ELK CITY -- Elk City Days Logging Event winners: Peewee Rolling Pin toss – Audrey Worth; Kids Rolling Pin toss – Patrick Sandern; Women’s Rolling Pin toss – Heather Kestner; Kids Choker Setting – MacKenzie Woody; Women’s Ax Throw – Heather Kestner; ‘ Ax Throw – Matt Overall; Choker Setting –…

    COTTONWOOD -- It was a fun week for our family with my sister, Bonnie Gehring, being grand marshal of the Idaho County Fair this year. There were kids, grandkids, and even one of the great-grandkids on the float. Every family was represented. Another highlight was Bonnie’s son-in-law, Jerry …

    ELK CITY -- Elk City Days was crowded with people having a great time. Many came to celebrate as you can see by the photos. Don’t forget to see more photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elk.city.idaho.83525/.

    COTTONWOOD -- This week is the Idaho County Fair and my sister, Bonnie Gehring, is the grand marshal this year. Her whole family has been involved in the fair for many years, including managing the food booth for about 15 years. We are so proud of her!

    RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “It doesn’t matter what you look like. You can be tall or short or fat or thin, or handsome like your father or you can be black or yellow, or white. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character.” The Addams Fa…

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The big 50 is the birthday Lara Smith, of Lowell, celebrated during the past weekend, with partygoers from all over the United States and beyond. Karen DeSanto, Steve Smith, Tammy Parrish, etc. It was a great, happy, celebration with a trip north to the Coeur d’Alene Reso…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- SHAZAM! The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) will show the 2019 hit movie Shazam at the Kamiah Riverside Park on Thursday, Aug. 8. This movie is based on the comic book superhero of the same name and can be described as comedy in the fantasy/science fiction genre …

    COTTONWOOD -- Combines were out this week harvesting canola and grass fields. The wheat will be ready soon. Our family went camping up on Grangeville mountain and had a great time. Time spent with the grandkids is always special. We picked a few huckleberries, too.

    RIGGINS -- My quote of the week: “When the elderly die, a library is lost, and volumes of wisdom and knowledge are gone.” Take the time now to visit with your loved ones and record or write down their stories and/or wise sayings, times from their childhood days or courting days, or day-to-da…

    ELK CITY -- Many of you may not know, but Joe King was a steady volunteer, cleaning the public restrooms at the Elk City Park for several years. With his passing, we are seeking volunteers to take his place. If you would like to volunteer and serve the community and visitors, please contact …

    Ashley Nelson demonstrated exactly why The Fabulous Kingpins are so fabulous when Drew Mosman engaged her during his impromptu performance Saturday night of Prairie Days 2019.

    From the Friday night BBQ to the parade, Bingo in the Eller building to the Saturday night dance, Prairie Day regulars, like myself, enjoy various aspects of the annual town celebration.

    Has anyone ever experienced a bout of depression? I’m not talking about the long-term clinical depression that needs medical assistance. I’m talking the occasional I-just-want-to-sleep-forever kind that goes away with a dose of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream and a chick flick; whi…

    In a state like Idaho, elections can be frustrating with many voters feeling like their votes don’t really count. However, every vote counts in the $445,000 supplemental levy election for the Nezperce Joint School District #302. Last year, the levy passed on a vote of 187 to 82.

    WHITE BIRD -- Can we say summer is going so fast that here it is almost the end of July. We'll be getting ready for the Idaho County Fair and then the start of school...Yes! I did say school, already!

    WHITE BIRD -- Let’s say warm…it is to get into the triple digits this next week, so remember to not only keep yourself hydrated, but those fur babies need it, also.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Scenic Highway 12, three wild rivers go right through the little communities of Lowell and Syringa. In Syringa it’s the Middle Fork of the Clearwater that runs by their front door, and in Lowell it’s the Lochsa joining the Selway for the birth of the Clearwater. The marit…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A few times a year the sleepy Main Street of Clearwater, Idaho, comes to life. Elk City Wagon Road Days is one of those times where throngs of people fill the streets. I enjoyed local and out-of-town musical talent at the old-time gospel hour and variety shows. I had a n…

    ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips shares: “Two wonderful books have been donated to the Elk City Community Library by Susie and Jim Borowicz in memory of two Elk City old-timers. 'News of the World' by Paulette Jiles was donated in memory of Leslie Lynn and 'Bound for the Backcountry' by Richard Holm…

    COTTONWOOD -- The hailstorm last week really hammered our garden. Apparently, we were one of the few who got hit. Our neighbors 1/4-mile away didn’t get any hail. The ground was mostly white after three surges of hailstones, each one larger than the last. The largest were about ¾-inch.

    WHITE BIRD -- Here it is the middle of July, and we are still having thunderstorms, wind, and whatever Mother Nature is still throwing at us. I hope some of the gardens can be saved, and the farmers are ok with the hay. I know they are cutting fast and furious before the next storm.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Big Cedar Schoolhouse is looking spiffy with a recent paint job by C&W Painting. The historic schoolhouse, picnic shelter and grounds are getting more use this summer. This coming weekend two members of the Big Cedar Homemakers group will have a downsizing sale a…

    RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Somewhere around this arena, there is a little kid that wants to be just like you someday. You owe it to them to be the best you can be.” With more rodeos to attend the rest of the summer and fall, I think this quote I found on an arena fence appropriate.

    ELK CITY -- Well, I got the story wrong even though that’s my memory of the story Joe King told me! Joe’s daughter, Sheri, corrected me and said that Joe didn’t come to Elk City until the age of about 4. He was raised by his grandmother, Laura Violet, who was the town telephone operator. Pet…

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Today I’m writing about life and luck. Living in Lowell, on the edge of the Idaho Wilderness is just pure heaven. Beautiful, peaceful, nature at its best, and how lucky is that?

    ELK CITY — The community has lost the longest living resident in Elk City. Joe King died Friday. He was born in 1939, came here as a baby on a stagecoach via the old Elk City Wagon Road and was raised by his grandmother. He went to school here, having Gertrude Maxwell for his teacher for mos…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I enjoyed my first yoga class at Christina Stalnaker’s new location at the HKD martial arts academy last week. You can find HKD at 4347 US Highway 12 between Kooskia and Kamiah.

    RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “My grandchildren are a window to my past, a mirror of today, a door to tomorrow, and the keeper of my heart for all eternity.” Anonymous

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The fireworks are over, the earthquakes didn’t hit this far out, and the rivers have peaked, so let’s enjoy Idaho for all that it is.

    COTTONWOOD -- God Bless America! It will be a busy week with the 4th of July. I hope everyone can spend time with their family and have a great time.

    WHITE BIRD -- Happy 4th of July! Let's all celebrate this nation's birthday using common sense and remember what our forefathers set out to do -- remain a free nation. Stay safe throughout the long weekend.

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