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BOISE -- Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, introduced a bill Tuesday, Jan. 14, to decriminalize the possession of illegal drugs and allow commitment in treatment facilities for substance abuse disorders. The legislation is intended to shift the state’s drug approach from arrest and incarceration…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- It’s with a heavy heart that I report the loss of two good friends this week. The Silver Mountain Resort avalanche last week, Tuesday, killed two Lochsa River rafters and kayakers. Carl Humphreys, of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Scott Parsons, of Spokane Valley, Wash., found …

WHITE BIRD – Well, are we in Kansas yet? Say hello to the wind and snow...I think it's going to stay around for a few days. There will be no school on the 20th due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Kids enjoy your day off from school, but remember to help out at home if needed.

GRANGEVILLE – Reclaim Idaho – or any other politically charged group for that matter – won’t be spreading its word on Mountain View School District 244 property anytime soon.

GRANGEVILLE – “I was driving from town to home [on Mt. Idaho Grade Road] on Monday [Jan. 6] and when I hit the drive-in corner I thought, ‘something doesn’t look right,’” Chris Wagner said.

KAMIAH – Kamiah may have a bad rep for not passing school levies in the past, but that isn’t stopping the Kamiah Joint School District (KJSD) board 304 from going for an unprecedented two-year levy request.

GRANGEVILLE – How will the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests be managed in the coming decades? What are the plans to guide the complexity of resource management decisions to be made across four million acres of national forest?

BOISE -- Idaho is consistently one of the states with the highest reported rates of suicide. In 2017 the CDC reported suicide as Idaho’s 8th leading cause of death, climbing from 10th place in 2013. Nationally, Idaho’s rate of suicide is 58 percent higher than the US average, growing from a …

    A new study finds Idaho is the No. 10 worst state for people planning to retire early, after analyzing a multitude of financial, health-related and lifestyle factors.

      Plans are underway for the April 2020 launch of a regional initiative to empower local leaders in 22 rural northern Idaho communities with the knowledge and assistance to shape their town’s future. REV up North Idaho provides training, hands-on assistance, and a toolkit for Renewing Economic…

      COTTONWOOD -- If you have been watching the snowstorms this past couple weeks, you may have noticed that they just keep to the mountains mostly and circle the Camas Prairie. Once in a while, a storm will hit here, but the snow is all going sideways and never hits the ground. Sunday night we …

      ELK CITY -- A lone doe was seen on Elk Creek Road near town. She looked forlorn and hungry. Perhaps someone going into Grangeville could pick her up and take her to the prairie so she could join up with her family and not starve here. LOL!

      "It was kind of a bummer we didn’t open for Christmas break, as far as revenue,” Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area manager Mark Vandlik told the Free Press Jan. 13, “but, the last two weekends have been really, really good. For the first weekend, we were surprised at how busy we were, but for …

      GRANGEVILLE – “What is employee engagement?” Syringa Hospital Human Resources Director Katy Eimers asked the board of trustees at the Dec. 17 meeting during a presentation on the hospital’s recent “employee engagement survey.”

        LEWISTON – Lewis-Clark State College is offering a Survey of Music 101 class for the spring semester and the public is invited to attend specified classes for free at the college’s Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St.

          BOISE – Look for special coverage of the 2020 Idaho Legislative Session online and in print, reported by interns provided through the University of Idaho.

            Syringa Hospital’s Julie Hammatt, NP, and Maja Ledgerwood, LCSW, DSW, will present Healthy Mind and Body “Dealing with our Weight and Well-being” sessions Thursdays, Jan. 16 and 23, noon to 1 p.m., at the Soltman Center. The community is invited to attend these free seminars where topics wil…

            BOISE -- Steven Detmer was born in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child he remembers his grandfather saying that no grandson of his was going to be brought up in Cleveland. His grandfather took the family west and they settled in Cottonwood.

              GRANGEVILLE – Grangeville city administrator Tonya Kennedy has received her state advanced certification from the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers, and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA).

                KAMIAH -- On Monday, Jan. 20, The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is having Tween Time at the Teen Center, 413 Main Street in Kamiah. The teen center will be open from 10 a.m.-noon that day for all kids from third to sixth grade. This is a chance for the ki…

                  GRANGEVILLE -- The Sno Drifters Snowmobile Club will host its fun run Sunday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign-ups will be at the Sno Drifters shelter from 10 a.m. to noon. Parking is available at the Fish Creek parking area (follow the signs). Cost is $5 per hand, as many as you choose, with…

                    KAMIAH -- On Jan. 18, YAB (Youth Advisory Board) will be providing a bus to take 7th-12th graders to Snowhaven for a day of skiing, snowboarding and tubing. The bus will load at 8:45 a.m. at the Kamiah High School football field and leave at 9 a.m, and is scheduled to return to Kamiah by 5:3…

                      OWENSBORO, Ken. – Brescia University recently named its fall dean’s list 2019 recipients. Students on this list completed at least 12 credit hours with a 3.5-4.0 gpa.

                        GRANGEVILLE – The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. Street, will host special guest speakers from Southeast Asia, Monday, Jan. 27. The public is invited for a dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation to follow.

                          KAMIAH -- The Valley Singers, community choir, will begin rehearsals for their 2020 Easter program on Monday evenings beginning Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church (Corner of 7th and Hill St) in Kamiah. Valley Singers are beginning their 67th year of providing music and …

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Clearwater Valley High School Senior, Melanie Gianopulos is organizing a fun run/walk for her senior project. The “Run with your Heart 3 K Fun Run” is to raise awareness for heart health. The event is appropriately scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 15, the day after that day o…

                          LOWELL / SYRINGA -- This is the month that has a purpose for almost every day, starting with New Year’s Day, then today is National Bird Day, then we have Snow Day, Clean Up Highway Day, Appreciate Your Pet Day … it’s like they want you to have a reason to get up in the morning.

                          BOISE -- Gov. Brad Little delivered his second State of the State address Monday, Jan. 6, highlighting past achievements and calling for increased education spending amid an otherwise lean budget year. The governor’s proposed budget calls for improved K-3 literacy, increased teacher salaries…

                          By far the most-viewed image on the Free Press Facebook page last year was of a forest green wagon – a Subaru? with an out-of-state plate? – stuck up to the running boards, drifted slightly sideways, listing slightly driver’s-side, toward the Salmon River, wheels bound in muck that had been …

                          Idaho County education and roads will continue to receive federal funding – at least in the short term, following a two-year extension of Secure Rural Schools (SRS), authorized by Congress last month.

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