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KAMIAH — Dennis Kachelmier began 2022 as the superintendent for Kamiah School District 304, after the board of trustees hired him at a special meeting on Dec. 20. He replaces Dr. Benjamin Merrill, who resigned from the position effective Dec. 16. Kachelmier will serve as the superintendent t…


KAMIAH — Robert Blair was sworn in as the District 6 (Nez Perce and Lewis counties) state senator last Friday, Jan. 7. Senator Dan Johnson named Blair as his substitute for the legislative session, which began Jan. 10. On the same day, Johnson began his term as the mayor of Lewiston.


CLEARWATER — “It’s been a busy couple of years, especially with COVID,” said Clearwater QRU volunteer Nancy Sutton.

It’s a busy season for keeping county roadways clear. Pictured here, an Idaho County Road and Bridge equipment operator plows snow near Harpster. on Jan. 5.

KOOSKIA — Bring a partner and come dance with the Mountain Dewers Square Dance Club Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6-8pm at the Kooskia Middle School. This is a family-friendly activity for ages 12 and older. No square dance experience necessary; dancing will be taught on the spot. Casual dress, sn…

NEZPERCE — Lewis County 4-H Youth Development is looking for help from community members. Individuals are needed from each community who are willing to volunteer and help determine ways to strengthen and expand 4-H opportunities to youth.

KAMIAH — Long Camp RV’s Classics on the Clearwater 2022 calendars and now available for $10 each. Call 208-935-7922.

MISSOULA, Mont. — Two area students were named to the University of Montana’s honor rolls for fall semester 2021. Students are Lacey Kludt of Kamiah (dean’s list), and Kammeron Mangun of Kooskia (president’s list; achieved a 4.0 GPA).

KOOSKIA — After coming back from a long Christmas and New Year’s break, Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School found itself with an unexpected additional two days off.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is accepting public comments on the proposed actions of the Red Siegel forest management project, located approximately eight miles southeast of Elk City. The project is located on the forest’s Red River Ranger District and is being designed to impro…

Pictured here, rental snowplows by a pile of snow at Hahn Rental in Kamiah.

Prairie Mountain Nutrition recently purchased new equipment for the Cottonwood and Winchester senior centers, after receiving federal funding from ARPA. The modernization fund was used to purchase new baking pans, coffee makers, one commercial mixer and a commercial freezer for each meal sit…

First, let’s define thank you: an expression of gratitude. That word is ubiquitous this time of year and hopefully all year. When somebody offers to take your empty shopping cart back to the storefront after you load your stuff into your truck and it’s cold and icy in the parking lot. Thank …

Shortly after the issuance of an advisory cautioning consumers to be aware of fake banking websites, Patricia Perkins, director of the Idaho Department of Finance, is now warning consumers to look closely at incoming mail that may appear to be correspondence from their financial institution …

BOISE — As Idahoans make travel plans, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) encourages drivers to prepare with the new Idaho 511. Recently, the streamlined low bandwidth Idaho 511 website,, officially retired, and the transition to the newest Idaho 511 traveler informat…


GRANGEVILLE — “My thought is, we will know more down the road than we do now,” trustee Casey Smith, Clearwater, said at the Mountain View School District 244 Dec. 20 board meeting.


GRANGEVILLE — (Reporter’s note: this is the first of two articles on that State of Idaho County based on an interview with the three county commissioners. This story looks back on 2021 with the second story looking forward to 2022 appearing in a future issue.)


KAMIAH — Mike Kingsley, representing Idaho House District 6B, is heading to Boise for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which begins on Jan. 10. Kingsley’s district includes Lewis and Nez Perce counties.


The Upriver Youth Leadership Council Teen Center in Kamiah hosted its third annual Christmas party on Dec. 23 with 27 kids attending. Community members donate items to fill a stocking for each teen (blankets, gloves, card games, scarves, hygiene supplies, school supplies, snacks, etc.). Acti…


KAMIAH – Ethan Stickley and Cara Madrid, owners of Fog Hill Coffee and Tea House, hosted a Dec. 15 welcome party with free beverages and sweet treats, after three weeks in business. Fog Hill is located at 308 Hill Street, former location of Higher Grounds Coffee. They offer both drive-throug…

The next club meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the cafe at the KOA, two miles east of Kamiah on U.S. Highway 12. Anyone with an interest in amateur radio is invited to attend. License exams are conducted upon request at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. Elections will be held this mo…

Snow, snow, and more snow! As I watch it coming down, I remember many years ago all the snow we had each and every winter in Kamiah when I was a kid.

KAMIAH — The Idaho Division of Veterans Services will have a veteran service officer in Kamiah on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce building, 518 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

KAMIAH — The American Legion Post 75 would like to invite everyone to regular Bingo, Friday, Jan 7, 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.

KOOSKIA — Bring a partner and come dance with the Mountain Dewers Square Dance Club Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6-8pm at the Kooskia Middle School. This is a family-friendly activity for ages 12 and older. No square dance experience necessary; dancing will be taught on the spot. Casual dress, sn…

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho has an April 29 application deadline for Fiscal Year 2022 Environmental Quality Incentives Program Conservation Innovation Contracts (EQIP-CIC) projects.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today (Wednesday, Jan. 5), U.S. Senator Jim Risch, senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of Jacobs Lumber Company in Kamiah as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for January 2022.


KAMIAH — As Kamiah Mayor Betty Heater’s first term winds down, she is excited to begin her second four-year term in January. “We had an amazing year in Kamiah. I’m ecstatic, I can’t wait to start working on things in the new year,” said Heater. Last summer included the Kamiah cleanup day, th…


GRANGEVILLE — “Come on, it looks like the board is playing games,” said John Menough of Elk City. “Get real. A forensic audit is needed. Get novel. Reach out. Do you realize the depth of knowledge you have here? Reach out for help [for classes and programs]. You might be surprised what you get.”


Students celebrated the season in song and music at the Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School Winter Concert, held Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the gym. Performances were by the band and choir, grades 6-12.


KAMIAH — The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests recently received $50,000 in funding from the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act that will be put toward implementation of the Place Name Initiative, a collaborative project proposed by the Nez Perce-Clearw…


The Idaho State Police has launched a redesigned version of the Crime in Idaho data dashboard. The project is a collaborative effort between the Idaho Statistical Analysis Center (ISAC) and the Idaho Uniform Crime Reporting Program, both of which are components of the Idaho State Police.

Unemployment is down for both Idaho and Lewis counties from a month prior, with more substantial decreases noted from this time a year ago, according to figures released by the Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL).

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, the new year is just around the corner. We have to start writing 2022 on everything that crosses our desk, we have to start exercising every day, and eating right every day, get out our Fitbits, and it’s also time to make your New Year’s resolutions! Be positi…

If you happened to be out this fall and saw a car loaded with bears, it was nothing to be afraid of. These were “rescue bears” being delivered to area first responders. To date, more than 100 rescue bears have found a new home in various communities along the Clearwater and Snake rivers, as …