CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Kamiah Teen Center got some great news last week. Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) Executive Director Sharlene Johnson shared that they were awarded a STOP (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking act) grant to further Teen Center programming and to enhanc…
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last week I headed back to Clearwater Valley High School on Wednesday afternoon to check out the senior project displays. I had so much fun visiting with students about their projects and future plans that I didn’t have time to see all of them. What a great bunch of stud…
KAMIAH – Kamiah voters narrowly passed a two-year levy March 10.
Three finalists to be introduced at March 20, 21 meet and greets
COEUR D’ALENE – Two juniors from Kamiah High School won the top prizes at the North Idaho Science and Engineering Fair in Coeur d'Alene on Friday, March 13.
KAMIAH -- Representatives from the American Legion, the VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars and Syringa Hospice in Grangeville met Charles Williams at his home in Kamiah on March 13. There, they presented him with the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of …
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling to be happy again! Yep, Clearwater Valley High School students spent last weekend “Singing in the Rain” with a brilliant production of this musical. I had fun at the opening night show on Thursday…
KAMIAH -- Trees along Idaho Highway 162 near milepost 20 will be removed in the coming weeks to improve safety for drivers, according to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).
KOOSKIA – “What are the drawbacks to a two-year levy?” Mountain View School District 244 vice chair Brad Lutz questioned acting superintendent Woody Woodford.
KAMIAH – Kaitlyn Bashaw recently entered into a world she has not previously known: modeling.
KOOSKIA – Get your umbrellas ready, because it’s raining talent.
Voters will head to the polls next Tuesday, March 10, for presidential primary elections.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I had a fun time at the CV junior high girls volleyball games at the last game of the season on Thursday. An animated Coach Marty Lytle kept the girls inspired and you could feel the excitement in the air. Parents and coaches honored the 8th grade girls at a break betwee…
KAMIAH – “Yes, if the levy passes, we plan to open the middle school building,” Kamiah School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins said last Thursday. “Many people in the community have made it clear this is what they want; this is important to them.”
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is offering a spring session of the Strengthening Families Program beginning on March 4. This is a free, 14-week interactive workshop for parents and children ages 6 to 11. The weekly 2-½ hour sessions are designed to improve r…
KOOSKIA – Hearts were racing following Valentine’s Day.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I watched my grand-nephew Quinn Hall, a senior, and his fellow JV Bulldogs play against the Rams last Thursday at CV. They were action-packed games with the Bulldogs winning both JV and Varsity. I loved the lively music from the Clearwater Valley High School pep band dur…
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- After reading the Idaho County Free Press for a decade, it is strange to see an issue without Marie Smith’s musings from Lowell. I have enjoyed the quirkiness, the stories from hunters, floaters, anglers along the Middle Fork and Selway Rivers, the photos of her grandchi…
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- For a little town with no restaurants, the folks of Clearwater do a fine job of feeding people. On Sunday we enjoyed seeing family plus old and new friends at the 57th annual Groundhog Day feed. After eating sausage, eggs and pancakes, I headed to the kitchen to check in…
KOOSKIA – Vincent Martinez received some good news last week.
Update March 19, Thursday:
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This Sunday is one of the few days a year where the normally sleepy streets of Clearwater are packed with vehicles. The popular Groundhog Day Breakfast, in its 57th year, runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features pancakes, eggs and sausage for $8 each. It is held at the Od…
Starting Feb. 1, the Prairie River Library District will no longer charge daily late fines for overdue items. They will additionally clear any late fines patrons currently owe from an account. They may still owe other library fees, including replacement charges for lost or damaged materials.
BOISE -- Seventy-one outstanding volunteers from throughout Idaho were honored as stars recently by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, at Idaho’s Brightest Stars ceremony in Boise.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Clearwater Quick Response Unit (QRU) invited me to their January meeting to fill me in on what they are doing. They are up to five EMTs and keeping up their training. Like most QRU’s they are self-funded which means they put some time and energy into fund-raising. La…
Within the region, home prices are the highest in the Riggins area, according to U.S. Census data compiled by United States ZipCodes.org.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last fall I was delighted to meet the spirited Jemima Farris at the CV National Honor society chili cook-off on homecoming weekend in Kooskia. She was twisting balloons into rams, goalposts and other fun shapes, delighting young visitors to her chili booth. As I have got…
GRANGEVILLE – How will the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests be managed in the coming decades? What are the plans to guide the complexity of resource management decisions to be made across four million acres of national forest?
KAMIAH – Kamiah may have a bad rep for not passing school levies in the past, but that isn’t stopping the Kamiah Joint School District (KJSD) board 304 from going for an unprecedented two-year levy request.
