A good price and good service that’s easily competitive with what the “big boys” offer. But that’s how neighbors treat neighbors.January 26, 2017 4:36 p.m. read more..
• The search continues for a Kooskia scuba diver who went missing Sunday afternoon during a solitary trip into the icy Clearwater River.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Wasem to sign book Feb. 9 at Vets Center GRANGEVILLE – Local author Eldene Wasem will sign her book “Taming the Meadows,” a historical and pictorial book about McComas Meadows, Thursday, Feb. 9. 1 to 4 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Center on Grangeville’s East Main Street. All are invited to stop in and visit as well as have a cup of coffee and some cookies.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
For the second year in a row, Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) will offer a variety of upcoming events for local kids. “Our mission is to promote health and wellness within the community through various educational events, programs, and presentations,” said Kirstin Jensen with University of Idaho Extension.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Two and one-half-year-old Alexander Gautney was busy shoveling snow with his dad, Dan Gautney, on the sidewalks in front of Big Dan’s Barber Shop in Grangeville Tuesday, Jan. 24. Snow fell softly as Alexander determinedly shoveled before customers came his way. Dad Dan said his little guy enjoys traveling to work with him and helping out whenever he is able to.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mother Nature is sure not giving up this year. Another round of snow has come and temperatures are still hovering around the 20s. Stay safe and drive according to the conditions, black ice can be a killer also as you don’t really see it.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I’ve been hearing some buzz about the Rose Wellness Center in Kooskia so I tried a yoga class. I enjoyed the energy of Stacy McCusker’s yoga somaflow. One movement flowed into the next, calm, never rushed. At the end of an hour, every muscle in my body felt relaxed. Wonderful! Check out Stacy’s Facebook page- Vital Movement Therapy — for class times and descriptions. If you want to know more about the other two women- Julie Rose and Sharon Sedgwick and everything else that happens at Rose Wellness Center, check out the Rose Wellness Facebook page. Great to see this new women-owned small business added to downtown Kooskia at 33 and 101 Esther Street.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My fourth quote of 2017 is “When you are young, your grandparents try to tell you their history and you don’t care because it does not interest you at the time. Later on, you wish you had written down what they said.” *This might be the year to ask your grandparents’ to tell their stories while you write down or record and have for later. Their stories really are a treasure to behold.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Well, time to plan that special time with your sweetie! The VFW Auxiliary is putting on its annual Valentine Day steak dinner, Feb. 11, from 5 - 7 p.m. The following will be on the menu: a 10 to 12 ounce (3/4”) New York steak and baked potato served on a hot platter, generous size with all the trimmings, green salad, rolls, punch and coffee, and red velvet cake. Cocoa says, “Please join us for a fun-filled evening.” The price is $14 per meal. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP. Call Cocoa at 842-2466.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Have plans for Saturday evening? Shirley’s Dance Studio, Grangeville area dancers, will present their winter recital this Saturday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., at Grangeville High School. It’s always a fun time to see dancers ages 3 on up to adults in beautiful costumes who have been working hard since August. It’s also free admission, so come on out and support these local kiddos.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“We could not have done this without the wonderful support from the community and so many others,” said Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center director Jinny Cash. Cash spoke to attendees at the quarterly Grangeville Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 18.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I’ve only been in office a week, so I can’t report a whole lot,” laughed Denis Duman of Cottonwood. He is the newly elected District 3 Idaho County Commissioner. Duman spoke to a crowd of 23 people at the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting held Jan. 18, at Oscar’s Restaurant.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Water supplies around the state, and within the region, are looking promising, according to the first outlook report for 2017 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville Public Works crews were out last Wednesday, Jan. 18, clearing drains and keeping them clear following a temperature rise that melted off a significant portion of the town’s snowfall. Here, crews hack through ice buildup to clear a water backup at South State and East South streets that threatened to flood Bell Equipment.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
