In local events this Border Days Rodeo, there are 21 barrel racers and 13 team roping teams signed up.June 30, 2017 8:50 a.m. read more..
The main Salmon River fishery from Time Zone Bridge to Short’s Creek will close at the end of fishing hours Sunday, July 2, Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater Region fishery staff biologist Brett Bowersox wrote in an email to anglers Thursday morning.June 29, 2017 8:18 a.m. read more..
The town of Greencreek will celebrate the Fourth of July in style. Flag-raising for the town’s annual event is set for 6 a.m., followed Mass at 7 a.m.June 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The local Babe Ruth league’s season-end tournament began with wins by Clearwater Valley and Grangeville last Monday, June 26, at CVHS. Play continued Tuesday, and the tournament will likely conclude with the final at 7 p.m. today, June 28, after an elimination game at 4:30 p.m. Pictured, CV put up big innings early during an 18-7 win over McCall.June 28, 2017 8:24 a.m. read more..
Turns out Idaho’s mule deer fawn mortality wasn’t as bad as feared, but still the second-lowest winter survival in nearly 20 years.June 28, 2017 8:09 a.m. read more..
The Border Days Rodeo is once again set to run July 1-2-3, 6 p.m. each night, and organizers are anticipating cowboys competing throughout the region will once again make the journey to Grangeville for a chance at a chunk of $13,800 in added money.June 28, 2017 7:56 a.m. read more..
Welcome cowboys and cowgirls! It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the 106th annual Grangeville Border Days Celebration and want to wish you a happy 4th of July. My name is Justin DeFord and this is my third year on the Grangeville Border Days Committee. The committee and I have been working very hard preparing to make this event happen.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville Border Days Rodeo is Saturday through Monday, July 1-3, presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers, Gortsema Motors and Asker’s Harvest Foods. Rodeo slack is 10 a.m., July 1, free admission. What is slack rodeo?June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Announcer for the 2017 Border Days Rodeo is Lee Daggett.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A variety of high school reunions are set for the Border Days Fourth of July weekend including the followingJune 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
To begin commemorating the sinking of the Tuscania, which occurred in 1918, the Idaho County Historical Society will hold a griller fund-raiser in the basement of the Bicentennial Historical Museum July 4, 1-5 p.m. Hamburger dinners will be available for $8 per plate while hot dog dinners will be $6. This will include sides, chips and a beverage. The society will also have for sale a 16-by-20 inch frameable print of “The Same Spirit” posterJune 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Bicentennial Historical Museum will again host its open house celebration during the Fourth of July. This year the museum will feature a display on antique tools. The museum, located at 305 N. College Street, will be open July 2, 3 and 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tools are on loan from several in the community, including Bruce Dreher of Slate Creek, Scott Scribner of Grangeville and Vernon Agee of Kooskia.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill. That lifetime has spanned nearly eight decades, but the Gill family has been in Idaho County for five generations. Melvin Gill is the Border Days Grand Marshal 2017.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“We have been incredibly blessed by the support from our community,” said Rachael Stevens of Grangeville. Stevens is the 2017 Border Days Rodeo Queen.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I have enjoyed this experience because it has allowed me to travel and make new memories,” said 16-year-old Micaela Farris. Farris is the 2017 Grangeville Border Days Rodeo Princess.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Jackie Zumalt, of Grangeville, was named the winner of the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History and Palouse Watercolor Scoius 2017 Juried Watercolor Exhibition. Zumalt’s work, “Gem of Light,” was named the winner during an awards ceremony held at the Center earlier this month. Zumalt received $1,000 for first place.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2017-2018 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants has been extended to July 14.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
On June 4, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Blaze and Tate Berdoy, sons of Brad and Lesa Berdoy.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County 4-H Day Camp was held Wednesday, June 21, at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. 4-H members participated in games and workshops throughout the afternoon. Workshops were led by community volunteers and 4-H leaders assisted by Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors Bailie Gehring, Rachel Kelley, Mitchell Nuxoll, Kortney Sims and Laina Sonnen. Workshops included:June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University student Darby Lynn Finnegan, child of Pat and Naomi Finnegan of Grangeville, has received the $1,000 WWU Alumni Association Scholarship for Undergraduate Students for the 2017-2018 academic year.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“We are happy to have him here – he’s been great help, and we are excited to give him this experience,” said Sheila Arnzen. Arnzen spoke about Justin Sickels, 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, who will be running a Shiznits food booth downtown during Border Days.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Rural firefighting infrastructure in Idaho County is receiving a boost this month. The BPC (Battle Ridge, Pleasant Valley, Clearwater) Volunteer Fire Department plans to receive five vehicles: two 5,000-gallon-capacity water tenders, two four-wheel-drive brush trucks and an ambulance.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
