After a thunderstorm moved through the populated front-country in Idaho County, fires were reported in the areas of Boles, Harpster, and Elk City, and electricity was reported out for some 1,700 in around Kamiah.August 30, 2017 8:36 p.m. read more..
Hopefully, you are looking at this section and noticing the Free Press has changed from the Women In Business special section to this new section: It’s Your Business. This section is modeled after the It’s Your Business column that appears weekly in the Free Press. This concept allows us to open up the section to more businesses and encompass a wider variety of the people who help make our county great.August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..
For Amy Farris, work at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation has always been a family affair. Farris has worked at the facility since 2000, starting as a floor CNA. However, she was roaming the halls many years prior as her own mom, Ellen Aiken, has worked there for years. “These people – they are all my grandpas and grandmas,” she said. “Through the years when I have toyed with applying for other jobs, it has always come down to, ‘But who will take care of my family?’ They aren’t just residents. They are my family.”August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..
Recently, Grangeville was voted number seven in the best cities to live that have a good work-life balance. Zippia on-line took a look at data from the most recent American Community Survey from the Census Department to identify which of the 119 biggest places in Idaho have mastered the art of not bringing work home with them and living a balanced lifestyle.August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..
Last year, Pacific Cabinets Inc. (PCI) constructed a new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. This new facility is in addition to the existing manufacturing building. PCI has been in existence for nearly 38 years.August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..
We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns. However, the process deserves some serious thought, especially during the upcoming season of shopping that really starts in October and goes through to Christmas, where most of us are purchasing more gifts than in other months.August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..
Although the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude have been a staple in Cottonwood for the past 110 years, it is not where their beginning is rooted. Missionary sisters from a cloister in Sarnen, Switzerland, journeyed to their first U.S. home in Gervais, Ore. Their first missionary endeavor there was helping on the Indian mission in Grand Ronde.August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..
Did you know that small, long-term, family-owned businesses in Idaho County accounted for a total payroll of $18,213,254 in 2015? Additional private businesses added another $82,130,611. That’s out of a total $151,724,021 wages and salaries in 2015. According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston office, there are 61* long-term local businesses employing 534 people. The average pay per work at those businesses was $34,107 (annual) which is 3.1 percent higher than the $33,090 paid by all other private-sector employers.August 30, 2017 4:25 p.m. read more..
Every smart business adapts along with its customers and competitors. For retailers like Lindsley’s Home Furnishings in places like Grangeville, the rise of Internet giants such as Amazon is bringing global competition to Main Street. While providing great service has helped distinguish Lindsley’s from other competitors since 1945, a big part of what owner Jeff Lindsley is about is keeping his prices competitive.August 30, 2017 4:23 p.m. read more..
Visitors will find plenty of places to camp, picnic, and play on the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests over Labor Day weekend.August 30, 2017 2:39 p.m. read more..
What are the safest cities in which to live in Idaho? Cottonwood came in at number 11, at 18 is Grangeville, Kamiah is at 34 and Lewiston is number 50 on the list.August 30, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..
Worldwide travel and a lifetime of experiences finally led Dorian and Marie Clay back to Riggins seven years ago. Dorian grew up in the area and has family ties to the Circle C Ranch. When he discussed with Marie the possibility of living in Riggins, she wasn’t so sure. “It took a while, but once we decided on the business, I was ready,” she smiled. “And I love it here.”August 30, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..
Are you taking enough vacation? According to science, probably not. A new report by Project Time Off found Americans took an average of 16.8 vacation days in 2016 (up from only 16 days in 2014). Although we’re on an upward trajectory, we have a long way to go: 54 percent of Americans failed to use their allotted vacation time last year, resulting in a whopping 662 million unused vacation days.August 30, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..
Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.August 30, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..
A large, stately, vine-covered home at 018 West 1st Avenue in Kooskia houses Trenary Funeral Home. A long-standing family in the Kooskia community provided the town with a needed service for years, and, though it is now owned outside of the Trenary family, that service still continues.August 30, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..
Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce. “They had worked at Boeing together in the accounting department,” explained Brian Webster, the youngest of the five Webster children, and just 1 year old when the family moved to Nezperce. Gordy did not have farm or ranch experience, but he had a good business head, and was excited to buy into the John Deere dealership.August 30, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..
“This year, with the additions of a few extra people, we now have the personnel to have safety spotters on the team on the field for some really great partner stunting and pyramids,” GHS cheerleaders head coach Renita Lee said. “We’re going to be able to do build-ups, which is exciting.” GHS has 11 out for cheerleading this fall, and Lee has big plans.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
Prairie cross country coach Glenn Poxleitner has 13-14 girls out this season — including the whole group that ran at state last year.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
Jeff Adams is living the dream: Not only has he realized a lifelong goal to some day coach the Grangeville High football squad, but also, he takes the wheel from former head Jeff Lindsley at just the moment when a large and gifted group of sophomores have become upperclassmen.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
“They work really, really hard,” first-year Bulldogs head coach Cheyenne Hudson said of her new team, “and we’re working on some mental stuff. It’s a game of mistakes, but right now they get down really fast if they make a mistake. I’m working really hard on that mental side — how they control their emotions, that kind of thing.”August 30, 2017 noon read more..
The GHS soccer girls have a team of their own this fall, in what is sure to be a season full of firsts.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
Salmon River’s record under coach Charlie Shepherd has been astonishing. The Savages have proven Salmon River’s talent and his approach are a championship-caliber combo.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
Salmon River’s volleyball team hit a new milestone this fall: for the first time since coach Paula Tucker rebooted the program in 2014, the Savages have enough players to play against each other in practice.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
The Kamiah boys have their work cut out for them this season. Second-year head coach Nels Kludt describes them as a proud bunch who were disappointed with how last season ended up — and who want to prove the program’s winning tradition continues.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
Entering her 25th year as head Kamiah volleyball coach, Leah York has a senior-led squad while other teams that have recently led the Whitepine League are going through changes: Troy lost its best player to the normal turnover and Prairie has a first-year head coach.August 30, 2017 noon read more..
