Visitors Guide

Messiah Celebrated in Handel Performance

At Cottonwood: The Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel was filled with more than 200 people attending last Saturday’s Jan. 12 performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir.

January 16, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Rocking In The New Year

Vintage Youth rang in 2019 with a performance for a full-house crowd at the New Year’s Eve grand opening of The Trails Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Grangeville.

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Midweek cools the slopes at ski hill

Fewer skiers visited Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area Dec. 26 than manager Scott Wasem said has been typical for the day after Christmas, which he chalked up to visitors having to get back to work immediately after the Tuesday holiday.

January 2, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

County Guides

Merry And Bright In White Bird

More than 200 people turned out Saturday evening, Dec. 15, for the White Bird Lighted Christmas Parade, which featured several local floats and a visit from Santa Claus on the community’s new fire engine. Along with refreshments, participants were treated to a fireworks show, courtesy of Hammer Down River Excursions.

December 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Twisted Fairytale performance by Cornerstone Theater

Cornerstone Theater performed A Twisted Fairytale last Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Cornerstone is a group of Christian young people who use theater to raise funds for various ministries; this performance benefitted hurricane relief.

December 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Kooskia Ushers In Christmas Season

Christmas festivites were officially ushered in last Friday, Nov. 30, at the Kooskia Tree Lighting event, organized by the chamber of commerce. Participants gathered at Kooskia City Hall for music and pictures with Santa Claus, followed by a block’s walk to A Avenue where the town Christmas tree was lit.

December 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird veterans’ memorial something to be ‘proud of’

Sunday morning saw a dual recognition for Veterans Day, with more than 100 people turning out to commemorate the holiday, as well as White Bird’s newly constructed memorial park. “Oh God of hosts, we bow our heads and thank thee for the victories thou has granted us,” said Bob Black, post chaplain for American Legion White Bird Post 152

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Hospice volunteers busy working on memorial ornaments

It may seem a little too early for Christmas for some, but Syringa Hospice volunteers have been busy making ornaments since October. The annual Syringa Hospital Tree of Lights Memorial Service is set for Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Many Hands Make Light Work

Volunteers with Real Life Grangeville were at Pioneer Park on Sunday, Nov. 11, assisting the Grangeville Recreation Committee in wrapping trees with Christmas lighting.

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Having A Ball At Kids Klub Halloween event

A cast of characters mingled, ate and danced in the Greencreek Community Hall last Saturday evening, Oct. 27, at the Kids Klub Halloween Costume Ball. Approximately 200 people attended the fund-raising event, proceeds from which will go toward playground equipment.

October 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

42 percent have one or more aged 65 or older

What makes up a household in Idaho County? According to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), there were 6,400 households in Idaho County, with an average household size of 2.4 people.

October 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Long associated with Halloween, these flying mammals useful, essential

Bats have long been associated with Halloween, vampires and evil, possibly due to their penchant for the nightlife and the fact that a couple species – which only live in Latin America -- actually do dine on blood. However, before you Google “bat exterminator,” you should understand the benefits of the flying mammals.

October 30, 2018 midnight read more..

Candy corn tops Halloween treats in Idaho

What candies bring back good Halloween memories to you or are still your seasonal favorites? “I liked Tootsie Rolls my least favorite was the popcorn balls. They seemed to be stale by the time we got them.”

October 26, 2018 6 p.m. read more..

Pumpkin patch brings joy to kids as well as gardener

Scott and Cindy Godfrey invited more than 50 kids to their home on Vrieling Road last week to pick out a pumpkin at their patch. “It’s all Cindy,” smiled Scott, welcoming kids from Kinder Ready and Kids Klub on Friday, Oct. 12. Kinder Sprouts came out the day before. Cindy is the executive director of Kids Klub, Inc.

October 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Males make up 52 percent of 16,300 population

Idaho County reported a total population of 16,300. This is according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Of this total, 7,800 were female (48 percent) and 8,400 were male (52 percent).

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Ranch rodeo event at Cottonwood this Saturday

Working ranch hands will compete for prizes, and bragging rights, at a ranch rodeo event this Saturday, Sept, 29, at the Two Bar V Livestock Arena west of Greencreek off U.S. Highway 95. Events start at 10 a.m., and admission is free with families encouraged to attend. Food concessions will be available.

September 28, 2018 11:11 a.m. read more..

