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Lorie Palmer

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Chief Lookingglass Pow-Wow is this weekend Event rescheduled from earlier date

Previously postponed from August due to the forest fires, the 39th Annual Chief Lookingglass Celebration is now set for Oct.9-11.

Scribner, Tucker: epitome of working board members

All too often nowadays there are those who want glory for the sake of looking good and are not willing to put in any elbow grease. That is definitely not the case for Grangeville’s Judy Scribner and Kooskia’s Dick Tucker.

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McAdow receives double blessing Thanks community for its support

Tom McAdow is now double trouble. “Or hell on wheels,” he laughed.

Hospice helps families in crisis Syringa Hospice only program between McCall and Lewiston

“When someone is on hospice care, hospice is available to them 24-7,” said Cindy Higgins, LSW, director of Syringa Hospice. Higgins gave an overview of Syringa’s hospice program to the Syringa Hospital board at its regular meeting Sept. 28.

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Gortsema gets once in a lifetime chance to meet Olympian, star Grangeville young woman attends wedding of Amy Purdy, meets Wynona Judd

An August trip to her Uncle Brian and Aunt Eva Hoops’ home in Hidden Springs started out like many other for 23-year-old Shawna Gortsema. “I thought it was just going to be a regular trip,” she shrugged. Little did Gortsema know a dream of hers was about to come true.

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Outdoor classroom has been teaching kids for 30 years

GIRL SCOUT CAMPGROUND — Pristine beauty, rugged dirt roads and a blazing fire make for an inviting campground. Add 50 sixth-grade students, a plethora of parent, teacher and community volunteers, and it’s Grangeville’s annual outdoor classroom event, or what’s commonly called The Sixth Grade Campout.

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‘Reading buddies’ meant to instill love of literacy

Does your child get bored while reading alone? Maybe he needs a “Reading Buddy.”

Hands-on outdoor classroom has been teaching kids for 30 years

Pristine beauty, rugged dirt roads and a blazing fire make for an inviting campground. Add 50 sixth-grade students, a plethora of parent, teacher and community volunteers, and it’s Grangeville’s annual outdoor classroom event, or what’s commonly called The Sixth Grade Campout.

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‘Think Pink’ volleyball tournament is Danly’s senior project

For Prairie High School senior Hailey Danly, tradition is at the root of her senior project. “I wanted to help continue Prairie’s ‘Think Pink’ volleyball tournament tradition, to keep it a strong, fun community event,” she said.

Kids Klub begins fund-raising for its own building

Sometimes it takes year of planning – even nearly 20 years – for a project to come to fruition. Kids Klub, Inc., board members and staff know about that. The non-profit organization is currently researching and implementing funding options to build their one facility.

The Skunk Chronicles

You know when something happens and it has some humor but you can’t quite laugh about it yet? We had one of those moments Monday night, Sept. 14.

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Idaho, Lewis county workforce shrinking

More than 25 people gathered at the Soltman Center Wednesday, Sept. 16, to for the Labor Community Conversation with Idaho Department of Labor employees.

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Volleyball program celebrates 30 years at GHS

Volleyball was created in 1895 by a YMCA instructor. In 1964, it first appeared in the Olympics. In 1968, it became the NAIA’s 15th competitive sport. And 30 years ago, in 1985, volleyball made its way to Grangeville High School. * “I really pushed to get volleyball through,” said Sally Greene, who taught at Grangeville High School for five years in the ‘80s.

Pocketing cell phones for the sake of education

Many educators believe mobile education is the next big thing, but the reality of students using their phones for educational purposes remain a roadblock for administrators and technology coordinators.

Harman Agency sets fall grower meeting for Sept. 18

It's Your Business

Evie Ruttman is retiring from Alicebelle’s salon in Grangeville after 38 years. She will be moving to Boise to be near family.

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New cell phone rules at GHS help put students on ‘even playing field’

A sign of the times faces students as they walk into Grangeville High School classrooms this year. An elementary-school type of pouch with 30-ish clear pockets is in each class.

