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Lorie Palmer

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Volunteers make ‘Casting’ event a success

In a world where political disagreements, shootings and general mayhem seem to be everyday occurrences, it’s often easy to overlook the good people do.

Raspberry Festival slated for Sunday in Cottonwood

In the mood for some fresh-grown raspberries? The Raspberry Festival is an annual fund-raiser for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude and is set for this Sunday, Aug. 2.

Crazy Days, new faces

It’s Crazy Days time in Grangeville! Look in this week’s Shopper and Free Press for ads on what stores are participating and “Go Crazy” shopping downtown Grangeville!

Dixie Days on tap for this weekend

The annual Dixie Days event will feature a variety of activities for its 104th annual celebration Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.

Sports cuts likely for MVSD 244

“I would like to have anyone who says our coaching policy is unfair here right now,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes. “This is not easy and it’s never fun to cut kids. No coach likes that.”

Farmers’ Market sets activities

In celebration of Idaho's Farmers' Market Week as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter, the Grangeville Farmers' Market will be hosting some special events.

Six vie for Idaho County Fair queen

Six local young ladies will vie for Idaho County Fair Queen for 2016. Royalty will be crowned Friday night of the fair, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., in the Arena Building. Candidates for royalty are Katrina Frei, Rachel Kelley and Abigail Stowell of Grangeville, Davi Murphy and Hailey Williams of Kooskia, and Kortney Sims of Elk City.

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Casting for Recovery: Women with breast cancer learn to fly fish

A parade of men, pink boas decorating their trucks, made their way down the narrow road toward the Flying B Ranch the morning of Sunday, July 19. These net-wielding, pole carrying, vest-clad men were met with whoops, hollers and cheering. Fourteen women were paired with these river helpers – and some were even greeted with a good-natured “dance dollar” poked in the pocket of their fishing guests as the duos met for the first time. They soon made their way to the pond on the ranch and began Casting for Recovery.

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Just Being Neeeeeeeiiiiggggghhhhhhborly

Horses lined the fence in this field on Old Highway 7 outside of Grangeville. They were looking across the road at a field with two horses in it, communicating through whinnies and blows.

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Claire, Henson ring in final summer concert

Despite a storm that dropped buckets of rain and blew down tree branches throughout Grangeville just more than an hour prior to Shook Twins performing at Pioneer Park July 23, the concert ended up being well attended by nearly 200 people.

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Connolley helps man in trouble at river

Emergency training pays off for local student

On a hot day in early July, 16-year-old Hunter Connolley was in the right place at the right time.

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Kentucky cyclers pedal through, encourage others to experience their own adventures

For Josh Kays and Dan Hatton of Louisville, Ken., pedaling more than 50 miles at a time is all in a day’s work.

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Goehring is real estate agent

Just a few short weeks after graduating from Grangeville High School, Travis Goehring didn’t expect to find himself hitting the books.

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Queening clinic on tap for Aug. 1

All current and potential royalty candidates invited

“I competed in my first rodeo queen pageant when I was 11,” said Alyson Grinestaff Hanson of Grangeville.

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Shook Twins to perform Thursday

“I came to the park at 4:30 to make sure these guys were all here and doing OK,” Grangeville Arts member Jane Spencer told the crowd at the Thursday, July 16, concert at Pioneer Park.

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Stephanie Forsmann Photography opens shop

After nearly 13 years of using her home as a base for her business, Stephanie Forsmann has moved out.

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Concert, community festival events set this week, weekend

Warm, windy weather and a full crowd greeted brothers band Thorn Creek Express last Thursday night at Pioneer Park. The event was the first in the annual Thursday night concert series. Programs will run through July 30.

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Border Days 2015: wrap-up

Three-day event draws family, friends for fun

Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.

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‘Celebrating Our Heritage’: Stites Days set for July 11, 12

Stites Days are set for July 11 and 12 with the theme of “Celebrating Our Heritage.” July 11 begins with the pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast at Stites City Park from 7 to 9 a.m.

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Brothers group will present first concert in summer series

Thorn Creek Express to play Thursday night

Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.

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Brooks takes helm of Syringa Thrift

Kristi Brooks Soltman has come full circle.

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McNab to bid farewell to Free Press

Klement will take helm Oct. 1

A lifetime career in the newspaper business will come to an end Sept. 30 for Andy McNab.

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Grub Club: Grangeville Farmers’ Market adds kids’ program

What do Grangeville Farmers Market and kids have in common?

SMH 50th celebration is Wednesday, July 15

Did you know you can read many of the Free Press special publications through the website?

