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Elk City News: Fire started Sept. 8

Most of you in town know about the Big Elk Fire north of town that was started by lightning on Sept. 8, but for those of you who recreate here, have recreational property here, or otherwise are interested in the goings-on in Elk City, thought I would fill you in by bringing you the latest news.

Elk City News: Patriot Day commemorates 9-11

Hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day holiday. Next celebration is Monday, Patriot Day, though not a three-day weekend like the one we just had.

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Elk City News: Community yard sale is Aug. 26

It’s that time of year to clean out the garage, closets, cupboards, drawers … and trade your treasures for cash! Come up to the airport with your treasures, setup a table, bring some chairs, erect a canopy and sell those treasures at the Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 26. Set up time is from 7 to 9 a.m. The sale goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; no early birds. There is no charge for space. Call Debbie Taylor at 208-842-2494 if you plan on participating to reserve your space.

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Elk City Days a success; event winners named

Another Elk City Days is in the books (Aug. 11 and 12). Hope you enjoyed all of the activities. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a couple of photos. The first one is of our grand marshals – Jeff and Nita Maxwell. The kids were especially fun. Just look at the two miners!

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Elk City News: Lumberjack Saloon plans Elk City Days meals, activities

Some sad news to share with you all … A longtime Elk City resident, Randy Lobdell, died this past week. Sympathy and prayers go out to family and friends.

Elk City News: Elk City Days are next weekend

“Into the Woods” is this year’s theme for Elk City Days (Aug. 11/12) and the schedule is as follows: Friday is the Kids’ Parade at 5 p.m., followed by two great events – the baseball game between the Town Folks and the USFS at 6 p.m. After that, at 7 p.m., is the special presentation by Linda Lanier honoring our veterans.

ELK CITY NEWS - Dixie Days gearing up for Aug. 5, 6

The grand marshals for Elk City Days have been announced. The community will honor Jeff and Nita Maxwell. Congratulations!

Elk City News: Elk City Days set for Aug. 11-12

More Elk City Days (Aug. 11-12) events coming up next: Friday afternoon and evening will be pretty busy. There will be a presentation honoring veterans by Linda Lanier at the school, Friday at 7 p.m. Be sure to attend after the baseball game. Live music will be featured on Saturday evening at the VFW. And don’t forget the Forest Service v. Town baseball game, Friday at 6 p.m.

Elk City News: Dust Devils set event for July 22

Mike Evett reports on the Shoot and Scoot fun run as follows: Mike Heaton, from Lewiston, won the closet group in the BB gun category and Staci Stevens won the shot contest with the widest group. Staci also won the fifty/fifty raffle. They had pulled pork sandwiches after the event and it is reported that everyone had a good time!

Elk City News: Property taxes up by 30-plus percent; Dixie activities set

An interesting phenomenon has taken place in Elk City (and elsewhere in the county, I suspect). Seems everyone I have visited with has had a significant raise in their property taxes, some even up more than 30 percent!

Elk City News: Library’s summer reading program to begin today

The first day of summer ... what adventures await you? Maybe books will take you there if you can’t go yourself – like to Alaska with a young Irish girl during the gold rush called “Staking Her Claim,” or climbing Mt. McKinley with the first Alaskans to do it called “The Sourdough Expedition”, or growing up in the remote Alaskan bush called “Born on Snowshoes.”

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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Elk City News: Chlebowski to graduate eighth grade

Elk City is invited to the eighth-grade graduation ceremony for Marshal Chlebowski, Thursday, June 8, 5 p.m., in the Elk City School gym. The last day of school is June 15.

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Elk City News: Memorial set for Farris Cheney

This Sunday, the 28th, there will be the traditional Memorial Day bridge ceremony with flags, gun salute and wreath placed in the American River at noon. Come on out and honor our veterans. Flag bearers should gather at the VFW at 11 a.m. There will be Auxiliary members handing out poppies and flags at the ceremony. Following the ceremony, stew and hot rolls will be served at the Post by the VFW Auxiliary.

Elk City News: Service set for May 28

Lots of elk in the meadow and some deer showing up as well – what a blessing to see this as we drive around Elk City.

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Elk City News: Eagle brings a friend

Looks like the fund-raiser for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department was a huge success judging by the number of cars parked all around the VFW – up and down the street, filling both parking lots. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend.

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Elk City News: VFW taco feed set for this Saturday

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.

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Elk City News: Taco feed is May 5

Marlene George and the VFW Auxiliary want to encourage all to, “mark your calendars” to attend the Giant Taco Feed May 5 at the VFW from 5 to 7 p.m. This is an annual fund-raiser for the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department sponsored by VFW Wilderness Post No. 8311 Auxiliary.

Elk City News: W&S minutes available

Hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. For those of you who will be, or may be, affected by the possible move of the Elk City Water and Sewer Association to a District, the meeting minutes for March included the information that they will contact Thad O’Sullivan, attorney, and ask that the association “be put on the back burner [indicating his involvement] for now, until such time as things can be pulled together; i.e., legal description of the proposed boundaries, names and addresses of taxpayers, and so on. The deadline for getting the district question on the ballot for November is Sept. 16.”

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Elk City News: Thompsons win first in fishing derby

As last week’s column mentioned, there will be a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ on April 16 at 7 a.m., at the Baptist church, followed by breakfast prepared and served by the deacons at 9 a.m. Pastor Tom Moore writes, “Nearly 2000 years ago, early on Sunday morning after the crucifixion, ladies who had followed Jesus went to the tomb to complete their work of preparing His body for burial.

