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Lowell / Syringa News: Butterball it is for the Smith family

1,000 snowflakes fell from above in Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 11, and so begins the winter of 2018/2019. And then it stopped. The rivers are up, the helicopters are stacking logs off Coolwater Mountain every day now and the leaves have fallen. I’ll try to get information on the Lowell: Syringa EMT Christmas party in December and report back next week.

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

Lowell / Syringa News: Bugs are all around us

In the air there’s a feeling of fall. Also, there’s about 10 different species of bugs flying all about us. The regular, which includes flies, yellow jackets, bees, wasps, and horse flies, plus beetles, those black ones that smell like vanilla, the skinny brown ones with long antennas, and a few ladybugs. Then a new little white bug just showed up along with grasshoppers. The salmon fly is still here and not to mention the flying ant. My windowsills are pretty buggy right now, and it’s not a pretty sight!

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

Lowell / Syringa News: U.S. Highway 12 project on hiatus until 2019

Breaking news: Highway 12 resurfacing project on hold until 2019, except maybe for turnouts. It snowed on Lolo Pass Sunday, so all surfacing stopped. They will be back. Got an e-mail from John Wolcott. Here’s what he said, “Hi Marie, I am a former Idaho ranch kid who lives in Astoria, Ore., now. We enjoy your column. The other tool in the picture [from last week’s column] is an emasculator used for castrating young bull calves.”

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Kind callers at dinnertime

Football last week: Seahawks won, Kamiah won; Clearwater Valley won, that’s all good! In this little Lowell community with a permanent population of about 22 people, not counting summer second-home folks, it’s pretty quiet. I can count the incoming phone calls on one hand.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Checklist for fall

Officially, fall is here on Sunday, Sept. 23. I think it’s the first vernal equinox after the full moon, after the sun sets in the east, or whatever! Anyway, here’s my to-do list for the next few months: •Pick the pumpkins, put away patio furniture.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Meetings to discuss Lochsa River Corridor

A letter was sent out recently to property owners simply stating, “you are cordially invited to attend two meetings,” regarding information on a new proposal for the Lochsa River Corridor from the Idaho State Historical Society. The first meeting is a summary of proposal with questions and answers. The second meeting is in Sandpoint will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. This will be for consideration for the review board. Short notice but to the point.

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


Clearwater Valley News: Navajo Taco Feed set for this Friday night

I spent last Saturday afternoon amidst happy chaos at the youth zone at Kamiah Barbecue Days. I volunteered at the obstacle course, a large brightly colored inflatable feature with two lanes. Kids of all ages attempted to leap from one large ball to the next landing on their feet, their bellies, however they could manage, making their way across the course, then climbing out and shooting down the slide at the far end. My role, trying to keep some semblance of order, was an interesting challenge.

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

Lowell / Syringa: Wilkins suffers 100 stings

Donn Gibbs and Kelly Brooks stopped by my cabin to drop off some huckleberry cheesecake. Best neighbors ever, always out and about hiking, biking, picking mushrooms or berries, just loving life! Best part is they share! Chris Wilkins and his crew have been working on the roads up on the hill in Lowell. He ran into a hornet’s nest and got stung 100 times, almost like a cartoon but not funny.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Bikers wed in 100-degrees

Lots of weddings upriver this month. They had a big wedding at Syringa last weekend. ROW hosted a fabulous gala of events at River Dance Lodge, along the Clearwater River. Next weekend Three Rivers Resort is in the wedding business at the confluence of the Lochsa, Selway, and Clearwater, something about converging and joining two humans into one, I think! O’Hara Campground on the Selway had a biker wedding last Wednesday, 2 p.m. – it was 100 degrees!

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Bad news, good news

Bad news: Yellowjackets, bumblebees, fire ants, star thistle, prickly berry bushes, dusty gravel roads, highway construction, no campfires or barbecues, and sunburns! Good News: Baby deer spotted every morning, evening breezes, huckleberries are ripe, rivers are perfect for floating and fishing (wear your life jackets), no forest fires close by this year yet, watermelon and corn on the cob are perfect at every dinner!

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Last Upper Selway raft trip is ‘perfect’

Marty Smith and crew, with Three Rivers Rafting, including ace guides Hunt Paddison, Gary McKinney, Sara Sweeny, Gus, and Colin Hughes, finished their last Upper Selway trip of 2018. Landing at the takeout above Selway Falls they had stories of “the Perfect Trip!” Yes, it’s hot, but the rivers all around us are perfect for rafting, fishing, and fun. No smoke in the area so far, so the month of August begins on a good note. The area upriver has been busy with locals and travelers, and last weekend with a well-attended Kooskia Days, lots of folks showed up in Lowell and Syringa to enjoy their old stomping grounds. Everyone had a good time. So now we enjoy August and all that it brings. As I always say, nobody ran off with a trucker, no cougar attacks, no dead beavers floating down the river, and the huckleberries are ripe! Life is good!

