Although I have attended the Idaho County Fair in past years, I have never participated. This year, my “Students First!, Norma Staaf for Mountain View School Board Zone 2” campaign had a booth in the open exhibit hall and a parade entry. From the moment I walked in the door, the fair board m…

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What keeps us alive? Five years ago this week, an amazingly successful comedic talent failed to find a reason to continue living. Robin Williams died Aug. 11, 2014, as the result of what was ruled an apparent suicide. For years, Williams had battled alcoholism and depression.

Spanning already a decade of time, it's indeed a long and arduous story, the details of which anyone can learn by visiting www.ithappenedtous.com.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new deal U.S.F.S. of the ‘90s that came up with prescribe burns and the let-it-burn policy. You have almost successfully destroyed what the preceding 300 years of common sense people created in regards to the local forest. (Don’t feel…

Over the last year, the MVSD board members and some district staff have been the subject of an onslaught of untruths, misrepresentations, character assassinations, embezzlement charges and very intentional personal hurtful insults. There have been votes of no confidence, frivolous lawsuits a…

"I've been walkin’ / in my sleep: / countin’ troubles / ’stead of countin’ sheep. / Where the years went, / I can’t say: / I just turned around / and they’ve gone away / . . . Now I find myself on the mountainside: / Where the rivers change direction / Across the Great Divide.”— late-great K…

Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair. / She made the Woolworth counter shine. / And Eddie was a sweet romancer / —And darn good dancer—/ And they’d waltz the aisles of the five-and-dime . . . / And they’d sing: ‘Dance a little closer to me; / Dance a little closer . . . / It’…

We would like to thank the Honorable Jeff Payne for his generosity in providing a place for our resource center for the past two years. We were warm in the winter, cool in the summer, yard work was done, walks were cleared, trash was hauled, and all at no cost to us. We are so indebted and g…

“They took my saddle in Houston, / broke my leg in Santa Fe. / Lost my wife and a girlfriend / somewhere along the way. / But I'll be lookin’ for 8 when they pull that gate; / and I hope that judge ain’t blind. /Amarillo by mornin’ / Amarillo’s on my mind.”—George Strait

On Saturday 29th, the Idaho GOP voted to continue their anti-peace agenda. They are not interested in bringing our troops home. They also voted to maintain their anti-marijuana position and continue putting non-violent offenders in for-profit private prisons. Essentially, the Idaho GOP has v…

Along with summer heat and barbecues, people across America gather to celebrate a myriad of patriotic and local events.

In 1960, a Hibbing, Minn., shop owner’s son dropped out of college. Robert’s grades had plummeted (D- in Music Appreciation). Late nights found Robert at the off-campus “10 o’clock Scholar” coffee house, appreciating Woody Guthrie records, e.g., “This Land is Your Land.” Hooked, Robert hitch…

I went to the last District 244 school board meeting in Grangeville. At this meeting Martha Smith and Dakota Gorges got up and addressed the school board with speeches regarding Vincent Martinez contract not being renewed. They also presented petitions signed by many from the community for t…

Thank you to all the supporters of the Rebekah Gems of White Bird! Because of you, we are able to support our community, and we thought maybe you’d like to hear about some of the things we’ve done so far this year.

It has been brought to our attention that all the folks who donated money to Pine Tree Credit Union last December, that was to be matched by Pine Tree Credit Union and Bud’s Powersports did not receive thank you’s, as we were told they did. So, to all the folks who donated money at Pine Tree…

When it comes to zoning requirements, have you ever wondered who is pushing for all of this control? I would suggest you study up on Agenda 21 and Agenda 30, as well as the World Wildlife Fund, etc. Obviously, someone wants us all out of here - badly.  Why?  Consider the resources here and t…

On Monday, June 3rd, the school board of Mountain View School Dist. 244 voted to renew all contracts with the exception of Mike Johnson, Keri Schumacher and Vincent Martinez. I was not at the meeting, but was informed of this event by a coworker who was watching it live-streamed on Facebook.…

Let me get this straight. Our communities just passed a huge levy to support our schools and the thanks we get is to fire six teachers to balance the budget. Is anyone else feeling betrayed?

On April 24, Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther sent a letter to the Idaho County Attorney complaining that this county had failed to adopt a comprehensive zoning plan & ordinance to comply with Idaho statues.

