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Lorie Palmer

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County tradition produces secret patches, sweet purple rewards

Shhhhhhh … keep my huckleberry spot a secret

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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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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Celebrate mothers in heaven, earth

Column

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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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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‘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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Iconic Idaho: Lemon Berry Bread using huckleberries

This is perfectly moist, flavorful and delicious. It better be, because it’s a little more work than I usually like to put in for one loaf of bread. But it really is that good! There are just enough huckleberries to add an extra tang and just enough blueberries to provide the sweet.

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Rupp, Hausladen to represent Riggins Rodeo

69th annual event this weekend

Two local young ladies will take the helm and represent the Riggins Rodeo this weekend. Queen Phoebe Rupp and princess Jillian Hausladen will lead the parade and rodeo events at the 69th annual rodeo set for Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7.

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Let The Little Children Come Unto Me

Grangeville Church of the Nazarene interim Pastor Bob Hislar donned a robe in his role as Jesus on Easter Sunday, April 16, gathering up the children for a lesson.

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Kamiah forester recognized as IDL employee of the year

Patrick Hagen, a senior forester for the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Maggie Creek Supervisory Area based in Kamiah, was selected from hundreds of employees as the agency’s 2016 employee of the year.

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‘A Nun’s Tale’ set for May 4-6

What has bad guys, a great singer, a group of nuns and a comical padre? It’s Summit Academy’s spring play.

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Camas Prairie Preschool

Camas Prairie Preschool held its Spring Fling raffle event drawing Wednesday, April 26. More than 40 prizes were available. All proceeds will be used for the co-op for regular maintenance and operations during the coming school year.

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Blooming Beauties

Evergreen Suites on the south end of Main Street across from The Depot Express is currently framed by a sea of bright yellow daffodils. The garden areas at the apartments change in color and landscape each season.

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Wassmuth retires after 48 years at Asker’s

A longtime familiar face won’t be showing up at Asker’s Harvest Foods anymore. After 48 years on the job, manager Brad Wassmuth has retired. “I think it’s time,” he smiled.

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GEMS Mural Magic

Grangeville Elementary Middle School students work on a mural in the junior high wing of the school on Saturday, April 22. They received help from community members, principal Dr. Susan Anderson and art teacher Patrick Phillips. The mural was the idea of late teacher Mr. Mark Willig and will include a geological timeline.

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Equine Educational Experience: Demo day set to highlight horses

Calling all horse lovers. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29. The Back Country Horsemen of North Central Idaho will sponsor an “Equine Educational Experience,” at the Kooskia Saddliers Arena on U.S. Highway 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Demonstrations throughout the day will include Dr. Kim Wolfrum with Evaluating for Dental Care from 10 to 11 a.m.; Dr. Kim Bartholomew with Movement Analysis and Correction from 11 a.m. to noon; Shane Hendren with Principles of Horseshoeing from noon to 1 p.m.; and Jim Renshaw with Cargo and Pannier Packing from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Honey the Dog’s DNA results come in

Last week, the Free Press reported on an Animal Ark dog who had the good luck to be adopted by two families.

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Idaho County 4-H Fun

The annual Idaho County 4-H party to celebrate and recognize 4-H throughout the state and county was held at the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, April 22. Clubs throughout the county provided games and lunch was sponsored by the Idaho-Lewis County Cattle Association.

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New principals step up at Prairie, CV

Rehder, Uptmor return home

Rehder returns home to take leadership role at Prairie High; Uptmor returns to CV as principal; ‘very excited for this new position’

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Madden retires after 40 years in banking; open house set for Friday

Peggy Madden of Cottonwood has spent the last 40 years in the banking industry, 34 of those years at Wells Fargo.

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Farm And Forest Fair: More Than Just Cattle

Fourth and fifth graders from throughout the area met at Greencreek Community Hall for the annual Farm and Forest Fair Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20.

Opera House shares available for $500; concert set for this Friday night

Those who say they have an affinity for the Old Opera House in Kooskia are invited to put their money where their mouths are.

