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LOWELL / SYRINGA -- It’s with a heavy heart that I report the loss of two good friends this week. The Silver Mountain Resort avalanche last week, Tuesday, killed two Lochsa River rafters and kayakers. Carl Humphreys, of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Scott Parsons, of Spokane Valley, Wash., found …

WHITE BIRD – Well, are we in Kansas yet? Say hello to the wind and snow...I think it's going to stay around for a few days. There will be no school on the 20th due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Kids enjoy your day off from school, but remember to help out at home if needed.

GRANGEVILLE – Reclaim Idaho – or any other politically charged group for that matter – won’t be spreading its word on Mountain View School District 244 property anytime soon.

GRANGEVILLE – “I was driving from town to home [on Mt. Idaho Grade Road] on Monday [Jan. 6] and when I hit the drive-in corner I thought, ‘something doesn’t look right,’” Chris Wagner said.

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.

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?

BOISE -- Idaho is consistently one of the states with the highest reported rates of suicide. In 2017 the CDC reported suicide as Idaho’s 8th leading cause of death, climbing from 10th place in 2013. Nationally, Idaho’s rate of suicide is 58 percent higher than the US average, growing from a …

COTTONWOOD -- If you have been watching the snowstorms this past couple weeks, you may have noticed that they just keep to the mountains mostly and circle the Camas Prairie. Once in a while, a storm will hit here, but the snow is all going sideways and never hits the ground. Sunday night we …

ELK CITY -- A lone doe was seen on Elk Creek Road near town. She looked forlorn and hungry. Perhaps someone going into Grangeville could pick her up and take her to the prairie so she could join up with her family and not starve here. LOL!

    BOISE – Look for special coverage of the 2020 Idaho Legislative Session online and in print, reported by interns provided through the University of Idaho.

    BOISE -- Steven Detmer was born in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child he remembers his grandfather saying that no grandson of his was going to be brought up in Cleveland. His grandfather took the family west and they settled in Cottonwood.

      GRANGEVILLE – The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. Street, will host special guest speakers from Southeast Asia, Monday, Jan. 27. The public is invited for a dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation to follow.

      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…

      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- This is the month that has a purpose for almost every day, starting with New Year’s Day, then today is National Bird Day, then we have Snow Day, Clean Up Highway Day, Appreciate Your Pet Day … it’s like they want you to have a reason to get up in the morning.

      By far the most-viewed image on the Free Press Facebook page last year was of a forest green wagon – a Subaru? with an out-of-state plate? – stuck up to the running boards, drifted slightly sideways, listing slightly driver’s-side, toward the Salmon River, wheels bound in muck that had been …

      Idaho County education and roads will continue to receive federal funding – at least in the short term, following a two-year extension of Secure Rural Schools (SRS), authorized by Congress last month.

      The Grangeville Elks Lodge hosted the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball last Tuesday, Dec. 31, which drew 99 participants for hors d’oeuvres and dancing to music by Vintage Youth. This fund-raiser benefits the Elks charitable works.

      COTTONWOOD -- Jim Gorges will be giving a presentation on “Protecting What’s Yours” Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m., at American Freedom Defense in Greencreek. The idea is to empower families to be prepared and secure in their homes. Learn some practical skills from a man who has been in…

      ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips writes, "REACH Club apologizes for the late delivery of the Elk City Community Calendars. Between illness and some issues at the printers, the calendars will be late. They will be delivered as soon as possible. And there will be extra calendars for sale at the Elk Ci…

      RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Last week we walked into a new day, new week, new month, new year, new decade! Sending blessings of love, good health, joyous and beautiful new beginnings.” from Inspire your Beautiful Soul. Take great steps in 2020.

        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.

        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…

        GRANGEVILLE – “It has been an honor to serve this district, community, staff and, most of all, its students,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Lot Smith said at the Dec. 16 meeting. “We’re human and don’t always make the right choices, but I don’t have any regrets.”

        LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The New Year, 2020, is here this week. The Roaring ’20s all over again. Make your resolutions, change your life if you are needing to, cut your hair, start a new diet, get a tattoo, stop swearing, be nice if you’re mean, move to the ocean.

        WHITE BIRD -- Well is it October or December - the poor weather doesn't know what to do!! Winter began on the 22nd with the temperatures hitting around mid-50s or more, was the shortest day of the year and it is supposed to be winter?

        RIGGINS -- Happy New Year 2020! Well, the old year is gone, and the New Year is just beginning! …and to think, it is 2020, so with “the perfect vision year,” what is your vision? Time to begin again whatever you want to start or change or improve…New Year’s Resolutions are good, but I like t…

        Under the program titled, A Musical Celebration, the Idaho County Orchestra performed a variety of popular and sacred Christmas music at a concert last Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude at Cottonwood. Around 150 people attended the hour and a half concert.

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