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Lorie Palmer

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Norco gives $500 to GCF

“We appreciate Norco’s commitment to the community and the Grangeville Community Foundation [GCF],” said GCF board member Mary Jahn. Grangeville’s Norco store manager Randy Fischer presented a $500 check to board members Wednesday morning, Sept. 6.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Fishing For GHS Homecoming Points

Grangeville High School juniors (front to back) Justin Fogleman and Blake Darr were fishing away as part of the GHS homecoming skit for the “Jaws Juniors” on movie theme day Thursday, Sept. 14. All students participated in daily dress-up themes, class skits, cheers, games and parade.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Moms invited to join bimonthly MOPs, MomsNext groups

Are you a mom who’s looking for a way to meet friends and connect within your community? MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MomsNext may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. “Any mother in our community and surrounding towns is invited to join,” explained organizer Sarah Musick of Grangeville. “This year we expanded our group so we can welcome even more moms by adding in MomsNext. It’s like MOPS, but is designed for moms with school-age children. We wanted to include moms of older kids.”

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


GHS Spirit

Grangeville High School seniors (L-R) Kelsey Pilant, Marie Hauger and Blake Courtney get into the homecoming spirit on the parade float Friday, Sept. 15.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Students invited to local career fair Oct. 12

Is your student confused about what to do with his future? Or perhaps your student has definite plans about what she wants to do following graduation. No matter the answer, part of the equation is the upcoming Career and Community Fair.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Giddings: ‘ICSO was represented’

In response to a story in last week’s Free Press that reviewed the August Syringa Hospital board meeting, Sheriff Doug Giddings commented on a portion of the story.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Gonsalves joins Mann Mortgage

Need mortgage help? Zach Gonsalves is at your service. In the Real Estate business for the past decade, Gonsalves is a loan officer for Mann Mortgage, working in Idaho and Lewis counties.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Brown Bag: Meyer to present Hells Canyon book

The seventh week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next two weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Grangeville man invents Polymule cart

After a year of design and engineering and more than 980 hours of 3D printing, Dennis Draleau came up with an invention to be proud of. Draleau is the founder and inventor of Polymule, Inc. He began his start-up company in July 2017, but his love for all things mechanical started long before that.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Boeckels begin ministry at Nazarene church

After more than a year with interim pastor Bob Hislar and his wife, DeAnne, the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene has a new full-time minister. Ben and Lynsey Boeckel and their 8-month-old son, Peter, joined the congregation this summer.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Brown Bag: Inghrams to share ‘Nature’s Highlights’

The sixth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next three weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Dancers Open House

Girls from 2 on up to 22 were all part of Shirley’s Dance Studio’s open house in Grangeville Aug. 28. Current and future students met, signed up for the coming year and danced a little, too. Sign-ups are still available by calling Shirley Sears at 509-758-6510. Dancers meet each Monday at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. (Top) Capri Hagen practices her moves while (left) Faye Kennedy gets into the groove.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Dr. Kim Campbell joins Syringa staff

Dr. Kim Campbell has been practicing in Orofino for the past five years and recently made the move to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “I’ve done some moonlighting in the E.R. and got the chance to work with the staff and get a feel for the community, and I was impressed,” said the family medicine doctor. She started Aug. 28 and is accepting new patients.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Main Street Service opens

Auto repair in Grangeville just got a little easier with another choice for vehicle owners. Main Street Service opened Aug. 28 and is located at 325 East Main Street, on the same side as Camas Eye Clinic.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Disaster exercise lacked ICSO rep

Syringa Hospital representatives recently spent several hours working on disaster planning – from fires and ice-storms to attacks and school emergencies. At the August meeting, the hospital board discussed a “table top” disaster preparedness activity that took place late this summer and involved many local entities. “One thing we definitely saw was the problem with a lack of communication between agencies,” reported CNO Alex Frei.

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

September 1, 2017 2:44 p.m. read more..


Grangeville Health and Rehab is a family affair

For Amy Farris, work at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation has always been a family affair. Farris has worked at the facility since 2000, starting as a floor CNA. However, she was roaming the halls many years prior as her own mom, Ellen Aiken, has worked there for years. “These people – they are all my grandpas and grandmas,” she said. “Through the years when I have toyed with applying for other jobs, it has always come down to, ‘But who will take care of my family?’ They aren’t just residents. They are my family.”

August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..


Why do we shop local?

We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns. However, the process deserves some serious thought, especially during the upcoming season of shopping that really starts in October and goes through to Christmas, where most of us are purchasing more gifts than in other months.

August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..


