Congratulations to Ryan Uhlenkott who was named Father of the Year at Daddy Date Night at Prairie High School. His daughter, Faith, wrote a beautiful letter about him.
I had fun tasting a variety of food with some friends at the Taste of the Clearwater event in Kooskia on Saturday night. Five Kooskia-Kamiah restaurants provided small plates of some of their favorite foods while Cloninger’s provided beer and wine. Kooskia Café, The Hub Bar & Grill, Backroads Diner, The Log Yard and the Kamiah Hotel Bar & Grill hosted the food booths. After tasting all of the food, people voted for their favorite restaurant, with Kamiah Hotel winning the people’s choice award for the second year.
It’s the middle of January and the snow is still hanging on, so is it winter, or with warmer temperatures coming, is it a January thaw? Only time will tell, so in the meantime, I hope everyone is not too homebound.
My third quote of 2017 is “One of the most valuable gifts in life is a loyal friend.” Riggins Mayor McClure and city clerk Brenda Tilley recently completed a 30-hour training course entitled, “Community Economic Projects: Putting All the Pieces Together,” sponsored by the Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) of which the city of Riggins is a member. Eleven other city representatives from Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, and Culdesac also completed the course which took place during a nine-month period in 2016.
• After several appeals, Mark H. Lankford may be headed back to Idaho County to retry his murder case.
Marissa Kennedy’s senior project went off without a hitch even though it was held last Friday the 13th. Senior Morgan Pilant was named Mr. GHS 2017 at the first Mr. Grangeville High School Scholarship Pageant.
At the Water & Sewer board meeting on November 1st, under New Business, reference was made to an email from Stuart Hurley concerning looking into becoming a Water & Sewer District instead of an Association in order to obtain additional funding for the system. Then, in the December 6th meeting, further reference was made to the fact the Stuart Hurley called in to discuss the above issue. The board wants the membership to make the decision and it will be brought up at the annual membership meeting in February.
I talked to Bill Grady up in Clearwater the other day. He told me they had their first Wednesday lunch of the year last week. Sixteen people came for lunch and dined on chicken rice vegetable soup, banana bread and whole wheat rolls.
As you can see by the photo, the Elk City elk herd looks pretty good! I get to see them a lot since I drive by them on my way to work at the hotel. The only time, obviously, that they aren’t there is in the heat of hunting season. The elk and the horses get along fine. In fact, when Tim feeds his horses, the elk just stand a little apart from the activity! Remember, these are not domesticated elk.
My second quote of 2017 is “Do one act of kindness each day of this year and change 365 lives.” Anthony Douglas Williams. You have 354 opportunities to change lives…and you know it will change your life, too!
Are you tired of the snow yet? I would be if it wasn’t such a beautiful blue with the shadows on it! And the sunrise and sunset each day is amazing. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s not too late. Be a better you by the end of this year.
New year – new beginnings! Oh, what to do, you ask yourself. Our little town is looking for volunteers for various activities throughout the year. You ask yourself if you would be able to do this or do they really need you – the answer is yes!
The American Red Cross reported a great turnout for its blood drive in Grangeville last Thursday, Jan. 6, held at the Idaho National Guard Armory, with 68 donors generating 60 units.
• Gordo, a two-and-a-half-year-old purebred German Shepherd, and his handler, Deputy Mike Chlebowski, were officially recognized last week with their Idaho Police Officer Standards and Truinging certification in drug detection.
Let’s pray that this New Year will be one of peace for our community as well as our country.