Elk City News: VFW yard sale, barbecue are April 8

Well, it certainly is “springtime in the Rockies,” … what with sunshine and hail within minutes of each other, then rain, on Sunday, and finally waking up to snow Monday morning! Lots of activities this month.

Elk City News: Library fund-raiser on tap for April 14

As mentioned briefly last week, the Friends of the Elk City Library are again sponsoring a beer and wine tasting event Friday, April 14, at the Elk City Laundromat, doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be appetizers served, their famous silent auction and lots of tasting to do. There may even be some new surprises this year, so plan on attending.

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Elk City News: Slide is on the move again

Sue Bodden and the VFW Auxiliary want to let everyone know that the Community Easter Dinner will be Sunday, April 16, at the VFW from 1-3 p.m. There will be ham, rolls, green beans, and dessert provided. This dinner is provided free of charge — just bring a dish to share. Well, the “slide” is sliding some more (see photo). I took this photo on Friday, the 17th. Notice the upriver side.

Elk City News: Good to hear the geese

Spring is here! The geese are flying in and making their customary racket, err, I mean, honking. It’s good to hear that sound as well as the other birds that are showing up. Ground under the trees is starting to peek through.

Elk City News: Town quiet

More snow … Springtime in the Rockies! It’s sure quiet in Elk City. Kim Wolfrum, veterinarian, will be here March 14-15. Call 553-9283 for an appointment. Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance on the 13th at 7 p.m.; EMT meeting on the 14th. Birthdays: Lacey Chaffee and Jessica Boyd.

Elk City News: Welcome to spring time in Elk City

Thought spring was here last week! Beautiful sunny days with snow melting fast. Then woke up last Wednesday morning to more snow and it has been snowing on and off ever since! Oh, well. Welcome to springtime (winter?) in the Rockies.

Elk City News: General Store is library drop-off

Sue Philips would like everyone to be apprised of the following: “The Elk City Community Library would like to thank the Elk City General Store, Jessica and Damien, and their staff, for being a drop-off and pick-up site for library books.

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Elk City News: Baptist church to show movie Feb. 18

Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., the Baptist church is showing the movie, The Insanity of God. The movie portrays the search by Nik Ripken of “why so many Christians of the world are willing to suffer and die for Christ” If you didn’t see the flyer, it tells that he set out on a quest to find the answer and followed the events from Somalia to Russia and China. “The events of the film are true and faithfully portrayed … This is not a movie for the faint hearted or for little children.” Everyone is invited. Popcorn will be served!

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Elk City News: VFW dinner set for Sunday

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

Elk City News: Thanks to Lindsley’s furniture for clinic carpet

I wanted to extend a special thank you to the Lindsley family of Lindsley’s furniture in Grangeville from the community of Elk City for their generous donation of outdoor carpeting for the handicap ramp leading into our medical clinic.

It's Your Business: Steak dinner on tap for Feb. 11

Well, time to plan that special time with your sweetie! The VFW Auxiliary is putting on its annual Valentine Day steak dinner, Feb. 11, from 5 - 7 p.m. The following will be on the menu: a 10 to 12 ounce (3/4”) New York steak and baked potato served on a hot platter, generous size with all the trimmings, green salad, rolls, punch and coffee, and red velvet cake. Cocoa says, “Please join us for a fun-filled evening.” The price is $14 per meal. Be sure to make your reservations ASAP. Call Cocoa at 842-2466.

Elk City News: Water sewer meeting held

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.

Elk City News: Elk herd feeds alongside horses

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.

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Elk City News: Power out for 13 hours

Let’s pray that this New Year will be one of peace for our community as well as our country.

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Elk City News: Town serene with new snow

Please have a safe New Year celebration. Will be praying for a happy New Year as well.

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Elk City News: Santa makes stop at school

Christmas time again and another opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that you will have a blessed time of it.

Elk City News: Christmas program is tonight

Don’t forget the Elk City School and Reach Club Christmas program is tonight at 6 p.m. There will be a dinner of meat, potatoes, gravy and rolls provided by the Reach Club. The community is encouraged to bring side dishes or desserts. A Christmas program of puppets, singing and possibly even a visit by Santa will follow the dinner! Hope you all can be there.

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Elk City: Tree of Giving set up to help locals

The Tree of Giving project is up and running again this year. Contact Kathy Knudson at the school or Debbie Rendleman at 842-2605.

Elk City News: Items sought for sale

Fire Department monthly meeting is set for Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at the Forest Service Conference Room. Time to look for things/items to donate to the Elk City School Christmas bazaar. Leave them at the school or call Sue at 842-2359.

Elk City News: Food bank arrives third Tuesdays

Praying that everyone who reads this column has a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! The recipients of the Quilts of Valor made by the Sew Help Me Quilters at the Veterans Day dinner, as you read in this column, were Nancy Lewis Velarde and Richard Harrison. Richard Harrison served in the Marines from 1962 to 1966. He obtained the rank of Sargent and served in Okinawa, Vietnam, and the United States.

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Elk City News: Veterans meal standing room only

Cocoa writes: “Wow! The meal was a great success. It was standing room only. We were thrilled at the turnout, it was great. It makes us want to do it again and again.” “We had the Patriot Pen contestants speak, and then had the Voice of Democracy contestants speak. Their speeches were very inspiring.

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Elk City News: VFW to host community dinner, presentations Nov. 11

Be sure to plan to go to the Community Veteran’s dinner to be held Friday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m., at the VFW kitchen. The VFW Aux/Post will furnish the meat, potatoes, gravy, vegetable, and rolls. If you plan to attend, bring salads, desserts, and other side dishes. They will have Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen presentations, and Quilts of Valor presented. Cocoa says, “Please join us and meet our local veterans and visit with them.

