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White Bird News: Memorial Day poker run set for May 26

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Toni Baker 983-7701

— As we approach the middle of the month, I for one was really glad to see the nice weather stick around for last weekend. I hope everyone had a great time and especially the mothers on their day, Sunday.

The upcoming events are fast approaching as again we start to look forward to annual celebration of White Bird Days and Rodeo. More on the events as they begin to get closer.

May 26 will be the first Memorial Day Hells Canyon Poker Run. This starts with a 9 a.m. sign-up and runs until 3 p.m. This is a 44-mile ride along public roads on the outer rims of Hells Canyon and along the Salmon River Canyon full of beautiful views. It is mainly dirt roads with the exception of the six miles of roads not recommended for cars (couple sections of this road will be harder for beginners). The ride includes about 13 miles of downhill for rigs with lower distance gas tanks. UTVs, ATVs, and Enduro bikes are welcomed. This takes place at 886 Doumecq Road, White Bird. Dirt bikes, ATV, UTV, riders of all ages are welcomed. Trophies, prizes and raffle take place at 2 p.m. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can donate online when buying tickets or donate at the event. Tickets are $25 to $40 but you can achieve a $5 discount on the online booking prior to midnight on May 25, otherwise pay on the day of. For details go to

Memorial Day News:

The American Legion Idaho Post 152 and the White Bird Rebekahs invite the community to join them in putting flags on all veterans’ graves in the White Bird and Slate Creek cemeteries. Then on Sunday, May 27, we will have a ceremony to pay respect and remember the sacrifices that this nation’s veterans have made to defend our rights and make this country free. Monday, May 28, we again invited the public to the White Bird Park for the Quilts of Valor and honor presentations. There will be refreshments afterwards.

The chamber newsletter deadline will be May 30, so if you have an upcoming activity or need something you want put in, get the information to Char. This will be coming out on June 6, just in time for our annual celebration.

Birthday wishes this week go out to Dee Dee Hallquist, Jennifer Ghan, Toni (13th), Jessica Cook, Bill Wisenor (14th), Sue (16th), Lorene Lees (17th), Amanda Rogers (18th), Evelyn Maxwell (19th).

In Memory of Vern (14th), and Heather Killgore (17th).

Anniversary wishes go out to Stan & Lauren Wilson (9th — I missed it - sorry), Shane & Ashley Poxleitner(14th), Jerry & Susan Alley, John & Nancy Krueger (16th), Rob & Denise (17th), and Stan & Norma Moore (18th).

Memorial services for James Maynard will be June 3 at Slate Creek. This will start at noon and run until 3 p.m. Bring potluck and your fond memories of Jim as he was a friend to all.

Jim Paul’s celebration of life will be on Saturday, May 26th, starting at noon at the IOOF Hall in White Bird.

TidBits: Tis the season.

Dragonfly: Having flown the earth for 300 million years, dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship.

They remind us to take time to reconnect with our strength, courage, and happiness.

That being said, many schools and colleges will be getting out for the summer soon, if not already. Take the time to keep everyone in their thoughts as many will take to the highways this summer. All children will be excited to be out in the sun, and don’t always watch out for themselves. Take a breath and relax with them, as they will one day be grown and out on their own, making their own mark on this world. Keep everyone safe.


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