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GRANGEVILLE — Plans change, and city property proposed more than five years ago for donation to a regional animal shelter project is now not an option. The Grangeville City Council consensus remains in support of Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) efforts to address problems with stray and feral…

Congratulations to the winner of the Idaho County Free Press and The Clearwater Progress Cutest Trick-or-Treat Contest winner, Auckley Vrieling. She is the daughter of Cody Vrieling and Sara Corder of Grangeville and was celebrating her first Halloween.

    Next month Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area will host its annual ski swap Dec. 10-11 at the GEMS Multi-Purpose room in Grangeville. Sale times will run 5-8 p.m. that Friday and 8-11 a.m. that Saturday. Consignment will go at 5 p.m. that Friday and at 8 a.m. that Saturday. Family passes ($550)…

      GRANGEVILLE — The Sts. Peter and Paul Christmas bazaar, raffle and luncheon is set for Saturday, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Call or text 208-451-0380 with questions.

        GRANGEVILLE — The Winter Magic Tree Lighting at Pioneer Park will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m., and will include a ceremony and music program. This is the 14th annual event presented by the Grangeville Horizons Recreation Committee. There will not be a parade this year.

          GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville area Toys for Tots is now collecting for the 2021 distribution and deadline to sign up is Dec. 10. Collection boxes for donated toys are at the following locations: Primeland, the Idaho County Veterans Center, Umpqua Bank, Larson’s Department Store and P1FCU, all in…

            GRANGEVILLE — The 35th annual Grangeville Holiday and Gift Fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. Vendors will line the hallways and gym for local shopping fun. This event is sponsored by the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce. For questions…

              GRANGEVILLE — A Cowboy Christmas gift and craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center, 318 East Main Street. Call 208-983-1033 for details.

                GRANGEVILLE — Pets and Pictures with Santa are set for Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ace Home Center. A donation of $10 gets a 5 by 7 photo. Engraved pet tags are also for sale this day, and any donations (pet food and cash) will be accepted for Animal Ark rescue. For questions cal…

                  GRANGEVILLE — Visit Santa at the North Pole (aka “Fish Creek”) on Saturday, Dec. 4, starting at 9:30 a.m. By donation only (one digital image). Appointments and walk-ins will be welcome. Photos by Catrina Rioux.

                    The Annual Food Bank Cash Drive at Pine Tree Community Credit Union (in both Grangeville and Riggins) began on Oct. 1 and will run through Dec. 28, or until the desired goal is reached. For every $1 donated, PTCCU will match $1, up to $1,000 per donation. Help support families in our local c…

                      GRANGEVILLE — Syringa Hospital & Clinics (SHC) announced it is complying with a federal health rule that requires healthcare workers get the COVID-19 vaccine.

                      Fall has brought leaves not only changing colors, but also falling. This little pile of burnt brown leaves recently caught rain droplets on a stormy day in Grangeville.

                        Grangeville Centennial Library held a Family Reading Week celebration Nov. 10 with food, crafts, stories and more. The library was full of families enjoying the evening’s events which included several prize drawings, as well.

                        GRANGEVILLE — “I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world,” said Jinny Cash at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day assembly at Grangeville High School.

                        GRANGEVILLE — The Idaho County Commissioners approved awarding a contract for $19,157 to Graney Ranch for control of Turkish thistle in the lower half of the White Bird Battlefield area. Joe Slichter, Idaho County Weed superintendent explained that Turkish thistle (Carduus cinerus) is an inv…

                        GRANGEVILLE – David McKnight, owner of Airbridge Broadband, updated the Idaho County commissioners, at their Nov. 9 meeting, on the expansion of broadband access in Idaho County. Airbridge has made significant progress in construction of additional fixed wireless towers in Idaho County as pa…

                        GRANGEVILLE — Neighborhood safety was a concern for resident Edwin Anglesey, who spoke before the Grangeville City Council last week on the need to put a literal stop to traffic on North Florence Street.

