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Lorie Palmer

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Bluegrass Jam At Kamiah

Members of the Montana Ramblers spent some time Saturday, May 21, entertaining the crowds at the ISBA (Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association) Jam at Kamiah’s KOA Campground. Despite threatening clouds, most of the performances made it before the storm hit.

Corral Dust: Wayne James selected as grand marshal

It’s hard to believe another year has rolled by, but Border Days is again upon us. This year’s events are set for July 1 through 4 with the rodeo on July 1, 2 and 3, and parades on July 2, 3 and 4. For details stay tuned or go on-line to or check out the Border Days Facebook page. Do note the parades are July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m., and July 4 at 11 a.m. This is a time change on the Fourth from an earlier announced time.

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Panel deliberates access to mental health care

“Mental health issues are often very complicated,” stated panel member Senator Dan Schmidt, M.D., Moscow. “Building networks in this state has been a challenge. Mental health providers do not see Idaho as an attractive state for a thriving practice. Psychiatric support is very slim. Family doctors do their best. Whose obligation is it to provide these services to our residents? What serves Boise does not necessarily serve Grangeville.”

Good Sams seeking vendors for ‘Samboree’ camping event Campout to take place in Cottonwood June 16-19

Have RV, will travel. And a host of big rigs will be traveling to Cottonwood this summer. A Good Sams “Samboree” convention is set to be held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds June 16-19.

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Cottonwood paraprofessional named outstanding educator

A Prairie Elementary School paraprofessional was beyond surprised when she was honored Wednesday, May 18, with the spring 2016 Lewis-Clark State College Division of Education and Kinesiology’s Outstanding Educator Award.

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Frei, Duman take commission seats; levies pass

Primary Election May 17: unofficial results

Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.

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It's Your Business: Red River Hot Springs under new management; food sought

Red River Hot Springs is under new management. As of May 1, Todd Clift took over the springs and said he is looking forward to the summer season. Summer hours start the week before Memorial Day. Call the office at 842-1587 or cell 842-553-3514.

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GHS to honor top four academic students

Grangeville High School will honor its top four students as it celebrates graduation Friday, May 27, 7 p.m. Co-valedictorians are Darby Finnegan, Emily Kaschmitter and Lily Willig, and salutatorian is Colton Cervantes.

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Girls Keeping In Step

About 35 students participated in the spring Shirley’s Dance Studio recital held Saturday, May 14, at Grangeville High School. Classes will start again in August and are held each Monday at the Grangeville United Methodist Church basement. Call 509-758-6510.

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GHS’s Stefani honored with Webb community giving award

“I am so honored to be the recipient of this award,” smiled Kathy Stefani at the Grangeville High School concert May 4. Stefani was recognized with the 2016 Orrin and Eleanora Webb Community Giving Award from the Grangeville Community Foundation.

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All Keyed Up

Grangeville High School held its end-of-year concert May 4. Here, Slovakian exchange student Jakub Basala plays the accordion for an enthusiastic audience. Basala lives with the Blackmer family and has spent the year playing with the GHS band under the direction of Kathy Stefani.

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Murder by Indecision: Summit kids put on murder mystery spoof

Murder, mayhem and lost memories, oh, my! Age has caught up with world-renown mystery writer, Agatha Crispy, and – while talking to her trusty typewriter – she tries to battle the senility and pound out a new murder manuscript

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Salmon River Greeting

The 68th annual Riggins Rodeo and Parade were ushered in by sunny, warm weather Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.

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Syringa shows renovation progress

Syringa Hospital began in 1939 with the vision of many volunteers and $22,000. Last week, the now-multi-million dollar facility welcomed the public to an open house for its newly remodeled reception and clinic area, among other rooms and renovations.

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Walk For Life

Hope Center held its ninth annual Walk for Life Saturday, May 7, with 150 people supporting the ministry with a two-mile walk through downtown Grangeville.

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Kids Klub plans next move, Idaho County Commission to consider block grant next month

The Kids Klub, Inc., board is planning its next move after some less than positive feedback at the Idaho County Commission meeting Tuesday, May 3.

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Riggins Rodeo Royalty: Farris, Diaz will promote event as queen, princess

Two local young ladies will serve as royalty for Riggins Rodeo events this weekend and throughout the year as they promote the event.

