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Pot legalization, lawsuits and what Idaho can learn

On July 1, Oregon’s legalized marijuana goes into effect, putting Idaho in the center of a shrinking circle of Western states – including Utah and Wyoming – where the use, possession, sale, cultivation and transportation of cannabis is illegal.

Even an hour makes an impact

Recently, Idaho has been named in more than one poll as in the top three states for volunteering.

Local impact with elections in 2015

Sorry to spoil your festivities planning for the new year, but elections are coming up.

‘Good news of great joy...’

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

Forty years of Santa letters

Letters to Santa has been an annual project for this publisher for 40 years—of course a much shorter span of time than the Free Press—but 40 years must prove that I’m a bit of an ‘ol softy (Please St. Nick, don’t let my co-workers know of this trait.)

Ideal gift is time to community

That hard-to-find, last-minute gift item we’re going to be suggesting this Christmas won’t fit in a box or under a tree. It’s not diamonds or two tickets to that thing your wife really likes.

Long-term fix needed for PILT, SRS funding; County should lead charge

Another bipartisan coalition. Another last-minute appeal for appropriations. More pleading, more begging.

Why we shop local

We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns.

Thank veterans by working hard, being honest, by love

A photo of a handwritten letter from a father to his daughter’s school has been circulating through Facebook again.

Support women in your life: have them act for health

Everyone has a woman in his or her life. Mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends, best friends. That’s why breast cancer is everyone’s business.

What will change? A politician talking politics

But we’re going to risk it in this instance because this week’s election makes it somewhat timely. That, combined with the fact that the politician to whom we spoke is not running for office, makes this all a bit more interesting. During election season, politicians are always pressed for time — halfway out the door they just walked through — so there is little opportunity to really discuss what’s happening.

Crash reminder of veterans’ service

A parade, a recognition ceremony, flags along Main Street: All are great and honorable ways leading up to Veterans Day to recognize the men and women who served in U.S. Armed Forces.

No-show candidates damage already battered system

Did you see that? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was on the sidelines, suited up and ready to go. And he just stood there. Doing nothing.

Regional animal shelter an idea to consider

Last week, the Grangeville City Council began discussion on proposed code changes that, if adopted, would end licensing cats.

Support of timber industry is your story to tell

What is vitally important to the economy and well-being of Idaho County? Say the “forest products industry” and you’ll get a lot of “tell us something we don’t know” responses around here. And rightly so, as this industry forms the historic bedrock of this region’s – and, in fact, the Northwest’s – formation and development.