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Lorie Palmer

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It's Your Business: Red River Hot Springs under new management; food sought

Red River Hot Springs is under new management. As of May 1, Todd Clift took over the springs and said he is looking forward to the summer season. Summer hours start the week before Memorial Day. Call the office at 842-1587 or cell 842-553-3514.

Mental health a serious local issue; help available for us, family, community

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Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, but rather participate with open minds with something that doesn’t just affect someone else – mental health issues do exist in our own family and friend circles.

More than spuds: Idaho has much to celebrate

Editorial

You may love living in Idaho, but what do you really know about the Gem State? This Friday, March 4, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter kicks off commemoration of Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln’s signing the congressional act to make Idaho a territory on March 4, 1863.

Pair seniors with teens for prime benefits

Editorial

A recent Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey tells us our high school kids are involved in a few things we would rather they didn’t experience. While some seem like rites of passage or areas we may not have control over, there are other areas where we can step up and take action.

Love is a verb; it calls for action

Editorial

The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach. “I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.

Stories behind best-loved tunes

What do you know about your favorite Christmas songs?

We all sing, hum along with or listen to the Christmas carols and songs of the season, but how many know the stories behind some of the best-loved tunes? Here’s a history of a few of my favorites.

Help decorate downtown Grangeville Nov. 13

Grangeville’s Umpqua Bank on Main Street is collecting hats, gloves and coats for those in need, through Dec. 1. A special emphasis is on the hats and gloves this year. Drop items off in the bank’s collection box. 983-0600.

Scribner, Tucker: epitome of working board members

All too often nowadays there are those who want glory for the sake of looking good and are not willing to put in any elbow grease. That is definitely not the case for Grangeville’s Judy Scribner and Kooskia’s Dick Tucker.

Got it right: Using local products to help local communities

Homestead Ministries has it right. The non-profit’s mission in a sentence is to “spread love one soup packet at a time.”

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.

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.

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.

Hangout, Pizza factories to offer free meal for vets

It's Your Business

Forgive me last week for saying it is Luke Manifold who is an assistant coach at Mt. Idaho Gymnastics. That should have said Sam Manifold. Luke is my oldest daughter’s age so it was stuck in my mind. Sorry, Sam!

Easy choice: Yes to recreation district

White Bird area voters have an easy choice Nov. 4: Whether or not to form a recreation district.

Support student innovation and curiosity

The teenage years are perhaps the most important time for students to develop their individual skills and interests. It is one of the greatest times for character development that begins to turn teenagers into adults.

Check your car: heat makes it deadly

As temperatures soar in Idaho County, it’s a good time for a reminder that hot cars can be deadly.

Anti-vaxers put all our children at risk

Thanks anti-vaxers. You just brought back measles to mainstream America. You are putting the lives of all our children at risk.

‘Yes ’ vote May 20 part of supporting public education

Supplemental schools levies will be held in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Riggins May 20. The state of Idaho has failed in funding its public schools. Yes, public schools cost Idaho about $1.3 billion in 2013-14, the largest part of the state’s $2.8 billion budget – but Idaho simply needs to do a better job.

Surprise! You owe tax money. What?!

Haven’t received your tax refund yet? There’s a chance it might not be coming. The Washington Post recently reported on several taxpayers who are being held responsible for some very old debts. Mary Grice of Maryland had her refund of nearly $3,000 taken – without notice — to pay for a supposed overpayment.

What tests don’t measure

As the season rolls around again for standardized testing in our schools, let us remember a few things. First of all, we all understand there has to be some standard of measurement so we as parents and a society can make sure our kids are indeed learning.

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GHS lockdown: Reaction, aftermath appropriate

Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.

Minimum wage increase: Mixed bag of emotions, questions

Although I have mixed feelings about increasing the Idaho minimum wage, the final thought process for me might come down to social justice issue of the heart rather than a fully logical one of the head.

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Remember the victims: Robert and Cheryl

Procedural error or not, the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole made the correct decision last week when it overturned an earlier decision to parole murderer Bryan Lankford in 2018.

Did you know: Christmas trivia Rudolph was a store promotion?

Since it is the most wonderful time of the year, I thought I would offer a few bits of trivia this Christmas: • The Christian church fixed Dec. 25 in 440 AD as the day for the celebration of Christmas.

‘Shop local ’ is more than the money

This Saturday, several Grangeville businesses will participate in Hometown Christmas. This will be the last weekend to shop prior to Dec. 25.

Not too late to thank veterans

I didn’t meet my father for the first time until I was 8 months old. It was 1968 and my mom, brothers, Dave Jr., 10, and Steve, 7, lived in Custer, Wash., while my dad completed his tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force.

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