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Lorie Palmer

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Uhlorn travels to Atlanta for National 4-H Congress

Prairie High School senior Holli Uhlorn had a different Thanksgiving than ever before. She spent the day traveling and a week away from family to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Ga.

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Looking to 2015: 244 faces financial challenges in coming year

Supt. Stokes would like more local control

For Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes, it’s all about local control. Or at least it should be. “I don’t believe the lawmakers in Boise know what’s best for our rural schools and I would like to see local control,” Stokes said.

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Icy Days Short Lived

Tolo Lake outside of Grangeville seemed to be frozen clear across on Jan. 2 as the sun shone through the clouds during a 25 degrees temperature spike that day

Even an hour makes an impact

Recently, Idaho has been named in more than one poll as in the top three states for volunteering.

Idaho residents at top of nation’s charitable list:State ranks third in giving

If Idaho County is any indication, then it’s no surprise that the State of Idaho was recently ranked third (in a tie with Kansas) for “most charitable.”

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Thirty years ago: Where are they now?

Students remember sixth-grade class

Thirty years ago, four sixth-grade students in Mr. Pete Lane’s class at Grangeville Elementary Middle School were caught on camera learning to do CPR.

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Syringa renovation: Hospital project phase one nears completion

Concrete was poured last week at Syringa Hospital’s main entrance in the next step of this ongoing renovation. The project started earlier this year as part of a multi-phase remodel and renovation of the hospital utilizing funds bequeathed by the Orrin Webb family.

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‘I have been very good ...’

New toys, old favorites make kids’ Christmas lists through decades

Do your grandkids’ Christmas lists contain things you can’t even pronounce? When you read the Letters to Santa section are you dumbfounded over what kids are asking for? What’s a Wubble? A Wii? A Furreal Friend?

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Keeping Watch Over Their Flocks By Night ...

Sts. Peter and Paul School students were busy practicing their annual Christmas play Wednesday, Dec. 17, for that evening’s performance. Pictured are (L-R) shepherds Tristen Beeson, Parker Garman and Dylan Miller.

Kids Count Report: Idaho County food stamp, Medicaid numbers released

In Idaho, 53 percent of families with young children are low-income. This is the fourth-highest among all states and above the national average of 45 percent. Idaho also has the second-highest rate of poverty among families in which all resident parents work. This is from the recently published Idaho Kids Count Report.

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Eagles Helpers

Grangeville High School basketball cheerleaders (L-R) Jennifer Hodges, Katelynn Robinson, Marissa Kennedy, Ashley Bradley and Anastasia Bearden were on hand Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Eagles Aerie to help wrap gifts.

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Tree of Lights: Loved ones remembered

“This is an opportunity for us to remember our loved ones who have passed on in a very meaningful way,” said Dr. Danny Griffis.

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Rural workload can be tough on healthcare professionals

Physician and nursing shortages are nothing new in rural areas.

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Ready to shine: GHS in the running for GRAMMY recognition

Grammy Awards aren’t just for the rich and famous. Grangeville High School’s band is one of 120 schools nationwide up for a Grammy.

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Local volunteers sought to ring Salvation Army bell, collect funds: Kettle drive money stays in community

The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign has begun ringing their bells in Grangeville.

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Three win essay contests

Three local students have been named winners in a First Amendment essay contest.

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30 years and going strong: Main Street business stands the test of time

Scared, young and full of dreams, Robert and Linda Nida embarked upon a new business venture in 1984. Thirty years later, that business is still a staple on Main Street.

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Festival of Trees this week: Venue changes to Real Life Church

Enter the Enchanted Woodland Holiday this week as Syringa Hospital Foundation’s 21st annual Festival of Trees (FOT) event finds a new home for 2014.

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Toys for Tots: Sign up, donate now

Toys for Tots is up and running.

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Helping Hands

The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene hosted its 30th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Sunday, Nov. 23, serving more than 200. Longtime organizers Doug Long and Joe Bednorz will step down and allow others in the church to coordinate the event starting in 2015. Pastor Mike Greenwood thanked the men – and many additional volunteers – for their years of service. Pictured here, church members serve the dinner.

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Craft, food fair set for Saturday

arly 30 years in motion, the Grangeville Holiday Gift and Food Fair is an annual event for many people in the area. The 29th fair is set for this Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

‘Grant’ phone scam asks for ‘processing fee’

Don’t be fooled by a call from the nation’s capital.

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Aloha Laundry opens its doors

Bright yellow and orange walls, a paradise welcome and an inviting place to relax are all part of the new Aloha Laundry at 817 Cunningham Street. Bob and Carolyn Haning opened the new business last week and are still putting the final touches on it.

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Band invited to perform at Disneyland

The GHS Concert Band has been selected to perform at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2015.

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Conner collects shoeboxes for kids across the world

What costs $7 to deliver halfway across the world (or maybe all the way across the world) and brings priceless joy? A box full of goodies through Operation Christmas Child, of course.

