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Sheriff Brokop, volunteer help rescue treed cat

Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach Center recently donated 20 computers to Mountain View School District 244 for the Grangeville Elementary Middle School computer lab.


Kristy Beckstead

Kristy Beckstead, from the YWCA in Grangeville, shows off a $140 check she received from the employees of St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. SMH employees may pay $5 on Fridays for the privilege of wearing jeans and they wanted to donate the money which was paid in April to the YWCA to help local woman who have been in abusive situations. This money will help with miscellaneous expenses such as gas, bus tickets, food, etc. In 2014 the denim days at SMH earned more than $1,000 and that money was divided up and donated to the Wounded Warriors, the SMH Emergency Fund and the remodeling of the hospital handicap shower.

I was highly impressed with the caliber of senior projects at Grangeville High School during its open house a couple weeks ago. I listened to a variety of presentations from engaged, interested students – everything from car engine rebuilding and football helmet safety ratings to carpentry and horse training to body image and movie making. Great, interesting projects.

Did you know Idaho’s Adopt a Highway program is now 25 years old? The program that utilizes area volunteers to clean the highways saves the state about $750,000 per year.

On May 5 around noon, a stray dog chased a young cat up a power pole in the 3300 block of Washington Street in the Bethman Addition just outside of Kamiah city limits (see photo). The cat was stuck at the top of the pole for more than an hour. The animal’s owner flagged down Sheriff Brian Brokop asking for help. Brokop left in search of help to get the scared feline down and asked Cody Hendricks of Up The Creek Heating and Air if he “wanted to be a hero,” and Cody said, “Sure.” Cody had a tall extension ladder on top of his work van and was happy to help. Wearing thick welding gloves Cody was able to safely remove the kitty, who promptly ran off. “This was a smaller and easier operation than we had a few weeks ago with a black bear up in a tree,” stated Brokop. “I am glad to see people are still willing to help those in need, even if it is just a cat. Kevin Parris is the owner of Up The Creek Heating and Air.

My family went to Nampa last weekend as Avery graduated from college. On the same day, her Grangeville High School classmate and friend Nichole Solberg graduated in Montana and their friend Kylie Brown Chen recently graduated in Utah. I cannot believe four years has passed so quickly. I am proud of these girls for their tenacity and hard work. We spent the weekend at baccalaureate and graduation as well as moving Avery into her Boise apartment as she began her job for an e-commerce company in creative content/marketing.

The Kamiah Emergency Feeding Outreach program is looking for a working freezer for its food pantry. To donate one call 451-6530.

Wellness Weekends are currently set at The Gym. For a $25 fast pass ($30 after May 27), each Saturday May 16-July 25 will offer a variety of events including yoga, Zumba and wellness clinics, wellness breakfast, fitness goal tracking, weigh log and nutrition information, 10-minute massage and meal planning. For details visit, stop by The Gym at 1005 Highway 13 or call Angela Baxter at 690-9669.

Spring cleanup for the City of Grangeville will be the week of May 18-22. The city crew and equipment will be available Thursday and Friday to assist the homeowners with the removal of items not picked up by Walco, Inc. Call city hall at 983-1380 by May 20 to have your name added to the pick-up list.

Thanks to the Post Office’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, 1,280 pounds and $10 was donated from the community to the Camas Prairie Food Bank in Grangeville.


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