“Pulled into Nazareth / —I was feelin’ ‘bout half-past dead— / Just need some place: / where I can lay my head. / ‘Hey, mister, can you tell me / Where a man might find a bed?’ / He just grinned and shook my hand: / ‘No,’ was all he said”—Robbie Robertson of The Band: “The Weight”

What is up with Idaho’s public officials? They’re taking cues from the frenzied neighboring states instead of their legal mandates. They act like they have some privileged, secret society information, like they know better than their constituency. They act like they’re in collusion with the …

Here in Idaho County we had Grangeville Border Days over the July 4th weekend and Stites Day the following Saturday. By now (according to media hysteria) we should have hundreds of resulting Covid cases and deaths. We do not. I congratulate those in charge who made the difficult decision to …

Well, we are hearing it all again! Continued spikes in the number of confirmed Corona patients are triggering a new impetus to another trillion dollar stimulus package, with individual checks to taxpayers again, with the only hang-up in Congress today relating to demands for more aid to nume…

To everyone in the community who is wondering about the approaching deadline for signing the petition to Recall Governor Little, the answer is Aug. 4th (preferably before). The very last day for all of our awesome signature gatherers to hand their notarized signature sheets to Elizabeth Manl…

On July 16, my mom fell and suffered a traumatic fracture to her leg and wrist. She was alone in her back yard and her cell phone was in the house. Lucky for her, Colton Key just happened to step out his back door and heard her cries for help. Colton, if not for you, who knows how long she w…

Gatsby: “I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west . . . brought up in America but educated at Oxford . . . all my ancestors have been educated there.”

I would hardly know how to begin this letter without first referencing our community's shared, sad concerns over some big changes now occurring for our hometown weekly paper -- chief among these the sudden loss of our fine, endeared editor, Ben Jorgensen! Needless to say, news of this has co…

So those who read the letters here may know I was a vocal opponent of the soon to be ex-sheriff. There was a very good reason. Mr. Giddings caused massive grief and hardship to a close loved one, and then acted against her when she complained. I believe he misused the power of his office for…

The voters in Mountain View School District voted overwhelmingly to defund schools last month. The no vote on the levy necessitates reducing the budget by 31 percent or roughly 1/3 of the budget. The school board of trustees apparently had no contingency plan if the levy failed, so are now t…

Several years ago, an uncommon windstorm damaged farms and fences in a rural community. In time, everyone’s stock was recovered, except for a few hogs which ran wild in the foothills. Efforts to recapture the hogs were fruitless. As the months passed, the hogs became more wily and harder to …

There continues to be cases pending under the abuse and overreach of unrighteous power exercised by Giddings - who thank the Lord has now been voted out by a landslide. Yet “Special Prosecutor” Scott Olds apparently has not gotten the message and is still doing this lame duck Giddings biddin…

I come from a long line of military, fire fighters and law enforcement (myself included) patriotic individuals. The BLM movement has lost sight of the black people they claim to represent. They themselves claim to be trained Marxists and plan to take over our country. Defund/dismantle the po…

Let me open with my take on good citizenship.  "Insisting on ones' rights without acknowledging the responsibility that brings is not freedom, it is adolescence.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Chmelik [Response to letter, June 17 issue] confabulates the difference between native deleterious (dangerous) animals that live in and around Idaho County, cougars and black bear, that we live with every day and accept as part of daily life. This is starkly different from…

So where do we go from here? Are there dependable trends in our battle with corona, and is it possible to look ahead for clues as to what happens a year or two from now?

There is a certain irony to the Didier’s letter to the editor in last week's edition [June 10] of the Free Press. Two items in the paper seem to mock their attempts at the danger of the Ringo’s proposed use of their land; first, the picture of the two cougars spotted just a few miles south o…

Sentiments of surprise have been made known locally, concerning the fact that the ladies leading the recall effort of Governor Brad Little found the governor's stay-at-home orders shocking and alarming. It was stated that "If Governor Little was the only governor to lock down his state that …

I just want to let the Idaho County Sheriff Department and the City of Grangeville Police Department know that they are so appreciated. It is not easy to be out there in these crazy times of unrest. It is nice to know that one bad apple somewhere does not spoil the lot. Thank you so very much.

Eugene (everything-is-about-racism) Robinson had a commentary piece in last Sunday's Lewiston Tribune with the headline, "When will America stop treating African Americans like trash?" Take a look at the property destruction, looting, injuries, and deaths of the last week. Does anyone think …

My sister has lived in Elk City her whole life. Tuesday, she went to the post office to get her mail. As she came out, she fell. She has a bad leg and a bad heart. She is lying on the ground in front of the post office and a woman walks out, looks down at her, steps over her and walks away. …

Recently, land was purchased in Idaho County, in the community of Clearwater, to build a sanctuary/refuge for lions, tigers, ligers, leopards, various smaller cats and hybrid wolves.

The City of Kamiah just, sorry for the cliché, threw out the baby with the bath water. There are problems between the Kamiah Fire Department and the Kamiah Emergency Medical Rescue Unit. The solution is obvious. Separate the two. Two chains of command.

The primary is over, and it was indeed a lively election with excellent turnout – Idaho County had an impressive 61 percent turnout, compared to 38 percent statewide. I believe this was fueled by the contest for sheriff, in which Ulmer won by a huge margin, garnering a whopping 67 percent of…

Regarding Scott Perrin’s recent letter [May 27 issue] suggesting a new secondary novel virus exists, one which he posits might be more damaging than the COVID-19 virus. His Fear and Not Working 2020 syndrome, FANW20, is self-named and identified. For sure, it is true that some people are fee…

I visited my grave today: Sunday afternoon, before the Memorial Day rush. I went with siblings, not to visit my grave exactly, but the graves of our family. But right there next to our parents’ gravesite is my grave—undug, unused—empty.

Is there light at the end of this Corona tunnel? This past month mixed messages have come our way suggesting that an end hopefully might be in sight! The ratio of death to confirmed cases hovers around 3 percent in Idaho and 6 percent in our nation, both considerably lower than early press c…

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

Upcoming Events

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.