Special Sections

KOOSKIA — “A lot of people have weighed in on what the right amount is for the levy,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Todd Fiske told the trustees at the Feb. 22 board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School. “The burden is going to be on you to set that, with several unkno…

GRANGEVILLE — “Are you concerned [regarding the vaccinated numbers] for Syringa’s leadership?” Syringa Hospital trustee Jim May asked CEO Abner King at the Feb. 22 board meeting. May was referring to King’s report that 47 percent of the Syringa staff had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

BOISE — When another pandemic strikes, who should have the power to close schools? Local school boards should, according to two bills passed by the Idaho Senate last week. The bills are en route to Gov. Brad Little to sign into law that take closure authority away from public health district…

CLEARWATER VALLEY — As the snow continues to melt, CV and Kamiah school winter sports season transitions to spring sports this week. Ten boys from the Clearwater Valley/Kamiah co-op team travelled to the state wrestling tournament last weekend. Athletic director, Allen Hutchens, shared that …

COTTONWOOD — Brrr... it has been a cold, blustery snow filled week on the Camas Prairie! Friday, we had our second “snow day” for the Prairie Pirates. Inches upon inches of snow and strong winds! Friday would have marked the first day of spring sports practices but ol’ man winter had other i…

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “In case no one told you today: You are beautiful. You’re loved. You’re needed. You’re alive for a reason. You’re stronger than you think. You’re going to get through this. I’m glad you’re alive. Don’t give up.” – sent to me from Judy Wutzke.

Sheer pandemonium reigned over a floor littered with foam darts at The Life Center at Kamiah last Saturday, Feb. 24, as more than 100 kids waged combat around and across obstacles as part of the Nerf Gun War. Cosponsored by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council, this is the third annual event…

    CLEARWATER — The Friends of Elk City Wagon Road will meet Saturday, March 6, at the Clearwater Grange Hall. The meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. The Wagon Road Museum will also be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum tells the story of the old Wagon Road that ran to Elk City …

    GRANGEVILLE — “With our world the way it has been and all the needs in society, especially within the past year, this is perfect timing to learn more about mental health issues,” Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agency Kirstin Jensen said.

      COTTONWOOD — Prairie High School will have its spring blood drive Tuesday, March 16, in the high school gym on the stage. If they have 30 successful donors, they will receive the $2,000 STEM check from Vitalant for the third year in a row. Go to https://vitalant.org/ to sign up for the Prair…

        COTTONWOOD — Rebel Riders Horse 4-H Club will sponsor a horse tack swap and sale to support the 2021 Idaho County 4-H Horse Program. The money raised from this event will go toward supplies, concessions and awards for the various upcoming 4-H clinics and shows.

          GREENCREEK — The Idaho County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring the annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Dance at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday, March 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner is meant to honor the first leader of the Republican Party, President Abraham Lincoln.

            GRANGEVILLE — The USDA Farms to Families for distribution is set for this Thursday, March 4, 10 a.m. at Lions park skate park (drive-through), from 10 a.m. until food boxes run out. This is sponsored locally by Camas Prairie Food Bank and usually assists about 100 families.

              GRANGEVILLE ­— The Elks are happy to announce that “Burger Nights” will resume in March. The first Burger Night for 2021 will be Friday, March 12. Salmon burgers will be available for those observing Lent. No more than 150 burgers will be served on March 12 with seating for that number of cu…

                KAMIAH — VFW Post 5407 is holding Bingo on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, at the VFW Hall, starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Popcorn and water are free.

                  Area students were recently named to the University of Idaho’s 2020 Fall Dean’s List. A total of 2,815 students qualified for the list for the fall 2020 semester, which ended Dec. 18, 2020. To qualify for the dean’s list, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 gr…

                    Idaho Fish and Game staff will be stocking catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout at four Clearwater region locations in March. This will be the first load of hatchery fish making their way into Clearwater region waters during 2021 with thousands more hatchery fish scheduled to be stoc…

                    The Clearwater Basin Collaborative and University of Idaho Clearwater County extension are presenting a webinar series entitled, “Clearwater basin elk history, research & management” on March 22 and 24. For program info and registration go to: uidaho.edu/clearwater-events. Or contact Mel…

                    As of Friday, Feb. 26, brood collection has started to pick up. With the help of over 130 anglers, we have tubed 49 steelhead and sent 41 of those to the hatchery (26 females and 15 males). We are well on our way, but still have a way to go! We need 252 breeding pairs from the South Fork Cle…

                    After last spring’s school shutdown of in-person schooling due to COVID-19, families needed to decide how to approach their children’s education last fall. Some chose in-person school, some online school through Clearwater Valley High School, while others chose different online school progra…

                    Multiple new felonies have been charged against a couple arrested earlier this month in connection with burglarizing several Cottonwood storage units.

                    Members of the Old-Time Fiddlers performed the lunch hour at the Grangeville Senior Center on Friday, Feb. 12. The center serves meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon, by donation, with entertainment prior to lunch time when available.

                      The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Cottonwood Field Office has extended the current temporary closure at the Hammer Creek recreation site into mid-March to complete improvements to the boat ramp. Construction at the site began in early January and, when completed, will provide additional …

                      COTTONWOOD — To start off, we would like to introduce ourselves as your new Cottonwood community reporters! I, Tabitha Key, work at the local convenient store, Coyotes. I’m married with four girls. Born and raised here in Cottonwood. I, Serena Lockett, am a small business owner with both The…

                      RIGGINS — Dr. Seuss “Hats Off to Reading Week” begins this Saturday, Feb. 27, to March 6. Find your favorite Dr. Seuss book, read it, then share with a friend to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Read to a child, let a child read to you. Be a part of the biggest annual reading celebration …

                      WHITE BIRD — Hello from the awesome, little town of White Bird! I am the new town gossip (correspondent) for the Free Press. My wife, Sue, and I pastored Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird for about 16 years, left for about 13 years and returned here in October of 2019. It is so grea…

                        GREENCREEK — The Idaho County Republican Central Committee is sponsoring the annual Lincoln Day Dinner and Dance at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday, March 13, beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner is meant to honor the first leader of the Republican Party, President Abraham Lincoln.

                        Pictured this month, Melina Palken of Elk City plows the old-fashioned way, with Big Jim, the Kentucky draft mule.

                        CLEARWATER VALLEY — It seems like we got a winter’s worth of snow in the past week. Since I haven’t needed to venture very far from home, I’ve been enjoying cross country skiing around our property. Really great exercise breaking trail uphill, but once the snow stopped and I could follow my …

                          RIGGINS — Everette Vannatta, 32, April Sorrell, 37, and their four children, who were reported missing on Sunday, Feb. 21, have been found safe this morning, Monday, Feb. 22, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

                          Support Local Journalism

                          Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or making a contribution.

                          News and information from our community partners