• Fair
  • Humidity: 33
  • Wind from E 5 mph


Patchy Smoke
  • 75°
  • 46°


Mostly Sunny
  • 77°
  • 50°


Mostly Sunny
  • 83°
  • 56°


Mostly Sunny
  • 81°
  • 54°


Mostly Sunny
  • 81°
  • 53°

Lead stories

Tease photo

State agency looks to secure S.F. Clearwater River fishing access at Harpster, aims to keep anglers from being shut out

IDFG working to buy Scott property

A popular fishing and swimming spot in Harpster may become public property, if the sale of a nine-acre private tract of riverbed goes forward this fall.

Tease photo

2,084-acre Gun Club Fire linked to tracers shot Aug. 17

During the Idaho County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, commission chairman Jim Chmelik said the Gun Club Fire started when tracer rounds were fired by “a couple of people who were members of the gun club” who, he said, “did step up and say ‘we did it.’” “They didn’t try to hide it or anything,” Chmelik said, “but they might as well have just gone down there with bottle rockets.”

Tease photo

Low-falling numbers draw prairie producers at Greencreek meeting

“We want to talk about the complexities of the issue, the economy behind it and the technical side,” said Bill Fory, Idaho Wheat commissioner. “This important subject needs some real dialogue around it.”

Tease photo

Cottonwood plans for big municipal projects this year

Roads and Skies: Street project, airport needing funding

Cottonwood plans to enhance travel on both its roads and skies this year, if everything falls into place as planned. The fiscal year 2017 budget proposal has earmarked a combined $929,903 for its street and airport fund, $852,862 and $77,041 respectively.

Tease photo

Golde is the new face of Grangeville music program

There’s a new face to music in Grangeville. That face belongs to Phillip Golde (pronounced Goldy).


    Tease photo

    Farmers’ market asks customers to complete survey this Saturday

    This Saturday, Aug. 27, the Grangeville Farmers’ Market is asking customers to complete an annual survey. A drawing will be held from completed surveys with gift certificates given to three customers.

    Tease photo

    It's Your Business: Stop by Hoene’s, win prizes

    The Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach program will offer some upcoming programs. The Logs to Lumber Tour at Idaho Forest Group in Grangeville will be held Sept. 20. (Notice date change from a previously advertised date). Cost is $10.

    In the News - Aug. 24, 2016

    Independent candidate for Sheriff, Carlos Martinez, will hold a town hall event in Kooskia on Monday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at The Outpost. Martinez will discuss his plans for the sheriff’s office and take questions from the public. For information: 935-8260 or martinezforsheriff@gmail.com.

    Tease photo

    Colorful Entry

    The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.



    In the News - Aug. 24, 2016

    Independent candidate for Sheriff, Carlos Martinez, will hold a town hall event in Kooskia on Monday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at The Outpost. Martinez will discuss his plans for the sheriff’s office and take questions from the public. For information: 935-8260 or martinezforsheriff@gmail.com.

    Cottonwood News: Purchase ‘Mystery Night’ tickets now

    Please join Summit Academy for a night that’s “Out of This World” at this year’s Mystery Night Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Greencreek Hall. The stars will align for one lucky ticket holder to be the grand prize winner of $10,000, redeemable at any of our stellar sponsors:

    Riggins News: Fire continues to burn in Riggins

    My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “When life gives you a Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day long.”

    Kooskia / Kamiah News: Kamiah Barbecue is town’s next big event

    It is crazy quiet here. One of the biggest events of the summer will happen the first week in September. Kamiah’s Barbecue Days. If you wish to have a booth or participate in any of the events, contact the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce to sign up in advance. Don’t miss out on being able to take part in one or more of this event’s many activities.

    Elk City News: Slide excavation complete; more Elk City Days results

    More Elk City Days event reports…this time from the horseshoe competition. Dan Farber and Gary Carpentier took 1st place; Adam Perry and Jasper Thompson, in 2nd place; Kim Holmes and Kevin Schmidt came in 3rd place. Anita and crew would like to thank everyone who participated and cheered them on. She said that “it was great fun.”

    Tease photo

    Times Past: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News

    •GRANGEVILLE – Without making a formal motion, District 241 School Board agreed to participate in the School to Work program at their meeting Aug. 19. The board heard a presentation about the program from Laurie Moyer.

    Tease photo

    Elk City Summer Readers

    Summer reading was a popular activity for the children of Elk City. Twenty kids participated in the “BINGO!! Readers are winners!” summer reading program. Three blackouts and five near blackouts brought $15 Amazon Bucks to these winners.

    White Bird News: Local antique store adds museum

    Hope everyone made it to the fair, there were a lot of things to eat, view and, of course, all the blood, sweat and tears that our youth put into their projects. Congratulations to all of you, including the leaders.

Latest blogs

Neighborhood Experts

    Sponsored content: All Auctions should be online

    At a live auction, certified professional auctioneer Kyle Musick of GoBidToday.com oversees the bidding and works to get the best price for the items you’d like to sell. During an online auction, people far away from where the auction is being held can make offers on your items, and that can give any sale a big boost.

    Sponsored content: Ready to sell? Consider this

    Your property is a big asset, probably the largest, according to Earl Musick, owner broker, United Country Real Estate in Grangeville, so when you are ready to sell it, here are a few things to consider.

    Sponsored content: Smooth ride? Nice handle?

    “The way any vehicle rides and handles depends directly on the suspension, and the way the suspension performs depends directly on keeping the parts in good order.

    Sponsored content: Prepared for hunting season?

    It’s time to start preparing your vehicles for hunting season. It’s a good idea to clean the undercarriage before heading to the woods because, other-wise, you might be giving noxious weeds a free ride to your hunting ground. Once they take hold, weeds can overrun the grass at your favorite No Tellum Ridge.

    Sponsored content: Sharpen those scissors NOW!

    So you know how sewing guides always tell you to get your scissors sharpened regularly? So ... does anyone actually do that? I know I didn't.

    Sponsored content: Commitment issues?

    So you’ve decided to get healthy and as part of that decision you’re going to join a gym. What now?Walking into a gym can be confusing and maybe even intimidating. What exercises should you do?How do you get the results you want? Where do you begin? This is where we can help.

    Sponsored content: Painless- Snug to the gums

    Poor or ill-fitting dentures: Very simply, your dental prosthesis should be painless and snug to your gums. Identifying a poor fit may be diffi-cult for patients due to misperceptions of what is normal as well as the slow nature of changing oral conditions.

    Sponsored content: Watering guidelines

    We’re in the swing of the summer lawn and garden season, but some homeowners may not be happy with their results: It could be how you’re watering. “Plants need plenty of water in the summer, but how much and how often, and where to water – above or below – are choices to consider,” said Russ Lindsley, Green Acres Nursery.


    Hey, watch your political mouth


    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.

    Commend 4-H on a well-rounded program

    Letter to the Editor

    For the second year in a row I have been totally inspired by the kind and gentle spirit I have observed in the kids within the 4-H Program at the Idaho County Fair.

    Need surveys returned to assist Kids Klub on grant eligibility

    Letter to the Editor

    The Kids Klub and the City of Grangeville are conducting an income survey to meet eligibility requirements for obtaining Idaho Community Development Block Grant funding. This information is a necessary part of the grant process and will be kept confidential.

    GIddings: sheriff first, firefighter second

    Letter to the Editor

    After reading last week’s article about the ICSO obtaining equipment to help volunteer fire departments, I wanted to remind everyone about the other incredible things our sheriff has done to help Idaho County citizens fight fires.


Information from the Free-Press and our advertisers (Want to add your business to this to this feed?)