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Lorie Palmer

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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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.

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‘Let’s Talk About It’

Reading program to focus on modern rural west

Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers.

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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.

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Looking to 2015: 244 faces financial challenges in coming year

Supt. Stokes would like more local control

For Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes, it’s all about local control. Or at least it should be. “I don’t believe the lawmakers in Boise know what’s best for our rural schools and I would like to see local control,” Stokes said.

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Icy Days Short Lived

Tolo Lake outside of Grangeville seemed to be frozen clear across on Jan. 2 as the sun shone through the clouds during a 25 degrees temperature spike that day

Even an hour makes an impact

Recently, Idaho has been named in more than one poll as in the top three states for volunteering.

Idaho residents at top of nation’s charitable list:State ranks third in giving

If Idaho County is any indication, then it’s no surprise that the State of Idaho was recently ranked third (in a tie with Kansas) for “most charitable.”

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Thirty years ago: Where are they now?

Students remember sixth-grade class

Thirty years ago, four sixth-grade students in Mr. Pete Lane’s class at Grangeville Elementary Middle School were caught on camera learning to do CPR.

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Syringa renovation: Hospital project phase one nears completion

Concrete was poured last week at Syringa Hospital’s main entrance in the next step of this ongoing renovation. The project started earlier this year as part of a multi-phase remodel and renovation of the hospital utilizing funds bequeathed by the Orrin Webb family.

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‘I have been very good ...’

New toys, old favorites make kids’ Christmas lists through decades

Do your grandkids’ Christmas lists contain things you can’t even pronounce? When you read the Letters to Santa section are you dumbfounded over what kids are asking for? What’s a Wubble? A Wii? A Furreal Friend?

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Keeping Watch Over Their Flocks By Night ...

Sts. Peter and Paul School students were busy practicing their annual Christmas play Wednesday, Dec. 17, for that evening’s performance. Pictured are (L-R) shepherds Tristen Beeson, Parker Garman and Dylan Miller.

Kids Count Report: Idaho County food stamp, Medicaid numbers released

In Idaho, 53 percent of families with young children are low-income. This is the fourth-highest among all states and above the national average of 45 percent. Idaho also has the second-highest rate of poverty among families in which all resident parents work. This is from the recently published Idaho Kids Count Report.

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Eagles Helpers

Grangeville High School basketball cheerleaders (L-R) Jennifer Hodges, Katelynn Robinson, Marissa Kennedy, Ashley Bradley and Anastasia Bearden were on hand Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Eagles Aerie to help wrap gifts.

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Tree of Lights: Loved ones remembered

“This is an opportunity for us to remember our loved ones who have passed on in a very meaningful way,” said Dr. Danny Griffis.

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Rural workload can be tough on healthcare professionals

Physician and nursing shortages are nothing new in rural areas.

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Ready to shine: GHS in the running for GRAMMY recognition

Grammy Awards aren’t just for the rich and famous. Grangeville High School’s band is one of 120 schools nationwide up for a Grammy.

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Local volunteers sought to ring Salvation Army bell, collect funds: Kettle drive money stays in community

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign has begun ringing their bells in Grangeville.

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Three win essay contests

Three local students have been named winners in a First Amendment essay contest.

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30 years and going strong: Main Street business stands the test of time

Scared, young and full of dreams, Robert and Linda Nida embarked upon a new business venture in 1984. Thirty years later, that business is still a staple on Main Street.

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Festival of Trees this week: Venue changes to Real Life Church

Enter the Enchanted Woodland Holiday this week as Syringa Hospital Foundation’s 21st annual Festival of Trees (FOT) event finds a new home for 2014.

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Toys for Tots: Sign up, donate now

Toys for Tots is up and running.

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Helping Hands

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene hosted its 30th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Sunday, Nov. 23, serving more than 200. Longtime organizers Doug Long and Joe Bednorz will step down and allow others in the church to coordinate the event starting in 2015. Pastor Mike Greenwood thanked the men – and many additional volunteers – for their years of service. Pictured here, church members serve the dinner.

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Craft, food fair set for Saturday

arly 30 years in motion, the Grangeville Holiday Gift and Food Fair is an annual event for many people in the area. The 29th fair is set for this Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

‘Grant’ phone scam asks for ‘processing fee’

Don’t be fooled by a call from the nation’s capital.

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Aloha Laundry opens its doors

Bright yellow and orange walls, a paradise welcome and an inviting place to relax are all part of the new Aloha Laundry at 817 Cunningham Street. Bob and Carolyn Haning opened the new business last week and are still putting the final touches on it.

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Band invited to perform at Disneyland

The GHS Concert Band has been selected to perform at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2015.

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Conner collects shoeboxes for kids across the world

What costs $7 to deliver halfway across the world (or maybe all the way across the world) and brings priceless joy? A box full of goodies through Operation Christmas Child, of course.

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Former POW counts herself as ‘lucky’

Born and raised a Dutch citizen in Indonesia on the Island of Java, Pearl Barden never saw what was coming in 1942.

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Swisher honored for bravery: PHS grad helped passengers in 2011 plane crash

Cottonwood’s Prairie High School graduate David Swisher was either in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time, depending on how one looks at it.

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Veterans honored at GHS ceremony ‘Make a plan,’ advises speaker Everson

How many of you juniors and seniors here have a plan following graduation?” Jared Everson asked students at Grangeville High School.

District still seeks trustee for Zone 2

Mountain View School District is seeking a trustee for its school board.

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Food bank seeks holiday items

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year … but not for everyone. Many local residents are struggling with food needs year-round, but especially during the holiday season when money is tighter and needs are greater.

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Board OKs helipad study

To have a helipad on Main Street or not? That question will hopefully be answered for area residents.

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Foundation awards $3,000 to Grangeville groups

For the second year in a row, Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) awarded grants to a variety of local groups.

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Stebar joins Les Schwab

There’s a new face running around at Les Schwab Tire Center in Grangeville.

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Brandt, Frei win county commission; ‘yes’ to rec district

Nov. 4 unofficial election results; county voter turnout high at 60 percent

Tuesday night unofficial election results show a GOP sweep in the Idaho County Commission race, with Dist. 1 incumbent Skip Brandt and Dist. 2 newcomer Mark Frei receiving the voter majority.

Dr. Dardis takes on ER, clinic duties

Doctor Jim Dardis knew what he wanted to do with his life from a young age. “I still remember in first grade writing on the board that I wanted to be a doctor,” he said. “And my family said they remember me saying it before then.”