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COTTONWOOD -- The grain crops are turning golden very quickly with the warm weather. Harvest is not far off. Haying should be winding down, except in the Craigmont-Ferdinand area, which is a higher elevation. Blue grass harvest is in full swing.

COTTONWOOD -- Idaho State Patrol and the FBI are investigating an officer involved shooting in our area. Around 4 a.m., on Saturday morning, shots were fired on Canyon Road near Ferdinand. All deputies were uninjured. The suspect is in the hospital. Tribal, Lewis County, & Idaho County S…

The Prairie football boys – both middle school and high school – took the field at PHS Monday night, July 20, for the first day of their annual off-season camp, which continues this week. Regular practice begins Aug. 10 and Prairie’s season opener is Aug. 29 against Oakley at Middleton. Coun…

COTTONWOOD -- We helped our grandson, Lane Wassmuth, release some of his pheasants where there is brush growing and water nearby. These two things are important for them to survive on their own. There used to be lots of pheasants around, but the hawks and falcons get a lot of them when they …

The timed events rodeo held July 4 at the Two Bar V Ranch near Cottonwood – about a mile from U.S. Highway 95 along the Greencreek Road – saw about 100 men and women compete in breakaway (pictured), team roping, steer wrestling and tie down roping. Some of the same competitors who showed out…

COTTONWOOD -- Haying is in full swing now with the good weather. Time for lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. I’ll be busy with the grandkids. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! Ha ha! Granddaughter wrote that!

    COTONWOOD – WolfTrack Brewery recently announced it has reopened at its 505 King Street, Cottonwood, location.

    Maxed out on screen time and looking for a break? With restrictions for COVID-19 being lifted, libraries are reopening in local communities. Some changes will be in place, but the public will be able to resume accessing computers and information.

      COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Summerfest parade committee is seeking entries for the July 25 parade. Lineup is in front of the Cottonwood City Park at 9:30 a.m.; parade beings at 10 a.m.

      COTTONWOOD -- Sunday morning, a young moose came through our driveway and was nibbling on our apple tree. It was pretty cool to see it running around in the field in front of our house before it ran away. Every once in a while, we get wild animals moving through this area, apparently looking…

      After the past few months of homeschooling and social isolation, a welcome change has come to many local communities with the start of summer reading programs. Libraries across the region are set to begin activities with some new safety guidelines in place, and some events are under way. Dai…

        COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Summerfest parade committee is seeking entries for the July 25 parade. Lineup is in front of the Cottonwood City Park at 9:30 a.m.; parade beings at 10 a.m.

        A helicopter landed at American Freedom Defense (AFD) in Greencreek June 18, to purchase ammo. AFD is selling ammo, and still has it available during this time of shortage. It seems that people are dropping in from all over to get ammo!

          COTTONWOOD -- The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies, 14 to 18 years old, interested in participating as a part of the 2020-2021 fair royalty. Girls must be going into their sophomore though senior years of high school and must be available through the end of the 202…

          COTTONWOOD - It’s the second week of June, so the kids are on summer break now. It probably doesn’t feel much different since they were not going to school anyway.

            COTTONWOOD -- The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies, 14 to 18 years old, interested in participating as a part of the 2020-2021 fair royalty. Girls must be going into their sophomore though senior years of high school and must be available through the end of the 202…

            COTTONWOOD -- A funnel cloud was spotted a few miles east of Greencreek on May 26 at 9:30 a.m. At one point it looked like it touched down on the ground. There were several more smaller ones that day. In the early morning hours on Sunday, May 31, we had a terrible rainstorm. Weather is getti…

            St. John Bosco (formerly Summit Academy) in Cottonwood held its graduation ceremony May 23 in Greencreek with a Mass for families. Erin Chmelik, Alexis Currier, Jessie Sonnen and David Wassmuth are the class of 2020 graduates.

