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GRANGEVILLE – How will the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests be managed in the coming decades? What are the plans to guide the complexity of resource management decisions to be made across four million acres of national forest?

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- This is the month that has a purpose for almost every day, starting with New Year’s Day, then today is National Bird Day, then we have Snow Day, Clean Up Highway Day, Appreciate Your Pet Day … it’s like they want you to have a reason to get up in the morning.

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- The New Year, 2020, is here this week. The Roaring ’20s all over again. Make your resolutions, change your life if you are needing to, cut your hair, start a new diet, get a tattoo, stop swearing, be nice if you’re mean, move to the ocean.

LOWELL / SYRINGA – So, we are having a white Christmas! Snowed as I’m driving out my driveway. Off to town this morning, stopped in Kooskia for breakfast, then on to Kamiah for gas, down the icy highway at 50 mph to Orofino to a friend’s house to drop off gifts. Soon the roads are clear, do …

LOWELL / SYRINGA -- It’s cold, it’s snowing, it’s almost Christmas. One more week! Make your plans, finish your shopping, wrap your gifts, and enjoy your holidays with friends and family.

    Lolo Pass Visitor Center, located on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests along U.S. Highway 12 at the Idaho-Montana state line, started its winter season on Dec 14. The center is open Thursday through Monday (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Ladies, wash your hair, polish your nails, get out your best earrings....Men get a shave and haircut, and wash your favorite Levi’s; it’s time for the Lowell/Syringa EMT Christmas Dinner and Auction. As is tradition, it will be held at Ryan’s Wilderness Inn on Highway 12 …

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- There’s frost on the pumpkins this morning. Lorraine Smith from Syringa will be busy making pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, and probably mincemeat, too. She is a quiet gardener, who is also an amazing cook, and her mate, Greg, too, and her son, Mark, too. I’m not sure abou…

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- To decorate for Christmas yet, or wait until after Thanksgiving, that is the question! When do you take that big step? Put away your yellow and orange vest, and get out the red one with a big reindeer with ornaments on the horns? Mine might be a little too tight this year!

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Is there anything better than a weekend doing nothing? Eat whatever you want, watch massive amount of football in front of your wood stove, check your e-mail and Facebook every once in a while, stay in your PJs or sweats, call your mom, let the dogs veg out on the couch. …

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- We didn’t get much snow last week, just enough to cover the ground. Ice is starting to form along the Lochsa River already. Mike Smith, Sr., got his bulldozer started, just in case!

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Get your flu shot! Load up your freezer, clear the leaves out of the gutters on your house, find your wool gloves. Finish putting away your summer outdoor patio furniture. It’s cold, man!

    LOWELL / SYRINGA NEWS -- Two birthdays were celebrated upriver last weekend: Miss Maddie Smith blew out 11 candles, and Mike Smith, Jr., took a big breath for 51 candles! A rainy-day party, all dry and warm on the hill above Lowell.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Half the population of Lowell and Syringa is set up somewhere out there in the mountains at hunting camp. Dressed in camouflage with packs of meat left over from last year, and probably a bottle or two of whiskey, they are geared up to shoot, gut, skin and hang in a tree …

    GRANGEVILLE – County law enforcement moves a step further into the computer age later this month when e-ticketing goes online.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Batten down the hatches! It’s supposed to be in the 20s at night this week. The outside dog water will freeze, there will be frost on the pumpkins, and on your truck windshield. Don’t forget to lock your car when you park in town: zucchinis everywhere will land on your fr…

    Snow and cold temperatures are on their way for the Camas Prairie and the region overall, as early as Tuesday evening. Lower elevation communities, such as Riggins, may see the first hard freeze of the season.

    LOWELL / SYRINGA -- First day of fall, sometimes known as autumn, has come and gone. Upriver you can feel it in the air, the mosquitoes are dying, the apples are ready to be picked, and everybody is wearing long sleeves.

    WHITE BIRD -- Fall was officially here last Monday, and from the way the colors are changing, I would believe we have seen the last of the 80s and 90s degree weather. Harvest is at the end of their run, and planting of many fields can be seen on the prairie and beyond. We are nearing yet ano…

      KAMIAH – Conditions permitting, fire managers on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest plan to begin fall prescribed fire operations immediately and continue until project completion or conditions change and are no longer optimal for achieving objectives. Ignitions will take place on days…

      LOWELL / SYRINGA – Dr. Morgan Wright and the Mrs. Olga were out and about on the Selway River Road this past week. Looking great and re-retired, they are healthy and ready to enjoy fall and the holidays. So are the rest of the 23 residents in Lowell.

      LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Say goodbye to summer weather. It’s 70 degrees as I write this and should stay the same all week and add some rain here and there. There is one big grizzly bear up near Lolo Pass and it’s heading west (that’s us).

        The Big Smith Fire, reported to Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, is about 1.5 acres in size, about 1.5 miles north of Syringa, and is being contested by 13 personnel and a helicopter with additional resources responding. Those resources include a Loch…

        LOWELL / SYRINGA -- Here’s life in Lowell, last week of August, living in a 100-year-old log cabin on the hill above the confluence of the Lochsa, Selway, and Middlefork of the Clearwater rivers.

        This doe was recently playing peekaboo on Dixie Road, the main road that runs through the town of Dixie.

          POWELL -- For the next several weeks, motorists will encounter heavy truck traffic and experience delays on Forest Service roads near Powell during roadwork associated with the North Side Powell forest health improvement project.

          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.)

          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.)

          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.

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