Looking back at 2009
More of our annual look back at the year in headlines.
Compiled by Kayla Lorentz
April 16 
City awarded signage grant; 16 graduate at NICI; Ashley Shumway and Curtis Nuxoll are April’s students of the month at Prairie High School; Pirates beat Genesee 7-5; Pirates rally to beat Lewis County Eagles, 5-4; Kyler Shumway shattered his school record in the shot put by nearly 3 feet; Lady Pirates beat Grangeville, 14-4; Shumway won both the shot put and discus and Devin Schmidt won the triple jump at the Nez Perce/Lewis & Clark Games at Kamiah; Lady Pirates beat Lapwai 17-2; Salmon poisoning deadly to dogs; Syringa to host teleconference; Bob Riggers Memorial Tournament bowling winners announced; Monastery celebrating 100 years; Free Job Search workshop 
Amanda Jackson and Chris Rehder to be married May 30th, 2009 
April 23
Top Scholars in the PHS Class of 2009 are Emily Lerandeau, Valedictorian and Kristi Poxleitner, Salutatorian; Questions are answered by the Superintendent; Missing boater’s body found; Lady Pirates split with Genesee; Lady Pirates sweep Tigers, 11-0 and 23-5; Lady Pirates win big over C.V., 27-1; Pirates beat Kamiah 25-0; Heath wins 1600, and 3200 at Kamiah track meet; Pirates hold off Grangeville 14-11; Pirates win by forfeit over Culdesac when they lost a player to injury; Shumway breaks record again in the shot put, but it was only good enough for second place in the event at Pasco Invitational at Pasco, WA; Winter Sports banquet is Sunday; Lady Pirates sweep Troy, 17-6 and 13-12; Successful year for HOSA; Pledge night for Drug-Free group; Summit Virtue winners are named; Summit names hotshot winners; Pirates beat L.C. 20-5; Marilyn Lerandeau was named Mother of Year by the PHS Prairie League at their annual Mother-Daughter Tea; Idaho County 4-H Week is April 19-25th; Sports Physicals scheduled; Lifeguard training classes offered 
Ann A. Kroiss, 101, former postmaster in Ferdinand, died April 16
April 30
Blood drive set for May 5; Craigmont Yard Sale is May 2nd; 4 Summit Academy students recognized on honor roll for having 4.00, Dylan Prigge, Rachel Wemhoff, Savannah Prigge and Rachel Uhlenkott; Schools hold penny drive, just over a week they have already raised $300; Pirates beat Genesee 15-1; Holthaus tosses no-hitter against St. Maries; Pirates lose to Kendrick; Timberline forfeits their 2 games because of shortage of players, allowing the PHS baseball team to finish the regular season with a 17-2 record; Pirates win big over C.V.; Frei pitches no-hitter at Grangeville; Lady Pirates beat Lewis County; Lady Pirates beat Kamiah 14-5; Softball District to start Saturday, May 2; Lady Pirates lose to St. Maries, 9-17; 4 earn wins at Kamiah Invite, Kyler Shumway, Devin Schmidt, Kaylee Uhlenkott, and Katie Nuxoll; Shumway is double winner at the White Pine Meet
May 7
Local hospitals are prepared for incidents; Kindergarten screening set; Absentee ballots are available; Postage prices go up May 11th; Mystery Night theme chosen, Celebrate America!; Nezperce Yard Sale is Saturday, May 9; Winchester to celebrate centennial; Sigler 1-hits Genesee at District; Pirates win District opener; Lady Pirates win district opener; Megan Sigler 1-hits L.C. Eagles; Kyler Shumway, Devin Schmidt, and Kaylee Uhlenkott win events at Area Best Meet; Winchester Rodeo is July 4-5; Summit hosts Academic Bowl; This is Pastoral Care Month; Teacher Appreciation Week; Relay for Life fundraiser set 
May 14
