The city of White Bird is without drinking water due to an as-yet undetermined system problem that became noticeable last Friday, Nov. 24, and continued to worsen. In an official statement released today, Thursday, Nov. 30, the city stated it has declared a state of emergency.November 30, 2017 4:33 p.m. read more..
Grangeville senior Braison Norman and the GHS boys basketball team have their sights set on the playoffs this season, which means winning the league games that will come during the second half of the season, after the winter break.November 29, 2017 9:16 a.m. read more..
I’ve been seeing bald eagles perched on trees or fishing along the South Fork and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers on my way to work. This magnificent bird has been an official symbol of our country since 1782, representing freedom and strength. We almost lost the species in the 1960’s. Bald eagle populations have since recovered to roughly 10,000 breeding pairs thanks to the conservation protections in the Endangered Species Act. The recovery of bald eagles is a true conservation success story with delisting in 2007. It would be a terrible thing to lose the bird that symbolizes our freedom. While there has been a lot of hype this fall about a different symbol of our freedom, the national anthem, I am thankful that bald eagles have endured and are still flying high!November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
As picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting, Grangeville’s Main Street and city park drew throngs of people to town Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Families milled throughout the city as darkness fell and temperatures dropped to the mid-30s: Parents visiting, hot cocoa steaming, kids running and playing.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
During the weekend, Small Business Saturday completed its eighth anniversary as shoppers across the country supported the local businesses that make our communities thrive. In Idaho, excitement was particularly strong, at spa, nail salons and hair salons which stood out as the type of businesses visited most on Small Business Saturday compared to the national average. These results and more are from the 2017 Small Business Saturday 50-State Survey, released today by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Relative to the national average, shoppers in Colorado, Hawaii, and Vermont reported pet stores as the type of small business frequented the most; while shoppers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York reported visiting a bakery the most; and shoppers in Georgia, Idaho, Texas reported visiting spas, nail salons or hair salons the most.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
St. Mary’s (Cottonwood) and Clearwater Valley (Orofino) hospitals are among the eight program grantees supported through the new $16 million, five-year Merck Foundation initiative, Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care. The grant is awarded to help mobilize community-based partners and to improve diabetes care for vulnerable and underserved populations, and SMH-CVHC are the recognized leaders in rural health care in the state of Idaho.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
For the first time since 2010, the Idaho County Commission approved a new subdivision, under which developer Timothy Hicks is bringing a cluster of new houses to about 31 acres in the Tahoe area east of Stites. “I worked with one other surveyor, but it was Chad Erickson who really saw this through,” Hicks told the Free Press after county officials’ signatures were added to the mylar Tuesday morning, Nov. 28. “It wouldn’t have happened without his help.” “I was just the surveyor on his project,” Erickson said, “but working through the regulations involved really does require someone who knows how to expedite the process.”November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho agriculture, which accounts for 20 percent of the total economic output in Idaho, could be in for changes as President Trump leans towards scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and as renegotiations continue between the United States, Canada and Mexico.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have implemented travel restrictions on Forest Service Road (FSR) 492, also known as Santiam Road, for public health and safety due to winter weather conditions and logging operations on the Red River Ranger District.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The effort to construct a band shell structure at Pioneer Park received an official boost with city authorization of up to $30,000 toward the nonprofit project. The decision was unanimously passed at last Monday’s Nov. 20 Grangeville City County meeting.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe has had a lot on his mind. About $1 million worth of thoughts. “We have to figure out what to do with the loss of the SRS funds,” he said. “How do we handle this” more than $1-million-dollar loss?November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“This would put a subdivision in place and provide what I think are much-needed lots for the city”November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kristen Ahrens, a student at Lewis-Clark State College, received the top award for her senior project at a regional conference held Nov. 4 in Coeur d’Alene. Ahrens received best overall conference paper from The Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. Her senior project topic is gender and homecoming in The Odyssey, The Aeneid and their Adaptations. Ahrens will be receiving a double major in history and English this December. She is the daughter of Ed and Martha Ahrens of Grangeville.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Students at Cornerstone Christian Learning Center in Grangeville held a pilgrim and American Indian theme feast at school Tuesday, Nov. 21. Students tried a variety of foods and ate and visited with staff and family, as well as their classmates.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The community is invited to gather for prayer with brothers and sisters in Christ at the Soltman Center (across Main Street from the hospital) in Grangeville at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. In addition, those who would like to share and discuss ideas for the observance of the National Day of Prayer in May, the group will meet for that purpose at 8 a.m.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2017 Idaho County Achievement Award Winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Halee Rowland, Elizabeth Severns and MaKenna York. In the intermediate category are Halle Klapprich, Aliyah Pineda and Mary Kate Forsmann. Senior honorees include Lindsey Goeckner, Gabriel Forsmann, Hunter Connolley and Sydney Andrews. According to Idaho County 4-H director Susie Heckman, during the year, club leaders keep track of all of the members’ activities, giving points for their participation. “Club leaders submit their top point earners to the 4-H Extension office at the end of the 4-H year,” she explained. “The top point earners from all of the 4-H clubs in the county are given to the 4-H Program Council and the 4-H Achievement Award winners are selected.” Heckman said the purpose of the achievement award is to recognize 4-H’ers who exemplify the goals of the Idaho County 4-H Program. Emphasis for the award includes overall achievement, leadership and citizenship. This year’s Idaho County Volunteer Leaders Distinguished Service Award went to Hold Your Horses 4-H Club horse project leader Sharon Blackmer of Grangeville. Blackmer has not only been a club volunteer, but has also been instrumental in assisting with the horse bowl and taking 4-H members to district, state and national competitions, Heckman said.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
If you want to support high-paying jobs in Idaho, you will support a business-friendly environment of lower taxes and less regulation. You would support the free enterprise system. You should place more trust in people than in the government welfare system.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
How is it that we, as citizens of the modern world, have allowed the government to ignore what Europe has been doing with taxes for their citizens since the end of WWII? How is it that we have been so gullible and been victims of insurance for profit propaganda?November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It’s inspiring to see this young man step up, put himself out there and say hey, I have something to contribute. Good luck, Dylan!November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The community has asked that the district spend its reserve money and do what it can to be fiscally responsible. I will tell you that from a new superintendent’s perspective, the district has listened and may have listened too well.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
