Updated April 22, 2010
$275,000 override levy sought
Despite the fact that the budget deficit was nearly $600,000, the school board was able to make enough budget cuts to get their requested override levy down to $275,000. The board approved the suggested budget cuts at their regular April meeting Monday, April 19. . . .
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Health Screening Trailer to be in Cottonwood
The Northwest Lions Foundation’s Health Screening Trailer will be in Cottonwood next Tuesday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. . . .
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Library News
The Prairie Community Library Board met in April to look over the new changes in the library. Construction and painting has been finished. . . .
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HOSA students do well at State
Prairie High School’s Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) members recently competed at the State Leadership Conference held in Boise April 7-9. . . .
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Hospital campuses to be tobacco free
St Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and their satellite clinics will become tobacco free on June 1st.  Use of tobacco products on campus will no longer be allowed by patients, visitors or employees. . . .
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Craigmont/Winchester yard sales are May 1
Saturday, May 1, 2010 Craigmont and Winchester will host the first of the season City Wide Yard Sale, at this time of writing there are over 30 sales listed. . . .
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Hospital staffs attend conference
Staff from St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics presented at a Boise conference for participants in Idaho’s Safety Net Medical Home Initiative. . . .
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Forum location changes
This Thursday’s, April 22 Our Health Our Community public forum will be held in the Conference Room at the Super 8 Motel on Highway 95 in Grangeville.  “We regret any confusion this may cause. . . .
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This is 4-H Week
The week of April 18th through the 24th  marks the celebration of Idaho County 4-H Week.   . . .
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Pirates pick up two easy wins
The Prairie Pirates picked up a pair of easy wins as they routed Lewis County 15-0 then beat Troy even worse, 25-0. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 5 league games; Volleyball Theme Tournament is BPA fundraiser
The Prairie softball team stayed unbeaten with 5 league wins last week as they defeated Timberline and swept both Potlatch and Troy. . . .
The Prairie Volleyball Team Theme Tournament will be held Wednesday, April 28th at 6 p.m. at Prairie High School. . . .
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Pirates compete in two track meets
The Prairie Track team competed in a pair of track meets last week, at Kamiah and at the Moscow Invitational. . . .
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Letters to the editor
On this page are letters to the editor that appeared in the print edition of the Chronicle. . . .
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Students of the Month at Prairie High School for April are Kayla Johnson and Mike Karel. Kayla is a very reliable and conscientious volunteer.  She is always ready to work hard and help others in the community.  She has volunteered numerous hours though HOSA for the hospital, coaching and refereeing volleyball, helping serve at community dinners and with the recycling center at Fenn.  Kayla is a credit to Prairie High School and the Cottonwood community!  Mike is a valuable member of the PHS Band, Knowledge Bowl and HOSA, and is active in his church youth group and Boy Scouts.  He has been on the Honor Roll throughout high school.  He volunteered to play drums for the Prairie Youth Choir the last 2 years, and has volunteered as a soccer coach for several years with the Prairie Youth Soccer program. Photo provided by Ryan Hasselstrom.

Sewer line work continues on Lewiston St. Work has been ongoing for the past couple of weeks and will continue to work its way north through the end of the proposed repavement project. They started during the school’s Spring Break in front of the Elementary School and as of Tuesday were located between Hogan and Peasley Streets.

Mother Nature could not have provided a more perfect day for this year’s Arbor Day observed in Cottonwood on Friday, April 23, 2010.  Frank Bruno and members of the local Babe Ruth Baseball Team demonstrated their commitment to the communities future when they put hands to soil and planted 150 Ponderosa Pine seedlings at Wimer Field in Cottonwood.  Also present was Forestry Steward, Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth of St. Gertrude’s Monastery, who assisted the all volunteer planters and provided expert technical advice.  The trees were donated by Western Forest Systems of Lewiston, and will greatly appreciated for years to come.  Among the many benefits of planting trees for the future, it is hoped the trees will grow to provide beauty and value to the community as well as provide shade for future sports fans using the ball field.  Members of the Babe Ruth team might also, someday, have the pride of telling their children and grandchildren that they, themselves, planted the trees at Wimer field.   Contact your local State Forester for more information or assistance with tree-planting programs in your area. Click on the top photo for a larger view.

Prairie Middle School was recently recognized as an Exemplary RTI (Response to Intervention) School at the State RTI Convention in Boise.  The team presented on their trials and tribulations of implementing this program in a small school with limited support, staff, and funding, yet, still able to be a school for others to turn to as guidance in setting up an RTI team in their school or district.   RTI is a child-centered, systematic approach to assisting students.  It is not a separate entity but more a part of every program and process at school.  The thoroughness of RTI ensures that we look at all options for children and use the data and many strategies to assist students in their learning and growth.  It supports the classroom teacher in growing his/her skills in dealing with the wide range of students we now have.  Teachers and staff continue to clarify how the RTI processes are included in academic, and behavior programs, Title I, Special Education, and gifted programs.  The Prairie Middle School RTI team and entire staff, feels that as a small rural school with limited resources that their team operates very well together to meet the needs of all students. 

Community Clean Up Day – Friday April 16.  Prairie Middle School PE classes joined in the cleanup.  Pictured are sixth grade students Abbie Uhlenkott, Lauren Alfrey, Sierra Latimer, Talyss Lustig, Haley Danly. Photo courtesy Prairie Middle School.

County Commissioner Jim Rehder met with the Citizenship Washington Focus 4-H group (CWF) at our monthly meeting.  He talked to us about what he does as Idaho County Commissioner and also explained how county government works. He described how county government fits in the big picture of government by handling local issues such as garbage, pot holes, and public safety.  The county is responsible for the collection of tax revenue for other local taxing entities, such as schools, libraries, roads, cemeteries, and cities. CWF is a new county 4-H club in Idaho County that is working on a three year project learning about local, state, and federal government that culminates in a trip to Washington D.C.  This program uses our nation’s capital as a classroom to foster youth appreciation, understanding and involvement in civic responsibility. While in D.C. we will be attending the National 4-H Conference and will see much of our capitol.  From left are Hannah Munson-Riggins, Jodi Kaschmitter-Grangeville, Jackie Mager-Grangeville, Megan Johnston-Grangeville, Jim Rehder-Idaho County Commissioner, Whitney Sonnen-Cottonwood, Dakota Wilson-Cottonwood, Brandi Gehring-Cottonwood, and Ana Pauly-Kooskia. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Dani Cochran, Gina Seubert, Haley Angus, Ashley Shumway teach about what tobacco products can do to your lungs. They had real pig lungs to show healthy versus cancer, they also had jars of tar and phlegm to show how much stuff a person can have accumulate in their body in 1 year as part of the school’s “Kick Butts” program. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Beka Bruner and Jessica Kaschmitter teaching about “chew” and the ill effects that happen to your mouth, jaw and tongue.

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