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Cut Em' Loose! Border Days activities on tap for this week

Idaho County residents and visitors are invited to Cut ‘Em Loose at the 104th annual Border Days celebration July 3-5. A lot of events are set for town and here’s a round-up for all the area cowboys, cowgirls, cowpokes … and everyone else, too...

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Jentges to serve as Greencreek grand marshal

Tony Jentges may have traveled across the world, but in many ways he is right back where he started from.

Camas Prairie Insurance buys Seyers’ business

After 29 years in the insurance business, David and Donna Seyer of Seyer Insurance are ready for a break.

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Eimers scholarship will benefit GHS seniors

A memorial scholarship fund in the name of Bill Eimers has been set up for the benefit of Grangeville High School seniors. Eimers was born and educated in Grangeville.

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Uhlenkott takes on local DYW title

A change in pace — make that a change in face — is in store for Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie.

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HouseCall Vet ready for home pet visits

When you have a pet in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Kim Wolfrum!

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White Bird Area Recreation District: board in place

Directors to guide use, future of former school, property

The wheels are turning in White Bird. The election held in November 2014 that area residents voted “yes” on to form the White Bird Area Recreation District (WBARD) – the only recreation district in Idaho County – is up and running.

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Kicks for kids: Helena to try and break record to raise money for orphanage

“I went to India last year for the first time – it changed my life,” said Eric Helena.

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DeFord hired as funeral home intern

An eighth grade field trip from Sts. Peter and Paul School changed the course of Justin DeFord’s life.

Slichters are fair grand marshals

“I appreciate the Idaho Highway Department,” said Evelyne Pickett when she and her husband, Joe, who live just North of Riggins, recently visited the Free Press office. The two witnessed the planning blasting work on the U.S. Highway 95 below their home a couple of weeks ago. Evelyne wrote about it while Joe took photos. To read more on this, log onto

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Sisters represent town as grand marshals for White Bird Days, rodeo

Let ‘er Rip with the annual White Bird Days and Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. Representing the event as this year’s grand marshals are sisters Polly Hollandsworth and Peg Marek.

Summer concert series lineup set

Grab a chair, some snacks and your family and head to the park Thursdays during July.

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Distinguished Young Woman

Tianna Leitch of Nezperce was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie for 2016 at the Saturday, June 6, program in Grangeville ($1,000 scholarship).

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Kooskia Saddliers Arena up and running

Ready, set, let’s play! The Kooskia Saddliers Inc., riding club has a new arena, and it’s open for business.

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Four vie for ‘Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie’ title

Program set for Saturday

Four area juniors will compete for hundreds of dollars in scholarships this Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m., when Distinguished Young Women (DYW) of the Camas Prairie takes place at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Corral Dust

By an Old Cowpoke

For several decades in past issues, a column entitled “Corral Dust” ran. In honor of the upcoming Border Days season, we have decided to revive this old standby.

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Hoops for Troops: Uhlenkott raises funds for service members

Prairie High School junior Abbie Uhlenkott recently took her love of basketball and community and combined them to complete her senior project.

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Thomas speaks on grace, sharing

“What are you working for?” asked Pastor Steve Thomas at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Sunday, May 24. “Some people think you can work for God’s favor … but we are saved through faith, by mercy and through grace.”

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Hunter retires after 28 years at CVES

After 28 years on the job, Patricia Hunter has collected her last book fine.

County election largely a no-show

It was low voter turnout for elections in Idaho County last Tuesday, May 19.

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GHS launches 49 seniors: ‘You are Idaho’s greatest resource’

“In full disclosure, I saw the list of potential commencement speakers and, in spite of the fact I was nestled comfortably at the bottom of the list, here I am,” joked Grangeville High School teacher Matt Elven at the class of 2015 graduation May 22.

GGCC offers ‘First Tee’ camp for kids

Parents and kids who are looking for some structured summer fun will have that opportunity starting July 15.

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Former Stites woman pens spy e-book for kids

Former Free Press writer Carlin Lohrey recently penned another e-book called “Spy Secrets.”

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Loebers to bid adieu to Grangeville after 34 years

Landing in Grangeville may have been a bit of a fluke for Les Loeber, but staying wasn’t.

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School levies pass in districts 242, 243

Levies in Cottonwood and Riggins passed by 71.3 percent and 75.3 percent, respectively. Idaho County’s total voter turnout was 18.1 percent, with the lowest voter turnout in the Grangeville precincts (1 through 5) for 4.3 percent.

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GHS’s Stefani nominated for music educator award

Kathy Stefani of Grangeville High School is one of a total of 213 music teachers from 194 cities across 42 states who have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.