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Elk City News: Flu shots available Oct. 22

Docs from St. Mary’s Hospital will be up on Oct. 22. They will bring flu shots so if you want one call ahead, so you can get on the list. They would like an idea of how many to bring. Call them at 208-962-3267 for an appointment.

October 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City: Wolves seen near town

In case you haven’t heard, wolves are being sighted very close to Elk City. Be careful when out in the great outdoors whether hunting or just enjoying a walk in the woods. If you see one, note it on the “Wolf Sighting” lists that are posted at the Post Office, the Elk City Hotel, or Elk Creek Café.

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: PA Winder to offer flu vaccine

Nathan Winder, PA from Syringa Hospital, will be here at the clinic on Oct. 4. He will be bringing flu vaccine. Patients can call the Primary Care Clinic at 208-983-8590 to make an appointment. Anniversaries: Doug and Judy Olive Birthdays: Sonja Harrocks and Ronan McManus.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City Days: Raffle winners named

Dixie reports that Tammy Ragains passed away. Our prayers go out to her family and the town of Dixie as they are a close-knit community and feel the loss like family. Raffle winners for Dixie Days were Jorden Dailey, a chain saw; Reed Mulkey, the park bench; Rita Repp was the 50/50 winner; and Charlene Colking won the Ducky Derby.

September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Veterinarian to be in town Sept. 12, 13

Dr. Kimberly Wolfrum, the House Call Vet, will be coming to Elk City on Sept. 12 and 13. This would be a great time to get horse dentals, cat spays and neuters, and yearly exams for your pets done. Call her at 208-553-9283 or email her at for an appointment.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Elk City Library hours change

Elk City Days results from the logging events are as follows: winner of the Peewee Rolling Pin Toss, William Stibal; Kids Rolling Pin Toss, Mary Thompson; Women’s Rolling Pin Toss, Dakota Breish; Women’s Axe Throw, Tammy Wagondorf; Men’s Ax Throw, Richard Foster; Jack and Jill Crosscut, Alyssa and Sage Stibal; 3.5-4.5 Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Father and Son Crosscut, Sage and Travis Stibal; 4.5-5.5 Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Women’s Crosscut, Joan Gill and Becky Chaffee; 5.5 and up Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Men’s Crosscut, Terry and Wayne; Wood Splitting, Rieley Stibal, Jayce Huling, and Nicolas Saporito. The All Around Trophy was won by the Stibal family.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Jessica, Damien win raffle quilt

Elk City Days (Aug. 10-12) results are coming in slowly. Here are some from the So Help Me quilter’s group. The couple in the photo are the lucky winners of the raffle quilt – Damian and Jessica! Congratulations! More results next week.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie Days are here

The 107th Old Time Dixie Days are coming up this weekend. Be sure to head up there for all the festivities, fun, food, and music. Things start happening at 9 a.m.

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

Elk City News: Days to honor law enforcement

More Elk City Days events: As stated last week, our theme is Honoring Law Enforcement. Our grand marshals are the following people: Terry Beeler, Tracy Bonner, Mike Chlebowski, Larry Dasenbrock, Stan Denham, Steve Didier, Pat Doyl, Curtis Jones, Herb Lindsey, Bob Maguire, Scott Paulson, Sam Stamper, Steve Stoneking, and Bob Taylor. Some of these folks worked in our community in a law enforcement capacity, others worked elsewhere, then came here to live. Thank you all!

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie Days set for Aug. 4, 5

Syringa Hospital and Clinics would like to thank the Elk City Alliance for inviting them to provide healthcare in their community. Together with St. Mary’s Clinic, services will be available to residents twice a month. Syringa hospital providers will be in the Elk City Medical Clinic the first Thursday of each month. Patients can call the Primary Care Clinic at 208-983-6000 to make an appointment. The area folks are very grateful to the two hospitals for providing medical care. Thank you both!

