The 1AD1 District II championship game will be played at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the LCSC Activity Center.January 28, 2015 11:10 a.m. read more..
Who left a sealed container of tens of thousands of dollars at a remote Keuterville property, and why? Investigators are “looking into possible reasons,” according to Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings, and whether criminal intent, if any, may be involved.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Sun worshipers may be enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures, but the rising mercury hasn’t been good for both snow levels and attendance numbers at Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
With disc golf up and running at Grangeville Lions Park, organizer Kevin Asker is hoping the public facility goes to the dogs.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
With the 2015 Idaho Legislative Session under way, District 7 legislators are weighing in on the issues they would like to see addressed this year.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Tentative reopening is for this Friday, Jan, 30, for the road to Hells Canyon Dam, closed exactly a week ago following a rock slide that blocked both lanes of travel.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A regional essay contest made way for Grangeville Elementary Middle School social studies teacher Betty Nafziger to open a new historical chapter for her eighth grade students.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County Free Press and Shopper advertisers may have noticed a new face – or voice on the phone – at the shop. Ashley DeRamus joined the staff in November. She was hired as a sales representative and will be selling advertising space and advising local business owners on designing ads.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Cancer Connection Idaho recently announced the 2015 “Write from the Heart” teen writing contest. Now in its second year, Write from the Heart seeks to provide a therapeutic outlet for teens to tell their unique stories of how cancer has impacted their lives, either through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member or friend.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Dolores VonBargen opened the Jan. 20 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. Joyce Forsmann led the dinner prayer. Guests were Jim and Donna Barnett who came to eat and visit with us all. Glad to see them. There were 42 dinners served with 11 takeouts. Irene Terhaar won the free dinner.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
I’m going to give you all one more week to call me about a mobile food bank. I haven’t got much of a response. We have the opportunity to have a mobile food bank come to White Bird to deliver food. If this is something you’d be interested in, call me and let me know or it won’t happen, 839-2234.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Workers’ pay has increased in Idaho County within the past decade, recovering economic ground that many counties throughout the U.S. have not.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Several speakers will be presenting multifaceted approaches for agricultural producers to consider as part of a soil health workshop set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Ferdinand.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Search and rescue dollars aren’t famous among the monies local jurisdictions receive from the federal government in the form of Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) payouts. PILT was renewed late last year, but while Idaho County and local school districts anxiously await Congressional action on SRS, Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges is trying to schedule a gun show to help fund one of the county’s basic services.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Two students from Grangeville had their GEMS PTA Reflections projects go on to be judged at the state level after making it to the district level in Lewiston.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The annual Clearwater Ground Hog Feed and grange bazaar is set for Sunday, Feb. 1. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A Valentine’s Day musical program will be presented at the Clearwater Meal Center Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 4, noon. Felicia Seigler will accompany her sister Susanna on the piano as she sings a few “old time” Valentine’s Day songs such as “Red Roses for a Blue Lady.”January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A seminar on “The Challenges of Grief” will be held this Sunday, Feb. 1, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The seminar will cover some of the overlooked, yet common, effects that grief has on your mind, body, and spirit, reasons why the pain can feel so overwhelming, and how to get things done when you don’t feel like you have any energy.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Sydney Kuther of Nezperce High School recently took first place in the Daughters of the American Revolution 2015 Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho now offers a veteran designation on both driver’s licenses and identification cards.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Department of Lands sold a timber sale on Friday, Jan. 23, at Kamiah. Rack of Yak, located 12 miles east of Kamiah, was sold to IFG Timber LLC. The estimated 2,595 MBF was sold for an average price of $381 per M. Proceeds will benefit the Public School Endowment.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
It’s time again to start thinking about Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach enrichment classes.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
One more newsy report from the communities of Lowell and Syringa. The month of January is almost behind us, the Super Bowl is right around the corner, and nobody is turning 70 this week. We have warm weather, we have cougar hunters, we have mud and slush, and we are happy within ourselves, and satisfied with our world, and welcome to it.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Anglers fishing the Clearwater River are enjoying a healthy increase in the number of steelhead returning. After a lackluster season in 2013-2014, the number of “B-run” steelhead is up in 2015, and anglers are taking advantage.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