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Former POW counts herself as ‘lucky’

Born and raised a Dutch citizen in Indonesia on the Island of Java, Pearl Barden never saw what was coming in 1942.

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Swisher honored for bravery: PHS grad helped passengers in 2011 plane crash

Cottonwood’s Prairie High School graduate David Swisher was either in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time, depending on how one looks at it.

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Veterans honored at GHS ceremony ‘Make a plan,’ advises speaker Everson

How many of you juniors and seniors here have a plan following graduation?” Jared Everson asked students at Grangeville High School.

District still seeks trustee for Zone 2

Mountain View School District is seeking a trustee for its school board.

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Food bank seeks holiday items

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year … but not for everyone. Many local residents are struggling with food needs year-round, but especially during the holiday season when money is tighter and needs are greater.

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Board OKs helipad study

To have a helipad on Main Street or not? That question will hopefully be answered for area residents.

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Foundation awards $3,000 to Grangeville groups

For the second year in a row, Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) awarded grants to a variety of local groups.

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Stebar joins Les Schwab

There’s a new face running around at Les Schwab Tire Center in Grangeville.

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Brandt, Frei win county commission; ‘yes’ to rec district

Nov. 4 unofficial election results; county voter turnout high at 60 percent

Tuesday night unofficial election results show a GOP sweep in the Idaho County Commission race, with Dist. 1 incumbent Skip Brandt and Dist. 2 newcomer Mark Frei receiving the voter majority.

Dr. Dardis takes on ER, clinic duties

Doctor Jim Dardis knew what he wanted to do with his life from a young age. “I still remember in first grade writing on the board that I wanted to be a doctor,” he said. “And my family said they remember me saying it before then.”

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Primping Pumpkins

Friends gathered at The Gallery in Grangeville for the annual “Pumpkin Therapy” night Thursday, Oct. 23.

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Hospice program set for Dec. 14: Donations sought through Dec. 1

As Winnie the Pooh so aptly stated, “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

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Mt. Idaho Gymnastics reopens

After 15 years of retirement, Mt. Idaho Gymnastics (MIG) is back in full force. “Everything just came together like a perfect puzzle,” smiled MIG owner Lynn Welborn. “Really, there was just one miracle after another.”

4-H achievement awards announced

What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2014 Idaho County Achievement Award Winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Chloe Rowland, Aidan Acton and Sydney Rylaarsdam-Schoo. In the intermediate category are Anna Kaschmitter, Sydney Andrews, Lauren Goldman and Rachel Kelley. Senior honorees include Mitchel Nuxoll, Selena Davila and Elizabeth Orgish.

Early detection goal in breast cancer

Dr. Grauke speaks to Grangeville women

“Breast cancer runs in my family, so it really hits home for me,” Dr. Luke Grauke told a room full of about 20 women at the Soltman Center Wednesday Oct. 15.

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Doughty opens Quilt Treasures

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to have my own quilting shop,” said Christina Doughty. That dream comes true this week when she and her family open “Quilt Treasures.”

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Library offers variety of activities

Story hour, teen read on tap for this week

Where’s the hub of the community? Well, one of them is in the center of town at Grangeville Centennial Library. According to librarian Becky Hosman, the library has a lot going on, including some upcoming activities.

Recipes sought from county residents

It's Your Business

Hey Idaho County – do you like to cook? Do you like to eat? I need one of your favorite family holiday recipes. Just e-mail them to me as well as why it’s a family favorite or where/who it came from, along with your name, the town you live in, and a “mug shot” photo to use along with it. These will appear in an upcoming recipe booklet. Hurry! Get them to me no later than Nov. 10! E-mail to

Election 2014: White Bird Recreation District ‘Yes’ vote ensures facility stays in public’s hands

“This is a one-time deal,” said Nicole Lowe of White Bird. “If it doesn’t pass, we lose the school and its property, period.”

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GEMS kids get familiar with local firefighters

“Are you going to be scared if a fireman has to come to your home in the middle of the night?” asked Grangeville Volunteer Fireman Andrew Lane.

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Familiar face joins Alicebelle’s

A familiar face is again gracing Alicebelle’s Beauty Parlor.

‘Know Your Lemons’: Breast health is topic of Oct. 15 public presentation

Grab the girlfriends, mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmas and make a date for Wednesday, Oct. 15, noon, at the Soltman Center.

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McAdow navigates life with positive attitude

2007 accident leaves McAdow paralyzed but ‘disability’ doesn’t slow him down

The past seven years have been hard rows to hoe for 22-year-old Tom McAdow. But don’t offer a him any sympathy – that’s not what he’s looking for.

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Tie a purple ribbon …Task force brings attention to regional domestic violence

Area domestic violence task force members were tying one on Monday, Oct. 6. Tying ribbons, that is.

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Jessup hangs shingle in town Law practice opened this month

Matt Jessup received some exciting news Sept. 11: He passed the bar exam.