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Lorie Palmer

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4-H kids, leader train wild mustang for adoption

Three members of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club participated in a summer 4-H project they will not soon forget.

Brown Bag 2016: ICSO detective to talk about interesting cases

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 31, Clyde Hanson will present “H. Talbotte of Florence.” Research was by Pam Northcutt. Next week, Idaho County Sheriff Detective Lt. Jerry Johnson will present the program “Interesting Past Cases.”

Weapons in hospital issue before trustees

As with many school districts and other public entities, Syringa Hospital is no exception when it comes to how to move forward with gun and other deadly weapon issues within the confines of its facilities. The board discussed a written policy at its Aug. 22 meeting and, as has been the case in other local arenas, the conversation brought out varied opinions.

Boojie? Fleek? Rickroll?

Evolution of words, phrases quite interesting, descriptive

As we start the school year, I thought it would be a good time to give a little overview on some recent additions to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (as well as other on-line dictionaries). Recent as in the past three years. The evolution of words and phrases is quite interesting. Don’t ask for fry sauce in some Eastern states – they don’t know what you mean and they might hand you a container of gravy or cheese. Soda is said instead of pop and it’s pocketbook instead of purse.

Packed schedule for 80th Kamiah Barbecue Days

Events include Sunday Bull Bash

The 80th annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set for this coming weekend and the events will pack a full schedule for young, old, and everyone in-between. The events start Friday, Sept. 2, with the spaghetti feed at the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Kamiah High School versus Pomeroy football game is set for 7 p.m. at KHS with a teen street dance at 9 p.m.

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Colorful Entry

The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.

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School Starts At GEMS

It was a bright, sunny, happily-chaotic morning on the Grangeville Elementary Middle School playground the first day of school, yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Parents were taking photos as students hefted new backpacks full of supplies. GEMS PTA was ready with a photo board for parents this morning and fifth grader Emmie Told had her picture taken by mom, Katie, before class.

Foundation decides to nix traditional event after 22 years

Festival of Trees: no more

The first week in December will look a lot different in Grangeville this year. “The [Syringa] Foundation met and agreed the live auction for Festival of Trees is no longer receiving strong community support,” reported Syringa trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Aug. 22 board meeting.

Brown Bag 2016: Florence’s Talbotte will be the center of history discussion

Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, Myrna Crane of Grangeville will share a diary-journal story with a few twists.

County fair starts today

There’s No Place Like Home at the Idaho County Fair, and residents are invited to attend the annual event starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 17.

District-wide bulb replacement to save on utility costs

“The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting. Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”

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GEMS to see schedule changes for coming year

To help implement ‘more teaching time’

Grangeville Elementary Middle School patrons will notice some difference in GEMS schedules this school year. “We have had some challenges not unique to GEMS, but affecting many elementary schools,” said principal Dr. Susan Anderson.

Lookingglass Days on tap for weekend

Delayed last year due to excessive fires and smoke throughout the area, Kamiah’s Chief Lookingglass Powwow is back with a force. This year, the event marks its 40th anniversary and it set to take place this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21.

It's your business: Sign up now to get involved in Oktoberfest

Are you ready to have fun in our little town? The Grangeville Merchants Association is organizing Oktoberfest 2016 in downtown Grangeville, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Idaho County Fair starts Monday

Board implements roof replacement

Fairgoers will notice some major improvements at the Idaho County Fair (Aug. 15-20) this year. However, they might have to look up to do so.

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‘Grandma Norma’ to lead Kooskia Days parade

Kooskia Days Grand Marshal 2016:

Known by “Grandma Norma” by many, Norma Brandt hasn’t moved more than 10 miles from her birthplace. And she’s quite content with that. The 86-year-old will serve as Kooskia Days grand marshal, leading the parade Aug. 6.

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Crosby to perform Thursday concert

Final performance in 2016 Free Summer Concert Series

The final performance in the Free Summer Concert Series will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. Country musician Josh Crosby of Kooskia will perform with some members of his band.

