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Lowell / Syringa News: Idaho state snowplows are on duty

Lowell, Syringa


Lowell, Syringa



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Marie Smith 208-926-0803 intheloft2005@hotmail.com

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(Left) The icy view from my window, January 2018; and (right) here’s the stray kitten who snuck in roof vent. No catching, no touching, looks sweet, but hisses, scratches, and bites if you even look like you might get closer. We named him Packrat, ‘cause he got caught in trap meant for packrats. (Free to good home!) Free Press / Marie Smith

— There’s not a lot of news to report up on the Lochsa in January. The beaver family at the confluence had two babies. What are baby beavers called? Pups maybe?

The nights have been freezing and we have about two feet of hard-packed snow.

The river didn’t freeze over yet this year. The state highway snowplows are on duty and get ahead of the ice on the roads each morning before the school bus.

Cougar hunters are the only cabin dwellers, and they usually have plenty of dogs, just one notch up from spring bear hunters, but they all bring their wallets, and usually have good luck on their hunting! Christmas quote from Miss Maddie (she’s 9). Her parents said, “Well, Santa’s not going to come to a messy house, so let’s start cleaning up!” Maddie: “Well, he came last year!”

And now in January, the peace is broken by constant phone calls making reservations for rafting and lodging for the 2018 season. How great is it that we live in the wilderness of Idaho and for all it brings?

It’s that time of year when I have to say, “Eat right, exercise, pay your bills, and be kind to your neighbors.”



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