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Elks launch another Christmas drive to help families

One of the largest efforts to help out those in need this Christmas is underway.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
School trustees eye two levies
Posted: November 14, 2018

St. Maries school trustees will meet later this month to develop a levy proposal.

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At the Courthouse - November 14, 2018
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 10:32 am

Prosecutor’s Office
Ray A. McClanahan, 52, of Scappoose, OR. Open container of alcohol in vehicle by driver (Oct. 24).
Ralph D Quigley, 51, of St. Maries. Trespassing (Sept. 18).
Kamiel K. Gallagher, 26, of Spokane Valley, WA. Possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer (Nov. 3).
Jacob F. McConnell, 25, of Moscow. Possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without privileges and driving without insurance (Sept. 3).
Jenna L. Garland, 19, of Kellogg. Obstructing an officer (Nov. 3).
Tyra M. Shaver, 42, of St. Maries. Felony possession of methamphetamine (Nov. 4).
Molly Stuart, 44, of Moscow. Felony possession of methamphetamine (Nov. 2).
Cody A. Adamson, 28, of St. Maries. Possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer (Nov. 5).
Brent C. Harris, 28, of Moscow. Possession of marijuana (Nov. 2).
Russell Chappell, 50, of Fernwood. Possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (Feb. 2).
Kori M. Renfro, 18, of St. Maries. Possession of drug paraphernalia (Nov. 3).
Riley O. Harlow, 18, of Cataldo. Leaving the scene of a damage accident and failure to notify an officer of an accident (Oct. 30).

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Avista plans work on St. Joe riverbank
Posted: November 14, 2018

Avista Utilities in conjunction with the Forest Service is planning improvements to the St. Joe riverbank along the Shadowy St. Joe River Campground.

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Brunch allows students to earn money
Posted: November 14, 2018

Students from the St. Maries High School will be serving diners at the Elks Lodge monthly brunch Nov. 18. The tips students earn at the brunch will help them cover travel expenses for a trip to Costa Rica next year.

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Gator's accident launches helmet give-away
Posted: November 14, 2018

PotlatchDeltic, Hughes Ace Hardware and the Sheriff’s office have teamed up to provide helmets to children who need them.

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Turkey Bingo makes annual return
Posted: November 14, 2018

The Elks Lodge will open its doors to all would-be bingo winners, Nov. 17, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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SM library, schools plan event for children Thursday
Posted: November 14, 2018

The library, in partnership with the St. Maries School District, invites children and their parents to a day of story-time, crafts, donuts and prizes at the St. Maries Public Library, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.

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Library Harvest Fest Saturday
Posted: November 14, 2018

By Oron Gilmore

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County voters turnout in record numbers for mid-term election
Posted: November 14, 2018

Benewah County voters turned out in record numbers to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

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Voters approve giving Medicaid to more residents
Posted: November 14, 2018

Idaho is one step closer to closing the Medicaid gap. Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion bill, passed with over 60 percent voter approval and residents of Benewah County stand to benefit.

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Voters issue verdict
Posted: November 14, 2018

After midterm election results were tallied, two local candidates said they were happy with how they’d run the campaign.

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Kiwanis volunteers raise cash for Thanksgiving
Posted: November 14, 2018

The Kiwanis Club raised more than $1,200 to help the Benewah County food bank purchase Thanksgiving meals for those in need.

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New owners, new name (Cutthroat Resort) and new renovations at Big Eddy
Posted: November 14, 2018

New business owners Amanda and Michael Clairy moved from Spirit Lake to take over the Big Eddie Resort, now the Cutthroat Resort, in August and are working hard to renovate the St. Joe River destination.

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Local students test poorly in reading
Posted: November 14, 2018

State tests show nearly half of Idaho students read below their grade level.

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Three earn perfect marks at Kootenai
Posted: November 14, 2018

Three students at Kootenai junior/senior High School were named to the first quarter honor roll with a 4.0 GPA. They are seniors Preston Cummings and Ember Doherty, and junior Samantha George.

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Big crowd attends Elks luncheon to honor local veterans
Posted: November 14, 2018

The largest crowd to ever attend the annual Veterans Day dinner showed up at the Elks Lodge with salads, desserts and appetites in hand.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Farmers have keen interest in trade talks
Posted: November 07, 2018

Farmers saw an average wheat harvest this year but may be beginning to feel the effects of President Trumps trade tariffs, according to Farm Service Agency district director (north district) Randy Primmer.

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Elks honor veterans at annual dinner Saturday
Posted: November 07, 2018

The American Legion Post 25 veteran’s dinner returns to St. Maries Elks Lodge Nov. 11, 1 p.m. to commemorate Veterans Day.

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Massive girders trucked to SM
Posted: November 07, 2018

Despite stopping traffic in St. Maries briefly Nov. 1 and 2, a quartet of large deliveries will help open traffic in the area by Spring 2019.

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Study shows housing need in St. Maries
Posted: November 07, 2018

A draft report delivered to Timber Plus indicates St. Maries shows a demand for affordable housing.

