LYONS, Neb. – Despite bipartisan support, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program will not be included in the latest stimulus package for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    COTTONWOOD -- St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics and the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation recently introduced its new Rehabilitation Services Facility at St. Mary’s in Cottonwood. The new space houses both physical and occupational therapies and provides expansion to the old space.

    GRANGEVILLE – A new salon is open for business in Grangeville: Savvy Hair Studio is located at 117 West North Street, and owner Stacy Askew is already drawing in a crowd.

    Kamiah Valley View Church if the Nazarene will be host to a free concert by Christian recording artist, Carman, Sunday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. The performance is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Support Grangeville Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pioneer Park. The market will continue through Oct 3. Did you know the terms herb and spice are often used interchangeably, but are in fact two distinct types of seasonings, made from different parts of plants and proce…

    This in from Idaho Sewing for Sports: “Calling all former Idaho Sewing for Sports co-workers! We want to have a reunion work party. OK … that sound more fun than it will be…. However, we would love to see you and could use your help. COVID-19 and our efforts to provide PPE for our local and …

      Each year, the top-10 performing states for critical access hospital data reporting rates and levels of improvement are recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) is run …

        LEWISTON – The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, hosted at Lewis-Clark State College, has received permission to expand into Grangeville this fall, Traci Birdsell, senior director of the Educational Opportunity Grants Program at LC State, has announced.

          GRANGEVILLE – As of Aug. 10, Syringa Hospital & Clinics requires all patients and visitors to have a face mask while in the facility.  Masks will be provided for those who do not have one.

          Remi and Rylie Arnzen participate in the Grangeville Centennial Library Story Walk. Join in before it ends Sept. 30. Stop by the library at 215 W. North Street (next to Grangeville City Hall) to pick up a list of participating businesses, listed in order or book pages, or clip the following:…

          The South Fork Junction recently opened a new restaurant and lounge after renovating the former Junction Lodge at 7176 Highway 14 near Elk City. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. every day except Tuesday. Find their menu on Facebook at South Fork Junction. Lod…

          GRANGEVILLE – Seeing the need for more restaurant options and armed with a talent for barbecued ribs, The Rib Guy and Gal opened their doors to the community of Grangeville. Located off of U.S. Highway 95, the infamous yellow building offers a variety of meals.

          Winners of the Mammoth Bucks in Grangeville’s Crazy Days contest were first place: Hollen Hays, second place: Janet Hays, third place: tie-Walt Edward and Sue Myers There were 63 contestants. The Grangeville merchants and chamber of commerce thank everyone for their participation in a succes…

          GRANGEVILLE -- On Aug. 5, Idaho Business for Education (IBE) held Close the Divide Day to collect computers for students who don’t have them and may find themselves in a remote-learning environment during the 2020-21 school year.

          GRANGEVILLE – The voice of the Blue Fox Theater and Sunset Auto Vue will hang up his microphone at the end of September.

            GRANGEVILLE -- Idaho County Recycling, Grangeville Center, is looking for a new site manager. They will manage drop offs, pick-ups, online site presence, volunteer sign ups and COVID-19 related health risk in relation to recycling. This is a compensated volunteer position.

              The Idaho Department of Labor is in the process of notifying unemployed workers who will exhaust extended benefits under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that they can apply for additional benefits through the Federal-State Extended Benefit program.

              Come support Grangeville Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Park.  This week's tidbit: Botanically speaking, zucchini is a fruit though we often talk of it as a vegetable. Zucchini are usually picked when the seeds are soft and immature (8 inches in length). A zucchi…

              KOOSKIA — The Syringa Hospital Foundation (SHF) announced July 30 it will not move forward with purchasing the Baylor Building on Main Street where the Kooskia Syringa Clinic is located.

                Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) will administer $1,401,000 in CARES Act Recovery Assistance funds awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help North Central Idaho communities and businesses respond to economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

                Know that the detour off U.S. Highway 95 is not bad at all. The Old Pollock Road has been improved and the wait isn’t unusually long. Be prepared to put an extra 30-ish minutes on your trip. There are several signs through the Pollock route that ask people to slow down. One read, “This isn’t…

                  MagnifyMoney (a LendingTree company) recently released the results of its survey on Americans hoarding cash due to coronavirus fears. The survey of more than 1,000 Americans found that 28 percent have stockpiled cash in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and of those who withdrew cash, th…

                  GRANGEVILLE – “Medicare pays about 85 percent of hospice costs,” social worker and Syringa Hospice director, Cindy Higgins, explained at the June 23 Syringa board meeting.

                  Mark your calendars for Friday, Aug. 7, when Pine Tree Community Credit Union will be host to its annual Customer Appreciation Barbecue at both the Grangeville and Riggins locations. Stop in from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and a dessert bar, as well as the c…

                  A 2019 study found Idaho County at average with the state in a variety of social and economic factor areas, and lower than the state in the areas of children eligible for free and reduced lunch and median family income.

                    Well, the state approved the Main Street activities, so it looks like everything is on for Border Days’ Main Street events. Just remember to listen to Border Days committee members, announcers and law enforcement when asked to social distance and be safe. We want to keep our community healthy!

                    GRANGEVILLE – A new member has recently joined the staff of the advertising department for the Idaho County Free Press.

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