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Lorie Palmer

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Higgins to return to Kamiah as superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district.

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Community walks start April 1

The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).

School levy election draws less than third of voters

‘Disappointed in the turnout’ says board chair

“I have to say I was a little disappointed in the turnout for one thing,” said school board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. “I was really hoping to have a better representation.”

Use of Force policy passes for MVSD 244

Next step for district: ICSO for training

After almost two years of discourse, rewrites and discussion, Mountain View School District 244’s board passed its Use of Force policy at the Feb. 27 regular meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

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Cassie Chandler chosen as White Bird Rodeo queen

Although the sky was grey and overcast, the rain held off Saturday, March 18, as White Bird Rodeo crowned its new queen for the coming year. Cassie SueAnne Chandler, 15, was named queen for the upcoming rodeo year. She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and the daughter of Travis and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek.

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GHS students fare well at first state science fair; Singh to compete at nationals

Grangeville High School students had a very good fun at their first-ever science fair Saturday, March 4. Twelve GHS students in grades nine through 12 – along with teachers Shaun Bass and Naomi Finnegan -- made the trip to the state’s first fair (held in three areas in the state the same day) and came home with medals and awards for all.

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Syringa Hospital board adopts inclusive meeting model

‘No us vs. them’

“There is no ‘us versus them,’” Syringa Hospital board vice-president Steve Didier, Kooskia, said at the Feb. 28 board meeting. With that in mind, Didier asked everyone at the board table – trustees, hospital employees, department heads and medical personnel – to disperse. “We want to shake it up,” he smiled. “No groups, just everyone interspersed.”

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'Guys and Dolls' musical hits the stage this week at CVHS

What do you get when you pair a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary? What about a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but lawful?

Study shows progress for Idaho healthcare

Still more ground to cover

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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MVSD 244 $2.6M levy squeaks by

March 14 election: passes with 52 percent of vote

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 came out with a yes vote — just barely — in Tuesday’s March 14, $2,663,246 supplemental levy election.

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Grangeville tourism listening session draws handful

One in a series of more than 10 regional “listening sessions” brought nine people to Super 8 Motel March 2.

Friends of Library sponsor logo design

Get your creative juices flowing and get ready to design a logo! Friends of Centennial Library (FoCL) in Grangeville is sponsoring a logo contest to create a logo for our non-profit.

Children on food stamps in county drops

Child poverty declines nationwide

Teen births and food stamp usage in Idaho County have both decreased, according to a state study. In addition, the recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the national child poverty rates declined in 2015, after peaking at 23 percent in 2011.

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Local 4-H members take in D.C., trip; Inauguration is highlight

Several local 4-H kids recently toured Washington, D.C., and were able to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The trip was Jan. 16-21. The Idaho County 4-H members who attended included Gabe Forsmann, Brandan Costa, Kaycee Costa, Doug Wilson and Lynnsey Wilson, with local 4-H leader and chaperon Leigh Davis.

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Patriotism In Song

Grangeville Elementary Middle School fourth and fifth graders, along with Grangeville High School’s Varsity Blue choir, presented the patriotic “Take Your Hats Off When the Flag Goes By,” at the Thursday, March 2, concert. This was directed by GEMS music teacher Carla Astle.

Man pens second book on his father, a former area doctor

KEARNS, Utah — “After my father died in 1976, I realized I had an intense interest in my father’s life, much of which took place in Idaho County,” Tom Weber explained. “I also found out that all of the old copies of the Idaho County Free Press were on microfilm at the library of the University of Utah, which is just up the street from where I live.”

Study shows progress for Idaho health care

Still significant ground to cover

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

School levy vote set Tuesday for districts 244, 305

Polls open Tuesday, March 14

School levy elections are set for the area next week,Tuesday, March 14. •Mountain View School District 244 will ask its patrons for a $2,663,246 levy. •In Craigmont, Highland Joint School District 305 will ask for a $499,000 levy as well as a Highland Plant Facilities Fund Levy for $50,000.

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Lucky quads: Murphy goats produce two sets of quadruplets

The birth of quadruplet goats caused Elayne Murphy to miss the last three minutes of the Gonzaga-BYU basketball game Feb. 2. “We had a second set of quads born two days later,” she said.

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County genealogical society gets new home; Space donated by Payne family

GRANGEVILLE — Sour lemons sometimes do have a way of making the best, sweetest lemonade. This recently rang true for the Idaho County Genealogical Society (ICGS).

