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Lorie Palmer

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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..
 

Walkout becomes awareness walk, ‘challenge’ to kids

The message at Grangeville High School Wednesday, March 14, was one of hope: Hope for change, an open dialogue and the skills to agree to disagree – but always listen. “When students came to me asking about becoming involved in the National School Walkout, I offered a challenge to them,” said GHS Principal Randall Miskin. “We got people together and decided what we wanted our participation to represent.”

March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Berg is new owner of Farmers’ Insurance Agency

Farmers’ Insurance in Grangeville is under new ownership. It even has a new mascot. Five-pound Gypsy, a purebred chihuahua, happily greets customers at the 112 Main Street office door with a sniff and some tail wags.

March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Cottage on the Prairie accepting visitors

Are you in need of a weekend getaway? How about a place to house family members during the next reunion? Look no further than The Cottage on the Prairie (formerly Chateau by the Halfway Club). The Cottage is located behind Trestle Brewery in Ferdinand and offers two separate rooms and spacious living area. “I’m managing the pla

March 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Hall receives ‘Woman of Distinction’ award

A local woman with a longtime presence was recently selected to be included in the forthcoming Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition. Hall was selected for “demonstrating dedication, leadership and professional excellence,” the press release read.

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‘Where are we?’ on school safety; administrators talk to status, needs for MVSD

While funding and levies are at the forefront of local educators’ minds, thoughts also often cross over to school safety. This was no different at the Feb. 26 Mountain View School District 244 regular board meeting in Kooskia. “In light of the recent Florida shooting, what’s your status – where are we and what do you need?” board vice-chair Lot Smith of Grangeville asked administrators.

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Trustees attend ‘Day on the Hill’ to discuss education issues

School board members from across the state recently participated in the Idaho School Boards Association’s Day on the Hill in Boise. ISBA’s Day on the Hill provides an opportunity for attendees to meet with their local legislators to discuss legislative issues impacting public education. It also provides attendees time with colleagues from around the state to visit and share information and network.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


GHS Music Nite Auction

The Grangeville Music Nite Auction and Dinner was held Saturday, March 10, at Grangeville High School. Choirs and bands sixth through 12th grade performed at the event.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


CVHS to present classic musical March 15-17

What do you get when you cross a scullery maid with two horrible stepsisters and a charming prince and his comical sidekick? Why, it’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Enchanted Edition, of course.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Evelyn Ogden to celebrate 102nd birthday with open house

RESERVATION LINE ROAD — “I don’t have any secrets,” Evelyn Ogden shook her head. “I never in my life dreamed I would live this long.” Ogden will turn 102 years old Saturday, March 17. She was born in 1916 in Harrison, Idaho. “My grandparents ran a lodge there in Harrison,” she said March 8 from her home halfway between Cottonwood and Ferdinand. She lives next door to her nephew, Kimron Torgerson, and his wife, Daryl.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah gains levy support; MVSD squeaks by

After years of failed levy attempts, Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons said “yes.” Voters in Kamiah decided on a $500,000 request Tuesday, March 13, with 57 percent of voters giving the nod to schools. In addition, Mountain View School District 244 also approved its levy, the largest ever. The $3,090,048 request passed with 53 percent saying yes. The levies are passed on simple majority.

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Vote on Tuesday - Kamiah asks patrons for $500k levy

It’s a simple decision. ‘Yes,’ will allow us to maintain a no-frills system … a ‘no’ vote will further impact reductions,” said Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins. Kamiah will ask its patrons to pass a $500,000 levy next Tuesday, March 13.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Vote on Tuesday - MVSD hopes to pass $3 million levy

“We know our community cares about our kids, and I hope they will come out and vote ‘yes’ for the levy,” said Mountain View School District 244 chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. MVSD will ask patrons to support a $3,090,048 levy next Tuesday, March 13.

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Cookbook available from Nazarene ladies

From Watergate Salad and Shipwreck Stew to Boiled Cake and Eggnog Ice Cream, “Recipes and Remembrances,” has it all. The 96-page Nazarene Ladies Cookbook was recently published and is on sale for $15. Included in the book are recipes from current Grangeville Church of the Nazarene members as well as those who have died.

