CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Broadway musical revival of Hello, Dolly! reached the hinterlands of Kooskia. Mrs. Dolly Levi (Mikayla Bean) develops a convoluted plot to marry Horace Vandergelder (played by Logan Wells of Sasquatch film-making fame). A mix-up in wallets at a fancy restaurant leads to an all-out brawl and a trip to the judge (played by local clown, Mike Smith). Performing a Broadway musical is an ambitious undertaking for anyone, but particularly for a small rural school. The challenge is not too great for this bunch, directed by Clearwater Valley music teacher, Elizabeth Nuxoll. Great job on this Clearwater Valley High School! Some great lines, such as “99 percent of people are foolish and the rest are in danger of contamination” and “money is like manure, it’s no good unless you spread it around and help young things to grow.”
Speaking of helping young things to grow, the voters of the Kamiah area failed to pass their school levy. The levy would not have raised taxes but kept them the same. Both the district voters and the state legislature have failed the students. The Idaho State Constitution states that “it shall be the duty of the legislature of Idaho, to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools.” In a situation where nearly every school district in the state needs to run a levy every year to stay afloat, something is broken in Idaho. It sounds like the Kamiah Middle School will close and those students will be split between the high school and elementary school. I think what’s missing in the talk of school levies is the voice of the students about their future. I’m not sure the students know they have a voice in this since they can’t vote. Would be great to know what they think and what they want from their schools. Now that Mountain View School district will also run a levy, it would be great to hear from those students, also.
Local people turned out in droves to support the Clearwater Quick Response Unit (QRU) by attending a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on March 9, with an estimated 150 people attending. Considering this was the same night as the Valley Educational Support Team (VEST) dinner in Kooskia with 180 people, this was a remarkable turnout for both events. The QRU has increased exponentially in the past two years from one driver and one EMT to three drivers and four EMTs. Great to have this life-saving service expanding in the area. If you missed the dinner and still want to donate, the QRU is happy to accept cash donations at any time. Send to Diane McClean, 120 McLean Road, Kooskia ID 83539.
Following the success of the Clearwater QRU, the newly formed Woodland QRU invites you to attend their spaghetti dinner on Saturday, March 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the Woodland Community Center/fire building at 2065 Woodland Road. Dinner is by donation, and raffle tickets will be sold at the event to support maintenance of the equipment. If you have any questions about the dinner or the QRU, call 208 935-8583.
I noticed a sign in downtown Kooskia that the Farm Table Café will be opening soon on Main Street. I learned that the Farm Table Cafe is relocating from Craigmont to Kooskia later this spring. They boast homemade foods including a variety of fresh pies and cakes. I’m hoping to announce their grand opening in a few months.
The snow finally melted off the Kamiah track in time for them to host their first track meet of the season on March 21, with Kamiah girls placing 2nd (to Grangeville) and boys placing 1st overall out of a nine-team field. Some noteworthy individual performances from both Clearwater Valley and Kamiah athletes included Clearwater Valley’s Melanie Gianopulos’ winning the 1600 meters by 24 seconds and the 3200 meters by more than a minute. Kadance Schilling of CV won the 200-meter run and 300-meter hurdles, placing third in the 100 meter run. Kayden Sanders of Kamiah placed 3rd in the 800 meters, 2nd in the 400 meters with Alexis Morris 3rd in the 400 meters. CV’s Preston Amerman, fresh off running the sound board for “Hello Dolly,” placed 2nd in the boys 800 meter run and 3rd in the 300 meters.
The Kamiah boys ran some fast relay races, winning the 800-meter relay, the medley relay and the 1600 relay and placing 2nd in the 400 relay. Jace Sams won the 400-meter run in addition to running on two of the winning relay teams. The Kamiah girls ran some fast relays too, placing 2nd in the medley relay and 3rd in both the 800 meter and the 1600-meter relay. In the field events Darby Medal of Kamiah won the girls high jump, Layton Gould of Kamiah won the boys discus and Aiden Martinez of CV placed 3rd in boys pole vault.
If you are curious about our area’s traditional local language, Nimiipuu tint (Nez Perce language), Stella Penney is teaching a free adult language circle on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m at the Kamiah Community library’s back room. She is also leading an evening circle every other Wednesday at the Wa-A’Yas Center from 6-7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring potluck style food for either circle they attend. Call Stella at 208-494-4232 if you have questions.
The Kooskia Community library is planning their book sale for Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to noon. People have generously donated some great books for the sale, but they are happy to accept more book donations, so when you do your spring cleaning of your bookshelves, keep the Kooskia Library in mind.