RIGGINS — Quote: “I guess the real fact of the matter is… we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and the only thing we really have is… right now. So, don’t stay mad for too long. Learn to forgive and love with all your heart. Don’t worry about people who don’t like you. Enjoy the ones who l…

WHITE BIRD — “White Bird Rodeo is such a great family-oriented event. It’s a nice place to start as royalty, too,” said Kami Fogleman. “The whole rodeo family there is helpful.”

CLEARWATER VALLEY — The new Stites City Park, at the corner of Main and Bridge streets, is progressing with the addition of a beautiful, metal cut-out sign produced by students of Nezperce High School. The fence has been removed in front since the grass is established now. Volunteers have pl…

ELK CITY — Elk City Dust Devils have a trail cleaning contract and have set days for the cleaning. They need volunteers. Their first date is June 26, with six more days during July and August. Meet at Shearer Park. Contact Wayne Simpson at elkwalker2@gmail.com for information.

WHITE BIRD —“Back With a Bang!” is here! This coming weekend is Father’s Day weekend and that always means White Bird Rodeo and White Bird Days Parade. The rodeo will be held at the Twin Bridges arena, which is six miles south of White Bird. The rodeo begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,…

WHITE BIRD — Much belated thanks to the American Legion White Bird Post for the Memorial Day services. They were somber and very honoring of our veterans who have passed away. The Rebekah Royal Gem No. 13 sponsored “Pie in the Park” and raised $669.

RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “Dads are once ordinary men turned by love into heroes and adventurers, and story- tellers.” – quote from a plaque. Father’s Day is on its way, Sunday, June 20.

COTTONWOOD — Sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat, has been the theme around here lately. Kids have been out of school for a whole week! Days have been filled with Little League baseball, garden planting, mushroom hunting, beach sitting and of course, camping!

Five-year-old Tina Robinson had a cold drink at the Border Days Arena Wednesday evening, June 2. Temperatures soared into the 90s that day. Grandma Tracy Sharp was busy working with the Triple Bar Drill Team in the hot and dusty arena.

COTTONWOOD — Summer has begun! Prairie schools had a fun-filled week, ending the school year with a bang! From the Junior High going bowling in Lewiston, to the Elementary Field Day and Talent Show and Kindergarten graduation to our senior class of 2021, congratulations to all and best of lu…

ELK CITY — The traditional Memorial Day Ceremony was, as always, a moving presentation with the placing of the wreath, the prayer, the color guard and the honor gun salute. (See photo)

CLEARWATER VALLEY — Schools out for summer, schools out forever! Both CV and Kamiah seniors graduated last Friday. Glad they were able to have the normal pomp and circumstance of graduation this year. Congratulations to the Clearwater Valley, Kamiah and home-school high school graduates. The…

RIGGINS — Memorial Day was just celebrated, so I wanted to share this quote explaining why we celebrate each of the “military uniformed” days. “Armed Forces Day, celebrated May 21, is for those still in their uniform. Veterans’ Day, celebrated November 11, is for those who hung up their unif…

WHITE BIRD — “Back With a Bang” is the theme of White Bird Day, June 19. The planning committee will be meeting tomorrow, June 3 at 6 p.m., in the back room of the Silver Dollar Bar. They will be working out the last details of the parade, music and games.

    Graduation commencement was held for the Clearwater Valley High School Class of 2021 last Friday, May 28. Graduates family and friends attended the ceremony held that evening for the 21 students in the CVHS gym.

    COTTONWOOD — What a great weekend of state tournaments and meets! The Prairie track and field team did an amazing job! The girls’ 4x200 relay team placed 1st for the fourth year in a row! They also placed 4th in the 4x100 relay! Ellea Uhlenkott placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles and 4th in the 10…

    RIGGINS — Quote of the week: excerpts from the book, ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy. “What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy. “Help,” said the horse. “Asking for help isn’t giving up,” said the horse. “It’s refusing to give up.” “Sometimes …

    WHITE BIRD — Memorial Day observance is May 31 at 11:11 a.m. The American Legion will be leading the Memorial Day ceremonies to honor our fallen heroes on this special day. Beginning at 11:11 a.m., the heroes’ names will be read, and a 21-gun salute will honor their service to our country. T…

    COTTONWOOD — Off to State! Baseball, softball and track will all be off to the state tournaments and meet! Also, Molly Johnson will be riding in the state high school rodeo finals! We are so incredibly proud of our high school athletes! The state qualifiers for track include Ellea Uhlenkott …

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — Both Clearwater Valley (CV) and Kamiah track teams competed well last weekend, with the Kubs boys’ team edging out 2nd place Logos 109.24 to 108 points. Preston Amerman, of CV, clocked the most impressive individual performance, winning all three distance races- the 800, …

    ELK CITY — Sue Phillips shares the following: A Quilt of Valor was presented to Raymund Lloyd Cook on Wednesday, May 12, at the VFW Post #8311 during the lunch for the Elk City School students. Raymund served in the Middle East, 2004-2005, and now serves as the quartermaster for the VFW Post…

    RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “I do not just have students for one year. I love following them through their life journeys and seeing what they’ve become and what wonderful lives they’ve created for themselves. Once they are my students, they become my kids for life.” – Educator, Teresa Engle…

    WHITE BIRD — I know this notice may seem early, but the White Bird Rodeo and White Bird Day is just around the corner; June 18-19. The theme for White Bird Day is “Back With a Bang”. There will be a parade, music, lots of games and food. The parade and activities will be in town. The rodeo w…

      Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s band recently competed in the Music in the Parks festival at Silverwood Amusement Park. The band came in third place.

