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Lorie Palmer

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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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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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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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Not So Scary

Kids Klub, Inc., again sponsored the Missoula Children’s Theater Feb. 12 at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Saturday matinee to raise funds for ARF

In an effort to help raise funds for Grangeville’s proposed Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), volunteer Deanna English is spearheading some Saturday matinees. The first of these fund-raisers is set for this Saturday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m. The movie Max will be shown at the Blue Fox Theater. Attendees can make a donation for the movie and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Survey shows rates of risky behaviors among Idaho teens

Texting, injuries, drug use, obesity, sex:

Did you know almost half of high school students admit to texting while driving? On the bright side, only 30 percent say they have used tobacco in the past 30 days.

Kamiah brings $133k facilities levy in front of district voters

Elections 2016: March 8

Kamiah Joint School District 304 will make an attempt again this year to pass a levy. The board is asking voters March 8 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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Varsity Blue’s Sweet Serenades

Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue choir spent part of Friday, Feb. 12, serenading a variety of businesses and people around Grangeville.

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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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GHS graduate is new ICLP CFO

A new face at Idaho County Light and Power is actually a familiar face in Grangeville. Grangeville High School 2005 graduate Christon Vander Esch Medley is the new chief financial officer for the company. She takes over from Patrick Bird, CPA, who is retiring this year.

Pair seniors with teens for prime benefits


A recent Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey tells us our high school kids are involved in a few things we would rather they didn’t experience. While some seem like rites of passage or areas we may not have control over, there are other areas where we can step up and take action.

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MVSD patrons to decide $2.6M levy

Elections 2016: March 8

Mountain View School District 244 will bring a familiar levy amount in front of voters March 8. The district will ask its patrons to approve a $2,663,246 supplemental levy, the same amount as the past three years, for the 2016-17 school year.

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In the mood for ‘A Little Magic?’ GHS drama department play set for this week

Who is Johnny Thrush? Will the Songbirds reach their perfect pitch? What’s the secret at Grimm Brothers Memorial High School? Find the answers to all these questions as Grangeville High School’s drama department puts on the play “A Little Magic,” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18, 19 and 20, 7 p.m. each night in the GHS cafeteria. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Extreme Adventure Club: Kids invited to free activity programs

Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) will offer a variety of upcoming events for local kids. “Our mission is to promote health and wellness within the community through various educational events, programs, and presentations,” said Kirstin Jensen with University of Idaho Extension. “Extreme Adventure Club” will offer lifetime activity events once or twice a month, February through June, to all youth ages 8 to 18. The program is free of charge with two weeks preregistration required. A maximum of 20 participants is available for each event.

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Soltmans donate to hospital elevator project

Quality health care continues ‘by people taking ownership in our local hospital’

“I am a firm believer that the only way we are going to continue to have quality health care close to home is by people taking ownership in our local hospital,” Craig Spencer said at the Jan. 25 Syringa Hospital (SH) board meeting.

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Came By To Say 'Hi!"

Horses on Sears Creek Road outside of Harpster were enjoying some winter sun recently.

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Home-school students share ‘World’s Fair’ presentations

It was a whole new world — or at least a new country — at the Centennial Evangelical Free Church Friday, Jan. 29.

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Full service ortho available in Grangeville

Do you think your kids need braces but you’re dreading those monthly or bi-monthly trips to Lewiston or Moscow? Well, your orthodontics experience just got a little easier. Dr. Bret Christensen now offers full service orthodontics in Grangeville every two weeks.

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Lefse Making

Sarah Fuerstenau of Harpster helped with the World’s Fair demonstration of home school projects at the Centennial Evangelical Free Church Friday, Jan. 29.

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Everson hired as Grangeville librarian

Books, movies, clubs and computers, oh my! The Grangeville Centennial Library has it all and now GCL also has a new face. Jamie Everson took over as librarian last week and replaces Becky Hosman who moved to Yakima.

Comes out in the black

Syringa gets clean audit for 2015 FY

“Looking back, we can see that 2014 wasn’t the best year, but 2015 was pretty good,” said CPA Carl Swenson of Crandall-Swenson, PLLC. Swenson spoke to the Syringa Hospital (SH) board Jan. 25 at the regular monthly meeting and presented the hospital’s annual audit. While 2014 ended with an overall loss of $4,611, the hospital was on the plus side at $100,453 for 2015.

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Getting ready to dig? Call 811 first; Avista reps speak at chamber meeting

More than 25 people showed up for the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting where they welcomed representatives from Avista Utilities. Regional business manager for the Lewis Clark region, Mike Tatko, regional account executive Jayson Hunnel, new Grangeville district manager Jeff Schwendener, and local office receptionist Holly Cox all attended the meeting.

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Lindsley, Sanders win school geo bees

Where in the world did The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy live? In what country did National Geographic explorer Zeb Hogan study white fish in the Frazier River? And what’s the most populous city in Siberia? If you don’t know, you may want to check with Jared Lindsley or Kara Sanders (or check the end of this story). The students were the winners in their respective schools’ geography bees this month.

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Flower Girls Work For Animals

Members of the Flower Girls Club (with mascot Cheweenie, Scout) are seen here at Asker’s Harvest Foods Saturday, Jan. 23. The group hosted a bake sale to benefit the proposed Grangeville ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), raising $350 for the non-profit.

