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White Bird News: Parade, lighting contest both on tap for next week

The snow has arrived, along with that brings on the holiday festivities. The town has been decorated, with more activities coming in the following weeks...stay tuned as to what’s happening! Food pickup is Dec. 6. WBARD will hold their meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. City council will meet on the 12th at 6 p.m. Then on the 13th, at 10 a.m., will be the SRAG meeting, followed by the chamber meeting at 10:30 a.m. at city hall.

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

White Bird News: Decorating to be judged Dec. 14

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Now, on to the last month of the year - yes it’s the end of the year already and that brings on the fun of the next holiday. Do you love the twinkling of lights, the sights and sounds of Christmas, as well as people coming together in friendship? Then join us for the annual decorating of our little town on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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

White Bird News: Help decorate town for Christmas Dec. 1

The frost is slowly taking over, ice is forming in the river, and there is not too much heat left in the sun...guess winter is on its way regardless if we are ready or not. One last reminder that the chamber newsletter deadline is today, Wednesday, Nov. 21. If you have anything for the holidays that you want listed give Char Hurst a call to get it in there. Encouraging all businesses to let her know of winter hours, sales, or whatever you may have going on! They will then be mailed out on the 28th.

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

White Bird News: Turkey shoot set for Saturday

Although we are in the ending of fall, I do believe that winter is not far behind. I hope everyone is staying warm as the temperatures are getting down in the 20s and 30s, and not warming up much higher during the days. Remember to clean the chimneys, and not to have anything stacked near a fireplace.

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

White Bird News: 21-gun salute for Veterans Day

November is upon us, so that means for the next two months the holidays will be here, too. Let’s not forget the true meanings of the upcoming holidays, remember families, not only of the present, but of the ones who no longer have families to celebrate with. Far and near, good friends are also family, so stay true to yourself and help to continue your family traditions.

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

White Bird News: Memorial Park workday is Nov. 3 with hopes to finish before Veterans Day

Once again we are at the end of another month. Boy, they are really passing fast and along with that, comes an end to Daylight Savings Time...remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday, Nov. 3, as it officially starts Sunday morning. Food bank pickup will be on Nov. 1 at noon. Then on the 8th, the SRAG will have their meeting at 10 a.m., with the chamber meeting following at 10:30 a.m.

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

White Bird News: Pottengers available to process wild game

Went hunting Saturday and were coming down Deer Creek, when we came across a big orange rock crusher over the bank. They had the road blocked off and were working at the site, so try to avoid this area. The truck was on a trailer at the Y near Swiftwater RV. Didn’t look too great with the top smashed down, but I believe no one was hurt.

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

White Bird News: Hydrant offering ‘Drink and Draw’

Crisp air and the dusting of snow on the mountains have brought on the effects of fall and winter right in behind it. Hunters are looking for the “big” buck and the anglers are after the “one” that they hope doesn’t get away! To some, this means snuggling up inside next to a warm fire. Remember to either have your chimneys checked or do it yourself and be careful...we don’t want any fires for a while.

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

White Bird News: Dinner benefit for Messick is Oct. 20

The “S” word has been heard from some folks this last week. Yes, snow has been spotted in some places, so we now can say the fall and soon to be winter is upon us. The annual wood cutting for the community saw around 40 people turn out to help, split, load and deliver the much-needed wood to those in the community who can’t get out to get it themselves. Our appreciation goes out to all those who brought chain saws and wood splitters; Ginger, for the use of her property; Bonnie Olmstead, for the great lunch; the wood suppliers; Brodie Robinett for hauling the wood; and Tom and Cheryl Cullin for the equipment and fuel.

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

White Bird News: Robinett, Wisenor are top chili makers

October has arrived — fall is in full swing with the changing of the colors, the elk are bugling and many are still after the big fish in the rivers, and that means that on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. the Medical Relief and American Legion will be meeting at Ginger Welsh’s property to hold the annual wood-cutting for the community. We need wood splitters, trucks, and trailers to deliver the wood for the people in the community who cannot get out and get it for themselves. Last year we had great help and it only took four hours, so let’s make that happen again this year.

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

White Bird News: Golf tourney draws 29 participants

Fall’s colors are starting to show, along with some cooler weather in the evenings. Summer hasn’t let up her grip yet...have you seen the beautiful sunsets? Upcoming meetings to think about: Food bank pickup will be the 4th at noon, WBARD will meet at 7 p.m. on the 8th, city council will be on the 10th at 6 p.m., and SRAG meets on the 11th at 10 a.m., with the chamber meeting following at 10:30 a.m.

