Get Acquainted 2015 hits the newsstands

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Have you seen the 2015 Get Acquainted special section published by the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper? You should have received your copy inserted in today’s Shopper.

Pine Tree hosts 59th annual meeting

Pine Tree Community Credit Union held its annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 31, celebrating its 59th anniversary since its inception in 1956 by 14 Grangeville employees of P.L (Prairie Land) & H.P (Haener Planer) Company.

Regional news

Maniac logo reaction reaches far and wide; Uhlenkott named as new fire chief; Snowpack is far below normal; Marijuana site gets license approval.

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Oscar’s, Brodock’s under new ownership: Duo steps in to save failing restaurant

“I’ve always felt like Oscar’s was in my family – even after my family didn’t own it anymore,” said Mike Asker. Asker’s parents, Bill and Bonnie Asker, owned and managed Oscar’s for years and then sold it to the Pearsons who were friends of the family. Two years ago it sold to friend Tom Sommers. “It became evident that Tom wasn’t really a restaurateur,” Asker said. “It all came about kind of suddenly but I made the decision Oscar’s needed rescuing.”

Grangeville Arts’ annual ‘Sushi Night’ is Feb. 28

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Grangeville Arts’ Annual Sushi Night is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Gallery. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22 per person and will include a sushi bar, Asian inspired soups and salads and edamame. Reservations are recommended with limited seating available. Call 983-2595.

Idaho top 10 for new residents

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon was the No. 1 destination for U.S. movers in 2014, according to an annual study by United Van lines.

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Locals may qualify for property tax reductions

‘Circuit Breaker’ could save some as much as $1,320

Could you qualify for a reduction in Idaho property taxes? According to AARP research, just less than half of the more than 55,000 Idahoans eligible for a reduction in their property taxes actually apply for this discount.

Gardening skills class offered through LCSC outreach

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Taxpayers who want to file both their federal and state income tax returns online for free should visit the Idaho State Tax Commission website at and click on the “Free individual income tax e-file” link (under the “Quick Picks” section).

Grocery credit available even for those who don’t earn enough to file taxes

Idaho residents who don’t normally make enough money to file an income tax return can still get a refund of the grocery tax credit for 2014. The tax credit, which offsets the sales tax on groceries, is $100 for most Idaho residents who aren’t required to file an income tax return, plus $100 for each of their dependents. Residents age 65 and older get $20 more.

Forest Supervisor’s Office in Kamiah to change office hours

Beginning Feb. 17, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office, located in Kamiah, will change office hours to 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farmers’ market meet and greet, meeting Feb. 7

Those who are interested in selling their wares at the Grangeville Farmers’ Market this year, or would like to meet some of the vendors who already sell, are invited to stop by the Soltman Center in Grangeville, across Main Street from the Syringa Hospital, this Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.

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Myers to pen legislative news for Free Press

Free Press readers may notice a new name from time to time in the pages of Idaho County’s oldest newspaper. Jeff Myers is a senior studying journalism at the University of Idaho who will be graduating in the spring. He is currently working as an intern sponsored by the McClure Center and will be covering the 2015 Idaho Legislative session. A selection of stories that pertain to Idaho County will appear in the Free Press.

Syringa Thrift Shop provides clinics with equipment

The Syringa Thrift Shop Auxiliary Committee met Jan. 19 and voted to grant $13,600 to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. The Kooskia clinic will receive $4,100 for a high/low exam table along with an additional $1,000 for privacy curtains for the recently expanded Kooskia PT area.

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DeRamus joins Shopper, Free Press staff

Idaho County Free Press and Shopper advertisers may have noticed a new face – or voice on the phone – at the shop. Ashley DeRamus joined the staff in November. She was hired as a sales representative and will be selling advertising space and advising local business owners on designing ads.

Ray Holes Saddle Company hosts horsehair pottery display

It’s time again to start thinking about Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach enrichment classes.