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Kamiah News: Live theater returns to Kamiah


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— The “Kamiah Characters,” comprised of Kamiah High School students, returns to the stage this week performing a comedic play called Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will by Pat Cook. The play, directed by teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins, includes a large group of 20 students who have practiced intently since October. Dow describes the play as “soap opera, parody, dark comedy, murder mystery.” It sounds like fun to me! Hopkins and Dow teamed up to revive the high school drama program with their first murder mystery last spring. It’s wonderful to see these two fun, enthusiastic teachers offering students a creative outlet and some midwinter entertainment for the rest of us.

Two performances are scheduled: Wednesday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m., at the Kamiah High School multi-purpose room. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Baked goods will be for sale.

I stopped by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) office last week and checked in with staff members Tissie Walle and Jasmine Huerta. They were excited to tell me about the fun night they had at the New Year’s Eve lock-in party for teenagers. They had an enthusiastic response for this all-night party, which lasted from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. A good mix of 45 students from Kamiah and Clearwater Valley schools, plus some home-schooled kids participated. They played games, watched movies and snacked throughout the night, most of them staying awake through the biscuits and gravy breakfast in the early morning. Numerous community members chaperoned or donated supplies to make the event a success. They are continuing to plan weekly activities. Check their Facebook page or stop by their office at 413 Main Street to find out more about their events. They are a friendly bunch!

With the recent snow, cold weather and fog, it’s a good time of year to sit by the fire and read. My mom, a retired librarian, just sent me a list of books she recommends from her last year’s reads. She only managed to read 106 books in 2017, due to her busy social life. I’m not even close to her league in reading, but I am happy to be a library cardholder at the Kamiah library. The Kamiah and Kooskia libraries are both branches of the Prairie-River Library District and also part of the VALNet group of 50 libraries. If you’re a cardholder, you can get online and request books, audio books, movies, etc., from anywhere in the network of libraries. A daily courier service delivers the items quickly to your local library for you. And it’s all free! Both libraries have computers and WiFi and various activities throughout the winter.


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