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    ELK CITY — Approximately 678 Avista electric customers in Elk City and the surrounding area will experience a planned power outage this Friday, Oct. 22. The planned outage will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Impacted customers will be notified. Traffic will be limited to one lane on Stat…

    ELK CITY — “I’m happy to be in Elk City School again — the only school in my zone,” trustee Casey Smith of Clearwater said at the Mountain View School District 244 board meeting Sept. 20.

    ELK CITY — For those of you who like to make doctors’ appointments way ahead of time, Syringa sent the following schedule for the next six months. Nov. 4 – Dr. Wilson; Dec. 2 – Dr. Matthews; Jan. 6 – Dr. Told; Feb. 3 – Dr. Matthews; March 3 – Dr. Wilson; and April 7 – Julie Hammatt. I will b…

    Members of the Elk City 4-H Club traveled to Grangeville Friday, Oct. 1, with leader Heather Kestner (not pictured) to eat at Pizza Factory and swim at Super 8 by Wyndham. The treat was a reward for being winners of the Idaho County Fair 4-H Community Service project award at the fair in 202…

      ELK CITY — Approximately 649 Avista electric customers in Elk City and the surrounding area will experience a planned power outage on Friday, Oct. 8. The planned outage will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Impacted customers will be notified. Traffic will be limited to one lane on State Hi…

      ELK CITY — For those of you who are away from home and want to look in on Elk City, anytime, day or night, all you have to do is go to the web cam.

      ELK CITY — Saturday, Sept. 25 is recognized by Congress as National Hunting and Fishing Day. If I would have remembered, I would have advised you all to go enjoy yourself. Leave your worries behind as you get out into God’s country – the forest.

      ELK CITY — “I want to create a budget team as we head into the 2022-23 school year,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Todd Fiske told the board at the Sept. 20 meeting. “We have to have a levy amount set by the January meeting.”

      ELK CITY — Last week I missed telling you about Constitution Day, that is celebrated on Sept. 17. Constitution Day is when America celebrates the ratification of the Constitution. It was Sept. 17, 1787, that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. So, …

      ELK CITY — Friends of the Elk City Library hosted an end of the summer party for the library’s summer reading program on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Bingo was the name and reading books was the game. With ‘Book Bingo’, the thirteen participants received a Bingo card with titles of books, magazines, mo…

      ELK CITY — Nita Maxwell writes on behalf of the ECVFD: “The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department thanks everyone for their support at our food booth, during Elk City Days. Also, much appreciation to the town landowners for their great response to our annual subscription drive; along with addit…

      ELK CITY —- There were 10 entries for a total of 26 children who took part in the Kiddie Parade during Elk City Days. First place was won by Brycelyne Whiteman for a ‘Girl Power Logger’; second place was Oakley and Zander Tow, as Pebbles and Bam Bam; and third place for Justin Elvridge as a …

        The Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) granted more than $350,000 to educational programs throughout Idaho this summer to support preschool programs, school districts, libraries and more.

        Under smoke filled skies, the annual Elk City Days celebration went off with events and good participation for Aug. 13-15. A big event draw is the Main Street parade, which drew a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.

        ELK CITY -- Idaho Fish and Game is launching a new website, gohuntidaho.org, to help new hunters learn an Idaho tradition that helps people provide their own food, as well as family recreation. They are also launching gooutdoorsidaho.com to encourage people to get outside and enjoy what's ar…

        A morning blaze damaged the Elk City Baptist Church last Thursday, Aug. 12. The Elk City Fire Department was dispatched to the church following the 11:47 a.m. report of the fire.

        ELK CITY — The VFW 8311 Auxiliary will be serving their “all you can eat” breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs in the VFW kitchen on Saturday, Aug. 14 for Elk City Days, 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. These ladies make fantastic food so don’t miss out!