For 2015 within Idaho County, according to U.S. Census estimates, 2,559 people of all ages were listed in poverty, or 16.3 percent of the 15,744 population.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho State Police Forensic Services recently released findings on evidence collected in sexual assault investigations that includes data from Idaho County law enforcement agencies. Data came from 118 Idaho law enforcement agencies and details the number and status of sexual assault kits held by each agency. The survey was mandated by the Idaho Legislature per a state law enacted last year.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A federal judge dealt an Idaho Department of Fish and Game elk research program a significant setback with a ruling last week that will require the agency to destroy data IDFG began gathering in the Frank Church Wilderness 17 months ago.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville High School cheerleaders were given $100 donation from the Grangeville Eagles Aerie No. 539 to help with cheer camp costs. Pictured are (front, L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Eagles member Shirley Crane, Victoria Williams and (back, -R) Hunter Robinson and TJ Wiltse.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kamiah Fire Department wrapped up its investigation of last Thursday’s fire at the former Blue North Mill site concluding hot work from a cutting torch touched off a blaze that destroyed the old mill building.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River Ranger District staff has rescheduled the public meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 31, for the Windy-Shingle vegetation management project, which had been cancelled earlier this month due to weather and road conditions.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I want to get the discussion started,” said public works director Jeff McFrederick, who addressed the Grangeville City Council at its Jan. 17 meeting on existing codes for city development, specifically on reworking the subdivision ordinance.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
When the Idaho Department of Lands acquired about 2,400 acres of former Potlatch Corporation timberland at Maggie Butte last year, the transaction cut about $4,100 a year from the flow of property tax and fee dollars the landowners were paying to the local and state government.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mountain View School District 244 will stick to status quo and plan for a 2017-18 levy in the same amount as the previous four years: $2,663,246. The supplemental levy vote is set for March 14. Last year’s levy barely passed with 50.5 percent of voters in favor while the previous year’s election passed with 58.4 percent of voters in favor.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
More than 300 people attended the St. Anthony’s Society Annual Crab Feed at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday night, Jan. 21. Along with heaping plates of crab, the evening also featured music by ‘80s rock band, Centerline. Pictured is one of the couples who rocked the dance floor late into the evening.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Not everyone from Grangeville can say they’ve had a chance to study the art of pastry in France, but that’s a dollop of whipped cream Shandra Madden can add to her culinary resume. The 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, 19, spent 10 weeks in late 2016 at the Gastronomicom International Culinary Academy in Agde, on the south coast of France. “I first started baking when I was 16,” she said.January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
If you had an open sore the size of the palm of your hand, you wouldn't leave it untreated. This can be equivalent to untreated periodontal disease, because your oral cavity is equal to the surface area of the palm of your hand.January 24, 2017 midnight read more..
“The people are nice here, always smiling,” grinned Thelma McCain Weeks. Thelma will turn 100 years old on Monday, Jan. 30, and will be honored with a cake, surrounded by family and friends, that day at 3 p.m., at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. She has lived at GHR for the past two years.January 24, 2017 midnight read more..
It’s time to challenge yourself. Beginning Feb. 6, we will be having a 6-week Lifestyle, Nutrition and Fitness competition. This competition is designed to help get you started and keep you on track with your ﬁtness goals.January 24, 2017 midnight read more..
“Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttocks and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve, down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and foot,” said Dr. James Haug of Haug Chiropractic. “It is usually only in one leg, but it can be in both legs.”January 24, 2017 midnight read more..
Grangeville senior Frankie Zumwalt has dominated most of the competition he has seen so far this season. With one month left to prepare for the district tournament, he made short work of the competitors he saw last weekend at Orofino — and most of the wrestlers in the district were on the mats last weekend.January 18, 2017 7:33 a.m. read more..
Freshman guard Trey Dreadfulwater snapped a 50-50 tie with a three-pointer as time expired last Saturday night, Jan. 14. The game-winner came out of an inbounds play GHS coach Kelcey Edwards designed around senior guard Luke Stokes’ flair for dribble-drives.January 18, 2017 6:50 a.m. read more..