May events focus on mental health, suicide prevention

‘chance to start some ongoing conversations’

“This is a chance to start some ongoing community conversations on suicide as well as offer some tips and suggestions for after-care,”

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‘There’s just no place better’

Fitches to serve as Riggins Rodeo grand marshals

“We have loved giving our time and talents to the Salmon River Canyon,” the couple said.

Mental health a serious local issue; help available for us, family, community


Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, but rather participate with open minds with something that doesn’t just affect someone else – mental health issues do exist in our own family and friend circles.

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Certified Sitters

Nine Grangeville youth received their certificates of completion in a “Babysitting 101” class that ended Wednesday, April 27.

Cottonwood, Riggins schools to ask patrons for levies

Election: May 17

Two local schools will bring levies to their respective patrons on Tuesday, May 17. Both Cottonwood and Riggins school districts will ask voters to do their part in providing education for local students.

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Heart of the Monster

Program passes living Nez Perce history to next generation

“I walked here at Heart of the Monster with my grandkids last year and they had so many questions for me – creative, amazing curiosity,” said Marcie Bailey of Kamiah. “I knew then I wanted to do something to help all kids better understand the history, the Nez Perce culture.”

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Affordable housing group hopes to build as early as 2017

“There is not enough housing in Idaho County..."

After more than a year of planning and discussions, the Affordable Housing Foundation (AHF) is planning to take action to help secure reasonably priced accommodations in the area.

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Noah’s Ark Preschool adds afternoon classes

After 20 years of serving the community through early childhood education, Noah’s Ark Preschool will add an afternoon class this fall. With this, the church-based preschool will make available all-day pre-kindergarten education.

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Scenic View Toward Riggins

Mossy, worn cow chutes located five miles north of New Meadows, approximately milepost 168, made for a great frame for the snow-covered mountains looking back toward Riggins Thursday, April 7.

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Training for the future: HOSA students fare well at annual state competition

Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) members from Prairie, Grangeville and Nezperce high schools recently fared well at state competition in Boise. The state event was held April 6-8 at the Wyndham Garden Boise Hotel.

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Dinner honors Syringa volunteers

“You are the roots of our community. This room embodies philanthropy in the most amazing way,” Syringa Thrift Store Manager Kristi Brooks told a roomful of about 70 people last Thursday, April 21.

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On top of the world: Hinrichs’ flagpole painting career spans nearly six decades

Warren Hinrichs, 75, is carrying on a family tradition. He spent two days last week in Grangeville and Kooskia where he did what he does every few years in Idaho County — and everywhere else he goes: paint flagpoles. “I’ve been doing it for 58 years,” the Spokane man smiled. “My father taught me and my siblings.” Hinrichs in turn taught his own two sons.

244’s Nolan resigns as trustee

Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in search of a new trustee.

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Experts offer advice, tips on animal nutrition

More than 70 local kids gathered with another 30 parents and 4-H leaders in the wings April 6 as CHS Primeland offered a nutrition class for local 4-H’ers and FFA members. “Do you know you can start earning a credit history even at your age?” stated Grangeville’s Country Store manager John Lamb. “That might not seem important to you now, but one day it will.”

Eagles Presidents’ Gala set for Saturday

Public encouraged to attend dinner, auction

If you’re looking for good food, good company and a good time, Val Stone has the place for you.

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Spring Brilliance

Daffodils are in bloom and bright yellow at Evergreen Suites on Grangeville’s Main Street.

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Asher takes helm at Grangeville Country Club

Terri Asher is new to the restaurant business, but is definitely not a stranger to food. “I love to cook – it’s my passion,” she smiled.

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Going to the dogs? Forsyth raises funds for local shelter

Kaitlyn Forsyth has always loved animals. Her love of them, especially those that need extra care and attention, landed her with her senior project.

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The face of autism: Quilt shop provides job, validation for boy

“I work here, see,” 11-year-old Hollen Hays said, pulling the golden “Home Grown Quilts – Hollen” nametag away from his T-shirt where it is pinned.

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Good vibrations: Grangeville students put on sharp performances, five move on to state level

District II musicians were in strong force at the recent solo/ensemble festival in Moscow. Several students will go on to the next level of state competition in April including Darby Finnegan on flute; Dillon Alder trumpet/bass; Marissa Kennedy, mezzo-soprano; Alexandria Perry, mezzo-soprano; and Criekor Paris, tenor (vocal). Alternates are vocalists Adam Wonnacot, Cat Musick and Lauren Goldman.