For now, a Lions Park concession stand lease renewal for Grangeville Youth Baseball stands in limbo as the city council last week reached an impasse regarding policy consistency and the issue of conducting commerce on municipal property.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center hosted a Vietnam veterans welcome home and recognition day on Sunday, June 25. The Grangeville facility was filled to capacity, with the crowd spilling outside for the afternoon event that included a barbecue, music and presentations, which included from Quilts of Valor.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I think it was a success,” he said. “This is one of the few times that the miners actually got together and worked with the agencies to make it actually more streamlined, easier for the agencies and the miners. … They’re finally listening and maybe thinking instead of overregulating, maybe they’ve got too much here.”June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Genealogy Society invites the public to an open house Monday, July 3, 1 p.m., at 111 South Idaho Street, Grangeville, right behind the Methodist Church in the blue house. The group moved from the Centennial Library to its new facilities in January of 2017.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
With the nice sunny days the farmers are starting to cut hay. Some is already baled. Crops are reported to be short because of the cold weather this spring. Congratulations to Dick Remacle on being presented the VFW Lifetime Achievement Award. What an honor for him and his family. Thank you for your service to our country.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “Talking about your problems is a big addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys!” Summer Reading Program, “Read, Build,Create, Explore,” at The Salmon River Public Library led by Susan Hollenbeak begins today, Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. Reading dates will be Thursday, July 6, Wednesdays, July 19, 26, and Aug. 2, and 9 at 11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to provide snacks, a craft or just help with the kiddos; thanks in advance for your help.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“He loved to be a part of it, his friends always entered it, and he was always so happy to do what he loved with the people he loved. It’ll feel a bit more special, and like he’s still there.”June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Two black helicopters flew upriver fast and low last weekend, about 25 feet above the Middlefork of the Clearwater and kept going east up the Lochsa. Loud, fast, and very low, scared us all for a few seconds. It happened so fast the photos I took were all blurry. I read that Secretary of Interior Zinke was in Montana last week, so maybe he was checking out Idaho as well.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Healthcare crisis, rising costs and gross malfeasance are the result of demand outstripping supply while regulations distorted free market forces. Adverse selection bias created by Obama’s subsidies and exchanges allow the 20 million uninsured ‘free healthcare’ where increased demand caused premiums to soar.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
We understand that Idaho is a conservative state, but preventing this species from destroying our waterways is worth the investment. It will be far cheaper to spend the money now on prevention than to deal with the consequences later.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The warm weather has arrived! Our little town is really heating up, so remember to stay well-hydrated and don’t forget the animals as well. Summer is upon us, but the waters are still running high and swift, so be ever watchful of the rivers and streams. Being the last week of the month, June is about gone and July is fast approaching. As we prepare to celebrate our independence, many activities are going on all around us if you are looking for something to do.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
An interesting phenomenon has taken place in Elk City (and elsewhere in the county, I suspect). Seems everyone I have visited with has had a significant raise in their property taxes, some even up more than 30 percent!June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have fended off another lawsuit in federal court, with United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge recently ruling in the combined forests’ favor on a case Idaho and Clearwater counties brought four years ago.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“We want to have law enforcement focus on safety and safe tactics,” said Ehrhardt, “for them, as well as for bystanders and innocent people who happen to be in the area.”June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Saturday, July 1, the Grangeville Farmers’ Market will kick off the 2017 season, in Pioneer Park on East Main Street in Grangeville. The SyndiCat Bros, Pete Northcutt and Johnnie Henderson, will be playing music. Coffee will be offered free of charge for customers and vendors, volunteers and visitors. The Elk City Wagon Road committee will be using the Market’s free table for non-profits, to advertise the upcoming Wagon Road event, selling raffle tickets to promote and fund their group.