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Getting ready to dig? Call 811 first; Avista reps speak at chamber meeting

More than 25 people showed up for the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting where they welcomed representatives from Avista Utilities. Regional business manager for the Lewis Clark region, Mike Tatko, regional account executive Jayson Hunnel, new Grangeville district manager Jeff Schwendener, and local office receptionist Holly Cox all attended the meeting.

It's Your Business: Oscar’s to be closed month of February

Note that last week’s story on Bear Claw should have stated he worked for a total of 19 years in a muffler factory in Wisconsin. I had that interview on Monday and hurriedly wrote the story when I returned and noticed the next day I had missed that fact.

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Avista welcomes new area manager; Schwendener is in Grangeville office

Avista’s Grangeville office has a new face. The corporation welcomed new district manager Jeff Schwendener the first of the month. “I’m excited to be here and have been settling in,” Schwendener said from the 201 East Main Street office.

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Dog Bark Park on Toyota billboards

An image of Idaho’s iconic big dog in Cottonwood is now appearing in parts of America on billboards promoting Toyota’s new RAV4 Hybrid car with the tag line “Go Where No Neighbor Has Gone Before”.

It's Your Business: Syringa Hospital main entrance open

Syringa Hospital’s main entrance and front parking lot is open to public. The main entrance is designated for any non-emergency check-ins such as laboratory and radiology testing or patient visitors. Those checking in to the Primary Care Clinic should still use the clinic main entrance doors. Those looking to pay bills or who have questions about billing can be helped at the business office, previously the LeBlanc building.

Legislative interns to contribute to Free Press

Free Press readers may notice a couple of new names from time to time in the pages of Idaho County’s oldest newspaper. University of Idaho students Taylor Nadauld and Nishant Mohan will both contribute to the paper as legislative interns this year.

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Grangeville on the ‘10 Best Cities to Achieve Work-Life Balance’ list

Recently, Grangeville was voted number seven in the best cities to live that have a good work-life balance.

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It's Your Business: Nelson, Mt. View participate in free ‘Give Kids a Smile’ dental program

Workforce Training through Lewis-Clark State College will offer two upcoming welding classes to be held at Grangeville High School. Beginning Welding will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays March 1-17, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at a cost of $426.

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New barbershop opens in Grangeville

Thirty-four years of barbering hasn’t yet grown old for Wayne Tarlton.

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It's Your Business: GCC members meeting set for Jan. 23

Check out Reilly’s Customs and Classics full service auto body shop at 105 W. North 2nd Street, Grangeville. Call 907-2166.

Scam calls continue to plague people

IRS identifies ways to spot suspicious calls DENVER — The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert recently providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.

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Snow Business

ICP, Inc., off the truck route by the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center, received some heavy, wet snows on trees outside its fence during December.

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It's Your Business: Credit union meeting is Jan. 31

Cottonwood Credit Union will host its annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 4 p.m. with the meeting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate or donate a food item to the food bank. RSVP to the credit union by Jan. 15 by calling 962-3451, 924-0225 or 937-9877.

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GRANGEVILLE — The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a veteran’s advocate in Grangeville on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Idaho Department of Labor, 305 N. State St., Grangeville. The advocate will be available to veterans and their dependents between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the purpose of answering questions about veteran benefits, assist with ongoing claims, and take new claims for filing with the Veterans Administration.

It's Your Business: Groaners open for free use Jan. 4-16

Quilt Treasures has a variety of upcoming classes including Beginners Quilting Class (six weeks, starts Jan. 12, $75); Featherweight Maintenance Class (Jan. 16, $65); and Quilt-in-a-Day Class (Jan. 23). Featherweight Club also starts in February. Stop by 120 W. Main Street in Grangeville or call 451-4909.

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