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..

It's Your Business: Animal Ark extends spay/neuter help

Animal Ark is extending the time for its spay/neuter co-pay offer. If you are in need of financial assistance to spay/neuter your pet, call Camas Veterinary Hospital in Grangeville at 208-983-0508 for an appointment and for the amount you are responsible to pay for the procedure. Help control unwanted, abandoned and abused pet population by spaying/neutering your pet.

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

Employee from BLM Cottonwood Field Office receives national award

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cottonwood Field Office’s Ryan Turner was recently presented the “Outstanding Contribution to the River Management Society Award” by the River Management Society (RMS) during its symposium in Vancouver, Wash. During the 50th anniversary year celebrating Wild and Scenic Rivers, Turner received the award for his service to the society and leadership of the Northwest Chapter River Ranger Rendezvous. The symposium was attended by river managers from across the United States. Turner’s involvement with the RMS began when he earned a year’s membership by winning a wild and scenic rivers photo contest in 2011 while working for the BLM in a seasonal river ranger position. Since then he has given back to the organization through leadership roles with the Northwest Chapter of RMS, serving as secretary in the past and as the current vice president.

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

Gehring works on alternative pain management; Facing opioid crisis head-on

Peg Gehring a Family Nurse Practitioner recently earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Idaho State University, Gehring’ s focus was on overall pain management. One of the first things she learned is that there is no formula for managing pain like there in other areas such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

December 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Blue Cross announces new opioid management strategies

MERIDIAN – Blue Cross of Idaho, the state’s leading health insurer, recently announced a new strategy to help address opioid use in Idaho. In a recent internal study, Blue Cross found that limiting an opioid prescription length and opioid strength can cut new users by 45-percent. Across the nation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 12.5 million Americans have reported misusing opioids. Health and Human Services also reports that opioid abuse results in 89 deaths per day in the United States.

December 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business: Make New Year’s Eve plans

The North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College will be offering a workshop on the basics of accounting and record keeping on Jan. 18 at 9-11:30 a.m. at the SBDC office, located at 406 Main St. in Lewiston. The workshop will cover records, decision-making, language of money, report analysis, building wealth, taxes, and financial tools. The cost of the workshop is $20, and it will be taught by Barbara Leachman. Preregistration is required for the workshop. To preregister or for more information on the workshop call 208-792-2465, e-mail, or visit the web site

December 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Westhoff joins Syringa PT department

“I am glad to be here to help offer more flexibility and services to our patients,” said Kyle Westhoff. Westhoff recently joined Syringa Physical Therapy and will work with the four existing PTs and two aides in the Grangeville office. Kooskia also has two PTs in its clinic.

December 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Grangeville students pass MOS certification

Grangeville High School students have started off their school year on the path to technology proficiency. More than 40 students recently took and passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

December 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Recycling sites closed Dec. 22

The Idaho County recycling sites (Grangeville, Cottonwood and Kooskia) will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 22, for Christmas but will be open on Saturday, Dec. 29.

December 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..



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