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Elk City News: Denham awarded Quilt of Honor

A Quilt of Honor, the “Stars and Bars,” quilt (see photo), was presented to Joseph E. “Joe” Denham of Elk City who served his country in the United States Army in Korea and United States Army Reserves (1964-1970). Joe was helping out friends by taking care of the Allison Ranch, so he was not present at the Veterans Day dinner to receive it. The following was read at the dinner.

December 5, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Community calendars for sale

Thought I would share with you about the Sew-Help-Me quilters and the Quilts of Valor and Quilts of Honor that you have seen featured in this column during the years. According to Sue Philips, “In 2011, the Sew-Help-Me Quilters of Elk City and Dixie became part of the efforts of a national organization called the Quilts of Valor Foundation. More than 200,757 Quilts of Valor have been presented to active service members and veterans who stepped up to keep this nation safe, often at great sacrifice.

November 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Smith is Quilt of Valor recipient

The second Quilt of Valor was presented to E-5 Petty Officer Daniel W. “Dan” Smith. He graduated from Grangeville High School in 1969, worked for the Forest Service that summer, and enlisted in the United States Navy in November. After boot camp and training, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Wm. H. Stanley, DLG 32-Guided Missile Frigate.

November 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Flu shots available Oct. 22

Docs from St. Mary’s Hospital will be up on Oct. 22. They will bring flu shots so if you want one call ahead, so you can get on the list. They would like an idea of how many to bring. Call them at 208-962-3267 for an appointment.

October 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City: Wolves seen near town

In case you haven’t heard, wolves are being sighted very close to Elk City. Be careful when out in the great outdoors whether hunting or just enjoying a walk in the woods. If you see one, note it on the “Wolf Sighting” lists that are posted at the Post Office, the Elk City Hotel, or Elk Creek Café.

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: PA Winder to offer flu vaccine

Nathan Winder, PA from Syringa Hospital, will be here at the clinic on Oct. 4. He will be bringing flu vaccine. Patients can call the Primary Care Clinic at 208-983-8590 to make an appointment. Anniversaries: Doug and Judy Olive Birthdays: Sonja Harrocks and Ronan McManus.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City Days: Raffle winners named

Dixie reports that Tammy Ragains passed away. Our prayers go out to her family and the town of Dixie as they are a close-knit community and feel the loss like family. Raffle winners for Dixie Days were Jorden Dailey, a chain saw; Reed Mulkey, the park bench; Rita Repp was the 50/50 winner; and Charlene Colking won the Ducky Derby.

September 19, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Veterinarian to be in town Sept. 12, 13

Dr. Kimberly Wolfrum, the House Call Vet, will be coming to Elk City on Sept. 12 and 13. This would be a great time to get horse dentals, cat spays and neuters, and yearly exams for your pets done. Call her at 208-553-9283 or email her at for an appointment.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Elk City Library hours change

Elk City Days results from the logging events are as follows: winner of the Peewee Rolling Pin Toss, William Stibal; Kids Rolling Pin Toss, Mary Thompson; Women’s Rolling Pin Toss, Dakota Breish; Women’s Axe Throw, Tammy Wagondorf; Men’s Ax Throw, Richard Foster; Jack and Jill Crosscut, Alyssa and Sage Stibal; 3.5-4.5 Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Father and Son Crosscut, Sage and Travis Stibal; 4.5-5.5 Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Women’s Crosscut, Joan Gill and Becky Chaffee; 5.5 and up Power Saw, Jasper Thompson; Men’s Crosscut, Terry and Wayne; Wood Splitting, Rieley Stibal, Jayce Huling, and Nicolas Saporito. The All Around Trophy was won by the Stibal family.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Jessica, Damien win raffle quilt

Elk City Days (Aug. 10-12) results are coming in slowly. Here are some from the So Help Me quilter’s group. The couple in the photo are the lucky winners of the raffle quilt – Damian and Jessica! Congratulations! More results next week.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie Days are here

The 107th Old Time Dixie Days are coming up this weekend. Be sure to head up there for all the festivities, fun, food, and music. Things start happening at 9 a.m.