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Daisy Dreams

Saturday, July 16, brought bright blue skies mid-day which was the perfect backdrop against the daisies and weeds at the edge of a wheat field outside Grangeville at Lukes Gulch and Fairview roads.

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2016 Kooskia Saddliers Queen Mckenzie Cruson: ‘I have dreamed of becoming queen since I was little’

Representing Kooskia at the Kooskia Days parade this weekend will be 2016 Kooskia Saddliers Queen Mckenzie Cruson.

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You Make Me Want To Dance, Dance, Dance

It was a dancing affair as the group Phoenix 99 (below) played at the Grangeville Summer Concert Series at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 28.

Brown Bag 2016: Author to present thoughts of 1860s miner from recent book

After taking 2015 to deal with a leaky pipe repair, the Bicentennial Historical Museum is back on track to offer Brown Bag Sessions. Sessions will be held Wednesdays at the museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these no-cost historical presentations and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch.

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Phoenix 99 to sing the blues Thursday night

The third in the Free Summer Concert Series will take place Thursday, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. The blues band Phoenix 99 out of Moscow will offer tunes to concert-goers. Phoenix 99 consists of Carol Zinn, lead vocal and guitar, Bob Garcia, bass guitar and vocals, George Durrin, drums and Mike Rishor, lead guitar and vocals.

Kids Klub to send income surveys

Process moves toward new facility

As part of applying for a Community Development Block Grant, Kids Klub is moving forward with a city income survey. “This is something that has to be done each five years for whatever group applies for the grant,” explained Kids Klub building project manager Brett Madron.

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Austad is new Ida-Lew ED specialist

Jessaca Austad has found her niche. Austad started her new job as Idaho-Lew Economic Development Specialist June 1. “I love this job – every day I think, ‘I get paid to do this!’” she smiled from her office above the Grangeville Post Office on Main Street.

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Harris sworn in as new MVSD board member

Mountain View School District 244 gained a new board member when Jeremy Harris of Grangeville was sworn in at the July 18 board meeting.

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Former CV student makes medical mission trip to Peru

Christine Schmidt recently spent 14 life changing days in Peru. The former Harpster resident and attendee of Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia has forged ahead in her education and career choices, which led her to the pivotal trip.

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Campbell will serve as 2016 Idaho County Fair grand marshal

Betty Campbell’s lifestyle on the prairie has definitely been a family affair. She will serve as the 2016 Idaho County Fair grand marshal – an honor her parents – Verl and Alice Chicane, had in 1988. This year, the Idaho County Fair is Aug. 15-20.

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Vintage Youth to rock park Thursday night

Free Summer Concert Series

The Free Summer Concert Series will continue Thursday night, July 21, with the band Vintage Youth. “This Grangeville-based band plays a little bit of everything,” said concert organizer Rachel Young.

Hot Summer Nights to sizzle this weekend

Event in Riggins: Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23

What includes classic cars, reunions and local talent galore? It’s those Hot Summer Nights. The annual Hot Summer Nights celebration is set for this weekend, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Riggins. The annual event is held at the Riggins City Park.

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98-year-old WW II veteran Maurice Vincent: ‘I never forget my prayers … God has never forgotten me’

Several close-calls in the life of Maurice “Vince” Vincent have solidified his belief in God and His grace. “I pray every night – I never forget my prayers because God has never forgotten me,” the 98-year-old World War II veteran said. Vincent spoke to a group of ladies from Treasure Life Book Club from his residence at Meadowlark Home in Grangeville July 13.

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First in Thursday concert series to feature Chad Bramlet

The first in the Free Summer Concert Series will take place this Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. The Chad Bramlet Band out of Lewiston will offer country tunes to concert-goers.

VA Clinic currently serving 400 area patients

Veterans are being served in Idaho County. That is evidenced by the sheer numbers at the Grangeville VA clinic. Nurse practitioner Beth Monsebroten, who provides medical services at the Syringa VA Clinic, spoke to the board at its regular monthly meeting June 27.

Wagon Road days set for July 16, 17

The 25th Annual Elk City Wagon Road celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.

