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CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last Tuesday, the women of Rose Wellness Center gathered at the Center for the full moon to honor the life of Julie Rose Wells. The group, led by Stacy McCusker, shared an evening of yoga, meditation and prayer. We also shared stories and poems about our unique friend Julie and the joy she brought to our lives and the Kooskia community. Her openness to people and acceptance of different ideas continues to inspire us. We enjoyed a potluck and fellowship afterwards.

The Febrewary Brewfest is happening this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 10. This is the third annual brewfest event sponsored by the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce to showcase local and regional craft beers and hard ciders. Brian Brokop, owner of Clearwater Brewing, who opened the popular beer:30 taproom last fall, is the instigator of the event. We enjoyed this fun and successful event last year. Wolftrack Brewing of Cottonwood, Trestle Creek Brewing of Ferdinand and Riverport Brewing of Clarkston will be there along with Clearwater Brewing. A $20 advance ticket ($25 at the door) will net you a commemorative tasting glass, plus five, five-ounce tastes of beer, cider or wine, plus a raffle ticket and live music by rock band Kicktoy. Food will be available for purchase including Cloninger’s handmade beer brats that go great with beer. Doors open at the American Legion Hall (corner of Main and 7th Streets) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with an auction at 3 p.m. and the band begins at 5 p.m. The event lasts well into the evening. You can buy advance tickets at the beer:30 taproom, the Chamber of Commerce office, the Kamiah Flower Shoppe, or Higher Grounds coffee.

About a month ago I wrote a column about America already being great. I received a lot of positive feedback about this column. I had one acquaintance who told me she enjoyed the column, but was surprised that they (the Idaho County Free Press editors) would “let me get away with writing that.” This puzzled me since the column in question was very positive about the good things that people in our communities do to support each other and a challenge for people to do their own part to keep our country great. It didn’t seem like a controversial message and is hopefully one that most people would support.

I think sometimes people whose views don’t fit the predominant local culture, are concerned that alternative views are not welcome at the Free Press. In my year of experience writing the column, the editors have never questioned any of the topics I have written about or removed any content from my column and often provide positive feedback. The six of us correspondents represent the different communities in Idaho County. Each of us bring our own unique perspectives to the columns we write. While some focus on church and school activities, others write about family, art and music, outdoor activities, wildlife and local business. These columns aren’t hard news but opinion pieces that reflect each of our world views. I think it’s the diversity of viewpoints that makes the various columns interesting and give each its unique flavor. For me the column is the impetus for me to get outside my “bubble” and interact with some different people.

I just finished watching the underdog Philadelphia Eagles beat the legendary New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Patriots have been so dominant for so long, that few expected the Eagles to win. Led by their young 2nd string quarterback, the Eagles were flying high tonight. It’s a great reminder to believe that anything is possible. If you think you can’t win, you’re probably right.

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