A snow storm hit the Fraser Community the last two days of the year. Heavy snow started falling on Wednesday, Dec. 30, and continued on into the next day.

The Clearwater Highway District used their big equipment to clear the roads on New Years Day.

Since then the weather has warmed up and most of the snow has melted.

The NOAA weather prediction is for more rain on into next week.

Matthew Weaver of The Capital Press had an article in the Dec. 18, 2020 issue entitled “Weatherman predicts cold, wet winter for the Northwest”.

Meteorologist Art Douglas reported that a La Nina condition will be strong through the winter, meaning cold and wet weather for the Northwest. La Nina (the cooling of the Pacific Ocean’s surface), also brings drought conditions to the southern United States. Drought is also impacting Argentina, Brazil and India, affecting their wheat crops.

Art Douglas is a professor emeritus of Creighton University in Omaha, NB, and has been a mainstay speaker at the Spokane Ag Show for more than 30 years.

It certainly appears that his prediction is right on track. It will be interesting to follow the weather patterns throughout the coming year.

A long-time resident of the hill top area, Ernestine Ball, passed away on Dec. 17, 2020. She was born on April 13, 1923 in Harrisburg, ID, to Lilly and Ora Harvey.

In 1941 she married Harold Ball. They had three children, Reggie, Roger and Maxine. Maxine passed away in 1993.

Reggie and his wife Peggy live near Orofino. Roger and his wife, Tisha, live at Cove, OR.

Ernestine’s husband Harold passed away in 1988. Several years later she moved to LaFrance, OR. to be near her son Roger and his family.

Ernestine met Lon Northcutt in LaGrande. The two traveled together and enjoyed dancing.

Steve and I met Ernestine and Lon when they visited Reggie and Peggy in September of 2005. They brought their fifth wheel trailer, which had living space, and an area in the back for hauling horses. Of course Lon’s horse, Patches, made the trip with them from Island City, Oregon.

Lon had time to ride between the projects Reggie had lined up.

We joined the family for dinner and during the meal Lon found out we had two llamas. He wanted to acquaint Patches with them as part of his training. The llama encounter did take place successfully, and before the afternoon was over the two animals were at ease with each other.

Ernestine had many talents, which included carpentry, gardening and she was an excellent seamstress. She loved to organize everything.

She will be missed by her family and her friends. She was 97 years old when she made her passing.

Sherry and Larry Schlader traveled to Meridian to spend the Christmas holiday with their daughter Heather Haworth and her family. They enjoyed a turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings and for a special treat Sherry brought a chocolate cheesecake made by Loretta Judd. It was a big hit. Loretta’s cheesecakes are a cut above any you have ever tasted. If you are interested ask Sherry how to contact Loretta.

Marie and Gerry Armitage send Happy Birthday Greetings to their granddaughter Rilee Avery Henderson, on Jan. 14.

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.

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