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Lorie Palmer

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Harpster historical home renovated:

An 1890s home with a lot of history recently got a facelift – but it has retained its original style. “I wanted to maintain the historical look of the home while updating and repairing everything,” said Jim Moody of All-Around Realty in Grangeville. He and wife, Susan, own the home and have worked with a friend to prepare it to sell.

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Eyes On Their Fear

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s Idaho Theater for Youth performed “The Jabberwocky” (based on a Lewis Carroll poem) at both Grangeville Elementary Middle and Clearwater Valley Elementary (Kooskia) schools last week.

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Rockin’ Robin

It was looking like spring in mid-April for this fat robin resting in tree in Grangeville.

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Community garden gets more beds: Grangeville Lions donate time to build 16 boxes

Thanks to the Grangeville Lions and a host of donations the Camas Prairie Food Bank’s community garden will have at least another 16 garden beds this summer.

Free Easter dinner set for The Hangout

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Do you have plans for Easter dinner? The Hangout in Cottonwood will host its annual free Easter dinner from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20. The menu will consist of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, bread and a dessert.

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Sigler obtains CCA accreditation

Some extra class time and studying has led Daniel Sigler to a lateral move in his career. Sigler, a Primeland serviceman, completed his Certified Crop Advisor accreditation and during the next year will train as a field agronomist for Primeland.

Dinner to benefit mission trip

The community is invited to a fund-raising dinner Saturday, May 3, 6 p.m., at the Eagles Hall on North C Street. “I’m cooking, and it will be an authentic Mexican meal,” smiled Yolanda Stout.

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Police pursuing leads in case resulting from April 2 incident

(Another) bomb threat causes delay at Grangeville schools

It’s like Groundhog Day: The same thing keeps happening over and over. Patrons in Mountain View School District 244 were greeted with an automated call Wednesday morning voiced by Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal Alica Holthaus, April 2, 7 a.m., stating Grangeville schools would be starting two hours late. “As people probably suspected, it was another bomb threat at Grangeville High School,” said superintendent Kent Stokes.

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Double time: Second win for Singh in state geo bee

Amrit Singh did what no other Grangeville student has done in the 26-year history or the state geography bee: He won two years in a row.

This week is ‘Circuit Breaker’ property tax reduction deadline

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April 15 is the last day to submit applications to your county assessor for a reduction in your property taxes.

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The Christmas Doctor: Old-time Grangeville physician topic of book

“My father died in 1976, and thereafter I felt a strong desire to gather the precious experiences of his life,” said Tom Weber in the introduction to his book, “The Christmas Doctor: The True Story of Dr. J. P. Weber,” published by AuthorHouse in 2013.

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Syringa receives clean audit for FY 2013

The books are in order. Syringa Hospital received a clean audit from Crandall, Swenson, Gleason and Wadsworth Chtd, certified public accountants.

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Seniors keep it cool:Nutrition program obtains appliances; seeking donations

Cooks at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center’s nutrition program had an icy reception Monday, March 24: A walk-in cooler greeted them. “Actually we’ve had it for a while but it’s now installed and working great,” smiled cook Joyce Forsmann.

Junior girls invited to take part in scholarship program

Calling all high school junior girls from Craigmont, Nezperce, Cottonwood and Grangeville: Get your acts together. Literally.

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Ewing opens heart to India needs: Helps bring clean water to villages

Trips to India for the past five years have brought local pastor Brent Ewing to a place of deeper understanding – and love.

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Mennonites make Grangeville area their home

Woman speaks on life as Amish, Mennonite

A group of Mennonites have recently made their home in Grangeville. Edith Engbretson spoke to a group of nearly 50 women at the monthly Encouragers meeting at Oscar’s Restaurant, March 6.

Destination orphanage

India is in the hearts and minds of more than one Grangeville church body. Bob Helena will lead a team to Hope House Orphanage in Lonavale, India, April 5-18. Helena will be accompanied by his wife, Terri, as well as fellow Grangeville Church of the Nazarene member Cynthia Onthank and two others from Spokane and Meridian.

