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GRANGEVILLE — Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) administrative services were suspended on Tuesday, Oct. 13, following notification that a currently incarcerated inmate has tested positive for Covid-19.

KOOSKIA — Kooskia Emergency Services is offering a beginning EMT class starting Oct. 15. For information contact local EMS/EMT service or Mary Rogers at 208-926-0892.

KOOSKIA — The Ridge Runner Fire Department will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Elementary School gym in Kooskia. The business meeting will be to update the community on the fire department, vote on new by-laws and elect new board members.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to band together to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer by giving blood or platelets. In appreciation, those who give Oct. 15-Nov. 11 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via e-ma…

KAMIAH — The American Legion Post 75 would like to invite everyone to Bingo on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. downstairs. The post is located at 618 Main Street, Kamiah. There will be a $100 blackout played for; 50/50 drawing, free coffee, pie, Nachos, and the concession stand will be open.

The Kamiah High School Homecoming Parade was held Thursday, Oct. 8, with each of the classes showing Kubs spirit in preparation for the Friday evening’s Oct. 9 football game against the Genesee Bulldogs.

The last Backyard Bounty Meeting for the 2020 gardening season will be held on Oct. 19 at the Nazarene church across from the Life Center in Kamiah. Potluck will be at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Bring any extra produce, plants or seeds you’d like to share or trade. We’ll…

Decluttering and downsizing: People are looking at the collections of stuff in their homes these days with a new eye toward simplifying their lives, or more practically, gaining space to reclaim a shelf, closet, room or even a garage.

Have you ever thought, I don’t want to end up in the hospital with a bunch of tubes keeping me alive? If that’s the case, have you written this down so your desires are clear to family or friends? Who do you want to make decisions about your medical care if you become incapacitated and can’t…

The high school rodeo season will resume in the spring, having held the last local event of the fall last Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11 at Grangeville Border Days Arena. District III, which includes Idaho County, boasted competitors from Potlatch to Emmett this fall. The Idaho County parti…

The Environmental Protection Agency in September awarded the Nez Perce Tribe a $200,000 grant, part of a $2.053 million amount split among 14 organizations, universities, and government agencies to reduce and assess toxics affecting the Columbia River Basin watershed.

When Billy and Bonie Monahan, the new owners of Bear Hollow bed and breakfast along the Middle Fork Clearwater River had 330 grapevines to plant, they reached out to their neighbors for help. Roughly 15 people showed up to plant each day of a weekend in June. Upriver neighbor Sunnie Renshaw …

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KAMIAH — Beginning the year with the students in person was a high priority for the Kamiah Joint School District 304. As part of the district’s Return to Learn Plan, masks are not required, but recommended. Many staff and students chose to wear masks throughout the day. Kamiah Elementary dec…

Royalty was crowned at halftime last Friday night, Oct. 2, during the homecoming football game for Clearwater Valley against Lapwai; CV Homecoming Royalty: Queen Paige Morrow with King Tristin Dominguez.

Pride is a virtue,” is a well-known statement. Sadly, there’s not a lot of public promotion about the virtue of humility. Humility is often confused with humiliation or being a doormat. It’s neither.

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The Nez Perce Tribe Fall General Council, that was scheduled for Oct. 15, 16, and 17, has been postponed until a later date. General Council officers want to do their part in preventing the spread of the COVID virus. A later date will be announced.


KAMIAH — In just about every small town across America there is one person whom absolutely everybody knows. In Kamiah, that person is Marjorie “Marty” Wilkins, who has been the lead clerk at the post office longer than many people can remember. It has, in fact, been just two months shy of 30 years.

