Frei won’t press for pro-life insurance

Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei will not press forward with a plan for the county to pay for a pro-life alternative to the county’s existing health insurance.

Transportation measure passes legislature

$95 million transportation funding measure an attempt to address Idaho’s $262 million annual maintenance and repair shortfall on Idaho’s roads and bridges

Owner identified; thousands in cash to be returned

Tens of thousands of dollars of packaged cash found by recreationists earlier this year will be returned to its owner, identified and verified by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

Accidents:Sleepy driver cause for Sunday crash

A Minnesota couple was treated for injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon along U.S. Highway 12. Krisandra A. Defrance, 18, and Zachary W. Schulte, 24, both of Alexandria, were transported to Syringa Hospital. The pair was admitted overnight for treatment and released on Monday, April 6.

Spring burning planned for 3,300-plus acres

Within Idaho County, approximately 3,310 acres on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be treated through prescribed burns starting this spring.

Pair caught after chase in stolen pickup

Court hearings are pending for two individuals arrested Monday night, April 6, following an alleged flight from law enforcement in a vehicle reported stolen out of Missouri.

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Ribbons bring awareness to victims of assault

“Thank you for what you’re doing,” said an unidentified teary-eyed woman who pulled over on Grangeville’s Main Street Thursday, April 2, as members of the Idaho County Domestic Violence Task Force hanged awareness ribbons on lampposts.

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Almost There ...

This young lady was intent on reaching an Easter egg at the Cottonwood City Park Saturday, April 4 – she finally had to shake the tree to get her treasure.

Frei proposes "rights of conscience" alternative to county insurance

The first policy initiative authored by Idaho County Commissioner Mark Frei would offer local government employees an alternative to the Affordable Care Act insurance Idaho County presently provides. For each employee who both opted out and qualified for membership in a "health sharing ministry," the county would send money directly to a "non-insurance, non-state regulated program that does not guarantee payment of claims." But Frei's resolution to create this "rights of conscience" alternative was tabled Tuesday, April 7, in order to allow time for an employee meeting "sometime in the next two weeks," Frei said.

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Goal: Permanent SRS solution for rural counties: Sen. Crapo visits Kamiah for town hall meeting

The uncertainty of funding and even reauthorization of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) has become an annual drama put on by federal legislators, one that is watched anxiously by officials in rural counties – including here in Idaho County — whose budgets either balance or break upon this Congressional appropriation.

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Take a seat: New bleachers section ready for Open Riggins Rodeo in May

Attendees to the Riggins Rodeo next month will have a new place to sit.

Grants up to $60,000 available through April 24 for curb ramps

Grants of up to $60,000 are available to organizations statewide through April 24 via the Idaho Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramp Program.

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McLean joins Shear Magic salon

She’s a new face at Shear Magic but not a new face to Grangeville business.

Spokane day trip set for May 9; to benefit SPPS

It's Your Business

Has anyone seen the 1972 bound volume of the Free Press? It’s missing from our office and we would love to have it returned. Let us know if you know of its whereabouts.

31st annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races slated April 17-19

The 31st annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races will be held April 17-19. Before the Show and Shine Boat Show on April 17, four classes of jet boats will take to the water for a day of preliminaries, with two race days to follow, April 18-19, with six laps per boat starting that Saturday at 10 a.m.