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Laurie Chapman

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Cottonwood Council reviews culvert problem

Cottonwood’s city streets director reported on a looming crisis during the City Council meeting Monday, July 10. According to Jack Duman the culvert carrying Cottonwood Creek below a portion of downtown is rotted.

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Summit Academy opens preschool and daycare

Summit Academy expanded its services as of Monday, May 1. The private school opened the doors of Christ the King Preschool and Daycare.

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Grangeville Ballet Barre’ Recital Set For Friday

Pictured are members of Ballet Barre’ of Idaho County that will be performing a recital this Friday, June 2, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. The group will also open new student registrations in July, and plans are to expand dance styles to lyrical, tap and Broadway next fall. For information, contact Jennifer at .

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Northwest Passage Scenic Byway/ Kooskia kiosk site

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway is Idaho’s longest byway, which at 202 miles, follows the route Lewis and Clark took through North-Central Idaho.

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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture events showcase the vibrant colors and sounds of our communities.

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Tours a great way to explore region’s history

Besides the breathtaking scenery and catching a glimpse of wildlife, exploring North Central Idaho can be a learning experience.

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Honey Bee Heaven

A honey bee flies toward a flowering plum tree in Grangeville. The bees extract nectar and pollen from the flowers for nourishment. Pollen is collected by the bee in its pollen basket, identified in this photo as the bulging section of the legs. Their distribution of pollen also is key to successful growth of plants and crops.

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‘Closure is not something I will ever have’: Mother remembers daughter lost in 2016 accident

May 17 marks one year since Cayla Danenberg died; remains missing

Robin Danenberg was walking to her car Thursday and the sun was glistening in the sky. Something in the leaves of a tree caught her eye. Her immediate reaction was to say loudly, “What, Cayla, what?” It was a piece of a conversation mother and daughter often shared. If it wasn’t Robin, it might be Cayla saying, “what, Mommie, what?”

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Cottonwood FFA earns honors at state

'This learning experience can pave the way for career choices'

With only a few years under its belt, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization at Prairie High School (PHS) earned some recognition recently. PHS walked away with respectable honors after the 86th Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference April 5-8 in Twin Falls.

Levies up for approval in Cottonwood, Riggins

Elections: May 16

Voters in two area districts will weigh in on levy requests. Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) maintained its amount from the previous year at $350,000. Salmon River Joint School District 243 (SRJSD) lowered its levy to $525,00. The question will be put to voters Tuesday, May 16.

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Organize your life

These free mobile apps help even the busiest people boost productivity and stay organized

Everyone from Millennials to Gen X’ers live their lives largely through technology. We operate computers at work, carry a smart phone, and utilize apps and social media to communicate and gather information.

Purse Auction bags successful third year

‘This is what helps these victims get on their feet’

The old cliché – third time’s a charm – truly describes the success of this year’s purse auction. The third annual Purse Auction, held at Cottonwood’s Community Hall, raised $12,574.40 for the local YWCA branch. Debbie Schnider said this was $1,500 more than the previous year and exceeded this year’s goal.

Two Missoula women arrested on drug charges

Two Missoula women were arrested last week on allegations of drug possession. The incident occurred just east of Kooskia on Friday, April 28.

Riggins looking for resolution in wake of ICSO not renewing policing contract

Future of law enforcement

At the April city council meeting in Riggins, Sheriff Doug Giddings informed its members Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) would not renew its contract for law enforcement. Negotiations over the contract have been an issue for at least the past couple years. However, the recent announcement gives the city three months to find a resolution.

Health: Task force revises prostate cancer screening recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has upgraded its recommendations about when men should consider a prostate cancer screening. Men under the age of 70 - who have not been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer and are not exhibiting symptoms - are advised to weigh the risks versus benefits when making their decision.

Cottonwood approves teacher pay increase, pending levy OK

Area district news

Cottowood, Salmon River school districts met Monday, April 17 during regular meeting hours. The following is a summary of business included on the respective agendas.

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New principals step up at Prairie, CV

Rehder, Uptmor return home

Rehder returns home to take leadership role at Prairie High; Uptmor returns to CV as principal; ‘very excited for this new position’

Salmon River District lowers levy request

Decision on May 16 ballot

Salmon River Joint School District 243 offered patrons a slight break in its levy request, breaking a five-year run. The district is asking for voter approval on a $525,000 supplemental levy.

