Event in Riggins: Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23
What includes classic cars, reunions and local talent galore? It’s those Hot Summer Nights. The annual Hot Summer Nights celebration is set for this weekend, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, in Riggins. The annual event is held at the Riggins City Park.
Free Summer Concert Series
The Free Summer Concert Series will continue Thursday night, July 21, with the band Vintage Youth. “This Grangeville-based band plays a little bit of everything,” said concert organizer Rachel Young.
Several close-calls in the life of Maurice “Vince” Vincent have solidified his belief in God and His grace. “I pray every night – I never forget my prayers because God has never forgotten me,” the 98-year-old World War II veteran said. Vincent spoke to a group of ladies from Treasure Life Book Club from his residence at Meadowlark Home in Grangeville July 13.
The 25th Annual Elk City Wagon Road celebration is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.
Veterans are being served in Idaho County. That is evidenced by the sheer numbers at the Grangeville VA clinic. Nurse practitioner Beth Monsebroten, who provides medical services at the Syringa VA Clinic, spoke to the board at its regular monthly meeting June 27.
The first in the Free Summer Concert Series will take place this Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m., at Pioneer (City) Park. The Chad Bramlet Band out of Lewiston will offer country tunes to concert-goers.
A familiar Grangeville face is embarking upon a new business journey. Tom Cassill, Jr., is now a residential specialist/Realtor with United Country Real Estate in Grangeville.
The royal crowning took place at the Sunday, July 3, rodeo, when the new Border Days queen and princess were crowned.
yringa Foundation is strong and viable, according to a profit and loss statement presented by director Clare Chapman at the Syringa board meeting June 27.
Those along the Border Days parade route on C Street saw Grangeville resident Helen Nuxoll and her family gathering in her front yard (next door to the Eagles Hall) and when they realized it was her 104th birthday, she received many songs and shouts of good wishes.
Grangeville’s Free Summer Concert Series has been scheduled to run Thursday nights, July 14, through Aug. 4. “We tried to concentrate on local area talent this year,” said organizer Rachel Young.
Four-day event a family time
With a day earlier start to the rodeo, the annual Grangeville Border Days celebration gave participants more time to celebrate the July 4 holiday. Rodeo events ran July 1-3 with main festivities going July 2-4.
Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees voted unanimously at their regular June 20 meeting to accept a 2016-17 proposed budget of $19,068,410.
Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is not only looking to the future sustainability of the hospital and clinics it represents, but they are also concerned with those they represent in other tangible, meaningful ways.
Cut ‘em Loose!
Break out the cowboy boots, hats and Levis — the 105th Annual Grangeville Border Days events are set to take place Friday through Monday, July 1-4.
Cows run the long driveway at the Wayne James ranch on Reservation Line Road outside of Grangeville.
Craigmont’s annual June Picnic parade was held Saturday, June 25, with more than 55 entries in its parade.
‘Opportunities here in which we are quite serious about pursuing’
In an effort to continue to support its mission to provide high quality health care to its patients, Syringa Hospital’s board is exploring a new avenue. A special board meeting was held June 21 with John Ness, CEO of Kootenai Health (KH) in Coeur d’Alene, speaking about benefits of affiliation with KH. KH already has this relationship with four other hospitals in Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Kellogg and St. Maries.
After a 16-year, post-retirement venture, Groaners Fitness will change hands. Paul and Julie Hauger are turning the Groaners keys over to Lance and Eve McColloch, current owners of The Gym.
“Being royalty has been a great experience because I have gotten to go to so many fun places and meet a lot of new girls,” said Hailey Russell.
The clothes you wear don’t always make a difference in the world, but the color you wear July 3 can make a big difference locally. The Border Days Committee and 2016 Royalty have declared Sunday night at the rodeo “Pink Out the Stands” night. For everyone who wears pink to the rodeo, Grangeville Border Days will donate $1 to a local cancer fund.
One of Idaho’s smallest school districts was the top performing district in SAT scores for its students. Salmon River Joint School District 243 in Riggins, with about 100 students enrolled, had an average SAT score of 1,123.
‘It’s been a rough year – and it’s not even over’
June 10 will be forever etched in the minds of Peggy Blankenship Sprute and her two youngest children, Della and Remington. The three were in their old Reservoir Road farmhouse in Cottonwood when, just before noon, the lights began to flicker. “I thought it was just because of a storm,” shrugged 17-year-old Della. “I had been downstairs and went back up toward my room and then yelled, ‘Mom! There’s smoke!’” recalled 13-year-old Remington.
It’s official: After nearly two years on the back burner, Mountain View School District 244’s board agreed to offer soccer this fall at Grangeville High School.
Thomas Schwartz of White Bird donned his uniform and marched with the Salmon River color guard at the White Bird Days parade Saturday, June 18. See parade results, 5A; rodeo results, page 8B.
Clearwater Valley Round-up Association will host its rodeo this weekend, June 18 and 19. Leading the rodeos and parade will be Queen Jade Paul and Princess Shelbie Miller.
The annual White Bird Rodeo and Days are set for Father’s Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18. The rodeo takes place on Rodeo Drive, U.S. Highway 95 and Twin Bridges, six miles south of White Bird.
