With temperatures below freezing, an injured Grangeville woman lay trapped in her overturned vehicle for nearly an hour until her crash location was discovered and she was extricated by emergency personnel.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie took on what may prove the toughest challenge the Pirates will face this season with a trip to the Coeur d’Alene Inn-vitational at North Idaho College.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
For all of the first half and parts of the third and fourth quarters of a 62-58 loss Dec. 29 at the LCSC Activity Center, Grangeville matched Lewiston shot for shot.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
On Dec. 10, 15 members of the Big Cedar Homemakers (BCH) club met at Lorna Olsen’s house for the annual Christmas party and ornament exchange. We had one guest, Dana Keyser’s grandson, Caden. Members arrived with items for the food bank which were delivered later that day.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which Idaho jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are being asked to provide personal banking information to an out-of-state organization to initiate or complete jobless benefit claims. These e-mail contacts are not from the Department of Labor and should be ignored.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Recycling for cardboard, plastics, tin and aluminum cans is available at Idaho County Recycling sites in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kooskia and RigginsDecember 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A backdraft from a wood stove quickly set a Riggins home ablaze Sunday afternoon, destroying the residence and causing minor injuries to the ownerDecember 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Concrete was poured last week at Syringa Hospital’s main entrance in the next step of this ongoing renovation. The project started earlier this year as part of a multi-phase remodel and renovation of the hospital utilizing funds bequeathed by the Orrin Webb family.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Aiden Anderson sank 21 shots to advance in the ages 12-13 boys bracket at the annual Elks Hoop Shoot. Along with other group winners, Anderson qualified to participate at the “area best” qualifier set for 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at GEMS gym. Participants need their birth certificates in order to participate.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Clearwater to Salmon Rivers Relay for Life committee will be meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Pizza Factory in Kamiah at 6 p.m.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
ALACCA invites the community to the annual “Praying in the New Year” event Thursday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m., at Camp ALACCA. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Prayer items will include those for a new director, volunteers and children led to attend camp, the board members and future camp decisions and all the facilities.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Well, we finally got the snow everyone was praying for. We did not have our Christmas party until Dec. 27, so we got to have a white Christmas. It was wonderful to have all the family home. The next day, this huge six-foot snowman showed up in the neighborhood. Makes you want to sing “Frosty the Snowman.”December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Happy New Year’s Eve tonight and happy 2015 all year starting tomorrow morning! May your New Year be filled with blessings, joy, love, and great times together with family and friends. Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, may each day of 2015 find you blessed and well-cared for.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
We recently toured Grangeville after dark and were treated to spectacular Christmas decorations on streets, homes and the park. The drive around town after dark was very good for the heart of people who love the Christmas season.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
On Dec. 23, I was going north on Highway 95 towards Riggins when I came upon an accident about one-half mile south of Pinehurst, at about 7:15 p.m. The ambulance was parked on the east side of the highway alongside the accident, which was clear off the roadway and in the barrow pit. It was parked facing north with all of the overhead lights on, driving lights off, which looked like a well-organized operation. I am fairly certain it was New Meadows ambulance.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In reply to the recent letter [Dec. 16] of Al Bolden, “ACLU attempts to interrupt joy.” Yes, it is true, Mr. Bolden, the ACLU and the atheists are continually making attempts not to allow the faith of others to be exhibited, as you say. But for me, I pray for those people that at least some of them will see the hatred, and hostility and bitterness in themselves, and will repent and come to see the real meaning of Christmas.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Board of Commissioners have said “bah humbug” to small ag land owners. All three Scrooges along with the county assessor (AKA the Grinch) have decided ag land owners must pay a “Part-Time Commercial” solid waste fee of $198.72 in addition to their residential fee of $198.72. Their rationale is: “if you own ag land you are a business and should pay for the solid waste that your land produces.” The three Scrooges said this is the only “fair” way to collect needed solid waste fees.