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Lights, contests, action: Chamber sets Christmas plans
Posted: November 07, 2018

Winter is coming and so is the holiday season. The Chamber of Commerce is busy organizing the annual Christmas in St. Maries event.

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Plea expected in July accident
Posted: November 07, 2018

A St. Maries youth will be tried as an adult for vehicular manslaughter, a Benewah County Judge declared.

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Thiele: No prison on abuse charges
Posted: November 07, 2018

A Harrison man will not serve prison time after inappropriately touching two young girls, Judge Scott Wayman said.

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Christmas Gala returns Nov. 18
Posted: November 07, 2018

Residents can enjoy a night of entertainment while helping patients in Benewah County at the eleventh annual BetterCARE Christmas Gala Nov. 18.

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Developer must pay $1.6 million
Posted: November 07, 2018

A California company with plans to develop a peninsula north of Harrison must pay the bank $1.6 million and almost $200 per day as part of a foreclosure finalized last week in the Coeur d’Alene’s First District Court.

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City of St. Maries seeks $500K grant for sewer work
Posted: November 07, 2018

St. Maries will apply for a USDA grant to renovate its sewer system after receiving enough responses to a survey.

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Crane fundraiser clears $10K
Posted: November 07, 2018

Approximately 250 Benewah County residents came together in a big way at the Eagles Lodge, Oct. 13, to help raise funds for Cody Crane and his family.

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Helping Hope's Haven
Posted: November 07, 2018

Attendees of the Hope’s Haven annual Dutch Oven Dinner filled the Cormana Building Saturday night.

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Library supporters feast on book bargains
Posted: November 07, 2018

Approximately 200 people attended the first day of the Friends of the Library book sale, Nov. 3, at the St. Maries Public Library.

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Midterm Election Results
Posted: November 07, 2018

Little elected Idaho's Governor 
Historical horse racing voted down while Medicaid expansion initiative gets overwhelming support 
 

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Local Midterm Election Results
Updated: November 07, 2018 - 2:33 am

Benewah County has a new Commissioner for District 3 as longtime representative Bud McCall was defeated by his opponent, Bob Short. Mr Short wins the seat 1,912 to 1,797.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
Laurene Sorensen, Democrat
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:10 am

Why are you the better candidate for the position of State Representative?
I am the better candidate because I am an independent thinker and have a user’s perspective of Idaho laws. They are the tools of my trade, and like all tools, sometimes they need to be sharpened, have parts replaced, or retired in favor of more modern ones. I practice law in a firm that serves clients in Latah and Benewah Counties, and beyond. My background in government finance allows me to think creatively about ways to solve problems, and I see the big picture as well as the details. I am genuinely excited about the lawmaking process. Some of my most fulfilling work has been civil mediation, where I guide people and businesses though resolving their own disputes.

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Caroline Nilsson Troy, Republican
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:10 am

Why are you the better candidate for the position of State Representative?
My passion for doing what is right, not what is easy, combined with my experience as a farmer, rancher, and small business owner, makes me an effective voice for our district. Relationship-building, problem solving and a “get ‘er done” attitude are my greatest strengths. I don’t give in to bullies. I’m a graduate of Orofino High and the University of Idaho. Since my election in 2014, I’ve focused on growing the rural economy by supporting education and improved infrastructure, supporting job creation, and reducing regulatory and tax burdens on families and small business. I lead the effort to adopt a state-wide comprehensive plan that will address our suicide crisis, and participated in the recent “Community Review” of Plummer, along with other community and regional leaders.

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Margaret R. Gannon, Democrat
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:09 am

Why are you the better candidate for the position of State Representative?
I believe I am the better candidate for this district because of my experience. Sixteen years on school board, including Idaho School Board Association executive board. Also have been in many non profit boards such as Hospice in St. Maries and the Community Action Board for north and central Idaho. The fact I live in Benewah County and have for 40 years is a plus as well. This part of the district needs to be represented. My ability to work with others, including across the aisle, is also an asset. 

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Bill Goesling, Republican
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:09 am

Why are you the better candidate for the position of State Representative?
No one else in this campaign has more experience in education at the state level. No one else has more experience successfully managing $50M of clients’ hard-earned assets using the very same principles necessary to manage your tax dollars. My adult life has been spent predicting, identifying and acting to produce successful solutions to problems not only at the local level but also at state and national levels. In combat and test flight, solving problems means you live to fly another day. As a financial consultant, problem solving means your clients prosper, their children can mature and grow and people earn financial freedom for their retirement. That’s what sets me apart in this race.

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Dan Foreman, Republican
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:08 am

Why are you the better candidate for the position of State Senator?
I am very well qualified to remain as Idaho State Senator for Legislative District Five by virtue of the fact I have been a public servant for almost forty-four years.  I have served at the federal, state and local levels of government as a senior Air Force Officer and Vice Flying Wing Commander, Idaho certified law enforcement officer and as the current State Senator for District Five. I have acquired well-rounded leadership and executive level administrative skills useful to the successful execution of my Senate position. I have been an executive level leader and manager for decades, and I know how to guide and motivate others while accomplishing defined goals.