During their scheduled meeting, the Fish and Game Commission got a status update on Idaho’s wolf population from staff biologist Jim Hayden, who told the board Idaho’s wolf population — including 550-750 documented wolves — exceeds standards for a recovered population.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie’s Kellie Heitman was caught in a cradle and nearly pinned by her opponent during one of the early matches at the Central Idaho League all-stars dual Jan. 20 in Grangeville, but she kicked free of the near-fall and came back to pin her Moscow opponent.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“I did not enjoy the book at all,” said Kristin Frish of Cottonwood...January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A Valentine’s Day musical program will be presented at the Clearwater meal center luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at noon. Felicia Seigler will accompany her sister, Susanna, on the piano and she will sing a few “old time” Valentine’s Day songs such as “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” etc.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The statistics are both awesome and surprising. It is well-known that this country has some of the best medical treatments but also the worst medical treatment delivery system in the world.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Estimating – as grade-school students learn at young ages – is a way of counting that is useful for figuring out the number of small things inside a bigger thing. But when a state wildlife biologist sets out to estimate the number of wolves in Idaho, she does not gaze at a map like a child guessing blindly at the number of M&Ms a gallon jar may hold. Instead, wildlife biologists rely on scientific methods.January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The topic of education funding in Idaho gets folks from zero to 100 mph in a hurry. When Governor Butch Otter hosted the Capital for a Day event in Kamiah Jan. 16, he and state officials got the brunt of local frustration with both barrels. Here are two quotes drawn from the Lewiston Tribune of that day’s questioning:January 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A boulder fell on the highway, delaying traffic and reducing traffic on U.S. Highway 12 to one lane on Monday afternoon east of Lowell. The Idaho Department of Transportation reported the delay is near milepost 134 approximately 58 miles east of Kooskia, between Bald Mountain and the Colgate Licks Rest Area.January 26, 2015 4:32 p.m. read more..
It could be up to a week before vehicles can be allowed north of Hells Canyon Park. Idaho Power crews are removing a 60-yard-long section of boulders and rock, and clearing additional unstable material from the cliff above the road.January 22, 2015 4:33 p.m. read more..
Jeniann Bowers and her daughter, KayCee K., are trying hard to turn a love of reading and writing into a full-time business.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
For Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, the big standout for the year, which will carry into 2015 and hopefully beyond, is the partnerships and coordination with other entities to improve public safety.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
After the host Lumberjacks stumbled to score just three points during the second quarter last Saturday, Jan. 17, Grangeville’s boys had a bead on the Central Idaho League’s top spot. But St. Maries dialed in on the bottom of the net during the second half and shot its way to the league lead, 55-50, with a win in the Lumberjacks’ CIL opener.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Public turnout at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis Capital for a Day event showed lots of folks had questions for their governor and public officials.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Symbols mean something different to everyone who looks at them. They are matters of opinion, but when widely-shared, symbols can unite communities as large as nations around a shared sense of values. When enshrined in law, mere symbols can shape what about our society will stand the test of time.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
We have just been through a season of generosity. Many of us stretched our Christmas budgets to buy toys for needy children, festive foods for struggling families, coats for the homeless, and so on. And we were happy to do so.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Thank you so much for the wonderful and professional front page of your Jan. 14 issue of the Free Press. There is not one picture or story of a criminal (They’re our heroes?) or of a suspected (but thus immortalized as guilty) criminal.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
I would like to thank everyone who donated blood or volunteered at the American Red Cross Blood Drive on Jan. 8. Special thanks go out to Anne and Dave Fraser and Ace Home Center for donating the use of portable heaters and the Trinity Lutheran Church and Gamma Beta Sorority for providing the delicious cookies.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idahoans who end their education in high school can, on average, expect to earn only half as much as those with a four-year degree, yet fewer than 47 percent of the state’s 2013 high school graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year program. Why are Idaho’s high school students not going on to college or other postsecondary education programs?January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho State Tax Commission started processing 2014 Idaho individual income tax returns yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 20, the same date the Internal Revenue Service began processing federal returns.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The 52nd annual Ground Hog Feed is set for the Clearwater IOOF Hall Sunday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This all-you-can-eat home-ground and seasoned sausage, eggs, pancakes and beverages, is available for a nominal fee. In addition, bulk sausage will be sold at the door.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The next luncheon served at the Clearwater Meal Center will be today, Wednesday, Jan. 21, noon at the Clearwater Baptist Church. All ages are welcome, $5 donation is appreciated but not required. Come and meet a neighbor and find a friend.