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In a new report by Outdoorsy, it states from 2015 to 2020, Recreation.gov reported a 95.7 percent increase in camping reservations made in the state of Idaho. Out of all states, Idaho experienced the 14th largest increase in camping reservations.

COTTONWOOD — It was pirate versus pirate at the annual alumni games at Prairie High School last week, with represented classes dating from this year and back more than three decades. Organized by Jon Rehder, superintendent for Cottonwood Joint School District 242 and Prairie Elementary Schoo…

Note Cottonwood Community Federal Credit Union members are invited to the annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 3 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and will be $3 per plate or a donated item for the food ban…

    COTTONWOOD — Lunches are also available through grab and go or by delivery. Call Lynn Thompson by 10 a.m. Tuesday at 208-962-3231. Also, find menus and other information on the Prairie Mountain Nutrition Facebook page.

      Grades preschool through 12th performed a variety of Christmas-related songs at St. John Bosco Academy’s 12 Days of Christmas Nativity Play, held last Thursday, Dec. 15, at the school in Cottonwood.

      Good news for Idahoans: According to a recent WalletHub study, Idaho is one of the least vulnerable states for identity theft and fraud, coming in at number 49. Our neighbor, Washington, is listed as the most vulnerable. To see the methods for determining this and the entire lists, see https…

        COTTONWOOD — Prairie Junior Senior High School will hold its Christmas concert tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m.

          Prairie Elementary School’s kindergarten through sixth grade students presented their Christmas concert under the direction of music teacher Mrs. Pitcher on Friday, Dec. 10. It was a full house for Christmas band and vocal cheer, as well as a visit from Santa Claus.

          On Dec. 4 at Ace Home Center in Grangeville, I took Boone and Crockett to get their picture with Santa Claus for the annual Animal Ark fund-raiser. They were so excited. However, Santa called me out. He told me he knew I was using the dogs as an excuse to come back and see him every year, si…

          For those who want to imbibe during the holiday season, know Idaho’s state liquor stores will all close at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, while contract stores may have differing hours. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, all liquor stores are closed. This is per Idaho Code § 23-307(b). For locations…

          (L-R) Idaho County Fair Queen 2021 Chloe Rowland and second princess Riley Enneking helped out at the recent Cottonwood craft fair. First princess Kaylee Graves is not pictured.

          Congratulations to the winner of the Idaho County Free Press and The Clearwater Progress Cutest Trick-or-Treat Contest winner, Auckley Vrieling. She is the daughter of Cody Vrieling and Sara Corder of Grangeville and was celebrating her first Halloween.

          Cottonwood area veterans gathered at Prairie Junior Senior High School Friday, Nov. 11, for a Veterans Day Assembly where they were recognized and honored for their service.

            One of the first area craft shows of the season hit the Cottonwood Community Hall Saturday, Nov. 20, with a variety of vendors and a full lunch served. Shoppers kept the hall busy all day shopping for Christmas décor, baked goods, 31, Norwex, hand-sewn items, jewelry, candy and more.

              Two new elected officials took office in Cottonwood last Wednesday, Nov. 17. At a special city council meeting, councilor Keith Holcomb was appointed as mayor. He replaces Pepper Harman, who resigned Sept. 14, having moved outside of city limits and was no longer eligible to be mayor. Also f…

              On Saturday, Nov. 13, multiple emergency response agencies staged in White Bird to escort the remains of Cottonwood EMT, Myca Evans, home to Cottonwood. Evans had been in a Boise hospital for about two weeks and died on Tuesday, Nov. 9. She has been a Cottonwood EMT since September 2012. The…

                COTTONWOOD — NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) has selected Sister Placida Wemhoff, a resident of Cottonwood, as a recipient of the 2021 Holm Award, for more than 45 years of distinguished service to the nation through the Cooperative Observer Program.

                  It was a full house — estimated around 400 people — at the Greencreek Community Hall Saturday evening, Nov. 6, for the 24th annual St. John Bosco Academy Mystery Night; this year’s theme being, ‘Luck O’ The Irish.’ Along with dinner, live entertainment was provided by harpist Keri Kelly, Rin…

                    Cottonwood’s Safe Trunk-or-Treat event, sponsored locally by emergency services, Drug and Alcohol Trends and Education, St. Mary’s Health and many businesses, organizations and individuals, meant fun for friends and family on Halloween.

                    Millions of unclaimed dollars sound too good to be true? It’s no scam, and for Idaho County, this share is approximately $840,000 waiting to be collected.

                    Nancy Asker from the Grangeville Elks Lodge delivered dictionaries to Prairie Elementary School’s third grade students in Cottonwood. Students said they appreciate the donation.

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