Teasel is silhouetted in the setting sun Oct. 19 at Tolo Lake.
President of the humanitarian organization Life Raft International, Chris Woodruff, will speak at Grangeville’s E-Free Church this Sunday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. Life Raft partners with churches in Bangkok, Thailand, enabling individuals within the congregations to minister to a specific refugee family or individual. For every refugee the group helps, there is someone who knows them, and is walking alongside them in Bangkok. “We currently have around 60 volunteers, and are ministering to almost 400 refugees,” Woodruff said.
“I am telling you again – you have the best business manager in a five-county area at least,” said CPA Phil Nuxoll of Presnell Gage, PLCC, Accounting and Consulting. Nuxoll heaped praise on Mountain View School District 244’s business manager Becky Hogg when presenting the annual audit report to the board Oct. 17. “We’re presenting a clean audit with no adjustments for the school year ended June 30, 2016,” he said.
A shout out to all local veterans: We want you. That’s the message coming loud and clear from Grangeville High School. The annual GHS Veterans Day assembly is set for Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., in the school’s gymnasium. This year’s guest speaker is veteran Larry Adams from Kamiah.
Three members appointed to open positions
“I move we have a moment of silence to honor Dick Tucker and that we name the Kooskia Clinic the Dick Tucker Syringa Clinic,” said trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Oct. 25 Syringa board meeting.
Micah and Sarah Musick left the hustle and bustle of the Pacific Northwest two years ago for greener pastures. “We’d been visiting my parents and family [Fred and Renee Stevens] for about 10 years and we fell in love with Grangeville,” Sarah said. Now, the two have opened Virtual Fox Technology at 111 S. Mill Street, next to Presnell Gage and across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union.
“I would definitely say there’s quite a little difference between Lowell, Idaho, population 28, and Shanghai, China, population 24 million,” grinned 12-year-old Luella Smith.
‘Are we becoming a militant state here?’
Mountain View School District 244’s first reading on its draft weapons policy garnered a few more public comments Monday, Oct. 17. “After visiting with the Grangeville Police Department, we are now calling it the ‘Use of Force’ policy,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. This change allows additional weapons, aside from guns, to be included and discussed in the document.
“For everyone’s protection, teachers should not call or text students,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes said at the September school board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School. “As far as Facebook goes, I’ve recommended students and teachers not be friends.” The “Social Media 424” policy was reviewed by the board of trustees at that meeting.
4-H booster thank you barbecue set for Nov. 12: Members discuss how program has impacted their lives
Calling all 4-H supporters in the upper-river communities: A free community barbecue is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at Clearwater Valley High School.
Area residents may have noticed a large assembly of visitors in and around Grangeville Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 12-14.
Though he started his career on a different path, chiropractic physician Loren C. Miller, DC, FACO, has always enjoyed working with people. “I love people,” Miller smiled.
“I am asking for a change to the Grangeville High School dress code,” GHS Principal Steve Higgins told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Monday, Oct. 17, meeting. Higgins said questions and concerns from students and parents caused him to delve into the policy.
Election 2016: Dist. 7 Senate - Crabtree, Meyers race for state seat
Years spent in various leadership positions have led the way to where Carl Crabtree (R) is headed: the Idaho State Senate. “I’ve spent my life working with people as well as bringing groups together that traditionally may not have gotten along or had very little in common,” Crabtree said. That knack for working with people has guided Crabtree’s life and career.
Who speaks on behalf of abused and neglected children? That person could be you. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abandoned, abused, or neglected children.
In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School students Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.
Although she is a new health care provider at Syringa Hospital and Clinics, DNP Julie Hammatt knows her way around the hospital. “I have spent a couple years as an emergency department RN here at Syringa while I obtained my Doctor of Nursing Practice,” she said.
Grangeville’s Oktoberfest was celebrated for the first time in many years this past weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8, sponsored by the Grangeville Merchants as well as many local businesses, vendors and organizations.
Kinder Ready Klub students at Grangeville Elementary Middle School learned about fire safety Friday, Oct. 7, with the help of Grangeville volunteer firefighters Andrew Lane and Tom Jacobs.
Thanks to the vision of many local volunteers, veterans now have a place to congregate in Grangeville. The Veterans Outreach and Community Center, located at 318 East Main Street (former NAPA Auto Parts, across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union) is operated by the non-profit group Idaho County Veterans Association Inc.
Grangeville High School celebrated its homecoming week Oct. 3-7 with a variety of activities and dress-up days. Here, senior Rachel Kelley was full of spirit on Thursday, Oct. 6, skit day, with the “Star Spangled Seniors” theme.
There’s a new face at Sts. Peter and Paul School (SPPS), but she’s definitely not a new face in Catholic education. SPPS welcomed Leslie McDaniel, 72, as its new principal this year. She is also teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies and science.
Are you seeking care for your loved one but want to ensure they are well taken care of with dignity? That’s exactly what Erica Eller, fifth generation White Birdian, is offering. Eller is a 25-year veteran of a caregiving.
A life skill learned in high school shop class has turned into a hobby for a local man. Mike Tackett, who graduated from Grangeville High School in 2004, learned to use a lathe during high school. In later years, when he decided to purchase his own machine, he began teaching himself to use it in various ways.
A new manager has taken the helm at Syringa Hospital lab, but she’s a familiar face. Hannah Bieler has replaced Dave Ceniza who moved out of the area.
Grangeville Elementary School PTA was host to its annul Jogathon fund-raiser event for grades kindergarten through eighth Friday, Sept. 30.
Election 2016: Sheriff - Contentious race on achievements, needs for change
Giddings said those who know him understand he is a “straight shooter.” “I tell the truth, straight up,” he said. He understands his approach may ruffle a few feathers along the way, he said, but feels his method has made for a stronger Idaho County law enforcement. “We have been able to accomplish some really positive things in the department,” he said.
