Updated February 14, 2007
Horizons program started
Cottonwood is one of only fourteen communities in Idaho selected to participate in the Horizons Program. Horizons is a community leadership program aimed at increasing prosperity in small rural and reservation communities (population less than 5,000) faced with economic decline and demographic change. . . .
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First forum is this week
The first presentation in the Our Health Our Community public forum series is scheduled this Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Soltman Center, Grangeville.  Deanna English, RN, CMT, RYT, will talk about stress reduction and mind body health. . . .
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Driver's Ed class to start
The first meeting for the Spring Driver’s Education class at Prairie High School will be Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Middle School cafeteria. The date of the first class will be Monday, April 9 at 6:45 a.m. . . .
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Raffle winners are named
The annual St. Mary’s/Holy Cross Parish Dinner was held this past Sunday, Feb. 11 with the drawing held for 35 prizes. . . .
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Students raising funds to attend fashion design workshop
Three Prairie High School students have their sites set on a big goal.  They want to go into the fashion design business.  Sienna Benton and Jami Riener have an opportunity to participate in a summer workshop, specially designed for high school students who are interested in fashion and marketing.  Shandrie Poxleitner already attended last summer's workshops.  . . .
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Benefits scheduled for Ratcliff family
The Cottonwood Livestock Auction Café will be hosting a Benefit Dinner and Auction next Sunday, Feb. 18, to benefit the Jeff and Kim Ratcliff family who lost their home and belongings to a fire on Feb. 1. . . .
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Shooters drop to 6th place
In week five of the CPTA shoot Cottonwood Gun Club drop 2 targets to end up in 6th place with a score of 73.8 and five week total of 372. Only 3 shooters, Mike Long Shawn Kaschmitter and Jack Fischer broke 25 straight this week. Followed by Andy Uhlorn, Brad Fischer, Ralph Terhaar, Greg Danly, Lowell Mader, John Crea, Derek Schaeffer, and Dale Hemerick with 24’s.   . . .
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Pirates split games; Open District Saturday
The Prairie Pirates won big last Thursday over Culdesac then lost big to Troy in their final regular season game. They open district against Nezperce this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the LCSC Activity Center. . . .
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Lady Pirates win twice, advance to State!
The Lady Pirates beat Troy on Friday then edged C.V. on Saturday on a last second 3-pointer to advance to State this week at Nampa. . . .
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Wrestlers at CIL Duals; host District Saturday
The Prairie Wrestling team competed at the CIL Duals in Orofino last Tuesday. They host the District Tournament this Saturday at PHS. . . .
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Nicole Nida puts up a shot from the corner against CV. Her 3-pointer in the final seconds put Prairie into the State Tournament for the first time since 2002. See story below left.

Prairie Middle and Elementary Schools participated in a local spelling be at Prairie Middle School on Wednesday February 7. Ten students competed for a chance to move to the regional competition to be held at the Williams Conference Center on the LCSC campus. Mr. Greg Deiss provided the rules to the group and started the competition. After a few rounds of challenging words, Brock Heath came out as the overall winner and Betty Clark took 2nd place. The top photo shows the participants at the finals: Laurel Henry and Heidi Holubetz from the elementary school; Kody Duclos, Tyler Latimer, Daun Hoene, Brock Heath, Betty Clark, Kayla Duclos, Jarett Frei and Samantha Keating.
The lower photo shows the Elementary School spelling bee participants: Back Row: Kory Bahlman, Talyss Lustig, Eliese Perrin, Rhiana Fox. Front Row: Laurel Henry, Heidi Holubetz. Heidi was the Elementary overall winner while Laurel was runner up. They both competed at the Middle School for the school championship.

Shown are some of the steering committee members for the local Horizons Program. Pictured are Laura Gehring, Judy Gehring and Terry Cochran seated in front. In back are Darla Anglen-Whitley, and Shelli Schumacher. See story above left.

The Prairie Youth Choir will be competing at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow on Wednesday, February 21st. They perform at 11:00 a.m. at the Moscow University LDS Stake Center near Wal-Mart. The Prairie Youth Choir includes students from the 3rd – 6th grades. Laurie Karel is the Director and Mary Spencer is the Accompanist. They will present an evening concert on Thursday, February 15th in the Elementary Music Room at 7:00 p.m. They also have several short “mini-concerts” scheduled for Prairie Elementary Students on Tuesday, February 20th from 12:15-2:00 p.m. – also in the Elementary Music Room. Choir members from left to right: Back row – Laura Spencer, Tiffany Stinson, Nichole Dvorak, Claire Whitley, Rachel Falzon, Whitney Sonnen, Lindsay Branting and Kirstin Latimer. Middle row – Martina Everson, Ali Hoene, Taylor Jean Heitman, Josie Remington, Jessi Riener, Holli Uhlorn and Katherine Nida. Front row – Beth Dinning, Emily McHugh, Maria Munger, Katarina Tillinghast, Kellie Heitman and Kevin Tillinghast. Unavailable for picture – Logan Dahlen and Brandi Gehring

Mrs. Gilbert's Kindergarteners are very excited about their new books that just arrived! These books were provided by a generous donation from Ellea Poxleitner's family. During this time of the school year the Kindergarten students begin reading decodable text! What an exciting time! A very special "thank you" to the Poxleitner family for remembering our young readers! 

Who are 100 days older, smarter and taller than they were on the first day of school? Why, Mrs. Schumacher's first graders, of course!! Prairie Elementary first graders celebrated the 100th day of school on February 6th. The students worked with the number 100 throughout the day starting the day by making a necklace using 100 Fruit Loops.  They donned 100 day crowns and glasses. The students bounced a ball 100 times and bounced themselves 100 times! They wrote their name in 100 squares and colored them in to make a beautiful pattern. The children enjoyed celebrating 100 days of school! 

The Prairie 8th grade AAU boys basketball team placed 2nd in the Timberline Tournament Feb 9th and 10th. Back row: Mitch Jungert, Ryan Dalgliesh , Devin Schmidt, David Johnson, Seth Guyer Front row: Beau Schlader, Brook Heath, Silas Whitley and Coach Gordon Heath. 

The PHS cheerleaders at their final home game this year. In the upper photo from left are Taylor Ratcliff, Chelsea Long, Rachel Kaschmitter and Camille Schumacher. In the lower photo Schumacher is the top of the pyramid as they lead the "Zoo Crew" in a cheer.

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