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CLEARWATER VALLEY — A little chill in the air as autumn officially begins this week. If a bowl of homemade chili sounds good about now, you’re in luck. The Clearwater Chili Feed is coming soon on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4-7 p.m. This annual event features a variety of homemade chili, cornbrea…

CLEARWATER VALLEY — It is homecoming week at Clearwater Valley High School. Come watch the volleyball game vs. Prairie on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 16, the parade begins at 4 p.m. Each “princess” rides down Main St. on the hood of the vehicle of their choice, followed by…

CLEARWATER VALLEY — The annual Big Cedar Homemakers Navajo Taco Feed is happening this Friday, Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the historic Big Cedar Schoolhouse. If you are new to the area or just haven’t been, check it out. Although it’s only about seven miles from Kooskia, it feels a little rem…

KOOSKIA — School is in session again, filled with excited and unhappy students alike. Parents, students, and staff members all arrived at Clearwater Valley Elementary School last Wednesday, Aug. 30, ready to start the new year. Principal for CVES and Elk City School Joe Rodriguez was out gre…

KAMIAH — With another summer coming to an end, the community is getting ready for the annual Kamiah BBQ Days, and all the fun activities that come with it. Greg and Donna Johnson have been selected as this year’s grand marshals.

HARPSTER — Camp ALACCA has announced their executive directors, Mike and Timmie Hoecherl, are leaving, and Johny and Bailey Schuster are taking their place.

CLEARWATER VALLEY — The blackberries out on our landscape look tantalizingly purple-colored, but not quite ripe. Dreaming of eating blackberries warmed in the morning sun, after my morning run, maybe next week. Pies, jam, maybe wine later. Yum.

CLEARWATER VALLEY — I have considered entering things in the open class at the Idaho County Fair for the last decade. This year, I finally got it together and entered a few photos, winning a blue ribbon in the advanced random people with “dancing at Wispin’iitpe,” taken at an event near Lolo…

Thistle is seen here overtaking a building located along the South Fork Clearwater River. Either scotch or cotton thistle, this can grow to more than nine feet tall.

CLEARWATER VALLEY — Wow, some crazy weather. Sounds like a mess out there with downed trees, power outages and property damage. Great that neighbors are helping each other out after the storms over the weekend. Heard the CVHS volleyball team helped clean up downed trees at Redden’s place.

    The Grangeville Clearwater Basin Youth Conservation Corps (CBYCC) crew has spent the summer completing a variety of work projects on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, helping with some maintenance work in a variety of program areas.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — After a slide closed Selway Road on July 15, the Kidder-Harris Highway District, responsible for the road, has been trying to clear the slide. The continued movement and instability of the slide have challenged the road district and their contractor, Debco. The Nez Perce-…

      The Kooskia Days Color Run, a fundraiser for the Clearwater Valley volleyball team, included 16 humans and one dog who ran or walked the course on Kooskia’s city sidewalks. Entrants began with a clean white T-shirt, gaining a variety of colors as volleyball players and volunteers tossed colo…

      Winner of this year’s Elk City Wagon Road Days quilt raffle is Jan Cooper of Helena, Mont. She won the 2022 quilt, hand-quilted by Susanne Smith of Clearwater. Cooper also happens to be the daughter-in-law of Smith.

      KOOSKIA — It’s that time of the year again! Kooskia Days starts Thursday, July 28, and ends Saturday, July 30. Many of the events are the same as last year, but there are a few updates coming this year. All vendors can set up every day at 6 a.m. for free; because of limited space, it will be…

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — One thing that sets Kooskia Days apart from other summer events is the “old-fashioned” logging show, a recognition of the town’s heritage. The Greater Kooskia Chamber of Commerce, which organizes Kooskia Days, added this event back to the lineup last year. Kooskia Days, n…

        The annual Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration held in Clearwater Saturday, July 16, brought a crowd of people to town for the parade, quilt show, hamburgers, gospel singalong, variety show and more.

