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This one Biblical author, Jude, a man of few words writes about his concern, about that which all Christians experience, that concern is the common salvation. He says he felt constrained to urge all Christians to contend for their faith that was entrusted to God’s holy people. Now, with what…

There are many varieties and uses for easy to grow mint: garnish desserts or fruit salads with fruity strawberry, apple and pineapple mint or chocolate mint; for medicinal teas grow lemon balm, peppermint, horsemint; mainly as ornamentals, try catmint and lavender mint.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are a valued versatile plant in the garden. It is one of the first herbs to pop up in the spring. With its onion like flavor and bright green fresh color, it may be added to many savory dishes. Use the long narrow leaves to tie around a garnish of carrot sticks …

You can imagine our fears when my wife, after two of four infusions of chemo, felt a lump near the surgery site of her cancer. As we do in church family, prayer chains were notified, but I must admit that the cancer had done some damage to my prayer. What about all the heartfelt prayer when …

Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) is in the Amaranth family. Native to the Mediterranean, it was “discovered” in 1753 by a Swiss botanist, and thus the common name. Considered a specialty plant across Europe, by the end of the American Civil War, it became increasingly cultivated in the U.S. as we…

I’m the proud dad of two little ones. We have one little guy who is only eight weeks old and a girl who is almost two. Our girl has really begun to talk, in fact sometimes it’s hard to keep her quiet, especially in church when she sees me up on stage. She just can’t help yelling, “Dad!” But …

I think it is rather interesting that three special events happen so closely together. The first, of course, is spring. It has seemed to come slowly this year, but as God promised after Noah’s Flood, it has returned. Gen. 8:22 says, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold …

"Easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant, disease resistant, it is a terrific addition to sunny garden beds and containers where it creates a dazzling display through the summer.” – Gardenia.net.

I heard a phrase the other day. It is a phrase about effort, desire, identity and results. Here is the phrase, “If you are going to be a bear, be a grizzly!” Go big! Go all the way! Don’t just toe dip – plunge in!

Thomas James Reynolds was adopted at the age of 4, by Jim and Nancy Reynolds. Even at that age, he loved to play catch with his dad. Jim didn’t just loft the ball so Tommy could catch it. No — he threw hard, and Tom threw back hard. Really hard for such a little guy. Tom started out playing …

Long Camp is the only local outdoor market that is open in May and all of October. Like the Farmers’ Markets, the vendors sell produce, plants and handmade crafts. However, at Long Camp, you may also purchase secondhand treasures. The weather may not be perfect, but the vendors still show up…

The story goes, another Sunday rolled around. Time for church. The man of the house lingered in bed. “Honey, you need to get ready,” his wife coaxed. “I don’t want to go to church. The sermons are boring, the music is bad, and the people are unfriendly,” he grumbled, rolling over on his side…

The opening day of the Nez Perce Tribe General Council was with sad hearts as Respected Elder Wilfred Scott read over 50 names of our tribal members who have journeyed to paradise since our last General Council meeting in 2019. Followed by the singing of My Mother’s Prayer in Nimiipuutimpt a…

Maybe you have noticed fewer pollinators this spring or read articles that we need to provide more friendly, safe habitat for pollinators, especially honeybees. What’s killing the bees is not a mystery, but the systemic nature of the problem makes it complex. Scientists know that bees are dy…

WOODLAND — Poetry is an art form that has endured even before the first written words were etched into a clay tablet. Poems have been written about war, peace, love, death, nature, mankind’s relationship with God, and countless other subjects. When written well, a good poem lays bare both th…

KAMIAH — Demand for senior lunches has increased in recent months, and the Valley Meal site could use more volunteers to deliver meals, according to Brenda Johnson, secretary for the Valley Meal site, based out of the Kamiah Senior Center. Drivers deliver on two different routes: Kamiah and …

To say that our state and local area is beautiful is an understatement. North-Central Idaho has many sights that can take your breath away. Adventurers from many places come to our area for our pristine rivers and the activities that can be enjoyed on and in the water. Just a few miles up th…

