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…

    MOSCOW – Nearly 2,600 students qualified for the University of Idaho's Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. To be included in the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester. The fall 2018 semester ended Dec. 14.

    COTTONWOOD -- We have been enjoying a rather mild winter, but the forecast for the next couple days might not be so good. We woke up to seven inches of snow this morning. I don’t think the groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2, so we will have six more weeks of winter.

    COTTONWOOD -- Mega kudos to Dennis from Seattle who called because he saw my article and wanted to buy chili and cinnamon rolls from the Haiti team to be gifted to someone around this area. Also, to Cliff from Chicago, who bought pizza from Summit Academy to be gifted to someone local. What …

    Two miles long, 44 logging trucks formed a procession through Cottonwood Saturday afternoon Jan. 19, in memory of Robert H. “Bob” Ross, who died Jan. 14, at St. Mary’s Hospital. The Cottonwood resident had been hauling logs right up to the time of his death, and the trucking community turned…

    COTTONWOOD -- Order chili and cinnamon rolls for Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3. Homemade chili and homemade cinnamon rolls to be delivered for Super Bowl Sunday. This fund-raiser is to support 2020 Haiti Team. Deliveries are 11 a.m.—2 p.m. One quart chili and 1/2 dozen rolls = $8.50; one gallo…

      John Trueblood, a physician assistant and retired Navy corpsman, will begin seeing patients at St. Mary’s Clinics in Craigmont on Mondays and Wednesdays, in Nezperce on Tuesdays and Fridays, and in the Cottonwood clinic on Thursdays.

      At Cottonwood: The Monastery of St. Gertrude chapel was filled with more than 200 people attending last Saturday’s Jan. 12 performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir.

        St. Anthony’s Society Crab Feed will be Saturday, Jan. 19, to be held at the Greencreek Hall. Tickets are $30/per person. Social hour begins 5:30 p.m., with dinner of tri-tip and crab starting at 6:30 p.m., and dance at 9 p.m. Dance only tickets are $8. Tickets available from B&A Auto and at the Cottonwood Credit Union, or evenings at 208-962-7781.

        Reports of gunfire and fisticuffs ended with one man hospitalized for head wounds, and several others arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in the aftermath of two unrelated bar fights reported in Elk City and Cottonwood on New Year’s Eve.

          Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was open last weekend. With huge snowflakes falling Sunday night there is a good chance they will be open next weekend. Check their website to find out for sure. Here is your chance to get away and forget about the dreary winter days. Summit Academy is selling tickets for a $1,000 credit to the Shore Lodge on Payette Lake in McCall. For only $20 a ticket, you may win and use the credit at any of their in-house services at Shore Lodge. You need not be present to win. The blood drive is coming up on Jan. 29. Take the opportunity to help save lives by donating a pint of blood for someone who is needing it. Call St. Mary’s Hospital to make an appointment, 208-962-3251 and ask for Brenda or Donna.

            Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cottonwood Field Office’s Ryan Turner was recently presented the “Outstanding Contribution to the River Management Society Award” by the River Management Society (RMS) during its symposium in Vancouver, Wash. During the 50th anniversary year celebrating Wild and Scenic Rivers, Turner received the award for his service to the society and leadership of the Northwest Chapter River Ranger Rendezvous. The symposium was attended by river managers from across the United States. Turner’s involvement with the RMS began when he earned a year’s membership by winning a wild and scenic rivers photo contest in 2011 while working for the BLM in a seasonal river ranger position. Since then he has given back to the organization through leadership roles with the Northwest Chapter of RMS, serving as secretary in the past and as the current vice president.

              Handel’s Messiah will be presented at The Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Roaad, Cottonwoond, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The acclaimed Palouse Choral Society Chamber Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah in a concert featuring four soloists and a live orchestra. A reception will follow. Tickets are $10, kids and teens are free. To purchase tickets go to

                Happy New Year! Did you make your resolutions yet? With the New Year, Mass times change again for 2019 between St. Mary’s and St. Anthony. Beginning Sunday, Jan 6, 8 a.m. Mass will be at St. Anthony in Greencreek; 10 a.m. Mass will be at St. Mary’s in Cottonwood.

                COTTONWOOD — Peg Gehring, a family nurse practitioner who recently earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Idaho State University, has focused on overall pain management. One of the first things she learned is that there is no formula for managing pain like there is in other areas such…

                  Amy Rose, daughter of Virgil and Donna Wassmuth of Greencreek, Idaho, and Jim Gorges, son of Pat and the late Delmer Gorges of Clonmel, Kansas, were joined in holy matrimony during a wedding Mass on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

                    The Greencreek St. Anthony Society Christmas party will be Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. All members and invited guests are welcome. On Sunday, Dec. 23, Santa will come to the Greencreek Hall after the 10 a.m. Mass. All children are welcome. There will be treats and a chance for a picture with Santa.

                    A cold night with temperatures in the teens didn’t stop attendees from crowding along Main Street Sunday evening, Dec. 9, for the annual Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade.

