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Lorie Palmer

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Missing man, John French, vehicle believed found in Salmon River near Fiddle Creek

Recovery not yet possible

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is focusing on the river recovery of a Boise man after he failed to return home from a Riggins fishing trip July 1.

Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday, July 13, with ‘Gipsy Moon’

Grab a chair, a snack and your family and head to Pioneer Park this Thursday, July 13, as the Grangeville Summer Concert Series kicks off with the band “Gipsy Moon.” For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) Park.

Study says Idaho spends less than any other state

According to LiveStorie’s new Five Facts series on-line, per capita Idaho spends less than any other state. Using data from the 2014 U.S. Census, LiveStories explored taxes, spending and debt throughout the United States.

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New postmaster has Southern roots

Area residents may notice the sound of a slight southern drawl when they walk into the United States Post Office in Grangeville. “Come on, I don’t have an accent – I think you all do,” laughed Jim Ward. Ward is the new postmaster, having been in Grangeville just less than two months now.

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Action in book ‘Madisonville’ takes place in Idaho County

Intrigue, crime, disappearances and more make for the thriller that is “Madisonville.” Lewiston author J.A. Huff, aka Josh Huffaker, recently published the novel, “a fiction book that takes place in this area, ultimately ending near Lowell, Idaho,” he said. Huff grew up in Lewiston where he graduated from Lewiston high School in 2004. He is currently employed by Clearwater Paper there as a transportation coordinator.

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Border Days 2017: Celebration kicks off with egg toss for locals, visitors

"...we come back for Border Days to see everyone..."

Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.

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Summer Concert series starts July 13 with ‘Gipsy Moon’

"We are excited for a great lineup of bands"

“We are excited for a great lineup of bands and for the Summer Concert Series,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual Summer Concert Series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) park.

Idaho ranks 20th overall in new ‘Kids Count’ profile

While Idaho’s children are seeing gains in access to health care, education continues to lag, according to data in the 2017 “Kids Count” Data Book released recently the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being in and measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Overall, Idaho ranks 20th.

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Cornerstone expands, Hauger joins teaching staff

Longtime medical issues may have caused Kristin Hauger to resign her teaching post at Grangeville Elementary Middle School; however, she said it was the hand of God that made her make that final decision.

MVSD 244 searches for a superintendent

Stokes out due to medical issues

Mountain View School District 244 is on the search for a new superintendent. “I’ve been having some serious health issues,” said Kent Stokes, who has served as the school district’s superintendent since 2013.

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Fourth fun set for Kooskia

Tuesday, July 4, Kooskia will be hopping with Fourth of July fun.

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Greencreek Fourth celebration activities scheduled

The town of Greencreek will celebrate the Fourth of July in style. Flag-raising for the town’s annual event is set for 6 a.m., followed Mass at 7 a.m.

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Border Days 2017 - Griller, poster sale on July 4

To begin commemorating the sinking of the Tuscania, which occurred in 1918, the Idaho County Historical Society will hold a griller fund-raiser in the basement of the Bicentennial Historical Museum July 4, 1-5 p.m. Hamburger dinners will be available for $8 per plate while hot dog dinners will be $6. This will include sides, chips and a beverage. The society will also have for sale a 16-by-20 inch frameable print of “The Same Spirit” poster

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Border Days Grand Marshal 2017: Melvin Gill - A lifetime of ranching is all Gill has ever dreamed of

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill. That lifetime has spanned nearly eight decades, but the Gill family has been in Idaho County for five generations. Melvin Gill is the Border Days Grand Marshal 2017.

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Border Days 2017: High school reunions set for Border Days weekend

A variety of high school reunions are set for the Border Days Fourth of July weekend including the following

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Border Days Princess 2017 Micaela Farris - Experience has helped her share love of rodeo with others

“I have enjoyed this experience because it has allowed me to travel and make new memories,” said 16-year-old Micaela Farris. Farris is the 2017 Grangeville Border Days Rodeo Princess.

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Sickels to run Shiznits booth as part of culinary degree

“We are happy to have him here – he’s been great help, and we are excited to give him this experience,” said Sheila Arnzen. Arnzen spoke about Justin Sickels, 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, who will be running a Shiznits food booth downtown during Border Days.

