Tricounty News

More stormwater improvements for Kimball on the way


Stormwater from the city of Kimball is about to become a whole lot cleaner, thanks to a partnership between the Clearwater River Watershed District (CRWD) and the city of Kimball, and funding from state agencies.

Stormwater from the city of Kimball drains into Willow Creek, a designated trout stream and important park space for the community. Before the projects, high-temperature stormwater runoff, laden with nutrients, drained untreated into Willow Creek. Trout don’t like high-
temperatures; and too many nutrients can cause algae blooms in downstream lakes. Too much algae can make swimming and fishing unpleasant. The city also struggles with small-scale flooding during storm events.


40 years of Senior Dining in Kimball

Serving nutritional meals

Wednesday, March 19, the diners are looking forward to celebrating 40 years of Senior Dining in Kimball.

Naturally, over the course of
40 years, some changes were made. The basic concept to provide those 60 and older a balanced meal that gives them one-third of the daily nutrients needed daily to maintain good health and to provide that meal for any senior, regardless of how much they could contribute to their meal.


March 22: Party for volunteers in Watkins

A Volunteer Apreciation Party is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

Volunteers, this is for you. All volunteers are invited, this will be at the Watkins Legion.


Don’t stop running your tap


Just because it’s warmed up and the sun is out, don’t stop running a tap in your home if you’re at risk for freezing water and/or sewer lines. The frost this year is quite deep, up to 10 feet in some places. It will take, experts say, at least a month for the frost to go out. (Some say, the frost will go out at about the time the ice goes off the lakes, and that will be awhile.)

First, contact your city office that you’re running extra water. Second, turn on a cold-water faucet nearest where the water pipe comes into the building, and let it run with a flow about the width of a pencil. Third, KEEP IT RUNNING until told (by your city’s Public Works Dept.) to stop.

It will cost hundreds of dollars to thaw frozen water or sewer pipes. For about $20/month in extra water usage, it’s a bargain whether the city adjusts for it or not. (Most cities are now adjusting those charges for customers who have informed them.)


'Wedding Day' celebrated at Hilltop HCC

Residents and visitors were treated to an exhibit of a number of wedding and prom dresses. After a cake-decorating demonstration in the morning, wedding cake and punch were served in the afternoon. Staff photos by Jean Matua.