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Clearwater Valley News: Ringers and Singers start holiday practices


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— I woke up early to the sound of silence on Sunday, yes the dreadful silence of another power outage when the refrigerator and freezer stopped. We fired up the camp stove and made coffee and eggs on the porch. Thankfully this was a “short” outage of only six hours. Nothing like the weeks long power outages in Puerto Rico, I hope things will improve there soon.

Good news for the Elk City Wagon Road and the town of Clearwater. The Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest awarded a contract to improve the driveability of the route, while maintaining its historic character. The successful bidder is Flash Excavation of Harpster. Great to see a local contractor get this job. The improvements will make it easier for people to travel and enjoy this historical route.

Can you believe after the summer that didn’t seem to want to end, it is now hunting season and shots are ringing out in the hills. It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. The Valley Singers and Bell Ringers have started practicing for their annual Christmas concert in Kamiah with a new director, Carrie Bain, at the helm. It’s been fun so far with some spirited singing and a nice group of people. (Yes, yours truly is singing soprano this year.) Performances are planned for Nov. 29, and Dec. 3. If anyone wants to join, it’s not too late. The bell choir (the ringers) practice at 6 p.m., on Monday nights, and the singers at 7 p.m. Practice is at the Community Presbyterian church, 620 7th Street.

It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping! On Saturday, Nov. 4, the 29th annual Harpster craft fair is happening at the old Harpster Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 208-983-1436 if you have questions about the event.

A donkey basketball game will take place Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Kamiah Middle School gym. I’m not sure exactly how or why this “sport” began but Wikipedia tells me it’s been taking place in the United States since the 1930s. Players will ride donkeys up and down the basketball court and try to shoot baskets from astride the donkeys. Apparently, the donkeys don’t always cooperate and it is rather challenging and funny to watch. The donkey handlers monitor the people to make sure the donkeys are not mistreated.

No event is complete without food, so a baked potato bar dinner, cotton candy, popcorn and dessert will be on hand for purchase at the donkey basketball event. You can buy discounted tickets ahead at the Clearwater Progress office or Arnzen’s Kamiah Drug. This family-friendly event is sponsored by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council with any funds raised going to support Youth Advisory Board members to attend the National Youth Leadership Institute. For more information e-mail

Speaking of donkeys, the Silver Dollar Bar in Stites now serves a donkey- themed beer- “Frosty Ass” IPA (India Pale Ale).


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