Cottonwood receives $650,000 in grant awards; Levy election is Tuesday; Another successful blood drive is held; Lady Pirates take 2nd at District; Lady Pirates lose in title game; Bad inning does in Pirates against Kendrick; Genesee ends Prairie’s season; Shumway tops 60 feet in shot put;  Lady Pirates beat Troy in semifinals; PHS construction students finished building the dugouts for the Little League field; Haley Danly and Kayla Schumacher are state hoop shoot champions; Daniel Forsmann and Jeff Clark receive their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at WSU; Jacquie Lustig, Lauren Chmelik, Julie Workman and Melissa Stuivenga were awarded scholarships by the Idaho County Farm Bureau; Hospitals respond to changing costs; Kelby Wilson was awarded an Idaho Leadership Certificate Award at a ceremony at the U of I; Eleanor Hinkelman’s home was the site for a reunion of the John Schmidt and Joe Schmidt families
Aspen Kaulana-Lynn Sissonis the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell & Allison (Jones) Sisson II, who live in Kailua-Kona, HI 
Alphonse Uhlenkott, 99, died May 3 
Delmer A. Sonnen, 74, died May 7 after a year-long battle with cancer
Felice (Schwartz) Westermeier
Ora (Hinkelman) Kaiser died May 3rd at Portland Oregon
May 21 
Lady Pirates won their 3rd straight 1-A State Softball Championship by beating Genesee 5-4; 43 PHS seniors will graduate on Friday, May 22nd; City awarded Block grant; Prairie Middle school Band received a straight superior rating at the Idaho Music Educators District II Festival; Kaylee Uhlenkott and Kyler Shumway repeat as state champions; Lustig Farm given Century Farm designation; Briget Long graduated from Apollo College in Boise, Idaho, April 18, 2009 in Dental Hygiene; Crafters invited to join in fun at Raspberry Festival; Descendents of Frank and Mary Arnzen will be holding a family reunion May 24th at Greencreek 
Albert M. Huntley, 81, died May 11th 
May 28
Levy passes better than 2 to 1; 5 to graduate from Summit Academy; Paint the town purple; Graduates earn Scholarships at PHS; Hospitals participate in national program; Syringa to sponsor fun run; David Sigler and Kaylee Uhlenkott are Athletes of the Year and Kaylee Uhlenkott and Ronnie Chandler are King and Queen of Sports; Matthew Charles Uhlenkott will graduate from the University of Washington School of Medicine on June 6, 2009.  Matthew completed his pre-medical studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville at Steubenville Ohio
June 4 
Summit holds Graduation, Kim Frei, Joseph Lustig, Michael Hattrup, Dustin Lustig and Chase Nuxoll received their diplomas; Swim days to start June 17; County recycling survey available online; National Guard to be here June 1-14; Kristi Poxleitner, Tyler Forsmann, NaTosha Schaeffer and Mary Shears are PHS Students of the Month; Workshop set on MySpace and cyber safety issues; Track awards were given to Katie Nuxoll “best all around,” NaTosha Schaeffer, “runner of the year,” MaKayla Schaeffer, “rookie of the year,” and Kaylee Uhlenkott, “field event athlete of the year,”  Kyler Shumway “field event athlete of the year,” Justin Schmidt, “rookie of the year” and Devin Schmidt, “best all around,” and Brock Heath, “runner of the year.”; Baseball award winners are Steven Baerlocher, senior award; David Sigler, most times reached on errors, highest on base average, most runs; Eric Daly, co-captain and senior award; Ronnie Chandler, co-captain, senior award, most RBI, batting champ; Joe Schumacher, most walks, (also most hit by pitch); Kyle Daly, senior award and Conner Rieman, slugger award for highest slugging percentage; Softball winners are Leora Laurino, senior co-captian; Sammi Frei, defensive player of the year, Megan Sigler, most improved; Rachel Kaschmiter, senior co-captain; Kara Guyer, offensive player of the year and senior co-captain; Amber Holthaus, most inspirational; Emily Lerandeau, senior co-captain Camille Schumacher, senior co-captain; and Mariah Evans, senior co-captain.; The PHS baseball team received a State 1-A/2-A Academic Trophy for having the highest collective grade point average for 1-A and 2-A baseball teams.; The Tom and Marilyn Schmidt hosted a family gathering May 30th for his sister, Joann, whose 70th birthday was the day before