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” may be the postman’s creed, but it certainly applies to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics as well. Each month, St. Mary’s providers head upriver to Elk City, braving cold and snow and ice in the winter months, to offer medical services to a community that might otherwise have a difficult time obtaining them. Last month, those care providers consisted of Peg Gehring, NP, Shelli Lothspeich, Michelle Hain-Flores, nursing staff, and Kelly Williams, admissions manager.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Dave Robinson at Robinson’s Garage on Grangeville’s Main Street is in the tire business. Stop in and check out the tires he has for sale. Call 983-1151.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
District 7B Representative Paul Shepherd of Riggins was one of 90 legislators honored recently by Food Producers of Idaho, Inc., (FPI) as an Ag All Star Legislator. FPI annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I had fun tasting a variety of food with some friends at the Taste of the Clearwater event in Kooskia on Saturday night. Five Kooskia-Kamiah restaurants provided small plates of some of their favorite foods while Cloninger’s provided beer and wine. Kooskia Café, The Hub Bar & Grill, Backroads Diner, The Log Yard and the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill hosted the food booths. After tasting all of the food, people voted for their favorite restaurant, with Kamiah Hotel winning the people’s choice award for the second year.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My third quote of 2017 is “One of the most valuable gifts in life is a loyal friend.” Riggins Mayor McClure and city clerk Brenda Tilley recently completed a 30-hour training course entitled, “Community Economic Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together,” sponsored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) of which the city of Riggins is a member. Eleven other city representatives from Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Culdesac also completed the course which took place during a nine-month period in 2016.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
• After several appeals, Mark H. Lankford may be headed back to Idaho County to retry his murder case.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
With a theme of “What is Your Story?” Grangeville saw a large percentage of its students enter the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest. “There were 123 entries this year,” said Genny Lutz, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA volunteer, who has organized the program for many years.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
At the Water & Sewer board meeting on November 1st, under New Business, reference was made to an email from Stuart Hurley concerning looking into becoming a Water & Sewer District instead of an Association in order to obtain additional funding for the system. Then, in the December 6th meeting, further reference was made to the fact the Stuart Hurley called in to discuss the above issue. The board wants the membership to make the decision and it will be brought up at the annual membership meeting in February.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
From sea to shining sea, quilters across America will be threading their needles and putting the pedal to the metal while creating Quilts of Valor. Camas Prairie Quilts of Valor will meet Saturday, Feb. 4, to help fulfill the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation to cover service members and veterans with Quilts of Valor.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Central Idaho Art Association (CIAA) member, Pearl Maxner, demonstrated and gave art lessons to both Junior High and High Schoolers at Kamiah Jan. 5 and 6. Kamiah BBQ Days ultimately provided this venue. A private CIAA donor gave $100 worth of supplies to Kamiah art teacher, Ben Henderson, for promoting arts in the schools. Ms. Maxner teaches watercolor annually in March at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Spirit Center. She currently teaches art at the Kamiah Bible School Academy. Other CIAA members will be demonstrating at the Kamiah school this next semester. She is seen here with Kamiah High students.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
White many high school students focus their senior projects on a local cause, Grangeville High School’s Maggie Chmelik decided upon a project of more national importance – and a family tradition of sorts.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
In our country, we love to customize, whether it’s a new addition to the house or the colors and fonts surrounding our text messages. We choose everything, from our line of work to our preferred place to grab lunch (where we probably customize our lunch order). So, it’s easy to understand why parents want more choices in their children’s educatioJanuary 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Is the recently completed Grangeville Community Survey – citizen opinions on city and community services — just all “touchy-feely” busy work with no substantial result other than yet another report to file? We’d argue that city residents’ opinions are part of the public record, they have been reviewed in official session by city officials, and the results and candid comments are on display for anyone who requests them.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
When you have a country that encompasses almost four million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the votes of those that encompass a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
