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Lorie Palmer

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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.

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White Bird Color Guard

Thomas Schwartz of White Bird donned his uniform and marched with the Salmon River color guard at the White Bird Days parade Saturday, June 18. See parade results, 5A; rodeo results, page 8B.

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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.

Board puts soccer in, cross-country is out for GHS this fall

It’s official: After nearly two years on the back burner, Mountain View School District 244’s board agreed to offer soccer this fall at Grangeville High School.

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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2016 White Bird Rodeo Queen Bella Klapprich: ‘I enjoy being an inspiration’ -- Klapprich’s mom, aunt each served as queens

“Being royalty means building confidence in not only in myself but for all the little cowgirls I meet along the way,” said Bella Klapprich. Klapprich is the 2016 White Bird Rodeo Queen.

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Paul, Miller to represent CVRA Rodeo this weekend

Clearwater Valley Round-up Association will host its rodeo this weekend, June 18 and 19. Leading the rodeos and parade will be Queen Jade Paul and Princess Shelbie Miller.

White Bird Rodeo, Days on tap for this weekend

The annual White Bird Rodeo and Days are set for Father’s Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. The rodeo takes place on Rodeo Drive, U.S. Highway 95 and Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird.

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Four juniors vie for ‘Distinguished Young Woman’ honor

Four local juniors in high school will vie for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie this Saturday. The program is set to take place June 11, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. GHS students Marissa Kennedy and McKenzie Kennedy and Prairie Junior Senior High School students Faith Uhlenott and Madison Ulmer will all compete for a variety of scholarships including scholastic, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.

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Wayne James to serve as 2016 Border Days grand marshal

“I’m so honored – I never thought I’d be chosen for this,” James smiled from his 200-plus acre ranch on the outskirts of Grangeville. “But, to be honest, I do have the family history for it.”

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Levee that joins Lewiston-Clarkston great place to walk, play, watch ducks

Are you looking for a cheap way to entertain the family on a sunny afternoon in the Lewiston-Clarkston area? How about feeding – or better yet just watching – the ducks?

Anchors Away!

David Shears of Cottonwood was one of 13 awarded a Quilt of Valor by The Prairie Quilters.

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‘No more deadlines’ -- Donaldson retires after 40 years

After 40 years in the newsroom, retirement will be bittersweet for Nona Donaldson.

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Veterans, both fallen and living, honored at Keuterville service

Memorial Day 2016: Keuterville

The Keuterville Cemetery was the gathering place for nearly 200 people on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

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Getting The Steps Right

Faith Uhlenkott of Cottonwood and Marissa Kennedy of Grangeville were busy practicing a dance number last week for the upcoming Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie event. DYW will be held at Grangeville High School Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m.

Boots and Bling - Royalty boot camp to focus on variety of tips

Calling all potential queens and princesses: A Boots and Bling Royalty Boot Camp is set for Saturday, June 11.

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Sullivan addresses GHS class of 2016

“I am honored to have been chosen as your guest speaker,” Grangeville High School teacher and coach Pat Sullivan addressed an overfilled gymnasium at graduation Friday, May 27.

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Holiday Fishing At Tolo Lake

Five-year-old Cooper Moriarty of Boise gets a little help from his dad, Blaine, at Tolo Lake Sunday, May 29. The duo, along with 8-year-old Parker and mom, Dusty, were spending some time fishing after having been in the area for niece/cousin Haley Danly’s graduation from Prairie High School May 27.

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 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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Heart of the Monster: Nez Perce legend offers history of Nimipuu people

KAMIAH – At the heart of every culture are the stories and places that sustain them as a people. For an up close look at local history and Nez Perce legend, be sure to stop by the Heart of the Monster site on U.S. Highway 12.

Lewis County - Historic railroad, train trestles offer view into area history

Imagine a ride through the wilds of Idaho, into rugged train, dark canyons and scenic countryside. The Camas Prairie Railroad has been called the offspring of a unique “wedding of the rails” between the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific railroads in 1909.

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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.

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

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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.

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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Certified Sitters

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

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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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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‘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.

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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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