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Lorie Palmer

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The annual Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held Sunday, Nov. 19, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School, with more than 200 people in attendance. (Top, L-R) Carla Blewett, Levi Roberts and Bonnie Brouwer serve as (left) Angie Murphy and Wyatt Thanstrom take a minute for a photo.

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

Lewis takes on Ida-Lew position

If not for an internship while in college, Gavin Lewis’ life may have taken a completely different direction. As it is, Lewis is the new economic development director for Ida-Lew Economic Development Council.

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

MVSD 244 to seek legal resolution to gym floor finishes

Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors have been an ongoing program for more than the past year. The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. In September 2016, then-superintendent Kent Stokes reported the MVSD 244 staff did not have good results. “The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19, 2016, regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

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

MVSD looks to tighten budget, discusses spring levy amount

Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe has had a lot on his mind. About $1 million worth of thoughts. “We have to figure out what to do with the loss of the SRS funds,” he said. “How do we handle this” more than $1-million-dollar loss?

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

‘Biggest crowd ever’ for Pioneer Park lighting event

As picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting, Grangeville’s Main Street and city park drew throngs of people to town Saturday evening, Nov. 25. Families milled throughout the city as darkness fell and temperatures dropped to the mid-30s: Parents visiting, hot cocoa steaming, kids running and playing.

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

Idaho County 4-H achievement awards 2017 announced

What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2017 Idaho County Achievement Award Winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Halee Rowland, Elizabeth Severns and MaKenna York. In the intermediate category are Halle Klapprich, Aliyah Pineda and Mary Kate Forsmann. Senior honorees include Lindsey Goeckner, Gabriel Forsmann, Hunter Connolley and Sydney Andrews. According to Idaho County 4-H director Susie Heckman, during the year, club leaders keep track of all of the members’ activities, giving points for their participation. “Club leaders submit their top point earners to the 4-H Extension office at the end of the 4-H year,” she explained. “The top point earners from all of the 4-H clubs in the county are given to the 4-H Program Council and the 4-H Achievement Award winners are selected.” Heckman said the purpose of the achievement award is to recognize 4-H’ers who exemplify the goals of the Idaho County 4-H Program. Emphasis for the award includes overall achievement, leadership and citizenship. This year’s Idaho County Volunteer Leaders Distinguished Service Award went to Hold Your Horses 4-H Club horse project leader Sharon Blackmer of Grangeville. Blackmer has not only been a club volunteer, but has also been instrumental in assisting with the horse bowl and taking 4-H members to district, state and national competitions, Heckman said.

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

Lutz appointed to MVSD 244 board

A new face took his seat at the table as a Mountain View School District 244 trustee at the regular meeting Monday, Nov. 20, in Kooskia. Brad Lutz of Grangeville was appointed by the board, in a three to one vote, to sit on the board as trustee for zone 5.

November 22, 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..

Share the warmth:Youth coat drive set at GEMS

Mrs. Bush’s 4/5 class (Grangeville Elementary Middle School) is holding a coat drive! We shall be accepting donations of coats. We are going to give these to coatless kids, because we would like to make sure nobody at our school is cold this winter. We will have a drop box by the GEMS office and near the school library during the craft fair (Saturday, Dec. 2). Items can also be dropped off at the school office any time. We will only be accepting new and gently used coats, from now through Dec. 8. Please donate!

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

GHS honors veterans at annual commemoration gathering

“I know you could have found someone with a more compelling or exciting story – but you’re stuck with me,” smiled retired Coast Guard Commander John Kennedy. Kennedy spoke to a full house at the Grangeville High School Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 10. “Driving downtown Grangeville this morning, I was reminded how special this community is and appreciate its efforts to celebrate its veterans,” he said.

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

Kids Klub to start work on new building

“Four years ago, we were at our maximum capacity. Since then, there has been a waiting list for the after-school program,” said Kids Klub Program Director Kristi Keeler. Keeler spoke to about 60 people who gathered Tuesday, Nov. 7, for the Kids Klub, Inc., building groundbreaking. Arnzen Building Construction our of Cottonwood, owned by Morris Arnzen, was awarded the contract to start work on the 4,016 square-foot building at the 506 South A Street site (adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School).

