Get ready to support the arts in Grangeville – it’s “Music Time.” The Grangeville bands in choirs, grades six through 12, will present the musical dinner and auction event Saturday, March 10, at Grangeville High School. Tickets are on sale through March 1 and are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Cost at the door is $25 per person. Students from Grangeville Elementary Middle School and the entire GHS music department will be performing for the evening fund-raiser.February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue Choir, under the direction of Ms. Merrill-Lee Rasmussen, performed about 40 singing Valentines on Feb. 14. Here, the group sings to Mr. Andrew Riener at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. Riener recently celebrated his 101st birthday and was treated to the song, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Riener is seen here thanking the group as (L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Anastasia Bearden and Colby Canaday look on.February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Umpqua Bank recently donated $5,000 to Kids Klub, Inc., through its community reinvestment grant. The money will pay for an entire year of snacks for the program. Pictured here are (left) Umpqua representative Tammy Nail, handing the check to Kids Klub Executive Director Cindy Godfrey.February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
More than 60 local kids performed in the Friday, Feb. 9, Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) production of Gulliver’s Travels. The event was sponsored by Kids Klub, Inc., with support from Dr. Matthew and Katie Told, Up Front Construction and Grangeville Community Foundation. Super 8 Motel was host to the actors and accompanist was Carla Astle. (Top) Aliens of Lilliput and Aliens of Bleffusca (L-R) Autumn Long, Noah Rodriguez and Samantha Spencer get along; (Left) Jefferson Good is the Maniacal Scientist of Lapunta; and (right) Yahoos Payje Sickels and Abigayle Phillips listen for instruction.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Taco Thursday at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center brings in not only a crowd for tacos, but also a group of musicians to keep the atmosphere lively. Pictured here on Feb. 8 are (L-R) John Purdy, Ginny Cash and Marian Wikoff. Not pictured is Bob Wikoff.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Do you have overgrowth in your fields or on your property that needs cleaned? Some underbrush you may like to reduce before fire season? Eli Rad is your man. Eli Rad, Rad Mulching and Fire Reduction, LLC, has been a co-owner in the business for the past decade and recently became the sole owner.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“I know it’s not the best system to have property taxes bear the brunt of education costs – but what other options do we have?” questioned Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe. MVSD will go to the polls March 13 to request a $3,090,048 levy.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
What happens when you pair an obnoxious cowgirl with a citified mama’s boy? A self-deprecating young man with an assertive young woman? An opera loving fellow with a girl who has a penchant for rock and roll? You have Lotto Date.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Luckily for our readers, Idaho is ranked 8th in “best states to retire.” This is based on a list compiled by the on-line site WalletHub (2018), which compared the 50 states across 41 key indicators of retirement-friendliness. Their analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life.February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“It just wasn’t a stellar year financially for the hospital,” said Carl Swenson, with Crandall-Swenson, PLLC (certified public accountants) out of Boise. Swenson spoke to the Syringa board of trustees at the Jan. 23 meeting. “All businesses have good years and bad years,” he continued. “This year is not a result of things the hospital specifically did, but just by the fact it exists at this time.”February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
It was a trip around the world in a day at Centennial Evangelical Free Church Jan. 25. A group of homes-schooled students gathered to show their “Around the World” projects to friends, family and community members. Dressed in Swedish clothing, Maggie Foster offered insights into Sweden as well as a taste of homemade Swedish meatballs.February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Thanks to some federal funding, Clearwater Valley High School’s agricultural program is now a little bit richer. In machinery, anyway. The CVHS agricultural ed program recently received the Carl Perkins Federal Grant for the 2017-18 year and with that money was able to purchase six new DialArc 250 ac/dc welders, eight regulators, 11 hoses, nine torches, 18 tips, and 12 electrode holders. “The equipment will allow the students to learn and develop skills necessary to meet industry standards,” explained agricultural science teacher Kirk Summers. “The equipment is the current use of the industry at this time. All of the new welding equipment meets the highest safety standards and thus will allow students to learn and work according to the safety standards of the industries.”February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Local gardeners, are you tired of long winters and short summers? Those tomatoes and watermelons aren’t ripening quickly enough? Would you like to extend your growing season? Set aside some time for this Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Grangeville Farmers’ Market (GFM) will sponsor a presentation by Jared Everson on “High Tunnels, more commonly referred to locally as “hoop houses.”February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
If you need an excuse to party and have a good time, Syringa Hospital Foundation will provide one. The Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Grangeville Event Center (at The Gym), 1005 Highway 13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Kamiah Joint School District 304 will try again for a levy come March 13. “I think we’re ready; I think we’re in a good place,” said superintendent Steve Higgins. JSD 304 will ask patrons to pass a $500,000 maintenance and operations levy March 13.January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Full service dog grooming is now conveniently located at Camas Veterinary Hospital. Sara Corder started off last year as a veterinarian’s assistant for Dr. Phil Volkman. “I’ve always loved animals, so it was a good fit,” she said. Corder previously lived in Orofino and worked as a dog groomer for six years. She learned from a groomer in Lewiston.January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
