Updated March 1, 2007
If you missed last week's update because of our server crash you can find it here: Feb. 22 update  It was finally uploaded on Wednesday, Feb. 28. It includes the articles on the PHS girls state basketball games.

School Calendar for 2007-08 approved
The school calendar for the 2007-08 school year was approved at the February meeting of the school board held Wednesday, Feb. 21. . . .
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Gem Builders to have new building
Take a look while it lasts.  Mike and Steve of Gem Builders Supply announce that they will be making some significant changes to the store beginning March 5, 2007. The change is that the original building will be removed on that day to make way for a new facility.  After many years of service it is time for an upgrade from the aging structure of today to a more modern and accessible building. . . .
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87 donate blood
We were about 10 donors short of our expectations at our blood drive last Tuesday.   We know there were several people who could not come because of the flu and because there will be a blood drive at the high School this month.   We had 87 donors with 77 good units and that is always good.  We certainly appreciated the new donors and hope they can continue to be so generous the next time we have a drawing. . . .
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No one shall die alone!
"NOSDA" is a group of caring individuals from  local communities who will provide a loving human presence to a person who is departing this world.  This is provided in the hospitals, nursing homes and private homes for individuals who have no family members available to them or to provide respite to the family.   . . .
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SMHC resuming Circle of Life tours
The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is resuming their Circle of Life Tours of their hospital and Cottonwood clinic.  The sixty minute tours are scheduled during March, April and May.  The public is invited to the free tours conducted by staff and Foundation board members.  . . .
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Tri-Parish Youth schedule for March
My dearest Youth in Christ,
As the cold of winter leaves, we begin to long for the warmth and newness of Spring. It is in this time we are given a chance to renew ourselves and come forward with hope and anticipation. Here in this season of rebirth we begin the month of March and invite our local youth to join us in praising God through our actions and choices. . . .
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Ski Scoop
Not to sound like a "valley girl" but Oh My Gosh!  Cottonwood Butte Ski Area was able to be open again this past weekend.  This skier was down with the "bug of the season", but reports from the hill are that it was really good . . . .
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Lapwai ends Prairie's season
A promising season ended in disappointment as the Prairie Pirates were eliminated by Lapwai 48-59 in district tournament action Friday, Feb. 23 at Lewiston. Prairie had beaten Lapwai twice during the season but the third time was the charm for the Wildcats, who edged Nezperce in double overtime on Saturday to advance to state. . . .
Also on this page is the schedule for the PHS Baseball team. . . .
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PHS Softball schedule
On this page is the schedule for the PHS Softball team. . . .
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Wimer finishes 7th at state
Jake Wimer at 160 lbs. advanced the farthest of the Prairie wrestlers at the State tournament at Pocatello this past weekend, finishing 1 win shy of earning a medal. . . .
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Spaghetti Feed is Saturday
The Assumption Parish Board is hosting a Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 6 p.m. at the Assumption Hall. 
Cost is Adults, $5.00, Grades Kindergarten through 8th, $3.00 and Preschool is Free.  Bids for the Silent Auction can be made before and during the dinner.  Dinner will be served until 7:15, at this time bids for the auction items will end.
Proceeds from this event will go the Assumption Parish Relief Fund.  This fund will be used to help those in need.


At the top is an architect's drawing of the new Gem Builders main building. The lower photo shows the front of the current building which will be torn down starting Monday, March 5. See story at left.

Chris Kaschmitter of the Prairie Booster Club, right, presents a check worth $500 to Prairie Elementary School principal Greg Deiss. The funds were used to purchase digital cameras for the school. 

The NOSDA panel. See story below. From left are Stela Strahan, Terri Weibert, Sr. Corrine Forsman, Stacie Jackson, Pastor Eric Williams and Debbie Chicane.  Not pictured is Karla Enneking. 

Leona Wassmuth is shown  with a music box made by Prairie High School students as a Christmas gift. 

Cottonwood Cub Scout Pack 638 held their Pinewood Derby on Sunday February 25 at Cottonwood Community Church. The upper photo shows the top 3 finishers. From left are Philip Spencer, 2nd; Dakota Wilson, 1st; and Hunter Chaffee, 3rd. All the participants are shown in the lower photo. Tigers-Hunter Chaffee, Jared Sonnen and Anthony Karel; Bears- ClaytonChicane, AJ Everson, Philip Spencer and Kory Bahlman (not pictured); and Webelos- Drew Cochran and Dakota Wilson.  

Jim Rehder was inducted into the 2007 District II Official's Hall fame on February 24, 2007. He was joined in the 2007 basketball official class by Bob Sobotta and Dwight Church (deceased) family at the LCSC Activity Center induction ceremony. Rehder worked as a certified basketball official from 1970-1985 where he officiated over 1,200 ball games and was selected as district tournament official 14 of 15 years. He continues to officiate Jr. High and AAU games since 1985. Rehder is an Idaho County Commissioner.

First graders at Prairie Elementary School celebrated George Washington's birthday by making their own individual mini-cherry pies. Students in Mrs. Schumacher's class made three-cornered hats to wear in recognition of President's Day. In the top photo is Brad Poxleitner, who concentrates on making his cherry pie just right! In the lower photo are Jace Perrin and Maria Schmidt, who are all smiles in anticipation of eating their yummy cherry pies. 

The PHS band performs at the boys district game against Lapwai. 

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