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Lorie Palmer

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Grangeville High School Senior Fun Night

Grangeville High School’s class of 2018 held its Senior Fun Night Friday, May 25, following graduation. Here, seniors and their friends play the various games offered. Senior parents raised money through the generosity of the community throughout the year to provide the safe and drug-free event. Students were awarded and won a variety of gifts from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Negotiations stall after three days; MVSD 244 teachers, attorney to come to table again in July

Tension was thick as the third day of Mountain View School District 244 negotiations opened at the district office Friday, June 1, 9 a.m. A team of teachers, with Central Idaho Education Association President and Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School teacher Char McKinney at its head, round tabled with attorney Scott Morotz of Boise. Audience member John Warford interrupted the beginning of the meeting with, “excuse me, don’t you start the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance?”

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Kids Klub opens doors at new facility

A dream of more than 20 years in the making came true when the new Kids Klub (KK) building opened Thursday, May 31. More than 100 people attended the celebratory event which was catered by Effortless Event Planning. Summer programs started at the new facility, 506 South A Street, adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS). “In its five different programs, Kids Klub serves more than 485 students per year currently,” said program director Kristi Keeler.

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho County No. 12 on ‘financially healthy’ list

When it comes to being financial healthy, Idaho County isn’t a bad place to live. Idaho County ranks number 12 in the state for its financial health. To find the most financially healthy places, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering debt as a percent of income, bankruptcies per 1,000 people, poverty rates and unemployment rates. Nationally, Idaho County ranks at number 1,145. The percentage of the count’s debt versus income is at 1.28 percent, while bankruptcies per 1,000 are at 1.73.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

GHS graduation: ‘Don’t be afraid to embrace plan B’

A beloved former Grangeville High School teacher had the crowd lit at graduation Friday night, May 25. Kathy Stefani, music teacher, was the guest speaker for the class of 2018’s ceremony. Stefani received whistles and whoops as well as thunderous applause as she greeted the standing-room only crowd. “I have missed you, and am so honored to be here,” she said, sharing memories of her decade in Grangeville that ended just two years ago when she moved to Moscow.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

County chooses unique baby names in 2017; Idaho dances to its own drummer when it comes to baby names

When it comes to Idaho County, children have more unique names than the most popular names from across the state. The Social Security Administration recently announced the most popular baby names in Idaho for 2017. The top 10 boy names were Oliver, Liam, William, James, Mason, Samuel, Lincoln, Logan, Henry and Jackson. Girl’s names are Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn, Harper, Amelia, Abigail, Ava, Sophia and Elizabeth.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Travis Murray cooks with heart for GHR residents

Travis Murray’s philosophy is simple: “The residents are people, just like you and me – and that’s how I treat them!” Murray is an evening cook and dessert preparer five days a week at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. “I love to cook,” he smiled. A graduate of culinary school in California, Murray has been on the job at GHR since December. “My family has had property here about 15 years and I moved here about two years ago, following my parents here,” he explained.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

A Memorial Day Salute From White Bird

Local men and women gathered at the White Bird Park to celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 28, an effort of American Legion Post 152. Pictured above are (L-R) Delbert Wadsworth, Al Bolden, Fred Nichols and James Lee Weeks who all received Quilts of Valor from Pinehurst Quilters to commemorate their service in the United States military. Also receiving quilts were veterans Gerald Lindsey (accepted by his son, Walt Lindsey, pictured at left) and Johnny Glover. The Rebekahs served pie at the event.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Grangeville High School Concert Choir

Grangeville High School held its end of year concert May 15 featuring GHS Wind Ensemble Band, Concert Choir (pictured) and Varsity Blue Choir. The music program is under the direction of Merrill-Lee Rasmussen.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Family Dollar to open July 12

Trucks buzzing in and out, lights on at all hours. What’s going on at the former King’s Discount Store Building off US Highway 95 in Grangeville? “We’re moving in,” laughed David Marsey, Boise, district manager for Family Dollar.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Dumas uses Print Shop to publish mother’s poetry

Shelly Dumas recently finished a project that had been on her “to-do” list for a long time. Dumas gathered the writings of her mother, Taimie Erickson Preston, and had the originals scanned and published in a book called “Fragments of Me.” “My mom was a prolific writer and had several things published throughout her life,” Dumas said. Her mother was from the Coeur d’Alene area.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Fishing Fun At Winchester

