COTTONWOOD — The weather is very mild for this time of the year. It is cold but not nearly as cold as it is some years. And there is no snow, except for on the higher hills. No skiing so far this year.

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “You never really know the true impact you have on those around you. You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around. You never know how much someone needed a long hug or d…

CLEARWATER VALLEY — It’s that time of year when people think about a fresh start, and make resolutions to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. On a whim, I decided to join a group of local women on a 75-day challenge, that began on Sunday. Each of us have committed to making …

CLEARWATER VALLEY — As 2020 draws to a close, and I begin my 5th year writing this column, I reflect on the past year. It began with Kamiah’s annual Crab Feed in January, Clearwater’s Groundhog Day feed in February, and the Valley Educational Support Team (VEST) Fest in early March. Also, in…

ELK CITY — Everyone is invited to celebrate the birth of God’s Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, at a Christmas Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Elk City Baptist Church.

ELK CITY — Winter fun decorating the Elk City Park. Sue Phillips and the VFW Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who helped with the community Christmas tree lighting at the park. It was well-attended with a campfire, great food and drinks, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The childre…

The community was invited to take a walk through Bethlehem Saturday, Dec. 12, as the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene presented The Living Nativity. A to-go breakfast was served at the indoor-outdoor event that led the public through the tax decree, innkeepers, Moses, Queen Esther and Mord…

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “You’re going to come in contact with an awful lot of people who are at their absolute breaking point this month. Friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, strangers in the grocery store, retail workers. While it may be the merriest time of year for some, …

ELK CITY — Cheryl Simms shares the following information on the Patriots Pen Youth Essay Competition: The VFW Post 8311 would like to congratulate this year’s participants in the Patriots Pen Youth Essay Competition. The contest is a nationwide competition that starts on our local level and …

COTTONWOOD — Mystery Night winners of the $10,000 prize this year were William and Lynn Goeckner, of Keuterville. The theme for the night was “1950’s Holiday in Vermont.” They will be able to spend their winnings at any of the sponsors: Bud’s Powersports, Cottonwood Foods, Les Schwab Tire Ce…

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go, but the purdy-est sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, soon the bells will start, and the thing that will make them ring is the …

ELK CITY — Elk City is blessed with numerous “unsung” volunteers that freely work hard, quietly and without thanks or recognition, to serve our community in many ways. We all should be very thankful for their heart-felt love for our town-folks and visitors.

CLEARWATER VALLEY —This time of year, we hear a lot about supporting local businesses. One that could really use your business right now is Purdy’s Farm Table Restaurant, at 18 Main Street, Kooskia. Someone backed a vehicle through their front window over Thanksgiving. They are hoping repair…

GRANGEVILLE — If you listen closely, you may hear the whispers of an animal lover. She quietly and patiently takes on unwanted animals and makes them part of her family.

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “All is not canceled. Sunshine is not canceled. Love is not canceled. Relationships are not canceled. Naps are not canceled. Devotion is not canceled. Music is not canceled. Dancing is not canceled. Imagination is not canceled. Conversations are not canceled. Hop…

ELK CITY — Coming home after more than 80 years. In 1930, Elk City proper burned down and most of the buildings, except the bank and the general store, on Main Street, were destroyed. While the town was burning, this piano (see photo) was rescued from the Parr Hotel and made its way to Grang…

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “When the world feels like an emotional roller coaster, steady yourself with simple rituals. Do the dishes. Fold the laundry. Water the plants. Rake the leaves. Split the wood. Take a walk. Simplicity attracts wisdom.” Add your own simple ritual.

COTTONWOOD — We were out of electricity for eight hours on Friday, last week. We fired up our wood stove, put on a pot of soup and survived just fine. It makes you think about what is really important to your survival at times like this.

Voting at the Old School House on Glenwood Road has always been a nice (can I say quaint?) experience, and this year was no exception. The atmosphere was pleasant, with cookies and coffee being offered to the voters and the voting booths decorated with star-spangled fabric. Everything ran sm…

COTTONWOOD — On Veterans Day, I want to thank all veterans for their service, especially my favorite veteran, Virgil Wassmuth. He served in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. I also want to recognize all who are currently in the service of our country.

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “Raising kids was my choice. I gave up things and went without things…my life was, is, and will always be for my children, no matter how big they get. They didn’t ruin my life; they gave me a whole new view of the meaning of life.” By Positive Plus. (Could have b…

    LOWELL — The Lowell QRU (Quick Response Unit) recently announced it must cancel its annual fund-raiser auction and potluck usually held on the first Saturday in December.

    COTTONWOOD — The full moon on Halloween was the perfect setting for trick-or-treating. It was the second full moon in October; thus, it is called a blue moon. At least the rain quit, and we are having sunny days now. It gives you time to finish up fall projects.

    RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “Remind yourself that every problem carries the seeds of opportunity to learn, to love, to grow in awareness, and simply to be happy to be alive.” Don Miguel Ruiz.

    Big Cedar Homemakers will be having their annual Christmas swag sale, still at $15 each. Orders will be taken until Nov. 8 at 208-926-4704. They will be delivered Nov. 20. The homemakers will then donate back to volunteer fire and EMS services and the library.

      Marina Geis and Debby O’Neil helped organize a Trump rally on Oct. 17. According to Geis, “We had a great turnout of 27 vehicles leaving Cottonwood headed towards Grangeville. As we passed through Grangeville, we picked up about maybe 10 more vehicles headed down Harpster Grade where we met …

      RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “I love people who have no idea how wonderful they are and just wander around making the world a better place.” From the Internet. We have lots of people here in Salmon River Canyon, in Idaho County, State of Idaho, and all around our great country of America who…

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