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News For The Week of April 23, 2015
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Black bear removed from town4-23-15-bear-up-a-tree_1

     A curious young black bear was escorted out of Nezperce on Monday afternoon after authorities decided to tranquilize it.

     The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a black bear in a yard on the northeast side of town near the Lutheran Church at about 3:27 p.m. Sheriff Brian Brokop responded and found that city workers had tried to chase the bear out of town but it decided to climb up a tree to safety, according to a county press release.

This young black bear wandered into Nezperce earlier this week. It was safely removed without incident. Contributed photo

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Having a blast Print E-mail
4-23-15-hosa-4595Runners receive a douse of color during the HOSA color blast fundraiser at Kamiah on Saturday. Organizers are still tabulating the donations from this event, but did say 162 people of all ages participated. The running course featured energetic volunteers awaiting runners at strategic locations where they could cover passersby with powdered paint. Janene Engle/Progress
Kamiah School Board Print E-mail

School board weighing middle school roof bids

     The Kamiah School Board meeting came to order on Monday night with the main topic of discussion focusing on the middle school roof.

     Four bids were entered for consideration, ranging in price from $111,157 to $147,700. Keith Jacobs has agreed to review the bids to determine what each one includes to make sure everything that is needed will get provided. A final decision will then be made at an upcoming board meeting.

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Early detection is the key Print E-mail

Students receive free screenings

     The Northwest Lions Foundation screening trailer was in Kamiah last Friday, providing free vision and hearing tests to elementary students.4-23-15-hearing-eye-test-8

     The Lions tested 222 students in grades K-6. Of those tested, 77 had hearing problems and 49 had vision problems. The Lions Club trailer is driven by Past District Governor Mike Parker of Longview, Wash., who has spent the last 16 years on the road. He and his wife Pat spend about 290 days per year traveling throughout Washington and northern Idaho providing the tests to school students. Last year alone, 30,000 kids were tested.

     Approximately 1,300 students were tested in five days this year throughout schools in Kamiah, Kooskia, Grangeville, Cottonwood, Craigmont, and Nezperce.

     The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit gives free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems.

     A special thanks goes out to all who volunteered to help with the exams, especially the Kamiah Kiwanis Club and Key Club, who served as testers for most of the day.

Kamiah Elementary student Autumn Korponay studies the letters in an eye exam conducted by the Northwest Lions Foundation last week. Gina Jorgensen/Progress

County to partner with Nez Perce County Print E-mail

E911 partnership to save Lewis County money

     Lewis County Commissioners plan to partner with Nez Perce County and the city of Lewiston in a joint effort at improving E911 services.

     The partnership expects to acquire grant money through the state’s E911 system and Homeland Security.

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