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Woodland trailer home burns

     The Kamiah Fire Department responded to a trailer fire on Woodland Road on Feb. 12 at about 11 p.m.

     "It was totally gone when we got there,” said Fire Chief Dan Musgrave. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Musgrave does not know the cause of the fire, but said it is suspicious in nature.

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Obituaries, Death Notices in the February 19, 2015 issue Print E-mail

Manuel Vargas Costa, 82

     Manuel Vargas Costa passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2015 at his daughter, Kathleen’s home in Kooskia of complications due to compromised hepatic and renal function and an ongoing bout with diabetes and heart disease.2-19-15-obit--costa-paper-2

     Manuel was born Oct. 23, 1932 in a small town called Niles, (now Fremont), Calif., to August Costa and Mary Vargas Costa. Manuel was the youngest of seven children. Manuel was orphaned at age 16 and decided to leave high school and become a truck driver and did so by accepting a job from his brother August in order to support himself.

     On April 8, 1951, Manuel married his high school sweetheart Cecilia Juliann Schneider. They both were 18 years old and together they gave birth to eight beautiful children in nine years. Manuel worked for his brother for several years before becoming a machinist with Federal Pacific Electric Co. in Santa Clara, Calif. Manuel worked for this company until his brother persuaded him to relocate to the San Joaquin Valley and help out in the trucking business. Manuel did help out until he could open a trucking business himself and called it Big Horn Trucking which later he sold to his son Manuel.

     Manuel enjoyed building homes and investing in the real estate market. In 1976 at age 43, Manuel and Cecilia retired and built what they thought was their retirement home in the mountains of Sonora, Calif. It was beautiful there and they enjoyed their retirement and the great outdoors. Manuel loved traveling, camping, hunting, fishing, clamming, and gardening. While on vacation in 1981 they ventured through the Great Northwest to visit some friends and while here they fell in love with the area and made an offer on a large ranch. Within that coming year they purchased and moved to Tahoe Ridge and started in the cattle business with his youngest son, Joel, raising Limousine Cattle which was the first time for either in the cattle business. Manuel enjoyed the ranching business until well into his 60s.

     In Manuel’s early 70s a heart condition, which landed him in the hospital, and an operation following left Manuel with an aggressive early onset of Dementia.

     Manuel is survived by Cecilia and seven of his eight children, Richard and wife Debbie Costa of Shady Point, Okla., Manuel Michael and wife Marie Costa of Tracy, Calif., Christine Costa of Kooskia, Kathleen and husband Gary Allen of Kooskia, Steven and wife Nancy Costa of Pilot Hill, Calif., Lauralee and husband Nicholas Rivera of Modesto, Calif., and Joel and wife Nancy Costa of Kooskia. He was preceded in death by son David Costa in 1975 and his brothers Joseph and August Costa and his sisters Rose Rose, Edith Wydra, Norma Hirschfield, and Mary Santos. Manuel is survived by his 36 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

     Freedom Bible Fellowship in Kamiah will be hosting a memorial service for Manuel on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. All are welcome to share in this celebration of life. There will be a luncheon provided immediately following the service. Trenary Funeral Home assisted the family.


Clarence Edward “Ed” Bower, 83

     Clarence Edward “Ed” Bower passed away Jan. 18, 2015 in Spokane, Wash. due to complications with his heart and lungs. He had struggled with breathing problems for many years.2-19-15-obit--ed-bower

     Ed was born Oct. 22, 1931 in Washington. He graduated from high school in Sandpoint, Idaho. Ed then served in the Marines during the Korean War. He married his wife Jean in 1991 at Silver Lake, Wash. Driving truck for most of his adult life, Ed retired in 1993 from Oriard Mining Services (now Northwest Energetic Services), a company that makes and ships explosives.

     The Bowers moved to the Kamiah area about 20 years ago and made their home in Woodland and Pardee. Ed was very involved in the Woodland Friends Church. He served as a trustee and steward up until his death. The trip from Pardee up to Woodland coupled with his breathing issues had made church attendance harder in the final years of his life. He briefly experimented with being a yak rancher and had many stories to tell of chasing them across the hills of Pardee.

     Ed loved to garden and he and Jean often shared their produce with friends. It used to be the joke that you should lock your car at church during the summer or you would be “gifted” with zucchini! He loved to see the changing seasons and always marveled at the birds singing in the springtime and the new wildflowers. For many years he would bring a primrose early in the spring to his neighbor Verla. Ed and Jean loved to play Dominoes and cribbage and enjoyed many loud and fun game nights with friends and family.

     Ed is survived by his wife Jean; his two sisters, Yvonne Hull of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Rachel Branca of Cranston, R.I.; his three children, Dennis of Onalaska, Wash., Denise Simpson of Bremerton, and Zane of Spokane; three step-children, Mike Hoy of Spokane,  Doug Hoy of Woodland, and Christine Cohoon of Woodland; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

     A memorial service is being planned for March at the Woodland Friends Church.


Maxine “Micki” Weeks, 83

     Maxine “Micki” Weeks, 83, of Kooskia died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at Syringa Hospital in Grangeville.

     Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Inurnment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia.

     A potluck dinner and fellowship will follow services.

     Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.

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