“I was definitely nervous,” smiled Grangeville High School senior Nicole Blackmer. Blackmer, 17, attended an American Quarter Horse Association show in Oklahoma City in August. Two years ago, a placing at a state 4-H contest team demonstration with Paige Lindsley allowed her to qualify to go to a contest in Oklahoma.
Patrons may have noticed a difference in Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors, and it’s not a good one. The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. The MVSD 244 staff did not have good results, said superintendent Kent Stokes. “The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19 regular board meeting held in Kooskia.
'I disagree with the direction the board is taking with respect to the proposal for full affiliation with Kootenai'
Following a general discussion at the Aug. 22 Syringa Hospital board meeting, board chairman Craig Spencer was asked to step down as chair. “Craig was opposed to the direction the board was and continues to move on a strategy to enhance our ability to protect the viability of Syringa Hospital and Clinics in the current health care environment,” explained trustee Al Bolden of White Bird. “Specifically, he objected to any consideration of any affiliation.”
The Gospel Lighthouse on Stite’s Main Street was host to the Parks Family Singers from Branson, Mo. The six-member family band presented a free concert at the church Sunday, Sept. 25, with more than 60 attendees.
Fun run, activities, live music set
Area residents will want to be in town this Saturday, Oct. 8, for the resurrection of “Oktoberfest.” “The merchants are excited to offer Oktoberfest after many years of it not being held,” said organizer Mary Beth Meyers.
Eight former WaterOz employees have come together as partner-owners of a new business in the Clearwater area—Clearwater River Supplements—also known as CR Supplements, LLC outside of Grangeville, near Stites.
MVSD weapons policy discussed; first formal reading set for October
“I think we have a good [draft] weapons policy,” said Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez, zone 4, Kooskia. “This is something we’ve been working on for two years and that has actually been discussed at meeting for five or six months. A lot of time and effort have gone into it.” Dominguez spoke to fellow board members and an audience of about 20 at the regular board meeting held Monday, Sept. 19, at Clearwater Valley High School’s library.
Following the resignation of Syringa Hospital board chair Craig Spencer and trustee Judy Scribner, each accepted at the Tuesday, Sept. 27, meeting, vice chair Al Bolden assumed the position of chair. Trustee Steve Didier was elected as new vice chair.
Frei’s senior project brings speaker to school
“Your legacy is not something you leave when you die. It should be something you leave every time you walk out of a room,” said A’ric Jackson. “What’s your legacy?” Chicago-based motivational speaker and author, Jackson spoke to a gym full of students at Grangeville High School Friday, Sept. 23.
Customers will notice some changes at Oscar’s Restaurant, located on Grangeville’s Main Street, this week.
Fall leaves are bright along U.S. Highway 12 near Kamiah.
Passion for ‘family’ drives Amy Farris
The words to “Blue Suede Shoes” can be heard echoing down the hallway and out the front door of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Although it isn’t the voice of Elvis, the tone is sweet and husky. “He loves to sing. This is something he does for me every day,” said GHR Activities Director Amy Farris, speaking about resident Jerry Rothchild.
Hanson is featured quilter for Sew-Ciety Quilt Guild show, Sept. 24-25
arietta Hanson’s mother started sewing for her at a young age out of necessity. “They just didn’t make clothes suitable for tall girls,” Hanson laughed.
Statewide ISAT results in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics assessment percentages were made available last week. With the release of ISAT (Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests) results for the 2015-2016 school year, statewide increases were seen in all grades for both ELA and math.
Flamingo Fun Run 2016: Kelley takes on fun run event as senior project Register by Sept. 28 for T-shirt
“It takes a lot of organization, and I have really learned so much through the whole process so far,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Kelley. Kelley has taken on the third annual Flamingo Fun Run as her senior project. The run is on tap for Saturday, Oct. 8, during Grangeville’s Oktoberfest celebration.
If Grangeville had a sister town, Weaverville, Calif., would be it, said Max Beach. Idaho County Light and Power’s new general manager grew up in the Northern California town of 3,500 people.
Myrna Crane of Grangeville points to a map of Florence at the Aug. 24 Brown Bag historical presentation at the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Crane told the story of a journal kept by Barbara Parks Spears who lived in Grangeville and Florence. The diary spans her lifetime, more than 90 years. Crane’s family has a cabin in Florence and she and her husband and six children spent time there with her father in days gone by.
Historic stamp mill on loan to Wallace Mining Museum
“It was definitely hard to see it go,” said Tracy Tackett Sharp as she watched heavy equipment take down the gold stamp mill next to Grangeville Veterinary Clinic, at the edge of Lions Park, on U.S. Highway 12. Operators and volunteers removed the mill Aug. 24. According to the Idaho County Historical Society (ICHS), the mill is on loan to The Wallace Mining Museum.
Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness
Syringa Hospital’s board has a huge job: to ensure quality medical care is provided to its patrons. With 10 healthcare providers on staff, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that mission. However, there’s all those federal regulations and economic trends to consider, and neither have been in favor of the small, rural, independently owned hospital.
Join the Palouse Area and Camas Prairie cruisers at the Sunset Auto Vue Drive-In this Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show and shine. First, cruise on Main Street at 5:30 p.m., then head out to the drive-in for a barbecue. The feature show is Jason Bourne and a second movie will also be shown. Movie cost is $7.50. Drive anything out – everyone is welcome.
Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is gaining momentum for a possible affiliation with Kootenai Health as they continue work on the facility’s strategic plan.
August ended Wednesday, the 31st, with a brilliant sunset. This view is looking toward Cottonwood Butte on the Mt. Idaho Grade Road.