Along with the routine enjoyment that comes from using a fire to cook your food, it provides a temporary escape from the fast-paced nature of modern life allowing you to stop, slow down, and take a real sense of pride, care, and enjoyment when it comes to preparing your food.” – Salamander Stoves.

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Last Sunday was the beginning of the season of Advent, coming from the Latin meaning ‘to come or arrival’, as in anticipating the coming of Christ. Traditionally, the church would meditate on Christ’s Second Coming when history is consummated. In the last century or so, many churches have tu…

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr.

I love Christmas. I love the lights, the music, the presents, I just love it all. Admittedly, we’re one of those households who already has a Christmas tree up and Christmas music is already playing. Over the next month, I’ll have a busy schedule because of Christmas. There will be parties, …

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The (almost annual) Kooskia Holiday Market is set for Saturday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location is the usual venue at the Kooskia Community Center (Kooskia City Hall) on Main Street. The vendors are preparing their wares and are super excited to be participating again, after last year’s hiat…

This past summer, 2021, was an unusual gardening year for most. Due to the intense heat and long droughts, some of you had almost no tomatoes or onions. And others had both in abundance. And some of you had your most prolific bean crop ever. Now, we must wonder what 2022 will bring, what we …

Condolences to the family of Charlynn Jim-Miller. Charlynn joined her ancestors on Nov. 5, surrounded by her family. Prayers of comfort for her loving fiancé, Cedric Ellenwood, her precious daughter, Arita, her beloved mother, Jacqulyn Jim, and father, Aaron Miller.

The other day I read a statement by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time. His achievements are impressive, and his nickname “Lightning Bolt” is well-deserved. This eight-time Olympic gold medalist and eleven-time World Champion in the 100- …

Once your garden beds are all put away and it is raining, with snow in the forecast, it is easy to assume you are done for the season. But hold on for a minute: what about your tools?! They were pretty much the last thing on my list when I stopped by Pete’s Preps on Saturday, and he handed m…

We still haven’t had a killing frost in our garden. Frost is usually that wake-up moment that the garden is done. However, we didn’t wait, but have been pulling out the tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, winter squash – one bed at a time. And carefully digging the potatoes, sweet potatoes and la…

Is the current metaphor for your life “a feeling of being tossed about on stormy seas without an anchor”? I hope my Biblical thoughts will help you set your anchor in the hope that God is holding out to everyone.

It’s the end of the harvest and is now preserving season: canning, pickling, dehydrating, freezing. What to do with the green tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, summer squash or beans? But what if you haven’t learned to can yet and there is no more room in your freezer? Consider pickling small b…

Oct. 6 was my birthday and Oct. 15 is my wife’s birthday. I made it to 32 while Christy has found another way to stay 29, again. It is within this age range (possibly 33) that is traditionally believed to be the age our Lord and Savior died. We would like to add, “before His time”, but the B…

Have you ever had exceptional moments with God where his presence was evident and, in that moment, it seemed like it was so easy to hear His voice? We long for those type of moments and many of us have had them, even many people who have walked away from the faith have had these types of mom…

If you are new to gardening or still on the fence about getting started, you may not be familiar with the term “volunteers” in a garden setting. In this case, we are speaking of volunteer plants, not volunteer gardeners, which is a different topic entirely. Volunteer plants may just grow see…

Sadly, we have lost many people within our communities. My prayers for those who are grieving the loss of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends. Covid-19 knows no boundaries! Covid is for real my dear friends, neighbors and relatives. My heart is sick and sad remem…

Some crops like peas, beans, lettuce and tomatoes are great for beginning seed savers. These annual, self-pollinating crops require little to no isolation, and only a few plants are needed to reliably produce seeds.” – Seedsaversexchange.org.

Fear can be a very healthy emotion. It can motivate us to accomplish things that we would normally think were beyond our abilities. Of course, there are things and situations that we don’t need to fear, but with some things, it is very good to have a healthy fear to prepare for or avoid them.

It’s the last week of September, still harvesting and in the thick of canning and preserving season. And still in the thick of fall activities in our community too. Today is the opening, at 10 a.m., of the Nezperce County Fair, in Lewiston, and it will continue through the weekend, closing S…

Deepest sympathy to the family of Newton “Junior” Bohanan. Wewukye Takanin (Elk Traveler) entered the spirit world to join our ancestors. Prayers of comfort for his sisters, brother, nieces, nephews and many cousins. Junior was a gifted storyteller and Nimiipuu historian. He will be sorely missed.

