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Cottonwood News: Ski Butte is open

St. Anthony’s Society Crab Feed will be Saturday, Jan. 19, to be held at the Greencreek Hall. Tickets are $30/per person. Social hour begins 5:30 p.m., with dinner of tri-tip and crab starting at 6:30 p.m., and dance at 9 p.m. Dance only tickets are $8. Tickets available from B&A Auto and at the Cottonwood Credit Union, or evenings at 208-962-7781.

January 16, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Crab feed set for Jan. 19

Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was open last weekend. With huge snowflakes falling Sunday night there is a good chance they will be open next weekend. Check their website to find out for sure. Here is your chance to get away and forget about the dreary winter days. Summit Academy is selling tickets for a $1,000 credit to the Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in McCall. For only $20 a ticket, you may win and use the credit at any of their in-house services at Shore Lodge. You need not be present to win. The blood drive is coming up on Jan. 29. Take the opportunity to help save lives by donating a pint of blood for someone who is needing it. Call St. Mary’s Hospital to make an appointment, 208-962-3251 and ask for Brenda or Donna.

January 9, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Several area retreats set for new year

Happy New Year! Did you make your resolutions yet? With the New Year, Mass times change again for 2019 between St. Mary’s and St. Anthony. Beginning Sunday, Jan 6, 8 a.m. Mass will be at St. Anthony in Greencreek; 10 a.m. Mass will be at St. Mary’s in Cottonwood.

January 2, 2019 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Chess tourney is Jan. 5

The Greencreek St. Anthony Society Christmas party will be Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. All members and invited guests are welcome. On Sunday, Dec. 23, Santa will come to the Greencreek Hall after the 10 a.m. Mass. All children are welcome. There will be treats and a chance for a picture with Santa.

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

Cottonwood News: Christmas Masses, activities on tap

The morning of Dec. 7, the sunrise was so beautiful I had to get up and take a picture. It was magnificent! And with the cold weather we have been having, the snow sparkles like there are thousands of diamonds on the ground. What a wonderful place to live. Stop and enjoy the little things around you. The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows for the Tri-parish churches. Dec. 24, 5 p.m., at St. Mary’s; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. at Assumption; Dec. 24, 7 p.m., at St. Anthony’s; Dec. 25, Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s; Dec. 25, 10 a.m., at St Mary’s. Everyone is invited to any of these Masses.

December 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Lighted parade is this Sunday

Gifts for residents of Cottonwood Shelter Home are needed at Christmas. If you would like to help purchase gifts, call JoAnn McHugh at 208-962-3846. Prairie Pro-Life Has set up the Tree of Life at St. Mary’s. The tree will be up for the duration of Advent. The Crisis Pregnancy Centers have only specific needs; note the items written on the tags. For questions, contact Kerry Uhlenkott or Julie Arnzen 208-962-3464.

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

Cottonwood News: Concerts, Christmas parade set

We had a little skiff of snow last week. I guess that means winter is right around the corner. The dates have been set for the Prairie winter concerts. Dec. 12 is the Prairie Jr./Sr. High School Band concert at 6:30 p.m. at the high School Gym. Dec. 19 the Prairie Elementary School concert is at I p.m., in the gymnasium.

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

Cottonwood News: VFW names winners of speech, writing contests

Sunday was Veterans Day, but it was observed many places on Monday, Prairie High School among them. We owe a debt of gratitude to all the veterans who have served our country, many giving their lives as the ultimate sacrifice. I hope all of you honored your own personal vet in your family.

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

Cottonwood News: St. Mary’s offers ‘Angel Tree’

There is definitely a chill in the air that reminds us that winter is not far off. The trees are getting pretty bare, with only a few leaves hanging on yet. The Prairie Art Association will have its meeting at 9:30 a.m., at the Craigmont City Hall on Nov. 12. A donation of $2 to help with hall rent and $5 for Pat Gehring to teach the class will be requested. Bring your own paint supplies and lunch. A meeting will follow after lunch.

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

Cottonwood News: Rain good for crops; year’s apples are big

Happy Halloween to everyone. The drenching rain on Sunday was good for the crops just coming up. But not so welcome to the many ranchers working with cattle during the weekend. We had our apple squeezin’ party on Sunday. The apples were unusually big this year. Now to can the apple juice so we can use it all year. I found a new apple pie recipe that I would like to share. This can also be canned in a boiling water canner for 30 minutes to use later.

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

Cottonwood News: Parish dinner is Nov. 4

Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. “Fall back” and turn your clocks back an hour. Now we can catch up on the hour we lost last spring. This is the time to do all those projects that you wanted to do before winter starts. Hmmm, maybe some of them can wait until next year?!

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

Cottonwood News: Hasselstrom named ‘Coach of the Year’

It got down to 22 degrees a few nights ago at our place, so that pretty well takes care of most of the plants, except for the fall blooming purple asters. They are blooming in all their glory now. It’s nice to have some flowers that bloom late when everything else is finished blooming.

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

Mystery Night is this weekend

A Fatima Rosary Rally will take place Saturday, Oct. 13. Meet at St. Mary’s Church at noon. Those able to walk in procession will pray the rosary in procession outside. Those who find it difficult to walk will stay in the church and pray the rosary there. Save the Date: Nov 4 is the annual Assumption Parish Dinner and Bazaar! Tickets for the raffle are being sold now.

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

Cottonwood News: Summit’s Mystery Night will be Oct. 13

Happy October! The scenery is beautiful this time of year. So many variations of colors of green, red and yellow. Last week was county fair week at Nezperce. Our seven grandchildren did very well coming home with lots of blue ribbons for steers as well as crafts and other things that they made. We were very proud of all of them.

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

Cottonwood News: American Freedom Defense open house set for this Saturday in Greencreek

It froze last week in certain parts of the county, namely my garden. The trees are getting pretty with their mixture of yellow, red and green leaves. It is once again that time of year when the Center For Discovery and Prairie Elementary School are having their annual cookie dough sale. Cookies are $17 a box for three-dozen preformed cookies. If you don’t get asked by any Prairie students, give Erin Shears a call or text at 208-816-0202 and she will gladly take your order. The money raised will go to support Prairie Elementary School and the Center For Discovery.

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

Cottonwood News: Awana Night set for Wednesday, Sept. 12

Labor Day weekend means the end of summer. I know the kids are happy to be back in school! Well, at least some of them are. It is always fun to use all the new stuff you get for school. We can see our blue skies again! Yea! And we can see the stars at night. The fires must be getting under control.

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

Cottonwood News: Westoff retires from NICI after 30 years

What a welcome rain we had during the weekend! I know some of the farmers are not completely finished with harvest, but I’ll bet they don’t mind too much. The rain should help the fire situation. We live in the country with lots of fresh air. We should not have to breath the smoky air like they do in the cities. Some schools have already started and the rest will be starting soon. Where did our summer go? Good luck to those going off to college for the first time.

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

Cottonwood News: Area pinochle players sought for ‘marathon’ group

The fair was a huge success with the nice weather and lots of farmers finished with the harvest. Jeannie Fitch did a great job of being grand marshal. Smoke from the forest fires wasn’t even too bad. The 19th Annual St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Golf 4 Life tournament will be Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Grangeville Golf and Country Club. Registration is at 10 a.m. with tee off at 11 a.m. It is an 18-hole scramble limited to 16 four-person teams. There is a fee of $75 per player entry. Contact Kim to sign up at or call 208-962-2100.