Condolences to the family of James Foley. James worked at Kamiah Nimiipuu Health several years. Prayers of comfort for Yvonne and Erin. He was a hardworker and will be greatly missed.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In Pat Goss’ case, it was the chicken. Or the chicks. Then came the eggs. She starts with little chicks in a big box in her house and keeps them there about two weeks, until they are old enough to move out into her large and well-appointed hen house.…

As a vendor of potted plants at the Kooskia Farmers’ Market, I learn much more from the shoppers than they learn from me. They let me know, there seems to be a classification of plants, both herbals and edibles, that should be accompanied by a special label: “Warning - This plant requires th…

It’s spring in the garden and so many ways to use your finished compost. But what if you never turned it, even once, all winter or even all year? No problem, nature is always at work. You will just need to dig a little deeper. We have tried several composting techniques over the years and le…

The photo of the very grumpy-looking cat came up on social media lately with the caption, “When God says love your enemies.” We as Christians have to make a choice about Jesus’ command to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (from Matthew 5:44). We can ignore the command…

Nez Perce Tribe Senior Citizen Program Spring Tribal Elders birthday dinner and Bingo will be Friday, April 23, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Event Center at the Clearwater River Casino. There will be dinner, Bingo and door prize drawings. Safety recommendations required, wearing a mask when not …

For thousands of years humans have been turning inexpensive waste products into beneficial agricultural inputs by working with the earth’s microbial life.” – Nonia Larsen, clearwatercultures.com.

The Apostle Paul writes these intriguing words in Romans 5:5 which read “God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” When we just now have passed through the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. These words of Romans are appropriate.…

My sister-in-law plays in the mud. When she was a little girl, she made mud pies. Now she makes pie plates. And bowls, honey pots, mugs, yarn dispensers, cups and saucers, pitchers and whatever else she or anyone else can think of.

I joked with my wife on our way back from her first chemo dose, “COVID in 2020, cancer in 2021, I think we should take a break for 2022.” Our lives have certainly been interrupted! I don’t know about you but it’s hard for me to recall life quickly before COVID when masks, vaccinations, elect…

I love resurrection Sunday. I love the excitement. I love the breakfast that our church usually has, and I just love the atmosphere that resurrection Sunday brings. This year, during our Easter Celebration, I sensed so much joy in our church, but do we have that joy the rest of the year?

Long Camp Saturday Market is the first local outdoor market to open every spring: last Saturday in April. This year that is April 24. According to Chris, market manager, many vendors have reserved a space for the season. Drop-in vendors are always welcome. Arrive by 8 a.m. and Chris will tak…

Cedar chips are affordable and have multiple uses in the garden. However, they are also controversial, and cost more than free, like many mulches such as grass clippings or pine needles. We like to use them between our garden beds to keep the paths clean and weed free. And we love the smell …

The 1.9 trillion economic relief package, recently signed into law, stands to land some significant stimulus money into many of our bank accounts. This pastor wonders how many of us will give some portion of it away? In 2 Corinthians 8:7, the apostle Paul refers to giving as an act of grace …

Shape Shift for Cash Fitness Challenge last day will be April 15. The 10-week challenge winners will be judged on amount of fat loss and increase of muscle. Prizes awarded will be: $500+ to grand prize winner; 2nd place for female - FeetUp Trainer for yoga (includes 2-week premium membership…

We are fortunate here in the Clearwater Valley area to live near three University of Idaho Extension Offices. The services they offer are open to you and me, no matter which county we reside in. You may feel free to obtain information by dropping in, phoning or over the Internet. If you eith…

I first heard of Ray West the winter after we moved here. Three feet of snow, but no matter how early we got up, Glenwood Road was always plowed. I didn’t realize how unusual this was until I talked to neighbors, who said that most areas around here didn’t have this luxury. Sometimes getting…

The people of Israel had been set free from slavery and endless brickmaking in Egypt by the mighty hand of God. Now they were on their way to the land of their inheritance. The land before them was exceedingly good and would allow them to flourish and live in abundance. They were on the brin…

When I first heard about goji berries (alias wolf berries), it was from a friend recovering from fibromyalgia. She was put on a very limiting diet, but goji berries were at the top of the allowable snack list. She bought them dried and carried them with her everywhere. They sounded exotic. E…