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Clearwater Valley News: Coffee shop moves to ‘Higher Ground’

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Higher Grounds Coffee in Kamiah has moved to, well, higher ground. The old espresso drive-through by Hahn Rentals is gone, replaced by a small house at 308 Hill Street, the 2nd house up from Highway 12. I met KIYE radio personality Arnetta Guion there for coffee last week to check out the new space. The indoor seating area includes several tables and some comfy furniture in the corner. People are encouraged to sit and visit, use the Wi-Fi, play puzzles and games. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks and kombucha, they are featuring baked goods from Melissa’s Lunch Box. While we were there two sisters and their young children visited and played with puzzles. The remodel included the addition of a deck out front, which will be nice to sit on, once it stops snowing. Higher Grounds maintains the popular drive-through option, accessible from the alley behind.

I had lunch with a couple of Clearwater Valley Elementary School’s (CVES) cool PTA moms, Susan Graves and Connie Jensen-Blyth and learned of their plans for an after-school art show next week. The CVES students have been creating various art pieces for the spring art show on Tuesday, March 13. Parents and community members are invited to join the students after school (306 Pine Street in Kooskia) to enjoy their artwork, and some snacks from 3:30-5 p.m. If that date sounds familiar, it’s conveniently scheduled on the same day as the vote for the school levy, so you can come to town, check out the art and vote.


Free Press / Norma Staaf Arnetta Guion poses with drink in hand at Higher Ground.

Also, on Tuesday, March 13, Lauren Paterson, owner of Muse Media in downtown Kamiah, is teaching a one-night class on social media savvy from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Kamiah High School. You can learn about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat. The class will also cover security features and the history of social media. According to Paterson “If you’re not on it, your kids are.” Sign up through This is the first of three separate one-night technology classes she is teaching. You’ll need to bring your own smart device. Call Lauren if you have questions about the class, 208-935-5251, or by e-mail,

The VEST Fest dinner and auction is happening this Saturday night at the Kooskia Community Center (26 S. Main Street). VEST stands for Valley Educational Support Team and all proceeds from the event will be used to supplement Clearwater Valley’s school budget for supplies and other items. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a catered dinner at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets for $20 each from Kama Payton at CV High School or Lara Smith at CV Elementary. Auction items include a stand-up paddleboard, photo portrait session and frame, a custom laser cut metal sign, Silverwood theme park day passes and a beef processing (bring your own cow.) If you can’t make it to the dinner, they are happy to accept cash donations, also.


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