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How to file for office

     The following information is for anyone thinking about filing to run for an Idaho County position, i.e. commissioner.

     The way to start the process is to go to the Idaho County Courthouse on Main Street in Grangeville and stop in at Room 5 on the main floor.

     Jessie will give you the filing paper, a declaration of candidacy, with a petition on the back for your supporters’ signatures.

     You must get either five signatures from registered voters or pay $40.

     Return the declaration with the signatures or the money, to Room 5, between Feb. 29 and March 11.

     That’s it!

Michelle Perdue


Water shut off was illegal

     I have made a challenge to the Kamiah City Council that Mayor Schneider violated the law by his amending the city’s law to Impair the Obligation of Contracts, the Constitution prohibits any state from passing any bill of attainder, ex-post facto law or [IMPAIR THE OBLIGATION OF CONTRACTS].

     Because Mayor Schneider allowed his agents to violate the city’s due process obligations by refusing to serve “OCCUPANTS” shut off notices. Dale Schneider ordered his agents to violate the law by entering the private property during early morning hours to discontinue water services to occupants which is in violation to city/state law that prohibits shut-offs during hours city hall is closed for business and the obligation to provide instruction on how to have the services restored.

     The City of Kamiah’s Mayor and his agents committed violations to the 14th Amendment which prohibits the state from applying Unequal protection of the law. Evidence proves Dale Schneider violated the Constitution when he allowed his agents to serve shut off notices to the occupants of the Penedda property after he enacted the city’s amended ordinance.

     Because the law is unconstitutional I do demand Dale Schneider resign based on his inability to apply the law correctly, violating his oath of office. Because he broke the law he must be removed to correct this unconstitutional law.

Robert W. Warden


Kamiah Community Credit Union:

     As a former CEO of our Credit Union I have no idea what needs to be saved as stated on the back page of last week’s Clearwater Progress. Our credit union is very financially sound.

     We as members have lost our rights as members. If you did not know, you can no longer nominate anyone from the floor to be elected to our board to represent us. We also have no say in changing our By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation, which are our governing rules.

     As it stands, with the field of membership change and purchase of a three story, 17 room $535,000 building in Lewiston there is nothing to stop the Board from relocating our main office to Lewiston. Do you want to lose our Credit Union to Lewiston?

     We can get these rights back by coming to the special meeting Feb. 11, 6 p.m. at The Life Center, listening and voting by WRITTEN BALLOT.

Erlene West


Punishment dependent on who is protesting

     On the one hand, we have Black Lives Matter protesters who smashed, flipped, and burned police cruisers, and hurled rocks at cops; and brought commerce to a screeching halt in several cities across the nation. A few were arrested on misdemeanor charges and released.

     The 99% Occupy movement shut down Wall Street, and downtown Baltimore and Oakland for weeks, halting traffic and damaging businesses. An incomplete list of crimes committed by this group include vandalism, rape, sexual assault, public urination and defecation. Retail businesses lost revenue, and the cost of cleanup and security was in the millions. Again, misdemeanor charges.

     Before the Wall Street occupation, we had the unions occupying the courthouse in Madison, Wisc. By the time they left, they had caused $7.5 million in damage. I found record of only one person being arrested for resisting police officers.

     In Lady Justice’s other hand, we have Robert Finicum, a rancher who had taken in 50 foster children, raised 10 of his owner, revered the Constitution and Bible, and never had so much as a speeding ticket, shot dead by the “authorities.” He was peacefully protesting the federal government’s interference with western farmers by occupying a remote BLM office. WHO, or what, was in such imminent danger from the mild-mannered Finicum that he had to be shot in the Oregon backcountry; The abominable snowman?

     I think Lady Justice is peeking to see who is in the opposition to progressively liberal, socialist agenda, and who is not.

Gary Crawford



Help me restore credit union voting rights

     Kamiah Community Credit Union is not a bank. Yes, most of us know a credit union is not a bank but it looks and acts like one. It has most of the main features of one.

     The real difference lies in two things. First, banks are for profit while credit unions are not-for-profit entities. As such credit unions do not pay corporate taxes so have funds available to offer their members reduced interest loans and higher dividend earnings on savings and investments. The next difference is in ownership. With a bank the account holder is not an owner but with credit unions the members (shareholders) are the owners.

     With this ownership comes certain rights and responsibilities. Now I get to the main purpose for writing this. The members of the Kamiah Community Credit Union have given up their right to vote on major actions and transferred that right to the Board. This transfer made it possible for the Board and our Manager to make major decisions with the members (owners) having no knowledge of them.

     Take what has recently happened. We were told via Facebook in November and other media that they were changing the credit union name and would be covering a larger area from which to draw members and adding ATM’s in additional areas, like Lewiston. Well to the surprise of many of us ATM’s in Lewiston turned into a $500,000+ building purchase.

     Many of us feel that this would have never happened had the members been voting to change the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws rather than the Board. Purchasing this building stands to be a great risk for the credit union, not only with the large capital outlay, but personnel costs, upgrading the building, and ongoing maintenance costs. I for one would have opted to rent rather than buy to see if this expansion was going to work.

     I am soliciting your help. Please attend the special meeting held prior to the regular meeting on Feb. 11, 6 p.m. at The Life Center Church. Help us take back our voting rights.

Lee Hartman

Past Board Member

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     Many enjoyed the Crab Feed at the Legion Hall this past weekend; especially all the talent!  Good job Crab Feed organizers and volunteers!

     The Nimiipuu Health Scholarship fundraiser, “Valentine Sweet Squares” is open now until February 11.  Get on the board for a chance to win $200. The winner will be drawn February 11.  Contact Artrette Sampson at Lapwai NMPH for your chance to win.

     The Nimiipuu Health Scholarship is intended to encourage American Indian students to enter into the health profession.  It is designed to assist with the financial burden for those wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in the health field.  The Nimiipuu Health scholarship program was started to honor those tribal members whose life was dedicated to helping others with the passion and compassions of their honored professions, who have served our people or on the Nimiipuu Health Board.  Nimiipuu Health sponsors a scholarship fund that provides financial assistance to enrolled American Indian students who are either currently enrolled or beginning an academic career in the health care field.  The NMPH scholarship committee is gearing up to give away their first scholarship this spring; after many years of being inactive we are excited about awarding a scholarship to one of our young people entering the health field.  Packets are available at the Kamiah NMPH Clinic and the Lapwai NMPH; or contact Artrette Everett, Benefits Coordinator at (208) 843-2271 ext. 2871.

     Mark your calendars!  “Protecting our Elders: Drug Abuse Awareness Education for adults over 50 years old,”  will be Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Wa-a’yas building in Kamiah from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and again March 2, at the Pi-nee-waus building in Lapwai.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  This event is hosted by Nez Perce Tribe Adult Protection and Later in Life Programs.   Sign-up sheets are located at the Sr. Citizen’s Meal Sites in Kamiah, Lapwai and the Teweepu Center in Orofino; or contact Cara at (208) 621-4778, Stella at (208) 621-3875, or Daneta Jabeth at (208) 843-9375.

     Birthday blessings to Shenoah Plume Bowen, Dorthy Hudson, Sam Penney, Elroy Moffett, Skylin Parrish, Adam Porter, Brandon Guzman, and Michael Joe Ellenwood!

     Have a fun Super Bowl weekend!  Anyone willing to bet me…Panthers all the way!

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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