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Lorie Palmer

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

‘No regrets’ for Cow Creek rancher

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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Flying High: Circus in Kooskia

PHOTO GALLERY: Simone the Trapeze Artist wowed crowds at both Grangeville and Kooskia when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus traveled to Idaho County for four shows June 17 and 19.

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Lucile’s Yellow Roses

Wild yellow roses cascade over the roadway in Lucile this spring, offering a bright welcome to the tiny town alongside the Salmon River near Riggins.

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Operation ‘Thank you!’: June 25 event will honor Vietnam veterans

Vietnam War veterans may have not received the grandest welcome home; however, that is hoping to be remedied as the Vietnam 50th commemoration is set nationwide. In Idaho County, all veterans of the Vietnam War era are invited to a “Welcome home” ceremony this Sunday, June 25, starting at noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main Street in Grangeville.

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Library renovates kids’ space; Summer reading program begins

Kids have a more inviting atmosphere at Grangeville Centennial Library, thanks to the Friends of the Centennial Library (FOCL) and a private donation. “Not to mention a great community of businesses and library volunteers,” said librarian Angie Norman.

Prairie High honored as IHSAA ‘School of Excellence’

Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) recently announced the 2016-17 winners of the “Schools of Excellence” program. At the top of the 1A Div. 1 schools is Prairie High School in Cottonwood.

Clean slate, new opportunities for Kamiah school district


Kamiah Joint School District 304 has a unique opportunity to change the perspective of its community. The slate can be wiped clean as Steve Higgins takes the helm as superintendent July 1.

244 board OKs more graduate requisites

“I believe the weight on understanding the constitution and on civics is very important for our students,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia.

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Mike Smith to join in clowning act at Kooskia circus Monday

The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is coming to Kooskia Monday, June 19, and Mike Smith of Lowell plans to spend his Monday clowning around. “Mike will be performing with some Clown College friends and helping out at the circus,” said Lara Smith, who is also a Clown College graduate.

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Lilacs In Bloom

Deep purple lilacs were in bloom last week on the Mount Idaho Grade Road near the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in, their aroma wafting through the air.

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White Bird Rodeo Queen: Chandler - ‘Absolutely unforgettable’ experience

White Bird Days 2017

“I can put up with almost anything – but I’m deathly afraid of stink bugs,” smiled Cassie Chandler. Grangeville High School freshman Chandler will represent the White Bird Rodeo as its queen this year.

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White Bird grand marshals: Cashes - ‘A good place to stop’

White Bird Days 2017

They may never have gotten to hear Johnny Cash in person, but they are related to him. “He’s a cousin,” smiled Carol (Smith) Cash. She found that out through her genealogy research and some networking. Melvin and Carol Cash will serve as the White Bird Rodeo grand marshals for 2017.

Hornbeck thanks EMS for service

‘This whole board appreciates them and all they do’

“I really want to acknowledge all the time they put in and the hard work they do to save so many lives,” said Twila Hornbeck, Syringa Hospital board trustee “This whole board appreciates them and all they do.” At the Syringa Hospital May 23 regular board meeting, Hornbeck publicly thanked the local EMTs and EMS workers.

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Idaho commerce director discusses work, life during Idaho County tour

State’s challenge: build work force to meet needs

“I feel like in order to know a place, I need to make a visit, have a presence there,” said Megan Ronk. “I cannot sit behind a desk in Boise and pretend to know what challenges people here have.” Ronk, the director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, stopped by the Free Press last week while she was visiting Idaho County and the surrounding area. Several business owners had the chance to meet with her as she and her mother and two young sons traveled throughout the area.

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12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at Kamiah

The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its 12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA Campground on U.S. Highway 12, June 1-4. A variety of bands, including Flatgrass, Hickory Bluff and Higher Ground played during the four-day event.

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(Fly) Tying One On

Shane Paul of Grangeville was busy tying flies at Long Camp RV Park in Kamiah during Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet June 3. Paul said he learned mostly from hands-on practice and watching videos. He taught his girlfriend’s son, Devin Pattan of Kamiah, age 9, who is pictured here with him.