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mark your calendars – Crazy Days in Grangeville will be Aug. 3 and 4, and Octoberfest in Grangeville will be Sept. 29 and 30.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School’s class of 1957 will celebrate its 60th reunion Sunday, July 2, 4 p.m., at The Gallery. Cost for the meal is $20. For questions call Linda Luehrs Dial at 790-1350 or Janice Inghram at 983-0616June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
After 29 years on the job, Arnell Holliman is calling it quits. Holliman will retire from Cash and Carry Market this Friday, June 30. Friends are invited to stop in from 1 to 4 p.m. to visit and for refreshments.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
All the power we provide comes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). BPA is a nonprofit federal power marketing administration based in the North-west. They serve 142 customers, including us and 53 other cooperatives, at cost. With 21 federal hydroelectric dams, BPA generates enough power for 13.5 mil-lion people. This is quite an amazing feat when you think about it – and it happens with the flip of a switch!June 27, 2017 8:18 p.m. read more..
“Ever been in a group of riders where once on the trail you can notice everyone’s riding skill? When on the trail, what we call pushing someone of a lower skill level is a dangerous game,” said Bud’s PowerSports service technician Michael Rice. “Riding close to someone in front of you on the trail isn’t much different than on the highway. The person in front may feel pressured to speed up, and on the trail, there are so many different variables that can cause a new rider to wreck.”June 27, 2017 8:05 p.m. read more..
GoBidToday.com knows how to put your auction to buyers. Whether a live auction or an Internet auction, GoBidToday auctioneer Kyle Musick and his wife, Ashley, know how to show your items, to present your car, tractor or machinery in good light. The service they provide can help bring more potential buyers to your location and present your items to many people who are ready to buy online.June 27, 2017 8 p.m. read more..
The Firecracker Fun Run will go off this July 4 as it has for years, but will pop a bit differently this year.June 24, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The State of Idaho auctioned another U.S. Forest Service timber sale today as part of a state-federal partnership to increase management activities on federal lands in Idaho.June 23, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..
Planned outage needed as Avista performs upgrades on June 27; Avista to perform maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in and near GrangevilleJune 23, 2017 10:11 a.m. read more..
Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Vietnam War veterans may have not received the grandest welcome home; however, that is hoping to be remedied as the Vietnam 50th commemoration is set nationwide. In Idaho County, all veterans of the Vietnam War era are invited to a “Welcome home” ceremony this Sunday, June 25, starting at noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main Street in Grangeville.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Upriver Youth Leadership Council Youth Advisory Board and Impact Youth will host “Movies Under the Stars” Friday, June 23, at the Life Center Church, 4432 Highway 12, Kamiah. The movie will be “The Lego Batman Movie” and will begin at dusk.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County Light & Power is going to have a scheduled outage that will affect the Grangeville and Salmon River areas for two hours on Thursday, June 29, from 4 to 6 a.m.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Delays have lessened but still remain an issue for driver’s license issuing in Idaho County, as well as across the state, due to continued system compatibility issues that likely may not be resolved until next year.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Steve Frei, current President and CEO, recently announced Casey Forsmann has been named general manager of Pacific Cabinets Inc. Forsmann was previously the operations manager controlling both the engineering department as well as production.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This year’s Border Days rodeos are all night rodeos, which seems to be crowd pleasers. Rodeos are going to be July 1, 2 and 3, all at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, will be family night, there will be a “no alcohol” seating section available. On Monday, July 3, it’s a “Pink Out the Stands” night. The Border Days Committee is raising money to support local cancer charities. For everyone wearing something pink the committee will donate $1 to a local cancer charity.