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Vote on Tuesday - State funding comes with caveats

Additional funding from the state of Idaho for education is good news, right? Yes, but don’t put away your checkbooks just yet. “The increase in state funding for next year is a little more than $300,000 for Mountain View School District 244,” said school district business manager Becky Hogg. This means the share of MVSD’s daily operating costs paid by the state has increased from the current level of 65 percent to 66 percent.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Quality schools important to students, community

Next Tuesday, area patrons will vote on one-year M&O levies for Mountain View School District 244 and Kamiah Joint School District 304. School district administrators have been clear on the need for these levies, which will help to maintain current programs. Without those funds, the school districts will suffer.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


CV organization gains momentum to support schools

“That first year we drew about 65 people and raised $3,500,” Drake said. “By the second year, we had 135 people attend and made about $9,500.” Drake said, “the momentum is strong, and we definitely feel like we are headed in the right direction.” VEST Fest 3 is set for Saturday, March 10, at the Kooskia Community Hall.

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


Senior Center Lunch Line

The Grangeville Senior Citizens Center was the place to be on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, as friends lined up for the meal and a surprise table of Valentine treats. The center is now offering meal service Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon.

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

Varsity Blue Valentine And Birthday Wishes

Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue Choir, under the direction of Ms. Merrill-Lee Rasmussen, performed about 40 singing Valentines on Feb. 14. Here, the group sings to Mr. Andrew Riener at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. Riener recently celebrated his 101st birthday and was treated to the song, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Riener is seen here thanking the group as (L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Anastasia Bearden and Colby Canaday look on.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Umpqua Donates to Kids Klub

Umpqua Bank recently donated $5,000 to Kids Klub, Inc., through its community reinvestment grant. The money will pay for an entire year of snacks for the program. Pictured here are (left) Umpqua representative Tammy Nail, handing the check to Kids Klub Executive Director Cindy Godfrey.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Grangeville Music Department ‘Music Time’ dinner, auction is March 10

Get ready to support the arts in Grangeville – it’s “Music Time.” The Grangeville bands in choirs, grades six through 12, will present the musical dinner and auction event Saturday, March 10, at Grangeville High School. Tickets are on sale through March 1 and are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Cost at the door is $25 per person. Students from Grangeville Elementary Middle School and the entire GHS music department will be performing for the evening fund-raiser.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Mulching business going full-force

Do you have overgrowth in your fields or on your property that needs cleaned? Some underbrush you may like to reduce before fire season? Eli Rad is your man. Eli Rad, Rad Mulching and Fire Reduction, LLC, has been a co-owner in the business for the past decade and recently became the sole owner.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Missoula Children’s Theater: ‘Gulliver’s Travels’

More than 60 local kids performed in the Friday, Feb. 9, Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) production of Gulliver’s Travels. The event was sponsored by Kids Klub, Inc., with support from Dr. Matthew and Katie Told, Up Front Construction and Grangeville Community Foundation. Super 8 Motel was host to the actors and accompanist was Carla Astle. (Top) Aliens of Lilliput and Aliens of Bleffusca (L-R) Autumn Long, Noah Rodriguez and Samantha Spencer get along; (Left) Jefferson Good is the Maniacal Scientist of Lapunta; and (right) Yahoos Payje Sickels and Abigayle Phillips listen for instruction.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


‘Downward spiral’ if levy does not pass says Supt. Scheibe

“I know it’s not the best system to have property taxes bear the brunt of education costs – but what other options do we have?” questioned Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe. MVSD will go to the polls March 13 to request a $3,090,048 levy.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho ranked 8th best state in which to retire

Luckily for our readers, Idaho is ranked 8th in “best states to retire.” This is based on a list compiled by the on-line site WalletHub (2018), which compared the 50 states across 41 key indicators of retirement-friendliness. Their analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Trio Keeps Grangeville Veterans' Center Lively

Taco Thursday at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center brings in not only a crowd for tacos, but also a group of musicians to keep the atmosphere lively. Pictured here on Feb. 8 are (L-R) John Purdy, Ginny Cash and Marian Wikoff. Not pictured is Bob Wikoff.

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Everson to present on tunnel system ‘hoop houses’

Local gardeners, are you tired of long winters and short summers? Those tomatoes and watermelons aren’t ripening quickly enough? Would you like to extend your growing season? Set aside some time for this Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Grangeville Farmers’ Market (GFM) will sponsor a presentation by Jared Everson on “High Tunnels, more commonly referred to locally as “hoop houses.”