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Cassill joins United Country Real Estate

A familiar Grangeville face is embarking upon a new business journey. Tom Cassill, Jr., is now a residential specialist/Realtor with United Country Real Estate in Grangeville.

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‘Tradition’ for Border Days participants

Four-day event a family time

With a day earlier start to the rodeo, the annual Grangeville Border Days celebration gave participants more time to celebrate the July 4 holiday. Rodeo events ran July 1-3 with main festivities going July 2-4.

Syringa Thrift makes improvements to building, lot

yringa Foundation is strong and viable, according to a profit and loss statement presented by director Clare Chapman at the Syringa board meeting June 27.

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Stevens, Farris to serve as Border Days royalty for 2017

The royal crowning took place at the Sunday, July 3, rodeo, when the new Border Days queen and princess were crowned.

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104 Years Strong

Those along the Border Days parade route on C Street saw Grangeville resident Helen Nuxoll and her family gathering in her front yard (next door to the Eagles Hall) and when they realized it was her 104th birthday, she received many songs and shouts of good wishes.

Free concert series to begin July 14

Grangeville’s Free Summer Concert Series has been scheduled to run Thursday nights, July 14, through Aug. 4. “We tried to concentrate on local area talent this year,” said organizer Rachel Young.

Transparency — keeping meeting open — good move by hospital board

Editorial

Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is not only looking to the future sustainability of the hospital and clinics it represents, but they are also concerned with those they represent in other tangible, meaningful ways.

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The Gym buys Groaners

After a 16-year, post-retirement venture, Groaners Fitness will change hands. Paul and Julie Hauger are turning the Groaners keys over to Lance and Eve McColloch, current owners of The Gym.

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Cow Town

Cows run the long driveway at the Wayne James ranch on Reservation Line Road outside of Grangeville.

Border Days events to run July 1-4

Cut ‘em Loose!

Break out the cowboy boots, hats and Levis — the 105th Annual Grangeville Border Days events are set to take place Friday through Monday, July 1-4.

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Craigmont June Picnic Parade

Craigmont’s annual June Picnic parade was held Saturday, June 25, with more than 55 entries in its parade.

Syringa eyes affiliation with Kootenai Health

‘Opportunities here in which we are quite serious about pursuing’

In an effort to continue to support its mission to provide high quality health care to its patients, Syringa Hospital’s board is exploring a new avenue. A special board meeting was held June 21 with John Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health (KH) in Coeur d’Alene, speaking about benefits of affiliation with KH. KH already has this relationship with four other hospitals in Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Kellogg and St. Maries.

MVSD 244 board passes $19M budget

Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 20 meeting to accept a 2016-17 proposed budget of $19,068,410.

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Border Days Princess 2016: Hailey Russell: Going places, meeting new people have been highlights

“Being royalty has been a great experience because I have gotten to go to so many fun places and meet a lot of new girls,” said Hailey Russell.

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July 3 rodeo ‘Pink Out’ to raise cancer awareness, local funds

The clothes you wear don’t always make a difference in the world, but the color you wear July 3 can make a big difference locally. The Border Days Committee and 2016 Royalty have declared Sunday night at the rodeo “Pink Out the Stands” night. For everyone who wears pink to the rodeo, Grangeville Border Days will donate $1 to a local cancer fund.

Salmon River H.S. tops state SAT performance

One of Idaho’s smallest school districts was the top performing district in SAT scores for its students. Salmon River Joint School District 243 in Riggins, with about 100 students enrolled, had an average SAT score of 1,123.

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Sprutes pick up the pieces after fire destroys their home

‘It’s been a rough year – and it’s not even over’

June 10 will be forever etched in the minds of Peggy Blankenship Sprute and her two youngest children, Della and Remington. The three were in their old Reservoir Road farmhouse in Cottonwood when, just before noon, the lights began to flicker. “I thought it was just because of a storm,” shrugged 17-year-old Della. “I had been downstairs and went back up toward my room and then yelled, ‘Mom! There’s smoke!’” recalled 13-year-old Remington.

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