Search for new GHS principal

Committee work to replace Higgins

Grangeville High School is on the lookout for a new principal. Current principal Steve Higgins announced two weeks ago he has taken the Kamiah superintendent job for the 2017-18 school year.

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It's Your Business: Chili cookoff set for this Saturday in Grangeville

Did you say chili? Get on down to the streets of Grangeville this Saturday, March 4, for the annual Grangeville Merchants’ chili cookoff. Taste local chili concoctions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of businesses are participating including Asker’s Harvest Foods, Home Grown Quilts, Grangeville Builders, Early Bird Supply, P1FCU, Irwin Drug, Larson’s, Evergreen Suites, Lindsley’s Home Furnishings, Les Schwab, Nu4u, United Country Musick, Central Idaho Properties (at Ray Holes Saddle Shop) and Cash and Carry.

Benefit dinner, auction set for Pilant

A benefit dinner for White Bird Mayor Rod Pilant has been set for Saturday, March 4, 6 p.m., at the Elks Lodge. A potluck dinner will be held with barbecue pulled pork and rolls provided. Bring a favorite dish to share. A live auction will also be held with a variety of items up for bid including a Killgore Adventures jetboat trip for two, .50 caliber muzzleloader, custom crafts and an Alpine custom bow.

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Cladouhos retires as Syringa CEO; Plans to stay in area

CEO Joe Cladouhos ended his nearly 10-year career yesterday with Syringa Hospital and Clinics, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to leave Grangeville. “We love it here,” he said of him and his wife, Tova. Cladouhos may be retired now, but he plans to stay involved in the community he has been a part of for the past decade.

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MVSD 244 levy vote set for March 14

Asking $2,663,246; same request for past five years

Mountain View School District 244 will again ask patrons for a $2,663,246 supplemental levy on March 14. “The school board has done its best to be good stewards of the district’s money,” superintendent Kent Stokes said. “The board has been diligent in keeping the levy amount the same for the past five years.”

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King’s store to close

Company-wide liquidation affects 15 employees locally

“This community has been very supportive of King’s so this is really difficult,” said King’s Variety Store Manager Brad Olson, Grangeville. Olson just recently learned that all King’s Variety Stores will close this year. The closure will affect 15 employees in Grangeville.

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Syringa officially affiliates with Kootenai

SH trustees sign affiliation with Kootenai

After more than two years of discussion and planning, Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees signed an agreement Feb. 1 for Syringa Hospital District to affiliate with Kootenai Hospital District in Coeur d’Alene.

Six go on to state contest for PTA Reflections

After placing first in the regional PTA Reflections contest, the projects of six Grangeville students are headed to state competition in Boise.

Syringa Pharmacy to open its doors April 1

Local residents, especially those utilizing Syringa Hospital and Clinics, will now be able to have more convenient access to pharmacy needs.

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Learning to live again: Rare brain disease changes life for Grangeville woman

In 2002, numbness and tingling on the left side of her body, and particularly her face at first, made Michele Waite think she had a tooth mishap.

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King’s Variety Stores to close

Company liquidating all locations

“This community has been very supportive of King’s so this is really difficult,” said King’s Variety Store Manager Brad Olson, Grangeville.

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The Domino Effect

It was dominoes play time at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center Friday, Feb. 10. Assistant activities director Marilyn Deardorff (not pictured) played several games with residents prior to lunch time. (Left) Mary Howery watches as Jerry Rothchild plays his domino and (right) Colleen Prickett is thoughtful about her game plan.

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Frank answers by area districts

Local school reps draw crowd at Monday meeting in Grangeville; funding, levies are top issues

Funding concerns, educational needs and Common Core questions were all part of a community forum held Monday night, Feb. 13, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. A panel of three local school superintendents presented overviews of their schools as part of a forum sponsored by the Idaho County Democrats, and more than 65 people attended the event to listen and ask questions.

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Friends And Music

The Old Time Fiddlers and friends played music at the Idaho County Veterans Community and Outreach Center in Grangeville Friday, Feb. 10, while local historian Eldene Wasem signed her book, “Taming the Meadows.”

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GHS’s fairy tale full of sass, laughs

In a land far away, a long, long time ago, there lived a group of fairy tale characters full of … sass. Attitude. Insolence. Arrogance.

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244: Trustees discuss gun policy with GEMS patrons

Guns in Schools: Districts to adopt guidelines

Twenty-two people sat in the Grangeville Elementary Middle School Community Room Thursday evening, Feb. 2, to discuss a policy that will affect the more than 570 students at GEMS. “This is a very delicate subject and, frankly, I have been surprised that more people in our communities have not come to meetings about this,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville.

