Updated May 14, 2009
Yard Sale is Saturday
The Cottonwood Community Yard sale is set for this Saturday, May 16 with 27 yard sales/events going on around town.
In addition to yard sales there will be a biscuits & gravy breakfast served at the City Park starting at 6 a.m., a 4-H Penny Arcade at The Hangout from 8 a.m. to noon and a Barbecue/Bake Sale at the Mini-Village.
You can pick up maps at the Mini-Village Saturday morning or at US Bank on Thursday or Friday.

City awarded $650,000 in grants
It was announced at the May meeting of the Cottonwood City Council Monday, May 11, that the City of Cottonwood has been awarded $650,000 in grant monies. . . .
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Levy election is Tuesday
The school override levy election will be Tuesday, May 19. Superintendent Gary Blaz answers a few frequently asked questions. . . .
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Another successful blood drive
“Even though we missed our goal of 90 units by 5 units this past blood drive was still very successful”, said co-chair Cheri Holthaus. . . .
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Scholarships awarded; Ag in the classroom tours
Four area students were awarded scholarships through the program by Idaho County Farm Bureau. . . .
All Idaho teachers are invited to attend a 2-Day Workshop or a 4-Day Tour all about Idaho Agriculture this summer. . . .
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Hospitals respond to changes in costs
Beginning July 1 the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will begin allotting free childhood immunization vaccines only for children on Medicaid, uninsured children, children who are Alaska Native or Native American, or those whose insurances do not cover immunizations. . . .
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KC Hoop Shoot State Champions
During the State of Idaho Knights of Columbus convention held in Coeur d’ Alene in April, winners were announced and awesome trophies were awarded for the 2009 Idaho KC State Hoopshoot Champions. . . .
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Wilson receives award
The University of Idaho recently held its annual Student Achievement Awards in Leadership and ceremony. . . .
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May 20 is last day to sign up
Every day in America there are more than 243 farm workers injured enough to seek medical care.  . . .
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Pirates eliminated at District; Football meeting set for Monday
The Prairie baseball team lost as many games on the final day of District as they had all season as they lost to both Kendrick and Genesee to end their season. . . . 
There will be a parent-player football meeting on Monday, May 18. . . .
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Lady Pirates take second at District, play Greenleaf at noon Friday
The Prairie Lady Pirates beat Troy, lost to Genesee in the title game, then bounced back to beat Troy again to take second at District. They will play Greenleaf at Lewiston's Airport Park at noon on Friday at State. . . .
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Shumway breaks 60 foot barrier
Kyler Shumway had been approaching it all season and Friday, May 8 at the Regional Track Meet at Kamiah finally broke the 60 foot barrier in the shot put as he won the event with a toss of 60’½”. . . . 
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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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Prairie Elementary School first graders and Summit Kindergartners were recently treated to their annual tour of St. Mary’s Hospital.  Mrs. Cheri Holthaus and Mrs. Brenda Kaschmitter were the tour guides.  The students were able to visit the emergency room, the operating room, the lab, x-ray and the ambulance.  Hospital staff members did a wonderful job explaining each of the areas and allowed the children to see equipment in action and to ask questions. They even received a mini-cast on their fingers in ER.  The students learned so much about the hospital and can now understand how things work if they should ever have to visit the hospital because they are sick. This tour helps to alleviate some fears they may have.  Mrs. Rehder and her kindergartners and Mrs. Schumacher and her first graders would like to thank Mrs. Holthaus for arranging the tour and all of the hospital staff for taking time out of their busy day to show the children around.  They would also like to thank the kitchen staff for the yummy treats at the end of the tour. Shown is Mrs. Schumacher’s first grader with Brenda Kaschmitter and Cheri Holthaus. Click on the photo for a larger view.

PHS construction students have finished building the dugouts for the Little League field.  The students also built a dividing wall in the restrooms under the concession stand for storage.  The students are from left to right: Steve Baerlocher, Tyler Rogers, Wyatt Williams, Jeremy Ross, Chris Schmidt, Brandon Poxleitner, and Chance Ratcliff.  Not pictured are; Nick Ackerman, Curtis Nuxoll, and Derek Schaeffer. Click on the photo for a larger view.

On May 8th in Spokane the President of Washington State University (WSU) & the Dean of the College of Pharmacy conferred the degrees of Doctor of Pharmacy upon Daniel Joseph Forsmann and Jeffrey Alexander Clark.  Dan and Jeff have had a long history of attending class together.  They graduated from Prairie High School in 2003, completed two ears of prerequisites at WSU, and with graduation, have completed an additional four professional years of study to earn their degrees.  They graduated with a class of 96 outstanding peers, some of whom won national awards for their achievements.  Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude (With Great Honor) ranking inside the top 26% of their class.  Jeff plans to work this coming year as a resident pharmacist on the Washington State University's Geriatrics Team in Spokane.  Dan graduate a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society, a honor and philanthropic society for Greek students, and a member and founder of the Gamma Sigma Alpha High Honor Society, a high honor society for Greek students.  Dan also participated in the Pullman graduation on Saturday, May 9th as a flag bearer, representing the College of Pharmacy.  Dan plans to work as a retail pharmacist possibly for a corporation out of the area.  Dan and Jeff would like to thank their friends, family, and teachers who have provided and continue to provide wonderful support over the years. 

Four PHS Band students have been selected for the "Music In May"
Honor Festival. They are Mike Karel, Gina Seubert, Kylee Simmons and Silas Whitley. The festival is the oldest, continuous, honors festival in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally recognized band, choir, and orchestra conductors rehearse and perform with select high school students from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The festival is hosted by Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. On behalf of the PHS Music Department, John Eynon would like to express his appreciation and thanks to the Prairie Booster Association for their continued support of music and the arts in our school district. Shown from left are Eynon, Karel, Seubert and Chris Kaschmitter of the Prairie Booster Club. Not shown are Simmons and Whitley.

Casey Bruegeman is all smiles after her mock job interview.  St. Mary's Hospital's Director of Nursing, Iris Hawley, offered her a position as a CNA. Conner Rieman also accepted a job offer as a CNA.

Brandon Higgins, fifth grade student at Prairie Middle School, is the second place winner in the District Farm Bureau Essay Contest, receiving $25. Mrs. Jessica Vanderwall is his teacher.

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