Updated December 7, 2006
Ski area now open
Cottonwood Butte Ski Area opened Sunday, Dec. 3, with only a few minor difficulties. . . .
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Prairie Middle School receives $1000 grant
Prairie Middle School students and staff were pleasantly surprised by a $1,000 grant from The DeVlieg Foundation. . . .
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Tri-Parish youth active in December
With the month of December comes the joys of a special season. A season where families gather, carols are sung, lights are strung, and a baby’s birth is prepared for and celebrated. . . .
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Lighted parade set for Sec. 17
The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce held their November meeting on November 14, at 8:00 a.m. at the Coffee Mill Creations. The annual Christmas parade will be held on Sunday, December 17.  Line up for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. around the corner from the empty lot next to Gem Builders.  Parade will start at 5:00 p.m.  . . .
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Three articles from St. Mary's Hospital & Clinics
St Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is hosting a Christmas Open House from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20th in their Cottonwood clinic reception area.  The seasonal event will feature refreshments, caroling and holiday cheer. . . .
As in years past, St. Mary’s Hospital staff and community ‘elves’ are asked to select an ornament from the Angel Tree, purchase the item(s) listed, attach the ornament and return it to the tree, unwrapped, by Friday, December 15th.  The tree with its ‘ornaments’ is located in front of the hospital chapel. . . .
St Mary’s Hospital is hosting the second session of their free tobacco cessation program, Kick Butts, designed to help people interested in quitting tobacco.  The group sessions are held the second Thursday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the SMH Cottonwood Clinic reception area. The next session is planned for Thursday, December 14. . . .
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Junior class raffle a huge success
The Prairie High School junior class drew the names for the basket raffle drawing at the half-time of the girls’ home basketball game against Lapwai last Tuesday.  The winners are listed . . .
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Pirates go overtime in first two games; Riener named WPL offensive player of the year
The Prairie boys basketball team went overtime in each of their first two games, losing in 5 overtimes at Kamiah and then winning in double overtime at Nezperce. . . .
Dan Riener has been named the White Pine League’s Offensive Player of the Year for the recently completed football season. . . .
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Lady Pirates win at Kamiah
The Prairie Lady Pirates used tough defense and a large dose of offense from Kaylee Uhlenkott to defeat the Kamiah Kubs 48-20 at Kamiah Tuesday, Nov. 21. . . .
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9 turn out for wrestling
There are currently 9 wrestlers turned out for the PHS wrestling team with a possibility of 3 more by the end of the week. . . .
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Summit releases honor roll; Knowledge Bowl team reclaims third in league
Articles this week from Summit Academy include their honor roll and perfect attendance for the first quarter and an article on their Knowledge Bowl team. . . .
Also at the bottom of the page are the boys and girls varsity basketball schedules. . . .
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Students of the month for December at Prairie High School are Carolyn Sonnen, left, honor student, and Christa Wilson, middle, and Kayla Lorentz, outstanding students.  Carolyn always turns in her work on time and she consistently gets the top grade on tests. She seems to like academics and she works hard to understand the content of the lesson. With her great critical thinking skills, Carolyn would probably make a good lawyer. Kayla and Christa were nominated for outstanding students because of their help and participation with the junior class fundraiser.  These two young ladies sold several books of tickets, offering to go downtown and sell, and then from door-to-door on Halloween. Between the two of them, they sold 380 tickets. They have also volunteered to help out in other clubs as well.  Their enthusiasm to help out others and support the groups in which they participate needs to be recognized. 

Rene’ Forsmann is shown with Diana Holubetz as she announces that Prairie Middle School has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the DeVlieg Foundation. 

Attendance winners at Prairie Elementary for the month of November were Riley Poxleitner, left, and Victor Schmidt. They are shown with Principal Greg Deiss. . 
Damian McWilliams and Andrea Kaschmitter’s names were drawn for November’s attendance. They received an ice cream basket full of goodies related to ice cream. The attendance baskets are made by Mrs. Sonnen who does a very lovely job putting them together for us. 
Students in Grades 5 and 7 took part in the Direct Writing Assessment given on November 29. Students in grades 6 and 8 took the Direct Math Assessment on November 28. Pictured are 7th grade students working on the DWA with Mrs. Riener. Results from the tests will be out in March of 2007. The DWA and DMA are part of the statewide tests required of public schools. 
Ben Schumacher is holding one of six quick grip clamps that his parents, John and Sue, purchased for the Industrial Technology program at Prairie High. John is a former student from the program and wanted to show his appreciation for the knowledge he gained and is now using. Donations like this definitely help the program and are greatly appreciated when our funds are so tight. Thank you to John and Sue for their contribution. 

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