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Lorie Palmer

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MVSD 244 hires new superintendent

Mountain View School District 244 board voted this week to hire a new superintendent.

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Swiss teen gains important life skills while in area

Daniel McCarthy traveled halfway across the world to learn CPR. Well, not really.

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Dancing To Oldies: Girls dance at Thursday Summer Concert

It was a night of feel-good “oldies” with the duo Jon and Rand at Pioneer Park during the Free Summer Concert Series Thursday, July 20 in Grangeville. The event is sponsored by Grangeville Arts, Inc., and the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce.

Neglected car safety tragic for kids, pets

'Decision to choose perceived convenience over safety can have tragic consequences'

“Drivers may think they can leave children and pets unattended in a vehicle while they complete a quick errand,” says Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho. “The decision to choose perceived convenience over safety can have tragic consequences.”

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Idaho County Fair: Get ready now to enter those exhibits

The Idaho County Fair premium book 2017 is out and that means it’s time to do some planning. Have you been thinking about making jam? Trying out that prize-winning cookie recipe? Maybe you want to highlight that portrait grandma painted or the quilt you made. What about the vegetables or flowers you’re growing?

Kamiah board vote to try four-day week with 2018-19 year

Kamiah loses tribal grant funding for coming year

Still one year away, Kamiah Joint School District 304 will soon join the ranks of Orofino, Salmon River (Riggins) and Craigmont schools. At the July board meeting, trustees voted 3-2 in favor of going to a four-day week in the 2018-19 school year.

Ground breaks for new Riggins grocery store

Excitement abounds in the town of Riggins as ground has been broken and heavy work continues. “It is definitely exciting – it’s also a huge undertaking,” laughed John Llewelyn, owner of the Whitewater Market. Llewelyn is building a new grocery store.

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Businesses in Action

Local businesses jump into action.

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Clovis’ open Pine Street thrift store in Grangeville

Area thrifters have a new place to seek treasures. “Sissy’s Thrift” recently opened at 212 Pine Street (formerly Backstreet Treasures). “This has been a dream of mine for at least 10 years,” said Rhonda Clovis, who, along with her husband, Craig, owns the store.

MVSD 244 seeks trustee for Zone 5 spot vacated Monday

Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in need of a representative.

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Three to vie for Idaho County Fair Queen; crowning set for Aug. 18

Three local young ladies will vie for the position of Idaho County Fair Queen 2018. The new queen will be crowned at the fair Friday evening, Aug. 18. Rachel Chmelik, Emma Gehring and Sierah Poxleitner make up the royalty court candidates for the coming year’s fair.

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Summer Concert Series

The first Summer Concert Series performance for 2017 took place at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 13. Pictured here are two of the members from Gipsy Moon (L-R) Mackenzie Page and Matt Cantor.

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Concert series continues Thursday with ‘Jon and Rand’ duo

“Thank you to everyone for helping make this series happen,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. Young spoke to an audience of more than 150 at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 13, for the first of the 2017 Summer Concert Series which featured Gipsy Moon out of Colorado. For the eighth year, Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, are offering the music series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) Park.

Syringa CEO hunt continues; Kootenai affiliation in process

New board members are in place, and Syringa Hospital’s guiding force is continuing its quest for a new CEO as well as nailing down its formal affiliation with Kootenai Health.

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Shepherd gathering draws people, dogs to Harris Ridge

HARRIS RIDGE – “There’s a lot of English Shepherd people out there,” laughed Kris Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker and about 30 others from throughout the region and beyond gathered Saturday, July 13, at the home of Ginger Busta on Harris Ridge. Their commonality? Dogs. English Shepherds to be precise.

Take collective breath and get it solved, MVSD


Mountain View School District 244 teacher negotiations started in May. As of today, July 19, contracts for 2017-18 are not yet ironclad. Why? Because MVSD school board and the teacher’s union have not come to an agreement on salaries and benefits. Although negotiations have been an open process to this point, the impasse has now turned the tide in a different direction.

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Schwab joins United Country

United Country Musick & Sons Auction & Real Estate Services has a new face, but it’s a familiar one for the area. Brandy Schwab has joined the business as a real estate agent.