Visitors will find plenty of places to camp, picnic, and play on the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests this Labor Day weekend, but with fire risks still listed as “extreme” and multiple public safety closures in force due to ongoing wildfires, visitors are advised to contact Forest Service offices for the latest information before heading to the woods.August 30, 2017 8:28 a.m. read more..
The Bulldogs’ first football game of 2017 turned on a couple of no-luck plays during the second half, and the Bulldogs still nearly came up with a key defensive stop late in what ended up a 21-14 loss to Moscow Friday night, Aug. 25.August 30, 2017 8:25 a.m. read more..
“I’m happy with how we played on Saturday,” GHS boys soccer coach Joel Gomez said. “Everybody played like they really wanted to be there.”August 30, 2017 8:22 a.m. read more..
Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Grangeville City Council will be considering adoption of a $5,516,160 budget for upcoming fiscal year. As part of this public hearing, the council will be also considering related increases in fees including water and sewer (up 3 percent), and garbage (up 105 percent). Fees, in varying amounts, will also be increasing at Snowhaven Ski Area. Public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which runs concurrent to the regular city council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m., city hall.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Probation and restitution were ordered for a Slate Creek man sentenced last week regarding a 2016 cattle theft and misbranding case.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A stolen vehicle led to identifying a second one, and the trail led down U.S. Highway 12, ending with two felony arrests. Grant D.G. Malinak, 19, and an unidentified male juvenile, both of Missoula, were charged with two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. A hearing for the juvenile – currently in detention in Lewiston – is pending, while Malinak – also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession — is set for a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing in magistrate court.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Preliminary hearings are set this Friday, Sept. 1, for two Kamiah men charged in unrelated cases with felony lewd conduct with a minor under 16.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The fifth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next four weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Football, barbecue beef, parades and karaoke will all be part of the weekend’s events as Kamiah Barbecue Days will celebrate its 81st annual event Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This past Friday, Aug. 25, three local 4-H’ers made a trip to the Western State Fair. Alleyna Edmondson, Aidan Acton and Molly VanSteenwyk showed the yearling mustang, Juniper, at the Western Idaho Fair in Boise, and won the 4-H Mustang Challenge. This consisted of extreme trail obstacles.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I messaged some of my co-workers, including my publisher, editor and sports editor, Monday morning. It’s not unusual to do so. Our schedules are flexible since we often work weekends and nights. So, getting an “I’ll be late,” message from me wasn’t surprising. However, the reason may have been. “I would like to get this goat out of my garage before I come in to work,” I wrote. “I am not a goat whisperer.”August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It was back to the serious business of chasing – and capturing – boys on the first day of school at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) Wednesday, Aug. 23. Here (L-R) Jenna Denuit, Carson Barger and Callie Weisz have some fun prior to the start of school last Wednesday morning.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
List for town before Labor Day weekend: •Toilet Paper •Bug Spray •Coffee Packets •Laundry Soap •WindexAugust 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It came, it sort of got dark and then it was gone. I hope all of you got to experience the solar eclipse, as for some this was a once in a lifetime event. School has started so hope all the kids are settling in and I know the parents are now breathing a sigh of relief once again as they know they will be continuing on with their education.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote for the week is “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Because, when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back, but you are sharing it with someone you care about.”August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“My first three weeks here have been fantastic – busy, but fantastic,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marc Scheibe.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Filing opened Monday for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is next week; Friday, Sept. 8.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Prairie Community Library announces their upcoming fund-raiser, Brats and Brew, on Oct. 21. Mark your calendars now. Tickets are available at the library, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Are you wondering what to do with your eclipse glasses? April Blankenship at the Kamiah library told me the library district is collecting used solar eclipse glasses for Astronomers without Borders. (Who knew there was such a group?) They will stockpile them and distribute glasses to schools in South America and Asia for the 2019 eclipse. It’s a great way to recycle your glasses and help some kids safely enjoy the eclipse in the future. You can just drop them off at any Prairie River Library Branch- Kamiah, Kooskia, Lapwai, etc.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Heavy work was going on at the site of the new Riggins Whitewater Market on Main Street Thursday, Aug. 24. Cement footings have been poured in some spots and tractor and backhoe work continues. Owner John Llewelyn hopes the new-12,000-square foot-building should be ready for a December opening. The facility, located at 131 Main Street, will be similar to the metal building that houses Bud’s PowerSports in Cottonwood.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Heckman Family in White Bird is a community treasure. Recently the family put at least two ads in the Free Press thanking people for helping them when fires threatened their property. All well and good, showing their usual “class.”August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho’s State Board of Education finally released their recommendations for determining Jedi quality master teachers last week. The report concludes that only 374 teachers in Idaho will qualify for the Master Educator distinction out of an eligible pool of 18,710 educators in Idaho.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Do you suffer from low back pain? Do you live in Clearwater, Idaho or Lewis counties? Peg Gehring, FNP, is conducting a survey about low back pain. She is working on identifying the different types of pain management used in these three county areas. She hopes to learn the most common pain management tools, and see which type of management allows the most relief and ability to stay active. You do not need a doctor’s recommendation to participate and there is no need to go to a hospital or clinic to complete the survey, although surveys are available at all area hospitals and clinics if you’d like to pick them up there. Just go online to http://northcentralidahosurvey.org/ Surveys are due by Sept. 15, so do not delay! Your input is critical! For all questions contact Peg Gehring at 208-790-9852, 607 West North St., Grangeville, ID 83530.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Management of the Hanover Fire, burning east of Florence, having burned more than 17,600 acres, has transitioned from Dave Bales’ Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team to a local Type 3 incident management organization under the command of Kevin Barger.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Cause is under investigation for a late-night fire, Tuesday, Aug. 29, that gutted a North B Street residence in Grangeville.August 30, 2017 12:34 a.m. read more..
