WHITE BIRD -- Are we getting our Indian summer or has Mother Nature decided it is time for the season to change to winter? We are staying in the mid- 50s for the next week, but getting down in the 30s for the nights. Stay warm...the Medical and Relief, along with the American Legion and many…

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “We begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” author Unknown. This spurred another thought…Live now making memories and enjoying the time you have together with family and friends.

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Is there anything better than a weekend doing nothing? Eat whatever you want, watch massive amount of football in front of your wood stove, check your e-mail and Facebook every once in a while, stay in your PJs or sweats, call your mom, let the dogs veg out on the couch. …

COTTONWOOD -- As I write this Monday morning I am reminded of my husband, Virgil, and all the men and women who gave of their time to help protect us over the years by serving in the military. We salute all veterans today and all thru the month of November. I am especially proud of my classm…

The bar is open! Kelly Johnson, who has worked for Dan Johnson for the past four and a half years, is not only opening the Nezperce Hotel Bar - otherwise known as the Clover Club - she has grand plans. Kelly would like to reopen the cafe, which has been closed for several years.

COTTONWOOD -- Mystery Night for St. John Bosco was a huge success this year. The decorations were outstanding, with a riverboat theme and a stagecoach complete with horses on the wall. The food was good, and the auctioneer did a fine job. The best part was that my husband, Virgil, and I, won…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It feels strange to be writing my column again after several weeks off. For the past two years, I have spent many Sunday nights pulling together all of the community news I have heard about all week in advance of the dreaded Monday morning deadline. The last few weeks ha…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- We didn’t get much snow last week, just enough to cover the ground. Ice is starting to form along the Lochsa River already. Mike Smith, Sr., got his bulldozer started, just in case!

WHITE BIRD -- The sun has returned for a little while, but the nights are getting down on the cool side. I hope everyone remembered to turn the clocks back one hour. You were either early for everything or you enjoyed that extra hour of sleep.

ELK CITY -- Be sure to thank the following businesses for their participation and effort to provide the school students with nutritious lunches. The kids have lunch at the following locations: the VFW ladies Auxiliary prepares the lunch on Mondays; Tuesdays they have lunch at the school prov…

Nezperce -- It’s no secret that I love Halloween, probably due to the fond memories and masses of candy my siblings and I hauled in every year on that one blissful night. It could be below freezing, snowing and even raining and we’d be raring to go in our homemade costumes - often completely…

WHITE BIRD -- Woke up last Sunday to frost, and 29 degrees in Grangeville. Bundle up as it is going to get cold this next week. As another month has ended, where is this year going? November here we come!

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Memories remind us that nothing lasts forever. You can be happy today and sad tomorrow. Time is precious and should not be wasted. Enjoy life and remember…don’t count your days…make your days count. “

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Get your flu shot! Load up your freezer, clear the leaves out of the gutters on your house, find your wool gloves. Finish putting away your summer outdoor patio furniture. It’s cold, man!

COTTONWOOD -- Happy and safe Halloween to everyone. It has been getting very cold the last few nights. Farmers are busy getting the fall planting done. People are also making the wood pile look good for winter. Ranchers are working with the cows and calves so they are ready for winter.

ELK CITY -- Here are some photos of the “snake assembly” from Elk City School that I thought you might enjoy!

LOWELL / SYRINGA NEWS -- Two birthdays were celebrated upriver last weekend: Miss Maddie Smith blew out 11 candles, and Mike Smith, Jr., took a big breath for 51 candles! A rainy-day party, all dry and warm on the hill above Lowell.

WHITE BIRD -- The weather has turned a little chilly, and the leaves are either falling on their own or the wind is helping out. That being said, in a joint venture, the Medical Relief and the American Legion will be holding their annual wood cutting on Nov. 9. If you can help in any way, br…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week is my quote specifically for my dear sweet husband Buck: “I always searched for someone who could make my dreams come true, but I finally stopped my searching on the day that I found you.” And we have had many dreams come true over our 50 years together.

COTTONWOOD -- Mother Nature is giving us a little taste of winter. We have had snow on several different occasions. I hope all the hunters are having good luck. Time to get those fall projects done. Better get those snow tires on, too.

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…

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.

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…

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