Elk City News: Notebook documents Elk City events

This has been a sad week or two with the loss of more Elk City residents and/or former residents: Farris Cheney, Marvin Forsman, and Dolores (Chandler) Shannon. Our prayers go out to family and friends.

Elk City News: Oct. 31 activities set

Starting Monday, Oct. 24, West Co. will be performing rock scaling and rock bolting activities on the slide area. The roadway will be reduced to one-lane with flaggers. Expect up to 15-minute delays. The Elk City School’s First Annual Trunk-Or-Treat is almost here. On Oct. 31, starting at 5:15 p.m., you are invited to come and decorate your car, truck, four-wheeler or table for Elk City kids to come around and trick-or-treat safely. Do you have your plans made yet? Decorating can start at 3 p.m.

Elk City News: Trunk-or-Treat set for Halloween

The Dixie Diggins Newsletter is out and is full of the news of happenings in Dixie this past summer. The newsletter expressed their (Dixie’s residents) appreciation for the support of the surrounding communities. Dixie Days is the only fund-raiser for their Community Center. The letter also details information on other happenings around town and with town folks. Email me if you want to find out how to receive this newsletter.

Elk City News: Wild game feed set for this Saturday

Hunting season opened wet and soggy and promises to continue as such for a few days. But that won’t put a damper on the Hunter’s Feast Potluck (AKA Wild Game Feed) to be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the VFW kitchen.

Elk City News: Quilters’ baked food, quilt sale set for Saturday, Oct. 8

Elk City is saddened by the passing of two of our own in the past two weeks. Leo Hansen, a longtime resident and logger and Joe Krzeminski also passed after a short battle with some major health issues. Joe’s memorial will be Friday, Oct. 21, in Grangeville at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Lynn would like those who knew Joe to “come and bring your Joe stories!” Pray for the family members to experience the comfort of God’s spirit at this time. Sew Help Me Quilters are having a baked food and quilted items sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. It will be held at the Elk City General Store. Get out and get some goodies and support this great group.

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Elk City News: Taco feed on tap for this Thursday

There will be a taco feed and dessert auction to raise money for the Sew Help Me Quilters Quilts of Valor projects. It will be at the Elk City School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Elk City School will also have a taco seasoning which will be for sale at the taco feed. The money raised will be used for field trips and eighth-grade graduation. This will be a good opportunity to connect with people you haven’t seen all summer, meet new people, and help two great groups.

Elk City News: Gearing up for hunting season

Fall is in the air what with the temperatures dipping into the low 30s although we’ve had some beautiful warm days. As the saying goes, the “frost is on the pumpkins”. Does anyone grow pumpkins up in Elk City?

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Elk City News: Time for an Elk City Days history lesson

Now that things have calmed down after Elk City Days, thought I’d share with you one of my favorite historic photos of an “Elk City” 4th of July Celebration - the forerunner of Elk City Days. In fact, for those of you who don’t remember or never knew, Elk City Days used to be on July 4th.

Elk City News: ECVFD to host meeting Sept. 1

The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Forest Service meeting room at 7 p.m. The community is invited. The fire department has created two levels of membership. One is for those who would like to train and actively participate in fighting house fires.

Elk City News: Slide excavation complete; more Elk City Days results

More Elk City Days event reports…this time from the horseshoe competition. Dan Farber and Gary Carpentier took 1st place; Adam Perry and Jasper Thompson, in 2nd place; Kim Holmes and Kevin Schmidt came in 3rd place. Anita and crew would like to thank everyone who participated and cheered them on. She said that “it was great fun.”

Elk City News: Town celebration starts Friday

Well, Elk City Days is finally almost here! The grand marshals are none other than Bob and Jackie Mackie. For those of you who are new to the community, Bob and Jackie have been here for many years.

Elk City News: Celebration is next week

Don’t forget the Volunteer Fire Department meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service meeting room. They are looking for volunteers to help out and become a part of this very important and needful organization.

Elk City News - Dixie Days set for Aug. 6, 7

This year’s 105th Dixie Days celebration is coming up fast – Aug. 6 and 7. They are selling raffle tickets at $20 for 20 tickets with the raffle prizes to be a 180 Stihl chain saw and a handmade quilt. Get in on the drawing to be held Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

Elk City News: Enter Elk City Days kids’ parade Aug. 12

Jackie Mackie and all others involved would like to thank all the ladies for contributing to the bake sales that were held to raise funds for Elk City Days. And thanks to all those who bought the goodies.

Elk City News: ECVFD reorganizes

It looks like some of the concerns that some people have had of late regarding the fire department have been rectified.

Elk City News: Fund-raisers scheduled

Happy Birthday America!!! July 4th is coming around fast so get those flags flying and fireworks out and have a safe and fantastic celebration.

Elk City News: VBS set for June 27 at Baptist church

Elk City Baptist Church will hold their annual summer Vacation Bible School for children the week of June 27 through July 1. All children are invited from preschool through 7th grade. The program is titled: Submerged – Finding truth below the surface. The children will learn some very important life skills and truths while they have fun with music and other creative activities. Snacks will be provided each day. The activities kick off Monday, June 27, 9 a.m.

Elk City News: Dust Devils set ‘Chili Run’ June 18

For those out of town folks who may not know, Rick Henry was badly burned in a house fire. He also lost several pets and horses. Please pray for him.