An engineer out of the Lewiston office of Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says work has been tentatively slated on the East Kooskia Bridge. The Kooskia resident behind a petition to preserve the bridge was pleased with the quick response from ITD. “We’re going to try and repair the bridge about the end of February, first of March, weather permitting,” said Doral Hoff, engineering manager for ITD District 2. “This will alleviate some of their concerns.”January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The year 2017 arrived with a blanket of snow and while some cities talked snow removal and kudos to plowing efforts, there was a plethora of other topics discussed throughout the county. The following is a compilation of meeting notes for Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Kooskia, Riggins, Stites and White Bird.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This truck sucks, and Grangeville public works director Jeff McFrederick couldn’t be happier. Councilors gathered prior to a city meeting last month to look over a Vactor combination sewer cleaner recently acquired by public works. Purchased for $130,000 through the formal bid process, the truck combines high-pressure water jetting and a high-flow vacuum source to scour pipes clean, and then vacuum the material causing blockages to restore and maintain normal flow.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
- Power was disrupted to 75 customers of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative last Thursday evening, Jan. 12, when a power line broke along Highway 7. - “The most important thing here is that everyone stays away from any downed line, and don’t ever think that it is dead. Consider every line energized until it is repaired.”January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Timely information about the grain industry is on topic for the Prairie Area Cereal School, set for next Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Greencreek Community Hall.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Representatives from the cities of Culdesac, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia and Riggins were recently honored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) for the completion of the 2015 training course entitled “Community Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together for Success.”January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Outgoing Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik (center) was presented a certificate of appreciation by commissioners (L-R) Skip Brandt and Mark Frei on the occasion of his last meeting with the board on Jan. 3. Chmelik began his county service in 2011 and has served two terms.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Remaining fiscally responsible is a huge responsibility for a city. Reviewing 2016, the City of Riggins worked diligently to pass the resort tax in effort to continue making payments on a sewer upgrade bond. Each of the six smaller, rural cities in the county was contacted and asked how each has grown in 2016 and what are the accomplishments or challenges each overcame. Last week, the Free Press published a summary of the answers received from representatives of Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites and White Bird. The following is a response from Riggins mayor Glenna McClure.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
What happens near Pollock usually stays near Pollock, but sometimes it ends up in federal court. According to plaintiffs Raymond Hamell and Rachell Hamell, Idaho County valued three separate properties near Pollock at more than $500,000, including one parcel assessed at $406,000, which the Hamells disputed in 2010 “due to a lack of access to the property.”January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A 21-year-old horse rescued from the Clearwater River near Stites on Tuesday, Jan. 10 is slowly recovering.January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Cottonwood School District began planning for the 2017-2018 school yearJanuary 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The National Weather Service office in Missoula is forecasting a weather system will bring wet and warmer weather to central Idaho and western Montana starting this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 17) and likely peaking in intensity Wednesday, Jan. 18.January 17, 2017 3:10 p.m. read more..
“100 Years of Idaho Cattle” was recently unveiled at the Idaho Cattle Association convention. This two-year project covers 100 years of cattle history along with featuring several ranching families throughout our great state. My family was honored to be a part of this historical book. Following is what was published with a few minor edits.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“With low commodity prices there are FSA commodity loans available that farmers could benefit from,” said Julie Fowler, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director. Producers can take advantage of low interest rates by obtaining nine-month commodity loans through the FSA for 2016 crops.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Boise District Office reminds Idaho small businesses of the Feb. 9 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the landslide and State Highway 14 closure in Idaho County that began on Feb. 18, 2016.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Clearwater Valley Elementary School is working hard to offer quality education to all of its students. This was made evident through the recent announcement of a national award. CVES (Mountain View School District) and Rulon M. Ellis Elementary of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District are the recipients of The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Now that Idaho County residents have changed the calendar from 2016 to 2017, city councils begin preparations for growth in the new year. Each of the six smaller, rural cities in the county were contacted and asked how each has grown in 2016 and what are the accomplishments or challenges each overcame. The following is a summary of the answers received from representatives of Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites and White Bird.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Although baby Trevor Ray made quite a late entrance for his parents, he ended up being right on time to be the first baby born in Idaho County for 2017. Tim Dreadfulwater and Rae Daun Storey welcomed their baby son, Trevor Ray Dreadfulwater, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, 2:22 a.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Law enforcement is seeking a Boise man following recovery last week of thousands of dollars in stolen items recovered during a warrant search at a Riggins property. An arrest warrant has been issued for Joshua Blair Manley, 27. The warrant has a $30,000 bond and nationwide extradition. Those with information on Manley’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) at 983-1100, or their local law enforcement agency.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
