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CLEARWATER VALLEY — The year 2021 began with hope and promise that COVID-19 vaccines would soon be available, and things might return to normal. This “Year in review” is continued from last week.

    The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is now accepting public comments on the proposed actions of the Red Siegel forest management project, located approximately eight miles southeast of Elk City. The project is located on the forest’s Red River Ranger District and is being designed to i…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — The year 2021 began with hope and promise that COVID-19 vaccines would soon be available, and things might return to normal. Although, reaching far beyond our Clearwater Valley, it is hard to ignore the shock and horror I felt on Jan. 6 as we watched endless video of a su…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We had a peaceful Christmas at home, enjoying the quiet beauty of nature on walks and sitting on the porch. Plenty of indoor time near the wood stove, including a Zoom call with my side of the family back east. It’s not the same as be…

      Students celebrated the season in song and music at the Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School Winter Concert, held last Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the gym. Performances were by the band and choir, grades 6-12.

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — I really enjoyed Kamiah’s performing arts concert on Monday night, appropriately titled “We Need a Little Christmas.” Kamiah’s music teacher, Kathryn Chamberlain, in her second year there, seems to bring out the best in the kids. Her joy and excitement for music are conta…

        CLEARWATER — The public is invited to attend the candlelight service at the Clearwater Baptist Church on Friday, 6 p.m., Dec. 24. Enjoy an evening of music, singing and the birth of Jesus.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, tra-la-la! Nice to see a little snow on Sunday, it was way more fun than the wind which preceded it. When the Adirondack chairs began sliding around the porch, we realized it was time to batten down the hatches. The outdoor cats seemed a…

        KOOSKIA — “From what I’m hearing, people are saying to leave the position vacant for 90 days,” trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, Zone 2, said at the Nov. 15 meeting of the board of Mountain View School District 244, held at Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School.

          KAMIAH — The Yuletide season is here, and the Upriver Youth Leadership Council is hard at work to bring the community the third annual “An Olde-Fashioned Christmas” this Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Kamiah American Legion Hall. This is a family-friendly affair with a variety of Christmas activit…

          CLEARWATER VALLEY — I enjoy seeing the creative, handmade decorations people use to adorn their houses for various holidays. It gives me something new to look at as I drive through the valley. There is something about the silly plastic blowup figures that have become popular. They always mak…

          KOOSKIA — In recognition of Veterans Day at Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School, an assembly was held last Friday, Nov. 12, honoring those who have served. Students in both middle school and high school were released from class to attend the event.

          CLEARWATER — When I stopped by Kamiah Elementary School (KES) the other day, I checked out the scarecrows that each of the KES classes decorated. The scarecrow contest was a fund-raiser for the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) in Kamiah. The teen center youth put together scarecrow “b…

            KOOSKIA — Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School will host a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. in the CVHS Gym. The public is invited to attend.

              Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5407 and American Legion Post 75 will be presenting Veterans Day assemblies next week. Assemblies will be held Thursday, Nov. 11 at Kamiah High School at 9:30 a.m. An assembly will also be held Thursday, Nov. 12, at Clearwater Valley Elementary School at 9 a.m.,…

              CLEARWATER VALLEY — What a glorious sight, a road grader heading down our road last week. The washboards on our road got pretty bad after months of dry weather. After a few inches of rain to return some moisture to the ground, road grading is again possible. Now, my trusty Subaru no longer b…

              CLEARWATER VALLEY — Halloween events this weekend in the Kamiah area begin on Friday, Oct. 29, with the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce costume contest at 3 p.m., in front of the fire hall on Main St. That block of Main St. will be closed to vehicles so the little goblins, monsters, fairy princes…

                At the Clearwater Valley Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 8, students rode down Main Street in Kooskia on their class float while royalty candidates each traveled on the hood of a vehicle. A crowd of family, friends and community members lined the street to cheer on the kids.

                CLEARWATER VALLEY — It seems our never-ending summer is finally winding down with cooler temperatures and welcome rain. I’ve heard reports that it’s snowing in Dixie. It’s never good when it rains on your parade, but by the time the Clearwater Valley High School (CVHS) homecoming parade bega…

                CLEARWATER VALLEY — Forty-two years after I ran my last high school cross-country meet, I still love the sport. Though I run a lot slower than I used to and not nearly as far, trail running can’t be beat. I try to get to at least one of the high school’s meets every year. Last Wednesday, I z…

                I have had several people ask me about the big Grangeville Holiday Craft and Food Fair, wondering if anyone is taking over since Nancy Thompson has retired from heading it. The answer is yes! Grangeville Chamber of Commerce Director Dana Greig will be heading the event with the chamber spons…

                Note the date for the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 election was incorrectly listed in last week’s school board candidate story. The date is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Thanks to reader Jim Rehder’s good eyes for noticing this mistake right away! I apologize for the error.

