Stories for July 2018


Monday, July 30

Sunday, July 29

Friday, July 27


Thursday, July 26


Wednesday, July 25


Babe Ruth baseball team wins regional opener

Last week, the Idaho Babe Ruth baseball team held a car wash fundraiser in Grangeville and received much financial support for this week’s trip to Portland, Ore., where the boys from across North Central Idaho won their tournament opener.

July 25, 2018 8:09 a.m. read more..

Kamiah standout goes pro in women’s b-ball

Shelby Cloninger led the Kamiah girls to a state basketball title in 2013 and has played college ball at North Idaho College and, most recently, University of Alaska-Anchorage. On Friday, July 20, she announced she will be playing pro ball overseas.

July 25, 2018 8:06 a.m. read more..

Risch backs bill to put $1.3 billion toward conservation

Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) introduced Recovering America’s Wildlife Act into the Senate on July 17, which could redirect $1.3 billion in federal money to states for fish and wildlife species with the highest needs. The House version of the bill was introduced in December.

July 25, 2018 8:05 a.m. read more..

Council encourages citizen to pursue crosswalk safety flags project

“I’ve observed people trying to cross at the crosswalks,” she said, “and so many people don’t stop.” Referencing handheld crosswalk flags available at locations in Lewiston and McCall, she questioned whether it would improve safety by helping motorists “see a little better the people who are there.”

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

$76.9M in proposed ITD projects for Idaho County region in seven-year plan

Nearly $77 million in highway, bridge and airport projects within Idaho County are being proposed as part of the Idaho Transportation Department’s draft seven-year “roadmap” for planning and developing transportation projects. Deadline is July 30 for public comment on these proposals and the overall Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) FY2019-25 draft involving projects across the state.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

City land donation for shelter still ‘possible’; ARF building set for 2022 start

Plans for constructing a regional animal shelter facility continue to move forward with a new ground-breaking date within four years. Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a nonprofit group, updated the Grangeville City Council last Monday, July 16, on its achieved benchmarks so far, and also sought clarification that public land promised for the facility is still available.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Spokane-area paper company buys land near Kooskia

The newly acquired land near Kooskia will not be open to the public for recreation, however. Many of the roads that access this timberland cross other private properties that have experienced damage from unmanaged public recreation.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Summer Concert Series: Muzzie Braun takes stage Thursday

An Idaho favorite will take center stage at the third Grangeville Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 26. Muzzie Braun has made a living making music for 40 years. With the help and support of his wife, they have accomplished a lifetime of successes.

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Kooskia Days set for this weekend

It’s time to “Explore the Joy of Kooskia” for the 65th annual Kooskia Days celebration. The event is set for Thursday, July 26, through Saturday, July 28.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Challenge to Idaho GOP to support act

Last week, Idaho County Republicans (otherwise known as your Idaho County Republican Central Committee) – the “pro-life” party - issued a formal challenge to all county Republican organizations throughout the State of Idaho: Join us in actively supporting and campaigning for the passage of the Life at Conception Act bills currently pending in the U.S. Congress. Of all bills pending in Congress, why are we focusing on the Life at Conception Act?

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

A path to cut govt. subsidies for media

For numerous years, newspapers throughout Idaho have received millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. For as long as Idaho has been a state, newspapers have benefited from laws that require government agencies to post public notices in newsprint. In 2017, government entities paid more than $3 million for such notices, exceeding what the Legislature appropriated from the General Fund for state-run media outlets.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa trustees learn at ed. seminars

Several Syringa Hospital trustees have spent time lately trying to perfect their volunteer craft – that of being a hospital board trustee. The trustees reported on these endeavors at the June 26 meeting. CEO Abner King and trustees Leta Strauss, Jim May and Gunther Williams recently attended the Western Regional Trustees Symposium in Omaha, Neb., while trustees Jane Carlson, Al Bolden and Steve Didier were among those who went to a mid-year meeting in McCall.

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Community Briefs - July 25, 2018

The Elks Last Friday Burger Night in July is this Friday, July 27. The proposed event arena is the charity being benefited. Doors open at 5 p.m. and burgers will start being served at 5:30 p.m. Food will be served until the burger runs out, which is usually around 7 p.m. The public including children are invited. The last Friday in August is Labor Day weekend. There will not be a Last Friday Burger Night in August. The Elks will resume the Burger Night in September. The benefit will be the Dictionary Project which provides dictionaries to all area third grade students.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Comm - Milestone - Anniversary - Nelson - 70 years

Lester and Esther Nelson of Grangeville, Idaho, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 28, 2018, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church, 402 W. South 1st Street, Grangeville. The guests of honor request no gifts other than the honor of the presence of family and friends.

