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…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I enjoyed one more winter concert last week at Clearwater Valley Elementary School. Principal Joe Rodriguez greeted the large crowd of family and community members wearing bright and festive colors.

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 …

RIGGINS -- Merry Christmas to one and all. May all the business of this month be put behind us so we can just enjoy Christmas with family and friends. “Away in a manager no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where He lay…the Little L…

WHITE BIRD -- The weather is turning colder, warm fires have been started and the joys of the holidays are among us. Let us take a minute, reflect back on the year 2019 and the coming year 2020, what lies ahead is what you make it. Happy holidays to all my readers; thanks for continuing to n…

ELK CITY -- For this late in the year it was a surprise to see three whitetailed deer on Elk Creek Road close to town. And speaking of wildlife, we had a group of 12-15 turkeys near our house a couple of weeks ago, but a couple of days ago there were only three. Perhaps they ended up on Than…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Toddlers ruled at this year’s Harpster Christmas program with many adorable and excited young children including some families who attended for the first time. A large crowd of 90 participants filled the Harpster Community Center (the old schoolhouse) on Sunday afternoon…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- It’s cold, it’s snowing, it’s almost Christmas. One more week! Make your plans, finish your shopping, wrap your gifts, and enjoy your holidays with friends and family.

RIGGINS -- Christmas is just one week away…Quote for the week: “Away in the manger no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay…” While you are doing your last-minute Christmas shopping,…

COTTONWOOD -- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Some of the grandkids came over to help decorate our house. What a nice thing to do! It looks like we will have a white Christmas this year. I say if you live in Idaho, you should always get a white Christmas. Merry Christmas to all of you!

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Sensory overload hit me as I walked into the Olde-Fashioned Christmas event in Kamiah on Saturday. The smell of pine, chestnuts and sugar, the laughter of adorable children, and live Christmas piano music set the tone for the event. Of course, Santa, flanked by a photogr…

ELK CITY -- Chris Thompson writes that the “Ben Thompson and family would like to thank the Elk City community and surrounding areas as well as the VFW for your generosity. Around $2,500 dollars was raised from the dessert auction and money tree. They would like to thank everyone who donated…

ELK CITY -- The annual Christmas Craft Sale at the school today, Dec. 3, and again Dec. 4, 3:15 to 5 p.m. If you didn’t make it yesterday, get there today.

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “A simple Thank You has magic…it warms the heart and creates a moment of connection and peace between two people” from GratitudeHabitatt.com.

WHITE BIRD -- Winter has come and showed its ugly temperatures and, of course, this also brought the snow and wind. We got anywhere from 3 to 7 inches depending where you were in White Bird. Now it's supposed to get a little warmer for the next week or so, but don't let this fool you. Winter…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… It’s December and it’s time to think about a Christmas tree. If you want to cut your own tree, here’s a few options for you. McFeron’s Family Christmas Tree Farm sells u-cut trees, any size for $30. They are located at 2665 Lu…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Ladies, wash your hair, polish your nails, get out your best earrings....Men get a shave and haircut, and wash your favorite Levi’s; it’s time for the Lowell/Syringa EMT Christmas Dinner and Auction. As is tradition, it will be held at Ryan’s Wilderness Inn on Highway 12 …

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- There’s frost on the pumpkins this morning. Lorraine Smith from Syringa will be busy making pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, and probably mincemeat, too. She is a quiet gardener, who is also an amazing cook, and her mate, Greg, too, and her son, Mark, too. I’m not sure abou…

WHITE BIRD -- You're from Idaho if...we had sun, rain, hail, and snow so I think all the seasons were once again covered. It's going to get cold for the next few days, so stay bundled up when outside and remember those fur babies too.

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for each other as well as many other blessings…count your blessings and see how they add up; your worries will dim in view of all of them.”

COTTONWOOD -- The Prairie Pirates won the State Football Championship by defeating Lost Rivers at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow on Friday night with a score of 26-6. The win gave the Pirates their third win at state in six years.

ELK CITY -- Debbie Rendleman would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support at Bingo Night. This is a twice a year fund-raiser that she puts on for every kid in town, from babies to high school seniors, to shower them with Christmas gifts.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I stopped by the teen center in Kamiah Friday and learned that Vinnie Martinez recently joined the staff there. Martinez is a former Clearwater Valley High School teacher, beloved by many CV students and Kooskia area community members. I am happy to see him in a job wher…

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- To decorate for Christmas yet, or wait until after Thanksgiving, that is the question! When do you take that big step? Put away your yellow and orange vest, and get out the red one with a big reindeer with ornaments on the horns? Mine might be a little too tight this year!

WHITE BIRD -- Well "It" is arriving - "It" being Thanksgiving, so I hope everyone either traveling for the holiday or just staying home to relax, enjoys the long weekend. Stay safe!

RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “Be that person who roots for the other person, tells a stranger he/she looks amazing, and encourages others to believe in themselves and their dreams.”

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It’s time for another fun Kamiah Characters play. “Cooking can be Murder” is a comedy in two acts. Show time is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Friday, Nov. 22, at the Kamiah School Multi-purpose room. I really enjoy the funny, light plays this group performs and…

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…

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