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White Bird News: Deer gather for snacks at Gortsema home

Well, it’s December, along with the town being decorated for the Christmas holiday, we have had an even bigger problem to contend with. That’s right, no water within the city limits. As of this writing on Sunday, they still didn’t have the problem solved. They have been trucking in bottled water to whoever needs it and a portable water truck was coming in to help fill the storage tanks. Many volunteers have helped from near and far. If you need anything you are to call city hall at 208-839-2294 or Sandy at home at 208-839-2239. Swiftwater RV has opened their showers up to the ones who would like a hot shower – thanks Anna as this is greatly appreciated!

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


White Bird News: Enter town’s Christmas lighting contest

Now that one holiday has come and gone, we start in with the next one. Yes, Christmas is only a month away so will start listing events that will be happening in our little town. Your help is needed for some of them, others you can join in the fun of the season or you may opt to just sit back and enjoy!!

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


White Bird News: Stop by Canyon House, local shops on Small Business Saturday

The White Bird Gun Club played host to their annual Turkey Gun Shoot last Saturday. I was unable to connect with Dave for results so will try to get them for next week. The pinochle games were on Thursday with Smiley coming out as the top winner. Cribbage games on Saturday were won by Janis Ann (1st) and Christy Brown taking 2nd. Great job everyone.

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


White Bird News: Turkey Shoot is this weekend

November is halfway gone and the holidays have begun. The Rebekahs Turkey Dinner was once again a success. We appreciate these ladies for all their effort on putting on a great fund-raiser...well done. The American Legion No. 152 bought dinners for 27 veterans. We fed 225 people and a special appreciation goes out to OC who cooked two turkeys. Hope everyone remembered to get their new 2018 community calendars. I received mine and it is great to see all the information on the area cowboys. A great job and a lot of time was put into these calendars, please help support the Library and their fund-raiser too.

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


White Bird News: Rebekahs dinner is Sunday

Welcome to November...the month has come on like a lion we all know, as the approaching winter hits. It will be here soon enough, but ‘ole Mother Nature is starting to show her colors. I hope everyone stayed safe and also remembered to turn those clocks back. That extra hour really is needed sometimes.

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

White Bird News: Rebekahs Thanksgiving dinner on tap for Nov. 12

The ghosts and goblins and a few more creatures came out in full force this last Saturday as the annual Halloween Party was held at the IOOF Hall. Darla did a fantastic job again this year, along with all the help, donations and, of course, all the games and goodies. Again, hunting is upon us and as usual I tried my hand at hunting, but the weather didn’t cooperate and got snowed on so bagged it until next weekend. Did have fun with the grandkids as they were up for the weekend, so it was fun as usual.

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


White Bird News: Halloween party set for this weekend

While the weather has finally gotten cooler at night and then still nice during the days, I think we can safely say fall has begun. Attention all you ghosts and goblins — don’t forget the annual White Bird Halloween Party, Oct. 21, at the IOOF Hall from 6-8 p.m. This is earlier than usual so keep the date open! We will be having our costume contest (7 p.m.), pumpkin carving contest (bring pumpkin carved or stenciled) and this year a scarecrow contest for adults and children.

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


White Bird News: Fiddlers to play at Hoot’s this weekend

Remember the Old Time Fiddles will be at Hoot’s Café Oct. 13 and 14, all day for the weekend. The Annual Halloween Party is Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6-8 p.m. Darla Brumley is heading this party up and it should be a great time again as always! This is early this year and is fast approaching so get those costumes ready and let’s have some fun!

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


White Bird News: Clark wins chili contest

Saturday, Sept. 30, was a great day for the chili cook off. This community all came out to support our group. Winners this year were 1st – Sheryl Clark ($50), 2nd - ($25) Jill Robinett, with 3rd ($10) going to Jenny Hanson. Jenny also brought home the 50/50 drawing but donated it back. Sorry we weren’t able to get any pictures as Maggie decided to be out of town (playing?) and no one else took any.

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


White Bird News: More than 50 help with wood gathering

The weather has turned and as of Sept. 22. Fall has begun. Some of you may have noticed that not only did it rain, but we also got snow in the higher mountains. It’s time to put away the shorts and dig out the warmer clothes, hunting gear, or maybe just relax by the nice wood stove.

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


White Bird News: Annual wood cutting party on tap for Sept. 23

Summer has come and gone - I do think fall is just around the corner? Snow has fallen in places around the northwest and rains, too. This has helped with the fires, but isn’t enough to put them out yet, so stay safe for a few more months. Fall actually begins on the 22nd, so this will be bringing cooler temps…time for the fires in the stove and bundling up. Also with this comes the general hunting season, so remember to ask to hunt on private ground, be sure of what you are shooting, BEFORE you pull that trigger and do abide by all the rules and then you may be able to do your hunting again the following year.

