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Clearwater Valley News: Sunny track meet sees Smith take first in pole vault event

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— I spent a glorious sunny afternoon last Tuesday at the Kamiah invitational track meet with nine teams participating. I arrived in time to watch Kamiah runner Derek Loewen, in his bright red glasses, run a gutsy race to take third in the 3,200 meters (eight laps of the track takes strength and determination to run.) Then Luke Snyder placed 1st and Caden Massey, placed third, in the 100-meter hurdles. (I recognized Massey as the swaggering sheriff in Kamiah’s high school play this winter.) Kaleb Oatman had a great day winning shotput and discus as well as 1st place as part of the winning medley relay team along with Jace Sams, Michael MacMenamin and Thomas Reynolds. MacMenamin placed 2nd in the 800 meters and third in the pole vault.

For Clearwater Valley, Martha Smith and Jade Dutcher jumped for 1st and 2nd in the pole vault. Melanie Gianopulos took third in the 3,200 and second in the 1,600 in close races with less than a second separating the top three girls. Tyler Pressley placed third in both the long jump and triple jump. Kamiah is holding its next invitational meet on April 3.

Great to see the thoughtful letter to the editor in last week’s Free Press from Dawson Gorges thanking the community for supporting the school levy. Other letter writers could take a page from his playbook on how to write a clear, well-presented letter. Gorges, a senior, serves as Clearwater Valley’s student body president. My only experience with Gorges is his recent portrayal of the king in CV’s spring musical, Cinderella. At the end of the show he graciously thanked and praised the music teacher and the play’s director, Elizabeth Nuxoll on behalf of the rest of the cast. After my last week’s column about Cinderella I had a phone call from a woman in Grangeville who excitedly told me that CV’s production was as good as anything she had seen at Lewiston civic theater and thought CV had very talented kids!

I just saw a post from my fellow Valley Singer, Ashlei Ryan at YWCA in Kamiah. She received a donation of 280 pairs of handmade earrings that she has for sale for only $5 a set with all of the money raised going to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The earrings look pretty cool, if you’re in the market for some new earrings, stop by the YWCA office during regular hours M-F, 9-4 at 603 6th Street.

Registration is open for Camp Congress for Girls which is happening in Boise, Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8-15 to politics. The day begins with a lesson on the structure of the political system. Girls will “register” to vote and “run” for House, Senate or President. They will learn how to introduce a bill, debate its merits, work with fellow legislators to get a bill signed. It looks like a great way for girls to learn about how our system works. For more information visit the website at

Are you a writer? P.K. Laird, whom I know from Kamiah Library’s writers group, is working on an exciting project to showcase local writers. Writers of all types- short stories, poetry, essay, fiction, non-fiction are encouraged to send in works for consideration. Selected works will be included in an anthology. For questions or to send in writings, email P.K. at


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