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Community walks start April 1

The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a collaboration of five health systems and two community service organizations, will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash).


Grangeville Senior Center March 13 – pledge, Stanley Modrell, prayer, Shirley Crane; free dinner, Helen McLean, meals at site: 71 with 31 home-deliveries;

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CIAA celebrates founding member Eddie Olson

50th Spring Show in May

In anticipation of Central Idaho Art Association’s (CIAA) 50th Spring Show, May 4, 5, and 6, CIAA celebrates founding member, Eddie Olson. The 50th Show remains at the Bicentennial Historical Museum and will feature the art of founding members.

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Night Of Fantasy

Sts. Peter and Paul School hosted its annual Chocolate Fantasy fund-raiser last Saturday, March 18, at the SPPS gymnasium.

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Cottonwood residents meet, discuss school building’s potential

Fate of former Prairie Elementary; option for community center

Fourteen residents attended a meeting hosted by the Cottonwood Joint School District 242 Tuesday, March 14, to hear suggestions about potential uses for the former elementary school building. “Our role is to identify what our options are,” said Michael Taylor, president of consulting firm Vita Nuova. “Tonight, our goal is to hear from you.”

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GHS students fare well at first state science fair; Singh to compete at nationals

Grangeville High School students had a very good run at their first-ever science fair Saturday, March 4. Twelve GHS students in grades nine through 12 – along with teachers Shaun Bass and Naomi Finnegan — made the trip to the state’s first fair (held in three areas in the state the same day) and came home with medals and awards for all.

Use of Force policy passes for MVSD 244

Next step for district: ICSO for training

After almost two years of discourse, rewrites and discussion, Mountain View School District 244’s board passed its Use of Force policy at the Feb. 27 regular meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

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Cassie Chandler chosen as White Bird Rodeo queen

Although the sky was grey and overcast, the rain held off Saturday, March 18, as White Bird Rodeo crowned its new queen for the coming year. Cassie SueAnne Chandler, 15, was named queen for the upcoming rodeo year. She is a freshman at Grangeville High School and the daughter of Travis and Shandra Chandler of Slate Creek.

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Fire Academy

The 11th annual Clearwater Fire Academy was held in Orofino last week, March 17-19, drawing firefighters from dozens of fire departments throughout the region for skill-building and new information training.

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Wimer Field upgrades pitched to Cottonwood council

Cottonwood Youth Sports asks for procedural policy

“It’s not a full donation. I know it’s not going to be something that will happen right away,” he said. “What I’m trying to see is what would be allowable from the city, what the city would like to see, how we proceed forward from this point.”

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Milestone - Wedding - Scott and Brouwer

Sarah Scott and Paul Brouwer were joined in marriage Jan. 1, 2017, at the Gasquet Bible Church in Gasquet, Calif., by Pastor John Dean.

Community Briefs: March 22, 2017

Cross Country Cowboy Fellowship will be meeting Saturday, March 25, 6 p.m., in the fellowship barn of Gary and Judy Porter at 43 Whitetail Drive just south of Grangeville. Judy will be serving baked spaghetti. Bring a side dish to share and bring a friend. The Porters look forward to seeing everyone.

Contested elections for hospital, school, highway districts

Vote set May 16

Multiple races will be contested in the May 16 election on area hospital, school and highway districts.

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Elk City News: Slide is on the move again

Sue Bodden and the VFW Auxiliary want to let everyone know that the Community Easter Dinner will be Sunday, April 16, at the VFW from 1-3 p.m. There will be ham, rolls, green beans, and dessert provided. This dinner is provided free of charge — just bring a dish to share. Well, the “slide” is sliding some more (see photo). I took this photo on Friday, the 17th. Notice the upriver side.

Clearwater Valley News: Join committee to save Opera House

I talked to Gloria Taylor of Harpster about the newly formed Old Opera House (Kooskia) Cultural Committee. She is excited that 25 people came to the initial meeting in early March, with lots of great ideas. They plan to buy this lovely historic building and use it as a community center, artist studios, art gallery and performance space for children through adults.