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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.

A Tuesday afternoon helicopter rescue in Stites saved two people trapped by floodwaters April 9, and that wasn’t the only time Idaho Army National Guard helicopters helped locals out of tricky situations last week. A Wednesday morning operation rescued a Kooskia man who had encountered diffi…

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.

GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District (MVSD) board chair Lot Smith and trustee Rebecca Warden came head-to-head with teachers and Central Idaho Education Association (CIEA) members Char McKinney and Carey Draper for another shot at negotiations Monday, April 1.

GRANGEVILLE – More than 40 people gathered Saturday, April 6, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation (GHR), to celebrate Melvin Gribble’s 94th birthday. Gribble, of Harpster, recently made his way to GHR.

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.

STITES – Craig Shorey of Stites wasn’t looking to purchase a business, but the opportunity fell in his lap.

    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…

    The Farm Table Café will be opening soon on Kooskia’s Main Street. This restaurant – which I have heard has excellent food – is relocating from Craigmont to Kooskia later this spring.

      KOOSKIA -- Registration for new students entering kindergarten through fifth grade at Clearwater Valley Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year, will be Wednesday, April 24. A 20-minute informal evaluation is part of the registration process. Call CVES at 208-926-4311 to reserve an app…

        KOOSKIA -- Registration for new students entering kindergarten through fifth grade at Clearwater Valley Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year, will be Wednesday, April 24. A 20-minute informal evaluation is part of the registration process. Call CVES at 208-926-4311 to reserve an app…

        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…

          KOOSKIA -- Registration for new students entering kindergarten through fifth grade at Clearwater Valley Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year, will be Wednesday, April 24. A 20-minute informal evaluation is part of the registration process. Call CVES at 208-926-4311 to reserve an app…

          Is there anything cuter than a little fat ball of yellow feathers? I don’t think so either! Oh … I hope you ‘all weren’t thinking I was talking about “us” kind of chicks, ladies. Although we are pretty cute, no matter what our size or age, baby chicks have it no holds barred.

            KOOSKIA – Melvin Gribble of Harpster will celebrate his 94th birthday, Saturday, April 6, at Harpster. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he was wounded in action in 1945.

              KYRO youth baseball and softball registration will be on the agenda 3:30-6 p.m. April 2 at Clearwater Valley Elementary School, with sign-ups for ages 4-15. Coaches and umpires are needed; practices start in late April and the season ends by the end of June. Contact Josh Bradley, 406-250-159…

              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…

              Pictured are attendees to the Blue Fox Theater viewing of Sasquatch Search 2 which was held Saturday, March 16. The proceeds from this event will go toward entry fee and travel costs to a teen film festival competition in Idaho Falls April 26-28 for students Josh Kearny, Logan Wells, and two…

              Kooskia’s Clearwater Valley High School student Preston Amerman takes some time away from the sound board during the school’s musical Hello, Dolly! to practice some Christmas tunes on his recorder March 6.

              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…

              GRANGEVILLE – Despite voiced trepidation, Mountain View School District 244 board members voted 3-2 to set the 2019-20 levy at $3,090,048 at the Monday, March 18, meeting. Superintendent Marc Scheibe recommended the $3 million amount.

                GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District 244 will hold its monthly board meeting Monday, March 18, 5:30 p.m., at the district office in Grangeville (across from the high school). The public is invited to attend.

                  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 -- 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…

                    GRANGEVILLE – “When Grangeville’s primary care clinic opened in 2006, it saw an average of three patients per day,” Syringa Director of Clinic Operations Michelle Schaeffer told the board at the February meeting. “Now, it has seven providers, and it currently sees an average of 1,000 patient…

                    BOISE -- More than 1,400 students statewide competed in Boise at the State BPA (Business Professionals of America) Conference March 9-10. Those who qualified for the national event are invited to Anaheim. Calif., May 1-5.

                    KOOSKIA -- In 1890s New York City, the brash, but also charming widow Dolly Levi is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her current clients seeking assistance are the difficult mogul, Horace Vandergelder, and a young artist named Ambrose, who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde.

                      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.

                      Students from Grangeville, Clearwater Valley and Salmon River high schools will all head to Boise this weekend, March 7-9, for the state Business Professionals of America (BPA) competition.

                      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…

                        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.

                          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.

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