The Grangeville city pool was full of water last Wednesday, May 27, in preparation for the summer swim season. The city has set a tentative opening date for Saturday, June 13th. However, the date and program offerings this season are subject to change, depending on COVID-19 requirements. Che…

    At our June meeting we will discuss the final plans for Field Day and learn how the antennas we plan on using work. Our Field Day operation will be at the Fish Creek Campground Pavilion approximately 12 miles south of Grangeville on June 27-28. Two complete amateur radio stations will be set…

      Until further notice the Prairie Mountain Nutrition Senior Meals will be pickup or delivery only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please notify Prairie Mountain Nutrition either the night before or by 8 a.m. the day of if you’ll be picking up a meal and how many. You can call Cottonwood City Ha…

        Register starting at 7 a.m. June 20 at Sing Lee Campground, seven miles up Newsome Creek Road off State Highway 14, for two days of archery fun. Full Draw Archers will have 40 3D targets set up for adults, youth 13-17 and cubs 7-12 to shoot for scores in 12 classifications. Scores are due in…

          Grangeville Swim Team registration for returning swimmers and their siblings is online at grangevillesports.com, and new swimmer registration will open June 7. The team size is capped at 80, so organizers are asking all to register early.

            COTTONWOOD -- The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies, 14 to 18 years old, interested in participating as a part of the 2020-2021 fair royalty. Girls must be going into their sophomore though senior years of high school and must be available through the end of the 202…

            COTTONWOOD -- A funnel cloud was spotted a few miles east of Greencreek on May 26 at 9:30 a.m. At one point it looked like it touched down on the ground. There were several more smaller ones that day. In the early morning hours on Sunday, May 31, we had a terrible rainstorm. Weather is getti…

            KAMIAH -- We are in the season of celebrating family. Last month was Mother’s Day, then Memorial Day and soon, Father’s Day. We hope all the ladies had a wonderful Mother’s Day! We love you and appreciate all you do for us and our world. You serve so selflessly with great grace and kindness.

            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A beautiful spring morning provided the backdrop for the somber occasion of a Memorial Day commemoration at the Pine Ridge Cemetery near Kooskia. Members of the American Legion, Post No. 75, and VFW Post No. 5407, provided color guard and honor guard for the ceremony. Ro…

            ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips says that as we move “through Governor Little's four stage plan, the Elk City Community Library will open Tuesday, June 2, from 2-5 p.m. The need to follow CDC's guidelines is very important and they will be posted on the front door of the school. Social distancing o…

            RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Go ahead and make a big deal over your birthday… (or graduation since it is that time of year). Dress up and go dancing…any kind of dancing…even your own home! Make somethin…

            WHITE BIRD -- What happened to our weather…Mother Nature is at it again! We went from hot weather to 20 degrees cooler in a blink of an eye. Rivers are running high and debris is in the water.

            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last Friday I cheered on the graduating seniors at both the Clearwater Valley parade, in my CV news area, and the Grangeville parade where I saw my great-nephew Quinn Hall. It was a little challenging to wave a “Congrats 2020 grads” sign, point a camera, wave and cheer a…

            Businesses, individuals, family, friends, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department, Idaho County and Grangeville law enforcement officers, churches and organizations all came together Friday, May 22, to honor Grangeville High School class of 2020 graduates. GHS seniors and their families ma…

            St. John Bosco (formerly Summit Academy) in Cottonwood held its graduation ceremony May 23 in Greencreek with a Mass for families. Erin Chmelik, Alexis Currier, Jessie Sonnen and David Wassmuth are the class of 2020 graduates.

            Free Press reader, Denton Thaves, caught this moment at the Grangeville Lions Park on May 19: A large puddle created by recent rains makes for reflection of trees.

              The local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet previously rescheduled for May 30 has been moved to July 18. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville, $30 for members or $65 for individual meal plus membership. Contact Susan Harries, 208-983-0995.