        ELK CITY — We all thought the Dixie-Jumbo fire was winding down. But now there is a Type 2 team (Northern Rockies Team 5) on it. The fire is now more than 42,000 acres and according to today’s (Aug. 1) NIFC report is 12 percent contained. (I am not sure about the accuracy of the 12 percent, …

        ELK CITY —- The melodrama for the Elk City Days parade, Aug. 14, is called The Elk City Gang! It is an old west reenactment from the late 1800s. Larry Marcum is the head of the gang. It should be a lot of fun.

        ELK CITY — Elk City Days will be Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The schedule is out, and the following events are planned. Friday, Aug. 13 – Kiddies Parade at 5 p.m. (sign up at 4:30 p.m. by the post office); Community baseball game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 – VFW Auxiliary Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. a…

        ELK CITY — Just finished reading an interesting history of smoke jumping and firefighting in general. What a timely book to read what with the fires all over the west. The book is called ‘Trimotors and Trails’ by Earl Cooley. He was involved in developing the smoke jumper program, starting i…

        An extended heat wave across the Pacific Northwest last week pushed the mercury high and broke records in several areas, including in Riggins.

        Elk City Wilderness Post No. 8311 Auxiliary held its 2021-22 officer installation Thursday, June 17, at a regular meeting. As shown in the picture above (L-R) are Carolyn Lovell, senior vice; Sharon McKee, trustee; Cheryl Sims, president; Nancy Smart, trustee; Heather Kestner, treasurer; and…

        ELK CITY — Just discovered a great website with everything relating to the founding of this country, the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. Including things such as Common Sense, a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine and first published anonymously on January 10, 1776; The Federalist (later…

        ELK CITY — July 4th is approaching fast! Donations are being gathered for the traditional fireworks celebration. Collection cans are at local businesses. But fireworks may not be in the plans as the U.S. Drought Monitor reports that almost 98 percent of land across 11 western states is abnor…

        ELK CITY — Going into work the other day, two elk were standing on the road. I was rolling to a stop before they decided to slowly walk off the road. What a pleasure to live here! (Unfortunately, I couldn’t grab my camera as it was in the back seat).

        ELK CITY — Elk City Dust Devils have a trail cleaning contract and have set days for the cleaning. They need volunteers. Their first date is June 26, with six more days during July and August. Meet at Shearer Park. Contact Wayne Simpson at elkwalker2@gmail.com for information.

        ELK CITY — The traditional Memorial Day Ceremony was, as always, a moving presentation with the placing of the wreath, the prayer, the color guard and the honor gun salute. (See photo)

        ELK CITY — Sue Phillips shares the following: A Quilt of Valor was presented to Raymund Lloyd Cook on Wednesday, May 12, at the VFW Post #8311 during the lunch for the Elk City School students. Raymund served in the Middle East, 2004-2005, and now serves as the quartermaster for the VFW Post…

        ELK CITY — School News: The Elk City School is putting on its Spring Program and 8th grade graduation. Events are planned for May 20, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the school. There are three 8th graders graduating: Landon Martin, Autumn Hale and Dakotah Lee. Come and enjoy.

          Idaho Fish and Game staff in coordination with the Idaho Department of Lands and US Forest Service conducted a 314-acre prescribed burn last month on the Red River Wildlife Management Area.

          ELK CITY — Well, the wolves are at it again. Be sure to keep your children and pets close by. In the last week, to week and a half, wolves were spotted crossing Elk Creek Road towards where the elk winter, and are there all summer, at the top of the meadow north of Elk City. They were also h…

          ELK CITY — In case you missed it, there was an earthquake reported in last week’s Free Press that was in the Anderson Butte area. The quake was on April 8, and was about six miles below the surface, at an intensity of 2.1 on the Richter scale. For those of you who know my dad, Dave Newbiggin…

          ELK CITY — Darrel Johnson, safety manager for the nearby Mary K. gold mine, finished up the mine emergency/entrance training with first responders from our local volunteer ambulance and fire department and other interested folks this past Saturday, the classroom portion having been completed…

          ELK CITY — Although mining and milling activity has picked up in the Elk City area the past few years, it’s been a while since some of the related community support aspects, realities associated with mining, are becoming recognized and addressed. Specifically, what needs to be put in place b…

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