COTTONWOOD -- We had quite a snowstorm on Sunday, which was so vicious it even had the electricity off for a little while. It started with rain and then turned to snow. The wind was up to 45-miles-per-hour for a while. We lost tree branches from our fir trees.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is offering a spring session of the Strengthening Families Program beginning on March 4. This is a free, 14-week interactive workshop for parents and children ages 6 to 11. The weekly 2-½ hour sessions are designed to improve r…

ELK CITY -- For those folks who live in yonder parts, thought you might like to see some snow pictures!  The extensive snowfall has kept those with equipment busy plowing people’s driveways. That said, the ice build-up on all those plowed surfaces continues to get thicker, making a nightmare…

RIGGINS -- Quotes of the week: “When your heart is really into it, you just keep going and never give up.” This is just what our six Lady Savages do...and they are off to State Girls Basketball Tourney because of their commitment to keep going. Congratulations, ladies.

ELK CITY -- Nancy Smart created a wonderful dessert for the VFW Valentine’s Day dinner and many people enjoyed steak with all the trimmings, as well as the red velvet cakes, red velvet cheesecakes, and chocolate covered strawberries.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I watched my grand-nephew Quinn Hall, a senior, and his fellow JV Bulldogs play against the Rams last Thursday at CV. They were action-packed games with the Bulldogs winning both JV and Varsity. I loved the lively music from the Clearwater Valley High School pep band dur…

Grangeville Elementary Middle School basketball girls Allie Schumacher (in blue) and Ellie Austad (in white) were among the players who got a bit of floor time during halftime of the Grangeville-Orofino varsity game Feb. 5 at GHS.

WHITE BIRD -- The weather has changed again...snow, rain, slide-offs, boulders (can you say big?), and hillsides caving in, are all the mess this week. Be ever watchful of what is around you as you never know when something will happen.

COTTONWOOD -- Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you. This is a day to honor your loved ones and let them know how special they are to you.

ELK CITY -- Treat your sweetie to a night out. The VFW Post and Auxiliary is having its traditional Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 15. Dinner includes steak, salad, rolls, and desserts. Cost is $15 per person. Be sure to call and make reservations.

RIGGINS -- Quotes of the week: ”If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A.A. Milne

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- After reading the Idaho County Free Press for a decade, it is strange to see an issue without Marie Smith’s musings from Lowell. I have enjoyed the quirkiness, the stories from hunters, floaters, anglers along the Middle Fork and Selway Rivers, the photos of her grandchi…

COTTONWOOD -- The groundhog saw his shadow in our area so there will be six more weeks of winter. The roads were very icy a few times this last week. It makes you remember how to drive defensively.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- For a little town with no restaurants, the folks of Clearwater do a fine job of feeding people. On Sunday we enjoyed seeing family plus old and new friends at the 57th annual Groundhog Day feed. After eating sausage, eggs and pancakes, I headed to the kitchen to check in…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This Sunday is one of the few days a year where the normally sleepy streets of Clearwater are packed with vehicles. The popular Groundhog Day Breakfast, in its 57th year, runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features pancakes, eggs and sausage for $8 each. It is held at the Od…

WHITE BIRD -- The weather is really mixed up. Now we have robins returning, some have even found buttercups, but we still have the snow in the mountains which the snowcatters are thankful for.

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- All of the exciting news I have reported for 40 years is over. I can’t be an Ace reporter from Lowell if I’m living in Kooskia. There will be no more reports of dead beavers floating down the Lochsa. No more updates of when the morel mushrooms are ready to pick up on Cool…

COTTONWOOD -- The Holy Cross Dinner is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Keuterville Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The home-cooked meal will consist of roast beef, ham, real mashed potatoes and gravy along with fruit, a tossed salad, and delicious homemade rolls, with assorted desserts toppi…

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Butte Ski Area opened last weekend with excellent ski conditions. With more snow in the forecast they will be open on Friday nights from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check Facebook, Today @ CBSA on the website www.cottonwo…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- News all over the place. The powers that be took away the FOX channel upriver, so no Super Bowl game in Lowell or Syringa. We have to go visit an old friend who gets that channel next week!

