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Season not a complete wash out

GRANGEVILLE – On the baseball diamond I am lucky if I don’t strike out. With pen and paper, I’ll admit I haven’t been “to bat” much writing about the game. But sometimes, whether you’ve been on the field or not really has little influence on the outcome. So, I decided ...

By Laurie Chapman

April 21, 2017 9:33 p.m. read more..



Hinterlong volunteers with ‘cream of crop’

COTTONWOOD – Wednesday mornings begin early for Jay Hinterlong. Recently I met him at 7:30 a.m. to head out to Northern Idaho Correctional Institution and pick up two prisoners. The drive consisted of instructions and a review of the day’s plan, and one thought kept playing in my head. Johnny ...

By Laurie Chapman

April 8, 2017 5:45 p.m. read more..



Group works toward encore for Kooskia Opera House

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/mar/31/72987/ True to any theatrical performance, the fate of Kooskia’s Old Opera House reads like a script still in the writing process. Setting the scene: The Old Opera House sits on Kooskia’s Main Street, a two-story building with a century-long history. Originally built in 1912, it was purchased by George ...

By Laurie Chapman

March 31, 2017 11:22 a.m. read more..



Cottonwood fire chief committed to protecting community

Roy Uhlenkott’s great-grandfather bought a plot of land just south of the monastery in Cottonwood from a gentleman who had failed his homesteading bid. Roy’s great-grandfather built a home there and raise his family. Roy, his father and grandfather also raised their families in the same house. With Roy's family ...

By Laurie Chapman

March 18, 2017 3:33 p.m. read more..



Kooskia Internment Camp brought to life

Note: Update to correct first name of President. KOOSKIA – Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans were gripped with fear of another impending attack. Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt responded by issuing Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942. This authorized the deportation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans. ...

By Laurie Chapman

March 13, 2017 12:26 p.m. read more..



Lonesome was our very own Hollywood star

You may not have known there was a movie star in your midst. But if you live in Idaho County, and more specifically the Slate Creek area just off the Salmon River, this is very true. If you are a Western movie aficionado, I would wager a bet you have ...

By Laurie Chapman

February 19, 2017 3:28 p.m. read more..



White Bird antique store a historic relic itself

Travel south from Grangeville on the White Bird grade and at the bottom you will find a tiny, but historic community. Just off Highway 95 is the White Bird community, just a stone’s throw from the site of the White Bird battlefield. If you make a trek to White Bird, ...

By Laurie Chapman

February 11, 2017 3:04 p.m. read more..



Riggins helicopter company to the rescue

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/feb/03/70864/ RIGGINS – American society has been aptly dubbed a throw-away culture. No longer need something, throw it away. No longer want something, throw it away. It extends beyond material goods. Shelters overflow with unwanted and discarded pets. Recently, Valley County residents rallied to the assistance of two such unwanted ...

By Laurie Chapman

February 3, 2017 4:31 p.m. read more..



The clock that stood the test of time

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/jan/27/70626/ GRANGEVILLE – If a clock could talk, the grandfather standing in the Grangeville Wells Fargo branch would tick out quite a tale. Neither flood nor fire could destroy his old bones. He’s travelled from Europe and across this great country eventually stopping in Grangeville where he has resided for ...

By Laurie Chapman

January 27, 2017 3:03 p.m. read more..



Inghram cleans up community a piece at a time

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/jan/26/70563/ GRANGEVILLE - “Thanks Obama!” All kidding aside, when I tell you about Grangeville resident Roger Inghram I imagine you will say the same. It is not meant in jest, as a current viral video about the former U.S. President does. (If you haven’t seen it, Obama tries to dunk ...

By Laurie Chapman

January 21, 2017 10:42 p.m. read more..



Horse rescue reveals love story on multiple levels

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/jan/26/70562/ STITES - It’s not February yet, but I am about to tell a tale of love. It’s a story of a man’s love for his horse. It’s a tale of the love between two horses. And if selfless risk for another can be described as love, it is that ...

By Laurie Chapman

January 13, 2017 5:13 p.m. read more..



Rowland tireless in community efforts

http://www.idahocountyfreepress.com/users/photos/2017/jan/26/70555/ COTTONWOOD – Some individuals seek the limelight. They are driven by drama, and seek to acquire accolades. My daughter calls them divas. Then there are others who fly under the radar. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, making sure activities run smoothly and events pull together unhitched. They devote ...

By Laurie Chapman

January 6, 2017 10:23 p.m. read more..



Finding the spirit of the Prairie Pulse

You may, or may not have noticed a prolonged absence of the Prairie Pulse. I’d like to chalk it all up to illness, but the fact is that most of the absence is completely unrelated to my health. I have in fact taken time to reevaluate how I proceed with ...

By Laurie Chapman

December 9, 2016 4:59 p.m. read more..



A History of Service

When I was six years old, my father was sent to Fort Carson, Colo., to serve as the base dentist. We lived there until I was nine and he was discharged from the military. I still remember his dark green camouflage uniform and his glossy black combat boots. We lost ...

By Laurie Chapman

November 14, 2016 10:32 a.m. read more..



Following the trail to Florence

I hadn't planned to write about Florence again so soon. But an impromptu trip yesterday with Dan Doherty of Slate Creek led through the wilds of Idaho County to what remains of the gold rush town. He called early in the week and said the weather would be perfect this ...

By Laurie Chapman

November 5, 2016 2:51 p.m. read more..



Searching for ghosts in Idaho County

You may have asked yourself why is the Prairie Pulse posting on a Monday, rather than Saturday this week? This is no trick, but rather a little holiday history treat. Today, this Halloween 2016, I decided to indulge in a ghost story of another sort. I am delving into the ...

By Laurie Chapman

October 31, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..



Florence history scripted like a western movie

During last week's blog about the Gold Point Mill and the birth of Elk City, I discovered its link with the long gone city of Florence. I should reiterate the fact that I moved to Idaho two years ago in September; so the history of Idaho County is new to ...

By Laurie Chapman

October 22, 2016 7:45 p.m. read more..



Gold Point Mill discovery, or so it seems

ELK CITY – The trouble with researching history online – and fast to boot – is that invariably you get information incorrect. On Oct. 12, I published a photo from our files that was not identified in our records. I scoured the internet hoping to connect the photo to a ...

By Laurie Chapman

October 17, 2016 3:28 p.m. read more..



Riding the rails in Idaho County

Last week I wrote briefly about the emergence of stagecoach lines in Idaho County, primarily between Lewiston and Stites or Lewiston to Grangeville. There are numerous tales to revisit, far more than I care to deliberate over without fear of boring the reader. However, I do promise to return to ...

By Laurie Chapman

October 8, 2016 7:02 p.m. read more..



The lure of a stagecoach route

Prior to moving to Idaho, I lived in southwest Kansas, Garden City to be exact. If you care to take a gander at a map, you will find the location of Garden City to be about 58 miles northwest of Dodge City, Kansas. Anyone who watched television between 1955 and ...

By Laurie Chapman

September 30, 2016 4:24 p.m. read more..

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