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Lorie Palmer

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Fishing For GHS Homecoming Points

Grangeville High School juniors (front to back) Justin Fogleman and Blake Darr were fishing away as part of the GHS homecoming skit for the “Jaws Juniors” on movie theme day Thursday, Sept. 14. All students participated in daily dress-up themes, class skits, cheers, games and parade.

Giddings: ‘ICSO was represented’

In response to a story in last week’s Free Press that reviewed the August Syringa Hospital board meeting, Sheriff Doug Giddings commented on a portion of the story.

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Students invited to local career fair Oct. 12

Is your student confused about what to do with his future? Or perhaps your student has definite plans about what she wants to do following graduation. No matter the answer, part of the equation is the upcoming Career and Community Fair.

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Norco gives $500 to GCF

“We appreciate Norco’s commitment to the community and the Grangeville Community Foundation [GCF],” said GCF board member Mary Jahn. Grangeville’s Norco store manager Randy Fischer presented a $500 check to board members Wednesday morning, Sept. 6.

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Moms invited to join bimonthly MOPs, MomsNext groups

Are you a mom who’s looking for a way to meet friends and connect within your community? MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MomsNext may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. “Any mother in our community and surrounding towns is invited to join,” explained organizer Sarah Musick of Grangeville. “This year we expanded our group so we can welcome even more moms by adding in MomsNext. It’s like MOPS, but is designed for moms with school-age children. We wanted to include moms of older kids.”

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GHS Spirit

Grangeville High School seniors (L-R) Kelsey Pilant, Marie Hauger and Blake Courtney get into the homecoming spirit on the parade float Friday, Sept. 15.

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Grangeville man invents Polymule cart

After a year of design and engineering and more than 980 hours of 3D printing, Dennis Draleau came up with an invention to be proud of. Draleau is the founder and inventor of Polymule, Inc. He began his start-up company in July 2017, but his love for all things mechanical started long before that.

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Brown Bag: Meyer to present Hells Canyon book

The seventh week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next two weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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Flamingo Fun Run to raise money for SMA; Lutz’s senior project event set for Sept. 30

For Grangeville High School senior Kate Lutz, the idea for her senior project was a no-brainer. “My sister, Addie, started the Flamingo Fun Run four years ago, and then she also focused on it for her senior project,” Lutz explained.

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Gonsalves joins Mann Mortgage

Need mortgage help? Zach Gonsalves is at your service. In the Real Estate business for the past decade, Gonsalves is a loan officer for Mann Mortgage, working in Idaho and Lewis counties.

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Mosman is new ag science teacher, FFA advisor; FFA open house social set for Sept. 18

A new face in education has taken over the helm of Grangeville High School’s agricultural science education; however, to Katie Mosman, Grangeville feels like home. “I grew up on a farm north of Nezperce and graduated from Nezperce High School in 2009,” Mosman said. “Being in Grangeville really does feel like home.”

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CVRA Reps At Kamiah Barbecue Days Parade

Jade Paul and Ana Pauley were among the flag carriers for the Clearwater Valley Rodeo Association (CVRA) in the 2017 Kamiah Barbecue Days Parade held Saturday, Sept. 2.

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Brown Bag: Inghrams to share ‘Nature’s Highlights’

The sixth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next three weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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Dancers Open House

Girls from 2 on up to 22 were all part of Shirley’s Dance Studio’s open house in Grangeville Aug. 28. Current and future students met, signed up for the coming year and danced a little, too. Sign-ups are still available by calling Shirley Sears at 509-758-6510. Dancers meet each Monday at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. (Top) Capri Hagen practices her moves while (left) Faye Kennedy gets into the groove.

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Shira brothers work on filming music video

A Beatlesque procession took place on Main Street Thursday, Aug. 31. Over and over. And again. And one more time just to be safe. “Cameras are rolling!” yelled Bill Shira.

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Boeckels begin ministry at Nazarene church

After more than a year with interim pastor Bob Hislar and his wife, DeAnne, the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene has a new full-time minister. Ben and Lynsey Boeckel and their 8-month-old son, Peter, joined the congregation this summer.

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Main Street Service opens

Auto repair in Grangeville just got a little easier with another choice for vehicle owners. Main Street Service opened Aug. 28 and is located at 325 East Main Street, on the same side as Camas Eye Clinic.

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Dr. Kim Campbell joins Syringa staff

Dr. Kim Campbell has been practicing in Orofino for the past five years and recently made the move to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “I’ve done some moonlighting in the E.R. and got the chance to work with the staff and get a feel for the community, and I was impressed,” said the family medicine doctor. She started Aug. 28 and is accepting new patients.