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Haage takes on Seattle Cascades Corps

Chase Haage didn’t grow up in marching band. Although the 2013 Grangeville High School graduate has always been musical, marching band was an experience the Idaho County area did not provide for him. He’s making up for lost time.

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Lindsley, Sanders win school geography bees

Where in the world did The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy live? In what country did National Geographic explorer Zeb Hogan study white fish in the Frazier River? And what’s the most populous city in Siberia?

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Let’s Talk About It: Readers discuss Jewish ‘comedy’

“Comedy and satire are vastly different things,” stated Wendy Green, scholar for the first 2016 Let’s Talk About It book discussion. A group of 14 people gathered to discuss Shalom Auslander’s “Hope: A Tragedy,” Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Grangeville Centennial Library.

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Bear Claw survives off land, thrives with help from Harpster neighbors

SEARS CREEK ROAD – It’s been 10 winters since 59-year-old Bear Claw moved to Idaho. “My friend said, ‘hop in the truck and you can come,’ so I did,” the soft-spoken man said, sitting at the table of his neighbors, Jim Fuller and Dixie Lynn, who live off Sears Creek Road outside of Harpster.

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Avista welcomes new area manager; Schwendener is in Grangeville office

Avista’s Grangeville office has a new face. The corporation welcomed new district manager Jeff Schwendener the first of the month. “I’m excited to be here and have been settling in,” Schwendener said from the 201 East Main Street office.

It's Your Business: Syringa Hospital main entrance open

Syringa Hospital’s main entrance and front parking lot is open to public. The main entrance is designated for any non-emergency check-ins such as laboratory and radiology testing or patient visitors. Those checking in to the Primary Care Clinic should still use the clinic main entrance doors. Those looking to pay bills or who have questions about billing can be helped at the business office, previously the LeBlanc building.

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Sanders wins GEMS geography bee

Seventh grader Kara Sanders took top honors at the Grangeville Elementary Middle School geography bee today, Jan. 21.

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‘I want to help take care of the animals and give them love’

Sometimes it takes a child to start the ball rolling. Emma Roach, 11, of Grangeville, has put together The Flower Girls Club and organized a bake sale to benefit ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation).

Love is a verb; it calls for action


The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach. “I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.

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Pilant takes helm; White Bird mayor seeks town unity

Times are changing for the town of White Bird, and at the head of that change is a new mayor. Rod Pilant was sworn in as mayor at the Jan. 11 White Bird City Council meeting and has thus begun his four-year term.

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Lindsley wins SPPS geography bee

Sixth grader Jared Lindsley took top honors at the Sts. Peter and Paul geography bee today, Jan. 14.

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New barbershop opens in Grangeville

Thirty-four years of barbering hasn’t yet grown old for Wayne Tarlton.

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County’s top 4-H members named for 2015; Costas are year’s distinguished 4-H leaders

What’s it like to be tops in 4-H in Idaho County? Ask one of the 10 area 4-H’ers who were recently named as top 4-H participants for 2015.

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It's Your Business: Credit union meeting is Jan. 31

Cottonwood Credit Union will host its annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 4 p.m. with the meeting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate or donate a food item to the food bank. RSVP to the credit union by Jan. 15 by calling 962-3451, 924-0225 or 937-9877.

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Snow Business

ICP, Inc., off the truck route by the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, received some heavy, wet snows on trees outside its fence during December.

Calcaterra sworn in as new trustee for hospital

News, Reports from Dec. 28 SH board meeting

Syringa Hospital Board met Dec. 28 and swore in new trustee Paula Calcaterra of Harpster. She takes the place of board chair Dave Green who is moving to Oregon; she will serve until the next election, May 2017.

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‘Sweet Brew’ is open for business

“We’re offering homemade soups each day,” smiled Trish Hinkson. Trish and her husband, Matt, along with his mom, Marie Hinkson, purchased the former Dog Pound on Grangeville’s Main Street in September. The couple is running the eatery and mom is “behind the scenes mostly,” they said.

It's Your Business: Groaners open for free use Jan. 4-16

Quilt Treasures has a variety of upcoming classes including Beginners Quilting Class (six weeks, starts Jan. 12, $75); Featherweight Maintenance Class (Jan. 16, $65); and Quilt-in-a-Day Class (Jan. 23). Featherweight Club also starts in February. Stop by 120 W. Main Street in Grangeville or call 451-4909.

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Snowy Scene

Grangeville area residents woke up to several inches of snow Monday morning, Dec. 14, and again Dec. 19. Temperatures hovered around 32 degrees during the day as snow continued to fall intermittently. Here, a bench was covered on Mt. Idaho Grade Road. According to, temperatures for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are supposed to be 31 degrees high and 14 low, and 25 high, 11 low, respectively, with a chance of snow each day.

Stories behind best-loved tunes

What do you know about your favorite Christmas songs?

We all sing, hum along with or listen to the Christmas carols and songs of the season, but how many know the stories behind some of the best-loved tunes? Here’s a history of a few of my favorites.

Great to hear from people; reminder to give more

Trying new things can result in some pleasant outcomes.

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Angels Among Us

These three angels were part of the Sts. Peter and Paul Christmas program held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Grangeville school. Students in preschool through eighth grade participated in the annual presentation that included skits, songs, readings and a visit from Santa. Pictured here (L-R) in the third and fourth grade play “Jesus Comes to Earth” are Hannah Frei, Abbie Frei and Siena Wagner.

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GHS FFA ‘adopts’ three families

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for three local families.