Personal touch to assist local voters with disabilities
Voters have challenging decisions ahead of them in the upcoming Nov. 8 general election, but for some the difficulties will not be at the ballot box but in just getting there. However, for persons with disabilities in Idaho County, many options are readily available – whether at home, at the courthouse or the polling place — to assist voters in getting their ballots cast. “We want people to vote, and we want to make it convenient for people to vote,” said Jessie Adams, Idaho County elections clerk.
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Motorcycles were put through their paces at last Saturday’s Oct. 22 Fall Enduro Halloween Classic at the Grangeville Off-Road Park east of Idaho Forest Group off Old Highway 7. The motorcycle-only multi-class event is a family-oriented race day that is mostly non-competitive. The course length is about 0.5 miles for kids and two miles for adults. The general format is as many laps as possible in the time allotted.
Contentious and gutter-scraping: the political race for Idaho County sheriff. Beyond watching the mud fly to see what sticks, of more pressing and difficult concern is the issue of recent endorsement ads for both candidates that involve law enforcement members of county and city policing agencies.
Three injured in Oct. 25 accident east of Kooskia
One person has died and three were injured in a Tuesday evening three-vehicle crash east of Kooskia. Idaho State Police is investigating the Oct. 25 incident.
Election 2016: Dist. 7 Senate - Crabtree, Meyers race for state seat
From education to economics, District 7 is faced with a complex set of issues, according to Ken Meyers. “There are a lot of things we need to be focused on,” he said, “and we have a platform here to focus on them,” within the Idaho Legislature.
We must disagree, in part, with our county Republican friends in their disassociation last week with Senator Crapo for his decision to rescind his endorsement of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Senator Mike Crapo crossed a line in the sand for Idaho County Republicans who last week pulled their support for the three-term incumbent just days following his decision to pull his endorsement for GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. As a result, the Idaho County Republican Central Committee (ICRCC) stated, in an Oct. 11 letter to the senator, its members would not be providing physical nor financial support toward his re-election campaign, which would include sign and literature distribution, as well as removal of signs currently placed.
A place to meet
One person stood clear of the scissors at Saturday’s dedication ceremony for the new veterans’ center in Grangeville. “I’m commissioned now and they won’t let me touch anything sharp!” joked Robert Skinner, commander for the State of Idaho American Legion. Around 160 people attended the Oct. 15 event, celebrating the grand opening of the Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 East Main Street.
Alcohol is a suspected factor in last week’s three-vehicle fatality accident at Kamiah. Rex D. Pevehouse, 83, of Orofino, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Assembly draws neighbors, apples to start a tasty fall
Even the yellow jackets were friendly. Such was the golden fall Clearwater Valley morning on Saturday, Oct. 1, as several dozen people gathered at the Tahoe QRU building on Leitch Creek Road to combine apples and elbow grease into smooth, sweet cider.
Cause is undetermined for last week’s fire that destroyed a Stites double-wide mobile home. The rental residence at 420 Old School Avenue was determined a total loss, according to Fire Chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department.
New public defender sought
Grangeville attorney Victoria Olds will serve as magistrate judge for Lewis County. Olds was selected by the Second District Magistrate Commission last Thursday, Oct. 6, to replace retiring Magistrate Judge Stephen Calhoun. It is expected she will be sworn in January 2017.
District 3 High School Rodeo held its last event for the fall season on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, at the Riggins Rodeo grounds. The season starts up again with events beginning late-April 2017. Pictured here on Sunday was Luke Olsen of Kooskia in the junior high breakaway event.
Election 2016: Dist. 7A (Chilcott)
‘Important to do a good job for everyone in the district’ — Chilcott
Oktoberfest: Did you have a good time? Great. Now let’s keep that ball rolling.
A phone call that you owe back taxes to the federal government? That you had better respond or the sheriff’s office will be serving you a warrant? “Hopefully, everybody knows the IRS doesn’t work that way,” said Robert Johnson.
Election 2016: Sheriff - Contentious race on achievements, needs for change
“I want to work for the people and take this department in a direction that everyone can be proud of and rally behind,” he said.
'My main concern is politics has moved into the city police ...'
Contention within the Idaho County Sheriff’s race spilled into city government business Monday night. Sheriff Doug Giddings addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Oct. 3 meeting concerning an endorsement ad that ran last week for his opponent, Carlos Martinez, featuring five city police officers – including Chief Morgan Drew.
Landowners were burning fields just south of the Idaho County Airport last Friday, Sept. 30, the backdrop for asphalt work under way on the newly reconstructed runway.
Inattention was cited as a factor in last week’s motorcycle crash that injured an Idaho Falls man.
About 50 people participated in the third annual Tahoe QRU Apple Cider Pressing fund-raiser, held Saturday morning, Oct. 1, on Leitch Creek Road outside Kooskia. Participants combined a range of apples — including red and golden delicious to McIntosh and gala — and elbow grease to press out smooth, sweet cider. The event raised $156 for the volunteer emergency medical response organization. Pictured here helping participants is (right) Tahoe QRU EMT Irene Finehout.
Marea L. Burkenbine, 57, of Grangeville died in Sept. 30 accident
Excessive speed and loss of control are alleged factors in last Friday’s fatal collision accident at Grangeville, which resulted in a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter against the driver involved.
State police investigating early morning Friday, Sept. 30 accident
A Minnesota truck driver has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter following this morning’s fatal two-vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 95 at Grangeville.
At issue – yet again — are millions in federal appropriations to rural communities, including Idaho County: PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding.
Health condition a possible factor
A Texas man was killed Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident on State Highway 14. Frank H. Sayle, 67, of Sealy, died at the scene.
