GRANGEVILLE – Times, they are a changing. Asker’s Harvest Foods has been purchased by the Jerry Cloninger family and will soon change its name to Cloninger’s Marketplace.

GRANGEVILLE – Grangeville Umpqua Bank employees celebrated their customers with breakfast out Friday, April 5.

STITES – Craig Shorey of Stites wasn’t looking to purchase a business, but the opportunity fell in his lap.

GRANGEVILLE – “Hospice focused on caring, not curing,” said Syringa Hospice social worker Cindy Higgins at the March 26 hospital board meeting.

GRANGEVILLE – Spring break wasn’t much of a break for Lewis-Clark State College student Morgan Crea.

The Farm Table Café will be opening soon on Kooskia’s Main Street. This restaurant – which I have heard has excellent food – is relocating from Craigmont to Kooskia later this spring.

Air Bridge internet services moved into the former Radio Shack/One Hour Photo building on Grangeville’s Main Street Friday, March 22. Those who live in Idaho, Lewis, or Clearwater counties and are interested in internet service can call 208-935-6010.

Melinda Hall of Grangeville, an employee of KORT Radio for nearly 30 years, will retire this week. Stop by and bid her well. She’ll be at the station Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29. Thanks, Melinda, for your hard work and investment in our community!

Congratulations to all the Best of Idaho County winners 2019! To see the winners, check out Look for winners to be highlighted in next week’s edition of the Shopper and/or Free Press.

Pictured are attendees to the Blue Fox Theater viewing of Sasquatch Search 2 which was held Saturday, March 16. The proceeds from this event will go toward entry fee and travel costs to a teen film festival competition in Idaho Falls April 26-28 for students Josh Kearny, Logan Wells, and two…

GRANGEVILLE – “When thinking about what to talk about today, I looked up the top health terms searched by state in 2018,” Dr. Danny Griffis told about 12 people at a Syringa Hospital lunch-time health session, March 14.

You have probably heard the rumors around town, but, according to several employees at Asker’s Harvest Foods, they aren’t just rumors: Cloninger’s, Inc., has purchased Asker’s. It sounds like Jerry Cloninger has a lot going on as far as building a new store here in Grangeville, but I have no…

GRANGEVILLE – Although Idaho’s Proposition 2, Medicaid expansion, passed in November 2018 with more than a 60 percent approval, the fight is not yet over.

Grangeville Chamber of Commerce will hold its quarterly board meeting Thursday, March 21, at The Gallery. As usual social time is from 5:30 until 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program. The Grangeville City Public Works Director, Bob Mager, will present information about the new cross-co…

Remember to stop by Wells Fargo Bank in Grangeville Friday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and wish a happy retirement to Betty Campbell. Betty is retiring after 45 years as a teller at Cottonwood and Grangeville.


“Tyler Adkison woke up in a hospital bed four years ago with 18 of his teeth either chipped or missing, his jaw wired shut and his face feeling more like he’d gone 12 rounds than nine innings,” begins a story in the San Diego Union Tribune by Kirk Kenney, Feb. 13.

GRANGEVILLE – Thanks to new technology, Syringa Hospital and Clinic patrons have the ability to be proactive and take their healthcare into their own hands in an even bigger way now.

Would you like to share a Valentine with a local person and make their day? Here’s your chance. Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation will be host to a Valentine party with sweet treats Thursday, Feb. 14, 3:15 p.m. All residents will have a Valentine bag hanging outside his or her door so Va…

GRANGEVILLE – “I want to address [rumors in the community] what the VA is telling veterans,” said Syringa trustee Steve Didier at the Jan. 22 board meeting. “They are saying we [Syringa] refused to sign the local VA contract and that is false.”

Local enrichment classes through Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach are continuing.

GRANGEVILLE – “You had a very good year,” accountant Carl Swenson told the Syringa Hospital board Tuesday, Jan. 22.

GRANGEVILLE – The pieces all came together perfectly, Camden Schacher said.

Mark your calendars: Grangeville Arts’ Annual Sushi Night is set for Saturday, March 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery. Cost is $25; call 208-983-2595 for reservations as limited seating is available. There will be a sushi bar, orange chicken, fried rice, edamame and vegetable options.

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This in from Jeff Kutner, Grangeville Chamber of Commerce: “Be aware that the scammers are out pretending to be Avista Utilites, saying that your electricity is going to be cut off within the hour for nonpayment. This is a scam. They also make it seem like they are calling from Avista's 800 …

    The Community Action Partnership (CAP) may be able to help those who qualify with their utility bills. The assistance goes toward customers’ energy bills during the cold winter months.

      John Trueblood, a physician assistant and retired Navy corpsman, will begin seeing patients at St. Mary’s Clinics in Craigmont on Mondays and Wednesdays, in Nezperce on Tuesdays and Fridays, and in the Cottonwood clinic on Thursdays.

        Don’t forget: On Saturday, Jan. 19, the people’s march for inclusion and equality of all people is planned in Grangeville. The event is based at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall at 311 S. Hall Street. After optional sign-making at 10:30 a.m., participants will gather by 11:30 a.m. to begin the march on the sidewalks of downtown Grangeville.

          Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in November, down slightly from October and continuing at or below 3 percent for the 15th consecutive month. The state’s labor force – the total number of people 16 years of age and older working or looking for work – was 854,243, increasing by 0.1 percent and essentially unchanged since July. Total employment increased by 1,198 to 831,851, while the number of unemployed people decreased by 433 to 22,392.

            More than 103,154 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance coverage for the 2019 plan year during open enrollment held from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2018, through Your Health Idaho, the state’s health insurance marketplace. This is the second highest number of enrollments Your Health Idaho has experienced since inception. Enrollment numbers for 2019 grew by more than 1 percent, with 83 percent of customers renewing their plans.

              With the arrival of the sustained colder temperatures, heating systems are operating more frequently and for longer periods of time, which can increase monthly energy costs. Avista suggests checking your home’s air flow and making sure to use supplemental heating sources efficiently to help manage your winter energy bill. Making sure door sweeps are in good condition and caulking around windows and doors will help prevent cold air from seeping in under doors. As a temporary measure, roll a towel and place at the base of exterior doors. Other no-cost recommendations include:

                Elk Mountain Logging, owned by Jeff Adams of Grangeville, was featured in the November 2018 edition of the trade magazine “Loggers World.” “Elk Mountain Logging in Grangeville is an operation of five loggers and enjoys the services of six owner-operator truck drivers to keep the logs moving to the mill,” the article states.

                  A Beginning Spanish Language and Culture class is set to begin Jan. 24. This will run Mondays and Thursdays, for six weeks, through March 14. The courses are offered through Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach and will be instructed by Francisca Garner each evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $68. Registration closes Jan. 16. Call 208-983-2164 to register or e-mail coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at

                    In 2018, small-business optimism, and with it, boosts in hiring and employee compensation, soared through the ceiling. Can it continue in 2019? Results from a survey of National Federation of Independent Business/Idaho (NFIB Idaho) members recently released shows how it can—and it can without any help or hindrance from the Legislature.

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