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

Cottonwood News: Blood drive is Aug. 28

We have started taking our young pheasants out to where they have brush for cover and water handy for drinking. They seem happy to be out and do a lot of exploring. It was fun raising them. The blood drive is coming up on Aug. 28 in Cottonwood from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall.

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

Cottonwood News: Harvest is in full swing; who’s ready for zucchini?

Harvest is in full swing on the prairie. Crops are good due to the rain this spring. I hope everyone can get through the season without accidents. School will be starting soon as the list of needed school items has come out. Wow! Where did our summer go? Fair time is coming, also. That should keep the 4-H kids busy.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: AARP driving class will be Aug. 15

My raspberry patch is really producing this year. With all the rain this spring, it is keeping us busy picking every few days. Harvest time for the crops on the prairie is getting very close. Some farmers say they may even try cutting it this week.

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

Cottonwood News: Knights picnic, swimming day set for Aug. 1

We spent the weekend camping in the mountains by Powell Ranger Station with our sons and their families. We had a great time, caught some fish and watched the kids play. Knights of Columbus Altar Server Appreciation Picnic will be Wednesday, Aug. 1. The day will include lunch at Swallow’s Nest Park and an afternoon of swimming at the Clarkston Aquatic Center. We will gather at the Church at 9:30 a.m. and should be home between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The Knights will provide transportation, lunch and pay for admission. Sign up on the sheets in the back of church or call Matt Beckman (208-962-7157) by July 30. Parents are welcome to attend. If you would like to drive down, let us know. Come and let the Knights show their appreciation for your service!

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

Cottonwood News: Barbecue fund-raiser is July 12

Several local youth are putting together a fund-raiser to help them raise funds to attend an amazing, life-changing retreat called Stubenville on July 12. The barbecue will start at 11 a.m. and will run until 7 p.m. Meals will be delivered to local businesses, so if you would like your meal delivered to a business to be picked up, just fill out an order at the business. Please come down to the Catholic Church in Cottonwood to support our youth going on this retreat.

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

Cottonwood News: Volunteers sought for Raspberry Festival

Greencreek 4th of July Celebration: Flag raising 6 a.m., Mass at St. Anthony Church 7 a.m., breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. The auction starts 1 p.m., and is followed immediately by Raffle Bingo all day; Altar Society selling hamburger and pie, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Kiddie rides and toy stand all day; Beer garden opens 10 a.m.

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

Cottonwood News: Greencreek to celebrate Fourth of July in style

Come one, come all to the 4th of July celebration in Greencreek. The flag-raising is at 6 a.m. and Mass is at 7 a.m. Breakfast is served from 7-10 a.m. The auction starts at 1 p.m., followed by the raffle. Bingo, kiddie rides and the toy stand are all-day activities. The Altar Society will be selling hamburgers and homemade pies from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The beer garden opens at 10 a.m.

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

Cottonwood News: Masses, VBS, more on tap for communities

The summer is officially here since graduations are finished and most of the children are out of school. Bring on the summer fun. I love looking out across the Camas Prairie where everything is so beautiful with all of the rain we have been having. The snowcapped mountains in the background complete the picture.

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

Cottonwood News: Debbie Chicane honored with ‘Guardian’ award

Torrential rains caused a lot of flooding in the Greencreek area last week. The picture is further east on Red Rock Road in the Winona area where the water was up to the edge of the road. There is a culvert underneath the road, but it could not handle all the water. It formed a whirlpool above the mouth of the culvert.

May 23, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Masses, graduations set for Summit, Prairie

May 19 is the date for the Cottonwood Community Yard Sales. Contact Emily McHugh at 208-507-5638 to put your sale on the map. On May 20, the seniors from Prairie High School and Summit Academy will be honored at the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood. All seniors are invited to this special Mass. There will be a reception following the liturgy.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Help sought with ‘Wizard of Oz’ play

We have had some swans at our place for about a week. They come and go but mostly they are feeding here on the pasture. Wild ducks and the Canadian geese are not unusual, but the swans are. We very seldom see them. We also had a mud duck that we have never seen before. It’s a different year, I guess.

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

Cottonwood News: YWCA purse auction set for Sunday

The blood drive was very successful in the Cottonwood community April 10. Brenda Kaschmitter said, “We are very excited that we not only met our goal, but we exceeded it by eight pints.” There are lots of volunteers who help with the blood drive also. Congratulations to this community of people who are willing to give blood so that others might live! As an added bonus, they send you a text when they use your blood. Wow! Is that ever a great feeling, that you get to know when they are using your blood. The next drive will be June 26. Contact Brenda Kaschmitter or Donna Quick at St. Mary’s Hospital, 208-962-3251, to make an appointment. Let’s see if we can do even better this time. Don’t forget to make plans for the 4th Annual Purse Auction on April 29th. It starts with lunch at noon and the auction starts at 2 p.m. 100 percent of the proceeds stays in Idaho County. See you there!

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

Cottonwood News: Breakfast set for April 22

Well, so much for my prediction about an early spring. Winter does not seem to want to let go. But we do have something to celebrate. Elred Nuxoll’s birthday is April 18, so let’s all wish him a “Happy Birthday.” Do you like sourdough pancakes, homemade syrup, eggs, sausage and great company? The Haiti team is hosting its final fund-raiser for the 2018 mission trip. The breakfast is after the 8 a.m. Mass in the Sacred Heart room at St. Mary’s on April 22. We will serve until 12:30 p.m. So, mark your calendars and bring your families for this yummy breakfast and thank you for your support!

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

Cottonwood News: Summit to celebrate 20 years April 20

Mark your calendar! Prairie Mountain Nutrition, the Service Provider for the Cottonwood and Craigmountain senior citizen groups will hold a breakfast on Sunday, April 15. Breakfast will be served in the basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall from 7 a.m. to noon. A fee of $8 for adults or $30 a family will be charged. Preschoolers will eat free. Come and share your Sunday morning with us and get to know more about our Senior Citizen Group.

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

Cottonwood News: Senior nutrition breakfast set for April 15

Mother Nature sure played an April Fool trick on us with the snow this Monday morning! We played outside yesterday and now this! Mark your calendar! Prairie Mountain Nutrition, the Service Provider for the Cottonwood and Craigmountain senior citizen groups, will hold a breakfast on Sunday, April 15. Breakfast will be served in the basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall from 7 a.m. to noon. The menu will include: sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and a fruit dish. A fee of $8 for adults or $30 a family will be charged. Preschoolers will eat free. Come and share your Sunday morning with us and get to know more about our senior citizen group.

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

Cottonwood News: Dr. Jones open house is April 8

Happy Easter to all of you! Easter is early this year so that means an early spring also. Even though we didn’t have the bad winter that was predicted, I’m ready for spring. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 404 Foster in Cottonwood will be having a Sonrise Easter service beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. There will be a potluck breakfast to follow. Sunday School for all ages is 8:45 a.m. and morning worship service at 10 a.m. The church choir will perform an Easter Cantata “He’s Alive” at both services. Come join us, we’d love to worship our Risen Savior with you.

