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SH trustees sign affiliation with Kootenai

Hospital CEO search under way

After more than two years of discussion and planning, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees signed an agreement Feb. 1 for Syringa Hospital District to affiliate with Kootenai Hospital District in Coeur d’Alene. “This just makes so much sense,” explained Syringa board chair Al Bolden of White Bird.

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King’s store to close

Company-wide liquidation affects 15 employees locally

“This community has been very supportive of King’s so this is really difficult,” said King’s Variety Store Manager Brad Olson, Grangeville. Olson just recently learned that all King’s Variety Stores will close this year. The closure will affect 15 employees in Grangeville.

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Learning to live again: Rare brain disease changes life for Grangeville woman

In 2002, numbness and tingling on the left side of her body, and particularly her face at first, made Michele Waite think she had a tooth mishap.

Six go on to state contest for PTA Reflections

After placing first in the regional PTA Reflections contest, the projects of six Grangeville students are headed to state competition in Boise.

Syringa Pharmacy to open its doors April 1

Local residents, especially those utilizing Syringa Hospital and Clinics, will now be able to have more convenient access to pharmacy needs.

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Syringa officially affiliates with Kootenai

After more than two years of discussion and planning, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees signed an agreement Feb. 1 for Syringa Hospital District to affiliate with Kootenai Hospital District in Coeur d’Alene.

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King’s Variety Stores to close

Company liquidating all locations

“This community has been very supportive of King’s so this is really difficult,” said King’s Variety Store Manager Brad Olson, Grangeville.

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Frank answers by area districts

Local school reps draw crowd at Monday meeting in Grangeville; funding, levies are top issues

Funding concerns, educational needs and Common Core questions were all part of a community forum held Monday night, Feb. 13, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. A panel of three local school superintendents presented overviews of their schools as part of a forum sponsored by the Idaho County Democrats, and more than 65 people attended the event to listen and ask questions.

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The Domino Effect

It was dominoes play time at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center Friday, Feb. 10. Assistant activities director Marilyn Deardorff (not pictured) played several games with residents prior to lunch time. (Left) Mary Howery watches as Jerry Rothchild plays his domino and (right) Colleen Prickett is thoughtful about her game plan.

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Friends And Music

The Old Time Fiddlers and friends played music at the Idaho County Veterans Community and Outreach Center in Grangeville Friday, Feb. 10, while local historian Eldene Wasem signed her book, “Taming the Meadows.”

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244: Trustees discuss gun policy with GEMS patrons

Guns in Schools: Districts to adopt guidelines

Twenty-two people sat in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School Community Room Thursday evening, Feb. 2, to discuss a policy that will affect the more than 570 students at GEMS. “This is a very delicate subject and, frankly, I have been surprised that more people in our communities have not come to meetings about this,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville.

Higgins named 304 superintendent

'It will be hard to leave behind the school and community that has been so supportive'

Grangeville High School will be seeking a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. Current GHS Principal Steve Higgins notified the school board and staff Tuesday, Feb. 7, he will step down as principal. Higgins has been hired as the superintendent for Kamiah School District 304.

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Kids Klub job helps Madden decide on career path

After an absence due to loss of funding for a few years, the AmeriCorps volunteer service program is again alive and well in Idaho. At Kids Klub, Inc., afterschool program, that has translated to Grangeville High School senior Alyssa Madden being the 22nd AmeriCorps volunteer for the organization. Madden has worked for Kids Klub since her sophomore year of high school as an employee, but applied for the AmeriCorps position in 2016.

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GHS’s fairy tale full of sass, laughs

In a land far away, a long, long time ago, there lived a group of fairy tale characters full of … sass. Attitude. Insolence. Arrogance.

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Thespian Troupe

More than 65 local children from Grangeville Elementary Middle School, Sts. Peter and Paul and homeschool participated in the annual Kids Klub sponsored “The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race” performance Friday, Feb. 3, at GEMS. The Missoula Children’s Theatre performance is paid for by the Kids Klub and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Pictured here are part of the Thespian Troupe at dress rehearsal Friday afternoon.

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World’s Fair 2017: Homeschool students share their knowledge

It was a World’s Fair extravaganza right here in Grangeville, Jan. 26. More than 20 local homeschooled kids and their families presented the fair at the E-Free Church, offering historical tidbits on various countries as well as tastes of food associated with the traditions and cultures of their chosen country’s people.

