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 -- 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.
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 -- Horn hunting season is in full swing; this time of year, you can get out there and not have to catch a fish or shoot anything, no blood and guts necessary.
KOOSKIA – To assist those impacted by recent flooding, a multi-agency resource center (MARC) will be available to the public on Tuesday, April 16, at Kooskia City Hall from 3:30 to 8 p.m.
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…
LOWELL / SYRINGA – In honor of my 40th year as a Free Press correspondent, here is a news column from March 1988:
Vehicle traffic on U.S. Highway 12 west of Powell is reduced to one lane at this time, the result of a commercial crash that occurred Wednesday morning, March 6.
LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Day One, breaking news from the wilderness of Idaho. Coldest day of the year, March coming in like a lion....please, please go out like a lamb.
Idaho County Republican Central Committee has several openings available for precinct committeemen. Normally this is an elected position by the people of each precinct at election time; however, when seats go unfilled or the office is vacated, the committee fills the seats by accepting nomin…
LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Cabin Fever has set it and I fear it may cause a dent in my otherwise perfect reporting, or should I say ace reporting. I find myself in a routine of reclusiveness, same clothes every day, get up, scrape snow off TV and Internet satellite dishes, make coffee, bring in eno…
More snow, and several days of it, are on its way, starting Saturday, Feb. 23.
LOWELL / SYRINGA -- There's a six-inch cut of venison (deer neck) in my slow cooker, set on low. There's firewood stacked waist high on my front porch, my favorite, lodgepole rounds. It's snowing this morning and the wind is blowing across the frozen tundra, and I am warm and cozy.
LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Today is my birthday, 012345, Jan. 23, 1945.
My neighbor and friend, Scott Swearingen, identified the photo in last week’s article: It’s a stand-up weed puller. No instructions required. This morning my thermometer read 9 degrees! Sunshine during the day brings cold, cold nights this time of year.
A fire just off the Selway Road up Swiftwater Road burned Tom Kennedy’s house clear to the ground, nothing left but ashes, so say the neighbors. Two men, and perhaps more, have been arrested by the Idaho County Sheriff Department for a series of burglaries at the same time, in the same area. Sources say the men had been upriver from New Year’s Eve, Monday, until Wednesday of that week. The helicopter loggers came forward to add they had some vandalism at their job site, and a few local cabins were also broken into and burglarized. One close neighbor here in Lowell ran into several men and a woman at the dumpsters and said they were pretty rough.
Happy New Year from Lowell and Syringa! We have snow, and ice, and a bright year ahead. Everything up here is closed up tighter than a drum. As always, we have gone into hibernation. The cougar hunters are out and about, the logging crew is still active on Coolwater, ITD trucks are clearing Highway 12 each morning, and the eggnog is gone. Lots of events last year including Three Rivers Resort and Rafting under new ownership. It will open in a couple of months for a great 2019 season.
Boy, it’s cold! 28 degrees and frosty. News at Thanksgiving:
1,000 snowflakes fell from above in Lowell on Sunday, Nov. 11, and so begins the winter of 2018/2019. And then it stopped. The rivers are up, the helicopters are stacking logs off Coolwater Mountain every day now and the leaves have fallen. I’ll try to get information on the Lowell: Syringa EMT Christmas party in December and report back next week.
Big blowout at the creek that comes in across from Johnson’s Bar on the Selway River, Goddard Creek. Fires caused a lot of damage these last few years and any rain causes muddy creeks. Hail and wind topped some trees in Lowell as well.
Get ready for the little trick-or-treaters, make your popcorn balls or candied apples, and stock up on extra candy. When the sun goes down they will come knocking. We always say, “trick-or-treat, kiss my feet, give me something good to eat”!
In the air there’s a feeling of fall. Also, there’s about 10 different species of bugs flying all about us. The regular, which includes flies, yellow jackets, bees, wasps, and horse flies, plus beetles, those black ones that smell like vanilla, the skinny brown ones with long antennas, and a few ladybugs. Then a new little white bug just showed up along with grasshoppers. The salmon fly is still here and not to mention the flying ant. My windowsills are pretty buggy right now, and it’s not a pretty sight!
The thermometer on my front porch says 37 degrees this morning at 7 a.m. Not too bad, no broken pipes yet. A skiff of snow on Lolo pass, according to the Internet.
Breaking news: Highway 12 resurfacing project on hold until 2019, except maybe for turnouts. It snowed on Lolo Pass Sunday, so all surfacing stopped. They will be back. Got an e-mail from John Wolcott. Here’s what he said, “Hi Marie, I am a former Idaho ranch kid who lives in Astoria, Ore., now. We enjoy your column. The other tool in the picture [from last week’s column] is an emasculator used for castrating young bull calves.”
Football last week: Seahawks won, Kamiah won; Clearwater Valley won, that’s all good! In this little Lowell community with a permanent population of about 22 people, not counting summer second-home folks, it’s pretty quiet. I can count the incoming phone calls on one hand.
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