As of Tuesday, April 24, 2018
CLEARWATER VALLEY The weather couldn’t have been better for Kamiah’s first Earth Day Festival on Friday. A week ago, it was raining and snowing, in the end we needed the tents for shade. We had a great crowd of 80-100 people show up to enjoy a diverse set of activities including yoga, gardening, making elk tracks, recycled art projects, trying percussion instruments and several natural resource booths on water use and forestry. It was fun to see the families enjoying pushing baby strollers and riding bikes to the event. People are already talking about what activities to do next year!
Thanks to the City of Kamiah and marshalls office for working with us on the street closure so we could host the event downtown. We were able to attract the attention of curious people on Main Street to check out what was happening under the tents. Special thanks to our event neighbors, Mike Bovey and Tina Ulmer at Inland Cellular, who not only provided us with power, water and WiFi, but helped clear vehicles for the street closure. Also, thanks to Etta Axtell at the Wa-a’yas center in Kamiah for use of tables and chairs for the event and to Arnetta Guion at KIYE for featuring us for her all points news show the week of the event. One of the great things in a small town is all you need is a few friends with a good idea and a will to make it happen. You can create something from nothing and many other people jump on board to support you.
Meanwhile across town from the Earth Day event, the Nez Perce Games track meet was happening with Kamiah athletes running, hurdling, jumping and throwing with 10 other area teams. The boys team finished a close second in the team standings. The medley relay team (Jesse Knox, Thomas Reynolds, Tyrel Henry and Jace Sams) continued to dominate with another 1st place finish. Kamiah boys also ran for 2nd place finishes in both the 4 X 100-meter relay and the 4 X 400 meter relay. Michael MacMenamin won the 1,600 meters with a personal best time. Kaleb Oatman placed 1st in discus, Cristian Lopez placed 1st in 200 meters and 2nd in high jump while Jace Sams finished 2nd in the 400 meters. Dorian Hix and Yesica Gonzalez placed 3rd and 4th in girls 800 meters while Lacey Kludt finished 3rd in discus and 5th in shotput. Coach Privette reports that the athletes continue to improve with a remarkable 27 personal record performances between the girls and boys teams.
The White Pine League Championships on Saturday, April 28, will be the last track meet in Kamiah this year. It begins at 10 a.m. at the Bob Squires Sports Complex, so come support the student athletes. These big track meets bring a lot of people to town. Pizza seemed to be the postrace meal of choice for traveling teams with piles of Pizza Factory pies being loaded onto buses for the trip home.
In other Kamiah pizza news, the Log Yard Restaurant closed its doors last Friday. A Hoppers take-and-bake pizza place will open in that spot because who doesn’t love pizza? Hoppers began in Lewiston, expanding to Grangeville and Orofino in recent years so they must be doing something right.