From the Police Chief
Well folks, Cottonwood and our area has survived another winter storm and multiple closed roads. I cannot begin to say how proud and happy I am with our community, pulling together to help not only neighbors, but folks traveling that they have never met and will probably never see again.  
Everyone from Nick Gehring and his Cottonwood Highway District crew busting through literally 5 ft snowdrifts, so the fire department could get to a house with a chimney fire, and staying in the area to keep the road open, then escorting us all back to make sure we made it, to Dan Coburn and the Baptist Church opening their doors to weary travelers to provide a warm place to stay, to many many community members providing food and blankets for the point that Dan had to respectfully decline offers, to the Mizer family delivering treats out to stuck semi trucks on the highway (they LOVED that!! Nearly broke down emotionally telling me how much it meant to them) to Cottonwood Fire Chief Danly and his daughter braving closed roads in their own vehicle to assist folks stuck on unplowed roads, to Cottonwood Fire Volunteer Zach Hasselstrom stepping up and manning the road closure when I had another call to respond to, and to the patience and tolerance of everyone when we had dozens and dozens of cars sitting on Main street waiting for the highway to open, which did cause a bit of congestion and problems.
Folks, due to the extreme weather, much of that we had to do on our own.  The roads prevented extra resources and assistance from getting here.  Our EMS crews responded through drifted roads to help folks, our fire department went through drifted roads to help people, our road crews worked hand in hand to help these agencies, and most importantly,  our citizens stepped up to help out where they could.
To all of you, I can only say, THANK YOU.  Y'all are amazing and please know that it is appreciated.   
I've also copied a message from Baptist Church Pastor Dan Coburn here as well:
“I can't tell you all how much you are appreciated. The absolute "mobilization" of the folks in my home town was unbelievable. I'm not going to attempt to thank each individual as I would fall short, but know that multiple businesses, the Catholic Church and a plethora of  individuals either offered or simply stopped by with food, juice, blankets, water, boxes of "sweetNsalty granola bars", candy, a veggie tray with ranch, multiple kinds of cheese stix, fruit shacks; -- one "de-lux" couple came and made a big pot of chilly, another family ran around town picking up donations of soup and such from people who wanted to help but couldn't get out. A large part of my night was spent graciously turning down help from folks who wanted so badly to help, but we were "full up". Did I mention sacks of nuts w/dried fruit? I praise God for His resources, but I could not be prouder of My Town. There was a line of people coming in to contribute. I broke down a couple of times as their generosity facilitated my ability to visit with each and every one of the weary travelers - some of which had been in their cars with their families since 9 or 10 yesterday morning. I cannot thank you all enough. Karon and I thank you for allowing us to be in the Cottonwood family. We are blessed on all sides.  Some decided to brave the roads when they learned that some had made it through HWY 7 (about 9:00), while the bulk of them wanted to wait till 95 was reopened. Still some, had had enough and didn't want to "re-engage" till the sun came up this morning. They - to the man, were grateful to you all as well. Thank you.  Also a special thanks to Police Chief Terry as he caravaned folks to our door many times and kept us abreast of road conditions.”

A couple of photos of vehicles lining Main Street in Cottonwood after Highway 95 was closed Monday, Jan. 3 south of Cottonwood due to blowing snow. Photos by Marina Geis.







Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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