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The Idaho County Free Press presents this year's Get Acquainted 2021. The 38th annual issue …

    The Kooskia Saddliers will hold an obstacle and trail challenge Sept. 18, with sign-up at 9 a.m. and start at 10 a.m. Entries are $10 for juniors up to age 13, $10 per horse for novices, and $15 per horse in the open class. Spectators are free and all are welcome.

      KOOSKIA — The Little Britches Fall Developmental Screening will take place Friday, Oct. 1, for children ages 3 to 5 years. This will help determine age-appropriate skills or possible concerns regarding development, hearing, or vision. The screening is free and will take approximately 90 minu…

      CLEARWATER VALLEY — An enormous American flag held aloft at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park set the stage for a remembrance ceremony of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony, instigated by Kamiah Fire Rescue Chief Bill Arsenault, drew a crowd of more than 300 people of all ages. The youngest g…

        BIG CEDAR — Hot, fresh fry bread tacos will be available at the historic Big Cedar schoolhouse picnic pavilion on Friday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. Dinner includes a fry bread taco with beans, veggies and toppings, a dessert taco and a soft drink for $7.50 adults and $5 for 12 and younger.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — Remember the return of the Big Cedar Taco Feed is this Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy a fresh, hot fry bread taco outdoors on the grounds of the historic Big Cedar one-room schoolhouse. Tables and chairs are provided. Dinner and a soft drink are $7.50 for adults and $5 …

        KOOSKIA — Simmons Sanitation/NADL will open the old Kooskia pole yard community drop-off (for solid waste) site at 9 a.m. on Monday Sept. 13. The new site will replace the two open dumpster sites at Lower Battle Creek and Clear Creek (at the mouth of Leitch Creek) which will be removed on th…

        KOOSKIA — The Kooskia City Council adopted the budget for the FY 2021/22 budget year at their regular meeting on August 11. No public comment was received during the required budget hearing. Both the total revenues and expenditures are planned for $3,594,400, an increase of $1,098,900 over l…

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — The Kamiah Chamber of Commerce members invite you to Kamiah’s 85th Barbecue Days. Music, dancing, a parade, a beer garden, lots of food, including a free barbecue on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Also, arts and crafts show, classic car show, a quilt show, rubber ducky …

        KOOSKIA — “We have the ‘help wanted’ signs out — it’s hard to know what to do,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Todd Fiske said at the Aug. 16 board of trustees meeting.

        CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last week, I ventured out of the Clearwater Valley onto the prairie for the Idaho County Fair parade. I saw a few of the 4-H kids from the Clearwater Valley area, including Rayne Martinez with the 4-H ambassadors’ group and recently crowned 1st princess Kaylee Graves, joi…

        KOOSKIA — Becky Schultz, vice president of the Big Cedar Homemakers is excited to share the Big Cedar Navajo taco feed is back this year, after the group cancelled last year’s event.

          SYRINGA — Two people have died, following Wednesday night’s, Aug. 18, two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 12 east of Kooskia. Idaho State Police is investigating the incident.

          CLEARWATER VALLEY — This weekend, the 45th annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-Wow will return to Kamiah after being cancelled last year. The “return to the circle” celebration, will be held outdoors, behind the Wa-A’Yas Community Center (on 4th and Idaho). The event begins with blessings and a gr…

            KOOSKIA — KYRO football practice will begin on Aug. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If not already registered, sign up Aug. 20, 6-6:45 p.m. in the CVHS Arcade. There will also be gear handout and a parent meeting immediately following.

            KOOSKIA — At the July 14 Kooskia City Council meeting, councilors approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce for Kooskia Days, the last weekend of July. This includes closing off both side of A Avenue for the band and the dance, using the south end of the park for the logging show, the …

            CLEARWATER VALLEY ­­— I heard from Nancy Sutton of Clearwater QRU. Group members are thrilled with the generosity people showed at their various fund-raisers during Elk City Wagon Road Days. This includes the ongoing “Where’s the Beef Raffle?” for cut and wrapped local beef, a quilt raffle a…

            Celebration goers weathered the valley heat at Saturday’s Kooskia Days events, which included the downtown parade, a morning fun run, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and the return of the logging show at city park.