                Register starting at 7 a.m. June 20 at Sing Lee Campground, seven miles up Newsome Creek Road off State Highway 14, for two days of archery fun. Full Draw Archers will have 40 3D targets set up for adults, youth 13-17 and cubs 7-12 to shoot for scores in 12 classifications. Scores are due in…

                  The Idaho High School Activities Association named Clearwater Valley’s Martha Smith the IHSAA’s 2020 1A Interscholastic Star, which is an award recognizing her for exemplifying “the best qualities of students who are involved in high school activities.” Along with the award, the IHSAA will s…

                  The nation commemorated Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. Among those in Idaho County, VFW Post 5407 and American Legion Post 75 teamed up to present events at six locations from Kamiah to Kooskia.

                  PORTLAND, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration presented Kyle Vopat with one of its highest honors as part of the 2020 Administrator’s Excellence Awards.

                  Most of us are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it! Even low levels of dehydration can zap our energy, cause mood changes, and in general throw off our chemical make-up! Just as important as eating good foods is putting a good amount of liquids into your body! Just a few physiologi…

                    LEWISTON – Despite challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a transition to remote learning midway through the semester, a total of 501 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction this spring.

                      KAMIAH -- Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) asked aspiring artists in Kamiah and Kooskia to submit original work that expressed themselves through art on their feelings of #safeathome and they delivered in a big way! The judges were floored by the talent, thoughtfulness and technical a…

                      COTTONWOOD -- We are remembering all our veterans on Memorial Day. We appreciate your service to our country. The VFW held their Memorial Day Services at the Ferdinand and Keuterville cemeteries this year. This is a great service that they do for our area. They alternate between the four tow…

                      RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Is your life starting to feel like a circus?…Start planning that dream trip! Soon you’ll be on your way. Be open to making new friends…even if you’re very, very shy. Steer c…

                      ELK CITY -- Things will be heating up this week weather-wise as summer is on its way. Looks like it will get up into the 90s in the next few days.

                      WHITE BIRD -- We are going to be warming up in the next week or two, after we got done with some cloudiness during the Memorial Day weekend. A really nice service took place at the cemetery for all the veterans on Monday. Cheryl, the grounds looked very nice and all the flags flying just add…

                      Kamiah High School’s class of 2020 held its graduation Saturday, May 23, at the track and football field while practicing safe social distancing.

                      GRANGEVILLE – Two local Sts. Peter and Paul School student writers recently fared well in the Alice Whitman chapter (Lewiston) of the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay contest. 

                      Do you want to learn how to safely can, dry or freeze your garden’s bounty? University of Idaho Extension invites the public to enroll in Preserve@Home, an online food preservation class to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of foods. Participants learn how to produce high-qu…

                        GRANGEVILLE – Danielle Uhlenkott, Grangeville High School senior and salutatorian for the class of 2020, was recently named as a delegate to the Congress for Future Medical Leaders. This conference will take place in Lowell, Mass., June 24-26.

                        Until further notice, the Prairie Mountain Nutrition Senior Meals will be pickup or delivery only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

                        CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Clearwater Valley High School graduation parade will be held this Friday, May 22. Line up at 12:30p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Elementary school. The parade begins at 1 p.m., traveling down Main Street to the high school. Each family can bring two vehicles (no trai…

                        ELK CITY -- Marlene George would like to let you all know that the spring order for bricks for the Memorial Wall at the Elk City Park is going to be submitted June 1. Anyone interested in having a brick for themselves, a friend, or family member with military time, should call Dale George at…

                        COTTONWOOD -- The grass is green, flowers are blooming, and we have been able to work outside once in a while when it isn’t raining. Our garden is starting to come up.

                          Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Board members met via phone conference May 5.  Although not ideal, it was a way to meet, report and catch up on what has happened and what planning needs to be done.

                          WHITE BIRD -- The city council held their meeting last Wednesday, and with great discussion, consideration to the folks in town, and the surrounding area, they voted to cancel White Bird Days. many organizations had canceled, but have left it up to the bars if they would like to do anything.…

                          RIGGINS -- Quote of the week is the motto for the SRHS Class of 2020: “Last of the Best.” Congratulations to each of you, and best wishes on your future as you walk from the halls of SRHS to life beyond the walls of the Salmon River Canyon.

                          These horses on Luke’s Gulch Road outside of Stites were enjoying some spring greens recently.

                          Free Press reader Denton Thaves captured this rainbow in Grangeville at sunset last Thursday, May 14.

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