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

White Bird News: Emma’s Mexican Food opens for business

The wind blew and left a big mess for cleanup. The crews were out picking up tree branches and leaves when I went through there. Hope everyone is ok. August went out with the wind- storm and now September brings on the fall and hunting season. Reminder that food bank pickup is on the 7th at 12:30 p.m.

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


White Bird News: Swiftwater RV Park welcomes camp hosts

It came, it sort of got dark and then it was gone. I hope all of you got to experience the solar eclipse, as for some this was a once in a lifetime event. School has started so hope all the kids are settling in and I know the parents are now breathing a sigh of relief once again as they know they will be continuing on with their education.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

White Bird News: Fire camp still set up at WB rodeo grounds

Here we are in the middle of August already! Summer has come and almost gone and with that school will be beginning in another week, the 23rd. Yes, that was the big “S” word so, remember registration will be the week of Aug. 14 through 18 for Grangeville. You can call 208-983-0580 for questions.If you are attending Riggins, theirs is Aug. 15-17. The elementary school will be on Aug. 22. Call 208-628-6055.

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


White Bird News: Art entries sought for October show

The smoke is rolling in and that means that you are going to find it harder to breathe. Watch the children and older folks as this will affect them greatly. With the fires comes the fire camps. They have put another one down at the rodeo grounds, so it will be closed to the public until further notice.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


White Bird News: Jobs available in White Bird; call now

Are you ready for it? Do you have the proper glasses for viewing? Well, I’m talking about the solar eclipse that will take place on Aug. 21. This is the first one of a total solar eclipse to occur since 1918 that will cover the entire country. You will be able to see it from 19 counties here in Idaho.

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

White Bird News: Library putting finishing touches on town’s community calendar

Good news is that everyone waiting for summer to get here and high temperatures, it’s here…the bad news is that the high temperatures bring on fire season. Fireworks, lightning strikes and campfires are the three main causes, along with human errors, so please think before you do something that could ruin the summer days ahead. I have heard the many planes and helicopters flying, as there are many fires right now in Idaho and Washington that are close to home.

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


White Bird News: Thanks to all for fire help

The heat is on and I have been told that it got over the triple digits a few times. Then Friday evening, it got a little hotter than we were wanting…a fire took out about 400 acres of grassland along the hills above the creek on Heckman’s property. The papers have acknowledged all the government and state officials that helped, but I want to shout out a big thank you to the Heckman boys, Dick Brust and Carl DeFord for bringing in the Cats to run fire lines around the hills, Randy Nunnally for the use of his water truck and anyone from the town of White Bird and surrounding areas who helped in any way – our town responds when the call goes out. Fire is out and we’re just glad is wasn’t any worse than it was.

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


White Bird News: Precinct person sought for White Bird; meeting is July 20

With an early deadline this will a short column this week. I mostly have reminders for all. July dates: 6th is the food bank, 10th is WBARD Mtg. at 7 p.m., city council meeting is on the 12th at 6 p.m., with the chamber at 10:30 a.m., and the SRAG is at 10 a.m. on the 13th. Another reminder is the library community calendar. They are busy getting this ready for 2018 with the theme of western cowboys. They are asking for any updates on the calendar or if you have dropped someone off of it – they need to know! This is a major fund-raiser for them, so let’s help keep it updated.

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


White Bird News: Keep self, animals hydrated in heat

The warm weather has arrived! Our little town is really heating up, so remember to stay well-hydrated and don’t forget the animals as well. Summer is upon us, but the waters are still running high and swift, so be ever watchful of the rivers and streams. Being the last week of the month, June is about gone and July is fast approaching. As we prepare to celebrate our independence, many activities are going on all around us if you are looking for something to do.

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

White Bird News: Five new members join QRU team

The sun is shining and with that came the long weekend. I do hope all had a nice Memorial Day. Now with that being said, I get to bore you for the next three weeks with upcoming events and the “big one,” White Bird Days.

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


White Bird News: Memorial Day activities scheduled

Don’t blink – the sun will go away! It was really nice to see it for more than a day or two. With that, be on the watch for the snakes as they are out and the rattlers are on the strike. Remember that the young ones are more poisonous than the older ones. Be careful with the animals as ticks are being found also.

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

White Bird News: Breakfast on tap for Sunday

The sun made an appearance on Saturday, so hope everyone got out and enjoyed it. I know a lot of people headed for the river, had barbecues, and just plain relaxed for the day. I did not clarify my wording on the Buck Horn Place in last week’s news. This is on private property so you cannot hunt there, but it is available for rent during hunting season. Thanks, Pat, for letting me know.