For those folks who left town for the Thanksgiving holiday, you missed out on the warmest Thanksgiving in memory. No snow, no rain, temperatures in the 60s, but almost feeling like the 70s in the sun. What seemed only a few short weeks ago to have the makings of a long, hard winter similar to seasons past, seems to have melted into a lingering fall of naked brush, brown carpet and the smell of newly cut Christmas treesNovember 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I received this article from Frances Conklin at Dog Bark Park: “On Nov 21st parts of an independent feature film were filmed in and around Cottonwood. The film, tentatively titled ‘Mischief Upon Mischief,’ is an alien-abduction PG 13 thriller that from what I have heard contains a bit of everything including guns, hospitals, and romance. One of the producers, and leading actor, Jeffrey Decker, grew up in Lewiston and now works in Los Angeles.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Winter recreation enthusiasts packed the Idaho National Guard Armory last Friday evening, Nov. 17, as part of the annual Snowhaven Ski Swap. The Nov. 17-18 event provided ski and related equipment and consignments for sale, along with season passes for Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Hill.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote for this week is “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” SRHS Volleyball and Football Banquet 2017 will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Salmon River Inn at 7 p.m. Dinner and soft drinks will be provided. Family, friends, and fans are invited to attend to help honor our SRHS athletes.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Cyber Monday, Black Friday, fast life in the shopping lane goes by and we aren’t on it. On Friday I was too full to move, and I wasn’t about to leave the leftover pies unguarded. On Saturday it was football, football, football. Sunday it was cleanup and say goodbye to company, and Cyber Monday the Internet crashed. This country living isn’t always compatible with the modern living that goes on all around us.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Now that one holiday has come and gone, we start in with the next one. Yes, Christmas is only a month away so will start listing events that will be happening in our little town. Your help is needed for some of them, others you can join in the fun of the season or you may opt to just sit back and enjoy!!November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Typical fall gas price savings, in part caused by reduced demand and the switch to cheaper-to-produce winter-blend fuel, have been slow to arrive this year, both on the national level and here in Idaho. Unfortunately, it’s the continuation of a trend. Since Oct. 1 of this year, the U.S. average price has dropped 4.5 cents, while the Gem State’s pump price has decreased by 10 cents. Based on current market conditions, AAA projects prices will drop by another 5 to 20 cents to end the year.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Rachel Taylor-Diaz of Riggins, an employee of Wells Fargo bank, was winner of the 4 Weeks of Christmas giveaway’s first week. Diaz is pictured here with GreenAcres Nursery owner Russ Lindsley. She received a $100 gift certificate to the business. See this page or go online to enter by answering questions for next week’s prize of a $250 gift certificate to B&B Bargain of Grangeville.November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Nov. 17 rescinded a proposed rule that would allow hunters to forego prepaying moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat tags when applying for those controlled hunts in the spring.November 22, 2017 9 a.m. read more..
While our colleagues will no doubt debate us on many issues, we are making this pledge to every Idahoan: We will fight for the issues that provide opportunity to all Idahoans, but we will not engage in personal attacks.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular office hours will resume Friday, Nov. 24.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Lochsa Land Exchange began some nine long years ago by the U.S. Forest Service, which could have saved much time, expenses and reputation if it had listened to people.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Well, Thanksgiving is almost upon us … tomorrow!! I hope that you all are reflecting on the blessings you have, the family, the friends, the country we live in, and so much more. Let’s also reflect back to that first Thanksgiving and the reasons and sacrifices that led up to it. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The White Bird Gun Club played host to their annual Turkey Gun Shoot last Saturday. I was unable to connect with Dave for results so will try to get them for next week. The pinochle games were on Thursday with Smiley coming out as the top winner. Cribbage games on Saturday were won by Janis Ann (1st) and Christy Brown taking 2nd. Great job everyone.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Family Read Week was celebrated at Grangeville Centennial Library with the annual pajama party Thursday, Nov. 16. Parents and children had pizza and participated in a variety of activities including games. Here, Sanford Staab, “The Chess Guy,” plays a match with a parent while others watch.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This letter is to the person (and all others, as well, who abuse animals) who dumped a mama cat and kitten (?) at milepost 22, Highway 14, and another kitten (?) at milepost 23, Highway 14.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote for this week is “Be Thankful for your family, friends and neighbors. Love and thankfulness are gifts to be given and shared and treasured.” Happy Thanksgiving 2017 to everyone. Salmon River High School’s and Riggins Elementary Thanksgiving vacation begins Wednesday, Nov. 22; classes will begin again Monday, Nov. 27.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Valley Singers & Bell Ringers and the Children of God singers (COGS) are providing two free concerts to inspire people for the Christmas season. Concerts are at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Both performances will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at 407 7th Street in Kamiah. People are welcome to stay afterwards to meet the musicians and enjoy cookies, punch and coffee.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The public is invited to join SHC staff for brown bag presentations by providers of Syringa Hospital & Clinics. The next presentation speaker and topic is set for Thursday, Dec. 7, Dr. Matthew Told with “ABC’s of Dermatology: Common Skin Conditions.” The presentation will be held at the Soltman Center in Grangeville from 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Lewis-Clark State College and its partners are recruiting 90 area high school students for training preparing students for entry-level manufacturing jobs as part of a free two-year pilot program. Informational events for interested students and their parents or guardians will be held 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Grangeville; additionally, on Nov. 30 (Clarkston), Dec. 7 (Orofino), Dec. 11 (Moscow) and Dec. 13 (Lewiston).November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
When you are planning your shopping trip, keep a few things in mind: When purchasing local, you are essentially supporting yourself and your family. Repeat studies have shown that your local businesses give back to their communities at a far greater percentage than do national chains.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
- A coin flip last week settled a 26-26 tie between incumbents Paul Sand and Barbara Lowe in the race for a two-year-term council seat, with Lowe ending the victor. - Election results final for contested city positionsNovember 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
•Kids Winter Festival is set for Clearwater Valley Elementary School gym Friday, Dec. 1, 2:45-6:30 p.m., cost is $20 per child. Parents are invited at 5:30 p.m. for wreath making and dinner at a cost of $5. This is for students K-8, Call or text to sign up: 208-451-3538.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
•Kamiah Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 1. Lineup is 5 p.m., judging at 5:30 p.m., and the parade starts at 6 p.m. An Ugly Sweater contest will be held at the American Legion Hall about 6:30 p.m., and Santa will make an appearance.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