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Freedom Northwest Credit Union (Kamiah/Kooskia) will present the new splash pad at Kooskia City Park this Saturday, June 24, noon. Wear your swimsuit, get a hot dog and see how the new splash pad works!June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Ever heard the term “ham” radio and wondered what the heck it is? The Three Rivers Amateur Radio club wants to show you at their field day on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. They will have three radio transmitters and temporary antennas at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park and encourage the people to stop by and check it out beginning at 11 a.m., on Saturday ending at 11 a.m., on Sunday. This technology has been around for 100 years but can now work in conjunction with smartphones or tablets. It can be set up almost anywhere as an independent communications network. For information call David Brainerd at 926-7886 or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The first day of summer ... what adventures await you? Maybe books will take you there if you can’t go yourself – like to Alaska with a young Irish girl during the gold rush called “Staking Her Claim,” or climbing Mt. McKinley with the first Alaskans to do it called “The Sourdough Expedition”, or growing up in the remote Alaskan bush called “Born on Snowshoes.”June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It’s like a circus around here, oh wait, we did have a circus around here! The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus members went rafting on the Lochsa with Marty and Dani Smith at Three Rivers Rafting. They also enjoyed the company of circus friends Mike and Lara Smith, of Lowell, and Jay and Kristin Stewart visiting the Smiths from Cape Cod.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Well, is everyone as tired as I am? The weather held and we had a great weekend of fun, games, dancing, parade, rodeos and a lot of visiting. Now that our big weekend is over, there isn’t much going on as it’s the end of the month already.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “Everyone has a friend during each stage of life. But only a few have the same friend in all stages of life.” You know who you are. Summer Reading Program, “Read, Build, Create, Explore,” at The Salmon River Public Library led by Susan Hollenbeak will begin next Wednesday, June 28, 11 a.m., with crafts, stories, prizes, and snacks. They will meet again Thursday, July 6, Wednesdays, July 19, 26, and Aug. 2, and 9 at 11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to provide snacks, a craft or just help with the kiddos; thanks in advance for your help. Thank you to John and Jennifer Llewellyn and Riggins Whitewater Market for donating bookmarks and magnets to the summer reading program.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A warm Sunday evening, June 18, made for a pleasant setting to the kickoff party for the Grangeville Centennial Library’s annual summer reading program. Along with games, activities and hot dogs, the event featured music by The Whizpops from Missoula. Entertaining as well as educational about animals, the music got kids up on their feet to dance and swing.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A memorable Flag Retirement Ceremony was presented in Elk City by VFW Wilderness Post 8311 on Flag Day June 14. Post members participating were Dave Brooks, Charlie Yarbrough, Bruce Gabari, Earl Johnson and Dale George and Auxiliary members Jeanette Johnson and Sheri Yarbrough. Also assisting was Steven Peltier.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2017-2018 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants has been extended to July 14.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Though there may be fewer business establishments in Idaho County than there were a decade ago, U.S. Census estimates released recently show an increase during this same period in both employees and annual payroll.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Smith gave a memorable and earnest defense of the state constitution, not as an attorney doing a job for his client legislators, but as a resident of the state. It was he who realized in April that the governor’s veto was improper and that the constitution wasn’t being followed.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I don’t care who served when, for how long, doing what. They did their job. Every piece of the puzzle was important. Every person from every branch contributed.” This quote comes from Dennis Moore, who served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1965-66. He’s among several interviewed in the Idaho County Free Press this week concerning their experiences as part of the upcoming 50th commemoration of the war.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Approximately 40 firefighters and support staff participated in extensive training in Kamiah last week. This is the third year the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) has hosted the Type 3 Engine Academy. Crews will use what they learned in the three-day exercise, June 13-15, during the upcoming fire season.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Want to know how to communicate across town or around the world when cell phones, phone lines and power lines are out? As part of the annual ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day exercise, the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will have three radio transceivers and temporary antennas set up at Riverside Park in Kamiah this Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to this two-day event, June 24-25.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Local ranching scion Konnyr Marek had an outstanding couple of days on home turf at the 28th annual White Bird Rodeo last weekend, June 16-17, with big wins during both the main event (ranch bronc riding) and the local team roping.June 21, 2017 5:55 a.m. read more..