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

Cottonwood News: MCT play at PHS a success

God’s Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage will be presented Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the CEC building by Deacon Vern and Linda Geidl from Moscow, Idaho, for anyone interested, singles or couples. This program has been very successful in marriage preparation and in marriage enhancement for those already married

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

Cottonwood News: ‘Snowballs from heaven’

On March 8, a very unusual occurrence happened in the Westlake area. If the conditions are just right, the wind will blow snow and roll it into snowballs like it shows in the picture. Some of these snowballs were about 12 inches in diameter. This is not something you get to see every day! The Lincoln Day Celebration was well-attended at Greencreek on Friday evening. Elected officials as well as those running for office were in attendance. People interested in electing good people to office who will care about the people they represent were also there. Everyone had an opportunity to talk to them and tell them their thoughts.

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

Cottonwood News: Lincoln Day dinner is this Friday

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has named Advanced Welding and Steel of Grangeville, Idaho as the “Small Business of the Month” for February 2018. Advanced Welding and Steel will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the Senate.

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

Cottonwood News: Prairie music night set for March 6 at PHS

What a snowy, wintery weekend we had! It snowed and blew all weekend. I guess spring is a ways off yet. It should make the skiers happy. Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was open last weekend and with the new snow, they will probably be open this weekend also. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Check the Facebook page today at CBSA or the website

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

Cottonwood News: Stories sought for book’s third edition

Sunday, Feb 25. will be the Holy Cross/St. Mary’s Dinner and raffle to be held at Keuterville Hall. Join us for Bingo all day and a great meal served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See you there! American Freedom Defense will be offering one-day courses for firearm training soon. Classes will be held in Riggins and Greencreek on March 3 and 10, and April 15. To register for these classes or for more information go to Jim Gorges is the person in charge and you can contact him at or 208-935-5734.

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

Cottonwood News: Keuterville parish dinner is Feb. 25

American Freedom Defense will be offering one-day courses for firearms training soon. Classes will be held in Riggins and Greencreek. March 3 will be the training for Enhanced CWP 1 for $100. March 10 is the Handgun 2 training at a cost of $125. April 15 is a training for women’s beginner which costs $25. To register for these classes or information go to Jim Gorges is the person in charge and you can contact him at or 208-935-5734. Gorges has built a new firing range at his home in Greencreek. He is very knowledgeable in handling guns and has been an instructor for 12 years. He is the undersheriff for Idaho County.

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

Cottonwood News: Blood drive nears goal; preschool seeks help

The blood drive last week came close to their goal. They collected 66 of the 73 pints hoped for. The next drive will be April 10. Mega kudos to all the generous people who gave blood. How about you? There is always a need so consider giving next time. Call Brenda at St. Mary’s Hospital to make an appointment — 208-962-3251.

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

Cottonwood News: Dog Bark Park B&B wins award

Dog Bark Park was recently ranked as the most unique bed and breakfast in Idaho by Hospitality Management Degrees. Owners, Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, said they were honored and humbled by the honor. They are happy to bring widespread media exposure to Idaho as a travel destination to far-flung travelers, even international travelers. The Dog Bark Park Inn is a delightfully wacky way to spend the night “in the doghouse.” The dog-shaped structure was built 20 years ago.

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

Cottonwood News: Greencreek yard sale donations sought; give blood Jan. 30

Coming up next month, Tuesday, Feb. 13, is Family Lenten Night at St. Mary’s sponsored by Prairie Faith Formation Program. Sunday, Feb. 25, will be the Holy Cross/St. Mary’s Dinner to be held at Keuterville Hall. Chairpersons this year are Heath and Tara Klapprich and Shirley Gehring. Glenn Poxleitner will chair the raffle. More on this later.

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

Cottonwood News: Crab feed, tri-tip dinner is this Saturday

Attention Idaho County farmers and ranchers who are interested in property rights and water issues: Idaho County Farm Bureau is sponsoring Tim Lowry from Owyhee County, Idaho, to lead a talk and discussion on how he and Paul Nettleton defeated the BLM at the Idaho Supreme Court to keep their stockwater rights on federal ground. Despite resistance from the State of Idaho, two brave ranchers spent millions to save their stock water rights. Look up Joyce Livestock vs US on the web. It would benefit all ranchers and farmers to hear their story, at the Senior Citizens Center in Grangeville at 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 22. Free admission.

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

Cottonwood News: Crab feed set for Jan. 20

I hope you are enjoying the new year. The weather has been pretty mild. The temperature is staying pretty well in the 30s so the snow is melting, but no mud so far. The Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was closed this weekend, but keep checking with them so you can find out when they will be open again.

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

Cottonwood News: Masses scheduled for holiday season

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the Christ child bless each and every one of you in the coming year. This writer will be spending time at home with family and friends for the next couple weeks, so no article until Jan. 8. I will repost the Mass schedule in case someone needs it.

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

Cottonwood News: Summit program set for Thursday

We went up to Cottonwood Butte to get our Christmas trees Sunday. It was beautiful weather and a fun day. There was not much snow up there yet. The Advent Penance Services are all at 7 each night. Thursday, Dec. 14, St. Anthony’s, Greencreek. Monday, Dec. 18, St. Mary’s, Cottonwood; Tuesday, Dec. 19, Sts. Peter & Paul, Grangeville; and Wednesday, Dec. 20, Holy Trinity, Nezperce.

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

Cottonwood News: Christmas parade is set for Sunday

The Haiti 2018 mission team is selling Christmas poinsettia plants again this year for $14. If you would like to buy one for yourself or someone else, contact Debbie at the parish office or another Haiti team member. They will arrive Dec 14, for delivery or pickup. The group of young people appreciates your support.

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

Cottonwood News: Movie being filmed in area

I received this article from Frances Conklin at Dog Bark Park: “On Nov 21st parts of an independent feature film were filmed in and around Cottonwood. The film, tentatively titled ‘Mischief Upon Mischief,’ is an alien-abduction PG 13 thriller that from what I have heard contains a bit of everything including guns, hospitals, and romance. One of the producers, and leading actor, Jeffrey Decker, grew up in Lewiston and now works in Los Angeles.

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

Cottonwood News: Schwartz, Rose take first in VFW contest

The Richard Jacobs VFW Post 4902, based in Cottonwood is proud to announce this year’s student education award winners. The Voice of Democracy competition is a three to five-minute speech with high school participants in grades nine through twelve. The theme this year was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

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

Cottonwood News: Chmelik table to be given away at Summit Academy Mystery Night

The drawing for a table made by Jim Chmelik of Chesky Woodworking in Cottonwood will be held at Summit Academy Mystery Night this Saturday, Nov. 4. It is a beautiful table created from Quarter Sawn White Oak and Sycamore. The fund-raiser is for the Diocese of Boise Seminarians and Summit Academy Catholic School. Tickets for Mystery Night are all sold out, but several people have multiple tickets and would let you have one. Call the school if you want tickets for either of these. 208-962-5650.

