Updated February 23, 2011
Children's theatre tryouts are March 10
Just a reminder, Missoula Children’s Theatre is not coming to town this year, but the Center For Discovery is sponsoring a week long theatre event. . . .
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Relay for Life planning meeting is Monday
The ACS Clearwater To Salmon Rivers Relay For Life invites all past, present, and new teams to this year’s event July 15-16 at the Grangeville High School track. . . .
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Ski Skoop
We were able to open both Sunday and President’s Day Monday last weekend and the skiers enjoyed over two feet of great snow and sunshine! . . .
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Arnoti is library's first artist/author of the month
The community of Cottonwood  is so very fortunate to have so many very talented people in our area.  As an added attraction to the Library, the board decided to highlight local artists, authors and other talented citizens throughout the year and give them the recognition they deserve. . . .
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Hands on with creative expression
In celebration of the Monastery of St. Gertrude's new Spirituality & the Arts program, Spirit Center has launched the Creative Expression retreats. These are hands-on, mid-week, small group encounters with art and creativity. . . .
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From your legislators
A strong Republican majority, bolstered by voters’ efforts last fall, will rely on conservative principles in a challenging 2011 budget session. . . .
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The Parish Dinner that almost wasn't
The story behind the annual parish dinner at Keuterville begins in the year 1978 when the Keuterville Christian Mothers decided to host the event for the first time. . . .
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Historical Museum closed for renovations
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is temporarily closed for renovations. . . .
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Pirates clinch trip to State
The Prairie Pirates won their first two District games to clinch a third straight trip to the state tournament. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 1 of 3 at State
The Prairie Lady Pirates won their first game but lost their next 2 at the 1-A, Division 1 Girls State Basketball Tournament at Nampa, Feb. 17-19. . . .
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7 qualify for State
All 7 Prairie wrestlers qualified for the upcoming State Tournament with 5 qualifying as District Champions in the District 1-2 meet at Kootenai High School Saturday, Feb. 19. . . .
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Summit news
The Summit Academy Lady Patriots earned the consolation trophy at the State 1-A Division 2 Tournament for the second straight year as they lost to eventual champion Dietrich 52-62 then bounced back to beat Tri-Valley 52-34 and Garden Valley 54-39 at Nampa Feb. 17-19. . . .The Nezperce Indians made sure there were no first-round upsets in the 1-A, Division 2 District Tournament as they smothered Summit 21-74 at the LCSC Activity Center Monday, Feb. 21. . . .
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Prairie’s girls team had to watch as Challis was awarded the third place trophy. With only 2 seniors on the squad they have a good chance to be back at state next year. See page 4 for tournament stories and photos.  Seen from left are Meaghan Bruner, Shelby VonBargen, Taylor Heitman, Tanna Schlader, Samantha Keating, Kendall Schumacher, MeShel Rad, Kayla Johnson, Megan Sigler, Lanny Wilson, and coaches Lori Mader and Sarah Walsh. MaKayla Schaeffer and Calliee Mader are sitting down behind the rest of the team. See stories and more photos below left. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Summit girls are shown with the 1A-Division 2 Consolation Trophy they were awarded after defeating Garden Valley Saturday morning. From left are Cassidy Stubbers, Sarah Chmelik, Brooke Schumacher, assistant coach Alexa Prigge, Rachael Frei, Jamie Chmelik, Savanah Prigge, Nicole Wemhoff, Rachel Wemhoff, Kayla Duclos, Nicole Frei and Megan Rehder. In back is head coach Pete Prigge. See story and more photos below left. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Prairie wrestling team with their District medals. Front from left are District champs Kade Perrin, Alex Duman, Tyler Ross and Damian McWilliams. Back from left are coach Chris Altman, District champ Tayler Heitman, District 3rd place finisher Garrett Schmidt, District runner-up Mitch Jungert, Stats girls Tannor Ratcliff and coach Dan Altman. Photo submitted by Joe Ross. Click on the photo for a larger view. See story below left.

Ladd Arnoti with some of his paintings. He is the Prairie Community Library Artist/Author of the month. Photo provided by Dorothy Arnoti. See story at left

 The above accident took place Tuesday, Feb. 22 at milepost 253 (just north of the Nez Perce War historical site) south of Cottonwood. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hess were returning to California when their 2010 Dodge pickup pulling a 34 foot 2010 5th wheel trailer lost traction to the rear wheels and jack-knifed. There were no injuries. Idaho County Sheriff’s Deputies Fred Cary and Brian Hewson investigated. Photo and information provided by Margo Bambacigno.

"I can't believe I won.  I've never won anything in my life," excitedly exclaimed Peggy (Seubert) Gorciak, when she was informed that she had won first prize at St. Mary's/ Holy Cross Raffle on Sunday, Feb. 13. The top award was ½ hog, cut and wrapped, by Sonnen Meats, owned by Norm and  Julie Sonnen.  Peggy was in Cottonwood visiting her mother, Valeria Seubert, for the week and decided to take in the parish dinner activities, which reaped big rewards for her.  The ticket sales surpassed last years' numbers, and was deemed very successful.  A big thank you to all the donors, supporters, and patrons to make a big project a lot of fun and worthwhile experience according to chairperson, Shirley Gehring. Photo provided by Shirley Gehring.

School and Community Working Together: Thursday, February 10, Theresa Carter, of Prairie High School,  presented a Communication Course to 17 Highway District and City Employees.  The course was provided to local employees participating in the Statewide Road Scholar Program.  This program is set to provide additional education to road maintenance employees.  Participants included personnel from Cities of Cottonwood, Kooskia, Nezperce; Highway District Employees from Ferdinand, Greencreek, Cottonwood, Keuterville, Fenn, Grangeville, Winchester, Craigmont, and Mohler. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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