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LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Come hell or high water. That is the statement of the week. The water is rising, the creeks are roaring, and mud is sliding down on to the highway (Highway 12) along with trees and rocks, so that we never know if we can make it east or west from one minute to the next.

ELK CITY – For those of you who haven’t been down river in the last few days since we got all that rain, there are close to a dozen places where debris has slid down the mountain and across the road. The photo shows one such just below the 24-mile marker. Thanks to the road crews, they have …

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This past week the news in the Clearwater Valley has been all about the historic levels of flooding from Stites to Kamiah. Water came over roads, with slides and blowouts leading to closures of highways and local roads. Water threatened people’s houses and businesses. Th…

    Five Nezperce High School students participated in the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Boise April 10-12. HOSA was formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America and continues to use the acronym despite the name change to Future Health Professionals.

      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- There’s a very fine line between being a true recluse, living alone, non-social, to exist only for solitude. To enjoy the sound of your own voice, to forage for your own food in the wilderness, to kill or be killed.

      WHITE BIRD -- April showers are sure to bring on the flowers. The fruit trees are budding or blooming depending where you live. It really is beautiful to see new life coming alive after their winter's rest.

      RIGGINS -- Quote for this week is mine: “Becoming a grammy or grandpa doesn’t mean you’re old, it means that you’ve been blessed with the most precious gift there is.” …and what a precious week we had with Finn and Darby…as well as a super time last weekend with Kylie and Ty.

      COTTONWOOD -- Rain is keeping everything pretty soggy lately. The only good thing about it is, it’s melting the snow. Flowers are starting to bloom already. Spring always gives you hope for a new year.

      ELK CITY -- Don’t forget the Easter celebrations at the Elk City Baptist Church. There will be several services to commemorate the sacrifice on the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everyone is warmly invited to come to all services and fellowship with one another. Pastor Tom More w…

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I’m writing from the road this week. I’m in Ohio visiting my Mom who in her mid-80s is still active. Last night we went to see a spectacular rendition of the old Broadway musical “Singin’ in the Rain” at my old high school. The school is Rocky River High School, located …

      Heaven’s Gate Brewery out of Riggins went above and beyond for the Nezperce Brewfest on Saturday, April 6 by bringing "a small bus load of peeps".

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) first Friday $5 Fund-raiser lunch is April 12 (not the first Friday this month since the Kamiah students have school on April 5 to make up a snow day.) Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. until they run out. Lunch is a chicken patty on a fresh Heart…

      ELK CITY -- The community is invited to the school Thursday, April 4, for a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Family and Community Night. Come and see the different things the kids are doing at the school through these learning technologies. They received a $1,000 grant from Idaho S…

        WHITE BIRD -- April has arrived...Spring break is over so now what to do next you might ask? Our little town is coming alive with green grass peeking out, along with flowers. Buttercups have been found, tulips inching their way up out of the ground and many are readying the garden spots for …

        Is there anything cuter than a little fat ball of yellow feathers? I don’t think so either! Oh … I hope you ‘all weren’t thinking I was talking about “us” kind of chicks, ladies. Although we are pretty cute, no matter what our size or age, baby chicks have it no holds barred.

        RIGGINS -- Quote for this week is mine: “How can it be April already! I remember so clearly the silly things my first graders would do to ‘trick’ me so they could say, ‘April Fools, Mrs. Fitch!” Their most famous ones…year after year…were, ‘Mrs. Fitch, there is a fire in the wastebasket or M…

        COTTONWOOD -- What a beautiful day we had yesterday. We went for a Sunday drive to the Salmon River. It was warm down there and the grass is growing. We saw a bunch of baby calves. That is a sure sign of spring.