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Let 2015 be the year you find an exercise program that is fun and effective. The Gym’s licensed Zumba instructors, Tracy Gilmore and Vicki Berg, will host a free class for people of all ages, shapes and sizes who want to be introduced to the basic Latin rhythms used in Zumba fitness.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, recently announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security statements—once every five years for most workers—while encouraging everyone to create a secure “my Social Security account” to immediately access their statement online, anytime.December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Led to a single-wide mobile home on a child abuse allegation, investigators allegedly found an indoor marijuana grow operation that resulted in felony and misdemeanor charges against the two occupants.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Cottonwood •Emmanuel Baptist Church will be having a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Wednesday, Dec. 24. A cantata, “Christ Was Born for This,” performed by The Whispering Pines Southern Baptist Association Choir, will be performed. All are invited. •The Monastery of St. Gertrude, located at 465 Keuterville Road, will hold a Christmas Eve Mass at 7:30 p.m. (with caroling at 7 p.m.) and a Christmas Day Mass at 11:30 a.m...December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Benedictine community of the Monastery of St. Gertrude celebrates Christmas in the traditional, liturgical manner: for 12 days beginning on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the Christmas celebration, the monastery will present an afternoon of performances of Christmas music Sunday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m., with a cookie reception to follow.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Department of Labor is investigating a scam in which Idaho jobless benefit claimants – and possibly others – are being asked to provide personal banking information to an out-of-state organization to initiate or complete jobless benefit claims.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In Idaho, 53 percent of families with young children are low-income. This is the fourth-highest among all states and above the national average of 45 percent. Idaho also has the second-highest rate of poverty among families in which all resident parents work. This is from the recently published Idaho Kids Count Report.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A New Meadows woman escaped injury last week after her vehicle crashed into a boulder south of Riggins on U.S. Highway 95. Robin Harris, 55, was checked by EMTs with Meadows Valley Ambulance and was not transported for further treatment.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
And the winners are… The following business and residents are the winners of the VFW Auxiliary’s Christmas lighting contest: Residences – first place, Jake Chaffee; second, Chris Thompson, and third, Jeff Maxwell. Runners-up were Carmen Chlebowski, Tim Chaffee and Kelly Whiteman. Business – first, Wilderness Eatery; second, Elk City Hotel; third, Elk City Saloon, with the runner-up, Elk Creek Station. Thanks to everyone in the community who worked to make our Christmas sparkle. See photos taken by Patricia Menough.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The open house at Prairie Community Library was enjoyed. While Christmas carols played in the background, there were popcorn, cookies and fudge for snacks to go with a warm drink. Buster, the library mascot, donned his Santa cap and stole the show by reading his favorite story, “How to Train Humans to do Tricks.” Afterwards, all helped to remove any movable furniture so the carpet could be cleaned during the closure of the library during the holidays.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
After work that required dramatic fluctuations in the North Fork Clearwater River and the Clearwater downstream from the North Fork, flows are back to normal this week. The Army Corps of Engineers was conducting tests on Dworshak Dam fluctuating releases between 1,600 and 5,500 cfs. This caused water levels in the North Fork Clearwater and main Clearwater rivers to fluctuate up to 1-foot per hour. This week flows are back to approximately 1,600 cfs.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Grooming has begun for the year at Fish Creek, Forest Service recreation supervisor Jeremy Harris announced Monday, Dec. 22. “All loops and cut-offs are groomed with quite a bit of blow down cut out,” Harris said. “Currently there are 10 inches of snow in the meadow and only a few bare spots on the trail, so get out the new Nordic skis Santa may be bringing you.”December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