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Hankers Concert In The Park

The Hankers were the second in the Grangeville Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 19. Frontman Keith Niehenke entertained with not only his vocals but also his fiddle while-- among others -- concert-goer Michelle Perdue dances with a little friend. The series is sponsored by Grangeville Arts, Inc., and The Grangeville Chamber of Commerce. This Thursday’s concert will feature Idaho icon Muzzie Braun.

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Riggins News: Hot Summer Nights are here; events set for Friday, Saturday

My quote for the week: “Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time.” Sizzling Hot Summer Nights 2018 is here in Riggins this Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, sponsored by Salmon River Chamber of Commerce. Hot Summer Nights admission is $5 per person for 11 and older; 10 and younger are free. No pets, no coolers. Both nights will feature a food booth, beer garden, water slide, ASK sno cones and face painting, photo ops, games, and fun for everyone.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Days to honor law enforcement

More Elk City Days events: As stated last week, our theme is Honoring Law Enforcement. Our grand marshals are the following people: Terry Beeler, Tracy Bonner, Mike Chlebowski, Larry Dasenbrock, Stan Denham, Steve Didier, Pat Doyl, Curtis Jones, Herb Lindsey, Bob Maguire, Scott Paulson, Sam Stamper, Steve Stoneking, and Bob Taylor. Some of these folks worked in our community in a law enforcement capacity, others worked elsewhere, then came here to live. Thank you all!

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Knights picnic, swimming day set for Aug. 1

We spent the weekend camping in the mountains by Powell Ranger Station with our sons and their families. We had a great time, caught some fish and watched the kids play. Knights of Columbus Altar Server Appreciation Picnic will be Wednesday, Aug. 1. The day will include lunch at Swallow’s Nest Park and an afternoon of swimming at the Clarkston Aquatic Center. We will gather at the Church at 9:30 a.m. and should be home between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The Knights will provide transportation, lunch and pay for admission. Sign up on the sheets in the back of church or call Matt Beckman (208-962-7157) by July 30. Parents are welcome to attend. If you would like to drive down, let us know. Come and let the Knights show their appreciation for your service!

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Health Screenings In Clearwater

During the Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration in Clearwater on Saturday, July 21, the BPC Volunteer Fire Department hosted Partnership For Healthy Communities at the firehouse where 28 community members took advantage of free health screenings that included a blood pressure check, assessments for diabetes risk and depression, fit testing and BMI. The partnership includes St. Mary’s and Syringa hospitals, Idaho North Central District Public Health and the Grangeville Human Needs Council.

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Family Dollar grand opening is July 26; Community celebration to follow at store Saturday

After months of bustling and preparing — and area residents wondering what to expect — the new Family Dollar Store in Grangeville will have its grand opening Thursday, July 26. “Family Dollar is pleased to invite customers to experience our great value and broad assortment of merchandise in the Grangeville community,” said Heather Briganti, Family Dollar spokesperson.

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Tuesday, July 24


Sponsored content: How equine assisted resilience coaching helps military men and women

Active duty military and veterans may be interested in an upcoming program July 27-28 that brings participants and horses together for a variety of activities, starting with simple care and grooming and including use of the horses for therapy and personal growth, known as equine assisted resilience coaching. The full days are filled with opportunities for learning and ample time for participants to bond with others who have shared similar experiences from their military careers.

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Sponsored content: SMHC: Students learn home alone safety and more

St. Mary’s Hospital will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens, grades 6-8, Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, 25, 2018, at Prairie Elementary School. Registration deadline is July 20, 2018.

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Monday, July 23


CVHS sports meetings coming up July 30

Clearwater Valley High School will be having fall high school sports preseason meetings on 6 p.m. July 30 in the CVHS library. Football practice begins Aug. 6 and volleyball starts Aug. 10. Contact activities director Kolby Krieger, 208-935-5693, for details.

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Friday, July 20

Thursday, July 19

Free sports physicals on offer

Syringa Hospital & Clinics will be offering free physical examinations for all students for the purpose of participating in sports activities. The first will be 1-4 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Syringa Kooskia Clinic and the second will be 4-6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Syringa Primary Care Clinic in Grangeville.

