Updated February 5, 2015
Highway Districts seek to address loss of Secure Rural Schools funding
The West Camas Transportation Planning Council hosted a meeting of area highway districts Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Cottonwood Community Hall. . . .
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February activities for Tri-Parish Youth
February brings with it our invitation for change.  As Lent challenges us to assess our lives and enter into Christ’s journey toward the cross we begin to shift our mindsets and yearn for newness of heart. . . .
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Kat Kaschmitter is employee of the month
“Kat exemplifies what an outstanding employee is,” said a co-worker when she was describing Katherine Kaschmitter, the January Employee of the Month for St. Mary’s Hospital. . . .
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Booster Club offers scholarships
Sponsored by the Prairie Booster Club the purpose of the “Cliff Holthaus Memorial Scholarship” is to provide graduates of Prairie High School recognition and financial support in pursuit of a post secondary academic or vocational education. . . .
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Theitten to be featured at Lenten Retreat
The Lenten Retreat, "Tools for Lenten Mercy," will take place on Saturday, February 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood, Idaho . . .
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The LCSC Report
A couple more classes that are available through the LCSC Grangeville Outreach Center. . . .
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Library News
Here are two book summaries for this week. Also, I'd like to mention 'Brisingr' and 'Inheritance' by Christopher Paolini, the last two books in the Inheritance Cycle, a young adult fantasy series. . . .
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Week 4 Shoot results
Cottonwood Gun Club had 23 shooters with overcast conditions with an occasional snow flurry.  Glenn Remacle, Brandon Poxleitner and Jeff North each shot a perfect 25 this week. . . .
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Graduation party meeting
The parents of the 2015 graduating class have started planning for the Safe and Sober graduation party. . . .
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SGA 50-year reunion planned
The 1965 graduating class of St. Gertrude's Academy are planning their 50 year reunion for this summer on June 27th . . .
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Pirates win 3 home games
The Prairie Pirates won 3 home games this past week to improve to 14-2 on the season. On Tuesday, Jan. 27 they beat Grangeville 57-40. On Wednesday, Jan. 28 they beat Asotin 66-33. And finally on Thursday, Jan. 29 they won a league game over Troy 56-25. . . .
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Lady Pirates win twice
The Prairie Lady Pirates won their final two regular season games, both played at Cottonwood. They beat Asotin 73-36 Wednesday, Jan. 28 and on senior night they defeated Highland 71-19 on Friday, Jan. 30. . . .
The Lady Pirates beat Genesee 53-32 Wednesday, Feb. 4 at District to clinch a berth at State and will play Lapwai for the District title Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
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Wrestling schedule
The Prairie wrestling schedule is on this page. . . .
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Summit Academy news
The entire Summit Academy gathered on Jan. 28 after lunch to wish foreign exchange students “Cocoa” Maria Jose Garcia and “Nachi” Maria Ignacia Garcia “Adios!” for their return to Chile, South America. . . .
The Kindergarten class of Summit Academy hosted the Summit Senior Class of 2015 for lunch last Friday. . . .
Summit Pushes the Limits!  With only two weeks to spare, the Chemistry Class at Summit Academy rallied in the “Chem E Cars Challenge.” . . .
The Summit Patriots won 2 of their 3 games this past week. On Tuesday, Jan. 27 they traveled to Weippe and beat Timberline 57-34 in their only league game of the 3. On Friday, Jan. 30 they hosted Potlatch at Craigmont in a non-league encounter and picked up a surprising loss 55-61. Finally on Monday, Feb. 2 they hosted Salmon River at the Grangeville Middle School gym in another non-league contest and won 79-69. . . .
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Sen. Nuxoll's Weekly Legislative Report
Editor’s Note: State Senator Sheryl Nuxoll has been sending out a weekly email newsletter to many of her constituents and thought she would like to share it with the Chronicle readers as well.
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Approximately 65 area highway district and elected officials gathered Saturday, Jan. 31 at Cottonwood Community Hall to discuss the effect of and possible solutions to the loss of the Secure Rural Schools funding. See story at left. Click on the photo for a larger view.

With the help of parent and community volunteers, all staff from Prairie Elementary School were able to attend a math conference in Coeur d'Alene.  At 12:00 on Friday January 23, all staff boarded a bus for Coeur d'Alene ready for a 5:00 p.m. start to the conference. The conference began with a keynote from Dr. Nicole Miller Rigelman, an associate professor at Portland State University.  She stressed the importance of curriculum materials on student and teacher learning, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving as it relates to standards implementation and assessment.   On Saturday the day started with  a follow-up from Dr. Nicole Rigelman leading into break out sessions for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.   Staff from north and central Idaho were in attendance.  Idaho's Institutions of Higher Education along with the State Department of Education have partnered to support the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers.  Through this  collaborative and comprehensive statewide effort, the Idaho Regional Mathematics Centers strive to ensure that Idaho's teachers of mathematics are highly talented, trained and effective professionals. Photo provided by Rene’ Forsmann. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Kat Kaschmitter is the employee of the month at St. Mary's Hospital. See story above left.

“Cocoa” Maria Jose Garcia and “Nachi” Maria Ignatius Garcia are presented by Mrs. Amy Rose with Summit Academy’s “Patriot Award.” The girls, exchange students at Summit Academy from Chile, had to return home at the end of January. Photo provided by Summit Academy. See story on the Summit page at left. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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