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David Rauzi

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Census shows Idaho County gain in 65 and older, 20-to-39 age groups

Is Idaho County getting grayer? Yes, but it is also showing an increase in younger-age populations as well, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Cause undetermined in Sunday shop fire

Building, vehicles tools lost in Sept. 27 Grangeville blaze

Cause and point of origin are currently unknown for a Sunday afternoon fire that blazed through a Grangeville shop destroying vehicles, tools and personal property.

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‘Join up or form up’ focus of Oct. 7 public meeting for volunteers, forming fire districts

Event on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m., Kooskia Fire Station

The meeting will begin with an approximate 15-minute presentation and question and answer session, followed by informal time for participants to meet with officials.

Reminder on election letters to editor

Just a quick reminder: After this issue you have just four weeks to write letters prior to the Nov. 3 elections.

Join up or form up; who else will otherwise?

Join up or form up.

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Skywatchers took in the celestial show Sunday evening, Sept. 27, with the first “supermoon” total lunar eclipse in more than three decades.

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Pretty In Pink

Runners were up bright and early Saturday morning, Sept. 26, for the second annual Flamingo Fun Run 5K, starting at Grangeville Lions Park. The fund-raising event benefits finding a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), the number one genetic killer of children younger than age 2. Saturday’s event drew 81 runners/walkers and raised more than $5,000. Pictured here is participant Ellie Harrison of Rigby. Flamingo Fun Run results are on page 10B.

District to decide $500,000 water revenue bond on Nov. 3

Election 2015: Rapid River Water & Sewer District

If approved, district patrons could see at minimum a $10 water rate increase, and construction on the approximately million-dollar project would tentatively start in fall 2016.

Kooskia motorcyclist injured in Sunday crash

Alcohol is a suspected factor in a Sunday motorcycle crash east of Grangeville that injured a Kooskia man.

System online to take City of Grangeville utility payments

The City of Grangeville has a new way to pay utility bills online that looks to make payments more convenient for customers, and on the receiving end reduce both hands-on processing and mailing expenses.

Council races contested Grangeville, White Bird; two seek cemetery district board spot

City council races in Grangeville and White Bird will be contested in the Nov. 3 elections. In Grangeville, three four-year-term council positions are open, sought by Amy Farris, Peter Lane, Daniel Gautney and Michael Peterson. In White Bird, the four-year-term mayor position is sought by Rick Alley and Rod Pilant. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Homer Brown, Janis Ann Owen-Comrie and Darlene Wadsworth.

Tort claims tribal sovereignty infringement with restrictions on fireworks

Tribe members seek monetary damages

Tort claims have been filed against seven North Central Idaho cities by two Nez Perce Tribe members stating they thousands of dollars in lost fireworks sales revenue due to the municipalities allegedly infringing on tribal sovereignty.

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Listening session draws comments, criticism on Kamiah fire response

'This is one that stretched us all'

“Where do we go from here?” questioned Eric Yarbrough, succinctly summing up the sentiment for those speaking their piece at a public listening session attended by more than 113 people in Kamiah last week about recent devastating wildfires.

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Regional animal facility seeks land donation from city for site

A land donation by the city would help spur on efforts for a proposed regional animal shelter located at Grangeville.

Jail inmate charged with incitement to escape

Incarcerated on pending drug charges, an Idaho County Jail inmate faces a new charge for allegedly attempting to incite inmates on an escape attempt.

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Oregon man details 4,000-mile trek through region in new book

“I hadn’t ever ridden a bicycle that far before,” he said as being the hardest part of the journey

You may remember this guy from last year, passing north along U.S. Highway 95 with just his bicycle and cat, Marilyn, for company. Now you can read about his multi-state journey from southern California and through the Pacific Northwest into Oregon in his recently self-published book, Fog on Fire: 4,000 miles on the road.

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Minor injuries result in Thursday two-vehicle crash on Lukes Gulch Road

Minor injuries resulted from a two-vehicle, rear-end crash on Lukes Gulch Road last Thursday, Sept. 3.

‘Farcing’ an online threat from false friend

Beware of strangers: That’s good advice for any age, especially for adults who are into social media. And if you’ve been on sites such as Facebook long enough, chances are you’ve run into your share of strangers, some of who may have been scammers looking to friend you and steal your identity.

Contested races for city councils in Nov. 3 election

Candidates to vie in Grangeville, White Bird

Looking to the Nov. 3 elections, city council races are contested in Grangeville and White Bird, following close of filings last Friday, Sept. 4.

Manslaughter charged in 2014 fatal crash

An Oregon man is being charged with vehicular manslaughter more than a year following a two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a Montana teen.

One injured Aug. 19 in two-vehicle accident on US 12

The crash was reported at 2:45 p.m. six miles east of Kooskia.

