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CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I watched my grand-nephew Quinn Hall, a senior, and his fellow JV Bulldogs play against the Rams last Thursday at CV. They were action-packed games with the Bulldogs winning both JV and Varsity. I loved the lively music from the Clearwater Valley High School pep band dur…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- After reading the Idaho County Free Press for a decade, it is strange to see an issue without Marie Smith’s musings from Lowell. I have enjoyed the quirkiness, the stories from hunters, floaters, anglers along the Middle Fork and Selway Rivers, the photos of her grandchi…

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- For a little town with no restaurants, the folks of Clearwater do a fine job of feeding people. On Sunday we enjoyed seeing family plus old and new friends at the 57th annual Groundhog Day feed. After eating sausage, eggs and pancakes, I headed to the kitchen to check in…

GRANGEVILLE – How will the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests be managed in the coming decades? What are the plans to guide the complexity of resource management decisions to be made across four million acres of national forest?

    LEWISTON – A total of 926 students at Lewis-Clark State College earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2019 semester. Among the honorees, 460 were on the president’s list while 466 made the dean’s list.

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    ELK CITY – Here is a belated photo of the “Maze of Doom” that was the Halloween event at the school. Looks pretty scary! A special thanks to all the volunteers who produced it.

    RIGGINS -- Quote for the week: “We begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” author Unknown. This spurred another thought…Live now making memories and enjoying the time you have together with family and friends.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Is there anything better than a weekend doing nothing? Eat whatever you want, watch massive amount of football in front of your wood stove, check your e-mail and Facebook every once in a while, stay in your PJs or sweats, call your mom, let the dogs veg out on the couch. …

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It feels strange to be writing my column again after several weeks off. For the past two years, I have spent many Sunday nights pulling together all of the community news I have heard about all week in advance of the dreaded Monday morning deadline. The last few weeks ha…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A good crowd of 30-plus enjoyed Roger Amerman’s presentation on the “Elements, Legacy and Lifeways of the Columbia River Plateau,” on Saturday at the Kooskia Community Center. Amerman shared his knowledge of Native American uses of plants in the Columbia River Plateau an…

    The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5 and voters across Idaho County will vote for school board trustees, city council members and a couple of revenue bonds.

    CLEARWATER -- In late August, BPC (Battle Ridge, Pleasant Valley and Clearwater) Volunteer Rural Fire Department acquired a vehicle through a Federal Excess Program (FEP) administered by Idaho Department of Lands.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Clearwater Valley High School students who enjoyed the homecoming parade with queen candidates dressed in their finery riding on the hoods of various vehicles down Main Street and each class showing their team spirit on a gr…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This is a big week at Clearwater Valley schools. A homecoming parade in Kooskia begins after school on Friday, Oct. 4. The school’s National Honor Society invites you to sample a variety of great chili samples after the parade (roughly 3:30 p.m.) to 5:30 p.m. at the Koos…

      CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Grange will host its annual chili feed on Saturday, Oct.5. Chili, corn bread, beverage and desserts are on the menu and cost is a donation. Proceeds from the chili feed help to maintain the historic hall in Clearwater.

      CLEARWATER VALLEY -- How about that CV Rams football team? They are 3-0 after another big win, this time over Lapwai 36-16. Lane Schilling scored three touchdowns and Tyce Pfefferkorn scored two. The defense held strong throughout the game. This Friday, the 27th they will play an away game a…

        CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Grange will host its annual chili feed on Saturday, Oct.5. Chili, corn bread, beverage and desserts are on the menu and cost is a donation. Proceeds from the chili feed help to maintain the historic hall in Clearwater.

          KAMIAH – Conditions permitting, fire managers on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest plan to begin fall prescribed fire operations immediately and continue until project completion or conditions change and are no longer optimal for achieving objectives. Ignitions will take place on days…

          CLEARWATER VALLEY -- With school up and running everywhere, I spent some time in the Mountain View schools this week. On Tuesday, I had fun at the girls volleyball games with Clearwater Valley versus Timberline at home. I admit that I hadn’t watched a high school volleyball game since the la…

            CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. Call 208-926-7776.

              CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for today, Wednesday, Sept. 4, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. Call 208-926-7776.

                CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, noon. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation appreciated when possible. Call 208-926-7776.

                CLEARWATER DAYS -- Kamiah’s 83rd Annual Barbecue Days are happening this weekend. Events begin Thursday with the Victorian High Tea at Higher Grounds Coffee on Hill Street and continue throughout the weekend. With construction of the Kamiah clinic in full swing, some of the events normally o…

                Another year is in the books for the Idaho County Fair. Here’s a look at some of the week’s events, which included lots of animal time, talent, royalty, pigtails and fair food. (To view the slide show, click on the right arrow in the top right corner.)

                  CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for today, Wednesday, Aug. 21, noon. This week’s menu is stew, corn bread, salad and dessert. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation…

                  Another year is in the books for the Idaho County Fair. Here’s a look at some of the week’s events, which included lots of animal time, talent, royalty, pigtails and fair food. (To view the slide show, click on the right arrow in the top right corner.)

                  While the state’s vote for Proposition 2 – Medicaid expansion – is old news, how those ballots fell at the precinct level within counties has been broken out in a new interactive map recently released by the Idaho Policy Institute (IPI).

                  COTTONWOOD – Showcasing their best, kids worked the floor last Saturday, Aug. 17, for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale. Held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, the fair culminates in this sale that this year featured a total 205 animals with a total sale of $250,760.

                  CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I spent a good chunk of the week at the Idaho County Fair. I had a display booth there for my Norma Staaf for Schools campaign plus checked out the exhibits and watched a number of events throughout the week.

                    CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Meal Center’s next luncheon is set for Wednesday, Aug. 21, noon. This week’s menu is stew, corn bread, salad and dessert. Meals are served the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Clearwater Baptist Church. No charge for the luncheon, $5 donation apprec…

                    COTTONWOOD – It’s In Our Nature is the theme for the Idaho County Fair that runs through Saturday, Aug. 17.

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