November 15, 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..

Thanks to honest finders, Prado regains $3,000 in cash

Had it not been for some honest locals, last week could have gone down as one of the worst in JR Prado’s life. Late last week, Prado, a contractor and owner of Prado Construction, cashed a check for $3,000 at Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union. He then ran to The Depot where he purchased fuel and a soft-drink. He didn’t even notice his bank envelope with the $3,000 in cash had slipped from his pocket.

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

GCF awards $8,500-plus to organizations

“This is the most rewarding part about being involved with Grangeville Community Foundation – giving out grants to the organizations and people who are doing amazing things in our community,” said John Bennett. Bennett is on the Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) board, which held its 2017 grant awards program Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center. This is the third year for the grant cycle.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

CVES kids are plugged in to technology

Thanks to a national award earlier this year, Clearwater Valley Elementary School students are plugged in. Or in many cases, they’re wireless. CVES was honored for its efforts to offer quality education to all of its students. The school was rewarded with the The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award, and was only one of two schools in the state to receive the award.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Message in a bottle

Waves crashing and water stretching up on the sand led to a discovery by a local man. A message in a bottle washed ashore from the Salmon River near Twin Bridges and was found Oct. 26 by area resident Bryan Lowe.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Batter up: Key revamps baseball bleachers

Kolten Key’s senior project may have turned out to be a little bigger one than he first imagined. “It definitely took a lot of time – about 160 hours in all,” he acknowledged. The project, a mandatory activity for graduation, requires at least 20 hours. Key took on revamping the GHS baseball bleachers. This included removing all the rotten boards and hardware from the two bleacher stands, painting the frame, staining and painting the boards and replacing everything.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD seeks new trustee for Zone 5

Mountain View School District 244’s Zone 5 is in need of a representative. The zone’s trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville officially vacated his seat as of the July 17 meeting, and a replacement has not yet been found. “The borders of Zone 5 are a little crazy, so if anyone has any questions about the area this covers, call the district office or another board member,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Mystery Night draws large crowd of 350-plus

A lightbulb-laden chandelier, candle-lit tables and a stage, dressed as a big red barn front, greeted attendees of Summit Academy’s Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 350 people attended the Denim and Diamonds event, which celebrated Summit’s 20th anniversary and annual gala fund-raiser. Food, drinks, games, live and silent auction items, as well as visiting with friends, were all part of the evening’s activities. Musick Auction and Sons provided the auctioneering. “Howdy y’all – hope you’re havin’ a great time tonight,” drawled “Willie Nelson” (also known as Summit teacher Michael Rehder) as he shoved a leftie behind his ear and took a swig from his flask.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Voters choose new faces for city councils

- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, Jackson

November 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..

Homes tour:Residents, visitors invited to go on driving, walking tour of turn-of-the-century Grangeville homes

Are you interested in the history of Grangeville homes? Grab some friends, hop in the car (or go by foot if you’d like the exercise) and go on the “Turn of the Century Homes” tour in Grangeville. “A brochure was last completed about 27 years ago, but we’ve now updated that and it’s ready for the public,” said Annelle Urbahn, who has helped get the new brochure updated and out. The Urbahn House, 204 E. South First Street, which was built in 1910, is one of the homes on the tour.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Trio brings gospel flavor to Grangeville

“We don’t like to just blow into towns and blow out,” said Korey Kemp. “We want to make a difference in the name of Jesus Christ.” Kemp is the lead man in Allegiance Trio, which performed at the United Methodist Church (UMC) to a crowd of about 100 people Monday, Oct. 16, along with members Jake Sammons and Corey Lackey.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho Force All Stars: Cheer squads perform shows locally; plans to compete

What’s sweet and sassy and really loud? It’s the Idaho Force All Stars and they’re in it to win it. Area residents who have been to Grangeville High School football games this season have viewed the large group of girls cheering and dancing during halftime. Coach Cedar Rose offers cheer practice four days a week and currently has 47 kids enrolled in the program between the ages of 5 and 18.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Halloween Story Time at Grangeville Centennial Library

