In response to Chelsea Welter (Feb. 19 issue), I was born and raised in a California central valley town. Our primary jobs were related to agriculture and food processing. I grew up with farm laborers and their families. They were good, hardworking people. Fast forward a generation or two. T…

Reclaim Idaho – Invest in Idaho. Mayville, co-founder, states this initiative will bring in investments of $170-200 million dollars every year into our public-school system. How will they fund our schools? They plan to use the same formula that is currently used by our Department of Educatio…

When I first started serving as a precinct committeeman in Cottonwood, an elected official told me my most chief duty was to get votes for candidates. In retrospect, I think he was really saying that he wanted me to get him elected. I think a better duty is to seek honest women and men for c…

The Abortion Human Rights Act now known as HR 361 is a citizen developed piece of legislation intended to cease the murder of our most innocent and helpless citizens, the unborn.  In my mind, there is no justification for this obscene pattern of genocide. My house and I will support this leg…

The trustees of District 304, Kamiah in Lewis County and a huge portion of Idaho County that surrounds Kamiah, are asking for a $1,294,000 (one million two hundred ninety-four thousand dollar) levy for the next two years. The March 10th ballot reads $647,000 for each of the next two years; n…

What a splendid treatise by Marilyn Giddings (ICFP Opinion, Feb. 5)!  Had the author and political affiliation not been identified, I would have surmised the piece was penned by a Democrat as the general tone replicates our legitimate concerns about the indifference to truth, civility and et…

I simply want to put this message out there. I've lived in Idaho County for almost five years now. I was born and raised along the E. WA/N. ID border. I was profoundly shocked at the level of intolerance for others that the North Central Idaho region has after I moved here. Five years later,…

In the Jan. 30 issue of the Idaho County Free Press was a guest opinion entitled Idaho salmon can’t survive with the lower Snake dams in place, by Jim Jones. It was very well-written, and I would like to put my input on Idaho salmon. The salmon, when they leave the ocean, face numerous obsta…

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives passed House Bill 317, which would allow optometrists in our state to perform certain surgeries now performed only by trained medical doctors.  These lasers cut tissue and are therefore scalpels. When I learned how to do surgeries and laser proce…

I am an out-of-towner (Pullman) who has followed Marie Smith’s column faithfully for about seven years through your website. It is indeed the first thing I turn to when I get the e-mail alert. Marie’s fine writing is a reflection of her wonderful view of the world: fair, honest, straightforw…

As one of the people in attendance described it, “It was a nice, peaceful board meeting until Norma came stormin’ up.” She had come to attack my character and ethics, and she did. The trouble is, that it was done with untrue claims. Norma falsely stated that I had paid for an ad to defeat th…

I am encouraged by the spirit of openness shown by the Mountain View School District Board so far in 2020. In the short time the board reconvened in January with two new members and new leadership, they have reached out to the public, asking for input on both the superintendent search and fo…

Levy time again in Kamiah, March 10th. We have a lot of new residents in and around Kamiah who may not know what school district they pay taxes for. Please check your 2019 tax bill. Even if you reside in Idaho County, outside of Kamiah as I do, I pay taxes on school district 304, which is in…

My wife and I have been visiting Idaho since 1985, and we have always enjoyed the articles in the Idaho County Free Press written by Marie Smith. In my estimation she is, as she says, an “Ace reporter from Lowell”. It saddens us that her reports have come to an end because she has moved down…

Since nothing enters the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen without the forceful taking from another citizen, I am unable to reconcile how financially injuring some in order to financially ‘help’ others is sustainable.

Distrust of our government is not something new but it seems that lack of trust is the primary cause of citizens’ discontent. Citizens are frustrated with the way government works and with what government does. Citizens have become alienated; they feel less able to influence the political pr…

I was hoping that after Casey Smith won his position on the school board by a tiny fraction of votes, that it would be enough to show him that there is a growing number of people in Idaho County that do not appreciate his abusive tactics or appalling behavior. Those hopes were dashed when I …

You really can't make this stuff up! In the Jan. 14 Tribune, another politically correct do-gooder is proposing to change the name of Sacajawea Junior High because it's offensive. What? Then the person suggests it be renamed after former superintendent, Joy Rapp. What? So, it's OK to offend …

I am truly upset and just wanted to write something to the paper (hopefully in the paper) so someone will do something about the lack of snowplows doing their job, (employees or bosses?). I’m not sure who is at fault here!

