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Clearwater Valley News: Equine education day set for April 29


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day. Americans have observed this day since 1970 to raise awareness of air, water and soil pollution. Typical activities are picking up trash along roads, planting trees and recycling. The Kooskia recycling center will be open 10 a.m. to noon. Drop off sorted metal cans, office paper, newspaper, catalogs, magazines, cardboard and plastic containers (with caps removed). For information about what they accept go to

Buying and selling used books is another form of recycling. If you’re looking for some good deals on used books, CDs and DVDs check out the annual Kooskia Library book sale on Saturday, April 22. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kooskia Community Center (down the hall from the library). Hardbacks cost only 50 cents, paperbacks 25 cents. At 11 a.m., prices drop to $1 per bag. They will also be raffling off two gift baskets at the end of the book sale. The Friends of the Library are still taking donations for the sale, books, CDs and DVDs, (please no magazines).

Also at the Kooskia Community Center, on April 29, at 1 p.m. we’re fortunate to have Dennis Baird, professor emeritus at University of Idaho, author, research librarian and conservationist, presenting “The Southern Route of the Nez Perce Trail: Past, Present and Future.” This ancient (estimated 10,000 years old) travel route (“Wise’isskit”) connects Idaho and Montana and is an important part of local history. It crosses east from the south fork Clearwater River near Harpster across the Bitterroot Mountains to near Darby, Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley. Dennis has been working in recent years to pinpoint the location of the 40 miles section between the Red River Ranger Station and Burnt Knob, in the hopes of sharing the route with the public. (This section is in the general vicinity of the Magruder road.) Come and learn more about his quest. The presentation is free with refreshments provided.

It is spring and time to spend some time outdoors. The Backcountry Horsemen of North Central Idaho is hosting an Equine Educational Experience on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kooskia Saddliers arena, on Highway 12, just downstream from Kooskia. It looks like a fun event with lots of different activities related to horses and mules. Anyone with an interest is welcome. The event is free. Some details are as follows:

The Tahoe Hillbillies 4-H Club will be doing a Dutch oven cooking demonstration and serving chili and cornbread. In addition, a “leave-no-trace” camping display, “a test your skills” knot tying stations, a crosscut cut sawing demo and horse rides for children are planned.

Four demonstrations are scheduled: Evaluating for Dental Care- Dr. Kim Wolfrum from 10 to 11 a.m.; Movement Analysis and Corrections- Dr. Kim Bartholomew from 11 a.m. to noon; Principles of Horseshoeing-Shane Hendren from noon to 1 p.m.; and Cargo and Pannier Packing-Jim Renshaw from 1 to 2 p.m. Any questions about the event, contact Linda Cooper at 926-4936 or by e-mail

As I drove through Harpster last weekend I noticed that the Harpster RV Park is now serving espresso. Fancy coffee right in downtown Harpster, what next?


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