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Lorie Palmer

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White Bird Area Recreation District: board in place

Directors to guide use, future of former school, property

The wheels are turning in White Bird. The election held in November 2014 that area residents voted “yes” on to form the White Bird Area Recreation District (WBARD) – the only recreation district in Idaho County – is up and running.

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DeFord hired as funeral home intern

An eighth grade field trip from Sts. Peter and Paul School changed the course of Justin DeFord’s life.

Slichters are fair grand marshals

“I appreciate the Idaho Highway Department,” said Evelyne Pickett when she and her husband, Joe, who live just North of Riggins, recently visited the Free Press office. The two witnessed the planning blasting work on the U.S. Highway 95 below their home a couple of weeks ago. Evelyne wrote about it while Joe took photos. To read more on this, log onto

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Sisters represent town as grand marshals for White Bird Days, rodeo

Let ‘er Rip with the annual White Bird Days and Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. Representing the event as this year’s grand marshals are sisters Polly Hollandsworth and Peg Marek.

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Kooskia Saddliers Arena up and running

Ready, set, let’s play! The Kooskia Saddliers Inc., riding club has a new arena, and it’s open for business.

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Distinguished Young Woman

Tianna Leitch of Nezperce was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie for 2016 at the Saturday, June 6, program in Grangeville ($1,000 scholarship).

Summer concert series lineup set

Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.

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Four vie for ‘Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie’ title

Program set for Saturday

Four area juniors will compete for hundreds of dollars in scholarships this Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m., when Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of the Camas Prairie takes place at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Corral Dust

By an Old Cowpoke

For several decades in past issues, a column entitled “Corral Dust” ran. In honor of the upcoming Border Days season, we have decided to revive this old standby.

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Hoops for Troops: Uhlenkott raises funds for service members

Prairie High School junior Abbie Uhlenkott recently took her love of basketball and community and combined them to complete her senior project.

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Hunter retires after 28 years at CVES

After 28 years on the job, Patricia Hunter has collected her last book fine.

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Thomas speaks on grace, sharing

“What are you working for?” asked Pastor Steve Thomas at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Sunday, May 24. “Some people think you can work for God’s favor … but we are saved through faith, by mercy and through grace.”

County election largely a no-show

It was low voter turnout for elections in Idaho County last Tuesday, May 19.

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GHS launches 49 seniors: ‘You are Idaho’s greatest resource’

“In full disclosure, I saw the list of potential commencement speakers and, in spite of the fact I was nestled comfortably at the bottom of the list, here I am,” joked Grangeville High School teacher Matt Elven at the class of 2015 graduation May 22.

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Former Stites woman pens spy e-book for kids

Former Free Press writer Carlin Lohrey recently penned another e-book called “Spy Secrets.”

GGCC offers ‘First Tee’ camp for kids

Parents and kids who are looking for some structured summer fun will have that opportunity starting July 15.

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Loebers to bid adieu to Grangeville after 34 years

Landing in Grangeville may have been a bit of a fluke for Les Loeber, but staying wasn’t.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

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GHS’s Stefani nominated for music educator award

Kathy Stefani of Grangeville High School is one of a total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

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Becoming foster parents: Local couple shares journey through blog

Hosmans foster; start adoption process

For Jeff and Becky Hosman, parenthood hasn’t come quite how they initially imagined it.

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Foundation honors Idaho County Recycling program

“I feel honored to speak on behalf of Idaho County Recycling,” said Janie Fluharty Thursday night, May 7, at the annual Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) event.

Readers discuss last book in series

“I feel this was a very powerful book that pulled me in and kept me engaged through the end,” said Shelley Dumas.

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Purchase of kiln allows for ceramics at Grangeville schools

A sixth grade ceramics project has come full circle for Grangeville schools art teacher Patrick Phillips.

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Farm & Forestry Fair: Students get a quick study on Idaho agriculture

“How old was this tree?” Idaho Forest Group’s Glenn Poxleitner asked a group of kids as he held up a cut tree ring to them.

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Kretzmann returns to Nepal to help relief

April earthquake leaves areas in ruin, takes thousands of lives

For most Idaho County residents, the connection to Nepal and its devastating earthquake of April 25, is remote. However, for 2003 Grangeville High School graduate Eli Kretzmann, the tragedy hits close to home – literally.

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Co-op serves up the goods on Kamiah’s Main Street: Members sought

A mini grocery box store exists in Kamiah, but it’s more than that.

