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Lorie Palmer

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PCS Laser connects generations with QR Coding

Imagine walking through a cemetery of your ancestors and being able to learn more than simply a date or name. QR Coding, and, specifically, PCS Laser and Memorial out of Lewiston, has made that a possibility.

TOPS to host tea; Kamiah Farmers’ Market opens April 25

It's Your Business

The National Weather Service will sponsor an upcoming weather spotter training today, Wednesday, April 22, at Super 8, 7 p.m.

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.”

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Extreme Adventure Club Group sponsors free activities for kids

Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) has decided to focus in a different area.

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Probert, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, talks with chamber members

Transparency, communication among areas of interest for supervisor

“I feel the great need for more transparency. For quite some time now the Forest Service has had very limited activity within the community,” said Jerry Asker at the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting April 16. “In the past five years there have been some very unpopular decisions in Grangeville made by the Forest Service and I feel proper communication could have changed the feelings.”

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Feeding the hungry in region’s communities: SPPS students help put together 600 soup mix bags

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” ~ Matthew 10:42, NIV.

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Mock crash a grim lesson

The scene was grim at Grangeville High School Friday, April 10.

Nearly 30 percent of Idahoans have low wage jobs

Where does Idaho rank on improving the financial security of families?

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Ribbons bring awareness to victims of assault

“Thank you for what you’re doing,” said an unidentified teary-eyed woman who pulled over on Grangeville’s Main Street Thursday, April 2, as members of the Idaho County Domestic Violence Task Force hanged awareness ribbons on lampposts.

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Volunteer positions open at library: Information night is April 14

If you’re looking for a fulfilling volunteer experience, Grangeville Centennial Library may be just the place for you.

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Almost There ...

This young lady was intent on reaching an Easter egg at the Cottonwood City Park Saturday, April 4 – she finally had to shake the tree to get her treasure.

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McLean joins Shear Magic salon

She’s a new face at Shear Magic but not a new face to Grangeville business.

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Let’s Talk About It: Group discusses Peavey book

“Sagebrush is like camphor for the soul,” smiled Shelley Dumas of Grangeville. “I grew up in northern Idaho and therefore, trees. But when I came to Idaho’s sagebrush area I absolutely loved it.

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Veterans display gets overhaul: Teen on own gains a new perspective from senior project

For Grangeville High School student Steve Bruce, the lessons of a senior project seemed a bit redundant for him.

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Voices, signs bring play to life for students: ITY presentation features actor who is deaf

Imagine if you will, a group of young friends making their own movie about a ghost woman near an old boxcar. It was lights, camera, action with this setup as Idaho Theater for Youth (ITY), a division of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, rolled into town last Tuesday, March 24.

MVSD board meeting: GEMS searches for new principal

Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) is on the lookout for a new captain.

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Umpqua grant provides iPads for Kids Klub

Thanks to Umpqua Bank, area kids will be a little more tech savvy.

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Affirming the rice? Students show how words can help, hurt

GEMS science fair highlights students’ work

Did you ever wonder what cooked rice would do if you yelled at it daily, told it you hated it and ignored it in-between?

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‘Jungle Book’ swings through Cottonwood

“I’ve been doing this for a few years now and am always amazed how they are able to pull it together and make it come out great,” smiled Erin Shears.

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Auction to aid violence victims:Purse auction set for May 2 at The Hangout

A simple purse can help change a life forever.

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Camas Prairie unites for Quilts of Valor

The Camas Prairie Quilts of Valor ladies recently announced a new group of ladies from the Cottonwood area have joined efforts with the Grangeville and surrounding area groups.

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Somewhere over the rainbow: CV kids follow the yellow brick road

Wizard of Oz musical set for March 12, 13

A lion and Dorothy and a scarecrow and tin man, oh my!

MVSD swings ‘yes’ vote on $2.6 mil levy; passes by 58.4 percent

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 came out with a yes vote in Tuesday’s March 10 $2,663,246 supplemental levy election.

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Report focuses on Clearwater, adjoining towns; economist talks on region’s demographics

Statistics are often seen for the main cities in Idaho County, but what about the smaller areas?

Fund set up for Mundt twins

A recent CTIA and Nielson study shows that the number of text messages sent each month increased by 840 percent between 2007 and 2012. People, particularly those under 35 years old, prefer texting over any other form of communication, especially in confrontational situations ( CTIA, Nielsen).

Funds sought for Girls State participants

Locals can have a part in helping Grangeville High School girls learn about government.

Syringa ends year at a loss: Hospital still strong financially, auditor says

“Well, it wasn’t as good of a year as 2013 in some ways,” said Carl Swenson of Crandall, Swenson & Gleason, Chtd., Certified Public Accountants.

Levy set Tuesday: MVSD 244 to ask patrons for $2.6 million supplemental levy

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 will be asked to go the polls Tuesday, March 10, and vote on a $2,663,246 supplemental levy.

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Future business leaders: Students to attend BPA competition

Several area students are headed to state competition following the regional Business Professionals of America event held Jan. 23 at Lewis-Clark State College.

