Updated December 20, 2012
Coloring Contest winners named
Monica Goeckner, age 5; Olivia Klapprich, age 8, and Laney Uhlenkott, age 12, were the grand prize winners in this year’s Christmas Coloring Contest. . . .
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School Board meets
The School Board held their regular December meeting Monday, Dec. 17, with Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik in attendance. . . .
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Letters to Santa
Kindergarten first grade students and local schools shared their letters to Santa Claus. . . .
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Therese Schmidt is artist of the month
Scenese from the Lighted Christmas Parade. . . .
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Court of Honor held
On December 10 a Court of Honor was held for several scouts in our troop, plus other awards. . . .
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More 150 Year Story books arrive
More copies have arrived at the Historical Museum of “150 Years Our Story.”. . .
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Orchestra to perform at Monastery
The Idaho County Orchestra will perform a concert of traditional and contemporary Christmas music in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on December 30 at 2:00 p.m. The all-string orchestra features six violins, cello, bass, guitar, and harp. . . .
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Library News
Merry Christmas everyone. Only a few days left to prepare for Christmas so Santa can make his yearly debut. . . .
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Pirates split games; Prairie wins Idaho County Shootout
The Prairie boys basketball team split a pair of games over the past week, winning a league game against Lapwai on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Cottonwood and then losing a non-league matchup at Grangeville in the Idaho County Shootout on Friday. . . .
The Idaho County Shootout raised $13,806 this year in cash and food for local food banks, more than twice what was raised last year. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 3 of 4 games
The Prairie Lady Pirates had a busy week winning 3 of the 4 games played. . . .
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Wrestlers do well at Potlatch, Grangeville
On this page are the match results from the Potlatch duals, Potlatch Tournament and Grangeville duals. . . .
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Summit girls lose twice, boys split; Photos from Nativity play and rocket project
The Summit boys and girls basketball teams played a pair of basketball doubleheaders last week. The girls lost twice while the boys split. . . .
Some scenes from "The Little Matchstick Girl" and a photo of the 7th/8th science class finishing a study on rockets. . . .
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Letters to the Editor
On this page are letters to the editor that appeared in this week's print edition of the Chronicle . . .
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This year’s Coloring Contest overall winners are shown. From left are Monica Goeckner (age 5 & under), Olivia Klapprich (age 6-8) and Laney Uhlenkott (age 9-12). Each received a $10 grand prize from the Cottonwood Chronicle. See story at left. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Santa Claus listens closely as this young lady shares her Christmas wish list. Santa rode a lighted Christmas firetruck through the parade Sunday and then set up at the Cottonwood Fire Station. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Shown are the Kindergartners singing at the Prairie Elementary School concert held Tuesday, Dec. 11. Click on the photo to go to a page with photos of each class performing.

 Rebekah Bruner, right, and Jessica Kaschmitter, left, are the Prairie High School Students of the Month for December.  They worked very hard to raise money and food for the Idaho County Shoot Out.  In addition they are our school spirit leaders who organized the pep assembly and gym decorations for the Shoot Out competition.  The Jr. High teachers have agreed on Meagan Hohman, center, as Jr. High student of the month.  Meagan is quiet, polite, and respectful.  She works hard in all of her classes, and she always gets her work done. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Prairie students rushed the court to celebrate winning the Idaho Couunty Shootout competition for the third straight year. See story at left for more info and a couple more photos from the event. Click on the photo for a larger view.

This larger trophy case the students built in the Technical Design class replaces the old one in the entry way in the Prairie High Gym. The students learned the processes of building and installing cabinets. The majority of the materials were donated by Pacific Cabinets. All the students in the Technical Design classes that have built cabinets for the school and community have left something they can remember for the rest of their lives. Students in the picture are Chris Hoene, Luke Arnzen, Levi Lustig, Frank Spencer, Tayler Heitman, and Alex Duman. Click on the photo for a larger view.

This is the trophy case for Prairie Jr. High. The majority of the materials were donated by Pacific Cabinets. The students learned the processes of building cabinets in the Technical Design class. Those in the picture are Tanner Ross, Mr. Richardson, Whitney Sonnen, Bryson Higgins, and Rhett Schlader. Click on the photo for a larger view.

A couple weeks ago the Cottonwood Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 3785 starting working on their sewing badge. They met at Shari Chaffee’s house and with the help of Colleen Lockhart they made baskets with a Christmas theme. The project included using the sewing machine, hand sewing and working with a hot glue gun. The girls all had a fun time and learned some valuable skills. Shown are Colleen Lockhart, Ciara Chaffee, Leann Lightfield, Madison Shears, Rachael Gimmeson, John Lightfield (the girls little mascot) and Audrey Drake. Photo by Shari Chaffee. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Girl Scout Troop 3785 brought some holiday cheer to the community. First stop was Rene’ Forsmann’s office at Prairie Middle School. Next to the Cottonwood Chronicle,  who is so great at publishing our photos, and then the local Shelter Home. Last stop was to Colleen Lockhart who helped with girls sewing project. In the above photo  they are shown at the Shelter Home. With Shelter Home residents are Madison Shears, Anna Everson, Ciara Chaffee, Trinity Martinez, Leann Lightfield and Rachael Gimmeson. Below they are shown with Greg Wherry at the Chronicle office. Click on the photos for larger views.
Mrs Wimer's sewing classes at PHS have made Christmas stockings for the food bank again this year.  They do this for a community service project.  The materials for the stockings are all donated to the class and this is their way of paying back the community. Back Row: Cheyenne Elliot, Maria Munger, Marissa Lustig, Marina Evans, Taylor Nuxoll, Stellina Lauranio, Kristin Latimer, Emily McHugh, Kelsey Tidwell. Middle Row: Krista Hess, Eliese Perrin, Rose Mary Trautman, Lauren Alfrey, Sierra Latimer, Sarah Seubert, Krystin Uhlenkott, Hailey Danly, Front Row: Shayla VonBargen, Abbie Uhlenkott, Cassie Stubbers, Kayla Frei, Tasha Gimmeson, Kelly Heitman, Hannah Ross, Talyss Lustig. Laying Down: Nick Shears. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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