FT. IRWIN, Calif. -- Local soldiers from the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team are currently mobilized in a four-week deployment to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., to participate in a large-scale exercise. This deployment is the state’s largest…

    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.

    KOOSKIA – Following a nearly two-and one-half hour executive session earlier in the meeting, the Mountain View School District 244 board voted to extend contracts to all but three teachers for the coming school year at their Monday night, June 3 meeting.

    GRANGEVILLE – “We’re not going to tell people the sky is falling if this levy does not pass. We’re not using scare tactics about what we will take away – we will, as always, do the best we can with what we have,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Lot Smith said Monday, May 13. “W…

    GRANGEVILLE – Following a tense two-plus hour negotiations meeting Thursday, May 2, Mountain View School District board members and Central Idaho Education Association team members came to a tentative agreement for 2018-19 teacher contracts.

    The 2019 Riggins Rodeo Parade Sunday, May 5, saw people enjoying the sunshine on Main Street.

    GRANGEVILLE – “There aren’t a lot of options of areas to trim. Salaries and benefits, sports and extracurriculars. Programs,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marc Scheibe told the board at the regular monthly meeting April 15.

    GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District (MVSD) board chair Lot Smith and trustee Rebecca Warden came head-to-head with teachers and Central Idaho Education Association (CIEA) members Char McKinney and Carey Draper for another shot at negotiations Monday, April 1.

    ELK CITY -- Let’s all support the coming Fourth of July with a great big celebration of fireworks and family. The donation jars are out at all of the businesses in town, ready to fill with your donations! Let’s make it a big one this year!

    ELK CITY -- Thanks to the VFW and American Legion for continuing this Memorial Day celebration at the bridge. I was not able to be there, but thanks to Ray Bowers (took the photo of the celebration) and Susie Borowicz (took the photos of the quilt honorees), we have the celebration in photos.

    ELK CITY -- We were enjoying beautiful spring weather, but that rain and lightning storm last week was a “doozy!” That hard rain washed a lot of gravel down our driveway.

    ELK CITY -- Nita Maxwell sent the following: The VFW Auxiliary thanks the community for their support of the annual ECVFD Taco Feed benefit, held on May 4. More than $550 was raised. The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department thanks the VFW Auxiliary for their continuous support, and also thanks…

      GRANGEVILLE – The Monday, June 17, Mountain View School District 244 budget hearing and board meeting has been moved to the Grangeville High School Library. This is set for 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited. All patrons who wish to speak at the meeting must sign in prior to the start of th…

        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.

          CLEARWATER -- The Friends of Elk City Wagon Road will meet Saturday, June 1, 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.

            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.

              The regular meeting of the board of trustees for Mountain View School District 244, previously scheduled for Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., at Clearwater Valley High School Library, Kooskia, has been changed to Thursday, May 30, 5:30 p.m., CVHS library, Kooskia.

              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.

              ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips relates: “Sew Help Me Quilters love serving their community and one way they do is to present victims of disastrous circumstances with quilts. They call them 'Disaster Quilts'. A house in Elk City burned and was totally destroyed a few months ago, a home to a number …

              ELK CITY -- If you saw last week’s Free Press article, you would have seen a photo of the trailer with 1077 pounds of cans on it. The REACH Club, Inc. received a little more than $500 for the load. This load was a year’s worth of collecting by the community. The REACH Club volunteers would l…

              ELK CITY -- As you can see by the photo, there is a large trailer filled with black plastic bags parked by the ambulance shed. Folks in the community are supporting the REACH Club by collecting and donating aluminum cans to be sold. The amount shown is one year’s worth of cans. The cans are …

              ELK CITY – For those of you who haven’t been down river in the last few days since we got all that rain, there are close to a dozen places where debris has slid down the mountain and across the road. The photo shows one such just below the 24-mile marker. Thanks to the road crews, they have …

              ELK CITY -- Don’t forget the Easter celebrations at the Elk City Baptist Church. There will be several services to commemorate the sacrifice on the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everyone is warmly invited to come to all services and fellowship with one another. Pastor Tom More w…

              ELK CITY -- The community is invited to the school Thursday, April 4, for a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Family and Community Night. Come and see the different things the kids are doing at the school through these learning technologies. They received a $1,000 grant from Idaho S…

              ELK CITY -- We have had several ambulance runs and Life Flights out of the area recently. As a former EMT I would like to remind you that, if you are on any medications for any health issues, it is important to have a list on hand to give to the medics in case you are one of those who needs …

              ELK CITY -- Just when I think that I will never find any more historic photos of our area, one shows up “out of the blue!” This time, it came through my brother-in-law. The photo was in the estate of a friend of his in Weiser where she grew up. She cleared out her family home five-to-six yea…

              GRANGEVILLE – Despite voiced trepidation, Mountain View School District 244 board members voted 3-2 to set the 2019-20 levy at $3,090,048 at the Monday, March 18, meeting. Superintendent Marc Scheibe recommended the $3 million amount.

                GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District 244 will hold its monthly board meeting Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m., at the district office in Grangeville (across from the high school). The public is invited to attend.

                  The Employees of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are offering four $1,000 scholarships to seniors in six communities where local Forest Service offices are located. Graduating seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA seeking to continue their education at an academic, vocational or trade in…

                  GRANGEVILLE – “When Grangeville’s primary care clinic opened in 2006, it saw an average of three patients per day,” Syringa Director of Clinic Operations Michelle Schaeffer told the board at the February meeting. “Now, it has seven providers, and it currently sees an average of 1,000 patient…

                  ELK CITY -- I had the opportunity of connecting with some old acquaintances when I was able to attend the Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road meeting last Saturday. This is a very dedicated group working to keep the old route into Elk City open and the history alive. I remember when we had a …

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