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Wednesday, July 18


Two walk away from Tuesday afternoon plane crash near Skookumchuck

Neither of two crewmembers aboard a Cirrus SR22 was injured when the plane went down in a yard near Skookumchuck, short of the Slate Creek airfield Tuesday afternoon, July 17, according to an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) preliminary report filed July 18. Visible at the scene was a parachute attached to the aircraft itself.

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Airport revenue tops $150K three-quarters into fiscal year; new fees add $945 in the first month

New fees have been in effect at the Idaho County Airport since June 12, when the county commission approved a resolution declaring $5 per day or $50 per month due for light plane ramp and parking facilities at the airport. As of July 12, operators had paid $945 in ramp and parking fees, among total airport revenue of more than $152,000 during the current fiscal year.

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Central Idaho wins 15U state baseball tourney

The Central Idaho 15U team — made up of kids ages 13-15 from Grangeville (5), Cottonwood (1), Craigmont (1), Winchester (1), Kamiah (1), and Kooskia (1) — won Idaho’s 15-and-younger baseball tournament with a walkoff hit by Connor Morris last Saturday, July 14.

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Kayak course slated; Youth Volleyball Day coming up July 25; GHS Soccer sign-ups meeting is July 26; Kooskia Days softball game scheduled; JAKES Day set Aug. 4; Football Camp coming up Aug. 6-7 at GHS; Sprague wrestling camp tour coming to Kamiah this summer; Raspberry Festival fun run scheduled Aug. 5; Football officials association recruiting refs for fall season; Bear breaks into zoo.

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Dr. Durnin joins Two Rivers Dentistry

Two Rivers Dentistry now has an option to allow their patients to have more dental work done locally. Dr. Michael Durnin is joining the practice to assist locals with implants and other work.

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It's Your Business: Fair premium book is out; Family Dollar delays opening

The 2018 Idaho County Fair premium book is in this week’s Shopper. You can also get a copy at the Free Press or the Idaho County Extension/4-H office in the courthouse. The fair is set for Aug. 15-18, which gives you plenty of time to look through the open class section of the book and see what you can enter in this year’s fair!

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie Days set for Aug. 4, 5

Syringa Hospital and Clinics would like to thank the Elk City Alliance for inviting them to provide healthcare in their community. Together with St. Mary’s Clinic, services will be available to residents twice a month. Syringa hospital providers will be in the Elk City Medical Clinic the first Thursday of each month. Patients can call the Primary Care Clinic at 208-983-6000 to make an appointment. The area folks are very grateful to the two hospitals for providing medical care. Thank you both!

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Clearwater Valley News: Wagon Road Days set for weekend

The Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub painted their building a sharp looking dark blue green just in time for Stites Days. With the addition of the outdoor seating and the paint job, their whole look has changed. It appears that painting buildings is catching on in downtown Stites, first City Hall, now the Silver Dollar. That’s almost half the business district. I wonder who’s next? Stites Hardware? They even sell paint.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins News: Bovey fund-raiser dinner is Saturday night

My quote for the week: “Not all wounds are visible. Walk gently in the lives of others.” VBS, vacation Bible school, at Salmon River Community Church, will be held next Monday-Friday July 23-27, from 9 a.m. to noon; registration will begin at 8 a.m. Monday morning. The Texas team will once again lead the way. VBS is open to kiddos 4 years old-6th graders with 7-12 graders invited to be junior leaders; the SRHS football field will be a gathering place for 7th graders through college kids to have an evening of fun with the Texas team.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Lowell /Syringa News: Miss Martha turns Sweet 16

Miss Martha Smith, of Lowell, is turning sweet 16 this week. She is the best, working this summer at Idaho County Properties’ Kooskia office, and Three Rivers Resort. She’s a perfect little 5’ tall 120-pound granddaughter, full of spunk with a great attitude and bench presses ?? a lot (a member of the Kamiah gym.) Happy Birthday, dear Miss Martha!

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Stites Days Fun

Stites Days, July 14-15, was celebrated in the community with activities including the Main Street parade, horseshoe and 3 Point tournaments, food, and reunions with friends and family. The 2018 grand marshals were Bob and Karen Braun. Here, participants enjoy time on the basketball court. For event results see page 6A.

