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Lorie Palmer

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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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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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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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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.