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1978 GHS grad has never missed an egg toss

For Kim Cash Hulla of Missoula, Mont., there is no question as to where she will be July 4 each year. “I don’t miss Border Days,” she smiled. And, no wonder. The Super Egg Toss was the brain-child of her father, Gary Cash and longtime friend Jack Marek.

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New postmaster has Southern roots

Area residents may notice the sound of a slight southern drawl when they walk into the United States Post Office in Grangeville. “Come on, I don’t have an accent – I think you all do,” laughed Jim Ward. Ward is the new postmaster, having been in Grangeville just less than two months now.

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Missing man, John French, vehicle believed found in Salmon River near Fiddle Creek

Recovery not yet possible

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is focusing on the river recovery of a Boise man after he failed to return home from a Riggins fishing trip July 1.

Montana earthquake shakes area residents

County rocks with 5.8 tremor

It’s thunder. No, it’s fireworks! Wait, is that an earthquake?

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Greencreek, Idaho: Tiny town comes alive for annual Fourth of July celebration

The sleepy little town of Greencreek, Idaho, located 5.5 miles east of Cottonwood, is home to local farmers, an auto body shop and longtime families.

Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday, July 13, with ‘Gipsy Moon’

Grab a chair, a snack and your family and head to Pioneer Park this Thursday, July 13, as the Grangeville Summer Concert Series kicks off with the band “Gipsy Moon.” For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) Park.

Study says Idaho spends less than any other state

According to LiveStorie’s new Five Facts series on-line, per capita Idaho spends less than any other state. Using data from the 2014 U.S. Census, LiveStories explored taxes, spending and debt throughout the United States.

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Border Days 2017: Celebration kicks off with egg toss for locals, visitors

"...we come back for Border Days to see everyone..."

Sounds of joy, a few tears and lots of cheering filled the streets Sunday, July 2, as Border Days street sports kicked off on Main Street. Names called for foot races included winners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and even as far away as Pennsylvania.

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Cornerstone expands, Hauger joins teaching staff

Longtime medical issues may have caused Kristin Hauger to resign her teaching post at Grangeville Elementary Middle School; however, she said it was the hand of God that made her make that final decision.

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Action in book ‘Madisonville’ takes place in Idaho County

Intrigue, crime, disappearances and more make for the thriller that is “Madisonville.” Lewiston author J.A. Huff, aka Josh Huffaker, recently published the novel, “a fiction book that takes place in this area, ultimately ending near Lowell, Idaho,” he said. Huff grew up in Lewiston where he graduated from Lewiston high School in 2004. He is currently employed by Clearwater Paper there as a transportation coordinator.

MVSD 244 searches for a superintendent

Stokes out due to medical issues

Mountain View School District 244 is on the search for a new superintendent. “I’ve been having some serious health issues,” said Kent Stokes, who has served as the school district’s superintendent since 2013.

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Summer Concert series starts July 13 with ‘Gipsy Moon’

"We are excited for a great lineup of bands"

“We are excited for a great lineup of bands and for the Summer Concert Series,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. For the eighth year. Grangeville Arts, Inc., and Grangeville Chamber of Commerce, with assistance from local donations, will offer the annual Summer Concert Series. All concerts will take place Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (city) park.

Idaho ranks 20th overall in new ‘Kids Count’ profile

While Idaho’s children are seeing gains in access to health care, education continues to lag, according to data in the 2017 “Kids Count” Data Book released recently the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book focuses on key trends in child well-being in and measures child well-being in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Overall, Idaho ranks 20th.

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Fourth fun set for Kooskia

Tuesday, July 4, Kooskia will be hopping with Fourth of July fun.

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Greencreek Fourth celebration activities scheduled

The town of Greencreek will celebrate the Fourth of July in style. Flag-raising for the town’s annual event is set for 6 a.m., followed Mass at 7 a.m.

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Sickels to run Shiznits booth as part of culinary degree

“We are happy to have him here – he’s been great help, and we are excited to give him this experience,” said Sheila Arnzen. Arnzen spoke about Justin Sickels, 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, who will be running a Shiznits food booth downtown during Border Days.

