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Lorie Palmer

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Wayne James to serve as 2016 Border Days grand marshal

“I’m so honored – I never thought I’d be chosen for this,” James smiled from his 200-plus acre ranch on the outskirts of Grangeville. “But, to be honest, I do have the family history for it.”

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Four juniors vie for ‘Distinguished Young Woman’ honor

Four local juniors in high school will vie for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie this Saturday. The program is set to take place June 11, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. GHS students Marissa Kennedy and McKenzie Kennedy and Prairie Junior Senior High School students Faith Uhlenott and Madison Ulmer will all compete for a variety of scholarships including scholastic, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.

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Levee that joins Lewiston-Clarkston great place to walk, play, watch ducks

Are you looking for a cheap way to entertain the family on a sunny afternoon in the Lewiston-Clarkston area? How about feeding – or better yet just watching – the ducks?

Boots and Bling - Royalty boot camp to focus on variety of tips

Calling all potential queens and princesses: A Boots and Bling Royalty Boot Camp is set for Saturday, June 11.

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‘No more deadlines’ -- Donaldson retires after 40 years

After 40 years in the newsroom, retirement will be bittersweet for Nona Donaldson.

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Veterans, both fallen and living, honored at Keuterville service

Memorial Day 2016: Keuterville

The Keuterville Cemetery was the gathering place for nearly 200 people on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Anchors Away!

David Shears of Cottonwood was one of 13 awarded a Quilt of Valor by The Prairie Quilters.

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Holiday Fishing At Tolo Lake

Five-year-old Cooper Moriarty of Boise gets a little help from his dad, Blaine, at Tolo Lake Sunday, May 29. The duo, along with 8-year-old Parker and mom, Dusty, were spending some time fishing after having been in the area for niece/cousin Haley Danly’s graduation from Prairie High School May 27.

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Sullivan addresses GHS class of 2016

“I am honored to have been chosen as your guest speaker,” Grangeville High School teacher and coach Pat Sullivan addressed an overfilled gymnasium at graduation Friday, May 27.

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Getting The Steps Right

Faith Uhlenkott of Cottonwood and Marissa Kennedy of Grangeville were busy practicing a dance number last week for the upcoming Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie event. DYW will be held at Grangeville High School Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m.

Good Sams seeking vendors for ‘Samboree’ camping event Campout to take place in Cottonwood June 16-19

Have RV, will travel. And a host of big rigs will be traveling to Cottonwood this summer. A Good Sams “Samboree” convention is set to be held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds June 16-19.

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Panel deliberates access to mental health care

“Mental health issues are often very complicated,” stated panel member Senator Dan Schmidt, M.D., Moscow. “Building networks in this state has been a challenge. Mental health providers do not see Idaho as an attractive state for a thriving practice. Psychiatric support is very slim. Family doctors do their best. Whose obligation is it to provide these services to our residents? What serves Boise does not necessarily serve Grangeville.”

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Bluegrass Jam At Kamiah

Members of the Montana Ramblers spent some time Saturday, May 21, entertaining the crowds at the ISBA (Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association) Jam at Kamiah’s KOA Campground. Despite threatening clouds, most of the performances made it before the storm hit.

Corral Dust: Wayne James selected as grand marshal

It’s hard to believe another year has rolled by, but Border Days is again upon us. This year’s events are set for July 1 through 4 with the rodeo on July 1, 2 and 3, and parades on July 2, 3 and 4. For details stay tuned or go on-line to www.grangevilleborderdays.org or check out the Border Days Facebook page. Do note the parades are July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m., and July 4 at 11 a.m. This is a time change on the Fourth from an earlier announced time.

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Cottonwood paraprofessional named outstanding educator

A Prairie Elementary School paraprofessional was beyond surprised when she was honored Wednesday, May 18, with the spring 2016 Lewis-Clark State College Division of Education and Kinesiology’s Outstanding Educator Award.

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Frei, Duman take commission seats; levies pass

Primary Election May 17: unofficial results

Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.

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Girls Keeping In Step

About 35 students participated in the spring Shirley’s Dance Studio recital held Saturday, May 14, at Grangeville High School. Classes will start again in August and are held each Monday at the Grangeville United Methodist Church basement. Call 509-758-6510.

