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    Events related to the holidays -- tree lightings, parades, concerts and more -- are happening throughout Idaho County.

    GRANGEVILLE – A District Court judge has denied a motion by Mark Lankford for a new trial concerning his conviction earlier this fall for the 1983 murders of a couple at Grangeville.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… It’s December and it’s time to think about a Christmas tree. If you want to cut your own tree, here’s a few options for you. McFeron’s Family Christmas Tree Farm sells u-cut trees, any size for $30. They are located at 2665 Lu…

    GRANGEVILLE – “I’m about people serving people, and making sure we are operating under a righteous leadership,” Casey Zechmann said. “I feel I have the integrity and the right intent to lead, as I would expect from a sheriff.”

    When 400,000 tons of mud, rock, trees and other debris obliterated 1,200 feet of highway on Nov. 20, 1995, it created “the biggest slide of my career,” said Mark Schuster, maintenance foreman for U.S. Highway 12 for the last three decades. “When I got the call from Kati, I’ll admit I doubted her.”

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I stopped by the teen center in Kamiah Friday and learned that Vinnie Martinez recently joined the staff there. Martinez is a former Clearwater Valley High School teacher, beloved by many CV students and Kooskia area community members. I am happy to see him in a job wher…

    ELK CITY -- Debbie Rendleman would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support at Bingo Night. This is a twice a year fund-raiser that she puts on for every kid in town, from babies to high school seniors, to shower them with Christmas gifts.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It’s time for another fun Kamiah Characters play. “Cooking can be Murder” is a comedy in two acts. Show time is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Friday, Nov. 22, at the Kamiah School Multi-purpose room. I really enjoy the funny, light plays this group performs and…

      KAMIAH -- Kamiah Food Bank located at The Life Center (4432 Hwy 12, Kamiah) has changed distribution dates due to the holidays. Regular distribution will still occur on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. - noon. Changed dates are Monday, Nov. 25, and Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. t…

        KAMIAH -- Fred Kuester will be speaking Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., in the Welcome Center on Kamiah Main Street across from Kamiah Emergency Services building. This is a free, public event sponsored by the Kamiah Valley Historical Society and Museum.

          KAMIAH -- Repairs are scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 13-16, on State Highway 162, four miles south of Kamiah, to address damage from springtime flooding.

            GRANGEVILLE -- The third week of November is Idaho Family Reading Week, when families are encouraged to read together. This year’s theme, “Adventure Awaits” will be celebrated at public and school libraries across the Gem State, Nov. 12-17.

              KAMIAH -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little proclaimed October as “Next Steps” month in Idaho, encouraging Idaho juniors and seniors to start thinking seriously about plans for life after high school.

              CLEARWATER VALLEY -- It feels strange to be writing my column again after several weeks off. For the past two years, I have spent many Sunday nights pulling together all of the community news I have heard about all week in advance of the dreaded Monday morning deadline. The last few weeks ha…

                KAMIAH -- The annual Fall Dinner and Bazaar is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall, 7th and Idaho streets, in Kamiah. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for those interested in playing Bingo or viewing the items in the silent auction and Country Store.

                Voters will be deciding contested city council and school board seats, a cemetery district race, and two municipal revenue bonds at the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 5.

                The Big Cedar Homemakers are preparing to put together swags for the upcoming holiday season, and they will be ready to hang on Friday, Nov. 22. All the proceeds from the swags are divided up among community organizations such as the Tahoe QRU and the Ridge Runners Fire Department. If you ar…

                  On Friday, Sept. 27, three local hospitals joined the Northwest Hospital Alliance (NHA). Syringa Hospital and Clinics in Grangeville, Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, are the newest members of the Alliance.

                    KAMIAH -- On Friday, Nov. 1, Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be holding a lunch fund-raiser. Friendship Stew, based on the Stone Soup Fable, will be the main dish. Fresh bread, water, and a cookie will also be included. Each lunch will cost $5 and local deliveries are available for no extra …

                      From the annual Idaho County Courthouse Trunk or Treat to Kamiah's costume contest, Halloween-related events are happening all over Idaho County in the next couple of days.

                        Mike and Pam Hipes of Kamiah, with support from the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce and many volunteers, hosted the annual Kamiah Pumpkin Carving Party at Riverfront Park Sunday, Oct. 20. Pam said they were able to grow more than 500 pumpkins this year. Families attended the free event enjoyed ho…

                          The Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands in Kamiah will be closing roads accessing the Woodrat Mountain block of state land on Nov. 8. Entrance roads will be closed at Suttler Creek, Wilson Creek, Harris Ridge, Kidder Ridge, Glenwood Meadows, and Woodrat Mountain. C…

                            KAMIAH -- The 12th Annual Harvest Soup Supper will be served at Faith Lutheran Church in Kamiah, 106 Idaho St., Saturday, Oct. 26. Donations are welcome and proceeds will be donated to the local Emergency Feeding Outreach program.

                            Ryan Glimp graduated from Prairie High School in 2017 with 32 college credits, enough to enter Lewis-Clark State College as a sophomore. Now, he’s on track to graduate from LCSC with a degree in kinesiology a year ahead of schedule.

                            GRANGEVILLE – County law enforcement moves a step further into the computer age later this month when e-ticketing goes online.

                            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A good crowd of 30-plus enjoyed Roger Amerman’s presentation on the “Elements, Legacy and Lifeways of the Columbia River Plateau,” on Saturday at the Kooskia Community Center. Amerman shared his knowledge of Native American uses of plants in the Columbia River Plateau an…

                              KAMIAH – The 14th annual Pumpkin Carving Party is set for this Sunday, Oct. 20, at Riverfront Park in Kamiah, from noon to 3 p.m. This is a free event for families; children must be accompanied by an adult.

                                KAMIAH -- Disciple will be in Kamiah Friday, Oct. 11, with Paradise Now and Relentless Flood on The Kill Shot Tour, supporting their September album release Love Letter Kill Shot. Disciple is an award-winning band who has garnered 15 No. 1 singles during the course of their 20-plus years together.

                                CLEARWATER VALLEY -- A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Clearwater Valley High School students who enjoyed the homecoming parade with queen candidates dressed in their finery riding on the hoods of various vehicles down Main Street and each class showing their team spirit on a gr…

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