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KOOSKIA — At the Nov. 16 Mountain View School District 244 meeting, the board of trustees voted 3-2 to award approximately $250,000 to its 169 employees.

KOOSKIA — The City of Kooskia recently purchased an ultraviolet-C light disinfection system using CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act money, according to Sean Nelson, assistant supervisor for the Kooskia ambulance.

    Boone and Crockett meet up with Santa in 2019 at the Animal Ark Pets and Pictures with Santa. This is set again for this Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ace Home Center in Grangeville. Bring the pets and the kids! $10 donation.

      Sign up is now for low income families with children birth to 18, in Grangeville, Fenn, White Bird and Harpster. Sign up at the Department of Health and Welfare office, 216 S. C Street, Grangeville. If the door is locked, forms will be in a folder to the left of the door by the drop box. Fil…

        GRANGEVILLE — The Grangeville Toys for Tots deadline sign- up is Dec. 4. Call Julie Bentley at 208-983-2183 to get on the list. Items will be ready for pickup Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. Donation boxes will be at the Camas Lanes, …

          KORT Radio is sponsoring a Christmas lighting contest. Take a picture of your home or business lights, inside or out, and submit it on-line to bigcountrynewsconnection.com through Dec. 19. Voting will take place Dec. 21 and prizes awarded will be 1st place ($500) and $500 will also be donate…

          CLEARWATER VALLEY —This time of year, we hear a lot about supporting local businesses. One that could really use your business right now is Purdy’s Farm Table Restaurant, at 18 Main Street, Kooskia. Someone backed a vehicle through their front window over Thanksgiving. They are hoping repair…

            GRANGEVILLE — A “getting through the holidays” grief class will continue Thursday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m., at Grangeville’s Centennial Evangelical Free Church. Reservations and masks required. This is for anyone suffering any type of loss, call Charlotte Carlson at 208-983-4383.

            A tree by the United States Post Office driveway in Grangeville has its berries covered in white, fluffy snow after a weekend storm in early November.

              GRANGEVILLE — Winter clothing and accessories for all ages will be distributed following this Sunday’s church service, Dec. 6, Abundant Life Ministries, Grangeville’s Main Street (across from the veterans center). Church service is 10:30 a.m. for anyone wanting to attend; clothing distributi…

              COTTONWOOD — Mystery Night winners of the $10,000 prize this year were William and Lynn Goeckner, of Keuterville. The theme for the night was “1950’s Holiday in Vermont.” They will be able to spend their winnings at any of the sponsors: Bud’s Powersports, Cottonwood Foods, Les Schwab Tire Ce…

                GRANGEVILLE — Syringa Hospital Hospice will host its annual Tree of Lights Memorial Service Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Soltman Center. Due to COVID-19, those wishing to may stop in between 2 and 4 p.m., and pick up a booklet and see and pick up their ornament from the memorial tree.

                  GRANGEVILLE — Animal Ark’s annual Pets and Kids’ Photos with Santa is set for Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Ace Home Center in Grangeville (side gardening center building). Donation for a deluxe 5x7 photo is $10. All donations of money, pet food and supplies will also be gratefully…

                  RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go, but the purdy-est sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, soon the bells will start, and the thing that will make them ring is the …

                  ELK CITY — Elk City is blessed with numerous “unsung” volunteers that freely work hard, quietly and without thanks or recognition, to serve our community in many ways. We all should be very thankful for their heart-felt love for our town-folks and visitors.

                    The number of Idahoans who filed a continued claim for regular state unemployment insurance benefits increased 2 percent for the week ending Nov. 14, to 8,310, up 167 more than the previous week. The four-week moving average for continued claims increased slightly – from 8,127 for the week e…

                    A holiday tradition, the Winter Magic Tree Lighting event at Pioneer Park lit the festive colors at 5:30 p.m. Saturday night. More than 40 people attended, walking through the lit park. Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, this year’s event did not feature the regular kids’ choir performances an…

                    COVID-19 has brought about many changes in the world during 2020. For many, Thanksgiving might look a little different this year – who will be cooking? Who will be around the table? Will you Skype or Facetime with family and friends or host a more traditional – albeit smaller – feast?

                    Will the identity of Mr. Bones finally be discovered? The skeletal remains of Idaho County’s 30-plus-year-old cold case will soon undergo a new forensic examination technique, one of more than 50 cases from across the Gem State to be selected for such by an Idaho State Police (ISP) investiga…

                    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) recently announced he recognized 22 Idahoans with the 2020 Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award. Veterans’ service organizations across Idaho nominate awardees for their service to fellow veterans and the nation.

                      GRANGEVILLE — Heading to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office for non-emergency business? Staff asks the public, before they make a trip to the Idaho County Courthouse, to call ahead to ensure personnel will be available or the office will be open. According to Capt. Jim Gorges, recent COVID-19…

                      RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “All is not canceled. Sunshine is not canceled. Love is not canceled. Relationships are not canceled. Naps are not canceled. Devotion is not canceled. Music is not canceled. Dancing is not canceled. Imagination is not canceled. Conversations are not canceled. Hop…

                        KORT Radio is sponsoring a Christmas lighting contest. Take a picture of your home or business lights, inside or out, and submit it online to bigcountrynewsconnection.com Nov. 27 through Dec. 19. Voting will take place Dec. 21 and prizes awarded will be 1st place ($500) and $500 will also be…

                          Signup is now for low income families with children birth to 18, in Grangeville, Fenn, White Bird and Harpster. Sign up at the Department of Health and Welfare office, 216 S. C Street, Grangeville. If the door is locked, forms will be in a folder to the left of the door by the drop box. Fill…

                            COTTONWOOD — A free traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served at The Hangout in Cottonwood on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab and go meals will be available and can be picked up in the drive-through. Some dine-in tables will be open, as well. Anyone without plans is welcome.

                            GRANGEVILLE — Disagreement about an insurance fund was the main topic of discussion at the Oct. 28 Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244-Central Idaho Education Association (CIEA) negotiations meeting for 2020-21 contracts.

                            KAMIAH — Travis D. Ellenwood, 43, has been indicted on one count of strangulation, a felony, in connection with last month’s death of an adult female at a Kamiah residence.

                            Grangeville Elementary Middle School students hit the curbs Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. They held signs of thanks and the middle school band played the National Anthem as approximately 20 carloads of local veterans paraded by, kids cheering and waving at them. During COVID-19 and s…

                            ELK CITY — Coming home after more than 80 years. In 1930, Elk City proper burned down and most of the buildings, except the bank and the general store, on Main Street, were destroyed. While the town was burning, this piano (see photo) was rescued from the Parr Hotel and made its way to Grang…

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