James Urban “Jim” Riener, 54 died on May 29, in Spokane Washington 
August J. Uhlenkott, 94, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Deaconess medical Center in Spokane
June 11
Lew and Polly Hollandsworth are 2009 Border Days grand marshals; Hospital website has over 4500 hits in May; PMS 8th grade class builds toothpick bridges; June is Idaho Dairy month; Clarence and Rita (Wessels) Wassmuth to note 60th; Jeffrey Alexander Clark has been named to the President’s Honor Roll at Washington State University for Spring 2009 Semester; Amber Nuxoll was one of 394 students to be named to the Dean’s List at Carroll College in Helena Montana 
Elsie Evelyn Shaefer, 69, died May 3
Mary Agnes Reed, 95, died March 12 
Laura A. Frei, 74, died June 8 
June 18 
17 Earn straight A’s at PHS, Kyle Daly, Laura Gehring, Rachel Kaschmitter, Leora Laurino and Kelsey Marker in the senior class; Andrew Gabica, NaTosha Schaeffer, Kyler Shumway, David Sigler and Philipp Smakman in the junior class; Silas Whitley in the sophomore class and Mckenzie Candalot, Samantha Keating, Troy Lorentz, MaKayla Schaeffer, Ashley Shumway and Megan Sigler in the freshman class; Conner Rieman to attend leadership forum; Marilyn Becker presented longevity award; Chandler to play in all-star game; Arnoti receives award; 4-H Spring Show held; Summer progamrs at Spaulding park; Guy and Mary Kay Jungert to note 50th Anniversary; Lee and Barbara Rehder celebrate 60th; Rodeo entries taken June 22-23; Idaho County Fair Royalty applications are sought; Summit Students clean highway; Joseph Lustig, Rachel Wemhoff, Savanah Prigge and Rachel Uhlenkott all earned 4.00 at Summit High School 
Kennedy Elizabeth Riener is the daughter of Shaun and Lisa Riener, born on June 10
Jessica Marie Lipschultz and Curtis Allen Westhoff are planning a July wedding
Joan G. Arnzen, 76, died June 12, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital at Hamilton Montana 
Samuel Ross Butler II, 72, died May 8 with family by his side 
June 25
The 2009-2010 school year budget is approved; 20 make A honor roll at PMS; Hospitals respond to changing childhood immunization costs; Golf Scramble planned; Idaho Meth Project will Host Family Forum; SGA class of 1969 holds reunion; Hanna Uhling interning in New York City; Monastery of St. Gertrude celebrates campaign donors; Holistic Living retreat set for Spirit Center
Three Sisters to celebrate 50th Jubilees; Cruisin’ the Clearwater set for Saturday, June 27th; James L. Toennis to celebrate 80th birthday; Art show and sale planned; Aleta Coppernoll named volunteer of the month; Bud and Sylvia Uhling to celebrate 50th 
Kayla Leann Holthaus and Anthony Charles Scalici
July 2
Greencreek celebration is Saturday; The 2 escapees are recaptured; Next Red Cross Blood Drive is set for July 14; A Seattle family won a free 10-day vacation in Idaho and had a film crew follow them and used in ad campaign; Nezperce pool plans to open July 6; 4-H day camp held; Winchester Rodeo is July 4-5; Cottonwood Little League teams finish 1-2; Syringa receives Idaho Community Foundation grant; Dr. Sara Elizabeth Lorenz graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry; Bob Gehring to celebrate 80th birthday; Relay for Life event is July 17 
Nellie Jane Poxleitner, 88, died June 25
Raymond R. Kopczynski, 87, died June 15 
Kenneth B. Kirby, 97, died Friday, June 25 
July 9