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Kooskia Saddliers

Kooskia Saddliers: Kooskia Saddliers held their O-Mok-See play day Saturday, July 14, at their arena on the outkirts of Kooskia. For more of the event, see sports, page 1B.

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Organizations - July 18, 2018

Stan Modrell opened the July 9 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Pastor Tom Helmick offered the prayer. Pastor Tom was also the winner of the free dinner drawing. 52 meals were served at the site with 29 hot meals home delivered. The board meeting was held July 10. Pinochle Winners: Stan Modrell, first with 4,680 and Liz Hauger, second with 3,890.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Seven try out for Idaho County Fair Queen

Seven young ladies will vie for Idaho County Fair Queen for the coming year. Madison Adams, Ciara Chaffee, Naomi Connolley, Anna Kaschmitter, Halle Klapprich, Clarissa Stevens and Grace VanGunten are all candidates for the 2018-19 royalty court. Crowning will take place Friday evening of the fair, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., in the main building.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Bertie’s secret weapon a quiet trust in God

But Bertie had a secret weapon: quiet trust in God who resists the proud, but grants grace to the humble. His radio speech inspired: “I now call my people . . . [to] stand calm and firm and united in this time of trial . . . ."

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Community Briefs - July 18, 2018

St. Mary’s Hospital will offer Safe Sitter courses for young teens, grades 6-8, Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25, at Prairie Elementary School. Registration deadline is July 20. The cost of the course is $40. Call St. Mary’s Hospital at 208-962-3251 and ask for Brenda Kaschmitter to register your son or daughter or your child’s baby-sitter.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

2018 Raspberry Festival to feature art show

This year’s Raspberry Festival at the Monastery of St. Gertrude will feature an art show that will be a celebration of the many talents in the community. The exhibit will be located in the Johanna Room of Spirit Center. There is no entry fee and artists are responsible for any sales of their works.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 17

Baseball team plans carwash fund-raiser

The Central Idaho 15U baseball team plans a car wash at 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Asker’s to fund travel, including lodging, meals and fuel. Donations may be payable to Nolan Schoo or Central Idaho League.

July 17, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Sunday, July 15

Saturday, July 14

Wednesday, July 11


Rodeo awards $33K, Alires wins big

The mid-week date of this year’s Independence Day put Border Days organizers to a tough choice, but in the end, the rodeo — both fans and contestants — made a strong showing.

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Spring conditions limiting stock access on some Selway area trails

As snowpack melts off and trail crews are reaching further into the backcountry, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are working to clear trails and share information about the latest trail conditions with forest visitors. On the Moose Creek Ranger District, conditions are changing rapidly and trail crews and recreation managers urge the public to travel with caution, especially on three popular trails that have segments which are currently impassable or temporarily closed to stock due to these spring conditions.

July 11, 2018 6:36 a.m. read more..

Controlled hunt drawing results available

Hunters can check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, and turkey. Results are posted through Fish and Game's licensing system at for those who have have an account.

July 11, 2018 6:35 a.m. read more..

Football officials association recruiting refs for fall

Recruitment is under way for football officials for high school and junior high school football in Idaho’s District 2. The first meeting, which is an introductory meeting for coaches and officials, touches on rules changes from last season and points of emphasis for this season. It will be held Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lewiston High School Auditorium.

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Grangeville wins Babe Ruth finale

The local youth baseball season is not quite over, as area Babe Ruth all-stars prepare for a tournament this week in Meridian. Grangeville’s 13-15 year-olds — several of whom played varsity baseball at GHS this spring — won the last local game of the summer June 29 at Clearwater Valley High School. Three rounds of tournament play concluded with a 13-3 Grangeville win over Kamiah — a final score coaches agreed did not reflect how closely the game was contested.

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US12 paving work under way; part of 50-mile ITD project

Paving work started this week, the first section of a 50-mile project along U.S. Highway 12 to improve mobility and safety. According to the Idaho Transportation Department, the 27-mile section between Tumble Creek and Saddle Camp Road will be resurfaced first, followed by the 23-mile section between Warm Springs and the Idaho-Montana border in August.

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‘It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be’ - 14 school personnel from region take firearm training course

Fourteen school personnel, 11 from MVSD and three from Salmon River, recently took a firearms safety and training course. The end result, — the school board hoped as they were finalizing the policy — was to place specific educators/staff with firearms on their person or be privy to a classified place and code where a firearm was hidden, thus being able to protect students if needed.