August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Days to honor law enforcement

More Elk City Days events: As stated last week, our theme is Honoring Law Enforcement. Our grand marshals are the following people: Terry Beeler, Tracy Bonner, Mike Chlebowski, Larry Dasenbrock, Stan Denham, Steve Didier, Pat Doyl, Curtis Jones, Herb Lindsey, Bob Maguire, Scott Paulson, Sam Stamper, Steve Stoneking, and Bob Taylor. Some of these folks worked in our community in a law enforcement capacity, others worked elsewhere, then came here to live. Thank you all!

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie Days set for Aug. 4, 5

Syringa Hospital and Clinics would like to thank the Elk City Alliance for inviting them to provide healthcare in their community. Together with St. Mary’s Clinic, services will be available to residents twice a month. Syringa hospital providers will be in the Elk City Medical Clinic the first Thursday of each month. Patients can call the Primary Care Clinic at 208-983-6000 to make an appointment. The area folks are very grateful to the two hospitals for providing medical care. Thank you both!

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Doctors Told, Secrest at clinic

Elk City Days are coming up fast. Be sure you get ahold of Lynn at with your event. Dr. Told, from Syringia Hospital, will be at the Elk City Medical Clinic on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Benefit dinner raises $4,500 for Mosers

The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the VFW Auxiliary for the donation of $682.00 raised through the annual VFW Auxiliary Taco Feed benefit which was held on May 19, as well as the community for supporting this fund-raising effort each year.

June 27, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Library posts new hours for summer

I need to make a correction to last week’s column and an apology to the Sew Help Me Quilters who were responsible for awarding the quilts. It was the Dixie members of the club who made and presented the quilts, but it was in the name of the club. Sorry about that.

June 20, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Markets set for this weekend

Big doings in Elk City the next two weekends… The Flea & Farmers’ Markets are taking place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 8, 9, and 10. There are no fees for vendor spots. A partial list of goodies that will be offered are: fresh produce, homemade goodies, tortillas, leather goods, food concessions, homemade crafts, handmade jewelry, wood carvings, and more. There will be live music by Brittany Jean. Call Anita at 208-842-2311, Chris at 208-842-2555, or Cheryl at 208-842-2551. On Sunday, the 16th, the Dust Devils ATV club is having the Father’s Day Chili Fun Run. Check-in is from 8-10 a.m. Bring a can of chili and the hot dogs and burgers will be provided. This event is open to everyone. Side-by-sides are welcome. Call Karen Crosby at 208-842-2567.

June 6, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Friends raise $1,000-plus for town library

Hope your Memorial Day was one shared with friends and family and you all remembered and paid tribute and honor to those who serve us and our country in uniform. Several former Elk City students graduated from high school this year – yikes! Where did the time go? I had a granddaughter and grandson graduate this year!

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Cranes cause racket ‘yelling’ at geese

We heard a racket down in our meadow and when we went to investigate, there were three sandhill cranes “yelling” at four Canada geese, apparently invading their territory. The photo only shows one goose but there were more. Hope you enjoy! Mother’s Day is just around the corner on the 13th. Take time to appreciate your mother in thought and deed. If she is not living, tell your grandkids about her.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Cort Conley to speak May 11

Got an email from a reader of the column and he said that the woodpecker looked like a Red-naped Sapsucker. He suggested I look it up and sure enough it is! Thanks for the information. Speaking of sightings, the deer are back in Elk City and more have been seen along the Southfork.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: The woodpecker returns

That woodpecker I mentioned last week that was back … well, he insists on pecking on the metal siding on our house! He is really confused! Sandhill cranes are also making their appearance the last couple of weeks as well. We are starting to see more people come upriver this weekend. We sure have had some beautiful sunny weather to encourage them to get out.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Elk herd faces wolf predators

I took these two photos within a few days of each other. The Elk City elk herd looks great. But the reality is that the introduced predator, the Canada gray wolf (which were never here in the first place), is back as well. There was a large (approximately 50 lbs.) black and gray wolf spotted a half mile from downtown Elk City near (not on) this dead elk on Elk Creek Road. (See photos)

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Forest issues face Elk City

In last week’s Free Press, a meeting was announced concerning the Red Moose Divide project meeting. Thought I’d give you a synopsis of the proposed project, and a warning of the possible issues facing Elk City.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Slover, Youngblood win Easter cakes

As always, it’s fun watching the little ones hunt for Easter eggs – both real ones and those plastic ones filled with goodies. This year’s hunt was sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. As you can see by the photos, the kids were ready with their baskets to collect all they found

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Easter sunrise service is at 7 a.m.; egg hunt at 11 a.m.