The Camas Prairie Food Bank board and volunteers, families and individuals wish to thank everyone in this region for your generous support this past year. Our schools, churches, businesses, banks, credit unions, social organizations, and individuals have been so faithful in helping us aid th…

The staff at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation would like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone in our community who made our tree lighting and Christmas party so special for our residents this year. A very special thank you to Santa Claus and the Central Idaho Quilters of Kamiah.…

Although there is a lot of discussion about national politics, whom we choose in local elections affects our daily lives more, in some ways. This spring we will have primary elections for two county commissioners, in the seats currently held by Skip Brandt and Mark Frei (according to Bette P…

I know a retired couple who, for the past few years, has spent their winter camping in their 5th wheel along the South Fork of the Clearwater. For some unknown reason, the Forest Service LEO [law enforcement officer] has harassed them continuously about how long they are in one spot. I under…

“If you’re travelin’ / to the north country fair, / where the winds hit heavy / on the borderline / Remember me / to one who lives there. / For she once was / a true love of mine.”—Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash, “Girl from the North Country” 

“Cruel and unusual punishment?” Yes! I witnessed such treatment, inflicted as well on some very fine and unfortunate animals. This occurred at the Nickerson family ranch home, in the area known as Upper Fords Creek in Clearwater County this past Nov. 12th.

Thank you, to all of you who helped with the Tree of Sharing. Maybe you gave us space, advertised, or in some way got the word out there; maybe you took a tag and purchased a gift or gave a donation; maybe you helped shop, wrap, or distribute. It is because of generous people like you that w…

The updated, easy-to-read format of the back page of the sports section is helpful since it includes one column listing scheduled sporting events for all local high schools. Having one place to see which games are upcoming for the next few weeks makes it easier for people to attend games and…

"It’s hard to believe that the Christmas rush is now over, and 'The Night Before Christmas' is with us again! So, what better time to pause and consider the impact of His coming, in our own lives and in the world around us?

Thank you, Jordan Cervantes, GHS senior! Jordan chose Camas Prairie Food Bank as his senior project. His efforts raised $174.62 to feed those who face food insecurity in the community.

Based on current rap heard around Idaho County, a more appropriate topic/question to ask a sheriff candidate (other than comments or questions about sheriff’s office personnel issues) would be: So, where do you stand with respect to protecting our God-given and constitutional rights, and wha…

Vast ‘gratuitous’ programs since 1930’s have planted in the hearts of millions a love of idleness and love of entitlement, the mental curse of idleness. This mental curse seems to affect the administrators and personnel as well as the ‘recipients.’ Historically, no civilization has been able…

Regarding the GHS/PHS Shoot-out. The Camas Prairie Food Bank gives a huge thank you to all who donated food items and monetary donations to our area food banks. Your generosity with food donations filled two pickups and a trailer for Camas Prairie Food Bank! With the help of students from GH…

In the Oct. 10 issue of the Star News was an article stating that climate change is a hoax. I am 79 years old, and these are a few of the things I have observed in 79 years living here in New Meadows, Idaho.

 First, a soul-searching question directed to the broad spectrum of the community at large, aware of the story that I reference here: Why were there not throngs of local people - - hundreds, even thousands - - streaming daily to visit and stand with the Nick and Donna Nickerson family "campe…

Heading south on 95 from Winchester, I was again astounded by the expansive beauty of mountains, the Camas Prairie, especially heading into Grangeville. Bam, flashback back 50 years ago, when I travelled from Washington to Idaho to train/teach at Sun Valley stables. Immediate connection with…

A big thank you to Avista Foundation. Thank you for your generous grant award to FoCL (Friends of the Centennial Library). Your continued support is much appreciated.

Baloney is always baloney, no matter how thin some people try to slice it. Your Thanksgiving edition printed a deliberately misleading glob from the Republican speaker of the house, majority caucus leader, majority leader and assistant majority claiming the recently passed Idaho Medicaid exp…

Being a local Santa’s helper can be a very demanding job. We may have to put up with frigid cold temperatures, a very abused lap, and may even catch a cold. I experienced this event once a year at the Harpster Community Christmas Show when I lived there years ago. There is nothing like an ol…

“There was a rich man . . . And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores . . .” (Luke 16). 

At Christmas, we celebrate a birth that happened centuries ago. The God of the universe was born of a human mother. This baby Jesus in the manger was not a new god, but the God who had created the world. He had known it from the beginning. On Christmas, for the first time, He looked at His w…

I’ve learned that a piece of my personal freedom and self-respect is removed the moment I adopt any degree of mental entitlement. It weakens my resolve and my independence. Further, it renders me as incapable and robs the noble breath of life that gives me the energy to utter “I can.” I don’…

The votes for Mountain View School Board Trustee Zone 2 election have been counted and re-counted with no change from the original result. I accept that Casey Smith won by four votes and I ask that others accept this result, also. After learning on election night that a poll worker turned a …

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