The Clearwater Progress is moving to a paid subscription model starting with next Thursday’s April 15th edition.

For readers in Kamiah, Kooskia and Stites who receive the weekly newspaper in their mailboxes free each week, to continue receiving the Progress, they will need to subscribe, either by calling the office, 208-935-0838, or go online at

Driving this, Progress publisher, Sarah Klement, explained it partly due to ever-rising postal rates, as well as from economic impacts that many businesses have been hit with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another part of the change is to provide pricing consistency for its readers.

“It’s kind of an odd model right now,” Klement said. “We have people getting it for free and people buying it for 75 cents at the stands. With this move, we’re just looking to, one, make sure we can sustain the local community newspaper, and, two, provide a model that’s consistent.”

“We would love to have you as a subscriber,” Klement continued. “It’s only $33 a year to keep your local paper supported and bringing you the news of your communities each week.”