LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Miss Luella Smith headed out this week for the Upward Bound program, with students from all over the region. She was packed and ready to leave Lowell for three weeks. Saying goodbye to the family was pretty easy, but she had a hard time leaving the two newborn kittens tha…

COTTONWOOD -- Happy Father’s Day to all Dads. And Happy Birthday to my hubby on Saturday. Congratulations to the three children of Melvin and Joyce Sonnen. All three graduated this year; Paul from Prairie High School, Laina and Whitney both from LCSC. It is very unusual for all the children …

School is out and the Nezperce pool is open. Seems summer has begun, even if officially it doesn’t start until June 21. Soon, it’ll be time for “floating,” which some experts say is an “Idaho thing.” “It consists of sitting on an inner tube and slowly being carried down a creek for hours wit…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- On Sunday we capped off a great outdoorsy weekend, attending Molly Van Steenwyk’s high school graduation party at her mom Stacy’s house near Harpster. She graduated as salutatorian of the Idaho Virtual Academy with a 4.2 grade point average (gpa) and 30 college credits c…

ELK CITY -- Let’s all support the coming Fourth of July with a great big celebration of fireworks and family. The donation jars are out at all of the businesses in town, ready to fill with your donations! Let’s make it a big one this year!

After settling into our retired-life routine, I found (believe it or not) there were scattered hours each day that I had nothing to do. My little brain started twitching, searching for ideas to fill that void; my husband just shook his head.

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you, means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach them to soar on their own.” Congratulations to all high school graduates who are taking that first step out into the world away from hig…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- As I drove into Kooskia the other day, I noticed that the new electronic “reader board” sign is up at Clearwater Valley High School. The installation of the sign is the culmination of Mikaela Herrick’s senior project to replace the old sign that lets people know about sc…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Last weekend brought rain, and sun, and whitewater, but it didn’t stop the upriver folks from remembering all of the service people who served our country, and to be thankful to them all.

ELK CITY -- Thanks to the VFW and American Legion for continuing this Memorial Day celebration at the bridge. I was not able to be there, but thanks to Ray Bowers (took the photo of the celebration) and Susie Borowicz (took the photos of the quilt honorees), we have the celebration in photos.

WHITE BIRD -- With an early deadline because of Memorial Day, I am just repeating some upcoming events. I hope everyone had a great holiday although it looked to be a bit on the rainy side.

COTTONWOOD -- It must be officially summer. School is out or soon will be, and it is vacation Bible school time at two of the churches in Cottonwood. Time for some outdoor fun.

Sierra Hand, a 7th grader in Nezperce, received a National PTA Reflections Award of Merit in the Visual Arts category for her drawing titled “Paramedical Pooches”. She was one of five middle school students across the nation to receive the award. Hand, the daughter of Mark and Shiloh Hand, r…

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Miss Martha Smith, of Lowell, brought home a medal from the Idaho State Track Meet this past week. She’s a pole vaulter deluxe, as a sophomore at Clearwater Valley High School, and a first-class student as well. She’s following in her father’s footprints.

    ELK CITY -- We were enjoying beautiful spring weather, but that rain and lightning storm last week was a “doozy!” That hard rain washed a lot of gravel down our driveway.

    RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “When you switch that graduation tassel from here to there, it means your days of high school are behind you and you are ready to step out into life and the world ahead of you.” Jeannie Fitch

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The 1st day of the 1A State track and field meet in Middleton began with pouring rain and wind, which added to the challenge of the competition. Despite the tough conditions, four local pole vaulters placed in the top eight. Martha Smith of Clearwater Valley placed 5th i…

    WHITE BIRD -- The end of May brings on the graduations around the area and with that, school will be out for the summer, too. Hope this brings on the warmer weather for all to enjoy, and with this being the start of the summer season, camping, fishing and rides to the back country, remember …

    COTTONWOOD -- Monday, May 27, 2019 is the official celebration of Memorial Day, honoring our fallen military heroes. The VFW honor guard will conduct memorial ceremonies at the Greencreek Cemetery at 10 a.m., and the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery at 11 a.m., followed by the ceremony at Cotton…

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    WHITE BIRD -- Can we say sunny skies, warm temperatures and a great weekend for all the mothers. I think Mother Nature is on board with us at least for a few days. It won’t be long and the seniors will be graduating and school will be out for the summer.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The week ahead is a normal week. Mother’s Day is over -- thanks moms! All the flowers have been delivered and our local upriver restaurants were nice and busy. I got a new wheelbarrow, Chinese dinner to go, and lots of love.

