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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.

July 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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 .

May 31, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Arts & Culture

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

May 23, 2017 11:43 a.m. read more..

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.

May 17, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood FFA earns honors at state

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.

May 10, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Levies up for approval in Cottonwood, Riggins

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.

May 10, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Organize your life

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.

May 8, 2017 3:29 p.m. read more..

Purse Auction bags successful third year

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.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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

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.

May 3, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

May 1, 2017 10:54 a.m. read more..

Salmon River District lowers levy request

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.

April 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Pet poisonings claims resurface

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.

April 19, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Shareholders meeting Tuesday for opera house

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.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood to rid the clutter through June 1

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?

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

April 3, 2017 5:22 p.m. read more..

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.

March 31, 2017 11 a.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

District 242 approves funds to complete track

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.

March 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

U of I students spending spring break in prison

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.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood residents meet, discuss school building’s potential

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.”

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Wimer Field upgrades pitched to Cottonwood council

“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.”

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 20, 2017 10:27 a.m. read more..

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.

March 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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

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.

March 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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.

March 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Nygaard retires from Prairie Junior-Senior High

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.

March 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..



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