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Lorie Palmer

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Bransford, Ruklic are geo bee champs

A week apart, school geography bee champions were named at Sts. Peter and Paul and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools. On Jan. 11, the winner at SPPS was sixth grader Jack Bransford. On Jan. 17 at GEMS, seventh grader Cole Ruklic took the honors. All finalists were named winners in their classrooms and a school-wide contest to make it into the bee.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Community buy-in needed to face EMS volunteer crisis

“We need to go to the towns and say, ‘we need your help,’” said Dr. Matthew Told, Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “This affects them, and we have to have their buy-in.” Told responded to a written report from board member Jim May, Kooskia, that was discussed at the Dec. 28 trustee meeting. The “EMS Study – Summary Report” describes the difficulty in recruiting sufficient volunteers and raising funds to maintain ambulance and quick response units, among other EMS-related issues, throughout the area. Told said he feels the communities have to be at the forefront of finding solutions.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD board ponders levy

“If it comes down to it, we will have to look at [cutting] extracurriculars,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez stated.” As much as it hurts me to say that – I have kids who are very involved in athletics. But we’re here to educate children, not make athletes out of them.” Dominguez, of Kooskia, spoke to the board at its regular meeting Dec. 18.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kids Klub building is ‘right on schedule’

“We’re right on schedule,” smiled Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler. The Kids Klub building project broke ground Nov. 7 with contractor Morris Arnzen, Arnzen Building Construction, Cottonwood, who was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Gates gains experience as KK, AmeriCorps employee

For Abby Gates, working at Kids Klub is like a homecoming of sorts. “I attended here as a child,” smiled Gates, 18. A Grangeville High School graduate of 2017, Gates saw the chance to work at Kids Klub as “a great opportunity,” she said.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

GHS HOSA Food Bank Donation

Grangeville High School’s chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), in partnership with the Prairie Shootout held in December, raised money by selling T-shirts and donated the proceeds to the Camas Prairie Food Bank. Pictured here (L-R) are GHS HOSA mentor Tracy Baune, HOSA members Brenda Gomez, Kaitlynn Spets, Megan DeFord, Colby Canaday and Jill Smith with food bank volunteers Pat Matthews, manager Carlene Whitesell, Carol Schmidt and Patty Rogeness.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Once Around Again opens in Grangeville

Gifts, plaques, books, signs, glassware, knickknacks and many more home décor items are all part of Grangeville’s newest gift and consignment shop. Once Around Again is open for business at 325 East Main Street, next door (same building) to Main Street Service and across the parking lot from Camas Prairie Eye Clinic. Sisters Lynn Chernugel and Lori Beck, as well as Lynn’s daughter, Sarah Chernugel, and her son, Aaron’s girlfriend, Madison Chounard, all have gift items in the shop.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Let’s Talk About it book series to focus on global perspectives; First meeting set for Jan. 16; books available now

Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers. Grangeville Centennial Library was again chosen to be a partner in the Let’s Talk About It program. The public discussion group will meet through April. All meetings are set for Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., at the library, 215 West North Street, Grangeville. Books are currently available for pickup and the first session is set for Jan. 16. Call 983-0951.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD gets positive audit report at meeting

“Overall, it’s a very positive report,” said CPA Tom Luper of Presnell and Gage Accounting, PLLC, Lewiston, at the Nov. 20 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Team makes Grangeville stop for Medicaid expansion push

Idaho is among 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid. This proposal would expand Medicaid to Idahoans who earn less than $16,000 a year if they are single and $22,000 a year for a family of two. It is 90 percent funded by the federal government and will ensure that federal tax dollars currently sent out of state will remain in Idaho to help other Idahoans.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Volunteers Help With Toys For Tots

Area Toys for Tots volunteers worked in conjunction with Marines in Lewiston to provide toys for local children in need. (L-R) Kathy Parsells, Julie Bentley and Mary Beth Meyers were working getting toys ready at the Idaho County Community and Veterans Outreach Center Saturday, Dec. 16, prior to distribution.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


GHS students certify in Microsoft programs

A variety of Grangeville High School students in the business and technology classes of Bruce Wassmuth have passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification. Students learn Microsoft Office programs, including Word 2016, Excel 2016, Access 2016, and PowerPoint 2016, in business computers class. They then focus on specializing in one of the four programs. Once they become proficient in the program, they take a nationally recognized test to prove their knowledge of the software. If they pass, they are awarded with a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. After they certify in one area, they focus on another area. Currently, students are certifying in Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Santa, Baby? ~ Meeting Santa at Bell Equipment