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

Cottonwood News: Tour, open house is Thursday at ‘Sister Alfreda’s Attic Museum’

Hunting season has started and we have had frost for several mornings lately. Time to squeeze apples, dig spuds and get everything out of the garden. Don’t forget to dig up the bulbs that can’t stay in the ground over winter like the gladiolas and dahlias. Time to think about snow tires, too. If you work hard enough in the summer, you are glad to see winter coming. I must not have worked hard enough. Sigh.

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

Cottonwood News: Fall lecture, Brats and Brew on tap

Tickets for the Prairie Community Library Brats and Brew this weekend are available at the Library, phone number 208-962-3714, and at the Cottonwood Community Credit Union. Advance ticket price is $25 per person, or $30 per person the evening of the event. Tables of eight may be reserved with purchase.

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

Cottonwood News: Brats and Brew Fest on tap for Saturday

The drawing for the hot rod at Summit Academy took place Saturday, Oct. 7, and the winner issss, Jason Vogel of Lewiston. Congratulation, Jason! Have fun with that car. Local artist Eric Wassmuth has some of his metal artwork on display at the Center for Arts and History at 415 Main St. in Lewiston. The art show and sale is for local steampunk artists. They are calling it “The Reclaimed Revolution.” It will be on display until Oct. 26.

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

Cottonwood News: Johnson takes on leadership of healthy seniors class

Rosaries, a litany and Marian songs will be part of the program to honor Mary, the Mother of God on Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood at noon. It was on Oct. 13, 1917, that the three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, as on the other five occasions, first saw a bright light, and then they saw Our Lady appear over the holm oak. Our Lady’s message to the children was, “Let them offend Our Lord no more for He is already much offended.” At the end of her visit, 70,000 people saw the sun dance. Let’s spread the word and get lots of people there to get the good news message out there to combat all the bad news these days. Prairie Community

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Boosters support Prairie schools for 30 years

This year is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary appearing to three children at Fatima, Portugal. A group of people from the parish would like to commemorate this event by having a rosary procession in the streets in Cottonwood. It will take place at noon Saturday, Oct. 14, and will last about an hour. We will pray the rosary in St. Mary’s Church for those who do not want to walk, while the rest of the people will be praying the rosary while walking around the streets. We will proceed down Lewiston St. and cross over by the Tire Guy gas station to King St. and come back up to the church. There we will have songs and prayers. Anyone is welcome to join. Contact Donna Wassmuth at 208-962-3561 or Max Nuxoll at

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

Cottonwood News: Roadside cleanup set for Sept. 23

I think our summer is over, it has turned to fall. We even had a little nip of frost this week. It got down to 32 degrees one night. Rain is in the forecast this week, so the smoke should be under control. Congratulations t

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

Cottonwood News: Grief class starts next week

Isn’t it nice to have our beautiful blue sky back again? And the stars are out at night, too. We spent the weekend camping with our family. Even without a campfire we still had fun. It is time to start the Pinochle club, so call Jo Ann McHugh if you would like to play. Call by Sept. 15, 208-962-3846.

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

Cottonwood News: Pinochle club seeks members, players

Prairie Community Library has announced their upcoming fund-raiser, Brats and Brew, for Oct. 21. Mark your calendars now. Tickets available at the library, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 208-962-3714 or go to 506 King Street, basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall. Advanced ticket price is $25 per person, or $30 per person at the door the evening of Oct. 21. PCL is not supported by your tax dollars, so this fund-raiser is very important to have funds available to keep the library open. We appreciate your continued support for PCL.

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

Cottonwood News: Idaho County Fair week is on

Sunday morning we had a welcome sight when we came out of church. It was raining! It smelled so fresh and clean, no smoke smell. Hopefully this will help the firefighters get control of the fires. It was a nice, cool day. A few farmers are still harvesting, but I think they were happy with the rain, also.

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

Cottonwood News: Hattrup play set for Aug. 11-13

Chieftain: A Tale of Hidden Helpers is a musical theatrical production from an original script with three new songs written by Michael Hattrup, that you will not want to miss! It is a tale of Catholicism coming to the 11th century Vikings of Iceland, and how our guardian angels are always helping us. Come to support our young Catholic home school actors! All performances are at Summit Academy Gym in Cottonwood, Aug. 11, 12, and 13, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to cover production costs. Concessions will be available for purchase, including tacos at the Sunday performances. This is a group of amazing performers.

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

Cottonwood News - It’s zucchini season, so pass around the love

Did you know that Aug. 8 is called “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night?” Maybe instead you could make your neighbor a casserole. Here is a good recipe for this holiday. Cube six cups of zucchini, boil with one cup shredded carrots and one-half cup chopped onion for five minutes, then drain. Melt one-half cup butter and mix in one package Stove Top Chicken stuffing mix. Place half of the stuffing mix in the bottom of a 9 by 13 casserole dish.

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

Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish picnic, Mass on tap for July 30

Our family went camping last week. We had a great time, caught some fish and the mountain lakes were beautiful. A nice getaway from the hubbub of summer work. Tri-Parish Picnic and Mass in the Park will be held Sunday, July 30, Cottonwood City Park. Mass will begin at 11 a.m., and barbecue follows immediately after Mass. Bring a salad or dessert. If you want a beverage other than punch please bring your own beverage and a lawn chair. A retreat at Monastery of St. Gertrude will be held Aug 11-13, Friday, 7:30 p.m., to Sunday, 1:30 p.m. A Sip of Silence with Sister Lillian and team leading the retreat. Contact 962-2000.

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

Cottonwood News: Seubert brings home gold, silver medals

Congratulations to Larry Seubert who earned some more medals at the Lewis and Clark Games this year to add to the handful he won last year. He brought home three golds and some silver medals this year in bowling, swimming and the softball throw.

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

Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish picnic set for July 30

Happy 4th of July! This week we celebrate the legacy that our forefathers left us over 200 hundred years ago. It worked for them and still works for us. With the good weather, haying is progressing nicely. Some farmers will be done soon. I hope everyone is having a great summer without accidents.

July 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Keith Wassmuth to be honored at Greencreek event

With the nice sunny days the farmers are starting to cut hay. Some is already baled. Crops are reported to be short because of the cold weather this spring. Congratulations to Dick Remacle on being presented the VFW Lifetime Achievement Award. What an honor for him and his family. Thank you for your service to our country.

June 28, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Haiti team seeking donations

Finally, a nice summer day! It officially begins today, Wednesday, June 21. I was about to give up on summer ever getting here. It must be camping time! Let the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer begin!

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

Cottonwood News: Speech, essay contests open

Everyone get your flags out for Flag Day today, June 14. Let’s show our patriotism for our great country. And don’t forget your father gets special treatment on Father’s Day, Sunday. The father in our house has a birthday also, so he really gets to be spoiled. Entries are now being accepted for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions. Both are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth

June 14, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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

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

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

Cottonwood News: Bible school set for Baptist church

Who’s ready for VBS? Dust off your telescope and discover the incredible mysteries of the final frontier - right from your backyard! Join us for a week of searching the visible to discover the invisible at Galactic Starveyors. Kids will begin each day at Worship Rally. From Worship Rally, kids will gather at the Starveyors Clubhouse where they will explore God’s Word.

