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News For The Week of April 28, 2016
Cadet program offers unique perspective about law enforcement Print E-mail
Written by Janene Engle, The Clearwater Progress   

Students learn what it's like to be a police officer

     In an effort to help high school students better understand various facets of law enforcement, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings heads up a cadet program during the school year that allows hands on education as well as valuable lessons and training in the field.

     The program has been very successful the last six years with a growing number of youth involved each year.

     There were 17 students from Grangeville, Cottonwood, Riggins, Kooskia, and Kamiah high schools who participated this year. Four of those students were from Clearwater Valley and three from Kamiah.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program 2016 class, back row left to right: Colton Cervantes (Grangeville H.S.), Dylan Canaday (Grangeville H.S.), Maclane Smith (Grangeville H.S.), Sheriff Doug Giddings, Zach Baldwin (CVHS), Criekor Paris (Grangeville H.S.), and Hunter Hasselstrom (Prairie H.S.). Front row: Katelynn Robinson (Grangeville H.S.), Parker Whipple (Kamiah H.S.), Calvin Hinkelman (Prairie H.S.), Isaiah Shears (Prairie H.S.), Taylor McAlister (Kamiah H.S.), and Bob Hood (Prairie H.S.) Not pictured are: Hailey Uhlenkott (Grangeville H.S.), Bailey Christopherson (Kamiah H.S.), William Hill (CVHS), Junior Garcia (CVHS), and Mateo Fabara (CVHS). Contributed photo

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Time to get cleaning Print E-mail

City clean up on tap

     City residents of Kooskia and Stites are encouraged to make use of a complimentary service by Simmons Sanitation as part of efforts to beautify town.

     Each city will be holding a designated week with roll offs available for incidental cleanup (this is small cleanup jobs around property, not for full renovations or tear downs); appliances, car and pickup tires will be accepted. Semi or tractor tires will not be taken. Clothing and food items need to be bagged.

     Kooskia cleanup will be May 1-9 at Kooskia City Park.

     Stites cleanup will be May 7-14 at Main and Bridge streets.

     There is no charge for city residents.

     If you have any questions regarding additional items needing to be disposed of, please call Simmons’ office at 935-2617.

Primary election contested race candidate bios Print E-mail

Lewis County voters to elect new sheriff

     Lewis County Undersheriff Jason Davis and retired Nezperce foreman Michael Billy Williams will square off in the May 17 Primary race for Lewis County Sheriff. Current Sheriff Brian Brokop is not running for re-election.

Jason Davis

Age: 444-28-16-jason-davis

Party affiliation: Republican

Education: Graduate of Idaho State University Law Enforcement Program

Family: Wife, two daughters, two sons

Residence: Winchester

Occupation: Chief Deputy Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Experience/Qualifications: 12-year veteran at Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, graduate of ISU Law Enforcement Program, former Patrol Sargent, current Chief Deputy, holding an Advanced certification for the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training, holding certifications for Canine in Narcotics Detection and Patrol Apprehension, over 1,800 POST Certified training hours.

Previous or current elected positions: Current City Council Member for the City of Winchester, current School Board Trustee for the Highland School District, current Elected President for the Idaho Police Canine Association.

Web or social media site: http://jasondavisforsheriff.com


     “When I began my career in Law Enforcement I did so wanting to make a difference in safety and wellbeing for the communities of Lewis County and for the citizens in which I serve. To this day I continue to have the same outlook but with a much greater respect for the citizens that I have come to know and the county in which my family calls home.

     “In my years at the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office I have seen a continuing rise of narcotic use that has consumed families and taken away a vital portion of the quality of life within areas of the county. I plan to proactively engage in the prevention, elimination and awareness of narcotics within the county by joining efforts with the Kamiah Marshal’s Office and surrounding Law Enforcement agencies. I understand that the position of Sheriff comes with great responsibility and the badge that is worn is a symbol of public faith in protecting the rights of citizens in Lewis County, and providing safe communities to raise our children and retire.

     “I will continue the education of Deputies in fields that will benefit and better serve the citizens of our county.  My highest priority is the protection of human life and property. I am a dedicated man to my family, and to those that I serve. I believe in being firm, but fair in upholding the laws in the State of Idaho. I plan to ethically and professionally lead the Sheriff’s Office to safeguard the welfare of the citizens of Lewis County. I plan to subsidize parts of our county’s budget by looking for and obtaining necessary grant funding to educate, train, and provide equipment to those that serve you. I will diligently work with City, County, and State emergency services personnel to provide additional resources. I am grateful for the opportunity to be serving you now, and potentially continue to serve the citizens of Lewis County as Sheriff in 2017.”


Michael Billy Williams

Age: 634-28-16-pol-michael-billy-w

Party affiliation: Republican

Education: High school

Family: Wife

Residence: Nezperce

Occupation: Retired

Experience/Qualifications: FMC Corp. Superintendent, Weldcraft foreman

Previous or current elected positions: NA

Web or social media site: NA

     “The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has done away with the “Serve and Protect” motto of law enforcement and replaced it with “we can do as we please.”

     “If they bother to respond to a call, they show up dressed in attitude and uniform to do battle, rather than to unanswered calls, unreported and uninvestigated crime and unlawful activity performed under “color of authority” by department personnel.