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Oregon man arrested for felony eluding

Jeremy W. Garcia, 40, with his last address as Grants Pass, was arrested on charges of felony eluding, misdemeanor resisting and obstructing and driving without privileges. He is being held in the Idaho County jail on $30,000 bond.

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Gun used to threaten, hit victim

Earl A. Clough, 73, is charged with aggravated battery and robbery, both felonies. He is released from custody on a $50,000 bond, pending his July 12 hearing in magistrate court.

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White Bird News: Inland giving away lattes at Canyon House this Friday

All of the monthly meetings have passed so it is pretty quiet here in our little town. I will have an update on the crawdad feed and the grand opening of The Hydrant when I return from vacation. Join in the fun at the Canyon House on Friday, July 13, as Inland Cellular will be giving away free lattés from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The tower above the cemetery is up and running with 4G and Internet. Our little town now has cell service and along the Salmon River as the tower at Slate Creek is up and going, too.

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Upcoming forest project prep to cause travel delays

The public should be prepared to experience significant delays on forest roads while construction is taking place as part of the Windy Shingle project, located south of Riggins, and the Dutch Oven project, located northwest of Elk City.

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Hey, Elk City, invite Hoffman to donate to your cause next time

Hey, Elk City! Next time you host a benefit for your loved one, invite Wayne Hoffman. He wants to donate to your cause. He would be “joyful that people are being lifted up” by his “helping hand.” Hoffman, of Idaho Freedom Foundation, says you don’t need insurance or even want it.

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District not allowing for public dialogue

Trustee Warden appeared to disagree with chair Dominguez wanting to open up a 20-minute community input session and answer questions from the public. Trustee Warden is afraid this might set the board up to hear only one side of a story

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Idaho can’t remain scroll-down state

Idaho’s chronic failure to invest in its people has made us a “scroll-down state.” That is, when you look at rankings for different categories that measure a state’s health and prosperity, you must scroll down to find Idaho.

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District 244’s approach eases concerns with firearms policy

If there’s anything that’s impressed us on how serious Mountain View School District 244 is taking its firearm’s policy, it’s superintendent Mark Scheibe’s perspective following a recent safety and training course. “You really have to practice what you’ve trained for and be prepared. It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be,” he emphasized, in a story in this week’s Idaho County Free Press. “People’s lives are on the line.”

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Workshops set for July 17, 19

A Kamiah workshop on resources to start a business and another workshop on social media in Riggins highlights two July offerings by the North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College.

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Tac Tech set to go in Elk City

Look for new employment opportunities soon in Elk City. John McKee and Steve Knutzen have started the business “Tac Tech Manufacturing.” The duo, who both retired to the Elk City area, are manufacturing trailers to be used for communications during emergencies.

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Pastor's View: Remember: assumptions are not reality

We think. We think a lot. At times we assume our thoughts are accurate and reflect reality without thinking a little deeper and without having some conversations. At times we act on other people’s initial thoughts without checking it out and discovering the other details.

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Faith - Briefs - July 11, 2018

Gather for prayer with brothers and sisters in Christ at the Soltman Center (across Main Street from the hospital) in Grangeville from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14.

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Methodist prayer box open to public for requests, praises

Passersby may have noticed a little elevated box on the steps of the United Methodist Church in Grangeville (on the corner across from Asker’s and the Idaho County Courthouse). The little gem was the idea of parishioner Rose Mangini, who had seen something like it on social media. “We commissioned Norm Rice, who completed the work in gorgeous fashion,” said Pastor Ryan Campbell of the wooden prayer box.

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Community Briefs - July 11, 2018

Mountain View School District 244 is offering on-line registration for the entire district, all schools. Beginning Aug. 10, login to your Skyward account, select the on-line Registration tab, and read, agree, and sign your student’s demographics and student forms, included but not limited to bus forms, photo releases, IDLA, Valnet, etc. If you do not know your Skyward account information, e-mail any of your secretaries: CVES:, CVHS:, GEMS:, GHS:; or Jenna Boggan: (districtwide)

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Border Days Results 2018

Parade winners: •Royalty on Horseback- 1st -Riggins Royalty, Jillian Hausladen, 2nd -White Bird Royalty, Kaylee Page •Commercial Float- 1st -P1FCU, 2nd -Early Bird

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Nichols to compete in Mrs. Idaho pageant