Firelight was visible from an orchard south of Winona across the Camas Prairie Tuesday night. This is a developing story, check back for updates.August 29, 2017 8:29 p.m. read more..
Filings opened today (Monday, Aug. 28) for positions up for election in the Nov. 7 election, which include for city council, and recreation, cemetery and fire districts. Deadline for petitions of candidacy to be turned in is Friday, Sept. 8.August 28, 2017 12:06 p.m. read more..
Idaho Fish and Game is hosting the third annual two-day “Fish & Hunt Idaho Expo” Friday, Aug. 25, 2-7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club Shooting Range at 27007 Tom Beale Road near Lapwai and Saturday, Aug. 26, 8-4 p.m. at the Idaho Fish and Game regional office at 3316 16th street in Lewiston.August 23, 2017 8:10 a.m. read more..
Louie Serrano of Grangeville set two local marks last bowling season, bowling Camas Lanes’ first 300 game as well as an 800 series. He bowled another perfect game in March, during the qualification tournament held in Burley for the 2017 Senior Championships recently held in Las Vegas. And Serrano’s strong play continued in Vegas, where he tallied a 714 score on 650 pins during the three-game medal round in the 55-59 men’s classification.August 23, 2017 8:08 a.m. read more..
High school sports across the county are off and running this week, with the Grangeville soccer squads having already taken the field at McCall.August 23, 2017 7:58 a.m. read more..
Commercial truck traffic was blocked for several hours last Thursday evening as multiple local, state and federal firefighting agencies attacked an enflamed straw bale load atop an engulfed semitruck and trailer to prevent a wildfire start into the canyon. A vehicle mechanical problem is the suspected cause for the Aug. 18 fire reported seven miles north of White Bird on U.S. Highway 95 that destroyed a 12-ton load of straw bales, a 1992 Volvo semitruck and a 42-foot trailer. No injuries were reported.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County commission chairman Skip Brandt on Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, notified congressional representatives and local, regional and statewide media that the Payette National Forest is intending to buy “another chunk of our county/private/taxable acres” in the southern part of Idaho County.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held on Aug. 30, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are held every month on the last Wednesday of each month. St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is located at 7th and Idaho streets in Kamiah.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hosting a public meeting Friday, Aug. 25, 7 to 9 a.m., at the Life Center, 4432 Highway 12, Kamiah. UYLC is preparing an application for a Promise Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Education and is seeking community input on how this grant funding program can best benefit upriver schools and communities. The estimated range of 2017 Promise Neighborhood grants is $4-$6 million per year for up to five years.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
By the time this paper is printed the eclipse will be over, but I’ll know how to spell “eclipse” without having to use spell check! Many Lowell friends and families got together and met on top of Coolwater Mountain; Mike and Lara Smith and girls have friends visiting to be here for the eclipse. Kevin from NYC and Granger from Texas. Donn and Kelley from up on the Mountain, Richard and Sally, Frank and Faye, Becky, from Downtown Lowell. All met up on the mountain. Mike and Marie Smith watched it from the Selway Bridge! Once in a lifetime, how great is that! Ok it’s over, let’s go on with our lives!August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I went to my first Chief Lookingglass Powwow last Friday in Kamiah. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I showed up at the “Powwow grounds” on Friday night, next to the Wa-a’Yas community center. People gathered in a large circle, sitting on lawn chairs or bleachers with a great view of the surrounding hills.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It’s that time of year to clean out the garage, closets, cupboards, drawers … and trade your treasures for cash! Come up to the airport with your treasures, setup a table, bring some chairs, erect a canopy and sell those treasures at the Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 26. Set up time is from 7 to 9 a.m. The sale goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no early birds. There is no charge for space. Call Debbie Taylor at 208-842-2494 if you plan on participating to reserve your space.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Another sign of summer’s ending: Swimmers enjoyed sunny skies and a temperature high of 88 degrees on their last day at the Grangeville city pool, which held its last session last Friday. Aug. 18. Pictured here doing cannonballs into the deep end that day were (L-R) Hilde and Aela McGuigan of Grangeville.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote for the week is “I don’t want my children to follow in my footsteps. I want them to take the path next to me and go further than I could have ever dreamed possible.” (I remember my mom telling me something similar to this quote…I did follow my dream to be a 1st grade teacher and I loved it! Thanks, Mom, for giving me “the push” to be what I wanted to be.) Riggins EAugust 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Starting date for Grangeville schools is on Aug. 23. This means young ones will be excited so be on your guard for them and always drive carefully.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A free fly-fishing clinic is set for this Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rae Brothers Sporting Goods. Mark Imus will instruct the clinic. If you have a fly fishing rod, bring it. No need to register, just stop on by the Grangeville Main Street business.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Join in celebrating Rich Gribble’s 28-year career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and wish him a great and long retirement Saturday Sept. 16.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A new incident management team (IMT) brought in by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest assumed command of the Hanover Fire at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, and will carry forward the incident strategies and objectives developed by the team that had been in charge since Aug. 5.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
State investigators are looking into last week’s human-caused fire that destroyed two structures and burned nearly 10 acres of grassland.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A celestial rarity turned eyes skyward Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the region took in a solar eclipse. While not in total eclipse, Idaho County experienced about a 94 percent totality, enough for darkened skies around 10:27 a.m. to create a temporary dusk, enough to activate streetlights.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
During the Great Depression, more than 27,000 Idahoans served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as another 9,000 men from out of state. Idaho had an average of 51 camps a year, with a total financial obligation of $82 million.... The Manning Crevice Bridge upriver from Riggins stands as a visible recognition of their labors—the best such tribute left in the state. Now the Vancouver, Wash., office of the Federal Highway Administration, together with the assent of the USFS, plans to demolish this bridge.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Sadly, it looks as though we may soon have to say goodbye to the opera house forever. Half of the purchase amount has been raised, but the extension of time for the continuation of fund-raising will be over at the end of this month.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Political correctness has blossomed into cultural insanity. The war on Trump supporters call for destruction of historic statues, not just of Confederate generals but of our Founding Fathers. Is the next step to rewrite history?August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“Today, we need to feed some 7 billion people. By the year 2050, that population will swell to 9.5 billion . . ." America’s farmers and ranchers are expected to meet this enormous challenge while more and more burdens—high input costs, excessive paperwork and regulations, uncertain labor availability, credit and tax variables, to name a few—have accumulated.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Our western neighbors are embarking upon another new drug journey. Effective last week, personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs is now a misdemeanor and no longer a felony.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The fourth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next five weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