Winchester Lake was busy on a recent Saturday. Jannette Mendenhall of Nezperce helps 5-year-old Robby Maynard ready his pole and her granddaughter, Hailey, settles in to fish.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

ARF Fund-raiser

Grangeville’s Animal Rescue Foundation was host to a fund-raising dinner and auction Friday, May 11, at The Gallery. All funds raised will go toward the building of a regional animal shelter.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Told uses reading to help attain Eagle Scout status

Eagle Scout projects generally require about 15 hours of community service time. However, that amount for Michael Told could be quadrupled and not even touch the time he has devoted to his project. “I’ve spent a lot of time here at GEMS [Grangeville Elementary Middle School],” the Grangeville High School junior smiled.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mt. Idaho Gymnastics

Mt. Idaho Gymnastics held its end-of-year meet and skills testing recently. On Thursday, May 10, 30 intermediate gymnasts met. Owner and coach Lynn Welborn, along with coaches Christy Sonnen and Emily Schacher, led the girls through their moves and scored them on beam and floor exercises. They also competed on floor vault exercises and worked on bars.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Library makes updates to young adult reading area; June 11 is sign up for summer reading program

Thanks to several grants and local volunteer help, Grangeville Centennial Library is making some changes. Most notable is the brightly painted and redecorated young adult area. “One of our library aides, Nicole Hill, did the painting and the refurbishing of tables,” said librarian Angie Norman. The bright greens, purples and geometric shapes add vitality to the area that is meant to entice teenagers.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Students learn history of Nimipuu people

At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. Nez Perce Tribe member Marcie Bailey stops often for an up-close look at local history and Nez Perce legend at the Heart of the Monster site on U.S. Highway 12.

May 9, 2018 6:10 a.m. read more..

MVSD 242 patron questions employee involvement in March 14 GHS walkout

“OK – I have some concerns about the walkout that happened at Grangeville High School [March 14],” he said. “As a taxpayer, I have concerns about paid employees of the school district being involved in this. I know it was just a walk around the school, but as their employer, I want to know what the ramifications are of this?”

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Hoecherls let their lights shine at ALACCA Bible Camp

Timing is everything. Just ask Mike Hoecherl. Mike and his wife, Timmie, are the new executive and operations director, respectively, at ALACCA Bible Camp in Harpster. The couple was living their lives to the fullest in Racine, Wisc. He was a youth pastor, she had a thriving photography business, and they both worked/volunteered in side ministries with Youth for Christ. Mike coached year-round as well. “One day at our house during a cookout, one of our graduated youth group members was asking what my ideal ministry job would look like,” Mike recalled.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Syringa board stands by decision to open pharmacy

“There are efforts out there to close down our [Syringa] pharmacy,” said Syringa board of trustees chair Al Bolden, White Bird, at the April 24 meeting. At the beginning of its meeting, board members and administrator Abner King discussed the recent visit to the Idaho County Commissioners by Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Jungert questions ethics of pharmacy competing with private sector

“Syringa Hospital has got into the for-profit business,” said Chad Jungert, owner of Irwin Drug. “The problem is that they are a tax-based business getting into the private enterprise of Idaho County.” Jungert addressed the Idaho County Commission Tuesday, April 17, with a request to consider removing Syringa Hospital as a public taxing district.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Beck joins Images Salon as hair stylist

Images Salon has a new face and she’s ready for your hair needs. Stylist Aly Beck graduated from beautician school in Twin Falls and moved to Grangeville recently. “My parents, grandparents and aunt all moved here,” she smiled. “It’s good to be close to family.”

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Preplanning is smart. Not Sad.

My mother died last year at the age of 81 after a relatively short illness. Reflecting on that time, there are things I wish I knew or had planned, and there are also things we had done that served us well at the time.

April 25, 2018 9:29 a.m. read more..

