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Idaho tops list of those with unused vacation days

Are you taking enough vacation? According to science, probably not. A new report by Project Time Off found Americans took an average of 16.8 vacation days in 2016 (up from only 16 days in 2014). Although we’re on an upward trajectory, we have a long way to go: 54 percent of Americans failed to use their allotted vacation time last year, resulting in a whopping 662 million unused vacation days.

September 1, 2017 2:46 p.m. read more..


Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

September 1, 2017 2:44 p.m. read more..


Trenary Funeral Home: 100 years of community service

A large, stately, vine-covered home at 018 West 1st Avenue in Kooskia houses Trenary Funeral Home. A long-standing family in the Kooskia community provided the town with a needed service for years, and, though it is now owned outside of the Trenary family, that service still continues.

September 1, 2017 2:42 p.m. read more..


Buying Idaho is the only option for Jacobs

Busy is just another day for Jacobs Lumber Co., and owners Keith and Kimberly Jacobs are multitasking in the midst of it: training an employee on the cash register, fielding questions, and quite often greeting people with “They getting you fixed up?” “Our customers are loyal to us, and we’re loyal to them,” Keith said. At its core, the Jacobs’ business model is that of the old mom and pop store where the community comes first. It’s more than dollars and sense, according to the Jacobs.

September 1, 2017 2:36 p.m. read more..


It's Your Business: Idaho Department of Labor moves

Hopefully, you are looking at this section and noticing the Free Press has changed from the Women In Business special section to this new section: It’s Your Business. This section is modeled after the It’s Your Business column that appears weekly in the Free Press. This concept allows us to open up the section to more businesses and encompass a wider variety of the people who help make our county great.

August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..


Grangeville Health and Rehab is a family affair

For Amy Farris, work at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation has always been a family affair. Farris has worked at the facility since 2000, starting as a floor CNA. However, she was roaming the halls many years prior as her own mom, Ellen Aiken, has worked there for years. “These people – they are all my grandpas and grandmas,” she said. “Through the years when I have toyed with applying for other jobs, it has always come down to, ‘But who will take care of my family?’ They aren’t just residents. They are my family.”

August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..


Grangeville on ‘10 best’ cities list

Recently, Grangeville was voted number seven in the best cities to live that have a good work-life balance. Zippia on-line took a look at data from the most recent American Community Survey from the Census Department to identify which of the 119 biggest places in Idaho have mastered the art of not bringing work home with them and living a balanced lifestyle.

August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..


Pacific Cabinets expands, utilizes funds to train

Last year, Pacific Cabinets Inc. (PCI) constructed a new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. This new facility is in addition to the existing manufacturing building. PCI has been in existence for nearly 38 years.

August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..


Why do 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. However, the process deserves some serious thought, especially during the upcoming season of shopping that really starts in October and goes through to Christmas, where most of us are purchasing more gifts than in other months.

August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..


Monastery of St. Gertrude: Influencing the Camas Prairie for more than 110 years

Although the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude have been a staple in Cottonwood for the past 110 years, it is not where their beginning is rooted. Missionary sisters from a cloister in Sarnen, Switzerland, journeyed to their first U.S. home in Gervais, Ore. Their first missionary endeavor there was helping on the Indian mission in Grand Ronde.

August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..


Small, long-term businesses account for $18.2 million in wages, salaries in county

Did you know that small, long-term, family-owned businesses in Idaho County accounted for a total payroll of $18,213,254 in 2015? Additional private businesses added another $82,130,611. That’s out of a total $151,724,021 wages and salaries in 2015. According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston office, there are 61* long-term local businesses employing 534 people. The average pay per work at those businesses was $34,107 (annual) which is 3.1 percent higher than the $33,090 paid by all other private-sector employers.

August 30, 2017 4:25 p.m. read more..


‘Movies are in my blood’ – Chris Wagner

Movies have always been a part of Chris Wagner’s life. “I do enjoy movies – it’s in my blood,” he smiled. Wagner began working at the Blue Fox Theater downtown Grangeville when he was 10 or 12 years old, he said.

August 30, 2017 4:24 p.m. read more..


Third generation Main Street retailer competes with high-tech giants

Every smart business adapts along with its customers and competitors. For retailers like Lindsley’s Home Furnishings in places like Grangeville, the rise of Internet giants such as Amazon is bringing global competition to Main Street. While providing great service has helped distinguish Lindsley’s from other competitors since 1945, a big part of what owner Jeff Lindsley is about is keeping his prices competitive.

August 30, 2017 4:23 p.m. read more..
   

A unique blend for a small town: Two Rivers Coffee Roasters

Worldwide travel and a lifetime of experiences finally led Dorian and Marie Clay back to Riggins seven years ago. Dorian grew up in the area and has family ties to the Circle C Ranch. When he discussed with Marie the possibility of living in Riggins, she wasn’t so sure. “It took a while, but once we decided on the business, I was ready,” she smiled. “And I love it here.”

August 30, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


Idaho tops list of those with unused vacation days

Are you taking enough vacation? According to science, probably not. A new report by Project Time Off found Americans took an average of 16.8 vacation days in 2016 (up from only 16 days in 2014). Although we’re on an upward trajectory, we have a long way to go: 54 percent of Americans failed to use their allotted vacation time last year, resulting in a whopping 662 million unused vacation days.

August 30, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..


Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

August 30, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..


Trenary Funeral Home: 100 years of community service

A large, stately, vine-covered home at 018 West 1st Avenue in Kooskia houses Trenary Funeral Home. A long-standing family in the Kooskia community provided the town with a needed service for years, and, though it is now owned outside of the Trenary family, that service still continues.

August 30, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..


Working to stay viable, relevant in market

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce. “They had worked at Boeing together in the accounting department,” explained Brian Webster, the youngest of the five Webster children, and just 1 year old when the family moved to Nezperce. Gordy did not have farm or ranch experience, but he had a good business head, and was excited to buy into the John Deere dealership.

August 30, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..

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