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Doctors Told, Secrest at clinic

Elk City Days are coming up fast. Be sure you get ahold of Lynn at with your event. Dr. Told, from Syringia Hospital, will be at the Elk City Medical Clinic on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Benefit dinner raises $4,500 for Mosers

The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the VFW Auxiliary for the donation of $682.00 raised through the annual VFW Auxiliary Taco Feed benefit which was held on May 19, as well as the community for supporting this fund-raising effort each year.

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Library posts new hours for summer

I need to make a correction to last week’s column and an apology to the Sew Help Me Quilters who were responsible for awarding the quilts. It was the Dixie members of the club who made and presented the quilts, but it was in the name of the club. Sorry about that.

June 20, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Markets set for this weekend

Big doings in Elk City the next two weekends… The Flea & Farmers’ Markets are taking place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 8, 9, and 10. There are no fees for vendor spots. A partial list of goodies that will be offered are: fresh produce, homemade goodies, tortillas, leather goods, food concessions, homemade crafts, handmade jewelry, wood carvings, and more. There will be live music by Brittany Jean. Call Anita at 208-842-2311, Chris at 208-842-2555, or Cheryl at 208-842-2551. On Sunday, the 16th, the Dust Devils ATV club is having the Father’s Day Chili Fun Run. Check-in is from 8-10 a.m. Bring a can of chili and the hot dogs and burgers will be provided. This event is open to everyone. Side-by-sides are welcome. Call Karen Crosby at 208-842-2567.

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Friends raise $1,000-plus for town library

Hope your Memorial Day was one shared with friends and family and you all remembered and paid tribute and honor to those who serve us and our country in uniform. Several former Elk City students graduated from high school this year – yikes! Where did the time go? I had a granddaughter and grandson graduate this year!

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Cranes cause racket ‘yelling’ at geese

We heard a racket down in our meadow and when we went to investigate, there were three sandhill cranes “yelling” at four Canada geese, apparently invading their territory. The photo only shows one goose but there were more. Hope you enjoy! Mother’s Day is just around the corner on the 13th. Take time to appreciate your mother in thought and deed. If she is not living, tell your grandkids about her.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Cort Conley to speak May 11

Got an email from a reader of the column and he said that the woodpecker looked like a Red-naped Sapsucker. He suggested I look it up and sure enough it is! Thanks for the information. Speaking of sightings, the deer are back in Elk City and more have been seen along the Southfork.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: The woodpecker returns

That woodpecker I mentioned last week that was back … well, he insists on pecking on the metal siding on our house! He is really confused! Sandhill cranes are also making their appearance the last couple of weeks as well. We are starting to see more people come upriver this weekend. We sure have had some beautiful sunny weather to encourage them to get out.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Elk herd faces wolf predators

I took these two photos within a few days of each other. The Elk City elk herd looks great. But the reality is that the introduced predator, the Canada gray wolf (which were never here in the first place), is back as well. There was a large (approximately 50 lbs.) black and gray wolf spotted a half mile from downtown Elk City near (not on) this dead elk on Elk Creek Road. (See photos)

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Forest issues face Elk City

In last week’s Free Press, a meeting was announced concerning the Red Moose Divide project meeting. Thought I’d give you a synopsis of the proposed project, and a warning of the possible issues facing Elk City.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Slover, Youngblood win Easter cakes

As always, it’s fun watching the little ones hunt for Easter eggs – both real ones and those plastic ones filled with goodies. This year’s hunt was sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. As you can see by the photos, the kids were ready with their baskets to collect all they found

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Easter sunrise service is at 7 a.m.; egg hunt at 11 a.m.