May 31, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Blood drive set for May 31

Congratulations to Deacon Joseph Lustig, who was ordained a deacon last week. Also, congratulations to all graduating seniors of Prairie High School and Summit Academy. We wish everyone much success in the future with God’s blessing. The forecast for this week looks great! Lots of sunshine. My rhubarb plant is really growing. Time to make some desserts.

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

Cottonwood News: Register now for family camp

Finally, we get some sunshine! We went for a drive yesterday in the Kooskia area and saw more than 200 deer, turkeys and pheasants. So, they must have survived the winter okay. I’ll bet they are as happy as we are to be rid of the snow.

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

Cottonwood News: Knights cleanup set for Saturday, April 29

The farmers are getting anxious to get in the field. Usually by this time some of the planting is done. But the rain is not cooperating. At least the pastures are nice and green. The cows will probably be going out soon. Then I won’t have any baby calves to watch out my window. At least they will be happy to be on green grass.

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

Cottonwood News: Two breakfasts set for weekend

There will be two breakfasts on April 23: Assumption Parish Mother/Daughter breakfast, 9:15 a.m., at the Assumption Parish hall. All mothers and daughters and women in general are encouraged to attend. The Haiti Mission Team is also having a fund-raiser pancake breakfast at St. Mary’s Church following the 10 a.m. Mass. Husbands and sons and those who did not make the earlier breakfast are all invited.

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

Cottonwood News: Summit Academy play on tap for May 4-6

Emmanuel Baptist Church (404 Foster) in Cottonwood will be having an Easter sunrise service Sunday, April 16, 6 a.m. The choir will perform an Easter cantata, “Who Do You Say I Am?”. Following the service, there will be a potluck breakfast. Sunday School at is 8:45 a.m. with morning worship at 10 a.m., again with the cantata performance.

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

Cottonwood News: Gehring awarded $500 scholarship

Peg Gehring has received a $500 scholarship from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Delta Chi-at-Large Chapter to assist her in her research regarding chronic pain management. The research will be conducted in Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis counties. She will be surveying residents of each of these counties and asking them if they have chronic low back pain and how they manage the pain. Peg is wanting to study those who use traditional doctors, but also others, such as chiropractors, naturopathic practitioners, acupuncturists, massage therapists and personal trainers. The study, showing which type of treatment has the best results, will be conducted this summer with results available next November 2017.

April 5, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Community yard sale on tap for May 20

The date for the Cottonwood Community Yard Sale will be May 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7 to be on the map. The proceeds are going to the Prairie Cross-Country Team this year. To sign up call Shari at 962-3559 or Jenny 451-4244. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you. Deadline to sign up is May 10.

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

Cottonwood News: Mardi Gras fund-raiser is next week

The St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Fund-raiser is just around the corner on March 25. We will have a prime rib dinner, catered by Rodonna’s, as well as live and silent auctions. This year we have guns, fishing trips, Stihl chain saws and a cord of wood, one ton of pellets, and many more items up for bid. We have a great DJ to provide music and the Black Jack tables will be running. Tickets are $35 each and are available at the front desk at the hospital, or you can purchase them at the door. We hope you all can make it!

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

Cottonwood News: Pirates take second

Once again we woke up to snow this Sunday morning. Somewhere I read that we usually get 30 inches of snow in a year. Before this last snowstorm, we were at 87 inches. With another five to six inches we are triple the average for a year. The Says Phoebe birds showed up this week. I’ll bet they are wondering what all this white stuff is!

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

Cottonwood News: Hospitality shelter plan under way

So, we get to wake up to snow again. Yea! Isn’t it wonderful? The city of Cottonwood is working on establishing a hospitality shelter for stranded travelers. During the recent road closures, they had the opportunity to open the Cottonwood Community Hall to provide a safe, warm place for people to go.

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

Cottonwood News: Summit girls are ‘sporting’ at tourney

The snow is melting pretty fast except for the drifts or piles of snow that the tractors made. I wasn’t home the day the three- foot drift outside my kitchen window went away. The wheat fields seem to have survived the snow cover for two and one-half months. Cottonwood Ski Butte still has lots of snow so you still have a chance to go skiing and not have to travel a long distance.

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

Cottonwood News: Dinners are Feb. 25, 26

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you and those who are special to you have a great day. We especially ask God’s blessing on all married couples. Maybe our days of being snowbound are over. We have certainly had our share this year.

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

Cottonwood News: Town grows with new businesses

Finally, we were able to get the snow pile off of our porch. I think the animals are happier with the milder weather also. We are hoping for better weather for calving. It is pretty tough for those little ones when it is so cold. A hair dryer blowing on them works wonders!

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

Cottonwood News: Alumni basketball games set for Thursday

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are having a great week with family and friends. I can’t believe how the snow just keeps piling up. The trees are beautiful with snow on the branches. The road crews have been busy working to keep the roads clear. Don’t forget to thank them for their tireless effort. Many of them are out there during the night so we can get where we want to go in the morning. Good job, guys!

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

Cottonwood News: Craft fair set for Dec. 4

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over. I hope everyone survived! Now we can start thinking about Christmas. The cows are all home so we have something to watch in the pasture up on the hill. They always seem happy to be home.

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

Cottonwood: Veterans program set for Dec. 1

We had a little dusting of snow last week. That was our warning to get those snow tires on and wrap up those fall chores. Time is running out! A presentation of the veterans program by the 1st -7th grade will be held at Summit on Dec. 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome and a free lunch will be provided to all our guests that day. Postcards were sent home with the students, invite friends/neighbors/family.

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

Cottonwood News: Summit chess tourney set for Dec. 10

We had an enjoyable time at the Jukebox Saturday Night Swing Dance at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. Adults and kids danced and visited, even if you did not know them when you came in. Some wore vintage clothing and had a good time playing pool. It was a very friendly atmosphere. Next week there will be a country dance at the Vets Center at 318 East Main in Grangeville.

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

Cottonwood News: Reward offered for information on bull killer

A Veterans Day program is planned for Friday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Prairie Junior Senior High School Gym. All veterans and their families are invited. The FFA will provide a free breakfast for the veterans starting at 7 a.m., on the stage in the gym. A slide show to honor veterans is being prepared. Photos from previous years are available but additional photos are sought. Email photos to Laurie Karel at KAREL@SD242.ORG by November 19th. Some veterans will be recognized with a patriotic quilt made for them by The Prairie Quilters. Those ladies are doing a great job.

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

Cottonwood News: Program records stories for offenders’ children

I hope you had a Happy Halloween on Monday. It is definitely fall now. Thanksgiving is not far off. The time change is coming next Sunday morning at 2 a.m. So we “fall back” to regular time. (Yawn) Now I can get that extra hour of sleep that I have been missing all summer. Next Sunday, Nov. 6, is the Assumption Parish dinner, bazaar and raffle. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Bingo all day. Judy Forsman is the chairperson for the dinner, so contact her with questions at 962-5906.

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

Cottonwood News: Mystery Night is this weekend

Mystery Night is coming up this weekend with an exciting night planned. Some live auction items are the ever-popular dinners including a Murder-Mystery Dinner. Cajun Seafood Boil and a Big Fat Greek Dinner.

