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..
Nearly 20 years later, the Goff Bridge—better known as the Time Zone Bridge near Riggins—remains one of a few tied-arch bridges in Idaho. But its unusual design is not the only thing that makes it unique.January 2, 2019 6 a.m. read more..
Some or our readers recently shared memories of their special ornaments:December 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“In all, we make about 14 for all of us,” she said. “We always all try to get together for Christmas, even if it’s not on Christmas. This year it will be closer to the New Year.”December 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Slipped down in between a wall was a spiral notebook full of handwritten recipes, antique newspaper clippings and notes. “I knew that handwriting immediately,” Strauss said of her Granny Moore, who’s been gone for 20 years now.December 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
If you have a 5th or 6th grader who loves to ski or snowboard or one who’d like to learn, you can take advantage of the free skiing program, Ski Idaho, offered by the Idaho Ski Areas Association, at locations in Cottonwood and Grangeville.November 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 152November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
In almost every case, WSU scientists reassure them that the spiders they’ve found aren't a threat — they're simply reacting to the change of season. Fall is when spiders are on the move, looking for mates and warm places to hide.October 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We didn’t know what kind of zoo we were getting into!” joked Monica Walker. The first year for the Idaho County Courthouse Trunk or Treat event was loaded with goodies; not just in handing out candy but also with games and activities. Event organizers had lots going on, overwhelmingly so. “We didn’t imagine it would get that big,” said ManDee Mignerey.October 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
For some, fall is a season to enjoy the foliage change into reds and golds, for reviving the warmth of the wood stove. It’s also a time to press apples.October 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Travel delays through construction zones on U.S. Highway 12 are getting shorter, with expectations the state’s $17 million infrastructure project should be completed before holiday travelers head out for their Thanksgiving dinners.October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Old-Time Fiddlers Association (IOTFA)) convened for three days of business and playing around at Hoot’s Café in White Bird, last Friday through Sunday, Sept. 28-30.October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Have you seen Grangeville High School students dressed as musicians or senior citizens this week? It’s not a new dress code, it’s homecoming week for the Bulldogs.October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
When it comes to trying new things, Brent Uhlorn is up for the challenge. “These are black oil seed sunflowers and it’s our first try with them,” Brent said. “We’re undecided if we will try them again. Will know more after harvest.”September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
The 82nd annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set to take place this weekend. Not sure if there’s such a thing as a free lunch anymore? Take in the free barbecue Saturday night downtown.August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
“Idaho County is a great place to live, love, and learn,” smiled Jeannie Fitch of Riggins, from her home located alongside the Little Salmon River. Her love of her small-town life is just one reason Fitch has been chosen as the 2018 Idaho County Fair Grand Marshal.August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“The Idaho County Fair is an astounding program that teaches young kids diligence, hard work and responsibility,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Chmelik. “Having the opportunity to represent such an amazing program is an unforgettable experience that I will always hold close to my heart.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“This has meant so much to me,” said Cottonwood’s Sierah Poxleitner of her year spent as the Idaho County Fair first princess. “It has truly been so much fun,” she said. “I never knew how much fun and how many little kids really look up to us. I’ve enjoyed every second representing Idaho County.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“My favorite part about being a princess is the feeling I get when I see the joy and excitement in the little kids when we meet them,” Idaho County Fair Second Princess Emma Gehring said. “It’s very rewarding to be someone who others look up to.”August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
The local country performer Shiloh will provide entertainment Friday evening, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., at the fair.August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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.August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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 townAugust 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Residents and visitors filed downtown and into city park last Saturday, July 28, at the height of activities for the annual Kooskia Days celebration.August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
For those who like country, country rock, southern rock, blues and honky-tonk – prepare to be entertained. The Hankers will slide on for the second in the Grangeville Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 19.July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
- The annual Elk City Wagon Road celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, in Clearwater. This is the 22nd year of Wagon Road Days. - Burton and Barbara (Thompson) Pearson will serve as the Elk City Wagon Road Days grand marshals for 2018.July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville Border Days drew thousands for a midweek celebration start, July 4-6, for parades, rodeos, activities, and socializing. Free Press staff were out talking with participants during these three days for their stories as part of the century-plus-old event.July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville’s own “Vintage Youth” will open the Summer Concert Series this Thursday, July 12. “We’re always grateful for the community support,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer and board member Rachel Young.July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
A tiny lime-green insect with red eyes that ejects bubbles from its rear end is hiding in your backyard. And when it reaches adulthood, it will become the jumping champion of the world. Meet the spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius.June 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Sharon and Duane Sickels have come full circle. The couple – along with Millie and Dallas Robinette – started White Bird Days in 1978. Forty years later, the Sickels will reign as grand marshals of the 2018 White Bird Days and Rodeo.June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Every year, Memorial Day weekend draws a crowd of people to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests for Lochsa Madness–a weekend of river adventure as whitewater enthusiasts take advantage of spring runoff and wild water on the Lochsa River. Upcoming events:May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
The Monastery at St. Gertrude at Cottonwood was filled with song Sunday afternoon, April 8, with a presentation of songs as part of the group’s “Resurrection Day!” performance.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A ribbon cutting for the relocated original Manning Crevice Bridge tower now positioned astride the concrete stairs is scheduled for 10 a.m. (MT) this Friday, April 13, at Riggins City Park.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 SkiingFebruary 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
The ten-week telephonic Camas Prairie Trapshoot began Sunday, Jan. 14, with shooters in Grangeville seeing the morning's early fog settle into a nice backdrop for the annual competition's first day of 2018.January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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