Grangeville Centennial Library held a Halloween party for kids during story hour Oct. 25. More than 40 children attended, along with parents, for snacks, stories, a costume contest, pumpkin and face painting. Here Librarian Angie Norman (AKA Wonder Woman) reads to children.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Annual Harpster craft fair, lunch set for Saturday

Are you looking for a taste of old-fashioned fun? Check out the 29th annual Harpster Community Craft Fair and Lunch this Saturday. The event will be held at the Harpster Community Building Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 208-983-1436 for details.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

GHS Fall Concert

Grangeville High School’s concert band, concert choir and Varsity Blue choir performed in its first concert of the school year Oct. 26. The groups are instructed by new music teacher Merrill-Lee Rasmussen. Pictured here in the band is freshman Reece Wimer.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Idaho Force All Star Halloween Party Fun

More than 100 parents and children attended the first Idaho Force All Stars Halloween party at the Elks Saturday, Oct. 21. Children participated in a costume contest, games, had food and danced. That night, the cheer group also sponsored an adult Halloween party.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

MVSD seeks to partner with patrons for budget solution

“It’s like losing your job and then trying to figure out, ‘OK, what do we do now?’” said Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244 superintendent Marc Scheibe. Scheibe, along with school district business manager Becky Hogg, and director of special programs and curriculum Cody Weddle, met last week to visit about the district’s budget for 2018-19 as well as future years.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Schmidt retires from Asker’s after 38 years

Jim Schmidt won’t be rolling in the dough anymore. At least not at Asker’s Harvest Foods. After 38 years on the job, Schmidt recently retired as the store’s baker. Schmidt grew up in Seattle and attended Shorecrest High School. He went to baking school at community college, but it was a previous experience with a neighbor that solidified his desire to bake.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Bolan is new Ferdinand veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Bolan’s parents may have never expected their daughter to end up in Idaho, but that dream was in her head long ago. “I always wanted to live in the mountains,” she smiled. Bolan is the newest member of the Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Beckman joins GHR as administrator

A familiar face has taken over at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Ryan Beckman is the facility’s new administrator. “I grew up in these halls, running around here when my parents worked here,” he smiled. He is the son of Bob and Betty Beckman of Grangeville.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cash and Carry Field Trip

Cash and Carry’s Myrissa Gates gives a tour to Grangeville Elementary Middle School students who were recently learning about their communities and neighborhood businesses.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

SPPS Animal Blessings

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School families Wednesday, Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Group forming on emergency services issue

A discussion group regarding local emergency response services is in the works thanks to Syringa Hospital board member Jim May of Kooskia. “I believe our local emergency service groups, QRUs and EMTs, are suffering due to a lack of volunteers,” May said at the regular Sept. 26 board meeting.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Sunrise Espresso offers variety of drinks, menu items

“You have to enjoy and love coffee to have a good coffee shop and serve a good cup,” smiled Alison Stahl. “I love coffee.” Stahl opened Sunrise Espresso at 914 West Main Street (behind P1FCU and the Free Press and across from Zip Trip) Aug. 2.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Ruzicka makes blankets for rehab residents

A group of residents at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation (GHR) will be a little warmer this winter, thanks in part to Grangeville High School senior Mikayla Ruzicka. Ruzicka helped nine residents make fleece blankets as part of her senior project. “I had a car wash to raise money for the fleece this summer, and then the residents helped tie the blankets,” she said.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Oktoberfest Scarecrow Contest Winners

(Top, left) Best of Show Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is Seasons Restaurant; (top, right) Funniest Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is The Idaho County Free Press. Here, Free Press Editor David Rauzi interviews his scarecrow likeness. Second-place winner is U.S. Bank with KORT Radio in third place; (bottom, left) Most original Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is Ace Home Center, pictured with creator Barbara Adkison. Second-place winner is Umpqua Bank and Crema Cafe is in third; and (bottom, right) Scariest Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest contest winner is Irwin Drug, pictured here. Second-place was Super 8 and third was won by The Establishment. In all, there were 16 entries.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..



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