Pet poisonings claims resurface

Two reports filed last year in Grangeville

Contrary to a recent social media post, Grangeville police cannot confirm any pets are being purposely poisoned. Local veterinarians also haven’t treated any animals for poisonings. “Officially, I have not received any reports,” said Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew on Friday.

City council roundup: Utilities, policing contracts at issue

Roundup of area city council business for Riggins, Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites, Ferdinand

From utilities to law enforcement contracts, each month area cities tackle issues to come before the council. Roundup of area city council business for Riggins, Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites, Ferdinand

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Shareholders meeting Tuesday for opera house

Goal to raise $199,000 by June 1 for building

The committee working to purchase and revitalize the Kooskia Opera House as a community center will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Kooskia Community Building. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to purchase shares in the historic property.

Region’s basins looking at water in abundance

There is no shortage of water across the state based on a report released by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Precipitation is above average since the water year started Oct. 1, 2016, and several other basins are seeing the highest snowpack in 20 years.

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Cottonwood to rid the clutter through June 1

Spring cleanup time

With spring officially under way, Cottonwood residents can begin their annual spring cleaning. And with the sun beginning to show an increasing presence in the sky, cleaning yard debris will be an easier task. But what to do with all the unwanted junk, yard waste and household clutter?

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Swift response by emergency, law enforcement

The cargo hold of a Swift truck caught fire Tuesday afternoon, April 11, at milepost 258 U.S. Highway 95.

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Group effort to revitalize Kooskia Opera House

Goal to allow community opportunity to ‘know the magic’

A group dedicated to preserving a historic performing arts center in Kooskia finds themselves under the gun to raise necessary funding.

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The legend we knew as Lonesome

Cowboys and mountain men possess a definitive amount of tenacity. There’s a grit deep in their veins as thick as the dirt beneath their nails.

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Kooskia group hosts Opera House meeting

A group dedicated to preserving a historic performing arts center in Kooskia finds themselves under the gun to raise necessary funding. A community meeting will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Kooskia 100F.

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Grain producers far from getting rich

In a bumper year where wheat producers are reporting great yields, one would expect Idaho farmers might meet or exceed their breakeven point...

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Levy amount set: Cottonwood asking voters for $350,000

District patrons to decide issue May 16 election

For a fourth consecutive year, Cottonwood Joint School District 242 is asking patrons to fund a $350,000 supplemental levy. The election will be put to voters May 16, along with trustee selection for zones 1, 2 and 5.

Conceal carry policy approved; District to begin vetting candidates for training

Salmon River Jt. School District 243:

he Salmon River Joint School District (SRJSD) approved a policy allowing district employees to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds. The decision, in a 4-1 vote, was finalized at the Monday, March 20, regular meeting after a yearlong discussion.

KMO after suspect in Kamiah armed robbery

The Kamiah Marshal’s Office is seeking information regarding a recent armed robbery at a local casino. A warrant has been issued for a Justin J. Ellenberg, 35.

Cottonwood business listening session draws small group to monastery

The seventh of 10 regional “listening sessions” gathered seven people to the Monastery of St. Gertrude Spirit Center in Cottonwood March 23. Christine Frei and Deb Smith with Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA), in partnership with North Central Idaho Travel Association (NCITA), led the discussion. Frei, executive director at CEDA, said the goal was to look at the types of services necessary to help regional businesses grow.

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Cottonwood Creek Running Full

The Cottonwood Creek runs full Wednesday, March 22, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 95 and Main Street in Cottonwood.

District 242 approves funds to complete track

Members hear report on flooding at field house

A lengthy discussion regarding work on the Prairie Elementary School track took place at the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) school board meeting Monday, March 20. Teacher Ryan Hasselstrom presented a request for funding to complete the project, along with an update on issue at the site. Hasselstrom asked CJSD school board members for $50,000 to surface and line the track.

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Celebrating Mardi Gras St. Mary’s Style

St. Mary’s Hospital hosted its annual fund-raiser Saturday, March 25, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Participants bid on both silent and live auction items following a meal. Money raised was earmarked for the installation of a sprinkler system for the hospital. Currently the hospital does not have a sprinkler system and adding one would bring the facility up to building code. The total raised at the Mardi Gras event, toward the $200,000 needed to complete upgrades, could not be confirmed by press time.

