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Clearwater Valley News: Plethora of summer activities available for all

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— School’s out for summer! Congratulations to all of the Kamiah High School and Clearwater Valley graduates! It turns out caps and gowns aren’t just for high school. I caught a video clip on Facebook of Maylei Ryan and her class graduating from pre-school last week wearing bright blue caps and gowns while reciting their A-B-Cs. Too cute for words! Off to kindergarten in the fall.

What will your kids or grandkids do all summer? No worries. I stopped by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council Office and Jasmine Huerta told me they have a bunch of fun stuff coming up. Activities are low cost or free. They are partnering with Three Rivers Rafting to offer a youth whitewater rafting day trip on the Lochsa River on Saturday, June 23rd. The cost is only $25 per person. This is a screaming deal on the world- renowned Lochsa Wild and Scenic River, right in our backyard. (This trip normally costs $160 per person.) The fee includes safety equipment- wetsuit, booties, helmets plus lunch. It’s a guided paddle raft trip so everyone will dig in and paddle to keep the raft moving in the right direction. (No experience necessary.) Trip is limited to twenty-five youths, so sign up soon. Minimum weight for participants is 100 pounds. Contact Jasmine Huerta at the UYLC office, 413 Main Street in Kamiah, by phone 208-743-0392 or contact by e-mail


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For a calmer water adventure, on June 15 the UYLC is taking a 25 seat bus (from Kamiah) for youth ages 10-18 and their families to the Asotin County Family Aquatic Center in Clarkston, Washington. The facility includes outdoor waterpark slides, a lazy river, splash pool and wave pool. Indoors features a lap pool hot tub and fitness room. It’s an all-day trip with the bus loading at 9:30 AM and returning to Kamiah around 7:30 PM. Only $5 per person.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lewis and Clark Valley will be providing free youth activities in Kamiah on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. beginning June 19. Programs are geared for any youth ages 5-18 and include games, arts and crafts, gyms, education center and healthy activities. UYLC and the Nez Perce Tribe are partners in this effort which will be at the Wa-a’Yas Community Center, 401 Idaho Street in Kamiah. For more info call 208-843-9371.

Both Kooskia and Kamiah branches of the Prairie River Library District will have summer reading programs for students 18 and under with the theme “Libraries Rock”. Summer reading programs aren’t just for books any more. Science and Technology activities are a big part of it, too! Kooskia’s program at the library begins June 6th, continuing weekly through July 25. The Kooskia Library will also partner with the Clearwater Valley Elementary School summer lunch program on Tuesday’s from 12-1 PM with science and technology items like snap circuits and marble runs. Call the library 208-926-4539.

Kamiah has programs both at the library on Wednesdays beginning July 18 and in conjunction with the summer lunch program at Kamiah Elementary School multi-purpose room beginning Wednesday July 11, continuing on Fridays at noon. Programs include geology- growing crystals, rocking green energy and wind turbines. Call the library at 208-935-0428.

Lest adults feel left out of summer reading, the Kamiah library is offering a teen/adult summer reading bingo card for ages 14 and up. Participants can begin June 1 and finish by Aug. 31. Once B-I-N-G-O is completed, you can enter your completed card in a price drawing. Possible Bingo squares include “memoir or biography,” “author is a person of color or LGBTQ”, “book published before 1950,” “Native American author still living,” “sci-fi or fantasy” and “book you picked for the cover.” Stop by the library at 505 Main Street to pick up your bingo card and get started.


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