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

White Bird News: Legion golf tourney set for Sept. 22

The weather sure is changing, you can feel it in the mornings. Fall is on its way as summer gives up its last few days of warm weather. The fire encampment that was at the rodeo arena has been sent home but the gates to the arena are still locked at this time, so there is still no riding as of now. The committee will let everyone know when you can resume riding down there.

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

White Bird News: Food bank pickup is Thursday; woodcutting upcoming

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Now, we look toward to fall and the activities that come with it: woodcutting, hunting, the sights of the changing colors and, of course, the holidays. Once again, our little town will come alive with various activities. Many will need help so get in contact with someone if you are able to help in any way.

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

White Bird News: Annual gun show at Hoot’s is Sept. 8, 9

Fall is on its way, the cooling in weather hopefully will help with all the fires that are burning in all states. Our hats off to all firefighters and anyone else who are working the fires - please stay safe out there. It’s the end of the month, so not much going on in our little town, but hunting has started, many people are out getting their fire wood, holidays are creeping up on us, so we are busy!

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

White Bird News: Swiftwater RV Park is up for sale

With summer winding down and the start of school, yes it started Tuesday, and the fires still raging in our forests, we can only hope fall will bring on new adventures. Thrilling new adventures await the kids at school, rain coming this fall, hoping to help get a handle on these fires and, of course, many happenings coming up for the fall season. Watch for the chamber newsletter coming out soon.

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

White Bird News: American Legion working on park

This week is the Idaho County Fair. There are all kinds of activities going on throughout the week, with the parade on the 18th. Come see what the community kids have been doing and help support them. Jeannie Fitch from Riggins has been chosen grand marshal and will help with some of the activities at the fair and will lead the parade on Saturday. Congratulations, Jeannie! You can read her whole story in the fair premium book and Free Press special fair section.

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

White Bird News: Make plans for an ATV/ UTV Killgore Adventure

Good news. The hot weather has arrived. Bad news is the fires are still raging all over! No containment on the one up by Pollock, so that means that the fire camp is still at the rodeo arena, closing it to the public until further notice. We thank all the firefighters for all they are doing to help keep us safe! Meetings coming up will be the WBARD one on the 13th at 7 p.m. The chamber will not be having one this month, but will resume in September.

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

White Bird News: Inland giving away lattes at Canyon House this Friday

All of the monthly meetings have passed so it is pretty quiet here in our little town. I will have an update on the crawdad feed and the grand opening of The Hydrant when I return from vacation. Join in the fun at the Canyon House on Friday, July 13, as Inland Cellular will be giving away free lattés from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The tower above the cemetery is up and running with 4G and Internet. Our little town now has cell service and along the Salmon River as the tower at Slate Creek is up and going, too.

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

White Bird News: WBARD committee to meet July 9

July - here we come! Another early deadline for the 4th, so not much to report this time. Meetings starting at the beginning of the month are food bank pickup on the 5th at noon. This is at the WBARD building, volunteers are needed. Contact Leah Harvey if you can lend your time at 208-839-2285. WBARD will meet on the 9th at 7 p.m. The city council meeting will be on the 11th at 6 p.m., followed by the SRAG meeting on the 12th at 10 a.m. Remember, there will be no chamber meeting this month due to summer.

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

White Bird News: Legion crawdad boil set for Saturday

It’s the end of the month and I hope summer has begun. Temperatures are warming up, people are firing up the BBQs and spending time at the beaches. Remember the American Legion Crawdad Boil will be on Saturday, June 30, starting at 4 p.m. ’til gone. More information can be had by calling Walt Lindsey at 208-404-8571.

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

White Bird News: Brian, Barbara named ‘volunteers of the year’

Another great celebration is in the books...I hope everyone enjoyed our little town get-together. Wow, 40 years have now passed for White Bird Days and 29 for the rodeo. The weather held and with it being a little cooler...perfect weather. Thanks to all the volunteers and anyone who helped in any way to make this another success - your help is always greatly appreciated.

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

White Bird News: Let ’er rip with White Bird Days, Rodeo

SRAG will hold their meeting on June 13 at 10 a.m. Remember, the chamber will also meet on the 13th but at 6 p.m. at city hall. They will be trying to meet in the evenings every other month in hopes that some of the business owners and organizations can attend. They will not be meeting in July or August for them.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

White Bird News: Storm rips through White Bird

I hope everyone is enjoying this bright light in the sky...oh, that is the sun! I think it may stay around for a few can only hope! Upcoming meeting and events are the Food Bank pickup on June 7, at noon. On Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m., the WBARD will be meeting. City Council will meet on the 13th at 6 p.m. SRAG will hold their meeting on June 13 at 10 a.m. Chamber will also meet on the 13th but at 6 p.m., at city hall. They will be trying to meet in the evenings every other month in hopes that some of the business owners and organizations can attend. They will not be meeting in July or August for them.