This next Easter Sunday, Elk City residents have several activities being offered that I encourage each of you to take advantage of. First of all is the Easter Sunrise service at the Elk City Baptist Church starting at 7 a.m. Then partake of a free Easter breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice, and coffee starting at 8:30 a.m.., followed by an Easter worship service at 10 a.m.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Boil order now lifted

After all that snow we have had beautiful sunny days – snow melting fast! Bare patches showing up on our driveway… Seems everyone in town is just anxious for spring. The boil order has been lifted so it is okay to drink the water.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Two feet of snow in two weeks

Looks like we are getting the winter we didn’t get earlier! We have received about two feet of snow in the past two weeks, plus we had -5 degrees on Saturday, March 3. But spring is coming …the eagle is back flying around our house. He/she didn’t land in the “eagle tree”, but I have hopes of seeing it again soon.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Boil order still in effect in Elk City

Several people are wondering if the boil order for those on the Elk City Water system is still in effect. I contacted Loren and was able to talk to Cocoa. She said that it is still in effect by order of the powers that be. We will be notified when the order is lifted but for now, be safe, boil your water.

February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Trent Woods dies

For those of you out-of-towners, Elk City got more than a foot of snow this past weekend! For those history buffs, the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission will be presenting a talk by Cort Conley on either Friday, May 11 or May 18, about the people and places along the Lower Salmon River. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up so you can tentatively put it on your calendar.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Snowmobile Club sets weekend events

The Nitz family would like to thank the community, both far and near, for the honor paid to Betty Nitz through your physical presence, letters, and poems in support of the family. The Baptist church was overflowing with friends and family numbering more than 100-120 people. They would also like to thank everyone for the delicious food served after the memorial service. The community will certainly miss her.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Dixie X Games set for 17-18

Treat your sweetheart to the Valentine’s Day Dinner at the VFW, Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5-7 p.m. There will be door prizes of photographs, carnations, and karaoke after dinner. The meal consists of steak, baked potatoes, dinner rolls and red velvet cake. Cost is $15 per person and you can sign up at the VFW, the Elk Summit Café, the Store, the Station or call 208-842-2393. Dr. Peg Gehring from St. Mary’s Clinic will be up Tuesday, Feb. 20. Call 208-962-3267 for an appointment.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Memorials set

Well, it’s been a rough week for Elk City families and the community in general. We lost three longtime residents in a matter of a week. We lost Shirley Biggers on the 19th, then Shannon Seeley on the 24th at age 87, and lastly, Betty Nitz on the 25th at age 82. There was a remembrance service for Shannon Seeley at the Baptist Church on Sunday, but a memorial service will be held sometime next summer at the Elk City Park to which the community is invited.

January 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: ‘Pop a wolf, throw out a bale of hay’

I looked closer at the photo of the elk herd that I submitted for the article and saw two more bulls, albeit smaller than the other one. For those of you who know me well, I like house plants but don’t have a green thumb. All my many house plants are “survivors.” My husband gave me a couple of those small Phalaenopsis Orchid several years ago

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: USFS revision workshop touches on several subjects

We attended the Forest Service two-day Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop in Orofino last Wednesday and Thursday and I promised to report on the outcome. Representatives for U.S. Senators Risch and Crapo and U.S. Representative Labrador were in attendance. It was similar to the original Forest Plan Revision process where the USFS presented topics, provided some background, defined a direction for group breakouts/input and then summarized afterwards.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: USFS meetings set for Orofino

