Border Days annual celebration took place in Grangeville July 2, 3 and 4, with a variety of events. Take a look back at the 2020 celebration.
·Camas Prairie Cruisers Show and Shine: The car show had more than 40 participants July 4. Winners included Al and Alice Humphrey with the People’s Choice Award for their 1914 Model-T Ford Roadster; and Max and Teresa Childs won second place with their 1954 Chevy Bel-Air.
GRANGEVILLE – Despite COVID-19 remaining a concern nationwide and several events being canceled, the 109th annual Border Days celebration welcomed crowds for July 2, 3 and 4.
GRANGEVILLE – “I have been concerned about buying into brick and mortar, what with telemedicine and COVID concerns and all,” said Syringa Hospital Board Chair Leta Strauss at the June 23 meeting. “Would we be locking ourselves into a situation with no alternatives?”
Cause is as yet undetermined for last week’s truck accident that resulted in the death of a Grangeville man.
“We regret to inform of the cancellation of Kooskia Days 2020. With a heavy heart and much discussion, it has been decided that due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the desire to maintain low numbers in Idaho County,” said one of the community volunteer organizers, Lara Smith. “We love our …
The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veterans’ advocate in Kamiah on Tuesday, July 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce building, 518 Main Street, and in Grangeville on Wednesday, July 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach Center, 318 East Mai…
GRANGEVILLE – A community food distribution is set for THURSDAY, July 9, at 10 a.m., at the Lions Club Park, 108 Grangeville Truck Route. This is a drive-through distribution. Participants should stay in their cars and follow all directional signs and volunteer flaggers.
GRANGEVILLE – The first in the Grangeville Free Summer Concert Series, set for Thursday, July 9, featuring the B-Sides, has bene canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
GRANGEVILLE – The 109th Annual Border Days Rodeo went off much as it always has, as small crowds for slack time July 1 and the July 2 main event gave way to the regular celebration, with seating relatively full July 3 and July 4. As it has in recent years, the rodeo paid out several big priz…
Grangeville Border Days
Daisies are in bloom in front of Grangeville Centennial Library, and a patron can just be seen enjoying a shady bench at the front of the library (left) on July 6.
A worker helps to hang drywall at the new Camas Prairie Food Bank in Grangeville, on July 2.
GRANGEVILLE – “We are currently in the process of purchasing a machine that will perform COVID-19 testing on site,” said Syringa Chief Nursing Officer Alex Frei at the June 23 board meeting.
GRANGEVILLE – A solitary competitor turned out for the 2021 Border Days Royalty contest last week.
GRANGEVILLE – In the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the rodeo will go on.
GRANGEVILLE – Drop a dime, win a fish? Not this year.
Well, the state approved the Main Street activities, so it looks like everything is on for Border Days’ Main Street events. Just remember to listen to Border Days committee members, announcers and law enforcement when asked to social distance and be safe. We want to keep our community healthy!
GRANGEVILLE – In a special board meeting held mostly in executive session last Wednesday, June 24, Mountain View School District 244 outlined some of the ways that budget shortfalls will be handled for 2020-21.
GRANGEVILLE – The annual Border Days celebration may be here, however, the desire to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county is still at the forefront of many minds.
Nate Rioux, 4, pictured playing Superman with the American flag in a field outside Grangeville on June 22, shared by his mother, Catrina Rioux.
Bilejo Klapprich, Grangeville Highway District foreman, spent Friday morning, May 22, filling asphalt cracks near the fueling station at the Idaho County Airport. More than just maintenance, the repairs are to benefit Syringa Ambulance, which uses that section to load and unload patients fro…
GRANGEVILLE – A new member has recently joined the staff of the advertising department for the Idaho County Free Press.
Maxed out on screen time and looking for a break? With restrictions for COVID-19 being lifted, libraries are reopening in local communities. Some changes will be in place, but the public will be able to resume accessing computers and information.
GRANGEVILLE – The 12th Annual Free Summer Concert Series has the green light and the bands are booked for July.
GRANGEVILLE – A small 4-H Club is accomplishing mighty things.
