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Clearwater Valley News: Let’s play ball! Members sought to play, coach


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

Just-for-fun coed softball begins at the Kooskia City Park on Monday, May 1. A group of “good-natured” residents get together twice a week and play softball every Monday and Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., through Labor Day. They play because they enjoy the game and the camaraderie. It is not part of a league or a specific team, they just play with whoever turns up. Even if you haven’t played for a while, they’ll be happy to have you come, all skill levels are welcome. The Kooskia City Park is beautiful and green right now, with the river zipping by. It looks like an inviting place to be on a spring evening. Call Summer Swart at 615-522-9346 or Ruth Mohr at 926-7203. For the more competitive players there will be a chance to join the Kooskia Krush coed team which competes in the Grangeville softball league.

It’s not too early to think of fun activities for your children during summer break. How about basketball day camp for a week? This year marks the 40th annual Fred Mercer Kamiah basketball camp. Boys and girls entering 3rd to 12th grades are welcome to sign up. The camp runs three different leagues sorted by age and a great chance to focus on improving skills. Camp staff includes high school and college coaches and current college basketball players. Girls week is first, June 19 - 22 and boys the following week June 26-29. This is a day camp at the Kamiah Middle School from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Cost is $25 to preregister with $75 due the first day of camp (total cost $100 per child). Look for sign-up brochures at grocery stores around local towns. Call 935-2401 or by email

Community activities abound in Kooskia this weekend. This Friday, April 28, 7 p.m., singer Misty Dawn Taylor, singer-songwriter Josh Crosby and other local talent will perform a concert at the Kooskia High School. A preshow by the “Stars of Tomorrow” features local kids. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and under. The concert will showcase local musical talent and help raise funds to purchase the Kooskia Old Opera House. Call 983-5324.

Remember the Equine Educational Event on Saturday, April 29th from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., at the Kooskia Saddliers arena on Highway 12, just downstream from Kooskia. The event is interactive and includes horse rides for children, Dutch oven cooking, knot tying, use of crosscut saw. Also, four presentations-Evaluating for Dental Care- Dr. Kim Wolfrum, Movement Analysis and Corrections- Dr. Kim Bartholomew, Principles of Horseshoeing-Shane Hendren and Cargo and Pannier Packing-Jim Renshaw. The event is free to anyone interested in horses or mules. Any questions about the event contact Linda Cooper at 926-4936 or by email

Also on Saturday Dennis Baird will be presenting “The Southern Route of the Nez Perce Trail: Past, Present and Future.” He has really been delving into the location of this ancient trail that crosses the Bitterroot Mountains from Idaho to Montana. He will be at the Kooskia Community Center at 1 p.m. No charge to attend.

On May 5, the Vision Seekerz will be playing at the Kamiah Hotel (501 4th St.) at 8 p.m. This Northwest Native American Band is comprised of musicians from the Nez Perce Nation, Colville Tribe, Sioux, Yakama Nation and Walker River Paiute Tribes. They play Native American fusion, classic and alternative rock. This is part of the “Music in the Valley” series presented by the Kamiah Hotel. Looks like some other fun performances coming up throughout the summer. Call 935-0545.


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