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

White Bird News: Flags to go up Friday in cemetery

Rain again, rivers and creeks running high and a little sunshine, wow is the warmer weather ever going to make an appearance? Farmers’ Almanac says not until mid-June. Just some reminders for this week as there wasn’t a lot happening in our little town.

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

White Bird News: Memorial Day poker run set for May 26

As we approach the middle of the month, I for one was really glad to see the nice weather stick around for last weekend. I hope everyone had a great time and especially the mothers on their day, Sunday. The upcoming events are fast approaching as again we start to look forward to annual celebration of White Bird Days and Rodeo. More on the events as they begin to get closer.

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

White Bird News: Pathfinders ride set for May 9

“And the thunder rolls.” Yes, it did Sunday evening, along with mud slides, rock and flooding during the weekend. I hope everyone is OK, and was out of harm’s way. Even a semitruck was no match for an elk on the US 95 hill. I heard that the High School Rodeo and Riggins Rodeo did well and had great turnouts for both events.

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

White Bird News: High school rodeo, yard sales set for weekend

A taste of summer and we’re back to spring rain...but the sunshine is returning again this week. Most of you on the river have probably by now been experiencing cell service. That’s right, as they have the tower up and running at Slate Creek and are working on the one up above the cemetery. It is up and you can see it from the road. The Fiesta Dinner went really well, music, great food and prizes. Raffle winners were: Darla Brumley won a quilt, Cheryl Cullin won a framed picture, Vicky H. won the crocheted rug and Darlene Wadsworth won the pillow cases. The gun show at Hoot’s showed some really nice articles for sale or trade. The parking lot seemed full for the most part.

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

White Bird News: Rebekah ‘Spring Fiesta’ is Saturday

I think old man winter has finally given up and the warmer weather is on its way. Along with this will bring the snowmelt, rising waters and it will be cold, so be careful around the rivers and streams. The greenery and flowers sure do look great! I found out that the cell phone tower at Slate Creek is now up and running. So far it is only cell service, but data will be operating soon. They are still working on the other one above the cemetery.

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

White Bird News: White Bird gets new fire truck from McCall

What’s new in town — do you know? We had an exciting Friday evening when the new fire truck rolled through town. This fire engine was graciously donated from the McCall Fire Dept. and is now ours, as Sandy was handed the title to it. Many of the volunteer crew members were present and a lot of questions were asked.

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

White Bird News: Mardi Gras is theme for White Bird Days

They say if you build it…we will use it! Well, I guess progress has finally come to our little town. I have been told that above the cemetery, on the DeWitt’s old place, a cell tower is being put up. Watch for the new shiny metal in the glowing sun.

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

White Bird News: Queen tryouts on tap for April 14

March came in like a lion and it looks like it is still a lion…although we are to have some dry weather this next week…we can only hope! Congratulations go out to Sandy Murphy, our White Bird City Clerk on receiving the Administer of the Year award. This was awarded from the Idaho Rural Water Association.

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

White Bird News: Breakfast, bake sale, turkey shoot all set for weekend

Well here I thought we could get away with that “S” word for Spring, but, I think it’s still for Snow!! Does this remind anyone of last year? Spring actually started on the 20th, so let’s hope some sunny weather will come along with it. The chamber had a great turnout for the St. Patrick Day’s sausage feed. Lots of pancakes and sausage. Although a little cool, we appreciate everyone coming out to support this annual event.

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

White Bird News: Killgore Motors opens

Spring isn’t officially here until the 20th, but this last weekend was great! Daffodils are blooming, rock chucks are out sunning themselves, and the birds have returned. Oh, what a pleasant sound! Update on the Fire Department, they have been looking at a new and bigger fire truck and are wanting to build a new building for city hall and to house this truck, but they need your help. This project will cost in the area of $30,000, so they are asking if anyone would like to help in any way, contact Brian Lowe or Rob Beeson.

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

White Bird News: Set clocks ahead Sunday

Well March came in like a lion and I think we have experienced every season we possibly could this last week. Hold on, spring is coming! Correction from last week, the exercise classes are on Monday and Wednesdays, not Friday as reported before. Sorry for this.