Sentencing set in felony theft, stolen checks case; Kretschmer sentenced in storage unit burglaries, thefts
Clearwater Valley played against Grangeville last Wednesday, Sept. 14, as part of the area’s youth football program. The 5th/6th grade boys played the evening game at Grangeville High School with CV winning 14-12. Here, CV ball carrier Anthony Fabbi runs up the field with other players in pursuit.
“It’s getting close.” Under the best-case scenario, by the end of the month, State Highway 14 will return to normal through the Elk City slide site, with cleanup, repair and stabilization work essentially completed by that time, according to Reed Hollinshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.
'They want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law...'
In discussing her race, candidate for Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robyn Brody said Idahoans she’s talked with across the state share a common view. “More than anything,” Brody said, “they want to be able to trust their justices will uphold the law and that they will apply the law equally, no matter who walks in the courtroom, and that their voice will be heard and considered.”
This month marks a series of sad anniversaries.
The issue has laid dormant for a few years, but the matter of oversized shipments being transported along U.S. Highway 12 has returned to the public sphere. Your comments are sought for a proposed rule to regulate these along a nearly 100-mile stretch of the road.
Montana resident Gerald Mick died last week following a motorcycle versus vehicle accident along U.S. Highway 12.
Election 2016: race for Congress
James Piotrowski grew up in a family that emphasized public service; his parents were involved in service and youth organizations. And in his legal career, Piotrowski took that service to heart in representing the real needs of working people, the disabled community and helping to enhance and protect civil rights, he said. “This race is an extension of that,” he said, “to make Idaho the best it can be while respecting what it already is.”
The Gonzaga University Concert Choir performed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11. The performance, “Unclouded Day: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals” was part of the monastery’s Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude program. The numbers on the program included a traditional barbershop quartet song, Coney Island Baby, seen performed here.
Jacob W. Collier of White Bird was sentenced Aug. 15 on felony charges for burglary and grand theft for a December 2015 incident at Hoot’s Café.
“It’s been a really good career. I’ve been very lucky,” said Laura Smith, being around many good people in and out of the federal agency, having received excellent training through the years, “and working with the finest folks around.”
Already incarcerated, awaiting a court hearing on burglary and theft allegations, a Stites woman faces a new charge regarding stolen firearms. Jamie I. Turner, 36, waived her preliminary hearing for felony grand theft at a hearing Friday, Sept. 2. Turner was bound over for arraignment at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26. Turner also will have a hearing on two felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor counts of petit theft related to July incidents at The Establishment in Grangeville.
Water, water everywhere … and that’s a problem for Grangeville Public Works. Excessive water use is a strain on the municipal water system during this time of year, and the city is encouraging residents to adopt more efficient use for lawn irrigation. “If they can follow yard watering guidelines, they can still have green lawns and also save money on their water bills,” said Eric Jones, public works maintenance lead.
At the Aug. 15 council meeting, retiring Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department chief Dan Tackett (left) received a plaque of appreciation for his service to the city from Mayor Bruce Walker (right). Tackett has served nearly 30 years on GVFD and as chief since 1994. “He’s been an excellent chief,” Walker said at the meeting, complimenting on his professional management of the department. “He’s done an outstanding job for the City of Grangeville.”
Three years after a Clearwater-area residence was burglarized and firearms were stolen, two Grangeville brothers have been arrested in connection with the crime.
Randall Miskin of the Kooskia Krush team powers through a swing during last Friday’s Aug. 26 double elimination championship tournament, held at Lions Park in Grangeville. The Krush team lost both games that evening to the Brew Crew team, which won the championship.
Often times the cry is heard that public officials are “doing things behind closed doors” or pushing agendas without the knowledge or consent of the public. Could it be that we simply didn’t take the time to pay attention to what these officials were doing until we stumbled across it late in the game? It’s much easier to push the blame on public officials than take responsibility in admitting we weren’t paying attention.
Sept. 6 public hearing: Grangeville City Council
The City of Grangeville is proposing a nearly 15 percent increase in its fiscal year 2017 budget. Set at $5,496,785, the proposed budget – effective Oct. 1 at the start of the fiscal year – would include additional funds for planned city street work, as well as rate increases for services. A public hearing on the proposal is set for Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., during the regular Grangeville City Council meeting. Comment on the proposal will be taken, after which the budget will be considered for adoption.
Readers on this letters page will be informed that the Idaho County Democrats’ booth was vandalized during the Idaho County Fair. Of course, it wasn’t you who did this. This was the work of dumb, or perhaps both dumb and dumber, acting out the only kind of political discourse he or they were able to do: graffiti and demolition. Perhaps they celebrated their triumph later by shooting out power pole insulators.
2016 4-H, FFA Livestock Sale; up from 2015
Brenda Ehrard, 55, of Pocatello, was airlifted
A construction flagger was transported by Life Flight Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, after being struck by a vehicle.
Christmas plans were announced early at the Aug. 15 Grangeville City Council meeting, as the Forest Service announced plans for a November presentation of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
Godwin, 34, faces multiple felony, misdemeanor charges
An anonymous tip last Saturday resulted in the arrest of a Culdesac man, sought on outstanding warrants, who allegedly fled from a traffic stop last month. Now, Timothy Joshua Godwin, 34, faces multiple charges resulting from the July pursuit as well as from the weekend’s arrest that include felonies for eluding a police officer, and possession of both methamphetamine and an explosive device.
Video sensors run Grangeville signals; state project at end
What’s up with those cameras at Grangeville’s stoplights? Equipment upgrades at the Main and Idaho streets intersection propose to make for more responsive signal changes and better assist road-crossing pedestrians.