    ELK CITY -- Nita Maxwell sent the following: The VFW Auxiliary thanks the community for their support of the annual ECVFD Taco Feed benefit, held on May 4. More than $550 was raised. The Elk City Volunteer Fire Department thanks the VFW Auxiliary for their continuous support, and also thanks…

    RIGGINS -- School levy and Syringa Hospital Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Salmon River Heritage Center and at the Canyon Pines RV Park. Salmon River School District 243 levy is again requesting $525,000 as in the past several years. Get out and v…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last weekend we had a great showing from both the Clearwater Valley Rams and the Kamiah Kubs at the 1A district I/II track and field meet in Kamiah. The Kubs boys team won the district 1A title for the 2nd year. The Kubs team qualified 15 athletes, one girl and 14 boys. …

    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.

    COTTONWOOD -- The next meeting of the Prairie Art Association will be next week on May 13, at the Craigmont City Hall at 9:30 a.m. Bring a pencil and paper, as Pat Gehring will teach a class on values. Also bring a sack lunch. Anyone interested in art is invited.

      KAMIAH -- The 2019 Kamiah Rodeo celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16, at the Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) rodeo grounds on Hill Street in Kamiah. 

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I spent some time at the exhibit, “Native Voices, Native People’s concepts of health and illness” at the Kamiah High School library last week. This fascinating exhibit includes five stations with headphones where you can listen to short video clips with more than 100 int…

      LOWELL / SYRINGA – The sun is out and I’m out cleaning my shop. The rivers are perfect for whitewater, school will be out soon, and all the businesses in Lowell and Syringa are OPEN! Come on up highway 12 and enjoy!

      WHITE BIRD -- Mother Nature may be finally coming around…boy, the weather was really nice this last weekend. Riggins Rodeo is now in the books, heard there was a great time had by all, many activities over the last weekend saw very nice, if not some warm temperatures.

      RIGGINS -- My quote of the week: “M is for the many things she gave me. O means only that she’s growing old. T is for the tears she shed to save me. H is for her heart of purest gold. E is for her eyes with love-light shining. R means right and right she’ll always be. Put them all together t…

      ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips relates: “Sew Help Me Quilters love serving their community and one way they do is to present victims of disastrous circumstances with quilts. They call them 'Disaster Quilts'. A house in Elk City burned and was totally destroyed a few months ago, a home to a number …

      The teens on “Happy Days” had Arnold’s Drive In. Brandon, Dylan, Kelly and the rest of the “Beverly Hills 90210” gang gathered at The Peach Pit. On “The OC”, the kids hung out at The Pier Diner.

      When my husband and I moved to the beautiful pine tree area of Idaho we were “home.“ Old Man Winter was giving way to Spring and screamed right in our face, “Get Up! There is no time for being a sloth!”

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Sitting in our home office, reading the Mueller report, I saw flashes of yellow and white flitting around a plum tree in the yard. I grabbed my binoculars, rushed outside while my husband identified the birds as evening grosbeaks. Not a rare bird, but beautiful to see. I…

      RIGGINS -- National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2. Pastor Mike Chapman is leading a time of prayer at 12:15 p.m., in the parking lot of the Salmon River Community Church. Everyone is invited to attend.

      WHITE BIRD -- May is here, and let’s hope this weather will finally decide what it wants to do! This month will be packed with lots of events taking place, graduations around the areas, and the kids are waiting for that special day, May 23, when school will be out for the summer (yes, I did …

      ELK CITY -- If you saw last week’s Free Press article, you would have seen a photo of the trailer with 1077 pounds of cans on it. The REACH Club, Inc. received a little more than $500 for the load. This load was a year’s worth of collecting by the community. The REACH Club volunteers would l…

      COTTONWOOD -- Summit Academy students in 1st and 9th grade teamed up to plant tree seedlings on Cottonwood Butte to celebrate Arbor Day. Arbor day was last Friday, April 26, and these students enjoyed the sunshine and perfect planting weather on April 24.

      Anyone who has questioned why libraries haven’t faded into oblivion obviously hasn’t spent much time in a library in recent years. The Nezperce Community Library is not the New York Public Library or the San Francisco Public Library (just as Nezperce isn’t New York or San Francisco), but it …

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