What started as a nuisance a few months ago became a life-changing diagnosis for Jen Huntley. Huntley has owned the business Get Nailed! since 2006, and prior to that cleaned rooms at Elk Horn Lodge, so her lifestyle has been that of physical work.January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
A week apart, school geography bee champions were named at Sts. Peter and Paul and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools. On Jan. 11, the winner at SPPS was sixth grader Jack Bransford. On Jan. 17 at GEMS, seventh grader Cole Ruklic took the honors. All finalists were named winners in their classrooms and a school-wide contest to make it into the bee.January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
After reviewing several options and discussing various alternatives, Mountain View School District 244 trustees made the decision Jan. 16 to ask for a $3,090,048 million levy in March. The board voted 4-1 in favor of going to the $3 million mark as well as transferring $600,000 from reserves to balance the budget and make up for the loss of Secure Rural Schools funding. Trustee Casey Smith of Clearwater voted no, though chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia said he had hoped the board could stand united in its efforts to present a levy.January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
St. Anthony’s Altar Society held its annual crab feed at the Greencreek Community Hall to a sell-out crowd Saturday, Jan. 20. Guests were treated to crab, tri-tip, side dishes and beverages as well as music by The Senders and plenty of time to dance and visit.January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Thousands of miles from Idaho County, an historic tragedy tied Idaho to Ireland. On Feb. 5, 1918, the SS Tuscania was torpedoed and sank at nightfall in the Irish channel. On board was a large contingent of Idahoans, including men from Idaho County and Kamiah. Of these men, William I. Droogs of Mt. Idaho was killed in the incident, as was another Idaho man, John C. Robinson of Potlatch. They were Idaho’s first combat fatalities in World War I. “This is a very significant event to Idaho and our county,” said Idaho County Historical Society member Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood, who has researched the event and created a PowerPoint presentation. A program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking will feature this Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., at Grangeville High School. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend the event, which will also include live period music performed by locals.January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“If it comes down to it, we will have to look at [cutting] extracurriculars,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez stated.” As much as it hurts me to say that – I have kids who are very involved in athletics. But we’re here to educate children, not make athletes out of them.” Dominguez, of Kooskia, spoke to the board at its regular meeting Dec. 18.January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We need to go to the towns and say, ‘we need your help,’” said Dr. Matthew Told, Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “This affects them, and we have to have their buy-in.” Told responded to a written report from board member Jim May, Kooskia, that was discussed at the Dec. 28 trustee meeting. The “EMS Study – Summary Report” describes the difficulty in recruiting sufficient volunteers and raising funds to maintain ambulance and quick response units, among other EMS-related issues, throughout the area. Told said he feels the communities have to be at the forefront of finding solutions.January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“We’re right on schedule,” smiled Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler. The Kids Klub building project broke ground Nov. 7 with contractor Morris Arnzen, Arnzen Building Construction, Cottonwood, who was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Five local students are winners this year in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) PTA Reflections arts contest. This year’s theme, “Within Reach …,” brought more than 25 entries. Of those, five were chosen to go to district competition in Lewiston.January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
For Abby Gates, working at Kids Klub is like a homecoming of sorts. “I attended here as a child,” smiled Gates, 18. A Grangeville High School graduate of 2017, Gates saw the chance to work at Kids Klub as “a great opportunity,” she said.January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
“I helped start kindergarten here in the 1970s,” said retired Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) teacher Sally Nolan, formerly of Mount Idaho. “I am dead set against kindergarteners and first graders being together.”January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School’s chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), in partnership with the Prairie Shootout held in December, raised money by selling T-shirts and donated the proceeds to the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Pictured here (L-R) are GHS HOSA mentor Tracy Baune, HOSA members Brenda Gomez, Kaitlynn Spets, Megan DeFord, Colby Canaday and Jill Smith with food bank volunteers Pat Matthews, manager Carlene Whitesell, Carol Schmidt and Patty Rogeness.January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Are you an avid gardener? Or simply a beginner with plans to see if you can sow and grow the perfect tomato plant? Whatever your skill level, you’re invited to the area’s first “Seed Exchange.”January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho County’s first baby of 2018 came on a cold but clear night. Francisco and Delfi Rojas of Grangeville welcomed a baby daughter, Alba Rojas, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 10:16 p.