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News For The Week of October 23, 2014
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F&G approves historic Coho Salmon season

     The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved a historic fishery for the Clearwater River. For the first time ever, a specific season for Coho Salmon will open in Idaho. The season will run now through Nov. 16 on the Mainstem and Middle Fork Clearwater River from the mouth upstream to Clear Creek, and on the North Fork Clearwater River downstream from Dworshak Dam.

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Free Pumpkin Carving Party

     The 9th annual Pumpkin Carving Party is coming again to Riverfront Park in Kamiah. Reserve Oct. 26 between 1-4 p.m. for this fun event. It is free for children and adults alike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call Pam Hipes at 935-7545.

 
I dig my work Print E-mail
10-23-14-fenn-pondFenn Pond is a popular fi shing site located directly across from the Fenn Ranger Station near Lowell. Reconstructioninvolving a plan to deepen the pond as well as update the boardwalks has been underway since last month and isscheduled for completion on Nov. 15 of this year. Janene Engle/Progress
 
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Perry challenges Brandt in county contest

     Independent candidate George Perry will challenge Republican incumbent Skip Brandt for the District 1 Idaho County Commission seat. The following is their platform.

Name: R. Skipper “Skip” Brandt

Age: 50

Education: Attended the University of Idaho

Family: Married to Pia for 21 years and we have a 15-year-old son

Residence: Kooskia

Occupation: Idaho County Commissioner

Experience/Qualifications: Private sector businessman and lifelong Idaho County resident; Kooskia City Council, Kooskia Mayor, Idaho State Senator (three terms), County Commissioer (appointed in 2007- current)

Political Party: Republican

     I have been a public servant for many years, gaining valuable experience and personal contacts through my work in both state and local government. I am not struggling to identify what I believe in or how to get the job done. By now, everyone should know that I am a Reagan Republican—someone who does not back away from the fight. I bring strong, principled leadership to Idaho County.

     Outside influences have crippled Idaho County by limiting our ability to manage and access the public lands. When I was young, the school I attended was one of the wealthiest in Idaho because of the funds it received from the timber harvested within the National Forest. Our summers were NOT filled with smoke, because the Forest Service would put the fires out, not just monitor them. There were plenty of living wage jobs because the local mills had a dependable supply of timber. And you could go almost anywhere in our National Forest because we were building roads NOT obliterating them. I am currently working with our land managers (Private, State, USFS, and BLM) to get back to utilizing our natural resources.

     I have Idaho County in my blood—born, raised, educated, worked, lived all my life, raising my family and will retire right here. I will continue to be that strong voice for Idaho County way of life.

 

Name: George Lee Perry

Age: 62

Education: K-12, United States Marine Corp, Academic, Vocational and Technical classes offered by private training facilities and three colleges

Family: Wife, Kris Perry

Residence: Kooskia

Occupation: Self-employed as a construction tradesman

Experience/Qualifications: I have worked on the ground in Idaho County for the last 36 years. I have been involved with hundreds of construction projects from the excavation to the finish work. I have worked for a wide spectrum of Idaho Countyresidents and all government agencies. I am well versed in planning, procurement of funding, and seeing the job through. I have offered my services as a volunteer to accomplish many community projects and to aid all local government agencies.

Political Party: Independent

     I stepped up and put my name on the ballot because I felt the people of Idaho County deserved and wanted a choice when they voted this November. I listed myself as Independent to convey the message that I fail to see the advantage of party affiliation in a position that requires working for the best interests of all Idaho County citizens.

     The most important pledge that I can make to the people of Idaho County is to communicate. To listen and respond. To ask questions about county government and how it affects their lives today and how it might affect their lives in the future. To propose solutions for our existing hot topic items here in the county and let the voice of the pros and cons be heard. I plan to work with all tax funded departments of the county in a hands-on effort to let people know exactly how their money is being spent.

     Education: Is there any way to move past supporting our schools with the levy system? If 90% of school districts in Idaho  require supplemental levies, wouldn’t that group have some power? I’m tired of forcing the districts to beg and threaten just to accomplish what is mandated by the state. I feel that Idaho County has the ability to increase ‘on the job’, vocational training opportunities throughout the wide spectrum of what we do here in this county.

     Solid waste: everybody loves their dumpster and I understand that. Solid waste management is important to all county residents. I will put much effort toward explaining the existing structure so all residents can agree on a starting point for progress. I will be much more open about how we might work together with other counties to establish a regional landfill somewhere within those five counties which will cause the least impact. If so voted we might establish additional transfer sites on the prairie which would also accommodate the transfer of recyclables and lessen the burden on the local dumpsters. I believe improvements can be made without raising taxes by working with the companies that provide the services.

