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..

Cutest Trick-Or-Treater Winner

The Cutest Trick-or-Treater contest, sponsored by Cloninger’s Marketplace, Advanced Welding and Steel, Stuivenga Vessey Drilling & Pumps and Idaho County Free Press, was won by little Josie Vrieling who received the most votes on her Halloween cow costume (pictured above, left). She is seen here (top, left) with her mom, Sarah Corder, and prizes (top, right) generously donated by Monster & Eli- 2 yeti monsters (value $112), Tato+Toddle Toy Club -wood pull toy (value $89), True Log Homes- chainsaw carved pumpkin (value $80), and Stuivenga Vessey Drilling & Pumps ($100 cash + 2 shirts). A Free Press favorite, “Bob Ross,” is also pictured (above, right).

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

ICLP 80th annual meeting sees changing of the guard

It’s a changing of the guard for the Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative. At last Thursday’s annual membership meeting for the consumer-owned utility, 33-year Dist. 2 director John Solberg presided over his last meeting, with Greg Smith of Syringa elected by the gathering to fill his position. Close on Solberg’s heels, directors for Dist. 3, president Cliff Tacke, and Dist. 4 vice president Kim Dahler, informed the membership they would not be running again when their terms expire next year.

November 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Priest joins PRLD as director

Michael Priest has been hired as the new director of Prairie-River Library District, which serves eight local communities including Kamiah and Kooskia, as part of the larger VALNet library consortium. As the director he will oversee all PRLD branches from the library district headquarters in Lapwai. Hours and the location of the Lapwai branch, along with all other PRLD branches, can be found at

November 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

‘Deterra Rx’ pouches for med disposal available; Arnzen Drug in Kamiah has items for free

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), in partnership with Kamiah Arnzen’s Drug, is helping to distribute free Deterra Rx pouches for citizens to safely dispose of their unused prescription medications. The pouches contain a water-soluble inner pod containing active carbon. When filled with warm water, the inner pod dissolves, the carbon is released, and medication placed in the pouch is rendered inert and irretrievable.

October 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Submit trick-or-treater photos; AWS open house is Friday

Did you hear about the “Cutest Trick-or-Treater” contest? Idaho County Free Press is sponsoring a photo contest with Advanced Welding and Steel, Cloninger’s Marketplace and Stuivenga Vessey as additional sponsors. Prize donors include Monster & Eli, Tato and Toddle Toys, True Log Homes and Stuivenga. Photo submissions will be accepted Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. Voting begins Nov. 2 and will end Nov. 7 with the winner announced that day. Submitt photos to Grand prize is $100 and a free pump inspection from Stuivenga. Additional prizes are two stuffed Yeti Monster from Monster & Eli; a duckling pull toy from Tato and Toddle Toys; and a chain saw carved pumpkin from True Log Homes.

October 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

The Wylde Hare opens on Main Street; Grand opening is today, Oct. 17

This week, Grangeville gained a bit more craftiness. The Wylde Hare opened at 227 Main Street, by Radio Shack (former home to The Book Shoppe). Owner Laurie Rockwell opened the shop’s doors on Monday and will be host to the shop’s grand opening today, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store will be open those hours Mondays through Saturdays.

October 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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