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School senior Steve Bruce is working on revamping the veterans display case at GHS. Any GHS graduate who is a veteran is invited to submit their photo and information. Drop off at the GHS office or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Catholic Youth Convention is coming up soon. All the youth of the Tri-parish are invited to attend. Are you interested in sponsoring a youth for ICYC? Cost this year is $128 for a youth to attend ICYC. Some of our youth cannot afford the fee to attend ICYC, so any amount you would like to contribute to help is very much appreciated. Make your check payable to St. Mary’s Parish and mark it for ICYC.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Congratulations to the talented coloring kids, Johanna Hollon, Logan Calvin and Min Smith, for winning the coloring contest for their age groups sponsored by the Riggins Post Office and made possible by the wonderful donations by The Banana Co., Blevins Agency, Sterling Bank, Salmon River Inn, Two River Coffee, Gold Dredge Builders Warehouse LLC, Alliance Heating and Air Conditioning, and Diane Thach. Lori Schmidt, postmaster, is also very grateful to these businesses for the smiles she received when the winners picked up their prizes. It was the highlight of the holidays!January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The local Encouragers group will meet Thursday, Jan. 22, 11:30 a.m., at Oscar's Restaurant for a no-host luncheon. Charlotte Carlson of Grangeville will share about her work as a volunteer at the local inmate facility (North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood) and will tell about “the exciting things that are happening there,” Carlson said.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“I am so excited to give back in this way – I am passionate about education,” said Julia York of Elk City. York was recently appointed as the new trustee for Mountain View School District 244, zone 2, who replaces Randy Bartlett who moved out of the zone.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Last year was the most active avalanche-threat season in decades on U.S. Highway 12 through North Central Idaho; and the highway may be subjected to avalanches again this winter. But regardless of what Mother Nature brings, ITD and the Avalanche Forecast team will be ready, unit manager Bill Nicholson explained.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Guests/Presenters: Syd Fuzzell-Claims; Skip Brandt-donation for Crisis Intervention Training, phone system upgrade, solid waste discussion; Don Solberg-Airport Insurance Renewal; Nightfeather Bogan-Rural transportation services for Riggins area; James Zehner-Destruction of DMV records; Kathy Ackerman-Destruction of semi-permanent Auditor/Recorder records over 5 years old, 5 year elevator load test; Kathy Johnson-Update from Facilities Review Group; Kirk MacGregor-PA phone system upgrade.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
After dropping one match during the seeding round of the Orofino Invitational last Friday, Jan. 16, Grangeville’s Frankie Zumwalt won every match during the elimination round on Saturday — including the one pictured, by way of a pin of Lewiston’s Keegan Sweeney en route to the 132-pound title.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
When Larry Warren landed the monster rainbow he knew he had no choice but to let it go, but he and his fishing companion took photographs and weighed and measured the giant before putting it back in the water. Their scale put the rainbow at 28.37 pounds. They say it was 32 inches long with an amazing girth of 28.5 inches.January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Begin the journey from mourning to joy by participating in GriefShare, a faith-based grief recovery program featuring national experts and people who have walked the grief journey themselves. The program has been updated with all new videos and workbooks for 2015, based on feedback from thousands of participants and leaders across the country and around the world.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
This is a “new chapter” for Cody Funke of Cottonwood, who stepped up as Idaho County Coroner on Monday.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
By skipping an “interim” in favor of keeping former supervisor Rick Brazell around to train his successor during the last months of his tenure, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests did not skip a beat while ringing in a new era under combined forests supervisor Cheryl Probert.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Across the county, cities are preparing for projects ranging from water treatment to road work.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
On July 1, Oregon’s legalized marijuana goes into effect, putting Idaho in the center of a shrinking circle of Western states – including Utah and Wyoming – where the use, possession, sale, cultivation and transportation of cannabis is illegal.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Considerable work is required in the 114th Congress to build the foundation for a competitive, national economy that encourages innovation and job growth. Improving our nation’s economic well-being —which includes reforming our badly broken tax code, reforming entitlement programs to ensure their solvency and establishing powerful budget controls — remains my number one priority.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Wouldn’t you like to be in a position where you can teach your children something that they will never forget? Well, here is your chance. On Friday, Jan. 16, in the Kamiah multi-purpose room, beginning at 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break, Idaho Governor Butch Otter and at least 10 other state officials will host Capital for a Day.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville held its 43rd annual hoop shoot Saturday, Jan. 10, with lots of kids hooping that ball! Several Riggins kids participated: ages 8-9 division were Tyrus Swift and Raney Walters; ages 10-11 division were Tysen Travis and Lotus Harper; ages 12-13 division were Canyon Harper and Emily Diaz. Congrats to Canyon Harper and Lotus Harper who each took second place in their separate age group. Nice job everyone!January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
