KAMIAH -- Members of the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22-23 at the Kamiah City Park. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- What kind of a teacher finishes school and begins summer break by heading on a trip with a group of students the next day? A wonderful and dedicated one! Kamiah Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Ms. Taylie Hopkins, along with Salmon River High School teacher Ashley Ma…

      KAMIAH -- The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) and The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be offering a variety of summer activities including the following:

        MOSCOW – The University of Idaho has announced its students who have made the 2019 Spring Dean’s List. More than 2,400 students qualified for the list for the spring 2019 semester. To be included, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester…

          Fish and Game Commissioners on Thursday, June 13, opened chinook salmon fishing effective immediately on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest hatchery fish bound for the Selway River that are normally caught in the Lower Clearwater River, which …

            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…

              KAMIAH – The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Employee Association recently awarded four local high school graduates with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes local youth who demonstrate a passion for National Forests and care for their commun…

                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.

                  KAMIAH -- Members of the 3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22-23 at the Kamiah City Park. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field…

                    COTTONWOOD -- Sunday, June 23, is Idaho County Democrats’ annual fund-raiser, a picnic and pie auction. This year’s picnic will again be held at the Cottonwood City Park, across from the fairgrounds. There will be a table of silent auction items and a live pie auction. ICDP will provide hamb…

                      GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m., at Super 8 in Grangeville. The public is welcome to attend.

                        KAMIAH -- The 2019 Kamiah Rodeo celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, at the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) rodeo grounds on Hill Street in Kamiah. 

                        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.

                        Move.org recently conducted a poll and found that 53.2 percent of millennials surveyed said they prefer to live in small or midsize cities. Compare that to 8.6 percent, the percentage of millennials who prefer a metropolis like New York City or Los Angeles.

                        Long Camp RV Park in Kamiah was host to its annual Classics on the Clearwater event Saturday, June 1. $1,31.2.34 was raised for Kamiah’s Emergency Feeding Outreach program. Winners in the Classics on the Clearwater show included:

                        CLEARWATER VALLEY -- On Sunday we capped off a great outdoorsy weekend, attending Molly Van Steenwyk’s high school graduation party at her mom Stacy’s house near Harpster. She graduated as salutatorian of the Idaho Virtual Academy with a 4.2 grade point average (gpa) and 30 college credits c…

                          KAMIAH -- The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) is looking for girls interested in trying out for 2019 Kamiah Rodeo Royalty. Tryouts will start at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 9, and will be held at the CVRA rodeo grounds on Hill Street in Kamiah.

                          The U.S. Forest Service informed the Idaho County Commission last week that the federal agency has paid $1.2 million for 110 acres of private land 10 miles west of Lolo Pass.

                          The American Red Cross (ARC) recently presented certificates of appreciation to area businesses and organizations that directly contributed donations to managing an emergency shelter for those affected during April flooding incidents in the Clearwater Valley area.

                          KAMIAH – Family style entertainment and plenty of jamming will be part of the Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association’s 14th Annual Spring Super Jam May 30-June 2, at Lewis-Clark Resort (KOA campground) in Kamiah.

                            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.

                              KAMIAH -- The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) is looking for girls interested in tryingout for 2019 Kamiah Rodeo Royalty. Tryouts will start at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 9, and will be held at the CVRA rodeo grounds on Hill Street in Kamiah.

                                KAMIAH – POW Pearl Barden will speak at Sunday, June 2, 2 p.m., in the Welcome Center on Main Street at Kamiah. The Kamiah Valley Historical Society is hosting this free public event and will provide refreshments.

                                CLEARWATER VALLEY -- As I drove into Kooskia the other day, I noticed that the new electronic “reader board” sign is up at Clearwater Valley High School. The installation of the sign is the culmination of Mikaela Herrick’s senior project to replace the old sign that lets people know about sc…

                                Under pressure from the state, the Idaho County Commission will move to comply with the state land use planning law, Idaho County Commission chairman Skip Brandt told the Free Press Friday, May 24 – and the current commission won’t be delegating the task to a separate planning and zoning com…

                                Idaho County recently signed off on a $3 million tentative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration to repair the Glenwood Road-Adams Road intersection, and still awaited FHWA’s signature on Friday, May 24. The work is to involve replacing failed roadways, embankments, repaving and …

                                  KAMIAH -- The Idaho Conference on Alcohol and Drug Dependency recently recognized Sharlene Johnson as the 2019 Substance Abuse Prevention Advocate. This was in recognition of her passion and dedication to preventing substance abuse in Idaho. Nominees for this award must have been a strong pr…

                                  CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The 1st day of the 1A State track and field meet in Middleton began with pouring rain and wind, which added to the challenge of the competition. Despite the tough conditions, four local pole vaulters placed in the top eight. Martha Smith of Clearwater Valley placed 5th i…

                                  Should local government run the local recycling program?

                                  Idaho County has been at odds with the state’s land use planning law for decades, but the people responsible for keeping the county up to code – the Idaho County Commissioners – won’t face prosecution any time soon.

                                  CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last weekend we had a great showing from both the Clearwater Valley Rams and the Kamiah Kubs at the 1A district I/II track and field meet in Kamiah. The Kubs boys team won the district 1A title for the 2nd year. The Kubs team qualified 15 athletes, one girl and 14 boys. …

                                  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.

                                    Bar X Ranches, LLC., has scheduled a rodeo June 15-16 in Kamiah, with entries to open May 15 at 509-679-1243 or barxranches@gmail.com. Kids events that Sunday are $25 to enter, and the main events are $60 to enter. Events include mutton busting, breakaway roping, chute dogging, junior bull r…

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