LOWELL / SYRINGA -- It’s with a heavy heart that I report the loss of two good friends this week. The Silver Mountain Resort avalanche last week, Tuesday, killed two Lochsa River rafters and kayakers. Carl Humphreys, of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Scott Parsons, of Spokane Valley, Wash., found …

WHITE BIRD – Well, are we in Kansas yet? Say hello to the wind and snow...I think it's going to stay around for a few days. There will be no school on the 20th due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Kids enjoy your day off from school, but remember to help out at home if needed.

GRANGEVILLE – Reclaim Idaho – or any other politically charged group for that matter – won’t be spreading its word on Mountain View School District 244 property anytime soon.

KAMIAH – Kamiah may have a bad rep for not passing school levies in the past, but that isn’t stopping the Kamiah Joint School District (KJSD) board 304 from going for an unprecedented two-year levy request.

COTTONWOOD -- If you have been watching the snowstorms this past couple weeks, you may have noticed that they just keep to the mountains mostly and circle the Camas Prairie. Once in a while, a storm will hit here, but the snow is all going sideways and never hits the ground. Sunday night we …

ELK CITY -- A lone doe was seen on Elk Creek Road near town. She looked forlorn and hungry. Perhaps someone going into Grangeville could pick her up and take her to the prairie so she could join up with her family and not starve here. LOL!

    Stanley Modrell opened the Dec. 23rd meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Barbara Henderson gave the prayer. Barbara Henderson was the winner of the free dinner drawing. There were 69 meals served at the site with 38 meals home delivered. Pinochle winners were Barbara Henderson, 1st-4,4…

      GRANGEVILLE -- The Sno Drifters Snowmobile Club will host its fun run Sunday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign-ups will be at the Sno Drifters shelter from 10 a.m. to noon. Parking is available at the Fish Creek parking area (follow the signs). Cost is $5 per hand, as many as you choose, with…

        KAMIAH -- On Jan. 18, YAB (Youth Advisory Board) will be providing a bus to take 7th-12th graders to Snowhaven for a day of skiing, snowboarding and tubing. The bus will load at 8:45 a.m. at the Kamiah High School football field and leave at 9 a.m, and is scheduled to return to Kamiah by 5:3…

          GRANGEVILLE – The Grangeville Church of the Nazarene, 515 W. N. Street, will host special guest speakers from Southeast Asia, Monday, Jan. 27. The public is invited for a dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation to follow.

            KAMIAH -- The Valley Singers, community choir, will begin rehearsals for their 2020 Easter program on Monday evenings beginning Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church (Corner of 7th and Hill St) in Kamiah. Valley Singers are beginning their 67th year of providing music and …

              We wish to thank the Pizza Factory in Kamiah for hosting our Christmas party.  Good food and good times were had by all.  The January meeting will be election of club Vice-president and secretary. Dues for the year are also due in January.

                ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation held its monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 13. The agenda included a presentation from Terri Tackett about a grant awarded allowing ARF/Animal Ark to partner with the Elk's Lodge to have a TNR (spay/neuter) program here in Grangeville for feral and or abandoned cats …

                CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Clearwater Valley High School Senior, Melanie Gianopulos is organizing a fun run/walk for her senior project. The “Run with your Heart 3 K Fun Run” is to raise awareness for heart health. The event is appropriately scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 15, the day after that day o…

                LOWELL / SYRINGA -- This is the month that has a purpose for almost every day, starting with New Year’s Day, then today is National Bird Day, then we have Snow Day, Clean Up Highway Day, Appreciate Your Pet Day … it’s like they want you to have a reason to get up in the morning.

                Idaho County education and roads will continue to receive federal funding – at least in the short term, following a two-year extension of Secure Rural Schools (SRS), authorized by Congress last month.

                  KAMIAH -- Adam and Eve for Atheists, a new book by Fred R. Kuester, of Kamiah, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

                  KAMIAH — There are anchors, scars and unhealed injuries in our past. These experiences threaten to invade our future too if we aren’t careful. Hope is in high demand. Can we move into a preferred future? Is there hope? How do we start? What do we do with all this baggage from yesterday?

                  COTTONWOOD -- Jim Gorges will be giving a presentation on “Protecting What’s Yours” Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m., at American Freedom Defense in Greencreek. The idea is to empower families to be prepared and secure in their homes. Learn some practical skills from a man who has been in…

                  ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips writes, "REACH Club apologizes for the late delivery of the Elk City Community Calendars. Between illness and some issues at the printers, the calendars will be late. They will be delivered as soon as possible. And there will be extra calendars for sale at the Elk Ci…

                  RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Last week we walked into a new day, new week, new month, new year, new decade! Sending blessings of love, good health, joyous and beautiful new beginnings.” from Inspire your Beautiful Soul. Take great steps in 2020.

