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David Rauzi

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Chip seal sweeping starts Sunday night

Residents in the Grangeville chip sealing project area may hear industrial traffic starting Sunday night, as the city sweeps up excess rock from the week-long project.

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Taxiway drilling in preparation for airport work now delayed to 2016

Work may be delayed a year on the $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project, but the engineering preparation work continues.

Raccoon mischief results in Kooskia-area outage; zaps power to 1,018

A curious raccoon survived to tell a shocking tale … at the expense of more than 1,000 Avista customers left without power for nearly nine hours last week.

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Whitewater Action

Recreationists were enjoying a rafting trip north of Riggins near Chair Creek on the Salmon River last Wednesday, July 22.

Oregon motorcyclist injured in Monday collision

An Oregon motorcyclist was injured in a Monday collision with a vehicle south of Lucile on U.S. Highway 95.

Colorado motorcyclist injured in US 12 accident

A Colorado motorcyclist was injured last week in a crash along U.S. Highway 12 seven miles west of Syringa.

Thursday storm may have been factor in fire that destroyed Battle Ridge home, outbuildings

Last Thursday’s storm that pounded the region with rain and lightning likely contributed to igniting a structure fire that destroyed a Battle Ridge Road home, garage and adjacent outbuilding.

Monday chip seal project covers quarter of town

Approximately a quarter-section of Grangeville will undergo a chip seal project starting Monday, July 27.

Community hall an essential public gathering center

Rural communities are needy: needing jobs, needing access to services (social, health), needing a healthy retail district, needing a crime-free environment.

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Preserving history focus of annual wagon road event

Celebration marks historic era for mining boom

Overlooking July’s golden hills in the Clearwater Valley, a community festival drew residents, participants and history enthusiasts for an annual commemoration now two decades old.

More than levy at issue in Kamiah School District

It’s an interesting case of déjà vu as we look across the fence to our neighbors in Kamiah as they struggle across the issue of school funding; specifically, the merits of passing a $325,000 supplemental maintenance and operations levy.

Council to discuss proposed grass height ordinance

Next Monday, the Grangeville City Council will be considering a proposed ordinance establishing maximum grass heights allowed within the municipality.

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Elk City Community Hall to come down

Time is running out for the Elk City Community Hall. But even though it’s slated for dismantling, hopes are portions of it will continue on in a new facility as yet-to-be conceived.

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Border Days 2015: wrap-up

Three-day event draws family, friends for fun

Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.

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County airport project delayed to 2016

Money in hand, not assurances, talk. So with federal grant funding not a sure thing for the approximate $8 million Idaho County Airport runway reconstruction project, all those involved have agreed to postpone the work until 2016.

You are important part of the community equation

The week following Border Days is a good time to think about what community organizations we support and thank those who are members of those groups.

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Dumped cigarette butts apparent cause of grass fire

A small amount of acreage was burned in an apparent negligence-related grass fire at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Johnston Road (south) Wednesday morning, July 1.

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‘Old Glory’ all new for Main Street

Grangeville’s Main Street will have a fresh red-white-and-blue look come July 1.

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Accidental cause speculated for South Fork Café fire

Stites restaurant destroyed; draws multi-agency firefighter response throughout region

Initial speculation is an accidental cause for last Friday night’s structure fire that destroyed the South Fork Café on Stites’ Main Street.

Minor injuries after two-vehicle crash on Main Street, US 95

Two minor injuries were reported, neither requiring medical response, following a two-vehicle crash last Thursday, June 25, at the Main Street / U.S. Highway 95 intersection in Grangeville.

Border Days 2015: Tips to get you through it

Whew! Hot enough for ya? What a way to start off the week going into Border Days.

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Mechanical failure torches truck, spreads to trailer, second vehicle

A Riggins-area couple escaped without injury last week from a fire that consumed their pickup, along with a trailer loaded with a second truck they were hauling.

Fire destroys crashed semi, scorches hill

No injuries were reported in a chip truck accident south of Lucile last week that caused a minor 2.2-acre wildfire along a U.S. Highway 95 hillside. The semi-truck was destroyed and a portion of the trailer was damaged.

Idaho rural populations up 1 percent; Idaho County growth minimal according to U.S. Census estimates

Idaho County communities were a part — though incrementally — of a 1 percent population increase seen in the state’s rural areas last year, according to estimates released May 21 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Monday accidents: Four sent to hospital following two-vehicle crash

Four people were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood Monday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 95 just north of the Idaho County line.

Thinking on Father’s Day? Best gift is your time

Dads come into the spotlight this Sunday as we commemorate Father’s Day.