Baby Jack Schacher is all smiles while big brother, Benson Schacher, isn’t quite sure about the Santa experience. The duo, children of Chris and Emily Schacher of Grangeville, stopped in to have their picture taken at Bell Equipment Friday, Dec. 15.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Christmas Past: Revisiting ‘Letters to Santa’ from 1977-2007

Each year as Christmas dawns, it’s a fun trip down memory lane to look back on past Santa letters that have appeared in the Free Press. In 1977, third graders wrote about the meaning of Christmas while second graders simply asked for items and chit-chatted. The most popular items asked for in Idaho County that year? In order of the number of times requested: Hot Wheels, train set, Stretch Armstrong, Barbie, Mouse Trap Game, Baby Alive, logger truck and a King Kong punching bag.

December 20, 2017 9:14 a.m. read more..


Christmas songs offer chance to increase your seasonal vocabulary

Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Singing Sheep at Sts. Peter & Paul School

Sts. Peter and Paul School in Grangeville held its Christmas program Dec. 14. Here, the day prior during dress rehearsal, (L-R) Harper Blewett, Bryden Pineda and Olivia Beckman sing a Christmas song as little sheep at the birth of Jesus.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

HEALTH: Are tomatoes are good for you?

It’s true! Can it be truer than true, or doubly true? If so, then it is. Tomatoes have many benefits and it’s not just fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are processed with the nutrients intact, so don’t be afraid to eat them as well. Just try to purchase ones without added salt or preservatives – or better yet, plan to can or freeze your own next summer.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Food bank seeks Christmas dinner items

Christmas will soon be here, and most of us have put up our trees, written down our activities list and made plans for our holiday meal. It’s important to remember, however, that some people are just getting by and need a little extra help.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Grangeville High School Christmas & Winter Concert

Grangeville High School was host to its 2017 Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 7. The wind ensemble (band), Concert Choir and Varsity Blue Choir were all under the direction of music teacher Merrill-Lee Rasmussen. (Top, L-R) seniors Kelsey Pilant and Marie Hauger entertain the crowd and (right) sophomore Trey Dreadfulwater sings in the finale performance.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Syringa board interviews three for CEO

Syringa Hospital trustees recently interviewed three candidates for the position of CEO. Joe Cladouhos, former CEO, retired earlier this year. Trustees are working in conjunction with Kootenai Health whom Syringa affiliated and entered a managerial services agreement with this year. “The process of choosing a CEO will be ongoing,” said board chair Al Bolden of White Bird at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 28.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Pizza Factory opens meeting/party room

Having a party and looking for a space? Need a place to surprise grandma on her 80th birthday or simply somewhere to host a meeting? Pizza Factory has turned the space beside it (formerly Yummyz and Sweet Brew) into a room meant to fit the needs of area residents.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Lighting The Menorah At GEMS

Grangeville Elementary Middle School students in grades kindergarten through fifth performed for their annual Christmas & Winter Concert Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at GEMS. The groups are under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Carla Astle. Here, during a Hanukkah song, Ellissa Crowl helps her daughter, Caoimhe. (an Irish name pronounced like Kee-va.) light the Menorah. Caoimhe is a second grader in Mrs. Pfefferkorn’s class.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD 244 to seek legal resolution to gym floor finishes

Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors have been an ongoing program for more than the past year. The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. In September 2016, then-superintendent Kent Stokes reported the MVSD 244 staff did not have good results. “The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19, 2016, regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The annual Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held Sunday, Nov. 19, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, with more than 200 people in attendance. (Top, L-R) Carla Blewett, Levi Roberts and Bonnie Brouwer serve as (left) Angie Murphy and Wyatt Thanstrom take a minute for a photo.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Lewis takes on Ida-Lew position

If not for an internship while in college, Gavin Lewis’ life may have taken a completely different direction. As it is, Lewis is the new economic development director for Ida-Lew Economic Development Council.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Idaho County 4-H achievement awards 2017 announced

What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2017 Idaho County Achievement Award Winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Halee Rowland, Elizabeth Severns and MaKenna York. In the intermediate category are Halle Klapprich, Aliyah Pineda and Mary Kate Forsmann. Senior honorees include Lindsey Goeckner, Gabriel Forsmann, Hunter Connolley and Sydney Andrews. According to Idaho County 4-H director Susie Heckman, during the year, club leaders keep track of all of the members’ activities, giving points for their participation. “Club leaders submit their top point earners to the 4-H Extension office at the end of the 4-H year,” she explained. “The top point earners from all of the 4-H clubs in the county are given to the 4-H Program Council and the 4-H Achievement Award winners are selected.” Heckman said the purpose of the achievement award is to recognize 4-H’ers who exemplify the goals of the Idaho County 4-H Program. Emphasis for the award includes overall achievement, leadership and citizenship. This year’s Idaho County Volunteer Leaders Distinguished Service Award went to Hold Your Horses 4-H Club horse project leader Sharon Blackmer of Grangeville. Blackmer has not only been a club volunteer, but has also been instrumental in assisting with the horse bowl and taking 4-H members to district, state and national competitions, Heckman said.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD looks to tighten budget, discusses spring levy amount

Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe has had a lot on his mind. About $1 million worth of thoughts. “We have to figure out what to do with the loss of the SRS funds,” he said. “How do we handle this” more than $1-million-dollar loss?

