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Lorie Palmer

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Homeless dog finds double the love

What happens when a stray dog roaming the streets of Grangeville finds two loving woman who come to her rescue? She ends up with a double happy ending: Two homes.

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Jet boat book displays photos, history

“The forecast this weekend is dry and in the 60s,” said Marlene Mignerey, with a smile in her voice. It’s no wonder husband and wife duo Frank and Marlene Mignerey would be concerned with the weather the second weekend of April: It’s jet boat weekend in the town the Mignereys love.

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Monthly records requests up at Syringa Hospital

Interest for board candidates’ forum

Records request numbers are in the hundreds at Syringa. It was reported at the March 28 regular board of trustees meeting that Syringa Hospital and Clinics had 300 requests for medical records in December 2016, 322 in January, and 310 in February.

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Adults gets hands-on STEM training

Robots and circuits and computers, oh my! The Idaho STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) committee and Idaho Commission for Libraries recently provided grants for several libraries throughout the state to receive funding for both gear and training.

Twenty MVSD staffers volunteer for firearm training

244 Use of Force Policy:

Mountain View School District 244’s Use of Force Policy is moving forward. The policy was adopted by the board in February. At the March 20 monthly board meeting, superintendent Kent Stokes reported 20 MVSD staff members had signed up to be considered for firearm training and concealed carry permits.

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Kennedy works ‘dream job’ to help GHS students

Growing up in a tiny town in Michigan, Bobbie Kennedy knew what it was like to wonder about opportunities beyond high school. Kennedy was recently hired as a part-time college and career advisor for Grangeville High School.

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Don’t wait; use the good China

Guest Opinion

As we clean out papers and glass (my mom loved pretty glassware) we are afforded a lot of good memories. The one thing that has made me feel particularly gloomy is my mom’s beautiful Noritake China.

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Bell Equipment, INC

Family business, family values

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.

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Ulhorn family sets to make the Camas Prairie wine country

The Camas Prairie of North Central Idaho may not be known as wine country right now, but who knows what the future holds. The Uhlorn family farm may have had a few sideways looks during the past few years.

Riggins man publishes mystery thriller Book signing set for April 5 in Grangeville

DENNY CREEK, Idaho — Straight out of today’s headlines: computer data encryption, drug epidemic and trafficking, “El Chapo,” the power of the media, comes Justifiable Homicide, a newly released novel by Jeffrey Warren. Warren will sign his book at Grangeville’s Book-N-Hand, 158 East Main Street, Wednesday, April 5, noon to 3 p.m.

Miskin to helm GHS pending board OK

Pending Mountain View School District 244 board approval, Randall Miskin of Kooskia will be the new Grangeville High School principal starting this summer for the 2017-18 school year. Miskin is currently the Clearwater Valley High School principal where he has been since 2013.

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GHS Spring Music Concert

Grangeville High School held its spring concert Tuesday, March 21, under the direction of Grangeville music teacher Phillip Golde.

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Lutz, Russell, Hays make it to nationals with arts projects

It’s on to national competition for three local students. Grangeville High School juniors Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell and Grangeville Elementary Middle School sixth grader Hollen Hays each received first place in the State of Idaho PTA Reflections art contest.

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Higgins returns to his roots; GHS principal takes job as Kamiah superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district. Higgins’s family farmed in the Winona area, centrally located between Kamiah and Grangeville. He attended elementary, middle and high school in district 304, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1982.

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Couple to offer tutoring, test prep, music lessons

Does your child need help with math or science? Are English and history homework getting you down? Does your teen need a boost to assist him with college prep tests? Warren and Nia Stevens may be just the answer you are looking for. The couple will bring their business, Prodigy Private Instruction, LLC, to Idaho County later this spring.

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Higgins to return to Kamiah as superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district.

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Community walks start April 1

The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).

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Cassie Chandler chosen as White Bird Rodeo queen

Although the sky was grey and overcast, the rain held off Saturday, March 18, as White Bird Rodeo crowned its new queen for the coming year. Cassie SueAnne Chandler, 15, was named queen for the upcoming rodeo year. She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and the daughter of Travis and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek.

