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Davis, Manley credit Lord in miraculous CPR resuscitation

“He should have been dead,” Elizabeth Manley said. Jeff’s face was blue, and his body would periodically convulse as if trying to breathe. Just a few minutes prior, the 69-year-old volunteer relief worker had slumped into unconsciousness, suffering a massive heart attack. This was the Widow Maker – when the main artery down the front of the heart is totally blocked or has a critical blockage.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Buy-in fees recommended for new scrutiny

A campaign issue raised during council elections this fall, equity buy-in fees are planned for new scrutiny, possible changes, and a public informational hearing. Public works director Jeff McFrederick discussed with the Grangeville City Council at its Nov. 20 meeting his discussion with J-U-B Engineers on setting up a workshop and follow-up public meeting on the buy-in fees to explain their purpose and the water study scope data used to calculate these.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Firefighter shortage a life or death matter

Home heating fires are popping up on regional and national newspaper pages, but the “story behind the story” is not what could have been done to prevent these, but whether someone will show up to put out the fire in time. Or at all. Check out Lucky Brandt’s plea in this week’s letters page. He’s a longtime Kooskia firefighter raising such a warning, and also a call: Idaho County needs more volunteer firefighters.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Rider ordered, prison pending, in manslaughter case

A 365-day retained jurisdiction was ordered Monday, Dec. 4, for a Grangeville man, convicted on felony vehicular manslaughter in the 2016 death of a Kooskia woman. That gives David R. McIntyre, 26, a chance to comply with court-ordered programs and treatment during his year’s incarceration. Failure to do so, and he’s looking at serving five to 10 years in prison.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Hopeful Thursday White Bird water service to resume

Drinking water is hoped to return to White Bird residents later this week, who have been without since system problems developed during the Thanksgiving weekend. “Hopefully by Thursday it will be up and running,” said White Bird Mayor Homer Brown, and the city can next address issues leading to the shutdown that affected 76 system users.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
   

Snowhaven Ski Swap

Winter recreation enthusiasts packed the Idaho National Guard Armory last Friday evening, Nov. 17, as part of the annual Snowhaven Ski Swap. The Nov. 17-18 event provided ski and related equipment and consignments for sale, along with season passes for Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Mobile home, vehicles lost in Nov. 22 blaze

An overloaded extension cord power strip caused a fire last week that destroyed a mobile home east of Stites. No injuries were reported in last Wednesday’s Nov. 22 incident at 132 Skyline Loop.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

GVFD Christmas Truck a Grangeville holiday tradition for nearly three decades

“It’s definitely a group effort on keeping the old girl going,” said Andrew Lane, a GVFD firefighter since 2002, on volunteers decorating and maintaining the truck, and getting it ready for its annual Christmas runs – one of two events, including the July 4 parade, it participates in annually. “All the fire department members are pretty proud to be a part of it.”

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Emergency funds help food, shelter needs for county

A few thousand dollars doesn’t go far these days, but for those individuals and families in need in Idaho County, it can bridge the financial gap to keep the lights on, fill the pantry shelves, and especially keep a roof over their heads. It’s around this time every year Idaho County puts out word on assistance funds available through the emergency food and shelter program, funded solely through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


City profit projected at $90K-plus from timber harvest

Forest health issues are driving two harvest projects on city-owned property south of town that were given the go-ahead by the council last week. Of these, work alone on 35 acres near Fish Creek and the Sno-Drifters warming cabin is estimated to net the city more than $90,000.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

ICSO investigating death of Kooskia man

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating circumstances that may have contributed to last month’s death of a Kooskia man. Tentative cause of death for Shane M. Mahoney, 45, is the result of a subdural hematoma. According to Detective Jerry Johnson, investigators are looking into whether the condition was the result of an accident or perhaps caused during an altercation.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Shenandoah home damaged in Sunday fire

Cause is as yet undetermined for a Sunday evening fire that damaged a Shenandoah manufactured home. No injuries were reported, and it was unknown whether the homeowner was insured.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Elk City crews save home from fire Sunday

An electrical issue is the likely cause for a Sunday evening structure fire in Elk City. No injuries were reported, and though it suffered fire and water damage, the home was saved. The owner was insured. “It was a team effort,” said Fire Chief Jeff Maxwell, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD), that included five firefighters and two auxiliary personnel. “I’m glad we were able to save his house.”

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

New Trees For Pioneer Park

Grangeville public works crews were at Pioneer Park on Thursday, Nov. 2, planting five 3-to-5-inch-diameter pin oaks on the perimeter. The planting is to replace locust trees, which were dying at the park, and as well will add some red color to this public space. Last week’s work completes a planting project started last year with 27 trees – pin oaks and Swedish aspens – at Soroptimist and Lions parks.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


ICLP hosts 79th membership meeting

“We did have a very good year, a safe year,” said Max Beach, manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, addressing the 140 registered members in attendance at the 79th annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 2. Notable usage due to a cold winter and good margins were reported, assisted by cooperative efforts to improve efficiency and customer service.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Arsenic and Old Lace performance

Cornerstone Theater presented Arsenic and Old Lace in performances on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Performance proceeds went to hurricane relief efforts.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Shooting determined accidental; victim treated, returned home

A Glenwood man is recuperating at home following medical treatment due to an accidental shooting incident last week. Reginald “Reggie” Courtemanche III, 32, was taken to Clearwater Valley Medical Center in Orofino last Monday, Oct. 30, and transferred by Life Flight to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. As of press time, he had been released from treatment.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Voters choose new faces for city councils

- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, Jackson

November 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..


