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New and returning faces took the oath of office on Monday morning, Jan. 11, at the swearing in ceremony for Idaho County elected officials, held at the courthouse in Grangeville. Idaho County Clerk Kathy Ackerman administered the oath to commissioner Skip Brandt and county prosecutor Kirk Ma…

Estuardo Puderbaugh (Scout Troop 570) stands with one of four doghouses he built for his Eagle Scout project with help from other scouts. The houses are going to an animal rescue group in Orofino. Pictured are Puderbaugh, next to doghouse, and fellow scout troop members Lance Labrum and (at …

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A lighted nativity scene graces a second floor porch in Stites.

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GRANGEVILLE — Syringa Hospital was among the first health care providers in the area to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to several of its health care providers Dec. 18.

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KAMIAH — Having signed off authority for new chief Bill Arsenault to liquidate surplus, and having signed off on $25,000 for new fire department and another $25,000 for emergency medical service supplies, the city council is moving forward with a resolution to rectify a difference in the pay…

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Carpenters Doug Young (front) and Cecil Riley (rear) recently put the finishing touches on the repairs to Purdy’s Farm Table Restaurant in Kooskia. The front of the building was severely damaged Nov. 25 when a pickup truck backed into the building, but you’d never know it by looking at it no…

KAMIAH — Kamiah’s first responders are getting a major boost in their wireless communication with the addition of a new, purpose-built FirstNet cell site. The site—located north of Kamiah—is part of the FirstNet network expansion taking place in Idaho, which is bringing increased coverage, c…

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With a large crowd in attendance, a line of colorful floats made its way down through town last Friday evening, Dec. 4, for the annual Kamiah Christmas Lighting Parade. On contest results, decorated businesses taking awards were 1st, Kids Ahoy; 2nd, Kamiah Flower Shoppe; and 3rd, Ace Marketp…

We all have certain things that remind us of Christmas – whether it be sounds or smells or visual suggestions. Things that speak to us and whisper, ‘’Tis the season.” Things that make us smile, reminisce, laugh and even tear up.

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KOOSKIA — What started as a citizen driving complaint report ended in multiple charges, including one for felony eluding, for a Washington State man, alleged to have failed to yield to a county deputy during a low-speed pursuit around Kooskia last week on Thanksgiving eve.

The Deyo Dam (constructed in 2011) created the 55-acre Deyo Reservoir. It was designed with family-friendly fishing in mind with two large peninsulas. A well-maintained trail circles the pond providing easy access. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game stocks with rainbow trout according to …

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KAMIAH — Costumed kids and their families streamed into the block in front of the Kamiah Fire Hall last Thursday, Oct. 29, after school. City crews closed that section of Main Street to traffic for the annual Kamiah Halloween costume contest. Nobody can quite remember how long the costume co…

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CLEARWATER — It was a record-breaking run for speedster Randy Speranza at Bonneville Speed Week earlier this month.

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KOOSKIA — If you’re wondering if there will be any local craft fairs this fall you’re in luck. Melissa Knapton, organizer of the Kooskia Farmers Market plans to hold the 3rd annual Kooskia Holiday Farmers’ Market at Kooskia Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This is tw…

When people up here ask where I live, and I tell them, they usually say, “That’s a big place!” Yes, it is. Then when I tell them that Dee and I live with my brother, David, and sister-in-law, Lynn, they usually say, “Really? Does that work?” Yes, it does. The house is sort of like a duplex, …

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GRANGEVILLE — Local Idaho Fish & Game conservation officers are pursuing the case of two white-tailed deer that were dumped and left to waste on Vrieling Road in Grangeville on or around Oct. 14. One doe and one buck were field dressed and the buck’s antlers were removed.

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ELK CITY -- A nail salon in Elk City? When nail technician, Camille Elswick, moved to Elk City nearly three years ago her husband and son scoffed at the idea of anyone in Elk City getting a manicure or pedicure. Elswick proved them wrong, amassing 20 regular customers including four men.

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KAMIAH — In just about every small town across America there is one person whom absolutely everybody knows. In Kamiah, that person is Marjorie “Marty” Wilkins, who has been the lead clerk at the post office longer than many people can remember. It has, in fact, been just two months shy of 30 years.