A variety of Nez Perce National Historic Trail Interpretive Programs will be hosted this summer at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along the Idaho–Montana state line on U.S. Highway 12.June 19, 2017 11:09 a.m. read more..
he Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking candidates to fill several vacancies for the committee that advises the agency on crop residue burning issues on lands other than the five Indian reservations.June 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Flag Day was marked at the Idaho County Veterans Center in Grangeville with the dedication of a new flag pole and the designation of approximately 70 worn-out flags for retirement. Boy Scout Troop 555 conducted the retirements, having heard aspiring Eagle Scout Kyle Alter's presentation regarding the new flag pole. Alter shepherded the flag pole's establishment for his Eagle project, with much community involvement.June 14, 2017 3:41 p.m. read more..
The 29th annual Kids’ Free Fishing Day event was held at Wilkins Pond last Saturday, June 10.June 14, 2017 6:10 a.m. read more..
White Bird Rodeo coming up June 16-17; CVRA Rodeo to go June 17-18 at Kamiah; Fund-raiser fun run planned for June 17; Hunter ed courses on offer this summer; Lochsa River chinook fishing opens June 22; Youth golf clinic scheduled for July; ‘Capped’ elk resident tags on sale July 10; Softball clinic set.June 14, 2017 6:01 a.m. read more..
“I really want to acknowledge all the time they put in and the hard work they do to save so many lives,” said Twila Hornbeck, Syringa Hospital board trustee “This whole board appreciates them and all they do.” At the Syringa Hospital May 23 regular board meeting, Hornbeck publicly thanked the local EMTs and EMS workers.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Farmers, ranchers, agri-support personnel and others interested are invited to attend a morning tour of the Camas Prairie grain industry and a hosted breakfast on Thursday, June 29. The Prairie Area Crop and Conservation Tour will start with a 7 a.m. breakfast at the Craigmont Community Center and concludes at noon. Speakers will include University of Idaho research and extension staff.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I’m proud to be associated with Farm Bureau Insurance, my clients are also my friends,” said Mike Asker, Grangeville Farm Bureau Insurance agent. Agricultural producers have many assets in land, cattle, crops, buildings, and machinery that need covered by some type of insurance policy. Producers also need health coverage on themselves and their families.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The annual Idaho County 4-H Spring Livestock Show was held Saturday, June 10, at the Idaho County Fair Grounds in Cottonwood.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The “Biggest Little Rodeo in Idaho” is set for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18. Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) will host its annual rodeo at the Kamiah CVRA Rodeo grounds this weekend, starting with its cowboy breakfast held both days from 7 to 10 a.m.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
They may never have gotten to hear Johnny Cash in person, but they are related to him. “He’s a cousin,” smiled Carol (Smith) Cash. She found that out through her genealogy research and some networking. Melvin and Carol Cash will serve as the White Bird Rodeo grand marshals for 2017.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I can put up with almost anything – but I’m deathly afraid of stink bugs,” smiled Cassie Chandler. Grangeville High School freshman Chandler will represent the White Bird Rodeo as its queen this year.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Let ‘er Rip with White Bird’s annual rodeo and days event this weekend, June 16 and 17. The rodeo starts Friday, June 16, at the White Bird Rodeo Arena, U.S. Highway 95 at Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The June 2017 forecast issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise holds ‘below normal’ fire potential this June and July due to the wet winter, but also sees a ‘normal’ August after a “somewhat later than normal green-up...in the higher elevations of northern Idaho and western Montana.”June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Unclaimed property lies in the possession of the State of Idaho awaiting to be claimed by residents. The following is a selected list provided by the Idaho Tax Commission on Idaho County residents owed $25 or more in unclaimed property:June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) recently announced the 2016-17 winners of the “Schools of Excellence” program. At the top of the 1A Div. 1 schools is Prairie High School in Cottonwood.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Allegations of area thefts may have been behind last month’s felony assault incident at a Lucile boat ramp.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Forest Service has completed all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and sale preparation work for the Woodrat Salvage Sale, one of the first Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) projects to be planned in the region.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Expect traffic delays and detours as part of regional road projects that started this week, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I joined fellow Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and a large, bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would extend payments under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program, commonly called county payments, to rural counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands in Idaho and other states.