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David Nelson, Democrat
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:08 am

Why are you the better candidate for the position of State Senator?
Our representatives must have an ability to listen and work with all citizens of Benewah and Latah counties. We may not always agree, but we must work together to determine collaborative solutions to the problems we all face.
I grew up in Genesee on our family farm and have lived in Moscow the last 20 years. I have a good understanding of the challenges of our farming and logging communities such as the need for good roads to get our timber and agricultural products to market.
I ran a technology business for my career and understand what it takes to make payroll, to make a profit, and to invest and build jobs in Idaho.
 
What are the biggest challenges facing Idaho?
Idaho faces challenges every year to fund the many needs of our citizens. There are many needs but limited resources.  I feel education is the area that government needs to focus on.  I want every child across our district—from St. Maries to Genesee—to have access to a quality, public K-12 education. Vocational training and college must be affordable for everyone as well. 
Investing in education is the greatest thing we can do for our own and our children’s future. It leads to a more prosperous economy and gives us the skills to take on a changing world.

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Jack A. Buell, Democrat
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:06 am

Why are you the best candidate for the position of Benewah County Commissioner?
I have an excellent reputation statewide of working well with people, treating them with respect and integrity, and working with other elected officials – county, state, and federal – for the benefit of the citizens of the county. I have extensive knowledge and experience of the critical challenges and issues that are facing our county and neighboring counties, and work with other governments to avoid or mitigate those problems in our County.
I deeply care for the welfare of people who live and work in our county, especially those among us who struggle to make ends meet. I am committed to work hard to be your advocate and to keep Benewah County running as efficiently as possible to keep it a great and affordable place to live.

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Dale "Doc" Ross, Republican
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:06 am

Why are you the best candidate for the position of Benewah County Commissioner?
 I am honest and hardworking.  I believe in the actions that I take.  I strive to best understand what are the concerns brought to me, for the immediate question and for why the question or problem has come about in the first place.  Listening to what is said is one part of it.  Hearing what is at the root can sometimes be more important.  What I bring to the position of commissioner draws from not just my family and upbringing, not just my time and work as a U.S. Marine and instructor, not my schooling, degrees, and medical practice, or roles as director.  Combining these with the people I’ve known and the challenges I’ve faced and overcome brings about my place here and now.

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N.L. "Bud" McCall, Democrat
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:08 am

Why are you the best candidate for the position of Benewah County Commissioner?
I am common sense fiscal conservative with more experience in the efficient operation of my own successful large businesses and Benewah County, which has a lot of complex issues and moving parts. I am a proven leader and the job requires having good leadership skills such as being compassionate and open to listening to citizens, building respected relationships, and having a desire to serve and care for everyone in the county. I also have extensive knowledge in who, what, and where to find items that the county needs for maintenance and operations that benefit the taxpayer. I enjoy being your commissioner, I am not ready to retire anytime soon, and look forward to serving my term for the people of Benewah County who elect me.

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Bob Short, Republican
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 9:08 am

Why are you the best candidate for the position of Benewah County Commissioner?
I am recently retired from my own business, so I have the time to devote to the position. The county needs to be run like a business, with attention paid to accountability and the bottom line, and I know how to do that. I am used to supervising employees. I’ve always been active in the community:  I have been on many boards over the years and have been chairperson on some of them; I have participated in community projects, such as the building of Fernwood School and the high school gymnasium.  A large part of my business included building and maintaining roads and bridges, so I know how to do that also.

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Polling places
Updated: October 31, 2018 - 8:54 am

Benewah Precinct – Community Building

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Voters have plenty of choices at the polls Tuesday
Posted: October 31, 2018

Polls will open across Idaho next week for the 2018 U.S. General Election Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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SM Complex employees honored
Posted: October 31, 2018

PotlatchDeltic’s St. Maries Complex honored 20 longtime employees who have served the company with a collective 620 years at its Service Award Dinner Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Timber Plus tackles boat fuel, housing
Posted: October 31, 2018

Two major economic development projects are moving forward in St. Maries.

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Book sale returns to SM Library Saturday
Posted: October 31, 2018

The Friends of the Library is accepting book donations in anticipation of the annual Friends of the Library book sale, Nov. 3, at the St. Maries Public Library, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Fewer hunters, fewer elk
Posted: October 31, 2018

Rifle season for elk came to an end Oct. 29, with fewer hunters and fewer kills passing through the St. Maries station this year, according to Idaho Fish and Game.

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Humane Society dutch oven dinner to include live music
Posted: October 31, 2018

The local Humane Society’s largest fundraising event of the year is Nov. 3, at the Cormana Building from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Especially for women
Posted: October 31, 2018

Local women can enjoy a night of pampering and fun at the third annual “I Am Beautiful” event in St. Maries Nov. 4

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Couple complete purchase of SM laundromat, car wash
Posted: October 31, 2018

Terry and Dona Warp expect to begin their new roles as the proprietors of the Riverbend Carwash and Laundromat, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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