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..
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 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..
Grant applications have begun as part of fund-raising efforts toward an estimated $65,000 band shell structure proposed for Grangeville’s Pioneer Park.October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
What are the safest cities in which to live in Idaho? Cottonwood came in at number 11, at 18 is Grangeville, Kamiah is at 34 and Lewiston is number 50 on the list.August 30, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..
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..
Football, barbecue beef, parades and karaoke will all be part of the weekend’s events as Kamiah Barbecue Days will celebrate its 81st annual event Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3.August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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..
A celestial rarity turned eyes skyward Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the region took in a solar eclipse. While not in total eclipse, Idaho County experienced about a 94 percent totality, enough for darkened skies around 10:27 a.m. to create a temporary dusk, enough to activate streetlights.August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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..
Kamiah’s 41st annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow is set for this weekend, Aug. 18-20.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The project will move forward on a private effort to develop a band shell at Pioneer Park. At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Grangeville City Council approved tentative conceptual plans for a trapezoid-shaped structure to provide a public entertainment venue.August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It was a night of feel-good “oldies” with the duo Jon and Rand at Pioneer Park during the Free Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 20 in Grangeville. The event is sponsored by Grangeville Arts, Inc., and the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce.July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Spending time with horses – and each other — proved a big help to veterans from across the country whose military service took them around the world and brought them home with little thought for the transition these men and women are making to civilian life. Operation Horses and Heroes was here to help.July 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“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..
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..
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..
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..
“I have enjoyed this experience because it has allowed me to travel and make new memories,” said 16-year-old Micaela Farris. Farris is the 2017 Grangeville Border Days Rodeo Princess.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“We have been incredibly blessed by the support from our community,” said Rachael Stevens of Grangeville. Stevens is the 2017 Border Days Rodeo Queen.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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” posterJune 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
A variety of high school reunions are set for the Border Days Fourth of July weekend including the followingJune 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Announcer for the 2017 Border Days Rodeo is Lee Daggett.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Grangeville Border Days Rodeo is Saturday through Monday, July 1-3, presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers, Gortsema Motors and Asker’s Harvest Foods. Rodeo slack is 10 a.m., July 1, free admission. What is slack rodeo?June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have fended off another lawsuit in federal court, with United States District Judge Edward J. Lodge recently ruling in the combined forests’ favor on a case Idaho and Clearwater counties brought four years ago.June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
“He loved to be a part of it, his friends always entered it, and he was always so happy to do what he loved with the people he loved. It’ll feel a bit more special, and like he’s still there.”June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Firecracker Fun Run will go off this July 4 as it has for years, but will pop a bit differently this year.June 24, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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.June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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.June 19, 2017 11:09 a.m. read more..
The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its 12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA Campground on U.S. Highway 12, June 1-4. A variety of bands, including Flatgrass, Hickory Bluff and Higher Ground played during the four-day event.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
That was the sound of German engineering rolling into Grangeville. Coming at the end of the week highlighted with area high school graduations, 30 vintage Porsche sports cars parked throughout downtown Grangeville on Friday, May 26, participants in the Ramshorn Rally.June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
WOODLAND -- If you’re looking for a hands-on education field trip in Kamiah and the surrounding areas, look no farther than a schoolhouse visit to see how the pioneer children of yesteryear learned and flourished.May 25, 2017 10:53 a.m. read more..
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway is Idaho’s longest byway, which at 202 miles, follows the route Lewis and Clark took through North-Central Idaho.May 25, 2017 10:45 a.m. read more..
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, located on the campus of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, holds collections of artifacts that tell the story of the Camas Prairie and surrounding areas including the history of the monastery, gold mining, the Nez Perce, and early settlement, as well as local characters such as Polly Bemis and Buckskin Bill.May 24, 2017 8:53 a.m. read more..
Are you ready for some madness on the Lochsa? Each Memorial Day weekend, the Lochsa River Madness event draws out boaters to enjoy the spring whitewater action and also kick off the start of the rafting season.May 24, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
North Central Idaho is a paradise of campgrounds, trailheads, rivers and unique destinations visitors and year-round residents use for a wide range of outdoor activities: mountain biking, camping, fishing, hiking, horse riding, hunting, nature viewing, rafting, four-wheeling, picnicking, scenic driving, boating, and snowmobiling.May 23, 2017 11:33 a.m. read more..
Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho.May 23, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..
Salmon and steelhead are well-heralded fishing headliners for North Central Idaho. But another game fish, bass is as well a great sport draw for fishermen to the region.May 23, 2017 9:49 a.m. read more..
For thousands of years, the mountains and rivers of this region were home to the Nez Perce people. With the creation of the Nez Perce National Historic Park, sites across the Idaho countryside now celebrate the legends, history, and ways of the Nez Perce.May 19, 2017 11:59 a.m. read more..
Local historian Penny Casey will present a history on the Florence Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m., at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office in Grangeville, Idaho, located at 104 Airport Road.May 19, 2017 10:20 a.m. read more..
Shhhhhhh … keep my huckleberry spot a secretMay 19, 2017 9:37 a.m. read more..
Whitewater rapids on the Snake, Selway, Salmon and Lochsa rivers draw people from throughout the world.May 9, 2017 11:09 a.m. read more..
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