WHITE BIRD — I received the September edition of Ruralite the other day and saw some White Bird locals made the front cover of the magazine. There was a very nice article about the change from Hoot's Café to The Confluence and the new owners, Dan and Heather Suresus. They have brought many c…

ELK CITY — Friends of the Elk City Library hosted an end of the summer party for the library’s summer reading program on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Bingo was the name and reading books was the game. With ‘Book Bingo’, the thirteen participants received a Bingo card with titles of books, magazines, mo…

    Some were pensive, most had smiles and all seeped some excitement on the first day of classes at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) Wednesday, Sept. 1.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — Remember the return of the Big Cedar Taco Feed is this Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a fresh, hot fry bread taco outdoors on the grounds of the historic Big Cedar one-room schoolhouse. Tables and chairs are provided. Dinner and a soft drink are $7.50 for adults and $5 …

    ELK CITY — Nita Maxwell writes on behalf of the ECVFD: “The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department thanks everyone for their support at our food booth, during Elk City Days. Also, much appreciation to the town landowners for their great response to our annual subscription drive; along with addit…

    WHITE BIRD — The First Annual O.C. Abbott Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Grangeville Golf Course. The tournament is to honor OC as a longtime White Bird resident who was very active in our community and in the American Legion White Bird Post #152. The proceed…

    WHITE BIRD — My wife, Sue, and I were returning from shopping in Grangeville and saw Leah Harvey updating the sign board at the entrance to White Bird. She asked me to remind everyone that the food bank is the 2nd Monday of the month. The distribution begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the WB …

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — The Kamiah Chamber of Commerce members invite you to Kamiah’s 85th Barbecue Days. Music, dancing, a parade, a beer garden, lots of food, including a free barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Also, arts and crafts show, classic car show, a quilt show, rubber ducky …

    RIGGINS — Quotes of the week: “Strength grows in those moments when you think you can’t go on, but you keep going anyway.” – ThinkPositivePower. “Never take the wisdom that comes from going through the school of hard knocks for granted! One day you will tell your story of how you overcame wh…

      Last Tuesday, Aug. 24, at noon, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office grilled up some burgers and served lunch to Idaho County Courthouse employees. The event was sponsored by the Idaho County Commissioners. Sheriff Doug Ulmer said, “You need to treat people right. It’s a thank you to them.”

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last week, I ventured out of the Clearwater Valley onto the prairie for the Idaho County Fair parade. I saw a few of the 4-H kids from the Clearwater Valley area, including Rayne Martinez with the 4-H ambassadors’ group and recently crowned 1st princess Kaylee Graves, joi…

      RIGGINS —- Quote of the week: “…parents, teach your children to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer their help. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. Teach them to th…

      ELK CITY —- There were 10 entries for a total of 26 children who took part in the Kiddie Parade during Elk City Days. First place was won by Brycelyne Whiteman for a ‘Girl Power Logger’; second place was Oakley and Zander Tow, as Pebbles and Bam Bam; and third place for Justin Elvridge as a …

        The 45th Annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at Kamiah Aug. 20-22. Here, on Saturday, Aug. 21, in-between rainstorms, youth and teens competed in dance competitions at the Wa’A’Yas grounds.

        RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “In my life, I’ve lived, I’ve loved, I’ve lost, I’ve hurt, I’ve trusted, I’ve made mistakes, but most of all, I’ve learned.” from Thinking Positive.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — This weekend, the 45th annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-Wow will return to Kamiah after being cancelled last year. The “return to the circle” celebration, will be held outdoors, behind the Wa-A’Yas Community Center (on 4th and Idaho). The event begins with blessings and a gr…

        ELK CITY -- Idaho Fish and Game is launching a new website, gohuntidaho.org, to help new hunters learn an Idaho tradition that helps people provide their own food, as well as family recreation. They are also launching gooutdoorsidaho.com to encourage people to get outside and enjoy what's ar…

        Lunching and visiting, taking advantage of a perfect temperature day Tuesday, Aug. 10, was (L-R) Sue Crea, Fenn, Barbara Cleary, Grangeville, and Cleary’s 8-year-old granddaughter, Eloise Scherer of Helena, Mont. The trio visited outside the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center…

        WHITE BIRD — “A belated thank you. The White Bird Community Library would like to thank the many people who donated pies for our Pie Booth at White Bird Days. We are very grateful for your support. This event was one of our first since COVID forced cancellation of some of our other activitie…

        ELK CITY — The VFW 8311 Auxiliary will be serving their “all you can eat” breakfast of pancakes, sausage and eggs in the VFW kitchen on Saturday, Aug. 14 for Elk City Days, 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Everyone welcome. These ladies make fantastic food so don’t miss out!

