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CLEARWATER VALLEY — The year 2021 began with hope and promise that COVID-19 vaccines would soon be available, and things might return to normal. This “Year in review” is continued from last week.

KOOSKIA — Kim Simmons, a fifth-grade teacher at Clearwater Valley Elementary School (CVES) described how rewarding it is to watch the light bulb come on when the kids grasp a new concept. “Their bodies kind of jump up and their eyes get all big when they get it. It’s awesome,” Simmons exclai…

CLEARWATER VALLEY — The year 2021 began with hope and promise that COVID-19 vaccines would soon be available, and things might return to normal. Although, reaching far beyond our Clearwater Valley, it is hard to ignore the shock and horror I felt on Jan. 6 as we watched endless video of a su…

Last month, Amy Manley opened a mobile coffee business, the Coffee Can. The tin can coffee van is parked in front of the building shared by HKD Martial Arts, Pete’s Preps and Rishi Yoga. It is located at milepost 69 on U.S. Highway 12 between Kooskia and Kamiah, across the Highway from Rock …

    KOOSKIA — Bring a partner and come dance with the Mountain Dewers Square Dance Club Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6-8pm at the Kooskia Middle School. This is a family-friendly activity for ages 12 and older. No square dance experience necessary; dancing will be taught on the spot. Casual dress, sn…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. We had a peaceful Christmas at home, enjoying the quiet beauty of nature on walks and sitting on the porch. Plenty of indoor time near the wood stove, including a Zoom call with my side of the family back east. It’s not the same as be…

    Good news for Idahoans: According to a recent WalletHub study, Idaho is one of the least vulnerable states for identity theft and fraud, coming in at number 49. Our neighbor, Washington, is listed as the most vulnerable. To see the methods for determining this and the entire lists, see https…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — I really enjoyed Kamiah’s performing arts concert on Monday night, appropriately titled “We Need a Little Christmas.” Kamiah’s music teacher, Kathryn Chamberlain, in her second year there, seems to bring out the best in the kids. Her joy and excitement for music are conta…

    KOOSKIA — Four Kooskia property owners made substantial progress in cleaning up their places after they were notified of their violation of city ordinance 203 addressing nuisances.

    GRANGEVILLE — “We are subject to our own individual surveys and oversights, separate from the hospital,” director of clinic operation for Syringa, Michelle Schaeffer, said at the Nov. 23 board of trustees meeting. Schaeffer gave a brief overview of the clinics for board members.

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — I’m dreaming of a White Christmas, tra-la-la! Nice to see a little snow on Sunday, it was way more fun than the wind which preceded it. When the Adirondack chairs began sliding around the porch, we realized it was time to batten down the hatches. The outdoor cats seemed a…

    KOOSKIA — “From what I’m hearing, people are saying to leave the position vacant for 90 days,” trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, Zone 2, said at the Nov. 15 meeting of the board of Mountain View School District 244, held at Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School.

    KOOSKIA — Mountain View School District 244 received a clean audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, Monday night, Nov. 15, during its regular board meeting held at Kooskia’s Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School.

    KOOSKIA — After 13 years of operating the Idaho County recycling program in Kooskia with volunteers, the program has been incorporated into the new Simmons Sanitation site in Kooskia. The Old Pole Yard community drop-off site, located on Thenon Street, is now ready to accept cardboard, tin a…

    CLEARWATER VALLEY — I enjoy seeing the creative, handmade decorations people use to adorn their houses for various holidays. It gives me something new to look at as I drive through the valley. There is something about the silly plastic blowup figures that have become popular. They always mak…

      KOOSKIA — The Kooskia Holiday Farmers’ Market is set for Saturday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Kooskia City Hall. A raffle, food, vendors and live music will all be part of the festivities.