(10:30 a.m.. Aug. 14) Nimiipuu Health is continuing to see a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, NMPH said in a press release earlier this morning. Since Aug. 12, an additional nine tests returned positive. Two of those tests were from Kamiah residents. To date, a total of 838 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 54 […]

By Andrew Ottoson For The Clearwater Progress KAMIAH – The setting of the City of Kamiah annual budget was a low-turnout event, Aug. 12, but during the hearing before the regular meeting, the city council opened up discussion to the effect that the city will be looking at hiring new outside representation to prosecute nuisance […]

Mary Jane (MJ) Oatman launched a new magazine called Tribal Hemp and Cannabis (THC) earlier this year. Oatman serves as the executive director of the Indigenous Cannabis Coalition (ICANNC), a 501(c) (3) (non-profit) organization based in Kamiah. The magazine is published quarterly by Mary Jane and her mother, Judy Oatman, to “highlight communities throughout Indian […]

Kamiah Joint School District 304 Return to Learn Plan includes planning for three different levels based on where we are with COVID-19 community spread, according to school superintendent Ben Merrill at the special school board meeting held on Aug. 3. Merrill appreciates that approximately 75 percent of parents completed the community survey in July, saying […]

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The 2020 Lewis County 4-H/FFA Horse Show was held at a facility near Winona on Saturday, Aug. 1, drawing 23 4-H members together for a fun day of riding competition. Intermediate member Gracie Schuster garnered the Overall Grand Champion Trophy in Fitting and Showing. She will now move forward to the Round Robin event at […]

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Do you want to try something new and fun? Why not juggling? The Southfork Juggling and Magic Club will meet at the Kooskia Park on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. according to a post on their Southfork Juggling and Magic Facebook page. Lowell residents Mike and Lara […]

Back in June, the Progress reported on the Ridge Runner Fire Department’s (RRFD) well project. At that time, some 39 fire district residents donated enough money to get a well drilled at the fire station. Since then, continued fund-raising efforts have collected enough money from about 50 residents to move forward with phase 2 of […]

GRANGEVILLE – “I am concerned about the load on our teachers,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Pam Reidlen, of Kooskia, at the July 20 meeting in Grangeville. “They may have to continue preparing for at-school and at-home education. Their duties have been and may continue to be doubled and even tripled.” Reidlen and […]

By Lorie Palmer Idaho County Free Press KOOSKIA – The Syringa Hospital Foundation (SHF) announced July 30 it will not move forward with purchasing the Baylor Building on Main Street where the Kooskia Syringa Clinic is located. SHF is an independent non-profit organization that supports the mission and endeavors of Syringa Hospital & Clinics (SHC). […]

(Editor’s note: In response to a July 30 Progress request to the public for pictures of a yearling moose spotted Wednesday evening, July 22, Joe Sams responded with this story.) While on an evening kayak run from Kooskia to Kamiah on July 22, we spotted a young moose crossing the river right in front of […]

By Lorie Palmer Idaho County Free Press After more than a year without a full-time superintendent, Mountain View School District 244’s board of trustees hired Todd Fiske in March. Fiske assumed the position in July and has already gotten his feet wet with board meetings, negotiations and school reopening in the midst of COVID. “Our […]

EE-TOOTUM-TINE? ANGELA BRONCHEAU 208-935-5349   Sincere condolences to the family of Freda (Jose) Montelongo. Freda crossed over to the spirit world July 29 at her Lapwai home. Prayers of safe travels for her family traveling to Tohono’O’Daham nation to take their loved one to her final resting place near her father, Fred Jose. Freda was […]

Seems like most gardeners and homesteaders have a comfrey plant somewhere on their property: maybe in a corner or on the other side of the fence. And by now, it is probably laying low and no longer sporting the pretty blooms of mid-summer. So now what? If you cut it back to just 2 or […]

GLENWOOD CARIBEL NANCY GILLINS   “Where is this idyllic place?” you may ask. The Glenwood-Caribel area runs north-northeast of Kamiah for miles and miles. To get there, you turn onto Woodland Road at the east end of the bridge going out of Kamiah, then make a right turn at the dumpsters. “Dumpsters” is included in […]