•The Grangeville Lions Club’s annual Christmas Tree sale starts Saturday, Nov. 25, at Green Acres and continues every weekend through Dec. 17. Proceeds support the scholarships the club provides to GHS students who take their educations to the next level. Last year’s successful Christmas Tree sale and the club’s other fund-raisers allowed the Grangeville Lions to provide three $2,000 scholarships for GHS graduates. The tree sale is located at Green Acres and runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Holiday meats can be donated at Les Schwab for Camas Prairie Food Bank. Meats, as well as other donations, can also be donated directly at the food bank on Tuesdays or Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A donation box is also at the back door for their facility located at 411 E. North Street (corner of Florence and North streets) across from Les Schwab. For information: 208-507-2365.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Stites man charged with meth possession; Kooskia man charged with statutory rape of 17-year-old femaleNovember 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
•The Grangeville Lions Club’s annual Christmas Tree sale starts Saturday, Nov. 25, at Green Acres and continues every weekend through Dec. 17. Proceeds support the scholarships the club provides to GHS students who take their educations to the next level. Last year’s successful Christmas Tree sale and the club’s other fund-raisers allowed the Grangeville Lions to provide three $2,000 scholarships for GHS graduates. The tree sale is located at Green Acres and runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held on Nov. 29, 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. The breakfast this month will be pancakes, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice, friendly faces and conversation. St. Catherine’s invites all in the community.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Nathan and Heather Aiken of Grangeville are the parents of a baby daughter. She was born at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 8:45 p.m. She weighed eight pounds, 1.25 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. Grandparents are Jeremy and Wendy Ringer, Dwayne and Candice Bailey, Ron and Lynn Clark, and Steve and Jessica Aiken.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A few thousand dollars doesn’t go far these days, but for those individuals and families in need in Idaho County, it can bridge the financial gap to keep the lights on, fill the pantry shelves, and especially keep a roof over their heads. It’s around this time every year Idaho County puts out word on assistance funds available through the emergency food and shelter program, funded solely through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Gregory and Stephanie Healey Schacher are the parents of a baby son. Brock James Schacher was born on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at 10:50 a.m., at Spokane Valley, Wash. He weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was 17.5 inches long. He joins a sister, Kambry, 3 years old, of Coeurd’Alene.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Visitors to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests should be prepared for short–term travel delays on Cove Road (Forest Service road 279), located on the Salmon River Ranger District, as part of early work on the Doc Denny Stewardship timber sale. Logging operations are expected to begin in January 2018.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mrs. Bush’s 4/5 class (Grangeville Elementary Middle School) is holding a coat drive! We shall be accepting donations of coats. We are going to give these to coatless kids, because we would like to make sure nobody at our school is cold this winter. We will have a drop box by the GEMS office and near the school library during the craft fair (Saturday, Dec. 2). Items can also be dropped off at the school office any time. We will only be accepting new and gently used coats, from now through Dec. 8. Please donate!November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Dylan Klapprich of Cottonwood knows the meaning of compassion. After all, the fourth-grade boy, a student at Prairie Elementary School did win first place in an essay contest about compassion. However, that’s only half the story.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Winter Magic Tree Lighting at Pioneer Park has become a holiday favorite for many locals and visitors alike. This year, that event will be added to. Grangeville Border Days Royalty 2018 received permission from the City of Grangeville to add a lighted parade preceding the tree lighting. The Country Christmas lighted parade is set for this Saturday, Nov. 25.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kooskia Community Library invites the public to an open house Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 2-5:30 p.m., at 026 S. Main (next to Kooskia City Hall). The library has new tables and chairs, improved 24/7 Internet service through AirBridge Broadband, Lego kits and more. Lisa Puckett, technology and education coordinator for PRLD, will also be there to introduce Talking Books Service (TBS) for print-disabled readers and demonstrate the equipment.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“It’s definitely a group effort on keeping the old girl going,” said Andrew Lane, a GVFD firefighter since 2002, on volunteers decorating and maintaining the truck, and getting it ready for its annual Christmas runs – one of two events, including the July 4 parade, it participates in annually. “All the fire department members are pretty proud to be a part of it.”November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A new face took his seat at the table as a Mountain View School District 244 trustee at the regular meeting Monday, Nov. 20, in Kooskia. Brad Lutz of Grangeville was appointed by the board, in a three to one vote, to sit on the board as trustee for zone 5.November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Cold has come to Lowell and Syringa, there’s frost on the pumpkins and you don’t have to hang your deer in the cooler, it’s just fine outside hanging from a tree. So is your elk. You can set your milk out on the back porch, but watch out for raccoons, and be sure your bathroom windows are shut before you go to bed!November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County Free Press, The Shopper, and ICFP Media will present its Four Weeks of Christmas Holiday Showcase event beginning Monday, Nov. 20. This year’s event will offer more than $3,000 in prizes that you, our customers and community members, will have a chance to win each week.November 20, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..
The summer garden debris is cleared out, the yard raked and raked again of leaves, and tools are winterized and stored. What did I forget? How about those roses? Winter weather across much of Idaho County can put the challenge to rose bushes to survive and thrive. So, what should you be doing to help those through the winds, frosts, freezes and snowloads our region can throw at them?November 15, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..
Tires get us to places we have to go, and more importantly, destinations we want to go. And North Central Idaho has lots to go see. So … go soak your head! And the rest of yourself in a dip in Jerry Johnson Hot Springs.November 15, 2017 12:21 p.m. read more..
If you attended your annual meeting on Nov. 2, you heard a lot of information about your cooperative, including an upcoming rate increase this Jan. 1. It’s never easy to raise rates, because our members are our owners, but costs continue to increase. We work diligently to make sure that you receive safe, affordable and reliable power at cost. This, after all, is the cooperative way.November 15, 2017 12:19 p.m. read more..
“I love the elderly. Just visiting with them and getting to know them is worthwhile,” she said. Bruegeman has worked at GHR for two years and before that was a property appraiser for 14 years. Before that, she and her husband owned a restaurant for a decade.November 15, 2017 12:16 p.m. read more..
Chiropractic treatment is an option for the treatment of certain types of vertigo-dizziness. Both chiropractors and their patients know that the spinal adjustment may help with vertigo-dizzinessNovember 15, 2017 12:15 p.m. read more..
“A major misconception is that auctions are only for distressed or discounted property,” said Kyle Musick, GoBidToday auctioneer.November 15, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..
“When people are diagnosed with diabetes, it can be confusing and scary,” said Wren. “Almost everyone knows about diabetes, but it can be difficult to understand. We explain not only what the disease is, but how it progresses and, most importantly, how it can be controlled.”November 15, 2017 12:08 p.m. read more..
Ever since X-rays were made practical to use, dentists have relied upon them to aid in the discovery of cavities and other forms of pathology that cannot be detected visually during a dental exam.November 15, 2017 12:02 p.m. read more..