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

White Bird News: Swiftwater R.V. Park turns 13

We’re into April and it’s starting to look and feel a little like spring is on its way. The rivers and streams are still running very high so please be careful around water. Trees and flowers are starting to bud out or bloom, so you know it’s around the corner somewhere. I know many are venturing out to Pittsburg and some to Kirkwood, so watch also for the snakes…they are emerging from the dens. Bees are out and they may be a little docile yet, but as it warms up, so do their tempers.

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


White Bird News: Heckman working on welding

I have received word that Rod has gone through his stem cell transplant and is doing real well. He will be home by the weekend, but keep the prayers going for this to work. Speedy recovery to you, Rod.

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


White Bird News: Pilant on his way to Texas for transplant

Daylight Savings Time returned on March 12 . I hope you made it to the Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage and hotcake breakfast. It was well attended, with great food and the Old Time Fiddlers were playing from the stage, sounding good as usual. White Bird Rodeo Queen, Bella was even lending her hand at serving. Everyone was very much appreciated. After the breakfast, the Pathfinders ATV Club had their fun ride into Pittsburg. From the photos, it looked like they had a great many riders and beautiful weather for the wonderful ride.

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


White Bird News: Daylight Savings is this week

March has arrived like the lion it has become. Spring is trying really hard to make that appearance but just hasn’t got it done yet. With the help of Daylight Savings Time returning on March 12th (set your clocks ahead one hour) you won’t want to be late for the 10th Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage & hotcake (even the green ones) breakfast. This all begins at 7:30 a.m. at the IOOF Hall. Adults cost $10 and youngsters will be charged $4. There will be extra sausage available for sale and this is very good … so get some extra while you can. The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing from the stage, so enjoy your breakfast while listening to the music.

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


White Bird News: Sickels hits 25 at shoot; local scams are rampant

Well, it was looking like spring was going to make her appearance, with buttercups being found, the robins are back, and we even had some sunshine. No, it was not to be…we got snow this last week and it looks like it will stick around again for a few more days ... ugh! The good news…Daylight Savings Time will start on Sunday, March 12, so remember to set your clocks ahead one hour or you will be late for all the fun activities going on.

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


White Bird News: YouTube video does not accurately reflect town

Where has the month gone – we are in the last week of February! Seems that when you get older, the months start going by a little faster. But who’s old…and the months still pass quickly. March 2 is the food bank at the WBARD building. Deer Creek Highway will be meeting on the 6th at 7 p.m. City council meeting will take place on the 8th at 6 p.m.

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


White Bird News: Firemen’s ball fund-raiser a success

If you have been down on the river you have noticed all the ice chunks floating down and the chocolate coloring to our water. Mother Nature is still at it so please be careful when near the rivers and streams as many are running high and swift.

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

White Bird News: Ball set for Feb. 11

It’s the middle of January and the snow is still hanging on, so is it winter, or with warmer temperatures coming, is it a January thaw? Only time will tell, so in the meantime, I hope everyone is not too homebound.

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


White Bird News: Start year off with volunteer efforts

New year – new beginnings! Oh, what to do, you ask yourself. Our little town is looking for volunteers for various activities throughout the year. You ask yourself if you would be able to do this or do they really need you – the answer is yes!

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


White Bird News: Gun club shoot starts Sunday at White Bird

Food pickup will be on the 5th at noon. The White Bird Gun Club will be starting their annual winter shoot on Jan. 8. Call 839-2653 for information and to get signed up for this fun event. Practice shoots will be on Saturdays and junior shooters are especially welcomed.

January 4, 2017 midnight read more..
  

White Bird News: Christmas parade set for this Saturday

We have snow in our little town and as one resident was heard saying, “we have to all learn how to use a snow shovel again.” It is becoming wintery out there, so take the time to watch out for others, slow down a bit, and give yourselves extra time if you have to travel somewhere.

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


White Bird News: Christmas parade on tap for Dec. 17; no more cribbage tourney results

The snow has fallen and decorations are being put up, so it is beginning to look like Christmas is upon us. Old man winter is here with the temperatures dipping into the single digits. Keep not only yourselves warm, but remember the fur babies; they need help in staying warm too. Hope all the children are figuring out what they want Santa to bring them and are composing their letters. They can be dropped off at city hall and will be read at the Christmas parade Dec. 17.