Vehicle registration, gas tax jump July 1

Increase funds state road, bridge projects

Idaho vehicle registration fees are set to take a big jump come the start of July, but an early trip to the DMV office could head off some of those extra costs, at least for a year.

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Flower bulb harvest coming into bloom for ‘iris lady’ Judy Bean

Brilliant colors of sunburst yellow, velvet purple, sky blue and burgundy wine stand along and through Judy Bean’s expansive garden plot above Harpster. Many of these irises are in full bloom and some just past. Bean is about ready for a harvest.

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Fatal accidents claim two local men

Tragedy struck just days apart last week in two unrelated traffic crashes that claimed the lives of two Idaho County men.

Multi-agency response by Stites makes quick work of hayfield fire; conditions warrant care

A multi-agency response made quick work of a hayfield fire near Stites last week, an incident highlighting the start of fire season and, according to officials, a reminder to be prepared.

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Right Time For A Swim

Summer fun is in full swing along the Salmon River. Friends gathered for an afternoon swim in the heat of the day last Friday, June 12, at Skookumchuck south of White Bird off U.S. Highway 95. Pictured here are Adalei Lefebvre, Abbie Frei (in tube) and Jenna Denuit with Cameran Green in the back.

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Cottonwood, White Bird community projects awarded grants

Nearly a half million dollars in Idaho Community Development Block Grant funds were awarded in May to community projects in Cottonwood and White Bird. In Cottonwood, $150,000 will go toward a community center improvements project, and in White Bird, $300,000 will benefit a wastewater system project.

This is your page to praise, criticize or just talk

Community newspapers serve a variety of purposes, and one of the most important is to provide a voice for the opinions of its readers.

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Crapo visits county officials

“The issue isn’t public safety, it’s about ownership and unloading federal management onto the counties,” said Gene Meinen, supervisor, Idaho County Road Department.

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Suspicious trailer fire, multiple break-ins under investigation

Inquiry continues into last week’s fire at a Grangeville storage lot that destroyed a 24-foot camper trailer and led police onto possibly related burglaries at the location.

Senator Crapo’s visits make a difference

Do town hall meetings matter? Is there value in exercising your free speech to your elected officials among your fellow citizens? Can you truly say it’s made a difference?

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GPD investigating trailer fire connection to burglaries

UPDATE: Wednesday, May 27: Investigators are actively working an early morning trailer fire incident that may be related to additional crimes at this location and in the area.

Scheduling conflicts result in year postponement for airport’s annual Warbird Weekend event

Due to scheduling conflicts for pilots and available aircraft, organizers for Warbird Weekend have reluctantly decided to postpone this year’s event, resuming the normal schedule for 2016.

ITD plans $2.5-million-plus projects at Grangeville, U.S. 95 starting in 2016

Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer.

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Elk City author highlights stories on long-lived for health book

Everyone seems to be interested in living well,” said Jim Heckathorn, 81, of Elk City, speaking last Friday, May 22, at the Grangeville Senior Center, about his new book, “How to Live Long and Like It.”

Rep. Labrador’s renewed efforts good; need to be more inclusive

Good effort by Congressman Raul Labrador who remains persistent on his proposal to allow state and local management of federally managed forests.

Reeling Them In

Students were out in sudsy force last Saturday, May 23, putting soap and water to work for a GHS Tennis fund-raiser, held at Les Schwab Tires.

Helipad denied permit by city

In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.

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Investigators determine Cottonwood man took own life after setting trailer home fire

Following inquiry on last week’s fatal house fire in Cottonwood, investigators say the owner, Robert George Jull, 72, intentionally set his trailer home on fire just prior to shooting himself.

GPD seat belt emphasis runs through June 2

Grangeville police officers will be keeping an eye on you … for safety.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

SRS level low but to increase next fiscal year

Idaho County to receive $6M

Coming in at a five-year funding low for Idaho County, Secure Rural Schools (SRS) appropriations were reauthorized by Congress late last month.

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Walk for Life

More than 160 people took part on Saturday, May 9, in Hope Center’s 8th annual Walk for Life in Grangeville, a fund-raiser for their facilities here and Kamiah.

Making a difference: Committed citizens can change a county

You’ve heard the quote before. In fact, we’ve printed Margaret Mead’s words of wisdom here on this very page in the past:

P&Z vote against helipad permit: City council to hear matter on May 18

Syringa Hospital’s plans for a Main Street helipad took a hit last week with a recommendation by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to deny its request for a conditional use permit.

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