                      The morning of Dec. 7, the sunrise was so beautiful I had to get up and take a picture. It was magnificent! And with the cold weather we have been having, the snow sparkles like there are thousands of diamonds on the ground. What a wonderful place to live. Stop and enjoy the little things around you. The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows for the Tri-parish churches. Dec. 24, 5 p.m., at St. Mary’s; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. at Assumption; Dec. 24, 7 p.m., at St. Anthony’s; Dec. 25, Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s; Dec. 25, 10 a.m., at St Mary’s. Everyone is invited to any of these Masses.

                        While much of mainstream culture revs up for the holidays, December is one of the quietest months at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. With fewer guests, the monastic community embraces the quiet anticipation of Advent. The community schedule is cleared of extra activity as everyone enters the traditional time of waiting.

                          Gifts for residents of Cottonwood Shelter Home are needed at Christmas. If you would like to help purchase gifts, call JoAnn McHugh at 208-962-3846. Prairie Pro-Life Has set up the Tree of Life at St. Mary’s. The tree will be up for the duration of Advent. The Crisis Pregnancy Centers have only specific needs; note the items written on the tags. For questions, contact Kerry Uhlenkott or Julie Arnzen 208-962-3464.

                            We had a little skiff of snow last week. I guess that means winter is right around the corner. The dates have been set for the Prairie winter concerts. Dec. 12 is the Prairie Jr./Sr. High School Band concert at 6:30 p.m. at the high School Gym. Dec. 19 the Prairie Elementary School concert is at I p.m., in the gymnasium.

                            GRANGEVILLE — Striving to make Syringa Hospital a better care center for the community, the Syringa board of trustees discussed its strategic plan and goals at the Oct. 23 meeting.

                            North Central District Health Department last week confirmed one case of pertussis in Idaho County, said Peg Gehring, nurse practitioner, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “That’s more commonly known as whooping cough,” Gehring added.

                              Sunday was Veterans Day, but it was observed many places on Monday, Prairie High School among them. We owe a debt of gratitude to all the veterans who have served our country, many giving their lives as the ultimate sacrifice. I hope all of you honored your own personal vet in your family.

                              A good day for a brisk walk: Approximately 60 people participated last Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Walk with Kate event in Cottonwood.

                                There is definitely a chill in the air that reminds us that winter is not far off. The trees are getting pretty bare, with only a few leaves hanging on yet. The Prairie Art Association will have its meeting at 9:30 a.m., at the Craigmont City Hall on Nov. 12. A donation of $2 to help with hall rent and $5 for Pat Gehring to teach the class will be requested. Bring your own paint supplies and lunch. A meeting will follow after lunch.

                                  Happy Halloween to everyone. The drenching rain on Sunday was good for the crops just coming up. But not so welcome to the many ranchers working with cattle during the weekend. We had our apple squeezin’ party on Sunday. The apples were unusually big this year. Now to can the apple juice so we can use it all year. I found a new apple pie recipe that I would like to share. This can also be canned in a boiling water canner for 30 minutes to use later.

                                    Shiloh Ann Mauer Ben Mauer and Tamra Thomason of Cottonwood, Idaho, are the parents of a baby daughter. Shiloh Ann Mauer was born Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. She weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Adam and Kitty Thomason of Craigmont, Idaho, and Ron and Mitzi Mauer of Greencreek, Idaho. Great-grandparents are Sy and Dan Magill of Dayton, Wash., Delvin and Renee Keeler of Grangeville, Idaho, Kim and Roger Nuxoll of Grangeville, LaWanda and Todd Hudson of Craigmont, and Tammy and Mike Murt of Nezperce, Idaho.

                                    “I am shocked – absolutely shocked,” said a smiling Erin Shears. Shears was honored by more than 150 community members at a surprise celebration at the Cottonwood Community Hall Monday night, Oct. 22.

                                      Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. “Fall back” and turn your clocks back an hour. Now we can catch up on the hour we lost last spring. This is the time to do all those projects that you wanted to do before winter starts. Hmmm, maybe some of them can wait until next year?!

                                        The Summit Academy board of directors announced the new name for the school during their annual “Mystery Night” fund-raising event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 13. Summit Academy will soon begin the process of changing the name of the school to Saint John Bosco Academy. Two years ago, Bishop Peter Christensen suggested changing the name after the school’s provisional affiliation with the Diocese of Boise. The board of directors conducted surveys and held meetings with the parents and benefactors before announcing, at the Academy’s 20th anniversary celebration last June, their decision to change the name.

                                        Nearly 400 people attended Saturday’s “A Night on the Nile” event, the 21st annual Mystery Night fund-raiser hosted by Summit Academy and held at the Greencreek Community Hall. The night’s $10,000 grand prize winner was Joyce Goeckner, and in addition, 39 prizes valued at $100 or more went to 350 ticket holders, and there were also 180 silent auction items. The evening’s auctioneer was Kyle Musick.

                                          Fall is here, and with it fall calving for some and weaning spring born calves for others. This is a good time to evaluate the body condition of your cattle. Cattle producers are invited to a body condition scoring of beef cattle class on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Cottonwood Livestock Auction in Cottonwood.

                                            It got down to 22 degrees a few nights ago at our place, so that pretty well takes care of most of the plants, except for the fall blooming purple asters. They are blooming in all their glory now. It’s nice to have some flowers that bloom late when everything else is finished blooming.

                                              The second lecture of the 19th Annual Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Fall Lecture Series takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, with local historian Penny Bennett Casey who will present her research on the infamous Florence Cemetery.

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