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Clearwater Valley News: ‘Track Splash Attack’ on Saturday

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689 nstaaf@live.com

— We had more sadness in the Clearwater Valley last week with the death of Thomas Medicine Elk Kenoras in a car accident. Condolences to his family and friends, he was only 20 years old. Traditional Wahlussat services were held on Sunday.

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) and Youth advisory board (YAB)’s free showing of the movie Black Panther was a hit last Thursday, with an estimated 130 people attending. Now they are gearing up to provide a variety of youth activities at Kamiah’s Barbecue Days on Labor Day weekend. Laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, sumo wrestling, a bungee run, an obstacle course and several bounce houses are just some of the youth zone activities from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

If you want to start your day off right, also that Saturday, you are welcome to join in the Track Splash Attack, a 5 km run/walk for people of all ages and abilities. It’s a fund-raiser for the XC and track program. It begins at 8 a.m. near the Kamiah track. It’s dubbed the splash attack because you will be doused, sprayed and drenched with water as you walk or run the course. It should encourage you to move faster at any rate. You can preregister at Higher Grounds Coffee, 308 Hill Street or Cedar Creek Creations, 206 Fir Street in Kamiah or register the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m.

Also, on Saturday art, quilts, classic cars and arts and crafts will each have a show in the downtown area. Of course, a parade, a free barbecue dinner and a street dance are planned. Events are going on throughout the weekend. Check out the Kamiah chamber of commerce’s Facebook for more info or look for posters around town.

A friend and I checked out the Idaho County Fair for the first time on Wednesday. Great to meet grand marshal Jeannie Fitch and her family while I was there. She is also an esteemed longtime Idaho County Free Press correspondent for the Riggins area. I enjoy reading her column and finding out what’s happening in Riggins.

I had fun at the 4-H dog show watching the kids and dogs working together. Nice to see the determination in the kids, not giving up when things didn’t go as planned. Suzanne Acton, mother of this year’s grand champion Aidan Acton, was sitting nearby and explained what the judges were looking for in showmanship. Also checked out the rabbit and poultry barn where several excited children showed us their rabbits. Stopped by the open class exhibits and got some ideas about the competition and thinking ahead about what I might enter next year.

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The Chief Lookingglass Pow-Wow offered a variety of American Indians in regalia at the Saturday, Aug. 18 parade in Kamiah.

The wild weather on Friday night created some excitement in our neighborhood, when my husband Nick discovered a lightning-caused fire on the breaks of Sears Creek on Saturday morning. While Nick donned his Nomex fire clothes and zipped off towards the fire, I called 911 which led to the prompt arrival of a helicopter, a Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest crew, an IDL crew and a sheriff’s deputy. In the meantime, I checked in with the other neighbors. We appreciate the great response and professionalism shown by everyone involved.

With the fire out and excitement over I met up with a few friends from the neighborhood and headed to the Chief Looking Glass Pow-wow on Saturday night. Beautiful to see many family groups with children of all ages, dressed in regalia, excited to dance under the lights to the sounds of live drumming and singing. We joined in a few of the friendship dances, open to anyone.

Lucky Brandt’s latest quote on his roadside sign south of Kooskia made me smile: “Some people are like clouds, when they leave, your day gets brighter.” Let’s try not to be “cloudy” people this week!



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