Lorie Palmer

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Hack, hack... Idaho County sees whooping cough case

North Central District Health Department last week confirmed one case of pertussis in Idaho County, said Peg Gehring, nurse practitioner, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “That’s more commonly known as whooping cough,” Gehring added.

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Syringa discusses ways to cut down non-emergent ER care

Among areas reviewed, CEO Abner King reported there were 4.46 percent non-emergent emergency room (ER) visits for the fiscal year. “We would like to reduce this to 3.75 percent, but we haven’t made headway on this goal yet, but we have a renewed focus on this,” King stated. Chief medical officer, Dr. Matthew Told, said this is a “difficult one.”

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Idaho County honors its veterans every day

Idaho County is second to none in how it honors and recognizes its veterans; not just on holidays, but every day. It’s easy to be reminded of this during commemorative events, such as Veterans’ Day.

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GCF awards nearly $10,000 in local grants

“It’s great to see so many people here who care about the future of Grangeville,” Mary Jahn told a crowd of about 125 at the senior center Thursday evening, Nov. 8. The gathering was the 2018 grant awards reception for Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF). The event was sponsored by Avista Utilities.

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Hospice volunteers busy working on memorial ornaments

It may seem a little too early for Christmas for some, but Syringa Hospice volunteers have been busy making ornaments since October. The annual Syringa Hospital Tree of Lights Memorial Service is set for Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.

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Veterans honored at annual GHS assembly

“Our time is past,” U.S. retired Army veteran Preston Funkhouser swept his hand across the area where veterans sat at Grangeville High School Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. “Now, it’s your time,” he told students, half-jokingly adding, “don’t screw it up.”

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Young Oregon mayor-elect has local ties

YONCALLA, Ore. – Not only has the small town of Yoncalla, Ore., elected an 18-year-old as its mayor, but that 18-year-old also has strong ties to Grangeville. Ben Simons, the son of 1981 Grangeville High School graduate Cheryl Ruzicka, was elected as mayor with 41 percent of the votes in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election. His grandmother, Bettie Ruzicka, owns Bettie’s Floor and Décor in Grangeville.

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Your opinion? Syringa sets town hall meeting for Nov. 13

“We need to educate people on how the hospital runs,” said Syringa board of trustees chair Leta Strauss at the Oct. 23 meeting. To that end, a town hall meeting has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center (318 East Main Street, Grangeville).

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