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LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Half the population of Lowell and Syringa is set up somewhere out there in the mountains at hunting camp. Dressed in camouflage with packs of meat left over from last year, and probably a bottle or two of whiskey, they are geared up to shoot, gut, skin and hang in a tree …

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A good crowd of 30-plus enjoyed Roger Amerman’s presentation on the “Elements, Legacy and Lifeways of the Columbia River Plateau,” on Saturday at the Kooskia Community Center. Amerman shared his knowledge of Native American uses of plants in the Columbia River Plateau an…

COTTONWOOD -- Halloween: Emergency Services Safe Trick-or-Treat. Emergency vehicles will be parked in the upper parking lot of St. Mary’s Church and they will be serving food and goodies 4-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome and invited to come and enjoy!

ELK CITY -- Elk City Sew Help Me Quilters will have a bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Elk City General Store. All funds made will go into the club's Quilts of Valor fund, which is used to make quilts for our area veterans.

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week from me: “On this day I married my best friend….” Our marriage has lasted 50 years. We have had our ups and our downs, but love and prayers and communication have carried us through it all. We have three fine adult children, Jed and Julie and Jason, and four wond…

WHITE BIRD -- Can we say cool nights? We have gotten down to the 30s and are only warming to around mid-40s. The fall colors are starting to show, and some are really beautiful. For the ones getting ready for hunting, the general season will be opening on the 10th, so everyone is preparing f…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “If you have the chance to make someone happy, just do it. Sometimes people are struggling silently. Maybe your act of kindness can make their day.” fb/lessonslearnedinlifeinc.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Clearwater Valley High School students who enjoyed the homecoming parade with queen candidates dressed in their finery riding on the hoods of various vehicles down Main Street and each class showing their team spirit on a gr…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Batten down the hatches! It’s supposed to be in the 20s at night this week. The outside dog water will freeze, there will be frost on the pumpkins, and on your truck windshield. Don’t forget to lock your car when you park in town: zucchinis everywhere will land on your fr…

COTTONWOOD -- America urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima. Above all, America needs a clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to achieve it. The admonitions, requests, and warnings of Mary Most Holy can rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual. The Tri-…

As the online editor for The Idaho County Free Press, most of my work is done, well, online. I rarely set foot in the office in Grangeville, instead working from the comfort of my living room.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This is a big week at Clearwater Valley schools. A homecoming parade in Kooskia begins after school on Friday, Oct. 4. The school’s National Honor Society invites you to sample a variety of great chili samples after the parade (roughly 3:30 p.m.) to 5:30 p.m. at the Koos…

WHITE BIRD -- Fall was here and gone on Sept. 26. Then the snow made an appearance, but isn't supposed to stick around. Mother Nature is playing with us again!

ELK CITY -- Folks up Orogrande way have asked local businesses here to set out petitions for signatures during the next two weeks. It seems the Forest Service recently reconstructed the bridge on the NF 9836 road at the Five Mile Pond end near Orogrande. However, when it was completed, they …

COTTONWOOD -- We had our first snowfall Sunday, but it didn’t stay on the ground very long. Reports of 2 to 4 inches were reported in the Cottonwood Butte area. That means winter is not too far off. But I hope we will have a nice long fall before winter actually gets here. Our garden has bee…

COTTONWOOD -- We have had a nice long fall so far this year. Frost is predicted for this weekend so it may come to an end. We are still getting tons of tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, and squash from our garden. It has been a good year.

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- First day of fall, sometimes known as autumn, has come and gone. Upriver you can feel it in the air, the mosquitoes are dying, the apples are ready to be picked, and everybody is wearing long sleeves.

ELK CITY -- Nita Maxwell writes: “The Elk City Volunteer Fire Dept. thanks everyone who gave their support by eating at their ‘burger booth’ during Elk City Days. Burgers and scones were enjoyed by all. ECVFD also thanks all the property owners who recently gave their support to the Departme…

WHITE BIRD -- Fall was officially here last Monday, and from the way the colors are changing, I would believe we have seen the last of the 80s and 90s degree weather. Harvest is at the end of their run, and planting of many fields can be seen on the prairie and beyond. We are nearing yet ano…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- How about that CV Rams football team? They are 3-0 after another big win, this time over Lapwai 36-16. Lane Schilling scored three touchdowns and Tyce Pfefferkorn scored two. The defense held strong throughout the game. This Friday, the 27th they will play an away game a…

COTTONWOOD -- Adam and Ashley Uhlenkott purchased a house from Don and Morna Lustig. The house was owned years ago by Louis and Mary Schmidt. As part of the sale, the house had to be moved. So, Adam and his dad, Duane Uhlenkott, engineered the moving of it to a place just past St. Gertrude’s…

LOWELL / SYRINGA – Dr. Morgan Wright and the Mrs. Olga were out and about on the Selway River Road this past week. Looking great and re-retired, they are healthy and ready to enjoy fall and the holidays. So are the rest of the 23 residents in Lowell.

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time.” Anonymous

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- With school up and running everywhere, I spent some time in the Mountain View schools this week. On Tuesday, I had fun at the girls volleyball games with Clearwater Valley versus Timberline at home. I admit that I hadn’t watched a high school volleyball game since the la…

ELK CITY -- It is the 232nd anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution — celebrated across the country as Constitution Day. Take some time to read and celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme l…

WHITE BIRD -- Last Saturday morning, Monty and I were headed toward White Bird when a deer ran across the road, fell down, got up, and continued across the highway. All the time, I'm slamming on the brakes! Never hit it and that's not the way I want to go hunting. I have been seeing horns in…

Diary of a Rural Crazy Lady

“I am woman hear me roar ….’ We all know Helen Reddy’s famous song from 1971, which bolstered our weak feminine resolve and strengthened our grit in order to take on the world with a guitar in one hand and a spatula in the other, saying in a single look, “Dare me to use either of these!”

RIGGINS -- Quote: “So many people from your past know a version of you that doesn’t exist anymore.” Soooo, be who you are now and keep moving forward.

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Say goodbye to summer weather. It’s 70 degrees as I write this and should stay the same all week and add some rain here and there. There is one big grizzly bear up near Lolo Pass and it’s heading west (that’s us).

WHITE BIRD -- Cooler temperatures were a welcomed sight for a while this past week. It also brought about lightning strikes and some new fires. Helicopters dipped water out of the rivers and it seems they got them out for now.

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.

Jeff Zenner will be at The Picture Gallery, 821 Main St., Lewiston, on Friday, Oct. 4 evening displaying his photographs as part of the city’s annual Art Walk. The event will run from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Downtown Lewiston.

RIGGINS -- Quote: “Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth.” Zig Ziglar

WHITE BIRD -- Hope everyone had a great last end of the summer weekend. I just skipped a month – September is here, not October as I reported last week. Well, the months do seem to run together as fall is approaching. Hunting has opened in some parts of Idaho, and summer is winding down.

COTTONWOOD -- I had a ride in our big yellow semitruck this morning. My son, Eric, was hauling the trackhoe, so I hopped in. I love riding in that truck! Hats off on Labor Day to all truckers and anyone else who works for a living. Where would we be without you?

Earlier this year, I was writing about the school levy and trying to get a sense of what the money goes toward. Reading news stories about school levies, it seemed that everyone knew all about them and just accepted them as an annual expense for property owners. Once I started asking questio…

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