A tear causeless does not come. There is always a cause, an emotion, a deep feeling, a deep love, a pain, a loss or a concern. Tears matter. They have purpose. They come from the deepest part of our heart and overflow out of our eyes and down our cheeks. They are salty. They are the beginnin…

Maybe you have had powdery mildew in your garden before. Maybe not. Regardless, you will still look at it in disbelief when it appears on your squash leaves in September. You only water at the roots, not on the leaves. They haven’t even got wet from the rain. Where did it come from? What cau…

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor imprisoned by Hitler in WWII, corresponded often with a dear friend. In one letter from prison, Bonhoeffer called friendship “by far the rarest and most priceless treasure.” A man abandoned to solitary confinement would no doubt learn much about the val…

It is September, and a wonderful season to spend in our North Central Idaho Forests. The weather is comfortable. The huckleberry plants speckle the hillsides in shades of red. Elk or grouse sightings are possible. It’s easy to just walk away for the day or weekend and leave all the world hap…

If you believe that Jesus suffered and died for your sins, your sins will be forgiven, and you will be in heaven in the afterlife.” This very common presentation of the gospel is what we may hear when people are called to decision. The urgency to make the decision is often underlined by remi…

It’s Labor Day weekend! And a good time to reflect on the summer of 2021 in the garden. We somehow endured extended extreme heat and even drought. And eventually maybe some of your tomatoes and peppers set. The squash bugs came early, and later zucchini leaves were covered in white blotchy m…

They make me so mad!” It’s a phrase some of us may use now and then. Certainly, we’ve heard someone say it. I have a friend whose father asked more than once, “Why do you enjoy making me mad?”. Of course, as a youngster, this person literally hated it when the father became angry. It was not…

KAMIAH — On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is sponsoring an old-fashioned BBQ Days Duck Race. Ducks are on sale for $10 from the Teen Center or YAB members. All ducks will be released from the Kamiah Bridge at 2 p.m. to race to the trestle bridge. First three ducks across …

KAMIAH — On Friday, Sept. 3, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is hosting a Club YAB at the Teen Center, 405 Main Street in Kamiah. Doors will open at 9 p.m. for anyone in 7th-12th grades and it ends at midnight. There will be a DJ, flashing club lights, mocktails, and more. Admission is free, …

Being selected as the featured quilter for 2020 Barbecue Days is the honor that just keeps on giving! Since Kamiah’s BBQ Days were canceled, Central Idaho Quilters voted that I should be “continued” until 2021. The extra time allowed me to finish most of the many, many projects that I had am…

It is really understandable that in days like these, in our land, we find people perplexed with matters of life. Keeping our eyes on the road so to speak. There are huge movements about in our country and we would not venture a guess upon which would win out. I was reading Rev. 21, about the…

Drums echoed throughout the beautiful Kamiah valley, as many dancers, and fifteen drums from throughout the northwest and Canada attended the Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow this past weekend.

Return to Circle” Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow will take place this weekend, Aug. 20, 21 and 22, at the Wa-a’yas in Kamiah. Due to Covid-19, our pow-wow was not held last year. We plan an honor song for families that lost loved ones during the Covid epidemic. We proudly return to the circle to…

I was on a walk recently, when I believe it was Panda who came to say hi to my dog with me. Panda’s owner and I let the two sniff it out for a bit, but then they decided to try and tear at each other for some reason. We took them apart and tried to go our separate ways, but it wasn’t without…

The concern with the exposure isn’t so much getting a large fleck of ash in your eye. Yes, smoke exposure can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like irritated sinuses, eye irritation, and shortness of breath. However, the real concern is the fine particles.” – Compoundingexpert.com.

Fireweed has been embraced by many cultural groups. Northwest Native People from Alaska all the way down the West Coast use fireweed for food and medicine. Skokomish Elder Bruce Miller recommended fireweed tea for sore throats and lung congestion. Fireweed was used by early trappers, fur tra…

Anyone who goes to my church probably knows I love coffee. One of my favorite coffee places is Dutch Bros. There is rarely a time when I go to Lewiston that I don’t make a stop at Dutch. I love their coffee, but I also love their efficiency. They can get a whole lot of cars through their lin…

It’s Fair time! And you’re all invited! The fair committee has chosen a ‘Touch of Country’ theme, so you’ll will feel right at home. Just in case some of you readers are new to the area: this is not the Puyallup Fair or the Western Idaho State Fair; however, it has the traditional County Fai…

Whenever you say these words, you have probably stood to your feet and placed your right hand over your heart. But probably something else happened and happens as you continue to recite to the beautiful object before your eyes. Depending on the history you know, there should be conviction, p…

It seems like we now have five seasons. We have spring, summer, smoke, fall and winter. The other four seasons all have their purpose, they have their good points and are necessary and productive. Smoke season doesn’t seem have any good points. There are fires, danger, loss of property and u…