Elk City News: Three major upcoming Forest Service decisions to affect Elk City

Thought I’d give you all an update on three major Forest Service decisions that will (not may) impact us: •DRAMVU – Designated Routes and Motor Vehicle Use on the Clearwater/Nez Perce National Forests. The forests will be all but closed to off-road motor vehicle use except on a limited number of miles of trails and roads.

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Elk City News - Veterans Forsman, Layman receive Quilts of Valor

Those of you who attended the Memorial Day services at the bridge in Elk City were blessed with, not only the traditional activities, but to witness two more veterans being honored with Quilts of Valor (made by the Sew Help Me Quilters Club). The two recipients this year were Marvin Forsman and Malcolm Layman (see photos).

Elk City: Taco feed to help fund ECVFD

Memorial Day services will be held at the bridge in Elk City on May 29 at 1 p.m. Let’s get out and honor our veterans. As reported last week, the Elk City VFW Auxiliary and Post is again sponsoring the giant taco feed to benefit the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department on May 28 at the VFW kitchen from 5–7 p.m. The charge is $8 for all-you-can-eat tacos.

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Elk City News: ‘Walk for the Cure’ draws host of hikers

Susan G. Koman Walk for the Cure took place last Thursday, May 12. Sue Phillips shared the following about the program: “Team leader, Becky Hays, traveled north from Boise to lead hikers on one-mile walks at Elk City and Grangeville, ‘ghost walks’ as part of the 2016 Boise Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

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Elk City News: Wolf spotted at Newsome Creek area

Wolf sighting … a large black Canadian wolf was seen on Thursday by townsfolk just below Newsome Creek dragging a large part of an animal behind it. Flaggers need to be on alert. I was able to talk to one of them on Monday, so hopefully the word will get around.

Elk City: Dixie to honor service members May 29

May 8 is Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to call, write, send something, and just express your love and appreciation for her.

Elk City News: Slide saga continues

As most of the readers of this column already know, the road slid shut Friday night late but Westco had a lane open by 8:30 a.m. So we are back to our normal schedule.

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Elk City News: Kids work on enrichment programs

The Reach Club is sponsoring Enrichment Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Since Friday, March 25, after-school and preschool teacher Nichele Slover opens the doors of the school to local children for this newest REACH program.

Matthews passes on; Anderson is better

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A sad note: Don Matthews, one of our grandkids’ favorite teachers while they were here, passed away Saturday morning. Pray for his two children and other family members.

Elk City News: Slide meeting set for this Thursday

Important: There will be a meeting concerning the slide at 1 p.m. at the Elk City School on Thursday, April 7. ITD, the contractor, and the county will be represented there. Be sure to bring your questions and concerns.

Elk City News: Homestead Ministries sends food shipment to town

In case you haven’t heard, a ministry called Homestead Ministries from Colfax, Wash., sent a large shipment of dried soup and chili (4,000 packages) up here via Anita Perry, Chris Thompson and Jeff and Nita Maxwell. John Menough also brought some in after a trip to Moscow.

Elk City News: ‘Angry bear rock’ blasted to pieces

We are now on day 34 of the slide of 2016! The limited access road, 1199 road, is always a question of whether it will be passable. For those of you who read this column, I am sure you know the ways to get daily updates but just in case you missed it… e-mail me at and I will forward your contact info to my husband who has been doing a daily update with photos; you can also go to to view photos as well.

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Elk City News: Slide meeting draws large crowd

We are now on day 27 of the slide of 2016! As you all know by now, the meeting on Thursday was well-attended with an estimate of 150 to 170 people attending. Dave, from the Lewiston office of ITD, the contractors, WesCo and Jim Chmelik, our county commissioner, all were there.

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Elk City News: Slide meeting set for March 10

I am sure most of you in town are aware of the meeting on Thursday, March 10, and are planning on attending. The meeting will be at noon at the school. The following agencies have been invited but I don’t know if a representative from all of them will show up: BLM, Forest Service, County Commissioners, ITD personnel, ICSO, and Bureau of Homeland Security. I sure hope they come prepared with solid information on plans, time lines, etc.!

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Elk City News: Free movie night set at Baptist church

The community also owes a debt of gratitude to the individuals listed below for helping get the groceries into the store last week: Dave Anderson, Justin Anderson, Mark Thornton, Kim Rendleman, Debbie Rendleman, Bob Taylor, Debbie Taylor, Todd Armstrong, Mary Armstrong, Shelby Armstrong, Maddie Armstrong, Phil Ruzicka, Sage Stibal, Darrell Vanderbur, Cobie Allen and Randy Phillips.

Elk City News: Thanks goes to helpers during slide

I am pretty sure that the whole community is thankful to the heroic efforts of our post office personnel, specifically Eric Nitz, in getting the mail in and out of Elk City despite the slide that has hemmed us in. Isn’t there a saying that “Neither snow, nor sleet, nor … can keep them from their trusty rounds…” or something to that effect? Guess we should include landslides in that saying! Thank you, Eric and Teresa!

ELK CITY NEWS: Thanks to Joe King for community service

The community owes a big debt of thanks and appreciation to Joe King who, as a volunteer, has taken on the job of keeping the only “public” rest rooms by the Elk City Community Park clean and in working order for about two years now (he had taken over from Teresa Enos who had done it for years). Those of you in the community who use it on a consistent basis need to seek him out and shake his hand! We hope everyone who uses this facility will do their part in keeping it clean.

ELK CITY NEWS: Dumpster plans under way for town

At the annual Water & Sewer Board Meeting on Feb. 5 the draft Elk City wastewater facility plan and expected fee increases were discussed.