        KOOSKIA — Idaho County Recycling in Kooskia is temporarily halted while the operation is transferred to the newly opened Kooskia Community Drop Off Site (owned by Simmons Sanitation) which will be accepting recycling in the near future. The new site has, in addition to refuse bins, two large…

          KOOSKIA — The Kooskia Holiday Farmers’ Market is set for Saturday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Kooskia City Hall. A raffle, food, vendors and live music will all be part of the festivities.

          KOOSKIA — In recognition of Veterans Day at Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School, an assembly was held last Friday, Nov. 12, honoring those who have served. Students in both middle school and high school were released from class to attend the event.

          KOOSKIA ­— A nuisance ordinance, passed by the Kooskia City Council in June, is soon to be put to the test. The ordinance replaced a previous version, simplifying the procedure and time frame for the city to address citizen complaints about the conditions of private property. Carlos Martinez…

            KOOSKIA — Clearwater Valley Elementary School (CVES) kindergarten teacher Adrian Wilkins has been nominated for the 2021-2022 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators a…

            CLEARWATER — When I stopped by Kamiah Elementary School (KES) the other day, I checked out the scarecrows that each of the KES classes decorated. The scarecrow contest was a fund-raiser for the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) in Kamiah. The teen center youth put together scarecrow “b…

              KOOSKIA — Clearwater Valley Junior Senior High School will host a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. in the CVHS Gym. The public is invited to attend.

              Millions of unclaimed dollars sound too good to be true? It’s no scam, and for Idaho County, this share is approximately $840,000 waiting to be collected.

              CLEARWATER VALLEY — What a glorious sight, a road grader heading down our road last week. The washboards on our road got pretty bad after months of dry weather. After a few inches of rain to return some moisture to the ground, road grading is again possible. Now, my trusty Subaru no longer b…

              CLEARWATER VALLEY — Halloween events this weekend in the Kamiah area begin on Friday, Oct. 29, with the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce costume contest at 3 p.m., in front of the fire hall on Main St. That block of Main St. will be closed to vehicles so the little goblins, monsters, fairy princes…

                KOOSKIA — The Kooskia Ambulance is sponsoring an EMT basics class. The classes will cover how to stop bleeding, how to cut apart cars, delivering babies and more. The course can help prepare students to pass a NREMPT examination.

                KOOSKIA — At the Oct. 13 Kooskia City Council meeting, public works superintendent Carlos Martinez reported surveyors are in town to determine elevations of the manholes. This information will be used in the design of phase 1 of the city’s wastewater project. The survey and design phase are …

                  At the Clearwater Valley Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 8, students rode down Main Street in Kooskia on their class float while royalty candidates each traveled on the hood of a vehicle. A crowd of family, friends and community members lined the street to cheer on the kids.

                    KOOSKIA — Kooskia Farmers’ Market has partnered with Crow Bench Farms to teach a sourdough bread class. Come learn how to make rustic sourdough bread with Patrick from Crow Bench Farm. Patrick is a vendor at the Kooskia market who sells authentic sourdough bread and has invited the community…

                      Students from the Kooskia Discovery Center afterschool program spent some time Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Miss Cindy’s Pumpkin Patch on the outskirts of Grangeville. Children traveled by bus with director Wendy Kolb and other chaperones to pick two pumpkins each. Cindy Godfrey said, “This is it.…

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY — It seems our never-ending summer is finally winding down with cooler temperatures and welcome rain. I’ve heard reports that it’s snowing in Dixie. It’s never good when it rains on your parade, but by the time the Clearwater Valley High School (CVHS) homecoming parade bega…

                      CLEARWATER VALLEY — Forty-two years after I ran my last high school cross-country meet, I still love the sport. Though I run a lot slower than I used to and not nearly as far, trail running can’t be beat. I try to get to at least one of the high school’s meets every year. Last Wednesday, I z…

                        KOOSKIA — Cause is officially undetermined for last week’s fire just east of Kooskia that destroyed a double-wide mobile home. No injuries were reported, according to chief Mark Anderson, Kooskia Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD).

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