2016 White Bird Rodeo Queen Bella Klapprich: ‘I enjoy being an inspiration’ -- Klapprich’s mom, aunt each served as queens
“Being royalty means building confidence in not only in myself but for all the little cowgirls I meet along the way,” said Bella Klapprich. Klapprich is the 2016 White Bird Rodeo Queen.
“I’m so honored – I never thought I’d be chosen for this,” James smiled from his 200-plus acre ranch on the outskirts of Grangeville. “But, to be honest, I do have the family history for it.”
Four local juniors in high school will vie for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of the Camas Prairie this Saturday. The program is set to take place June 11, 7 p.m., at Grangeville High School. GHS students Marissa Kennedy and McKenzie Kennedy and Prairie Junior Senior High School students Faith Uhlenott and Madison Ulmer will all compete for a variety of scholarships including scholastic, talent, self-expression and physical fitness.
Are you looking for a cheap way to entertain the family on a sunny afternoon in the Lewiston-Clarkston area? How about feeding – or better yet just watching – the ducks?
After 40 years in the newsroom, retirement will be bittersweet for Nona Donaldson.
Memorial Day 2016: Keuterville
The Keuterville Cemetery was the gathering place for nearly 200 people on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
David Shears of Cottonwood was one of 13 awarded a Quilt of Valor by The Prairie Quilters.
“I am honored to have been chosen as your guest speaker,” Grangeville High School teacher and coach Pat Sullivan addressed an overfilled gymnasium at graduation Friday, May 27.
Five-year-old Cooper Moriarty of Boise gets a little help from his dad, Blaine, at Tolo Lake Sunday, May 29. The duo, along with 8-year-old Parker and mom, Dusty, were spending some time fishing after having been in the area for niece/cousin Haley Danly’s graduation from Prairie High School May 27.
Faith Uhlenkott of Cottonwood and Marissa Kennedy of Grangeville were busy practicing a dance number last week for the upcoming Distinguished Young Women of the Camas Prairie event. DYW will be held at Grangeville High School Saturday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Calling all potential queens and princesses: A Boots and Bling Royalty Boot Camp is set for Saturday, June 11.
It’s hard to believe another year has rolled by, but Border Days is again upon us. This year’s events are set for July 1 through 4 with the rodeo on July 1, 2 and 3, and parades on July 2, 3 and 4. For details stay tuned or go on-line to www.grangevilleborderdays.org or check out the Border Days Facebook page. Do note the parades are July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m., and July 4 at 11 a.m. This is a time change on the Fourth from an earlier announced time.
A Prairie Elementary School paraprofessional was beyond surprised when she was honored Wednesday, May 18, with the spring 2016 Lewis-Clark State College Division of Education and Kinesiology’s Outstanding Educator Award.
Members of the Montana Ramblers spent some time Saturday, May 21, entertaining the crowds at the ISBA (Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association) Jam at Kamiah’s KOA Campground. Despite threatening clouds, most of the performances made it before the storm hit.
“Mental health issues are often very complicated,” stated panel member Senator Dan Schmidt, M.D., Moscow. “Building networks in this state has been a challenge. Mental health providers do not see Idaho as an attractive state for a thriving practice. Psychiatric support is very slim. Family doctors do their best. Whose obligation is it to provide these services to our residents? What serves Boise does not necessarily serve Grangeville.”
Good Sams seeking vendors for ‘Samboree’ camping event Campout to take place in Cottonwood June 16-19
Have RV, will travel. And a host of big rigs will be traveling to Cottonwood this summer. A Good Sams “Samboree” convention is set to be held at the Idaho County Fairgrounds June 16-19.
Primary Election May 17: unofficial results
Only incumbent Mark Frei held on to contested Idaho County Commission seats in Tuesday night’s Republican primary election. Patrons also passed school district levies in both Cottonwood and Salmon River.
Red River Hot Springs is under new management. As of May 1, Todd Clift took over the springs and said he is looking forward to the summer season. Summer hours start the week before Memorial Day. Call the office at 842-1587 or cell 842-553-3514.
About 35 students participated in the spring Shirley’s Dance Studio recital held Saturday, May 14, at Grangeville High School. Classes will start again in August and are held each Monday at the Grangeville United Methodist Church basement. Call 509-758-6510.
Grangeville High School will honor its top four students as it celebrates graduation Friday, May 27, 7 p.m. Co-valedictorians are Darby Finnegan, Emily Kaschmitter and Lily Willig, and salutatorian is Colton Cervantes.
“I am so honored to be the recipient of this award,” smiled Kathy Stefani at the Grangeville High School concert May 4. Stefani was recognized with the 2016 Orrin and Eleanora Webb Community Giving Award from the Grangeville Community Foundation.
The 68th annual Riggins Rodeo and Parade were ushered in by sunny, warm weather Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.
Murder, mayhem and lost memories, oh, my! Age has caught up with world-renown mystery writer, Agatha Crispy, and – while talking to her trusty typewriter – she tries to battle the senility and pound out a new murder manuscript