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This is in response to Teea Hillyard’s unresearched opinion [guest commentary, June 7 issue] that all kids should be vaccinated. It has never been done before. The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American homeschooled children shows who is really ailing … and parents should be worried.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kamiah Joint School District 304 has a unique opportunity to change the perspective of its community. The slate can be wiped clean as Steve Higgins takes the helm as superintendent July 1.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
<strong>Clearwater Valley High School, Kooskia</strong> Seniors: Cole Olsen*; Taylor Pfefferkorn*; Torrie Pfefferkorn*; Mika Rives*; Taylor Roy; Joshua Kolb; Mitchel Nuxoll; Kammeron Mangun; Dawson Fisher; Nicholas Brandt; Samuel Bartlett; Averie Proctor; Te-Moak Charley; Kaitlin Nason. Juniors: Harmony Edmondson*; Dawson Gorges*; Zane Miskin Summers*; Martina Dioni; GraceAnn Denham; Kelly Haukedahl; Emily Skiles; Carson Morrow; Thomas Hughes; Parker Wilson; Riley Mouser; Garrett Schilling; April Thomas; Garrett Jackson; Samuel Ward; Sean Nelson; Dalton Robinette; Lydia Williams.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The June 5 meeting was opened with Stanley Modrell leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer was given by Shirley Crane. The free dinner drawing was won by Willene Lance. There were 77 meals served at the site and 32 home deliveries. There were no guests today. Pinochle winners were: Eileen Hazelbaker first, and Gary Crea second.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Just how did prominent Nezperce farmer Wm. Shockley propose to “entirely eliminate” smut from the country? What act of bravery did local man Charles Sales commit to receive $1,000 from O.R.&N. Company?June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Those who would like to donate aluminum cans to REACH Club, take cans to the Community Hall just below the post office on Sundays or Tuesdays and leave them to the right of the front doors.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kids have a more inviting atmosphere at Grangeville Centennial Library, thanks to the Friends of the Centennial Library (FOCL) and a private donation. “Not to mention a great community of businesses and library volunteers,” said librarian Angie Norman.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville Church of the Nazarene held its annual vacation Bible school program last week, June 5-8, with 56 children and a large group of volunteers participating. Here, kids and helpers have fun during recreation time on the church lawn.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Kamiah Chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals will be holding their final fund-raiser and announcing raffle winners Friday, June 16, in the basement of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at 407 7th in Kamiah. Haystacks with all the trimmings will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. The meal includes a haystack, beverage, and dessert for $5. Kids 12 and younger eat for $3.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
HELENA, Mont. – Lily Willig of Grangeville, was named to the 2017 spring semester dean’s list for Carroll College. To be included on the dean’s list, a student must receive a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale and take at least 12 graded credits in a semester. Willig is a 2016 graduate of Grangeville High School and is the daughter of Maura and the late Mark Willig of Grangeville.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Bicycles, bicycles everywhere! Last week I saw a lot of very lean cyclists riding between Grangeville and Lolo Pass on a marathon ride. Great to see these folks enjoying the beauty of our area and seeing them “refueling” at local stores and restaurants.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Big wedding at Syringa last week. Lots of Kamiah Simmons and Beckmans all got together to celebrate the joining of Megan Beckman and Lucas Wooden, there at Jackson’s beautiful setting in Syringa. Becky Allen-Brotnov and Terry have worked to make it a paradise, just right for the perfect wedding. Or you can also land there during hunting season, before and after you go out and try to shoot something; either way it’s the best.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Everyone get your flags out for Flag Day today, June 14. Let’s show our patriotism for our great country. And don’t forget your father gets special treatment on Father’s Day, Sunday. The father in our house has a birthday also, so he really gets to be spoiled. Entries are now being accepted for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions. Both are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youthJune 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This week is proving to be filled with fun packed events for all ages and the place to be is White Bird! Have you seen the “Little People” welcoming everyone to town – they are really cute!June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “Fathers are a most important part of a child’s life as a baby, toddler, youngin’, teen, and adult! Be there with and for your children and grandchildren; they need you as much as you need them.”June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is coming to Kooskia Monday, June 19, and Mike Smith of Lowell plans to spend his Monday clowning around. “Mike will be performing with some Clown College friends and helping out at the circus,” said Lara Smith, who is also a Clown College graduate.