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ELK CITY: Water, sewing meeting is Feb. 5

There will be an important meeting for all Elk City residents to attend. The annual water and sewer board meeting is Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. But the important part of the meeting that has more ramifications for all of us is the one that takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. At the early meeting, the draft Elk City wastewater facility plan and expected fee increases will be discussed.

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ELK CITY NEWS: ‘Incorporation’ idea rears its head

A great thing about living in this area are the unexpected pleasures of driving in to town and seeing the large elk herd on the hill (see photo). In fact, while driving in to town for ladies Bible study early Monday morning, an elk was standing in the road just up from my driveway.

ELK CITY NEWS: Helicopters reported; no news on who or why

January is Sanctity of Life month. “Sanctity of Life reflects the belief that, because people are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), human life should be protected and respected at all times” (Hope Letter, January 2016). The term also applies to all forms of evil and injustice that are perpetrated against human life – violence, abuse, oppression, human trafficking, among others, as well as abortion and euthanasia. Let’s celebrate life!

ELK CITY NEWS: Gehring at clinic Jan. 22

Peg Gehring will be at the Elk City Medical Clinic on Jan. 22. Call for an appointment at 962-3267.

ELK CITY NEWS: Wolf, cougar reports in

Winners of the Elk City lighting contest were: first place – Wilderness Eatery; second place - Chris Thompson; third place – Al Varllarde. Congratulations to all and thanks to all who lit up the holidays with cheer!

ELK CITY NEWS: A little lesson in 1968 history and God’s perspective

Hope you had a merry Christmas with family and friends. My belated present to you for Christmas was the following:

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ELK CITY NEWS: Nitz finds surprise in elk’s organs

Have a merry Christmas and remember to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Elk City News: Candlelight service is Dec. 20e

Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Christ and what better way than to join in with others at the Baptist Church! They will be having their traditional candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. They will also be having an open house at the parsonage on Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m. The community is invited to share fellowship, food and singing.

ELK CITY NEWS: Dust Devil dinner is Dec. 12

What are your Christmas traditions? Would love to feature some of them here in this column, e-mail me at

Elk City News: ATV dinner Dec. 12

I pray you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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Elk City: Nitz celebrates 80th birthday

Betty (Cooper) Nitz celebrated her 80th birthday in a grand style at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel on Nov. 13 and 14.

Veterans Day dinner set

A salute of grateful appreciation to all veterans for their service to our country. Remember the community Veterans Day dinner at the VFW hall on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. For those of you interested in history, check out the book or book-on-tape, Unbroken. I haven’t seen the movie but, even if you have, the book is so well-written with much more detail than a movie could possibly have, that it is worth the read.

Veterans dinner set for Nov. 11 at VFW

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Don’t forget the community Veterans Day dinner at the VFW hall on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. They will be serving pork roast, mashed potatoes and salad. If you would like, bring a potluck dish to go with the meal. Quilts of Valor will be presented to two of our veterans after the dinner. Winner of the Patriots Pen contest may be announced if there are entries.

Library open Wednesdays

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For those of you who like cribbage, it is starting again on Nov. 1. It will be at the VFW hall on Sundays at 1 p.m.

Feast is Oct. 17

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Anyone who has activities planned for Thanksgiving and the Christmas season, e-mail me at so I can start informing readers of this column.

Hunter’s Feast on tap for Oct. 17

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Don’t forget the VFW Auxiliary’s annual “Hunters’ Feast” on Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the VFW Hall. Do you have wild game, fish or birds?

Hunter’s Feast set for October

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The VFW Auxiliary invites the community and visitors to the annual “Hunters Feast” on Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the VFW hall. Donations of wild game, fish or birds to this effort would be appreciated. Bring your prepared dished to the dinner, but if you are unable to attend, frozen meats and dishes can be donated early and placed in the freezer in the kitchen. The auxiliary will furnish spaghetti and green salad. Contact Cocoa at 842-2466 or Marlene at 842-2804.

Elk City spared from fires this year

Elk City News

Not much news in Elk City but be sure to thank the firefighters who are still there.

Crew of more than 500 are on fire detail

Hope you all had a good time with family and friends over the Labor Day weekend.

Bingo supplies donated to Harpster

Elk City News

Jan Adams of the Harpster Community Building committee would like to thank the Elk City VFW Auxiliary for their donations of the bingo supplies including a reader board, the bingo machine and various other supplies.

Fires, evacuations are top news

Elk City News

Sure want to say a big “thank you” to all the firefighters who are working so hard to put fires out and risking their lives.

Thompson wins all-around trophy

Elk City News

Town was pretty busy during the weekend festivities.

See old friends, make new ones at Elk City Days

Elk City News

Hope you all are prepared for Elk City Day! Have a grand time, seeing old friends, making new ones, eating to your heart’s content at the various food booths, enjoying the parade and the logging show, etc.

Elk City Days activities planned

Elk City Days is fast approaching. Hope you all can make it for the celebration. Don’t quite know how long it’s been going on, but I have photos of a horse race down Main Street when it was on July 4 back in 1917. Don’t even know if it was called Elk City Days back them or an Independence Day celebration. I also have a photo of a drilling contest.

Dixie Days slated for Aug. 1, 2

Elk City News

The 104th Dixie Day’s celebration is almost here so following is a schedule of the activities planned.

$844 raised at taco feed

The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department and the Elk City VFW Post and Auxiliary wish to thank all of you folks who attended the giant taco feed which benefits the fire department as well as the entire community. A total of $844 was raised and the entire amount goes to them. The fire folks are indebted to the auxiliary for putting on this event every year and, of course, to all who attend.

