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Lorie Palmer

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Send in the clowns: Ms. Smith goes to China

“I would definitely say there’s quite a little difference between Lowell, Idaho, population 28, and Shanghai, China, population 24 million,” grinned 12-year-old Luella Smith.

District social media warns against teacher-student relationships

“For everyone’s protection, teachers should not call or text students,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes said at the September school board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School. “As far as Facebook goes, I’ve recommended students and teachers not be friends.” The “Social Media 424” policy was reviewed by the board of trustees at that meeting.

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244 ‘Use of Force’ policy garners close interest from patron

‘Are we becoming a militant state here?’

Mountain View School District 244’s first reading on its draft weapons policy garnered a few more public comments Monday, Oct. 17. “After visiting with the Grangeville Police Department, we are now calling it the ‘Use of Force’ policy,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. This change allows additional weapons, aside from guns, to be included and discussed in the document.

4-H booster thank you barbecue set for Nov. 12: Members discuss how program has impacted their lives

Calling all 4-H supporters in the upper-river communities: A free community barbecue is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at Clearwater Valley High School.

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Idaho is draw for cavalry visitors to battlefields; Soldiers learn from past conflicts

Area residents may have noticed a large assembly of visitors in and around Grangeville Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 12-14.

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Dr. Miller opens chiropractic center in Grangeville

Though he started his career on a different path, chiropractic physician Loren C. Miller, DC, FACO, has always enjoyed working with people. “I love people,” Miller smiled.

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‘The state needs to measure progress’ - Crabtree

Election 2016: Dist. 7 Senate - Crabtree, Meyers race for state seat

Years spent in various leadership positions have led the way to where Carl Crabtree (R) is headed: the Idaho State Senate. “I’ve spent my life working with people as well as bringing groups together that traditionally may not have gotten along or had very little in common,” Crabtree said. That knack for working with people has guided Crabtree’s life and career.

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Student input large part of MVSD dress code policy update

“I am asking for a change to the Grangeville High School dress code,” GHS Principal Steve Higgins told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Monday, Oct. 17, meeting. Higgins said questions and concerns from students and parents caused him to delve into the policy.

Idaho County CASA volunteers sought

Who speaks on behalf of abused and neglected children? That person could be you. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abandoned, abused, or neglected children.

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Blessings For The Beasts

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 students Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.

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DNP Hammatt seeing patients at Syringa

Although she is a new health care provider at Syringa Hospital and Clinics, DNP Julie Hammatt knows her way around the hospital. “I have spent a couple years as an emergency department RN here at Syringa while I obtained my Doctor of Nursing Practice,” she said.

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Veteran Outreach, Community Center grand opening is Saturday

Thanks to the vision of many local volunteers, veterans now have a place to congregate in Grangeville. The Veterans Outreach and Community Center, located at 318 East Main Street (former NAPA Auto Parts, across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union) is operated by the non-profit group Idaho County Veterans Association Inc.

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Star Spangled Fun

Grangeville High School celebrated its homecoming week Oct. 3-7 with a variety of activities and dress-up days. Here, senior Rachel Kelley was full of spirit on Thursday, Oct. 6, skit day, with the “Star Spangled Seniors” theme.

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Up Close With Firefighters

Kinder Ready Klub students at Grangeville Elementary Middle School learned about fire safety Friday, Oct. 7, with the help of Grangeville volunteer firefighters Andrew Lane and Tom Jacobs.

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Eller offering reliable home caregiving, more

Are you seeking care for your loved one but want to ensure they are well taken care of with dignity? That’s exactly what Erica Eller, fifth generation White Birdian, is offering. Eller is a 25-year veteran of a caregiving.

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McDaniel takes job as SPPS principal

There’s a new face at Sts. Peter and Paul School (SPPS), but she’s definitely not a new face in Catholic education. SPPS welcomed Leslie McDaniel, 72, as its new principal this year. She is also teaching seventh and eighth grade social studies and science.

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Oktoberfest Fun

Grangeville’s Oktoberfest was celebrated for the first time in many years this past weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8, sponsored by the Grangeville Merchants as well as many local businesses, vendors and organizations.

Oktoberfest celebration returns; events on tap for Saturday

Fun run, activities, live music set

Area residents will want to be in town this Saturday, Oct. 8, for the resurrection of “Oktoberfest.” “The merchants are excited to offer Oktoberfest after many years of it not being held,” said organizer Mary Beth Meyers.

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Gospel Lighthouse Concert

The Gospel Lighthouse on Stite’s Main Street was host to the Parks Family Singers from Branson, Mo. The six-member family band presented a free concert at the church Sunday, Sept. 25, with more than 60 attendees.

