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Clearwater Valley News: Clearwater Grange bazaar, Groundhog Feed are Feb. 3

The Clearwater Grange is looking for vendors for their bazaar and yard sale on Feb. 3. Do you have unsold inventory from the Christmas craft fairs or have you been making new items since then? Do you need an excuse to clean out some closets? The Clearwater Grange would love to fill the hall with vendors and welcomes new people to participate. The event is from 9 a.m-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, and coincides with the Groundhog Day breakfast at the Oddfellows Hall, which brings 400-plus people to town. Tables cost only $10 to rent. Call Carole Bonono at 208-926-7465 to reserve one. This is a fund-raiser for the historic, 100-year-old Grange Hall.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Country, county in turmoil; let’s try to meet in the middle in 2019

I try to keep this column pretty positive, but right now there is not much good news. With a big chunk of the federal government shut down, most of the Nez Perce-Clearwater NF employees who work in the Kamiah and Kooskia offices (as well as the rest of the offices in the country) have been sent home without pay for an indeterminate amount of time. The main thing that the Constitution requires of Congress is that they fund the government.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Valley sees a full year of activities

As I end my 2nd full year of writing this column, I reflect on the fun and interesting people and events in the Clearwater Valley. With this, my first column of the New Year will recapture some highlights of the year’s mix of events, both events with long traditions and new events. Tradition is good, as long as something works, but great to try new things once in a while, or a new twist on the past events. The Kamiah Characters reprised in early January with a live theater production of “Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will,” a murder mystery with over-the-top characters, played by various high school and middle school students. Later in January, the biggest event of Kamiah’s winter social scene, the Crab Feed had another fun three-night run of all-you-can-eat crab, rock and roll by the King pins, local entertainment and community fund-raising.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Harpster Christmas program includes audience participation

Harpsterites gathered for the old-fashioned Christmas program on Sunday afternoon at the Harpster community center (AKA the old Harpster schoolhouse). I got in on the popcorn ball making on Saturday this year. I had fun with Nancy Charley, head popcorn popper, Jan Adams, keeper of the recipe/syrup maker and Patsy Hunter, lead popcorn ball roller. Colleen and I were trainee rollers and gift bag stuffers while Nancy’s and Jan’s husbands set up chairs and organized the room.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Harpster program, Kamiah plays set

I met a great guy named Mr. Sandy Staab at the Kamiah Middle School Library last month. He uses the moniker “The Chess Guy,” and travels to area schools at lunchtime to teach students the game. Fun to watch the excitement of kids as young as fourth grade intent and focused on playing this ancient board game.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah event draws a crowd

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches? Creatively decorated trees, wreaths, swags and the happy voices of children and adults of all ages filled the American Legion Hall in Kamiah last Saturday. This was part of a weekend-long olde-fashionned Christmas celebration organized by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council and many partners.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Kooskia, Kamiah celebrations on tap for this weekend

I enjoyed two Thanksgiving dinners this year. In addition to our family’s Thanksgiving day turkey dinner, a friend and I participated in the Community Thanksgiving dinner at the Wa-‘A’Yas Center in Kamiah earlier in the week. The center provided the turkeys and hams while others brought side dishes and desserts. I enjoyed sharing a dinner table and visiting with Stella Penney and her lovely young children. Great food all around, but special food highlights included mini fry bread and huckleberry cheesecake.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah alumni raise $39k for schools

Idaho made national news last week once again for racist behavior. Fourteen Middleton elementary school staff dressed as Trump’s border wall and in stereotypical Hispanic costumes. They claimed that they did not do this in front of the students, they merely posted it on the official school Facebook page where it quickly went viral.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Craft fair set for Harpster this Saturday

After the Halloween festivities are you ready for Christmas shopping? This Saturday, the first craft fair of the fall season is happening right here in downtown Harpster. The old Harpster school house, now a community center, will be chock full of handmade items ranging from baked goods to purses and totes and items from Avon and Tupperware.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Mayor takes on state walking challenge