One name is synonymous with 4-H in Idaho County: Susie Heckman. Heckman, the Idaho County 4-H program director, celebrated her 29th fair last week during the 2017 fair.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Experts estimate that 90 percent of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. All National Football League (NFL) teams rely on Doctors of Chiropractic in varying capacities, and 77 percent of athletic trainers have referred players to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
For motorized trail riders, the heat and dry soil are part of what makes the outdoors great – even though it can be hard on machines.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
That’s not uncommon. It’s hard to maintain consistency using lawn sprinklers dragged around and set up from place to place. Is enough water being used, or are you overwatering? Is your entire lawn receiving the same coverage, or are sections being missed due to home and landscaping obstructions? Are you watering at optimum times, or are you catching it as you can?August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
Looking to buy a used backhoe, tractor, riding mower or ATV? Check out GOBIDTODAY.COM, where auctioneer Kyle Musick and his wife, Ashley, are helping sellers around the region move farm equipment and estate items.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
Tires get us to places we have to go, and more impor-tantly, destinations we want to go. And North Central Idaho has lots to go see. Get a view of one of Idaho County’s most majestic vistas, the Seven Devils.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
For twin sisters Macenzie and Micaela Farris, juniors at Grangeville High School, GHR has been a way of life.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979. Within the path of totality, you can safely witness the two or more minutes, when the moon completely covers the sun, with the naked eye.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
There’s good news for the Northwest and the federal hydro system that powers it: Key members in the Congressional delegation have stepped up to declare the value of affordable, renewable hydropower to our economy and way of life. They’re as-serting their rightful authority over the eight federal dams that serve families and businesses in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.August 17, 2017 midnight read more..
Nurses have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs out there. They are some of the most dedicated professionals in the health care field, provid-ing comfort, respite and necessary care to those who fall ill.August 16, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..
Early season big game hunts have started and hunters are already in the field to take advantage of what looks to be another great season. But with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-90’s and the high risk for wildfires, Idaho Fish and Game encourages early season hunters to plan ahead and keep these weather-related precautions in mind.August 16, 2017 8:10 a.m. read more..
An extremely small number of steelhead returning to Idaho so far has prompted Fish and Game to reduce the bag limit on adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead to zero – closing all rivers to harvest for the fall steelhead season.August 16, 2017 8:03 a.m. read more..
The project will move forward on a private effort to develop a band shell at Pioneer Park. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Grangeville City Council approved tentative conceptual plans for a trapezoid-shaped structure to provide a public entertainment venue.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will offer free nitrate screening for private well owners at the Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood from noon to 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 16) and Thursday, Aug 17.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The proposed budget for Idaho County’s next fiscal year, published in the legal notices on 4B today, marks just the second time since 2000 the bottom line number has topped $20 million. The Idaho County Airport renovation booked in 2016, which was carried out largely with federal money, pushed the grand total that year to more than $22 million.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Wording was the topic of discussion at the monthly Syringa Hospital board meeting July 25. The conversation revolved around the affiliation agreement with Kootenai Health.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be hosting Johnny Rowlett (2016 Music Evangelist of the year) Saturday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m., for one night only. He will perform at the home of Gary and Judy Porter, 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. Bring a friend and bring a favorite dessert. Seating is limited; don’t be late. A love offering for Rowlett will be taken during the concert. For questions call 208-983-0112.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Complete and under budget, city chip sealing is complete. Grangeville Public Works asks drivers to keep it slow and steady until streets can fully set up with the first good cold weather this winter.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kamiah’s 41st annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow is set for this weekend, Aug. 18-20.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails, it’s time for the Idaho County Fair. Look for the special fair section inserted in this week’s Free Press that will go over details of the events set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19. The fair’s theme this year is “We’ve Got A Good Thing Growing at the Idaho County Fair.”August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Being a 25-year retired firefighter from the Nez Perce National Forest, I’ve been watching what is going on with the fires in the area. My question is ‘What happened to the real Forest Service Fire Organization’?August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idahoans love to fish and swim in the many rivers and lakes in our state, so sewage treatment plants are absolutely vital to protecting human health and water quality. Imagine how you’d feel about your kids wading a creek with poorly treated sewage in it.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Next Monday brings the total solar eclipse. While this will be an interesting astronomical event, of more pragmatic interest is what economic impact this event will have had on local communities? And from this, what can we learn to plan for that nice piece of the money pie when our region comes into the spotlight?August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It’s not usually OK to buy votes, but at the Idaho County Fair, anything goes. At least in the annual Kiss the Pig contest. “This year we are honoring those in local government,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman. And just how will they be “honored?”August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Members of the Central Idaho Quilters’ Guild are making plans for the 23rd annual quilt show to be held in conjunction with Kamiah’s 81st Annual Free Barbecue festivities. The show will be held at St. Catherine’s Church, located at Idaho and 7th streets. Show hours are Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m. Entries are welcome from anyone who would like to share their quilts and /or quilted items. There is no item limit unless there is an unusually high volume of entries. Antique quilts are also sought for display; must be at least 60 years old.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The third week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next six weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Another Elk City Days is in the books (Aug. 11 and 12). Hope you enjoyed all of the activities. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a couple of photos. The first one is of our grand marshals – Jeff and Nita Maxwell. The kids were especially fun. Just look at the two miners!August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
