The Board of Directors of Summit Academy will host its graduation Friday, May 19. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Peter Christensen at Holy Cross Chapel, Keuterville, at 5 p.m. Commencement exercises will follow at Summit Academy, Cottonwood, 6:30 p.m., with a dessert reception afterwards.
After nearly a quarter-century in charge, Loren Anderson turned the reins over to Jeff Maxwell, new fire chief for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, at a Saturday, May 6 ceremony.
Don’t blink your eyes … we are supposed to have sunny weather for this next week! It’s already brought the rain, flowers are blooming so we can now hope for the sun and warmer temps.
The 69th annual Riggins Rodeo, Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,” is this weekend Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7 with Queen Phoebe Rupp of Riggins and her Princess Jillian Lee Hausladen of Grangeville leading the way for lots of western action! Dave Wilson is this year’s Honorary Grand Marshall. Dave was a huge part of the Salmon River Cowboys Association for many years and helped make the Riggins Rodeo what it is today. Dave died in December, but will continue to be a part of the Riggins Rodeo forever. Hats off to the Salmon River Cowboy Association for its thoughtful recognition of a man who gave so much of himself and his time fueled by his love for people to The Riggins Rodeo and to the Salmon River Cowboy Association.
VFW Wilderness Post 8311 Auxiliary would like to remind everyone to come out and enjoy the evening with delicious all-you-can-eat tacos at the annual fund-raiser for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department May 6 in the VFW kitchen from 5 - 7 p.m. Note: the date in last week’s column was a mistake… it should have been the 6th. Sorry.
A tall man with a black three-piece suit, white shirt and black tie came walking down my driveway in the pouring down rain last Friday. He had a briefcase in one hand and an expensive black satchel in the other.
He’s a cowboy in the truest sense of the word, living the life of rodeo every day in his cattle operation that continues on from a family tradition as old as Idaho County itself. So it is appropriate that Melvin Gill will serve as 2007 grand marshal for the Riggins Rodeo, set for May 5-6.
On my drive home today, within a few miles of my house, I saw grass so green it hurt to look at it, fruit trees in blossom, turkeys strutting their stuff, intermingled with a herd of whitetails, elk galloping about, what a beautiful site. And the rain continues. I feel badly for farmers, ranchers, loggers, etc., who have a hard time working because of the endless rain and mud, but soon we may be complaining about the hot and dry weather.
Finally, we get some sunshine! We went for a drive yesterday in the Kooskia area and saw more than 200 deer, turkeys and pheasants. So, they must have survived the winter okay. I’ll bet they are as happy as we are to be rid of the snow.
These young boys were having some fun recently on a sunny-but-chilly day at Kooskia Park.
The farmers are getting anxious to get in the field. Usually by this time some of the planting is done. But the rain is not cooperating. At least the pastures are nice and green. The cows will probably be going out soon. Then I won’t have any baby calves to watch out my window. At least they will be happy to be on green grass.
Alan and Mary Hamilton were up on the Lochsa last weekend with some friends from McCall, and the “Ladies on the Lochsa,” a group of kayakers from mostly Montana joined forces at Wilderness Gateway to get out on the river as well. Cloudy skies and rain all week. It’s just a way of life in Lowell! Too early to mow the lawn.
Just-for-fun coed softball begins at the Kooskia City Park on Monday, May 1. A group of “good-natured” residents get together twice a week and play softball every Monday and Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., through Labor Day. They play because they enjoy the game and the camaraderie.
The sun made an appearance on Saturday, so hope everyone got out and enjoyed it. I know a lot of people headed for the river, had barbecues, and just plain relaxed for the day. I did not clarify my wording on the Buck Horn Place in last week’s news. This is on private property so you cannot hunt there, but it is available for rent during hunting season. Thanks, Pat, for letting me know.
My quote of the week is “True love isn’t Romeo and Juliet who died together. It’s grandma and grandpa growing old together.” And sharing that love with each other, their children, grandchildren, friends, and family alike…(I added the last part.)