Oktoberfest events start this Thursday

From scarecrows and wiener dogs to quilts and cars, this is the weekend to be out and about in Grangeville. The Grangeville Merchants Annual Oktoberfest celebration is set for this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Most events take place in Heritage Square.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mini Bull State Finals Saturday in Grangeville

It’s almost time for the Idaho Mini Bull State Finals. Having been here for Border Days, Olson’s Miniature Rodeo Bulls will be back in Grangeville this Oktoberfest, with 40-42 rides already booked for the season buckle finals on Sept. 29.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

IMTUF draws 175 for 100-mile run at Burgdorf

The seventh annual IMTUF (Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival) 100-mile event was held Saturday, Sept 15, starting and finishing at Burgdorf Hot Springs just outside of McCall off of Warren Wagon Road.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Clearwater Meal Center a place to visit, a ‘meaningful ministry’

It’s much more than just a good lunch at the Clearwater Meal Center. “It’s a service of the church to the community,” said site coordinator Bill Grady. Next month will mark the fourth year of operation for the nonprofit meal service at the Clearwater Baptist Church that, starting at noon on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, offers meals and time to socialize to those who come through the door.

September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Swinging For The Outfield

The inaugural Clash of the Quacks softball tournament last Saturday, Sept. 8, pitted teams from regional hospitals and raised $1,000 to benefit Idaho and Clearwater counties search and rescue teams.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Voices Raised In Song

The chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood was filled to capacity with more than 200 people attending Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, for a performance by the Gonzaga University Concert Choir. The 60-person ensemble presented a selection of pieces from historic to modern. The choir performs at the monastery every September to conclude its annual retreat at the Spirit Center.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Moving Tribute For 9-11

Idaho National Guard soldiers from Grangeville, Orofino and Moscow participated in the 9/11 Memorial Moving Tribute in Lewiston last Sunday, Sept. 9.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County Fair kicks off today in Cottonwood

This year’s grand marshal for the fair is Jeannie Fitch of Riggins. “One of my first memories were the huge vegetables my father-in-law, Woody, entered and won purple on,” she recalled. “The next is the super pigtail contest; my daughter, Julie, won longest pigtail her first year. She entered every year and won in different categories. Fun memories!”

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City Days 2018: Events

Residents and visitors turned out along Main Street last Saturday, Aug. 11, for the parade as part of the annual Elk City Days celebration. Events included the traditional logging show, sawdust dig, and downtown evening entertainment.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County Ambassadors: 21 years and going strong

The brainchild of former University of Idaho extension agent Mary Schmidt, the Idaho County Ambassadors made their debut in 1997. Twenty-one years later, Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman said she thoroughly appreciates the work Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors provide. “I count on them, especially during the fair,” she said. “They work hard.”

August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City Days set for weekend

Elk City Days 2018 gives a nod to local retired officers with its theme of “Salute to Law Enforcement.” Elk City Days are set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11, and grand marshals for the event will be current and former law enforcement officers for Elk City, as well as those who have served elsewhere but are now living in the town

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Sweet Time At 2018 Raspberry Festival

The grounds were packed at the Monastery of St. Gertrude at Cottonwood last Sunday, Aug. 5, for the annual Raspberry Festival. Along with its signature dessert treat, the event featured entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and an art and car show.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Dodgy Mountain Men to finish concert series

Get down to Pioneer Park as the last in the Summer Concert Series will feature some serious Montana stompgrass! The Dodgy Mountain Men out of Missoula will be featured for the last in the Grangeville Summer Concert Series, Thursday, Aug. 2.

August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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..

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.

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

Readers share memories of Border Days

“What’s your best memory of Border Days? The Free Press asked this question on social media, and we received a great response of those recalling events, incidents and personal moments.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Canaday, Hausladen in running for Border Days Royalty 2019

Grangeville Border Days is already looking ahead to 2019. Last Thursday, June 28, Colby Canaday, 16, and Jillian Hausladen, 17, both of Grangeville, competed in royalty tryouts at the Border Days arena. Who will be chosen as queen and princess to represent the 2019 event will be announced at the Friday, July 6, rodeo.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird Rodeo, Days set for this Friday, Saturday

Do you need a place to take Dad this Father’s Day weekend? The 29th annual White Bird Days and Rodeo celebrations are set for Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. The rodeo will be held at the White Bird Rodeo Arena, Highway 95 at Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird on Rodeo Drive.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

June 5 ceremony officially opens new Manning Crevice Bridge

Approximately 90 people attended last Tuesday’s June 5 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Manning Crevice Bridge, attended by the public, project contractors, and representatives from the City of Riggins, Forest Service, Federal Highways Administration, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Planting with a Purpose: Remacle steps forward to green-up Riggins City Park

Planters are showing their colorful greenery for the start of summer, thanks to volunteer Sammie Remacle, who stepped up to assist the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce for the work at the city park last month. “It feels good to make the town nice,” Remacle said. “Adding that little extra to it does make a difference — you notice that when it’s not there.”