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Disaster exercise lacked ICSO rep

Hospital budget passes for coming year

Syringa Hospital representatives recently spent several hours working on disaster planning – from fires and ice-storms to attacks and school emergencies. At the August meeting, the hospital board discussed a “table top” disaster preparedness activity that took place late this summer and involved many local entities. “One thing we definitely saw was the problem with a lack of communication between agencies,” reported CNO Alex Frei.

Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

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Grangeville Health and Rehab is a family affair

For Amy Farris, work at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation has always been a family affair. Farris has worked at the facility since 2000, starting as a floor CNA. However, she was roaming the halls many years prior as her own mom, Ellen Aiken, has worked there for years. “These people – they are all my grandpas and grandmas,” she said. “Through the years when I have toyed with applying for other jobs, it has always come down to, ‘But who will take care of my family?’ They aren’t just residents. They are my family.”

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Why do we shop local?

It's Your Business 2017

We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns. However, the process deserves some serious thought, especially during the upcoming season of shopping that really starts in October and goes through to Christmas, where most of us are purchasing more gifts than in other months.

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Small, long-term businesses account for $18.2 million in wages, salaries in county

It's Your Business 2017

Did you know that small, long-term, family-owned businesses in Idaho County accounted for a total payroll of $18,213,254 in 2015? Additional private businesses added another $82,130,611. That’s out of a total $151,724,021 wages and salaries in 2015. According to Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for the Idaho Department of Labor, Lewiston office, there are 61* long-term local businesses employing 534 people. The average pay per work at those businesses was $34,107 (annual) which is 3.1 percent higher than the $33,090 paid by all other private-sector employers.

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‘Movies are in my blood’ – Chris Wagner

It's Your Business 2017

Movies have always been a part of Chris Wagner’s life. “I do enjoy movies – it’s in my blood,” he smiled. Wagner began working at the Blue Fox Theater downtown Grangeville when he was 10 or 12 years old, he said.

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A unique blend for a small town: Two Rivers Coffee Roasters

It's Your Business 2017

Worldwide travel and a lifetime of experiences finally led Dorian and Marie Clay back to Riggins seven years ago. Dorian grew up in the area and has family ties to the Circle C Ranch. When he discussed with Marie the possibility of living in Riggins, she wasn’t so sure. “It took a while, but once we decided on the business, I was ready,” she smiled. “And I love it here.”

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Idaho County ranks sixth in state’s overall income growth

It's Your Business 2017

Where you live can have a large influence on how much money a person makes, and who doesn’t want to live in a place where incomes are rising quickly? SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently analyzed Census data for a five-year period to determine where incomes were growing the fastest, and Idaho County ranked among the top places in Idaho.

Working to stay viable, relevant in market

It's Your Business 2017

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce. “They had worked at Boeing together in the accounting department,” explained Brian Webster, the youngest of the five Webster children, and just 1 year old when the family moved to Nezperce. Gordy did not have farm or ranch experience, but he had a good business head, and was excited to buy into the John Deere dealership.

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Grangeville Elementary Middle School First-Day Chase

It was back to the serious business of chasing – and capturing – boys on the first day of school at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) Wednesday, Aug. 23. Here (L-R) Jenna Denuit, Carson Barger and Callie Weisz have some fun prior to the start of school last Wednesday morning.

Tribe awards grants to area schools; recipients: Kooskia, Grangeville

“My first three weeks here have been fantastic – busy, but fantastic,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marc Scheibe.

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Errant goat defiantly occupies reporter’s garage

‘Best excuse ever!’ for being late

I messaged some of my co-workers, including my publisher, editor and sports editor, Monday morning. It’s not unusual to do so. Our schedules are flexible since we often work weekends and nights. So, getting an “I’ll be late,” message from me wasn’t surprising. However, the reason may have been. “I would like to get this goat out of my garage before I come in to work,” I wrote. “I am not a goat whisperer.”

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End Of Summer Sunset In Grangeville

A brilliant sunset lit up the sky looking toward Sunset Auto Vue drive-in movie theater the night prior to the solar eclipse, Aug. 20, just outside of Grangeville.

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‘Fun to be a part’ - Solar eclipse brings out locals, visitors to region

A celestial rarity turned eyes skyward Monday morning, Aug. 21, as the region took in a solar eclipse. While not in total eclipse, Idaho County experienced about a 94 percent totality, enough for darkened skies around 10:27 a.m. to create a temporary dusk, enough to activate streetlights.