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Nuttmans celebrate 75 years of marriage

More than a hundred friends and family members gathered Sunday, June 25, at the Keuterville Pub and Grub for a grand celebration. The occasion was the 75th wedding anniversary of Clarence and Frances Nuttman. How old are they?

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Border Days 2017: Museum offers tool displays, music, fund-raiser, flint knapper July 2-4

The Bicentennial Historical Museum will again host its open house celebration during the Fourth of July. This year the museum will feature a display on antique tools. The museum, located at 305 N. College Street, will be open July 2, 3 and 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tools are on loan from several in the community, including Bruce Dreher of Slate Creek, Scott Scribner of Grangeville and Vernon Agee of Kooskia.

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Border Days 2017: Triple Bar Drill Team going strong for 60 years

A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.

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Holliman retires after 29 years on the job; Open house set for this Friday

After 29 years on the job, Arnell Holliman is calling it quits. Holliman will retire from Cash and Carry Market this Friday, June 30. Friends are invited to stop in from 1 to 4 p.m. to visit and for refreshments.

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Border Days 2017 Queen Rachael Stevens - Royalty ‘a great way to give back to your community’

“We have been incredibly blessed by the support from our community,” said Rachael Stevens of Grangeville. Stevens is the 2017 Border Days Rodeo Queen.

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Border Days 2017: July 1-4 Schedule of Events

The 106th Grangeville Border Days is July 1-4 (Saturday through Tuesday), with each day loaded with events.

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

‘No regrets’ for Cow Creek rancher

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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Lucile’s Yellow Roses

Wild yellow roses cascade over the roadway in Lucile this spring, offering a bright welcome to the tiny town alongside the Salmon River near Riggins.

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Flying High: Circus in Kooskia

PHOTO GALLERY: Simone the Trapeze Artist wowed crowds at both Grangeville and Kooskia when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus traveled to Idaho County for four shows June 17 and 19.

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Operation ‘Thank you!’: June 25 event will honor Vietnam veterans

Vietnam War veterans may have not received the grandest welcome home; however, that is hoping to be remedied as the Vietnam 50th commemoration is set nationwide. In Idaho County, all veterans of the Vietnam War era are invited to a “Welcome home” ceremony this Sunday, June 25, starting at noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main Street in Grangeville.

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White Bird Rodeo Queen: Chandler - ‘Absolutely unforgettable’ experience

White Bird Days 2017

“I can put up with almost anything – but I’m deathly afraid of stink bugs,” smiled Cassie Chandler. Grangeville High School freshman Chandler will represent the White Bird Rodeo as its queen this year.

Prairie High honored as IHSAA ‘School of Excellence’

Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) recently announced the 2016-17 winners of the “Schools of Excellence” program. At the top of the 1A Div. 1 schools is Prairie High School in Cottonwood.

244 board OKs more graduate requisites

“I believe the weight on understanding the constitution and on civics is very important for our students,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia.

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White Bird grand marshals: Cashes - ‘A good place to stop’

White Bird Days 2017

They may never have gotten to hear Johnny Cash in person, but they are related to him. “He’s a cousin,” smiled Carol (Smith) Cash. She found that out through her genealogy research and some networking. Melvin and Carol Cash will serve as the White Bird Rodeo grand marshals for 2017.

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Library renovates kids’ space; Summer reading program begins

Kids have a more inviting atmosphere at Grangeville Centennial Library, thanks to the Friends of the Centennial Library (FOCL) and a private donation. “Not to mention a great community of businesses and library volunteers,” said librarian Angie Norman.

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Lilacs In Bloom

Deep purple lilacs were in bloom last week on the Mount Idaho Grade Road near the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in, their aroma wafting through the air.

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Mike Smith to join in clowning act at Kooskia circus Monday

The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is coming to Kooskia Monday, June 19, and Mike Smith of Lowell plans to spend his Monday clowning around. “Mike will be performing with some Clown College friends and helping out at the circus,” said Lara Smith, who is also a Clown College graduate.

Clean slate, new opportunities for Kamiah school district


Kamiah Joint School District 304 has a unique opportunity to change the perspective of its community. The slate can be wiped clean as Steve Higgins takes the helm as superintendent July 1.