                  Kids at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene sing for Jesus’ birthday and the congregation Sunday, Dec. 22. The children had parts where they told about the meaning of Christmas through the Christmas tree and its accessories, and also sang Christmas carols. They were under the direction of…

                    GRANGEVILLE -- Don’t miss the opportunity to pray together for the nation and community. Those interested will meet at the Soltman Center, across Main Street from the Syringa Hospital in Grangeville, from 9 to 10 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 11.

                      KAMIAH -- On Friday, Jan. 10, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be hosting their monthly $5 lunch fund-raiser. They will be serving homemade mac n’ cheese as a main dish. Baby carrots and ranch, water, and a freshly-baked cookie will also be included. Each lunch will cost $5, and local del…

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- As I begin my fourth year as Clearwater Valley correspondent this week, I am reflecting over some highlights from the last year. In my Dec. 18 column, I mused about the origins of the artwork panels we use for the “12 Days of Christmas” song, at the Harpster Christmas pr…

                      GRANGEVILLE – “It has been an honor to serve this district, community, staff and, most of all, its students,” Mountain View School District 244 board chair Lot Smith said at the Dec. 16 meeting. “We’re human and don’t always make the right choices, but I don’t have any regrets.”

                      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The New Year, 2020, is here this week. The Roaring ’20s all over again. Make your resolutions, change your life if you are needing to, cut your hair, start a new diet, get a tattoo, stop swearing, be nice if you’re mean, move to the ocean.

                      WHITE BIRD -- Well is it October or December - the poor weather doesn't know what to do!! Winter began on the 22nd with the temperatures hitting around mid-50s or more, was the shortest day of the year and it is supposed to be winter?

                      RIGGINS -- Happy New Year 2020! Well, the old year is gone, and the New Year is just beginning! …and to think, it is 2020, so with “the perfect vision year,” what is your vision? Time to begin again whatever you want to start or change or improve…New Year’s Resolutions are good, but I like t…

                      Under the program titled, A Musical Celebration, the Idaho County Orchestra performed a variety of popular and sacred Christmas music at a concert last Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude at Cottonwood. Around 150 people attended the hour and a half concert.

                      Grangeville eye doctor Joel Brown spent time at Grangeville Elementary Middle School in Mr. Johnson’s science class in the fall, where he helped students dissect a cow’s eyeball.

                        Mariel Arnzen opened the Dec. 17 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone then sang “The Blessing Song” to substitute for the dinner prayer.

                          Stanley Modrell opened the Dec. 23rd meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Barbara Henderson gave the prayer. Barbara Henderson was the winner of the free dinner drawing. There were 64 meals served at the site with 38 meals home delivered. Pinochle winners were Barbara Henderson, 1st-4,4…

                            GRANGEVILLE -- Pastor Luann Howard will speak at the Encouragers at the no-host luncheon Thursday, Jan. 2, 11:30 a.m., at Pizza Factory. Howard pastors Grangeville United Methodist Church, and also the Community Presbyterian Church in Kamiah. She has pastored in numerous places, but has spen…

                            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I enjoyed one more winter concert last week at Clearwater Valley Elementary School. Principal Joe Rodriguez greeted the large crowd of family and community members wearing bright and festive colors.

                            LOWELL / SYRINGA – So, we are having a white Christmas! Snowed as I’m driving out my driveway. Off to town this morning, stopped in Kooskia for breakfast, then on to Kamiah for gas, down the icy highway at 50 mph to Orofino to a friend’s house to drop off gifts. Soon the roads are clear, do …

                            RIGGINS -- Merry Christmas to one and all. May all the business of this month be put behind us so we can just enjoy Christmas with family and friends. “Away in a manager no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where He lay…the Little L…

                            WHITE BIRD -- The weather is turning colder, warm fires have been started and the joys of the holidays are among us. Let us take a minute, reflect back on the year 2019 and the coming year 2020, what lies ahead is what you make it. Happy holidays to all my readers; thanks for continuing to n…

                              COTTONWOOD --The Idaho County Orchestra, led by Jean Melching, will perform a variety of popular and sacred Christmas music at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel. Included in the program will be ensembles within the group. The title of the program is "A Musical…

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