        COTTONWOOD — Sorry we missed writing last week! We were recovering from a very successful Cottonwood Summer Fest! As co-chairmen for the festival, to say we were busy would be an understatement. But we are so happy to say our event was very successful and brought our community together for s…

        A couple holds hands on the way to their car this summer at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.

        Wild daisies and other flowers and weeds turn a Cottonwood-area field into a bright, majestic view.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY ­­— I heard from Nancy Sutton of Clearwater QRU. Group members are thrilled with the generosity people showed at their various fund-raisers during Elk City Wagon Road Days. This includes the ongoing “Where’s the Beef Raffle?” for cut and wrapped local beef, a quilt raffle a…

        WHITE BIRD —- The White Bird Community Library wants to let our community know it is working on the 2022 edition of the calendar. Now is the time for folks to make any changes to listings on the calendar for their families. We have edit sheets at the library. People can stop by when they are…

        RIGGINS — Salmon River High School and Riggins Elementary Schools will have school registration on Monday, Aug. 9 for new students; take a certified birth certificate and a copy of immunization records. Returning students will register Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 10 and 11. School K-12, pres…

        Celebration goers weathered the valley heat at Saturday’s Kooskia Days events, which included the downtown parade, a morning fun run, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and the return of the logging show at city park.

        ELK CITY — We all thought the Dixie-Jumbo fire was winding down. But now there is a Type 2 team (Northern Rockies Team 5) on it. The fire is now more than 42,000 acres and according to today’s (Aug. 1) NIFC report is 12 percent contained. (I am not sure about the accuracy of the 12 percent, …

        COTTONWOOD — Cottonwood Summer Fest is almost here! And what’s a community festival without a parade? Lineup starts at 9:30 a.m., at Cottonwood City Park, with the parade to begin on Main Street at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 31. Hurry if you want to enter because Thursday, July 29 is the de…

        ELK CITY —- The melodrama for the Elk City Days parade, Aug. 14, is called The Elk City Gang! It is an old west reenactment from the late 1800s. Larry Marcum is the head of the gang. It should be a lot of fun.

        RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “Life is like a road trip – enjoy each day and don’t carry around too much baggage.” – unknown.

        Grady Chounard and McKenna Wellard have a chat on the fence at the July 2 Border Days Rodeo in Grangeville. The duo attend Kids Klub together.

        Four generations (L-R) from White Bird pose for a four generation family photo: Ed Hagen, Virginia Grunke, Abby Boone and Jessica Boone.

        WHITE BIRD — Our community came together during White Bird Days to raise money to buy an AED machine for the community to use. We had 18 people take the AED/CPR class last week, that was taught by Cody and Grace Killmar. Heather Cullin stated “that I hope to God we never will have to use it,…

        ELK CITY — Elk City Days will be Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The schedule is out, and the following events are planned. Friday, Aug. 13 – Kiddies Parade at 5 p.m. (sign up at 4:30 p.m. by the post office); Community baseball game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 – VFW Auxiliary Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. a…

        WHITE BIRD — This is from last week’s column, but it bears repeating. With all the fires raging around us, none of us should need to be reminded to be fire safe and fire cautious. The water shortage continues to be of great concern to Brian Lowe, the fire chief, and city officials. All outsi…

        COTTONWOOD — Frances Conklin here, filling in for Serena and Tabitha for a couple of weeks. It has been more than a few years since writing a Cottonwood correspondent’s column. Since then, I am older, maybe a little wiser, no more witty and still busy with life on the edge of town at Dog Bark Park.

        Grangeville High School’s Class of 1981 “came back to give back” during Border Days and their 40th class reunion. Class members collected money and food for the Camas Prairie Food Bank as a way to give back to the community. They collected $1,206, and issued a challenge to the class if 1982 …

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — Fire is all around us since fire season began early in the Clearwater Valley after a hot, dry spring and hotter June. At this writing, the Too Kush 2 fire, near Kooskia, and the Ridgewood fire, near Kamiah, are the closest. Large fires continue to burn near Dixie. A fire …

        ELK CITY — Just finished reading an interesting history of smoke jumping and firefighting in general. What a timely book to read what with the fires all over the west. The book is called ‘Trimotors and Trails’ by Earl Cooley. He was involved in developing the smoke jumper program, starting i…

        COTTONWOOD — Hello Cottonwood, we’re back! We didn’t forget you; we were just off spending time with our families for the Fourth of July! Hope your Independence Day was spent with family, fun and memories! It was a little different this year with the burn ban in effect and no personal firewo…

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