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Lorie Palmer

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‘It’s not easy – and it shouldn’t be’ - 14 school personnel from region take firearm training course

Fourteen school personnel, 11 from MVSD and three from Salmon River, recently took a firearms safety and training course. The end result, — the school board hoped as they were finalizing the policy — was to place specific educators/staff with firearms on their person or be privy to a classified place and code where a firearm was hidden, thus being able to protect students if needed.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Methodist prayer box open to public for requests, praises

Passersby may have noticed a little elevated box on the steps of the United Methodist Church in Grangeville (on the corner across from Asker’s and the Idaho County Courthouse). The little gem was the idea of parishioner Rose Mangini, who had seen something like it on social media. “We commissioned Norm Rice, who completed the work in gorgeous fashion,” said Pastor Ryan Campbell of the wooden prayer box.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Tac Tech set to go in Elk City

Look for new employment opportunities soon in Elk City. John McKee and Steve Knutzen have started the business “Tac Tech Manufacturing.” The duo, who both retired to the Elk City area, are manufacturing trailers to be used for communications during emergencies.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Nichols to compete in Mrs. Idaho pageant

“I’m always up for a new adventure,” said Erin Nichols of Grangeville. With the support of her husband, Zach, and their four children, Nichols was encouraged to apply to the Mrs. Idaho America pageant. She did and was awarded the title of “Mrs. Grangeville” to begin her journey. Oct. 4-6, Nichols will compete in the pageant in Boise. The competition is scored 50 percent on the judges’ personal interview where they will look for articulation and confidence as well as posture, grace, elegance and overall appearance.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Summer T-Ball Fun

Grangeville Youth Baseball program had several T-ball teams for the 2018 season. The littlest baseball fans learned rules with a variety of volunteer coaches, having fun each Tuesday and Thursday at Lions Park. The kids had their last game Thursday, June 28, ending their month-long season. (Bottom) volunteer coaches Andrew Lane and Melissa Lane-Rogers have their team give a cheer for the opposing team in a recent game.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa pharmacist gives overview of hospital duties

“Retail pharmacy is a whole other story: I love hospital pharmacy – it’s why I got into the business,” said Shane Henry. Henry is the pharmacist for Syringa Hospital and he made a presentation to the trustees at the June 26 board meeting.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD board disagrees on public input session

“Are you going to say the Pledge of Allegiance?” patron John Warford of Grangeville asked as soon as the June 18 Mountain View School District board meeting was called to order. “Please, just give us a minute,” chairman Mike Dominguez of Kooskia said to Warford. Following this, Dominguez asked the audience to stand for the pledge.

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Royalty Represents At Craigmont June Picnic

Craigmont’s Annual June Picnic was held Saturday, June 23, with a people lining the streets for the morning parade. Several classes had reunions during the event and the small town was filled with family, friends and visitors.

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Brown is new dentist at Two Rivers Dentistry

Two Rivers Dentistry in Grangeville recently welcomes a new face. Dr. Koalby Brown hails from Ogden, Utah, and will be in the Grangeville office Monday through Friday. Owner Dr. Shane Newton also owns a practice in McCall; however, Brown will staff the Grangeville office, located at 120 North A Street (formerly the practice of Dr. Bryan Petersen).

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Color On Parade At White Bird Days Parade

The 40th annual White Bird Days parade was a Mardi Gras spectacular. Friends and families from all over turned out to help the town celebrate. Here, out-of-town visitors Joe and Sharon Abbott (relatives to White Bird’s Maggie Abbot) have fun throwing beads and candy from a four-wheeler.

June 20, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird Rodeo, Days set for this Friday, Saturday

Do you need a place to take Dad this Father’s Day weekend? The 29th annual White Bird Days and Rodeo celebrations are set for Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16. The rodeo will be held at the White Bird Rodeo Arena, Highway 95 at Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird on Rodeo Drive.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Grangeville High School Senior Fun Night

Grangeville High School’s class of 2018 held its Senior Fun Night Friday, May 25, following graduation. Here, seniors and their friends play the various games offered. Senior parents raised money through the generosity of the community throughout the year to provide the safe and drug-free event. Students were awarded and won a variety of gifts from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Kids Klub opens doors at new facility

A dream of more than 20 years in the making came true when the new Kids Klub (KK) building opened Thursday, May 31. More than 100 people attended the celebratory event which was catered by Effortless Event Planning. Summer programs started at the new facility, 506 South A Street, adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS). “In its five different programs, Kids Klub serves more than 485 students per year currently,” said program director Kristi Keeler.

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Negotiations stall after three days; MVSD 244 teachers, attorney to come to table again in July

Tension was thick as the third day of Mountain View School District 244 negotiations opened at the district office Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. A team of teachers, with Central Idaho Education Association President and Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School teacher Char McKinney at its head, round tabled with attorney Scott Morotz of Boise. Audience member John Warford interrupted the beginning of the meeting with, “excuse me, don’t you start the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance?”