Higgins named 304 superintendent

'It will be hard to leave behind the school and community that has been so supportive'

Grangeville High School will be seeking a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. Current GHS Principal Steve Higgins notified the school board and staff Tuesday, Feb. 7, he will step down as principal. Higgins has been hired as the superintendent for Kamiah School District 304.

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Wintery Shelter

A quail was finding shelter in a snow-covered willow tree on Mt. Idaho Grade Road between Grangeville and Mt. Idaho recently

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World’s Fair 2017: Homeschool students share their knowledge

It was a World’s Fair extravaganza right here in Grangeville, Jan. 26. More than 20 local homeschooled kids and their families presented the fair at the E-Free Church, offering historical tidbits on various countries as well as tastes of food associated with the traditions and cultures of their chosen country’s people.

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Thespian Troupe

More than 65 local children from Grangeville Elementary Middle School, Sts. Peter and Paul and homeschool participated in the annual Kids Klub sponsored “The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race” performance Friday, Feb. 3, at GEMS. The Missoula Children’s Theatre performance is paid for by the Kids Klub and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Pictured here are part of the Thespian Troupe at dress rehearsal Friday afternoon.

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Kids Klub job helps Madden decide on career path

After an absence due to loss of funding for a few years, the AmeriCorps volunteer service program is again alive and well in Idaho. At Kids Klub, Inc., afterschool program, that has translated to Grangeville High School senior Alyssa Madden being the 22nd AmeriCorps volunteer for the organization. Madden has worked for Kids Klub since her sophomore year of high school as an employee, but applied for the AmeriCorps position in 2016.

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It's your Business: Peanut Party this Saturday

Peanut party set for Saturday in Keuterville; NRA banquet to be held Feb. 10

Don’t forget, the NRA Banquet and Fund-raiser is set for Friday, Feb. 10, at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville...

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County economy up, down in 2016

Tourism, leisure industries grow as does school enrollment

Idaho County’s economy had a so-so year. Nonfarm payroll jobs remained unchanged around 4,230—with some sectors adding a few jobs and other losing a few. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in November, down slightly from the 5.9 percent the previous year. Kathryn Tacke, regional economist, Labor Public Affairs Bureau, Idaho Department of Labor out of Lewiston, recently sat down to crunch numbers on Idaho County’s 2016 economy.

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Bishop wins GEMS geo bee

Ten Grangeville Elementary Middle School students fought it out to the bitter end in the GEMS 2017 National Geographic Geography Bee held Jan. 25.

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Kid's Klub receives Umpqua grant

This year it will provide a interactive white board

Kids Klub, Inc., in Grangeville recently received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from Umpqua Bank and its Community Giving grant program.

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Pretty Dancer

Rylie Arnzen gets into tap dancing to “Love is An Open Door,” from Frozen. She and about 20 other students participated in Shirley’s Dance Studio Grangeville recital held at Grangeville High School Saturday, Jan. 28. Shirley’s is celebrating 60 years in business this year. Call 509-758-6510 for Grangeville lesson information.

Shortened more than half; reading Feb. 27

244 Use of Force Policy:

After months of work, meetings and review, the Mountain View School District 244 Use of Force Policy has gone back to the drawing board – at least for another month. Superintendent Kent Stokes, along with clerk Becky Hogg and director of curriculum Cody Weddle, worked on condensing the policy and presented that shorter version at the Jan. 17 board meeting. The new draft is at three pages while the original was nine pages.

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Syringa achieves a clean ‘16 audit

CPA said hospital is ‘shining star’

Following the announcement of a $57,577 loss for fiscal year 2016 for Syringa Hospital and Clinics, board trustee Twila Hornbeck of Grangeville had a question for CPA Carl Swenson. “What should we be watching for – do you see any areas of concern?” asked Hornbeck at the Jan. 24 regular board meeting.

ACE to host J.D. Power customer appreciation event

ACE Home Center in Grangeville is a hopping place of activity, and that will be especially true Friday, Feb. 10.

District working to better prepare young students

“Are we helping kids as effectively as we can?"

“Academically, each year the kids seem to come in a little less prepared,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes at the monthly trustee meeting Jan. 17 during his regular report. Stokes said the state education standards have “changed dramatically,” and a good portion of students entering kindergarten are not as prepared as they need to be.