Wolfrum here to check pets

Elk City News

Veterinarian, Kimberly Wolfrum, will be coming to Elk City on July 7. She will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call to make an appointment at 553-9283.

Dixie sets celebration

Elk City News

The Elk City Wagon Road Celebration is in the planning stages and will take place July 18-19. I will keep you all updated as to the plans.

Crooked River a learning process

We learned quite a bit in participating in the comment and objection process with the Forest Service in relation to the Crooked River “project.”

Taco feed slated for June 13

Elk City News

Boy, is the VFW Auxiliary/Post busy!

VFW ladies offer thanks

Elk City News

Be sure to mark a new date on your calendar for VBS at the Baptist Church.

Senator to conduct meeting this Friday

Elk City News

Senator Mike Crapo will conduct a town meeting in Elk City on Friday, May 29, at noon at the Forest Service meeting room.

VFW sets variety of activities

Elk City News

Lots of news submitted by Marlene concerning the VFW Post and Auxiliary and the American Legion Post for this week:

‘Hooter Hike’ on tap

The annual Hiking for Healthy Hooters will take place Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at the Forest Service for the one-mile hike.

Getting out of town for that ‘grandkid fix’

Looks like another large herd of elk have moved into Elk City. Sure is great to see them come home!

Enough whistle pigs to go around

Elk City News

As spring sets in and the days get longer on both ends, the return of critters follows in sync. Certainly early mornings have become quite vocal with the cacophony of fine feathered friends sharing gossip, the drumming on wood instruments to get a rise from carpenter ants, and the crack of .22s making “go-downs” go down.

Derby winners named

Elk City News

The VFW Auxiliary and Post wish to belatedly thank Holly and Marty at the Wilderness Eatery, Jessica Montgomery at the Elk City General Store, Cheryl Sims at the Elk Creek Station and Café, Jamie and Mike Edmondson, Elk City Hotel, Benny Thompson and Missy Osborn, Becky and Tim Chaffee, and all of the other volunteers who spent time at the school. Their support made the annual Easter egg hunt a success.

Deer in town

Elk City News

Ah, spring! The time when winter dormancy transforms to renewed life and its associated sounds; the gurgle of the creek, geese honking (or is it arguing), robins twittering, turkeys gobbling (proposing to any gal that will respond) and that stupid woodpecker beating its daybreak staccato chorus on my bedroom wall.

Easter egg hunt is Saturday

Elk City News

In driving to Bible study before 7 a.m., I had to stop because the elk were in the road on Elk Creek and they took a little time to decide if they wanted to move or not!

Egg hunt is March 28

Elk City News

Sunday, March 22, Tom Moore, pastor of the Baptist Church, will be presenting a slide presentation of his recent trip to India where he has ministered for the last 17 years. He taught counseling at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital in south India and then went to Nagaland in the northeast corner of India. Food/snacks will be provided that are of Indian origin.

EIS comments due by April 11

Important notice concerning the Crooked River Rehabilitation project: The draft EIS has been published and the 45-day window comment period has started. The notice was published in the Feb. 25 edition of the Lewiston Tribune. That makes the comments due by April 11. Get your comments in by then.

Help through

Elk City News

As many of you know, the Elk City Area Alliance holds in trust various properties in Elk City including the airport, medical clinic, park and public restrooms, and community hall.

‘Brink and a Half’ books donated

Had a gentleman come by the hotel and donate a copy of both the third (1973?) and fourth edition of the Golden Road to Adventure produced by the Brink and a Half Club, Inc., after reading about it in this column.

Heckathorn pens new book on longevity

Elk City News

Went down to Boise to attend a House committee hearing on HB51 designed to restore Idaho’s small dredging industry. Last year, at a similar meeting, a retired scientist from EPA testified. He was all for dredging as the process helps clean up our rivers and streams and does not discharge toxins nor harm fish. Dredgers testified that when they stir up the bottom of the streams with their process, the fish swim around eating what is brought up. The turnout was smaller this year but some of the same/similar evidences were presented. It was voted out of committee to the House floor where its future is uncertain. Sure hope it passes.

U.S. not alone in wolf dilemma

Elk City News

Suzanne and Sonja would like to thank Karen Crosby, Chris Thompson, and Shanna Sherrer as well as everyone who attended the VFW Post fund-raising dinner. The community support is very much appreciated.

Valley Cats ATV Club to host chili feed Feb. 7

Elk City News

The Valley Cats Snowmobile and ATV Club will be having their annual Hanby Saddle chili feed on Feb. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. Side dishes are welcome and be sure to bring your own drinks.

Valentine dinner set for Feb. 4

Meetings: Water and Sewer on Feb. 3.

Alliance sets Jan. 12 meeting

Elk City News

The REACH Club and the school would like to thank all those who donated to the Tree of Giving this year. I’m sure everyone appreciates the time, effort, and money that go into this project.

Town’s lighting winners announced

Elk City News

And the winners are… The following business and residents are the winners of the VFW Auxiliary’s Christmas lighting contest: Residences – first place, Jake Chaffee; second, Chris Thompson, and third, Jeff Maxwell. Runners-up were Carmen Chlebowski, Tim Chaffee and Kelly Whiteman. Business – first, Wilderness Eatery; second, Elk City Hotel; third, Elk City Saloon, with the runner-up, Elk Creek Station. Thanks to everyone in the community who worked to make our Christmas sparkle. See photos taken by Patricia Menough.

Santa will visit Dec. 20

Elk City News

“You are invited to fellowship in the name of Jesus,” so says the Baptist Church as they invite all to attend their Christmas celebrations.