                          GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, 400 S. Idaho. This will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and bevera…

                            GRANGEVILLE — The Winter Magic Tree Lighting at Pioneer Park will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m., and will include a ceremony and music program. This is the 14th annual event presented by the Grangeville Horizons Recreation Committee. There will not be a parade this year.

                              GRANGEVILLE — Former Navy SEAL Trevory Thompson will be the featured speaker at the Idaho County Farm Bureau annual dinner, set Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Grangeville Senior Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. The no-cost event is open to bureau members, and those involved in farming, ranching and …

                                GRANGEVILLE — Through a grant application submitted to the Grangeville Community Foundation, the Camas Prairie Food Bank (CPFB) has recently been awarded $1,500 as a contribution to the generator project. The generator has been ordered and will be a necessary piece of equipment to preserve a…

                                  GRANGEVILLE — The Elks Burger Night this month is Friday, Nov. 19, a week earlier than normal. The Burger Night will be held in conjunction with a fund-raiser for ARF, Turkey Bingo. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. Turkey Bingo starts at 6:45 p.m. Burger Night …

                                  GRANGEVILLE — When you first see Gunny, you may do a double take. The 135-pound Great Dane-Mastiff might seem intimidating in the beginning.

                                  Grangeville High School senior Alex Gibson created a metal sign naming the branches of the military for his senior project and donated it to the Idaho County Veterans and Community Outreach Center. (L-R) Gibson is pictured with veterans and veterans center managers Lucky Gallego and Jinny Cash.

                                    Pirates, lost boys and the magic of youth came to life in the performance of Peter Pan, a play performed by Cornerstone Theater last Sunday evening, Nov. 14, at the Sts. Peter and Paul School gymnasium in Grangeville. Cornerstone is a group of Christian young people from the Camas Prairie an…

                                    GRANGEVILLE — “We’ve been going through a really difficult time,” Syringa board chair Leta Strauss said during the Oct. 26 meeting. “And things said here are not meant to be derogatory or make anyone feel worse; we’re just trying to figure things out.”

                                    Natalie Hammond has started a new business in Riggins; she is a tattoo artist. Her tattoo business is located on South Main Street at the former Allure Beauty Salon. Contact her at 208-271-6400, nataliefromvt@gmail.com or just stop by and say hello.

                                      GRANGEVILLE — Syringa Hospital & Clinics is now offering COVID-19 Vault home test kits, free to the public. The kits can be found at the hospital and clinic entrances, without seeing a provider.

                                        GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville Church of the Nazarene will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, 400 S. Idaho. This will be a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, beverages…

                                          GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville Elementary Middle School teacher Carla Astle is planning the GEMS Veterans Day assembly (in the new gym) for Thursday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.

                                            The Annual Food Bank Cash Drive at Pine Tree Community Credit Union (in both Grangeville and Riggins) began on Oct. 1 and will run through Dec. 28, or until the desired goal is reached. For every $1 donated, PTCCU will match $1, up to $1,000 per donation. Help support families in our local c…

                                              GRANGEVILLE ­— Grangeville High School will host a Veterans Day Assembly Thursday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. All veterans are invited. To help with a head count, call the high school at 208-983-0580; however, this is not required. Veterans are asked to meet in the library between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. pr…

                                                GRANGEVILLE — Grangeville Centennial Library will be host to a Family Read Week event tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 4 to 7 p.m. Dinner includes hot dog, chips, cookie and a drink. Games, crafts and prizes will be included.

                                                Grangeville High School announced the following students were inducted into the local chapter of National Honor Society on Oct. 28: Abbie Frei, Adri Anderson, Bella Dame, Cameran Green, Cody Klement, Laura Fischer, Taryn Godfrey and Tobi Stoner. Membership is based not only on academic schol…

                                                GRANGEVILLE — The Grangeville Senior Citizens Center meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon at the Senior Center on the truck route.