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Lorie Palmer

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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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‘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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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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Umpqua grant provides iPads for Kids Klub

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

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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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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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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!

Funds sought for Girls State participants

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

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).

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?

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.

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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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.”

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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

It's Your Business

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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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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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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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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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

It's Your Business

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.

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Hausladen’s DAR essay takes first place Ellis Island topic of contest

A regional essay contest made way for Grangeville Elementary Middle School social studies teacher Betty Nafziger to open a new historical chapter for her eighth grade students.

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Let’s Talk About It: Local readers gather to discuss book ‘Bloodlines’

“I did not enjoy the book at all,” said Kristin Frish of Cottonwood...

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Double Decker Books promotes authors: Mother, daughter duo work to help support writers

Jeniann Bowers and her daughter, KayCee K., are trying hard to turn a love of reading and writing into a full-time business.

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Kamiah rules: Gov. Otter, officials take public inquiry at capital for dayp

Constituent questions varied from education to drugs, public lands and Internet taxation at last Friday’s Idaho-Lewis County Capital for a Day event.

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Spencer appointed to Syringa Hospital board

A familiar face will take a place on the Syringa Board of Trustees.

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Turtle Time

Grangeville Centennial Library hosted its weekly preschool story hour Wednesday, Jan. 14. The theme was pet day and children attending were able to pet a ferret, puppy and this turtle.

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Edwards is top at GEMS geography bee

It was all sixth and seventh graders in the annual Grangeville Elementary Middle School Geography Bee Jan. 15 at GEMS.

York appointed trustee for MVSD

“I am so excited to give back in this way – I am passionate about education,” said Julia York of Elk City. York was recently appointed as the new trustee for Mountain View School District 244, zone 2, who replaces Randy Bartlett who moved out of the zone.

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Baby New Year 2015: Azalea Shanae Rhoades

Baby takes flight for life on birth day

Ashlynn Shanae Moore and T.J. Rhoades were surprised to learn their daughter was Idaho County’s first baby of 2015. They were even more surprised at the events that followed their daughter’s birth.

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Frosty Handiwork

A silver thaw of slippery frost and freezing rain covered the branches of bushes, trees and objects Saturday morning, Jan. 10, such as on this rosebush on Mount Idaho Grade Road.

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Send That Band To Disneyland

American Legion Post 37 out of Grangeville stopped by Grangeville High School Monday morning...

Hall of Famer: Schmidt joins ranks of top 4-H volunteers in Idaho

You could say that 4-H is in Mary Schmidt’s blood. Recently, that bloodline became a little stronger as Schmidt was inducted into the Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame and was honored at a fall event in Lewiston. She was nominated by Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman.

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Syringa Thrift partners with St. Vincent De Paul

What’s better than a partnership that utilizes every available asset? Not much. Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Store in Grangeville recently partnered with St. Vincent De Paul industries out of Lewiston/Clarkston to help make use of all its donations.

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Uhlorn travels to Atlanta for National 4-H Congress

Prairie High School senior Holli Uhlorn had a different Thanksgiving than ever before. She spent the day traveling and a week away from family to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga.

Looking to 2015: Cottonwood district looks to curriculum, maintenance needs

What lies in wait for Cottonwood’s Joint School District 242 for 2015 depends much on the State of Idaho.