COTTONWOOD — Haying is under way on the Camas Prairie. It appears to be a good crop after all the rain we had recently. Spring Canola is blooming now and with the other crops a dark green, it makes a very pretty picture if you look out across the prairie.

I am happy to report that we have kingbirds again. They were six weeks late in coming, but at least they are here. I love to watch the birds. They are always so busy. My baby ringneck pheasants are growing and doing very well.

American Freedom Defense will be offering classes at the Greencreek training facility. Everyone who registers for a class before Sept. 22 will be entered in a drawing to win a Glock .43 or a $500 gift certificate. July 14 is Enhanced CWP (Handgun 1) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100. July 20 class is Carbine 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100. For the full training calendar or to register, go to Contact Jim Gorges at or 208-935-5734.

The sisters need volunteers for the Raspberry Festival on Sunday, Aug. 5. Raspberry Festival is an annual community celebration that is also a fund-raiser for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, whose mission is to share the stories of our region. They are in the process of putting out another historical book about people in this region. Come be a part of this wonderful family event! Contact Judy Snyder at 208-962-5053 or send an e-mail to

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