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Students show knowledge of countries at ‘Worlds Fair’ event

It was a trip around the world in a day at Centennial Evangelical Free Church Jan. 25. A group of homes-schooled students gathered to show their “Around the World” projects to friends, family and community members. Dressed in Swedish clothing, Maggie Foster offered insights into Sweden as well as a taste of homemade Swedish meatballs.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Grant provides welding equipment for CVHS

Thanks to some federal funding, Clearwater Valley High School’s agricultural program is now a little bit richer. In machinery, anyway. The CVHS agricultural ed program recently received the Carl Perkins Federal Grant for the 2017-18 year and with that money was able to purchase six new DialArc 250 ac/dc welders, eight regulators, 11 hoses, nine torches, 18 tips, and 12 electrode holders. “The equipment will allow the students to learn and develop skills necessary to meet industry standards,” explained agricultural science teacher Kirk Summers. “The equipment is the current use of the industry at this time. All of the new welding equipment meets the highest safety standards and thus will allow students to learn and work according to the safety standards of the industries.”

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Hospital ends year in the red; Syringa facility still ‘financially viable,’ accountant says

“It just wasn’t a stellar year financially for the hospital,” said Carl Swenson, with Crandall-Swenson, PLLC (certified public accountants) out of Boise. Swenson spoke to the Syringa board of trustees at the Jan. 23 meeting. “All businesses have good years and bad years,” he continued. “This year is not a result of things the hospital specifically did, but just by the fact it exists at this time.”

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah 304 to ask patrons for $500k in March levy vote

Kamiah Joint School District 304 will try again for a levy come March 13. “I think we’re ready; I think we’re in a good place,” said superintendent Steve Higgins. JSD 304 will ask patrons to pass a $500,000 maintenance and operations levy March 13.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Corder offers full dog, cat grooming at vet hospital

Full service dog grooming is now conveniently located at Camas Veterinary Hospital. Sara Corder started off last year as a veterinarian’s assistant for Dr. Phil Volkman. “I’ve always loved animals, so it was a good fit,” she said. Corder previously lived in Orofino and worked as a dog groomer for six years. She learned from a groomer in Lewiston.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Diagnosis changes life of area nail technician

What started as a nuisance a few months ago became a life-changing diagnosis for Jen Huntley. Huntley has owned the business Get Nailed! since 2006, and prior to that cleaned rooms at Elk Horn Lodge, so her lifestyle has been that of physical work.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD will tip $3 million mark for spring levy

After reviewing several options and discussing various alternatives, Mountain View School District 244 trustees made the decision Jan. 16 to ask for a $3,090,048 million levy in March. The board voted 4-1 in favor of going to the $3 million mark as well as transferring $600,000 from reserves to balance the budget and make up for the loss of Secure Rural Schools funding. Trustee Casey Smith of Clearwater voted no, though chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia said he had hoped the board could stand united in its efforts to present a levy.

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


Greencreek Crab Feed: Time To Eat, Dance, Visit

St. Anthony’s Altar Society held its annual crab feed at the Greencreek Community Hall to a sell-out crowd Saturday, Jan. 20. Guests were treated to crab, tri-tip, side dishes and beverages as well as music by The Senders and plenty of time to dance and visit.

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


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..


SS Tuscania carries Idaho County men; Commemoration of 100 years since sinking set for Feb. 5 at GHS

Thousands of miles from Idaho County, an historic tragedy tied Idaho to Ireland. On Feb. 5, 1918, the SS Tuscania was torpedoed and sank at nightfall in the Irish channel. On board was a large contingent of Idahoans, including men from Idaho County and Kamiah. Of these men, William I. Droogs of Mt. Idaho was killed in the incident, as was another Idaho man, John C. Robinson of Potlatch. They were Idaho’s first combat fatalities in World War I. “This is a very significant event to Idaho and our county,” said Idaho County Historical Society member Floyd Whitley of Cottonwood, who has researched the event and created a PowerPoint presentation. A program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking will feature this Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m., at Grangeville High School. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend the event, which will also include live period music performed by locals.

January 24, 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..


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..


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