As of Tuesday, May 22, 2018
CLEARWATER VALLEY Wow, the Kamiah Kubs boys track and field team placed 2nd out of 36 teams in the 1A state finals last weekend. Coach Janna Privette announced the news in a Facebook post that said “This day could not have gone any better. I am a proud coach. Go Kubs!” Great job. The team had a wonderful season. There were many impressive individual accomplishments at state, but the strength of the team is really evident in the relay events. The Kubs competed in the state meet in all four relay events with four guys per relay. They placed 1st in the 4 X 100 meter relay, 2nd in two relays and 3rd in the final relay of the day, showing great consistency throughout the season. If you’re not familiar with relays, they are challenging, since you have two runners in motion at the same time with a narrow band of track in which to hand off the baton. A lot can go wrong, dropping the baton, missing the exchange zone or the runners out of sync. None of those things happened for the Kubs this weekend and they flew around the track.
Last Saturday I drove down the Clearwater River, seeing it near bankful stage. Juliaetta seemed the place to be on the first sunny day in a while. We went for an event at the Colter Creek Winery tasting room, while across the street about 50 motorcycles and riders were hanging out at the Blackberry Saloon. I talked to one of the riders from Grangeville who told me a Lewiston- based group calling themselves the “Crusaders” had organized a poker run that day riding a big loop with various stops along the way. The array of bikes in different makes, models and colors lined up on Main Street definitely livened up the street scene of this pretty little town.
Although there have been some rumors about Cottonwood Credit Union opening a branch in the vacant bank building in Kooskia; this credit union did not confirm this. Sad to see several empty buildings in downtown Kooskia, it would be great to see them put to use. Speaking of old buildings, last week I went to the old 1896 Harpster School house twice, once to vote and the next day for Carly Decker’s “schoolhouse” yoga class. Although the place closed as a school back in 1950, dedicated local people have kept the place up as a community center and it’s a great space for gatherings.
Speaking of elections, wow it can get exciting when incumbents leave open seats up for grabs. This seems like the most contested primaries we’ve had in a long time for governor, lieutenant governor and 1st Congressional district for both the Republicans and the Democrats. It feels like democracy to have real choices and higher turnout than normal. Some of the unaffiliated voters were caught by surprise that they couldn’t vote for the candidates they wanted since the Republican primary is closed. Although the Republican Party sued the State of Idaho back in 2012 to close the primary, it still seems like a recent change since more people wanted to vote this primary election.