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After rain fell on snow at elevations up to 5,000 feet as well as on soil saturated by several days of light precipitation, runoff flooded into lowlands across Idaho County last week – and damage continued to mount under yet more wet weather as the week wore on.

GRANGEVILLE – Times, they are a changing. Asker’s Harvest Foods has been purchased by the Jerry Cloninger family and will soon change its name to Cloninger’s Marketplace.

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.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This past week the news in the Clearwater Valley has been all about the historic levels of flooding from Stites to Kamiah. Water came over roads, with slides and blowouts leading to closures of highways and local roads. Water threatened people’s houses and businesses. Th…

      KAMIAH -- On Friday, April 19, The Upriver Youth Leadership Council Youth Advisory Board (YAB). will be hosting an egg decorating party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the UYLC office at 413 Main Street.

        KAMIAH – A series of six hands-on Grow, Eat, Save classes are set for 3-5:30 p.m. Thursdays April 25-May 30 in Kamiah. Most meetings will be held at the Wa-A’Yas Community Center. Classes are taught by University of Idaho Extension horticulturists, Idaho Master Gardeners volunteers and local…

          KAMIAH -- On Friday, April 19, The Upriver Youth Leadership Council Youth Advisory Board (YAB). will be hosting an egg decorating party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the UYLC office at 413 Main Street.

            KAMIAH -- Faith Lutheran Church at Kamiah welcomes all to special services this week. Palm Sunday service is at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14.

            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- I’m writing from the road this week. I’m in Ohio visiting my Mom who in her mid-80s is still active. Last night we went to see a spectacular rendition of the old Broadway musical “Singin’ in the Rain” at my old high school. The school is Rocky River High School, located …

            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) first Friday $5 Fund-raiser lunch is April 12 (not the first Friday this month since the Kamiah students have school on April 5 to make up a snow day.) Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. until they run out. Lunch is a chicken patty on a fresh Heart…

              KAMIAH -- The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held today, Wednesday, March 27, from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are usually held every month on the last Wednesday of each month.

                KAMIAH – The Lyons-Dahl VFW Post No. 5407 and Auxiliary will be hosting its annual sausage breakfast Sunday, April 7. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, eggs and beverage and will be served from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the post, 3376 Tamarack Road, Bethman Addition (Highway No. 162) in…

                CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Broadway musical revival of Hello, Dolly! reached the hinterlands of Kooskia. Mrs. Dolly Levi (Mikayla Bean) develops a convoluted plot to marry Horace Vandergelder (played by Logan Wells of Sasquatch film-making fame). A mix-up in wallets at a fancy restaurant leads…

                  KAMIAH -- Scott Godfrey, vegetation and stewardship staff officer on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, was recently recognized alongside USDA Forest Service colleagues with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for efforts to advance the Good Neighbor Authority in…

                    Curious local residents came out of the woodwork on Monday afternoon to witness a quaint little Cape Cod style home slowly making its way up Highway 12; a sight you just don’t see very often. Formerly located on Idaho Street in Kamiah, the house, along with two others, is being relocated in …

                      KAMIAH -- The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) is making plans to host a rodeo in Kamiah this summer. In order to bring rodeo back to Kamiah, CVRA is having a "Save the Rodeo" fundraiser featuring a taco feed and silent auction on Saturday, March 23, 5 p.m. to midnight, at the Ka…

                      You have probably heard the rumors around town, but, according to several employees at Asker’s Harvest Foods, they aren’t just rumors: Cloninger’s, Inc., has purchased Asker’s. It sounds like Jerry Cloninger has a lot going on as far as building a new store here in Grangeville, but I have no…

                      KAMIAH – “I am adamantly opposed to re-running the levy,” Kamiah Joint School District 304 Superintendent Steve Higgins said Wednesday morning, March 13, following the failing of the previous day’s levy. “I think the democratic process has taken its course.”

                        The Employees of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are offering four $1,000 scholarships to seniors in six communities where local Forest Service offices are located. Graduating seniors with a minimum 2.75 GPA seeking to continue their education at an academic, vocational or trade in…

                          KAMIAH -- The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) is making plans to host a rodeo in Kamiah this summer. In order to bring rodeo back to Kamiah, CVRA is having a "Save the Rodeo" fund-raiser featuring a taco feed and silent auction on Saturday, March 23, 5 p.m. to midnight, at the K…

                            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…

                            CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) invites area students from grades 7-12 to their second annual St. Patricks’ Day dance on Friday, March 15, from 7-9:30 p.m., at the Kamiah schools multipurpose room, 711 9th Street. Students fr…

                            Having posted $10,000 last summer toward the local share of a $1.4 million project aimed at maintaining part of the Dixie Road, the Idaho County Commission signed off on an additional $31,420 on March 5. The road work, which a Federal Highway Administration spokesman described to the Free Pr…

                              KAMIAH -- People are gathering at 4164 Highway 12 Kamiah. Why? “Because we are hungry for the presence and power of God. We are a group of spirit filled forerunners coming together to create a prophetic atmosphere through praise, worship, and intercession where Holy Spirit is free to move in…

                                KAMIAH -- The Clearwater Valley Roundup Association (CVRA) is making plans to host a rodeo in Kamiah this summer. In order to bring rodeo back to Kamiah, CVRA is having a "Save the Rodeo" fundraiser featuring a taco feed and silent auction on Saturday, March 23, 5 p.m. to midnight, at the Ka…

                                  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.

                                  CLEARWATER VALLEY -- April Blankenship, branch manager at Kamiah community library is planning a new book club called “Open Minds, Open Books” to discuss some tough topics like racism, white supremacy and gender discrimination. These are important topics that many people avoid discussing bec…

                                  GRANGEVILLE – More than 100 veterans and their spouses crowded the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center Friday evening, March 1.

                                    CLEARWATER -- The Clearwater Quick Response Unit (ambulance) is sponsoring a spaghetti feed on Saturday, March 9, 4-7 p.m., at the Clearwater Grange Hall. It is a fund-raiser for the maintenance of the unit and possible purchase of a newer model ambulance to replace the aging model.

                                      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.

                                        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.

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