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.
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 www.grangevilleborderdays.org 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
The 68th annual Riggins Rodeo and Parade were ushered in by sunny, warm weather Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.
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.
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.
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.
Two local young ladies will serve as royalty for Riggins Rodeo events this weekend and throughout the year as they promote the event.
‘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,”
Fitches to serve as Riggins Rodeo grand marshals
“We have loved giving our time and talents to the Salmon River Canyon,” the couple said.
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.
Nine Grangeville youth received their certificates of completion in a “Babysitting 101” class that ended Wednesday, April 27.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in search of a new trustee.
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.”
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.
Daffodils are in bloom and bright yellow at Evergreen Suites on Grangeville’s Main Street.
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.
Kaitlyn Forsyth has always loved animals. Her love of them, especially those that need extra care and attention, landed her with her senior project.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
Reptile Man Scott Petersen of Monroe, Wash., provided assemblies at Clearwater Valley Elementary and Grangeville Elementary Middle schools last week.
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.
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.
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.”
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
RaloSolar recently announced the opening of its newest office in the Grangeville area with Angela Baxter at its helm.