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Lorie Palmer

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Affordable housing group hopes to build as early as 2017

“There is not enough housing in Idaho County..."

After more than a year of planning and discussions, the Affordable Housing Foundation (AHF) is planning to take action to help secure reasonably priced accommodations in the area.

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Certified Sitters

Nine Grangeville youth received their certificates of completion in a “Babysitting 101” class that ended Wednesday, April 27.

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Scenic View Toward Riggins

Mossy, worn cow chutes located five miles north of New Meadows, approximately milepost 168, made for a great frame for the snow-covered mountains looking back toward Riggins Thursday, April 7.

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On top of the world: Hinrichs’ flagpole painting career spans nearly six decades

Warren Hinrichs, 75, is carrying on a family tradition. He spent two days last week in Grangeville and Kooskia where he did what he does every few years in Idaho County — and everywhere else he goes: paint flagpoles. “I’ve been doing it for 58 years,” the Spokane man smiled. “My father taught me and my siblings.” Hinrichs in turn taught his own two sons.

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Training for the future: HOSA students fare well at annual state competition

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) members from Prairie, Grangeville and Nezperce high schools recently fared well at state competition in Boise. The state event was held April 6-8 at the Wyndham Garden Boise Hotel.

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Dinner honors Syringa volunteers

“You are the roots of our community. This room embodies philanthropy in the most amazing way,” Syringa Thrift Store Manager Kristi Brooks told a roomful of about 70 people last Thursday, April 21.

244’s Nolan resigns as trustee

Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in search of a new trustee.

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Experts offer advice, tips on animal nutrition

More than 70 local kids gathered with another 30 parents and 4-H leaders in the wings April 6 as CHS Primeland offered a nutrition class for local 4-H’ers and FFA members. “Do you know you can start earning a credit history even at your age?” stated Grangeville’s Country Store manager John Lamb. “That might not seem important to you now, but one day it will.”

Eagles Presidents’ Gala set for Saturday

Public encouraged to attend dinner, auction

If you’re looking for good food, good company and a good time, Val Stone has the place for you.

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Spring Brilliance

Daffodils are in bloom and bright yellow at Evergreen Suites on Grangeville’s Main Street.

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Asher takes helm at Grangeville Country Club

Terri Asher is new to the restaurant business, but is definitely not a stranger to food. “I love to cook – it’s my passion,” she smiled.

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Going to the dogs? Forsyth raises funds for local shelter

Kaitlyn Forsyth has always loved animals. Her love of them, especially those that need extra care and attention, landed her with her senior project.

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Roberts to retire after 19 years with city; Open house set for April 8

After 19 years of meeting and greeting city customers, Grangeville City Administrative Assistant Claudia Roberts is calling it quits. “I have mixed feelings,” she smiled. “I will definitely miss the people I work with and the customers who come in each month.”

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Good vibrations: Grangeville students put on sharp performances, five move on to state level

District II musicians were in strong force at the recent solo/ensemble festival in Moscow. Several students will go on to the next level of state competition in April including Darby Finnegan on flute; Dillon Alder trumpet/bass; Marissa Kennedy, mezzo-soprano; Alexandria Perry, mezzo-soprano; and Criekor Paris, tenor (vocal). Alternates are vocalists Adam Wonnacot, Cat Musick and Lauren Goldman.

Finances, levy draws crowd to 244 meeting

More than 75 people gathered at the Grangeville High School library Monday night, March 21, for the regular Mountain View School District 244 board meeting. Bringing out the crowd – up from the usual two or three spectators – were several agenda items including a possible district gun policy, splitting the district, and last minute levy opposition by trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, zone 2

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The face of autism: Quilt shop provides job, validation for boy

“I work here, see,” 11-year-old Hollen Hays said, pulling the golden “Home Grown Quilts – Hollen” nametag away from his T-shirt where it is pinned.

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Precious Find

More than 100 kids vied for Easter eggs at the Kooskia City Park Saturday, March 26. The weather remained sunny for the hunt, though the ground was soggy. This little chick clutches a plastic egg while under the supervision of her mom.

Adkison, Meyers join newspaper staff

It’s a full house at the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper with the hiring of two new advertising representatives. Lisa Adkison and MaryBeth Meyers, both of Grangeville, joined the Free Press and Shopper last month. They are available for display and on-line advertising needs for all of the Free Press and Shopper publications.

