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White Bird News: Fireman’s Ball on tap for Feb. 9

Things are changing at the chamber, so join us for the election of new officers tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. This will be at Red’s Café. Great new ideas are popping up and some of the old are going away. Anyone who would like to become a chamber member, plan to attend and see what we are all about. This is short notice, but Char is needing your information for the newsletter by Jan. 23, and they will be mailed out on the 30th. This newsletter will cover all the happenings for the rest of January and into February. If you have anything that you may want listed in it, give her a call at 208-839-2261 or e-mail at

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

White BIrd News: SRAG, chamber to each meet Thursday, Jan. 10

The new year started and hope it has been good for everyone so far. Welcome 2019, as this brings on new events for the year. Stay tuned for information on all the happenings around our little town. Upcoming dates: WBARD will be have their meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Remember to come check out the breakfast on Sunday, the 27th, at 8 a.m. We are serving elk steaks and eggs. Come have breakfast with us and enjoy some great conversation, too. Donations are always welcomed for this event. SRAG will be meeting on the 10th at 10 a.m., and then the chamber is meeting at 10:30 a.m., at the Baptist church. Plan to attend as they will be needing members to step up and help with some of the upcoming events that have been scheduled. They are also looking for new officers to continue with this organization. Check out the next phase of the new fire station, they have walls going up and the inside of city hall is looking good, too.

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

White Bird News: Heckman home after appendix surgery

’m hoping everyone had a very nice Christmas. We did get our white Christmas and now I think winter has set in for the next few months. Temperatures are going to dip down, which can cause some hazard effects. Keep warm, but also if you have wood heat, remember to clean your chimneys and burn dry wood. The roads will be slick at times, so take that extra five minutes to get to wherever you plan to travel. Dates to remember are the food bank pickup on the 3rd at noon. City Council meets on the 9th at 6 p.m. SRAG will meet on the 10th at 10 a.m., followed by the chamber at 10:30 a.m. Pinochle winner last week was Smiley. Cribbage winners last week were Bones winning 1st and Smiley taking 2nd.

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

White Bird News: White Gun club’s 10-week shoot upcoming

Early deadline for the paper, so this will probably just a reminder of upcoming events. Hoot’s Cafe will be hosting the annual New Year’s Party on the 31st. Dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m., with your choice of New York steak, prime rib, or baby back ribs, all with salad bar included. There will be a charge for this. Then join them for music provided by Joaquin, Verna and Dave starting at 8 p.m. Drinks will be available at the back bar. Remember to call for your reservations at 208-839-2265.

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

White Bird News: Town comes alive for Christmas celebrations

Saturday night was the place to be, as the town came alive with lights, Santa Claus and our sky lit up with the great fireworks rounding out the evening. A huge “thanks” to all the residents, volunteers and the businesses that came out to help set up, tear down and whatever else was needed. Winners of the lighted Christmas contest was 1st: Carl & Linda Norton, and 2nd was won by John & Cheryl Zehner. Best Business went to the Silver Dollar.

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

White Bird News: Lighted parade set for this Saturday night

“Baby, it’s cold outside” and I’m not talking about the song! The temperatures have dropped, so stay warm and remember the fur babies, too. One last reminder that Santa is coming to town! Join in for our lighted at-night Christmas Parade on Dec. 15 in downtown White Bird. Parade starts at the entrance to White Bird at 6 p.m., lineup is at 5:30 p.m. Then join us for hot drinks, food, bonfire, and fireworks to follow at the Memorial Park in town. Contact City Hall at 208-839-2294 or 208-839-2457 to enter or for information. Spread the word as everyone is welcomed! Set up that morning and anyone who can lend a hand is needed, starting at 11 a.m.

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

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: 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: 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..


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