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3 Rivers Amateur Radio Club

At the March meeting, the club decided to participate in the ARRL Field Day at the Shaack farm near Clearwater. Field Day will be held from 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, to 11 a.m. on June 26th. We are planning on having three radio stations powered by batteries charged by solar power running the entire 24 hours.

The Cascadia Rising exercise will take place June 7 - 10. It will involve disaster agencies in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The scenario is a 9+ earthquake hits off the Pacific Coast.

The next meeting will be May 10th at the meeting room at the Kamiah KOA (former Lewis and Clark Resort) on U.S. Highway 12, two miles east of Kamiah at 6:30 p.m. License examinations will be given at 5:30 p.m. Contact David Brainerd - 926-7886 for license test info. Contact Ken Tuning at 935-8888 for meeting and club information. The club website is at The club repeater transmits on 146.620 MHz.

— David Brainerd

Crazy Critters 4-H Club

The Crazy Critters 4-H Club held a meeting on March 21. We completed our regular business items and then moved to old business items.

For old business, we discussed community service ideas. We also finalized plans for our bake sale in White Bird. The Leadership Training went well, and we voted on the county party games that our club will provide.

For new business, we discussed the Spring Show. It will be held June 11. Dog, chicken and rabbit clinics will be presented. The market animal judging competition will be held at the spring show and market animals will also be shown. Teen conference and the start of dog clinics in May were also discussed

— Makenna York

Big Cedar Homemakers

On April 13, after a busy morning spring cleaning the Big Cedar Schoolhouse inside and out, members of the Big Cedar Homemakers gathered to hold a brief business meeting. As member Dana Keyser was hostess, she provided the following thought, “Whenever it rains, my wife stands at the window looking kind of sad; maybe I should let her in.”

President Lynne Anderberg extended birthday greetings to Tahnyia Anderberg and Gayle Tucker and a happy anniversary to member, Becky Schultz.

Members discussed several building maintenance issues. Cathy Ward updated members on work that Robert Ward is doing, which includes fixing the leaky window and a faulty light switch. Member Denise Troumbley volunteered to make arrangements for spraying the building for yellow jackets and European wasps.

The next meeting will be May 11. It is the club’s annual spring luncheon and will be held this year at the “Rack and Reel” in Kamiah starting at 11 a.m.

FOE Grangeville No. 539 Aerie and Auxiliary

The local Fraternal Order of Eagles Grangeville No. 539 held its 2nd annual President’s Gala dinner and dessert auction fund-raiser April 16. Presidents Jerry Cox and Val Stone made sure great fun was had by all who attended. The event began with a wonderful dinner choice of either Louisiana Stew by Chef Lee McDade or Spaghetti by Chef Shirley Crane served with tossed salad and garlic bread. Twenty fabulous desserts were auctioned off by auctioneer Rick Musick from United Country Musick & Sons with more than $2,100 raised for the Eagles local and national charities. Each dessert was represented by one of the charities and the money that dessert sold for went to that specific charity. Our local Eagles organization’s donations have helped purchased many valuable items for our communities such as the “rescue sled” used to transport victims down from snowy mountains and AED devices (automatic external defibrillator) for both Syringa Hospital and our Fire Department. These are a couple of the many items they have been able to donate over the years. People Helping People is the FOE motto and the Grangeville organization is very proud to do what they can locally. New members are encouraged and Aerie President Jerry Cox at 983-2325 or Auxiliary President Val Stone at 983-2554 are available for more information.

—MaryBeth Meyers

Grangeville Senior Citizens

The April 25 meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Stanley Modrell and the prayer was given by Shirley Crane. The free dinner drawing came to Linda Dodge. There were 66 meals and 42 home-delivered meals served.

Katie Remacle and Joyce Forsmann told jokes.

The nickel bingo winner was Mel Willis and blackout winner was Dolores Kindall.

The April 29 meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Stanley Modrell and the prayer by Alice Rickman. The free dinner drawing came to Patsy Myers. There were 40 meals served and 40 hot and 85 frozen meals delivered.

Jokes were told by Shirley Crane.

Nickel bingo winner was Betty Stoorza and blackout winner was Donna Barnett.

The menu for May 6: baked chicken, sliced tomatoes, macaroni salad, baked beans, summer fruit salad and birthdays celebrated; May 9: baked fish, tartar sauce, rice pilaf, coleslaw/carrots/pineapple, vanilla pudding/strawberries, watermelon.

Pioneer Senior Citizens

Agnes Forsman opened the April 26 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and also led the dinner prayer. Guests were Hank and Charlotte Dasenbrock.

There were 53 meals served with 19 home delivered meals. Ed Wassmuth won the free dinner.

Mel Willis was the nickel bingo winner and Peg Uhlorn won the blackout pot. Door prize winners were Peg and Vern Uhlorn, Elaine Schumacher, Judy Arledge, Gary Ward, Katie Remacle, Dixie Sharrard and Hank Dasenbrock.

Come join us for a meal every Tuesday for a small donation at the Cottonwood Community Church basement. Meals are served at noon.

Menu for May 10: Tuna Rice Bake, Green Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Pumpkin Custard.