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244 board, patrons engage on weapon policy for district

More than 75 audience members were in attendance at the Mountain View School District 244 regular board meeting Monday, March 21, as a potential weapon policy was discussed. The meeting was held in the Grangeville High School library. “Policies take time – thinking, writing, three separate readings,” board chair Lot Smith of Grangeville, zone 1, told the room. “Is it appropriate to start having this discussion? You bet.” Discussion centered around a policy for the district as well as training specific district personnel to operate and carry firearms, or at least be able to know where a cache may be located and what to do in the case of an emergency.

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Tension thick as 244 district split discussed

Trustee Smith walks out of meeting

Tension was high at the Monday, March 21, Mountain View School District 244 board meeting when splitting the district was brought up. More than 75 patrons sat in the audience of the regular monthly meeting. “I am bringing this up because Casey [Smith, of Clearwater, trustee for zone 2] asked me to,” said superintendent Kent Stokes. Stokes explained the route is quite multifaceted to deconsolidate and “would be easier to do if Kamiah were willing to incorporate Kooskia schools.”

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Ssssssnakes Alive! - Reptile Man

Reptile Man Scott Petersen of Monroe, Wash., provided assemblies at Clearwater Valley Elementary and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools last week.

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Speaketh With Voice Loudly

Idaho Theater for Youth actors, part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, performed The Shakespeare Stealer at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Monday, March 21. The play was sponsored in part by Grangeville Arts, Inc. Here, Patrick Kiernan and Chad Shohet run lines – they play within the play.

MVSD plays cleanup following levy opposition effort by trustee Smith

‘shot across the bow’ motivated by constituent’s experience

Zone 4 Mountain View School District 244 trustee Mike Dominguez of Kooskia found himself in a defensive mode the day before the school district levy last Monday, March 7. Dominguez put out an e-mail and messages to as many people as he could – mainly those within his zone – to not only ask for support for the levy, but also to diminish flames fanned by fellow board member Casey Smith of Clearwater, who represents zone 2.

Kamiah voters say ‘no’

Elections 2016: 304 levy

Patrons just said “no” in the Tuesday, March 8, levy vote. Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons voted down the one-year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy that was meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

GEMS to offer multi-age classroom changes for K-1 grades

arents will have more choices when it comes to their kids’ education at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) this fall. Rather than keep multi-age only classes in kindergarten-first grade at GEMS, single and combined classes will be offered for the combined class as well as kindergarten and first-grade only classes.

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Ambassadors help 4-H program expand, run smoothly

You may have experienced assistance from one and not even known it. Your kids may have received advice from them and you weren’t even aware. They’re older, they’re green and they’re mighty. They’re the Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors.

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Solar company puts roots down in Grangeville; Local takes RaloSolar reins

RaloSolar recently announced the opening of its newest office in the Grangeville area with Angela Baxter at its helm.

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CVHS students sing, dance, act their way into audiences’ hearts

What do a botched audition, a stepped-on foot, and an unwanted fiancé all have in common? Just ask Bobby Child and a trip he makes from New York City to Deadrock, Nev.

Who voted? A breakdown on turnout

Election 2016: 244 levy

he March 8 Mountain View School District 244 $2,663,246 supplemental levy election squeaked by for approval at 50.5 percent. Last year’s levy was approved with a 58 percent overall yes vote. With 5,643 registered voters and 2.988 votes cast in the MVSD 244 election, overall voter turnout was at 53 percent.

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‘Start me out at $50’

Purse auction draws more than 125; funds support YWCA

“Start me out at $50 and give me a job,” Shane Arnzen rattled off at the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, March 5. More than 125 people came out to support the Second Annual Purse Auction, an event held to support the local YWCA offices and their endeavor to assist victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Idaho earns D-plus on report card

Idaho recently earned a pretty poor record. At least according to Education Week’s annual grading of states’ K-12 education In the Quality Counts 2016 report released in January, Education Week focused on school accountability. This is the 20th annual Quality Counts report. Idaho earned a D-plus overall and finished 48th among 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Kamiah voters say ‘no’

Patrons just said “no” in the Tuesday, March 8, levy vote.

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Students make quilts for Ronald McDonald House

Thanks to some Grangeville area youth and adults, many children will be able to snuggle up with a homemade quilt.

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Kooles purchase Kamiah, Kooskia NAPA stores; Grand openings set for this week

Cory and Haley Koole of Grangeville entered a whole new world last fall. The husband-wife team purchased NAPA Auto Parts stores in Kamiah and Kooskia. “It’s definitely an adventure,” they smiled.