Storm knocks out power for over 2 hours; Donors needed for upcoming blood drive; Summer reading program to start; Monsignor Andy Schumacher had the honor of being Grand Marshal for Greencreek’s 4th of July Celebration; Rural Health Works Program in the works; Site vandalism prompts reminder from BLM; Paddlefest set for July 18; SMHC sponsor golf scramble; Winchester Lake Park plans day camp; Mark Farmer works as a staff assistant for Congressman Walt Minnick in Washington D.C.; Changes made to Royale Room; Safe Sitter course offered; Mural dedication set for July 14; Syringa Therapy services relocate 
July 16
Pat Alfrey was sworn in as the newest school board member; U of I awards scholarships; Celebrating 100 years ‘at home’ in Idaho; County 4-H Horse Show held; Danielle Cochran and Kayla Johnson compete at HOSA Nationals in Nashville Tennessee; Carol and Eldon Anglen to celebrate 50th; Dixie Days set for August 1-2 
William (Bill) Thomas Clark,66, died July 2, from a long battle with Cancer
Erica Ann Schlader is the daughter of Scot and Shelley Schlader, she was born July 3rd 
July 23
Cassi Lockett presented award of appreciation; Raspberry Festival is August 2; 94 units donated at blood drive; Smoking cessation sessions offered; Movies on the Wall continue 
July 31 
Schedule changes for Center for discovery; Football officials sought; Area mobility meetings set for next week; Tri-Parish VBS is next week; The Mager Bargains Little League team won every game and took first place in the Ken Heath Memorial Tournament at Grangeville 
Nehemiah Louise Mager born to Denise Marie and John Gerard Mager on June 23rd 
Maddison Marie Beachy is the daughter of Laura and Nathan Beachy, born on July 10
Lillian Holes, 93, died Thursday, July 16th 
Sgt. Abe Kaschmitter, 24, died July 13 in Bethesda, MD
July 30
Conner Rieman reports from Boston; Peg Gehring joins St. Mary’s as an FNP; Fun run and ATV rodeo planned for Pierce 1860 Days; Kuther reunion held in Ferdinand; Boy Scout awards are Thursday
Owen Wayne Goeckner, son of William and Lynn Goeckner, born July 4th 
Braxton Trey Forsmann, son of Dusty and Jamie Forsmann, born June 6th 
William Lee Jungert, 78, died July 23 
Daniel J. (Dan) Becker, 87, died July 26
Winona Yvonne Hood, 68, died July 27
Yvonne Uptmor, 89, died July 27
August 6
Six vie for 2010 Fair Royalty, Kristin Hill, Danielle Reuter, Cassandra Kaschmitter, Mandee Prado, Jill Brouwer, and Sheyenne Stewart; Secrest’s team wins golf scramble; Volleyball meeting set for August 12th; New staff at Syringa; Hall donations continue to come in; Raspberry Festival winners are announced; BBQ & Dutch Oven cook-off is August 29; Information on coping with extreme heat; Wheat acreage is down from last year; Red meat production is down; Free and reduced price meal guidelines for Cottonwood schools; Registration dates are set 
Carssen Lillie Knezvich is the daughter of Carla and Will Knezvich of Spokane, WA.  She was born July 22 
Patricia Louise Ross, 69, died July 26
August 13
Cottonwood Council balances budget without raising fees/taxes; Fair Parade to start earlier this year; Teresa Lustig is named Syringa employee of the year; Public invited to grand finale of centennial celebration at the Monastery of St. Gertrude; Middle School open house set; Dessert reception planned; Jennifer Cochran is library volunteer of the month; Co-ed softball tourney set; Boy Scouts hold awards ceremony; Little sister Laura lee visits Cottonwood; Monastery has visitors from Switzerland; Avista offers online tool to help manage energy use; Avista applies for Spokane Smart Grid Stimulus Funds; David Poxleitner re-elected; Band rehearsal is Monday
Stephen Anthony Bross, 62, passed away July 26
August 20
