CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A beautiful spring morning provided the backdrop for the somber occasion of a Memorial Day commemoration at the Pine Ridge Cemetery near Kooskia. Members of the American Legion, Post No. 75, and VFW Post No. 5407, provided color guard and honor guard for the ceremony. Ro…

ELK CITY -- Sue Phillips says that as we move “through Governor Little's four stage plan, the Elk City Community Library will open Tuesday, June 2, from 2-5 p.m. The need to follow CDC's guidelines is very important and they will be posted on the front door of the school. Social distancing o…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Go ahead and make a big deal over your birthday… (or graduation since it is that time of year). Dress up and go dancing…any kind of dancing…even your own home! Make somethin…

WHITE BIRD -- What happened to our weather…Mother Nature is at it again! We went from hot weather to 20 degrees cooler in a blink of an eye. Rivers are running high and debris is in the water.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last Friday I cheered on the graduating seniors at both the Clearwater Valley parade, in my CV news area, and the Grangeville parade where I saw my great-nephew Quinn Hall. It was a little challenging to wave a “Congrats 2020 grads” sign, point a camera, wave and cheer a…

COTTONWOOD -- We are remembering all our veterans on Memorial Day. We appreciate your service to our country. The VFW held their Memorial Day Services at the Ferdinand and Keuterville cemeteries this year. This is a great service that they do for our area. They alternate between the four tow…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Is your life starting to feel like a circus?…Start planning that dream trip! Soon you’ll be on your way. Be open to making new friends…even if you’re very, very shy. Steer c…

ELK CITY -- Things will be heating up this week weather-wise as summer is on its way. Looks like it will get up into the 90s in the next few days.

WHITE BIRD -- We are going to be warming up in the next week or two, after we got done with some cloudiness during the Memorial Day weekend. A really nice service took place at the cemetery for all the veterans on Monday. Cheryl, the grounds looked very nice and all the flags flying just add…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Clearwater Valley High School graduation parade will be held this Friday, May 22. Line up at 12:30p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Elementary school. The parade begins at 1 p.m., traveling down Main Street to the high school. Each family can bring two vehicles (no trai…

ELK CITY -- Marlene George would like to let you all know that the spring order for bricks for the Memorial Wall at the Elk City Park is going to be submitted June 1. Anyone interested in having a brick for themselves, a friend, or family member with military time, should call Dale George at…

COTTONWOOD -- The grass is green, flowers are blooming, and we have been able to work outside once in a while when it isn’t raining. Our garden is starting to come up.

WHITE BIRD -- The city council held their meeting last Wednesday, and with great discussion, consideration to the folks in town, and the surrounding area, they voted to cancel White Bird Days. many organizations had canceled, but have left it up to the bars if they would like to do anything.…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week is the motto for the SRHS Class of 2020: “Last of the Best.” Congratulations to each of you, and best wishes on your future as you walk from the halls of SRHS to life beyond the walls of the Salmon River Canyon.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I was excited to go to both the Kamiah and Kooskia libraries last week. Although the physical libraries remain closed to the public, they are offering curbside pickup of books on hold. Several that I placed on hold in March were released to me. It was like having an earl…

COTTONWOOD -- What a nice sunny day we had yesterday for Mother’s Day. Best wishes to all mothers. We went to church after not going for a month; later we went mushroom hunting and although I did not find any, several in our group did pretty well.

ELK CITY -- For all of you newcomers in town, and for those of you who are interested in history and the Elk City Wagon Road, there will be a “Dessert at the Museum” event Saturday, May 30, from 1-4 p.m., put on by the Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road organization. The museum is located in…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: continuing on from the book, “Everything I need to Know to learned From a Golden Book.” “Is your life starting to feel like a circus?…Use your imagination. Look up…and savor the seasons as they roll around. Stay Curious, Take in some culture once in a while. Lea…

WHITE BIRD -- The weather has been great! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day and had the chance to get out in some way to enjoy and soak up the sunshine. Our state is slowly opening back up, so remember to do your part, so we won’t have to shut down again.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Good news: I am no longer the youngest person in my Harpster Heights neighborhood! Idaho County native, Ada Fryer, a 2010 Clearwater Valley High School graduate, returned to live at her family’s place after several years of travelling and working abroad. Ada graduated fr…

ELK CITY -- Pastor Tom Moore, of the Elk City Baptist Church, said that “After meeting by Zoom for the past few weeks, tomorrow [last Sunday] we resume mostly normal meetings. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and Worship at 11 a.m. The ladies resumed their study of Genesis at 7:30 a.m., on Monday…

RIGGINS -- Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mothers and grandmothers! Mothers are beautiful just being who they are. I received a touching poem about mothers who have left this world by You Are Very Special: “If Roses grow in Heaven. If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord, please pick a bunch …

WHITE BIRD --May is here…warmer weather is on its way, and, yes, with that brings out the bees, ticks, allergies and many more. This will also be the beginning of the soft opening for our state, so use your head and stay safe!

