December unemployment rate at 2.6 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 2.6 percent in December – the 16th consecutive month the rate has been at or below 3 percent. The state’s labor force – the total number of people age 16 years or older working or looking for work – increased slightly by two tenths of a percent from November, up 2,013 people to 856,337. The number of people working increased by 1,823 for a total of 833,756, while the number of unemployed dropped by 190 to 22,581.

January 23, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: SBDC, LCSC, UI extension offering classes, workshops

This in from Jeff Kutner, Grangeville Chamber of Commerce: “Be aware that the scammers are out pretending to be Avista Utilites, saying that your electricity is going to be cut off within the hour for nonpayment. This is a scam. They also make it seem like they are calling from Avista’s 800 number.”

January 23, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

SMHC welcomes PA John Trueblood

John Trueblood, a physician assistant and retired Navy corpsman, will begin seeing patients at St. Mary’s Clinics in Craigmont on Mondays and Wednesdays, in Nezperce on Tuesdays and Fridays, and in the Cottonwood clinic on Thursdays.

January 16, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Help offered for energy assistance

The Community Action Partnership (CAP) may be able to help those who qualify with their utility bills. The assistance goes toward customers’ energy bills during the cold winter months.

January 16, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: Peaceful march set for Jan. 19

Don’t forget: On Saturday, Jan. 19, the people’s march for inclusion and equality of all people is planned in Grangeville. The event is based at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall at 311 S. Hall Street. After optional sign-making at 10:30 a.m., participants will gather by 11:30 a.m. to begin the march on the sidewalks of downtown Grangeville.

January 16, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho’s November unemployment rate down slightly to 2.6 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in November, down slightly from October and continuing at or below 3 percent for the 15th consecutive month. The state’s labor force – the total number of people 16 years of age and older working or looking for work – was 854,243, increasing by 0.1 percent and essentially unchanged since July. Total employment increased by 1,198 to 831,851, while the number of unemployed people decreased by 433 to 22,392.

January 9, 2019 3:41 p.m. read more..

More than 103,000 Idahoans enroll for health insurance

More than 103,154 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance coverage for the 2019 plan year during open enrollment held from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2018, through Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance marketplace. This is the second highest number of enrollments Your Health Idaho has experienced since inception. Enrollment numbers for 2019 grew by more than 1 percent, with 83 percent of customers renewing their plans.

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Poll suggests Idaho Legislature would do best not to interfere

In 2018, small-business optimism, and with it, boosts in hiring and employee compensation, soared through the ceiling. Can it continue in 2019? Results from a survey of National Federation of Independent Business/Idaho (NFIB Idaho) members recently released shows how it can—and it can without any help or hindrance from the Legislature.

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Avista offers tips for managing energy costs during cold weather

With the arrival of the sustained colder temperatures, heating systems are operating more frequently and for longer periods of time, which can increase monthly energy costs. Avista suggests checking your home’s air flow and making sure to use supplemental heating sources efficiently to help manage your winter energy bill. Making sure door sweeps are in good condition and caulking around windows and doors will help prevent cold air from seeping in under doors. As a temporary measure, roll a towel and place at the base of exterior doors. Other no-cost recommendations include:

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Adams featured in Loggers World

Elk Mountain Logging, owned by Jeff Adams of Grangeville, was featured in the November 2018 edition of the trade magazine “Loggers World.” “Elk Mountain Logging in Grangeville is an operation of five loggers and enjoys the services of six owner-operator truck drivers to keep the logs moving to the mill,” the article states.

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: U-Haul data says Idaho is No. 5 growth state

A Beginning Spanish Language and Culture class is set to begin Jan. 24. This will run Mondays and Thursdays, for six weeks, through March 14. The courses are offered through Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach and will be instructed by Francisca Garner each evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $68. Registration closes Jan. 16. Call 208-983-2164 to register or e-mail coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

The Health Food Store passes to next generation

After more than 22 years as owners of The Health Food Store in Grangeville, Mondo and Jude Leon are stepping aside. Their daughter Libby, and her husband, Rodney Peck, took over the store Jan. 1. “We are so excited to do this, to continue this family business,” Libby said. The Leons moved to Grangeville in 1990.

January 2, 2019 6 a.m. read more..



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