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Lorie Palmer

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Fall Along Clearwater

Fall leaves are bright along U.S. Highway 12 near Kamiah.

Oscar’s Restaurant makes changes for winter season; Main dining area closed; Brodock’s remains open

Customers will notice some changes at Oscar’s Restaurant, located on Grangeville’s Main Street, this week.

Hospital board chair, Spencer; trustee, Scribner, resign seats

Following the resignation of Syringa Hospital board chair Craig Spencer and trustee Judy Scribner, each accepted at the Tuesday, Sept. 27, meeting, vice chair Al Bolden assumed the position of chair. Trustee Steve Didier was elected as new vice chair.

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Make a difference: High-energy speaker encourages teens

Frei’s senior project brings speaker to school

“Your legacy is not something you leave when you die. It should be something you leave every time you walk out of a room,” said A’ric Jackson. “What’s your legacy?” Chicago-based motivational speaker and author, Jackson spoke to a gym full of students at Grangeville High School Friday, Sept. 23.

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Supplement company offers pure minerals

Eight former WaterOz employees have come together as partner-owners of a new business in the Clearwater area—Clearwater River Supplements—also known as CR Supplements, LLC outside of Grangeville, near Stites.

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‘Very difficult to prepare for crazy’

MVSD weapons policy discussed; first formal reading set for October

“I think we have a good [draft] weapons policy,” said Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez, zone 4, Kooskia. “This is something we’ve been working on for two years and that has actually been discussed at meeting for five or six months. A lot of time and effort have gone into it.” Dominguez spoke to fellow board members and an audience of about 20 at the regular board meeting held Monday, Sept. 19, at Clearwater Valley High School’s library.

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Flamingo Fun Run 2016: Kelley takes on fun run event as senior project Register by Sept. 28 for T-shirt

“It takes a lot of organization, and I have really learned so much through the whole process so far,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Kelley. Kelley has taken on the third annual Flamingo Fun Run as her senior project. The run is on tap for Saturday, Oct. 8, during Grangeville’s Oktoberfest celebration.

Statewide testing results released; local districts within state average

Statewide ISAT results in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics assessment percentages were made available last week. With the release of ISAT (Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests) results for the 2015-2016 school year, statewide increases were seen in all grades for both ELA and math.

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Having the knack for ‘putting the right pieces together’

Hanson is featured quilter for Sew-Ciety Quilt Guild show, Sept. 24-25

arietta Hanson’s mother started sewing for her at a young age out of necessity. “They just didn’t make clothes suitable for tall girls,” Hanson laughed.

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Activity director position more than a job

Passion for ‘family’ drives Amy Farris

The words to “Blue Suede Shoes” can be heard echoing down the hallway and out the front door of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Although it isn’t the voice of Elvis, the tone is sweet and husky. “He loves to sing. This is something he does for me every day,” said GHR Activities Director Amy Farris, speaking about resident Jerry Rothchild.

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‘Hard to see it go’

Historic stamp mill on loan to Wallace Mining Museum

“It was definitely hard to see it go,” said Tracy Tackett Sharp as she watched heavy equipment take down the gold stamp mill next to Grangeville Veterinary Clinic, at the edge of Lions Park, on U.S. Highway 12. Operators and volunteers removed the mill Aug. 24. According to the Idaho County Historical Society (ICHS), the mill is on loan to The Wallace Mining Museum.

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Florence History

Myrna Crane of Grangeville points to a map of Florence at the Aug. 24 Brown Bag historical presentation at the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Crane told the story of a journal kept by Barbara Parks Spears who lived in Grangeville and Florence. The diary spans her lifetime, more than 90 years. Crane’s family has a cabin in Florence and she and her husband and six children spent time there with her father in days gone by.

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Beach takes GM position at ICLP

If Grangeville had a sister town, Weaverville, Calif., would be it, said Max Beach. Idaho County Light and Power’s new general manager grew up in the Northern California town of 3,500 people.

Syringa continues Kootenai affiliation talk

Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is gaining momentum for a possible affiliation with Kootenai Health as they continue work on the facility’s strategic plan.

