Chamber Member Spotlight

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APRIL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

Killgore Adventures
White Bird, ID 83554
208.839.2255
800.469.8757
www.killgoreadventures.com

 

When was your organization founded/established?

Our business began around the year 2001. I grew up in White Bird and Lewiston and worked with my father in his excavating business. Our work was primarily government contracts, and we traveled all around the Northwest.

Our business started out as a “fun” enterprise. We decided to buy a jet boat for fun on the weekends. We wanted to entertain family and friends on the river. My Mother, Heather, had a vision even back then. She put up a little website and offered some excursions. Before we knew it, six people wanted to take the trip from Pittsburg Landing to the dam. That number kept growing and soon we had to become more serious about this endeavor.

Due to work, I had only some weekends to spend on the river. But more and more people wanted boat trips to Hells Canyon. I eventually applied for an outfitter’s license. What began as a weekend activity eventually turned in to a full-time enterprise.

My Dad and I continue to grow and evolve the family business that started with the purchase of a boat for personal fun.

Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We are an outdoor adventure company. Our number one product is the Hells Canyon Wild River Jet Boat trip. This tour travels 32 miles upriver in six hours and runs all the biggest rapids with four stops, lunch and drinks. Killgore Wild Scenic Tour is widely known as the number one Hells Canyon Tour. Killgore Adventures also provides fishing charters on the Salmon and Snake.

We are very proud to be named Idaho’s #1 Adventure Company multiple times. We pride ourselves on offering an opportunity for the entire family. Whether you are 3 or 93, you will be comfortable and safe on one of our boats. Our tours are adventurous, safe and “anyone, any age, with any ability can participate, and that is probably what we are most proud of as a company.” The perfect trip for any age or skill level and/or the entire family.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

Our main office was moved 2 years ago to the Twin Bridges location. We are evolving into a roadside tourist stop. Our goal is to become the #1 “stop” spot in Idaho. Our new location right on Highway 95 will provide us that opportunity. Future expansion will include helicopter rides. And we will be a licensed outfitter for rides in side-by-sides. We will have paths for people to go down and enjoy the beach.

It is hoped that travelers will stop for a respite, enjoy our amenities, have a cup of our great coffee (Homestead Handcrafted), partake of ice cream, shop in our well-stocked convenience store. We also offer souvenir t-shirts, caps, and other items to remember our place and Idaho. We want people to love Idaho as much as we do and return again for further exploration of the area.

I am proud to be a fourth-generation Idahoan. I love this area and want to share its beauty with others.

We offer special rates for Idaho County residents. For those who have out-of-town visitors, Killgore Adventures has lots of activities to enjoy. White Bird residents are recognizing and becoming aware that we are #1!

 

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

We are very proud of the fact that we started and developed the tour out of Pittsburg Landing. It is surprising to me how many local residents have never been to Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon and the Salmon River Canyon rival the Grand Canyon for beauty, exploration, and adventure. Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North American offering vistas that rival any on the continent.

Our business donates to the area; we believe in giving back to the community. We offer a discount to our veterans.

We are widely known as the #1 tour to Hells Canyon. Size-wise we rank in the top 3 of jet boat touring companies in the area. Our main competition is in Lewiston.

It has taken 20 years of hard work to get we are today. We have been featured on/in National Geographic; KTVB, channel 7; The Washington Times; outdoors360.com; the Idaho Statesman; wideopenspaces.com; The Spokesman-Review.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Killgore Adventures is the “real deal.” Our customers can see the real Idaho. And we represent what is the best of Idaho. This is the land of two rivers, the Salmon and the Snake, and the beauty of this area is second to none! We want to share our love of this area with others.

 


Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We are members of the Chamber of Commerce because we want to support our local community and we feel the Chamber does that. We receive support from local leaders. The Chamber helps make people aware of us—that we are here—and directs business our way. My Mother was very involved with the community of White Bird; I want to continue that tradition.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We are very excited about our future. Our move to the Twin Bridges location has been part of our business plan for many years. Here we can expand and add many more adventures to enjoy in this great state of Idaho.

Many folks probably don’t know that this property where we now reside was once the family peach orchard. When fruit prices dropped drastically due to competition from outside growers, the orchard closed (1950s). The cooler at our facility is the original cooler from the days of the peach orchard production. Now we have any opportunity to resurrect this family property.

My goal is to make this Idaho’s #1 stop, the coolest stop in Idaho. Stop and enjoy! Get a good taste and feel for the area and make plans to return. I already mentioned our plans to begin helicopter rides. Future plans also include catered dinners and a BBQ buffet, both for our patrons and the public. We might provide some lodging in the future.

For locals, our convenience store is well-stocked. In the future we plan to offer staples such as milk, bread, some frozen foods, fruit. And we plan to be open year-round.

(Interview with Kurt Killgore, December/2019, by Charllotte Hurt.)

