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These tiny pink and white bleeding hearts along a fenceline on Kooskia’s Front Street were enjoying a recent wet and rainy afternoon.

CLEARWATER VALLEY — On a rare sunny day between rainstorms earlier in June, I drove the loop up Wall Creek to Clear Creek, dropping down into Clear Creek. I stopped at the little cemetery near Clearwater. Patsy Hunter led the annual spring cleanup effort there last month.

Trans Am Bicycle Race rider Hans Vieten was sixth through Grangeville of dozens of riders who are on their way from the Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va., having covered the first 800 miles in about four days. Midway through the fourth day of the race, the leaders were averaging about 300 mile…

    Crews were tearing down the Western Motor Inn in Kooskia last week. Part of this involved the recovery of the “White Elk” sculpture, by HarV (pictured Thursday, June 9). This was removed by crane and will be relocated in Syringa to property owned by Terry Jackson and Becky Brotnov, just off …

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — On Saturday, June 18, beginning at 1 p.m., the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) Recovery is hosting a free picnic in Kamiah’s Riverfront Park. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and side dishes are provided. Volleyball and yard games are planned in addition to the onsite …

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — School’s out for summer, school’s out forever for the CVHS and KHS graduates! Congratulations, graduates! Fun to attend a few graduation parties again this year and a sitdown, in-person graduation of 32 at CVHS (up from 21 grads, last year). If you are walking around down…

    The Grangeville Farmers’ Market is set to begin Saturday, June 18, and run through Oct. 1, excluding July 1. The market sets up at Pioneer Park each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The kids’ program, Grub Club, will also start on June 18. The first activity planned is making bee houses. Child…

    GRANGEVILLE — “The Kooskia site is rolling along, doing really well,” Robert Simmons told Idaho County Commissioners at their May 24 meeting. (Simmons Sanitation/NADL serves as Idaho County’s solid waste contractor.)

    KAMIAH — Towering giants, but a hazard to public: seven pine trees adjacent to the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) office in Kamiah were removed this month in a high-reaching operation.

    Starting today, Wednesday, June 1, The Confluence Resort in White Bird will be hosting a farmers’ market each Wednesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Bring your produce, baked goods. arts and crafts! Call with questions: 208-565-0478.

      KOOSKIA — Despite the rain, 30 students from Kooskia Elementary fifth-grades classes (Mrs. Simmons and Mrs. Fabbi) turned out on Arbor Day last Friday, April 29, to learn about tree planting, assist with picking up dead branches, raking mulch, pulling weeds and picking up trash at the Kooski…

        Cleaning, painting and sprucing up: Clearwater Valley High School students were out in force in the community Wednesday, May 11, for annual Ram Pride Day. The event is for students to be involved in campus and community improvement projects, from highway trash pickup and striping the school …

          KOOSKIA — Kooskia Farmers’ Market is starting their fifth season on Thursday, June 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kooskia City Park. The market features local artisans with homemade/handmade crafts, vegetable growers and live musicians. They are always accepting new vendors. To be a vendor or …

            Idaho County’s whitewater rafting season kicks off every Memorial Day Weekend with Lochsa River Madness, approximately 50 miles east of Kooskia on U.S. Highway 95 (milepost 114). Rafts, catarafts and more challenge the spring whitewater as spectators line the pullout to cheer on the successf…

            CLEARWATER VALLEY — Four years of high school, (only three for a few students). Whether the top students, the ones who barely make it, and everyone in between, it’s a rite of passage. It’s really the end of childhood, as the kids become adults and go on with their lives. Some may dwell in th…

              VFW Post 5407 & American Legion Post 75 will be conducting the following Memorial Day remembrances on Monday, May 30, at the following times and locations: 9 a.m., Kamiah Cemetery Monument; 9:30 a.m., Kamiah Bridge Boat Ramp; 10 a.m., Kooskia Bridge; 10:30 a.m., Pinegrove Cemetery, Koosk…

                Idaho County Recycling sites in Grangeville, Cottonwood and Kooskia will be closed Saturday, May 28, for Memorial Day weekend.

                  KOOSKIA — Symphony Baldwin, a junior at Clearwater Valley High School, is collecting antlers for her senior project to benefit the Idaho County Search and Rescue K-9 unit. Collected antlers will be sold, with the proceeds to go toward evaluators, testing and more. Drop off antlers at either …

                    KOOSKIA — Kooskia Farmers’ Market is starting their fifth season on Thursday, June 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Kooskia City Park. The market features local artisans with homemade/handmade crafts, vegetable growers and live musicians. They are always accepting new vendors. To be a vendor or …

                    KOOSKIA — Following no action at a May 12 special board meeting, Mountain View School District 244 will proceed with the four-day school week.

                    KOOSKIA — The Kooskia City Council accepted a $5,000 offer from Skip Brandt to purchase the land on the face of Mt. Stuart during their May 11 meeting. Alana Curtis, city councilor, abstained from the discussion and the vote due to a possible conflict of interest. The land forms the backdrop…

                      KOOSKIA — More than 50 square and choreographed ballroom dancers and guests gathered April 23 to celebrate the 90th birthday of long-time caller and Mountain Dew-ers club founder, Phil Rowan, and the 2022 graduation of 19 Mainstream square dancers and eight-plus square dancers.