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It's Your Business: Red River Hot Springs under new management; food sought

Red River Hot Springs is under new management. As of May 1, Todd Clift took over the springs and said he is looking forward to the summer season. Summer hours start the week before Memorial Day. Call the office at 842-1587 or cell 842-553-3514.

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GHS to honor top four academic students

Grangeville High School will honor its top four students as it celebrates graduation Friday, May 27, 7 p.m. Co-valedictorians are Darby Finnegan, Emily Kaschmitter and Lily Willig, and salutatorian is Colton Cervantes.

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Syringa shows renovation progress

Syringa Hospital began in 1939 with the vision of many volunteers and $22,000. Last week, the now-multi-million dollar facility welcomed the public to an open house for its newly remodeled reception and clinic area, among other rooms and renovations.

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All Keyed Up

Grangeville High School held its end-of-year concert May 4. Here, Slovakian exchange student Jakub Basala plays the accordion for an enthusiastic audience. Basala lives with the Blackmer family and has spent the year playing with the GHS band under the direction of Kathy Stefani.

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Salmon River Greeting

The 68th annual Riggins Rodeo and Parade were ushered in by sunny, warm weather Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.

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Walk For Life

Hope Center held its ninth annual Walk for Life Saturday, May 7, with 150 people supporting the ministry with a two-mile walk through downtown Grangeville.

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Murder by Indecision: Summit kids put on murder mystery spoof

Murder, mayhem and lost memories, oh, my! Age has caught up with world-renown mystery writer, Agatha Crispy, and – while talking to her trusty typewriter – she tries to battle the senility and pound out a new murder manuscript

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GHS’s Stefani honored with Webb community giving award

“I am so honored to be the recipient of this award,” smiled Kathy Stefani at the Grangeville High School concert May 4. Stefani was recognized with the 2016 Orrin and Eleanora Webb Community Giving Award from the Grangeville Community Foundation.

Lewis County - Historic railroad, train trestles offer view into area history

Imagine a ride through the wilds of Idaho, into rugged train, dark canyons and scenic countryside. The Camas Prairie Railroad has been called the offspring of a unique “wedding of the rails” between the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific railroads in 1909.

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Heart of the Monster: Nez Perce legend offers history of Nimipuu people

KAMIAH – At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. For an up close look at local history and Nez Perce legend, be sure to stop by the Heart of the Monster site on U.S. Highway 12.

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Kids Klub plans next move, Idaho County Commission to consider block grant next month

The Kids Klub, Inc., board is planning its next move after some less than positive feedback at the Idaho County Commission meeting Tuesday, May 3.

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‘There’s just no place better’

Fitches to serve as Riggins Rodeo grand marshals

“We have loved giving our time and talents to the Salmon River Canyon,” the couple said.

Mental health a serious local issue; help available for us, family, community

Editorial

Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, but rather participate with open minds with something that doesn’t just affect someone else – mental health issues do exist in our own family and friend circles.

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Heart of the Monster

Program passes living Nez Perce history to next generation

“I walked here at Heart of the Monster with my grandkids last year and they had so many questions for me – creative, amazing curiosity,” said Marcie Bailey of Kamiah. “I knew then I wanted to do something to help all kids better understand the history, the Nez Perce culture.”

May events focus on mental health, suicide prevention

‘chance to start some ongoing conversations’

“This is a chance to start some ongoing community conversations on suicide as well as offer some tips and suggestions for after-care,”

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Noah’s Ark Preschool adds afternoon classes

After 20 years of serving the community through early childhood education, Noah’s Ark Preschool will add an afternoon class this fall. With this, the church-based preschool will make available all-day pre-kindergarten education.

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Riggins Rodeo Royalty: Farris, Diaz will promote event as queen, princess

Two local young ladies will serve as royalty for Riggins Rodeo events this weekend and throughout the year as they promote the event.

Cottonwood, Riggins schools to ask patrons for levies

Election: May 17

Two local schools will bring levies to their respective patrons on Tuesday, May 17. Both Cottonwood and Riggins school districts will ask voters to do their part in providing education for local students.

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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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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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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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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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