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The difference between Republican and Democrat

     If you want guns in schools—vote Republican.

     If you want sensible gun laws—vote Democrat.

     If you don't want affordable health care for you (if under 65), your children, and grandchildren—vote Republican.

     If you want affordable health care for you (if under 65), your children and grandchildren—vote Democrat.

     If you want a governor that doesn't fund schools as the Idaho constitution says—vote Republican.

     If you do want a governor that funds schools as the Idaho constitution says—vote Democrat.

     If you want a treasurer that makes bad investments costing taxpayers millions and goes joy riding with friends in NYC in a limousine at taxpayers' expense—vote Republican.

     If you want a treasurer that is a CPA that understands finances—vote Democrat.

     If you think a partisan politician should be Secretary of State making rules for elections—vote Republican.

     If you think a fair politician should be Secretary of State—vote Democrat.

Mike Mitchell


Meth in our community

     I recently read an article on the front page titled "Police see rise in meth use; effects are exponential." Now first off I have seen meth and its devastating effects first hand. Growing up I watched my mother fall victim to that drug. It turned her from a hard working, family first, wonderful person whom I was proud to call my mom, into a jobless, uncaring, abusive person who didn't care about nothing more than getting high.

     I grew up raising my four brothers and sisters because half the time my mom wasn't home and if she was she was locked in her room using. Meth is a drug that leaves an aftermath of hurt not for just the user but for everyone that comes in contact with the user. I am happy to say that experience has kept me from trying meth or associating with meth users.

     If there is a meth problem starting up in Kamiah then it should be addressed as serious. I fell in love with Kamiah because the community is so together and people seem very caring for one another, I would hate to see drugs affect this community as it has so many others.

     With that being said, I found a few things in the article that bother my boyfriend and I quite a bit.  It says that "Mexicans" are bringing the drugs to the area. My boyfriend of 6+ years just so happens to be Hispanic. He has NEVER tried a drug in his life, has NEVER sold drugs, and is a straight edged kind of man. He works from 2 a.m. and gets home at 4 p.m. everyday! Yet now he feels judged because of his race. In such a small town as this one saying "Mexican" and pointing fingers at that particular ethnicity is like saying a white man, middle aged, driving a blue Dodge, with a swing set in his back yard...its that specific, there are very few Hispanics here and he feels labeled.

     Who knows it could very well be a Hispanic or a Russian or a German for that matter who is responsible for bringing meth into our community. I am just not quite sure if I should say racist but very particular and targeting. I just wanted to bring that into light. Thank you.

Mae Mcwilliams


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Proposed action opening sizes

By Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor

     The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have been working to revise our land management plan (forest plan), which provides strategic direction for the Forest for the next 10 to 15 years. We've developed a proposed action with the expertise of our natural resource professionals and with input from the public either in person or through our website and email.

     Recent letters to the editor have raised concerns regarding the size of even-aged regeneration harvest units (which the public sometimes referred to as clearcuts) proposed in our revision effort and I would like to correct some misinformation and clarify our intent. The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) requires us to establish maximum size limits for areas to be cut in one harvest operation. This includes various types of regeneration harvest that result in open stand conditions. NFMA planning regulations establish that maximum opening size as 40 acres for Idaho, but allow exceptions where necessary to achieve desired ecological conditions. The proposed action for the revised forest plan includes a standard establishing a maximum opening size of 150 acres in the breaklands and 80 acres in upland mesic conifer vegetation types. We are not proposing to create 1,500-acre even-aged timber harvest units.

     Analysis of forest historical conditions indicates that over time, naturally created openings in canyon breaklands ranged from less than one acre to 1,500 acres, with more than 50 percent of old forest acres found in patches (areas of similar vegetation age structure) over 150 acres. Naturally created openings in upland mesic conifers areas ranged from one acre to 800 acres, with more than 50 percent of old forest acres found in patches over 80 acres. The proposed maximum opening sizes are based on analysis of these old forest patches.