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Eleven candidates vie for five Syringa board positions

Election on May 16

Eleven candidates will vie for five open positons on the Syringa Hospital board at the May 16 election.

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Eleven candidates file for five Syringa Hospital board positions

Eleven candidates will vie for five open positons on the Syringa Hospital board at the May 16 election.

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100 years and going strong: Riener’s life spans 10 decades

Andrew Riener is quick to give credit when it comes to the question, “What’s the secret to a successful life?” “The Lord’s help,” he smiled. “There have been some close calls along the way, but He’s kept me safe.”

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Easter in Kooskia

A bright, sunny day greeted Kooskia Easter egg hunters at the park Saturday, April 15, as kids gathered and played games, won prizes and found treasured eggs.

Purse auction set for Sunday, April 23

Who needs another purse? You do, that’s who. And perhaps a whole lot more. The Third Annual Purse Auction is set for the Cottonwood Community Hall this Sunday, April 23. Doors open at noon and the auction will begin at 2 p.m.

District 244 short on driver’s ed instructors

Parents and students throughout the area may have noticed it’s becoming more difficult to get into driver’s education classes. “We simply don’t have the instructors,” apologized Grangeville High School driver’s ed coordinator Alecia Hagen.

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From homeless to double the love: Stray dog happy ending in two homes

'she loves to come here and is excited and happy and we have a great time'

A stray dog roaming the streets of Grangeville ended up with a double happy ending: Two homes. However, it wasn’t only the canine that received help; she also offered it. “I feel good to have helped her, but, honestly, I needed her, too,” said Nona Donaldson.

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Boise woman to sing her stories April 25

Concert is free, open to all ages

Those interested in music or stories or both will want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. Singer, songwriter and storyteller Tracy Morrison of Boise will offer the program “Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folk Songs.” The concert is free and open to all ages.

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Easter in Kamiah

Despite looming, dark clouds and a few light showers, Kamiah’s annual Easter egg hunt drew a crowd of little treasure hunters. The annual event was held Saturday, April 15, and was sponsored by the Kamiah Kiwanis with support from the community.

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Woman to sing her stories at GEMS April 25

Those interested in music or stories or both will want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Homeless dog finds double the love

What happens when a stray dog roaming the streets of Grangeville finds two loving woman who come to her rescue? She ends up with a double happy ending: Two homes.

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Jet boat book displays photos, history

“The forecast this weekend is dry and in the 60s,” said Marlene Mignerey, with a smile in her voice. It’s no wonder husband and wife duo Frank and Marlene Mignerey would be concerned with the weather the second weekend of April: It’s jet boat weekend in the town the Mignereys love.

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Monthly records requests up at Syringa Hospital

Interest for board candidates’ forum

Records request numbers are in the hundreds at Syringa. It was reported at the March 28 regular board of trustees meeting that Syringa Hospital and Clinics had 300 requests for medical records in December 2016, 322 in January, and 310 in February.

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Adults gets hands-on STEM training

Robots and circuits and computers, oh my! The Idaho STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) committee and Idaho Commission for Libraries recently provided grants for several libraries throughout the state to receive funding for both gear and training.

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Don’t wait; use the good China

Guest Opinion

As we clean out papers and glass (my mom loved pretty glassware) we are afforded a lot of good memories. The one thing that has made me feel particularly gloomy is my mom’s beautiful Noritake China.

Twenty MVSD staffers volunteer for firearm training

244 Use of Force Policy:

Mountain View School District 244’s Use of Force Policy is moving forward. The policy was adopted by the board in February. At the March 20 monthly board meeting, superintendent Kent Stokes reported 20 MVSD staff members had signed up to be considered for firearm training and concealed carry permits.

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Kennedy works ‘dream job’ to help GHS students

Growing up in a tiny town in Michigan, Bobbie Kennedy knew what it was like to wonder about opportunities beyond high school. Kennedy was recently hired as a part-time college and career advisor for Grangeville High School.

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Bell Equipment, INC

Family business, family values

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce.

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