            KOOSKIA — Welcome to the “Wild West,” also known as Kooskia Days, 2021. After a hiatus for COVID-19 last year, the popular community event is back. Events are set for Thursday, July 29 through Saturday, July 31, with clean-up on Sunday, Aug. 1.

            KOOSKIA — After nearly a week in effect, a boil order advisory was lifted Tuesday, July 27, for users on the Kooskia water system, following last week’s damage to a main that temporarily shut off service for several hours.

              KOOSKIA — Syringa clinics in Grangeville and Kooskia will be giving out free sports physicals for 2021-22 high school athletes. These will be offered at the Kooskia clinic July 28, 1-4:30 p.m., and at the Grangeville clinic Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m.

              CLEARWATER VALLEY — Last Saturday, I went to two different events, the Elk City Wagon Road Days in the morning and “Music in the Valley” in Kamiah. Elk City Wagon Road Days was cancelled last year, so it was good to have it back. After watching the parade, enjoying a $5 steak burger, buying …

              Thanks to all the businesses who helped make Border Days a success. Cash and Carry provided all the eggs for one of the most fun and memorable events, the Super Egg Toss. Pizza Factory allowed the sound system for street sports and the parades to tap into their power. By the way, thanks to t…

                KAMIAH — The Kamiah Kiwanis Club will sponsor the first Kamiah Poker Run Saturday, July 17. The event will benefit the youth of the community.

                CLEARWATER VALLEY — Fire is all around us since fire season began early in the Clearwater Valley after a hot, dry spring and hotter June. At this writing, the Too Kush 2 fire, near Kooskia, and the Ridgewood fire, near Kamiah, are the closest. Large fires continue to burn near Dixie. A fire …

                  KOOSKIA — Shoot the hoops at a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, set for Saturday, July 31, at Clearwater Valley High School at Kooskia. Preregistration (before July 20) is $70; and registration (after July 20 or day of tournament) is $80.

                    The Too Kush 2 Fire located about two miles east of Kooskia grew to 1,150 acres leading into Monday, July 12, due to burnout acres within the containment lines fire managers are establishing. The total was anticipated to increase to 1,300 acres when a burnout on the east flank is completed. …

                    Incorporated cities within Idaho County will start receiving their share of $54 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). For the seven cities totaled, this will add up to more than $600,000 to be received out of an eventual $1.23 million payment.

                      KOOSKIA — The Kooskia Saddliers O-Mok-See for June 26 has been canceled and rescheduled to July 11, with a 3 p.m. sign-up and 4 p.m. start. There will be high point and reserve in each age group (five age groups). Cost is $15 for all events. Concession stands will be open.

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY — The 4th of July festivities on the Clearwater Valley High School grounds drew a crowd of excited youngsters, leaving some parents rushing to keep up. The event, sponsored by Freedom Northwest Credit Union, included many bouncy features. The foam pit proved to be a hit on …

                        KOOSKIA — Work started Tuesday on replacing the Clear Creek Road Bridge outside of Kooskia. The approximate $1.8 million project is tentatively set for completion by Oct. 31. Roadway users are advised that traffic delays in the construction area may be up to 15 minutes.

                        Well, it’s back to semi-normal after the big, hot Fourth of July celebration. Never fear, the summer is still kicking with many more events left, including this weekend’s Stites Days and Nezperce Prairie Days.

                          The Too Kush 2 Fire has now been determined to be 30 acres in size, due to accurate GPS assessment rather that visual estimation. No structures are threatened, and no evacuations or road closures are in place.

                          CLEARWATER VALLEY — Well, it’s officially crazy hot! The City of Kamiah and Kamiah Fire Protection District have banned open burning for the rest of the summer. Kamiah Fire Rescue Chief Bill Arsenault asks people to be extremely careful with any fireworks over the 4th. He reminds people that…

                            KOOSKIA — Tahoe Ridge QRU will sponsor a poker run Saturday, July 10, starting at 507 Red Fir Road in Kooskia, beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 for the first hand and $5 for each additional hand, with prizes for the top hands. All proceeds will go to support the QRU. For questions call 208-935-8065.

                              KOOSKIA — The Kooskia Saddliers O-Mok-See for June 26 has been canceled and rescheduled to July 11, with a 3 p.m. sign-up and 4 p.m. start. There will be high point and reserve in each age group (five age groups). Cost is $15 for all events. Concession stands will be open.

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