Law for accessible federal facilities celebrates 50 years

The Architectural Barriers Act, which was signed into law 50 years ago this month, influenced federal agencies across the nation to construct facilities that were universally accessible to visitors of varying physical capabilities. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has designed visitor centers, trails, and other facilities with the standards set by this law.

September 5, 2018 6:10 a.m. read more..

Tri-hospital softball tourney set for Saturday

GRANGEVILLE — Are you ready to participate in America’s favorite pastime? That’s right, baseball. Or softball in this case. This Saturday, Sept. 8, the first Tri-Hospital Employee Softball Tournament will be held with all proceeds going to local search and rescue organizations. The event is set for the Grangeville Lions Park ball field. The event is lightheartedly named “Clash of the Quacks” and will be a round robin softball tournament with employees from Syringa Hospital and Clinics in Grangeville, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood, and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino.

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It's Your Business: Recycling centers no longer taking plastic

Get your cars polished and ready for the Camas Prairie Cruisers’ Octoberfest Car Show Saturday, Sept. 29. Check-in is 9 a.m. and the show is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Umpqua Bank parking lot off Main Street in Grangeville. Come view these great local cars. All wheeled vehicles are welcome. For questions call 208-983-2333. •

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It's Your Business 2018: Youth nonprofits have big impact on community

In 2017, for its debut issue, “It’s Your Business” focused on several family-owned businesses throughout Idaho County. Our communities would not be the same without them. This year, in this expanded section which gets its name from the weekly column I write for the Free Press, we wanted to focus on some of our county’s youth development programs.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business 2018: ASK: Riggins More than an after-school program

“ASK is definitely a positive in our community,” said Rhonda Damon. Damon is the business manager and past program director for the Riggins After School Kids, Inc., program. However, ASK is more than “after school.” Damon, who has worked with ASK for seven years, said the program is open to all kids in the community and serves an integral role in social and academic development.

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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho in the middle for overall child well-being

Idaho is standing mid-range in most “kid” categories, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2018 Kids County Date Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being, which was recently released. Since 1990, Kids Count has ranked states annually on overall child well-being using an index of key indicators in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

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It's Your Business 2018: Valley Educators Support Team: Kooskia Organization gains momentum to support Clearwater Valley schools

The need for more in their local schools brought two men together six years ago; however, the meeting relied on a relationship that was actually forged years before. Kamiah’s Greg Drake, a now retired educator and 1965 alumnus of Clearwater Valley High School, and then-CVHS principal, Dave Harrington, Lowell, a Kamiah High graduate, had known each other for years. “He had played football for me when he was in middle school,” Drake smiled.

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It's Your Business 2018: Idaho County number 12 on ‘financially healthy’ list

When it comes to being financially healthy, Idaho County isn’t a bad place to live. Idaho County ranks number 12 in the state for its financial health. To find the most financially healthy places, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering debt as a percent of income, bankruptcies per 1,000 people, poverty rates and unemployment rates. Nationally, Idaho County ranks at number 1,145. The percentage of the count’s debt versus income is at 1.28 percent, while bankruptcies per 1,000 are at 1.73.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

It's Your Business 2018: Idahoans value their on-line privacy at $1,218

Is someone hacking your Facebook? Sending messages via your e-mail? Online privacy is a fairly consistent hot topic. While many may have been rushing to change privacy settings, hide information from everyone except immediate family and best friends, or simply delete social network sites, many are just taking it in stride.

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It's Your Business 2018: Prairie Boosters: Cottonwood Boosters complement school activities

The Prairie Booster Club has long been providing for its Cottonwood students. The Prairie Boosters were founded in 1987, celebrating 30 years of supporting its schools last year. “We’re run by a team of volunteers,” explained current president Glenn Poxleitner. Additional officers are vice president Cara Uhlenkott, secretary Linda Nida and treasurer Denis Uhlenkott.

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It's Your Business 2018: Framing Our Community: Elk City

Framing Our Community (FOC) serves the Elk City Region by providing integrated programs that create jobs, improve forest and watershed conditions, and increase educational opportunities. FOC is a 501[c]3 Non-Profit organization founded in 1999 by community leaders who foresaw the economic and demographic changes that faced Elk City, the surrounding region, and rural west.

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