Local junior and senior high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in diesel mechanics, auto tech & repair, ag tech, welding, fab and machining and auto body repair are invited to an open house at Partsway tonight, Feb. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where has the month gone – we are in the last week of February! Seems that when you get older, the months start going by a little faster. But who’s old…and the months still pass quickly. March 2 is the food bank at the WBARD building. Deer Creek Highway will be meeting on the 6th at 7 p.m. City council meeting will take place on the 8th at 6 p.m.
Sue Philips would like everyone to be apprised of the following: “The Elk City Community Library would like to thank the Elk City General Store, Jessica and Damien, and their staff, for being a drop-off and pick-up site for library books.
Bummer about the Lolo Pass snow sports demo day getting cancelled last weekend due to warming conditions. It sounded like it would have been a fun time. Hopefully all of the same partners will rally and make it happen next year.
My quote of the week is “When you cannot find the sunshine, be the sunshine.” Congratulations to our eight Salmon River Lady Savages and their coach Paula Tucker for placing runners- up in the 2017 state girls basketball tournament. The Lady Savages won their first tourney game Thursday with Castleford with a close score of 52-51!
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School students were encouraged to ask a partner to dance. After a brief interval, an announcer called out ‘’break” and students were instructed to find a new partner.
• Mike Westoff and Steve Lamont of Gem Builders Supply recently announced they be making some significant changes to the store beginning March 5. The original Main Street building will be removed to make way for a new facility.
The snow is melting pretty fast except for the drifts or piles of snow that the tractors made. I wasn’t home the day the three- foot drift outside my kitchen window went away. The wheat fields seem to have survived the snow cover for two and one-half months. Cottonwood Ski Butte still has lots of snow so you still have a chance to go skiing and not have to travel a long distance.
The snow is melting. This week we’ve seen blue sky, and new grass on the field, a tulip blooming here and there, and even a few discarded beer cans have been exposed, (you didn’t think I was only going to report butterflies and rainbows did you!) The change is coming, as we get out and about up here along the river a lighter weight jacket is ok, our mud boots instead of our winter pac’s, and even wear just two layers of thermal shirts instead of three.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!