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Chicken visits preschoolers: Last story hour of season is today

What has feathers and writes notes to the farmer? Children found out in the book “Giggle Giggle Quack,” last Wednesday, April 29, at preschool story hour at Grangeville Centennial Library.

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Trees planted as memorial to Asker

Pioneer Park will have a little more shade in the summers to come. Two trees were planted Friday, May 1, as a memorial to longtime community supporter and business woman Mildred Asker, who died March 31.

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Three seek trustee board positions in MVSD’s zone 2

Election set for May 19

Mountain View School District 244 could have a new face on its school board on May 19.

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Kennedy to perform May 16: Donations from concert will go toward summer NYC mission trip

Grangeville area residents will have the opportunity to hear a new voice to the area, but one that has had a lot of experience elsewhere.

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Community garden beds available for locals

Items sought for fund-raiser yard sale

Do you yearn for yellow squash, crisp cucumbers, tasty tomatoes and crunchy carrots, but just don’t have the space or know-how to grow them?

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Summit Academy to present comedy smorgasbord

Get ready for four performances of hilarity and — sometimes – chaos.

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Lindsley to play at Carnegie Hall in June

Sts. Peter and Paul School eighth grader Paige Lindsley will receive a rare opportunity this summer. Lindsley has been selected for the 2015 Middle School Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall.

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HOSA members fare well at state competition:Willig brings home a first place; Leitch voted state president

Eleven local students attended the HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) state leadership conference held in Boise April 8-10.

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Lutz takes ‘Top Gold’ at FCCLA event

At a recent FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) state competition in Boise, senior Addie Lutz took the gold.

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PCS Laser connects generations with QR Coding

Imagine walking through a cemetery of your ancestors and being able to learn more than simply a date or name. QR Coding, and, specifically, PCS Laser and Memorial out of Lewiston, has made that a possibility.

TOPS to host tea; Kamiah Farmers’ Market opens April 25

It's Your Business

The National Weather Service will sponsor an upcoming weather spotter training today, Wednesday, April 22, at Super 8, 7 p.m.

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Feeding the hungry in region’s communities: SPPS students help put together 600 soup mix bags

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” ~ Matthew 10:42, NIV.

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Probert, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, talks with chamber members

Transparency, communication among areas of interest for supervisor

“I feel the great need for more transparency. For quite some time now the Forest Service has had very limited activity within the community,” said Jerry Asker at the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting April 16. “In the past five years there have been some very unpopular decisions in Grangeville made by the Forest Service and I feel proper communication could have changed the feelings.”

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Extreme Adventure Club Group sponsors free activities for kids

Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) has decided to focus in a different area.

Got it right: Using local products to help local communities

Homestead Ministries has it right. The non-profit’s mission in a sentence is to “spread love one soup packet at a time.”

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Mock crash a grim lesson

The scene was grim at Grangeville High School Friday, April 10.

Nearly 30 percent of Idahoans have low wage jobs

Where does Idaho rank on improving the financial security of families?

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Ribbons bring awareness to victims of assault

“Thank you for what you’re doing,” said an unidentified teary-eyed woman who pulled over on Grangeville’s Main Street Thursday, April 2, as members of the Idaho County Domestic Violence Task Force hanged awareness ribbons on lampposts.

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Volunteer positions open at library: Information night is April 14

If you’re looking for a fulfilling volunteer experience, Grangeville Centennial Library may be just the place for you.

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Almost There ...

This young lady was intent on reaching an Easter egg at the Cottonwood City Park Saturday, April 4 – she finally had to shake the tree to get her treasure.

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McLean joins Shear Magic salon

She’s a new face at Shear Magic but not a new face to Grangeville business.

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Let’s Talk About It: Group discusses Peavey book

“Sagebrush is like camphor for the soul,” smiled Shelley Dumas of Grangeville. “I grew up in northern Idaho and therefore, trees. But when I came to Idaho’s sagebrush area I absolutely loved it.

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Veterans display gets overhaul: Teen on own gains a new perspective from senior project

For Grangeville High School student Steve Bruce, the lessons of a senior project seemed a bit redundant for him.

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Voices, signs bring play to life for students: ITY presentation features actor who is deaf

Imagine if you will, a group of young friends making their own movie about a ghost woman near an old boxcar. It was lights, camera, action with this setup as Idaho Theater for Youth (ITY), a division of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, rolled into town last Tuesday, March 24.