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Impassioned appeal that ‘You matter’

Guest Opinion

“If you feel like you are facing a battle alone, I want you to take your hand and place it over your heart. That is called a purpose,” Forsyth said

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Classics On The Clearwater

The fourth annual Long Camp Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet was held Saturday, June 3, in Kamiah.

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Kids Klub building to go out to bid this summer

After years of planning, the Kids Klub, Inc., building will soon be started. Kids Klub received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 in April, and will also utilize the Webb family donation from 2012. In addition, funds donated specifically for the building and from fund-raisers will be used. Wemhoff Architecture in Cottonwood has drawn the plans for the property – three city lots that Kids Klub purchased adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 506 South A Street.

Commerce director a welcome visitor to region


In a day when many of us feel we have had enough government interference in our lives, we also need to give credit where credit is due – yes, even when it’s due to a government employee.

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Bearden named DYW 2018; Gomez is runner-up

Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.” Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.

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Syringa board looks into managerial services agreement with Kootenai

“I believe the affiliation is Syringa’s lifeblood in continuing for years to come”

“I just want to commend the current board for the Kootenai affiliation agreement,” said James May of Kooskia at the May 23 Syringa Board of Trustees meeting. “I know the whole process was not easy, but I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for Syringa and absolutely critical for this hospital.”

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Hospice works with families on personal level

“Hospice is not something I have to do – it’s something I get to do,” expressed DeEtte Westover, RN. Westover is employed by Syringa Hospital and Syringa Hospital Hospice (SHH). She, along with about eight other SHH employees and 30 volunteers, operate the area’s only hospice program.

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Six GHS girls to vie for DYW

Six Grangeville girls will be competing this Saturday, June 3, for the title of the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie. The event is set for 7 p.m. at Grangeville High School and this year’s theme is “Salute the Troops!”

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Cottonwood Memorial Day Tribute

Members of the Cottonwood area VFW and American Legion were host to Memorial Day tributes in Cottonwood and Greencreek Monday, May 29. Here, the color guard, rifle squad and many veterans participate in the ceremony at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. At each cemetery, the names of veterans who are buried there were read aloud. Taps was played, “In Flanders Field” read and a rifle-salute offered. More than 100 participants from throughout the community attended the Cottonwood ceremony.

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Springtime Plum Blossoms

A few spring-like days brought flowering plum trees to bloom and then wind quickly took the blossoms away.

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Take self-guided schoolhouse tour to view historic Woodland school

WOODLAND -- If you’re looking for a hands-on education field trip in Kamiah and the surrounding areas, look no farther than a schoolhouse visit to see how the pioneer children of yesteryear learned and flourished.

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Spring In Her Step: Dance Performance

Shirley’s Dance Studio’s Grangeville area dancers held their spring recital Sunday, May 21, at Grangeville High School.

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Group forms to build arena, event center

‘...a place the community wants to use’

“This is going to happen, but we’re going to do it right, no matter how long it takes,” said Christi Brown. Brown spoke to a group of about 10 people last Tuesday night, May 16, at the second public meeting of the Camas Prairie Arena and Event Center, Inc.

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Sts. Peter And Paul Open House

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted an open house event Thursday, May 11, to showcase student work as well as offer tours for prospective students and their families. (Left) preschooler Harper Blewett sings about the sun.

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Miskin to lead GHS in coming year

“I am a firm believer in life is what you make of it,” said Clearwater Valley High School Principal Randall Miskin. “Each experience, each situation – you have to be positive, make the most of it and learn along the way.”

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Memorial Day events through Idaho County

A variety of Memorial Day and weekend activities are scheduled throughout Idaho County communities, including the following:

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Shores settle into Inland Title; Couple also own Clearwater Title

Troy and Mary Shores have a year at Inland Title & Escrow under their belts, but the business owner couple is not new to the business world.

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Chief Lookingglass Powwow a cultural treat

Powwow: an American Indian social gathering or fair usually including competitive dancing; a meeting for discussion.