When the rain started on Saturday afternoon, I left my pickles in the canner and ran out onto the driveway and danced. I think the long hot spell has made a lot of us a little crazy! Great to have some relief from the blistering heat.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Here we are in the middle of August already! Summer has come and almost gone and with that school will be beginning in another week, the 23rd. Yes, that was the big “S” word so, remember registration will be the week of Aug. 14 through 18 for Grangeville. You can call 208-983-0580 for questions.If you are attending Riggins, theirs is Aug. 15-17. The elementary school will be on Aug. 22. Call 208-628-6055.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “Your County Fair is one of the best events of the summer season. It closes summer, opens school, and brings on the fall season.” See you at the Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood today and the rest of the week. “We’ve got a good thing Growing at the Idaho County Fair” is the theme of the 2017 Fair today Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 16-19. Idaho County Fair started this morning at the Cottonwood Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. Get on out to the fair.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Sunday morning we had a welcome sight when we came out of church. It was raining! It smelled so fresh and clean, no smoke smell. Hopefully this will help the firefighters get control of the fires. It was a nice, cool day. A few farmers are still harvesting, but I think they were happy with the rain, also.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Teacher contracts for the 2017-18 school year have still not been signed in Mountain View School District 244 as the Aug. 8 mediation meeting did not see the two come to an agreement. “We want what’s best for our kids, and we appreciate our teachers and what they do,” said Mike Dominguez. “My hope is that we can come together and talk this through and come to an agreement.” Negotiations will continue this Thursday, Aug. 17.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Tonya J. Kennedy, MMC of City of Grangeville (clerk), has earned the designation of master municipal clerk (MMC), which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
During its meeting held in McCall the first week of August, the Idaho Travel Council (ITC) granted more than $5 million in tourism marketing funding to non-profit organizations through the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I really love working with animals, so I thought, ‘why not do that and help out locally while doing my senior project at the time?’” said Marie Hauger. Hauger, a senior at Grangeville High School, has worked this summer for Animal Ark Lost and Found. Melinda Hall, a longtime Animal Ark volunteer and organizer, was her mentor. “Marie did a great job,” she said. “She is so sweet and has a great attitude. I have really been blessed by her.”August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The 2017 American Legion World Series tournament this week brings the last eight of the thousands of Legion baseball teams across the country together to determine who is the nation’s best. As a member of the northwest regional champion LC Twins, one Grangeville standout — Chase Adkison — is among the relatively few athletes who qualified.August 9, 2017 7:16 a.m. read more..
It’s a proud moment for a man who has made a moonlight career of vividly describing others’ proud moments in real time: last Saturday, Aug. 5, Jim Church and KORT radio were honored for having delivered the Idaho State Broadcasters Association best play-by-play sports broadcast of 2016-2017.August 9, 2017 7:06 a.m. read more..
"There are concerns for public safety. We backed it out to areas we knew we could control the access. As soon as we can, we’ll try to shrink that back.”August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The face of Idaho County is looking grayer these days. According to recent U.S. Census estimates comparing changes from 2010 to 2015, the age 65 and older population has consistently increased, between 2.5 to 3.4 percent, making up 24.7 percent of Idaho County’s total population (4,025 of 16,272 as of July 2015). During this same period, the median age in the county has increased steadily from 48.0 to 49.6.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I have been interested in range and range management since high school,” said Steve Hiebert, recently retired range management specialist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Raised in Pullman, Wash., the heart of wheat country, Hiebert always wanted to work in the outdoors.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
School registrations scheduled: Cottonwood, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, RigginsAugust 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Theft, or larceny, was Idaho County’s top offense for 2016, according to an annual crime report released this month from Idaho State Police. Last year, a total 77 larceny incidents were reported to the region’s three law enforcement agencies: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments. Tying as the county’s second highest reported crime were drug/narcotics and drug equipment offenses at 61 each, followed by 59 simple assaults, 56 burglaries and 31 vandalisms.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Clearwater Valley High School will soon have an improved long-jump run, thanks to student Will Willis. Willis of Kamiah, an incoming freshman at CV, will be working on the track as part of his Eagle Scout project.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Smoke-filled air did not keep people away from attending the annual Kooskia Days parade Saturday, Aug. 4. People lined the streets to view the parade entries and then went on to view the car show, play games and generally enjoy all the town’s activities. Here, employees from Clearwater Builders were having fun shooting T-shirts out to the crowd.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
First, the rock held up the work. Then the work held up the rock. Now what’s the holdup? Last Tuesday, Aug. 1, the Manning Crevice Bridge replacement project contractor, RSCI, told the Idaho County commission they may be asking the Federal Highway Administration for a change order to allow the rock to stay.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Cottonwood firefighters made short work of two minor grass fires set off in freak incidents Sunday afternoon, Aug. 6. “We ended up having two at the same time,” said Chief Roy Uhlenkott, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department, with both controlled to small areas, having avoided any structure or property damage.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
How did the Free Press find space to publish Joan Kopsczynski’s unsubstantiated harangue against our President, Donald Trump? To begin with, as our duly elected president, President Trump represents us Americans. All of us, across the board. I take Ms. Kopsczynski’s disrespect as if she had slapped my father in the face.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