Snowmobiling is a blast, but like any outdoor recreational activity that involves mother nature, machines and speed, there’s always a chance that any one of those can create a serious problem. Avalanches, getting lost, broken down machines and extreme cold are just a few of the variables you can encounter. Being prepared is the key to safety and comfort.November 15, 2017 noon read more..
“There have been about 20 incidents we’ve detected so far this fall, and our detection rate is certainly not 100 percent.”November 15, 2017 8:57 a.m. read more..
After Oakley’s main weapon, Chandler Jones, put the Prairie boys on notice early in the 1AD1 semifinal last Friday night, Nov. 10, PHS quarterback Spencer Schumacher and running back Jacob Stubbers notified the Hornets the Pirates also had come to the Kibbie Dome fully armed.November 15, 2017 8:56 a.m. read more..
My quote for the week is “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Love with all your heart and learn to forgive quickly. Be kind; be thankful. Enjoy your loved ones.” Salmon River Community Church greeted its new Pastor Mike and his wife, Becky Chapman, last Sunday evening. They drove cross-country from Indiana in two vehicles to get to Riggins. Some of our church family helped them unpack their truck; they will get things put away where they want them. They are delighted to be here and looking forward to meeting people in our community. Becky returned to Indiana until their two daughters finish their first semester in mid-December. Pastor Mike delivered his first sermon Sunday and will be one of the speakers at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner this Sunday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“Four years ago, we were at our maximum capacity. Since then, there has been a waiting list for the after-school program,” said Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler. Keeler spoke to about 60 people who gathered Tuesday, Nov. 7, for the Kids Klub, Inc., building groundbreaking. Arnzen Building Construction our of Cottonwood, owned by Morris Arnzen, was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A channel change last week for KUID-TV requires TV viewers in the Cottonwood, Grangeville and Ferdinand areas to reset their tuners. On Oct. 31, the KUID-TV signal broadcasting from the translator at Cottonwood Butte changed from channel 46 to channel 35.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County Free Press/Shopper/ICFP Media employees recently attended an Eagle Newspapers advertising conference in Hood River, Ore. Making the trip were publisher Sarah Klement and advertising representatives Lisa Adkison and Ashley Hagen. There, the trio racked up several awards. They won first place in Best Self Promotion (It’s Your Business) and Best Print and Digital Combination (Holiday Showcase). They had one minute to make their case for each publication. In addition, they also won $200 for the office for Outstanding Innovation and Originality. Congratulations!November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Richard Jacobs VFW Post 4902, based in Cottonwood is proud to announce this year’s student education award winners. The Voice of Democracy competition is a three to five-minute speech with high school participants in grades nine through twelve. The theme this year was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
November is halfway gone and the holidays have begun. The Rebekahs Turkey Dinner was once again a success. We appreciate these ladies for all their effort on putting on a great fund-raiser...well done. The American Legion No. 152 bought dinners for 27 veterans. We fed 225 people and a special appreciation goes out to OC who cooked two turkeys. Hope everyone remembered to get their new 2018 community calendars. I received mine and it is great to see all the information on the area cowboys. A great job and a lot of time was put into these calendars, please help support the Library and their fund-raiser too.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Well, the Veterans Day Dinner was a big success. There were several things going on besides eating the delicious food prepared, thanks to the VFW Auxiliary ladies! Harmony Edmondson, senior at Clearwater Valley High School presented her entry for the VFW Scholarship program, Voice of Democracy with the title, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” She did an outstanding job!November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I’ve been watching the progress of the new construction of a log cabin in Stites for the past few months. It’s a nice looking little cabin at the downstream end of town. It’s great to see a new building going up in Stites. I’ve been curious about the fate of the Kooskia Opera House, so I stopped to see Marcia Graves at Graves Nursery and Thrift Store. She and Mike are excited to have sold it to a younger family who are in the process of moving here from out of state. I checked with Umpqua Bank about what they are planning to do with their bank building in Kooskia once they close the bank in January. They plan to sell the building as quickly as possible. Hoping that someone with deep pockets will see a future for this building.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
At Syringa, Lorraine Smith is canning quince jelly and marmalade, Becky Jackson is cleaning up after coming home from hunting camp, which is harder than the actual hunting, and River Dance Lodge and Syringa Cafe are going into winter mode until early spring. In Lowell, the Ryan’s at Wilderness Inn have cut back hours to breakfast and lunch, just for a few more weeks, then they open one more night for the Lowell QRU Christmas party. Three Rivers Cabins are busy with the hunters for this late whitetail season.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
By now we’ve all seen or heard the headlines: The U.S. is in the midst of a national opioid crisis that claims the lives of 91 Americans each day – one person every 16 minutes. Overdose deaths due to opioids, which include commonly prescribed pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine, are now responsible for more deaths in this country than car accidents or firearms.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” Fittingly, it was an educational writer (William Edward Hickson) who popularized this old proverb. The sentiment has a dual meaning when it comes to one of the recommendations of the governor’s Higher Education Task Force: the so-called “Adult Completer” scholarship.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Syringa Hospital Hospice volunteers are again preparing for the annual memorial commemoration by crafting handmade ornaments. The annual Syringa Hospital Tree of Lights Memorial Service is set for Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
St. Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.”November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
An electrical issue is the likely cause for a Sunday evening structure fire in Elk City. No injuries were reported, and though it suffered fire and water damage, the home was saved. The owner was insured. “It was a team effort,” said Fire Chief Jeff Maxwell, Elk City Volunteer Fire Department (ECVFD), that included five firefighters and two auxiliary personnel. “I’m glad we were able to save his house.”November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“I know you could have found someone with a more compelling or exciting story – but you’re stuck with me,” smiled retired Coast Guard Commander John Kennedy. Kennedy spoke to a full house at the Grangeville High School Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 10. “Driving downtown Grangeville this morning, I was reminded how special this community is and appreciate its efforts to celebrate its veterans,” he said.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Had it not been for some honest locals, last week could have gone down as one of the worst in JR Prado’s life. Late last week, Prado, a contractor and owner of Prado Construction, cashed a check for $3,000 at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union. He then ran to The Depot where he purchased fuel and a soft-drink. He didn’t even notice his bank envelope with the $3,000 in cash had slipped from his pocket.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
(Left) Nov. 10-11, two of Grangeville High School’s trumpet players were able to participate in the University of Montana’s All Star Band Festival. They had the honors of playing with high level high school musicians from around the Northwest and with the UM Grizzly Marching Band. Throughout the weekend (pictured, L-R) Kelsey Pilant and Marie Hauger played in one of the two bands where they worked with an award-winning composer, David Gillingham. They also marched on the field at the Washington Grizzly Stadium with the GMB and performed for their pre-game entertainment in front of 24,000 people. They also took the time to hike the M trail in Missoula and see area sights; (Right) Mr. Rehder and his 3rd and 4th grade class just finished reading the classic story by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They presented a Wax Museum to the school and their parents. Each character in the Oz Museum came to life and shared with audience their character using literary analysis and theatrical expressions. This project was designed to introduce the students to performing a memorized script in front of a live audience. The class had so much fun with their museum and can’t wait to see what book their teacher has in store for them next.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
