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The huge decline in Idaho retail pump prices isn’t hitting every community the same way and at the same time, but the benefits should be coming to most communities sometime soon, said AAA Idaho.

Boise’s 75-cent drop in the average price for a gallon of gasoline during the past month has historical significance going back to at least 2008, when Idaho’s pump prices hit a record mark of $4.16 a gallon in July before plummeting to $1.62 by year’s end.

Today, Idaho’s average price is $2.10, down 82 cents in the past 30 days, which is comparable to the steepest segment decline during 2008.


Don Solberg 1989.

Congratulations to Don Solberg who has been at Solberg Agency in Grangeville for 30 years now. Don, the son of Mary Ann and the late Nels Solberg, graduated from Grangeville High School in 1980. You will see here a photo of Don from 1985 which was a big year for him: within a few month’s time he graduated from the University of Idaho, married Andrea Speropulos of Weiser and started his insurance career in Grangeville.

For the record, I think Don looks nearly the same today as he did 30 years ago! (And I don’t even need any Brownie points!)


Chad Jungert

Speaking of 30 years back: Chad Jungert, owner of Irwin Drug in Grangeville, was a co-valedictorian of Cottonwood’s Prairie High School class of 1985. Here’s a picture of him from 30 years back, as well. My first thought was … wow! Peyton and Logan, his sons, sure resemble him!

The Hangout in Cottonwood will be hosting a live purse auction in May. This auction will raise money for the YWCA and its domestic violence awareness program which has an office in Grangeville. All proceeds from this event will go to help the local program. Anyone interested in helping can donate a filled or unfilled purse to The Hangout by April 1. A filled purse can be anything a business, organization or individual has to offer, from beauty products and jet-boat trips to oil changes and baked goods. Drop items by to the Schniders or call 962-7383.

There are some new OSHA reporting laws for businesses for 2015 including the following:

All employers must report all work-related fatalities within eight hours. Within 24 hours, all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye must be reported. Call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or talk to Bobbi Tidwell, manager, Grangeville Local Office, Idaho Department of Labor, with questions: 983-0440 ext. 3790 or e-mail

Mrs. Stefani’s DonorsChoose project (Grangeville Music Department) needs to be completed by Jan. 31. If you are interested in helping, you must donate online to the website

Idaho County will be host to a reception honoring outgoing elected officials James Rockwell, Steve Frei and Deanna Hall Friday, Jan. 9, 2-4 pm in the Commissioners Room. All are invited.

Want to lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day? You can join Groaners Fitness Take 10 Off Challenge. Just drop by Groaners, located at 505 West Main Street, and register and weigh in and take advantage of a six-week gym membership, all classes and wellness Wednesday throughout the challenge. Katrena Hauger will provide fitness evaluations, too. Call 983-7070.

Need a place to dump your formerly live Christmas tree? Rhea Williams is collecting a pile for her goats behind Camas Prairie Laundry in Grangeville.


A walk on down the snow-covered sidewalks of Grangeville Jan. 2 had a vintage feel to it. It’s viewed here from the decor on Summit Financial looking toward the Blue Fox.

The Idaho Department of Corrections will host a career fair at the Department of Labor in Grangeville, 305 N. State Street, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1-3 p.m.

The department is hiring for correctional officers and a representative will be available to answer questions and discuss job opportunities. Bring a completed background investigation questionnaire or just show up and ask questions. Download the questionnaire at Starting pay is $13.27 per hour and benefits include retirement and life insurance.

Note that fairs will also be held in Post Falls and Orofino on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Contact John Mayton, Human Resource Specialist, Recruiter, Idaho Department of Correction, 658-2026.


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