Updated  December 27, 2007
Tri-Parish Youth activities for January
As the new year begins, we reflect on the memories of the past year and make pledges toward new goals for the upcoming year.  It is this newness the local youth are invited to join us in the Tri-Parish January Activities. . . .
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Year in Chronicle headlines reviewed
This year has seen several new homes built in Cottonwood, up grades to city services and an active school program for all grades. . . .
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Ski area to open Saturday
Wax those skis and snowboards and gather up the coats, gloves and hats, because the Cottonwood Butte Ski Area will be officially opening December 29th. . . . 
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Qwest high-speed Internet service now available in Cottonwood
Qwest Communications International Inc. announced last Thursday that high-speed Internet service is now available in Cottonwood. . . .
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Christmas gift photos
More photos of students building Christmas gifts. . . .
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More 52-Pickup winners are named
Here's the results of the drawing for the KC 52 Pickup winners from the December 2007 meeting of KC #1389.  The winners are as follows: . . .
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Local students graduate
The University of Idaho's December commencement, held Saturday, Dec. 8, celebrated the accomplishments of 736 undergraduate and graduate students. . . .
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Pirates lose league opener; PHS teams at Orofino Tournament; Alumni games are Friday
The Prairie Pirates opened league play with a loss as they fell 46-65 at Troy Thursday, December 20. . . .
The Prairie High School basketball team will be participating in the Orofino Holiday Tournament this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29. . . .
On December 28th, at 5:00 p.m., there will be an Alumni game at Prairie Middle School.  Players will be the alumni who have graduated from Prairie High School, or Summit Academy.  The game is open to everyone to watch. . . .
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Lady Pirates lose twice
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost to two of the better teams in the area last week, losing a home league game to Lapwai then losing a non-league game at Grangeville. . . .
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Wrestling Schedule
On this page is the schedule for the Prairie Wrestling Team. . . .
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Kenneth Enneking, Jon Rice and Beth Geis are hard at work sanding Christmas gift projects. Every year Jerry Richardson's woodworking students build gifts to be distributed to the Shelter Home residents, Senior Citizens and needy families at Christmas time. See more photos in story link at left.

All 5 and 6th grade classes as well as Mrs. Riener’s 7 and 8th grade Language Arts classes participated in a class spelling bee.  The winners are as follows: Mrs. Vanderwall’s class – Bryson Higgins, Mrs. Higgins’s – Morgan Butler, Mrs. Brannan’s – Jared Higgins, Mrs. Holthaus’s – Kayla Duclos, 7th grade - Tyler Latimer and Kody Duclos, 8th grade – Colter Renne’ and Samantha Keating.  These students will participate in the  Prairie School District Spelling Bee that will be held February 7th at 1:00 PM in the library. 

Attendance winners for December at Prairie Middle School were Shawn Leonard and MaKayla Schaeffer.  They received a “Night In” package that included a gift certificate good for 2 free movie rentals at Arnzen’s Drug, a blanket, flavored hot chocolate, and a mug. 

The students of Prairie High School were extremely generous in their support of the Prairie League Giving Tree.  The Prairie League organization places a tree in the high school cafeteria with tags asking for a variety of items to help support the Hospice program or the Pregnancy Crisis Center.  The empathy shown by the students was overwhelming.  It was heartwarming to see the carload of items that were donated.  We are truly blessed to have such wonderful students and caring families in our community.  The tags are a wish list of items.  It is beyond hope that every tag is taken and filled.  With the help of a few last minute angels nearly every tag was filled.  It has been a season of giving. The students were so generous that the task of wrapping and delivering the diapers, formula, hand knit blankets, gift certificates, etc. was almost overwhelming.  However, remembering that these young students represent the best high school in all of Idaho made the task easier. Shown above are just some of the items donated.

The 7th grade math classes began their consumer math unit 2 weeks ago.  The students enjoyed discovering the parts of a dollar bill and the role the US Treasury Department plays in their everyday life.  The students were hired by the “Sonnen Accounting Firm” “Where numbers mean money” The “accountants” had staff meetings, were held to the highest accounting standards, and given a checkbook packet to complete.  Their packets consisted of story problems and scenarios that they could encounter in their everyday life. After the fierce competition, those “accountants” with the highest percent of accuracy were: Kody Duclos 99%, Claire Whitley 97.5%, Frank Spencer 97.25%, Tiffany Stinson 96% and Taylor Heitman 96%.  Each “accountant” received a Christmas bonus for their outstanding work – a gift certificate to Subway.  Their next challenge was to complete a personal house account packet and a farm account packet.  Accuracy in writing checks, making deposits and having a completed and correct register will determine the next winners.  Watch out Donald Trump… the next generation of millionaires is coming your way !!! Back from left are Spencer, Duclos and Stinson. In front from left are Whitley and Heitman.

Callie Mader and Joshwa Zigler in the 12 and 13 year old division, along with Tannor Ross and Ali Hoene in the 10 and 11 year old division, and Brandon Higgins and Chaye Uptmor for the 8 and 9 year olds, will be representing Prairie in the Elks National Hoop Shoot in Grangeville on January 12th.  This program is designed to provide an interesting, character-building, competitive program for all girls and boys in the contest regardless of their previous athletic competition or abilities. This nationwide, sanctioned program gives these youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition, fine relationships with their peers, and travel statewide, regionally and nationally- at a minimal expense to their parents.
Not only are the participants involved in this wholesome, individual-effort program, but parents, classmates, teachers and community are included.  Good luck to all the participants! Top photo from left are Joshwa Zigler, Callie Mader, Ali Hoene and Tannor Ross. In the lower photo are Brandon Higgins and Chaye Uptmor.

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