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

Cottonwood News: Democrats to meet at Greencreek

Idaho County Democrats will be holding their election year dinner at Greencreek Community Hall this Saturday, Sept. 24. The theme this year is “Celebrating Idaho Women Who Broke Barriers.” Grangeville native, Mundek Clement-Stein, will again be the master of ceremonies and music will be provided by more local talent, the Syndicat Bros., Pete Northcutt and Johnny Henderson.

September 21, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Preschool Catechesis classes offered

Fall semester for That Man Is You (TMIY), titled “A Light to the Nations,” begins at 6: a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Cottonwood KC Hall. There will be 13 sessions in the fall and 13 in the spring. This is the third year of a three-year program. Light to the Nations takes men on a journey into an important reality:

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

Cottonwood News: Purchase ‘Mystery Night’ tickets now

Please join Summit Academy for a night that’s “Out of This World” at this year’s Mystery Night Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Greencreek Hall. The stars will align for one lucky ticket holder to be the grand prize winner of $10,000, redeemable at any of our stellar sponsors:

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

Cottonwood News: Holy Cross Church burglarized

It rained on the Raspberry Festival on Sunday, but a lot of people stayed around anyway. Some came after the rain. The art show was a popular event for the first time this year. Local artists were invited to show off their work. The sisters work very hard to make everyone feel welcome.

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

Cottonwood News: Tri-parish Bible school on tap

I hope all the fathers had a great day Sunday. We spent the day with family and friends in the mountains; our favorite thing to do. Haying is getting started on the prairie. Some farmers were able to get some hay in before the rain. Our family is cutting hay today, so that means I get grandkids all week!

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

Cottonwood News: VBS to take place at Emmanuel Baptist

Batten down the hatches and prepare to be Submerged! Join us for a week of exploring below the surface. Kids will begin their exploration each day on what lies below the surface in the deep sea by creating crafts, playing fun games, enjoying tasty snacks, singing cool songs, and learning about missions. Kids will discover that Jesus saw people for who they were deep down, not who they appeared to be on the surface.

June 8, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Uptmor wins ‘Star’ award

Wasn’t that a nice rain we received all day on Sunday? Maybe it changed your plans for the day, but everything looks so nice and green so it was worth it. It is past May 10 and my king birds are not back!

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

Cottonwood News: Prairie concerts are this week

Did you have a good Mother’s Day? The Knights of Columbus were very generous to give roses to all the mothers at the weekend Masses in the Tri-Parish. I got to spend time in the woods with my children, and the sun was shining so it was a good day.

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

Cottonwood News: Next health walk is May 7 in Cottonwood

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day so you can take your wife or mother out to breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Breakfast at the KC Hall. They will be serving from 7-10 a.m. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Only a short time left to get on the map for the community yard sale. All map proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact Tami Quick at 983-6505 to sign up on the map. Deadline is May 16.

May 4, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Yard sale is May 21

It’s time to get the cows out to pasture. With the recent rains, the pastures are looking pretty good this year. We have seen lots of cattle being trucked to pasture recently. It is about time to plant gardens also. The Says Phoebe birds are back and already nesting.

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

Cottonwood News: Bruner, Uhlenkott honored

Due to scheduling conflicts, Le’ Beef for the Cure on April 30 in Cottonwood has been canceled. Anyone who has purchased tickets can get a refund from the person of purchase. Tami Quick said, “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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

Community walks planned through May

Spring is definitely here! We worked in the yard, planted trees, trimmed the raspberries, and the frogs are croaking out in the pond. We missed them last year since the pond dried up and there were no frogs.

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

Cottonwood News: Mother-daughter breakfast set for April

I hope everyone had a happy Easter. We did in spite of the snow, rain, cold and even had some sunshine. The kids, and even some big kids played baseball, football and had an egg hunt. The weather was good on Saturday for the Easter egg hunt in Greencreek.

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

Cottonwood News: Women’s retreat set for monastery

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Prayer: May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall softly upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Author unknown.

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

Cottonwood News: Krogh scores 22 for Summit

The Summit Academy Patriots edged out Rockland to win their first athletic trophy in the Idaho Class 1A Division II state tournament Saturday at Caldwell High. The score was 51-47 in the consolation championship game helped along by Tyler Krogh’s 22 points.

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

Cottonwood News: Prairie ‘Academic All-Stars’

The 39th annual parish dinner at Keuterville will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roast beef, ham, real mashed potatoes and gravy along with the trimmings is the menu. Bingo will be played all day on the stage, and the raffle drawing for 23 prizes will begin at 4 p.m.

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

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Congrats to Hoop Shoot winners

I hope all of you had a happy Valentine’s Day with the people that you love. Congratulations to the first female mayor of Cottonwood, Shelli Schumacher. Denis Duman did a very good job for a lot of years. Mega kudos to you, Dennis!

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

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Benefit purse auction set for March 5

The second annual Purse Auction to benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will be held Saturday, March 5, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the auction starts at 2:30 p.m. There will be a $10 per plate potato bar and drink, with all proceeds going toward the fund-raiser. You can donate a new blanket for a free meal. Donations are being accepted.

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

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Driver’s ed to start

We woke up to snow on the ground again this Monday morning. It has actually been pretty mild temperatures lately. We have two calves now so this is the busy time on the farm.

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

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Super Bowl food available

The third annual Holiday Chess Tournament was held at Summit Academy Jan. 16. Taking first place overall was George Watson with Cody Wassmuth of Summit taking second overall and Preston Ammerman of Kooskia Middle School taking third. For first-third graders, Asher Smith, a home schooler from Kooskia was first with Greta Watson of Summit taking second.

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

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Credit union meeting is Jan. 31

Cottonwood Credit Union will host its annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, at Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 4 p.m. with meeting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate or donate a food item for the food bank. RSVP to the credit union by Jan. 15 by calling 962-3451, 924-0225 or 937-9877.

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

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Grandkids number 13 in Summit’s program

Merry Christmas everyone. May the light of the Christ Child fill your heart and home with love. The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: Dec. 24, 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s with Fr. Ruben Nuxoll; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s with Fr. Paul Wander; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Assumption with Msgr. Andy Schumacher; Dec. 25, Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s with Fr. Paul Wander; Dec. 25, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s with Fr. Paul/Fr. Ruben.

December 23, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: PES donates to newborns, families

Greetings on this snowy morning. The snow arrived yesterday just in time for us to go get Christmas trees. We had a great time playing in the snow with friends and family. Skiers are probably happy with the new snowfall on Cottonwood Butte.

December 16, 2015 midnight read more..

Cottonwood News: Family Advent night set for Dec. 9

The Prairie Faith Formation Program will be hosting a Family Advent Night at 6 p.m. at the CEC building on Dec. 9. We will be serving chili and cinnamon rolls, making a keepsake for advent, and much more! Everyone is welcome.

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

Cottonwood: KCs selling Christmas cards

The Cottonwood Saddliers and 4-H Club is sponsoring the lighted Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 13. Lineup will be at the Catholic Church parking lot at 4:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 5 p.m.