Wish I would have been informed before last week’s article was published, but there are meetings going on that will impact us up here. The Forest Service is having a two-day workshop in Orofino on Wednesday and Thursday, the Forest Plan Revision Public Workshop, at the Best Western. The topics include recommended Wilderness, forest vegetation, geographic and special area planning, wild and scenic river suitability for the Southfork and many other rivers on the forest for a total of almost 900 miles, recreation and access, and elk habitat and security. If you are in the area, please try to attend, even on such short notice. I plan on attending them and will report back in this article next week. Birthdays: Beverly Farmer, Samuel Hickman, Jasper Thompson, Eva Stibal, and Natalee Lamar.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Program a success

The traditional Elk City School Christmas celebration with a potluck and children’s’ program was a huge success with what looked like almost half the town showing up. Here is a photo of the children’s program contributed by Margaret Robinson. This reporter was not able to attend due to family illness.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: ‘New’ fire truck ready to roll

The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department, and the community, would like to thank Cottonwood Fire Department and IDL for the donation of a 6 by 6 truck to replace our old water tender that has multiple problems. The 10,000-gallon tank and pump system will be transferred to the “new” truck sometime soon. Jeff Maxwell, our fire chief, said that the new truck, “fits our needs just right.” Cottonwood Fire Department also donated turn-out gear. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Sigler, diabetes educator to be in town Dec. 18

Snow! Got about three inches Sunday. Mt. View School District would like patrons to know they have an app that you can access the district and all the happenings at “MVSD244”. You can go to the app store or Google Play. For any questions, call Jenna Boggan at 208-983-0990.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Only deer, elk come out on Black Friday

For those folks who left town for the Thanksgiving holiday, you missed out on the warmest Thanksgiving in memory. No snow, no rain, temperatures in the 60s, but almost feeling like the 70s in the sun. What seemed only a few short weeks ago to have the makings of a long, hard winter similar to seasons past, seems to have melted into a lingering fall of naked brush, brown carpet and the smell of newly cut Christmas trees

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Happy Thanksgiving

Well, Thanksgiving is almost upon us … tomorrow!! I hope that you all are reflecting on the blessings you have, the family, the friends, the country we live in, and so much more. Let’s also reflect back to that first Thanksgiving and the reasons and sacrifices that led up to it. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Edmondson, Foster share essays at Veterans Day program

Well, the Veterans Day Dinner was a big success. There were several things going on besides eating the delicious food prepared, thanks to the VFW Auxiliary ladies! Harmony Edmondson, senior at Clearwater Valley High School presented her entry for the VFW Scholarship program, Voice of Democracy with the title, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” She did an outstanding job!

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Intro to cheese-making class set for Nov. 15

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming a group of home schoolers from the Kooskia, Harpster, Kamiah areas for a history lesson about Elk City and the area, including a field trip out to Gold Point Mill (see photo). They were able to tour our little museum, watch a scale model of a stamp mill work, and view lots of historic photos in our collection. I also shared a story of James Berryman, who came here with the first miners in 1861 looking for gold. He had quite a life and you can read about him in the book, We’ll All Go Home in the Spring, by Robert Bennett. They were able to see and hold small vials of gold from the area and see a small sample of gold taken from the dredge that worked the Southfork near the mouth of Crooked River. It was a good day! Anyone who would like to visit the museum with a group or alone, can call me at 208-842-2452 or just stop by the Elk City Hotel Gift Shop.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Community haunted house a success

The Elk City School did a great version of a “haunted house” for their Halloween celebration! Scary music and moanings, monsters that jump out at you at the right time, little monsters that follow you down the darkly decorated hallways, a monster with a “human” head in his hand, and as a final scare, a monster chasing you with a chain saw. Thanks to all of you who helped set it up and participated including the following:

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Quilters change meeting

Heads Up for all you members of the Sew Help Me Quilters – The club has decided to change their normal meeting time from Tuesday, Oct. 31, to Tuesday, Oct. 24, so members could be home to greet trick-or-treaters.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Bake sale set for Oct. 5

Need some type of medical equipment, i.e., wheel chair, walker, cane, etc., for a short period of time but don’t want to or can’t afford to buy it? The Elk City Area Alliance (ECAA) has some that can be loaned out to members of the Elk City/Dixie/Orogrande/Red River area communities. Have some usable medical equipment that you don’t want anymore?