     “As your new Lewis County Sheriff it’s my job to initiate and supervise department changes.

     “Take action to serve and protect the Lewis County residents with qualified, certified personnel, to see that every call for service is responded to in a timely fashion.”


Idaho County Commissioner District 2

     In the race for Idaho County Commissioner District 2, incumbent Mark Frei is being challenged by Rusty Bennett. 

Mark A. Frei

Age: 394-28-16-pol-mark-frei---201

Party affiliation: Republican

Education: Bachelor of Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, Bachelor of Philosophy from Pontifical Lateran University

Family: Wife and four children (three boys and one girl) and a baby on the way, due in August

Residence: Grangeville

Occupation: Farmer and rancher

Experience/Qualifications: Self-employed farmer and rancher; previous professional office job in Helena, Mont.; Current County Commissioner for District 2

Previous or current elected positions: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­County Commissioner

Web or social media site: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; on facebook


     “Please vote for Mark Frei, for County Commissioner on May 17. I am running for office because I am a patriot and lover of my country. I see our country turning away from freedom and personal responsibility toward government dependency, fiscal irresponsibility through debt and warring against traditional values, and therefore I want to do what I can to save our great country.

     “I think you will want to vote for me based upon my accomplishments this past year and a half as your County Commissioner for District 2:

1) I inaugurated serious solid waste system reform, which will enable an understanding of where the tonnage is coming from, which in turn will enable a more just fee structure for county residents. It will also incorporate recycling into the ordinary operations of solid waste management.

2) I provided effective leadership through three disasters in the County: the Kamiah fires, Highway 14 slide and the agricultural drought—making the appropriate timely emergency declarations and cooperating with other agencies for the good of the people.

3) I did not raise taxes. We covered all the fiscal obligations of the County including an 8% raise in medical insurance costs and other inflationary increases without raising taxes to do so. The County audit by Zwygart and Associates showed that the Commission was very frugal and accurate with taxpayer monies, showing only a $36,000 surplus in an $18 million budget.

4) I personally gave back to the people of Idaho County $15,000 a year in the value of my medical policy which I did not take for reasons of conscience because I did not want to participate in a plan that helps pay for contraception and abortion.

5) I helped draft a County Natural Resource Plan that federal agencies within Idaho County must consult and take into account when taking actions and making decisions on the federal lands within the county. The Resource Plan stresses the responsible use of our natural resources, pro-logging/mining/grazing, for the betterment of the economy of Idaho County, as well as maintaining access to all these lands for recreation.

6) I stood up for constitution rights and traditional family values. I offered an alternative medical plan to the employees of Idaho County, over 100 people, called health sharing ministries, over and against Obamacare, which would have respected the rights of conscience of county employees and would be a plan that would not participate in paying for contraception and abortion. Not to mention, if 15 employees would have chosen this plan it would have saved the County $150,000 per year.

     “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as your County Commissioner; it was an honor. Please consider bestowing that honor on me again by voting for Mark Frei for County Commissioner District 2 on May 17. Thank you.”


Rusty Bennett

Age: 554-28-16-pol-rusty-bennet

Party affiliation: Republican

Education: One-year college

Family: Wife, five grown children between us

Residence: Rural Idaho

Occupation: Construction, logging, ranch, currently semi-retired

Experience/Qualifications: Not a politician, but a hard worker, dedicated, honest

Web or social media site: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

     "As a native Idahoan, I am very concerned about some of the changes that have been occurring in Idaho County. I grew up in Grangeville and like many of you, I have been fortunate to have the freedom to enjoy the backcountry, I believe that we need to keep our public lands public. My concerns about the Upper Lochsa land exchange is that once the swap goes through, the public will no longer have access to the area. Once we lose it, that land will be gone forever. I do not want to see that happen and I have not talked to anyone who is for the purposed swap.

     “The current solutions to the solid waste issues are unacceptable. The reduction of dumpsters on the prairie is not working. This is obvious when you drive by overflowing dumpsters on a daily basis. I believe a mega dumpster site would be a hardship and great inconvenience for rural residents. Asking residents to drive 15 to 20 miles to dispose of their garbage is ridiculous. The new solid waste fee assessment does not sound like a fair solution either. We need a solution based on the needs of the residents that will work for the entire population of Idaho County.

     “I would like to see absolute transparency in the county government. I was very disappointed when I visited the Idaho County website and could not find the current meeting minutes or a current operating budget. Some of the information on the site was two years old.

     “I am not a politician and I thought long and hard about running for Commissioner. However, I thought I could complain about the problems or I could stand up and be the voice for my neighbors and DO something about the problems. I think we need some new people with some new ideas. Together, we can make positive changes for Idaho County. If I get this job, I will be working for YOU the people.”

Drop off your old drugs Print E-mail

KCPC sponsors Take Back Day

     The public is welcome to drop off old or unneeded prescription drugs at two valley locations on April 30.

     Drop off sites include the Kamiah Marshal’s Office at 507 Main Street and Kooskia City Hall at 026 S. Main from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

     Community officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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History comes alive Print E-mail

Living History Day coming to Lochsa Ranger Station

     The public is invited to participate in a Living History Day at the Lochsa Historical Ranger Station Visitor Center on July 23.

     The opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with a presentation of flags, Star Spangled Banner and welcome and introduction of special guests and speakers.

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