Updated December 18, 2008
School Board meets
The school board held a short meeting Monday, Dec. 15. School funding was discussed as Governor Butch Otter is looking at a 4% decrease due to the economic downturn. . . .
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Hours change at Library
Due to staffing issues and in consideration of heating costs the Prairie Community Library is changing it's Tuesday hours.  . . .
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Churches to have candlelight services
Emmanuel Baptist Church and Cottonwood Community Church are each planning candlelight services for Christmas Eve. . . .
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Arnoti visits 4th graders
The fourth graders at Prairie Elementary enjoyed a visit from a well known resident of the Cottonwood community. . . .
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School plays scheduled
Summit Academy and Prairie High School each have a school play upcoming. . . .
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Students compete in FIRST LEGO League
9 students boarded a bus at 4:30 a.m. on December 6 and headed to Rathdrum, Idaho for FIRST LEGO League competition. . . .
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Wilson accepted to Leadership forum
Dakota Wilson, a student at Prairie Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. . . .
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Monastery celebrates 100th year
From August 2008 until August 2009, the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude are celebrating 100 years “at home” in Idaho. During the year and as a monthly feature, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will be contributing a feature article entitled “100 Years Ago This Month” for the Cottonwood Chronicle.  We hope you enjoy this historical venture.  We welcome your comments. . . .
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Pirates win 1, lose 1; Alumni Games scheduled
The Prairie Pirates lost a home game to Grangeville then came back to win at Kamiah. . . .
The Tri-Parish Youth are hosting the Alumni Basketball Games again this year. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 2 of 3
The Prairie Lady Pirates lost to Genesee at home, won at Culdesac and then won at home against Kendrick in girls basketball action last week. . . .
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Summit Academy news
Summit juniors and seniors were joined by their kindergarten school mates last Wednesday as both groups traveled to the Monastery of St. Gertrude to put on a Christmas party there for the sisters. . . .
Summit Academy officials released recently winners of the most recent virtue campaign, calling on students to improve in the area of order, with St. Therese as the saint model to imitate. . . .
Thursday and Saturday last week resulted in two victories for Summit Academy boys as they traveled to Riggins for a win 45 to 36 over the Savages there, then cruised to an easy 76 to 25 victory over the Highland Huskies at a home game at Prairie High School. . . .
Patriot ladies ran their season record to 8 consecutive wins last week with a second close win over the Timberline Spartans, 45 to 41, . . .
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Letters to the Editor
On this page are letters to the editor that appeared in this week's print edition. . . .
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Students of the month at Prairie High School for October are Brock Heath and Rachel Kaschmitter.

Prairie High School students of the month for November are Kyler Shumway and Britney Hammond. They decided to show off Prairie's latest hardware from the trophy case. Kyler is holding the football state championship trophy while Britney holds the White Pine League championship trophy.

Ladd Arnoti receives a Christmas gift from the 4th graders after he visited them to tell them about Hungarian Christmas traditions. See story at left.

Participants in the FIRST LEGO League. See story at left.

Hope McIntire, Jordyn Higgins, and Madison Hinkleman posing after their winter tap recital, “Three Suites for Christmas.”  These girls have been participating with Melodee’s Center Stage in Nezperce for the past four years.  It was another spectacular performance as over 60 dance students, ages 3 years old and up, performed tap and ballet. 

PHS students working on a variety of toys and presents for pre school kids and the St. Mary's Hospital gift baskets. Wood has been donated for a great deal of the projects from Hoots Cafe, Dave Poxleitner, Bennets Lumber, Funke's Custom Cabinets, Bill Shuck, Gem Builders and Pacific Cabinets.   All the students in Jerry Richardson's classes are helping building the presents.Items built include logging trucks, 4x4 truck, boats, walking ducks, planes, helicopters, tractor rockers, wooden tool boxes, tic-tac-toe games, Block sets and dinosaur crayon holders. In the top photo are Chance Ratcliff and Nick Ackerman. In the lower photo are Ryan Dalgliesh, Garrett Workman and Sheldon Klinkefus. More pictures next week once we get IDs. 
Prairie cheerleaders form a pyramid with Camille Schumacher on top as they lead a cheer during the break between quarters of the girls game against Kendrick.

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