Illegal drug use in popular recreation areas along U.S. Highway 12 came under scrutiny during the Memorial Day weekend with law enforcement emphasis patrols resulting in 30 individual charges, including some felonies.

KOOSKIA – Longtime Idaho County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Doug Ulmer, is looking to take the next step. Last week, the Kooskia resident formally announced his candidacy for Idaho County Sheriff, which will come up for election next year.

Results of the May 21 election were canvassed last week by the Idaho County Commission with no substantive changes to results.

Move.org 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.

Should local government run the local recycling program?

Idaho County has been at odds with the state’s land use planning law for decades, but the people responsible for keeping the county up to code – the Idaho County Commissioners – won’t face prosecution any time soon.

Fourth and fifth graders from throughout the area participated in the Idaho History Rendezvous at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood Wednesday, May 15. Students gathered from Grangeville, Nezperce and Cottonwood to learn hands-on Idaho history including seeing demonstrations on campi…

COTTONWOOD – Representatives from the National Weather Service Missoula office visited the Monastery of St. Gertrude last week to commend 80 years of weather reporting service.

The family of missing Grangeville resident Shawnta Pankey has announced that human remains found in the Snake River last weekend are those of the 25-year-old woman who has been missing for a year.

The Valley Singers and Bell Ringers presented an Easter performance at the Monastery of St. Gertrude through its spirituality and arts program Sunday, April 28, in Cottonwood. The group, made up of community musicians from Kamiah and Kooskia and the surrounding areas, presented a variety of …

Flooding hit much of Idaho Tuesday, April 9, and in Idaho County, Stites bore the brunt as the creeks that drain into the South Fork Clearwater River could not keep up with days upon days of rain in addition to spring runoff, and flowed onto what is normally dry ground.

COTTONWOOD -- Happy Father’s Day to all Dads. And Happy Birthday to my hubby on Saturday. Congratulations to the three children of Melvin and Joyce Sonnen. All three graduated this year; Paul from Prairie High School, Laina and Whitney both from LCSC. It is very unusual for all the children …

COTTONWOOD -- It must be officially summer. School is out or soon will be, and it is vacation Bible school time at two of the churches in Cottonwood. Time for some outdoor fun.

COTTONWOOD -- Monday, May 27, 2019 is the official celebration of Memorial Day, honoring our fallen military heroes. The VFW honor guard will conduct memorial ceremonies at the Greencreek Cemetery at 10 a.m., and the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery at 11 a.m., followed by the ceremony at Cotton…

COTTONWOOD -- The next meeting of the Prairie Art Association will be next week on May 13, at the Craigmont City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Bring a pencil and paper, as Pat Gehring will teach a class on values. Also bring a sack lunch. Anyone interested in art is invited.

    COEUR D’ALENE – The Idaho Community Foundation’s Northern Region Grant Panel has selected 75 north Idaho nonprofit organizations to receive more than $255,000 through its annual competitive grant cycle.

      COTTONWOOD -- Sunday, June 23, is Idaho County Democrats’ annual fund-raiser, a picnic and pie auction. This year’s picnic will again be held at the Cottonwood City Park, across from the fairgrounds. There will be a table of silent auction items and a live pie auction. ICDP will provide hamb…

        GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m., at Super 8 in Grangeville. The public is welcome to attend.

          GRANGEVILLE -- Fenn Livestock will be holding a car wash for donations at Les Schwab Tire Center in Grangeville on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

            COTTONWOOD -- Gas up the all-terrain vehicle and head out on a wilderness adventure like no other. Get up close and personal with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles, and so much more! This summer kids will focus in on some amazing, real-life encounters w…

              COTTONWOOD -- 2019 Vacation Bible School … Don’t Miss The Bus! June 24-28. Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Location: Catholic Education Center (CEC Building behind Prairie Elementary School). Cool crafts, fun games, upbeat music, creative skits, exciting activities and Bible stories are included. Regi…

                GREENCREEK -- Light up the Night for Sister Mary’s Children: Join Sister Mary’s Children on June 8 at the Greencreek Hall for dinner, dance and an auction in support of the community and projects loved by Sister Mary Paule Tacke. The evening will start at 5:30 p.m., with a baked potato bar f…

                  GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Treasurer’s Office reminds residents the second half of 2018 property taxes are due by Thursday, June 20, at close of business at 5 p.m. Payments can be made at the treasurer’s office at the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville, by phone and online.

                    Cottonwood area Veterans of Foreign Wars members and veterans in general gathered in Greencreek and Cottonwood Monday, May 27, Memorial Day, to pay tribute to their fallen comrades. The name of each veteran laid to rest in the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery is read as the 21-gun-salute is give…

                    Under pressure from the state, the Idaho County Commission will move to comply with the state land use planning law, Idaho County Commission chairman Skip Brandt told the Free Press Friday, May 24 – and the current commission won’t be delegating the task to a separate planning and zoning com…

                      COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Community Yard Sale is set for Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up maps at Cottonwood Foods or Rodonna’s Restaurant.

                        GREENCREEK -- The whole family is invited to test their skills in the Out-Shoot the Sheriff event, set for Saturday, June 1, at Greencreek. The event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Freedom Defense training facility, 318 Sonnen Road, and is a fund-raiser for the Idaho County Republica…

                        Voters head to the polls next Tuesday to decide on area school district levies, positions for the hospital board and highway district, a revenue bond, and a mayoral recall.

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