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White Bird News: Kernutt, Zumwalt awarded scholarships


Toni Baker 983-7701

— Don’t blink your eyes … we are supposed to have sunny weather for this next week! It’s already brought the rain, flowers are blooming so we can now hope for the sun and warmer temps.

As we venture into May, I have some reminders. Saturday, May 6, will be busy as the library will be holding its annual yard sale. This will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and they will have the usual things, along with used books for sale too. Baked goodies will also be there for sale. Then at 1 p.m., Kenny Ruttman’s celebration of life will be held at the IOOF Hall. Dinner provided – come and share your stories and memories. Then you can venture over to Swiftwater RV and take in the site of the old vintage trailers. Friday 9 a.m. to noon. They welcome visitors to come say “Hi” and check out the trailers.

The Rebekahs will be awarding the senior scholarships May 3, to Emily Kernutt and Frankie Zumwalt. Congratulations and welcome to the world of adulthood.

Food bank pickup will be on the 4th, White Bird Area Rec. Dist. will meet on the 8th at 7 p.m., city council meets on the 10th at 6 p.m., and SRAG meeting is at 10 a.m., and the chamber meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on the 11th.

Kurt Killgore has recently been named Guide of the Month with Redside Foundations. Here is some exciting news. “We have been in the business now for 16 years. They have jet boat tours, guided fishing and hunting trips, and are now a multi-sport business.” They have now added whitewater rafting and guided RZR tours. They are in the process of remodeling the old fruit stand to make way for the new headquarters. This is located on Highway 95 south of White Bird. “We can end our trips there with a barbecue dinner on the beach and folks from the highway can also stop in for groceries, ice, cold beer, lunches, and more. We’re also going to be doing tube rentals and shuttles, so along with the roadside tourist deal – it will be like White Bird’s version of CostCo,” Killgore said. They hope to be open by mid-June, so watch for updates on this.

Fiesta set for May 13

WHITE BIRD — Upcoming events will be one on May 13, which is the Rebekahs May Fiesta, formerly called Cinco de Mayo dinner. This starts at noon and goes until they run out of food. There will be chili rellenos, enchiladas, Mexican lasagna, southwestern salad, rice, beans and flan. The cost for this fund-raiser will be adults $7, 6-12 years $4 and 5 and younger will be charged $2. All proceeds will go towards the general fund supporting the lodge.

Have you ever wondered where you can ride your OHV, which trails are open and what kind of machine can go there? Then come join us on May 20 at the WBARD Building in White Bird. This is an OHV Hot Spot/Show and Shine with information on trails for OHV on the Clearwater and Nez Perce forests or trail information on the North and South Trail. OHV dealers with 2017 models, clubs, and trail information all in one spot. Cost for this event is one canned good, going to the food bank. They will also have hamburgers, hot dogs and chips available for $5 a plate. For information or if you would like to have a booth, call 839-2303.

Birthday wishes go out to Gladine Gortsema, Philip Liggins, Matt Dewy, Vade Holes, Rita Henderson-Mundt, Nicole Lowe, David Fehrenkamp, Kami Miller, Wendy Hickman, Jamie Gennis, Tyler Buss, Ryan Meacham, Kasey Laurence, Joann Hueth, DeeDee Hallquist, Jennifer Ghan and Toni. In Memory of Bill Wright and Bruce Bentz.

Anniversary wishes go to Jack and Judy Reese, Stan and Lauren Wilson, Ruby and Frank Sargant, and Travis and Chandra Chandler.

TidBits: Since I started on how White Bird Days got their start, here’s how the rodeo started. It all started 28 years ago when a group of young local ranchers/cowboys were sitting around drinking beer at Mac’s Bar, then owned by Josephine Parsons. This ambitious group had a vision of White Bird holding a rodeo and why not? In the 1930s a rodeo had been held near Slippy Creek across the river from where the rodeo now happens today. We could tie it in with White Bird Days, which was and is still a traditional community get-together over Father’s Day weekend. Hence the long journey began….to be continued.

I would also like to congratulate our Rodeo Queen, Cassie for attending her first rodeo and parade in Asotin, while receiving a 3rd place ribbon on best mounted royalty.


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