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

SMH to sponsor ‘Angel Tree’

St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will be sponsoring a Christmas “Angel Tree” for families in need of help getting through the holidays. Families in need are encouraged to call Stacie Jackson at 962-2326 (days) or 962-3201 (evenings). She will confidently record child’s name, age, gender, clothing size and gift request. Gift requests should not exceed $25.

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

Credit union is first in scarecrow contest

It looks like fall is here, time to get your snow tires on. The calves are weaned and are doing very well. It isn’t even too noisy around here. It is time to clean out your garden if you have not done it yet.

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

Education purpose? ‘To get to heaven’

The youth group from the Tri-Parish would like to help the needy in our area through collecting canned food. They will be going house-to-house from 6-7:30 p.m. asking for donations for our local food bank on Oct. 28 throughout the Cottonwood and Ferdinand areas. They will appreciate any help in supporting the needy! Anyone who does not live in these two communities but still wishes to donate, may call the office at 962-3214 and make arrangements to leave off their donations.

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

Piano up for grabs at Holy Cross

The Historical Lecture Series has begun at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. These events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of our region and presentations on topics of interest to the local public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

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

Last summer Mass set for Holy Cross

After the rain Saturday evening, I went outside just to look at the blue sky! It was beautiful. More rain on Sunday should have been of some help to the firefighters. The full moon was something to see also.

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

Awana starts Sept. 9

Are we ever going to be rid of this smoke? I don’t remember any time that it was this bad. Let’s all pray for rain to put out the fires.

August 26, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Huckleberries are few and far between

Harvest is progressing well on the Camas Prairie. On the average, most farmers are reporting yields are down from what they usually are. Haying is winding up on the west side of the prairie. It was cold this morning when we were out picking raspberries. The berries are almost finished also.

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

Cross-Country team participants sought

Fun, food, hugs and smiles were enjoyed by all who attended the “original” Prairie High School class reunions of nine years (1962-1971) which was held on July 11 at the Cottonwood City Park.

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

Yard sale on tap for thrift store

Second Hand Treasures Cottonwood Yard Sale is July 18. It will be held in the grange building on Main Street in Cottonwood from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many new items have been added so come and see — lots of toys, books, games, puzzles and things of interest to kids. They are doing Christmas in July, so lots of decorations, etc. Other items include twin beds, a crib that makes into a junior bed, electric range, small chest freezer, dresser with a mirror, two nightstands, two TV tables, bookcase, assorted tools, fishing poles, and an electric handicap chair mounted on the wall for getting up and down stairs. Proceeds go to Summit Academy. Arnzen Drug, Purses Galore, Pure Elegance and possibly more downtown businesses will have sidewalk sales.

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

SGA class of ’65 gets together

Happy 4th of July to all of you. However you spend it, be safe with fireworks and have fun. A great way to celebrate the 4th is to come to Greencreek for all-day fun. With breakfast, lunch, auction and street sports, you are guaranteed a good time. Fun for the younger set are the kiddie rides. I will make my gooseberry pie again this year.

July 1, 2015 8:27 a.m. read more..

Haying a month ahead of schedule

COTTONWOOD — Haying is in full swing on the prairie and even in the Westlake area. This is about one month earlier than usual. The odd weather this spring is the cause of it.

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

Blood drive: June 9

The warm weather is upon us and the kids are in their last week of school. It’s graduation time for the seniors. Congratulations to all of you as you go off to seek your fortune.

June 3, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Summit screening set for April 28, 20

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is open now until April 30. Anyone interested in applying for controlled hunts can apply at Fish and Game offices or license vendors with a credit card by telephone or over the Internet.

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

Communion servers sought

Grangeville YWCA is holding a fund-raiser on May 2. It will be the first annual Purse Auction and dinner. It will be held at The Hangout in Cottonwood starting at 4 p.m.

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

Roll-off bin ready for yard waste

The annual Cottonwood Community Cleanup roll-off bin will be at the corner of Idaho and 2nd South Street (near the city shop) until May 1 for inert waste such as yard waste, branches and clean out the garage stuff. It is not intended for household trash, hazardous waste or animal waste.

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

Mardi Gras is March 21

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is sponsoring the “Mardi Gras” on March 21 at Cottonwood Community Hall.

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

‘Jungle Book’ set for March 20

Can you believe the beautiful weather we are having? It’s great for all the little calves to have the nice warm sunshine. Good time to get out in the yard and start getting things shaped up.

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

Summit sports teams faring well

Summit seventh grade girls participated in a volleyball tournament held at Prairie Elementary School on Saturday. Summit won the championship and was undefeated for the day.

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

Mader is Coach of the Year

It has certainly been cold the last few days. Last week it was nice enough to work out in the yard. I even saw some tractors out in the field. The fertilizer companies were busy also.

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

Calving season under way in county

The weather has been excellent for baby calves. We had our first one Saturday. I see a few around on other farms also. The trees are starting to bud out, and flowers are poking through the ground. The pussy willow is blooming, too. I think they call this “spring fever.”

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

Holy Cross dinner on tap for Feb. 8

The Idaho Catholic Youth Convention is coming up soon. All the youth of the Tri-parish are invited to attend. Are you interested in sponsoring a youth for ICYC? Cost this year is $128 for a youth to attend ICYC. Some of our youth cannot afford the fee to attend ICYC, so any amount you would like to contribute to help is very much appreciated. Make your check payable to St. Mary’s Parish and mark it for ICYC.

January 21, 2015 6 a.m. read more..

Order Super Bowl food

Chili and cinnamon rolls for Super Bowl Sunday! Do you have a group of people coming to watch Super Bowl on Feb. 1 and are not sure what to prepare?

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

Ski butte opens for season

COTTONWOOD — Cottonwood Butte Ski Area opened last weekend. They plan to be open on weekends from now on. It is really a good hill and offers a challenge if that’s what you want. They offer lessons also.

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

Blood drive set for Jan. 6

Well, we finally got the snow everyone was praying for. We did not have our Christmas party until Dec. 27, so we got to have a white Christmas. It was wonderful to have all the family home. The next day, this huge six-foot snowman showed up in the neighborhood. Makes you want to sing “Frosty the Snowman.”

December 31, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Crab feed set for January

The open house at Prairie Community Library was enjoyed. While Christmas carols played in the background, there were popcorn, cookies and fudge for snacks to go with a warm drink. Buster, the library mascot, donned his Santa cap and stole the show by reading his favorite story, “How to Train Humans to do Tricks.” Afterwards, all helped to remove any movable furniture so the carpet could be cleaned during the closure of the library during the holidays.

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

Church service slated

Emmanuel Baptist Church is proud to present a Christmas cantata – “Christ Was Born for This,” performed by The Whispering Pines Southern Baptist Association Choir, on Dec.

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

Knights conducting coat drive

We still have our first skiff of snow on the ground and the temperature is still hovering around 10 to 20 degrees. Brrrrr! What an introduction to winter! But I guess it’s time.

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

Anglen featured library artist

For the month of November the Prairie Community Library is featuring artisan, Jean Anglen who practices a firing and glazing technique that started more than four centuries ago in Japan — the raku firing of pottery.

