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It's Your Business: Hilltop closed; deli to open in the fall


Lorie Palmer

The Idaho County Recycling sites at Grangeville and Cottonwood will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, of the Labor Day weekend. Both facilities will be open again on Sept. 8. The Kooskia site will maintain its usual hours on Sept. 1.

You may have noticed the Hilltop Café in Grangeville is closed. It will re-open with Anita’s daughter, Amy, at the helm, but it will be different. Here’s a message Amy posted on Facebook recently:

“It is true, Hilltop has closed. Due to health issues, it happened a bit sooner than we were planning. We will be closed for the next month for renovations, after which we will reopen as Amy’s Full Belly Deli. We will still serve breakfast and will have a deli style lunch menu that will consist of hot and cold sandwiches, homemade soups and deli salads, as well as a wide variety of keto and low carb specialty options. We appreciate all of the support from the community during the last 13 years, and look forward to continuing my mom’s tradition of great food and community service.”


Ice cream cones have been a popular item at Kooskia’s Coffee and Cream (top), especially during the hot summer months. (Above) It’Se- Ye-Ye Casino handed out water bottles at the Chief Lookingglass Parade in Kamiah Aug. 18.

I read this weekend that in the U.S., 3 million people still use Netflix DVDs. I thought this was interesting. I figured most people did the instant-watch, but I suppose there are a lot of places where that isn’t possible.

Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach again is offering a variety of enrichment classes.

Sip and Paint: Barns in Pastels will be instructed by Margie Tuttle four Mondays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. in Grangeville. Cost is $105.

An Idaho Forest Group tour is set for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Grangeville mill. Cost is $10.

Learn to Dance the Foxtrot two Tuesdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, with Jeff and Carla Wilkins. This is held in Grangeville from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and cost is $30 per couple.

For questions or to register, call coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at 208-983-2164 or e-mail

The 13 banks based in Idaho earned $40 million in the first six months of 2018, according to data released by the FDIC last week. Net income for the period was up 54 percent during the same time in 2017. Loans grew by 11.3 percent to $4.29 billion, and deposits increased by 6.9 percent to $5.36 billion during the first half of the year. Net interest margin also improved to 4.37 percent, which is above the national average. For the quarter, the state’s banks earned $21 million, an increase of 58 percent from the second quarter 2017.

Family and business finances remain relatively stable as well, with the amount of noncurrent loans and loans charged off declining. Nine of 10 loans are being paid on time. Nationally, increased operating revenues and a lower effective tax rate helped industrywide earnings increase 25.1 percent for the quarter.

Unclaimed properties named for Idaho County

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:

Grangeville: Feola Campbell; Larry Ramos; Terry Rape; Elisha Shown; Lacey Sonnen.

Kamiah: Nicholas J Behnke; Gary Breeden; Eric R Martin; Aaron W Reed Jr; Gail Simmons; Lee Steiner.

Kooskia: Patricia Ahsley; Joe Brankey; Thomas Brimmer; Jessie Broncheau; William M Cady; Shelly K Pardue; Henry Teats.

Lucile: Wayne Hunsucker

Riggins: Viola M Belt, Anthony Damon

Stites: David M Ciurleo

White Bird: William Fracon; Daniel Potter; Russell Cash.

Check on-line if you have unclaimed property by going to and click on Unclaimed Property. For information write to Idaho Unclaimed Property, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-9101; call 877-388-2942 or 332-2942.

Gasoline prices in Idaho have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.22/g Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 802 stations in Idaho. This compares with the national average that is unchanged versus last week to $2.83/g, according to GasBuddy. Average gasoline prices on August 27 in Idaho have ranged widely over the last five years:

$2.69/g in 2017, $2.45/g in 2016, $2.88/g in 2015, $3.75/g in 2014 and $3.78/g in 2013.

Are you interested in having some fun and socializing this fall? Join a bowling league at Camas Lanes in Grangeville! League starts Sept. 4. Call 208-983-1160.

Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend! The Free Press and Shopper will be closed Monday. Sept. 3.


--The following Idaho County Fair results were inadvertently omitted from last week’s paper:

HORSE- Grand Champion: Elizabeth Severns; Reserve: Erin Chmelik

ROUND ROBIN SHOWMANSHIP- Grand Champion: Grace Vopat; Reserve: Taryn Godfrey

--A headline in last week’s paper stated the MVSD school board will return tax money. The tax has not been levied yet, so the money will actually not be “returned.” The levied amount will simply be a total of $426,000 less than previously stated.


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