“I’m always up for a new adventure,” said Erin Nichols of Grangeville. With the support of her husband, Zach, and their four children, Nichols was encouraged to apply to the Mrs. Idaho America pageant. She did and was awarded the title of “Mrs. Grangeville” to begin her journey. Oct. 4-6, Nichols will compete in the pageant in Boise. The competition is scored 50 percent on the judges’ personal interview where they will look for articulation and confidence as well as posture, grace, elegance and overall appearance.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Road delays? Big deal! Enjoy the area around U.S. 12

The headlines in Lowell and Syringa this week is the construction starting up our way on Highway 12. Knife River Construction Company and Idaho Transportation Department are moving into our area. It’s been announced in the news and all the newspapers so we all know it’s happening, but just a local spin from this column today.

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Riggins News: VBS upcoming with team from Texas at community church

My quote for the week: “Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.” Wow! THIS quote really spoke to me Sunday afternoon as I helped a family in need.

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Elk City News: Doctors Told, Secrest at clinic

Elk City Days are coming up fast. Be sure you get ahold of Lynn at with your event. Dr. Told, from Syringia Hospital, will be at the Elk City Medical Clinic on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Cottonwood News: Barbecue fund-raiser is July 12

Several local youth are putting together a fund-raiser to help them raise funds to attend an amazing, life-changing retreat called Stubenville on July 12. The barbecue will start at 11 a.m. and will run until 7 p.m. Meals will be delivered to local businesses, so if you would like your meal delivered to a business to be picked up, just fill out an order at the business. Please come down to the Catholic Church in Cottonwood to support our youth going on this retreat.

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Camas Prairie Cruisers Car Show

Classic collectible automobiles – the oldest a 1924 Dodge two-door, to those with rocket fins, to muscle cars to enduring truck and Jeep workhorses – were featured at the annual Camas Prairie Cruisers car show, held last Thursday, July 5, at the Powell residence next to Pioneer Park, in conjunction with Grangeville Border Days. The event drew about 32 vehicles from both individuals within the region, along with club members from the Camas Prairie and Kamiah car clubs.

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Clearwater Valley News: Stites Days events set for this weekend

Far out! Mrs. Privette served as mission commander to lead the Space Shuttle Enterprise to outer space this summer! Kamiah High School science teacher (and track and cross-country coach) Janna Privette travelled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama where she participated in a simulated space flight to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. Her interest in participating began with the fascination that her students have with space travel. She was one of 224 science and math educators from around the world, chosen to participate in this five-day camp. Designing, building and launching rockets is one of the skills she hopes to share with her students.

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Martin Andrew Thompson, 82

Martin Andrew Thompson, 82, of Nezperce, Idaho, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.

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Kayak course slated; Kooskia Days softball game scheduled; JAKES Day set Aug. 4; Sprague wrestling camp tour coming to Kamiah this summer; Raspberry Festival fun run scheduled Aug. 5; Sawtooth Zone elk tags on sale July 12.

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Thursday, July 5

Wednesday, July 4


New laws taking effect July 1 include trespass changes

Sportsmen and women are also reminded that a first conviction of trespassing on private land carries a mandatory one-year revocation of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in addition to misdemeanor fines and seizure of animals taken on private property. Repeat offenses carry stiffer penalties.

July 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Thursday, Friday big rodeo nights this Border Days

The headcount is a bit lower than recent years, but the Border Days Rodeo will boast about 230 pros and about 300 total contestants including the local team roping, local barrel racing and the brand new “Mini Bulls” event, organizer Brad Arnzen said.

July 4, 2018 4 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 3

Fireworks sales, discharge extended through midnight, July 7

This Fourth of July holiday, Grangeville city residents can purchase fireworks and set them off for two extra days. In two separate actions – on June 18 and July 2 -- by the city council, a 48-hour extension was approved on the sale of fireworks, and also their discharge, through Saturday, July 7, at midnight.

July 3, 2018 6:25 p.m. read more..

Inland Empire Paper Company buys timberland near Kooskia

Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP) recently purchased approximately 4,500 acres of land previously owned by Bennett Forest Industries near Kooskia. Inland Empire Paper is a private timber company and paper mill located in Spokane, Wash. The company was founded in 1911 and has since acquired over 120,000 acres of timberland in both Idaho and Washington. The company prides itself on sustainability managing their forest lands for long-term resource conservation.

July 3, 2018 3:50 p.m. read more..

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