For their 10th win of the season, Prairie’s girls limited Grangeville’s offense and finished a season sweep of the Bulldogs with a 19-point triumph, 51-32, last Friday night, Dec. 19. For Prairie, Hailey Danly scored a game-high 10 points.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Last week, six Idaho County families were surprised with dinner and presents from the employees at Syringa Hospital & Clinics and Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Store. The idea of adopting families in need was supported by employees throughout the store and hospital through anonymous gift giving and Jeans on Friday funds.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville schools sixth-12th grade students hosted their annual Christmas concert Dec. 18 at Grangeville High School. A full house enjoyed the concert in the gym with Mrs. Kathy Stefani as director of the bands and choirs.December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Letters to Santa has been an annual project for this publisher for 40 years—of course a much shorter span of time than the Free Press—but 40 years must prove that I’m a bit of an ‘ol softy (Please St. Nick, don’t let my co-workers know of this trait.)December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Crop management, biocontrol methods for weeds and other topics will be addressed at the 11th annual North Central Idaho Grazing Conference, set for Jan. 6 in Lewiston.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
About 120 Grangeville football supporters — including parents, players and coaches — turned out for a banquet dinner Dec. 10 at Oscar’s Restaurant to honor the 2014 team’s accomplishments, which included several new school record performances by the school’s most prolific quarterback-to-receiver combination.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
One of my top priorities in the new Congress remains reforming our nation’s overly burdensome tax code as part of creating a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Robert and Joy Lee are having their delightful Santa Land again this year. Seven animated exhibits, angels, Santas, two trains, trees and gazillions of lights. Always a “must see” for the holiday season. Call Joy at 926-4223 for an appointment and take the entire family and friends to see this beautiful, joyful, love-filled place.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Regional forester Faye Krueger recently approved the recommendation from the Coeur d’ Alene Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee (BLM RAC) to increase recreation fees for several sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Median household income declined in 25 of Idaho’s 44 counties between 2012 and 2013, underscoring a modest statewide decline in median household income of five-tenths of a percent, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The annual tradition of holiday magic and music continues this December at Salmon Rapids Lodge in Riggins. The Gift of Music will celebrate the holiday season with a free community event in the setting of the lodge’s Big Salmon River Room.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Committee work will continue on updating the Idaho County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan at a meeting, open to the public, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Syringa Hospital Soltman Center on Main Street.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie led the girls game by as many as nine points during the fourth quarter, but saw host Grangeville make a late charge after Hailey Sullivan sank a trey with about two minutes remaining. Despite playing a tough game the previous night — a physical 49-44 loss at Lapwai — the PHS girls held on to win their Idaho County Shootout game last Friday night, Dec. 12.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County 4-H Camouflage Squirrel Association, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team competed in the Idaho Regional Qualifying Tournament competition at Lewis Clark State College Saturday, Dec. 6, placing sixth in the competition.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
“I really love my job, I get to go to different places and meet different people,” smiled Shane Hendren.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Citations are pending following a Dec. 8 injury crash on Leitch Creek Road.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A search warrant served at a Kamiah-area property Tuesday regarding a stolen vehicle netted not only a suspect in the case but also multiple unrelated misdemeanor arrests.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Grammy Awards aren’t just for the rich and famous. Grangeville High School’s band is one of 120 schools nationwide up for a Grammy.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Still-smoldering stove ashes resulted in a minor ignition incident at West Side Trailer Court last week.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Physician and nursing shortages are nothing new in rural areas.December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
It’s not about the money, money, money.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, a 20-year-old Cottonwood woman will plead guilty to involvement in the 2013 armed robbery of a Grangeville gas station.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Two Grangeville attorneys are in the running for the open Second Judicial District judge position, being vacated by outgoing Judge Michael Griffin.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A public hearing in Riggins this Thursday will take comment on an application before the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) seeking to allow trucks weighing up to 129,000 pounds on a nearly 250-mile section of U.S. Highway 95 from Fruitland to Lewiston.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Washington State University researchers have found that it is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock. Shooting and trapping lead to more dead sheep and cattle the following year, not fewer.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville boys basketball squad held visiting McCall-Donnelly to just five points during each of the first two quarters even as guard Layton Harris rained down three-point shots last Saturday night, Dec. 6.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
