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IRU should pony up money for children they diverted

     Thank you Idaho Rivers United and organizations like yours for protecting our environment and our way of life. Thank you all for suing the Forest Service and the BLM and creating the conditions on our national forest and rangelands that allow for catastrophic wildfires.

     Thank you for caring so much that policies like yours are destroying critical species habitat and millions of our wildlife perish every year because you think you know better how to manage these lands through litigation rather than the agencies and their trained personnel.

     Thank you for caring so much for our children. Your actions to prevent the Idaho Department of Lands from managing our timber has led to the reduction in funding Idaho’s schoolchildren by 1.6 million dollars.

     Maybe you can make up the difference with the proceeds you collect through the American taxpayer using the Equal Access to Justice Act. Out of the goodness of your heart you can help rebuild the lives for those who have lost loved ones, those who were left homeless and help fund our children’s education.

     This might help us to understand that your actions are really for our benefit.

Jim Chmelik

Idaho County Commissioner

Thankful for our firefighters, blessings

     I want to say thank you to all of the firefighters who have given their time, energy and expertise to fight the fires in the area surrounding Kamiah. They have spent endless hours out on the fire line putting themselves in harm’s way.

     I also want to thank the Kamiah Fire Department for giving of their time, their hard work and their endless hours of protecting homes, and their filling the endless line of trucks with water at the fire station.

     Thanks must also be given to Kamiah’s water department personnel for their hard work, working ‘round the clock to keep Kamiah and those on city water supplied with water, while supplying all those trucks coming for water during the fire. As you read the Mayor’s article in the paper last week you noticed how much water the new water plant put out on that Friday of Aug. 14. How thankful I am for this new water plant...the old water plant would have never been able to keep up with the demand.

     How blessed we are to live in such a great community as Kamiah.  Be assured that our prayers go with all of you who have suffered lost.

Pastor Sam Perkins


Proud and grateful for responders

     Since I live nearby I have noticed the determination of the Kamiah EMTs and members of the Kamiah Fire Department to assist the out of town firefighters.

     Several of them have been at the open doors of the Emergency Building with 24-hour attendance to supply the water tankers with the water from the fire hydrant there. They also have been provided with drinking water and various types of snacks to offer the drivers. That included Ziploc packages of a drink, candy bars and the like that the men could carry with them—these were packaged and donated by Grangeville Girl Scouts.

     I have not read or been told of any other credit given to these men and women for their efforts under these terrible firestorm circumstances. Some of the wives and/or women EMTs prepared three meals a day for these men, plus some help with meat or casseroles brought in from a few townspeople who knew of the need. As has been said, thankfully the water plant could now provide enough water for these tankers at this location and at the water plant.

     I understand that Fire Chief Dan Musgrave and Robert Simmons (and perhaps others we know) spent many continuous hours on the fire line with little or no rest to fight the attacking fire. That is dedication! Thanks to the people of the town who really stepped up to help wherever they saw a need. As a town we can be proud.

Marian Pratt Shepherd


Praise to all

     Thank you to all the firefighters and civilians who worked hard to ensure the safety of friends and family in Woodland.

     God bless you all.

The Finney family


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     I am so very grateful for the kind-hearted Lapwai friends and relatives that helped our community in our time of need this past week; by cooking for our firemen, displaced fire victims and elders and for providing the Red Cross donation/ distribution site. The Nez Perce Tribe Social Service department, Jackie McArthur, Jeanette Pinkham, Joni Williams, Taricia Moliga, Kylie St. Paul, Karee Picard, Loraine Harris, Kay Seven, and Julia Davis Wheeler have been doing a great job sorting and setting out the tremendous donations received by so many people. My heart swells with pride, seeing our communities work so well together for the care of all our   fire victims. I enjoyed working with all of them and the cooks, Sara Moffett, Linda Walker, Lora Reuben and girls, Irene Kipp, Paulette Smith, Lee Bourgeau, Keith and DelRae Kipp and family, Laurie Ann Cloud, Rebecca Miles, Catherine Big Man, Wenona Holt and the Appaloosa Express drivers this past week, fabulous job people! And hats off to Aaron Miles and crew for taking leadership during the wildfires! Now you all get some rest! I visited The Life Center, they are very busy with all the donations they have received. Their volunteers are doing a fantastic job serving the fire victims too! Isn’t our community wonderful…I love it!

     Kamiah NMPH Dental will open two Fridays a month. Please call the dental department at 935-0733 ext. 4508 to schedule appointments.

     Congratulations to Sandra Slickpoo, she was the July winner of the Kamiah NMPH Sports Fitness drawing.

     Wedding anniversary blessings to Daniel and Delores Higheagle, Robert and Cassandra Kipp, and Ron and Danelle McKinney!

     Birthday blessings to Lexi Wheeler, Anesha Reuben, and to my beloved dear son Casey Broncheau!

Yox Kalo^ (That’s all)

Wolf Problems? Print E-mail

The following list of numbers is offered for anyone who experiences problems with wolves. 


Suspected Livestock Predation

Call USDA Wildlife Services, 1-866-487-3297 or contact Justin Mann, local Wildlife Specialist at 208-869-3297. Personnel will be dispatched to investigate.


Frequent Wolf Sightings

Contact the Nez Perce Tribe, Curt Mack at 208-634-1060. They will gather and record information, then provide advice.


Report Sighting of a Wolf

Go to Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game website to fill out a wolf report form: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/


Health and Human Safety Concerns

A wolf may be killed if life and human safety is at risk. Contact Idaho Fish & Game at 208-799-5010 or call Nez Perce Tribe at 208-634-1061 or 911 Sheriff dispatch. All wolf kills will be investigated.


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