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Family competition Print E-mail

Brother and sister Chase and Amanda Pouchnik of Viola, Idaho compete against each other for the burling title which went to Amanda at the annual Orofino Lumberjack Days Logging Show Sunday. Janene Engle/Progress

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Fatal one-car accident near Harpster

     On Friday, Sept. 15 at 2:46 p.m. the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department was advised of a one vehicle crash near Harpster.

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Woman injured in Highway 12 wreck

     Stacy Whitmore, 50, of Saint Antony, Idaho was injured when she lost control of her vehicle along a curve of Highway 12 near Lowell on Sept. 4.

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Non-injury crash near Kooskia

     Stephen Detweiler, 69, of Kooskia drove his 2008 Chevrolet truck into a ditch in an attempt to avoid a collision with a deer that jumped onto Highway 12 on Sept. 12.

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Kamiah City Council Print E-mail

Kamiah City Council

     The Kamiah City Council held a brief regular meeting Sept. 14.

     Approved dispatch contract with Lewis County for $22,050.

     Approved two residential water write off requests involving broken lines.

     Approved the purchase of a $23,000 power loader for the ambulance.

ITD changes load limits on local bridge Print E-mail

Loads reduced on E. Kooskia bridge

     Starting this month, the load limit on the narrow, 81-year-old East Kooskia Bridge has been reduced to just 6,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight in the interest of safety.

     The 481-foot-long, steel-truss bridge is on the Idaho 13 Business Route, just off U.S. 12.

     The primary crossing into Kooskia is located less than a mile and a half downriver of the single-lane, circa-1935 structure at milepost 75.2.

     The old bridge has been posted with a load limit continuously since October 2010.

Obituaries, Death Notices in the September 22, 2016 issue Print E-mail

Elvin “Pfeff” Pfefferkorn, 71

     Elvin “Pfeff” Pfefferkorn was born Nov. 20, 1944 in Grangeville and left us much too soon on Sept. 13, 2016 in Lewiston.9-22-16-obit-pfeff-pfefferc

     Elvin attended school in Kooskia, graduating in 1963. After graduation he attended Lewis-Clark State College pursuing a degree in education. During college, Elvin married Carolyn Davis, and they started a family soon after, Jana was born in 1964, Brad in 1965 and Ty in 1974.

     Elvin was first hired to teach 6th grade in Orofino and the family moved there before the 1967-68 school year. Pfeff taught PE for many years, starting in the early 70s. He moved back to 5th and 6th grade later in his career. Pfeff was blessed to have a job he loved, he enjoyed working with the kids and helping them excel. Soon after moving to Orofino, Pfeff became an assistant football coach for 20 years, and later coached track and field.

     His summers were busy with a summer track program where he took athletes all over the country as well as traveling to Korea, China and Australia. Pfeff started officiating at track meets working his way up to the National Championships and in 1996 was asked to officiate at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

     After retiring from teaching in 2000, Pfeff moved back to his hometown of Kooskia and became a member of the Kooskia City Council and Commissioner for Kidder Harris Road District. He also got back to coaching helping with track, specifically the pole vault. He was coaching cross country right up to the day he went to the hospital.

     Pfeff is survived by his daughter Jana, son Brad (Alisa), ex-wife Carolyn, grandchildren Aliesha, Sharesa and Jerred, also sisters Peggy Fitting, Leah Laufenberg (Dave), and brother Verle (Colleen), many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by son Ty and his parents Dorrence and Devota Pfefferkorn.

     A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Clearwater Valley High School gym in Kooskia at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers a scholarship fund has been set up in Pfeff’s name at Umpqua Bank.


Donna Marie Johnson, 82

Donna Marie Johnson, 82, of Lewiston passed away in Spokane after a short bout of cancer at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Sept. 2, 2016.9-22-16-obit-donna-johnson

     Donna was born July 4, 1934 at Mount Idaho to George and Bonnie Hawley. Donna loved life and everyone she knew ended up loving her.

     She attended Mr. Lee’s Beauty School in Lewiston and worked at several salons in the area. She married the love of her life, Clarence W. Johnson Dec. 11, 1965.

     She started her own salon in their home, called The Beauty Shop. She loved fixing hair. She and her husband loved to fish, go camping, travel, and pick huckleberries, and enjoyed each other’s company.

     Clarence and Donna were married 50 years. She will be deeply missed especially her sense of humor and nurturing spirit. The world will be just a little dimmer without her warm presence.

     She was preceded in death by both her parents, older sister Lila Lee, and husband Don.

     She is survived by her husband Clarence W. Johnson, two sons Alvin Hawley and Doug Johnson, two sisters, Rhea Maxine Frei and Eva Grinolds (Neil).

     She is also survived by seven grandchildren John Hawley, April Hawley, Chris Hawley, Chad Johnson, Roxanne Limley, Sara Radcliff, and Summer Johnson; also survived by 10 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews all who loved her very much.

     Donna is now in the care of God her Creator. We all loved her so much.

     A covered dish dinner to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date. Mountain View Funeral Home of Lewiston has been caring for the family.


Sister Louise Olberding, 87

     “I love You, God, and thanks for the good things You have done for me!”9-22-16-obit-sr-louise-olbe

     Sister Louise Olberding was born into eternal life on Sept. 10, 2016 at 9:40 a.m. She died peacefully surrounded by sisters and caregivers. She will be remembered for her vivacious spirit and ministries in education and healthcare.

     Sister Louise was born in Nebraska on June 10, 1929. The family later moved to Emmett, Idaho. She wanted to be a nun from a young age and ‘lead people to Jesus.’

     Sisters from St. Gertrude’s taught summer catechism in Emmett and sometimes boarded at the Olberding home. From their influence, she decided she wanted to be a sister. Her parents sent her to boarding school for two years, hoping she would change her mind about entering religious life. However, on her 17th birthday, she walked up the steep front steps of the Monastery of St. Gertrude and entered the novitiate.

     Sister Louise began teaching soon after her first monastic profession in 1949. She attended Gonzaga University and St. Louis University, earning degrees in medical technology and hospital administration. She ministered at nursing homes in Mt. Angel, Ore.. Later, at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, she discovered her gift for pastoral care which she shared for 30 years with patients and staff.

     In 2000, she moved back to the Monastery of St. Gertrude for health reasons. She offered a basic formula for deepening one’s relationship with God: “Strike up a conversation with God regarding your concerns. Ask for His help. Learn to say, ‘I love You, God, and thanks for the good things You have done for me!’”

     Sister Louise is survived by many nieces and nephews and her monastic community. A Rosary Vigil Service was held Sept. 20, and the Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 21. Memorial gifts in Sister Louise’s honor can be made to the Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood, ID 83522.


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