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Author, Conley, presentation May 11 as part of state archaeology month

Idaho author Cort Conley will present a historic overview of boating on the Salmon River this Friday, May 11, as part of events scheduled for Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Conley’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, 104 Airport Road.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Riggins Rodeo 2018: Roping Takes A Team Effort

Team roper Steve King bursts from the chute in Sunday’s Riggins Rodeo action. The 70th annual event ran May 5-6, featuring saddle bronc, buill riding and barrel racing. Event results were unavailable as of press time.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Page, 15, chosen 2018 White Bird Rodeo Queen

Saturday afternoon tryouts for White Bird Rodeo Queen resulted in Kaylee Page of Kooskia chosen to represent the event for 2018. Page, 15, is the daughter of Yogi and Phyllis Page. She is a freshman at Clearwater Valley High School.

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

Easter Egg Hunt in Grangeville: 2018

Kids, ages zero to 12, raced and toddled across Grangeville Lions Park last Saturday, March 30, for the annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Grangeville Eagles. This year’s event had a total 6,003 eggs, filled with candy, dollar bills and quarters.

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

Mardi Gras at St. Mary's

Friends from throughout the area filled up the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, March 24, for the annual St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras fund-raiser.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Girls Have Royal Time at Little Princess Tea

Living the fantasy for a day, 75 girls ages 4 to 4th grade attended the annual Little Princess Tea Party last Saturday, March 17, at Prairie Elementary School. Participants came in princess and party dresses, and enjoyed refreshments, games, crafts, and learning the basics in being royalty, including the parade wave. The event was presented by the Idaho County Fair Royalty.

March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala draws 180

Approximately 180 attendees packed the Grangeville Event Center last Saturday night, Feb. 24, for the Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala, featuring dinner, auctions and live entertainment by The Hitmen. This is the 25th annual fund-raiser for the foundation, with money raised this year to go toward a new cardiac monitoring system.

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Resolution passed recognizing Wild and Scenic Rivers 50th anniversary

A concurrent resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was given a do-pass recommendation by the Senate Resources and Environment Committee Feb. 12. "It is just in recognition of their good work and the benefits that have come to Idaho because of it,” Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said.

February 17, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..

Trio Keeps Grangeville Veterans' Center Lively

Taco Thursday at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center brings in not only a crowd for tacos, but also a group of musicians to keep the atmosphere lively. Pictured here on Feb. 8 are (L-R) John Purdy, Ginny Cash and Marian Wikoff. Not pictured is Bob Wikoff.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Calf Staredown At White Bird

This calf was fixed in a staredown with the photographer during a surprise photo shoot on Bufford Flats at White Bird this past week.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Winter Recreation Demo Days at Lolo Pass Visitor Center, Feb. 3–4

Recreation professionals and outdoor experts from local communities will be at Lolo Pass answering questions and offering visitors the chance to test the latest outdoor gear. - Snowmobiling - Winter Trail Grooming - Avalanche Beacon Use - Winter Camping - Snowshoeing - Cross Country Skiing

February 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

BLM to upgrade Salmon River boat ramps

Having estimated they serve more than 86,000 vehicles and more than 321,000 visitors every year, the Bureau of Land Management is moving to repair seven boat ramps in Salmon River country, from Shorts Bar down to Pine Bar, the local BLM office announced last Friday, Jan. 26.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Greencreek Crab Feed: Time To Eat, Dance, Visit

St. Anthony’s Altar Society held its annual crab feed at the Greencreek Community Hall to a sell-out crowd Saturday, Jan. 20. Guests were treated to crab, tri-tip, side dishes and beverages as well as music by The Senders and plenty of time to dance and visit.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Census reports... Nearly half in county are Gem State natives

How many Idaho County residents are Gem State natives? Nearly 50 percent. This, according to estimates released in December by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), a rolling sample of estimates on more than 40 social, economic and housing characteristics.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Partnership provides warming place for snowmobilers

It can be a great day, tooling along to the whine of a snow machine in the back country, but even bundled up for a long trip, it can still be a long, cold ride. Meeting the snowmobiler’s needs for a warm place to rest, the Sno-Drifters of Grangeville, in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is providing Adams Camp warming cabin.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

High-tech culverts on Deer Creek open up seven miles of steelhead spawning habitat

Three years ago, Katherine Thompson was out chukar hunting with neighbor and friend, Tom Fliss, who’s a commissioner on the Deer Creek Road District. They were hunting on steep, grassy slopes on the Zumwalt property, upslope from the Salmon River near White Bird. They paused to look at a road culvert on Deer Creek, next to the Salmon River. “It was undersized and too high for fish to pass,” said Thompson, a fish biologist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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