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


Lowell /Syringa News: Miss Martha turns Sweet 16

Miss Martha Smith, of Lowell, is turning sweet 16 this week. She is the best, working this summer at Idaho County Properties’ Kooskia office, and Three Rivers Resort. She’s a perfect little 5’ tall 120-pound granddaughter, full of spunk with a great attitude and bench presses ?? a lot (a member of the Kamiah gym.) Happy Birthday, dear Miss Martha!

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Road delays? Big deal! Enjoy the area around U.S. 12

The headlines in Lowell and Syringa this week is the construction starting up our way on Highway 12. Knife River Construction Company and Idaho Transportation Department are moving into our area. It’s been announced in the news and all the newspapers so we all know it’s happening, but just a local spin from this column today.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Perfect week on the river

Campers are headed up the Selway Road and Highway 12 to pick out their camp spots. The big 4th of July week (and I say week because the holiday falls on a Wednesday) will have come and gone before many read this. We will have had a busy week up river.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Happy 100th to Martha Engledow! July 4 is big birthday

Martha Engledow was born on the Fourth of July, 1918. She will be 100 years old next Wednesday. She’s the best mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She’ll be up celebrating with her family in Lowell for a few weeks. All the Smiths and Engledows will gather to help her blow out 100 candles, but she probably will be able to blow them out herself! Happy Birthday Mom.

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

Summer is on its way

Neighbors are all up and moved in for the summer, Donn and Kelly, Dave and Pat, and newly retired folks working on their ponds and yards!

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Living on the easy street of retirement

From the hill above Lowell, I write this as a recently retired resort owner. I slept with a smile on my face last night and uninterrupted with no middle of the night cabins to rent. This morning I drank my coffee without one phone call coming in. I did a load of wash with only some socks and jeans of my own: not one single sheet, not one single towel, not even a stack of cleaning rags! I am on easy street right here in Lowell.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Short and sweet’

Sun and rain, short and sweet. And the news is the same. May 5, Cinco de Mayo, there’s a big raft trip next Saturday to celebrate Ray Kimble’s birthday on the river. The mighty Lochsa came up to six feet last Saturday; 18 brave guides got out there for a 22-mile run. They loved it!

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Denham, Grimm tie the knot along the river

The sun is out, and I will soon be out in it. But first some news flashes. A local wedding at Three Devils Campground last Saturday. Stan Denham and Neile Grimm tied the knot along the river, then had a reception dinner at Wilderness Inn. Friends and family stayed in the cabins here in Lowell and the big, log handmade kingsize beds were made by none other than Stan himself.

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

Lowell / Syringa News: Boulders, shots fired, snow and an interview

Last week I had a brain freeze, the Ides of March set in and I didn’t beware, a big boulder on Highway 12 at milepost 116, a cougar sighting at Two Shadows, and early morning rapid fire coming from across the river – bapbapbapbap — a series of three times, very loud! Turkey hunters, I don’t know. Sounded really close.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Fish traps are set

We have sprung ahead and have an hour more sunshine for the Clearwater Valley High School track season. Mike Smith, Jr., of Lowell, is the head coach for the 2018 season with Lara Smith as assistant coach. They have a good turnout of students, as well as some much needed sunshine. First meet coming soon.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Snowplows stay busy

Eighteen inches of new snow on the ground, steelhead fishermen looking for a campground decided to step up and rent a cabin and state highway snowplows working all night on Sunday. That’s life upriver this last week.

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

Lowell / Syringa News: All is quiet on the Lowell-Syringa front

No writing about weather, just look out the window. No writing about hunting, nothing getting hunted. No writing about parties or meetings, that was zero at last count. Highway 12 is quiet, no Lifeflight this week in Lowell, not even a request for help with a flat tire out in front of my office, which usually happens once a week.

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


Lowelll / Syringa News: Rivers are a-rising; snow is falling at Lolo Pass

It rained for Groundhog Day, it rained for the Super Bowl (best one ever), it rained so hard the Mighty Lochsa River came up to 10,000 CFS and the remote Selway River is at 15,000 CFS. It rained on the steelhead fishermen, it rained on the cougar hunters, it rained on the college students going to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Lolo pass got 15 inches of new snow.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: Celebrating 73 years of life, 40 years of newspaper writing

Life Flight landed twice at the confluence this past week, coming in from Missoula low and fast. Once for a truck driver and once for a slip and fall, but that’s all the details I heard. Rented three cabins on the river last Saturday and Sunday. All of the guests were heading up the Lochsa to enjoy Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, so it must be accessible.

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

Lowell / Syringa News: Idaho state snowplows are on duty

There’s not a lot of news to report up on the Lochsa in January. The beaver family at the confluence had two babies. What are baby beavers called? Pups maybe? The nights have been freezing and we have about two feet of hard-packed snow. The river didn’t freeze over yet this year. The state highway snowplows are on duty and get ahead of the ice on the roads each morning before the school bus.

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


Lowell / Syringa News: No fake news here

No fake news, everything is white, don’t need to dream about it, don’t need to wish for it, it’s everywhere: Lewiston, Kooskia, Lowell, Syringa, and Powell too! Up the Lochsa, up the Selway, and down along the Clearwater. Some locals just get out their boats and go fishing. A couple of guides for Three Rivers Rafting had a great day fishing on the Selway last week.

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

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