For the third time in a week, Prairie doubled its opponent’s point total.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
After struggling at Grangeville, the Kamiah boys regrouped quickly and nearly topped visiting Colton last Saturday, Dec. 6. The Kubs came within seconds of netting their first win of the season.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Scared, young and full of dreams, Robert and Linda Nida embarked upon a new business venture in 1984. Thirty years later, that business is still a staple on Main Street.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Nita Musick was recently elected by her Realtor peers to sit on the board of directors of the Lewis Clark Association of Realtors. She will be the acting secretary of the local association.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Did you feel it? Apparently last Thursday’s Dec. 5 earthquake 19 miles south of Grangeville went largely unnoticed and without incident. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake at a 2.7 magnitude at 9:11 a.m. at a depth of 1.2 miles, roughly five air miles east of Slate Creek.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Gary and Judy Porter with Cross Country Saddlery, Victory Karate, Sunday Country and Rid’n For the Cross Ministries thank all for their support during the past year.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Logging operations are set to begin on the “Powell Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)” portion of the Saddle Camp Timber Sale.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas the Obama administration dumped about 3,600 new rules and regulations on the American public that will likely cost business, industry, stats and communities hundreds of millions of dollars to be in compliance. Two that have substantial cost attached and also has the potential to affect Idaho water rights suggest closer attention.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Committee work will continue on updating the Idaho County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan at a meeting, open to the public, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Syringa Hospital Soltman Center on Main Street.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Three bridges in Idaho County will be resurfaced and repaired in 2016 to extend the life of the structures and preserve their driving surfaces, according to the Idaho Transportation Department announcement. Those bridges are Lawyers Canyon (north of Ferdinand), John Day Creek and the Goff (Time Zone) north of Riggins.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho students can apply for the state’s Opportunity Scholarship now. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and is awarded to high school seniors or undergraduate students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrated financial need who attend an eligible higher education institution in Idaho.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign has begun ringing their bells in Grangeville.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The social event of the year was the Lowell QRU holiday party at the Wilderness Inn last Saturday evening. It was a grand party with folks coming out of the woodwork to donate at the auction and enjoying a delicious potluck, with lots of mystery meat and homemade dishes.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The American Legion Post No. 130 will hold its annual orange sales this Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning at10 a.m. in front of Cloninger’s grocery market. The funds from the orange sales will send SRHS boys and girls to Girls and Boys State in the spring. Cases of oranges can be purchased ahead of time from Dean at 628-3335, Gary at 628-3633 or Dale at 628-3727. White Bird oranges will be delivered in downtown White Bird Sunday, Dec. 14.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
[In rebuttal to Dec. 3 editorial] Since 2000, the Idaho County Commission and other local governmental agencies within the county have supported and worked with the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition to the tune of over $75,000.00.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In line with Mr. Ottoson’s Dec. 3 story, I point out the garbage dumpsters in the Middle Fork of the Clearwater Corridor have several problems.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Officer Wes Walters was able to visit my kindergarten/first grade class. He discussed how his primary job is keeping people in the community safe, and then he answered the numerous inquiries of the students’ intrigued minds.December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The combination of effective press defense and Kayla Schumacher's sharp shooting boosted Prairie to a 72-30 win over Clearwater Valley.December 8, 2014 10:07 p.m. read more..
