GRANGEVILLE – Jimmy Novak was pushing a stroller full of his belongings down U.S. Highway 95 last week when a car came up behind him. Lacey Graham came out, saying she was glad to have found Novak, and that she had something for him.

Flooding hit much of Idaho Tuesday, April 9, and in Idaho County, Stites bore the brunt as the creeks that drain into the South Fork Clearwater River could not keep up with days upon days of rain in addition to spring runoff, and flowed onto what is normally dry ground.

Idaho County Commissioners have a big ticket queued up for Tuesday, April 9, when the board will discuss and decide what to do about aging computer technology as a wave of obsolescence looms in 2020.

GRANGEVILLE – “Hospice focused on caring, not curing,” said Syringa Hospice social worker Cindy Higgins at the March 26 hospital board meeting.

COTTONWOOD -- Rain is keeping everything pretty soggy lately. The only good thing about it is, it’s melting the snow. Flowers are starting to bloom already. Spring always gives you hope for a new year.

    COTTONWOOD -- The Annual Idaho County 4-H Party was held Saturday, March 30, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. More than 150 4-H members and their friends gathered at this event which is a "Penny Arcade," intended to raise the awareness of the Idaho County 4-H Program and encourage youth and…

    COTTONWOOD -- What a beautiful day we had yesterday. We went for a Sunday drive to the Salmon River. It was warm down there and the grass is growing. We saw a bunch of baby calves. That is a sure sign of spring.

      Having scored a half-a-point more than Wallace-Kellogg during the final Sunday of shooting March 17, Cottonwood won its first Camas Prairie Trapshoot team title since a three-way tie for the title in 1998. Cottonwood put two on the men’s all-star team with five 25s apiece: Clint Riener and B…

      COTTONWOOD -- Hey! Guess what? There is some ground beneath all that snow! We are starting to see big patches of green or black between all that white snow. Actually, it melted quite a bit last week. The animals seem to be happier, too.

        A memo of understanding between the Cottonwood and Grangeville Police Departments was approved by the Cottonwood City Council. This allows each entity to help the other if asked. It does not require one to help the other as local events may take precedence. Each department can opt out at any time.

          GRANGEVILLE -- Raise your red Solo cup to kick off baseball season at a fund-raiser for the Camas Prairie Zephyrs American Legion baseball team. The fest will be held at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, 318 East Main in Grangeville, Saturday, March 23, from 5 to 8 p.m…

            KAMIAH -- On March 15, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be hosting an All Community St. Patrick’s Day dance at the multipurpose room, 711 9th Street in Kamiah. The dance will start at 7 p.m., and end at 9:30 p.m. This is open to grades 8-12, with all schools welcome. Youth residents of Ka…

            COTTONWOOD – Wrapped snug within layers of a wool blanket and nylon tarp, this accident victim looked pleasantly content with onlookers saying he resembled more of a “burrito patient” than a person suffering from trauma.

              MOSCOW – The University of Idaho has released its list of fall graduates for the 2018 semester. A total of 587 degrees were distributed following the fall 2018 semester, which ended Dec. 14.

              COTTONWOOD -- Congratulations to Betty Campbell, who retired March 1, after 45 years as a teller. She worked in the Cottonwood branch of Wells Fargo, and then switched to the Grangeville branch for the last two years. Enjoy your retirement, Betty!

                A total of 175 Idaho 4-H members heard from the state’s top leaders during the Know Your Government Conference (KYG) in Boise Feb. 16-18 during the Presidents Day Holiday. The Idaho County 4-H Program sent seven delegates to the conference this year.

                  The school board passed a resolution to seek a $325,000 override levy this year at their February meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19. That amount is the same as last year. The election will be held Tuesday, May 21.

                    The Welcome to Cottonwood signs at the north and south entrances to town off of Highway 95 are apparently in need of refurbishing. The signs were installed in 2001 and apparently were supposed to get a clearcoat seal done every 2 years or so. That hasn’t been done and they are now in need of…

                      Idaho County Republican Central Committee has several openings available for precinct committeemen. Normally this is an elected position by the people of each precinct at election time; however, when seats go unfilled or the office is vacated, the committee fills the seats by accepting nomin…

                        The Clearwater Basin Advisory Group (BAG) is seeking a representative-at-large to be part of a group of 10 citizens who advise the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on water quality objectives for streams and rivers in Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, and Idaho counties.

                        COTTONWOOD -- I always wondered what it would be like to live in Antarctica. I think we are getting a taste of it. Nothing to see but white snow, no difference between the ground and the sky, and snow and more snow!

                          Kris Ricksecker opened the Feb. 5 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ivan Nuxoll led the dinner prayer.

                          Keep your shovel handy, as the National Weather Service Office in Missoula forecasts the ongoing snowy weather to continue across Idaho County and the region.

                          KAMIAH – “Underage drinking is not good for our kids or our community,” Kelly Lineberry told a crowd of about 30 Friday, Feb. 22, at the Hearthstone Bakery. “But not everyone believes that way. They do not know the facts.”

                            COTTONWOOD -- The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is building a collection of historical photos of Camas Prairie and the surrounding river areas. The photos should depict communities and features such as barns, post offices, main streets, community celebrations and people.

                              Kris Ricksecker opened the Feb. 5 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Ivan Nuxoll led the dinner prayer.

                              COTTONWOOD -- It is snowing and blowing again as I write this Monday morning. We had fog three months ago to the day. That is said to predict snow or rain. It was right on this time. Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was open last weekend. To say the snow conditions today were incredible would be an…

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