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BOISE — Idaho on Thursday received approval from federal officials for the amendments to its state plan for Medicaid that allow Medicaid expansion to proceed on schedule on Jan. 1; enrollment already is underway.

    COTTONWOOD – Planning for the worst-case scenario -- a subject attacking a school, intending to hurt children – will be the focus of a three-day course for regional emergency service responders set in Cottonwood this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.

    GRANGEVILLE – “The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) doesn’t have consensus on everything it’s working on,” said its co-chair Bill Higgins. “What we do have consensus on is increased active management and restoration on the forest; we’ve seen that in recent years. And all of you who live …

    GRANGEVILLE – “I want to congratulate tonight’s grant recipients, but, more importantly, I want to say, ‘thank you,’” Mary Schmidt told a crowd of more than 125 at Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, Thursday, Nov. 7. “You make Grangeville a better place to live.”

      CRAIGMONT -- The life of Ted Trueblood, an outdoor writer and conservationist, will be the topic of a program on Monday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., in the Craigmont Community Hall. This will be presented by his grandson, John Trueblood, a PA in the Craigmont Clinic of St. Mary’s Hospital.

        KAMIAH -- Fred Kuester will be speaking Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., in the Welcome Center on Kamiah Main Street across from Kamiah Emergency Services building. This is a free, public event sponsored by the Kamiah Valley Historical Society and Museum.

        The U.S. Geologic Survey recorded a 2.1-magnitude earthquake in eastern Idaho County last Saturday, Nov. 9. Recorded at a depth of 10 kilometers at 9:53 p.m., the earthquake occurred in a remote back country area due south of Powell near the intersection of Monument and East Fork Moose creek…

        GRANGEVILLE – “These writings grew out of a time of trauma, after my father died,” author Paula Coomer spoke to a book club of 10 participants Thursday, Oct. 24, at The Gallery.

        Grangeville Elementary Middle School held its Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 8, under the direction of music teacher Carla Astle. Participating were the student body who sand and played in the band (with instructor Danica Schmidt), the local Boy Scouts and guest speaker Jinny Cash.

          More than 100 people attended Saturday night’s Veterans’ Day Patriots Ball, held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge, Nov. 9. The evening event included presentations, recognition of the 244th birthday for the U.S. Marine Corps, dinner and dancing, with music provided by Joaquin and Verna Lowe and…

          Grangeville High School’s FFA chapter organized the Veterans Day assembly Monday, Nov. 11. Idaho County Veterans Service Officer Lucky Gallego spoke to the student body, students shared their thoughts, the band and Varsity Blue Choir performed under the direction of Danica Schmidt and vetera…

          GRANGEVILLE – A Middleton man charged in September’s carjacking and pursuit across the Camas Prairie is petitioning for a change of venue for trial, due to claims he will not receive an impartial jury in Idaho County.

          Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTO held its annual jogathon fund-raiser this fall. Bringing in the most money for their school were (L-R) Clayton Keeler, Kobe Nadiger, Zoey Alm and Daxton Alm. All children received a pedal car with the exception of Nadiger who received a laser tag game.

          Free Press reader Denton Thaves shared this November sunset view, looking across Grangeville.

          This horse was looking for friendly visitors as he was highlighted by a sunbeam early Saturday morning, Nov. 2, on the Harpster grade.

            KAMIAH -- Kamiah Food Bank located at The Life Center (4432 Hwy 12, Kamiah) has changed distribution dates due to the holidays. Regular distribution will still occur on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. - noon. Changed dates are Monday, Nov. 25, and Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. t…

            ELK CITY – Here is a belated photo of the “Maze of Doom” that was the Halloween event at the school. Looks pretty scary! A special thanks to all the volunteers who produced it.

            WHITE BIRD -- Are we getting our Indian summer or has Mother Nature decided it is time for the season to change to winter? We are staying in the mid- 50s for the next week, but getting down in the 30s for the nights. Stay warm...the Medical and Relief, along with the American Legion and many…

            RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “We begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” author Unknown. This spurred another thought…Live now making memories and enjoying the time you have together with family and friends.

            LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Is there anything better than a weekend doing nothing? Eat whatever you want, watch massive amount of football in front of your wood stove, check your e-mail and Facebook every once in a while, stay in your PJs or sweats, call your mom, let the dogs veg out on the couch. …

            COTTONWOOD -- As I write this Monday morning I am reminded of my husband, Virgil, and all the men and women who gave of their time to help protect us over the years by serving in the military. We salute all veterans today and all thru the month of November. I am especially proud of my classm…

            Kooskia Friends of the Library hosted its annual fall book sale at the Kooskia Community Hall Saturday, Nov. 2. The group sold items individually and then offered “all you can fit in a bag for $1” starting at 11 a.m.

              GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., at the Super 8 in Grangeville. The public is welcome to attend.

                GRANGEVILLE – Syringa Hospital will sponsor a “Keep it Local Blood Drive” Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center from noon-4:30 p.m.

                  GRANGEVILLE -- Elks Burger Night in November will be Friday, Nov. 22. Animal Ark will receive the net profit/proceeds of the food sales. Plan to come down and support Animal Ark by having a fresh ground beef hamburger with hand cut French fries or salad. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner service b…

                    BOISE, ID – The Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) has awarded grants to 16 organizations located throughout the State of Idaho. ISHS and the Community Enhancement Grants program serve the history needs of the entire state. The program is an important way the ISHS assists groups and organ…

                    Gov. Brad Little said he will protect public schools from the new spending and budget reductions he is asking of other state agencies.

                    The bar is open! Kelly Johnson, who has worked for Dan Johnson for the past four and a half years, is not only opening the Nezperce Hotel Bar - otherwise known as the Clover Club - she has grand plans. Kelly would like to reopen the cafe, which has been closed for several years.

                    BOISE — Attorneys representing a Colorado-based company suing the Idaho State Police for seizing a shipment of hemp in January are pointing to new federal rules governing hemp production and transport to bolster their legal arguments.

                      KAMIAH -- Repairs are scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 13-16, on State Highway 162, four miles south of Kamiah, to address damage from springtime flooding.

                      GRANGEVILLE – “I believe it was mentioned at the conference that 10,000 people per day are qualifying for Medicare,” Syringa Hospital CEO Abner King told the board of trustees at the Oct. 22 meeting.

                      Milk prices are good today, but five years of low prices have taken a toll on the dairy industry. The Gem State is America’s No. 3 dairy producer.

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