KOOSKIA – The June 3 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting left many numb as the contracts of three teachers were not renewed and superintendent Marc Scheibe announced more cuts are on the way.

    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…

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Federal law enforcement will be assisting Idaho County investigators in determination on the partial skeletal remains of Shawnta L. Pankey.

      GRANGEVILLE – “We love this community and are invested in it,” Tori Swan told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the April 15 meeting.

      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.

      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 …

      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.

      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.

      The Idaho Department of Lands sold a timber sale on Monday, April 22, at Kamiah. Cedar Remix, located nine miles northeast of Kooskia, was sold to IFG Timber LLC. The estimated 1,765 MBF cedar was sold for $380 per M and 3,640 MBF non-cedar was sold for $146 per M. Proceeds will benefit the …

      KOOSKIA -- On Friday, April 26, five Clearwater Valley High School students traveled to Idaho Falls to participate in the 15th Annual Kiwanis Teen Film Festival.

      The Valley Singers and Bell Ringers presented an Easter performance at the Monastery of St. Gertrude through its spirituality and arts program Sunday, April 28, in Cottonwood. The group, made up of community musicians from Kamiah and Kooskia and the surrounding areas, presented a variety of …

      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.

      Flooding hit much of Idaho Tuesday, April 9, and in Idaho County, Stites bore the brunt as the creeks that drain into the South Fork Clearwater River could not keep up with days upon days of rain in addition to spring runoff, and flowed onto what is normally dry ground.

      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.

      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…

      GRANGEVILLE – More than 40 people gathered Saturday, April 6, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation (GHR), to celebrate Melvin Gribble’s 94th birthday. Gribble, of Harpster, recently made his way to GHR.

      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…

      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…

      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. …

        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.

            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.

                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.

                  KOOSKIA -- A spaghetti feed, silent auction fund-raiser for Carmen Howard Morris will be held Saturday, June 1, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Kooskia City Hall. Prepaid tickets will be $7.50 for adults and $6 for kids younger than 10. Tickets will be $1 more if bought at the door.

                  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…

                    KOOSKIA -- A spaghetti feed, silent auction fund-raiser for Carmen Howard Morris will be held Saturday, June 1, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Kooskia City Hall. Prepaid tickets will be $7.50 for adults and $6 for kids younger than 10. Tickets will be $1 more if bought at the door.

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