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Clearwater Valley News: Kooskia’s Umpqua to close

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Melanie Gianopulos and Michael MacMenamin at the State Cross Country Meet.

Contributed photo Melanie Gianopulos and Michael MacMenamin at the State Cross Country Meet.


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Saturday was a beautiful day to run fast! Two CV Rams runners and seven Kamiah Kubs runners travelled to Eagle, Idaho, to compete in the 1A State Cross-Country championships running a 5 km (3.1 mile) course. CV Rams runner Melanie Gianopulos placed third in the girls’ race in a time of 20:24:98. Cross Country coach Janna Privette told me that this was Melanie’s first trip to state and a huge accomplishment for such a young runner. Kamiah Kubs runner Michael MacMenamin placed sixth in the boys’ race in 17:03:24. He placed 38th last year and showed a huge increase in maturity, experience and dedication, according to Privette. CV Rams runner Kevin Hill placed 73rd in the overall race. The Kamiah boys had a great first state meet placing ninth in the team race. They went out and had fun and ended up having some pretty solid performances. Jace Sams placed 33rd overall. Kubs runners Michael Popp, Kaden Mercer, Derek Loewen, Samuel Brisbois and Jonas Oatman all finished within a 73 seconds timespan. Privette noted a standout performance from Popp who placed 10 places above where he was ranked. “He went out fast and just kept passing kids all the way through the race. I am so proud of the way everyone ran today and already can’t wait for next season.” Congratulations to all the runners!

Don’t forget local elections on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Three of the Clearwater Valley races are contested this year. In Kamiah, Henry Bailey, Betty Heater and Sonny Hirikawa are running for mayor. Only Bailey’s and Heater’s names will appear on the ballot. Those who support Hirikawa will need to write his name on their ballot. (He has registered as a write-in candidate.) Two competitive races await Stites residents with Roy Mireles challenging incumbent Gerald Cathey for mayor. Neil Bronson, Ralph Jackson and Bonnie Shannon will compete for two city council seats, with Josh Bradley as a write-in candidate. It’s great to see people interested in public service and thinking they can make a difference!

And now for the bad news, I just received a letter from Umpqua Bank that the Kooskia Branch will be closing on Jan. 25, 2018. This will leave Kooskia without a bank, although Freedom Northwest Credit Union will remain. Umpqua is closing 30 of its 300-plus branches as part of a shift to mobile banking throughout their system. The Grangeville branch has survived the chopping block so Kooskia customers who want to stay with Umpqua can bank in Grangeville. This is sad for Kooskia since another downtown building will be vacant, sadder still for the employees, I wish them luck finding new jobs.

If you’re looking for a fun, free, family-friendly activity this weekend, the Kooskia Library is hosting another Lego build night, on Friday, Nov. 3, from 6-9 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to think about Christmas. Check out the Harpster Christmas craft fair at the Harpster Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Painted gourds, antler art, handmade jewelry, hand-sewn and crocheted items, jams, locally made soap, Christmas ornaments and other items will be sold.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 4, Grangeville area photographers Janice and Roger Inghram will show their video, the “Scenes and Sounds of Nature,” with their photos of various local birds, plants and mammals. This free event begins at 1 p.m., at the Kooskia Community Center and is organized by the Kooskia Friends of the Library. Saturday could be an action-packed day, with the Christmas Fair, a stop at Kooskia recycling (10 a.m.-noon) and seeing the Inghrams lovely photos after lunch.


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