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Clearwater Valley News: Stites Days events set for this weekend

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Far out! Mrs. Privette served as mission commander to lead the Space Shuttle Enterprise to outer space this summer! Kamiah High School science teacher (and track and cross-country coach) Janna Privette travelled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama where she participated in a simulated space flight to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. Her interest in participating began with the fascination that her students have with space travel. She was one of 224 science and math educators from around the world, chosen to participate in this five-day camp. Designing, building and launching rockets is one of the skills she hopes to share with her students.

Christmas affair is July 13, 14

KAMIAH — Clearwater Christmas Affair features a number of small businesses selling handmade and other direct sale goods including Christmas-themed items. It begins at noon on Friday, July 13 through 8 p.m., then Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s at the American Legion Hall at 608 Main Street. Check it out, it’s never too soon to think about Christmas.

The same facility hosts a variety of space-related programs for students 9-14 plus additional family programs that are open to younger children. There are still some openings for this summer, although no additional scholarships are available this year. It’s never too soon to think about next summer. Check out

Meanwhile back on earth, right after the stellar Kubs track season ended this year, the Kamiah School district hired the “Track Doctor” of Nampa to resurface their track with a material made from recycled tires. Great to see old tires put to good use; there are sure a lot of them around. The track is open again and though school is out for summer, local residents enjoy walking or jogging on the track. Generous donations from the community members helped defray the costs.

Last Saturday I spent a lovely, quiet day at the Big Cedar School House and surrounding area participating in a forest yoga and meditation retreat with a wonderful group of women. We were fortunate to have all three yoga instructors in the Kooskia area, Stacy McCusker, Carly Decker and Christina Stalnaker, to lead various portions of the day. Both yoga and meditation encourage the mind to slow down from its busyness. The day began with an outdoor yoga session up in the hills listening to the wind in the trees and the birds.

‘Tis the season for summer festivals in the Clearwater Valley with Stites Days and Clearwater Christmas in July in Kamiah this weekend and Elk City Wagon Road Days and Kooskia Days coming up in the two subsequent weekends. Stites Days kicks off on Friday night, July 13, with the theme “Stites America-Small Town USA.” Both horseshoe singles ($15 fee) at the vacant lot next to the Silver Dollar and Bingo at the Park begin at 6 p.m. If you want to play Bingo it’s 25 cents per card; bring your own chair. Festivities continue Saturday with breakfast at the city park from 7-9 a.m., followed by horseshoe doubles, a parade, basketball, kids games, benefit raffle, duck race, raft race, ATV poker run and live music and jam session.


Free Press / Norma Staaf The Kamiah High School Track was recently resurfaced and repainted.

While other people were watching fireworks, parades and rodeos and tossing eggs, I spent a quiet Fourth of July at home contemplating the true meaning of the day, our forefathers’ success at overthrowing tyranny. As the daughter of a refugee, how we treat refugees is deeply personal to me. I am thankful that back then our country treated my mother much better than children arriving at the border are handled now. Our struggle against tyranny has continued since our country’s founding. In the words of Desmond Tutu, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”


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