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Lorie Palmer

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GEMS Mural Magic

Grangeville Elementary Middle School students work on a mural in the junior high wing of the school on Saturday, April 22. They received help from community members, principal Dr. Susan Anderson and art teacher Patrick Phillips. The mural was the idea of late teacher Mr. Mark Willig and will include a geological timeline.

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Idaho County 4-H Fun

The annual Idaho County 4-H party to celebrate and recognize 4-H throughout the state and county was held at the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, April 22. Clubs throughout the county provided games and lunch was sponsored by the Idaho-Lewis County Cattle Association.

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Madden retires after 40 years in banking; open house set for Friday

Peggy Madden of Cottonwood has spent the last 40 years in the banking industry, 34 of those years at Wells Fargo.

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Farm And Forest Fair: More Than Just Cattle

Fourth and fifth graders from throughout the area met at Greencreek Community Hall for the annual Farm and Forest Fair Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20.

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Equine Educational Experience: Demo day set to highlight horses

Calling all horse lovers. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 29. The Back Country Horsemen of North Central Idaho will sponsor an “Equine Educational Experience,” at the Kooskia Saddliers Arena on U.S. Highway 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Demonstrations throughout the day will include Dr. Kim Wolfrum with Evaluating for Dental Care from 10 to 11 a.m.; Dr. Kim Bartholomew with Movement Analysis and Correction from 11 a.m. to noon; Shane Hendren with Principles of Horseshoeing from noon to 1 p.m.; and Jim Renshaw with Cargo and Pannier Packing from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Eleven candidates vie for five Syringa board positions

Election on May 16

Eleven candidates will vie for five open positons on the Syringa Hospital board at the May 16 election.

Opera House shares available for $500; concert set for this Friday night

Those who say they have an affinity for the Old Opera House in Kooskia are invited to put their money where their mouths are.

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Honey the Dog’s DNA results come in

Last week, the Free Press reported on an Animal Ark dog who had the good luck to be adopted by two families.

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New principals step up at Prairie, CV

Rehder, Uptmor return home

Rehder returns home to take leadership role at Prairie High; Uptmor returns to CV as principal; ‘very excited for this new position’

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Eleven candidates file for five Syringa Hospital board positions

Eleven candidates will vie for five open positons on the Syringa Hospital board at the May 16 election.

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Boise woman to sing her stories April 25

Concert is free, open to all ages

Those interested in music or stories or both will want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. Singer, songwriter and storyteller Tracy Morrison of Boise will offer the program “Historical Idaho Women Stories and Folk Songs.” The concert is free and open to all ages.

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Easter in Kooskia

A bright, sunny day greeted Kooskia Easter egg hunters at the park Saturday, April 15, as kids gathered and played games, won prizes and found treasured eggs.

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Easter in Kamiah

Despite looming, dark clouds and a few light showers, Kamiah’s annual Easter egg hunt drew a crowd of little treasure hunters. The annual event was held Saturday, April 15, and was sponsored by the Kamiah Kiwanis with support from the community.

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100 years and going strong: Riener’s life spans 10 decades

Andrew Riener is quick to give credit when it comes to the question, “What’s the secret to a successful life?” “The Lord’s help,” he smiled. “There have been some close calls along the way, but He’s kept me safe.”

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From homeless to double the love: Stray dog happy ending in two homes

'she loves to come here and is excited and happy and we have a great time'

A stray dog roaming the streets of Grangeville ended up with a double happy ending: Two homes. However, it wasn’t only the canine that received help; she also offered it. “I feel good to have helped her, but, honestly, I needed her, too,” said Nona Donaldson.

District 244 short on driver’s ed instructors

Parents and students throughout the area may have noticed it’s becoming more difficult to get into driver’s education classes. “We simply don’t have the instructors,” apologized Grangeville High School driver’s ed coordinator Alecia Hagen.

Purse auction set for Sunday, April 23

Who needs another purse? You do, that’s who. And perhaps a whole lot more. The Third Annual Purse Auction is set for the Cottonwood Community Hall this Sunday, April 23. Doors open at noon and the auction will begin at 2 p.m.