What’s better than a partnership that utilizes every available asset? Not much. Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Store in Grangeville recently partnered with St. Vincent De Paul industries out of Lewiston/Clarkston to help make use of all its donations.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville girls strengthened their grip on the Central Idaho League with a 48-41 win over St. Maries Jan. 6, and followed up with a couple of tough non-league games last week.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Against a full field of 16 other wrestlers in his weight class, Grangeville’s Damon Nuttman ran the table at the Clearwater Classic last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
In more ways than shooting a perfect team score, the Grangeville Gun Club got off to a strong start on the opening day of the 62nd Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association 10-week shoot last Sunday, Jan. 11. Pictured is a squad of well-practiced handicap shooters. Not pictured are those among 56 singles shooters who shot perfect 25s: Rod Behler, Brian Lorentz, Bill Stolz, Neil Walstad, Brad Baker and Logan Schumacher. In Cottonwood, 24 shooters turned out, Cottonwood Gun Club Secretary Jean Spencer said. “It’s not too late to sign up,” Spencer added. “Come on out on Sunday and see what we are all about. Visitors are welcome. If you would like to find out more about this sport or just shoot a few rounds, we gladly help anyone who shows up.” See Scorecard, 8B, for trapshooting results.January 14, 2015 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 Riggins.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A two-day course on public safety, tribal police, supporting governmental organizations, and community members with an opportunity to work together to identify and address specific problems in communities is set for Jan. 20 and 21. This is set for the Kamiah Welcome Center, 518 Main Street, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
You could say that 4-H is in Mary Schmidt’s blood. Recently, that bloodline became a little stronger as Schmidt was inducted into the Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame and was honored at a fall event in Lewiston. She was nominated by Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
The Cottonwood train trestle and tracks that run through town just past The Hangout Restaurant toward Keuterville may not run with trains anymore, but this wooden piece of architecture offers aesthetically pleasing eye-candy, especially on a blue-skied day such as this one pictured recently.January 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie High School senior Holli Uhlorn had a different Thanksgiving than ever before. She spent the day traveling and a week away from family to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
What lies in wait for Cottonwood’s Joint School District 242 for 2015 depends much on the State of Idaho.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
For Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes, it’s all about local control. Or at least it should be. “I don’t believe the lawmakers in Boise know what’s best for our rural schools and I would like to see local control,” Stokes said.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
“Somewhere between starvation and physical abuse, between venereal disease and suicide, between social alienation and depression, falls the woman of easy virtue.”January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
If Idaho County is any indication, then it’s no surprise that the State of Idaho was recently ranked third (in a tie with Kansas) for “most charitable.”January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Jimmy Shepherd's 25 points lifted the Savages to a 57-50 win over Highland Saturday night at Salmon River High School — but without effective defense from Rylie Travis and Alex Diaz, Highland's Tanner Dempsey (26 points) might have given the visiting Huskies a winning burst.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Happy New Year! Just a week into 2015 and what a beautiful way to begin again! There are so many wonderful ways to fill each day... let me share just two with you.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville – One vehicle injury accident Day Rd/RT; Medical Cottonwood Butte Rd; Non-injury one vehicle accident Hidden Springs Circle & Old White Bird Hill Rd/UTL; One vehicle injury accident Hwy 7 MP 8/RT; Subject cutting trees onto Rd Cove Rd/NRR; Slide off Hwy 7 MP 10/NRR...January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho Fish and Game will ask Idaho lawmakers this legislative session to consider a proposal to increase resident Idaho license and tag fees, but the request has a twist.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Mr. Holsinger, I feel fully chastised by your letter last week.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
After hanging in against a tough Seattle-area squad earlier in the Coeur d’Alene Inn-vitational Tournament, Prairie nearly pulled out a win over Ridgeview of Oregon, then followed up with a clean victory over international Georges Veniers of British Columbia. Against Ridgeview, the Pirates led by five at halftime and kept an even score through three quarters before falling by 57-54 final score last Tuesday, Dec. 30.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho residents who would like to see family and friends stay or move back to Idaho for work are being urged to go to chooseidaho.gov, send an electronic postcard to their loved ones and invite them to upload their resumes.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
An informational meeting on the Affordable Care Act will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m., at the Kooskia Library on Main Street.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
A gunshot victim is in intensive care and the alleged shooter is in jail on felony charges related to the Sunday night incident. As of press time Tuesday, Joshua B. Anderberg, 31, of Kamiah, is listed in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen.January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..
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