As of Tuesday, June 6, 2017
CLEARWATER VALLEY Mea Culpa, I inadvertently referred to the Backroads Diner in Kooskia as the Hometown Diner in last week’s column. I guess I conflated home cooking with hometown, or thought I was somewhere else. I did get the caption right for the photo, since the name is on the sign. I still need to try a burger to see if they are really the best around.
I stopped by the Harpster RV park the other morning for a latte. I talked to Will, one of the new owners. He and his wife bought the place and started in April. They have reopened the bar and grill and things are hopping there. They are hoping to have a grand opening event soon.
This summer are some great chances to learn about Nez Perce National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce culture through a series of interpretive programs at the Lolo Pass visitor center. On Wednesday, June 21, Gwen Carter, cultural interpreter with the Nez Perce Tribe will present a program called “Nez Perce Traditional Foods and Roots.” If the weather is decent, the program will be at Packer Meadows with a chance to recognize important traditional food plants. Also that day, Kevin Peters, retired National Park Service Ranger will be presenting “Flutes I have known”. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and family-friendly.
The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association is getting ready for the 54th annual “Biggest Little Rodeo in Idaho” in Kamiah, Saturday, June 17, through Sunday, June 18. For more details, check for posters around town.
If you like blues music, check out the Rafael Tranquilino blues band. They will be playing at the Kamiah Hotel this weekend, Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. This Seattle area trio consists of guitar, bass and drums. According to their Facebook page, they fuse rock, blues and funk with “an alternative and fresh sound”. Try their page for a sampling of their music.