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Woman to sing her stories at GEMS April 25

Those interested in music or stories or both will want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m., at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Homeless dog finds double the love

What happens when a stray dog roaming the streets of Grangeville finds two loving woman who come to her rescue? She ends up with a double happy ending: Two homes.

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Adults gets hands-on STEM training

Robots and circuits and computers, oh my! The Idaho STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) committee and Idaho Commission for Libraries recently provided grants for several libraries throughout the state to receive funding for both gear and training.

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Monthly records requests up at Syringa Hospital

Interest for board candidates’ forum

Records request numbers are in the hundreds at Syringa. It was reported at the March 28 regular board of trustees meeting that Syringa Hospital and Clinics had 300 requests for medical records in December 2016, 322 in January, and 310 in February.

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Jet boat book displays photos, history

“The forecast this weekend is dry and in the 60s,” said Marlene Mignerey, with a smile in her voice. It’s no wonder husband and wife duo Frank and Marlene Mignerey would be concerned with the weather the second weekend of April: It’s jet boat weekend in the town the Mignereys love.

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Don’t wait; use the good China

Guest Opinion

As we clean out papers and glass (my mom loved pretty glassware) we are afforded a lot of good memories. The one thing that has made me feel particularly gloomy is my mom’s beautiful Noritake China.

Twenty MVSD staffers volunteer for firearm training

244 Use of Force Policy:

Mountain View School District 244’s Use of Force Policy is moving forward. The policy was adopted by the board in February. At the March 20 monthly board meeting, superintendent Kent Stokes reported 20 MVSD staff members had signed up to be considered for firearm training and concealed carry permits.

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Kennedy works ‘dream job’ to help GHS students

Growing up in a tiny town in Michigan, Bobbie Kennedy knew what it was like to wonder about opportunities beyond high school. Kennedy was recently hired as a part-time college and career advisor for Grangeville High School.

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Bell Equipment, INC

Family business, family values

Gordy Webster took a chance in 1978. He bought into Bell Equipment with his friend, Gary Stapleton, and moved his family from Seattle to Nezperce.

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Ulhorn family sets to make the Camas Prairie wine country

The Camas Prairie of North Central Idaho may not be known as wine country right now, but who knows what the future holds. The Uhlorn family farm may have had a few sideways looks during the past few years.

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Higgins returns to his roots; GHS principal takes job as Kamiah superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district. Higgins’s family farmed in the Winona area, centrally located between Kamiah and Grangeville. He attended elementary, middle and high school in district 304, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1982.

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Lutz, Russell, Hays make it to nationals with arts projects

It’s on to national competition for three local students. Grangeville High School juniors Kate Lutz and Hailey Russell and Grangeville Elementary Middle School sixth grader Hollen Hays each received first place in the State of Idaho PTA Reflections art contest.

Miskin to helm GHS pending board OK

Pending Mountain View School District 244 board approval, Randall Miskin of Kooskia will be the new Grangeville High School principal starting this summer for the 2017-18 school year. Miskin is currently the Clearwater Valley High School principal where he has been since 2013.

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GHS Spring Music Concert

Grangeville High School held its spring concert Tuesday, March 21, under the direction of Grangeville music teacher Phillip Golde.

Riggins man publishes mystery thriller Book signing set for April 5 in Grangeville

DENNY CREEK, Idaho — Straight out of today’s headlines: computer data encryption, drug epidemic and trafficking, “El Chapo,” the power of the media, comes Justifiable Homicide, a newly released novel by Jeffrey Warren. Warren will sign his book at Grangeville’s Book-N-Hand, 158 East Main Street, Wednesday, April 5, noon to 3 p.m.

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Couple to offer tutoring, test prep, music lessons

Does your child need help with math or science? Are English and history homework getting you down? Does your teen need a boost to assist him with college prep tests? Warren and Nia Stevens may be just the answer you are looking for. The couple will bring their business, Prodigy Private Instruction, LLC, to Idaho County later this spring.

