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Highway 12 delays and closures possible Print E-mail

U.S. 12 could be affected by Johnson Bar Fire containment efforts

     Potential delays or closures are possible on a section of U.S. 12 Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 21 due to Johnson Bar Fire containment efforts east of Kooskia, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. The fire is a 9,850-acre blaze that is only 55 percent contained, located near Lowell and the Moose Creek Ranger District.

     The U.S. Forest Service plans to light backfires to help contain and control the wildfire. Initiation of the backfires is weather dependent. Motorists traveling on U.S. 12 could be affected by either delays or a closure of the roadway between Syringa and Lowell from mileposts 88 to 97.

     Motorists are advised to consider an alternate route, and to check 511.idaho.gov for road condition updates.
Father, son injured in wreck Print E-mail

Kooskia man injured in three-truck collision

     A Kooskia man was seriously injured when the truck he was riding in collided with a parked grain truck on Glenwood Road above Kamiah on Aug. 29.

     John Bernard, 55, of Kamiah and his son Joshua Bernard, 25, of Kooskia were returning home from a day of cutting firewood. John Bernard was driving his mother's 1989 GMC pickup westbound at about 6:40 p.m. when he crashed into the back end of a grain truck near the intersection of Glenwood Road and Kidder Ridge Road.

     The 1975 Dodge D600 grain truck, driven by Chase Haight, 24, of Kamiah, had run out of gas and was stopped in the westbound lane, according to Idaho County Sheriff's Officer Tim Sokolowski.

     In an attempt to help get the grain truck working and off the road, Clayne Haight, 21, of Kamiah had parked his 1994 Dodge pickup in front of the grain truck, nose to nose.

     As the Bernards "came around the corner near the intersection of Glenwood Road and Kidder Ridge Road, the sun was setting in the west and was directly in John Bernard's eyes," stated Sokolowski. "He tried to see what was ahead on the road, but could not see the stopped vehicles ahead."   

     The GMC struck the back of the grain truck and pushed it into the Dodge pickup.

     There were no skid marks in an attempt to stop or slow down, reported Sokolowski.

     "When the GMC struck the rear of the 1975 Dodge, Chase Haight was standing on the bumper and was launched approximately 10 feet into the ditch," said Sokolowski. He sustained minor injuries. Clayne Haight was standing near the front of the two Dodge trucks and stepped out of the way at the last moment and was unharmed.

     The collision was so great that Joshua Bernard became pinned in the wreckage of the GMC, with his lower body trapped on the floor of the passenger side while his upper body slid over next to his father. Joshua Bernard sustained multiple serious injuries, including punctured lungs and was airlifted by Life Flight to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was later transferred to Spokane.

     No citations were issued. However, the police report stated that a contributing factor in the wreck was Bernard traveling too fast for conditions and Chase Haight had not placed any warning devices for his disabled vehicle on the roadway. 

     Both the Bernards were wearing seat belts.

Chop, chop; no time to waste Print E-mail
9-18-14-gordy-mauhl-lumberj"Gordy" Mauhl, as most people know him, competes in the springboard event at the 67th annual Lumberjack Days in Orofino last Sunday. Janene Engle/Progress
Obituaries, Death Notices in the September 18, 2014 issue Print E-mail

* Galeon D. Hawkins, 87

* Glenn L. Stone, 76

Read these obituaries in the September 18, 2014 issue of The Clearwater Progress. Click here to register.

Take Your Best Shot Print E-mail
Breathtaking drive -  "I was driving back from Grangeville on Wednesday afternoon [Sept. 3] along Old Highway 7, and saw this cloud cover," said Linda Helm. "Something about it hovering over the prairie took my breath away." Photo by Linda S. Helm of Kamiah

Smoke twister - A funnel cloud formed as farmers were field burning at the corner of Rock and Yellow Bull roads near Winona last Friday, Sept. 5. Photo by Karen Cloninger of Kamiah


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