Visitors Guide

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..

County Guides




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..

Splash pad dedicated at Kooskia City Park

“Have a great time. Be safe,” exclaimed Scott Garrett, CEO for Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU), as water jets shot off at the new splash pad for more than a dozen excited bathing suit-clad kids waiting to jump in.

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

Flying High: Circus in Kooskia

PHOTO GALLERY: Simone the Trapeze Artist wowed crowds at both Grangeville and Kooskia when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus traveled to Idaho County for four shows June 17 and 19.

June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

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..

Main Street Flags Up For Border Days

Crews with Avista and the Border Days Committee were out early Tuesday morning, June 20, hanging flags along Grangeville’s Main Street, another indicator the four-day celebration — July 1-4 — is nearly upon us.

June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at Kamiah

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..

Kooskia Green Spring

Summer’s warmth and green seems finally to be here after months of cold and lots of precipitation. Taking advantage of a warm spring day recently (May 13) were these boys at the Kooskia City Park.

June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Rhoades Emmanuel Memorial Museum

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..

Hells Canyon with the Killgores

Hells Canyon might be God’s best kept hideaway if you’re a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

May 24, 2017 8:26 a.m. read more..

Arts & Culture

Arts and culture events showcase the vibrant colors and sounds of our communities.

May 23, 2017 11:43 a.m. read more..

Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

May 23, 2017 11:38 a.m. read more..

Lay of the Land: What to do outdoors in North Central Idaho

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..

Hells Gate State Park

The historic site of a Nez Perce Tribe village, Hells Gate State Park at Lewiston (elevation 733 feet) offers a variety of outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities for visitors to the region.

May 23, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Winchester State Park

Winchester State Park offers year-round recreation for fishing, as well as seasonal offerings for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.

May 23, 2017 11:12 a.m. read more..

Windy Saddle, Heavens Gate Lookout

The Windy Saddle campground, trailhead and scenic viewpoint for the Seven Devils mountains is just 20 miles from Riggins, and accessible by a well-maintained gravel road.

May 23, 2017 10:47 a.m. read more..

Lolo Pass Vistors Center

For motorists traveling U.S. Highway 12, the Lolo Pass Visitors Center and Rest Area on the Idaho/Montana border provides a pleasant stop to view the region’s natural and historic treasures.

May 23, 2017 10:24 a.m. read more..

Clearwater County

Established in 1911, Clearwater County encompasses 2,488 square miles and has its county seat at Orofino.

May 23, 2017 9:17 a.m. read more..

Idaho County

Idaho County spans the Idaho panhandle and borders three states, but imposing geography sets this area apart from the rest of the United States.

May 22, 2017 9:10 a.m. read more..

Museums of Clearwater County

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

May 22, 2017 9:05 a.m. read more..

Nez Perce National Historical Parks

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..

Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

June 17, 2016 10:55 a.m. read more..

Discover Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon might be God’s best kept hideaway if you’re a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

June 9, 2016 2:04 p.m. read more..

World-class river draws rafters, crowds for thrills, antics

“It’s just coming to the Lochsa River for Memorial Day Weekend to go boating. It’s been the most popular weekend for decades, mainly because it coincides with the highest flow on the Lochsa and it is a holiday weekend allowing people to have the time to come out.”

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Automatic machinery now tags, clips hatchery smolts

It’s no secret that Idaho steelhead and salmon anglers rely on hatcheries for fish that they can take home and eat, and anglers can identify “keepers” because a small fin on their back is removed when the fish are young. The clipped adipose fin does not grow back – letting anglers identify hatchery fish for harvest. What’s less known is how the fins get clipped.

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Waterfalls along U.S. Highway 12

Thousands of people travel Idaho’s U.S. Highway 12 along the Lochsa River every year without noticing the waterfalls created by the sometimes unnamed creeks making their way to the river.

May 6, 2016 midnight read more..

Osprey viewing in region; efforts to enhance habitat on man-made structures

Watchers for winged wildlife have many majestic species to choose from in North Central Idaho. Among the birds to be seen within the region is the osprey (“fish hawks” or “fish eagles”), and both private and public efforts have helped to encourage this population to thrive and co-exist among humanity’s structures.

May 6, 2016 midnight read more..

County guide – Nez Perce

Initially organized by the Territorial Legislature of Washington in 1861, Nez Perce County was established February 4, 1864 by the Idaho Territorial Legislature with its county seat at Lewiston.

May 6, 2016 midnight read more..

County guide - Lewis

Lewis County, established in 1911, was named for explorer Meriwether Lewis and includes 480 square miles with Nez Perce as its county seat and Kamiah as its largest city. Its population is 3,821 (2010 Census).

May 6, 2016 midnight read more..

County guide - Idaho

Idaho County spans the Idaho panhandle and borders three states, but imposing geography sets this area apart from the rest of the United States. The famous Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805 found a struggle in the Bitterroot Mountains, near the present-day Montana state line.

May 6, 2016 midnight read more..

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