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Clearwater Valley News: Brandt chosen as commission chair


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689


These ice falls were photographed across from Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School in Kooskia.

CLEARWATER VALLEY — One benefit of the longer days is that I’m commuting in the daylight more often. I’ve noticed some gorgeous ice falls on the cliffs along the South Fork Clearwater. I stopped to take a photo of the ones across from Clearwater Valley High School.

I read in Laurie Chapman’s front page article in last week’s Free Press that repair work is planned to begin on the East Kooskia bridge in a month or so. According to the article, the 800-signature petition signed by Kooskia residents and others made a difference in Idaho Transportation Department’s decision to move forward to repair the bridge. This is a great example of democracy at work, citizens standing up for what they believe in and getting results.

In case you haven’t heard, Kooskia’s own Skip Brandt was chosen by his fellow commissioners as the chairman of the Idaho County Commissioners last month. They meet at the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville, every Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m., continuing until 5 p.m., (unless they get through the agenda sooner). The public is welcome to attend if you are curious about what’s going on with the county. Idaho County’s website includes the agenda for the next meeting and minutes of past meetings. Contact Skip by email at

Remember to go up to Clearwater this weekend for the Groundhog Day Feed and bazaar in Clearwater on Sunday, Feb. 5. Breakfast is at the IOOF (Odd Fellows) Lodge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This all-you-can-eat breakfast costs $8 for adults and $4 for children. Also, check out the bazaar down the street at the grange hall (corner of Sally Ann Road and Main Street.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Carole Bonanno at 926-7465 if you want to reserve a table for the bazaar for $10.

Also, this weekend in Clearwater is the Elk City Wagon Road committee’s first meeting of the season. Anyone is welcome to attend. It’s at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the grange hall, followed by a potluck lunch. The committee is interested in protecting and maintaining the Elk City Wagon Road between Clearwater and Elk City. They sponsor a Wagon Road days in July which celebrates the history of the wagon road and includes a group trip. Call president Sue Smith at 926-4278.


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