Kooskia News



Clearwater Valley News: Kamiah whodunit play draws a crowd

A man has died under suspicious circumstances, alone in a locked garage. Household staff, Martha Lysol and Percy Wateryard, hoping for a windfall from his will make promises they may not keep. Then two women breeze into town claiming to be the victim’s long-lost daughters. Crazy Aunt Jemmy Jean, the victim’s sister, seems stuck in the past. A swaggering small-town sheriff, searches for clues and struggles to get to the bottom of it, with help from an intrepid news reporter, Freida Post, as bodies pile up.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah News: Live theater returns to Kamiah

The “Kamiah Characters,” comprised of Kamiah High School students, returns to the stage this week performing a comedic play called Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will by Pat Cook. The play, directed by teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins, includes a large group of 20 students who have practiced intently since October. Dow describes the play as “soap opera, parody, dark comedy, murder mystery.” It sounds like fun to me! Hopkins and Dow teamed up to revive the high school drama program with their first murder mystery last spring. It’s wonderful to see these two fun, enthusiastic teachers offering students a creative outlet and some midwinter entertainment for the rest of us.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lowell / Syringa News: Idaho state snowplows are on duty

There’s not a lot of news to report up on the Lochsa in January. The beaver family at the confluence had two babies. What are baby beavers called? Pups maybe? The nights have been freezing and we have about two feet of hard-packed snow. The river didn’t freeze over yet this year. The state highway snowplows are on duty and get ahead of the ice on the roads each morning before the school bus.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Kamiah News: Live theater returns to Kamiah

The “Kamiah Characters,” comprised of Kamiah High School students, returns to the stage this week performing a comedic play called Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will by Pat Cook. The play, directed by teachers Jody Dow and Taylie Hopkins, includes a large group of 20 students who have practiced intently since October. Dow describes the play as “soap opera, parody, dark comedy, murder mystery.” It sounds like fun to me! Hopkins and Dow teamed up to revive the high school drama program with their first murder mystery last spring. It’s wonderful to see these two fun, enthusiastic teachers offering students a creative outlet and some midwinter entertainment for the rest of us.

January 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


MVSD gets positive audit report at meeting

“Overall, it’s a very positive report,” said CPA Tom Luper of Presnell and Gage Accounting, PLLC, Lewiston, at the Nov. 20 Mountain View School District 244 board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School in Kooskia.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Clearwater Valley News: America already is great

One of last year’s buzz phrases was “make America great again.” It makes me sad, that people don’t think this is a great country. I have always thought America is great. Maybe I come from a different perspective as a first generation American. My mother’s parents chose this country, or more accurately people in this country chose them. An Ohio farm family, through a Lutheran church program, sponsored my grandparents and my Mom to come to the United States after World War II. My grandfather was chosen because of his good deeds helping fellow refugees at a camp in Germany.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Prairie-River Library District sets activities

 •Kooskia Community Library will host its next Lego Night on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1-5 p.m. All ages are invited to come in and build kits or designs from imagination. This family-friendly activity is made possible with the Lego kit donations from Airbridge Broadband. See photos from their past Lego Nights on their Facebook page. Kooskia’s branch will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in addition to all PRLD branches being closed Monday, Jan. 1. Details can be found at prld.org/calendar.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

Winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25. This is planned to impact the northern and southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region and lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region.

December 24, 2017 3:24 p.m. read more..


Clearwater Valley News: ‘Xmas’ is OK: Christ is still there!

Wishing you a happy winter solstice on Thursday! We have almost survived the darkest days of the year. Winter solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as the beginning of the solar year, a time to welcome the light back into our lives. Great to have a bonfire or light candles, the days only get longer from here. (I think I’ll get the seed catalogues out and dream of gardening.)

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Lowell / Syringa News: No fake news here

No fake news, everything is white, don’t need to dream about it, don’t need to wish for it, it’s everywhere: Lewiston, Kooskia, Lowell, Syringa, and Powell too! Up the Lochsa, up the Selway, and down along the Clearwater. Some locals just get out their boats and go fishing. A couple of guides for Three Rivers Rafting had a great day fishing on the Selway last week.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


New county ordinance outlines business property tax exemption

Aiming to boost economic development, the Idaho County Commission has adopted a new ordinance under which the county may provide property tax breaks to new businesses. A 2017 state law allows counties to establish criteria, and the ordinance – No. 62, published in full on the idahocounty.org website – states how the local board has drawn the lines. The law on which the ordinance is founded – state code 63-602NN – says the exemption is allowed for “plant or building facilities…for nonretail purposes that are either commercial or industrial.”

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Beardin joins SHC as PT in Kooskia

Monte Beardin, DPT has joined Syringa Hospital and Clinic’s therapy services staff and will be regularly scheduled at the Kooskia Clinic Mondays through Thursdays. Beardin obtained his master in physical therapy in 2001 and his doctorate in 2015. He is also a certified manual physical therapist (CMPT). He lives in Orofino with his wife, Cindy, a photographer and craft designer, and their six children. He has spent the last 10 years practicing in Orofino.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Clearwater Valley News: Harpster program draws large crowd

Happy anniversary to me! It’s been a whole year since I started writing this column. It’s an honor to be a Free Press correspondent in the long tradition of historic icon Frances Zaunmiller-Salmon River and more recent “living legends”- Marie Smith- Lowell/Syringa and Jeannie Fitch- Riggins who have been correspondents for a long time. I’ve had fun going to events and new businesses in my column area- Harpster, Clearwater, Stites, Kooskia and Kamiah. I’ve met some great people along the way and learned some interesting things about the communities.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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