Updated April 26, 2007
Levy amount reduced
Cottonwood school superintendent Stan Kress and clerk/treasurer Denise Uhlenkott found out at a state budget meeting last Wednesday that the district would be receiving additional funds from the state that they weren’t aware of. Due to this, Kress has recommended to the school board that they drop the requested levy override to $198,000. This is $35,000 less than what they had approved at last week’s board meeting. . . .
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Blood drive reminder
Remember the blood drive is coming next Wednesday, May 2 from noon until 6 pm. . . .
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Tri-Parish Youth activities for May
As school draws to a close and summer plans begin to take flight, we would like to invite all the youth from the local parishes to join us as the opportunities for fun, fellowship, worship, and spiritual growth call us forth. . . . 
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ICLP awards scholarships
Idaho County Light & Power Cooperative has awarded $500 scholarships to three area students.  The students are Laura Gehring, Sophomore at Prairie HS and the daughter of Tom and Judy Gehring; Kara Teats, Junior at Clearwater Valley HS and the daughter of Melvin and Joanne Teats; and, Julia Workman, Sophomore at Grangeville HS and the daughter of Jeff and Sheryl Workman. . . .
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More Fire department history
The fourth installment of the history of the Cottonwood Fire Department as they approach the celebration of their 100th year. . . .
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Riener named "Mr. Prairie"
JD Riener impressed the crowd and the judges and was crowned Mr. Prairie, Wednesday evening, April 18 at Prairie High School.  Six young men vied for the title
 during this very lighthearted and entertaining event.  It was a close finish as the top three demonstrated the depths
 of their personalities along with their unique senses of style and savoir faire.. . .
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Geis to be featured artist
Featured artist at this year’s 40th annual Central Idaho Art Association Spring Art Show is bronze sculptor, John X. Geis of Grangeville. 
Geis, born in Winchester, Idaho, has been sculpting for 28 years. . . .
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Pirates beat C.V. 12-2
After a layoff of 10 days due to other teams dropping baseball and a cancellation, the Prairie baseball team got back into action Monday, April 23 and beat Clearwater Valley 12-2 at Cottonwood in a game ended in the bottom of the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 5 more games
The Prairie softball team won 5 league games last week stretching their winning streak to 13 games. . . .
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Sonnen, Riener each win two events
Tabitha Sonnen and J.D. Riener each won two events at the Lewis & Clark Games at Kamiah Saturday, April 21. . . .
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Summit's 10th anniversary celebration
Congratulations Summit Academy!  Sunday, April 22, 2007 many friends and families of Summit Academy got together for a wonderful celebration in honor of Summit’s 10th Anniversary. . . .
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Students of the month for April at PHS are J.D. Riener, outstanding student, and Kylie Uhlorn, honor student.  Riener is perhaps the most well-rounded student in our school. His involvement in a wide variety of civic organizations—including Cottonwood Butte Ski hill, and EMS/firefighting—separates him from his peers. He manages to do solid school work, compete successfully in athletics, and be involved in other extracurricular activities such as HOSA and BPA, all while maintaining a strong position in community activities. His character and his involvement make him one of PHS’s finest representatives. Uhlorn has been the Student Body President for the 2006-07 school year and has represented her classmates very well. She has been a great organizer and dedicated leader. She has been involved with 4-H, Honor Society, Business Professionals of America and recently was an award winner at the University of Idaho Art Show. She has also been an active member of her high school Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball Teams. Kylie is a very busy young lady who has also continued to excel in her academics. She will soon graduate as Salutatorian for the Class of 2007. She was recently honored by the Elks Soroptimist Club as a third place winner for Teenager of the Year and Most Valuable Student Awards. She plans to attend the University of Idaho and has received notification of scholarship. Kylie is a distinguished student and a fine example for other students to emulate.

Nicole Nida and J.D. Riener are shown with their North Idaho Track Athlete of the Year plaques which they received April 14 at the North Idaho Sports Banquet. They are the first Prairie High School individual athletes honored in the 45 year history of the event. Prairie did have a couple of its girls basketball teams receive team of the year honors in 1982 and 1998. Photo by Bob Nida.

The top 3 finishers in the "Mr. Prairie" competion from left are Conner Rieman, second runner-up; J.D. Riener, Mr. Prairie; and Vit Spanhel, first runner-up. See story above left.

Cottonwood Cash & Carry held a “Kids Shopping Spree” drawing recently and the winners are shown above. In the top photo is Tyler Nida of Cottonwood, age 9, with his father. In the lower photo is Makayla Roberts of Grangeville, age 4, with her mother. They each won a $50 shopping spree.

The Idaho Association of Museums (IAM) held its annual conference in Pocatello on April 13-14 at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Representatives of museums from around the state were in attendance, including Mary Cay Henry and Lyle Wirtanen from The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood. "What is Your Museum's Story? How to Tell It and Sell It to the Public" was the theme of the conference. Keynote speaker Alice Parman, Assistant Professor with the Arts and Administration Program at the University of Oregon, gave valuable ideas on planning exhibits. She emphasized the necessity for planning exhibit elements, the storyline within an exhibit, and the messages about the exhibit visitors leave with.
Additional sessions included information on how to develop exhibits that engage and sustain visitors' interest and how to market a museum. In addition, attendees received reports on the state of the Idaho State Historical Society and IAM. Lyle Wirtanen, Director of The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, was a member on a panel which discussed the funding, challenges, and successes of the recent Lewis and Clark Bicentennial funds. The photo shows Four presidents of IAM and a founding member. From left to right: Patty Miller, director of the Basque Museum in Boise; Mary Reed, retired director of Latah County Historical Society; Alyce Cadez, education coordinator at Nez Perce National Historical Park; Lyle Wirtanen, director of The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood; and Keith Petersen, interim director of the Idaho State Historical Museum and founding member of IAM.

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