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Godwin facing murder charge Print E-mail

Murder trial to begin Feb. 22

     A Kooskia man’s murder trial will commence later this month after a-year-and-a half delay.

     Jason A. Godwin, 49, is charged with second degree murder in the slaying of Kyle A. Anderson with a gunshot to the neck on June 9, 2014. Godwin is accused of killing Anderson at a roadside pullout  where Anderson was changing license plates on his motor home. 

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Kooskia man charged with DUI after crashing into car

     Gary Buckholz, 71, of Kooskia was charged with misdemeanor DUI after allegedly crashing his vehicle into an oncoming car on Feb. 6.

     The accident occurred at approximately 10:03 p.m.

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Kooskia man arrested for DUI

     While doing speed control at the intersection of Bridge Street and Lukes Gulch Road in Stites on Feb. 7, Idaho County Dep. Tim Sokolowski observed a vehicle traveling 46 mph in a 35 mph zone.

     According to court records, the vehicle had a broken windshield and dirt and grass on the side windows. The driver, Shane Edwards Owens, 23, of Kooskia, said he rolled his truck by the cemetery on Lukes Gulch Road.

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Kamiah man arrested for driving without privileges

     George Wesley Garrett was arrested Feb. 3 for driving without privileges, a misdemeanor. Garrett, 50, was observed turning onto Woodland Road from Highway 12 at about 5:16 p.m. by Idaho County Dep. Keith Olsen.

     Olsen was aware that Garrett had a suspended license. He did a records check and found that Garrett had six current suspensions, the most current being from May of 2015 to May of 2018 for insurance reasons.

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Stites woman arrested for DUI, drug charges

     A Stites woman was arrested Feb. 1 for driving under the influence, resisting/obstructing an officer, and two charges of possession of legend medication, all misdemeanors.

     According to court records, Xan Breanna Knapton, 25, flagged Idaho County Deputy Craig Hoodman at 11:10 a.m. while stopped in a 1999 Toyota truck along Highway 12 near milepost 68. She asked him why he was “‘f----ng with her people?’”

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Clarkston man cited for drugs at campground

     Jesse Rich, 21, of Clarkston, Wash. was cited for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb. 5.

     Idaho County Dept. Craig Hoodman observed a car with Washington plates parked at Wild Goose Campground at 11:15 a.m. The campground was closed.

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Kooskia man dies of exposure

     An 84-year-old Kooskai man died of exposure on Feb. 5. Dean Lee Nelson was found at approximately 8:10 a.m. lying in his driveway next to his running truck.

     According to an Idaho County Coroner’s report, the truck’s driver side door was open and Nelson was lying in the snow below the door.

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Donations sought for meal site Print E-mail

“Meals on Wheels” needs your help

     The Valley Meal Site which operates out of the Kamiah Senior Center is in desperate need of donations to meet their expenses for purchasing more meal trays. These trays are used for home deliveries of “Meals on Wheels.” The money which originally comes from grants was not provided this year and as a result, the meal site will run out of trays in four months. They use approximately 950 trays a month which at about .26 cents per tray is an estimated cost of $247.

     Any and all donations to the meal site would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help, please contact Mel Tuttle at (208) 451-4593 or call the Kamiah Senior Center at 935-0244.

Obituaries, Death Notices in the February 11, 2016 issue Print E-mail

Weldon “Carl” Griner, 86

     Weldon “Carl” Griner, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at his Kamiah home.2-11-16-obit---carl-griner

     One could only imagine that Sunday, May 19, 1929 was a bright, beautiful day, because it was the day one of the greatest men to walk the earth was born. Weldon Carl Griner was born to Philip and Ada (Collins) Griner. Carl, known to some as “Griner the miner,” dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and bompa was an amazing man who touched many lives, even some that didn’t know him.

     He was a proud man of many words, not afraid to stand strong in his beliefs or political views.

     He believed in family, friends, and trying to persuade a person to become a Democrat. Anyone who knew him knew it was never a good idea to talk about religion or politics around him unless you saw things his way, or had enough coffee in you for a long debate.

     He married his wife of 65 years, Shirley E. (Coe) Griner, on June 2, 1950 gaining a daughter, Candace Maki, and having two children, Phyllis “Carla” Cutler and Carl P. Griner. He loved being a family man and was always encouraging his kids for more grandkids, his grandkids for more great-grandkids and his great-grandkids for more great-great-grandkids. He took great pride in his family, always gaining bragging rights.

     Bompa liked to stand tall and come off as a hard no nonsense type of person but you always knew you could count on him to listen, give advice or bail you out of a hard situation. One of his favorite sayings was, “You gotta bob, weave and roll with the punches.” This could be from his love of boxing while in the Air Force. It seemed to work in many situations.

     Among his love for sports and politics, grandpa had a passion for mining. His kids, grandkids and great-grandkids all have childhood memories at “the mines,” digging, running mud through the sluice box and the fun part of panning for gold. Mining wasn’t just a hobby, it was a career choice for him as a young man until he retired as Mine Safety Bureau Chief Inspector. He loved people to know how hard he worked to make the mines a safer place to work. He was a part of creating laws used today and making history books.

     He was indeed a very interesting, loving and passionate man who will be greatly missed by many.