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Higgins to return to Kamiah as superintendent

Steve Higgins is coming full circle. Higgins’ service as Grangeville High School’s principal for the past nine years will come to end this spring as he becomes the superintendent of Kamiah Joint School District 304. It’s a familiar location for the educator, as he went through his early years in the school district.

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Community walks start April 1

The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).

School levy election draws less than third of voters

‘Disappointed in the turnout’ says board chair

“I have to say I was a little disappointed in the turnout for one thing,” said school board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. “I was really hoping to have a better representation.”

Use of Force policy passes for MVSD 244

Next step for district: ICSO for training

After almost two years of discourse, rewrites and discussion, Mountain View School District 244’s board passed its Use of Force policy at the Feb. 27 regular meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

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Cassie Chandler chosen as White Bird Rodeo queen

Although the sky was grey and overcast, the rain held off Saturday, March 18, as White Bird Rodeo crowned its new queen for the coming year. Cassie SueAnne Chandler, 15, was named queen for the upcoming rodeo year. She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and the daughter of Travis and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek.

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GHS students fare well at first state science fair; Singh to compete at nationals

Grangeville High School students had a very good fun at their first-ever science fair Saturday, March 4. Twelve GHS students in grades nine through 12 – along with teachers Shaun Bass and Naomi Finnegan -- made the trip to the state’s first fair (held in three areas in the state the same day) and came home with medals and awards for all.

Study shows progress for Idaho healthcare

Still more ground to cover

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Grangeville tourism listening session draws handful

One in a series of more than 10 regional “listening sessions” brought nine people to Super 8 Motel March 2.

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MVSD 244 $2.6M levy squeaks by

March 14 election: passes with 52 percent of vote

Voters in Mountain View School District 244 came out with a yes vote — just barely — in Tuesday’s March 14, $2,663,246 supplemental levy election.

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Syringa Hospital board adopts inclusive meeting model

‘No us vs. them’

“There is no ‘us versus them,’” Syringa Hospital board vice-president Steve Didier, Kooskia, said at the Feb. 28 board meeting. With that in mind, Didier asked everyone at the board table – trustees, hospital employees, department heads and medical personnel – to disperse. “We want to shake it up,” he smiled. “No groups, just everyone interspersed.”

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'Guys and Dolls' musical hits the stage this week at CVHS

What do you get when you pair a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary? What about a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but lawful?

Man pens second book on his father, a former area doctor

KEARNS, Utah — “After my father died in 1976, I realized I had an intense interest in my father’s life, much of which took place in Idaho County,” Tom Weber explained. “I also found out that all of the old copies of the Idaho County Free Press were on microfilm at the library of the University of Utah, which is just up the street from where I live.”

Friends of Library sponsor logo design

Get your creative juices flowing and get ready to design a logo! Friends of Centennial Library (FoCL) in Grangeville is sponsoring a logo contest to create a logo for our non-profit.

School levy vote set Tuesday for districts 244, 305

Polls open Tuesday, March 14

School levy elections are set for the area next week,Tuesday, March 14. •Mountain View School District 244 will ask its patrons for a $2,663,246 levy. •In Craigmont, Highland Joint School District 305 will ask for a $499,000 levy as well as a Highland Plant Facilities Fund Levy for $50,000.

Study shows progress for Idaho health care

Still significant ground to cover

Although it’s often easy to complain about access to physicians and health care, a recent study shows Idaho is actually in a good place as far as patients and providers determining their health needs. Idaho ranks first in the nation in terms of how much flexibility patients and providers have in shaping health care, according to a new project produced by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Children on food stamps in county drops

Child poverty declines nationwide

Teen births and food stamp usage in Idaho County have both decreased, according to a state study. In addition, the recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the national child poverty rates declined in 2015, after peaking at 23 percent in 2011.

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Local 4-H members take in D.C., trip; Inauguration is highlight

Several local 4-H kids recently toured Washington, D.C., and were able to attend the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The trip was Jan. 16-21. The Idaho County 4-H members who attended included Gabe Forsmann, Brandan Costa, Kaycee Costa, Doug Wilson and Lynnsey Wilson, with local 4-H leader and chaperon Leigh Davis.

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