      ELK CITY — School News: The Elk City School is putting on its Spring Program and 8th grade graduation. Events are planned for May 20, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the school. There are three 8th graders graduating: Landon Martin, Autumn Hale and Dakotah Lee. Come and enjoy.

      Opal McPherson, 2, loves spending time with some of the family’s newest members, these baby lambs, at her home near Mt. Idaho.

      WHITE BIRD —The White Bird Library is beginning to work on the 2022 Community Calendar. If you are new to the area, stop by the library and pick up one of the four or five that are still available for this year. The calendar contains pictures and a short note on area history (this year is pa…

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — Great to see the Nez Perce Tribal members gathering in Kamiah for the spring general council. They were able to gather in person this year. On the first day of council the ‘Uuyit Kimti program staff organized a memorial walk to remember missing and murdered indigenous wom…

      COTTONWOOD — Well, it’s the week of district games for PHS softball and baseball, and also the district track meet! The Lady Pirates have a district play-in game on Tuesday, at home against Lapwai. If they win, they will travel to Genessee on Thursday, May 13. The boys kick off their distric…

      WHITE BIRD — Alcoholics Anonymous: A women’s AA group will begin meeting each Wednesday, at 4 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church, in the Fellowship Hall. The first meeting is today. Call Joy at 808-482-0871 for information.

      RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “What do you think success is?” asked the boy. ‘To love,” said the Mole.” from the book ‘The Boy, the Mole, and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackery. This is a great book filled with wonderful simple quotes to live by.

      ELK CITY — Well, the wolves are at it again. Be sure to keep your children and pets close by. In the last week, to week and a half, wolves were spotted crossing Elk Creek Road towards where the elk winter, and are there all summer, at the top of the meadow north of Elk City. They were also h…

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — After a few days of unseasonably hot weather at the end of last week, I spent a rainy, Saturday morning watching the Clearwater Valley Rams and Kamiah Kubs Middle School kids in their fourth and final track meet of the season. The rain didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of…

      COTTONWOOD — Huge shout out to the Prairie High School softball team, you girls have been doing amazing! Madison Shears and Eve Uhlenkott played their last home game last Friday night. Best of luck to you two seniors in all your future endeavors.

      COTTONWOOD — Rain, rain go away. Springtime on the prairie sure is beautiful! These April showers are doing their part to bring us May flowers. Trees are budding, birds are chirping, and rumor has it a few morels have peeked out at top secret locations!

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — April showers bring May flowers! As I sit at my window to write, it’s lovely to see the rain after quite a few weeks of dry weather. On my morning walk in the drizzle, I could smell the sweetness of the cherry and plum blossoms and saw a larger than normal (43) herd of el…

      WHITE BIRD — The American Legion White Bird Post will be meeting May 1. There will be discussions concerning the events taking place around Memorial Day, May 31. This will include the different ways that the Legion post will be honoring the 95 veterans who are interred in the White Bird ceme…

      RIGGINS — Quote of the week: “Which is more important, the journey or the destination?” asked a friend. “The company,” said the other friend.” – unknown.

      ELK CITY — In case you missed it, there was an earthquake reported in last week’s Free Press that was in the Anderson Butte area. The quake was on April 8, and was about six miles below the surface, at an intensity of 2.1 on the Richter scale. For those of you who know my dad, Dave Newbiggin…

      ELK CITY — Darrel Johnson, safety manager for the nearby Mary K. gold mine, finished up the mine emergency/entrance training with first responders from our local volunteer ambulance and fire department and other interested folks this past Saturday, the classroom portion having been completed…

      WHITE BIRD — The White Bird Library Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. For now, they are meeting in the Fellowship Hall of Pleasant View Baptist. They would like to remind everyone the library is open and serving the Salmon River community. They have a new phon…

      COTTONWOOD — About 660 community members were without power on Friday morning for a few hours after a power pole was hit by a single vehicle, right in front of the hospital. Thankfully, angels were on the driver’s shoulder that day and no serious injuries occurred. People experienced power o…

        The Annual Idaho County 4-H Party was held Saturday, April 17, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. More than 150 4-H members and their friends gathered at this event which is a “Penny Arcade” intended to raise the awareness of the Idaho County 4-H Program and encourage youth and adults to part…

        COTTONWOOD — Swing, batter, batter! Are you ready to slam back into action with some Prairie baseball and softball? We have a week full of action! Starting off, Monday, April 12 with high school softball at Grangeville. The following day, April 13, the girls played Nezperce at home, the high…

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