I was worried that a brick-and-mortar school wouldn’t have all the resources I needed to succeed. That’s why I made the decision to choose a different route for my education and attend school online. Because of this choice, I was able to get experiences that wouldn’t have been available in m…

To all the volunteers and participants of the Hoop Shoot last fall and to the sheriff’s office for their support, a "big thank you!" The Camas Prairie Food Bank was the recipient of the funds raised and the food drive from the Hoop Shoot. In all, there were 4,676 items of food donated to the…

I received permission from Jerry Zumalt to host a rest stop for cyclists on the Trans Am Bike Race 2019, located on the lawn by The United Methodist Church in Grangeville. They will be passing through our town within the next couple of days for the next week. While I won’t be there the whole…

On behalf of the Associated Student Body of Clearwater Valley High School, we would like to express our gratitude toward our community that chose to support the future of our schools. The passing of this levy means our community values our education and the future of our students. A supporti…

Now that Kooskia voters have refused to recall Mayor Charlotte Schilling, I hope that the spirit of cooperation and good will that used to exist between the ambulance volunteers and the city can return. I have good friends in both groups, and I know they are intelligent people who have the a…

Last Saturday, my wife and I were returning from Moscow where we attended our granddaughter's graduation from the U of I. Coming up the grade from Craigmont and near Ferdinand, our engine died suddenly, and we were just able to exit onto Cemetery Road.

There are so many good things in this large county, but I want to give a shout out to the GHS FFA that hosted a plant sale, Saturday, May 11.

On April 7, Todd Hudson was involved in an injury at the IFG-Grangeville. This was a pretty serious injury, requiring surgery. From the moment the accident happened, the IFG staff went out of their way to ensure he was receiving the needed assistance. Tracy Seubert and Fred Smith have been a…

To confuse you, dam proponents, including some in Congress, tout Columbia Basin’s Snake River per-dam juvenile salmon survival rate as if it applied accumulatively to the entire waterway.

Like most stories, there are two sides. Having watched the school board meeting when the levy amount was decided, I’d like to testify that we have a fiscally conservative board that struggled with deciding to run the levy at $3 million. Being aware of the tension between conservative constit…

From a family that’s been on the Camas Prairie for a century, with 29 years of experience in the health care industry, supporting 18 excellent employees through his Grangeville Irwin Drug store, a service-oriented, always thinking, always innovative, always positive, always conservative, Cha…

I have served on the Syringa Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees for just over nine years. Due to that service I feel I am in a very good position to know what the Board will need to see as new trustees following the upcoming elections. My votes will go to the following candidates and I u…

I am supporting Barbara Essen in the upcoming Syringa Hospital Board election. She has shown her commitment to Syringa Hospital by her frequent attendance as a guest at board meetings and her eight-year service in the chaplaincy program.

Kooskia voters, please vote no on the recall of Mayor Schilling. She deserves our backing. When a small group of troublemakers tried to take over our ambulance service, Mayor Schilling, along with the city council, made it clear that the ambulance belonged to the city and would stay that way…

It is inspiring and amazing to spend time in the classrooms at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, where I work part time as a reading interventionist with kindergarten students. I also volunteer several hours a week in kindergarten and second grade classrooms. I interact on a daily basis …

Late last year, the local union representing the teachers of Mountain View School District sued “We the people” through the local school board. The suits were “violation of public records” and “violation of First Amendment rights.” Both appear to me to be nothing more than an embarrassment t…

Laura A. Smith has lived and worked in Grangeville most of her life.  She knows the people of this area and their needs very well.  She and her husband, Randy, intend to spend the rest of their days here in the country they love with their friends and neighbors. She knows firsthand how impor…

Too bad Mary Ann Blees [May 8 issue] couldn’t make it to the last negotiations session. She would have a harder time hanging onto her ill-informed notions about the teacher negotiators (one of whom was the same Mrs. McKinney she took to task in a letter to the editor).

I would like to encourage the patrons of District 244 to get out and vote “yes” for the upcoming school levy. I attended Grangeville public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 2010. I was fortunate to have had many great teachers during those years. Their skills, coup…

A good choice for hospital board to represent veterans would be retired Col. Preston Funkhouser. He is aware of the problems they have faced with the V.A. and the transition of veterans over to Syringa Clinic. If he is elected, he will be a voice with experience.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve our community and to help prepare our children for their lives as adults. I’m able to do this through teaching at Grangeville Elementary/Middle School (GEMS). This year, to accommodate the desires of the students, we added several new electives…

This year the teacher’s union became quite indignant in their quest for higher pay and increased benefits. They filed several lawsuits against the district and hit MVSD trustees with a vote of no confidence. Now they want you to give the school district $3,090,048.

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