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Voters hit polls Tuesday night for school district levy decisions

Elections 2016: March 8

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 came out with a yes vote – just barely — in Tuesday’s March 8, $2,663,246 supplemental levy election.

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GHS club grows five-fold in three years: Eight FCCLA girls to present at state contest

Throughout the past three years that Kimberly Capps has been the Family, Career and Community Leader advisor at Grangeville High School, the service club has had a five-fold increase in membership.

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Voters decide levy requests on March 8

Districts 244, 304 seek funds for programs; for facility care

Both Mountain View School District 244 and Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons will go the polls March 8 to decide on levies. •In MVSD 244, voters will be asked to approve a $2,663,246 supplemental levy. •KJSD 304 is asking its patrons to approve a one-year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy. This is meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

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Farmers’ market supporters gather: Food stamp acceptance, more market days in works for season

“We’re celebrating our 10th market season!” Michelle Perdue told attendees of the Grangeville Farmers’ Market Meet, Greet and Eat meeting held Saturday, Feb. 27. Farmers’ Market enthusiasts – 18 in all – gathered at the Soltman Center to hear about plans for the 2016 season.

More than spuds: Idaho has much to celebrate


You may love living in Idaho, but what do you really know about the Gem State? This Friday, March 4, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter kicks off commemoration of Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln’s signing the congressional act to make Idaho a territory on March 4, 1863.

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Spreading The Love Of Reading

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, March 2, Don Solberg of Solberg Agency read Seuss’ “The Thinks You Can Think” to Grangeville Elementary Middle School kindergarten and first-grade students on Tuesday, March 1. He also shared one of his personal favorites that he read to his own children, “Going on a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

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Grangeville High BPA

Grangeville High School BPA (Business Professionals of America) students who competed at regional competition at Lewis Clark State College Jan. 22 included Hailey Uhlenkott, Amrit Singh, Hailey Russell, Zachary Stoner, McKenzie Kennedy, Lily Willig, Hailey Sullivan, Hannah Williams, Courtney Cuffe and Emily Kaschmitter.

Lindsley, Sanders to attend geography bee semifinals

Two local students have qualified for the 2016 Idaho National Geographic Bee semifinals in Boise. Sts. Peter and Paul School sixth grader Jared Lindsley and Grangeville Elementary Middle School seventh-grade student Kara Sanders each qualified for the state competition after winning their respective school bees in January.

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Georgia family takes on leadership of ALACCA camp

ALACCA Bible Camp is moving a new direction with a new leader. But don’t worry. The Christian camp is still Bible-based.

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MVSD looks at school firearm policy

‘’s about safety, protecting our loved ones and taking control of a situation’

“Anyone who thinks people aren’t carrying guns into our schools right now is blind,” said Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. Dominguez, Mountain View School District board trustee for Zone 4, brought a draft firearms policy to the board at its last regular meeting, held at Kooskia’s Clearwater Valley High School, Feb. 22.

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Something To Smile About

Mountain View Dentistry participated in the Give Kids a Smile program Friday, Feb. 26, at their Grangeville office. Doctors Schaff and Harrington and their staff provided free checkups, x-rays, cleaning and sealants for 63 kids who do not have dental insurance. Pictured here with Dr. Harrington is Sydney Dewitt, 12, of Clearwater.

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Reflections projects fare well at regional contest: Six students’ work to move on to state level

With the theme of “Let Your Imagination Fly,” six Grangeville students’ work were tops at the regional level in Lewiston.

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Quilt Treasures offering vintage sewing machines

Quilt Treasures is doing more than offering quilting supplies, it’s building a niche. The 120 West Main Street shop, in business for more than a year now, has added to its inventory Singer Featherweight sewing machines.

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It's Your Business: Look for survey in utility bill

Baring the unexpected, Oscar’s Restaurant is set to open back up in March. That’s next week! A lot has been going on there — new flooring in the kitchen, painting, carpets have been cleaned and the menu is being worked on.

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Mail goes on Newsome road via snowmobile

Rock slide cuts off Elk City

It’s said the mail must go through, and a landslide blocking the roadway is no exception. “My son has been delivering the mail via snowmobile on the old Newsome Creek Road,” said Betty Nitz of Elk City.

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Kelley awarded district 4-H distinguished service award

When Debbie Kelley was awarded the Idaho County 4-H Distinguished Service Award in 2014, she had no idea it would lead to another honor. Kelley recently learned she received the 2015 District I Distinguished Service Award.


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