Use of Force policy passes for MVSD 244

Next step for district: ICSO for training

After almost two years of discourse, rewrites and discussion, Mountain View School District 244’s board passed its Use of Force policy at the Feb. 27 regular meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

School levy election draws less than third of voters

‘Disappointed in the turnout’ says board chair

“I have to say I was a little disappointed in the turnout for one thing,” said school board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. “I was really hoping to have a better representation.”

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GHS students fare well at first state science fair; Singh to compete at nationals

Grangeville High School students had a very good fun at their first-ever science fair Saturday, March 4. Twelve GHS students in grades nine through 12 – along with teachers Shaun Bass and Naomi Finnegan -- made the trip to the state’s first fair (held in three areas in the state the same day) and came home with medals and awards for all.

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Syringa Hospital board adopts inclusive meeting model

‘No us vs. them’

“There is no ‘us versus them,’” Syringa Hospital board vice-president Steve Didier, Kooskia, said at the Feb. 28 board meeting. With that in mind, Didier asked everyone at the board table – trustees, hospital employees, department heads and medical personnel – to disperse. “We want to shake it up,” he smiled. “No groups, just everyone interspersed.”

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Grangeville tourism listening session draws handful

One in a series of more than 10 regional “listening sessions” brought nine people to Super 8 Motel March 2.

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'Guys and Dolls' musical hits the stage this week at CVHS

What do you get when you pair a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary? What about a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but lawful?

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MVSD 244 $2.6M levy squeaks by

March 14 election: passes with 52 percent of vote

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 came out with a yes vote — just barely — in Tuesday’s March 14, $2,663,246 supplemental levy election.

Study shows progress for Idaho healthcare

Still more ground to cover

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Study shows progress for Idaho health care

Still significant ground to cover

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Patriotism In Song

Grangeville Elementary Middle School fourth and fifth graders, along with Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue choir, presented the patriotic “Take Your Hats Off When the Flag Goes By,” at the Thursday, March 2, concert. This was directed by GEMS music teacher Carla Astle.

Friends of Library sponsor logo design

Get your creative juices flowing and get ready to design a logo! Friends of Centennial Library (FoCL) in Grangeville is sponsoring a logo contest to create a logo for our non-profit.

Man pens second book on his father, a former area doctor

KEARNS, Utah — “After my father died in 1976, I realized I had an intense interest in my father’s life, much of which took place in Idaho County,” Tom Weber explained. “I also found out that all of the old copies of the Idaho County Free Press were on microfilm at the library of the University of Utah, which is just up the street from where I live.”

School levy vote set Tuesday for districts 244, 305

Polls open Tuesday, March 14

School levy elections are set for the area next week,Tuesday, March 14. •Mountain View School District 244 will ask its patrons for a $2,663,246 levy. •In Craigmont, Highland Joint School District 305 will ask for a $499,000 levy as well as a Highland Plant Facilities Fund Levy for $50,000.

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Local 4-H members take in D.C., trip; Inauguration is highlight

Several local 4-H kids recently toured Washington, D.C., and were able to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The trip was Jan. 16-21. The Idaho County 4-H members who attended included Gabe Forsmann, Brandan Costa, Kaycee Costa, Doug Wilson and Lynnsey Wilson, with local 4-H leader and chaperon Leigh Davis.

Children on food stamps in county drops

Child poverty declines nationwide

Teen births and food stamp usage in Idaho County have both decreased, according to a state study. In addition, the recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the national child poverty rates declined in 2015, after peaking at 23 percent in 2011.

Search for new GHS principal

Committee work to replace Higgins

Grangeville High School is on the lookout for a new principal. Current principal Steve Higgins announced two weeks ago he has taken the Kamiah superintendent job for the 2017-18 school year.

Benefit dinner, auction set for Pilant

A benefit dinner for White Bird Mayor Rod Pilant has been set for Saturday, March 4, 6 p.m., at the Elks Lodge. A potluck dinner will be held with barbecue pulled pork and rolls provided. Bring a favorite dish to share. A live auction will also be held with a variety of items up for bid including a Killgore Adventures jetboat trip for two, .50 caliber muzzleloader, custom crafts and an Alpine custom bow.