     Roads and bridges: I believe that all tax payers of Idaho County should be aware of what we might call “the big picture” concerning roads and bridges. Basically, this is a big expensive job with huge liabilities. I want to help citizens understand how road departments function. How the per mile cost breaks down and where the money comes from and how it is allocated. I want the public to know exactly what they are driving on and how important it is to support the county employees that get this job done and all other county positions that are so important to our successful operation of a county government structure.

     To serve, provide and account for, is how I would sum up the short version of County Commissioner. Simply put, the three-member commissioner panel is responsible, as a team, for budgeting and overseeing county activities. Elected to implement workable decisions for the benefit of a progressive county populace.

     I want to try and help this county move forward in a more positive direction instead of spinning our tracks in mud that really isn’t even in the road of straight forward county government. I need to sit in that seat and walk in those shoes. I want to be a working-person’s link to how Idaho County does business and provides for the interests of its tax-paying citizens.

     I want the tax-paying voters of Idaho County to at least have a choice, if they think our county government might need a new voice and another good hand.

 
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Lyons, Winner seek open Lewis County Clerk's position

     Conservative Democrat Michelle Lyons and Republican Lisa Winner are seeking the Lewis County Clerk position held by Cathy Larson, who is retiring. The following is their platform.

Name: Michelle A. Lyons

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Lewis-Clark State College; Associate of Arts Degree from Lewis-Clark State College

Family: Married to Robert S. Lyons, who has worked at Hillco Technologies in Nezperce for 13 years and before that worked at Dyche's Cedar Products, two stepsons, Robert J. Lyons and Nicholas P. Lyons, six grandkids

Residence: Nezperce

Occupation: Currently the Deputy Clerk, Social Service Director and Veterans Service Officer of Lewis County, I have had these positions for four years; also the Lewis County Emergency Food and Shelter Board Secretary and Veterans Advocate

Experience/Qualifications: Working in the Clerk's office for four years as Deputy Clerk I have experience with all the processes of the job

Political Party: Conservative Democrat

     I am running for Lewis County Clerk because the Clerk's office is too important not to have the most qualified person run it. I have four years experience working in the Clerk's office as Deputy Clerk, so I have solid hands-on experience of the processes of the office, making me the best person for the job.

     The position of County Clerk supervises many of the daily business activities at Courthouse, including budgeting, auditing, and recording for the County. I have served the people of Lewis County by assisting people in recording and accessing recorded documents. As Deputy Clerk I have paid the county's bills by ensuring the correct fund has been debited and entered. This allows the Board of County Commissioners to approve the bills so that they get paid in a timely fashion.

     In addition to being a Deputy Clerk, I am the Social Service Director and Veterans Service Officer of Lewis County. While working in the Clerk's office as the Deputy Clerk, Social Service Director I have created the budget for the Indigent Services and I have kept the budget balanced. As the Lewis County Veteran Service Officer, I work closely with veterans to help them fill out all the paperwork associated with the Veterans Administration for benefits. As a Veterans Advocate I have worked hard for the Veterans of Lewis County to get them the pension or compensation they need and deserve.  

     As Lewis County Clerk, I will continue to be a good steward of your tax dollars and I will run a fiscally responsible office. I pledge to be accountable to the people of Lewis County and serve with integrity, responsibility, and competence.

     I would be honored for your vote Nov. 4!

 

Name: Lisa Winner

Age: 51

Education: College; 1,129 POST accredited training hours

Family: Married 34 years, two adult children

Residence: Nezperce

Occupation: E911 Coordinator/Office Administrator

Experience/Qualifications: 19 years experience with Lewis County

Political Party: Republican

     I have worked for Lewis County for 19 years. I began my career as a dispatcher and have advanced to E911 Coordinator and Office Administrator. During that time I have worked with and learned many functions of the various county departments. This includes working with the county clerk's office on a daily basis regarding accounts receivables, account payables, budgeting, grant management and personnel matters. 

     I also work with the court clerks on civil and criminal processes on a daily basis.

     It is critical in a small county for the Clerk to have the ability to handle many different duties due to budgetary constraints. I am the candidate with the most diversity and experience to better serve the citizens of Lewis County. The knowledge I have gained over the last 19 years working for Lewis County makes me the best candidate for the position.

 
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