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Lorie Palmer

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Kentucky cyclers pedal through, encourage others to experience their own adventures

For Josh Kays and Dan Hatton of Louisville, Ken., pedaling more than 50 miles at a time is all in a day’s work.

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Goehring is real estate agent

Just a few short weeks after graduating from Grangeville High School, Travis Goehring didn’t expect to find himself hitting the books.

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Shook Twins to perform Thursday

“I came to the park at 4:30 to make sure these guys were all here and doing OK,” Grangeville Arts member Jane Spencer told the crowd at the Thursday, July 16, concert at Pioneer Park.

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Queening clinic on tap for Aug. 1

All current and potential royalty candidates invited

“I competed in my first rodeo queen pageant when I was 11,” said Alyson Grinestaff Hanson of Grangeville.

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Concert, community festival events set this week, weekend

Warm, windy weather and a full crowd greeted brothers band Thorn Creek Express last Thursday night at Pioneer Park. The event was the first in the annual Thursday night concert series. Programs will run through July 30.

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Stephanie Forsmann Photography opens shop

After nearly 13 years of using her home as a base for her business, Stephanie Forsmann has moved out.

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Border Days 2015: wrap-up

Three-day event draws family, friends for fun

Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.

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‘Celebrating Our Heritage’: Stites Days set for July 11, 12

Stites Days are set for July 11 and 12 with the theme of “Celebrating Our Heritage.” July 11 begins with the pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast at Stites City Park from 7 to 9 a.m.

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Brothers group will present first concert in summer series

Thorn Creek Express to play Thursday night

Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.

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Brooks takes helm of Syringa Thrift

Kristi Brooks Soltman has come full circle.

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McNab to bid farewell to Free Press

Klement will take helm Oct. 1

A lifetime career in the newspaper business will come to an end Sept. 30 for Andy McNab.

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Grub Club: Grangeville Farmers’ Market adds kids’ program

What do Grangeville Farmers Market and kids have in common?

SMH 50th celebration is Wednesday, July 15

Did you know you can read many of the Free Press special publications through the website?

Camas Prairie Insurance buys Seyers’ business

After 29 years in the insurance business, David and Donna Seyer of Seyer Insurance are ready for a break.

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Uhlenkott takes on local DYW title

A change in pace — make that a change in face — is in store for Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie.

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Eimers scholarship will benefit GHS seniors

A memorial scholarship fund in the name of Bill Eimers has been set up for the benefit of Grangeville High School seniors. Eimers was born and educated in Grangeville.

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Cut Em' Loose! Border Days activities on tap for this week

Idaho County residents and visitors are invited to Cut ‘Em Loose at the 104th annual Border Days celebration July 3-5. A lot of events are set for town and here’s a round-up for all the area cowboys, cowgirls, cowpokes … and everyone else, too...

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Jentges to serve as Greencreek grand marshal

Tony Jentges may have traveled across the world, but in many ways he is right back where he started from.

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HouseCall Vet ready for home pet visits

When you have a pet in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Kim Wolfrum!

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Kicks for kids: Helena to try and break record to raise money for orphanage

“I went to India last year for the first time – it changed my life,” said Eric Helena.

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White Bird Area Recreation District: board in place

Directors to guide use, future of former school, property

The wheels are turning in White Bird. The election held in November 2014 that area residents voted “yes” on to form the White Bird Area Recreation District (WBARD) – the only recreation district in Idaho County – is up and running.

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Sisters represent town as grand marshals for White Bird Days, rodeo

Let ‘er Rip with the annual White Bird Days and Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. Representing the event as this year’s grand marshals are sisters Polly Hollandsworth and Peg Marek.

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DeFord hired as funeral home intern

An eighth grade field trip from Sts. Peter and Paul School changed the course of Justin DeFord’s life.

Slichters are fair grand marshals

“I appreciate the Idaho Highway Department,” said Evelyne Pickett when she and her husband, Joe, who live just North of Riggins, recently visited the Free Press office. The two witnessed the planning blasting work on the U.S. Highway 95 below their home a couple of weeks ago. Evelyne wrote about it while Joe took photos. To read more on this, log onto

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Kooskia Saddliers Arena up and running

Ready, set, let’s play! The Kooskia Saddliers Inc., riding club has a new arena, and it’s open for business.