Fair is this week; Chuck and Betty Mader are Grand Marshals for 2009 Idaho County Fair; Mixed League to start September 9; Thursday Men to start September 10; Junior High Football starts August 26; YWCA outreach offices are open; 255 sale animals this year at the fair; New to the Fair is the sheep barn 
August 27
Canaday is top showman; 4-H award winners are named; The 2010 Idaho County Fair Royalty are Queen Sheyenne Stewart, First Princess Jill Brouwer and Second Princess Kristin Hill; CPR/First Aid classes offered; 26 out for volleyball at PHS; Kamiah PT sponsors fun run, walk and roll; Youth football signups are Thursday; Rodeo team meeting is set for August 30; 33 participate in pigtail contest; Find new home for orphaned band instruments; Childbirth class offered at Syringa; Tobacco Cessation Classes to begin in September; Escapee recaptured at Nampa; Register now for October 2009 ACT; Morning Glories to start bowling September 8; Fire Department entry is best in show at Fair 
Wilbert A. Sarbacher, 76, passed away August 21 
September 10
Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run to come through Cottonwood; Prairie to go ‘Brätzy’; Parent education night set; Farmer’s market at Orofino open on Tuesdays into October; Prairie Football wins season opener, 46-0 over Lewis County; Lady Pirates swept by Grangeville, 7-25, 18-25, 21-25; Kamiah sweeps Lady Pirates, 22-25, 20-25, 10-25; Lady Pirates lose in 4 at Nezperce, 17-25, 14-25, 25-18, 15-25; Theresa Uptmor retiring from St. Mary’s after 25 years; Staff included in emergency grand rounds; Melissa Lane is the new face at Syringa Therapy Services; Mendez and Fontes Perpetual Profession Sept. 19; Sight in for hunting season; AAA offers motorists 10 tips to keep kids safe; Controlled burn planned for Craig Mountain; Scholarship tournament is September 19 
Catherine Anne Beckman is the daughter of Matt and Linda Beckman, she was born August 30
David John Wemhoff, 54, passed away September 1
Glenn Francis Stolz, 66, passed away August 22 
September 17
Bid awarded for Hall renovation; Advanced Welding and Steel has been recognized as the 2009 Business Booster of the Year by the Prairie Booster Club; Dr. Sigler celebrates 25 years at hospital clinic; Pirates win 14th straight against C.V. 58-8; JV football team to play Kamiah; Lady Pirates win home opener against Timberline; Lady Pirates place third at Kendrick Tourney; Lady pirates lose in 5 at C.V.; Lady Pirates lose tri-match; SMH nurses pass test; Summit Girls are 0-7; Local students graduate from the U of I, Jake Chaffee received a bachelor of science degree in forest resources and another in fire ecology and management; Dustin Behler received bachelor of science degrees in both forest resources and in fire ecology and management; Amanda Jackson received a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences; Lacey Wargi received a bachelor of science degree in general studies.; Baptist Church hosts block party; Welcoming planned for Emma Watson; Unemployed workers’ children may be eligible for free school lunches; Seubert Selway reunion held; Syringa to host grief education and support classes; Lt. Colonel Brian James deployed to Iraq; Late summer burning continues on Clearwater and Nez Perce Forests; Library pays tribute to Nona Hood
Evelyn Lillie Gehring, daughter of Nick and Desiree Gehring on August 15 
September 24