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Got spirit? GHS cheerleading squad grows

Somewhere in the past decade or so, Grangeville High School cheerleaders have gotten a bad rap. “I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow it became considered not cool or popular to be a cheerleader,” said GHS secretary Alecia Hagen.

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Boutique to open this Saturday Legally blind woman finds way to be active

Come Saturday, Sept. 19, Grangeville will have one more place to shop. Jan Meggerson is opening “Jan’s Paparazzi Boutique” at 322 W. South Street, located just behind the courthouse.

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Cornerstone Christian school opens doors in Grangeville

Parents of preschoolers and kindergarteners in Grangeville now have another schooling option. Cornerstone Christian Learning Center has opened at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene with classes beginning yesterday, Sept. 8.

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Doughty opens ‘Ken’s Heating and Cooling’

Ken Doughty is in business again. Doughty has started Ken’s Heating and Cooling and is ready for customers. “I wanted more flexibility in working for myself again,” the Kooskia native explained.

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CPP has new teacher

There’s a new face at Camas Prairie Preschool. Make that two new faces. Danielle Grow of Greencreek is the new teacher at the school and brings with her 3-year-old daughter, Lainey.

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Barbecue Days to proceed, despite fires

“The chamber felt that it was important to have a time for the community to come together and have a respite from all the chaos of the last month,” said Kamiah Chamber of Commerce President Robert Simmons.

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Prairie ag ed program flourishing

Don Curry looked at a mound of rocks, dirt and weeds at the far end of Prairie Junior Senior High School and had a vision. At the beginning of summer, that vision became a reality.

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Businesses, individuals make Idaho County Fair a success

It's Your Business

Kamiah Drug is replacing medications for patients who have lost their medication due to fire. Call them at 935-0102.

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Hall moves on to new music venue, adventure

He’s a traveling man and it’s time for a change.

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GHS grad makes full circle, takes principal position at GEMS

A new face in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal’s chair is actually a familiar face to GEMS.

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Bledsoe is new PA at Syringa Clinic

CV graduate returns home

Physician assistant Todd Bledsoe has made a full circle. The Clearwater Valley High School graduate is one of the newest faces at Syringa Clinic. “It is good to be back,” he smiled.

GHS grad makes full circle, takes principal position at GEMS

A new face in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School principal’s chair is actually a familiar face to GEMS. Although Dr. Susan Anderson only taught at GEMS for one year previously to taking the helm from outgoing principal Alica Holthaus, she has been a part of Grangeville for many more years.

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White Bird IOOF Hall gets inside facelift

It takes a village … or at least several communities to renovate a hall.

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Idaho County Fair: Pigs, people will keep cooler at the fair this year

It’s a hog’s world at the Idaho County Fair. At least it is this year. Each year the fair board plans and implements improvements to the grounds and this year it’s the pigs (and their owners) who will benefit most.

Idaho County Fair 2015: Fairgrounds camping popular tradition for many

‘For me, this is the official start of the fair’

A long line of cars and campers line the streets leading to the Idaho County Fair, winding like a caterpillar. “When that cable across the driveway hits the ground Saturday morning prior to the fair, campers are already lined up anticipating on getting a spot with hook-ups,” said Idaho County Fair board member Tony Schumacher, who is in charge of RV parking. “For me, this is the official start of the fair.”

Pow Wow set for weekend in Kamiah

The 39th annual Chief Lookingglass Celebration is set for this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23.

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Yarbroughs lose home, Cloningers come close

There are many stories of destruction and loss during a tragedy such as the Clearwater Complex Fire. Here are two of the stories of Kamiah area couples whose lives changed in the matter of minutes Friday, Aug. 14.

