue investigation into a recent series of Grangeville-area burglaries.

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Schumacher sworn in as Cottonwood mayor; Duman resigns

Cottonwood City Councilor Shelli Schumacher was sworn in as the city’s new mayor Monday night, replacing Denis Duman who resigned his seat in a letter presented at the Feb. 8 session.

Fear restrains Riggins couple at standoff site

Threat of arrest, being shot keep Andersons from leaving refuge

“None of them want anything more to do with this. They want to go home,” said Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings of four individuals – two of whom are Riggins residents – who remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, site of a month-long standoff by protestors.

Break-ins may be related; GPD advises precautions

Main Street establishments hit

Main Street businesses are advised to take precautions following an attempted break-in early this week that may be related to two separate burglaries last month.

Slick conditions contribute to weekend injury, rollover crashes

Slick conditions over the weekend contributed to several slideoff and rollover crashes, reported to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

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Kamiah man faces two felony assault charges

Incident alleged to involve shotgun, knife

A preliminary hearing is set for next Tuesday, Feb. 9, for a Kamiah man charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault resulting from an incident with his son last month.

Was occupation worth taking a man’s life?


Did activist Robert LaVoy Finicum have to die? Opinions are heated on last week’s shooting of the spokesman for activists who have staged a month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. Was it justified, or was it an ambush and murder? That’s a conclusion we’re not ready to jump at, because more importantly we’re asking whether this whole situation justified actions that resulted in a man losing his life. And with this also brings to mind the role of law enforcement as public servants and protectors of the peace.

Felony cases amended, dropped in abduction

Felony charges against two Arizona woman involved in an apparent child custody dispute at Kamiah were resolved in district court last week. In a plea agreement reached with the prosecution last Tuesday, Jan. 26, Rita L. Lewis 49, pleaded guilty to the charge, amended to a misdemeanor; and the custodial interference case against Veronica M. Lewis, 26, was dismissed.

Continually evolving drug trends warrant renewed attention, vigilance


If you know all about the trending illegal drug scene, then you can stop reading here. But, if you are like us, you likely have no clue as to the extent of what is really going on … and so perhaps, you should be paying better attention.

Suspects sought in early morning Oscar’s burglary

Investigators are seeking information on two suspects involved in an early Sunday morning burglary of Oscar’s Restaurant.

Council drops proposed helicopter ordinance

Months of discussion and meeting on a proposed ordinance regulating helicopter activity within the municipal limits ended last week with a unanimous vote by the Grangeville City Council to drop the matter entirely.

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Due to mental state, 2006 murder suspect likely not to see trial

Ivie case: 10 years later

Ten years ago this month, David D. Ivie, 45, was shot to death as he lay asleep in his Harpster home. His wife, Rockie Sue Ivie, reportedly admitted to the crime and was charged with first-degree murder. But less than a month into the court process, Rockie was determined to be mentally incompetent to stand trial. Now 60, Rockie is under care at a southern Idaho assisted living facility. Her mental condition has somewhat improved since 2006, but the likelihood is she will never stand within an Idaho County courtroom to face her felony charge.

Owl contacts line, disrupts service to 600

Affected Avista, ICLP customers in Cottonwood area Jan. 15

Several hundred customers were without power service for three hours last Thursday after an owl came into contact with a three-phase line just north of Cottonwood.

Hearings set for women charged with abduction

Felony charges against Veronica and Rita Lewis resulted from Jan. 11 Kamiah incident

Preliminary hearings are next Tuesday, Jan. 26, for two Arizona women charged with felony child custodial interference in last week’s alleged abduction of a 2-year-old relative. Veronica M. Lewis, 26, and Rita L. Lewis, 49, both of Phoenix, are currently incarcerated in the Idaho County jail; bond for both is set at $20,000.

Two transported after rollover crash

A Grangeville couple received minor injuries following an early Monday morning rollover accident on Lukes Gulch Road. Cara L. Smith and David L. Smith, both 32, were transported to Syringa Hospital for evaluation.