Two injured in Aug. 21 accident on Red Fir Road

The driver, Jeremiah A. Greywolf, 30, and a passenger, Brandi McCall, 37, both of Kooskia, were transported to Syringa Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Patient status was unavailable.

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Commission coordinating post-fire restoration, long-term assistance

‘The biggest challenge is the human component; that needs to be on top’

“We want to gather as much information as we possibly can and start formulating a strategic plan,” said commission chair Jim Chmelik.

Wildfire study grant wasted to reinvent wheel

What if we told you we’re planning to study the concept of a simple machine that has the potential to revolutionize how we travel and transport items?

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Fixed-wing, helicopters provide range of duties from center centrally located to tackle region’s many wildfire incidents

‘one of the busiest places in the region’

Operating out of the Idaho County Airport, GAC provides rapid response to wildfires with more than 30 smokejumpers along with approximately 10 fixed-wing aircraft and five helicopters that can provide reconnaissance, supply drops, personnel transport and medivac, and water and retardant dumps.

Leaner, uncertain budgets need benefit of your experience on city council

Your experience and insight is critical to the service of your community. And we’re asking you to challenge yourself, step up and serve on your city council.

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‘Keeping our humor up’

Firefighting at Syringa; ‘outpouring of donations’ at Kooskia ARC shelter

Last Friday afternoon, as the hills just west of Syringa on U.S. Highway 12 were smoking and periodically bursting with flare-ups as part of the Motorway Complex, the Schwartz family was out protecting access to their ranch just across the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.

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Buyers put $219,162 into Idaho County Fair livestock sale

Sales, animal numbers down from 2014

Numbers were down for both total animals and gross proceeds from Saturday’s Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.

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Kamiah-area fires impact power, school levy, may delay CV schools start

Clearwater Complex 2015

Kamiah-area fires have impact on power services, Kamiah district levy, possible start of CV schools

Compassion in action demonstrated throughout fire crisis at Kamiah

By the time I arrived at a viewing area on No Kid Lane in Kamiah, around 7:15 p.m. last Friday, Aug. 14, the fires were sporadically bursting up trees and could be seen moving across patches of dry grass along the hillside headed toward Woodland Road.

Social media proved its worth, value during fire

What a difference a decade makes.

Filings open Monday, Aug. 24, for open city council positions

Filing deadline is Friday, Sept. 4, to be on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election

Candidacy filings open Monday, Aug. 24, for open city council positions. Forms are available at prospective candidates’ respective city halls or through the Idaho County Elections Office at the courthouse.

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Firefighters tackle hay bales stack blaze

Crews with Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department were able to contain a hay bales stack fire at the Crea residence off U.S. Highway 95 Thursday afternoon, Aug. 13.

Early morning fire Aug. 4 burns barn, 250 tons of hay

An accidental fire last week destroyed a barn and approximately 250 tons of hay stored inside.

Idaho County hazard plans available for review through Sept. 14

“Things change over time,” said Jerry Zumalt, Idaho County Emergency Management coordinator. “There are new ways of identifying threats, and prioritizing them in different ways. And as the science evolves, we can apply these to the threats and hazards that exist.”

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Lewiston men injured in Aug. 4 rollover into Lochsa River

Two Lewiston men were injured last week when their pickup rolled off U.S. Highway 12 and into the Lochsa River. Among the bystanders who helped at the scene was was Kelly Brooks of Atlanta, Ga., who was bicycling in the area and witnessed the crash and, with a companion, Donn Gibbs, also of Atlanta, and recovered a dog also believed to have been involved in this accident.

Montana man dies in SH 64 crash near Kamiah

Fort Benton, Mont., resident James R. Cummings died in a vehicle accident reported Monday morning, Aug. 10, on State Highway 64 near Kamiah.

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Testimony supports self-defense; felony dismissed against Ellenberg

With the evidence supporting a self-defense claim, an aggravated battery charge has been dismissed against Billy J. Ellenberg, 52, of Kamiah. “Based upon the evidence and witness testimony,” said Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor, “I did not feel I could prove the case without a reasonable doubt.”

Comment process a waste on use of saws on forest

We’re sliding this deadline in at you close to the wire, but hopefully you’ll still have some time to comment by Aug. 17 on a critical issue raised nationally by the Forest Service.

Better late than never: Cybersecurity task force looks after Idahoans

Now that the state is assured the Internet isn’t some passing fad, the order has come down from on high from Governor Otter to establish an Idaho Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force to address the growing threat of cyber attacks.

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Larceny, simple assault remain top crimes in Idaho County

Some kids apparently didn’t learn that basic lesson way back in kindergarten: don’t touch others and don’t take their stuff.

Survivor files suit in 2013 fatality crash

The survivor in a 2013 fatality crash is claiming negligence in a civil suit filed in District Court.

NICI escapee gets 2-5 years; partner awaits sentencing

An escape from North Idaho Correctional Institution earned a 22-year-old Caldwell man a big time-out.

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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.

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.

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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.