Hornbeck thanks EMS for service

‘This whole board appreciates them and all they do’

“I really want to acknowledge all the time they put in and the hard work they do to save so many lives,” said Twila Hornbeck, Syringa Hospital board trustee “This whole board appreciates them and all they do.” At the Syringa Hospital May 23 regular board meeting, Hornbeck publicly thanked the local EMTs and EMS workers.

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Bearden named DYW 2018; Gomez is runner-up

Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.” Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.

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12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at Kamiah

The Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association held its 12th Annual Kamiah Spring Super Jam at the Kamiah KOA Campground on U.S. Highway 12, June 1-4. A variety of bands, including Flatgrass, Hickory Bluff and Higher Ground played during the four-day event.

Commerce director a welcome visitor to region


In a day when many of us feel we have had enough government interference in our lives, we also need to give credit where credit is due – yes, even when it’s due to a government employee.

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Kids Klub building to go out to bid this summer

After years of planning, the Kids Klub, Inc., building will soon be started. Kids Klub received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 in April, and will also utilize the Webb family donation from 2012. In addition, funds donated specifically for the building and from fund-raisers will be used. Wemhoff Architecture in Cottonwood has drawn the plans for the property – three city lots that Kids Klub purchased adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 506 South A Street.

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Idaho commerce director discusses work, life during Idaho County tour

State’s challenge: build work force to meet needs

“I feel like in order to know a place, I need to make a visit, have a presence there,” said Megan Ronk. “I cannot sit behind a desk in Boise and pretend to know what challenges people here have.” Ronk, the director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, stopped by the Free Press last week while she was visiting Idaho County and the surrounding area. Several business owners had the chance to meet with her as she and her mother and two young sons traveled throughout the area.

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Syringa board looks into managerial services agreement with Kootenai

“I believe the affiliation is Syringa’s lifeblood in continuing for years to come”

“I just want to commend the current board for the Kootenai affiliation agreement,” said James May of Kooskia at the May 23 Syringa Board of Trustees meeting. “I know the whole process was not easy, but I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity for Syringa and absolutely critical for this hospital.”

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Impassioned appeal that ‘You matter’

Guest Opinion

“If you feel like you are facing a battle alone, I want you to take your hand and place it over your heart. That is called a purpose,” Forsyth said

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Classics On The Clearwater

The fourth annual Long Camp Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet was held Saturday, June 3, in Kamiah.

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(Fly) Tying One On

Shane Paul of Grangeville was busy tying flies at Long Camp RV Park in Kamiah during Classics on the Clearwater car show and swap meet June 3. Paul said he learned mostly from hands-on practice and watching videos. He taught his girlfriend’s son, Devin Pattan of Kamiah, age 9, who is pictured here with him.

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Six GHS girls to vie for DYW

Six Grangeville girls will be competing this Saturday, June 3, for the title of the 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie. The event is set for 7 p.m. at Grangeville High School and this year’s theme is “Salute the Troops!”

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Hospice works with families on personal level

“Hospice is not something I have to do – it’s something I get to do,” expressed DeEtte Westover, RN. Westover is employed by Syringa Hospital and Syringa Hospital Hospice (SHH). She, along with about eight other SHH employees and 30 volunteers, operate the area’s only hospice program.

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Cottonwood Memorial Day Tribute

Members of the Cottonwood area VFW and American Legion were host to Memorial Day tributes in Cottonwood and Greencreek Monday, May 29. Here, the color guard, rifle squad and many veterans participate in the ceremony at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. At each cemetery, the names of veterans who are buried there were read aloud. Taps was played, “In Flanders Field” read and a rifle-salute offered. More than 100 participants from throughout the community attended the Cottonwood ceremony.

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Springtime Plum Blossoms

A few spring-like days brought flowering plum trees to bloom and then wind quickly took the blossoms away.

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Take self-guided schoolhouse tour to view historic Woodland school

WOODLAND -- If you’re looking for a hands-on education field trip in Kamiah and the surrounding areas, look no farther than a schoolhouse visit to see how the pioneer children of yesteryear learned and flourished.


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