KAMIAH — Clearwater Christmas Affair and Small Business Saturday: Nov. 24 and 25; Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kamiah American Legion Hall, 7th and Main Streets. For information call Georgia at 208-935-5616.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is investigating circumstances that may have contributed to last month’s death of a Kooskia man. Tentative cause of death for Shane M. Mahoney, 45, is the result of a subdural hematoma. According to Detective Jerry Johnson, investigators are looking into whether the condition was the result of an accident or perhaps caused during an altercation.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
KAMIAH —The Life Center on Highway 12 between Kamiah and Kooskia is hosting a special event. Start Thanksgiving with one hour of music, reminisce about the rich history of the nation, and focus on the positive things in life. This event begins at 6 p.m. Bring your family and friends.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Hangout, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage will all be available at no cost. Call 208-962-7383.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The same Dumpsters have repeatedly caught on fire outside of town. But it’s more than just someone dumping off hot ashes cleaned from the woodstove. “Some schmuck is lighting them off,” said Fire Chief Bob Mager, Grangeville Rural Fire Department (GRFD).November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Clearwater Christmas Affair and Small Business Saturday: Nov. 24 and 25; Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Kamiah American Legion Hall, 7th and Main Streets. For information call Georgia at 208-935-5616.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kids walked the slackline at Grangeville Elementary and Middle School during a recent two-day event Oct. 26-27 that saw more than 400 school children between kindergarten and the 8th grade participate. The opportunity was provided by Jeff’s Slackline, which is part of the McCall-based Courageous Kids Climbing.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A free workshop on photo restoration is set for Monday, Nov. 20, at Craigmont Community Hall from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A photo restoration display will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is set for this time as well, and $5 will purchase a sandwich, chips, fruit and cookie. The Lewis County Historical Society meeting will follow from 1 to 2 p.m.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho State Police is continuing to investigate last week’s single vehicle noninjury crash on U.S. Highway 12 east of Lewiston involving a Kooskia man.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests was a joint recipient in 2017 Regional Forester Honor Awards, announced this month by Leanne Marten, Regional Forester for the US Forest Service’s Northern Region.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This sentiment has been used before to describe what Kids Klub, Inc., has done for Grangeville, but it’s time to revisit that thought.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Forest health issues are driving two harvest projects on city-owned property south of town that were given the go-ahead by the council last week. Of these, work alone on 35 acres near Fish Creek and the Sno-Drifters warming cabin is estimated to net the city more than $90,000.November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Low income families in Grangeville, Harpster, Clearwater, Fenn or White Bird, are welcome to sign up their children for the Grangeville Tree of Sharing. To have your child’s wishes placed on the tree, you will need to sign up at the Department of Health and Welfare (C Street in Grangeville) no later than Dec. 8. Anyone having questions may contact Linda at 208-983-2300. Those from other communities will need to sign up for the tree in their area.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Come Celebrate Family Read Week at Grangeville Centennial Library Nov. 14 -16 Tuesday night, Nov. 14, from 4-6 p.m., will be “The Puppet Theater.” Join in for a puppet story time and puppet making from 4-6 p.m. The theme this year is “Tell Me a Tale.” This year is all about folktales, fables and family storytelling.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Kolten Key’s senior project may have turned out to be a little bigger one than he first imagined. “It definitely took a lot of time – about 160 hours in all,” he acknowledged. The project, a mandatory activity for graduation, requires at least 20 hours. Key took on revamping the GHS baseball bleachers. This included removing all the rotten boards and hardware from the two bleacher stands, painting the frame, staining and painting the boards and replacing everything.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Determinations on what types of travel will be permitted within recommended wilderness areas have been made in an approved Clearwater National Forest (CNF) Travel Plan. A record of decision on the plan was signed Oct. 31 by Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Cheryl Probert.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A lightbulb-laden chandelier, candle-lit tables and a stage, dressed as a big red barn front, greeted attendees of Summit Academy’s Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 350 people attended the Denim and Diamonds event, which celebrated Summit’s 20th anniversary and annual gala fund-raiser. Food, drinks, games, live and silent auction items, as well as visiting with friends, were all part of the evening’s activities. Musick Auction and Sons provided the auctioneering. “Howdy y’all – hope you’re havin’ a great time tonight,” drawled “Willie Nelson” (also known as Summit teacher Michael Rehder) as he shoved a leftie behind his ear and took a swig from his flask.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Welcome to November...the month has come on like a lion we all know, as the approaching winter hits. It will be here soon enough, but ‘ole Mother Nature is starting to show her colors. I hope everyone stayed safe and also remembered to turn those clocks back. That extra hour really is needed sometimes.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote for the week is “Life is better when you laugh a lot, cry a little, and are thankful for everything you have.” Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station. Win cash prizes at Bingo which is open to everyone 18 years and older. This senior citizen fund-raiser helps with transportation needs of our senior citizens. Salmon River High Students will honor our local veterans at a Veterans Day program this coming Monday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Quilts of Valor made by our Pinehurst Quilters will be presented to several more of our of veterans. The community is encouraged to attend the program.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
On Halloween I strolled through downtown Kamiah with a couple of friends to check out the cute costumed kids. Main Street closed to vehicle traffic and the children lined up on the center line for costume judging. Some clever costumes, a woman dressed as a giant M&M candy, with all her kids dressed as mini M&Ms, a ghost buster family, a dragon, Cruella.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Wasn’t that extra hour of sleep welcome Sunday morning? It is snowing as I write this morning, so I guess winter is here. All those chores that you didn’t get finished you don’t have to do anymore! They will wait until spring.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Diversity War Party within MSM is about repressive tolerance, where guilt for being white, Christian, male, and heterosexual is intolerant of perspectives that challenge the mind game of sameness. There is no diversity of free association, free speech, thought, or any interpretation other than the official doctrine of the globalist doctrines.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