MVSD board prepares to begin negotiations with teachers’ union

“I would suggest hiring a third party for negotiations. Last year, it was hard on me – it beat me up,” chair Mike Dominguez, Kooskia, told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 16 meeting. The teachers’ union had formally requested negotiations begin for the 2018-19 school year.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Tom Keller’s book details his U.S. Forest Service career

“I wanted people to see my perspective as a forest technician, a man on the ground,” Tom Keller said. Keller recently had published his book, “31 Years on the Upper North Fork of the Clearwater River,” which tells the story of his career with the U.S. Forest Service. “There was a time when the Forest Service was held in high esteem and could be counted on for help with anything,” he said.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Summit spring play: Fairytale variety show takes the stage this week

What has the romance of royalty? The excitement of entertaining little people? The danger of woods and hunting? Mix in a few fairy tale commercials and you have The Snow White Variety Show written by Brian D. Taylor. Summit Academy will perform the play Thursday and Friday. April 26 and 27, 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., at the school on Substation Road. Cost is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Patron throws out idea on playground fence slats for 244

There are just too many soft targets, and we need to eliminate as many of those as possible,” said Daniel Trankle of Kamiah. Trankle addressed the Mountain View School District 244 board at its March 19 meeting. He spoke about the danger of open, see-through chain link fences in plain view on playgrounds. He said he and his wife have spent time going around to various schools in Idaho County and Kamiah and investigating current fences.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD won’t see an election until 2019

November elections just got a little meatier. Following passage of S1280 earlier this year, school board trustee elections will change to take place each November. Previously, board members took office in July, which coincided with the end of districts’ financial year, June 30. Now, trustees will be elected on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November in odd years.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

GHS Prom Royalty

Seniors Trent Hunter and Tessa Godfrey were crowned king and queen of the Grangeville High School prom Saturday, April 14. With the theme of “A Night Under the Stars,” 75 couples attended.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Animal Rescue Foundation reports: Regional shelter one step closer with draft design

A regional animal shelter is one step closer to reality – yet only a small step on its complete journey. The ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) held a public meeting at Grangeville High School April 3. More than 40 people attended the informational session where architect Larry Kom, Castella Kom Architects out of Lewiston, presented draft building plans to the attendees.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

KJSD 304 levy money will be used for ‘very specific needs’ ; SRS funds will help with end-of-year deficit

Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins knows the old parable is true: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. “I am not counting on any extra money until I see it,” he said. Though SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds were reauthorized by President Trump March 23 – which will mean about $200,000-plus to KSD 304 this school year – Higgins said this will not affect the Kamiah levy passed March 13.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Funds will help MVSD 244 with maintenance of schools

Recent reauthorization of SRS (Secure Rural Schools) funds do not have Mountain View School District 244 rolling in the dough. “This will help do the things we need to for the maintenance of our schools,” said superintendent Marc Scheibe.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Student access to inappropriate computer images brought up by trustee

Mountain View School District 244 Technology Director Joe Rodriguez received the question no one wants to get at the March 19 regular school board meeting. “What are we doing about kids looking at porn at school?” trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, asked. A recent incident at Clearwater Valley Elementary School spurred Smith’s question.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Eye On The Egg At Cottonwood

Cottonwood’s Easter egg hunt drew about 100 participants ages birth to 12 on a sunny, yet chilly, Saturday, March 31. The annual hunt took place at the Cottonwood Lions Club (city) Park.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Kooskia clinic offers medical staff five days a week

After opening in 2002 as a part-time clinic, Syringa’s Kooskia Clinic is now operating with medical providers five days a week. “It’s exciting to see how the clinic has grown and expanded,” said Nathan Winder, PA-C, who has been at the clinic for the past eight and one-half years. He sees patients there three days a week.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

CV ball field improvements come to a halt while projects are researched

The old adage, “no good deed goes unpunished,” seemed to come alive at the March 19 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting. Clearwater Valley High School baseball coach, Josh Bradley of Stites, relayed to the board what he and his teams have done during the past several years to improve the baseball field at CVHS. “I have volunteered my labor and the kids have been involved in all the projects – I always tell them if they’ll work, I’ll work,” he said.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD sees 35 percent turnout for levy

With about 35 percent voter turnout, Mountain View School District passed its $3,090,048 levy, the largest ever, by simple majority Tuesday, March 13. MVSD saw 1,081 yes votes to 954 no votes for a total of 2,035 votes, or 53 percent in favor of the levy. In 2017, the levy passed by 52 percent.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mardi Gras at St. Mary's

Friends from throughout the area filled up the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, March 24, for the annual St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras fund-raiser.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Casey journeys home to take Avista management job

Matthew Casey has come full circle. The new Avista electric district manager in Grangeville took his post in November 2017; however, his roots are much deeper than a few months. Casey was born in California and raised in Yuba City until the fifth grade when his family moved to Kamiah.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


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