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County tradition produces secret patches, sweet purple rewards

Shhhhhhh … keep my huckleberry spot a secret

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Children’s mental health program revamped for state

Group meets to hear about county services

Fourteen months of intense work in the State of Idaho children’s mental health realm has brought Jen Griffis full circle. She is now explaining the YES (Youth Empowerment Services) program to her community.

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GEMS gets new Chessboards

When eighth grader Alli Kohrman told her mom, Breezi, that the Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s chessboards were not all complete and were a little worn, Breezi put a call on Facebook that received donations from across the United States. May 5, she was able to donated11 nice, wooden chessboards and pieces to the GEMS chess club that meets during lunch in Mr. Peeple’s classroom. Peeples stepped in after science teacher Mr. Mark Willig died in 2016. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade meet twice a week to play or watch during lunch. Peeples said if students don’t know how to play they are invited to learn or can simply watch if they wish. Here, students play on some of the existing chessmats.

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Walk For Life

Just more than 150 people came out Saturday, May 13, for Hope Center’s 10th Annual Walk for Life.

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Girl Scouts clean up historic Mt. Idaho Fort

Despite chilly temperatures and intermittent rain, local Girl Scouts braved the weather Saturday, May 6, and spent a couple hours doing manual labor. Grangeville-based Troop 3702 put on their outdoor muscles and cleaned up the Mt. Idaho Fort site located on Poor Farm Road.

Board approves GEMS handbook changes

Grangeville Elementary Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Anderson said she wanted to add a few rules to its student handbook concerning its dress code. She addressed the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 17 meeting. The board took the month to read over the handbook changes, and at its May 15 meeting in Kooskia voted to accept the changes

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Five elected to Syringa board; local levies pass

Unofficial Results: May 16 elections

Five locals were elected as Syringa Hospital board trustees in the Tuesday, May 16, election. In addition, levies passed in both Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 and Cottonwood Joint School District 242.

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GHS Music Seniors Honored

Grangeville High School’s seniors in the music program were honored at the last concert of the year May 8. Pictured (L-R) are Marissa Kennedy, Lauren Goldman, Alexandra Ahren, Hunter Connolley, Nichole Blackmer, Tristan Bledsoe and Matt Payne. Students have been under the direction of GHS music teacher Philip Golde this school year.

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Five-Headed Weed

This five-headed, one-stemmed dandelion was found by Beth Keeler of Devin’s Home Care recently when she was walking her dog around the business’s yard. One huge, flat dandelion stem houses a five-headed dandelion.

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Morrison offers historical songs on Idaho women

“It’s so important to retain the history, to tell the stories so they are not forgotten,” said Tracy Morrison.

Voters to pick five trustees for hospital

Elections: May 16

Multiple seats are contested for the upcoming hospital district election set for Tuesday, May 16.

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Grangeville High School Pops concert

Grangeville High School held a Pops concert Monday, May 8.

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Celebrate mothers in heaven, earth


This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mama. Although I miss her, I don’t plan for it to be a sad day. She would not have wanted that. And though I am not sure yet what I will do, I have some ideas for those who are motherless this holiday.

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‘Tough Enough’ ~ Meyer’s book on Hells Canyon family released

MERIDIAN, Idaho — “When I first read Doris Wilson’s memoir, I was intrigued by the picture she portrayed of a time and location, which had been a part of both her life and mine,” said Virginia Woods Meyer. “She and I lived in the same community; our sons were school classmates and friends. In writing her life story, Doris skimmed lightly over the surface of a fascinating series of events and anecdotes.” Meyer said those tales stirred her imagination.

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MVSD 244 board votes to change grad requirements

Mountain View School District 244’s board voted unanimously April 17 to change its graduation requirements. Students will no longer be required to take computers or physical education classes in order to graduate. MVSD had these requirements to obtain a diploma while the state did not have these conditions. In addition....

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What are the most popular box subscriptions in Idaho County?

Have you considered trying one of the new box subscriptions you can get via the Internet? Almost anything is available from organic food and healthy snacks to makeup and nail polish.



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