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Lorie Palmer

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Syringa board looks into managerial services agreement with Kootenai

“I believe the affiliation is Syringa’s lifeblood in continuing for years to come”

“I just want to commend the current board for the Kootenai affiliation agreement,” said James May of Kooskia at the May 23 Syringa Board of Trustees meeting. “I know the whole process was not easy, but I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for Syringa and absolutely critical for this hospital.”

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Classics On The Clearwater

The fourth annual Long Camp Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet was held Saturday, June 3, in Kamiah.

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Impassioned appeal that ‘You matter’

Guest Opinion

“If you feel like you are facing a battle alone, I want you to take your hand and place it over your heart. That is called a purpose,” Forsyth said

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Bearden named DYW 2018; Gomez is runner-up

Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.” Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.

Commerce director a welcome visitor to region


In a day when many of us feel we have had enough government interference in our lives, we also need to give credit where credit is due – yes, even when it’s due to a government employee.

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Idaho commerce director discusses work, life during Idaho County tour

State’s challenge: build work force to meet needs

“I feel like in order to know a place, I need to make a visit, have a presence there,” said Megan Ronk. “I cannot sit behind a desk in Boise and pretend to know what challenges people here have.” Ronk, the director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, stopped by the Free Press last week while she was visiting Idaho County and the surrounding area. Several business owners had the chance to meet with her as she and her mother and two young sons traveled throughout the area.

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Kids Klub building to go out to bid this summer

After years of planning, the Kids Klub, Inc., building will soon be started. Kids Klub received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 in April, and will also utilize the Webb family donation from 2012. In addition, funds donated specifically for the building and from fund-raisers will be used. Wemhoff Architecture in Cottonwood has drawn the plans for the property – three city lots that Kids Klub purchased adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 506 South A Street.

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Six GHS girls to vie for DYW

Six Grangeville girls will be competing this Saturday, June 3, for the title of the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie. The event is set for 7 p.m. at Grangeville High School and this year’s theme is “Salute the Troops!”

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Cottonwood Memorial Day Tribute

Members of the Cottonwood area VFW and American Legion were host to Memorial Day tributes in Cottonwood and Greencreek Monday, May 29. Here, the color guard, rifle squad and many veterans participate in the ceremony at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. At each cemetery, the names of veterans who are buried there were read aloud. Taps was played, “In Flanders Field” read and a rifle-salute offered. More than 100 participants from throughout the community attended the Cottonwood ceremony.

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Hospice works with families on personal level

“Hospice is not something I have to do – it’s something I get to do,” expressed DeEtte Westover, RN. Westover is employed by Syringa Hospital and Syringa Hospital Hospice (SHH). She, along with about eight other SHH employees and 30 volunteers, operate the area’s only hospice program.

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Springtime Plum Blossoms

A few spring-like days brought flowering plum trees to bloom and then wind quickly took the blossoms away.

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Take self-guided schoolhouse tour to view historic Woodland school

WOODLAND -- If you’re looking for a hands-on education field trip in Kamiah and the surrounding areas, look no farther than a schoolhouse visit to see how the pioneer children of yesteryear learned and flourished.

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Memorial Day events through Idaho County

A variety of Memorial Day and weekend activities are scheduled throughout Idaho County communities, including the following:

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Group forms to build arena, event center

‘...a place the community wants to use’

“This is going to happen, but we’re going to do it right, no matter how long it takes,” said Christi Brown. Brown spoke to a group of about 10 people last Tuesday night, May 16, at the second public meeting of the Camas Prairie Arena and Event Center, Inc.

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Spring In Her Step: Dance Performance

Shirley’s Dance Studio’s Grangeville area dancers held their spring recital Sunday, May 21, at Grangeville High School.

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Shores settle into Inland Title; Couple also own Clearwater Title

Troy and Mary Shores have a year at Inland Title & Escrow under their belts, but the business owner couple is not new to the business world.

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Miskin to lead GHS in coming year

“I am a firm believer in life is what you make of it,” said Clearwater Valley High School Principal Randall Miskin. “Each experience, each situation – you have to be positive, make the most of it and learn along the way.”

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Sts. Peter And Paul Open House

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted an open house event Thursday, May 11, to showcase student work as well as offer tours for prospective students and their families. (Left) preschooler Harper Blewett sings about the sun.

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Chief Lookingglass Powwow a cultural treat

Powwow: an American Indian social gathering or fair usually including competitive dancing; a meeting for discussion.

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County tradition produces secret patches, sweet purple rewards

Shhhhhhh … keep my huckleberry spot a secret

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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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Grangeville High School Pops concert

Grangeville High School held a Pops concert Monday, May 8.

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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


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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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’

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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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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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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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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