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Syringa Hospital Foundation Border Days Fun Run (“Firecracker” fun run) is set for Tuesday, July 4. According to JoAnne Smith, executive director of the Syringa Hospital Foundation, there will be a new location and route for the fun run this year.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Lewis-Clark State College is offering some summer enrichment classes in the next few weeks. A Taste of the Prairie is set for Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This will be instructed by Carla Wilkins and cost is $25.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Representatives from local cities and organizations were honored for their completion of 30 hours of training on Community Project Development at the final meeting in Pierce. The training, offered by Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) with funding from a USDA Rural Development’s Rural Community Development Initiative grant and CEDA membership, aimed to build the capacity of rural communities to successfully undertake community projects from development to implementation.June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Michael E. Eggimann was arrested on charges related to the possession of marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia, and Tanner Slaybaugh was cited for possession of pot and paraphernalia, last Saturday, May 27, at Weir Hot Springs.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) has launched an effort to identify all Idaho monuments and memorials honoring the military and veterans.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I just want to commend the current board for the Kootenai affiliation agreement,” said James May of Kooskia at the May 23 Syringa Board of Trustees meeting. “I know the whole process was not easy, but I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for Syringa and absolutely critical for this hospital.”June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
That was the sound of German engineering rolling into Grangeville. Coming at the end of the week highlighted with area high school graduations, 30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville on Friday, May 26, participants in the Ramshorn Rally.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Investigation continues into last week’s commercial vehicle crash about 15 miles south of Pollock that disrupted power service to the region for several hours.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Back in April, when the Forest Service notified the federal court in which Friends of the Clearwater sought to halt the Orogrande Community Protection Project that work would start June 1, the environmentalist plaintiffs asked the court to stop the work from going forward. On May 31, the court – under Chief U.S. Magistrate Ronald E. Bush – allowed the work to go forward while the sides continue to argue the case.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I feel like in order to know a place, I need to make a visit, have a presence there,” said Megan Ronk. “I cannot sit behind a desk in Boise and pretend to know what challenges people here have.” Ronk, the director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, stopped by the Free Press last week while she was visiting Idaho County and the surrounding area. Several business owners had the chance to meet with her as she and her mother and two young sons traveled throughout the area.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its 12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA Campground on U.S. Highway 12, June 1-4. A variety of bands, including Flatgrass, Hickory Bluff and Higher Ground played during the four-day event.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
As a mom who loves her two girls, I’d do just about anything to protect them. Our precious daughters, ages 16 and 11, are the center of the universe for my husband and me. To watch them laugh and play, you would never know these amazing kids have cystic fibrosis and bravely face daily breathing treatments and all the challenges that come with this harrowing disease.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Be sure to stop by the United Methodist Church this Sunday, June 11, and bid a fond farewell to Pastor Barbara Essen, who is retiring as minister. She is sticking around Grangeville and I’m glad as she is an asset to the area. She was such an inspiration when my mom was in the hospital. I appreciate her prayers and visits.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Pastor Barbara Essen is retiring as minister of the Grangeville United Methodist Church effective July 1. She has served in her present position for seven years. Some of her prior parishes were in: Pomeroy, Montesano, Leavenworth, and Lind, all in Washington state.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Shane Paul of Grangeville was busy tying flies at Long Camp RV Park in Kamiah during Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet June 3. Paul said he learned mostly from hands-on practice and watching videos. He taught his girlfriend’s son, Devin Pattan of Kamiah, age 9, who is pictured here with him.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Siamese twin piglets perfectly preserved from when they were stillborn on a local farm decades ago, a mounted golden eagle with wings outstretched, an antique trumpet. These types of artifacts comprised Sister Alfreda Elsensohn’s emerging collection that she began to display in 1931 in the old St. Gertrude’s Academy attic. So began the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. A replica of the attic has just been completed as part of a five-year exhibit remodel plan.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
