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Toni Baker 983-7701

— I hope everyone is enjoying this bright light in the sky...oh, that is the sun! I think it may stay around for a few can only hope!

Upcoming meeting and events are the Food Bank pickup on June 7, at noon. On Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m., the WBARD will be meeting. City Council will meet on the 13th at 6 p.m. SRAG will hold their meeting on June 13 at 10 a.m. Chamber will also meet on the 13th but at 6 p.m., at city hall. They will be trying to meet in the evenings every other month in hopes that some of the business owners and organizations can attend. They will not be meeting in July or August for them.

Alfred Holden reported a heavy windstorm in White Bird Sunday night. that took down trees, power poles, light poles and telephone lines and caused some road closures.


A lightning hit at Sheryl Clark’s home; a tree on a camper; and a pole downed were just part of White Bird’s storm damage Sunday nigfht. Contributed photos

We only have two weeks before our little town transforms into the wild western hospitality of the 40th year of White Bird Days and the 29th annual rodeo. Volunteers are needed to help set up the canopies, seats along Main Street and whatever else. Call chamber members, city hall or any organization to see what you may be able to help with...they can always use you.

Vendors are asked to call City Hall, 208-839-2294 if you want to join us. Join us on Friday, June 15, for the first performance of the White Bird Rodeo, starting at 6:15 p.m., at the rodeo arena on Highway 95 at the Twin Bridges, followed with music downtown White Bird. Roc-Dis-Town-Music with DJ 68 and DJ ID-TEN-T will be playing your favorite tunes. Duane and Sharon Sickels are this year’s grand marshals. You can read their bio on the website. Thanks to Lorie from the Free Press for the wonderful write-up on them.

Saturday, June 16, starts the day with the Cowboy Breakfast being served from 7 to 10 a.m. (IOOF Hall), following with the parade at 11 a.m. Parade entries for the “Mardi Gras - celebrating 40 years of White Bird Days” are available from Danielle at 208-839-2457 (leave message) or email at You can also find it on Facebook. Parade lineup is at 10 a.m. After the parade is the queen luncheon, sponsored by our rodeo queen, Kaylee Page. Don’t forget to get your Horse Pucky tickets before the parade and join in the many games, egg toss, duck derby, pie social, art show & sale, and the many food booths downtown and at the WBARD building. It’s back to the rodeo arena at 3 p.m., for the stick horse races with Smokey the Bear, mutton bustin’, and the final performance of the rodeo at 4:45 p.m. Then back downtown for the music to close out the day. There is always something for all ages and with the Salmon River as your backdrop, what could you enjoy any better?

A complete rundown and times will be in next week, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.

The American Legion White Bird Post No. 152, along with the American Legion Rider 3 Rivers Chapter would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Crawdad Boil (served Cajun style) in downtown White Bird on Saturday, June 30, starting at 4 p.m., until they are gone. Tickets are $20/person presale at 208-839-9993 or $25/person at the door. Draft beer available - bring ID. A raffle of an extra-large cooler w/Kryptek Camo Pkg will be raffled on June 30, $5 donation/ticket or 5 for $20. This event is sponsored by Silver Dollar Bar, Hank Gosnell Automotive, Kryptek, Erb’s Ace Hardware, Royal Gem Rebekah’s and Idaho County Veterans Assn. For more information call Walt Lindsey (208-839-2457), Homer Brown (208-315-2293).


WHITE BIRD – Thanks to the volunteers for their endless mowing and lawn upkeep and for the weed spraying.

The building is being used on a regular basis for healthcare classes, Salmon River Art Guild paint workshops, White Bird EMT meetings and families celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

Charlotte and Brenda will soon prep the baseball field for summer softball.

And we are looking forward to White Bird Days with fun and games in the yard and playground.

— Gloria Teats

Birthdays wishes go out to Gloria Goin, Shandra Chandler, Gloria (4th), Dorene Kryns, Don Sickels, Sheryl Clark, Mark Carlin, Tracy Leland, Sara Lyon, Sasha Dalgleish (5th), Priscella Giddings, Kelly Bashaw, John Krueger (6th), David Farmer (7th), Jason Klement, Pam Ashcraft, Duane Ousley (8th) and Kortney Killgore, Glen Wdowiak (9th).

In Memory of Wayne Eller (8th).

Anniversary wishes go out to Glen & Nora Deasy (4th), Bruce & Pat Ringsmith (6th), John & Annelle Urbahn (8th) and Jake & Niki Schacher (9th).


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