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Wintery Shelter

A quail was finding shelter in a snow-covered willow tree on Mt. Idaho Grade Road between Grangeville and Mt. Idaho recently

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It's your Business: Peanut Party this Saturday

Peanut party set for Saturday in Keuterville; NRA banquet to be held Feb. 10

Don’t forget, the NRA Banquet and Fund-raiser is set for Friday, Feb. 10, at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville...

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County economy up, down in 2016

Tourism, leisure industries grow as does school enrollment

Idaho County’s economy had a so-so year. Nonfarm payroll jobs remained unchanged around 4,230—with some sectors adding a few jobs and other losing a few. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in November, down slightly from the 5.9 percent the previous year. Kathryn Tacke, regional economist, Labor Public Affairs Bureau, Idaho Department of Labor out of Lewiston, recently sat down to crunch numbers on Idaho County’s 2016 economy.

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Bishop wins GEMS geo bee

Ten Grangeville Elementary Middle School students fought it out to the bitter end in the GEMS 2017 National Geographic Geography Bee held Jan. 25.

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Kid's Klub receives Umpqua grant

This year it will provide a interactive white board

Kids Klub, Inc., in Grangeville recently received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from Umpqua Bank and its Community Giving grant program.

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Pretty Dancer

Rylie Arnzen gets into tap dancing to “Love is An Open Door,” from Frozen. She and about 20 other students participated in Shirley’s Dance Studio Grangeville recital held at Grangeville High School Saturday, Jan. 28. Shirley’s is celebrating 60 years in business this year. Call 509-758-6510 for Grangeville lesson information.

Shortened more than half; reading Feb. 27

244 Use of Force Policy:

After months of work, meetings and review, the Mountain View School District 244 Use of Force Policy has gone back to the drawing board – at least for another month. Superintendent Kent Stokes, along with clerk Becky Hogg and director of curriculum Cody Weddle, worked on condensing the policy and presented that shorter version at the Jan. 17 board meeting. The new draft is at three pages while the original was nine pages.

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Syringa achieves a clean ‘16 audit

CPA said hospital is ‘shining star’

Following the announcement of a $57,577 loss for fiscal year 2016 for Syringa Hospital and Clinics, board trustee Twila Hornbeck of Grangeville had a question for CPA Carl Swenson. “What should we be watching for – do you see any areas of concern?” asked Hornbeck at the Jan. 24 regular board meeting.

ACE to host J.D. Power customer appreciation event

ACE Home Center in Grangeville is a hopping place of activity, and that will be especially true Friday, Feb. 10.

District working to better prepare young students

“Are we helping kids as effectively as we can?"

“Academically, each year the kids seem to come in a little less prepared,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes at the monthly trustee meeting Jan. 17 during his regular report. Stokes said the state education standards have “changed dramatically,” and a good portion of students entering kindergarten are not as prepared as they need to be.

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McCain Weeks celebrates a century of living

If you ask Thelma McCain Weeks if she’s impressed with the accomplishment of living to 100 years, she’d tell you it’s not that big of a deal. “I just lived,” she shrugged.

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Something To Cheer About

The Grangeville High School cheerleaders were given $100 donation from the Grangeville Eagles Aerie No. 539 to help with cheer camp costs. Pictured are (front, L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Eagles member Shirley Crane, Victoria Williams and (back, -R) Hunter Robinson and TJ Wiltse.

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Game Watcher

Almost 2-year-old Jordan Schumacher was all eyes at the Grangeville versus St. Maries basketball games at Grangeville High School Saturday, Jan. 21. She was there to watch big brother, senior Patrick Schumacher, play for the GHS varsity boys team.

‘Extreme Adventure Club’ rides again; free events set for area kids; first is this weekend

For the second year in a row, Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) will offer a variety of upcoming events for local kids. “Our mission is to promote health and wellness within the community through various educational events, programs, and presentations,” said Kirstin Jensen with University of Idaho Extension.

MVSD 244 sets $2.6M levy vote for March 14

Mountain View School District 244 will stick to status quo and plan for a 2017-18 levy in the same amount as the previous four years: $2,663,246. The supplemental levy vote is set for March 14. Last year’s levy barely passed with 50.5 percent of voters in favor while the previous year’s election passed with 58.4 percent of voters in favor.

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Fifteen take top honors in local PTA Reflections arts contest

With a theme of “What is Your Story?” Grangeville saw a large percentage of its students enter the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest. “There were 123 entries this year,” said Genny Lutz, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA volunteer, who has organized the program for many years.