Clearwater Valley and Kamiah compete in the regular season as a cooperative CvK team. For districts and state meet they magically become Rams and Kubs again. Both had a great showing at the district championships in Lewiston last week. Coach Janna Privette is thrilled to be taking ten runners to the state meet on Oct. 27.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Carve pumpkins at park this Sunday

Great news for theater lovers! I met up with three members of the Kamiah Characters high school theater group last week at the KHS library. Octavio Spencer and sisters Laura and Kara Dow are excited about a new play they are working on this fall. It is a Star Trek spoof, called “Star Track- the Expedition Menace.” I enjoyed watching two of the Kamiah Characters’ productions last year- “Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will” and “How the West Was Won- Black Hat Optional.” They are fun and light plays that allow the students to try on new personalities and provide a creative outlet. I will keep you posted when performance dates are scheduled. You can bet I will be there!

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

Clearwater Valley News: Smiths clown around in China

The historic Kooskia Opera House Theater is on the market again after selling just a year ago to a private buyer. In 2017 a local group organized to raise money to buy the opera house, but did not raise enough funds in the time allotted by the previous owners. I haven’t heard if the group will try again. It’s a great facility with a second-floor performance space that has hosted many theatrical and musical performances throughout the years.

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

Clearwater Valley News: CvK runners fare well at Potlatch Invitational

There have been lots of recent accolades for current and former Clearwater Valley and Kamiah student athletes and coaches. Two coaches, two teams and four student athletes from Clearwater Valley High School or Kamiah High School have been nominated for honors in the Warrior Athletic Association high school awards for the 2017-2018 school year.

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

Clearwater Valley News: National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 25

There have been rumors for months that the Cottonwood credit union would expand their reach to Kooskia. They confirmed last week they will open a branch in the former Umpqua bank building on Main Street. We joined Cottonwood credit union (in addition to being Freedom Northwest Credit Union members) a few years back because they have a great construction loan program. They were nice to work with and contractor liked it because he got paid quickly. (Although Freedom Northwest Credit Union can in some cases help people to find construction financing, they do not have a formal construction loan program.) It will also be great to have one fewer vacant building in Kooskia.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Flerchinger 3-on-3 memorial tourney will be Oct. 20

Fall sports are off and running, literally. The Clearwater Valley-Kamiah (CVK) cross-country team had a good showing in Deary (Moose Creek) last week, with Melanie Gianopulos winning the girls race, 41 seconds ahead of her closest rival during the 5 kilometer (roughly 3.1 miles) course. Three CVK boys placed in the top 20 led by Kevin Hill in 9th place, Preston Amerman in 16th, followed closely by Jace Sams in 17th place. The boys placed 3rd as a team; unfortunately, the girls don’t have enough runners for a team score. Great job to all the runners. I’ve heard there’s a tough hill in this race. When I saw Melanie warming up before the McCall race she was sporting a sweatshirt with “My sport is your sports punishment.” You’ve got to love running to be willing to put in the miles.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah and CV combine to form cross-country team

I spent a beautiful Saturday morning at the “dash and splash” high school invitational cross-country meet at Ponderosa State Park on the shores of Payette Lake near McCall. It was the first meet of the season for the combined Clearwater Valley- Kamiah High Schools. The team sports a different uniform with C-v-K instead of the usual CV Rams and Kamiah Kubs. Male and female runners from both schools share a single coach (Kamiah science teacher, Janna Privette) and practice and travel together.