On June 23, about 20 people gathered around the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville to gather signatures for the Recall Governor Little campaign. The event was a sister rally of one taking place at the same time in Boise at the state capital. Elizabeth Manly and Jenny Keyser, leaders of t…
GRANGEVILLE – “I believe we should run the levy again for a smaller amount; be very specific on what the levy would support,” Char McKinney spoke via Zoom at the June 15 Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244 board meeting.
GRANGEVILLE – Council stood firm last week, staying with existing code that limits where residents may have chickens within town.
After the past few months of homeschooling and social isolation, a welcome change has come to many local communities with the start of summer reading programs. Libraries across the region are set to begin activities with some new safety guidelines in place, and some events are under way. Dai…
Well, you will be happy to know the Free Press was able to catch up with 2020 Border Days Grand Marshal Don “Donnie” Heckman of White Bird. Those of you who know Heckman know he doesn’t really like to blow his own horn, so getting him to talk about himself was a little challenging. He’s an i…
GRANGEVILLE – You may or may not have Friends in Low Places, but bets are you will want to be sipping Two Pina Coladas at the Sunset Auto June 27. (Non-alcoholic, of course).
GRANGEVILLE – If you are a customer who was affected by a skimmer device at the Exxon gas station on Main Street, fear no more. The pumps have been updated.
2020 Border Days Rodeo local team roping slots are full, but local barrels entries are open through June 29 or until full. Participants must be 17 or younger as of Jan. 1, 2020, and must reside in Idaho, Lewis or Clearwater county. Call Megan Petersen 5-7 p.m. to enter at 208-451-4416.
Lara Barnard of Nezperce (on white horse) and Tesslynn Beeson of Grangeville were pictured taking a ride up Crooks Street last Friday morning, June 19. The pair was coming back from Triple Bar Drill Team practice at the Grangeville Border Days Arena.
GRANGEVILLE – Recreationists will be getting a new spot to embark upon outdoors adventures later this summer.
GRANGEVILLE – Tom and Debbie Tramnell will present a southern gospel concert at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. 2nd Street, Sunday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. No charge for admission; all are welcome.
GRANGEVILLE – “I’m looking forward to learning a lot,” said Sarah Fischer, new intern at the Idaho County Free Press. She has lived in Grangeville for most of her life and for the summer she will be helping to report for the paper.
GRANGEVILLE – A piece of Grangeville-area history was recently put to rest on the south end of Crooks Street and Mountain View Road.
Around 67 participants took a stroll through Grangeville’s rain-soaked streets last Saturday morning, June 6, for the Walk for Life event, sponsored by the Hope Center. The annual event is to bring awareness to the pro-life cause and was sponsored by the non-profit Hope Center, which has off…
GRANGEVILLE – Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is determined to continue its mission to build a local animal shelter that will serve our local communities.
Purple-blueish fields can be seen throughout Idaho County this year as the camas is in bloom and thicker than past years. The Dennis Long Ranch, south of Grangeville, showcases an abundant field of the purple waves. Camas Lily thrives in moist fields and clay soil. The Camas Prairie is named…
Grangeville’s Senior Citizen Meal Site on the Truck Route was pretty much back to “business as usual” Friday, June 19. The Old-Time Fiddlers offered musical entertainment and a variety of foods were served and delivered for the home meal. The building reopened for meals and pinochle June 15.…
GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously Monday night, June 15, to declare a financial state of emergency for the district.
GRANGEVILLE -- Just how was it on the ground, in Idaho County, for the first statewide all-absentee-ballot election?
GRANGEVILLE – “We lost about $810,000 in revenue during March and April,” Syringa Hospital CFO Betty Watson reported at the May 26 meeting.
GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 16, 6 p.m., at Super 8 in Grangeville. The public is welcome to attend.
- U.S. Highway 95 blocked by rock fall into at least the middle of next week
- Gage Frizzell, 21, Kooskia
- Significant slide movement results in closure of US95 Pollock detour
- US95 remains closed at Pollock, uncertain when to reopen; advisory to not use French Creek Road as detour
- Rockslide shuts down U.S. 95 at Pollock; closure expected for days
- Pollock slide remains closed today; locals-only detour being looked into
- Despite pandemic concerns, Border Days crowds show up for fun
- ITD removing loose rock above closed area today to open U.S. Highway 95 to traffic tomorrow
- Idaho County population growth exceeded housing units increase, according to Census
- Thomas (Mike) Michael Wren, 75, Grangeville
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