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Lowell / Syringa News: It’s been a rough winter upriver


Marie Smith Lowell, Syringa 926-4430

Lowell Syringa News is back. Ace reporter, me, Marie Smith, has picked up her iPod, to report the comings and goings from Idaho County’s least populated communities.

The winter has been rough, with rain, wind, snow, ice and dark of night. We had ice chunks floating down the Lochsa for eight hours last Friday. The river was up at least three feet. Our Internet has been out, our TV satellite dishes covered with snow over ice, and we are restless. Highway 12 has snow floor in spots and threats of avalanches with snow melting. The traffic passes slowly this time of year, and we depend on ITD to be forever clearing the highways for us.

Reports say the “Closed due to avalanche” sign went up last week, should be down by now. The “summer residents” are long gone, and us locals stick together to stay safe.

And so some news: The fish trap at the Lowell bridge has been manned by two new Fish and Game guys, Dalton and Zack, out of Lewiston, and a gal, Marika. They got the trap back out there at the mouth of the Lochsa, but extreme weather, worst ever, with ice coming down into the confluence, has caused them to pull it back to the bank for a few weeks. They worked on it in severe weather like a ship in a storm, had to use my “landline” to call in damages to the starboard side, like pirates they are.

An elk tagging crew has been postponed as well. The helicopter can’t land on slush.

Fox Glove, a beautiful piece of property across the Clearwater River, has a new owner; they will take over March first.

Good news is that The Wilderness Inn plans to open in early March this year, come hell or high water.

My freezer is almost empty, winter better be over soon or I’ll have to kill something and eat it!

Smith sisters are growing fast. The MERMS: Miss Martha is 14, Miss Ella is 12, in March she’ll be a teenager, Miss Ruthie is 10, and Miss Madeline is 8. Their cousin, Mr. Max, is 3. Doctor says he’s 40 inches and 40 pounds!

The quote this week is from 10-year-old Miss Ruthie. She asked if she could use my laptop to do a report for school, so I got it out for her, my 1999 Dell: She said, “Whoa, this is your laptop, how much does this thing weigh?” No comment.


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