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The Idaho County Fair, which features a wide variety of 4-H projects, a parade, talent show,…

North central Idaho features hundreds of miles of whitewater, as well as lakes, reservoirs a…

Border Days 2019 featured sunny skies and tons of events. From the rodeo to the egg toss, th…

Welcome to the Idaho County Free Press’s first Youth in Focus special section. Here you will…

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COTTONWOOD – Showcasing their best, kids worked the floor last Saturday, Aug. 17, for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale. Held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, the fair culminates in this sale that this year featured a total 205 animals with a total sale of $250,760.

    In June, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that 44 local governments in Idaho would receive a total of $32.2 million under the 2019 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The big 50 is the birthday Lara Smith, of Lowell, celebrated during the past weekend, with partygoers from all over the United States and beyond. Karen DeSanto, Steve Smith, Tammy Parrish, etc. It was a great, happy, celebration with a trip north to the Coeur d’Alene Reso…

    Another year is in the books for the Idaho County Fair. Here’s a look at some of the week’s events, which included lots of animal time, talent, royalty, pigtails and fair food. (To view the slide show, click on the right arrow in the top right corner.)

      The Idaho County Fair, which features a wide variety of 4-H projects, a parade, talent show, pigtail contest and much more, runs through Saturday, Aug. 17 in Cottonwood.

      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Scenic Highway 12, three wild rivers go right through the little communities of Lowell and Syringa. In Syringa it’s the Middle Fork of the Clearwater that runs by their front door, and in Lowell it’s the Lochsa joining the Selway for the birth of the Clearwater. The marit…

      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Today I’m writing about life and luck. Living in Lowell, on the edge of the Idaho Wilderness is just pure heaven. Beautiful, peaceful, nature at its best, and how lucky is that?

      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The fireworks are over, the earthquakes didn’t hit this far out, and the rivers have peaked, so let’s enjoy Idaho for all that it is.

        The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, at the Fenn Ranger Station (831 Selway Road) to discuss the planned summer prescribed burning on the Coolwater project east of Lowell. The meeting will be open–house style with Forest Service st…

          The Lolo Motorway (Forest Service Road #500) and the Magruder Road (Forest Service Road #468, aka the Montana Road) are two popular high–elevation routes for summer travel on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. At this time, both are still snow–covered in places and are not passable f…

          LOWELL / SYRINGA -- “Summer’s here and the time is right, for dancing in the streets.” Blue sky, white clouds, wildflowers blooming, baby birds cheeping with open beaks, and campfires crackling along the riverbanks.

            LOLO PASS -- A series of family-friendly activities are planned during July at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho/Montana state line.

              KAMIAH -- The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) and The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will be offering a variety of summer activities including the following:

              LOWELL / SYRINGA -- A big motor home pulling a car on a trailer went flying 200 feet into the Lochsa River, between Lowell and Powell, Idaho. Then it blew up and caught on fire. Luckily, Alan and Mary Hamilton, of AIRE Boats, were on the river that day. The Hamiltons and their crew were able…

                Fish and Game Commissioners on Thursday, June 13, opened chinook salmon fishing effective immediately on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest hatchery fish bound for the Selway River that are normally caught in the Lower Clearwater River, which …

                LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Miss Luella Smith headed out this week for the Upward Bound program, with students from all over the region. She was packed and ready to leave Lowell for three weeks. Saying goodbye to the family was pretty easy, but she had a hard time leaving the two newborn kittens tha…

                KOOSKIA – Longtime Idaho County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Doug Ulmer, is looking to take the next step. Last week, the Kooskia resident formally announced his candidacy for Idaho County Sheriff, which will come up for election next year.

                Illegal drug use in popular recreation areas along U.S. Highway 12 came under scrutiny during the Memorial Day weekend with law enforcement emphasis patrols resulting in 30 individual charges, including some felonies.

                Results of the May 21 election were canvassed last week by the Idaho County Commission with no substantive changes to results.

                The U.S. Forest Service informed the Idaho County Commission last week that the federal agency has paid $1.2 million for 110 acres of private land 10 miles west of Lolo Pass.

                LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Last weekend brought rain, and sun, and whitewater, but it didn’t stop the upriver folks from remembering all of the service people who served our country, and to be thankful to them all.

                  LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Miss Martha Smith, of Lowell, brought home a medal from the Idaho State Track Meet this past week. She’s a pole vaulter deluxe, as a sophomore at Clearwater Valley High School, and a first-class student as well. She’s following in her father’s footprints.

                  LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The week ahead is a normal week. Mother’s Day is over -- thanks moms! All the flowers have been delivered and our local upriver restaurants were nice and busy. I got a new wheelbarrow, Chinese dinner to go, and lots of love.

                  LOWELL / SYRINGA – The sun is out and I’m out cleaning my shop. The rivers are perfect for whitewater, school will be out soon, and all the businesses in Lowell and Syringa are OPEN! Come on up highway 12 and enjoy!

                  LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Come hell or high water. That is the statement of the week. The water is rising, the creeks are roaring, and mud is sliding down on to the highway (Highway 12) along with trees and rocks, so that we never know if we can make it east or west from one minute to the next.

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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.

                  LOWELL / SYRINGA -- There’s a very fine line between being a true recluse, living alone, non-social, to exist only for solitude. To enjoy the sound of your own voice, to forage for your own food in the wilderness, to kill or be killed.

                  LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Only one more week and our mailman, Ralph Jackson, Jr., and his mate and helper, Dixie, will retire. I'll miss his smile, and Dixie's humorous one-liners. I'll miss seeing Steve Pankey along for the ride now and then, I'll miss telling my grandchildren, "be nice to the ma…

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