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Distinguished Young Woman

Tianna Leitch of Nezperce was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie for 2016 at the Saturday, June 6, program in Grangeville ($1,000 scholarship).

Summer concert series lineup set

Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.

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Four vie for ‘Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie’ title

Program set for Saturday

Four area juniors will compete for hundreds of dollars in scholarships this Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m., when Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of the Camas Prairie takes place at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Corral Dust

By an Old Cowpoke

For several decades in past issues, a column entitled “Corral Dust” ran. In honor of the upcoming Border Days season, we have decided to revive this old standby.

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Hoops for Troops: Uhlenkott raises funds for service members

Prairie High School junior Abbie Uhlenkott recently took her love of basketball and community and combined them to complete her senior project.

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Hunter retires after 28 years at CVES

After 28 years on the job, Patricia Hunter has collected her last book fine.

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Thomas speaks on grace, sharing

“What are you working for?” asked Pastor Steve Thomas at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Sunday, May 24. “Some people think you can work for God’s favor … but we are saved through faith, by mercy and through grace.”

County election largely a no-show

It was low voter turnout for elections in Idaho County last Tuesday, May 19.

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GHS launches 49 seniors: ‘You are Idaho’s greatest resource’

“In full disclosure, I saw the list of potential commencement speakers and, in spite of the fact I was nestled comfortably at the bottom of the list, here I am,” joked Grangeville High School teacher Matt Elven at the class of 2015 graduation May 22.

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Former Stites woman pens spy e-book for kids

Former Free Press writer Carlin Lohrey recently penned another e-book called “Spy Secrets.”

GGCC offers ‘First Tee’ camp for kids

Parents and kids who are looking for some structured summer fun will have that opportunity starting July 15.

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Loebers to bid adieu to Grangeville after 34 years

Landing in Grangeville may have been a bit of a fluke for Les Loeber, but staying wasn’t.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

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GHS’s Stefani nominated for music educator award

Kathy Stefani of Grangeville High School is one of a total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

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Becoming foster parents: Local couple shares journey through blog

Hosmans foster; start adoption process

For Jeff and Becky Hosman, parenthood hasn’t come quite how they initially imagined it.

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Foundation honors Idaho County Recycling program

“I feel honored to speak on behalf of Idaho County Recycling,” said Janie Fluharty Thursday night, May 7, at the annual Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) event.

Readers discuss last book in series

“I feel this was a very powerful book that pulled me in and kept me engaged through the end,” said Shelley Dumas.

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Purchase of kiln allows for ceramics at Grangeville schools

A sixth grade ceramics project has come full circle for Grangeville schools art teacher Patrick Phillips.

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Farm & Forestry Fair: Students get a quick study on Idaho agriculture

“How old was this tree?” Idaho Forest Group’s Glenn Poxleitner asked a group of kids as he held up a cut tree ring to them.

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Kretzmann returns to Nepal to help relief

April earthquake leaves areas in ruin, takes thousands of lives

For most Idaho County residents, the connection to Nepal and its devastating earthquake of April 25, is remote. However, for 2003 Grangeville High School graduate Eli Kretzmann, the tragedy hits close to home – literally.

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Co-op serves up the goods on Kamiah’s Main Street: Members sought

A mini grocery box store exists in Kamiah, but it’s more than that.

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Chicken visits preschoolers: Last story hour of season is today

What has feathers and writes notes to the farmer? Children found out in the book “Giggle Giggle Quack,” last Wednesday, April 29, at preschool story hour at Grangeville Centennial Library.

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Trees planted as memorial to Asker

Pioneer Park will have a little more shade in the summers to come. Two trees were planted Friday, May 1, as a memorial to longtime community supporter and business woman Mildred Asker, who died March 31.

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Three seek trustee board positions in MVSD’s zone 2

Election set for May 19

Mountain View School District 244 could have a new face on its school board on May 19.

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Kennedy to perform May 16: Donations from concert will go toward summer NYC mission trip

Grangeville area residents will have the opportunity to hear a new voice to the area, but one that has had a lot of experience elsewhere.