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Elk City News: When will summertime hit?

Although the calendar says it is almost summer, it feels like we are at the wrong end of spring what with the cold and wet and with the first day of summer only a week away! Ahhh, springtime in the Rockies!

Clearwater Valley News: Circus to be in Kooskia Monday, June 19

Bicycles, bicycles everywhere! Last week I saw a lot of very lean cyclists riding between Grangeville and Lolo Pass on a marathon ride. Great to see these folks enjoying the beauty of our area and seeing them “refueling” at local stores and restaurants.

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Lilacs In Bloom

Deep purple lilacs were in bloom last week on the Mount Idaho Grade Road near the Sunset Auto Vue drive-in, their aroma wafting through the air.

Elk City REACH Club collecting cans; summer reading program to start

Those who would like to donate aluminum cans to REACH Club, take cans to the Community Hall just below the post office on Sundays or Tuesdays and leave them to the right of the front doors.

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Organizations: June 14, 2017

The June 5 meeting was opened with Stanley Modrell leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer was given by Shirley Crane. The free dinner drawing was won by Willene Lance. There were 77 meals served at the site and 32 home deliveries. There were no guests today. Pinochle winners were: Eileen Hazelbaker first, and Gary Crea second.

Honor Rolls: Spring 2017

Clearwater Valley High School, Kooskia Seniors: Cole Olsen*; Taylor Pfefferkorn*; Torrie Pfefferkorn*; Mika Rives*; Taylor Roy; Joshua Kolb; Mitchel Nuxoll; Kammeron Mangun; Dawson Fisher; Nicholas Brandt; Samuel Bartlett; Averie Proctor; Te-Moak Charley; Kaitlin Nason. Juniors: Harmony Edmondson*; Dawson Gorges*; Zane Miskin Summers*; Martina Dioni; GraceAnn Denham; Kelly Haukedahl; Emily Skiles; Carson Morrow; Thomas Hughes; Parker Wilson; Riley Mouser; Garrett Schilling; April Thomas; Garrett Jackson; Samuel Ward; Sean Nelson; Dalton Robinette; Lydia Williams.

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Bearden named DYW 2018; Gomez is runner-up

Six Grangeville High School juniors competed for the title of 2018 Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie Saturday night, June 3, at GHS, with a theme of “A Salute to Our Troops.” Winner of the title and $500 scholarship was Anastasia Bearden, daughter of Chris and Nancy Bearden. She is a dual enrolled home-school and GHS student.

Clearwater Valley News: Harpster RV has new owners

Mea Culpa, I inadvertently referred to the Backroads Diner in Kooskia as the Hometown Diner in last week’s column. I guess I conflated home cooking with hometown, or thought I was somewhere else. I did get the caption right for the photo, since the name is on the sign. I still need to try a burger to see if they are really the best around.

White Bird News: Activities on tap for next week’s annual rodeo, celebration

Wow! The Salmon River is running really high, so use common sense when out and about near the river. I found out what is going on above the church in town. The Highway District is cleaning out dead trees along the highway so they don’t fall into the road. They will also be doing this along the creek.

Riggins News: Pastor Cliff Scheline, wife to retire July 2

My quote of the week is “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” “Bingo” at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station is tonight, Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. Cash prizes are exciting! Come one and all. Funds are for the senior citizens of our area. (An English teacher stated that “before” is a word, not a Bingo number “B4” as many are using in texts).

Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish VBS set for June 19-22

The Idaho High School Activities Association has named Prairie High School “Schools of Excellence” winner for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a voluntary program in which schools earn points based on their student athletes’ performance in athletics, academics and sportsmanship. The school will be recognized at the IHSAA annual meeting Aug. 2. Prairie High School has been named as the 1A Division I School of Excellence. Carrie Nygard is the principal and athletic director. Congratulations to the students, teachers and families involved in this honor.

Elk City News: Velarde wins raffle rifle

We lost another longtime Elk City resident May 27th – Rodney Thompson. Be sure to send condolences and pray for the families. The VFW had a raffle recently and the proceeds go to the VFW building fund. The winner of the Henry Golden Boy 22 lever action repeating rifle was Rodney Velarde. The rifle was donated by Dave Cooper. Congratulations, Rodney.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Gideons deliver Bibles

Hot, cold, rain, wind. Water goes up, then it comes down. Monarch Butterflies everywhere upriver. The Gideons delivered Bibles to every cabin, and such nice guys they are.

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Kids Klub building to go out to bid this summer

After years of planning, the Kids Klub, Inc., building will soon be started. Kids Klub received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant of $400,000 in April, and will also utilize the Webb family donation from 2012. In addition, funds donated specifically for the building and from fund-raisers will be used. Wemhoff Architecture in Cottonwood has drawn the plans for the property – three city lots that Kids Klub purchased adjacent to Grangeville Elementary Middle School at 506 South A Street.

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Wren to celebrate 80th

The family of Patrick Jerry “Jake” Wren is hosting an open house to celebrate his 80th birthday. The party is set for this Sunday, June 11, 1-4 p.m., at the Cottonwood Community Hall, and open to all. No gifts, just come and share stories.

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