Updated December 29, 2005
2005, the year in headlines
We have the first three months of our annual year in review. . . .
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Pirates in Action keeping busy
Local high school students have come together to take an active roll in our community. Together, the Pirates in Action group are coming up with ideas to make an impact in our area. Advisor, Lydia Deiss, and president, Dani Terhaar, work together with the group to make the groupís visions come to life.  . . .
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News from NICI
On this page are three articles submitted by the North Idaho Correctional Institute on activities there. . . .
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Court rules state must fund school buildings
The state's method of funding schoolhouse construction is unconstitutional, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, Dec. 21.
The scathing, 21-page ruling scolds the Legislature for quibbling over the details of a few crumbling schools while failing to look at the big picture and that the local bonding system established by lawmakers to pay for school buildings is insufficient under the Idaho Constitution, leaving many students without a safe place to learn. . . .
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More pictures from Elementary School concert
On this page are pictures of the 1st through 4th grades during the concert. . . .
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Pirates win 1 of 3; Wrestlers compete at Pullman
The Prairie Pirates lost a league game to Nezperce then split at the Orofino Tournament, losing to Asotin and then defeating Summit Academy. . . .
The Prairie wrestling team brought home 4 medals from the Pullman Grab Bag Tournament. . . .
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Lady Pirates win at Culdesac
The Prairie Lady Pirates jumped out to a 9 point lead by the end of the first quarter and then held off Culdesac the rest of the way to win 39-33 at Culdesac Tuesday, Dec. 20. . . .
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Summit teams compete at Orofino
Participating in last week's first Orofino invitational Christmas tournament, Summit girls bowed in the first game to host Orofino, but held on in a squeaker to take third place with a win over Asotin. The Patriot boys put up their best two games of the season so far, but fell behind both games in the second half to drop contests to Orofino and Prairie High. . . .
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Shown are the Kindergartners singing "Jolly Old St. Nicholas"  during the Elementary School concert last week. See story below left for the 1st through 4th grade pictures.

Adeline Lustig and Nick Johnson unload food to the food bank. The food was collected during Prairie High Schoolís food drive last week. Much of it was collected at home basketball games as discounts were offered on admission to the games if a food donation was made. Over 1200 lbs. was delivered. 

4th grade ambassadors celebrated Christmas with Long Term Care residents at St. Maryís Hospital. Front from left are Zelda Lamb, Tiffany Cromer, Leona Wassmuth and Nellie Larson. Back from left are Drew Cochran, Jacey Langston, Gabe Angus, Shaney Perrin, Rebekah Bruner and Vera Brannon. 

The 4th grade ambassadors and long term care residents challenged each other in a cottonball scoop game. All participants won a prize. From left are Leona Wassmuth, Donna Quick (activity director, hiding behind Leona), Vera Brannan, Shaney Perrin, Tiffany Cromer, Gabe Angus, Jacey Langston (with blindfold), Drew Cochran, Rebekah Bruner and Zelda Lamb. 

Prairie High School students in Jerry Richardsonís classes provided Christmas gifts to the Long Term Care patients at St. Maryís Hospital last week.  

Leslie McIntire, Cottonwood, a dental hygienist came to speak to the sixth grade classes at Prairie Middle School about good oral health. She talked to the students about how to care for their teeth so that they can be healthy.  She also presented information about our diets and daily habits and how our teeth are affected by the different types of food that we eat.  Mrs. McIntire talked to the students about the advances in dental science.  She said that scientists are developing tests of the saliva that will diagnose some forms of cancer as well as Parkinsonís disease.  The sixth grade students have been learning about oral health in Science.  Having a dental health care professional in to speak was a great benefit to their learning about superior oral health.  The sixth grade class would like to thank Leslie for taking the time to speak with them.  

The PHS dance team performed at halftime of the boys game against Nezperce. They will host a high school dance competition on Saturday, Jan. 7.

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