Student experience survey promises empowerment

How is your school year going? Students – and soon their parents – can soon weigh in on the values and opinions of their educational experience through a statewide student engagement survey to be taken next spring.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Contested seats in city council races on Nov. 7

Elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters will be deciding contested city council and mayoral races in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots and polling stations location information is in this week’s Free Press, pages 4-6B.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Hay barn destroyed in Saturday fire

Fire destroyed a hay barn and its contents in an early Saturday morning incident at the Raff residence east of Stites. No injuries were reported. Losses were estimated around $80,000, according to Fire Chief Blaine Feinman, Ridge Runner Fire Department, for the structure, its contents of between 19 to 20 tons of hay, and a 1994 Ford F150 pickup.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Only city residents vote

Only city residents vote in those respective city council races. “Your primary residence has to be within the city limits,” clarified Bette Polack, Idaho County Election Deputy.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Billups sends off Yuba tractor headed to auction this month

A piece of Camas Prairie old iron is headed east to corn country. Last Friday, Oct. 27, the approximate four-ton 1917 Yuba Model 20-35 four-cylinder gas engine tractor was secured to a Bell Equipment flatbed truck pending shipment to an auction house in Davenport, Iowa. A sunny fall morning reflected across the tractor’s glossy green paint, still pristine from a restoration effort undertaken more than a decade ago by Ted Billups of Grangeville.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

About that forum, absent candidates and letters

A good turnout, Grangeville! Let’s hope for as much or better public involvement in community affairs in the future. Last week’s candidates’ forum for open city council and mayoral positions had an impressive turnout; more than 90 attended Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. And the event was a deal-maker or breaker for several voters we talked with, who said they will be making their voting decisions come Nov. 7 on what they heard that evening.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Driver transported following Oct. 12 crash

One person was transported for medical treatment following an Oct. 12 two-vehicle accident 14 miles south of Grangeville. Ismael C. Montes, 69, of Grangeville, was taken to Syringa Hospital.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Bräts And Brew Fun In Cottonwood

Approximately 150 people attended the Saturday, Oct. 21, Bräts and Brew Fest, held at the Cottonwood Community Hall as a fund-raiser for the Prairie Community Library. The event included dinner, a live and silent auction, and live music by the Coffey Twins.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Housing, development buy-in fees issues in Grangeville council races

Issues of insufficient housing and ways to encourage development were at the forefront of discussion for both candidates and the public at a forum last week. Hosted by the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour event last Tuesday, Oct. 17, split questioning into two parts to address contested races for three open council positions, as well as the mayor seat; all are four-year terms that will be up in the Nov. 7 election. For council are incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler, and Earl Musick, Todd McGeorge, Dan Gautney and Dylan Canaday. For mayor, running are Wes Lester, Lance McColloch, Dan Tackett and John Viknius.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Human remains discovered Monday may be missing Nampa woman

Human remains discovered along the Salmon River this week may be related to one of two recent missing person cases currently open with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Narrowing down or perhaps confirming identification is pending outsourced testing.

October 24, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..


Seats contested on White Bird city council on Nov. 7

Candidates will be running for open White Bird city council positions in the Nov. 7 election. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Barbara A. Lowe and Paul Sand. Two four-year-term council seats are open, sought by Rick L. Alley, John Collins, Jeff Mager, Michelle McNamee and Darlene Wadsworth.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Cottonwood council - Safety, services at issue in race

Maintaining a good quality of life, community safety and city infrastructure are issues in the Cottonwood City Council race. One two-year-term council seat is open, sought by Linda Nida and Daniel Sigler. Candidates will be running in the Nov. 7 election.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Stites council - Four seek two seats

Two four-year-term Stites City Council seats are open, sought by Neil Bronson, Ralph Jackson, Bonnie Shannon, and write-in Joshua Bradley. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


On My Honor? Decision effectively ends scouting

As the movie gangsters might say, “You are dead to me.” This month, the Boys Scouts of America announced girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn Boy Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle rank.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Cottonwood culvert fix starts process toward system repair

City officials are in action to resolve a long-standing flooding problem for Cottonwood’s downtown business district. “We’re going to do a temporary fix to hold things together, and start the ball rolling to come up with a long-term solution,” said Cottonwood City Councilor Ron Grant.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Signage for community services result of cooperative effort

The scenery along U.S. Highway 95 goes by fast at 65 mph, and long has the Grangeville business community wrung its hands with drivers saving time bypassing the community along Johnston Road. While the bypass remains, local efforts have activated the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to install service signage at Johnston Road’s north and south intersections with U.S. 95.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Propane system problem cause of Oct. 1 house fire

A propane system problem was determined the cause of an Oct. 1 fire that damaged a Wild Plum Lane residence. No injuries were reported, and the owner, Georgia Rencher, was insured. Fire damage was contained to the roof and an upstairs bathroom, and water damage affected the first floor and basement of the two-story timber-framed house.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Managed growth, housing, services issues in Grangeville City Council race

City infrastructure, providing and managing growth, and providing for more and affordable housing are issues for candidates in the race for Grangeville City Council. A vigorous turnout this go-round has given Grangeville voters several choices to consider for three council seats, all four-year terms: Dylan Canaday, Dan Gautney, Todd McGeorge, Earl Musick, along with incumbents Beryl Grant and Scott Winkler. Candidates will be running for open city council positions in the Nov. 7 election.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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