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Clearwater Valley News: Flerchinger 3-on-3 memorial tourney will be Oct. 20

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Clearwater Valley


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Fall sports are off and running, literally. The Clearwater Valley-Kamiah (CVK) cross-country team had a good showing in Deary (Moose Creek) last week, with Melanie Gianopulos winning the girls race, 41 seconds ahead of her closest rival during the 5 kilometer (roughly 3.1 miles) course. Three CVK boys placed in the top 20 led by Kevin Hill in 9th place, Preston Amerman in 16th, followed closely by Jace Sams in 17th place. The boys placed 3rd as a team; unfortunately, the girls don’t have enough runners for a team score. Great job to all the runners. I’ve heard there’s a tough hill in this race. When I saw Melanie warming up before the McCall race she was sporting a sweatshirt with “My sport is your sports punishment.” You’ve got to love running to be willing to put in the miles.


Big Cedar Schoolhouse


Free Press / Norma Staaf A view of the Big Cedar taco feed from inside the school building.


Free Press / Norma Staaf Courtney Couch serves at the Big Cedar Navajo Taco Feed.

Both Clearwater Valley and Kooskia won their football games last week with the Rams in a decisive 62-8 win over the Wallace Miners and the Kamiah Kubs over the Potlatch Loggers 42-30. The Lady Rams volleyball beat Timberline in a tough five sets.

In other sporting news, Spencer Flerchinger’s friends on the youth advisory board (YAB) of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) are organizing a co-ed 3-on-3 basketball tournament to honor Spencer who died in a fall at Glacier National Park this summer. Spencer was a founding member of the YAB. He loved basketball, riding his motorcycle and helping others. The basketball tournament, planned for Oct. 20 at the Kamiah schools, will include four brackets from 3rd grade through adult. Students through adults from any community are welcome to enter. The money raised from the tournament will be used to help the family with expenses and to establish a scholarship in Spencer’s name. If you don’t play basketball, but want to be involved, you can volunteer to help with the tournament. You can register and pay online at or stop by the UYLC/YAB office at 413 Main Street in Kamiah. For questions call 208-743-0302 or e-mail

In Idaho recycling news, the Kooskia recycling center (and the other sites) will no longer be taking plastic. Janie Fluharty, the leader of Idaho County Recycling told me she hopes that this is only temporary, but based on a lack of a market for plastic. If you are someone who cares about recycling, remember the other two parts of the recycling mantra-reduce, reuse, recycle. In order to reduce, think twice about buying items in plastic containers, if you have a choice. The ubiquitous single use plastic water bottles, though convenient, can be replaced with refillable metal or hard plastic bottles. If I don’t have to worry about weight, I even use canning jars, with lids fitted with straws, for on-the-go water and other beverages.

I checked out the Big Cedar Navajo Taco Feed last Friday. There’s something special about eating a still warm fry bread taco with a bunch of toppings mushed together. The dessert taco was a delicious sticky mess of butter, maple, sugar and cinnamon. Thanks, Big Cedar Homemakers, you sure know how to throw a dinner party. Great to see so many children there, playing on the grounds of the old schoolhouse. Cool to attend an event without having to go to town. It looked like they had a good crowd there.


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