Districts set levy votes for May 20: MVSD 244 amount same as 2013; Cottonwood, Riggins set sums

Trustees for Mountain View School District 244 made the decision March 17 to stick to the status quo for 2014-15. Board members voted at their regular monthly meeting to request a one-year $2,663,246 supplemental levy – the exact same amount as last year.

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Students fare well at mock trial competition

Guilt or innocence – and a whole lot of arguing, witnessing and research – hung in the balance recently as Grangeville High School students took part in a hands-on trial.

Trustee sought: MVSD 244 zone 2

Mountain View School District 244 is seeking a new trustee. Zone 2 board member Keith Evans from Clearwater resigned effective this month. Evans will be moving to Lewiston. He has served on the board since 2007.

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Character Work

Clearwater Valley Elementary School teacher Delise Denham (right) worked on a character traits collage with her second and third grade students March 10. (Top) Axl Fairbanks and (bottom) Tia Haukedahl show their finished projects.

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Imprint Graphics opens on Main Street

From customized shirts and aprons to water bottles and towels, Imprint Graphics has it all. The store, located at 158 East Main Street, Suite 3, is a cozy haven that offers a plethora of gift items as well as easily-personalized items such as tea towels, shirts, onesies, tote bags, aprons, bathrobes and pillow- cases.

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Students fare well at mock trial competition

Guilt or innocence – and a whole lot of arguing, witnessing and research – hung in the balance recently as Grangeville High School students took part in a hands-on trial.

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Music For Breakfast

People came in by the droves for the annual White Bird Joe Wilson St. Patrick’s Day Sausage Feed breakfast Sunday, March 16. A breakfast of sausage, pancakes, eggs and beverages was served, friends visited and the Old Time Fiddlers entertained for the event.

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Challenging the thought process: Math (Common Core Style)

Although some of the Common Core State Standards have had negative light shed on them, in Joe Tosten’s Clearwater Valley Elementary School second and third grade classroom, the math techniques are making kids think.

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Group discusses Doig book

“I didn’t choose this book – it chose me,” said Wendy Green. Green was the scholar for the “Let’s Talk About It” series Tuesday, March 4, at the Grangeville Centennial Library.

Community invited to GHS drug-free program

Event set for Thursday, March 20

An interactive video and a group discussion will be part of the Idaho Drug Free Youth’s i2i event set for Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Grangeville High School cafeteria.

Royal Time For Girls

Idaho County Fair royalty (queen Holli Uhlorn and princesses Marie Munger and Emily McHugh) put on the annual Little Princess Tea Party in Cottonwood Saturday, March 15. More than 80 little princesses attended for an afternoon of snacks, crafts, goodie bags, photo sessions and a wave and walk session with not only the ICF royalty, but also the royalty for the Lewis County Fair: queen Katy Haight

Districts say ‘Yes’ on school levies

“Yes” was the word for local school district patrons Tuesday, March 11, when it came to education levies and improvements.

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Fire Dance

Fire science education for youth merged with the performing arts when the University of Montana CoMotion Dance Project performed Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance at Clearwater Valley Elementary School in Kooskia Monday, March 10.

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Chinese paper cutting helps fashion handmade books

“What did you like best about studying China?” Catherine Smith asked her class of homeschooled fifth and sixth grade students.

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It’s a dog’s life

Service dog leads owner to injured wife

One Grangeville pooch has earned his dog biscuits lately. Saturday, March 1, Wayne and Nancy MacGregor’s service dog, Hamilton, ran into the family room where Wayne was sitting and pawed Wayne’s foot then backed up and looked at him.

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Historian gives presentation on 16th president

President Lincoln’s Idaho connection focus for talk

“Did you know Abraham Lincoln’s wife was in deep depression? Did you know he was on a suicide watch for what, at the time, was identified as ‘melancholia?’” Garry Bush asked the Grangeville High School student body.

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Animal Ark seeks area foster homes

Families needed to socialize stray dogs, cats

Do you have extra time, space and love? A stray animal could benefit from your assistance. “Animal Ark is in desperate need of volunteer foster homes for rescue dogs and cats in Grangeville and in the Camas Prairie area,” explained volunteer Mary Ann Davidson of Grangeville.