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City News: Library open on Tuesdays

Fall has fallen. Looks kinda like winter may have set in at the beginning of fall what with snow in the high country. The Community Library will be open on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays for the winter. Times are 3:15 to 5 p.m., at the Elk City School.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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!

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

July 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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!

July 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.”

June 21, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

June 7, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 24, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 10, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.”

April 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

February 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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!

February 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

December 14, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

November 30, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

November 23, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

November 16, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

November 9, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

October 26, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

October 19, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

October 12, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

October 5, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

September 28, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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?

September 14, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

September 7, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

August 31, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.”

August 24, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

August 10, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

August 3, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

July 27, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

June 22, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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).

June 1, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 25, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 18, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 11, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 27, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Matthews passes on; Anderson is better

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.

April 13, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 6, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 30, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 23, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 16, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.!

March 9, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 2, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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!

February 24, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

February 17, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

February 3, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

January 27, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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!

January 20, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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!

January 6, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

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.

December 16, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

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.

November 11, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Veterans dinner set for Nov. 11 at VFW

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.

November 4, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Library open Wednesdays

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.

October 28, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Feast is Oct. 17

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

October 14, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Hunter’s Feast set for October

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.

September 30, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Bingo supplies donated to Harpster

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.

September 2, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

See old friends, make new ones at Elk City Days

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.

August 5, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

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.

July 29, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

$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.

July 15, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Wolfrum here to check pets

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.

July 1, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Dixie sets celebration

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.

June 24, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

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.”

June 17, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

‘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.

May 13, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Enough whistle pigs to go around

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.

April 22, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Derby winners named

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.

April 15, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Deer in town

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.

April 8, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Easter egg hunt is Saturday

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!

March 25, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Egg hunt is March 28

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.

March 18, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 11, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Help through

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.

March 4, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

‘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.

February 25, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Heckathorn pens new book on longevity

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.

February 18, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

U.S. not alone in wolf dilemma

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.

February 11, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Alliance sets Jan. 12 meeting

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.

January 7, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Town’s lighting winners announced

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.

December 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Santa will visit Dec. 20

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

December 17, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Giving Tree funds sought

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.

December 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

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.

December 3, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Mourning town’s recent losses

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.

November 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

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.”

November 12, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Veterans meal Nov. 11

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.

October 29, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Bears abound around town

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?

October 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Wolf sightings reported

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!

October 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Library open Thursdays

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.

September 24, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Patriot’s Day is Sept. 11

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.

September 10, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

VFW: Support is appreciated

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.

August 20, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Elk City Days this weekend

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.

August 6, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Gearing up for Aug. 8, 9 celebration

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.

July 30, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Dixie, Elk City days upcoming

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.

July 23, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Thanks for donations

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.

July 16, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Quilt show is Aug. 9

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.

July 9, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Library open all summer

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!

June 18, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

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.

June 4, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 21, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Wolves kill elk in town

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!

May 14, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Plans firming up for Elk City Days

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.

May 7, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Area gets three inches of snow

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!

April 30, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Town is quiet

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.

April 23, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Baptist church sets events

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.

April 16, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Early egg hunt is on

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.

April 9, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Wine tasting event to benefit school, library

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.

April 2, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

FOC meeting set for March 28

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.”

March 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

It’s mud season!

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!

March 19, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

‘Encourage’ feeding elk

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).

March 12, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

St. Paddy dinner set for March 15

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.

March 5, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Revival set for Baptist church

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.

February 26, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Valentine dinner scheduled for Feb. 15

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.

February 12, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

VFW Valentine dinner is Feb. 14

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.

February 5, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

VFW dinner set for this Saturday

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.

January 22, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Veterans dinner set for Jan. 25

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.

January 15, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Holly Martin is pistol winner

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.

January 8, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Lighting contest winners announced

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.

December 30, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Cookie baking set

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

December 11, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Park decorated in rain

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

December 4, 2013 6 a.m. read more..


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