Updated July 5, 2012
Translator system to offer more channels
If you live in the Camas Prairie area and watch television using an antenna, you now have more viewing choices thanks to work on the new digital translator system on Cottonwood Butte. KSPS Public Television is now available in High Definition. . . .
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Testing while driving ban now in effect
Texting while driving is always a dangerous choice. Since July 1, it will also be an illegal and costly decision. . . .
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Summer School to be offered
Summer school will be provided for students grades K-6th grade at Prairie Elementary School. . . .
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Cottonwood and area history continued
The lush mature beauty of Spring continues into the months of mid-summer. All attention is now focused on getting the hay put up. . . .
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Local Scouts at Camp Grizzly
On June 24-30 Troop 638 Gator Patrol and Lightning Jacks Patrol went for a week of camping near Harvard, Idaho at Camp Grizzly. . . .
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Nez Perce cultural demonstration at Spalding Park
Julia Allman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe will be demonstrating traditional Nez Perce crafts at the Nez Perce National Historical Park Visitor Center at Spalding . . .
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Russell wins t-shirt design contest
On Wednesday, June 28, Hailey Russell received a $100 cash award in the presence of her mother and the Benedictine sisters for winning the Raspberry Festival t-shirt design contest.  . . .
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Local cities show growth
Cottonwood and Ferdinand each showed population growth from 2010 to 2011 according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population estimates released this past week. . . .
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Babe Ruth team finishes 5-0 in league play
They were YOUNG and they were FEW, but the Cottonwood Pirate Babe Ruth team was dedicated and determined this season. . . .
There are also photos of the local Little League and Rookie League teams. . . .
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The Kindergarten-1st grade addition to Prairie Elementary School is only a couple of weeks away from being completed. It is located on the north side of the main building, between the main building and the baseball field. What is shown is the west side of the addition. Secure Rural Schools money (forest funds) have been used to pay for the project. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Summer reading continues at the Library with Thia van Houten and her dog, Mousie, of Cottonwood as guests last week. Mousie is a two year old Chihuahua and very cute. He did tricks for the kids and they were allowed to give him treats. They asked a lot of questions about him. The next Summer Reading session is Thursday, July 5 at 1:30 p.m. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Super Kids Reading Program K-2: K-2 teachers met for training on a newly revised Super Kids Reading Program.  Many of our parents remember the program when they were in first grade.  The program has been updated to meet the Common Core Standards and integrates reading, language and spelling.  Kristi Bruegeman, Marlene Forsmann, Cindy Schumacher, Andrea Brannan, Becky Higgins and Vikki Riener met on June 28 to go through the program and prepare for the upcoming year.  On June 27, Becky Higgins attended an Edustat conference in Boise.  The conference was structured around looking at our education system in a way that integrates the technology and works with the data to provide 21st century education practice. Cottonwood School District will be piloting iPads in the 2nd grade classrooms, will be receiving mobile devices for all 9-12 educators in September/October, and will be in the first round of student mobile devices for 9-12 students 2013-2014. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Tri-Parish Catholic Vacation Bible School was held June 25-28 and was a huge success with 76 Kindergarten through 4th grade participants and 33 teen leaders (5th grade and up) attending VBS. The upper photo shows the teen leaders while the lower photo shows the children playing games. Thank you to all the adult and teen volunteers. The week would not have been a success without you. Click on the photos for a larger views.

Local Scouts and leaders at Camp Grizzly. Back from left are Anthony Karel, Jared Coppernoll, Hunter Chaffee, Kevin Tillinghast and Aleta Coppernoll. Front from left are Shari Chaffee and Carson Schmidt. Photo provided by Shari Chaffee. See story above left. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The slogan “Do a good turn daily” came alive when one of our vehicles got a flat tire on the way home from the Boy Scout campout at Camp Grizzly. Kevin Tillinghast jumped right in and started the process of changing the flat tire. Jared Coppernoll, Carson, Schmidt, Hunter Chaffee and Anthony Karel assisted. “Thank you guys.” Photo by Shari Chaffee. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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