Enter the Enchanted Woodland Holiday this week as Syringa Hospital Foundation’s 21st annual Festival of Trees (FOT) event finds a new home for 2014.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A lot of people complain about the high cost of deli meats. According to a recent Labor Department report, the prices consumers paid for sausage and deli meat rose 4.9 percent, the fastest pace in nearly 34 years. Record high cattle prices are likely to send processed meat products even higher.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County residents who are nearing retirement age can increase their lifetime income if they can wait a bit to start drawing Social Security benefits.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
At the November meeting, two members set up inexpensive 30-foot antenna supports in the parking lot with two types of HF wire antennas. All members present viewed the antenna setups and received an explanation of how to set up the antennas in the field.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
I will have to compliment the U.S.F.S. on the three logging jobs behind my house, as far as tree spacing and the general look of the land look good, but several things hit a sour note. Consequently, I believe that they had two things in mind.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
With the 2014 holiday season right around the corner, many of us are busy perfecting recipes, preparing for guests, and searching for the ideal gifts for family and friends. For many Idahoans, the holiday season is a time of renewing cherished traditions and creating special memories with loved ones. For others, keeping up with the hectic pace of social gatherings, shopping, family, and work obligations can place a serious strain on their mental health and well-being, leaving them feeling worn down and overwhelmed.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Another bipartisan coalition. Another last-minute appeal for appropriations. More pleading, more begging.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
State grant funding will continue to provide for a Cottonwood police officer position partially dedicated to both protect and mentor youth.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Western Pacific Timber, one of Idaho County’s largest landowners is the subject of a court room tug-of-war between a former billionaire and the man who once loaned him millions.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
A charge for excessive DUI is pending against a Grangeville man who crashed his vehicle into a utility pole Saturday night, disrupting local power service for more than three hours.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
U.S. Forest Service representatives from the Nez Perce-Clearwater national forests will be on hand to discuss job opportunities on Monday.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Late in the second year of its 10-year contract with Simmons Sanitation and Recycling Service, Idaho County’s garbage system is $78,000 in the hole. The county commission is taking steps to avoid changing the even-older fee structure – and taking a harder line to local landowners.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The GHS football team will have a banquet dinner Tuesday night, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Oscars Restaurant. The restaurant will be reserved for football players and parents, grandparents, classmates, girlfriends and whoever wants to get out and honor our players and their successes.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Monday, Nov. 24 Grangeville: Welfare Check Slate Crk Rd/NRR; - Medical Fish Hatchery Rd; Slide Off Hwy 95 MP 228/NRR; Slide Off Hwy 95 MP 259.5/NRR; Kooskia: Welfare Check Long Bluff Rd/NRR; Natural Death Ridgewood Dr/RT; Non-injury Accident Hwy 162/RT; - Agency Assist H&W/NRR; Trespassing Flying Elk Lane/NRR: Welfare Check Stites/NRR; Riggins: Non-injury Accident Hwy 95 MP 195/NRR; GPD - Suspicious State St; Veh ran stop sign WN 4th St.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Defending their 2013 title but down 10 points during the fourth quarter of the 2A semifinal game last year, Grangeville charged back. Firth held on to win that one, and the Bulldogs — with a few sharpshooters to complement one of the classification’s top all-around players — appear primed for another tournament run.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Steve Munson, 61, retired from a life dedicated to fire management with the Forest Service. Now he runs — eight to 15 miles every other day, and 26.2 at least once a month.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene hosted its 30th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Sunday, Nov. 23, serving more than 200. Longtime organizers Doug Long and Joe Bednorz will step down and allow others in the church to coordinate the event starting in 2015. Pastor Mike Greenwood thanked the men – and many additional volunteers – for their years of service. Pictured here, church members serve the dinner.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is urging Idaho citizens to avoid participation in a variety of ongoing and illegal pyramid schemes known as “gifting circles.”December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
In the Idaho County area, it is a popular tradition to begin the holiday season with an outing to the forest to cut the family Christmas tree. Permits are required for each tree you are going to cut. Permits are $5 each and are limited to three per family.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
Hand-crafted gifts and specialty goods were on sale at the Riggins Christmas Bazaar last Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29, held at the Riggins Community Center. Saturday also featured a photo session for kids with Santa Claus. Pictured here on Saturday checking out gift options were Riggins residents (L-R) Jim and Koleen Williams and their daughter, Teresa Mignerey.December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..
On the opening night of boys basketball season, GHS senior Michael Wilson tallied 27 points and Grangeville defeated Kamiah 57-32.December 2, 2014 10:21 p.m. read more..
Basketball schedule notes for Tuesday, Dec. 2.December 2, 2014 7:47 a.m. read more..
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