Small, long-term businesses account for $18.2 million in wages, salaries in county

Did you know that small, long-term, family-owned businesses in Idaho County accounted for a total payroll of $18,213,254 in 2015? Additional private businesses added another $82,130,611. That’s out of a total $151,724,021 wages and salaries in 2015. According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston office, there are 61* long-term local businesses employing 534 people. The average pay per work at those businesses was $34,107 (annual) which is 3.1 percent higher than the $33,090 paid by all other private-sector employers.

August 30, 2017 4:25 p.m. read more..


‘Movies are in my blood’ – Chris Wagner

Movies have always been a part of Chris Wagner’s life. “I do enjoy movies – it’s in my blood,” he smiled. Wagner began working at the Blue Fox Theater downtown Grangeville when he was 10 or 12 years old, he said.

August 30, 2017 4:24 p.m. read more..


A unique blend for a small town: Two Rivers Coffee Roasters

Worldwide travel and a lifetime of experiences finally led Dorian and Marie Clay back to Riggins seven years ago. Dorian grew up in the area and has family ties to the Circle C Ranch. When he discussed with Marie the possibility of living in Riggins, she wasn’t so sure. “It took a while, but once we decided on the business, I was ready,” she smiled. “And I love it here.”

August 30, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

August 30, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..


Working to stay viable, relevant in market

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. “They had worked at Boeing together in the accounting department,” explained Brian Webster, the youngest of the five Webster children, and just 1 year old when the family moved to Nezperce. Gordy did not have farm or ranch experience, but he had a good business head, and was excited to buy into the John Deere dealership.

August 30, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


End Of Summer Sunset In Grangeville

A brilliant sunset lit up the sky looking toward Sunset Auto Vue drive-in movie theater the night prior to the solar eclipse, Aug. 20, just outside of Grangeville.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Grangeville Elementary Middle School First-Day Chase

It was back to the serious business of chasing – and capturing – boys on the first day of school at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) Wednesday, Aug. 23. Here (L-R) Jenna Denuit, Carson Barger and Callie Weisz have some fun prior to the start of school last Wednesday morning.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Errant goat defiantly occupies reporter’s garage

I messaged some of my co-workers, including my publisher, editor and sports editor, Monday morning. It’s not unusual to do so. Our schedules are flexible since we often work weekends and nights. So, getting an “I’ll be late,” message from me wasn’t surprising. However, the reason may have been. “I would like to get this goat out of my garage before I come in to work,” I wrote. “I am not a goat whisperer.”

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Brown Bag: Urbahn to present program on area homes

The fourth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next five weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
   

MVSD teachers ratify contracts

After hours and hours of negotiations and several failed attempts at a compromise, Mountain View School District 244 teachers and board members came to a meeting of the minds regarding contracts Aug. 17.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


‘Kiss the Pig’ contest set for Saturday at the fair

It’s not usually OK to buy votes, but at the Idaho County Fair, anything goes. At least in the annual Kiss the Pig contest. “This year we are honoring those in local government,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman. And just how will they be “honored?”

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Solar eclipse to darken county Monday

If you haven’t done it already, mark your calendars. Idaho is about to be witness to something spectacular. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur for the first time in nearly a century.

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Got plans? Idaho County Fair starts today

Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails, it’s time for the Idaho County Fair. Look for the special fair section inserted in this week’s Free Press that will go over details of the events set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19. The fair’s theme this year is “We’ve Got A Good Thing Growing at the Idaho County Fair.”

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Brown Bag: Pelham to discuss Idaho County graves

The third week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next six weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Hauger lets the dogs out: Raises money for Animal Ark through senior project

“I really love working with animals, so I thought, ‘why not do that and help out locally while doing my senior project at the time?’” said Marie Hauger. Hauger, a senior at Grangeville High School, has worked this summer for Animal Ark Lost and Found. Melinda Hall, a longtime Animal Ark volunteer and organizer, was her mentor. “Marie did a great job,” she said. “She is so sweet and has a great attitude. I have really been blessed by her.”

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

T-Shirts On Target At Kooskia Days

Smoke-filled air did not keep people away from attending the annual Kooskia Days parade Saturday, Aug. 4. People lined the streets to view the parade entries and then went on to view the car show, play games and generally enjoy all the town’s activities. Here, employees from Clearwater Builders were having fun shooting T-shirts out to the crowd.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Brown Bag: Keith to show film on Chinese

It’s time for the second week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next seven weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Concert Series Finale With The Hitmen

The Hitmen out of Lewiston were crowd pleasers at the final Thursday Summer Concert Series event Aug. 3. The band played a variety of tunes from the ‘50s on up to present hits. Pictured here is lead singer Dusty Katzenberger.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Raspberry Festival Fun

The Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood held its annual Raspberry Festival fund-raiser Sunday, Aug. 5, with visitors from all over the Camas Prairie and beyond. The day consisted of a variety of food-centered events as well as a fun run, art show, petting zoo, balloon clown, car show, entertainment and historical displays.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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