Giving Tree funds sought

Elk City News

The Giving Tree is again being sponsored by the Reach Club. They would appreciate any donation amount. Their goal is to collect $35 per child to buy Christmas gifts for them.

Dance will be Dec. 13

Don’t forget to celebrate Rolph Olson’s life at his memorial service being held at the VFW on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Mourning town’s recent losses

Elk City News

Elk City has been rocked in the last week and a half by the death of three of its residents – Rolph Olson, Robert Roy and now Ralph Crocker. We, as a community mourn with the families and friends, and offer our prayers for comfort. After all, God is a God of all comfort.

Town sees dusting of snow

A new dusting of snow and forecasts for near zero temperatures indicate that winter is quickly approaching. Combined with the near “dead” conditions around town, Elk City looks to be “snuggling in.”

Quilts of Valor to be presented

Elk City News

Sew-Help-Me Quilters are at it again! They will be presenting Quilts of Valor to two of our veterans at the VFW Veterans Day dinner.

Veterans meal Nov. 11

Elk City News

We all know that Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and to celebrate our veterans and the sacrifice they have made for us since the founding of the Republic, the VFW Post, VFW Auxiliary, and the American Legion Post invite all of you to a community meal to honor their service.

Bears abound around town

Elk City News

Seems there are bears showing up in people’s yards and campsites near town in the last couple of months. There have been at least five sightings close in with three other bears being shot, one of which was on the front porch of a resident near town. Wonder what this unusual activity portends?

Wolf sightings reported

Elk City News

Several wolf sightings have been reported in and around town in the last couple of months. Wonder if that is why there is no game close in!

Wild game feast set for Oct. 18

Elk City News

Did you miss me? I was traveling and could not get my article in on time. Sorry about that!

Library open Thursdays

Elk City News

The Community Library at the school will be open to the public every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. Be sure to go check out the selection of reading materials available. They can also order any books they may not have through ValNet, the interlibrary loan service. I’ve done this in the past and it is quite convenient.

Patriot’s Day is Sept. 11

Elk City News

Sad news again …Al Hutson died suddenly this last Friday. Our prayers go out to his family for strength and peace during this hard time.

Celebrate grands Sept. 7

Elk City News

Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 7. Don’t forget to hug and kiss on these special people in your life!

Dixie VFD activities set

Elk City News

The Dixie Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring a day of activities to raise funds on Aug. 30.

VFW: Support is appreciated

Elk City News

Marlene George writes, the “VFW Wilderness Post 8311 and its Ladies Auxiliary would like to express their appreciation to Elk City and surrounding communities for their support during Elk City Days at the auxiliary breakfast, the post concession stand, and the auxiliary scholarship auction.

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Influx of visitors for Elk City Days

Elk City News

I begin this article on a sad note on the death of Joanne Johnson. We send our prayers to her family.

Elk City Days this weekend

Elk City News

Well, it’s almost here… Elk City Days, that is! Hope you all have made plans to be there. In case you have forgotten when your favorite event is scheduled, or any of them, there are posters up around town to guide you.

Gearing up for Aug. 8, 9 celebration

Elk City News

Hello, dear friends. We want to invite you to a reunion. Elk City is celebrating its 152nd birthday. We would like anyone who has ever lived, worked, attended school, visited, fished, hunted, mined, logged or had friends or family in the area, or would like to get to know Elk City to come on Saturday Aug. 9, during Elk City days. Share your stories, photos, letters and history with each other. Meet old friends and make new ones.

Dixie, Elk City days upcoming

Elk City News

Dixie Days are Aug. 2 and 3. Begin your day on Saturday with fresh baked goodies starting at 9 a.m. There will be a silent auction so if you have something to donate call the number below.

Thanks for donations

Elk City News

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Elk City Volunteer Fire Department wish to belatedly thank all of the people who attended the giant taco feed and/or gave donations.

Quilt show is Aug. 9

Elk City News

Brenda Hewlett, FNP from St. Mary’s Clinic, will be at the Elk City Clinic on July 29. Call 962-3267 to make an appointment.

Library open all summer

Elk City News

Hey, baseball lovers, plan to come and play or watch the game between the Forest Service and town folk during Elk City Days. It will take place on Friday night at 6 p.m., Aug. 8. Wouldn’t it be great if you had uniforms like in the photo accompanying this article!

Dixie picnic planned for Fourth: Dixie Days set for Aug. 2, 3

Elk City News

News is kind of sparse here lately. Some commercial mushroom harvesting permits have been sold but the “rooms” are not ready yet – too much snow still up there. This time last year, the town was bustling with the buyers and the pickers.

Birthday party success

When you are loved in your community, it shows, big time. Carol Doherty, Teresa Enos and friends arranged for a birthday party for Ralph Crocker’s 68th birthday. It was a surprise event, held at the community park, and more than 60 townspeople attended! Everyone brought something to eat and enjoyed the huge cake Teresa made for the occasion.

Old mill sells to Red Elk

Elk City News

Lots of people came upriver with their toys to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend in Elk City!

ECVFD in need of support

The VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring the annual, Giant Taco Feed on May 24, 5–7 p.m. in the VFW kitchen, $7 donation for all-you-can-eat. This is to benefit the fire department.

Wolves kill elk in town

Elk City News

There have been five reported elk kills by wolves around town. Someone was staying at the hotel and heard wolves howling very close to town. He was a little shook!

Plans firming up for Elk City Days

Elk City News

Plans for Elk City Days in August are firming up. Since the town missed celebrating its 150-year-anniversary in 2011, thought it would be good to have a reunion of anyone who has lived, worked or recreated in Elk City in the past.

