GLENWOOD-CARIBEL -- If you're familiar with firearms, you might know what checkering is. If you're not, you might not. It's both a functional and a decorative way to give the shooter more grip on the stock, especially when it is wet or greasy. Parallel grooves are cut into the grip panel and…

COTTONWOOD -- We had a nice rain over the weekend. It washed away the smoke again. It is really starting to look like fall. We have a huge flock of blackbirds around here and they are getting all my apples, so I better get them picked.

ELK CITY -- As many of you know, we have a small museum housed in the Elk City Hotel. Many people come by and enjoy looking at the numerous photos dated from 1898 to the 1960’s, as well as some artifacts that have been found and/or donated from our area. I have the pleasure of meeting these …

COTTONWOOD -- The quilt for the Assumption Parish Raffle was made by Jeanne Arnzen. There was also a fleece blanket donated by The Hangout, a Norwex package donated by Clint and Jonna Holthaus, and lots of CASH. Tickets are being handed out this weekend. Support Assumption Parish and come to…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A beautiful sunny afternoon set the tone for a fun Clearwater Valley homecoming parade and pep rally in downtown Kooskia. Great to see the teenagers’ excitement and fun, riding on their class floats. A good crowd watched the beaming princesses riding on the hood of their…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Life is tough, but also awesome! Choose to be happy, choose to see the good in others instead of the negative, choose to have your glass 1/2 full. Be kind to people you love. Simple, really.” by our own Rob Pottenger.

ELK CITY -- The Elk City Sew Help Me Quilters are holding a Quilt Raffle. The quilt is titled “On The Prowl”, and can be seen hanging at the Elk City Hotel’s front window. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5, and can be purchased at businesses around town. The drawing will take place Nov. 11, a…

GLENWOOD-CARIBEL -- This is a story that can be echoed by volunteer fire departments all over the country. 

Prairie Junior Senior High School in Cottonwood celeb rated its homecoming last weekend, Sept. 26, the election of its homecoming queen and king, Sierra McWilliams and Cole Martin.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This Friday, Oct. 2, is Homecoming at Clearwater Valley High School. The parade down Main Street begins at 3:30 p.m., with floats from each of the classes and Rams royalty. It’s fun to watch and see the young people’s camaraderie and school spirit. Anyone is welcome to c…

COTTONWOOD -- Isn’t it nice to have clear air again! We can see our beautiful blue skies and the mountains! We have had some frost, so the leaves are starting to change colors. We need another light frost for the apples to get ripe and sweet. 

ELK CITY -- Certainly, the talk around town the last week or two, centers around an event/crime that is rumored to have occurred up on the Motherlode road recently. It’s hard to keep anything “secret” in small communities, especially if there is potential to merit some real safety concerns f…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Since I began my new adventure, a few months ago, as a reporter for the Clearwater Progress, my to-do list has evolved. I love that it now includes items such as “interview princesses, skateboarders and vineyard planters”. Travelling to the edges of the Clearwater Valley…

ELK CITY – From 9/11 through the Great Recession, there has been a cloud of heaviness which has been reflected in the lack of tourism in our area. The last year, indeed, the last 2-3 years, the cloud has lifted, and an enthusiasm has taken its place as evidenced by the increased traffic/tour…

White Bird Medical and Relief Fund, American Legion White Bird Post No. 152, and many additional White Bird volunteers spent the past weekend, Sept. 12 and 13, cutting wood for community members. This volunteer effort is an annual community tradition.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- On Sept. 22, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) encourages you to spend time with the original social network--your family at the dinner table! One of the best ways to stay engaged in their children’s lives is sharing dinner together. The more often children spend time with …

ELK CITY -- Elk City Community Library changed their hours with the beginning of school. Patrons can now visit the library from 3:15 to 5 p.m., on Tuesdays. Story time for preschoolers has changed to 2:30 p.m., on Tuesday and all are welcome. Children three years old and younger should be ac…

GLENWOOD-CARIBEL -- A sweet lady phoned from Lewiston to say how much she enjoyed seeing articles about the Glenwood-Caribel area in the Clearwater Progress. This was Judy Wright Whaley's old stomping grounds when she was growing up in a little house near the top of Glenwood Road. She said s…

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “Remember all the restaurants and small businesses that you’ve asked for years and years to donate to your clubs, events, and organizations? They’re calling in a favor. Answer Call.” by Johnson Nation. So, shop, eat, grocery up, fuel up, coffee up, and stay at …

