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Clearwater Valley News: Staaf signs on as CV area correspondent


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Christmas is in the air, it’s great to see the snow. Thanks to the people who put up Christmas light displays along Main Street, they brighten up the long nights. The reindeer and sleigh at the north end of Kooskia always makes me smile on my drive home!

Speaking of lights, hope everyone survived the power outage last weekend? Wishing I had recharged my phone and stored some extra water before it happened. We fired up the kerosene lamps and cooked dinner on the grill. About the time I started wondering if the stuff in the freezers would make it, the power kicked on.

I’m Norma Staaf, the new Kooskia News correspondent. My husband and I live on a ranch in the hills near Harpster. E-mail or call me with any upcoming community events in Kooskia, Kamiah, Stites, Harpster and Clearwater that you would like me to mention in future columns.

Do you need some Christmas songs to get you in the spirit? A couple of events are coming up. The elementary school students have their Christmas show at the school, at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15. Come see some cute kids sing some holiday songs. Call the school for info at 926-4311. The Old Opera House Theater hosts their 20th Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas variety show Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 each. Reserve tickets by calling 926-0094 or buy them at Graves Nursery at the south end of Kooskia.

Do you have a Christmas tree yet? You have a couple of options if you want a locally grown tree. You can buy a tag for $5 per tree from the Forest Service at the Kooskia or Kamiah office (office hours 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays) and plan an outing to the National Forest to find and cut your own tree. The search is half the fun and an excuse to get your family out in the woods and play in the snow. For a shorter trip for a local tree, go to the Stites tree farm. Trees there cost $25 each. Cross the bridge at Stites, turn left for a ¼ mile and watch for the sign on your right.

Idaho County Recycling Kooskia site is open this Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. (They will be closed on Dec. 24). They accept aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers with lids smaller than the container, newspaper (includes catalogs), and office paper (including “junk” mail). Rinse containers. Small electronic devices or “e-waste” are also accepted. For information about recycling and what can be recycled at the site, go to the Idaho County website at

As you wrap your Christmas gifts, think recycling. Store bought Christmas wrap is not recyclable and can be expensive. Consider wrapping gifts in odds and ends of fabric (quilters tend to have a lots of scrap fabric), reusable gift bags, brown paper bags decorated with drawings, stencils or pictures cut from magazines or catalogs. You can get creative with whatever you have around.

The Emergency Feeding Outreach (EFO) in Kamiah will be assembling food baskets this week to help area folks who need some help to have a nice Christmas dinner. Lots of people have applied to receive baskets this year so cash donations are always appreciated. Send to EFO at PO Box 5, Kamiah, ID 83536.


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