recently conducted a poll and found that 53.2 percent of millennials surveyed said they prefer to live in small or midsize cities. Compare that to 8.6 percent, the percentage of millennials who prefer a metropolis like New York City or Los Angeles.

This in from Kim Johnson, community relations and foundation manager, St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics: “We have some exciting news and we're so happy to share it...we're growing! Beginning this fall you will be seeing some new faces in our facilities as 4 new medical providers join our staff…

GRANGEVILLE – “I want to apologize for our previous value-based discussion process,” Syringa board chair Leta Strauss stated at the April 23 board meeting. “I believe I went about that the wrong way.”

The Idaho Department of Lands sold a timber sale on Monday, April 22, at Kamiah. Cedar Remix, located nine miles northeast of Kooskia, was sold to IFG Timber LLC. The estimated 1,765 MBF cedar was sold for $380 per M and 3,640 MBF non-cedar was sold for $146 per M. Proceeds will benefit the …

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.

Idaho County Free Press bookkeeper Jolene Rupp made sure the entryway to the newspaper would reflect some spring joy when she planted tulip and daffodil bulbs last year.

In February, Idaho County’s solid waste contractor reported nearly 4,900 tons of garbage were collected in the Camas Prairie-Elk City-Salmon River area during 2018, which overtopped the regular amount of 4,630 tons per calendar year anticipated under the contract.

The phrase “value-based healthcare” is being tossed around quite a bit these days, and for good reason. It represents a healthcare delivery model in which providers, including hospitals and physicians, are paid based on patient health outcomes. The benefits of value-based healthcare are what…

GRANGEVILLE – Airbridge Broadband recently offered Idaho County a deal on Internet service others – including the county’s longtime provider – may find difficult to match. Currently, First Step Internet of Moscow provides the county 30 MBPS (megabits per second) at a cost of $200 per month, …

During the Idaho County Commission meeting on Tuesday, April 16, Idaho County Disaster Management coordinator Jerry Zumalt suggested kudos for county employees Ron Funke, Alana Lyons, Nikki Sickles, who spent a whole day last Sunday visiting landowners affected by flooding.

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.

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

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

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

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.”

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