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


‘Biggest crowd ever’ for Pioneer Park lighting event

As picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting, Grangeville’s Main Street and city park drew throngs of people to town Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Families milled throughout the city as darkness fell and temperatures dropped to the mid-30s: Parents visiting, hot cocoa steaming, kids running and playing.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Share the warmth:Youth coat drive set at GEMS

Mrs. Bush’s 4/5 class (Grangeville Elementary Middle School) is holding a coat drive! We shall be accepting donations of coats. We are going to give these to coatless kids, because we would like to make sure nobody at our school is cold this winter. We will have a drop box by the GEMS office and near the school library during the craft fair (Saturday, Dec. 2). Items can also be dropped off at the school office any time. We will only be accepting new and gently used coats, from now through Dec. 8. Please donate!

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Lutz appointed to MVSD 244 board

A new face took his seat at the table as a Mountain View School District 244 trustee at the regular meeting Monday, Nov. 20, in Kooskia. Brad Lutz of Grangeville was appointed by the board, in a three to one vote, to sit on the board as trustee for zone 5.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Invest in your neighbors; shop local on Small Business Saturday

When you are planning your shopping trip, keep a few things in mind: When purchasing local, you are essentially supporting yourself and your family. Repeat studies have shown that your local businesses give back to their communities at a far greater percentage than do national chains.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Kids Klub makes a difference

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This sentiment has been used before to describe what Kids Klub, Inc., has done for Grangeville, but it’s time to revisit that thought.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Thanks to honest finders, Prado regains $3,000 in cash

Had it not been for some honest locals, last week could have gone down as one of the worst in JR Prado’s life. Late last week, Prado, a contractor and owner of Prado Construction, cashed a check for $3,000 at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union. He then ran to The Depot where he purchased fuel and a soft-drink. He didn’t even notice his bank envelope with the $3,000 in cash had slipped from his pocket.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Kids Klub to start work on new building

“Four years ago, we were at our maximum capacity. Since then, there has been a waiting list for the after-school program,” said Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler. Keeler spoke to about 60 people who gathered Tuesday, Nov. 7, for the Kids Klub, Inc., building groundbreaking. Arnzen Building Construction our of Cottonwood, owned by Morris Arnzen, was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


GHS honors veterans at annual commemoration gathering

“I know you could have found someone with a more compelling or exciting story – but you’re stuck with me,” smiled retired Coast Guard Commander John Kennedy. Kennedy spoke to a full house at the Grangeville High School Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 10. “Driving downtown Grangeville this morning, I was reminded how special this community is and appreciate its efforts to celebrate its veterans,” he said.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


CVES kids are plugged in to technology

Thanks to a national award earlier this year, Clearwater Valley Elementary School students are plugged in. Or in many cases, they’re wireless. CVES was honored for its efforts to offer quality education to all of its students. The school was rewarded with the The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award, and was only one of two schools in the state to receive the award.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Mystery Night draws large crowd of 350-plus

A lightbulb-laden chandelier, candle-lit tables and a stage, dressed as a big red barn front, greeted attendees of Summit Academy’s Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 350 people attended the Denim and Diamonds event, which celebrated Summit’s 20th anniversary and annual gala fund-raiser. Food, drinks, games, live and silent auction items, as well as visiting with friends, were all part of the evening’s activities. Musick Auction and Sons provided the auctioneering. “Howdy y’all – hope you’re havin’ a great time tonight,” drawled “Willie Nelson” (also known as Summit teacher Michael Rehder) as he shoved a leftie behind his ear and took a swig from his flask.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Batter up: Key revamps baseball bleachers

Kolten Key’s senior project may have turned out to be a little bigger one than he first imagined. “It definitely took a lot of time – about 160 hours in all,” he acknowledged. The project, a mandatory activity for graduation, requires at least 20 hours. Key took on revamping the GHS baseball bleachers. This included removing all the rotten boards and hardware from the two bleacher stands, painting the frame, staining and painting the boards and replacing everything.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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