STEM awards grants to GEMS, PTA

The Idaho STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Action Center recently awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in PK12 grants to education professionals and organizations throughout the state — including $4,800 to Grangeville Elementary Middle School and the Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA.

CV ‘VEST Fest’ fund-raiser set for March 11

VEST (Valley Educational Support Team — InVESTing in School and Community) will host its second annual fun-raiser Saturday. March 11, at the Outpost/Opera House in Kooskia. The event starts at 6 p.m. with student performances. There will be a social and silent auction that will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner, catered by Stephanie Duclos, at 7 p.m.

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Toennis to celebrate 80th birthday

Cottonwood resident Carole Toennis will be honored with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Ferdinand gym to celebrate her 80th birthday. Carole was born Feb. 14, 1937, in Cottonwood, to John and Eleanor Lightfield – a Valentine baby!

Community Briefs: Feb. 15, 2017

A benefit breakfast to help White Bird Mayor Rod Pilant is set for this Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Eagles Aerie on C Street. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy and drinks will be served from 7 a.m. to noon. In addition, a bake sale will be held. Cost is $7 per person. To purchase tickets ahead of time, contact Hannah Aiken at 305-4055. Feel free to pay at the door, as well. Pilant is facing a double-lung transplant and all funds will be used to help defer medical expenses. Pilant was diagnosed with Diffused Systematic Scleroderma in 2008. His lungs are now functioning at 30 percent and he is now on oxygen full time. A Go Fund Me account has also been set up at


Feb. 6 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Tom Helmick; free dinner: Charlene Schumacher; meals at site: 54 with 30 home-deliveries; guests: Richard Cramer, Penny Whillham.

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CIAA 50th Spring Show, May 2017, Celebrates Founding Member Ladd Arnoti

In anticipation of Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 50th Spring Show, May 4, 5, and 6, CIAA celebrates founding member, Ladd Arnoti. The 50th Show remains at the Bicentennial Historical Museum and will feature the art of Founding Members. Ladd Arnoti was featured artist at the very first CIAA Art Show.

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GHS’s fairy tale full of sass, laughs

In a land far away, a long, long time ago, there lived a group of fairy tale characters full of … sass. Attitude. Insolence. Arrogance.

Cottonwood News: Town grows with new businesses

Finally, we were able to get the snow pile off of our porch. I think the animals are happier with the milder weather also. We are hoping for better weather for calving. It is pretty tough for those little ones when it is so cold. A hair dryer blowing on them works wonders!

Riggins News: Women with Bait begins this month

My quote of the week is, “We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give,” Winston Churchill. Tis Valentine’s season…think about giving love and attention to your family and friends via visits, cards, calls, flowers, candy, etc.

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Elk City News: VFW dinner set for Sunday

Happy Valentine’s Day (next Tuesday)! Do something special for your sweetie.

Clearwater Valley News: ‘Febrewary’ — Kamiah Brewfest on tap for Feb. 18

When is it okay to spell February as “Febrewary”? When you are talking about Kamiah’s upcoming Brewfest! This event, sponsored by the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, features local breweries- Wolf Track, Trestle, Clearwater and Riverport. While I can’t personally vouch for the rest of them, I’m a big fan of Wolf Track, Idaho County’s oldest brewery. We always carry an empty growler or two to take some beer home when we’re heading to Cottonwood and enjoy visiting with brewers John and Polly.

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TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News

• Beth Keeler, along with her mother, Eddy Devin, opened Devin’s Home Care in January. The business’ mission is to allow clients to stay in their homes “by providing the best screened and best trained caregivers to assist them.”

White Bird News: Put on your dancing shoes for firemen’s ball

Our January thaw has come, now that it is February, and along with that it brings the wind. We go from one extreme to the other. I know we need the moisture, but everyone is finally had their fill of winter even with six more weeks of it to be had.

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Thespian Troupe

More than 65 local children from Grangeville Elementary Middle School, Sts. Peter and Paul and homeschool participated in the annual Kids Klub sponsored “The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race” performance Friday, Feb. 3, at GEMS. The Missoula Children’s Theatre performance is paid for by the Kids Klub and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Pictured here are part of the Thespian Troupe at dress rehearsal Friday afternoon.

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Kids Klub job helps Madden decide on career path

After an absence due to loss of funding for a few years, the AmeriCorps volunteer service program is again alive and well in Idaho. At Kids Klub, Inc., afterschool program, that has translated to Grangeville High School senior Alyssa Madden being the 22nd AmeriCorps volunteer for the organization. Madden has worked for Kids Klub since her sophomore year of high school as an employee, but applied for the AmeriCorps position in 2016.


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