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY — Congratulations to the Clearwater Valley Rams boys’ baseball team for winning their first ever district championship. They went into districts as the 6th seed and ended in 4th with a blow-out 14-0 win over Prairie.

                        KOOSKIA — Tahoe Mountain Rest Cemetery, 271 Tahoe Loop, Kooskia, will be holding a cleaning and maintenance workday on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 9 a.m. The cemetery will have two riding mowers, rakes, and gas; bring weed eaters, leaf blowers, clippers, or brooms for cleaning around the …

                          Idaho County Recycling sites in Grangeville, Cottonwood and Kooskia will be closed Saturday, May 28, for Memorial Day weekend.

                            KOOSKIA — VFW Post No. 5407 will be placing flags on the graves of all veterans buried in the Tahoe Mountain Rest Cemetery. If anyone knows of a veteran who is not so honored, contact Carolynn Doughty at 208-926-4795 so their name may be added to the list. Currently, approximately 70 veteran…

                              Students with the Clearwater Valley Jr./Sr. High School Music Department performed Wednesday, May 4, in the annual spring concert themed Band Wars. Director was Elizabeth Nuxoll, and accompanist was Carol Gibler.

                              A new addition for the Stites Volunteer Fire Department: A 1991 Ford F350 brush truck. According to fire chief Mike Goodwin, the truck holds 250 gallons and can pump 500 gallons a minute. Along with this, the department currently has one structure engine, along with a backup engine (which ne…

                              Around 70 people attended a Bingo and tacos night at Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School at Kooskia on April 8. The event was a fundraiser put on by the parents of the Clearwater Valley High Class of 2023.

                                KOOSKIA — The Valley Garden Club will hold its annual plant/bake sale at the Kooskia City Park Pavilion on Friday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is usually a variety of vegetable and fruit starts and lots of flowers, all grown locally and by members. All proceeds go to community projects.

                                CLEARWATER VALLEY — Drought, what drought? While I know there is a difference between long-term climate and short-term weather, it seems a little damp lately. Here in Harpster Heights, we have recorded more than four inches of rain, just in the first week of May. I love how green the grass i…

                                KAMIAH — On April 15, participants from local Baptist churches gathered in both Kamiah and Kooskia for Good Friday. They walked up and down Main Street of both towns, carrying a cross as a way to highlight that Jesus Christ bore the cross at Calvary and an atonement for sin.

                                  KOOSKIA — City of Kooskia Spring Cleanup week has been set for May 2-9. Simmons Sanitation will place roll-off containers at the Kooskia City Park for customer convenience. Appliances may be put in the containers; however, all other metal must be cut into four- foot lengths, and all brush an…

                                    KOOSKIA — Come hear the Gospel message Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room at Kooskia Cafe, 118 S Main St., Kooskia (entrance on A Street). No collections; all are welcome. For details contact Lucas Hazelwood or Bronson Ward at 206-484-7061.

                                      KOOSKIA — City of Kooskia Spring Cleanup week has been set for May 2-9. Simmons Sanitation will place roll-off containers at the Kooskia City Park for customer convenience. Appliances may be put in the containers; however, all other metal must be cut into four- foot lengths, and all brush an…

                                      Eight-time world champion calf roper Joe Beaver hosted the third annual Joe Beaver Roping School in Lewiston On April 9-10. Winning the school jackpot was Molly Johnson from Cottonwood (left), along with Lindsey Felton and Sloane Dalgren both of Lewiston, who are pictured with Beaver. Also a…

                                        KOOSKIA — Come hear the Gospel message Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room at Kooskia Café, 118 S Main St., Kooskia (entrance on A Street). No collections; all are welcome. Contact Lucas Hazelwood or Bronson Ward at 206-484-7061.

                                        KOOSKIA — The River Run Subdivision project cleared another hurdle after the Kooskia City Council granted conditional approval for the Kooskia, LLC’s subdivision plat. At the April 13 city council meeting, Carlos Martinez, city public works director, described the status of the project. He e…

                                          KOOSKIA — Come here the Gospel message Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room at Kooskia Café, 118 S Main St., Kooskia (entrance on A Street). No collections; all are welcome. For details contact Lucas Hazelwood or Bronson Ward at 206-484-7061.

                                            Two Idaho County cities — Kooskia and Riggins — are recipients of $300 each for the 2022 Arbor Day grants. The program is conducted with the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA), in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Avista, Rocky Mountain Power, and Idaho Power.…

                                              Last fall, Valley Home Educators physical education offered flag football and soccer on the expansive fields at the Kooskia City Park. After the holidays, the Wa-A’Yas gym in Kamiah was made available for indoor sports.

                                              CLEARWATER VALLEY — The Idaho County Sheriff’s department recently identified the remains of a man they found in 1984 at a campsite along Colt Killed Creek (White Sand Creek) in the upper Lochsa River basin. How amazing is that? The perseverance of the sheriff’s office coupled with the advan…