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Lorie Palmer

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Foster parent info meeting set for Sept. 25

Those with a heart for children in need are invited to an informational meeting “Foster Care on the Prairie.” This is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Camas Counseling, 304 S. State Street. “We have a desperate need for foster parents in Idaho County. It has the fewest foster parent resources of any county in North Central Idaho,” explained Katie Stinson, LMSW.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


GEMS offering shop, other electives for 2018-19 school year

Grangeville Elementary Middle School has more to offer its students this year. “I listened to what you had to say in the past year about students needing more electives, more exposure to different classes in middle school,” Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal Dr. Susan Anderson told the Mountain View School District board at the Aug. 20 meeting.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Brown Bag Program: DeArmonds to talk on farm history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen. The fifth program is set for today, Sept. 12, and will feature American Indian James Lawyer who will present “Nezperce History.”

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Forsmann moves up to GM at AWS

As many young people do, during college Adam Forsmann decided he would like to someday settle down back home. A 1996 graduate of Prairie High School in Cottonwood, he had spent two years at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene in a pre-engineering program and then went on to finish in agricultural engineering at the University of Idaho.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Syringa passes $15.2M budget for FY 2019

Syringa Hospital board of trustees unanimously passed the fiscal year 2019 budget at the Aug. 28 meeting. Total operating revenue for the hospital for 2019 is expected to be $15,218,782.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

MVSD board OKs pay increases for admin, non-certs

Only the three trustees – Smith, Lutz and Dominguez – were present at the meeting held at Clearwater Valley High School. The three voted unanimously to give a 2 percent increase to administrators and a 5 percent increase to non-certified employees.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Elk City Library topic of discussion for board

At the Aug. 20 MVSD 244 board meeting, discussion continued about the Elk City Library. District librarian Lynn Johnson let the board know Elk City Library is part of the ValNet consortium which the district pays a $13,000 annual fee to be part of.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Brown Bag Program: Lawyer to relay Nezperce history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

September 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

It's Your Business 2018: Valley Educators Support Team: Kooskia Organization gains momentum to support Clearwater Valley schools

The need for more in their local schools brought two men together six years ago; however, the meeting relied on a relationship that was actually forged years before. Kamiah’s Greg Drake, a now retired educator and 1965 alumnus of Clearwater Valley High School, and then-CVHS principal, Dave Harrington, Lowell, a Kamiah High graduate, had known each other for years. “He had played football for me when he was in middle school,” Drake smiled.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

It's Your Business 2018: ASK: Riggins More than an after-school program

“ASK is definitely a positive in our community,” said Rhonda Damon. Damon is the business manager and past program director for the Riggins After School Kids, Inc., program. However, ASK is more than “after school.” Damon, who has worked with ASK for seven years, said the program is open to all kids in the community and serves an integral role in social and academic development.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


It's Your Business 2018: Idaho County number 12 on ‘financially healthy’ list

When it comes to being financially healthy, Idaho County isn’t a bad place to live. Idaho County ranks number 12 in the state for its financial health. To find the most financially healthy places, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering debt as a percent of income, bankruptcies per 1,000 people, poverty rates and unemployment rates. Nationally, Idaho County ranks at number 1,145. The percentage of the count’s debt versus income is at 1.28 percent, while bankruptcies per 1,000 are at 1.73.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

It's Your Business 2018: Idaho County sixth in 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. Idaho County ranked number six (nationally, it’s at 892) and had an overall income growth of 2.1 percent from five years earlier.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


It's Your Business 2018: Prairie Boosters: Cottonwood Boosters complement school activities

The Prairie Booster Club has long been providing for its Cottonwood students. The Prairie Boosters were founded in 1987, celebrating 30 years of supporting its schools last year. “We’re run by a team of volunteers,” explained current president Glenn Poxleitner. Additional officers are vice president Cara Uhlenkott, secretary Linda Nida and treasurer Denis Uhlenkott.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

It's Your Business 2018: Idaho in the middle for overall child well-being

Idaho is standing mid-range in most “kid” categories, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2018 Kids County Date Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being, which was recently released. Since 1990, Kids Count has ranked states annually on overall child well-being using an index of key indicators in four areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

September 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Brown Bag Program: Cash to present program on Arnold history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum are sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions will be held each Wednesday, through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD board votes to return more than $400k to patrons

Mountain View School District 244 patrons will have a nice little surprise come property tax time this year. The school board voted, at its Aug. 20 meeting in Kooskia, to return $426,802 on the spring levy amount of $3,090,048. This brings the levy down to the previous five years’ levy amounts of $2,663,246 per year.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


