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Lorie Palmer

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McDaniel takes job as SPPS principal

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.

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Tackett turns lathe work into pen hobby

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.

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Bieler takes over as manager at Syringa lab

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.

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Jogging For Dollars

Grangeville Elementary School PTA was host to its annul Jogathon fund-raiser event for grades kindergarten through eighth Friday, Sept. 30.

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Giddings ready to take on third term

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.

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Blackmer places in speech competition: GHS student  travels to Oklahoma for national event

“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.

MVSD 244 seeks resolution for unsatisfactory gym floor finishes

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.

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Spencer ousted as hospital board chair

'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.”

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Gospel Lighthouse Concert

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.

Oktoberfest celebration returns; events on tap for Saturday

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.

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Supplement company offers pure minerals

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.

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‘Very difficult to prepare for crazy’

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.

Hospital board chair, Spencer; trustee, Scribner, resign seats

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.

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Make a difference: High-energy speaker encourages teens

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.

Oscar’s Restaurant makes changes for winter season; Main dining area closed; Brodock’s remains open

Customers will notice some changes at Oscar’s Restaurant, located on Grangeville’s Main Street, this week.

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Fall Along Clearwater

Fall leaves are bright along U.S. Highway 12 near Kamiah.

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Activity director position more than a job

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.

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Having the knack for ‘putting the right pieces together’

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 testing results released; local districts within state average

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.

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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.

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Beach takes GM position at ICLP

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.

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Florence History

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.

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‘Hard to see it go’

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.

FAITH-Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness

Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness

Become engaged in hospital plans

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.

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It's Your Business: Car show set set for Auto Vue; Bulldog cards available now

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 continues Kootenai affiliation talk

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.

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End-Of-Summer Sunset

August ended Wednesday, the 31st, with a brilliant sunset. This view is looking toward Cottonwood Butte on the Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

NEWS-Bradbury to present frontier history program

Bradbury to present frontier history program

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GHS grad helps turn plastic waste into uniforms

SEATTLE, Wash. — 1997 Grangeville High School graduate Jonna Bell is helping change the world, one plastic water bottle at a time. Bell is one of the founding partners of Nube9, a company that recycles plastic into athletic uniforms.

Boojie? Fleek? Rickroll?

Evolution of words, phrases quite interesting, descriptive

As we start the school year, I thought it would be a good time to give a little overview on some recent additions to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (as well as other on-line dictionaries). Recent as in the past three years. The evolution of words and phrases is quite interesting. Don’t ask for fry sauce in some Eastern states – they don’t know what you mean and they might hand you a container of gravy or cheese. Soda is said instead of pop and it’s pocketbook instead of purse.

Brown Bag 2016: ICSO detective to talk about interesting cases

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, Clyde Hanson will present “H. Talbotte of Florence.” Research was by Pam Northcutt. Next week, Idaho County Sheriff Detective Lt. Jerry Johnson will present the program “Interesting Past Cases.”

Packed schedule for 80th Kamiah Barbecue Days

Events include Sunday Bull Bash

The 80th annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set for this coming weekend and the events will pack a full schedule for young, old, and everyone in-between. The events start Friday, Sept. 2, with the spaghetti feed at the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Kamiah High School versus Pomeroy football game is set for 7 p.m. at KHS with a teen street dance at 9 p.m.

Weapons in hospital issue before trustees

As with many school districts and other public entities, Syringa Hospital is no exception when it comes to how to move forward with gun and other deadly weapon issues within the confines of its facilities. The board discussed a written policy at its Aug. 22 meeting and, as has been the case in other local arenas, the conversation brought out varied opinions.

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4-H kids, leader train wild mustang for adoption

Three members of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club participated in a summer 4-H project they will not soon forget.

Foundation decides to nix traditional event after 22 years

Festival of Trees: no more

The first week in December will look a lot different in Grangeville this year. “The [Syringa] Foundation met and agreed the live auction for Festival of Trees is no longer receiving strong community support,” reported Syringa trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Aug. 22 board meeting.

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School Starts At GEMS

It was a bright, sunny, happily-chaotic morning on the Grangeville Elementary Middle School playground the first day of school, yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Parents were taking photos as students hefted new backpacks full of supplies. GEMS PTA was ready with a photo board for parents this morning and fifth grader Emmie Told had her picture taken by mom, Katie, before class.

Brown Bag 2016: Florence’s Talbotte will be the center of history discussion

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, Myrna Crane of Grangeville will share a diary-journal story with a few twists.

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Colorful Entry

The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.

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GEMS to see schedule changes for coming year

To help implement ‘more teaching time’

Grangeville Elementary Middle School patrons will notice some difference in GEMS schedules this school year. “We have had some challenges not unique to GEMS, but affecting many elementary schools,” said principal Dr. Susan Anderson.

Lookingglass Days on tap for weekend

Delayed last year due to excessive fires and smoke throughout the area, Kamiah’s Chief Lookingglass Powwow is back with a force. This year, the event marks its 40th anniversary and it set to take place this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21.

County fair starts today

There’s No Place Like Home at the Idaho County Fair, and residents are invited to attend the annual event starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 17.

District-wide bulb replacement to save on utility costs

“The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting. Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”

It's your business: Sign up now to get involved in Oktoberfest

Are you ready to have fun in our little town? The Grangeville Merchants Association is organizing Oktoberfest 2016 in downtown Grangeville, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Idaho County Fair starts Monday

Board implements roof replacement

Fairgoers will notice some major improvements at the Idaho County Fair (Aug. 15-20) this year. However, they might have to look up to do so.

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Crosby to perform Thursday concert

Final performance in 2016 Free Summer Concert Series

The final performance in the Free Summer Concert Series will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. Country musician Josh Crosby of Kooskia will perform with some members of his band.

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‘Grandma Norma’ to lead Kooskia Days parade

Kooskia Days Grand Marshal 2016:

Known by “Grandma Norma” by many, Norma Brandt hasn’t moved more than 10 miles from her birthplace. And she’s quite content with that. The 86-year-old will serve as Kooskia Days grand marshal, leading the parade Aug. 6.

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Daisy Dreams

Saturday, July 16, brought bright blue skies mid-day which was the perfect backdrop against the daisies and weeds at the edge of a wheat field outside Grangeville at Lukes Gulch and Fairview roads.

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You Make Me Want To Dance, Dance, Dance

It was a dancing affair as the group Phoenix 99 (below) played at the Grangeville Summer Concert Series at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 28.

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2016 Kooskia Saddliers Queen Mckenzie Cruson: ‘I have dreamed of becoming queen since I was little’

Representing Kooskia at the Kooskia Days parade this weekend will be 2016 Kooskia Saddliers Queen Mckenzie Cruson.

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