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County No. 12 on ‘financially healthy’ list

When it comes to being financial healthy, Idaho County isn’t a bad place to live. Idaho County ranks number 12 in the state for its financial health. To find the most financially healthy places, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering debt as a percent of income, bankruptcies per 1,000 people, poverty rates and unemployment rates. Nationally, Idaho County ranks at number 1,145. The percentage of the count’s debt versus income is at 1.28 percent, while bankruptcies per 1,000 are at 1.73.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Travis Murray cooks with heart for GHR residents

Travis Murray’s philosophy is simple: “The residents are people, just like you and me – and that’s how I treat them!” Murray is an evening cook and dessert preparer five days a week at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. “I love to cook,” he smiled. A graduate of culinary school in California, Murray has been on the job at GHR since December. “My family has had property here about 15 years and I moved here about two years ago, following my parents here,” he explained.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

A Memorial Day Salute From White Bird

Local men and women gathered at the White Bird Park to celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 28, an effort of American Legion Post 152. Pictured above are (L-R) Delbert Wadsworth, Al Bolden, Fred Nichols and James Lee Weeks who all received Quilts of Valor from Pinehurst Quilters to commemorate their service in the United States military. Also receiving quilts were veterans Gerald Lindsey (accepted by his son, Walt Lindsey, pictured at left) and Johnny Glover. The Rebekahs served pie at the event.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Grangeville High School Concert Choir

Grangeville High School held its end of year concert May 15 featuring GHS Wind Ensemble Band, Concert Choir (pictured) and Varsity Blue Choir. The music program is under the direction of Merrill-Lee Rasmussen.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

County chooses unique baby names in 2017; Idaho dances to its own drummer when it comes to baby names

When it comes to Idaho County, children have more unique names than the most popular names from across the state. The Social Security Administration recently announced the most popular baby names in Idaho for 2017. The top 10 boy names were Oliver, Liam, William, James, Mason, Samuel, Lincoln, Logan, Henry and Jackson. Girl’s names are Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn, Harper, Amelia, Abigail, Ava, Sophia and Elizabeth.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

GHS graduation: ‘Don’t be afraid to embrace plan B’

A beloved former Grangeville High School teacher had the crowd lit at graduation Friday night, May 25. Kathy Stefani, music teacher, was the guest speaker for the class of 2018’s ceremony. Stefani received whistles and whoops as well as thunderous applause as she greeted the standing-room only crowd. “I have missed you, and am so honored to be here,” she said, sharing memories of her decade in Grangeville that ended just two years ago when she moved to Moscow.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Family Dollar to open July 12

Trucks buzzing in and out, lights on at all hours. What’s going on at the former King’s Discount Store Building off US Highway 95 in Grangeville? “We’re moving in,” laughed David Marsey, Boise, district manager for Family Dollar.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Dumas uses Print Shop to publish mother’s poetry

Shelly Dumas recently finished a project that had been on her “to-do” list for a long time. Dumas gathered the writings of her mother, Taimie Erickson Preston, and had the originals scanned and published in a book called “Fragments of Me.” “My mom was a prolific writer and had several things published throughout her life,” Dumas said. Her mother was from the Coeur d’Alene area.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Told uses reading to help attain Eagle Scout status

Eagle Scout projects generally require about 15 hours of community service time. However, that amount for Michael Told could be quadrupled and not even touch the time he has devoted to his project. “I’ve spent a lot of time here at GEMS [Grangeville Elementary Middle School],” the Grangeville High School junior smiled.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Fishing Fun At Winchester

Winchester Lake was busy on a recent Saturday. Jannette Mendenhall of Nezperce helps 5-year-old Robby Maynard ready his pole and her granddaughter, Hailey, settles in to fish.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Library makes updates to young adult reading area; June 11 is sign up for summer reading program

Thanks to several grants and local volunteer help, Grangeville Centennial Library is making some changes. Most notable is the brightly painted and redecorated young adult area. “One of our library aides, Nicole Hill, did the painting and the refurbishing of tables,” said librarian Angie Norman. The bright greens, purples and geometric shapes add vitality to the area that is meant to entice teenagers.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

ARF Fund-raiser

Grangeville’s Animal Rescue Foundation was host to a fund-raising dinner and auction Friday, May 11, at The Gallery. All funds raised will go toward the building of a regional animal shelter.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mt. Idaho Gymnastics

Mt. Idaho Gymnastics held its end-of-year meet and skills testing recently. On Thursday, May 10, 30 intermediate gymnasts met. Owner and coach Lynn Welborn, along with coaches Christy Sonnen and Emily Schacher, led the girls through their moves and scored them on beam and floor exercises. They also competed on floor vault exercises and worked on bars.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Students learn history of Nimipuu people

At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. Nez Perce Tribe member Marcie Bailey stops often for an up-close look at local history and Nez Perce legend at the Heart of the Monster site on U.S. Highway 12.

May 9, 2018 6:10 a.m. read more..



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