Area gets three inches of snow

Elk City News

Those guys who left last week with their snowmobiles in tow should have stayed around! We had about three inches of snow covering the ground on Monday!

Town is quiet

Elk City News

Things are very quiet here in Elk City. One visitor last week commented that it was like a ghost town! Welcome to spring in Elk City. Saw a truck with two snowmobiles leave town Sunday. Don’t know how the snow is up higher for snowmobiling, but the fishing along the river seems to be going good.

Baptist church sets events

Elk City News

As the Easter season approaches, many people around the world understand, at least a little bit, that it is the time of year of the Jewish Passover as well. It was this time of year when Jesus gave His life for us on a cross so we could be reconciled to God.

Early egg hunt is on

Elk City News

Even though Easter Sunday isn’t until the 20th of this month, there will be an Easter egg haunt on April 12 at noon at the Elk City School. Special Easter baskets and lots of decorated eggs have been donated by individuals and businesses in town, but it is being sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. For questions or information, call Missy at 842-2394.

Wine tasting event to benefit school, library

Elk City News

Along with spring, comes the annual Beer and Wine Tasting Benefit for the Elk City School and Community Library. The event will be Friday, April 11, at the Elk City Laundromat starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per couple or $7 if you don’t have a date. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a silent auction will be held. All proceeds go to assist in the operation of the library as well as to supply it with books. Donations for the silent auction are an important part of this effort. If you have anything you could donate, contact Savannah Tow at the Elk City School at 842-2218.

FOC meeting set for March 28

Elk City News

Although the calendar confirms it is officially spring, there remains a foot or two of the white stuff on the flat, shaded or northern aspect areas around town. The meltdown slowed a bit this past week as nighttime temperatures have been in the single digits (trying real hard to get to zero). However, that’s a good thing if you like to fish for big fish. The river drops and clears up a bit, and it’s “fish on.”

It’s mud season!

Elk City News

Break-up load limits are posted on the county roads, you can see the “pavement” from one side of the road to the other, the creeks are filling and the cacophony of tweets and twitters are filling the mornings. Something is happening! It’s the transition into mud season!

‘Encourage’ feeding elk

Elk City News

Just look out your window or drive into town and you will see spring has sprung – even though it is snowing this morning (Monday as I write this).

St. Paddy dinner set for March 15

Elk City News

Suzanne and Sonja are at it again! They must like to work hard or is it that they are committed and believe in their mission – seeing that the VFW Post has incoming funds with which to work. They are putting on a fund-raising dinner for St. Patrick’s Day on March 15. When you attend you will not only be helping out the Post but will be treated to a dinner of traditional corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, bread and dessert. Donations accepted for the meal. RSVP at 842-2392.

Revival set for Baptist church

Elk City News

The Baptist Church will be having its winter revival, March 9-11. Sunday, March 9, services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11, they will be at 6 p.m. The evangelist will be Wendell Schrock, currently attending Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Dawn, will accompany him on the trip. Wendell is a pilot, an auctioneer and former police officer.

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Volleyball at school Thursdays

Elk City News

I was driving to the hotel on Saturday and noticed the Elk City elk herd waiting for their breakfast along with Tim’s horses.

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Valentine dinner scheduled for Feb. 15

Elk City News

Steak! Red Velvet Cake! Sounds like a Valentine dinner to me. VFW Wilderness Post 8311 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring their annual Valentine Steak Dinner, Feb. 15, at the Elk City VFW Hall. The menu is boneless New York loin steak accompanied by baked potato with all the trimmings, green salad and hot rolls. And to top it all off, Cocoa Anderson is preparing her Red Velvet Cake for all to enjoy. Serving time is from 5 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and reservations are needed. Call the VFW at 842-2393.

VFW Valentine dinner is Feb. 14

Elk City News

Treat your sweetie to a Valentine dinner at the VFW on Friday, Feb. 14. More information forthcoming next week. Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance, 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at the Forest Service meeting room; Tuesday, Feb. 11, EMT meeting; American Legion on Feb. 12.

VFW dinner set for this Saturday

Elk City News

Got a correction to make.… When I said last week that the “VFW Auxiliary is in the process of raising money for the vets of our community,” I misunderstood that this dinner was being put on by Suzanne and Sonja to raise money for the VFW Post.

Veterans dinner set for Jan. 25

Elk City News

he VFW Auxiliary is in the process of raising money for the vets of our community. They will be having a lasagna dinner with all the fixings (green salad and garlic bread) on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 4-6 p.m.

Holly Martin is pistol winner

Elk City News

Congratulations to Holly Martin on winning the drawing for the Smith & Wesson pistol put on by Dave Cooper, privately, to raise money to put a sign about the tank in the park.

Lighting contest winners announced

Elk City News

Christmas lighting contest results are in. Business: first place is the Wilderness Eatery, second place is Elk Creek Station, and third place is Elk City Saloon. Residence: first place is Chris Thompson for the second year in a row, second place is Benny Thompson, and third place is Jake and Lacey Chaffee.

Kids host school program; Santa visits town

Elk City News

As Savannah said, “Even though our school population is small, our kids have a great show to put on for you all,” and they sure did.

Christmas open house scheduled for parsonage

Elk City News

Come and celebrate the remembrance of the birth of Christ – see Luke 2:10-14.

Cookie baking set

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be making cookie plates for the veterans and community.

Park decorated in rain

Elk City News

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends and remembered who the first Thanksgiving honored!


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