        ELK CITY -- We have had several ambulance runs and Life Flights out of the area recently. As a former EMT I would like to remind you that, if you are on any medications for any health issues, it is important to have a list on hand to give to the medics in case you are one of those who needs …

        RIGGINS -- Quote for this week by Barbara Bush, former First Lady: “You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside yo…

        LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Only one more week and our mailman, Ralph Jackson, Jr., and his mate and helper, Dixie, will retire. I'll miss his smile, and Dixie's humorous one-liners. I'll miss seeing Steve Pankey along for the ride now and then, I'll miss telling my grandchildren, "be nice to the ma…

        WHITE BIRD -- We are at the end of the month, had some really nice weather and with spring break this week, there are a lot of things going on. People are getting out cleaning yards, preparing gardens and flower beds. Birds have arrived, so I guess you can say Spring has arrived!

        COTTONWOOD -- Hey! Guess what? There is some ground beneath all that snow! We are starting to see big patches of green or black between all that white snow. Actually, it melted quite a bit last week. The animals seem to be happier, too.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Broadway musical revival of Hello, Dolly! reached the hinterlands of Kooskia. Mrs. Dolly Levi (Mikayla Bean) develops a convoluted plot to marry Horace Vandergelder (played by Logan Wells of Sasquatch film-making fame). A mix-up in wallets at a fancy restaurant leads…

        NEZPERCE -- For the past couple of years, several people have been working toward adding a splash pad to our community. The idea is to develop the water feature on school property just south of the pool.

          Salmon River High School student Amelia Chapman is pictured here at the state basketball games playing the National Anthem on the violin (above) and in a portrait (right) afterwards. 

          WHITE BIRD -- It is officially here. Spring is here as of March 20! Now, all the snow will go away and in two-three months we will all be complaining about the hot weather. But enjoy! This month is just about gone, and the days are lasting longer, gardens will be readied for planting, and th…

          ELK CITY -- Just when I think that I will never find any more historic photos of our area, one shows up “out of the blue!” This time, it came through my brother-in-law. The photo was in the estate of a friend of his in Weiser where she grew up. She cleared out her family home five-to-six yea…

          Finding a dream job in a small town can be a challenge, but Terra Baldus has come close. Baldus is the new branch manager at the Nezperce Community Library, which is part of the Prairie River Library District.

          CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) invites area students from grades 7-12 to their second annual St. Patricks’ Day dance on Friday, March 15, from 7-9:30 p.m., at the Kamiah schools multipurpose room, 711 9th Street. Students fr…

          RIGGINS -- Quote for this week: “Don’t complicate life: Missing someone? Call. Wanna meet up? Invite. Wanna be understood? Explain. Have a question? Ask. Don’t like something? Say it. Like something? State it. Want something? Ask for it. Love someone? Tell them. Keep your life simple.” unknown.

          COTTONWOOD -- Congratulations to Betty Campbell, who retired March 1, after 45 years as a teller. She worked in the Cottonwood branch of Wells Fargo, and then switched to the Grangeville branch for the last two years. Enjoy your retirement, Betty!

          CLEARWATER VALLEY -- April Blankenship, branch manager at Kamiah community library is planning a new book club called “Open Minds, Open Books” to discuss some tough topics like racism, white supremacy and gender discrimination. These are important topics that many people avoid discussing bec…

          ELK CITY -- I had the opportunity of connecting with some old acquaintances when I was able to attend the Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road meeting last Saturday. This is a very dedicated group working to keep the old route into Elk City open and the history alive. I remember when we had a …

          WHITE BIRD -- The weather, ever changing, looks like it could be mellowing out just a little. There has been much talk about the time changing, staying with Pacific Time or changing to Mountain Time, but we will still be doing the Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, the 10th. We “spring" ahead …

          Winner of the Idaho County Free Press/Shopper Cutest Pet Contest was Rosie the dog, pictured here with her owners Ray and Peggy Kaufmann. Contest sponsors for the on-line contest were Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic and Green Acres Nursery and Feed Supply in Grangeville. Prizes were donated by C…

          COTTONWOOD -- I always wondered what it would be like to live in Antarctica. I think we are getting a taste of it. Nothing to see but white snow, no difference between the ground and the sky, and snow and more snow!

          RIGGINS -- Quote for this week: “Good morning my wonderful friends! May your day begin with a smile on your face, love in your heart, and happiness within your soul.”

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