December 26, 2017
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..
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..
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..
Just out of hibernation, the residents of Lowell are in for a dynamic spring. Two houses, one being built, one behind Three Rivers Resort, and one up on the Selway River. Both construction companies start this week for about 90 days; I guess that’s how long it takes.April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Let the Whitewater season begin! The Lochsa came up to 2-1/2 feet on the gauge at Lowell; there were boaters on the water all weekend, from Denver, from Missoula, and from right here in Lowell.April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
Colored eggs are easier to find in the snow, so it’s a good thing? Right? Well, at least the snow started the day after the Easter Bunny came. The Mike Smith family all had a nice Easter dinner at Three Rivers Resort, all 11 of us and we didn’t talk politics or religion!April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
We’ve had snow — it’s 18” on the ground. The Fish and Game came and went putting in fish traps at Weir Creek, but that’s it on news, so I’m going to write a news story that happened many years ago.February 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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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