In the midst of a disaster it takes a lot of ingenuity and teamwork to keep the water flowing at a fish hatchery. Earlier this month, staff at Niagara Springs Fish Hatchery did some quick thinking when a car crashed into Niagara's intake pool.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Robert Paul Rice Jr, of Idaho Falls, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached a settlement regarding Mr. Rice’s Clean Water Act violation for the unauthorized discharge of pollutants to the South Fork Clearwater River.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I am completely mystified at how Americans vote and how legislators completely ignore the people’s wishes on important issues. Polls on public lands show that people by a wide margin support all Americans retaining ownership and not individual states or private sources.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
On Dec. 14, 10 members of the Big Cedar Homemakers met for their annual Christmas meeting at Lorna Olsen’s home with Denise Troumbley as co-hostess. Club president, Lynne Anderberg, presided over the last meeting of the year. Members each shared a fond memory from years past.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
As we near the midway point in successfully implementing the 20 recommendations from the 2013 Task Force for Improving Education, it’s time to turn our attention to the postsecondary part of Idaho’s K-through-Career education system.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Edna Mae Webber will celebrate her 80th birthday. A celebration is planned for Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Lewiston Community Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Her family members, Audrey Wasem, Joyce Forsmann and Cheryll Webber and their families will be hosts for the event.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Community Soup Canteen will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will be served at the Presbyterian Church at 7th and Hill Streets in Kamiah. Faith Lutheran Church will provide the meal and the lunch is free and open to all.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School senior Marissa Kennedy is out to prove pageants aren’t just for girls. As part of her senior project, Kennedy is organizing the “Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant.” This event is set for Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., in the multipurpose room.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Border Days Royalty earned $136 through hot cocoa donations at the Winter Magic Tree lighting event for 2016 at Pioneer Park. Money was donated to the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Pictured (L-R) are food bank volunteer Carol Schmidt, Border Days Princess Micaela Farris, food bank volunteer Bonnie Austin and Border Days Queen Rachael Stevens.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
• Gordo, a two-and-a-half-year-old purebred German Shepherd, and his handler, Deputy Mike Chlebowski, were officially recognized last week with their Idaho Police Officer Standards and Truinging certification in drug detection.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
New year – new beginnings! Oh, what to do, you ask yourself. Our little town is looking for volunteers for various activities throughout the year. You ask yourself if you would be able to do this or do they really need you – the answer is yes!January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Are you tired of the snow yet? I would be if it wasn’t such a beautiful blue with the shadows on it! And the sunrise and sunset each day is amazing. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s not too late. Be a better you by the end of this year.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My second quote of 2017 is “Do one act of kindness each day of this year and change 365 lives.” Anthony Douglas Williams. You have 354 opportunities to change lives…and you know it will change your life, too!January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
As you can see by the photo, the Elk City elk herd looks pretty good! I get to see them a lot since I drive by them on my way to work at the hotel. The only time, obviously, that they aren’t there is in the heat of hunting season. The elk and the horses get along fine. In fact, when Tim feeds his horses, the elk just stand a little apart from the activity! Remember, these are not domesticated elk.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I talked to Bill Grady up in Clearwater the other day. He told me they had their first Wednesday lunch of the year last week. Sixteen people came for lunch and dined on chicken rice vegetable soup, banana bread and whole wheat rolls.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Inmates from North Idaho Correctional Institution at Cottonwood handed out presents of their own making on Friday, Dec. 23, to residents at the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood Shelter Home, and in Grangeville at Meadowlark Homes and Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Dr. Jill Lane, O.D., has moved her Camas Prairie Eye Clinic to 405 East Main Street (across from Pioneer Park and next to Les Schwab). Visit her website at www.camaseyes.com or call 983-3732.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Representatives of Pine Tree Credit Union in Grangeville presented a $4,832 check to volunteers with the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Funds were raised through the second annual food drive – sponsored by the credit union and Bud’s Powersports that matched $3 with every dollar donated.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Brett Rogers is the new safety manager for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Rogers has been the assistant fire management officer (AFMO) on the Lochsa Ranger District for the past four years.January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
UPDATE, Jan. 9 - When travel will resume is undetermined at this point, following a Sunday night closure of U.S. Highway 12, east of Kooskia, due to avalanche danger. Threats to safety were too high to allow motorists to traverse the route, according to Jake Melder, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.January 9, 2017 4:31 p.m. read more..
