My quote of the week is “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” Mayor McClure and the Riggins City Council with Gary Miller heading up the project are finalizing an agreement with the contractor to take possession of the north tower of the Manning Crevice Bridge and move it to the upper parking lot at our Riggins City Park. The City Council hopes to help keep the history of this local landmark alive for our community and the many visitors to Riggins.
I think our summer is over, it has turned to fall. We even had a little nip of frost this week. It got down to 32 degrees one night. Rain is in the forecast this week, so the smoke should be under control. Congratulations t
Next week, Sept. 24-30, is Banned Books week, an annual awareness campaign by the American Library Association and others that celebrates our freedom to read what we choose. The Clearwater Valley has a great library system- Prairie River Library District, with branches in both Kooskia and Kamiah.
Fall has fallen. Looks kinda like winter may have set in at the beginning of fall what with snow in the high country. The Community Library will be open on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays for the winter. Times are 3:15 to 5 p.m., at the Elk City School.
Summer has come and gone - I do think fall is just around the corner? Snow has fallen in places around the northwest and rains, too. This has helped with the fires, but isn’t enough to put them out yet, so stay safe for a few more months. Fall actually begins on the 22nd, so this will be bringing cooler temps…time for the fires in the stove and bundling up. Also with this comes the general hunting season, so remember to ask to hunt on private ground, be sure of what you are shooting, BEFORE you pull that trigger and do abide by all the rules and then you may be able to do your hunting again the following year.
The threat of fire is over for hopefully this year for Lowell; it’s three miles out and burning very slowly. News from the Coolwater Complex about the Andy’s Hump fire is that cooler weather has stopped that burn from causing concern for structures here at the confluence. They continue to watch and finish the planned protection. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has approved a plan designed to improve forest health and reduce fuels. The Lowell WUI project (we pronounce woo-ee) will treat 166 acres on the district.
Grangeville High School seniors (L-R) Kelsey Pilant, Marie Hauger and Blake Courtney get into the homecoming spirit on the parade float Friday, Sept. 15.
One hundred years ago, Bernard A. Baerlocher paid $22 per acre for the first 100 acres of what is now the farm owned by Joe and Arlene Baerlocher near Greencreek. That historical fact and others were shared recently when the Baerlocher farm was recognized as an Idaho Century Farm through the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Department of Agriculture.
For Grangeville High School senior Kate Lutz, the idea for her senior project was a no-brainer. “My sister, Addie, started the Flamingo Fun Run four years ago, and then she also focused on it for her senior project,” Lutz explained.
Travel Service 511 app is available on smartphones. The app is free and can be downloaded from the information page at 511.IDAHO.GOV. You can keep updated on all the fires around this region and highway reports as well.
My quote of the week is “Happy Birthday to The American Flag; Sept. 3, 1777, was the first day the American Flag was flown.” May our Flag ever fly for our freedom and for the honor of those in the service who fought or are fighting for our continued freedom. Bingo is tonight Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center located just behind the Chevron Station. Everyone 18 and older is invited and encouraged to join us. Cash prizes and lots of fun await you…proceeds help fund our Senior Citizen Transportation Service. Come on out and have fun while helping our wonderful “older” citizens who have given to us for many years.
Isn’t it nice to have our beautiful blue sky back again? And the stars are out at night, too. We spent the weekend camping with our family. Even without a campfire we still had fun. It is time to start the Pinochle club, so call Jo Ann McHugh if you would like to play. Call by Sept. 15, 208-962-3846.
Helicopters are hovering overhead helping to control the Andy’s Hump Fire about three-one-half miles from the community of Lowell. Fire are crews everywhere and even an Idaho Sheriff Deputy on guard at the base of Coolwater Road to be sure only authorized vehicles admitted. At this time, the crews are clearing fire lines, cutting firebreaks and setting up sprinkler systems around structures, it is a major job without local areas so densely forested.
Clearwater Brewing Company just opened their taproom in Kamiah! We checked it out last weekend. It’s a small, casual place with a variety of craft beers and ciders on tap. (They also have a few wines and huckleberry Mountain Dew and huckleberry Pepsi). I’m happy to see they feature Idaho County beers with two of Wolftrack Brewery’s most popular beers from Cottonwood. Beer :30 owner, Brian Brokop worked for months on remodeling the building, installing equipment and pursuing various approvals from the city, county and State of Idaho.
Most of you in town know about the Big Elk Fire north of town that was started by lightning on Sept. 8, but for those of you who recreate here, have recreational property here, or otherwise are interested in the goings-on in Elk City, thought I would fill you in by bringing you the latest news.