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Swim Season Swum

The Grangeville Dolphins Swim Team (pictured above) finished their season with a home meet Saturday, Aug. 15. (Left) coaches, lifeguards, volunteers and team members cheer on a young swimmer to finish a relay event. For updates on Grangeville Swim Team, check out the Facebook page. The swimmers were coached by Calen Long and Emily Kaschmitter among additional parent volunteers.

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Vote for champion ‘pig kissers’ now

Winner will smack the best hog at the Idaho County Fair Aug. 22

Three local men are vying for the honor to kiss the grand champion pig Aug. 22 at the Idaho County Fair – “And you can help decide on the winner,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman.

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Royalty hopefuls give speeches; court speaks about year’s events

Six young ladies fought nerves and gave speeches to a crowd of onlookers and judges July 28 at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene.

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Kenyan priest joins local parish

“I am happy to be here – there are so many familiar faces,” smiled Father John Gathungu. Gathungu recently stepped in to fill the pulpit as priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville. He will also provide Mass at White Bird and Nezperce. He replaces Father Mariusz Majewski who was called to the Catholic Diocese in Coeur d’Alene.

GHS track closed through Aug. 15

If you’re looking to take a walk on the Grangeville High School track, don’t. At least not now. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 15, the GHS track will be unavailable to the public.

Trustee queries investment in Kooskia Clinic

“I do not feel we can get the numbers up in the Kooskia Clinic if we do not have the providers there consistently,” emphasized Syringa Hospital trustee Dick Tucker of Kooskia. Tucker spoke to the board at the regular meeting July 27.

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Just Being Neeeeeeeiiiiggggghhhhhhborly

Horses lined the fence in this field on Old Highway 7 outside of Grangeville. They were looking across the road at a field with two horses in it, communicating through whinnies and blows.

Volunteers make ‘Casting’ event a success

In a world where political disagreements, shootings and general mayhem seem to be everyday occurrences, it’s often easy to overlook the good people do.

Crazy Days, new faces

It’s Crazy Days time in Grangeville! Look in this week’s Shopper and Free Press for ads on what stores are participating and “Go Crazy” shopping downtown Grangeville!

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Claire, Henson ring in final summer concert

Despite a storm that dropped buckets of rain and blew down tree branches throughout Grangeville just more than an hour prior to Shook Twins performing at Pioneer Park July 23, the concert ended up being well attended by nearly 200 people.

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Casting for Recovery: Women with breast cancer learn to fly fish

A parade of men, pink boas decorating their trucks, made their way down the narrow road toward the Flying B Ranch the morning of Sunday, July 19. These net-wielding, pole carrying, vest-clad men were met with whoops, hollers and cheering. Fourteen women were paired with these river helpers – and some were even greeted with a good-natured “dance dollar” poked in the pocket of their fishing guests as the duos met for the first time. They soon made their way to the pond on the ranch and began Casting for Recovery.

Dixie Days on tap for this weekend

The annual Dixie Days event will feature a variety of activities for its 104th annual celebration Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.

Six vie for Idaho County Fair queen

Six local young ladies will vie for Idaho County Fair Queen for 2016. Royalty will be crowned Friday night of the fair, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., in the Arena Building. Candidates for royalty are Katrina Frei, Rachel Kelley and Abigail Stowell of Grangeville, Davi Murphy and Hailey Williams of Kooskia, and Kortney Sims of Elk City.

Raspberry Festival slated for Sunday in Cottonwood

In the mood for some fresh-grown raspberries? The Raspberry Festival is an annual fund-raiser for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude and is set for this Sunday, Aug. 2.

Farmers’ Market sets activities

In celebration of Idaho's Farmers' Market Week as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter, the Grangeville Farmers' Market will be hosting some special events.

Sports cuts likely for MVSD 244

“I would like to have anyone who says our coaching policy is unfair here right now,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes. “This is not easy and it’s never fun to cut kids. No coach likes that.”

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Connolley helps man in trouble at river

Emergency training pays off for local student

On a hot day in early July, 16-year-old Hunter Connolley was in the right place at the right time.