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Red Sky At Night

Frozen teasel is silhouetted against a brilliant sunset recently on U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville.

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Maggie and the sea turtles: Chmelik takes on mission to help save Georgia sea turtles

White many high school students focus their senior projects on a local cause, Grangeville High School’s Maggie Chmelik decided upon a project of more national importance – and a family tradition of sorts.

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Marissa Kennedy’s senior project went off without a hitch even though it was held last Friday the 13th. Senior Morgan Pilant was named Mr. GHS 2017 at the first Mr. Grangeville High School Scholarship Pageant.

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Stenzel joins Central Idaho Properties

After 21 years with Bud’s PowerSports in Cottonwood, Todd Stenzel is ready for a change.

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Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant set for Friday

Grangeville High School senior Marissa Kennedy is out to prove pageants aren’t just for girls. As part of her senior project, Kennedy is organizing the “Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant.” This event is set for Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., in the multipurpose room.

Distinguished effort noted for CV school

Kooskia elementary honored with national award

Clearwater Valley Elementary School is working hard to offer quality education to all of its students. This was made evident through the recent announcement of a national award. CVES (Mountain View School District) and Rulon M. Ellis Elementary of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District are the recipients of The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award.

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‘Late’ baby is still county’s first for 2017

Although baby Trevor Ray made quite a late entrance for his parents, he ended up being right on time to be the first baby born in Idaho County for 2017. Tim Dreadfulwater and Rae Daun Storey welcomed their baby son, Trevor Ray Dreadfulwater, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, 2:22 a.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Eighth grader makes quilt for science teacher

A recent bit of difficult news made Grangeville Elementary Middle School eighth grader Kaylee Doughty spring into action. When she found out her beloved science teacher, Mr. Mark Willig, had been diagnosed with cancer and would not be returning to the classroom, she made a decision.

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SHIBA volunteers available to assist with Medicare, insurance questions

Two financial counselors at Syringa Hospital to help

Have you been struggling to figure out what Medicare supplement to add or what insurance benefits are available? Syringa Hospital has two ladies ready and willing to help locals. Financial counselors Sue Little and Alissa Bunch are SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) trained volunteers who offer a variety of information and advisement.

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Wasem pens historical book on McComas Meadows

McCOMAS MEADOWS – The area of Harpster known as McComas Meadows played an important part in the formative years of Eldene Wasem and she decided to preserve that history for generations to come.

Taking care on ‘big step’

Use of Force policy discussion continues for MVSD 244

“If the [firearms[ policy were to come to a vote tonight, I could not support it,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville. Harris spoke about the MVSD 244 Use of Force Policy that had its third reading at the Dec. 19 school board meeting.

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Song Of Good News

Sts. Peter and Paul School students put on their annual program Thursday, Dec. 15. The first through fourth grade put on the play “A Baby is Born,” directed by teachers Amber VanGunten and Jenna Murdock. Here, the Angel Gabriel (Ruby Willis) announces the Good News during performance practice Thursday morning.

Why I want a ‘perfect’ Christmas

Guest Opinion

I pretty much lived an idyllic childhood. Every holiday, every milestone, every event was special. I have to be careful, as an adult, that I don’t let my childhood ruin Christmas for me.

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Best of Both Worlds

Kazellas mix Hungarian, American traditions

Though Christmas Eve isn’t until this coming Saturday, Dec. 24, the Kazella family has already had a visit from St. Nicholas, or “Szent Mikulas.” “In Hungary, children leave their shoes in the windowsill on Dec. 5, and when they wake up on 6th, their shoes are filled with treats – candy and small toys,” explained Ildi Kazella.

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Christmas past: A glimpse at former letters to Santa

Soon the Free Press will present its annual “Letters to Santa” section. Readers look forward to the fun-filled and sometimes lengthy lists as well as the other details second and third graders from throughout the county offer up to Santa Claus.

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Cards? Letters? Photos? County residents weigh in on what they like for Christmas mail

“Hello. My name is Lorie Palmer and I like to write Christmas letters.” That’s right, form Christmas letters that I copy and send to 50 people. These letters give all the highlights of our family’s year, as well as the struggles we have gone through. They are filled with photos of us as well as our pets. These letters may very well be the only correspondence I send to friends and family members-afar each year.

Fund-raiser breakfast to help Arnzen attend conference in D.C.

Have breakfast made for you on New Year’s Day and help a local student to boot.

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Let’s Talk About It book series to focus on food; First meeting set for Jan. 17; books available

Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers.



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