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Reilly clan receives Quilts of Valor

Military service is a family value for the Reilly clan, members of which were honored with Quilts of Valor in a small home ceremony last weekend.

E-mail scam fails with Grangeville man

A scam was quickly thwarted, and a resident is looking to warn others to be vigilant. “I just want people to be aware not to send them any money,” said Wendell Thomas, Grangeville-area resident, as no one can afford to be scammed: “It hurts too much.”

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Charter bus blown off road; semi-truck jackknifes in wind

Saturday weather causes multiple accidents on US 95 south of Grangeville

UPDATE, Saturday, Jan. 16 - Multiple accidents, some with minor injuries, were reported in and around the White Bird grade south of Grangeville this morning.

Conflict with state code puts snafu into process; fix pending legislative action

Political affiliation problem:

Elections are still a few months off, but voters looking to declare political affiliations should do so early. A conflict with the election calendar and Idaho State code will have legislators scrambling at the start of the legislative session to quickly plug a loophole that, as it stands, could potentially allow a person to change affiliations twice before the May primary elections.

Fuel mishap cause of mobile home fire

Owner escaped without injury

A woodstove mishap resulted in a fire last week that destroyed a Suttler Creek Road home north of Syringa. Owner James Brawner, 84, escaped without injury. His mobile home was destroyed. It is believed he was uninsured.

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Pair charged with attempted kidnap of 2-year-old relative

Arizona women charged with felony child custodial interference

Two Arizona women are in custody, awaiting arraignment, following an attempted kidnapping Monday afternoon of their 2-year-old relative from Kamiah.

Question with Wilks: Will they be good neighbors?


Will they be good neighbors? That’s the question we ask ourselves when someone pulls up with the moving van into the vacant house next to us. Can we get along? Will they maintain their property to both its benefit and that of the neighborhood? Will they not be disruptive? Overall, will they reflect our values?

County election filings open Feb. 29

Four elected positions open this year in Idaho County

2016 will be a year full of elections, and Idaho County will have four positions up for public decision.

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Census data puts local face on ages, races

Idaho County:

Recently released U.S. Census data puts a face on the age and race of Idaho County’s population. Data comes from the agency’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.

Maintain trust: Keep ISP patrol vehicles marked


Unmarked police cars patrolling for driving violations has the appearance of a game of “gotcha” where officers are looking for an excuse to drop the hammer on drivers. It feels sneaky and deceptive; an enforcement tactic way we don’t feel is commensurate with the infractions – not misdemeanors or felonies, mind you – that highway enforcement officers largely deal with.

Marginal income gain, poverty increase in 2014 according to Census

Idaho County:

Economically, 2014 was a lean year for Idaho County residents who saw a marginal increase in income coupled with an increase in those living in poverty.

Thief scores pop machine change using welder

GPD investigating "coins exchange" lead at local business

A determined thief or thieves scored more than a handful of change in a Christmas holiday pop machine break-in.

Resolve to work on relationships in 2016


Normally, at this time of year, we would be encouraging your New Year’s resolutions to become part of your community organizations, to volunteer your time to those groups and nonprofits that benefit us through celebration and tragedy. Not this time, as there’s something more important to focus on: building and fostering relationships.

Six-hour outage Dec. 21 affects Riggins area

Problem due to trees, heavy snow in lines

Power was disrupted for nearly six hours to Riggins-area residents last week due to weather-related damage to a 138-kV transmission line.

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NICI inmates, staff deliver hand-made gifts to care facility residents

Giving Back:

Season’s greetings came sewn and stuffed last week, courtesy of inmates of North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) who hoped to live up to the sentiments of the holiday. “They’ve done a lot of taking,” said NICI instructor Emmett Wilson. “Now they’re trying to give back to the community.”

