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…

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The Idaho County Free Press presents this year's Get Acquainted 2021. The 38th annual issue …

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…

      ELK CITY — According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake was reported last Thursday, April 8, at 11:16 a.m., in Idaho County. The report placed the quake 14.8 miles east-northeast of Elk City, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

      ELK CITY — The Easter egg hunt at the school, last Sunday, was so much fun! Watching the little ones running around trying to find eggs – some real, and some plastic with prizes in them. Some found so many their baskets were almost overflowing. The list of children hunting eggs is as follows…

        CLEARWATER — The Friends of Elk City Wagon Road will meet on Saturday, April 3, at the Clearwater Grange Hall. The meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. The Wagon Road Museum will also be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

        ELK CITY — Elk City Baptist Church will be holding special Easter Services this next Sunday, April 4. The sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. followed by a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school will be at 9:45 a.m. with worship services at 11 a.m. with communion at 11:50 a.m. Everyone is welcom…

        ELK CITY — Spring is here! At least that what the birds think, despite the three to four feet of snow on the ground. “Camp robbers” and woodpeckers are flying around our house. Someone saw some bluebirds. The deer are making their way up the canyon!

        Pictured this month, Melina Palken of Elk City plows the old-fashioned way, with Big Jim, the Kentucky draft mule.

        ELK CITY — Our visit to Senator Carl Crabtree, Representatives Pricilla Giddings and Charlie Shephard, was very positive and enlightening. They each gave of their busy schedules to visit with us. We took our granddaughter so she could have the experience, which she said she found very intere…

          CLEARWATER — The Friends of Elk City Wagon Road will meet on Saturday, Feb. 6, for the first time in 2021, at the Clearwater Grange Hall. The meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. The Wagon Road Museum will also be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum tells the story of the o…

          The Elk City VFW 8311 Auxiliary was busy with all hands on deck Tuesday, Dec. 15. Volunteers prepared cookie plates — with treats made and donated by auxiliary and community members — to deliver to the town’s seniors, bachelors and widows. In addition, businesses each receive a plate of trea…

          ELK CITY — Everyone is invited to celebrate the birth of God’s Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, at a Christmas Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Elk City Baptist Church.

          ELK CITY — Winter fun decorating the Elk City Park. Sue Phillips and the VFW Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who helped with the community Christmas tree lighting at the park. It was well-attended with a campfire, great food and drinks, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The childre…

          ELK CITY — Cheryl Simms shares the following information on the Patriots Pen Youth Essay Competition: The VFW Post 8311 would like to congratulate this year’s participants in the Patriots Pen Youth Essay Competition. The contest is a nationwide competition that starts on our local level and …

          ELK CITY — Elk City is blessed with numerous “unsung” volunteers that freely work hard, quietly and without thanks or recognition, to serve our community in many ways. We all should be very thankful for their heart-felt love for our town-folks and visitors.