KAMIAH – “I want people to be informed – educated – about who they are hiring for home inspection services,” stated Dean Kalmukos.
KAMIAH -- On Monday, Jan. 20, The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is having Tween Time at the Teen Center, 413 Main Street in Kamiah. The teen center will be open from 10 a.m.-noon that day for all kids from third to sixth grade. This is a chance for the ki…
GRANGEVILLE -- The Sno Drifters Snowmobile Club will host its fun run Sunday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign-ups will be at the Sno Drifters shelter from 10 a.m. to noon. Parking is available at the Fish Creek parking area (follow the signs). Cost is $5 per hand, as many as you choose, with…
KAMIAH -- On Jan. 18, YAB (Youth Advisory Board) will be providing a bus to take 7th-12th graders to Snowhaven for a day of skiing, snowboarding and tubing. The bus will load at 8:45 a.m. at the Kamiah High School football field and leave at 9 a.m, and is scheduled to return to Kamiah by 5:3…
KAMIAH -- The Valley Singers, community choir, will begin rehearsals for their 2020 Easter program on Monday evenings beginning Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church (Corner of 7th and Hill St) in Kamiah. Valley Singers are beginning their 67th year of providing music and …
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Clearwater Valley High School Senior, Melanie Gianopulos is organizing a fun run/walk for her senior project. The “Run with your Heart 3 K Fun Run” is to raise awareness for heart health. The event is appropriately scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 15, the day after that day o…
KAMIAH -- Adam and Eve for Atheists, a new book by Fred R. Kuester, of Kamiah, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
KAMIAH — There are anchors, scars and unhealed injuries in our past. These experiences threaten to invade our future too if we aren’t careful. Hope is in high demand. Can we move into a preferred future? Is there hope? How do we start? What do we do with all this baggage from yesterday?
LEWISTON – A total of 926 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2019 semester. Among the honorees, 460 were on the president’s list while 466 made the dean’s list.
KAMIAH -- On Friday, Jan. 10, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be hosting their monthly $5 lunch fund-raiser. They will be serving homemade mac n’ cheese as a main dish. Baby carrots and ranch, water, and a freshly-baked cookie will also be included. Each lunch will cost $5, and local del…
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- As I begin my fourth year as Clearwater Valley correspondent this week, I am reflecting over some highlights from the last year. In my Dec. 18 column, I mused about the origins of the artwork panels we use for the “12 Days of Christmas” song, at the Harpster Christmas pr…
A new round of public meetings starts next week -- the first set in Kamiah -- for information and to take comment on a revised draft land management plan for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
GRANGEVILLE – Voters won’t see a difference, but candidates may who are considering a run for the Idaho County Commission.
Showing the festive colors of the season in lights at Kamiah City Park.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist a Clearwater Valley family whose shop – filled with personal belongings and family heirlooms – was destroyed by fire last Friday, Dec. 20.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I enjoyed one more winter concert last week at Clearwater Valley Elementary School. Principal Joe Rodriguez greeted the large crowd of family and community members wearing bright and festive colors.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Toddlers ruled at this year’s Harpster Christmas program with many adorable and excited young children including some families who attended for the first time. A large crowd of 90 participants filled the Harpster Community Center (the old schoolhouse) on Sunday afternoon…
KAMIAH – The City of Kamiah is reorganizing its emergency medical services following last week’s disputed resignation of 15 of 23 EMTs.
CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Sensory overload hit me as I walked into the Olde-Fashioned Christmas event in Kamiah on Saturday. The smell of pine, chestnuts and sugar, the laughter of adorable children, and live Christmas piano music set the tone for the event. Of course, Santa, flanked by a photogr…
Idaho County is brimming with Christmas concerts, caroling and other events this holiday season.
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- First positive case of COVID-19 confirmed in Idaho County
- First death associated with COVID-19 confirmed in Nez Perce County
- ISP and the Adams County Sheriff's Office are seeking assistance locating William "Bill" Pearl James
- Five newly confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Nez Perce County
- Increased safety measures at St. Mary’s, Clearwater Valley hospitals, clinics
- Washington state choir suffers devastating losses to COVID-19
- Corps deploys three teams to Boise to prepare for COVID-19 impacts
- MVSD donates toilet paper to food bank
- Syringa has sent out 18 COVID-19 tests thus far
- Syringa has screened more than 130, sends out 12 tests
- Idaho County Free Press COVID-19 information portal / situation report
- Southern Idaho earthquake felt in Idaho County
- Syringa has sent out 18 COVID-19 tests thus far
- Federal courthouses in Idaho closed; e-filing remains operational
- Several Dogwood Festival events are rescheduled for later this year
- High school sports cancellation extended through April 20
- Several city halls closed; playgrounds closed in Grangeville; other public facilities updates
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