This is regarding the story of the neglected and abandoned dogs on page 2B of the Sports Section under Organizations in last week’s Free Press. It Is appalling to me that anyone could do such a thing to an innocent animal. It really raises questions as to why there isn’t an investigation into this and someone held accountable.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I met Tim Christopherson of Kamiah and Mark Mahon of Council in 2014. They were in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the American Loggers Council, which represents the timber industry in Idaho and 29 other states. They told me about an inequity in the law that prohibits young loggers from learning their trade in family-owned mechanized logging operations under parental supervision. An exemption allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to work on family farms has long applied to young agricultural workers.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming a group of home schoolers from the Kooskia, Harpster, Kamiah areas for a history lesson about Elk City and the area, including a field trip out to Gold Point Mill (see photo). They were able to tour our little museum, watch a scale model of a stamp mill work, and view lots of historic photos in our collection. I also shared a story of James Berryman, who came here with the first miners in 1861 looking for gold. He had quite a life and you can read about him in the book, We’ll All Go Home in the Spring, by Robert Bennett. They were able to see and hold small vials of gold from the area and see a small sample of gold taken from the dredge that worked the Southfork near the mouth of Crooked River. It was a good day! Anyone who would like to visit the museum with a group or alone, can call me at 208-842-2452 or just stop by the Elk City Hotel Gift Shop.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Do you have holiday info to be included in upcoming issues of the paper and special Free Press sections? I need the info by Nov. 10! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me – 208-983-1200.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“We did have a very good year, a safe year,” said Max Beach, manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, addressing the 140 registered members in attendance at the 79th annual membership meeting last Thursday, Nov. 2. Notable usage due to a cold winter and good margins were reported, assisted by cooperative efforts to improve efficiency and customer service.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Brochures for the Grangeville Turn of the Century Home Driving Tour can be picked up at Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 North College Street, Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. (winter hours) or call 208-983-2573. They are also available at The Idaho County Genealogical Society, 111 South Idaho Street, Grangeville, which is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
During its drug take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Grangeville Police Department collected about 30 pounds of various prescription drugs.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday Nov. 15, noon. This will be a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. All are welcome. Call 208-926-7776.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, Nov. 11, for Grangeville People First’s annual Food Drive for the Idaho County Food Bank. It will be held at Asker’s Harvest Foods from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group will also be having a baked food sale at the same time and place with all proceeds donated to the food bank.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“This is the most rewarding part about being involved with Grangeville Community Foundation – giving out grants to the organizations and people who are doing amazing things in our community,” said John Bennett. Bennett is on the Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) board, which held its 2017 grant awards program Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. This is the third year for the grant cycle.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in need of a representative. The zone’s trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville officially vacated his seat as of the July 17 meeting, and a replacement has not yet been found. “The borders of Zone 5 are a little crazy, so if anyone has any questions about the area this covers, call the district office or another board member,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Thanks to a national award earlier this year, Clearwater Valley Elementary School students are plugged in. Or in many cases, they’re wireless. CVES was honored for its efforts to offer quality education to all of its students. The school was rewarded with the The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award, and was only one of two schools in the state to receive the award.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The public is invited to learn and practice chess on Tuesdays and Thursdays in preparation for a Dec. 2 tournament in Cottonwood.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Senior Fun Night shopping spree and calendar prize raffle tickets are on sale now. Five people will win a shopping spree of $1,000 each at any Idaho County business. Tickets are $50 each and will be drawn at a home basketball game in November or December.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville public works crews were at Pioneer Park on Thursday, Nov. 2, planting five 3-to-5-inch-diameter pin oaks on the perimeter. The planting is to replace locust trees, which were dying at the park, and as well will add some red color to this public space. Last week’s work completes a planting project started last year with 27 trees – pin oaks and Swedish aspens – at Soroptimist and Lions parks.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A Glenwood man is recuperating at home following medical treatment due to an accidental shooting incident last week. Reginald “Reggie” Courtemanche III, 32, was taken to Clearwater Valley Medical Center in Orofino last Monday, Oct. 30, and transferred by Life Flight to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. As of press time, he had been released from treatment.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Six Grangeville students with Victory Karate Klub participated in and medaled at the Quest of Champions 2017 tournament held Oct. 7 in Lewiston. Overall, approximately 25 schools from the Inland Northwest, with approximately 230 students, participated in this tournament. Local results:November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville American Legion Post No. 37 invites all community veterans and their families to a free luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10, in celebration of Veterans Day. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center located at 318 E. Main Street, Grangeville.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Corporate banks misunderstand the relationships they have with their small-town customers.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Brandon and Amanda Davis of Grangeville are the parents of a baby son. Kyler Robert Davis was born at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, Idaho, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. He weighed six pounds, seven ounces and was 19 inches long. He joins a brother, Ryland Davis, 3 years old.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Grangeville on Wednesday, Nov. 15November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Jeremy and Briana Kaschmitter of Grangeville, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Quin Olena Kaschmitter was born Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. She weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces and was 22.5 inches long.November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, JacksonNovember 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..
Nathalie Kretzmann will speak at the Encouragers gathering Thursday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m., for a no-host luncheon. She will discuss the persecuted church around the world. The group will meet at Pizza Factory, 126 W. Main, in Grangeville.November 1, 2017 9:51 a.m. read more..
ALACCA Bible Camp, 101 China Garden Road, is a drop-off for Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox program through the Samaritan’s Purse ministry. Drop-off days are 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18; 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17; 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19; and Nov. 20, 8 to 10 a.m. Shoeboxes with small toys, candy and clothes are sent, along with the gospel of Jesus Christ in their language, to children throughout the world.November 1, 2017 9:49 a.m. read more..
Grangeville American Legion Post No. 37 will hold its November meeting tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center at 318 E. Main. Plans for Veterans Day and other upcoming events will be discussed. All community veterans are welcome. Call Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208-983-1191.November 1, 2017 9:46 a.m. read more..
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. This class can also be for parents who are caring for children with special needs and/or severe emotional disturbances. This is designed to help caregivers who care for individuals across the lifespan.November 1, 2017 9:44 a.m. read more..
Are you a teen or adult who is going to be buying a used car or renting an apartment soon? Do you feel that you need some information on what to look for, what questions to ask, what to avoid? Would you like to have your high school teenager learn more about these subjects? Hope Center, located next door to the Crema Café at 111 N. College St. in Grangeville, offers classes in these subjects.November 1, 2017 9:42 a.m. read more..
Fresh holiday swags are available through the Big Cedar Homemakers. Order by by Nov. 6. Call Suzanne Stephens at 208-926-4704. Swags will be delivered in Grangeville Nov. 15, and in Kamiah/Kooskia Nov. 20. Cost is $15 each.November 1, 2017 9:40 a.m. read more..
