Secure Rural Schools (SRS) extention introduced

“Continuing this program is critical to our rural schools and road programs,” said Senator Crapo. “A renewed SRS commitment coupled with a recovering and healthy timber economy will ensure a brighter future for students and those who enjoy the backcountry alike.”

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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..

Syringa discusses ways to cut down non-emergent ER care

Among areas reviewed, CEO Abner King reported there were 4.46 percent non-emergent emergency room (ER) visits for the fiscal year. “We would like to reduce this to 3.75 percent, but we haven’t made headway on this goal yet, but we have a renewed focus on this,” King stated. Chief medical officer, Dr. Matthew Told, said this is a “difficult one.”

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Cross-control program brought before council

New measures are planned to protect the municipal water system with an ordinance to establish a city monitoring program the likely next step. On the table is implementing a cross-control program, one of the outcomes of a recent sanitary survey conducted on city wells a few months ago, and a requirement being put forth by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

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Hack, hack... Idaho County sees whooping cough case

North Central District Health Department last week confirmed one case of pertussis in Idaho County, said Peg Gehring, nurse practitioner, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “That’s more commonly known as whooping cough,” Gehring added.

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Young Oregon mayor-elect has local ties

YONCALLA, Ore. – Not only has the small town of Yoncalla, Ore., elected an 18-year-old as its mayor, but that 18-year-old also has strong ties to Grangeville. Ben Simons, the son of 1981 Grangeville High School graduate Cheryl Ruzicka, was elected as mayor with 41 percent of the votes in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election. His grandmother, Bettie Ruzicka, owns Bettie’s Floor and Décor in Grangeville.

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

It's Your Business: Get ready for ‘4 Weeks of Sweeps’ giveaways

Play, eat and shop local! Get ready to shake it up next week with the Idaho County Free Press’s 4 Weeks of Sweeps. Win thousands of dollars from local businesses Nov. 19 through Dec. 14. Winners will be announced Dec. 19. Keep your holiday dollars local this year and enter at to win. Remember, you will need a copy of the 2018 Holiday Showcase to enter. Available on-line next week at Print copies will be available starting Dec. 5. P.S. I peeked at a few of the prizes and they are awesome! One local business is offering a new set of tires. You won’t want to miss this great event!

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

Veterans honored at annual GHS assembly

“Our time is past,” U.S. retired Army veteran Preston Funkhouser swept his hand across the area where veterans sat at Grangeville High School Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. “Now, it’s your time,” he told students, half-jokingly adding, “don’t screw it up.”

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Cottonwood News: VFW names winners of speech, writing contests

Sunday was Veterans Day, but it was observed many places on Monday, Prairie High School among them. We owe a debt of gratitude to all the veterans who have served our country, many giving their lives as the ultimate sacrifice. I hope all of you honored your own personal vet in your family.

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