     However, as he taught us, we will not mourn his death but instead we will enjoy his memories and rejoice his new journey of peace with our Father.

     Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Ada Griner? and sisters, (infant) Nancy Griner, Donna Fitzgerald and Laverene “Verna” Lyng.

     Carl is survived by his wife Shirley at their Kamiah home? daughters Candace Maki of Hayden, Idaho and Phyllis “Carla” Cutler of Kamiah? son Carl P. Griner of Kamiah;  grandchildren Cris Maki of Clarkia, Idaho, Shannon Maki of Hayden, Craig Maki, Carlane “Dede” Endicott, Shirla Cutler, Chelsie Cutler and Zane Griner, all of Kamiah, and Kyle Griner and Echo, both of Boise? 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

     Funeral services were Feb. 5 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Memorial donations may be made to his family to assist with his beloved wife’s care.


Richard “Dick” Spence, 81

     Richard “Dick” L. Spence of Woodland passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. He was 81.2-11-16-obit---dick-spence

     Richard was born on Sept. 13, 1934 in a small mining town in the Mojave Desert to Clifton “Chick” and Peggy Spence. He was the oldest of four boys. The family moved to Bimrick Creek on the Lochsa River where Chick worked on the construction of Highway 12, and then moved to Boise, Idaho from 1941-1946. Richard and his family moved to Kamiah in 1946, and he graduated from Kamiah High School in 1953. After high school, he attended Boise Junior College, now Boise State University, for one year before joining the military. Richard was in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959. During his service, he was stationed on the USS Kearsarge, an aircraft carrier in Hawaii as well as Adak, part of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

     Richard married Audrey E. Finney on Nov. 26, 1959, and they made their home in Woodland. Richard worked at Twin Feathers mill in Kamiah for a short time, and then ran his father’s saw shop in Kamiah from 1961 to 1965. Richard started working at Potlatch’s Jaype lumber mill outside of Pierce on July 7, 1967, and retired from the mill in 1998. He was well known for his love of practical jokes and playing tricks on his coworkers and bosses alike.

     Richard is survived by his son, Brian Spence of Olympia, Wash., and his daughter and son-in-law, Amber and Kevin Cameron of Lewiston; five grandchildren, Amanda (Thomas) Hahl of Pasco, Colby (Scotty) Cameron of Asotin, Jaycee (Trey) Nielson of Lewiston, Tanner Cameron of Lewiston, and Danielle Cameron of Lewiston. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren with a seventh born on Feb. 1, and an eighth on the way. His three brothers survive Richard as well, Clifton Spence of Newman Lake, David Spence of Lewiston, and Roger Spence of Hayden. He is also survived by two nieces, Cammie Meeds of Clarkston and Mary Jo Penberthy of Moscow, and a nephew, Justin Finney and his wife Amy of Clarkston, whom he thought of as his own children, as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

     Richard was preceded in death by his parents; Audrey, his wife of nearly 54 years; and his nephew, Wayne Finney.

     Richard was a fun-loving, kind hearted, generous man who made many friends no matter where he went. He was well known for his jokes and stories, and knew more about classic cars than most people. His love of cars carried through until the day he passed, with several car magazines by his hospital bed. Richard will be greatly missed by everyone fortunate enough to have crossed his path.

     Cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston, or Animal Ark in Kamiah.


Donna Graber, 62

     Donna Marie (Kinnick) Graber of Lewiston went to be with her Hero and Savior Jesus Christ early Sunday morning, Jan. 31, 2016. She was just in time for Sunday morning services in heaven.2-11-16-obit---donna-graber

     Donna was born to Ralph and Violet (Baldwin) Kinnick on March 2, 1953 at Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia, which was her home and playground growing up. She attended school in Kooskia and graduated from Clearwater Valley High in 1971.

     That summer after graduation, Donna went to work in Tash’s store in Elk City and met Dale Graber, a country boy from the Midwest, who was working for the Forest Service. They were married a year later May 13, 1972 in Miami, Fla.

     Work took them to Denver, Colo., and their first child Carrie Jo was born in 1974. A year later, they moved back to Idaho, settled in Kamiah, and had their second child Heather Marie. In 1981, their family was complete with the birth of their third child Dale Douglas. In 1984, the family relocated to Lewiston.

     Donna had a lifelong love of the outdoors and the backwoods of Idaho. She loved family gatherings, hiking, hunting, fishing, and breathing in the mountain air. Above all, the most important thing to Donna was her relationship with her best friend and savior Jesus Christ. She loved to talk about God and His goodness.

     Donna was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Violet Kinnick and sisters Nancy and Sharon Kinnick.

     Donna is survived by her husband Dale Graber of Lewiston; siblings Lewis Kinnick of Fearnley, Nev., Gary Kinnick of Harpster, Karen (Kinnick) Smith of Kooskia, and Mikel Kinnick of Kooskia; her children Carrie (Graber) Buttrey of Marysville, Wash., Heather (Graber) Cooper of Meridian, Idaho, and Douglas Graber of Lewiston; grandchildren Merissa Buttrey of Marysville, Wash., Josiah Cooper of Meridian, and Shane Cooper of Meridian.

     Private funeral services were held at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Interment followed at Tahoe Mountain Rest Cemetery near Kooskia.

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