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News For The Week of July 24, 2014
Tribal Police Chief wary of gangs forming in valley Print E-mail
Written by Ben Jorgensen, The Clearwater Progress   

Police see rise in meth use; effects are 'exponential'

     The Kamiah Valley could be ripe for the formation of gangs bent on selling meth.

     Nez Perce Tribal Police Chief Dave Rogers says the area has all the trappings of what appeals to drug cartels.

     Rogers, who has about 40 years of criminal justice experience with both tribal and non-tribal agencies, knows all too well how the drug trade infiltrates rural areas and begins affecting the entire community.

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Kamiah School Board Print E-mail

Board spars over wage increases

     Kamiah School Trustees deliberated on approving bus routes for the 2014-2015 school year and voted on classified wage increases during a regular meeting July 21.

     A slightly heated discussion ensued when board members were debating a budgeted 5% wage increase for all employees in the "classified" status. No wage increases have been given (for classifieds) since 2008 due to a lack of funding.

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Fantastic Relay Print E-mail

7-24-14-relay-for-lifeThe 2014 Aloha Relay for Life held July 18-19 at Kamiah was quite a success with 155 participants, including 12 teams and 18 cancer survivors. Awards were given for best decorated camp (KEMRU and Good Neighbor Club), team spirit (Strike Out Cancer and Good Neighbor Club), most laps by an individual (Marsha Hall - 164 and Sue Roth - 88), most laps by a team (Strike Out Cancer and Good Neighbor Club), most money raised by an individual (Carolyn Haning - $11,807.50, Lee McDade - $1,582.25, and Marsha Hall - $1,500.56), most money raised by a team (The Clowns - $16,556.93, Good Neighbor Club - $5,022, and St. Mary's and Clearwater Valley hospitals - $2,552.50). Terry Vanderwall Most Inspirational Award went to Greg Johnson. The total amount raised was $60,005. The event also donated 360 cans and 287 lbs. of non-perishable items to the local food banks. Janene Engle/Progress7-24-14--relay-for-life-016edit

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Task force aims to improve response to assault

     When someone has experienced an assault and reaches out for help, they should receive attention from law enforcement, health professionals, advocacy services, and the justice system that puts victim safet7-24-14-task-force-membersy first.

     A coordinated response from agencies that work together will help avoid adding additional trauma to the victim's experience. A team approach allows all responders to contribute their expertise to providing victim safety and offender accountability.

(Back, L-R) Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew, Kamiah Marshal Joe Newman, Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran, Community Action Partnership's Tami Plank and Sheryl Coe, Vince Frazier from Orofino Police Dept. (Front, L-R) Staci Taylor, YWCA advocate Orofino; Laurie Lewis, YWCA associate director; Kristy Beckstead, YWCA advocate Grangeville; Marsha Lance, Syringa Hospital; Amanda Davis, Idaho County Sheriff's Office; Alaina Capoeman, YWCA SART coordinator; and Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson. Contributed photo

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