244 negotiations hit stalemate; teachers work off last year’s district contracts

Following an impasse at the bargaining table, Mountain View School District 244 teachers are working off last year’s contracts as of the start of school yesterday, Tuesday, April 21. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services mediator Darrell Clark met with the district’s bargaining team, school board members, superintendent and lawyer Thursday, Aug. 16.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Brown Bag Program: O’Neill to examine art association history

It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch. The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions will be held each Wednesday starting today, Aug. 15, through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen. The second program is set for today and will feature Andy Reiner of Grangeville with “Honor Flight.” Next week, Aug. 29, More than Half A Century of CIAA Art will be presented by with Marlene O’Neill discussing Central Idaho Art Association’s past and present endeavors, including the people who founded

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Foundation, thrift store help purchase equipment

“I want to say thank you to the [Syringa] Foundation and the Syringa Thrift Store for their generous donation to make it possible to purchases the anesthesia machine,” Syringa Chief Nursing Officer Alex Frei said in his July 24 leadership report at Syringa’s monthly board meeting. Frei said the arrival date for the machine was late July and cardiac monitors will arrive in late August.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Sister Power

The Rowland sisters ruled at the fair with a variety of winning projects in an array of categories. (L-R) Halee, Mikayla and Chloe are all members of Cottonwood Saddliers 4-H Club. They are the daughters of Brent and Tara Rowland.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Mrs. Grangeville sponsors law enforcement forum

“I have been married for 20 years, and there is no easy, super magic fairy tale to this,” said Erin Nichols. Erin has the title of “Mrs. Grangeville,” and will compete in the 2018 Mrs. Idaho, America, contest in Boise in October. She spoke to a crowd of about 50 people who attended a law enforcement forum and dessert auction she was host to Sunday, Aug. 12.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Opioid Crisis: Community weighs in at info event at Kamiah

The statistics are staggering. “In 2014, there were 86 opiate prescriptions for every 100 persons in Idaho,” stated Dr. Peg Gehring, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. That may mean one person could have four different prescriptions, she said. But that many is too many, and Gehring wants to see that change.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho County Fair kicks off today in Cottonwood

This year’s grand marshal for the fair is Jeannie Fitch of Riggins. “One of my first memories were the huge vegetables my father-in-law, Woody, entered and won purple on,” she recalled. “The next is the super pigtail contest; my daughter, Julie, won longest pigtail her first year. She entered every year and won in different categories. Fun memories!”

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Commission takes up bridge concerned in gold haul route

Concern for a bridge – mainly, for who would be liable for injuries and repairs if it failed under freight weight – is expected to hold up new Orogrande-area gold digs for a month or more while Idaho County researches road history details and prepares to enter an agreement that may involve residents and the company now leasing the old Friday Mine.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
       

Idaho County Ambassadors: 21 years and going strong

The brainchild of former University of Idaho extension agent Mary Schmidt, the Idaho County Ambassadors made their debut in 1997. Twenty-one years later, Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman said she thoroughly appreciates the work Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors provide. “I count on them, especially during the fair,” she said. “They work hard.”

August 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Open Class Exhibits: Prepare now — enter Tuesday, Wednesday

Jams, cakes and wood projects, oh, my! It’s time to get together your entries for the 2018 Idaho County Fair Open Class Exhibits. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about this since last year or maybe this is the first time you’ve given thought to this. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of time to get your entries ready.

August 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Budget: MVSD OKs $20M for FY2019

Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 18 meeting to accept a 2018-19 proposed budget of $20,275,266, which includes all funds. The budget includes the general maintenance and operation (M&O) fund ($13,225,221) along with all other funds ($7,050,045) as was listed in a June issue of the Free Press under “notices.” The 2017-18 budget for all funds was approximately $22 million.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Dr. Matthews joins Syringa family

Syringa Hospital is one doctor richer. Doctor Michael Matthews recently started at the Syringa Primary Clinic and hospital in Grangeville, but he wasn’t exactly a stranger to the area

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Harvest Time

It was a busy harvest day on Grangeville Truck Route Friday, Aug. 3, in a field adjacent to the Forest Service office.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Free barbecue, event to feature Nashville musician Johnny Rowlett

The local community outreach team, Reaching Men, will be host to a free barbecue in Grangeville’s Pioneer Park Saturday, Aug. 11, 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature Nashville recording artist Johnny Rowlett. “This is meant for the whole family with free food, live music and fun activities for kids,” said organizer Michael Stevens.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Dodgy Mountain Men

The Dodgy Mountain Men out of Missoula, Mont., drew a crowd to Pioneer Park for the final Summer Concert Series event. The month-long concert series was sponsored by Grangeville Arts, Inc., and the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with donations from concert-goers.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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