That little girl’s faith and generosity left me overwhelmed. Four times that little brown-haired, brown-eyed girl reiterated her assurance … save the opera house.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Please take time to look at this world of ours. Look across the oceans at our so-called friends. Look at our government; see how it is helping you and your family. The children do not know history, note, the true history of this country.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Dear Idaho County Commissioner: In regards to the article on “Solid waste reform still in works; fees, costs still on in Idaho County” Idaho County Free Press dated Aug. 2. Back a few years ago when Walco was the county garbage collector, they had certain size of dumpsters that were full most of the time, but basically kept them empty.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood held its annual Raspberry Festival fund-raiser Sunday, Aug. 5, with visitors from all over the Camas Prairie and beyond. The day consisted of a variety of food-centered events as well as a fun run, art show, petting zoo, balloon clown, car show, entertainment and historical displays.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Last Sunday, July 30, while riding the Milner Trail (along the Grangeville-Salmon Road) we came across this shocking site! Not only did these partiers leave a horrible amount of alcohol cans and bottles and trash strewn for hundreds of feet all around (even clear into the forest) but they also left a smoldering smoking hot fire!August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Elijah John Ratcliff Shane and Emily Ratcliff of Cottonwood, Idaho, are the parents of a baby son. Elijah John Ratcliff was born Sunday, July 23, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and was 20 inches long. He joins a sister, Ayla, 6, and a brother, Hayden, 2-1/2. Grandparents are John and Chris Remacle and Jeff and Kim Ratcliff, all of Cottonwood. Great grandparents are Grace Remacle of Cottonwood; Ralph Dean and Sue Rose, both of Nampa, Idaho. Konnor William McMillan Kris and Kandice McMillan are the parents of a baby son. Konnor William McMillan was born Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. He joins sisters Camryn McMillan, 7, and Delany McMillan, 2. Grandparents are Bonnie and Marcus Oatman of Kamiah, Idaho, and Kim and Walter Hardisty of Lewiston, Idaho.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
During wildfire season and its threats to homes and property is the ever-present danger to firefighters working the lines to contain blazes and stop their spread. The human cost to fighting these fires was recently brought home by two recent incidents in MontanaAugust 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Tiffany T. Niver and Keith G. Nida of Seattle, Wash., announce their engagement and plans for a Sept. 3, 2017, wedding at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Sun Valley, Idaho. She is the daughter of Terry and Kathy Niver of Omaha, Neb., and attended Westside High School in Omaha, graduating in 2004. She earned an A.D. in psychology and economics from Harvard College in 2008 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2012. She is the senior manager, product management -Amazon Transportation in Seattle.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My Cheiftain Faðir said to me: ‘My son, you must be strong. The world is yours; where’re you are, it’s there that you belong.’” With this verse, young Bjorn assumes his destiny as chieftain of his village after the tragic death of his father. Bjorn is the best of Vikings, but he realizes that there is so much more to be had than the life that he was given. His questions begin with a priest, then with long relationships broken, then with a battle not only for his life, his village, and everything he holds dear, but also for his soul and the souls of all under his rule.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It’s time for the second week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next seven weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
When people are on the home front, going to work and attending school and simply living their lives, it’s easy to forget those serving in the U.S. military who are living apart from their homes and families.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
So many festivals, so little time! I only passed briefly through Kooskia Days on Saturday on the way to a birthday party at Colter Creek Winery in Juliaetta. It looked like a lot of people in town and booths all up and down Main Street in Kooskia. Sadly, I was too full on the way home to stop at the fry bread booth.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Some sad news to share with you all … A longtime Elk City resident, Randy Lobdell, died this past week. Sympathy and prayers go out to family and friends.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
There will be Mass at Holy Cross, Keuterville, Aug 20. Father Bruce Wren LC will be home visiting and will celebrate Mass that evening in Father Paul’s absence. Mass at Holy Cross is scheduled through Sept 10.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Here’s the news, and it ain’t all good! Smokey, really smokey, dusty because we haven’t seen a drop of rain for two months, even the blackberries are dusty, ripe, but dusty, hot hot hot, like record breaking hot, and the green green grass of home is yellow.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The smoke is rolling in and that means that you are going to find it harder to breathe. Watch the children and older folks as this will affect them greatly. With the fires comes the fire camps. They have put another one down at the rodeo grounds, so it will be closed to the public until further notice.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “No matter what happens in life, be good to people; Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.” Summer is quickly coming to an end. School will begin Tuesday, Aug. 29, for K-12; preschool begins Wednesday 30th; registration is Tuesday, Aug. 22. Teachers will have an in-service Friday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 28. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 4, so, no school that day. Get outside and enjoy your last weeks of vacation before another great year of school begins.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Pine Tree Community Credit Union held its annual Customer Appreciation Barbecue Friday, Aug. 4, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cookies and drinks to a plethora of people. The Hitmen performed in the last Grangeville Summer Concert Series for 2017 at Pioneer Park Thursday, Aug. 3.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Driver injured; crashes into light pole GRANGEVILLE – Josh Campbell of Grangeville, sustained a minor injury following a Sunday, Aug. 6, vehicle accident on Main and Idaho streets in Grangeville. The incident was reported at 3:12 p.m. Cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew, but is likely due to a medical condition. A minor child, restrained in a car seat, was also involved but was uninjured. No further information was available.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Have you been to Valley Market and Health Foods on Main Street in Kamiah? They are offering some great “grab and go” lunches with items such as green and potato salads, coleslaw and grilled chicken. They are open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
What’s happening for the Grangeville Merchants Association Oktoberfest Sept. 29-30? Well here’s a start: •Oktoberfest is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, and will feature 10-plus food and beverage vendors, a merchant scarecrow contest, Franken-Kart races, wiener dog races, a car show, quilts for sale, street music, a beer garden, a wellness fair, the Flamingo Fun Run and 3 on 3 basketball tournament.August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The 2017 Bulldog Football Camp for grades 4-8, which had been scheduled for Aug. 8-9, is cancelled due to poor air quality. Fees will be refunded to those who had already paid.August 7, 2017 8:41 a.m. read more..
