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Clovis’ open Pine Street thrift store in Grangeville

Area thrifters have a new place to seek treasures. “Sissy’s Thrift” recently opened at 212 Pine Street (formerly Backstreet Treasures). “This has been a dream of mine for at least 10 years,” said Rhonda Clovis, who, along with her husband, Craig, owns the store.

It's Your Business: Vote for ‘ARF’ in contest

Idaho Sewing for Sports will be host to an open house Friday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The business is located in Mount Idaho (address 7 Poplar Drive, Grangeville). Live music will be accompanied by cookies, iced tea and lemonade.

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Weeds beware: Kaschmitter is on patrol

Nineteen-year-old Emily Kaschmitter knew she needed a summer job that paid well. What she didn’t know is that this thought would lead her on the path to entrepreneurship. The soon-to-be college sophomore, who graduated in 2016 from Grangeville High School, is used to working.

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Schwab joins United Country

United Country Musick & Sons Auction & Real Estate Services has a new face, but it’s a familiar one for the area. Brandy Schwab has joined the business as a real estate agent.

It's Your Business: Fair premium book is out; Crazy Days set

Back to school immunization clinics are set for your local public health departments. Make an appointment now. In Grangeville, come in July 24, Aug. 10, 15, 16 or 22. Call 983-2842. In Kamiah, clinics are July 26 and Aug. 7, 9 and 30. Call 935-2124.

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Businesses in Action

Free Press / David Rauzi Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School Tuesday, July 4. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Here, FNCU mascot, Scorchy the Torch, holds a hand out to make a new friend with one of the kids who attended the July 4 event. See www.idahocountyfreepress.com for video. Free Press / Andrew Ottoson Rocky Taylor was the winner of the recent Lucky Star Satellite promotion. He is pictured here (left) with Troy Benefield, Jr., and Troy Sr., at Lucky Star. Rocky Taylor was the winner of the recent Lucky Star Satellite promotion. He is pictured here (left) with Troy Benefield, Jr., and Troy Sr., at Lucky Star.

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New postmaster has Southern roots

Area residents may notice the sound of a slight southern drawl when they walk into the United States Post Office in Grangeville. “Come on, I don’t have an accent – I think you all do,” laughed Jim Ward. Ward is the new postmaster, having been in Grangeville just less than two months now.

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It's Your Business: Melting Pot Café opens; Harpster RV has new owners

Congratulations to new 2018 Border Days Queen Micaela Farris and Princess Bella Klapprich. Does Micaela sound familiar? Maybe that’s because she’s been the Border Days Princess for 2017. I believe, as far as I can tell, Micaela is the first young lady to serve as both princess and queen. Historians? Correct me if I am wrong. Anyway, I know both these girls and they will do an outstanding job representing the rodeo and Idaho County in general. Both of their moms (Amy and Melissa) have also served in various royalty positions in their high school days. Princess Bella’s aunt, Kami Miller Fogleman, was not only Border Days Queen but was also Lewiston Round-up royalty.

Study says Idaho spends less than any other state

According to LiveStorie’s new Five Facts series on-line, per capita Idaho spends less than any other state. Using data from the 2014 U.S. Census, LiveStories explored taxes, spending and debt throughout the United States.

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Fourth Fun At Kooskia

Kooskia celebrated July 4 with activities, food and then fireworks at Clearwater Valley High School last Tuesday. The event was sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union (FNCU). Among the activities (pictured) included full-sized squirrel balls, allowing kids to propel them down the field and crash into each other.

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Smith calling it quits after 37 harvests

After 37 Idaho County harvests and 38 years on the job, Martha Smith is excited to find out what the month of August looks like outside of the office. Smith is retiring from Columbia Grain International (CGI) as its head bookkeeper. Her last day will be July 7, when an open house will be held in her honor at the Hill Street office from 3 to 5 p.m.

ITD awarded for Elk City slide cleanup

State efforts on last year’s Elk City slide garnered a regional award for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).

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Rumor has it ... Cloninger’s has cute flip-flops

Well, I don’t usually deal in rumors … but sometimes I do. I haven’t had time to check all of this out, so take it with a grain of salt … six different people have told me so far that Hong Fa is closing. Sad news for the community; however, I also heard that the restaurant is being purchased by the Gomez family.

Avista seeks rate hike for electric, gas customers

Avista has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve a two-year plan calling for rate increases in 2018 and 2019 for its electric and natural gas customers in Idaho.

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Holliman retires after 29 years on the job; Open house set for this Friday

After 29 years on the job, Arnell Holliman is calling it quits. Holliman will retire from Cash and Carry Market this Friday, June 30. Friends are invited to stop in from 1 to 4 p.m. to visit and for refreshments.

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