ELK CITY -- Went to the open house at the Forest Service last Tuesday to talk to Cheryl Probert, Forest Supervisor for the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest, and others. NP-CW Forest Plan Revision is up for comments and I want to encourage the readers of this column to review the plan and get your…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Clearwater Quick Response Unit (QRU) invited me to their January meeting to fill me in on what they are doing. They are up to five EMTs and keeping up their training. Like most QRU’s they are self-funded which means they put some time and energy into fund-raising. La…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- It’s with a heavy heart that I report the loss of two good friends this week. The Silver Mountain Resort avalanche last week, Tuesday, killed two Lochsa River rafters and kayakers. Carl Humphreys, of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Scott Parsons, of Spokane Valley, Wash., found …

WHITE BIRD – Well, are we in Kansas yet? Say hello to the wind and snow...I think it's going to stay around for a few days. There will be no school on the 20th due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Kids enjoy your day off from school, but remember to help out at home if needed.

COTTONWOOD -- If you have been watching the snowstorms this past couple weeks, you may have noticed that they just keep to the mountains mostly and circle the Camas Prairie. Once in a while, a storm will hit here, but the snow is all going sideways and never hits the ground. Sunday night we …

ELK CITY -- A lone doe was seen on Elk Creek Road near town. She looked forlorn and hungry. Perhaps someone going into Grangeville could pick her up and take her to the prairie so she could join up with her family and not starve here. LOL!

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Clearwater Valley High School Senior, Melanie Gianopulos is organizing a fun run/walk for her senior project. The “Run with your Heart 3 K Fun Run” is to raise awareness for heart health. The event is appropriately scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 15, the day after that day o…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- This is the month that has a purpose for almost every day, starting with New Year’s Day, then today is National Bird Day, then we have Snow Day, Clean Up Highway Day, Appreciate Your Pet Day … it’s like they want you to have a reason to get up in the morning.

COTTONWOOD -- Jim Gorges will be giving a presentation on “Protecting What’s Yours” Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m., at American Freedom Defense in Greencreek. The idea is to empower families to be prepared and secure in their homes. Learn some practical skills from a man who has been in…

ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips writes, "REACH Club apologizes for the late delivery of the Elk City Community Calendars. Between illness and some issues at the printers, the calendars will be late. They will be delivered as soon as possible. And there will be extra calendars for sale at the Elk Ci…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Last week we walked into a new day, new week, new month, new year, new decade! Sending blessings of love, good health, joyous and beautiful new beginnings.” from Inspire your Beautiful Soul. Take great steps in 2020.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- As I begin my fourth year as Clearwater Valley correspondent this week, I am reflecting over some highlights from the last year. In my Dec. 18 column, I mused about the origins of the artwork panels we use for the “12 Days of Christmas” song, at the Harpster Christmas pr…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The New Year, 2020, is here this week. The Roaring ’20s all over again. Make your resolutions, change your life if you are needing to, cut your hair, start a new diet, get a tattoo, stop swearing, be nice if you’re mean, move to the ocean.

WHITE BIRD -- Well is it October or December - the poor weather doesn't know what to do!! Winter began on the 22nd with the temperatures hitting around mid-50s or more, was the shortest day of the year and it is supposed to be winter?

RIGGINS -- Happy New Year 2020! Well, the old year is gone, and the New Year is just beginning! …and to think, it is 2020, so with “the perfect vision year,” what is your vision? Time to begin again whatever you want to start or change or improve…New Year’s Resolutions are good, but I like t…

LOWELL / SYRINGA – So, we are having a white Christmas! Snowed as I’m driving out my driveway. Off to town this morning, stopped in Kooskia for breakfast, then on to Kamiah for gas, down the icy highway at 50 mph to Orofino to a friend’s house to drop off gifts. Soon the roads are clear, do …

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