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CLEARWATER VALLEY -- On Sept. 22, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) encourages you to spend time with the original social network--your family at the dinner table! One of the best ways to stay engaged in their children’s lives is sharing dinner together. The more often children spend time with …

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The school buses began running this week. Kamiah and Clearwater Valley Schools are back in session for in-person classes. Some parents are opting to have their kids learn at home instead of in-person school, while other out-of-district or new students have registered in …

The Clearwater Baptist Church makes a statement at its backside as one of the first things people see when driving into the town of Clearwater. The church is located on the town’s Main Street.

    Due to the problems presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, numerous events in the area have been or will be cancelled. Some of those include the following:

    This group was enjoying a warm Friday afternoon, Aug. 14, fishing the Clearwater River from a drift boat at Kamiah.

      CLEARWATER -- A fire broke out in a hayfield on Brotnov Road, near Clearwater, mid-morning last Friday, Aug 21. According to Dave Baldwin of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office it is believed that the fire was started by a hay bailing machine, and some seven acres were consumed before fire fig…

        KYRO football and cheerleading signups are scheduled next Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the foyer of CV High School. Contact Josh Bradley, 406-250-1594.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I’ve been wondering how Marie Smith, former Lowell/Syringa ICFP correspondent, is doing with her new life in Kooskia. I stopped in to see her cute little house and check in. When I first began reading the Free Press, about 15 years ago, her writing about Lowell and Syrin…

          KAMIAH -- On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) and Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be hosting an open house for the one-year anniversary of the Teen Center. This will take place at the new Teen Center building at 405 Main Street in Kamiah, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

          CLEARWATER VALLLEY -- On a recent Sunday, I spent the afternoon in the Kooskia Park. I have stopped there during the week, but I didn’t realize how many people enjoy it on a sunny, summer, Sunday afternoon. In the few hours I was there, several small family groups enjoyed a picnic by the riv…

          Last week, Kamiah’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) teenagers and Teen Center staff trekked down the sidewalk carrying furniture and boxes from the existing Teen Center at 413 Main Street to the new location at 405 Main Street. Some of the bulkier items, like the pool table and the foosball table…

            With the partnership formalized between Kootenai Health and St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics in the spring, the opportunity to collaborate for patient care has expanded. 

              KAMIAH – Several historic fire lookout towers across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are staffed every fire season to detect smoke from wildfires in remote locations and support the agencies’ wildfire response. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place, members of the public are not…

              CLEARWATER VALLEY -- In my quest to learn more about different types of local foods and growers, I caught up with Melissa Knapton, the Kooskia Farmers’ Market manager. Knapton sells microgreens at her “Ten Blue Bird Acres” booth. I asked her how she began growing microgreens. They piqued her…

              GLENWOOD CARIBEL -- "Where is this idyllic place?" you may ask. The Glenwood-Caribel area runs north-northeast of Kamiah for miles and miles. To get there, you turn onto Woodland Road at the east end of the bridge going out of Kamiah, then make a right turn at the dumpsters. "Dumpsters" is i…

                KAMIAH – Thursday, July 30, YAB (Youth Advisory Board) will be organizing a drive-in movie night at a privately owned location, 2114 Hill Street, Kamiah. They will be showing the movie “Scoob!” starting at dusk. This event is presented by UYLC, YAB, and Mini YAB in partnership with Ted’s Val…

                KAMIAH -- A special board meeting of Kamiah Joint School District 304 will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Kamiah High School Library. The purpose of the meeting is to present the draft Return to Learn plan to the school board trustees, according to Kamiah School Sup…

                CLEARWATER VALLEY -- After a year of intense fundraising, the Teen Center in Kamiah opened, to much fanfare, last September. Area teens identified a teen center as a high priority a few years back and worked hard to make it happen.  The popular center has outgrown their space and will reloca…

                KAMIAH – Community members may notice something different about the Clearwater Progress: It has a new owner.

                Clearwater resident Susanne Smith had some unexpected visitors at her property recently. She said, “We've always had a couple of geese visit our backyard but we've never had this many!”

                CLEARWATER VALLEY -- In my quest to learn more about local foods, I headed up to Caribel, last week, to the Law Family Homestead where Kit and Bridgett Law, and their seven children, ages 1-12, live on 50-plus acres and raise jersey cows. Bridgett leads the dairy portion of the homestead, mi…

                  CLEARWATER -- Volunteers from the Clearwater area and Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road will gather Saturday, July 11, at 8:30 a.m., to clean Sally Ann Road and Clearwater Main Street of litter.  All volunteers are welcome. Those interested in helping should meet at the Clearwater Grange Ha…

                    CLEARWATER – Due to COVID-19, most of the Elk City Wagon Road Days activities, set for July 18 and 19, have been canceled.  All food services on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled, as has the parade, the quilt show, the trip over the hill to Elk City on Sunday, and the variety/gospel hour.

                    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I am learning more about food raised and sold in the Clearwater Valley. Red Heifer Ranch piqued my interest because their cows are red, not black like most people have around here.  I headed up Kidder Ridge last week to meet with Jason Hicks, to learn more about their gr…

                    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Kind of crazy weather lately with cold, rainy, fifty degrees days followed by ninety degrees days. My garden is going crazy and everything around is still so green for the end of June. One morning, last week, I got up early to beat the heat and saw several elk cows and c…

                    The trip up Sally Ann Road on the way to Clearwater was paved with a plethora of wild, pink roses and lush, green vegetation Saturday, June 13.

                      CLEARWATER -- The Friends of Elk City Wagon Road will meet Saturday, June 29, at the Clearwater Grange Hall. The meeting is at 11 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch. This is the last group meeting prior to Wagon Road Days, July 20-21.

                      Last week, the St. Mary’s Kamiah Clinic opened the doors at their new building. Construction crews quickly demolished the old building, built in the early 1960’s by the Jaycees.  A parking lot will be constructed on the site for the new clinic.  Janet Cruz, a long-time resident of Kamiah, wh…

                      Susanne Smith of Clearwater caught this beautiful rainbow show, which occurred after a hailstorm there on Sunday afternoon, June 14.

                      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…

                      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…

                      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…

                      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…

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