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Clearwater Valley News: Construction renovation work continues on East Kooskia Bridge

Free Press / Norma Staaf
Work continues on the East Kooskia Bridge.

Free Press / Norma Staaf Work continues on the East Kooskia Bridge.


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— It’s construction season in the Clearwater Valley. Work will continue on the east Kooskia bridge (see photo) for a few weeks. In Kamiah, two buildings disappeared without a trace last week- the house on Hill St. that, sadly, burned in a house fire last month, and the building just above the Freedom Northwest Credit Union on Main Street. Separate work crews made quick work of dismantling the buildings and leveling the sites for future work.

I spent Saturday at Rose Wellness Center for a women’s workshop. Got a sneak peek at the Witches Brew coffee and tea shop while I was there. Julie and Jim have fixed the place up beautifully. They’ve painted the inside in bright happy colors and it looks like it will be a great little hangout spot. Just waiting for a couple of sinks, a new window and they will be ready to open their doors. Wonderful to see Rose Wellness breathing new life into a little old house in downtown Kooskia.

The second annual VEST dinner will be held at the Outpost/Opera House in Kooskia on Saturday, March 11. VEST stands for Valley Educational Support Team. They provide supplemental money for specific projects for the Clearwater Valley Schools that don’t get funded in normal budgets. In the past, they have bought computer “tablets” for elementary school students, graphing calculators for high school math classes. The event begins at 6 p.m., with student performances, followed by a silent auction, catered dinner and live auction. Bruce Nuxoll will provide music for dancing afterwards. You can buy tickets for $20 each from Cindy Dahler at Clearwater Valley High School or Lara Smith at the elementary school. It would be great if the state legislature voted to increase funding for Idaho schools. Thank goodness for the dedicated teachers, parents, businesses and community members who value education and contribute to organizations like VEST to help fill in the gaps to help prepare our community’s children for a better future. Great if anyone can attend or contribute to this event or donate to VEST.

On the local foods theme that I mentioned in my last column, I stopped by the Clearwater Valley Market at 411 Main Street, Kamiah, for some chocolate, which is admittedly not local but tasty. While I was there I noticed that they are selling milk from local jersey cows, and organic eggs. The milk usually comes in on Wednesdays. I’ve been looking into learning to make cheese and local milk would be a good place to start.

Speaking of food, I walked past the Backroads Diner in Kooskia the other day and noticed they will start serving a Sunday breakfast buffet on March 5. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon and cost $10.95. So, if you’re hungry Sunday morning, check it out. They have also have had a sign up on the window for quite a while that they are looking for a daytime server. They need someone who will show up on time! Call 926-0833.


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