ELK CITY -- Another great volunteer in our community is Sue Phillips. She has been a continual resource for the school and children of Elk City. The volunteer work she has been involved in are: classroom assistant, tutoring and reading with students since 1974; holding offices in the PTO, le…

COTTONWOOD -- The grain crops are turning golden very quickly with the warm weather. Harvest is not far off. Haying should be winding down, except in the Craigmont-Ferdinand area, which is a higher elevation. Blue grass harvest is in full swing.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- In my quest to learn more about different types of local foods and growers, I caught up with Melissa Knapton, the Kooskia Farmers’ Market manager. Knapton sells microgreens at her “Ten Blue Bird Acres” booth. I asked her how she began growing microgreens. They piqued her…

GLENWOOD CARIBEL -- "Where is this idyllic place?" you may ask. The Glenwood-Caribel area runs north-northeast of Kamiah for miles and miles. To get there, you turn onto Woodland Road at the east end of the bridge going out of Kamiah, then make a right turn at the dumpsters. "Dumpsters" is i…

ELK CITY -- Back in April, I missed that there was a week set aside to honor volunteers. I would like to take this time to highlight a couple around our town. 

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- After a year of intense fundraising, the Teen Center in Kamiah opened, to much fanfare, last September. Area teens identified a teen center as a high priority a few years back and worked hard to make it happen.  The popular center has outgrown their space and will reloca…

ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips writes: "Things are progressing in preparation for Elk City Days with posters up around the area. Although there are concerns about COVID-19 and possible exposure to the virus, there are already so many people visiting and staying in the Elk City area, it's doubtful …

COTTONWOOD -- Idaho State Patrol and the FBI are investigating an officer involved shooting in our area. Around 4 a.m., on Saturday morning, shots were fired on Canyon Road near Ferdinand. All deputies were uninjured. The suspect is in the hospital. Tribal, Lewis County, & Idaho County S…

    The Idaho County Free Press is seeking a White Bird-area person to cover the news as a correspondent. This includes getting news and photos in of what is happening in your area and being published weekly in the print edition as well as on-line. If you are interested in this job, contact news…

    ELK CITY -- Marlene would like Auxiliary members to know that the meetings for VFW No, 8311 Auxiliary have been changed from the second Thursday each month to the third Thursday, at 7 p.m.

    COTTONWOOD -- We helped our grandson, Lane Wassmuth, release some of his pheasants where there is brush growing and water nearby. These two things are important for them to survive on their own. There used to be lots of pheasants around, but the hawks and falcons get a lot of them when they …

    RIGGINS -- My quote for the week: “Maybe when Social Distancing is a thing of the past, we’ll Hug a little harder, Hold on a little longer, and Remember that nothing matters more than the time we spend with the people we love.” By Lori Deschene.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- In my quest to learn more about local foods, I headed up to Caribel, last week, to the Law Family Homestead where Kit and Bridgett Law, and their seven children, ages 1-12, live on 50-plus acres and raise jersey cows. Bridgett leads the dairy portion of the homestead, mi…

      The Idaho County Free Press is seeking a White Bird-area person to cover the news as a correspondent. This includes getting news and photos in of what is happening in your area and being published weekly in the print edition as well as on-line. If you are interested in this job, contact news…

      RIGGINS -- My weekly quote: “Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dreams. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem …

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I am learning more about food raised and sold in the Clearwater Valley. Red Heifer Ranch piqued my interest because their cows are red, not black like most people have around here.  I headed up Kidder Ridge last week to meet with Jason Hicks, to learn more about their gr…

      COTTONWOOD -- Haying is in full swing now with the good weather. Time for lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. I’ll be busy with the grandkids. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Ha ha! Granddaughter wrote that!

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Kind of crazy weather lately with cold, rainy, fifty degrees days followed by ninety degrees days. My garden is going crazy and everything around is still so green for the end of June. One morning, last week, I got up early to beat the heat and saw several elk cows and c…

      COTTONWOOD -- Sunday morning, a young moose came through our driveway and was nibbling on our apple tree. It was pretty cool to see it running around in the field in front of our house before it ran away. Every once in a while, we get wild animals moving through this area, apparently looking…

      A helicopter landed at American Freedom Defense (AFD) in Greencreek June 18, to purchase ammo. AFD is selling ammo, and still has it available during this time of shortage. It seems that people are dropping in from all over to get ammo!