The Idaho State Department of Education recently awarded $111,967.94 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 11 schools across Idaho purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Idaho received the funding through the United States Department of Agriculture Equipment Assistance Grant. Individual grant awards funded new equipment including walk-in freezers, a salad bar and a 40-quart mixer.November 1, 2017 9:39 a.m. read more..
The annual fall dinner and bazaar is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, 7th and Idaho streets, in Kamiah. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for those interested in playing Bingo or viewing the items in the silent auction and country store.November 1, 2017 9:38 a.m. read more..
Grangeville American Legion Post No. 37 invites all community veterans and their families to a free luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10, in celebration of Veterans Day. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center located at 318 E. Main Street, Grangeville. Lunch is provided through donations from Asker’s Harvest Foods, Judy Lindsley, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 37 and the Vets Center. Contact Post Adjutant Don Owen at 208-983-1191.November 1, 2017 9:37 a.m. read more..
Assumption Parish of Ferdinand will be holding its annual dinner and raffle Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at the Ferdinand parish hall. A roast beef and ham dinner and dessert will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost for adults is $10, K through 6th grade is $5, and preschool and under eat free. There will be a presentation of quilts to area veterans at 2 p.m. The raffle drawing will begin at 4 p.m. with more than 20 chances to win mostly cash prizes. Bingo will be played all day.November 1, 2017 9:35 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School’s college and career readiness specialist will be hosting an information session about the Naval Academy Monday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., at the GHS library. The target audience is 8th to 11th grade students, and their parent/guardian. Home and private-school students are welcome as well.November 1, 2017 9:11 a.m. read more..
Sign up for the Tree of Sharing by Dec. 8 at Umpqua Bank, 001 Main Street, Kooskia. This is for children ages 0-18 who are in need and live in the Kooskia, Stites and Clearwater areas. Tags will be available for the community to help fulfill wishes. Cash donations also accepted. Call Umpqua Bank at 208-926-4236. Gifts can be picked up Dec. 20.November 1, 2017 9:10 a.m. read more..
Low income families in Grangeville, Harpster, Clearwater, Fenn or White Bird, are welcome to sign up their children up for the Grangeville Tree of Sharing. To have your child’s wishes placed on the tree, you will need to sign up at the Department of Health and Welfare (C Street in Grangeville) starting today, Nov. 1, but no later than Dec. 8. Anyone having questions may contact Linda at 208-983-2300. Those from other communities will need to sign up for the tree in their area.November 1, 2017 9:09 a.m. read more..
For the Kamiah boys it was their first experience at state.November 1, 2017 9:09 a.m. read more..
GHS seniors Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell each received an honorable mention at the national level for their PTA Reflections projects. After winning awards of excellence at the state level, their projects went on to national competition. Lutz was entered in the literature category while Russell’s work was in the photography section.November 1, 2017 9:07 a.m. read more..
The Salmon River girls put a scare into a formidable Butte County team during the second round of the 1AD2 state tournament last weekend.November 1, 2017 9:05 a.m. read more..
Prairie led 28-0 at halftime Friday, during what became a 52-14 road win last Friday night, Oct. 27, over the other contender for the Whitepine League's second seed.November 1, 2017 9:02 a.m. read more..
Starting with one of the first plays of the contest Friday night, Oct. 27, during which Grangeville beat Melba 46-6, the Bulldogs cleared the way for running back Noah Kaschmitter.November 1, 2017 9 a.m. read more..
“We don’t like to just blow into towns and blow out,” said Korey Kemp. “We want to make a difference in the name of Jesus Christ.” Kemp is the lead man in Allegiance Trio, which performed at the United Methodist Church (UMC) to a crowd of about 100 people Monday, Oct. 16, along with members Jake Sammons and Corey Lackey.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Teachers are driven by a passion for their subjects and a calling to their students — even if those students are on the other side of the world. This is what happened for Joan Brown, an elementary school teacher from Chatteroy, Wash., when she began to feel drawn to serve in Mthatha, South Africa.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho Department of Labor Veterans Representative, Don Erickson, will be at the Grangeville local office of Idaho Department of Labor Wednesday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (lunch noon to 1 p.m.)November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Cornerstone Theater will present the dark comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace, this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at the Grangeville Methodist Church. Performance times are 5:30 p.m on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is by donation. The funds from the performances will be going to Hurricane relief.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Are you interested in the history of Grangeville homes? Grab some friends, hop in the car (or go by foot if you’d like the exercise) and go on the “Turn of the Century Homes” tour in Grangeville. “A brochure was last completed about 27 years ago, but we’ve now updated that and it’s ready for the public,” said Annelle Urbahn, who has helped get the new brochure updated and out. The Urbahn House, 204 E. South First Street, which was built in 1910, is one of the homes on the tour.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
GHS seniors Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell each received an honorable mention at the national level for their PTA Reflections projects. After winning awards of excellence at the state level, their projects went on to national competition. Lutz was entered in the literature category while Russell’s work was in the photography section.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville Centennial Library held a Halloween party for kids during story hour Oct. 25. More than 40 children attended, along with parents, for snacks, stories, a costume contest, pumpkin and face painting. Here Librarian Angie Norman (AKA Wonder Woman) reads to children.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
What’s sweet and sassy and really loud? It’s the Idaho Force All Stars and they’re in it to win it. Area residents who have been to Grangeville High School football games this season have viewed the large group of girls cheering and dancing during halftime. Coach Cedar Rose offers cheer practice four days a week and currently has 47 kids enrolled in the program between the ages of 5 and 18.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School’s concert band, concert choir and Varsity Blue choir performed in its first concert of the school year Oct. 26. The groups are instructed by new music teacher Merrill-Lee Rasmussen. Pictured here in the band is freshman Reece Wimer.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Friends of the Centennial Library (FoCL) are seeking the community’s help. FoCL is looking for donations to support the library in budget categories: technology, programs, books, library (physical) improvements, scholarships and administration. “Though FoCL has accomplished a lot of things, there’s more we’d like to be able to do in 2018,” said board member Cindy Lane.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Life in Lowell and Syringa in the fall of each year is good. The TV system is working for football, news, movies, and Dr. Phil. Internet is speedy for staying in touch with friends and family, holiday plans, hunting news, and Google. Even the telephone and electricity works on a regular basis. We can shop online, and get a speedy delivery. We can eat the healthy stuff out of our gardens, we can enjoy venison left over from last year making room in our freezers for this year’s meat. We scrounge to get our firewood stacked high and keep dry.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The drawing for a table made by Jim Chmelik of Chesky Woodworking in Cottonwood will be held at Summit Academy Mystery Night this Saturday, Nov. 4. It is a beautiful table created from Quarter Sawn White Oak and Sycamore. The fund-raiser is for the Diocese of Boise Seminarians and Summit Academy Catholic School. Tickets for Mystery Night are all sold out, but several people have multiple tickets and would let you have one. Call the school if you want tickets for either of these. 208-962-5650.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
