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    CLEARWATER VALLEY -- Sensory overload hit me as I walked into the Olde-Fashioned Christmas event in Kamiah on Saturday. The smell of pine, chestnuts and sugar, the laughter of adorable children, and live Christmas piano music set the tone for the event. Of course, Santa, flanked by a photogr…

      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.”

      KOOSKIA – “At Clearwater Valley Elementary School, our students have checked out 2,680 books so far this year,” CVES Principal Joe Rodriguez told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Nov. 18 meeting. “That’s more than has been checked out at GEMS [Grangeville Elementary Middle …

      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.”

      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 -- 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…

      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…

      This horse was looking for friendly visitors as he was highlighted by a sunbeam early Saturday morning, Nov. 2, on the Harpster grade.

      Kooskia Friends of the Library hosted its annual fall book sale at the Kooskia Community Hall Saturday, Nov. 2. The group sold items individually and then offered “all you can fit in a bag for $1” starting at 11 a.m.

      GRANGEVILLE – “Our job is to confirm that what you’re seeing on a monthly basis is accurate – and that’s the case for 2019,” Tom Luper told the Mountain View School District board Oct. 22.

      Cindy Lane gets a lesson on intricate crafting details from the “Guy and Avis Birdhouses” creator at the annual Harpster Community Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 2.

      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…

        The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Clearwater Region released the following update regarding the shooting of a trophy bull elk near Harpster, which IDFG investigated earlier this month: 

        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.

        GRANGEVILLE – “I’m here tonight because I have an issue with MVSD’s graduation requirements,” Grangeville High School business and technology instructor, Bruce Wassmuth, told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Oct. 22 meeting.

          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.

          GRANGEVILLE – Mountain View School District 244 held a brief, special board meeting Thursday, Oct. 17. Negotiations were supposed to continue that night; however, due to a death in the family of trustees Lot and Casey Smith, this did not occur.

            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…

              KOOSKIA – The Kooskia Saddliers will hold their annual fall dinner and potluck Sunday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m., at Gateway Christian Fellowship ECO Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Broadway & Idaho Streets (downstairs), Kooskia. Members will provide the meal and anyone else attending can bri…

                KOOSKIA – Clearwater Valley High School music students will host a music concert tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. This is under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Nuxoll.

                  Another busy collection for Idaho County Recycling (ICR) at its Grangeville site last Saturday, Oct. 12, with volunteers running steady with armfuls of cardboard. ICR operates at four locations: Grangeville and Cottonwood: open Saturdays, 9 -11 a.m.; Kooskia: Saturdays, 10 a.m.- noon; and Ri…

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