Grangeville American Legion Post 37

On March 26 at the Grangeville Senior Center members of the Grangeville American Legion Post 37, their families, Unit 37 American Legion Auxiliary members and community award winners gathered for a dinner to celebrate the American Legion’s Birthday. Outstanding community members were recognized for their selfless service to the community.

Receiving the award for educator of the Year was Chris Hansen-FitzMaurice from Grangeville Elementary Middle School. She teaches kindergarten and first grade and also serves as a liasion with pre-school parents and children to assist with the transition to the classroom and volunteers throughout the community. This award will also be announced at Class Night Awards May 26.

EMT of the Year is Zach Peterson. Both Zach and his wife, Brandice, are EMTs. He is also a certified EMS instructor and recently served as chairman of the 31st Annual “Spring Fling Conference.

Firefighter of the Year is Rob Beeson. He has served on the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years and is also a fireworks technician and worker on the annual wood raffle.

The Grangeville Police Department Officer of the Year is Paul Orgish. He has been with the department since 2011.

The Idaho County Officer of the Year is Deputy Craig Hoodman. He holds Peace Officers Standards and Training Intermediate Certification and has served with Idaho County since 2014 patrolling the Kooskia area.

Also recognized were the following community businesses that have assisted the American Legion: B & B Bargain, Les Schwab Tire Center, The Hangout in Cottonwood, Keuterville Pub & Grub, The Country Haus Restaurant in Cottonwood, The Hilltop Restaurant in Grangeville, and the Mini Village in Cottonwood.

Legion members who have served on the honor guard that presents military honors to deceased veterans all received a certificate of appreciation. Certificates were awarded to 12 post members: Richard Boheman, Dick Seay, Donald Owen, Gary Zabel, Gerald Scholten, Larry Whitcomb, Roy Lombardo, Virginia Cash, Connie Workman, Jeremy Johnson, John Nida and Royce Bryant.

The post selects an outstanding member each year for the honor of being the Legionnaire of the Year. For 2015-2016 Donald Owen was selected. He served this year as the 1st vice commander and has filled in for Commander Nida on numerous occasions. He has also increased membership in the legion, auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.

Commander John Nida of Cottonwood presented the awards with the assistance of Adjutant Morris Bentley. All community veterans are encouraged to join the American Legion. Contact Bentley at 983-5535.

BCH of North Central Idaho — Kirkwood Corral Project

Kirkwood Historical Ranch (now a historical landmark) was the home on the Snake River in Hells Canyon where Grace Jordan and her husband, Len, raised three kids and thousands of sheep in the early 1930’s. They rode horses on a narrow trail into their ranch and left the same way. Grace Jordan wrote of life in Hells Canyon in a wonderful book called “Home Below Hells Canyon”. Len Jordan later became governor of the state of Idaho and a U.S. Senator.

Kirkwood Historical Ranch is accessible via a six-mile hike from Pittsburgh Landing or on an ATV ride from Lucile, up Cow Creek Road to the top of the ridge and down into Hells Canyon. Many visit Kirkwood Ranch on a jetboat. The USFS installed restrooms several years back for use by the many visitors to this historical landmark. Kirkwood Historical Ranch is staffed year-round by volunteers who enjoy the simple life without cell phones and Internet connections.

BCH of North Central Idaho chapter was asked by the USFS Hells Canyon National Recreation Area to replace the corral at Kirkwood Ranch which is used by the USFS and the public. Due to the logistics to get to the ranch it took the chapter two pre-work days to get the needed supplies in.

On March 9, Roger Inghram, Joe Robinson, Cary Foster, Phil Foster, Jim Wiebush and Dale Cooper took in the dimensional lumber and paint to Kirkwood Ranch via USFS jetboat from Pittsburg Landing. It took three loads on the jetboat.

On April 12, Todd Brown hauled the posts to Pittsburg Landing on his trailer. The posts were eight and 10 foot, several 12-14 foot for gate posts, estimated load was about 8,000 lbs. Phil Foster, Todd Brown, Joe Robinson, Roger Inghram, Dale Cooper and Jim Wiebush took the posts up the river. It took four loads to get the posts to the site. Initially, three members stayed at the end of the shuttle. Once the lumber and posts arrived at Kirkwood, members loaded them on a trailer behind a small tractor and took them to the corral site. Everything was unloaded off the boat by hand and loaded back on the trailer by hand.

April 23-24 was the project workday; 13 members and a USFS rep, with their tools, went up the river by USFS jetboat in one load. There they knocked the old lumber off the posts, jacked the posts out of their holes and redug and aligned the holes to put new posts back and then put the dimensional lumber on. Lots of nail pulling and painting was done as well. The old material was transferred to a burn pile on site.

It took both days to complete the project. Each night members went back down the river to the old CCC Ranch House where they had their camp.

There is another corral that needs to be replaced. The chapter will go up next year and complete that project. There are few times when Back Country Horsemen can replace their horses and mules for a jetboat, but it made for an interesting project!

— By Roger Inghram and Raenette Didier, Back Country Horsemen

of North Central Idaho


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