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Remains identified as missing 1994 rafting victim

Bones determined that of Tamosaitis in revisited forensic evaluation

For more than 20 years, two coincidental mysteries lingered with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office: the disappearance of a woman in a river accident, and the identity of human remains found two years later along a sand bar. Last week, both those questions were solved as one in the same thing.

Drivers trying to avoid dog cause semi to crash

No injuries reported in Dec. 11 accident on U.S. 95 south of Pollock

Motorists trying to avoid a dog in the road were a factor in a non-injury semi-truck crash on Dec. 11, four miles south of Pollock.

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The Force Awakens

Moviegoers turned out starting last Thursday, Dec.17, for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday were estimated at $238 million. Pictured here is the line last Friday at the Blue Fox Theater in Grangeville.

Mayor resigns; council waits on counsel

City of Cottonwood:

On the heels of last week’s resignation by Cottonwood Mayor Denis Duman, the city council is in a holding pattern waiting for advisement by its legal counsel. Unless a special meeting is called, the matter may not be addressed until the council’s next scheduled meeting on Jan. 11

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Suspect sought in gold burglary

Arrest warrant issued for Jacob. W. Collier, 24

Idaho County investigators are seeking a former Hoot’s Café employee for possible involvement in the theft of an approximate $35,000 gold nugget collection from the establishment.

Syringa man charged with felony battery on ICSO deputy

Crime Briefs:

Syringa man charged with felony battery on ICSO deputy; Kamiah man gets 27 months for handgun assault; Homeless man charged with burglarizing Kooskia home

Citations pending following minor injury accident Dec. 4

Citations are pending following a Dec. 4 single-vehicle accident on the Grangeville truck route that caused minor injuries for a Harpster woman.

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Librarian Honored

Librarian Becky Hosman, Grangeville Centennial Library, received a certificate of appreciation from Mayor Bruce Walker at a gathering held at the facility Dec. 9.

School response in wake of student’s death

“I cannot say thank you enough to the staff for the amount of love and professionalism displayed,” said Cammy Greig, mother of a senior son and sophomore daughter

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Winter conditions factors in minor crashes

With winter having returned, along with associated vehicle slide offs and crashes, Idaho County law enforcement advise motorists to take appropriate driving measures related to current weather conditions. “Slow down on slushy roads; that’s the moral of the story,” said Lt. Doug Ulmer.

Council tables helicopter ordinance for review

The Grangeville City Council is cooling down its approach in crafting an ordinance regulating helicopter activity within the municipal limits.

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Organizational meeting on animal meeting draws 23

‘We’re going to do this’

“This is something that is needed, not only for Grangeville but for the whole region,” said committee member Sara Espeland, speaking last week to approximately 23 people who attended an Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) organizational and informational meeting.

Idaho ranks second in volunteerism; always room for more to serve


Neighbors help neighbors around here. No news there; this is one of the reasons we love living in Idaho County, and as well being part of the great Gem State that for two year’s running has been recognized for its volunteering efforts.

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Week Three: And The Winner Is ....

Nancy Connolley of Grangeville was the winner of a $400 power tool package from Early Bird Supply, as part of the Idaho County Free Press’ Holiday Showcase 4 Weeks of Christmas contest.

Pair charged with burglarizing cabin; woman charged with check forgery

Crime Briefs:

Pair charged with burglarizing cabin; woman charged with check forgery

Hazmat response to clinic following chemical spill

Four staff members at the Clearwater Valley Kooskia Medical Clinic were treated following exposure to noxious fumes from an apparently accidental chemical spill at the facility last week

Lochsa exchange: no need to rush solution to compromise local interests


Checkerboard ownership within the upper Lochsa needs to be addressed to the land management benefits of both private and public ownership. Until this is resolved, this problem will remain with us despite wishes to disregard or dismiss it as a “dead issue.”

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Food Donation

Members of P.E.O. Chapter BV in Grangeville recently donated a carload of food to the Camas Prairie Food Bank.

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Colorful Enchantment

Well more than 100 people attended Saturday’s...