MVSD 244 seeks resolution for unsatisfactory gym floor finishes

Patrons may have noticed a difference in Mountain View School District 244 school’s gym floors, and it’s not a good one. The district’s gym floors were refurbished using a particular brand of chemical. The MVSD 244 staff did not have good results, said superintendent Kent Stokes. “The floors got crinkly, like alligator skin, and are getting worse,” he explained at the Sept. 19 regular board meeting held in Kooskia.

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Blackmer places in speech competition: GHS student  travels to Oklahoma for national event

“I was definitely nervous,” smiled Grangeville High School senior Nicole Blackmer. Blackmer, 17, attended an American Quarter Horse Association show in Oklahoma City in August. Two years ago, a placing at a state 4-H contest team demonstration with Paige Lindsley allowed her to qualify to go to a contest in Oklahoma.

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Bieler takes over as manager at Syringa lab

A new manager has taken the helm at Syringa Hospital lab, but she’s a familiar face. Hannah Bieler has replaced Dave Ceniza who moved out of the area.

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Giddings ready to take on third term

Election 2016: Sheriff - Contentious race on achievements, needs for change

Giddings said those who know him understand he is a “straight shooter.” “I tell the truth, straight up,” he said. He understands his approach may ruffle a few feathers along the way, he said, but feels his method has made for a stronger Idaho County law enforcement. “We have been able to accomplish some really positive things in the department,” he said.

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Spencer ousted as hospital board chair

'I disagree with the direction the board is taking with respect to the proposal for full affiliation with Kootenai'

Following a general discussion at the Aug. 22 Syringa Hospital board meeting, board chairman Craig Spencer was asked to step down as chair. “Craig was opposed to the direction the board was and continues to move on a strategy to enhance our ability to protect the viability of Syringa Hospital and Clinics in the current health care environment,” explained trustee Al Bolden of White Bird. “Specifically, he objected to any consideration of any affiliation.”

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Tackett turns lathe work into pen hobby

A life skill learned in high school shop class has turned into a hobby for a local man. Mike Tackett, who graduated from Grangeville High School in 2004, learned to use a lathe during high school. In later years, when he decided to purchase his own machine, he began teaching himself to use it in various ways.

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Jogging For Dollars

Grangeville Elementary School PTA was host to its annul Jogathon fund-raiser event for grades kindergarten through eighth Friday, Sept. 30.

Hospital board chair, Spencer; trustee, Scribner, resign seats

Following the resignation of Syringa Hospital board chair Craig Spencer and trustee Judy Scribner, each accepted at the Tuesday, Sept. 27, meeting, vice chair Al Bolden assumed the position of chair. Trustee Steve Didier was elected as new vice chair.

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Make a difference: High-energy speaker encourages teens

Frei’s senior project brings speaker to school

“Your legacy is not something you leave when you die. It should be something you leave every time you walk out of a room,” said A’ric Jackson. “What’s your legacy?” Chicago-based motivational speaker and author, Jackson spoke to a gym full of students at Grangeville High School Friday, Sept. 23.

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Fall Along Clearwater

Fall leaves are bright along U.S. Highway 12 near Kamiah.

Oscar’s Restaurant makes changes for winter season; Main dining area closed; Brodock’s remains open

Customers will notice some changes at Oscar’s Restaurant, located on Grangeville’s Main Street, this week.

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‘Very difficult to prepare for crazy’

MVSD weapons policy discussed; first formal reading set for October

“I think we have a good [draft] weapons policy,” said Mountain View School District 244 board chair Mike Dominguez, zone 4, Kooskia. “This is something we’ve been working on for two years and that has actually been discussed at meeting for five or six months. A lot of time and effort have gone into it.” Dominguez spoke to fellow board members and an audience of about 20 at the regular board meeting held Monday, Sept. 19, at Clearwater Valley High School’s library.

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Supplement company offers pure minerals

Eight former WaterOz employees have come together as partner-owners of a new business in the Clearwater area—Clearwater River Supplements—also known as CR Supplements, LLC outside of Grangeville, near Stites.

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Activity director position more than a job

Passion for ‘family’ drives Amy Farris

The words to “Blue Suede Shoes” can be heard echoing down the hallway and out the front door of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Although it isn’t the voice of Elvis, the tone is sweet and husky. “He loves to sing. This is something he does for me every day,” said GHR Activities Director Amy Farris, speaking about resident Jerry Rothchild.