     The reason we are proposing these new maximum opening sizes is based on ecological reasons such as more effectively addressing insect and disease (e.g., bark beetle outbreaks) or improving wildlife habitat. Long term, larger patch size may provide better elk security or interior habitat for species that require it. For example, northern goshawks prefer contiguous patches of 400+ acres for nesting and brood rearing. Over time, continually dispersing smaller regeneration harvests within the managed front country will result in many, smaller varied-age patches across the landscape, with fewer large, contiguous patches of mature trees. Historically, natural disturbances such as fire often created patches greater than 40 acres. Vegetation management practices that strive to emulate the scale, intensity, frequency and vegetative responses of natural disturbances follow the coarse filter philosophy, which aims to create forest conditions similar to those present historically, thus, maintaining the wildlife habitat needed to support a wide range of native species.

     I encourage everyone that cares about the future of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to become personally involved so you can draw your own conclusions and provide input on how the forests should be managed. You can visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater or call our office at 935-2513 to find out how you can be involved.

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Wolf predation and livestock loss compensation

By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

     Threats to livestock operations have been compounded in recent years by the increased presence of federally reintroduced wolves and wildfires raging across limited grazing land. While certainly not a cure all, Congress included programs in the enacted Farm Bill to help producers recover from these and other losses.

     The federal government is responsible for the reintroduction of wolves in Idaho, and thus responsible for the impacts of this reintroduction. In the 2013 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Nez Perce Tribe indicate that while not all wolf packs in Idaho are presumed to be documented, estimates indicated there were 659 wolves in Idaho at the end of 2013. Wolves have been responsible for livestock deaths throughout Idaho. In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services responded to hundreds of calls of reported wolf depredation. In many of those cases, sheep and cattle losses were confirmed.

     As wolf attacks put pressure on livestock operations, range management policies and reduced grazing and timber harvest have increased fuel loads on federal land. This has translated into increased fire threats and more intense fires in terms of force and acreage burned. So far this year, more than 85,000 acres in Idaho have burned. Wildfires increase the strain on livestock operations with limited grazing land due to recent drought conditions and mounting limitations on federal land use. The federal government must step forward and help address damages triggered by the impacts of federal policy.

     Last fall, members of the Idaho congressional delegation raised concern about the prolonged drought and catastrophic wildfire damage impacting crops, livestock and the well being of too many Idahoans. We pressed House and Senate leadership to help meet the federal responsibility by extending disaster assistance programs to assist with recovery.

     The enacted 2014 Farm Bill provides needed assistance by making permanent the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and making coverage for eligible losses retroactive to Oct. 1, 2011, when the programs expired. LIP provides assistance to producers for excess livestock deaths due to adverse weather or attacks by animals, including wolves, reintroduced by the federal government or protected by federal law. LFP provides compensation to eligible producers who suffered grazing losses due to qualifying drought or fire.

     Interested producers are encouraged to contact their local USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for details. A list of eligible livestock and program details can be accessed through the USDA website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=diap&topic=landing. Good records and documentation of losses, if possible, are beneficial.

     The federal government has a responsibility to assist with the impacts of damages triggered by federal lands policy and predator reintroduction. These programs provided through the Farm Bill are a step in the right direction for affected Idahoans and can help producers bounce back after facing significant setbacks.

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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     Condolences to the families of Eric Jackson. Prayers of comfort for his beloved mother Colleen Lupe, his brothers and sisters, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     There will be a fundraiser for the Delores L. Wheeler Memorial "Pay to Play" Fund Saturday, Aug. 30, during the Kamiah Barbecue Day. Huckleberry shortcake and strawberry shortcake will be sold after the Parade until sold out. Donations to Delores L. Wheeler "Pay to Play" Fund at the Kamiah Community Credit Union will be appreciated immensely. Last school year our mother's "Pay to Play" fund assisted 15 student/athletes at the Kamiah Middle School and High School. This fund is available for any youth attending Kamiah School who needs assistance with Pay to Play. For more information or to donate contact Dallon Wheeler or Abraham Broncheau.

     Kamiah Barbecue Day is upon us; let's welcome our friends, neighbors, classmates, and visitors with our hometown hospitality! Let's make this Labor Day weekend a fun filled family event without any drama! Let's have fun!

     Kamiah Kubs' season opener under the Friday night lights against Victor, Mont.! Let's show our KUB pride and line up along the field for the Kub starting lineup! Go Kubs, play tough!

     Kamiah and Lapwai Nimiipuu Health Clinics will be closed Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1 and will resume regular business hours Sept. 2.

     Belated Birthday blessings to Marlene Walker, Lexie Wheeler, and Lillisa Moses.

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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