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Lowelll / Syringa News: Rivers are a-rising; snow is falling at Lolo Pass

Lowell, Syringa

Lowell, Syringa


Marie Smith 208-926-0803

— It rained for Groundhog Day, it rained for the Super Bowl (best one ever), it rained so hard the Mighty Lochsa River came up to 10,000 CFS and the remote Selway River is at 15,000 CFS. It rained on the steelhead fishermen, it rained on the cougar hunters, it rained on the college students going to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Lolo pass got 15 inches of new snow.

People come and go down Highway 12 and pass by the little communities of Lowell and Syringa. We watch them on their way to Missoula, Mont., or heading west to Lewiston or points on the west coast, and we are here! Lorie Palmer and a group of students drove by with a honk and a wave over the weekend, but getting back to Grangeville in time to root for the Eagles! Lorie went to high school with the Eagles’ head coach.

Another quote from Max this week. I had him for a few hours last week. When his mom, Dani Smith, came to take him home I stooped down next to him and said Gramma could use a hug goodbye! He got his boots on, looked up at his mom and said, “Gramma needs a hug, go ahead and give her one,” and off he went! So, I got a hug from mom.

Watch out for rocks on Highway 12!


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