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Grangeville chamber meeting draws crowd to Elks Jan. 25

Nancy Asker

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Nancy Asker

— A potluck of snacks, visiting and local information were all part of the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 25.

Nearly 30 people showed up for the quarterly meeting and get-together, held at the Elks Lodge.

Jeff Kutner, chamber liaison, reported that $17,000 in Mammoth Bucks are still out.

“Just imagine if everyone dug out those bucks and spent them in one weekend,” Kutner said. “Find them! Spend them!”

Mammoth Bucks are good at all Grangeville businesses and they do not have an expiration date. They can be purchased through Jeff from the chamber.

The group voted to retain Nancy Asker as the board’s chair and re-elect members Lori Courtright and Terri Schmitz, as well as add new member Tommiann Day. Also serving on the board are Beryl Grant (treasurer) and Jody Hoogland (secretary).

The Grangeville Visitors Center is in need of volunteers to help man the facility for the upcoming spring and summer months. Talk to Kutner or a board member for details.

Guest speakers for the meeting were Joe Cladouhos and Mary Ann High, who advocated for Medicaid Expansion in Idaho.

“Hundreds of people in this county could benefit from this expansion,” Cladouhos said.

Cladouhos said the expansion is not only good for the “human aspect,” of it but also for the dollars in healthcare it would bring to the state.

“As of now, 32 [other] states have expanded,” he told the group.

He and High are part of a local effort to get registered voters to sign a petition to put the expansion on the November ballot.

“We could definitely use the help of the business community to get the needed signatures,” High added.

About 48,000 signatures, or 6 percent of Idaho’s registered voters, are needed. Of the 1,500 Idaho County signatures needed by May 1, there have been 300 gathered so far.

“This isn’t even asking people what to believe, but just a chance to get it on the ballot and then let the people decide,” Cladouhos emphasized.

A local event, “Have a Heart for Health Care,” is set for the Soltman Center Monday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Petitions will be available to sign by registered voters. Voter registration will also be available for those who aren’t yet registered.

Contact Mary Ann High at 208-451-6027 or Joe Cladouhos at 208-507-0239, or log onto for details.

The Grangeville Chamber of Commerce meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30 a.m., at The Gallery. Anyone interested is invited to attend.


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