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Showing Christ’s love through action: Cristo Vive dinner focusing on raising funds for camp

How do locals show the love of Jesus Christ? Through action. More than 100 people attended the third annual Cristo Vive Valentine fund-raiser dinner Feb. 14 to benefit Cristo Vive. Cristo Vive means “Christ Lives” and the organization’s goal is to “provide children and youth with disabilities and their families an opportunity to experience the love of God and faith in Christ through a fun and engaging camp experience.”

Co-op to open in Kamiah Mini Mall Different businesses under umbrella

Keep your eyes peeled for the Clearwater Valley Market Coop, LLC. The umbrella organization will be in the Kamiah Mini Mall, 411 Main Street, along with The Creative Spirit of Idaho-Arts and Crafts of Idaho.

Casting for Recovery: Women with breast cancer invited to participate in fishing, retreat program

To some, fly-fishing and breast cancer may not go hand in hand. However, to those who have experienced Casting for Recovery, they do.

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Preparing For Caring

A time sensitive emergency simulation event was held at Soltman Center, sponsored by Syringa Hospital, Friday, Feb. 27.

Helipad plan moves to next phase

Following months of discussion amongst themselves and with community members and other organizations, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees made its first official action concerning a helipad on Grangeville’s Main Street.

Get Acquainted 2015 hits the newsstands

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Have you seen the 2015 Get Acquainted special section published by the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper? You should have received your copy inserted in today’s Shopper.

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Readers discuss Idaho author’s book

“The story was disagreeable to me,” said Thelma Landes. “Just a totally different lifestyle than mine.” “Really? I connected with the main character and really got a kick out of him,” said Sally Nolan.

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Walking for a cause: Saturday fund-raiser to benefit those with heart defects

Jennifer Pollan and friends will be walking for a cause near and dear to her on Feb. 21.

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Eagles have hand in many community efforts: Organization donates $1,000 to Grangeville Mountain Rescue

Grangeville Eagles and Aerie 539 were busy Monday, Feb. 2, doing what they do best: Giving back to the community. The lodge was able to give $1,000 to Grangeville Mountain Rescue (GMR).

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A twist on classics: GHS drama students to present play Feb. 19-21

A deli-owning Romeo and Juliet? An unsuspecting, dreamer of a King Arthur? How about a female Sherlock Holmes or a city-wise, scratchy voiced Daae in the Phantom of the Opera?

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Oscar’s, Brodock’s under new ownership: Duo steps in to save failing restaurant

“I’ve always felt like Oscar’s was in my family – even after my family didn’t own it anymore,” said Mike Asker. Asker’s parents, Bill and Bonnie Asker, owned and managed Oscar’s for years and then sold it to the Pearsons who were friends of the family. Two years ago it sold to friend Tom Sommers. “It became evident that Tom wasn’t really a restaurateur,” Asker said. “It all came about kind of suddenly but I made the decision Oscar’s needed rescuing.”

Grangeville Arts’ annual ‘Sushi Night’ is Feb. 28

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Grangeville Arts’ Annual Sushi Night is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Gallery. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22 per person and will include a sushi bar, Asian inspired soups and salads and edamame. Reservations are recommended with limited seating available. Call 983-2595.

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Locals may qualify for property tax reductions

‘Circuit Breaker’ could save some as much as $1,320

Could you qualify for a reduction in Idaho property taxes? According to AARP research, just less than half of the more than 55,000 Idahoans eligible for a reduction in their property taxes actually apply for this discount.

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Getting to know Eastern Europe: Homeschool students learn about foreign countries

A variety of would-be travelers set up stations at Centennial Evangelical Free Church last week and shared about faraway places.

Loss of SRS funding huge financial hit for Prairie schools District plans to run levy in May

SRS funding loss will also affect Cottonwood Joint School District 242 in a big way, according to superintendent Rene Forsmann.

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Levy set for March 10; amount same as previous year

Loss of SRS funds a $1.2M blow to MVSD

It’s no secret the end of SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds will have a large impact on rural schools, but just how dramatic this picture will be is déjà vu for Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244.

Looking to 2015: Housing, workforce pressing issues for Idaho County

While Idaho County made great strides in the economic and business sectors in 2014, many challenges lie ahead for the coming year. “The most pressing economic issues for Idaho County in 2015 include housing, workforce and commercial real estate,” said Melissa Bryant, economic development specialist with Ida-Lew Economic Development Council, Inc.

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Students get hands-on computer design, 3D printing experience

Twenty or even 10 years back, three-dimensional printing may have seemed like the subject of science fiction novels. Grey’s Anatomy fans may have seen medical implements made on a 3D printer on the show at the Seattle Grace Hospital in recent years. That type of printing is no longer simply a fantasy.

Farmers’ market meet and greet, meeting Feb. 7

Those who are interested in selling their wares at the Grangeville Farmers’ Market this year, or would like to meet some of the vendors who already sell, are invited to stop by the Soltman Center in Grangeville, across Main Street from the Syringa Hospital, this Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.

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Dog left starving, in misery at vet clinic

It was a frigid night three weeks ago when Grangeville Veterinary assistant Gay Stuck stepped out of the office to run to the store, returning a few minutes later.

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DeRamus joins Shopper, Free Press staff

Idaho County Free Press and Shopper advertisers may have noticed a new face – or voice on the phone – at the shop. Ashley DeRamus joined the staff in November. She was hired as a sales representative and will be selling advertising space and advising local business owners on designing ads.