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Boy buried in wheat kernals Print E-mail

Boy injured in grain truck accident

     A five-year-old boy was taken by Life Flight to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after being partially buried in the back of a grain truck at Nezperce last Thursday.

     According to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, a call for help was received at 5:37 p.m. Aug. 7, reporting that a five-year-old boy was stuck in the back of a grain truck. "It turned out that the boy had been playing in the partially filled grain truck and stood in the back corner when the combine came in to dump its load of fresh wheat kernels, out of view of the combine driver," said Lewis County Sheriff Brian Brokop. "Luckily the child was only buried to just below the rib cage and could still breathe."

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Highway 12 rollover Print E-mail

Montana man involved in rollover

     On Aug. 11 at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Kooskia Ambulance was dispatched to a rollover accident at mile marker 85.5 on Hwy. 12.8-14-14-rollover-above-kooskia-5630

     The vehicle involved was a Nissan Maxima with Montana plates.

     A witness on site reported that the driver, a young man apparently in his early 20's, was driving behind her for about 20 miles with no problems. Then the passenger side rear tire went into the ditch causing him to lose control of the vehicle. His car rolled three times, hitting the embankment, before coming to a stop on the opposite side of the roadway.

     Witnesses at the scene confirmed he was wearing his seat belt when removed from the vehicle and all air bags were deployed. The young man was conscious and able to communicate with EMT crew when he was loaded into the ambulance. His injuries are unknown at this time.

     No other information was provided by the Idaho County Sheriff's Department as of press time.

 
Semi driver injured in rollover Print E-mail

Semi rolls, injures driver

     A Stone Mountain, Ga. man was injured last week when his 2014 International semi with trailer left Highway 12 and rolled. According to the Idaho State Police, Hakeem Temple, 24, was driving eastbound at milepost 143.5 when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve.  The semi left the road and rolled. The highway was partially blocked during the recovery operation.

     The incident occurred Aug. 6 at 7:52 a.m. near Saddle Camp. Temple was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was wearing his seatbelt.

     The Idaho County Sheriff's Department assisted. Wrecking services were provided by Jackson's Towing.

 
Stites man reaches rare milestone Print E-mail
Written by Janene Engle, The Clearwater Progress   

Happy 100th birthday Russell Phillips

     It's not often we get the opportunity to wish someone a 100th Birthday, so Russell Phillips is very fortunate to have lived through decades of memories. He was asked several questions in regards to his many experiences and advice for others and it's an honor to hear his replies.

     Russell Phillips was born Aug. 19, 1914, near Oak Run, Calif. As a young boy Russell says he enjoyed "being a nuisance8-14-14-russell-phillips-birthday" as he puts it. He left Oak Run before he was five years old. There were six children in his family, Russell being the fifth.

     His Dad passed away when he was 15 years old and since he was one of the oldest siblings still living at home, he had to take on more adult responsibilities. During the Depression jobs were scarce, so Russell and his younger brother worked at anything they could to help provide. They inherited a little truck to haul gravel, and when it broke down they got another and started hauling cement. Russell said, "If there wasn't a job, you had to make one, that was the only thing you could do."

     When asked "What do you think is something important you'd like to impart to people that you've learned in your life time," Russell said, "You need to get along with others. It was easy enough to get along with almost all the people, but there was a few of them that didn't make it," he said with a laugh.

     When asked "If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?" Russell responded quickly, "I would have left California sooner than I did!"

     Of the many accomplishments Russell has achieved in his lifetime, the ones he's most proud of are his marriage to his wife Addie, his children, and his work ethic.

     His nephew Charlie says Russell was one of the best drag line operators he's ever known. This piece of equipment has since been replaced with backhoes. "A drag line is like a crane with multiple attachments. There's a long boom with cables that come off of it which goes to the bucket. Then it's attached to the dragline which is how it digs," said Charlie.

     Russell still enjoys helping with yard work around the house and is thankful to have the ability to do so.

     Family and friends will be coming to help Russell celebrate his birthday Aug. 16 at their home in Stites.

 
Obituaries, Death Notices in the August 14, 2014 issue Print E-mail

* Russell E. Simler, 89

* Eva L. Harris, 91

* Barbara Louise Brotnov, 86

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