An inversion held smoke in the valleys and across the prairies Thursday. With over 275,000 acres currently burning in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Nevada that probably will not change until weather conditions alter. The forecast is for more of the same.August 4, 2017 11:12 a.m. read more..
Grangeville Police are currently investigating a Sunday evening indecent exposure incident at Lions Park involving two children as reported victims. “We don’t have any known suspects at this point,” said Chief Morgan Drew, and police are following leads based on the physical descriptions given.August 2, 2017 4:38 p.m. read more..
Interagency Fire managers in the Grangeville dispatch zone are assessing the need for fire restrictions in the canyon and prairie area and anticipate implementation sometime next week.August 2, 2017 3:36 p.m. read more..
An important function of a community newspaper is to provide residents with a forum to express a variety of opinions and viewpoints. With this in mind, the Idaho County Free Press attempts to publish as many letters to the editor as possible.August 2, 2017 9:18 a.m. read more..
John M. Taylor of Arroyo Grande, California was the lucky winner of a hunting tag from the 25th Annual Bighorn Sheep tag lottery drawing July 26 at Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters.August 2, 2017 6:42 a.m. read more..
With the Idaho Department of Lands announcing the Craig Mountain Complex Fire 100 percent contained, Fish and Game's Craig Mountain Wildlife Management area south of Lewiston is now open to the public.August 2, 2017 6:42 a.m. read more..
Many visitors will travel to Idaho to catch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, but there’s more for them to catch in Idaho.August 2, 2017 6:41 a.m. read more..
In response to recent high demand, federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, have implemented a rain check policy for issuing America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Passes.August 2, 2017 6:38 a.m. read more..
Thursday, Aug. 10 is the last day to enter this year's Super Hunt drawing and a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime.August 2, 2017 6:37 a.m. read more..
Mandatory GHS volleyball meeting set for Aug. 9; Bulldog football camp set to run Aug. 8-9; GHS football parents, coaches to convene; Football refs sought; G’ville swim meet set; Kooskia Days softball game scheduled; JAKES Day scheduled; Wolverine survey results due this year.August 2, 2017 6:35 a.m. read more..
In the midst of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ forest plan revision process, the Idaho County Commission is asking the Forest Service to go all the way through a process that would narrow down the list of rivers that could eventually get Wild and Scenic protection. It’s known as a “suitability evaluation,” and it’s a step the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act requires the Forest Service to complete – whether during the forest plan revision or not.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Chieftain: A Tale of Hidden Helpers is a musical theatrical production from an original script with three new songs written by Michael Hattrup, that you will not want to miss! It is a tale of Catholicism coming to the 11th century Vikings of Iceland, and how our guardian angels are always helping us. Come to support our young Catholic home school actors! All performances are at Summit Academy Gym in Cottonwood, Aug. 11, 12, and 13, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to cover production costs. Concessions will be available for purchase, including tacos at the Sunday performances. This is a group of amazing performers.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A bunch of people turned out for the grand opening of the Harpster Store and RV Park on Sunday night. Great to have something happening in downtown Harpster! New owners Michelle and Will Sherriffs and former owners Monty and Brenda Spears cooked up some tasty ribs and chickens on the grill, with pasta salad and baked beans. People enjoyed hanging out in and around the gazebo on the banks of the South Fork Clearwater, having a beer or a soda and visiting with friends and neighbors.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The love and care of good neighbors years ago led the way for Ryan Campbell to be where he is today. “Really, in so many ways, when I look back I see the hand of God,” he said. Campbell is the new minister at Grangeville’s United Methodist Church. He replaces Barbara Essen, who retired last month. Campbell and his wife, Denise, arrived in Grangeville June 1. Born and raised in rural Indiana, Campbell said he had at least two memorable early experiences with Christianity and grace.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County’s solid waste contractor, Robert Simmons of Simmons Sanitation, is working with county commissioners to develop a true solid waste system, as compared to the status quo operation in which local dumpsters are open 24/7/365 for all users – and continually brimming with all types of trash, refuse and items that have outlived their usefulness.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The first few days of winter may sneak up on us. The first frost. The first snowfall. The living foliage goes dormant. Signs of life ebb away! If you have been through winter a few times you come to accept these chilly changes. You expect them to be short-lived. You expect warmer days to come. You expect renewal. You look forward to new sprouts, new blooms and new life.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
STITES -- Canada’s Double Portion returns for a repeat concert at the Gospel Lighthouse in Stites, Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Voted “Live Band of the Year” GMA Canada, the gospel group is one not to miss. The Gospel Lighthouse is located at 406 Main Street in Stites. Check out Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Canadas-Double-Portion-170284239982/August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville American Legion Post 37 and Auxiliary will host a summer picnic on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 1-3 p.m., at the Lions Park by the play equipment. All community veterans and their families are welcome. Fried chicken, table settings and beverages will be provided. Bring lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share. Membership for 2018 will be collected. Legion dues are $40 and Auxiliary dues are $30. For information contact Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208- 983-1191.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The 2017 Idaho County 4-H Horse Show was held Saturday, July 29, at the Grangeville Border Days Arena. Forty-four 4-H members participated in the show to complete their 4-H projects. Judges for the show were Amber Hartley of Asotin, Wash., and Bobbi Chambers of Cottonwood. Kristen Kaschmitter of Boise was the Trail Class judge.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Moscow Mules played Thursday, July 27, at Grangeville’s Pioneer Park as part of the Grangeville Summer Concert Series. Pictured here are two of the band members (L-R) Paul Hohenlohe (dobro) and Sean Long (guitarist). Long is a graduate of Grangeville High School and the son of Pat and Judy Long. The final concert of the season is set for this Thursday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m., and will feature The Hitmen.