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

Clearwater Valley News: ‘Black Panther’ to be shown Thursday night

Do you want to see the new science fiction/fantasy movie Black Panther? You’re in luck. It will be shown at Riverfront Park in Kamiah on Thursday, Aug. 16, as part of the Free Movie Night under the stars series sponsored by the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), with support from the city of Kamiah, 3 D Video, Inland Cellular, and the chamber of commerce. Not only is the movie free, but if you want dinner beforehand, they are offering a free barbecue beginning at 6 p.m.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Deaths of local young men sadden communities

It was a very sad week in the Clearwater Valley with the tragic deaths of two teenage boys. Spencer Flerchinger, a Kamiah High School student, from a fall at Glacier National Park and Michael Routh of Kooskia in a car accident on Highway 12 on his way back from the hospital after the birth of his daughter. My heart goes out to the families and friends of these two young men. An account has been set up at Freedom Northwest Credit Union to help their families. Donations of any amount are welcome.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Wagon Road Days set for weekend

The Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub painted their building a sharp looking dark blue green just in time for Stites Days. With the addition of the outdoor seating and the paint job, their whole look has changed. It appears that painting buildings is catching on in downtown Stites, first City Hall, now the Silver Dollar. That’s almost half the business district. I wonder who’s next? Stites Hardware? They even sell paint.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Stites Days events set for this weekend

Far out! Mrs. Privette served as mission commander to lead the Space Shuttle Enterprise to outer space this summer! Kamiah High School science teacher (and track and cross-country coach) Janna Privette travelled to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama where she participated in a simulated space flight to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station. Her interest in participating began with the fascination that her students have with space travel. She was one of 224 science and math educators from around the world, chosen to participate in this five-day camp. Designing, building and launching rockets is one of the skills she hopes to share with her students.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Fly In set for July 7 in Kamiah

Do you have a child or teen who wants to fly? The Clearwater Valley Aero Club will share the joy of flying by offering free introductory flights for youth ages 8-17. What an exciting opportunity and a beautiful area to fly over! This is part of the Kamiah Fly In on Saturday, July 7, at the Kamiah Airport at 121 Airport Road. Other activities are a classic car show, face painting and a silent auction. Breakfast and lunch are available for sale, with breakfast at 7 a.m. ($10 for adults, $5 for youth) and lunch at noon for only $3.

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

Stites City Hall gets a new coat of paint

Does this cool, wet weather have you dreaming of Christmas? You’re in luck, the Clearwater Christmas Affair, Christmas in July event is coming up Friday-Saturday, July 13-14, at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah

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

Clearwater Valley News: Plethora of summer activities available for all

School’s out for summer! Congratulations to all of the Kamiah High School and Clearwater Valley graduates! It turns out caps and gowns aren’t just for high school. I caught a video clip on Facebook of Maylei Ryan and her class graduating from pre-school last week wearing bright blue caps and gowns while reciting their A-B-Cs. Too cute for words! Off to kindergarten in the fall.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Bar to host patio dance, live band this Friday night

The Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub in Stites is celebrating the completion of their outdoor covered patio with a grand opening on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The Grant Webb Band will begin at 8 p.m., for dancing. They are a three-piece band described as southern rock and blues with country twang. You are welcome to come early for dinner. A mini-bar is available outside for beer and a few select drinks, so you don’t have to go inside at all if you don’t want to. I’ve enjoyed watching the transformation of the old outdoor space, a muddy patch with a chain link fence around it, to a nice paved patio with a high open-air roof. These last couple of weeks people have been out enjoying the space. They will have ice buckets with six beers for $13.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Take mom to museum for dessert

I spent a fun Friday evening enjoying the last Kamiah Characters theater performance of the year as part of a great crowd of all ages. The play “How the West was Won or Black Hat Optional,” was a spoof on Western melodrama. It seemed a perfect play for the “Characters” since the parts encouraged them to have some fun and be over-the-top in their acting.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Earth Day event draws about 100

The weather couldn’t have been better for Kamiah’s first Earth Day Festival on Friday. A week ago, it was raining and snowing, in the end we needed the tents for shade. We had a great crowd of 80-100 people show up to enjoy a diverse set of activities including yoga, gardening, making elk tracks, recycled art projects, trying percussion instruments and several natural resource booths on water use and forestry. It was fun to see the families enjoying pushing baby strollers and riding bikes to the event. People are already talking about what activities to do next year!