Square dancing lessons start on Saturday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Middle School. Phil Rowan of Harpster invites people of any age to join in.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I do hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and are enjoying time with family and friends. Many Riggins kids, young and old, are sledding and skiing. Take care while driving in the snowy icy streets and roads, and be safe playing in the snow whether in your own yard or in the mountains or just plain ol’ having winter fun wherever. Severe weather warnings are in order for Riggins. This week, the weather forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures, expected to be in the high teens with lows hovering between -5 and 0. Make preparations and be safe. Stay inside and keep warm if you do now have to go out and about.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
With 36 to 48 inches of seasonal snow accumulating in the area, there are plenty of opportunities for Cottonwood youth to get outdoors and expend pent up energy. The Cottonwood Butte Ski Slope opened Dec. 26 and the city opened Madison Street to sledding.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Have you been struggling to figure out what Medicare supplement to add or what insurance benefits are available? Syringa Hospital has two ladies ready and willing to help locals. Financial counselors Sue Little and Alissa Bunch are SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) trained volunteers who offer a variety of information and advisement.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Following several recent fires in the community, Kooskia Fire Chief Mark Anderson advises residents on preventative measures to avoid problems. “This is the time of year when most of our fires are heating system related fires,” Anderson said.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Questions over the existence of a rural fire department were raised at the Dec. 14 White Bird City Council meeting. At the heart of the issue is the ownership of firetrucks White Bird is utilizing and who pays to maintain those vehicles.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Quentin Smith has joined the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests team as the new technical services staff officer. Smith accepted the position in early November while serving as the facilities program manager on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Smith has worked in a variety of areas in the engineering world and has a wide variety of experience.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Last week Fed Ex came to the Free Press delivering a package and let us know we don’t’ have street numbers on our building. Huh! Isn’t that a good idea?January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
One Kooskia business aims to increase services while adding jobs in the community. Bud Whitcomb, owner of BudCo Custom Body and Paint of Kooskia, expanded his fleet in an effort to better serve Idaho County and boost the local economy.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Flights are estimated to take about four weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. The goal of these surveys is to assess population trends, and age and sex ratios. Survey results will provide information that will help managers decide future hunting seasons.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Scott Godfrey will be the new vegetation stewardship staff officer for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
GRANGEVILLE — Leslie Voegele speaks to Encouragers Thursday, Jan. 5, 11:30 a.m., at the monthly no-host luncheon at Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville. A John Maxwell coach/trainer, and founder of the Hip-Peace Movement, Voegele resides in both Grangeville and in Williston, N. D.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Stubbers family at the family farm in Greencreek not only had the kids home for Christmas, they also received a Century Farm certificate and plaque from the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS), the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the governor’s office.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Dustin and Carly Decker of Harpster, Idaho, are the parents of a baby girl. Leila Irene Decker was born Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. She weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 and one-half inches long. Baby Leila Irene was named after her great-grandmother.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Elk City Veteran of Foreign Wars, Wilderness Post 8311, Auxiliary Annual Scholarship Application Packet is now available from the Counselors at the Grangeville or Clearwater Valley high schools or from the auxiliary representative.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A recent bit of difficult news made Grangeville Elementary Middle School eighth grader Kaylee Doughty spring into action. When she found out her beloved science teacher, Mr. Mark Willig, had been diagnosed with cancer and would not be returning to the classroom, she made a decision.January 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Food pickup will be on the 5th at noon. The White Bird Gun Club will be starting their annual winter shoot on Jan. 8. Call 839-2653 for information and to get signed up for this fun event. Practice shoots will be on Saturdays and junior shooters are especially welcomed.January 4, 2017 midnight read more..
Varsity schedules current as of Jan. 3, subject to changeJanuary 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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