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Lorie Palmer

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Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Smiles

Heather Slichter of Grangeville holds her dog after it crossed the finish line in the annual Oktoberfest Winer Dog races. Results were not available as of press time Tuesday. More than 12 dogs raced as a crowd of bystanders watched the canines scramble toward their owners.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Oktoberfest Scarecrow Contest Winners

(Top, left) Best of Show Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is Seasons Restaurant; (top, right) Funniest Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is The Idaho County Free Press. Here, Free Press Editor David Rauzi interviews his scarecrow likeness. Second-place winner is U.S. Bank with KORT Radio in third place; (bottom, left) Most original Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is Ace Home Center, pictured with creator Barbara Adkison. Second-place winner is Umpqua Bank and Crema Cafe is in third; and (bottom, right) Scariest Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest contest winner is Irwin Drug, pictured here. Second-place was Super 8 and third was won by The Establishment. In all, there were 16 entries.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Syringa Clinic Pharmacy is open for business

The convenience of accessible care in one location has come to Grangeville. Syringa Hospital and Clinics is now home to a fully operational pharmacy. Syringa Clinic Pharmacy, owned and operated by Cardinal Health, is located next to the clinic (inside).

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

GEMS PTA Jogathon Bubble Run

The Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA’s annual jog-a-thon was held Friday, Sept. 29, at the school. Elementary students participated in a bubble run while middle schoolers had the color run. Funds raised will go toward PTA projects to benefit the school during the year. Even Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe got in on the bubble run, held on a perfectly-blue-skied day with just enough wind to make the bubbles fly.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Fun Run For A Cure: Flamingo Fun Run 2017

Despite some drizzle and cool temperatures, more than 100 people gathered for the annual Flamingo Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 30, during Grangeville’s second annual Oktoberfest event. This year’s run was organized by Grangeville High School senior Kate Lutz and proceeds will go toward helping find a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy).

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Rasmussen is new face of music in Grangeville

A passion for music has led Merrill-Lee Rasmussen on a road that has brought her to Grangeville High School and Middle School. Rasmussen is the new music teacher for Grangeville schools, grades six through 12. Born and raised about an hour outside of Seattle in Roy, Wash., Rasmussen graduated from Bethel High School.

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

Avista Open House

Did you get to the Avista energy conservation open house at the Grangeville Senior Center last Wednesday? It was great. Very informative, good demonstrations and information as well as excellent food. In addition, Avista had a great bag of giveaways which included a plug-in timer, socket insulators, weather stripping and light bulbs. (Top, left) community health worker Renee Stevens takes blood from a visitor for an ACL test; (top, right) Levi Westra with Avista explains the timer for lights and other devices; (above, left) Avista gave out free items; and (above, right) Stephanie Duclos with A Taste of Art caters.

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


‘Free Little Library’ up at Irwin Drug; Effort is Russell’s senior project

A walk on the Boise Greenbelt last spring changed the course of Hailey Russell’s senior project. “I was leaning toward planting trees, but when I saw this little library on a walk with my sister, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Russell, 18, Grangeville High School. Last weekend, Russell’s own Free Little Library was placed on the wall of Irwin Drug, facing Heritage Square.

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


Oktoberfest jam-packed with events

Fall has begun, and what better way to start the season than Oktoberfest? The Grangeville Merchants second annual Oktoberfest event will start this Friday, Sept. 29, with the Syringa Clinic Community Block Party, 4 to 6 p.m. “This is our opportunity to thank the community for their patience and support during our renovating process,” said clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer.

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


Fiscus Farms

“You just have to figure it out – I didn’t really want to be retired and sitting around eating potato chips and watching Oprah,” laughed Tresa Shearer.

September 26, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..


Norco gives $500 to GCF

“We appreciate Norco’s commitment to the community and the Grangeville Community Foundation [GCF],” said GCF board member Mary Jahn. Grangeville’s Norco store manager Randy Fischer presented a $500 check to board members Wednesday morning, Sept. 6.

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


Fishing For GHS Homecoming Points

Grangeville High School juniors (front to back) Justin Fogleman and Blake Darr were fishing away as part of the GHS homecoming skit for the “Jaws Juniors” on movie theme day Thursday, Sept. 14. All students participated in daily dress-up themes, class skits, cheers, games and parade.

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


GHS Spirit

Grangeville High School seniors (L-R) Kelsey Pilant, Marie Hauger and Blake Courtney get into the homecoming spirit on the parade float Friday, Sept. 15.

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


Students invited to local career fair Oct. 12

Is your student confused about what to do with his future? Or perhaps your student has definite plans about what she wants to do following graduation. No matter the answer, part of the equation is the upcoming Career and Community Fair.

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


Moms invited to join bimonthly MOPs, MomsNext groups

Are you a mom who’s looking for a way to meet friends and connect within your community? MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MomsNext may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. “Any mother in our community and surrounding towns is invited to join,” explained organizer Sarah Musick of Grangeville. “This year we expanded our group so we can welcome even more moms by adding in MomsNext. It’s like MOPS, but is designed for moms with school-age children. We wanted to include moms of older kids.”

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


Giddings: ‘ICSO was represented’

In response to a story in last week’s Free Press that reviewed the August Syringa Hospital board meeting, Sheriff Doug Giddings commented on a portion of the story.

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

Grangeville man invents Polymule cart

After a year of design and engineering and more than 980 hours of 3D printing, Dennis Draleau came up with an invention to be proud of. Draleau is the founder and inventor of Polymule, Inc. He began his start-up company in July 2017, but his love for all things mechanical started long before that.