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It's Your Business: Car show set set for Auto Vue; Bulldog cards available now

Join the Palouse Area and Camas Prairie cruisers at the Sunset Auto Vue Drive-In this Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show and shine. First, cruise on Main Street at 5:30 p.m., then head out to the drive-in for a barbecue. The feature show is Jason Bourne and a second movie will also be shown. Movie cost is $7.50. Drive anything out – everyone is welcome.

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GHS grad helps turn plastic waste into uniforms

SEATTLE, Wash. — 1997 Grangeville High School graduate Jonna Bell is helping change the world, one plastic water bottle at a time. Bell is one of the founding partners of Nube9, a company that recycles plastic into athletic uniforms.

NEWS-Bradbury to present frontier history program

Bradbury to present frontier history program

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End-Of-Summer Sunset

August ended Wednesday, the 31st, with a brilliant sunset. This view is looking toward Cottonwood Butte on the Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

FAITH-Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness

Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness

Become engaged in hospital plans

Syringa Hospital’s board has a huge job: to ensure quality medical care is provided to its patrons. With 10 healthcare providers on staff, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that mission. However, there’s all those federal regulations and economic trends to consider, and neither have been in favor of the small, rural, independently owned hospital.

Packed schedule for 80th Kamiah Barbecue Days

Events include Sunday Bull Bash

The 80th annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set for this coming weekend and the events will pack a full schedule for young, old, and everyone in-between. The events start Friday, Sept. 2, with the spaghetti feed at the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Kamiah High School versus Pomeroy football game is set for 7 p.m. at KHS with a teen street dance at 9 p.m.

Weapons in hospital issue before trustees

As with many school districts and other public entities, Syringa Hospital is no exception when it comes to how to move forward with gun and other deadly weapon issues within the confines of its facilities. The board discussed a written policy at its Aug. 22 meeting and, as has been the case in other local arenas, the conversation brought out varied opinions.

Boojie? Fleek? Rickroll?

Evolution of words, phrases quite interesting, descriptive

As we start the school year, I thought it would be a good time to give a little overview on some recent additions to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (as well as other on-line dictionaries). Recent as in the past three years. The evolution of words and phrases is quite interesting. Don’t ask for fry sauce in some Eastern states – they don’t know what you mean and they might hand you a container of gravy or cheese. Soda is said instead of pop and it’s pocketbook instead of purse.

Brown Bag 2016: ICSO detective to talk about interesting cases

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, Clyde Hanson will present “H. Talbotte of Florence.” Research was by Pam Northcutt. Next week, Idaho County Sheriff Detective Lt. Jerry Johnson will present the program “Interesting Past Cases.”

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4-H kids, leader train wild mustang for adoption

Three members of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club participated in a summer 4-H project they will not soon forget.

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Colorful Entry

The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.

Brown Bag 2016: Florence’s Talbotte will be the center of history discussion

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, Myrna Crane of Grangeville will share a diary-journal story with a few twists.

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School Starts At GEMS

It was a bright, sunny, happily-chaotic morning on the Grangeville Elementary Middle School playground the first day of school, yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Parents were taking photos as students hefted new backpacks full of supplies. GEMS PTA was ready with a photo board for parents this morning and fifth grader Emmie Told had her picture taken by mom, Katie, before class.

Foundation decides to nix traditional event after 22 years

Festival of Trees: no more

The first week in December will look a lot different in Grangeville this year. “The [Syringa] Foundation met and agreed the live auction for Festival of Trees is no longer receiving strong community support,” reported Syringa trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Aug. 22 board meeting.

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GEMS to see schedule changes for coming year

To help implement ‘more teaching time’

Grangeville Elementary Middle School patrons will notice some difference in GEMS schedules this school year. “We have had some challenges not unique to GEMS, but affecting many elementary schools,” said principal Dr. Susan Anderson.

County fair starts today

There’s No Place Like Home at the Idaho County Fair, and residents are invited to attend the annual event starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Lookingglass Days on tap for weekend

Delayed last year due to excessive fires and smoke throughout the area, Kamiah’s Chief Lookingglass Powwow is back with a force. This year, the event marks its 40th anniversary and it set to take place this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21.

District-wide bulb replacement to save on utility costs

“The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting. Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”

It's your business: Sign up now to get involved in Oktoberfest

Are you ready to have fun in our little town? The Grangeville Merchants Association is organizing Oktoberfest 2016 in downtown Grangeville, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Idaho County Fair starts Monday

Board implements roof replacement

Fairgoers will notice some major improvements at the Idaho County Fair (Aug. 15-20) this year. However, they might have to look up to do so.