                CLEARWATER VALLEY — A group gathered on the banks of the Selway River last weekend for the First Wild Idaho Yoga Festival. Local women from the Kooskia, Harpster and Kamiah areas – Christina Stalnaker, Carly Decker, Amy Sedgwick and Ada Fryer, plus Brittany Allen from Lewiston, organized and…

                  CLEARWATER — The annual Clearwater Grange annual Chili Feed originally set for Oct. 2 has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

                  KOOSKIA — With the homecoming football game approaching quickly, Oct. 8, the Clearwater Valley high school students have begun to prepare for it. This means classes designing floats, students signing up for the volleybuff (boys volleyball) and powderpuff (girls football) games, and the nomin…

                  Myrna DeHaas of Grangeville won the Quilt raffle at the annual Elk City Wagon Road Days held in Clearwater July 17-18. This is the second time DeHaas has won the raffle in the past few years. The handmade quilt was made by Susanne Smith of Clearwater and placed in the raffle in April.

                    CLEARWATER — Clearwater Grange annual Chili Feed is almost here. The date is Saturday, Oct. 2. On the menu is chili, cornbread, beverage and dessert. There will also be a silent auction to bid on. Donations will be taken for the meal.

                    CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last Friday was Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of our United States Constitution, 234 years ago. I appreciate the 1st amendment, which ensures our freedom of speech and of the press. Some people think this is unlimited, but it does not include defacing s…

                      Cornerstone Teen Center is now accepting applications for a shooting sports program for Camas Prairie and Clearwater Valley youth grades 7-10. Supported by the NRA, Idaho Friends of NRA, CCI, and local benefactors, this program is tailored for youth that are home-schooled or attending privat…

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY — An enormous American flag held aloft at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park set the stage for a remembrance ceremony of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony, instigated by Kamiah Fire Rescue Chief Bill Arsenault, drew a crowd of more than 300 people of all ages. The youngest g…

                        CLEARWATER — Clearwater Grange annual Chili Feed is almost here. The date is Saturday, Oct. 2. On the menu is chili, cornbread, beverage and dessert. There will also be a silent auction to bid on. Donations will be taken for the meal.

                          Last Wednesday, Sept. 1, Clearwater Valley Elementary School students arrived for their first day of school. After a quick breakfast, they headed outside to the playground. At 8:10 a.m., the children lined up by class, then followed their new teacher to the classroom. Principal Joe Rodriguez…

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY — Remember the return of the Big Cedar Taco Feed is this Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a fresh, hot fry bread taco outdoors on the grounds of the historic Big Cedar one-room schoolhouse. Tables and chairs are provided. Dinner and a soft drink are $7.50 for adults and $5 …

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY — The Kamiah Chamber of Commerce members invite you to Kamiah’s 85th Barbecue Days. Music, dancing, a parade, a beer garden, lots of food, including a free barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Also, arts and crafts show, classic car show, a quilt show, rubber ducky …

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last week, I ventured out of the Clearwater Valley onto the prairie for the Idaho County Fair parade. I saw a few of the 4-H kids from the Clearwater Valley area, including Rayne Martinez with the 4-H ambassadors’ group and recently crowned 1st princess Kaylee Graves, joi…

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY — This weekend, the 45th annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-Wow will return to Kamiah after being cancelled last year. The “return to the circle” celebration, will be held outdoors, behind the Wa-A’Yas Community Center (on 4th and Idaho). The event begins with blessings and a gr…

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY ­­— I heard from Nancy Sutton of Clearwater QRU. Group members are thrilled with the generosity people showed at their various fund-raisers during Elk City Wagon Road Days. This includes the ongoing “Where’s the Beef Raffle?” for cut and wrapped local beef, a quilt raffle a…

                            KOOSKIA — Syringa clinics in Grangeville and Kooskia will be giving out free sports physicals for 2021-22 high school athletes. These will be offered at the Kooskia clinic July 28, 1-4:30 p.m., and at the Grangeville clinic Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m.

                            CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last Saturday, I went to two different events, the Elk City Wagon Road Days in the morning and “Music in the Valley” in Kamiah. Elk City Wagon Road Days was cancelled last year, so it was good to have it back. After watching the parade, enjoying a $5 steak burger, buying …

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