 

 

JANUARY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

White Bird Community Library
245 River Street
PO Box 33
White Bird, ID 83554
208.507.3240
whitebirdlib@gmail.com

 

When was your organization founded/established?

Where We Started

The library was first housed in the parsonage of the United Methodist Church across the street from its current location. A rental agreement was signed with the church (of the Walla Walla District) in 1999. Due to space constraints, that facility was limited to a basic collection.

In 2004 with donated land, labor provided by board members and their spouses and the support of the community, the facility moved to its present location next to the White Bird Post Office.

 

 


Describe your organization.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Book Selection

 

The White Bird Community Library is an all-volunteer library serving White Bird for over 20 years providing a comprehensive resource of reading materials for adults and youth. Our staff consists of 15 volunteers, and we serve patrons within the town of White Bird and the surrounding area.

The White Bird Community Library is a key provider of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers and other materials of local, historical interest). We have quite an extensive offering of Northwest and Idaho history.

The library also has a computer available for use. Residents can create documents, spreadsheets and other files; and they can also access the internet for such online activities as paying bills, checking emails, purchasing airline tickets and researching health-related issues. Some of our patrons have even taken classes online using our computer.

We also have a laser printer for your printing needs (for a nominal fee). Unfortunately, we do not provide fax services at this time.

 

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We draw funds from very few sources. Our limited income maintains our physical plant, pays for the utilities and internet services and purchases needed supplies to run the library. The internet is a big expense; we provide 24/7 access to the town. That is why fundraisers are so important.

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We have two major sources of income to support this library. One is the sale of “Duck Derby” (raffle) tickets in association with White Bird Days, held each June on Father’s Day weekend. People buy tickets and hope their duck will be drawn from the “pond.”

The other is the sale of a community calendar. Our calendars have been produced since 2000. The calendars provide interesting information about White Bird and Idaho County. They are useful not only to keep track of birthdays, meetings, etc., but each issue provides photos and text of historical significance.

In addition to the Duck Derby and calendar sales mentioned above, we have yard sales and bake sales to supplement our income. These sales and raffles provide much needed additional sources of revenue.

While the White Bird Community Library’s primary user base is the local citizenry, we do have many visitors, especially in the summer months, traveling to this area for the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Checking one’s email is important to these travelers, and our library offers crucial internet access to our community’s guests.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Request A Book and New Arrivals

 

We have received financial assistance in the past through various grants, but we rely primarily on the generosity of our library users to help us defray costs.

Our two big fundraisers are the Duck Derby during White Bird Days in June and the sale of our community calendar.

There is no charge for using our library. We do not issue “library cards.” We ask for a name, address and phone number to place in our registration book just in case we need to contact you about library materials you have in your possession.

We have a nice selection of books for sale for $.25/piece. We place duplicate copies on the sale shelf as well as books that have been culled. We are constantly going through our materials and removing/replacing books due to limited space.

 

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Local/Idaho History Section

The people of White Bird have always been very generous in their support of the library. From donations to buying raffle tickets to purchasing calendars—and donating books, the community supports us.

For example, a few years back it we needed a new roof. We had a “roof campaign” and with the kind donations from the town and our own efforts with raffles, sales, etc., we were able to raise almost three thousand dollars to have a new shingling laid and a new skylight installed.

Local merchants have always been willing to support our various enterprises. From taking out ads in our yearly calendar to providing prizes for our events, the businesses support us willingly and generously.

 

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Chamber membership gives us a chance to support the Chamber and the good work it does for the community of White Bird. The Chamber has always been most supportive of our library activities. The Chamber provides opportunities for networking and connecting with the other businesses/organizations in town. The Chamber helps to keep small businesses in our local area alive.

The Chamber has been a frequent supporter of the library. In the past we have been among the recipients of proceeds from the Sausage Feed. The Pie Booth, a part of the White Bird Days yearly celebration, has been turned over to us. (Library volunteers man the booth and help solicit pie donations). We now keep all of the earnings. But, even in year’s past, the Chamber generously shared the proceeds with us.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Children’s Section/Meeting Room

Our mission statement:  To provide library access to all residents south of Grangeville City Library and north of Riggins City Library boundaries and to provide educational family and community activities.

We have a room dedicated to the children of White Bird. At one time there were lots of kids making use of the books here and taking part in the various activities prepared for them. At present we sadly do not have many young persons using our facility. But maybe someday that will change.

Many people do not know that the majority of the books in our library have been donated by the people of White Bird. We do have a small budget to purchase books requested by our patrons, but the majority of our books have been given to us.

The White Bird Community Library is a nonprofit entity operated without tax dollars. The volunteer staff run this organization. It is funded by donations and fundraisers.

It is because of the efforts of our volunteers—their time, treasure and talent—that this library stays open and is able to serve the White Bird community. The key to the library’s existence is its community support. Volunteer staff man the library during business hours and also take care of any cleaning needs, grass mowing, leaf raking, etc.

(Article written by Charllotte Hurt, White Bird Community Library Secretary.)