Visitors Guide

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..

County Guides




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..

Lighting The Menorah At GEMS

Grangeville Elementary Middle School students in grades kindergarten through fifth performed for their annual Christmas & Winter Concert Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at GEMS. The groups are under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Carla Astle. Here, during a Hanukkah song, Ellissa Crowl helps her daughter, Caoimhe. (an Irish name pronounced like Kee-va.) light the Menorah. Caoimhe is a second grader in Mrs. Pfefferkorn’s class.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

‘Biggest crowd ever’ for Pioneer Park lighting event

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..

GHS honors veterans at annual commemoration gathering

“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..

Walking The Slackline at Grangeville Elementary Middle School

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..

Arsenic and Old Lace performance

Cornerstone Theater presented Arsenic and Old Lace in performances on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Performance proceeds went to hurricane relief efforts.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

New Trees For Pioneer Park

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..

Billups sends off Yuba tractor headed to auction this month

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..

Halloween, harvest events start today, run through Tuesday

Halloween, harvest events information set throughout Idaho County. COTTONWOOD – St. Scary’s Haunted Hospital it set for Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5-7:30 p.m., in the lot behind the clinic. Stop in for trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin and more. The event is sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Bräts And Brew Fun In Cottonwood

Approximately 150 people attended the Saturday, Oct. 21, Bräts and Brew Fest, held at the Cottonwood Community Hall as a fund-raiser for the Prairie Community Library. The event included dinner, a live and silent auction, and live music by the Coffey Twins.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Little Library at Clearwater

The new Clearwater Mini Library, donated by Lyle and Susanne Smith, hangs on the outside wall of the Grange Hall in Clearwater. It was built by Lyle and given to Susanne for her birthday in September. The Smiths hope the new little library will be enjoyed by all, children and adults alike. The public is invited to borrow a book and/or bring a book.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

SPPS Animal Blessings

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School families Wednesday, Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Fun Run For A Cure: Flamingo Fun Run 2017

Despite some drizzle and cool temperatures, more than 100 people gathered for the annual Flamingo Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 30, during Grangeville’s second annual Oktoberfest event. This year’s run was organized by Grangeville High School senior Kate Lutz and proceeds will go toward helping find a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy).

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Hide Slide At Ranch Rodeo

The Two Bar V Livestock’s Ranch Rodeo was held Saturday, Sept. 30, in Cottonwood. The event had 10 four-man teams competing in team branding, doctoring, sorting, trailer loading and a hide race.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Oktoberfest jam-packed with events

Fall has begun, and what better way to start the season than Oktoberfest? The Grangeville Merchants second annual Oktoberfest event will start this Friday, Sept. 29, with the Syringa Clinic Community Block Party, 4 to 6 p.m. “This is our opportunity to thank the community for their patience and support during our renovating process,” said clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Future CV Ram Star - Youth Football

Youth football took to the field at Grangeville High School Thursday evening, Sept. 14, with the fifth-sixth grade teams of Clearwater Valley Rams taking on and beating the Grangeville Bulldogs, 14-0.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Obstacle Challenge - Kooskia Saddliers

Horses were put through their paces of unusual and startling distractions at Saturday’s obstacle challenge, put on by the Kooskia Saddliers at their arena on U.S. Highway 12. Horse riders competed in four age categories for jackpot plus added money prizes. Here, a rider tosses a stuffed animal through the wind chimes in a hoop, as part of the event’s challenges to complete.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

High School Rodeo Competition At Grangeville

Kids from across central Idaho gathered in Grangeville last Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, for District 3 High School/Junior High Rodeo. Held at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo arena, the event was put on by the Twin Rivers Rodeo Club.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Volleyball In Kooskia Park

Kooskia City Park was the setting Sunday evening, Sept. 3, for area kids to gather for a game of speed volleyball, and for parents to visit on the sidelines. The group gathers for this activity each Wednesday and Sunday, as one parent said, “to enjoy being a part of each other’s lives.” Pictured here with action balanced to go either way were (L-R) Josiah Silva and Jordan Raichart.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Errant goat defiantly occupies reporter’s garage

I messaged some of my co-workers, including my publisher, editor and sports editor, Monday morning. It’s not unusual to do so. Our schedules are flexible since we often work weekends and nights. So, getting an “I’ll be late,” message from me wasn’t surprising. However, the reason may have been. “I would like to get this goat out of my garage before I come in to work,” I wrote. “I am not a goat whisperer.”

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

End Of Summer Sunset In Grangeville

A brilliant sunset lit up the sky looking toward Sunset Auto Vue drive-in movie theater the night prior to the solar eclipse, Aug. 20, just outside of Grangeville.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

2017 Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Support for sale stays strong

Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong. “The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Got plans? Idaho County Fair starts today

Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails, it’s time for the Idaho County Fair. Look for the special fair section inserted in this week’s Free Press that will go over details of the events set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19. The fair’s theme this year is “We’ve Got A Good Thing Growing at the Idaho County Fair.”

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Ready To Let Loose: Elk City Days 2017

Elk City Days was in full swing on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a parade, sawdust dig, and the logging show. Here, a participant gets ready to let loose of the double-bladed ax toward the target.

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Summer Concert series starts July 13 with ‘Gipsy Moon’

“We are excited for a great lineup of bands and for the Summer Concert Series,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual Summer Concert Series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) park.

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho rivers projected to remain above average this summer

Data released this month through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) water supply outlook report shows a solid snowpack still exists above 8,000 feet in the central mountains, and in most basins, the remaining high elevation snowpack is more than twice normal.

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

July 7, 26 events set at Lolo Pass

A variety of Nez Perce National Historic Trail Interpretive Programs will be hosted this summer at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along the Idaho–Montana state line on U.S. Highway 12.

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days Committee 2017: Getting it done behind the scenes

Welcome cowboys and cowgirls! It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the 106th annual Grangeville Border Days Celebration and want to wish you a happy 4th of July. My name is Justin DeFord and this is my third year on the Grangeville Border Days Committee. The committee and I have been working very hard preparing to make this event happen.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days Grand Marshal 2017: Melvin Gill - A lifetime of ranching is all Gill has ever dreamed of

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill. That lifetime has spanned nearly eight decades, but the Gill family has been in Idaho County for five generations. Melvin Gill is the Border Days Grand Marshal 2017.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days 2017: Museum offers tool displays, music, fund-raiser, flint knapper July 2-4

The Bicentennial Historical Museum will again host its open house celebration during the Fourth of July. This year the museum will feature a display on antique tools. The museum, located at 305 N. College Street, will be open July 2, 3 and 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tools are on loan from several in the community, including Bruce Dreher of Slate Creek, Scott Scribner of Grangeville and Vernon Agee of Kooskia.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days 2017 - Griller, poster sale on July 4

To begin commemorating the sinking of the Tuscania, which occurred in 1918, the Idaho County Historical Society will hold a griller fund-raiser in the basement of the Bicentennial Historical Museum July 4, 1-5 p.m. Hamburger dinners will be available for $8 per plate while hot dog dinners will be $6. This will include sides, chips and a beverage. The society will also have for sale a 16-by-20 inch frameable print of “The Same Spirit” poster

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days 2017: Fish pond a festival tradition for 35 years

What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days 2017: Triple Bar Drill Team going strong for 60 years

A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Border Days 2017: Other Events

- Join in the 2017 parade entries July 2, 3 and 4 - Wild Stick Horse Race added to rodeo schedule - Fiddlers to play July 4 - Fun run is July 4 - Show and Shine to be held Sunday, July 2 - City Pool open July 1-3, closed on Fourth

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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