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GRANGEVILLE – A Middleton man charged in September’s carjacking and pursuit across the Camas Prairie is petitioning for a change of venue for trial, due to claims he will not receive an impartial jury in Idaho County.

    COTTONWOOD – Planning for the worst-case scenario -- a subject attacking a school, intending to hurt children – will be the focus of a three-day course for regional emergency service responders set in Cottonwood this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17.

    GRANGEVILLE – “The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) doesn’t have consensus on everything it’s working on,” said its co-chair Bill Higgins. “What we do have consensus on is increased active management and restoration on the forest; we’ve seen that in recent years. And all of you who live …

    GRANGEVILLE – “I want to congratulate tonight’s grant recipients, but, more importantly, I want to say, ‘thank you,’” Mary Schmidt told a crowd of more than 125 at Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, Thursday, Nov. 7. “You make Grangeville a better place to live.”

      CRAIGMONT -- The life of Ted Trueblood, an outdoor writer and conservationist, will be the topic of a program on Monday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., in the Craigmont Community Hall. This will be presented by his grandson, John Trueblood, a PA in the Craigmont Clinic of St. Mary’s Hospital.

        KAMIAH -- Fred Kuester will be speaking Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., in the Welcome Center on Kamiah Main Street across from Kamiah Emergency Services building. This is a free, public event sponsored by the Kamiah Valley Historical Society and Museum.

        The U.S. Geologic Survey recorded a 2.1-magnitude earthquake in eastern Idaho County last Saturday, Nov. 9. Recorded at a depth of 10 kilometers at 9:53 p.m., the earthquake occurred in a remote back country area due south of Powell near the intersection of Monument and East Fork Moose creek…

        GRANGEVILLE – “These writings grew out of a time of trauma, after my father died,” author Paula Coomer spoke to a book club of 10 participants Thursday, Oct. 24, at The Gallery.

        Grangeville Elementary Middle School held its Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 8, under the direction of music teacher Carla Astle. Participating were the student body who sand and played in the band (with instructor Danica Schmidt), the local Boy Scouts and guest speaker Jinny Cash.

          More than 100 people attended Saturday night’s Veterans’ Day Patriots Ball, held at the Grangeville Elks Lodge, Nov. 9. The evening event included presentations, recognition of the 244th birthday for the U.S. Marine Corps, dinner and dancing, with music provided by Joaquin and Verna Lowe and…

          Grangeville High School’s FFA chapter organized the Veterans Day assembly Monday, Nov. 11. Idaho County Veterans Service Officer Lucky Gallego spoke to the student body, students shared their thoughts, the band and Varsity Blue Choir performed under the direction of Danica Schmidt and vetera…

          Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTO held its annual jogathon fund-raiser this fall. Bringing in the most money for their school were (L-R) Clayton Keeler, Kobe Nadiger, Zoey Alm and Daxton Alm. All children received a pedal car with the exception of Nadiger who received a laser tag game.

          Free Press reader Denton Thaves shared this November sunset view, looking across Grangeville.

          This horse was looking for friendly visitors as he was highlighted by a sunbeam early Saturday morning, Nov. 2, on the Harpster grade.

            KAMIAH -- Kamiah Food Bank located at The Life Center (4432 Hwy 12, Kamiah) has changed distribution dates due to the holidays. Regular distribution will still occur on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. - noon. Changed dates are Monday, Nov. 25, and Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. t…

            ELK CITY – Here is a belated photo of the “Maze of Doom” that was the Halloween event at the school. Looks pretty scary! A special thanks to all the volunteers who produced it.

            WHITE BIRD -- Are we getting our Indian summer or has Mother Nature decided it is time for the season to change to winter? We are staying in the mid- 50s for the next week, but getting down in the 30s for the nights. Stay warm...the Medical and Relief, along with the American Legion and many…

            RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “We begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” author Unknown. This spurred another thought…Live now making memories and enjoying the time you have together with family and friends.

            LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Is there anything better than a weekend doing nothing? Eat whatever you want, watch massive amount of football in front of your wood stove, check your e-mail and Facebook every once in a while, stay in your PJs or sweats, call your mom, let the dogs veg out on the couch. …

            COTTONWOOD -- As I write this Monday morning I am reminded of my husband, Virgil, and all the men and women who gave of their time to help protect us over the years by serving in the military. We salute all veterans today and all thru the month of November. I am especially proud of my classm…

            Kooskia Friends of the Library hosted its annual fall book sale at the Kooskia Community Hall Saturday, Nov. 2. The group sold items individually and then offered “all you can fit in a bag for $1” starting at 11 a.m.

              GRANGEVILLE – The Idaho County Republican Central Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., at the Super 8 in Grangeville. The public is welcome to attend.

                GRANGEVILLE – Syringa Hospital will sponsor a “Keep it Local Blood Drive” Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center from noon-4:30 p.m.

                  BOISE, ID – The Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) has awarded grants to 16 organizations located throughout the State of Idaho. ISHS and the Community Enhancement Grants program serve the history needs of the entire state. The program is an important way the ISHS assists groups and organ…

                    KAMIAH -- Repairs are scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 13-16, on State Highway 162, four miles south of Kamiah, to address damage from springtime flooding.

                    GRANGEVILLE – “I believe it was mentioned at the conference that 10,000 people per day are qualifying for Medicare,” Syringa Hospital CEO Abner King told the board of trustees at the Oct. 22 meeting.

                      GRANGEVILLE -- The third week of November is Idaho Family Reading Week, when families are encouraged to read together. This year’s theme, “Adventure Awaits” will be celebrated at public and school libraries across the Gem State, Nov. 12-17.

                      GRANGEVILLE – Representatives from Syringa Hospital and Clinics spoke at a town hall meeting to more than 100 people at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the regular luncheon.

                        Avista electric customers in Grangeville, Elk City, Dixie and Red River will experience two planned power outages; one this Sunday, Nov. 10, and another the week following on Sunday, Nov. 17.

                        Free Press reader Denton Thaves caught this November sunset looking west across Grangeville, with car lights extending up and down Main Street.

                        GRANGEVILLE – “Our job is to confirm that what you’re seeing on a monthly basis is accurate – and that’s the case for 2019,” Tom Luper told the Mountain View School District board Oct. 22.

                        GRANGEVILLE – Last spring, Myra Pearce was invited to sing her song “We Are the West” during the National Finals Rodeo World of Rodeo Reunion & Gold Card Gathering in Las Vegas.

                          KAMIAH -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little proclaimed October as “Next Steps” month in Idaho, encouraging Idaho juniors and seniors to start thinking seriously about plans for life after high school.

                            Costumed kids, and adults, poured into the Idaho County Courthouse parking lot last Thursday, Oct. 31, for the annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event. The Grangeville Lions provided free hot dogs, and candy was provided by several participating agencies and businesses.

                            Cindy Lane gets a lesson on intricate crafting details from the “Guy and Avis Birdhouses” creator at the annual Harpster Community Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 2.

                            Here’s a look at a few of the dressers-up on Oct. 31, at local Grangeville businesses.

                            COTTONWOOD -- Mystery Night for St. John Bosco was a huge success this year. The decorations were outstanding, with a riverboat theme and a stagecoach complete with horses on the wall. The food was good, and the auctioneer did a fine job. The best part was that my husband, Virgil, and I, won…

                            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It feels strange to be writing my column again after several weeks off. For the past two years, I have spent many Sunday nights pulling together all of the community news I have heard about all week in advance of the dreaded Monday morning deadline. The last few weeks ha…

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