STORMY WEATHER is the perfect description for the first week of January 2022. Old Man Winter showed his true colors and sent strong winds along with lots and lots of snow. The turbulent weather caused power outages; the first one on Wednesday, Jan. 5 lasted nine hours, the second one started on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 3:40 p.m. and the power didn’t come back on until 10:30 Friday. Clearwater Power Company reported that this outage covered a wide range of areas which included Moscow, Deary, Orofino, Peck, Greer, Weippe, and more.

The Highway District worked long hours to keep the gravel roads open.

On Wednesday, Cottonwood Road kept drifting shut so they enlisted the sheriff’s department to stop vehicles at Lower Fords Creek Road. The grader escorted the school bus on its route to deliver the last of the students to their homes. School was closed on the next day. Our farm is located at that intersection and we watched all the action from our front windows.

The accumulation of snow amounted to at least two feet on the level and the wind caused deep drifts to form. As the temperature climbed into the 30-degree range the snow settled and became almost too heavy to shovel. The paths that were open now have a covering of ice, making it difficult to get from one place to the next.

The power outage was a real wake up call for everyone. Any home with a generator was ahead of the game as well as homes heated with a wood stove which served two purposes, one to heat the house, and the second to provide a way to cook a meal. Neighbors stayed in contact with each other and offered what help they could.

It has been a number of years since we have experienced this kind of weather. We certainly appreciated the sun when it came out on the following Sunday.

The Fraser Get Together Club will meet at Blanche Kinney’s for tea on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 12 o’clock noon. This is a social meeting.

The Capital Press had a number of interesting articles in the Dec. 31 issue. The front page had a big article on the Port Gridlock and how the global shipping crisis has affected agriculture in the Northwest. Shipping containers that once sat on a dock for three to eight days are now waiting a month or longer to be loaded onto vessels, depending on their destination.

The price of shipping has skyrocketed. Seattle and Tacoma are utilizing alternative container yards, freeing up valuable space on terminal docks and allowing products to move more efficiently.

The biggest upgrade will be the reopening of Terminal Five in Seattle. It is slated to go into service in phases, beginning in January with more than $500 million in improvements. This just covers a tiny bit of the information this article covers.

There were several articles about the support for keeping the Snake River dams, one by Matthew Weaver and one on the “Our View” page. A new survey commissioned by Northwest River Partners indicated broad public support for keeping the Snake River dams. Kurt Miller, executive director pointed out that it’s only a smaller minority that believes this would be good policy for the Pacific Northwest.Both articles are of concern. You can read them yourself to get a broader view of these two subjects.

Marie and Gerry Armitage send Happy Birthday Greetings to their granddaughter, Rilee Avery Henderson, on Jan. 13.

Happy Birthday Greetings go out to Sandy Dahl on Jan. 15, to Tammy Sauter on Jan. 16, to Linda Beard on Jan. 17, and to Monte Vanderpool on Jan. 18.

Happy Anniversary Greetings go out to Mike and Linda Beard on Jan. 17.

2021 Year End Part II

The month of January started out with day time temperatures in the 30-40 degree range. The seeded wheat fields remained bare for the most part.

The snow that fell soon melted due to the warm temperatures. We did get some snow in February, but my records show that for the most part the temperatures remained warm

The month of March came in like a lamb, but the lion did get to exercise his roar when it snowed from the 20th through the 25th.

April and May were sunny for the most part, but at the end of June we were hit by a heat wave. The temperature went from 91 degrees on the 22nd and climbed to 109 by the 30th. During the month of July, the weather remained hot and continued until August 17 when we finally enjoyed day time temperatures in the 70s. After the first day of Autumn, we started to get some rainy days which eventually turned to snow as the colder weather arrived.

The Fraser Get Together Club held their Father’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, June 20. We had a good turnout. Everyone enjoyed visiting along with the tasty food.

The Family Thanksgiving Potluck and the Christmas dinner were well attended.

The Fraser Community center was used for the Celebration of Life for Ed Berreth on June 26. The club was in charge of the kitchen duties.

Ed passed away on June 15.

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