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

Parish dinner on tap for Sunday

Prairie Community Library’s Bräts & Brew Fest went very well this year with only a few minor hitches. There was a good list of auction items. The Coffey Twins lived up to their reputation and kept the crowd dancing. John and Mary Funke won first place in the dance contest. Second place went to Greg Frei and his partner, and third place went to Bud and Sylvia Uhling. Prizes were given out by the judge, Jane Burgess.

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

Brats and Brew on tap

Photos for the Chamber of Commerce scarecrow decoration contest are now on the chamber’s Facebook page at Go there to check them out and you can be the judges. The winners will be chosen by which ones have the most “likes” on the Facebook page. The first-place business will receive $50 in chamber bucks with the second-place winner receiving $20 in chamber bucks.

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

Day on transplant list

St. Mary’s Hospital will be hosting a welcome/farewell dinner on Oct. 27 to welcome Dr. Abby Luensmann and nurse practitioner Scarlett Uhlenkott, and to say good-bye to Dr. Farnworth and his family...

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

Mystery Night set for Oct. 4

Hot Rod Fever is the theme for Summit Academy’s Mystery night this year. The date is Oct. 4. The place is Greencreek Hall and the $125 donation includes admission for two, no host bar and a one in 400 chance of winning the grand prize of $10,000.

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

Wine sought for annual event

Bräts & Brew Fest plans are taking shape. The sauerkraut is in the crock and board members are gathering items for the auctions. As a side event this year, we are looking for anyone who would like to donate a bottle of wine. We will accept any kind. We will sell corks that are numbered and you will get the corresponding bottle.

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

Senior exercise class on tap

Senior exercise will be held for both men and women at the Cottonwood Community Hall Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per month and this will be facilitated by Shelli Schumacher and Cheri Holthaus.

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

Skydiving wish fulfilled

Let me tell you about my day last Friday. I was sitting in this perfectly good airplane when someone opened the door — well, maybe I better start at the beginning.

August 27, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Lots of fires cause smoke-filled days

It’s very smoky as I write this morning. According to reports, some fires have been controlled but there are lots of fires around the Northwest that are not yet contained.

August 13, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Kids play ‘Simon Says’ weather game

This week for summer reading the theme was about weather. Kim Frei stepped in as substitute leader and did a great job. They learned all about rain, snow, and other information about the weather.

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

Reading program offers ‘far out’ fun

Prairie Community Library summer reading participants joined in with volunteers this week to explore Far Out Space Fun! After the welcome was given, all of the children gathered to play a solar system info game.

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

Basketball camp is next week

Happy Fourth of July to everyone. Have fun with your family and friends, and remember “Freedom isn’t Free.” We have to work at keeping the freedoms we have or they will be taken away. Fr. Paul will have a Mass at 7 a.m. at St. Anthony’s in Greencreek on the 4th of July. What a great way to start the day.

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

‘Mad Scientist’ visits

On Thursday, June 19, “Mad Scientist” Dr. Stingleflurp (a.k.a. Joseph Halligan) visited the Prairie Community Library to share his favorite story, “The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School,” and do a few experiments with the children who were participating.

June 25, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Bible schools set locally

Lots happening at Emmanuel Baptist. Aaron Michael Weil will be live in concert at Emmanuel Baptist church on Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. (located at 404 Foster in Cottonwood).

June 11, 2014 6 a.m. read more..

Blood drive set for June 10

It is time once again for the Cottonwood Blood Drive, scheduled for June 10 at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Call Brenda Kaschmitter or Cheri Holthaus at 962-3251 to schedule an appointment.

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

Bank robbery puts town on the map

Cottonwood is now on the map! An amazing daylight bank robbery took place on Friday afternoon, May 16, at the U.S. Bank. As soon as I heard about it, I rushed to the window to see if the robbers were galloping by on their horses with the money sacks flopped across the saddle. I didn’t see a thing. I guess I watch too many western movies.

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

Yard sales are Saturday

Father Meinrad, chaplain at St. Gertrude’s Monastery and St. Mary’s Hospital, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest last week. Everyone who knows and loves him wishes him well.

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

School concerts upcoming

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. I hope you have a special day. Prairie students will soon be presenting their spring concerts for your listening pleasure. The Prairie Elementary concert, featuring students from grades preschool to sixth grade, will be Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the Prairie Elementary gym.

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

Summit play set for May 8-10

Happy May Day to everyone! Even if it keeps snowing once in a while, we know that summer is coming. The cows will be going to pasture soon if they haven’t already.

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

Couch shares Ukranian eggs

Dr. Sam Couch is sharing his Ukrainian egg collection with the library for the Easter season. In the Ukrainian Catholic heritage, pysanky are decorated eggs with symbols representing new life associated with spring, resurrection and Easter. He also included a few of his sugar egg collection. Some of the eggs are grouped together with a particular theme. Even the colors have a certain meaning.

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

Easter activities abound

Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day. Schedule is as follows for Holy Week Services at the Tri-Parish churches:

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

Quilt class set for April 12

Well, it’s officially spring and things are starting to green up, but it is coming pretty slow due to the cold weather. A few farmers are getting in the field. Most of the baby calves are here. It’s fun to watch them race around or play king of the mountain. They are just like a bunch of kids when they get together.

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

Bruner is ‘coach of the year’

The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Pinocchio” will be held on Monday, March 17, at Prairie Elementary School gym at 3:30 p.m. There are roles for those students kindergarten through seniors in high school.

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

Crenshaw, Wood are tops in Prairie spelling bee

The winners for Prairie Elementary/Jr. High spelling bee are Garrett Crenshaw, first place, and Brylee Wood, second place. Garrett will now compete in the regional spelling bee in Lewiston on March 8. Way to go! Congratulations to the Lady Pirates basketball team who are 1A Division I State Champions. We are so proud of you. Good luck to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team who are off to state.

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

Summit boys take GPA award

Mega Kudos to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team. They have been named Academic State Champions for 1-A, Division II. They had a team grade point average of 3.550. The award will be presented at the state basketball tournament in Caldwell.

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

Choir at monastery March 9

The Idaho County Fair Royalty would like to invite all little princesses, age 4 to fourth grade to “A Princess Tea Party” on March 15 at the Prairie Junior-Senior High cafeteria on Keuterville Road in Cottonwood.

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

Wilson is new Prairie Library volunteer

Prairie Community Library has a new volunteer at the library. Her name is Melissa Wilson. She has lived in Cottonwood for three-and-one-half years with her family. Her hobbies are cross stitch, baking and volunteering her time for companionship with the elderly. Melissa has been busy helping the librarians plan the new children’s section. Come in and meet Melissa and her beautiful smile.

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

‘Buster’ is new mascot

The new mascot at Prairie Community Library has a name! Catherine Seubert, 4, daughter of Heather and Maurice Seubert, named him Buster.

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

Ministry fair is Jan. 18, 19

The holidays are over and it is time to take down decorations. Everything looks bare without them. It is nice to have this time of year to celebrate God’s gift to us. He is the gift that keeps on giving.

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

Merry Christmas

From the Cottonwood area to the world, “May the Miracle of Christmas give you reason to rejoice.”

December 23, 2013 6 a.m. read more..


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