My quote for the week is “What I’d give if I could say, “Hello Daddy,” in the same old way. To hear his voice and see his smile, to sit with him and chat awhile. So, if your father is still here, cherish him with care, for you’ll never know the heartache until you see his empty chair.” This quote is in memory of my dad who died Nov. 5, 2010; he would have been 101 in July. I sure miss him.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Saturday was a beautiful day to run fast! Two CV Rams runners and seven Kamiah Kubs runners travelled to Eagle, Idaho, to compete in the 1A State Cross-Country championships running a 5 km (3.1 mile) course. CV Rams runner Melanie Gianopulos placed third in the girls’ race in a time of 20:24:98. Cross Country coach Janna Privette told me that this was Melanie’s first trip to state and a huge accomplishment for such a young runner.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Welcome to the end of October...the months are just flying by! The colors this year are really bright against the Salmon River. Take a drive and enjoy the autumn, as it will soon be turning again.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Note: School will be in session this Thursday, Nov. 2, Grangeville High School. Though this was supposed to be a parent/teacher conference day, the students will be in school this day to make up for the bomb threat day in October. Classes will run on a normal Thursday schedule with attendance policy in effect. Know that conferences will be held at GHS tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 1, and tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 2, 4 to 7:30 p.m. There is no school Friday, Nov. 3. Grangeville Elementary Middle School students will not have school Nov. 2 or 3 and conferences will also be held. School will also not be in session at Clearwater Valley in Kooskia. •November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Are you looking for a taste of old-fashioned fun? Check out the 29th annual Harpster Community Craft Fair and Lunch this Saturday. The event will be held at the Harpster Community Building Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 208-983-1436 for details.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Elk City School did a great version of a “haunted house” for their Halloween celebration! Scary music and moanings, monsters that jump out at you at the right time, little monsters that follow you down the darkly decorated hallways, a monster with a “human” head in his hand, and as a final scare, a monster chasing you with a chain saw. Thanks to all of you who helped set it up and participated including the following:November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Faith Lutheran Church invites the public to attend weekly worship services. Winter worship time is at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments and fellowship. The church is located at 6th and Idaho Streets. Worship service is every Sunday at 11 a.m. Men’s Bible group meets each Thursday at 7 a.m., at the Hearthstone Bakery. Women’s Bible study meets Thursdays at 10 a.m., at the church. Call Pastor Gail Hart at 208-790-4515.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“Scenes and Sounds of Nature” by Roger and Janice Inghram will be held at Kooskia Community Center Saturday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. The 45-minute video includes many local species of mammals, plants and birds. This is free to the public and refreshments will be provided.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“Thank you for letting me serve for the past 17 years,” said Pastor Harold Gott, Grangeville Christian Church. Gott addressed the board of Syringa Hospital and Clinics at its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 24November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Fire destroyed a hay barn and its contents in an early Saturday morning incident at the Raff residence east of Stites. No injuries were reported. Losses were estimated around $80,000, according to Fire Chief Blaine Feinman, Ridge Runner Fire Department, for the structure, its contents of between 19 to 20 tons of hay, and a 1994 Ford F150 pickup.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Oct. 17 fire that burned 75 acres above the White Bird Grade was caused by power lines during what IDL Fire Bureau Chief JT Wensman called the “high wind events that occurred” that night. On Oct. 26, Wensman told the Free Press the related investigation was not yet complete.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A piece of Camas Prairie old iron is headed east to corn country. Last Friday, Oct. 27, the approximate four-ton 1917 Yuba Model 20-35 four-cylinder gas engine tractor was secured to a Bell Equipment flatbed truck pending shipment to an auction house in Davenport, Iowa. A sunny fall morning reflected across the tractor’s glossy green paint, still pristine from a restoration effort undertaken more than a decade ago by Ted Billups of Grangeville.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Seven miles south of town along the Grangeville-Salmon Road, someone tore down the sign that points out the turnoff up to the Snowhaven Ski and Tubing Area last weekend. “They hooked on to the posts with a chain and pulled it down,” Snowhaven manager Scott Wasem said Sunday night, Oct. 29.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Human remains discovered along the Salmon River last week have been positively identified – based on dental records — as those of Cayla A. Danenberg, missing since a 2016 vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 95.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County has entered into an agreement with Idaho Transportation Department for an estimated $897,000 in new work on the Salmon River Road. The agreement is for work intended to reduce ongoing maintenance costs, which were a sticking point in 2016, during negotiations over whether the county or the federal government would have to pay for the reconstructed road’s upkeep.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters will be deciding contested city council and mayoral races in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots and polling stations location information is in this week’s Free Press, pages 4-6B.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
After deliberating on my position running for mayor, I have decided to withdraw from this race and endorse Lance McColloch for mayor of Grangeville. I believe that Lance will earnestly serve in the best interests of Grangeville as I would have.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Dylan Canaday is one candidate for city council who has no personal business interests that might influence his priorities. He is at a time in his life when he has only himself to support. He plans, for his first year as a council member, to work almost full-time learning how things work, why, what things cost, why, and whether they should, and seeking businesses that would locate in Grangeville.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Giving our public lands to the states is the quickest way to lose all of our rights, including hunting and fishing on our public lands. The State of Idaho can’t afford to manage our public lands, but they could make a bundle selling them to the highest bidder.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
I would love to reach out to the entire Riggins community for all of the love and support you show toward our young student-athletes here at Salmon River Jr.-Sr. High School. It is evident over the years that a large part of our identity has been shaped by our success both on and off the field and court, so to speak.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Do you support allowing new construction and users to hook into your system without paying back some of the investment you have made over the years? The “Equity Buy-in Fees” are simply that. Nobody likes fees, but everyone dislikes paying someone else’s fees.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Lance McColloch has the wisdom and knowledge it takes to be the mayor of our wonderful city, Grangeville.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Teens are invited to a hayride and bonfire Saturday, Nov. 4, Grangeville Church of the Nazarene. Teens will meet at the church, 515 West North 2nd Street, at 5 p.m. Bring friends and coats. Food will be provided. Permission slips must be signed beforehand. Stop by the church or call 208-983-0052. A variety of youth, adult and children’s activities are available on a regular basis at the church. Inquire at the church office for details and a calendar of events.November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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