GLENWOOD-CARIBEL – The man loves cars. Max Childs has been fascinated with cars since he was a child watching them drive by his window, and says he was a "car kid" who grew up into a "car guy." He started working cleaning up cars at dealerships as a teen in Southern California, and after hig…

ELK CITY -- I attended the September water and sewer meeting and learned that repairs to the water tower are anticipated to occur within the next few weeks. Additionally, discussions included the addition of a donation box installation at the water spigot in front of the fire department buil…

COTTONWOOD -- It is sprinkling rain on Monday morning, as I write this. Once again, the farmers will be stopped from cutting grain. The yield for the crops is twice as much as usual but the price is way down. Some farmers are finished harvesting, but the farmers on the west end of the prairi…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The school buses began running this week. Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Schools are back in session for in-person classes. Some parents are opting to have their kids learn at home instead of in-person school, while other out-of-district or new students have registered in …

GLENWOOD-CARIBEL -- Wyatt Law has been training and working with his team of oxen since they were calves - three years now. He gives them verbal commands such as get-up (go), gee (turn right), haw (turn left), back, and whoa, and taps them with a goad stick to guide them. It's easier to trai…

ELK CITY -- We’ve had some beautiful days this last week.  On Sunday, I went for a walk with my daughter-in-law, and 3 grandchildren, along Elk Creek Road. Some trucks drove by and didn’t even slow down as they passed us!  Please, have the courtesy to slow down when you see people walking, e…

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “School Supply List for 2020-2021: patience, flexibility, deep breaths, calmness, cooperation, encouragement, positivity, understanding, compassion, respect, and kindness.” to name a few. (Unable to find author.) These are needed supplies by teachers and staff,…

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…

COTTONWOOD -- The Idaho County Fair is in the books. It was a good fair, and one of the few around this area that got to take place. 

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “Play in the river, walk barefoot on the sand, dance under the moon and stars, and you’ll likely find that very little is needed to live a happy life.” Brooke Hampton.

ELK CITY -- If you live in the Elk City area, you are aware of the Shissler Fire and other incidents in our area. But for those of you who read this article from other areas, thought I would give you an update. As of Saturday, Aug. 22, it was up to almost 2,000 acres. It is located southeast…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I’ve been wondering how Marie Smith, former Lowell/Syringa ICFP correspondent, is doing with her new life in Kooskia. I stopped in to see her cute little house and check in. When I first began reading the Free Press, about 15 years ago, her writing about Lowell and Syrin…

COTTONWOOD -- We took a drive up the mountain, behind Grangeville, last week and picked a quart of huckleberries, but they were not easy to find. We also caught a few small fish.

ELK CITY -- As promised, here are the winners of the 2020 Logging Competition: PeeWee Rolling Pin Toss - Ryle Chaffee; Kids Rolling Pin Toss – Carson Schilling; Womens Rolling Pin Toss – Lacey Chaffee; Kids Choker Setting - McKenzie Woody; Womens Axe Throw - Lacey Chaffee; Mens Axe Throw – P…

RIGGINS -- My quote for the week: “Fear does not stop death. It stops life. And worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” sent to me from a friend.

RIGGINS -- My quote for the week: “I will teach you in a room. I will teach you now on Zoom. I will teach you in your house. I will teach you with a mouse. I will teach you here or there. I will teach you because I care.” Tough decisions are being made by teachers and parents, administrators…

    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…

    CLEARWATER VALLLEY -- On a recent Sunday, I spent the afternoon in the Kooskia Park. I have stopped there during the week, but I didn’t realize how many people enjoy it on a sunny, summer, Sunday afternoon. In the few hours I was there, several small family groups enjoyed a picnic by the riv…

    COTTONWOOD -- Bishop Peter Christensen blessed the new construction at St. John Bosco Academy on Sunday, Aug. 9 with a group of approximately 32 students and their families in attendance. The new wing will include three classrooms, a larger daycare, and a larger chapel. Bishop Peter stood at…

    ELK CITY -- Lots of people turned out for the annal Elk City Days celebration. Enjoy the photos. I will have the winners of the logging event in next week’s column. Would love to have others send me their photos for our historical records – even past years. I plan on printing a few from each…

    ELK CITY – The historic Elk City Days celebration in Idaho County will continue this year amid COVID-19 guidelines. Festivities are planned this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8. Whether you want to watch the parade or compete in the logging show, organizers say there is sure to be fun for ever…

    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…

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