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

Clearwater Valley News: Presbyterian spaghetti feed set for Friday

On Friday, I’ll be in downtown Kamiah for a spring festival for Earth Day, April 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It’s a good variety of free activities geared for youth, but open to all ranging from recycling to forestry to yoga, water use, wildlife, culture and art. Hoping for nice weather, but will be mostly under tents if not. It’s a great opportunity to bring a mix of people and activities downtown, for the first outdoor event of the season.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Create ‘junk journal’ April 20 at library

It’s National Library week so stop by your favorite library to see what’s new. I know that April at the Kamiah library has been spending time learning to use their new 3- D printer and making some fun and creative items. The Kooskia Library will hold its annual book sale on Saturday, April 21. They are happy to take donations of books, CDs and DVDs in advance of the sale. No magazines, you are encouraged to recycle those.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Vendors sought for Earth Day activities

After last weekend’s Easter Services, egg hunts, family dinners, etc. the Easter season isn’t quite over. There’s one more chance to hear some inspirational Easter music. The Valley Singers will have our final performance of our Easter Cantata at St. Gertrude’s Monastery chapel at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 7. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to go, and if the weather’s nice a chance to go for a stroll behind the monastery. St. Gertrude’s will provide cookies and coffee afterwards. The concert is free to the public.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Sunny track meet sees Smith take first in pole vault event

I spent a glorious sunny afternoon last Tuesday at the Kamiah invitational track meet with nine teams participating. I arrived in time to watch Kamiah runner Derek Loewen, in his bright red glasses, run a gutsy race to take third in the 3,200 meters (eight laps of the track takes strength and determination to run.) Then Luke Snyder placed 1st and Caden Massey, placed third, in the 100-meter hurdles. (I recognized Massey as the swaggering sheriff in Kamiah’s high school play this winter.) Kaleb Oatman had a great day winning shotput and discus as well as 1st place as part of the winning medley relay team along with Jace Sams, Michael MacMenamin and Thomas Reynolds. MacMenamin placed 2nd in the 800 meters and third in the pole vault.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Busy week in valley schools

It was a week of back-to-school for me, spending time at three area schools. Tuesday afternoon, I stopped at Clearwater Valley elementary school for the spring art show/art-in-action. I walked into a gym filled with happy children, with glitter, glue and paint in abundance and music setting the pace. Displays of artwork created by each student in the school adorned the old room dividers (donated to the school from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest). Parents checked out the art displays, visited with each other and watched the art-in-action happening before their eyes.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Valley Singers set Easter cantata dates

Spring is the time for singing, dancing and theater! This week the Clearwater Valley High School is presenting a musical version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella the Enchanted Edition. The CV theater program has performed spring musicals for the past three years since Mrs. Elizabeth Nuxoll began teaching music at the school. Nuxoll enjoys directing musicals since they are fun and lively. The larger cast sizes in musical theater allow more students to be involved. Twenty-six high school students form the cast and crew. In addition, shop and art teachers and their students constructed and painted the sets. Several parents are helping behind the scenes with costumes and props making this show a community affair.

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

Clearwater Valley News: March in support of schools draws about 30 advocates

The 1st amendment is alive and well in Kamiah with the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly on display. Friday afternoon a diverse group of Kamiah area residents marched in support of education in Idaho in advance of the upcoming area school levies. The larger-than-expected group of about 30 ranged from young children to retirees who value education included a large showing from the Nez Perce tribal community.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah looking to raise another $60k for track resurfacing

This past week I stayed up way too late watching the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Our American athletes, brown, black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, immigrants or native born have skated, skied, jumped, flown, flipped and spun their hearts out on the world stage. Great to see the grace and style of our athletes and their respect for their teammates and competitors. It’s about so much more than sports and watching them makes me proud to be an American.