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Lucky quads: Murphy goats produce two sets of quadruplets

The birth of quadruplet goats caused Elayne Murphy to miss the last three minutes of the Gonzaga-BYU basketball game Feb. 2. “We had a second set of quads born two days later,” she said.

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Cladouhos retires as Syringa CEO; Plans to stay in area

CEO Joe Cladouhos ended his nearly 10-year career yesterday with Syringa Hospital and Clinics, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to leave Grangeville. “We love it here,” he said of him and his wife, Tova. Cladouhos may be retired now, but he plans to stay involved in the community he has been a part of for the past decade.

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It's Your Business: Chili cookoff set for this Saturday in Grangeville

Did you say chili? Get on down to the streets of Grangeville this Saturday, March 4, for the annual Grangeville Merchants’ chili cookoff. Taste local chili concoctions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of businesses are participating including Asker’s Harvest Foods, Home Grown Quilts, Grangeville Builders, Early Bird Supply, P1FCU, Irwin Drug, Larson’s, Evergreen Suites, Lindsley’s Home Furnishings, Les Schwab, Nu4u, United Country Musick, Central Idaho Properties (at Ray Holes Saddle Shop) and Cash and Carry.

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County genealogical society gets new home; Space donated by Payne family

GRANGEVILLE — Sour lemons sometimes do have a way of making the best, sweetest lemonade. This recently rang true for the Idaho County Genealogical Society (ICGS).

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MVSD 244 levy vote set for March 14

Asking $2,663,246; same request for past five years

Mountain View School District 244 will again ask patrons for a $2,663,246 supplemental levy on March 14. “The school board has done its best to be good stewards of the district’s money,” superintendent Kent Stokes said. “The board has been diligent in keeping the levy amount the same for the past five years.”

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King’s store to close

Company-wide liquidation affects 15 employees locally

“This community has been very supportive of King’s so this is really difficult,” said King’s Variety Store Manager Brad Olson, Grangeville. Olson just recently learned that all King’s Variety Stores will close this year. The closure will affect 15 employees in Grangeville.

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Syringa officially affiliates with Kootenai

SH trustees sign affiliation with Kootenai

After more than two years of discussion and planning, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees signed an agreement Feb. 1 for Syringa Hospital District to affiliate with Kootenai Hospital District in Coeur d’Alene.

Syringa Pharmacy to open its doors April 1

Local residents, especially those utilizing Syringa Hospital and Clinics, will now be able to have more convenient access to pharmacy needs.

Six go on to state contest for PTA Reflections

After placing first in the regional PTA Reflections contest, the projects of six Grangeville students are headed to state competition in Boise.

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Learning to live again: Rare brain disease changes life for Grangeville woman

In 2002, numbness and tingling on the left side of her body, and particularly her face at first, made Michele Waite think she had a tooth mishap.

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King’s Variety Stores to close

Company liquidating all locations

“This community has been very supportive of King’s so this is really difficult,” said King’s Variety Store Manager Brad Olson, Grangeville.

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The Domino Effect

It was dominoes play time at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center Friday, Feb. 10. Assistant activities director Marilyn Deardorff (not pictured) played several games with residents prior to lunch time. (Left) Mary Howery watches as Jerry Rothchild plays his domino and (right) Colleen Prickett is thoughtful about her game plan.

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Frank answers by area districts

Local school reps draw crowd at Monday meeting in Grangeville; funding, levies are top issues

Funding concerns, educational needs and Common Core questions were all part of a community forum held Monday night, Feb. 13, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. A panel of three local school superintendents presented overviews of their schools as part of a forum sponsored by the Idaho County Democrats, and more than 65 people attended the event to listen and ask questions.

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Friends And Music

The Old Time Fiddlers and friends played music at the Idaho County Veterans Community and Outreach Center in Grangeville Friday, Feb. 10, while local historian Eldene Wasem signed her book, “Taming the Meadows.”

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GHS’s fairy tale full of sass, laughs

In a land far away, a long, long time ago, there lived a group of fairy tale characters full of … sass. Attitude. Insolence. Arrogance.

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