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


White Bird News: Deck the Halls this Saturday, Dec. 3

Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday. Now it seems another one is on the way! Oh where did the last part of the year go? December will be upon us on Thursday, so on Saturday, Dec. 3, we are inviting everyone to come down to the park and get into the holiday spirit and “Deck the Town for Christmas.” This starts at 11 a.m.

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

White Bird News: Dinner draws more than 200

The election is finally over and Veterans Day has passed, so let’s move on to some new happenings in White Bird! Our little town had two veterans, Toni Robinson and Ed Carlin, who received their Quilts of Valor. The Salmon River School District and Pinehurst Quilters, along with the help of Tammy Stone, helped get this done.

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

White Bird News: Annual Turkey Shoot starts Nov. 19

Sounds as though all the ghosts and goblins had a wonderful time over the weekend, children and adults alike. The many parties that took place were all well-attended and a whole lotta fun was had! Darla was thrilled to see so many at the hall and wanted to give her appreciation to all who helped.

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


White Bird News: City water meters being mapped; Halloween events set

With all that’s been going on, I have now been able to goof up the reporting of the news. It’s the chamber that you are to get your winter news from, not the Rebekahs. Sorry! With that said, I can now hopefully get back on track. First, with the EMR classes coming up. If anyone is interested in being a volunteer on the White Bird QRU team, you can contact them at whitebirdqru@gmail.com.

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


White Bird News: Cribbage tourney to begin Oct. 29

With all this rain, does your lawn look like a lake or is it greening up like spring again? I have seen some horns but not many stories to report, although we did get to help some friends of ours on the eighth pack his out. Got a nice 7 x 8 but was rather small in the body. At least there’s meat in the freezer!

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


White Bird News: City council meets tonight

Hunting is among us so remember to please ask landowners before you hunt, not afterwards. It only takes one person to ruin it for everyone else. That said, if you have any pictures to share of your hunt, get it to me or even the story of your trophy, no matter the size, be it the first one or many, I still want to hear it.

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


White Bird News: Fiddlers will rock Hoot’s this weekend

October is here and with it brings the colors of fall. The leaves are turning and make for some really wonderful picture taking. You can hear some of the animals calling in the wilds…oh wait, that’s just the bugle from a hunter, hoping with all hope of bagging that big one!

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


White Bird News: Heckman wins wood; ladies take food prizes

Seasons are changing and the fall colors are beautiful. The cooler weather is calling the hunters and people are doing the final cleanup around their houses before winter sets in. Along with that, as a senior project, Frankie Zumwalt raffled off two cords of red fir fire wood, split and delivered to the winner, Dion Heckman. Frankie raised around $700 for the youth wrestling program. This money will be used to pay for the youths that can’t afford to wrestle. Thanks for supporting this project.

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


White Bird News: Cookoff is this weekend; American Legion restarts

Looks like Fall is starting to show her colors. The temps are getting lower in the evenings, along with the sounds of firewood being cut. On Sept. 10th approximately 24 people gathered to tackle the load of logs that Pineda Post and Poles donated to the White Bird Medical and Relief. In just more than four hours, nine to 10 cords of wood were cut, split, loaded and delivered to area residents.

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


White Bird News: Andrews takes post as new PVBC pastor

Clean-up, paint-up, fix-up! As of last week you will begin seeing small changes around town. The first is the city hall has been painted with more to come. Sprucing up the town will hopefully bring about the “Proud to Live in White Bird,” theme to our town, with the start of some strong excitement and enthusiasm towards how our little town looks forward to its future. More information on this as it gets started.

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


White Bird News: Bremmer memorial set for Saturday

The first of September has come and gone, rain on its way and lower temps – does that mean that fall is on its way? Hunting has started in some areas so please be respectful of other people’s property and especially the livestock that is out there. Be sure of what you are aiming at before you shoot!

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

White Bird News: Local antique store adds museum

Hope everyone made it to the fair, there were a lot of things to eat, view and, of course, all the blood, sweat and tears that our youth put into their projects. Congratulations to all of you, including the leaders.

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


White Bird News: Council to gather Aug. 10

It’s kinda quiet down in our little canyon this week. We are in our last days of summer and it’s still pretty warm. Many have probably smelled the smoke in the air, either from the forest fires or it’s your neighbor’s BBQ! Did you get an invite? School will be starting on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Grangeville and in Riggins it will be on Aug. 30. Hard to believe – where did our summer go!!

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


White Bird News: White Bird News resumes with Toni Baker

Let’s have some fun, but in the meantime we need to let everyone know what is happening in our little canyon. I am going to be attempting to write the White Bird news for the Free Press. Let me introduce myself…I am Toni Baker and although I do not live here in White Bird, I feel that enough of the folks know me and that we can get the word out as to the comings and goings on from down here.

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

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