        Pickleball will be held every Wednesday at the Clearwater Valley High School tennis court, run by Sally Lightfoot. There will be warmups and instructions from 9 to 10 a.m., and doubles games from 10 a.m. to noon. A partner is not needed — partners will be paired up on the court. No experienc…

        CLEARWATER — The sweet memories of Idaho call enticingly, and when one hears the songs — from the rivers and mountains to the gorges and valleys — they often whisper loudly, “come home.” That is exactly what Lyle Smith did, bringing his wife, Susanne, with him.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — On Saturday morning, I woke to a squawking/squealing sound outside the bedroom window. It took a few minutes to focus, then I jumped to my feet to look out at a herd of elk in the backyard and our fire-wise clearing area. Looked like 50-plus of them, including some lovely…

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — Fly away… if you have a child who wants to fly, bring them to the annual Kamiah Fly-in at the Kamiah airport (121 Airport Road). The Clearwater Valley Aero Club sponsors the event, which will be held this Saturday, July 9, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

          CLEARWATER — Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road announce the weekend celebration of Wagon Road Days. This year’s celebration will be held July 16-17 in Clearwater and on the old Elk City Wagon Road. On Saturday, July 16 beginning at 9 a.m., in Clearwater, there will be numerous activities: a…

          CLEARWATER VALLEY — On a rare sunny day between rainstorms earlier in June, I drove the loop up Wall Creek to Clear Creek, dropping down into Clear Creek. I stopped at the little cemetery near Clearwater. Patsy Hunter led the annual spring cleanup effort there last month.

            CLEARWATER —Entertainers are wanted to perform at the Elk City Wagon Road Celebration in Clearwater Saturday, July 16. Lunch is provided. Call Dana Lohrey at 208-791-4548. Vendors are welcome to join the celebration at no cost; just set up on Clearwater’s Main Street beginning at 9 a.m. July 16.

            CLEARWATER VALLEY — On Saturday, June 18, beginning at 1 p.m., the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) Recovery is hosting a free picnic in Kamiah’s Riverfront Park. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and side dishes are provided. Volleyball and yard games are planned in addition to the onsite …

              KAMIAH — Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) has rescheduled its annual rodeo, originally set for this weekend, due to excessive rain.

              An atmospheric river event is forecasted to be bringing intense precipitation to the region, resulting in rising water levels for area streams, creeks, and main-stem rivers. The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Missoula has issued a flood watch — starting Saturday afternoon, June 11 …

              CLEARWATER VALLEY — School’s out for summer, school’s out forever for the CVHS and KHS graduates! Congratulations, graduates! Fun to attend a few graduation parties again this year and a sitdown, in-person graduation of 32 at CVHS (up from 21 grads, last year). If you are walking around down…

                KAMIAH — Clearwater Valley Roundup Association’s Rodeo is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, in Kamiah. Saturday’s rodeo is at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s is at 1 p.m. at the CVRA Rodeo Grounds. Events will include ranch broncos, bulls, barrels, chute dogging, breakaway roping, team roping…

                  CLEARWATER — The community of Clearwater will be host to a community-wide yard sale Saturday, June 11. Sign up now to be placed on a map, which will be available at the grange hall that day. Call Linda at 208-926-4606 or Susanne at 208-926-4278 by Monday, June 6, to be placed on the map. The…

                  GRANGEVILLE — “Every bridge has its individual issues,” said Gene Meinen, Idaho County Road Supervisor, in describing the bridges he proposed for the Leading Idaho Local Bridge (LILB) funding. After reviewing bridges eligible for the program, he recommended to Idaho County commissioners to a…

                    Cleaning, painting and sprucing up: Clearwater Valley High School students were out in force in the community Wednesday, May 11, for annual Ram Pride Day. The event is for students to be involved in campus and community improvement projects, from highway trash pickup and striping the school …

                      CLEARWATER — The Friends of Elk City Wagon Road will meet on Saturday, June 4, at the Clearwater Grange Hall. The meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. The Wagon Road Museum will also be open 11 a.m.-1 p.n. The museum tells the story of the old Wagon Road that ran to Elk City h…

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY — Four years of high school, (only three for a few students). Whether the top students, the ones who barely make it, and everyone in between, it’s a rite of passage. It’s really the end of childhood, as the kids become adults and go on with their lives. Some may dwell in th…

                        CLEARWATER — The community of Clearwater will be host to a community-wide yard sale Saturday, June 11. Sign up now to be placed on a map, which will be available at the grange hall that day. Call Linda at 208-926-4606 or Susanne at 208-926-4278 by Monday, June 6, to be placed on the map. The…

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