Back to profile

Lorie Palmer

Stories by Lorie

Tease photo

Hauger lets the dogs out: Raises money for Animal Ark through senior project

“I really love working with animals, so I thought, ‘why not do that and help out locally while doing my senior project at the time?’” said Marie Hauger. Hauger, a senior at Grangeville High School, has worked this summer for Animal Ark Lost and Found. Melinda Hall, a longtime Animal Ark volunteer and organizer, was her mentor. “Marie did a great job,” she said. “She is so sweet and has a great attitude. I have really been blessed by her.”

Tease photo

Got plans? Idaho County Fair starts today

Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails

Pig and princesses, popcorn and pigtails, it’s time for the Idaho County Fair. Look for the special fair section inserted in this week’s Free Press that will go over details of the events set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 19. The fair’s theme this year is “We’ve Got A Good Thing Growing at the Idaho County Fair.”

Tease photo

Syringa Hospital board works on affiliation wording

‘VOC’ identified as underground fuel tank

Wording was the topic of discussion at the monthly Syringa Hospital board meeting July 25. The conversation revolved around the affiliation agreement with Kootenai Health.

Tease photo

Solar eclipse to darken county Monday

‘It’s living science — a once-in-a-lifetime event’

If you haven’t done it already, mark your calendars. Idaho is about to be witness to something spectacular. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur for the first time in nearly a century.

Tease photo

Got plans? Chief Lookingglass Days set for weekend

Kamiah’s 41st annual Pow-wow

Kamiah’s 41st annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow is set for this weekend, Aug. 18-20.

Tease photo

Brown Bag: Pelham to discuss Idaho County graves

The third week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series takes place next week. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next six weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

Tease photo

‘Kiss the Pig’ contest set for Saturday at the fair

It’s not usually OK to buy votes, but at the Idaho County Fair, anything goes. At least in the annual Kiss the Pig contest. “This year we are honoring those in local government,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman. And just how will they be “honored?”

Tease photo

Willis to improve CV long jump as part of Eagle Scout project

Clearwater Valley High School will soon have an improved long-jump run, thanks to student Will Willis. Willis of Kamiah, an incoming freshman at CV, will be working on the track as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Tease photo

Brown Bag: Keith to show film on Chinese

It’s time for the second week of the Bicentennial Historical Museum’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Bring a lunch and join in to hear some local history. For the next seven weeks, local history enthusiasts will discuss Idaho County people, places and things.

Tease photo

Concert Series Finale With The Hitmen

The Hitmen out of Lewiston were crowd pleasers at the final Thursday Summer Concert Series event Aug. 3. The band played a variety of tunes from the ‘50s on up to present hits. Pictured here is lead singer Dusty Katzenberger.

Tease photo

R.E.D.: Senior project meant to support U.S. troops

When people are on the home front, going to work and attending school and simply living their lives, it’s easy to forget those serving in the U.S. military who are living apart from their homes and families.

Tease photo

T-Shirts On Target At Kooskia Days

Smoke-filled air did not keep people away from attending the annual Kooskia Days parade Saturday, Aug. 4. People lined the streets to view the parade entries and then went on to view the car show, play games and generally enjoy all the town’s activities. Here, employees from Clearwater Builders were having fun shooting T-shirts out to the crowd.

Tease photo

Raspberry Festival Fun

The Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood held its annual Raspberry Festival fund-raiser Sunday, Aug. 5, with visitors from all over the Camas Prairie and beyond. The day consisted of a variety of food-centered events as well as a fun run, art show, petting zoo, balloon clown, car show, entertainment and historical displays.

Tease photo

Smokey Harvest at Grangeville

Despite smoke in the air and hazy skies, Mike Hauger was busy at work with harvest Sunday, Aug. 5, just off U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville, between Powerline and Zumalt roads.

Tease photo

Oktoberfest set for Sept. 29-30 in Grangeville; Sign up now for events, to volunteer

What’s happening for the Grangeville Merchants Association Oktoberfest Sept. 29-30? Well here’s a start: •Oktoberfest is set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, and will feature 10-plus food and beverage vendors, a merchant scarecrow contest, Franken-Kart races, wiener dog races, a car show, quilts for sale, street music, a beer garden, a wellness fair, the Flamingo Fun Run and 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

Tease photo

Campbell takes on United Methodist pastorate

The love and care of good neighbors years ago led the way for Ryan Campbell to be where he is today. “Really, in so many ways, when I look back I see the hand of God,” he said. Campbell is the new minister at Grangeville’s United Methodist Church. He replaces Barbara Essen, who retired last month. Campbell and his wife, Denise, arrived in Grangeville June 1. Born and raised in rural Indiana, Campbell said he had at least two memorable early experiences with Christianity and grace.

Tease photo

Arnzen chosen for youth leadership conference in D.C.

When Grangeville High School senior Kyra Arnzen first got the letter in the mail from National Youth Leadership Forum for Law and CSI, she thought it was spam. “Is this for real?” she asked GHS counselor Susan Morris. And it was. Based on classes she had taken in the past – forensics, psychology and sociology – she received an invitation to apply for the Washington, D.C., conference. So, she gave it a whirl.

Tease photo

Scheibe hired as new MVSD 244 superintendent

'We are definitely excited to have him on board'

A familiar face is taking the helm at Mountain View School District 244. The board voted July 27 to hire Marcus Scheibe as the new district superintendent. “I had said, if there was one place I would want to go to, it would be here,” Scheibe said.

Tease photo

Moscow Mules

The Moscow Mules played Thursday, July 27, at Grangeville’s Pioneer Park as part of the Grangeville Summer Concert Series. Pictured here are two of the band members (L-R) Paul Hohenlohe (dobro) and Sean Long (guitarist). Long is a graduate of Grangeville High School and the son of Pat and Judy Long. The final concert of the season is set for this Thursday, Aug. 3, 6 p.m., and will feature The Hitmen.

Tease photo

‘The Habit’ opens in Cottonwood

Coffee anyone? Cottonwood has a new hangout and place to get a caffeine fix. The Habit opened recently at 406 King Street, across from The Tire Guy. The business is owned by Ryan and Heather Uhlenkott and managed by Laurie Chapman. However, the business is more than a coffee joint.

Tease photo

Kooskia Days set for this weekend

'always such a fun time for everyone to get together and visit'

Get ready for the 64th annual Kooskia Days events, set for this weekend, Aug. 4-6.

Tease photo

Hitmen to perform Thursday in series final

“What a great crowd,” said Grangeville Arts volunteer Rachel Young. “We really appreciate everyone for coming out and supporting this.”

MVSD 244 hires new superintendent

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

Tease photo

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?

Tease photo

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.

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.

Tease photo

Businesses in Action

Local businesses jump into action.

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.”

Tease photo

Swiss teen gains important life skills while in area

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

Tease photo

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.

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.

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.

MVSD 244 seeks trustee for Zone 5 spot vacated Monday

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

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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?

Tease photo

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.

Tease photo

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.

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.

Tease photo

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.