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Border Days 2017: July 1-4 Schedule of Events

The 106th Grangeville Border Days is July 1-4 (Saturday through Tuesday), with each day loaded with events.

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Border Days 2017: High school reunions set for Border Days weekend

A variety of high school reunions are set for the Border Days Fourth of July weekend including the following

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Border Days Grand Marshal 2017: Melvin Gill - A lifetime of ranching is all Gill has ever dreamed of

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill. That lifetime has spanned nearly eight decades, but the Gill family has been in Idaho County for five generations. Melvin Gill is the Border Days Grand Marshal 2017.

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Border Days Princess 2017 Micaela Farris - Experience has helped her share love of rodeo with others

“I have enjoyed this experience because it has allowed me to travel and make new memories,” said 16-year-old Micaela Farris. Farris is the 2017 Grangeville Border Days Rodeo Princess.

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Border Days 2017: Triple Bar Drill Team going strong for 60 years

A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.

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Border Days 2017 Queen Rachael Stevens - Royalty ‘a great way to give back to your community’

“We have been incredibly blessed by the support from our community,” said Rachael Stevens of Grangeville. Stevens is the 2017 Border Days Rodeo Queen.

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Border Days 2017: Museum offers tool displays, music, fund-raiser, flint knapper July 2-4

The Bicentennial Historical Museum will again host its open house celebration during the Fourth of July. This year the museum will feature a display on antique tools. The museum, located at 305 N. College Street, will be open July 2, 3 and 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tools are on loan from several in the community, including Bruce Dreher of Slate Creek, Scott Scribner of Grangeville and Vernon Agee of Kooskia.

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Holliman retires after 29 years on the job; Open house set for this Friday

After 29 years on the job, Arnell Holliman is calling it quits. Holliman will retire from Cash and Carry Market this Friday, June 30. Friends are invited to stop in from 1 to 4 p.m. to visit and for refreshments.

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Border Days 2017 - Griller, poster sale on July 4

To begin commemorating the sinking of the Tuscania, which occurred in 1918, the Idaho County Historical Society will hold a griller fund-raiser in the basement of the Bicentennial Historical Museum July 4, 1-5 p.m. Hamburger dinners will be available for $8 per plate while hot dog dinners will be $6. This will include sides, chips and a beverage. The society will also have for sale a 16-by-20 inch frameable print of “The Same Spirit” poster

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Nuttmans celebrate 75 years of marriage

More than a hundred friends and family members gathered Sunday, June 25, at the Keuterville Pub and Grub for a grand celebration. The occasion was the 75th wedding anniversary of Clarence and Frances Nuttman. How old are they?

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Lucile’s Yellow Roses

Wild yellow roses cascade over the roadway in Lucile this spring, offering a bright welcome to the tiny town alongside the Salmon River near Riggins.

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Melvin Gill chosen as 2017 Border Days grand marshal

‘No regrets’ for Cow Creek rancher

Climbing up a winding road on Cow Creek from the small town of Lucile and into the Salmon River mountains, located on a strip of land that runs between the Snake and Salmon rivers, sits the Gill Ranch. “I’ve been here all my life,” smiled Melvin Gill.

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Flying High: Circus in Kooskia

PHOTO GALLERY: Simone the Trapeze Artist wowed crowds at both Grangeville and Kooskia when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus traveled to Idaho County for four shows June 17 and 19.

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Operation ‘Thank you!’: June 25 event will honor Vietnam veterans

Vietnam War veterans may have not received the grandest welcome home; however, that is hoping to be remedied as the Vietnam 50th commemoration is set nationwide. In Idaho County, all veterans of the Vietnam War era are invited to a “Welcome home” ceremony this Sunday, June 25, starting at noon, at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main Street in Grangeville.

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White Bird grand marshals: Cashes - ‘A good place to stop’

White Bird Days 2017

They may never have gotten to hear Johnny Cash in person, but they are related to him. “He’s a cousin,” smiled Carol (Smith) Cash. She found that out through her genealogy research and some networking. Melvin and Carol Cash will serve as the White Bird Rodeo grand marshals for 2017.

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Lilacs In Bloom

Deep purple lilacs were in bloom last week on the Mount Idaho Grade Road near the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in, their aroma wafting through the air.