MVSD teachers ratify contracts

Agreement reached at Aug. 17 meeting

After hours and hours of negotiations and several failed attempts at a compromise, Mountain View School District 244 teachers and board members came to a meeting of the minds regarding contracts Aug. 17.

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Blackmer is 4-H distinguished volunteer 2017

It’s been horses, horses and more horses for the past five years for Grangeville’s Sharon Blackmer.

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Klapprich sisters rock the fair fashion world

Those who were at the Idaho County Fair last week surely heard the “Klapprich” name repeatedly. That was due in part to the Fabulous Klapprich Sisters.

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Heckman honored as mentor of 20-year Idaho County 4-H Ambassador program

One name is synonymous with 4-H in Idaho County: Susie Heckman. Heckman, the Idaho County 4-H program director, celebrated her 29th fair last week during the 2017 fair.

Brown Bag: Urbahn to present program on area homes

The fourth week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next five weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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Hauger lets the dogs out: Raises money for Animal Ark through senior project

“I really love working with animals, so I thought, ‘why not do that and help out locally while doing my senior project at the time?’” said Marie Hauger. Hauger, a senior at Grangeville High School, has worked this summer for Animal Ark Lost and Found. Melinda Hall, a longtime Animal Ark volunteer and organizer, was her mentor. “Marie did a great job,” she said. “She is so sweet and has a great attitude. I have really been blessed by her.”

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Got plans? Chief Lookingglass Days set for weekend

Kamiah’s 41st annual Pow-wow

Kamiah’s 41st annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow is set for this weekend, Aug. 18-20.

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‘Kiss the Pig’ contest set for Saturday at the fair

It’s not usually OK to buy votes, but at the Idaho County Fair, anything goes. At least in the annual Kiss the Pig contest. “This year we are honoring those in local government,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman. And just how will they be “honored?”

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Got plans? Idaho County Fair starts today

Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails

Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails, it’s time for the Idaho County Fair. Look for the special fair section inserted in this week’s Free Press that will go over details of the events set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19. The fair’s theme this year is “We’ve Got A Good Thing Growing at the Idaho County Fair.”

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Solar eclipse to darken county Monday

‘It’s living science — a once-in-a-lifetime event’

If you haven’t done it already, mark your calendars. Idaho is about to be witness to something spectacular. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur for the first time in nearly a century.

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Brown Bag: Pelham to discuss Idaho County graves

The third week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next six weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

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Syringa Hospital board works on affiliation wording

‘VOC’ identified as underground fuel tank

Wording was the topic of discussion at the monthly Syringa Hospital board meeting July 25. The conversation revolved around the affiliation agreement with Kootenai Health.

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Willis to improve CV long jump as part of Eagle Scout project

Clearwater Valley High School will soon have an improved long-jump run, thanks to student Will Willis. Willis of Kamiah, an incoming freshman at CV, will be working on the track as part of his Eagle Scout project.

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T-Shirts On Target At Kooskia Days

Smoke-filled air did not keep people away from attending the annual Kooskia Days parade Saturday, Aug. 4. People lined the streets to view the parade entries and then went on to view the car show, play games and generally enjoy all the town’s activities. Here, employees from Clearwater Builders were having fun shooting T-shirts out to the crowd.

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Smokey Harvest at Grangeville

Despite smoke in the air and hazy skies, Mike Hauger was busy at work with harvest Sunday, Aug. 5, just off U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville, between Powerline and Zumalt roads.

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Oktoberfest set for Sept. 29-30 in Grangeville; Sign up now for events, to volunteer

What’s happening for the Grangeville Merchants Association Oktoberfest Sept. 29-30? Well here’s a start: •Oktoberfest is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, and will feature 10-plus food and beverage vendors, a merchant scarecrow contest, Franken-Kart races, wiener dog races, a car show, quilts for sale, street music, a beer garden, a wellness fair, the Flamingo Fun Run and 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

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Concert Series Finale With The Hitmen

The Hitmen out of Lewiston were crowd pleasers at the final Thursday Summer Concert Series event Aug. 3. The band played a variety of tunes from the ‘50s on up to present hits. Pictured here is lead singer Dusty Katzenberger.

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R.E.D.: Senior project meant to support U.S. troops

When people are on the home front, going to work and attending school and simply living their lives, it’s easy to forget those serving in the U.S. military who are living apart from their homes and families.

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