COTTONWOOD -- Spring has sprung! The daffodils are extra big and so pretty this year. We planted some of our vegetable garden last week and hope to get more done this week. It sounds like more people are planting gardens this year as there is a shortage of seed potatoes. That’s a good thing.…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Last week, I participated in church services and yoga on Facebook live, a Prairie River Library district meeting via Zoom and a Mountain View School District board meeting by conference call. A lot of us are learning new technologies or improving how we use them. While i…

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “Is your life starting to feel like a circus? Don’t panic…Today’s a new day! Get dressed first thing. (Sweatpants are bad for morale. Put on something nice!) Have some pancakes. Get some exercise every day. Frolic. Daydream. Go for a joyride! Stargaze. Stroll. B…

COTTONWOOD -- The weather cooperated last week, so we were able to get some yard work done. I’m sure the farmers were happy about that, also. I have planted some red onion seeds. I never tried this before. They are coming up but are probably a long ways from forming a bulb so I can plant the…

WHITE BIRD -- We made it through the month of April with this virus stay at home order, and now we can start phasing back in the opening of restaurants, gyms, movie theatres and churches. Phase two will allow schools, camps, and public parks to reopen, and the aforementioned industries in ph…

ELK CITY -- Driving home from Grangeville last Thursday, a cougar crossed the road in front of us.  Fortunately, we saw it come up from the river in time to slow down and watch it climb up some rocks on a small cliff. It’s the first time we had seen one in quite some time.

COTTONWOOD -- Greeting from my isolated corner of the prairie. We took a drive to Cottonwood Butte yesterday, so we could have a change of scenery and look out over the Camas Prairie. Traffic by my place is picking up as the farmers are still busy in the fields. Some of them must be finished…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A few weeks ago we checked in with Stacy Van Steenwyk, our Harpster area neighbor. She is still hard at work as an internet service provider (she co-owns Mtida) while her daughter, Molly, a freshman at the University of Idaho, is back in Harpster, doing on-line classes. …

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week: “If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that-warm things, kind things, sweet things-help and comfort and l…

COTTONWOOD -- Happy Easter week to all of you. We spent our day social distancing with a drive to Joseph Plains. We enjoyed the ride, saw some elk and deer, and found some snow still melting in places.

ELK CITY -- The wild turkeys have been an entertainment (LOL) this past winter. There is a group of them that range between our neighbors and us (and who knows where else?). I remember when I first saw them, somewhere in the early 1980s.  Anyway, I walked out my door to go to the garage the …

WHITE BIRD -- I hope everyone had a great Easter. Even though the sun was out, it was still chilly. We’re still doing the social distancing until the end of the month (I hope).

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- After two weeks of eating our own cooking, I decided to resume our Friday night take-out pizza tradition, both because we like the Silver Dollar’s (in Stites) pizza and we want to support them. Before heading to Stites, I checked in with several Harpster Heights neighbor…

ELK CITY -- Tom and Carol Moore of the Elk City Baptist Church invite everyone to the Easter service online using Zoom on your computer -– www.zoom.us, meeting #553705480, at 11 a.m., Sunday morning, April 12. Even online you can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

ELK CITY -- Opportunity for youth in our community: This note comes from Angie Edwards-Kuskie:  “CEDA is taking on management of the Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps program, a partnership with the USFS, ACOE, NPS, Idaho Firewise and other natural resource and local government entities.

RIGGINS -- Quote of the week on April Fool’s Day: ”It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have sense of humor.” by Max Eastman.  It really does not seem like a good time for April Fool’s Joke.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The three restaurants in Kooskia (China Café, Kooskia Café and the Purdy’s Farm Table) and the Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub in Stites remain open (as of today) for take-out only with the China Café and Silver Dollar offering delivery within a five-mile radius. Restaura…

COTTONWOOD -- How is everyone faring with the lockdown? We are playing games, dice, cards, you name it! Watching the grass grow after the last rain is exciting! April Fool’s Day is coming up. That should liven things up a bit!

RIGGINS -- To begin this week’s news, I want to share a word picture of beauty and joy and happiness right here in Riggins…the picture is of the bright green lawns, the yellow daffodils, the brilliant yellow forsythia, the white apricot blossoms, the grape hyacinths, the purple and gold croc…

ELK CITY -- Because of the panic about the coronavirus in the “outside” (of Elk City) world, I am sure we, all who live up here, feel pretty isolated and safe. But that doesn’t mean to let our guard down. A vector/carrier can drive up Highway 14 to visit family and friends and not know they …

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