              COTTONWOOD - To help make the most of your river adventures, the Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood Field Office offers a boater guide for the 112-mile segment from Vinegar Creek to the confluence of the Snake River, as well as the additional 20-mile trip along the Snake to the popular t…

              COTTONWOOD -- We are remembering all our veterans on Memorial Day. We appreciate your service to our country. The VFW held their Memorial Day Services at the Ferdinand and Keuterville cemeteries this year. This is a great service that they do for our area. They alternate between the four tow…

              COTTONWOOD -- The grass is green, flowers are blooming, and we have been able to work outside once in a while when it isn’t raining. Our garden is starting to come up.

                COTTONWOOD - Whitewater rafting and jet boating season is here on the Lower Salmon River! To help make the most of your river adventures, the Bureau of Land Management’s Cottonwood Field Office offers a boater guide for the 112-mile segment from Vinegar Creek to the confluence of the Snake R…

                COTTONWOOD -- What a nice sunny day we had yesterday for Mother’s Day. Best wishes to all mothers. We went to church after not going for a month; later we went mushroom hunting and although I did not find any, several in our group did pretty well.

                COTTONWOOD -- Spring has sprung! The daffodils are extra big and so pretty this year. We planted some of our vegetable garden last week and hope to get more done this week. It sounds like more people are planting gardens this year as there is a shortage of seed potatoes. That’s a good thing.…

                  COTTONWOOD -- “The geography of our communities and the cooperation of community members with social distancing measures has given us adequate time to gather protective equipment for our staff, increase testing capabilities and develop protocols to minimize risks for all patients during this…

                  COTTONWOOD -- The weather cooperated last week, so we were able to get some yard work done. I’m sure the farmers were happy about that, also. I have planted some red onion seeds. I never tried this before. They are coming up but are probably a long ways from forming a bulb so I can plant the…

                  COTTONWOOD -- Greeting from my isolated corner of the prairie. We took a drive to Cottonwood Butte yesterday, so we could have a change of scenery and look out over the Camas Prairie. Traffic by my place is picking up as the farmers are still busy in the fields. Some of them must be finished…

                  COTTONWOOD -- Happy Easter week to all of you. We spent our day social distancing with a drive to Joseph Plains. We enjoyed the ride, saw some elk and deer, and found some snow still melting in places.

                  COTTONWOOD -- How is everyone faring with the lockdown? We are playing games, dice, cards, you name it! Watching the grass grow after the last rain is exciting! April Fool’s Day is coming up. That should liven things up a bit!

                  COTTONWOOD — Friends of NRA is a nationwide program of the National Rifle Association Foundation, the local chapter of which puts on a big fund-raising banquet every year in Greencreek. The money raised supports a variety of related programs, including, this year, a grant of more than $16,00…

                  COTTONWOOD -- I sneezed a sneeze into the air, it fell to earth I know not where, but hard and cold were the looks of those, in whose vicinity I snoze. Just something to think about with the virus going around. Continue to pray for an end to the coronavirus and for all those who are sick and…

                  Cottonwood students put on the Missoula Children’s Theater play “Snow White the Seven Dwarfs,” Friday, March 13, at Prairie High School. The play was sponsored in part by the Center for Discovery and a donation from Pepper and Kim Harman. Snow White was played by Hannah Schwartz, the king by…

                  COTTONWOOD -- The Central Idaho Art Association 53rd Annual Spring Show will be April 22-25 this year, hosted by the Super 8 Motel in their conference room. Entries will be accepted Wednesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and picked up on Saturday, April 25, no later than 4:15 p.m. Ju…

                  COTTONWOOD -- The Idaho County Fair Royalty will be presenting their annual Princess Tea Party Saturday, March 21, at Prairie High School. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $7 for little princesses ages 4 years to 6th grade. Must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP by March 12 to Princes…

                  COTTONWOOD -- A total 27 first- and second-year WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) students from University of Idaho in Moscow participated in a wilderness medicine court at Cottonwood last weekend.

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