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.

Being a member of the Syringa Hospital District Board is a commitment Barbara Essen is eager to make. This is evidenced by the number of Syringa board meetings Barbara has attended as a guest. She is a retired minister, and elementary teacher, a mother and the daughter of an Army Master Serg…

It is with a deep and poignant sense of sadness that we prepare to move from Grangeville. Over the 20 years we have lived here you have endeared yourselves to our hearts, and we are deeply grateful. We are grateful for the many gifts of life you have shared with us. Though some of the journe…

I am confused, as carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming and is 60 percent heavier than oxygen and so won’t be absorbed into the atmosphere. Forest burning is the major source of carbon dioxide. Why are they doing prescribed burns other than money for Forest Service employees?

It’s a local issue if freedom of press, speech, religion, to peaceable assemble, and redress of grievances are valued liberties. The 1st Amendment contains these five liberties, grouped together because they affect/depend on each other. Can you have freedom of speech without freedom of press…

I have said that I would never write a letter to the editor…. But, it’s a matter of death and life.

How does such a basic tenet of faith be overlooked, or is it lip service? Families with children attending BYU-Idaho have to decide this week whether to travel to school for the first day of classes, the day after Easter, or spend time with family and worship together the day of Easter.  Adm…

A new effort has arisen in the Pro-Life movement. Focus on the Family is currently planning an event in Times Square involving thousands who will gather on Saturday, May 4, to view a live 4-D ultrasound of a baby inside the womb. For those of us unable to attend, there are plans to live stre…

To me, true, inherent liberties of an individual are not granted by government, the Constitution, a legislature, or a person in power.  If they were, they are not liberties but favors bestowed upon individuals by those with ‘more power’.  And if the practice of bestowing favors by those with…

I applaud the school board for standing firm on their conviction that the fiscal path MVSD 244 is on is unsustainable. To me, it means they have a deeper understanding of their mandate to ensure the district is financially viable now and in the future. It takes guts to take the heat they are…

Thank you for publishing the story about the 9-year-old girl who had her emergency laparoscopic appendectomy in Orofino (4B, March 27th issue of Idaho County Free Press). The article was a perfect example of how knowing the people one works with truly improves the quality and experience of care.

On April 5th, this Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, the Idaho Supreme Court will convene a session at the Lewiston courthouse, room 1. This rare occurrence provides an opportunity for y'all to see Idaho’s highest judiciary in practice. 

At Monday’s night’s school board meeting, I saw anguish, sadness and honest soul searching on the faces of each of our school board members as they wrestled with trying to come up with a compromise that would satisfy the teachers and how raising the levy amount could have a negative financia…

I wish to thank the Free Press for taking interest in my talk on Alcohol Use and Use Disorder on March 14. My intention was not to give a diatribe against alcohol use, and I apologize if I gave this impression. My point was that the data suggests that when I choose to enjoy a beer with my ha…

As a taxpayer, community member and educator, I am troubled to see what school board member, Casey Smith, posted in last week’s [March 13] Free Press. His words make it clear he harbors significant hostility toward the educators of our district, as evidenced by the rancorous tone and the cas…

The Idaho County Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Idaho State legislature asking them to respect the view of the minority of voters in the state and not move forward with Medicaid expansion because 4,000 people in Idaho County voted against it. Sending this letter is in direct con…

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