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

Clearwater Valley: Art show, BrewFest liven up week in Kamiah

Last Tuesday night the Muse Media February art opening was the place to be in Kamiah! Lauren Paterson, artist and Muse Media owner, welcomed a diverse group of artists with the theme What Does Equality Mean to You? An interesting mix of people came by to enjoy the varied art pieces and to mingle, snack and meet the artists. Ashlei Ryan was on hand with a display about YWCA’s local programs to support women and to answer questions. Cameron and Amelia provided some fun live music with guitar, drumming and vocals. Maylei Ryan, at age 5 the youngest artist featured in the show, painted a colorful piece almost as tall as she is. The show will be up for the month of February at Muse Media (410 Main Street, Kamiah). Artwork is for sale and 25 percent of the sales price will go to support the YWCA. We had fun at the Febrewary Brewfest in Kamiah on Saturday seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones. This chamber of commerce event featured local and regional craft beers and hard ciders. Lots of good brews, got to sample five, five-ounce drinks. It’s great to see the Chamber recognizing the craft brewing culture that is developing in our area with beer:30 taproom owner Brian Brokop leading the event. Local band the Syndicats entertained in the afternoon until the auction started.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Brewfest on tap for this weekend

Last Tuesday, the women of Rose Wellness Center gathered at the Center for the full moon to honor the life of Julie Rose Wells. The group, led by Stacy McCusker, shared an evening of yoga, meditation and prayer. We also shared stories and poems about our unique friend Julie and the joy she brought to our lives and the Kooskia community. Her openness to people and acceptance of different ideas continues to inspire us. We enjoyed a potluck and fellowship afterwards.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Groundhog Feed is Sunday

Lolo Pass is a bit of a drive, at the outer limits of Idaho County, but it is lovely up there, especially in wintertime. If you miss the snow and want to enjoy a full moon, the Lolo Pass Visitor Center will have their warming hut open from 4:30-8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, Feb. 2. They’ll have a fire going and hot chocolate and coffee. People are encouraged to cross-country ski or snowshoe on the trails there. You can rent snowshoes for $4 in both kids and adult sizes. Full moon skiing can be a thrill if you haven’t done it! Bring a headlamp to guide you when you’re in the trees. You will also need a winter recreation pass to park in the lot.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Crab Feed on tap for Jan. 25-27

The biggest event of Kamiah’s winter social scene is fast approaching. The 41st annual Crab Feed offers three nights of all-you-can-eat crab dinner and entertainment on Jan. 25, 26 and 27th at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. This year’s theme is Land of the Lost. A rock and roll band called the Kingpins will play Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets cost $30 for Thursday night and $35 for Friday and Saturday. Call 208-935-0200 or stop by the flower shop to buy tickets.

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

Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah whodunit play draws a crowd

A man has died under suspicious circumstances, alone in a locked garage. Household staff, Martha Lysol and Percy Wateryard, hoping for a windfall from his will make promises they may not keep. Then two women breeze into town claiming to be the victim’s long-lost daughters. Crazy Aunt Jemmy Jean, the victim’s sister, seems stuck in the past. A swaggering small-town sheriff, searches for clues and struggles to get to the bottom of it, with help from an intrepid news reporter, Freida Post, as bodies pile up.

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

Kamiah News: Live theater returns to Kamiah

The “Kamiah Characters,” comprised of Kamiah High School students, returns to the stage this week performing a comedic play called Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will by Pat Cook. The play, directed by teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins, includes a large group of 20 students who have practiced intently since October. Dow describes the play as “soap opera, parody, dark comedy, murder mystery.” It sounds like fun to me! Hopkins and Dow teamed up to revive the high school drama program with their first murder mystery last spring. It’s wonderful to see these two fun, enthusiastic teachers offering students a creative outlet and some midwinter entertainment for the rest of us.

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

Clearwater Valley News: America already is great

One of last year’s buzz phrases was “make America great again.” It makes me sad, that people don’t think this is a great country. I have always thought America is great. Maybe I come from a different perspective as a first generation American. My mother’s parents chose this country, or more accurately people in this country chose them. An Ohio farm family, through a Lutheran church program, sponsored my grandparents and my Mom to come to the United States after World War II. My grandfather was chosen because of his good deeds helping fellow refugees at a camp in Germany.

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


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