      VFW Post #8311 recognized Flag Day June 14, with a very patriotic and moving flag disposal ceremony.  Community members were invited to drop their worn and torn flags at the VFW and there were many flags that had reached the point of retirement.

      Last week, the St. Mary’s Kamiah Clinic opened the doors at their new building. Construction crews quickly demolished the old building, built in the early 1960’s by the Jaycees.  A parking lot will be constructed on the site for the new clinic.  Janet Cruz, a long-time resident of Kamiah, wh…

      Quote of the week: closing pages from “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Golden Book”. “Let your children know you love them. Work hard. Play hard. But not too hard. Do no harm. Be proud of your country. Don’t let the parade pass you by! Think big! Toot your own horn! Harvest. Give …

      Head’s up as to the times and dates that the Idaho Department of Transportation will be working on bridges from Riggins to the big bridge at White Bird. They started on the 8th in the first series of six bridge renovation projects in Idaho County. They have signs out and flaggers so you can …

      Plans are progressing for Elk City Days events (unless, of course, there is another shutdown in August).  For information please contact Sue Phillips.

      COTTONWOOD - It’s the second week of June, so the kids are on summer break now. It probably doesn’t feel much different since they were not going to school anyway.

      ELK CITY -- For those of you who don't live in Elk City but read the column, it snowed Monday morning! I remember back in the late 1970s, it snowed in September. We had a garden at our cabin below the hot springs, but the lettuce survived. Then, again, several years later, it snowed lightly …

      RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Weren’t you going to learn how to swim? Cultivate contentment. Take a mental health day now and then. Give in to a good cry. You’ll feel better afterwards. Get plenty of Sleep, too. Go fly a…

      WHITE BIRD -- In mid-June, Anna Ousley hands the reigns over to new owners of her beloved campground – Swiftwater RV Park. William Sifford, Pamela Bliss and Brett Bittenbender, all from McCall, Idaho, will become the new owners and are excited to begin this adventure.

      COTTONWOOD -- A funnel cloud was spotted a few miles east of Greencreek on May 26 at 9:30 a.m. At one point it looked like it touched down on the ground. There were several more smaller ones that day. In the early morning hours on Sunday, May 31, we had a terrible rainstorm. Weather is getti…

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A beautiful spring morning provided the backdrop for the somber occasion of a Memorial Day commemoration at the Pine Ridge Cemetery near Kooskia. Members of the American Legion, Post No. 75, and VFW Post No. 5407, provided color guard and honor guard for the ceremony. Ro…

      ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips says that as we move “through Governor Little's four stage plan, the Elk City Community Library will open Tuesday, June 2, from 2-5 p.m. The need to follow CDC's guidelines is very important and they will be posted on the front door of the school. Social distancing o…

      RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Go ahead and make a big deal over your birthday… (or graduation since it is that time of year). Dress up and go dancing…any kind of dancing…even your own home! Make somethin…

      WHITE BIRD -- What happened to our weather…Mother Nature is at it again! We went from hot weather to 20 degrees cooler in a blink of an eye. Rivers are running high and debris is in the water.

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last Friday I cheered on the graduating seniors at both the Clearwater Valley parade, in my CV news area, and the Grangeville parade where I saw my great-nephew Quinn Hall. It was a little challenging to wave a “Congrats 2020 grads” sign, point a camera, wave and cheer a…

      COTTONWOOD -- We are remembering all our veterans on Memorial Day. We appreciate your service to our country. The VFW held their Memorial Day Services at the Ferdinand and Keuterville cemeteries this year. This is a great service that they do for our area. They alternate between the four tow…

      RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Is your life starting to feel like a circus?…Start planning that dream trip! Soon you’ll be on your way. Be open to making new friends…even if you’re very, very shy. Steer c…

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