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    Firefighter shortage a life or death matter

    Home heating fires are popping up on regional and national newspaper pages, but the “story behind the story” is not what could have been done to prevent these, but whether someone will show up to put out the fire in time. Or at all. Check out Lucky Brandt’s plea in this week’s letters page. He’s a longtime Kooskia firefighter raising such a warning, and also a call: Idaho County needs more volunteer firefighters.

    December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

    Invest in your neighbors; shop local on Small Business Saturday

    When you are planning your shopping trip, keep a few things in mind: When purchasing local, you are essentially supporting yourself and your family. Repeat studies have shown that your local businesses give back to their communities at a far greater percentage than do national chains.

    November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

    Kids Klub makes a difference

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This sentiment has been used before to describe what Kids Klub, Inc., has done for Grangeville, but it’s time to revisit that thought.

    November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

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    Developing a skilled work force through registered apprenticeships

    Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program is working so well St. Mary’s plans to set up a second apprenticeship for the same skill set.

    December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
    

    The value we place on education

    The community has asked that the district spend its reserve money and do what it can to be fiscally responsible. I will tell you that from a new superintendent’s perspective, the district has listened and may have listened too well.

    November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
     

    Teens, young adults and opioids: What parents need to know about prevention and intervention

    By now we’ve all seen or heard the headlines: The U.S. is in the midst of a national opioid crisis that claims the lives of 91 Americans each day – one person every 16 minutes. Overdose deaths due to opioids, which include commonly prescribed pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine, are now responsible for more deaths in this country than car accidents or firearms.

    November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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Firefighter shortage a life or death matter

Home heating fires are popping up on regional and national newspaper pages, but the “story behind the story” is not what could have been done to prevent these, but whether someone will show up to put out the fire in time. Or at all. Check out Lucky Brandt’s plea in this week’s letters page. He’s a longtime Kooskia firefighter raising such a warning, and also a call: Idaho County needs more volunteer firefighters.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Developing a skilled work force through registered apprenticeships

Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program is working so well St. Mary’s plans to set up a second apprenticeship for the same skill set.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Local volunteer fire departments need more help

The point here is all local volunteer fire departments need more help. We do the best we can with the people we have, but the time seems to be coming when no one will respond to someone’s fire. More property damage will result, and lives may even be lost for lack of volunteers.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Plan: power, control over general public

I see in the local newspapers where the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have adopted a travel plan and some wilderness areas. Some of the other forests have already done this. To me, this is nothing more than power and control over the general recreational public, mainly the senior citizens who developed the forest to what it is today.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


The value we place on education

The community has asked that the district spend its reserve money and do what it can to be fiscally responsible. I will tell you that from a new superintendent’s perspective, the district has listened and may have listened too well.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

How have we allowed government to ignore health care benefit?

How is it that we, as citizens of the modern world, have allowed the government to ignore what Europe has been doing with taxes for their citizens since the end of WWII? How is it that we have been so gullible and been victims of insurance for profit propaganda?

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


You should place more trust in people than government system

If you want to support high-paying jobs in Idaho, you will support a business-friendly environment of lower taxes and less regulation. You would support the free enterprise system. You should place more trust in people than in the government welfare system.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Invest in your neighbors; shop local on Small Business Saturday

When you are planning your shopping trip, keep a few things in mind: When purchasing local, you are essentially supporting yourself and your family. Repeat studies have shown that your local businesses give back to their communities at a far greater percentage than do national chains.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Generous grant helps classroom supplies

Dear Grangeville Community Foundation, the Grangeville High School English staff would like to publicly thank our wonderful community foundation for the generous grant donation to supplement our classroom libraries.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
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