Total school enrollment is slightly higher; Fall Lecture series starts Thursday; North Idaho Correctional Institution is working in strengthening their security by applying more razor wire on the perimeter fence; Free admission day at Museum; Scarecrow contest in Cottonwood; Cottonwood’s web site is www.cottonwoodidaho.org; Adeline Lustig has been named to the Scholastic Honor Roll with a straight A average for the Summer Term at Oregon state University; Pirates overwhelm Loggers, 59-8; High School rodeos start this weekend; Lady Pirates split at Tri-match; Lady Pirates go 5-5 at Gar-Pal Tourney; Developmental screening set for October 8; Summit junior high girls are 2-0; Lady Patriots still winless; Outreach fall workshops lined up; Wrestling Club signups are set; It’s cookie dough sale time; Boosters of the year named by the Prairie Booster Club are the football chain gang Randy Hasselstrom, Gus Hoene, Arnie Chandler, and John Mager, and football score clock operator Ed Holthaus and announcer Pat Holthaus; Arm yourself against the flu; Good stewards rewarded through USDA programs; New census estimates show recession’s impact 
Viola Gehring Nuxoll, 81, passed away September 17 
Christine Lawyer, 98, passed away September 14 
Amanda Jackson and Chris Rehder recited their marriage vows on May 30 
October 1 
This is Homecoming Week; Choir practice starts Monday; Candidates for Homecoming King and Queen are Amber Holthaus, Chris Schmidt, David Sigler, Conner Rieman, Joe Schumacher, Branden Waller, Andrew Gabica, NaTosha Schaeffer, Amber Frei, Gina Seubert, Rafael Eziaga, Kyle Holthaus, Derek Schaeffer, Robin Krol, Kyler Shumway, Tyrell Langston and Nick Ackerman; Uptmor receives statewide award; William Runnoe is new BLM Field Manager; Homework Assistance available at Prairie High School; Pirates rout Spartans 54-6; Lady Pirates swept twice by Troy and Grangeville; Rodeo team competes at Kamiah; Tractor show is Saturday; Knowledge Bowl season starts; Lady Patriots twice lose 5-game matches; Summit Jr. High girls split games; PFC Joseph Poxleitner graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on August, 28; Bluegrass band at Dahmen Barn; Casino night at Kamiah 
Shawn Rose and Cami Kelsey were married September 19 at their home in Duchene, Utah
Sr. Sylveria (Alice Mary) Weiand, 85, passed away September 23
Nora Cecile Mullins is the daughter of Marne and Brent Mullins, born on September 28 
October 8
Amber Holthaus and Robin Krol were named Homecoming Queen and King; County recycling program to start October 31; PSAT set for October 14; The senior class float “Thrash the Wildcats” was judged the winner of the Homecoming float contest; NICI tests runs escape drill; PHS starts new rafting club; Pirates win Homecoming game 46-0; Lady Pirates beat Kendrick in 5; Lady Pirates struggle at Genesee Tourney; Summit teams lose twice; 6th graders attend outdoor science school; Mildred Baerlocher to celebrate 90th; John McHugh graduated from New York University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate on May 15
Andrew Terhaar and Molly Green to be married October 24 
October 15
Museum to sponsor documentary; Last chance for cookie dough; Food drive planned by Prairie High School HOSA and St. Mary’s Hospital; Middle School to hold showcase; Christmas parade set for December 20th; Pirates dominate Genesee; Boys basketball team selling firewood as fundraiser; Lady pirates split at lost a league match to Deary then won a non-league match against Summit Academy, Summit also lost to the Mustangs; Volleyball district starts Saturday; Lady Pirates swept by Grangeville; Summit Jr. High girls win 3; Junior class parent meeting set; PHS rodeo team competes at Cambridge; Harvest Cruise set for November 21; Forever Drug Free group is having their annual basket raffle on Dec. 15th; Infant warmer purchased at St. Mary’s Hospital; Appreciation dinner held at Ferdinand; Youth Choir rehearsals to start; Cattlemen annual meeting set for Saturday October 17th; Hat and mitten drive planned; Center for Discovery hosts bingo night 
Fred E. Behler, 82, former mayor, passed away October 6 
(Concluded next week)

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