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‘Grandma Norma’ to lead Kooskia Days parade

Kooskia Days Grand Marshal 2016:

Known by “Grandma Norma” by many, Norma Brandt hasn’t moved more than 10 miles from her birthplace. And she’s quite content with that. The 86-year-old will serve as Kooskia Days grand marshal, leading the parade Aug. 6.

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Crosby to perform Thursday concert

Final performance in 2016 Free Summer Concert Series

The final performance in the Free Summer Concert Series will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. Country musician Josh Crosby of Kooskia will perform with some members of his band.

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Daisy Dreams

Saturday, July 16, brought bright blue skies mid-day which was the perfect backdrop against the daisies and weeds at the edge of a wheat field outside Grangeville at Lukes Gulch and Fairview roads.

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You Make Me Want To Dance, Dance, Dance

It was a dancing affair as the group Phoenix 99 (below) played at the Grangeville Summer Concert Series at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 28.

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2016 Kooskia Saddliers Queen Mckenzie Cruson: ‘I have dreamed of becoming queen since I was little’

Representing Kooskia at the Kooskia Days parade this weekend will be 2016 Kooskia Saddliers Queen Mckenzie Cruson.

Brown Bag 2016: Author to present thoughts of 1860s miner from recent book

After taking 2015 to deal with a leaky pipe repair, the Bicentennial Historical Museum is back on track to offer Brown Bag Sessions. Sessions will be held Wednesdays at the museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these no-cost historical presentations and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch.

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Phoenix 99 to sing the blues Thursday night

The third in the Free Summer Concert Series will take place Thursday, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. The blues band Phoenix 99 out of Moscow will offer tunes to concert-goers. Phoenix 99 consists of Carol Zinn, lead vocal and guitar, Bob Garcia, bass guitar and vocals, George Durrin, drums and Mike Rishor, lead guitar and vocals.

Kids Klub to send income surveys

Process moves toward new facility

As part of applying for a Community Development Block Grant, Kids Klub is moving forward with a city income survey. “This is something that has to be done each five years for whatever group applies for the grant,” explained Kids Klub building project manager Brett Madron.

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Austad is new Ida-Lew ED specialist

Jessaca Austad has found her niche. Austad started her new job as Idaho-Lew Economic Development Specialist June 1. “I love this job – every day I think, ‘I get paid to do this!’” she smiled from her office above the Grangeville Post Office on Main Street.

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Former CV student makes medical mission trip to Peru

Christine Schmidt recently spent 14 life changing days in Peru. The former Harpster resident and attendee of Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia has forged ahead in her education and career choices, which led her to the pivotal trip.

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Harris sworn in as new MVSD board member

Mountain View School District 244 gained a new board member when Jeremy Harris of Grangeville was sworn in at the July 18 board meeting.

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Campbell will serve as 2016 Idaho County Fair grand marshal

Betty Campbell’s lifestyle on the prairie has definitely been a family affair. She will serve as the 2016 Idaho County Fair grand marshal – an honor her parents – Verl and Alice Chicane, had in 1988. This year, the Idaho County Fair is Aug. 15-20.

Hot Summer Nights to sizzle this weekend

Event in Riggins: Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23

What includes classic cars, reunions and local talent galore? It’s those Hot Summer Nights. The annual Hot Summer Nights celebration is set for this weekend, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Riggins. The annual event is held at the Riggins City Park.

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Vintage Youth to rock park Thursday night

Free Summer Concert Series

The Free Summer Concert Series will continue Thursday night, July 21, with the band Vintage Youth. “This Grangeville-based band plays a little bit of everything,” said concert organizer Rachel Young.

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98-year-old WW II veteran Maurice Vincent: ‘I never forget my prayers … God has never forgotten me’

Several close-calls in the life of Maurice “Vince” Vincent have solidified his belief in God and His grace. “I pray every night – I never forget my prayers because God has never forgotten me,” the 98-year-old World War II veteran said. Vincent spoke to a group of ladies from Treasure Life Book Club from his residence at Meadowlark Home in Grangeville July 13.

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