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Kamiah district asks for $650k: Levy votes set March 11 in three districts

Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons will head to the polls Tuesday, March 11, to decide on a $650,000 supplemental levy for the 2014-15 school year.

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Helmets required for county 4-H horse club members

New rule in effect this season

Idaho County youth will become a little better at protecting their noggins this year. The Idaho 4-H office will enforce the statewide rule of every county’s horse 4-H club member wearing a riding helmet during any horse-riding activity.

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Local band explores history, transportation with students

School children had the chance to learn about transportation through music when the band Buffalo Hump Syndicate put on the program “Americans on the Move.”

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Keep calm and prom on... Dress giveaway is March 22 in Kamiah

It’s time for prom and your daughter doesn’t have a dress to wear. What do you do? Thanks to a group of local volunteers, a solution to this problem is becoming a lot easier than a trip to Spokane or Boise. The Princess Project is an international program that has expanded into Idaho. It is open to all teen girls from the area including Orofino, Weippe, Pierce, Kamiah, Kooskia, Stites, Grangeville, Cottonwood, Nezperce, Winchester, Craigmont and Greencreek. Local people donate previously owned formal dresses which are then given to local girls for proms and other formal dances.

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Feb. 10 GHS incident aftermath: Lockdown a ‘blessing in disguise’

The Monday, Feb. 10, lockdown at Grangeville High School may seem like a waste of time in hindsight, but that’s not how Mountain View School District 244 superintendent Kent Stokes is looking at it. “I actually believe this was a blessing in disguise,” Stokes said. The lockdown of Grangeville schools resulted from a report a person had been seen carrying a gun into the school. The firearm turned out to be a toy gun for a school play prop.

Grower meeting set for Cottonwood

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Grower meeting set for Cottonwood

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GHS lockdown: Reaction, aftermath appropriate

Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.

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Spears pens history of McComas Meadows

The roots run deep in McComas Meadows. And Harpster’s Monty Spears has spent a lifetime tending to those roots. Spears, a fourth generation descendent of the meadows, recently published the book “The History of McComas Meadows, 1894 to Present.”

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Gas Danger: Carbon monoxide detector saves Grangeville couple

When that annoying little beep comes from somewhere in your house, don’t ignore it. It may just save your life. The first week of February Harold and Eldene Wasem noticed the carbon monoxide detector in their home beeping. Eldene pushed the buttons and then decided the unit needed a new battery.

Higgins, Uhlenkott head to state for BPA contest

State of Idaho conference set for March 6-8

Grangeville High School’s Business Professionals of America fared well at recent regional competition. The event was held at the Lewis-Clark State College campus Jan. 24.

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Roberts donates money to non-profit

Sixth grader Makayla Roberts was busy last fall making scarves, hair flowers and other items. She worked at the December craft fair at Grangeville Elementary Middle School to sell the items she made.

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Noelle Pikus-Pace wins silver medal at Olympics

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The deadline of March 31 to enroll under the Affordable Care Act is quickly approaching. Syringa Hospital and Clinics has personnel who have received the specialized training to become certified in-person assisters (IPA).

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Where are they now: GHS grad enjoys family life in Nampa

West served as Junior Miss 1994

In 1994, Julie Schmidt was named “Junior Miss” in Grangeville. Twenty years later, some of the lessons she learned during that process are still serving her well. Julie Schmidt West, now of Nampa, graduated from Grangeville High School in 1995 and still recalls the good times she experienced while living here.

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Dumas pushes for state minimum wage increase

Grangeville City councilwoman Shelley Dumas knows what it’s like to survive on very little. “I moved to Grangeville in 1988 after a divorce and I had nothing,” she said. “I worked at a volunteer job that compensated me with $10 a day, seven days a week. That’s how I paid rent and all my expenses.”

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Group earns money for Rome Pilgrimage

When in Rome, do as … Cottonwood residents do. Actually, that would make Sue Sonnen proud. “We have had several compliments on our kids from locals who the kids have worked for – I’m very proud of them,” Sonnen said.

Sushi Night to benefit Grangeville Arts Feb. 22

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Grangeville Arts’ Sushi Night is set for Saturday, Feb. 22, at The Gallery. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature, in addition to sushi, other Asian-inspired foods. Cost of the event is $20.