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


Brown Bag: Meyer to present Hells Canyon book

The seventh week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next two weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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

Gonsalves joins Mann Mortgage

Need mortgage help? Zach Gonsalves is at your service. In the Real Estate business for the past decade, Gonsalves is a loan officer for Mann Mortgage, working in Idaho and Lewis counties.

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

Brown Bag: Inghrams to share ‘Nature’s Highlights’

The sixth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next three weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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


Disaster exercise lacked ICSO rep

Syringa Hospital representatives recently spent several hours working on disaster planning – from fires and ice-storms to attacks and school emergencies. At the August meeting, the hospital board discussed a “table top” disaster preparedness activity that took place late this summer and involved many local entities. “One thing we definitely saw was the problem with a lack of communication between agencies,” reported CNO Alex Frei.

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


Main Street Service opens

Auto repair in Grangeville just got a little easier with another choice for vehicle owners. Main Street Service opened Aug. 28 and is located at 325 East Main Street, on the same side as Camas Eye Clinic.

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

Dr. Kim Campbell joins Syringa staff

Dr. Kim Campbell has been practicing in Orofino for the past five years and recently made the move to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “I’ve done some moonlighting in the E.R. and got the chance to work with the staff and get a feel for the community, and I was impressed,” said the family medicine doctor. She started Aug. 28 and is accepting new patients.

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


Dancers Open House

Girls from 2 on up to 22 were all part of Shirley’s Dance Studio’s open house in Grangeville Aug. 28. Current and future students met, signed up for the coming year and danced a little, too. Sign-ups are still available by calling Shirley Sears at 509-758-6510. Dancers meet each Monday at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. (Top) Capri Hagen practices her moves while (left) Faye Kennedy gets into the groove.

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


Boeckels begin ministry at Nazarene church

After more than a year with interim pastor Bob Hislar and his wife, DeAnne, the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene has a new full-time minister. Ben and Lynsey Boeckel and their 8-month-old son, Peter, joined the congregation this summer.

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


Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

September 1, 2017 2:44 p.m. read more..


Grangeville Health and Rehab is a family affair

For Amy Farris, work at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation has always been a family affair. Farris has worked at the facility since 2000, starting as a floor CNA. However, she was roaming the halls many years prior as her own mom, Ellen Aiken, has worked there for years. “These people – they are all my grandpas and grandmas,” she said. “Through the years when I have toyed with applying for other jobs, it has always come down to, ‘But who will take care of my family?’ They aren’t just residents. They are my family.”

August 30, 2017 4:27 p.m. read more..


Why do we shop local?

We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns. However, the process deserves some serious thought, especially during the upcoming season of shopping that really starts in October and goes through to Christmas, where most of us are purchasing more gifts than in other months.

August 30, 2017 4:26 p.m. read more..


Small, long-term businesses account for $18.2 million in wages, salaries in county

Did you know that small, long-term, family-owned businesses in Idaho County accounted for a total payroll of $18,213,254 in 2015? Additional private businesses added another $82,130,611. That’s out of a total $151,724,021 wages and salaries in 2015. According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston office, there are 61* long-term local businesses employing 534 people. The average pay per work at those businesses was $34,107 (annual) which is 3.1 percent higher than the $33,090 paid by all other private-sector employers.

August 30, 2017 4:25 p.m. read more..


‘Movies are in my blood’ – Chris Wagner

Movies have always been a part of Chris Wagner’s life. “I do enjoy movies – it’s in my blood,” he smiled. Wagner began working at the Blue Fox Theater downtown Grangeville when he was 10 or 12 years old, he said.

August 30, 2017 4:24 p.m. read more..


A unique blend for a small town: Two Rivers Coffee Roasters

Worldwide travel and a lifetime of experiences finally led Dorian and Marie Clay back to Riggins seven years ago. Dorian grew up in the area and has family ties to the Circle C Ranch. When he discussed with Marie the possibility of living in Riggins, she wasn’t so sure. “It took a while, but once we decided on the business, I was ready,” she smiled. “And I love it here.”

August 30, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

August 30, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..


Working to stay viable, relevant in market

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce. “They had worked at Boeing together in the accounting department,” explained Brian Webster, the youngest of the five Webster children, and just 1 year old when the family moved to Nezperce. Gordy did not have farm or ranch experience, but he had a good business head, and was excited to buy into the John Deere dealership.

August 30, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..
 

Grangeville Elementary Middle School First-Day Chase

It was back to the serious business of chasing – and capturing – boys on the first day of school at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) Wednesday, Aug. 23. Here (L-R) Jenna Denuit, Carson Barger and Callie Weisz have some fun prior to the start of school last Wednesday morning.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Errant goat defiantly occupies reporter’s garage

I messaged some of my co-workers, including my publisher, editor and sports editor, Monday morning. It’s not unusual to do so. Our schedules are flexible since we often work weekends and nights. So, getting an “I’ll be late,” message from me wasn’t surprising. However, the reason may have been. “I would like to get this goat out of my garage before I come in to work,” I wrote. “I am not a goat whisperer.”

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


End Of Summer Sunset In Grangeville

A brilliant sunset lit up the sky looking toward Sunset Auto Vue drive-in movie theater the night prior to the solar eclipse, Aug. 20, just outside of Grangeville.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Brown Bag: Urbahn to present program on area homes

The fourth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next five weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

MVSD teachers ratify contracts

After hours and hours of negotiations and several failed attempts at a compromise, Mountain View School District 244 teachers and board members came to a meeting of the minds regarding contracts Aug. 17.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

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