This next Easter Sunday, Elk City residents have several activities being offered that I encourage each of you to take advantage of. First of all is the Easter Sunrise service at the Elk City Baptist Church starting at 7 a.m. Then partake of a free Easter breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, and coffee starting at 8:30 a.m.., followed by an Easter worship service at 10 a.m.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Boil order now lifted

After all that snow we have had beautiful sunny days – snow melting fast! Bare patches showing up on our driveway… Seems everyone in town is just anxious for spring. The boil order has been lifted so it is okay to drink the water.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Two feet of snow in two weeks

Looks like we are getting the winter we didn’t get earlier! We have received about two feet of snow in the past two weeks, plus we had -5 degrees on Saturday, March 3. But spring is coming …the eagle is back flying around our house. He/she didn’t land in the “eagle tree”, but I have hopes of seeing it again soon.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Boil order still in effect in Elk City

Several people are wondering if the boil order for those on the Elk City Water system is still in effect. I contacted Loren and was able to talk to Cocoa. She said that it is still in effect by order of the powers that be. We will be notified when the order is lifted but for now, be safe, boil your water.

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Trent Woods dies

For those of you out-of-towners, Elk City got more than a foot of snow this past weekend! For those history buffs, the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission will be presenting a talk by Cort Conley on either Friday, May 11 or May 18, about the people and places along the Lower Salmon River. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can tentatively put it on your calendar.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Snowmobile Club sets weekend events

The Nitz family would like to thank the community, both far and near, for the honor paid to Betty Nitz through your physical presence, letters, and poems in support of the family. The Baptist church was overflowing with friends and family numbering more than 100-120 people. They would also like to thank everyone for the delicious food served after the memorial service. The community will certainly miss her.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie X Games set for 17-18

Treat your sweetheart to the Valentine’s Day Dinner at the VFW, Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5-7 p.m. There will be door prizes of photographs, carnations, and karaoke after dinner. The meal consists of steak, baked potatoes, dinner rolls and red velvet cake. Cost is $15 per person and you can sign up at the VFW, the Elk Summit Café, the Store, the Station or call 208-842-2393. Dr. Peg Gehring from St. Mary’s Clinic will be up Tuesday, Feb. 20. Call 208-962-3267 for an appointment.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Memorials set

Well, it’s been a rough week for Elk City families and the community in general. We lost three longtime residents in a matter of a week. We lost Shirley Biggers on the 19th, then Shannon Seeley on the 24th at age 87, and lastly, Betty Nitz on the 25th at age 82. There was a remembrance service for Shannon Seeley at the Baptist Church on Sunday, but a memorial service will be held sometime next summer at the Elk City Park to which the community is invited.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: ‘Pop a wolf, throw out a bale of hay’

I looked closer at the photo of the elk herd that I submitted for the article and saw two more bulls, albeit smaller than the other one. For those of you who know me well, I like house plants but don’t have a green thumb. All my many house plants are “survivors.” My husband gave me a couple of those small Phalaenopsis Orchid several years ago

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: USFS revision workshop touches on several subjects

We attended the Forest Service two-day Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop in Orofino last Wednesday and Thursday and I promised to report on the outcome. Representatives for U.S. Senators Risch and Crapo and U.S. Representative Labrador were in attendance. It was similar to the original Forest Plan Revision process where the USFS presented topics, provided some background, defined a direction for group breakouts/input and then summarized afterwards.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: USFS meetings set for Orofino

Wish I would have been informed before last week’s article was published, but there are meetings going on that will impact us up here. The Forest Service is having a two-day workshop in Orofino on Wednesday and Thursday, the Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop, at the Best Western. The topics include recommended Wilderness, forest vegetation, geographic and special area planning, wild and scenic river suitability for the Southfork and many other rivers on the forest for a total of almost 900 miles, recreation and access, and elk habitat and security. If you are in the area, please try to attend, even on such short notice. I plan on attending them and will report back in this article next week. Birthdays: Beverly Farmer, Samuel Hickman, Jasper Thompson, Eva Stibal, and Natalee Lamar.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Program a success

The traditional Elk City School Christmas celebration with a potluck and children’s’ program was a huge success with what looked like almost half the town showing up. Here is a photo of the children’s program contributed by Margaret Robinson. This reporter was not able to attend due to family illness.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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