BOISE – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the recently the 2017 Governor’s Cup Scholarships to Idaho colleges and universities. The 42nd Governor’s Cup fund-raising drive brought in enough money for 38 new scholarships to be award this year. Recipients were chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants by the Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship Fund Inc.’s 16-member board of directors. Selections were made based on each applicant’s commitment to public service, academic achievement, leadership and community involvement.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
An organizational meeting for Grangeville High School Coed Cheer is set for Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m., at the GHS library. A parent/guardian must be in attendance and consent forms for the next day’s clinic/evaluation will be available. GHS Coed Cheer will be holding an instructional clinic and evaluations on Thursday, June 8, from noon to 4 p.m., at the school for the upcoming 2017 season. All incoming freshmen through senior boys and girls interested in participating this coming season need to be in attendance. Those participating must have a signed consent form to be eligible to participate in the clinic/evaluation. Forms may be obtained at the GHS office and can be turned in there or given to Coach Lee the day of the clinic. Wear appropriate gym clothes and clean gym shoes. For additional information, contact Coach Renita Lee at 983-5772.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
After years of planning, the Kids Klub, Inc., building will soon be started. Kids Klub received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 in April, and will also utilize the Webb family donation from 2012. In addition, funds donated specifically for the building and from fund-raisers will be used. Wemhoff Architecture in Cottonwood has drawn the plans for the property – three city lots that Kids Klub purchased adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 506 South A Street.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
We lost another longtime Elk City resident May 27th – Rodney Thompson. Be sure to send condolences and pray for the families. The VFW had a raffle recently and the proceeds go to the VFW building fund. The winner of the Henry Golden Boy 22 lever action repeating rifle was Rodney Velarde. The rifle was donated by Dave Cooper. Congratulations, Rodney.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho High School Activities Association has named Prairie High School “Schools of Excellence” winner for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a voluntary program in which schools earn points based on their student athletes’ performance in athletics, academics and sportsmanship. The school will be recognized at the IHSAA annual meeting Aug. 2. Prairie High School has been named as the 1A Division I School of Excellence. Carrie Nygard is the principal and athletic director. Congratulations to the students, teachers and families involved in this honor.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote of the week is “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” “Bingo” at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station is tonight, Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes are exciting! Come one and all. Funds are for the senior citizens of our area. (An English teacher stated that “before” is a word, not a Bingo number “B4” as many are using in texts).June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Wow! The Salmon River is running really high, so use common sense when out and about near the river. I found out what is going on above the church in town. The Highway District is cleaning out dead trees along the highway so they don’t fall into the road. They will also be doing this along the creek.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mea Culpa, I inadvertently referred to the Backroads Diner in Kooskia as the Hometown Diner in last week’s column. I guess I conflated home cooking with hometown, or thought I was somewhere else. I did get the caption right for the photo, since the name is on the sign. I still need to try a burger to see if they are really the best around.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.” Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and several partner groups will be hosting the annual Kids’ Free Fishing Day events on Saturday, June 10 near Grangeville, Elk City, and Lowell. The events will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are for children up to 12 years of age.June 5, 2017 12:02 p.m. read more..
While numbers have significantly dropped and raised within the last five years, the current standing of cattle and calves in Idaho County, as of Jan. 1, 2017, is less than 2 percent down from head totals for this same time in 2013.June 2, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..
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