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Roberts to retire after 19 years with city; Open house set for April 8

After 19 years of meeting and greeting city customers, Grangeville City Administrative Assistant Claudia Roberts is calling it quits. “I have mixed feelings,” she smiled. “I will definitely miss the people I work with and the customers who come in each month.”

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Precious Find

More than 100 kids vied for Easter eggs at the Kooskia City Park Saturday, March 26. The weather remained sunny for the hunt, though the ground was soggy. This little chick clutches a plastic egg while under the supervision of her mom.

Finances, levy draws crowd to 244 meeting

More than 75 people gathered at the Grangeville High School library Monday night, March 21, for the regular Mountain View School District 244 board meeting. Bringing out the crowd – up from the usual two or three spectators – were several agenda items including a possible district gun policy, splitting the district, and last minute levy opposition by trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, zone 2

Adkison, Meyers join newspaper staff

It’s a full house at the Idaho County Free Press and Shopper with the hiring of two new advertising representatives. Lisa Adkison and MaryBeth Meyers, both of Grangeville, joined the Free Press and Shopper last month. They are available for display and on-line advertising needs for all of the Free Press and Shopper publications.

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Ssssssnakes Alive! - Reptile Man

Reptile Man Scott Petersen of Monroe, Wash., provided assemblies at Clearwater Valley Elementary and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools last week.

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244 board, patrons engage on weapon policy for district

More than 75 audience members were in attendance at the Mountain View School District 244 regular board meeting Monday, March 21, as a potential weapon policy was discussed. The meeting was held in the Grangeville High School library. “Policies take time – thinking, writing, three separate readings,” board chair Lot Smith of Grangeville, zone 1, told the room. “Is it appropriate to start having this discussion? You bet.” Discussion centered around a policy for the district as well as training specific district personnel to operate and carry firearms, or at least be able to know where a cache may be located and what to do in the case of an emergency.

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Speaketh With Voice Loudly

Idaho Theater for Youth actors, part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, performed The Shakespeare Stealer at Grangeville Elementary Middle School Monday, March 21. The play was sponsored in part by Grangeville Arts, Inc. Here, Patrick Kiernan and Chad Shohet run lines – they play within the play.

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Tension thick as 244 district split discussed

Trustee Smith walks out of meeting

Tension was high at the Monday, March 21, Mountain View School District 244 board meeting when splitting the district was brought up. More than 75 patrons sat in the audience of the regular monthly meeting. “I am bringing this up because Casey [Smith, of Clearwater, trustee for zone 2] asked me to,” said superintendent Kent Stokes. Stokes explained the route is quite multifaceted to deconsolidate and “would be easier to do if Kamiah were willing to incorporate Kooskia schools.”

MVSD plays cleanup following levy opposition effort by trustee Smith

‘shot across the bow’ motivated by constituent’s experience

Zone 4 Mountain View School District 244 trustee Mike Dominguez of Kooskia found himself in a defensive mode the day before the school district levy last Monday, March 7. Dominguez put out an e-mail and messages to as many people as he could – mainly those within his zone – to not only ask for support for the levy, but also to diminish flames fanned by fellow board member Casey Smith of Clearwater, who represents zone 2.

Kamiah voters say ‘no’

Elections 2016: 304 levy

Patrons just said “no” in the Tuesday, March 8, levy vote. Kamiah Joint School District 304 patrons voted down the one-year $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy that was meant to be used solely to replace a leaking roof at Kamiah Middle School.

Who voted? A breakdown on turnout

Election 2016: 244 levy

he March 8 Mountain View School District 244 $2,663,246 supplemental levy election squeaked by for approval at 50.5 percent. Last year’s levy was approved with a 58 percent overall yes vote. With 5,643 registered voters and 2.988 votes cast in the MVSD 244 election, overall voter turnout was at 53 percent.

GEMS to offer multi-age classroom changes for K-1 grades

arents will have more choices when it comes to their kids’ education at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) this fall. Rather than keep multi-age only classes in kindergarten-first grade at GEMS, single and combined classes will be offered for the combined class as well as kindergarten and first-grade only classes.

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Solar company puts roots down in Grangeville; Local takes RaloSolar reins

RaloSolar recently announced the opening of its newest office in the Grangeville area with Angela Baxter at its helm.