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grab a lunch and head on over to the Bicentennial Historical Museum. It’s time for the annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. For the next eight weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things. The sessions are free and open to the public, set for noon to 1 p.m., each Wednesday, in the basement of the museum, 305 North College Street, Grangeville. The first presentation will be Aug. 9, when Cottonwood’s Floyd Whitley will present “Thomas Fellowes Medals Group and their Historical Context.”August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“Into the Woods” is this year’s theme for Elk City Days (Aug. 11/12) and the schedule is as follows: Friday is the Kids’ Parade at 5 p.m., followed by two great events – the baseball game between the Town Folks and the USFS at 6 p.m. After that, at 7 p.m., is the special presentation by Linda Lanier honoring our veterans.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Are you ready for it? Do you have the proper glasses for viewing? Well, I’m talking about the solar eclipse that will take place on Aug. 21. This is the first one of a total solar eclipse to occur since 1918 that will cover the entire country. You will be able to see it from 19 counties here in Idaho.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay and absolutely necessary to shut down, kick back, and do nothing.” - Lori Deschene- (I did that Saturday!) “Bingo!” Come join the fun and win cash prizes at the monthly Bingo night, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located directly behind Gem Chevron. Money raised goes to help fund a new bus for our Salmon River Canyon Senior Citizens group. We always have a great time…see you there! The Salmon River Red Cross Drive is next week at the Salmon River Community Church, Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9. Call Kris Catherman or Joy Swift to set up your appointment.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
When Grangeville High School senior Kyra Arnzen first got the letter in the mail from National Youth Leadership Forum for Law and CSI, she thought it was spam. “Is this for real?” she asked GHS counselor Susan Morris. And it was. Based on classes she had taken in the past – forensics, psychology and sociology – she received an invitation to apply for the Washington, D.C., conference. So, she gave it a whirl.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I hear about other people not wanting to go to their jobs and I literally get up every morning and cannot wait to go to my job,” said 17-year-old Clearwater Valley High School senior Harmony Edmondson. “I love this job.”August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A familiar face is taking the helm at Mountain View School District 244. The board voted July 27 to hire Marcus Scheibe as the new district superintendent. “I had said, if there was one place I would want to go to, it would be here,” Scheibe said.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Rhe Grangeville Farmers’ Market is in full swing. The fourth and final Thursday evening market will be held this week during the Grangeville Arts Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m. Saturday markets will continue in the Pioneer Park through Sept. 16. Farmers selling their wares include dairy, meat, feed, and produce. Crafts, including aprons, mobiles, dish cozies, jewelry, and more are offered. Leather repair and fine handwork lessons are on site, also.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Work begins Thursday, Aug. 3, on Grangeville’s half-million-dollar citywide chip seal project. Part of the work will be on eight gravel streets, and Grangeville Public Works asks motorists to keep speeds on these areas to 15 mph.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I went to Florence July 8 and I went to the cemetery. I noticed the U.S.F.S. is up to its usual tricks. They went into the cemetery and had all the trees cut and packed out of the cemetery. Why, all I can think of, is to expose the wooden grave markers to the elements so they would rot down quicker. To do this, to my way of thinking, is destroying history.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Avista is seeking to increase rates for electric and natural gas service in order to recover expenses incurred in 2016. The company said it under-collected the fixed costs of serving its Idaho customers by a combined $9.6 million in the 2016 calendar year. To recover those costs, Avista has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve a 3-percent increase to a billing mechanism known as the Fixed Cost Adjustment (FCA).August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Coffee anyone? Cottonwood has a new hangout and place to get a caffeine fix. The Habit opened recently at 406 King Street, across from The Tire Guy. The business is owned by Ryan and Heather Uhlenkott and managed by Laurie Chapman. However, the business is more than a coffee joint.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Open letter to Senator Risch: I read your guest opinion in the Idaho County Free Press, published July 19, in which you propose legislation for the Small Business Administration to oversee the impact of regulations on small businesses. I have a few questions regarding the small businesses to which you refer and of which federal regulations they need relief. Do you know the definition of “small business?”August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
We’ve all been swindled at some point by a fast-talking salesman who promoted a simple product or simple ideas. After we buy the product there is a period of dissonance where we may experience dissatisfaction. We remind ourselves that we shouldn’t have bought it in the first place — it was “too good to be true.”August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Congress by almost unanimous votes in both House and Senate has made it clear that Congress had rather destroy the President by increasing the risk of war than to avoid conflict with Russia by normalizing relations. Trump by vetoing this bill would prove the false charge that he is in league with Putin.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
There are times when it is not worth fighting to correct being misquoted or straighten out a misperception. There are certain times, however, when for the benefit of others, the battle for transparency must be fought. In light of recent media coverage surrounding a letter from The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, I feel strongly that right now is one of those times.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Firefighters brought a wildfire west of Pollock under quick control last Thursday, July 27. U.S. Forest Service single engine air tankers (SEATs) were seen delivering loads of fire retardant during the firefighting effort, in a video that can be viewed on the Free Press website.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Several citations were issued, including one felony charge, in continued emphasis patrols along U.S. Highway 12 by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. According to a department release, ICSO deputies and narcotic detection canine “Nation” acted on citizen complaints in emphasis patrols July 21-22 at several US12 locations including Weir and Jerry Johnson hot springs, and several campgrounds.August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Work begins Thursday, Aug. 3, on Grangeville’s half-million-dollar city-wide chip seal project. What you need to know this week:August 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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