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U of I students spending spring break in prison

Program allows ‘Vandals’ to volunteer, teach NICI inmates

The Alternative Service Break program is administered through the Department of Student Involvement at the university. Students participated in the Making Corrections: Enhancing Education in Incarceration event March 11-18, one of five programs available in the spring 2017 semester.

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Cottonwood residents meet, discuss school building’s potential

Fate of former Prairie Elementary; option for community center

Fourteen residents attended a meeting hosted by the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Tuesday, March 14, to hear suggestions about potential uses for the former elementary school building. “Our role is to identify what our options are,” said Michael Taylor, president of consulting firm Vita Nuova. “Tonight, our goal is to hear from you.”

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Wimer Field upgrades pitched to Cottonwood council

Cottonwood Youth Sports asks for procedural policy

“It’s not a full donation. I know it’s not going to be something that will happen right away,” he said. “What I’m trying to see is what would be allowable from the city, what the city would like to see, how we proceed forward from this point.”

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Cottonwood’s Bent Hinge offers DIY fun

Cottonwood’s latest brick and mortar business combines custom-designed products with fun. The Bent Hinge recently opened at the corner of Main and King streets. Serena Lockett offers personalized products, such as T-shirts and mugs. And on Friday evenings, Lockett opens her doors for a do-it-yourself workshop.

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Treasure Island - Prairie performs Missoula Childrens Theater

Prairie students perform Treasure Island with the Missoula Children’s Theatre Friday, March 17, at the Prairie Junior-Senior High School gymnasium. Above, George Villamore portrays a parrot and Laney Forsmann plays Rosie Red on the right. Students practiced for one week before offering a public performance.

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Cottonwood residents discuss building’s potential

Fourteen residents attended a meeting hosted by the Cottonwood Joint School District Tuesday, March 14, to hear suggestions about potential uses for the former elementary school building. Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Clearwater Economic Development Association and the district was on hand to answer questions.

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South Fork, main stem Clearwater may flood this weekend

With about an inch of rain thought to be on the way, National Weather Service forecasters are anticipating bigger trouble may come from area rivers and creeks this weekend than has been seen already.

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Wimer Field upgrades pitched to City of Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – The City of Cottonwood heard about potential upgrades on the softball field at Wimer Field at its Monday, March 13 meeting.

Council hears opposition to new business

Riggins City Council members received an earful from the community about a potential new business March 8. Neil Marzolf of Moscow has applied for an alcohol beverage license with the State of Idaho and plans to open a tap room in Riggins.

Giddings: Sheriff’s office is adequately staffed

In the largest county in the state, Idaho County sheriff’s officers cover a swath of land 8,503 square miles across. With a population of 16,267, as of the last census in 2010, and only two local police departments in the county, many communities rely on the sheriff’s department for law enforcement.

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East Kooskia Bridge open to traffic

An engineer with Idaho Transportation Department’s Lewiston office visited the East Kooskia Bridge worksite Tuesday, Feb. 28, and said the bridge is now open. Doral Hoff, ITD District 2 engineering manager said analysis of the work would conclude March 1. The review includes an assessment of how much load the bridge will accept.

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Prairie event helps girls recognize how Be-You-tiful they are

Prairie senior organizes event for teen girls

Seven in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. That information is presented by, a global network aimed at helping youth make positive changes. Prairie Junior-Senior High School (PJSHS) senior Selena Davila also is devoted to do something.

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ITD opens East Kooskia Bridge to traffic

An engineer with Idaho Transportation Department’s Lewiston office visited the East Kooskia Bridge worksite Tuesday, Feb. 28, and said the bridge is now open.

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School district fast-tracks plans for elementary building

After Cottonwood City Council approved coordinating with Cottonwood Joint School District 242 (CJSD) for a feasibility study on the vacant elementary school building, CJSD pressed forward with plans. The application for the study must be submitted by March 17.

Nygaard retires from Prairie Junior-Senior High

‘You just brought great respect, you demanded respect from our students’

Transition and funding were the highlights of the Cottonwood Joint School District meeting Wednesday, Feb. 22. The board met at Prairie Junior/Senior High School (PJSH) and received two retirement letters, hired two coaches and approved a motion to seek a $350,000 levy. Carrie Nygaard, principal at PJSH, submitted her letter of retirement, stating she is looking forward to more time with family.



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