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Early deadline

     Due to the Memorial Day holiday, The Clearwater Progress will have an early news and advertising deadline. All news and ads for the June 2 issue should be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, May 27. The Progress will be closed Monday, May 30. We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Veterans to receive quilts Monday Print E-mail

Quilts of Valor to be presented Monday

     The public is invited to attend the Memorial Day 2016 Quilts of Valor presentation. At 2 p.m. Monday, May 30, quilts will be awarded to our local veterans/soldiers who have been nominated in recognition of their service to our country during a time of war. The presentation will be at the American Legion Hall on Main Street in Kamiah.

     A second presentation will be held that evening at 7 p.m. at the VFW Post located next to the post office in Orofino.

     Thanks to the help of local quilters, donations from caring citizens, and the Central Idaho Quilters’ Guild, more than 200 quilts have been distributed locally since 2011.

     In addition to the quilt presentation, refreshments will be served.

     If you know someone who is eligible for a Quilt of Valor, please nominate him or her at these events, or call Jean Hisaw, local QOV group leader, at 935-0122. You may send your donation to CIQ, P.O. Box 582, Kamiah, ID 83536.

     On a similar note, Hisaw noted that several quilt recipients have not attended a previous Quilt of Valor presentation. She is trying to contact Cornelius Larson, David Brown, and Stephen Moffet. If you know these gentlemen or know how to get in touch with them, please contact Hisaw at the number above. These men are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day ceremony in order to be presented with a quilt; please confirm your attendance by calling Hisaw.

Police news Print E-mail

Women presumed to have drowned in Salmon River

     Two Nampa, Idaho women returning to the University of Idaho last week are presumed to have drowned when their car left Highway 95 and crashed into the Salmon River near Lucile.

     On May 17 Cayla Danenberg, 20, and Tiffany Maupin, 21, both of Nampa, were traveling back to the University of Idaho where they were students. At approximately 7 p.m. their 2004 Nissan Maxima left the roadway and became submerged in the Salmon River at Highway 95 near milepost 210.9.

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Body of missing Montana man found

     The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a body in the South Fork of the Clearwater River at a dike in Stites on May 20.

     Deputies responded to the location and recovered the body of Burke Despain, 64, of Kalispell, Mont. Despain had been reported missing April 9 in the area of Highway 14 at milepost 21.

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Obituaries, Death Notices in the May 26, 2016 issue Print E-mail

Grace McMillion, 83

     Grace McMillion (nee Dotson) of Nezperce, passed away on May 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center located in Lewiston, due to health complications. She was 83 years old.

     Grace was born on Jan. 11, 1933 in Ira, Va., to Stella Dotson (nee Estep) and Edward Milton Dotson. She was the oldest of five children, including a sister Thelma Jean and brothers Clifford, Jimmy Roy, and Homer Green.

     Growing up in Virginia coal country was not always an easy life, and there was much work to be done after the long walk home from school, so the children learned to work hard and to provide help wherever it was needed. Grace also did well in school despite being a distraction to some of her male classmates and graduated from Hurley High School in Hurley, Va. She went on to attend Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W. Va., where she completed a two-year secretarial program.

     Grace later married Ray Clinton McMillion from Nettie, W. Va., and lived in several states including West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Grace worked as a secretary, dispatcher, and waitress while Ray worked in security, law enforcement, and mechanical repair.

     The couple eventually settled in the state of Washington where her parents had previously moved and Grace gave birth to her only child, Clark Edward McMillion, in Randle, Wash., in 1968.  Grace and Ray divorced in 1981 so she continued to raise her son as a single parent and she never remarried. After her son graduated from high school and enlisted in the Air Force, Grace moved to Harpster in 1986 to remain close to her parents and two brothers who were relocating to Idaho from Washington.

     Grace enjoyed her family very much and they were one of the main focuses of her life. She was a supportive mother, dependable sister, and a loving daughter who later provided in-home care for her mother, Stella. She was overjoyed when her only grandchild was finally born in 2011 and she cherished the five years she had to play with him and feed him cookies.  She loved animals and flowers and she liked to read, complete brain puzzles, and watch game shows on television.

     Grace kept her fingernails long and perfectly filed and always wanted her hair to look nice as well.  She attended Clearwater Baptist Church in Clearwater for many years and Hope Baptist Church in Nezperce since moving there in 2014. She believed in the offer of salvation for every person through Jesus Christ and was kind to all of God’s children.

     Her last few days on Earth were spent at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where she continued to joke with the staff, be gracious when people made mistakes, and show patience with the multitude of procedures she endured.

     Grace is survived by son Clark Edward (Andrea) McMillion and grandson Riley Edward McMillion of Nezperce; sister Thelma Jean O’Dell of Summersville, W. Va.; brother Jimmy Roy (Barbara) Dotson of Kooskia; and sister in-law Virginia Dotson of Kamiah.

     Grace is preceded in death by her brother Clifford Dotson, formerly of Kamiah; brother Homer Green Dotson, formerly of Ira, Va.; and her parents Stella and Edward Milton Dotson, formerly of Harpster.

     A short graveside funeral service officiated by Pastor Kevin Carpenter of Hope Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, May 28, at Harpster Cemetery in Harpster, beginning at 1 p.m. Care of the body Grace left behind and arrangements for the funeral are entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

     A potluck celebration of Grace’s life and ascension to heaven will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, at 201 2nd Avenue in Nezperce. Everyone who has known Grace or her family are invited to attend one or both gatherings.


Jim Tuning, 74

     Jim Tuning, 74, of Soldotna, Alaska and formerly of Woodland, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his home Saturday, May 21, 2016.

     Services are pending at Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia.


Cary MacNeil, 64

     Cary MacNeil, 64, died Tuesday May 24, 2016 at his Kamiah home.

     Services are pending with Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

Services planned for Memorial Day Print E-mail

Memorial Day ceremonies

     VFW Commander Jaxon Caren announced the Memorial Day ceremonies conducted by VFW Post 5407 and American Legion Post 75 will occur May 30 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Kamiah Cemetery; followed at 9:30 a.m. at the Kamiah Highway 12 bridge, 10:00 a.m. at the Kooskia Highway 13 bridge, 10:30 a.m. at the Pine Grove Cemetery, 11:00 a.m. at the First Indian Presbyterian Cemetery Highway 12, and 11:30 a.m. at the No Kid Lane Cemetery.

     Commander Caren invites all veterans and citizens to join them in paying respect to our departed comrades.


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