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KAMIAH – Kamiah may have a bad rep for not passing school levies in the past, but that isn’t stopping the Kamiah Joint School District (KJSD) board 304 from going for an unprecedented two-year levy request.

    LEWISTON – Lewis-Clark State College is offering a Survey of Music 101 class for the spring semester and the public is invited to attend specified classes for free at the college’s Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St.

      OWENSBORO, Ken. – Brescia University recently named its fall dean’s list 2019 recipients. Students on this list completed at least 12 credit hours with a 3.5-4.0 gpa.

      BOISE -- Gov. Brad Little delivered his second State of the State address Monday, Jan. 6, highlighting past achievements and calling for increased education spending amid an otherwise lean budget year. The governor’s proposed budget calls for improved K-3 literacy, increased teacher salaries…

      Idaho County education and roads will continue to receive federal funding – at least in the short term, following a two-year extension of Secure Rural Schools (SRS), authorized by Congress last month.

      RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Last week we walked into a new day, new week, new month, new year, new decade! Sending blessings of love, good health, joyous and beautiful new beginnings.” from Inspire your Beautiful Soul. Take great steps in 2020.

        LEWISTON – A total of 926 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2019 semester. Among the honorees, 460 were on the president’s list while 466 made the dean’s list.

          NAMPA – College of Western Idaho in Nampa recently announced its 2019 fall semester dean’s list. Recipients achieved a grade point average of 3.50-3.99 for the term.

          GRANGEVILLE – “It has been an honor to serve this district, community, staff and, most of all, its students,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Lot Smith said at the Dec. 16 meeting. “We’re human and don’t always make the right choices, but I don’t have any regrets.”

          Grangeville eye doctor Joel Brown spent time at Grangeville Elementary Middle School in Mr. Johnson’s science class in the fall, where he helped students dissect a cow’s eyeball.

          GRANGEVILLE – Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) has a new captain at its helm this year, though he’s not a stranger to the Camas Prairie.

          LEWISTON -- Grangeville High School took 15 students to compete at this year’s Regional BPA competition at Lewis-Clark State College on Monday, Dec. 16.

          The Grangeville Elementary Middle School Christmas concert for grades kindergarten through five was held Thursday, Dec. 12. The program, “Holiday Folk Songs,” was under the direction of music teacher Carla Astle and accompanied by Kimberly Page on piano. For highlights of the concert, see a …

          Grangeville Eagles No. 539 were host to the annual kids Christmas sale Saturday, Dec. 14, where children could purchase gifts for their families at a reasonable price. The Grangeville High School cheerleaders, along with coach Renita Lee, spent the day volunteering their efforts to wrap gift…

          Grangeville High School held its annual Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 9, under the direction of music teacher Danica Schmidt. Performing were the band, concert choir and Varsity Blue Select Choir.

          Jan and Jim Adams of Harpster sell their handmade antler art at the annual Grangeville craft fair at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, held Saturday, Dec. 7.

          BOISE – Statewide, district and school final results are out for the fall Idaho Reading Indicator. Like the preliminary statewide data released in October, the results show that more Idaho students in first through third grade are performing at grade level than was demonstrated in the new IR…

            The upperclassmen team, Jive Turkeys, beat the freshman team, Average Joes, in the annual Grangeville High School dodgeball tournament, held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19. Two 10-player teams participated, each paying $10, which goes to the Lifetime Sports class to help offset expenses for …

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            COTTONWOOD – “We’re excited about helping the hungry and those in need,” Debbie Schneider of The Hangout said. “There’s not much worse than being hungry.”

            KOOSKIA – “At Clearwater Valley Elementary School, our students have checked out 2,680 books so far this year,” CVES Principal Joe Rodriguez told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Nov. 18 meeting. “That’s more than has been checked out at GEMS [Grangeville Elementary Middle …

              WASHINGTON – Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs, which are of great importance to Idaho’s rural communities. In recent years, SRS and PILT funding has become unreliable, creating financial…

              GRANGEVILLE – “The Grangeville FFA Alumni group is all about supporting the kids in the Grangeville High School FFA program,” said alumni member Marie Heckman. “We want to see the kids succeed and grow with in the agriculture community.”

              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.

                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 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 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.

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

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