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

White Bird News: Taylor is new Idaho Outfitters and Guides vice-president

A couple of interesting facts that were sent to me last week. First, congratulations to “White Bird Kid” Fredrick Gerald Taylor who is the new 2018 VP of guides for the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association. Fred graduates this spring from University of Idaho, where he wrote in the current IOGA bulletin, “I hope to serve you well and bring new members to our organization.” Hooray, Fred!

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

White Bird News: New officers elected to WB chamber board

Here it is the middle of the month already, and as this writing is coming out. I hope everyone did something a little extra special for their Valentine this year. Even if you didn’t have someone special, I hope you wished everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. I didn’t receive the results of the Fireman’s Ball, but will have that for you next week. The only meetings for this next week is the WBARD on the 12th at 7 p.m. This is opened to the public so go check them out and see what they have to offer. The other meeting is the city council on the 14th at 6 p.m. They have a lot of information to be discussed, so plan to attend.

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

White Bird News: Valentine prime rib available at Red’s

Here we are a week away from Valentine’s Day…have you been thinking of something for that special one or are you stumped? Check out Canyon House as they have some really nice items or unique ones for your special person. Then on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Hoot’s Café, starts the dinner (charge is separate) and the fireman’s ball, with all proceeds going to the volunteer fire departments around the area. All the fun begins at 5 p.m., with a $5 raffle at the door with Dave, Joaquin and Verna playing all your favorites to dance to. Auctions and the Rebekah Sweetheart basket will be held throughout the evening. White Bird now has a fresh crew for the volunteer fire department. Congratulations!

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

White Bird News: Annual Firemen’s Ball set for Feb. 10

As we approach the end of January, Mother Nature is doing it again: rain, snow, hail, sunshine or wind, you name it and we’ve had it. The upcoming meetings are food bank pickup is on the 1st, then on the 8th is the SRAG meeting at 10 a.m., with the chamber meeting at 10:30 a.m.

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

White Bird News: Firemen’s ball set for Feb. 10

With the temperatures in the mid-50s down here on the river, I have seen around four to six boats out on the river steelhead fishing. Haven’t heard if anyone has caught one yet! Update on Tony Anderson’s memorial service: It will be held this summer, 11 a.m., at the Christian Church in Grangeville on Monday, July 20. This is next to the GEMS school. No scheduled burial date is at this time. Our prayers are with the family and friends. WBARD will be once again hold its monthly breakfasts, starting on Sunday, Jan. 28, 8-9 a.m. There is no charge for this, but donations are always welcomed. Next planned ones will be held on Feb. 25 and March 25. The public is always welcomed.

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

White Bird News: Chamber newsletter deadline is Jan. 26

Our January thaw is among us…temps in the 40s. People are taking advantage of this going on short road trips, taking dogs on walks and even getting a jump-start on their lawns. Just remember ‘ole man winter is still here. The QRU sent an e-mail, wishing to express their heartfelt gratitude to the community for their donations and support to them. This is what keeps us on the road. We really appreciate this little town.

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

White Bird News: 10-week club trapshoot set to start Jan. 14

At this writing I hope everyone had a great Christmas and are now having high hopes and adventures planned for the New Year. Upcoming meetings for the next week are the Food Bank pickup on the 4th at noon, WBARD meeting. on the 8th at 7 p.m., city council will be on the 10th at 6 p.m., SRAG is at 10 a.m., and the chamber at 10:30 a.m. on the 11th. This will be the elections for the chamber, so if you are interested in helping or wanting to hold an office, they sure could use your help. They are taking the chamber in a new direction so attend if possible.

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

White Bird News: New Year’s Eve dance set for Hoot’s

White Christmas, here we come. It’s going to be a white one and cold, so remember to bundle up and make sure the animals and your pipes are ok too. Since this is an early deadline, some of my news will have passed, but will get the year end stuff in and some for the new 2018.

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

White Bird News: Lighting contest winners named

Can we say “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?” Yes, the snow has arrived, and it was evident of that on Saturday. Out trying to get my elk and braving that storm. No elk yet, but I will keep trying.

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

White Bird News: Decorating contest is on; parade is Saturday

Where to start? The weather is cold…Christmas is upon us in two weeks…not much snow or warmth of the sun? All of the above and I hope there is a happy medium for all of you. Duane is now home enjoying his jammies and the comforts of his house. He will still have to do physical therapy but with the prayers, let’s hope he’s on the way to recovery. He welcomes visitors and phone calls.

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

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

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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