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Birthday: Tacke celebrates 90th

Mark Tacke is turning 90 years young! His children would like to have you join in a celebration on Saturday, March 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall downstairs room. No gifts; your presence is present enough.

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Prairie’s team of three competes at Northwest Science Bowl

The Prairie Knowledge Bowl Team, consisting of students Garrett Crenshaw, Anthony Karel and Luis Samper Flores, participated in the Inland Northwest Science Bowl at Whitworth University in Spokane on Saturday, Feb. 18. Overall, Prairie placed 11 out of 21 teams.

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CIAA 50th Spring Show, May 2017, Celebrates Founding Member Ellamae Holes

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


Feb. 13 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Barbara Essen; free dinner, Dolores Kindall; meals at site: 65 with 33 home-deliveries; Alta Clark birthday.

St. Mary’s / Holy Cross dinner this Sunday, Feb. 26

It is time for the 40th annual St. Mary’s / Holy Cross parish dinner. Ever year in February, the scents of roast beef, ham, homemade potatoes, rolls and desserts can be counted on wafting from the Keuterville Hall. This year’s event is Sunday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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It's on: Grangeville Chili Cook-off 2017

Merchants will battle and burn

The epic battle will take place Saturday, March 4.

White Bird News: Firemen’s ball fund-raiser a success

If you have been down on the river you have noticed all the ice chunks floating down and the chocolate coloring to our water. Mother Nature is still at it so please be careful when near the rivers and streams as many are running high and swift.

Lowell / Syringa News: It’s been a rough winter upriver

Lowell Syringa News is back. Ace reporter, me, Marie Smith, has picked up her iPod, to report the comings and goings from Idaho County’s least populated communities. The winter has been rough, with rain, wind, snow, ice and dark of night. We had ice chunks floating down the Lochsa for eight hours last Friday. The river was up at least three feet. Our Internet has been out, our TV satellite dishes covered with snow over ice, and we are restless. Highway 12 has snow floor in spots and threats of avalanches with snow melting. The traffic passes slowly this time of year, and we depend on ITD to be forever clearing the highways for us.

Cottonwood News: Dinners are Feb. 25, 26

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you and those who are special to you have a great day. We especially ask God’s blessing on all married couples. Maybe our days of being snowbound are over. We have certainly had our share this year.

Riggins News: Lady Savages on their way to state

My quote of the week is “When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them…it may take seconds to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime.” Congratulations to The Salmon River Lady Savages! They are on their way to State Basketball Tournament with a 69-47 win over Council in District play Tuesday, Feb. 7, earning them the title of District Champions of the Long Pin League 1AD2. Our girls will play their first game tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 6:15 p.m., at Nampa High School in Nampa. School will be dismissed early Thursday so everyone who wants may go cheer on our Lady Savages. Women with Bait Fishing Tournament is going full force…there are a lot of women fishing and competing for prizes all month long. The women are on the river with their guides and boat drivers trying to make the catch of the day and the month.

Clearwater Valley News: ‘Surf’ at Lolo Pass this Saturday — or take in ‘Brew Fest’

Groundhog Day seemed to be a turning point in the weather, with snow, rain, hail, mudflows since then. An exciting and beautiful drive on Friday, as the ice broke up and huge chunks floated down the Clearwater River. It’s not quite spring yet, but it sure seems possible now! The final count for the Groundhog Day Feed in Clearwater is 444 breakfast eaters and 3,540 pounds of sausage (including sausage sold to take home). Wow, that’s a lot of hogs!

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TIMES PAST: More Than A Century Of Idaho County News: Feb. 15, 2017

•A wary, old cougar, emboldened by the pangs of hunger, ventured into the feed lot at the Fred Marshall ranch in the Toll-gate section, Thursday night, and killed a nice fat two hundred pound hog being fattened for butchering next month.

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NRA Banquet Fun

Attendees packed the Grangeville Elks Lodge Friday night, Feb. 10, for the annual Camas Prairie Friends of the NRA Banquet. Funds raised from the event go 50/50 toward state and national education programs, none to political causes. Past local programs supported include “Women on Target” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office shooting safety clinic.

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Elk City News: Baptist church to show movie Feb. 18

Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m., the Baptist church is showing the movie, The Insanity of God. The movie portrays the search by Nik Ripken of “why so many Christians of the world are willing to suffer and die for Christ” If you didn’t see the flyer, it tells that he set out on a quest to find the answer and followed the events from Somalia to Russia and China. “The events of the film are true and faithfully portrayed … This is not a movie for the faint hearted or for little children.” Everyone is invited. Popcorn will be served!

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The Domino Effect

It was dominoes play time at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center Friday, Feb. 10. Assistant activities director Marilyn Deardorff (not pictured) played several games with residents prior to lunch time. (Left) Mary Howery watches as Jerry Rothchild plays his domino and (right) Colleen Prickett is thoughtful about her game plan.