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. Dr. Secrest was the delivering physician.January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers. Grangeville Centennial Library was again chosen to be a partner in the Let’s Talk About It program. The public discussion group will meet through April. All meetings are set for Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., at the library, 215 West North Street, Grangeville. Books are currently available for pickup and the first session is set for Jan. 16. Call 983-0951.January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Gifts, plaques, books, signs, glassware, knickknacks and many more home décor items are all part of Grangeville’s newest gift and consignment shop. Once Around Again is open for business at 325 East Main Street, next door (same building) to Main Street Service and across the parking lot from Camas Prairie Eye Clinic. Sisters Lynn Chernugel and Lori Beck, as well as Lynn’s daughter, Sarah Chernugel, and her son, Aaron’s girlfriend, Madison Chounard, all have gift items in the shop.January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Idaho is among 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid. This proposal would expand Medicaid to Idahoans who earn less than $16,000 a year if they are single and $22,000 a year for a family of two. It is 90 percent funded by the federal government and will ensure that federal tax dollars currently sent out of state will remain in Idaho to help other Idahoans.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
A variety of Grangeville High School students in the business and technology classes of Bruce Wassmuth have passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Students learn Microsoft Office programs, including Word 2016, Excel 2016, Access 2016, and PowerPoint 2016, in business computers class. They then focus on specializing in one of the four programs. Once they become proficient in the program, they take a nationally recognized test to prove their knowledge of the software. If they pass, they are awarded with a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. After they certify in one area, they focus on another area. Currently, students are certifying in Excel, PowerPoint and Word.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Baby Jack Schacher is all smiles while big brother, Benson Schacher, isn’t quite sure about the Santa experience. The duo, children of Chris and Emily Schacher of Grangeville, stopped in to have their picture taken at Bell Equipment Friday, Dec. 15.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
The Cottonwood Wells Fargo branch closed permanently Wednesday, Nov. 8. It was 43 years ago in 1974 when First Security Bank built a building on Cottonwood’s Main Street and opened its doors to local patrons.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Area Toys for Tots volunteers worked in conjunction with Marines in Lewiston to provide toys for local children in need. (L-R) Kathy Parsells, Julie Bentley and Mary Beth Meyers were working getting toys ready at the Idaho County Community and Veterans Outreach Center Saturday, Dec. 16, prior to distribution.December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Each year as Christmas dawns, it’s a fun trip down memory lane to look back on past Santa letters that have appeared in the Free Press. In 1977, third graders wrote about the meaning of Christmas while second graders simply asked for items and chit-chatted. The most popular items asked for in Idaho County that year? In order of the number of times requested: Hot Wheels, train set, Stretch Armstrong, Barbie, Mouse Trap Game, Baby Alive, logger truck and a King Kong punching bag.December 20, 2017 9:14 a.m. read more..
Sts. Peter and Paul School in Grangeville held its Christmas program Dec. 14. Here, the day prior during dress rehearsal, (L-R) Harper Blewett, Bryden Pineda and Olivia Beckman sing a Christmas song as little sheep at the birth of Jesus.December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
It’s true! Can it be truer than true, or doubly true? If so, then it is. Tomatoes have many benefits and it’s not just fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are processed with the nutrients intact, so don’t be afraid to eat them as well. Just try to purchase ones without added salt or preservatives – or better yet, plan to can or freeze your own next summer.December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Val Stone will make her final deliveries Dec. 23. After 28 years with the United States Postal Service, Stone is hanging up her bag. “I’m going to spend some time golfing while I still can,” she smiled.December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Remember the magic of Christmas and the anticipation, from the planning of outdoor events and cookie making to family visits and church services? Do you also remember the most unique gift you ever received? Or the most memorable?December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville High School was host to its 2017 Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 7. The wind ensemble (band), Concert Choir and Varsity Blue Choir were all under the direction of music teacher Merrill-Lee Rasmussen. (Top, L-R) seniors Kelsey Pilant and Marie Hauger entertain the crowd and (right) sophomore Trey Dreadfulwater sings in the finale performance.December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Syringa Hospital trustees recently interviewed three candidates for the position of CEO. Joe Cladouhos, former CEO, retired earlier this year. Trustees are working in conjunction with Kootenai Health whom Syringa affiliated and entered a managerial services agreement with this year. “The process of choosing a CEO will be ongoing,” said board chair Al Bolden of White Bird at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28.December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Grangeville Elementary Middle School students in grades kindergarten through fifth performed for their annual Christmas & Winter Concert Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at GEMS. The groups are under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Carla Astle. Here, during a Hanukkah song, Ellissa Crowl helps her daughter, Caoimhe. (an Irish name pronounced like Kee-va.) light the Menorah. Caoimhe is a second grader in Mrs. Pfefferkorn’s class.December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
Christmas will soon be here, and most of us have put up our trees, written down our activities list and made plans for our holiday meal. It’s important to remember, however, that some people are just getting by and need a little extra help.December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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