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Having the knack for ‘putting the right pieces together’

Hanson is featured quilter for Sew-Ciety Quilt Guild show, Sept. 24-25

arietta Hanson’s mother started sewing for her at a young age out of necessity. “They just didn’t make clothes suitable for tall girls,” Hanson laughed.

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Flamingo Fun Run 2016: Kelley takes on fun run event as senior project Register by Sept. 28 for T-shirt

“It takes a lot of organization, and I have really learned so much through the whole process so far,” said Grangeville High School senior Rachel Kelley. Kelley has taken on the third annual Flamingo Fun Run as her senior project. The run is on tap for Saturday, Oct. 8, during Grangeville’s Oktoberfest celebration.

Statewide testing results released; local districts within state average

Statewide ISAT results in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics assessment percentages were made available last week. With the release of ISAT (Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests) results for the 2015-2016 school year, statewide increases were seen in all grades for both ELA and math.

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‘Hard to see it go’

Historic stamp mill on loan to Wallace Mining Museum

“It was definitely hard to see it go,” said Tracy Tackett Sharp as she watched heavy equipment take down the gold stamp mill next to Grangeville Veterinary Clinic, at the edge of Lions Park, on U.S. Highway 12. Operators and volunteers removed the mill Aug. 24. According to the Idaho County Historical Society (ICHS), the mill is on loan to The Wallace Mining Museum.

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Florence History

Myrna Crane of Grangeville points to a map of Florence at the Aug. 24 Brown Bag historical presentation at the Bicentennial Historical Museum. Crane told the story of a journal kept by Barbara Parks Spears who lived in Grangeville and Florence. The diary spans her lifetime, more than 90 years. Crane’s family has a cabin in Florence and she and her husband and six children spent time there with her father in days gone by.

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Beach takes GM position at ICLP

If Grangeville had a sister town, Weaverville, Calif., would be it, said Max Beach. Idaho County Light and Power’s new general manager grew up in the Northern California town of 3,500 people.

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End-Of-Summer Sunset

August ended Wednesday, the 31st, with a brilliant sunset. This view is looking toward Cottonwood Butte on the Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

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GHS grad helps turn plastic waste into uniforms

SEATTLE, Wash. — 1997 Grangeville High School graduate Jonna Bell is helping change the world, one plastic water bottle at a time. Bell is one of the founding partners of Nube9, a company that recycles plastic into athletic uniforms.

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It's Your Business: Car show set set for Auto Vue; Bulldog cards available now

Join the Palouse Area and Camas Prairie cruisers at the Sunset Auto Vue Drive-In this Saturday, Sept. 10, for a show and shine. First, cruise on Main Street at 5:30 p.m., then head out to the drive-in for a barbecue. The feature show is Jason Bourne and a second movie will also be shown. Movie cost is $7.50. Drive anything out – everyone is welcome.

NEWS-Bradbury to present frontier history program

Bradbury to present frontier history program

FAITH-Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness

Graf gives Christian message of repentance, forgiveness

Syringa continues Kootenai affiliation talk

Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is gaining momentum for a possible affiliation with Kootenai Health as they continue work on the facility’s strategic plan.

Become engaged in hospital plans

Syringa Hospital’s board has a huge job: to ensure quality medical care is provided to its patrons. With 10 healthcare providers on staff, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that mission. However, there’s all those federal regulations and economic trends to consider, and neither have been in favor of the small, rural, independently owned hospital.

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4-H kids, leader train wild mustang for adoption

Three members of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club participated in a summer 4-H project they will not soon forget.

Packed schedule for 80th Kamiah Barbecue Days

Events include Sunday Bull Bash

The 80th annual Kamiah Barbecue Days are set for this coming weekend and the events will pack a full schedule for young, old, and everyone in-between. The events start Friday, Sept. 2, with the spaghetti feed at the Senior Center from 4 to 7 p.m. The Kamiah High School versus Pomeroy football game is set for 7 p.m. at KHS with a teen street dance at 9 p.m.

Weapons in hospital issue before trustees

As with many school districts and other public entities, Syringa Hospital is no exception when it comes to how to move forward with gun and other deadly weapon issues within the confines of its facilities. The board discussed a written policy at its Aug. 22 meeting and, as has been the case in other local arenas, the conversation brought out varied opinions.

Boojie? Fleek? Rickroll?

Evolution of words, phrases quite interesting, descriptive

As we start the school year, I thought it would be a good time to give a little overview on some recent additions to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (as well as other on-line dictionaries). Recent as in the past three years. The evolution of words and phrases is quite interesting. Don’t ask for fry sauce in some Eastern states – they don’t know what you mean and they might hand you a container of gravy or cheese. Soda is said instead of pop and it’s pocketbook instead of purse.