April unemployment holds steady at a seven-year low

Signs of strong economic growth continued in April as Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at a seven-year low of 3.8 percent.

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Former Stites woman pens spy e-book for kids

Former Free Press writer Carlin Lohrey recently penned another e-book called “Spy Secrets.”

Cottonwood to host June 18 forest insects, disease event

Native insects and diseases are a natural part of the forest, but they sometimes damage more trees than is desired, especially when actions – some done unknowingly — create a favorable environment for them.

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Calf Hauled In for Branding

Earlier this spring, the Marek Ranch in White Bird took advantage of a warm afternoon to brand calves.

Helipad denied permit by city

In a unanimous decision Monday night, the Grangeville City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a conditional use permit for a Syringa Hospital helipad on Main Street.

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No sign of missing canoeists

While friends and family continue to search for missing men Patrick Lusk and Jason Gritten this morning with help of Corporal Justin Scuka, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings said no signs of life were found Tuesday, May 19.

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Investigators determine Cottonwood man took own life after setting trailer home fire

Following inquiry on last week’s fatal house fire in Cottonwood, investigators say the owner, Robert George Jull, 72, intentionally set his trailer home on fire just prior to shooting himself.

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All About That Bass

Grangeville senior Kaleala Bass capped a brilliant season with individual victories in the girls 800 (pictured, 2:17.04), 400 (58.34 seconds) and 200 (26.67), in addition to anchoring a victorious medley relay (1:52.04) earlier in the track and field meet held May 15-16 in Middleton.

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P1FCU youth month winners announced

In celebration of National Credit Union Youth Month in April, Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union in Grangeville had several drawings and events.

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Loebers to bid adieu to Grangeville after 34 years

Landing in Grangeville may have been a bit of a fluke for Les Loeber, but staying wasn’t.

Grangeville sets Memorial Day events

Grangeville American Legion Post 37 is coordinating Memorial Day Events on Monday, May 25. At 9 a.m., all community members are invited to a memorial ceremony with presentation of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial at Prairie View Cemetery.

Free fitness day Saturday; graduation special section is out

The Made to Grow Grant will recognize one deserving small business with a $10,000 grant and be featured in Umpqua Bank’s Local Spotlight program.

Salmon River, Red River ranger districts open personal use firewood areas

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest plans to open several forest roads on the Salmon River and Red River Ranger Districts again this summer for personal use firewood cutting.

County weed department hosting weed ID booth for third grader field trip

The Idaho County Invasive Plant Department is hosting a weed identification booth at the Celebrating Wildflowers School Field Trip for area third-grade students this Friday, May 22.