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Letters to the Editor Print E-mail

What is really going at water plant?

     The new water plant has been an unbelievable “comedy” of errors since its start. I wish I had a timeline of everything that has gone wrong, but I’m sure it isn’t all bad luck. Is it ignorance of how to build a water plant? Use of sub-par materials?  Deliberate attempts to keep adding expenses to the original job?

     Have these guys actually built a water plant before? If not, who picked them to do the work and why? Are kickbacks involved somewhere?

     If they did build a water plant before, how is that plant working out, and how many “fixes” did it take?

     But what is most puzzling is why are we always the ones to “fix” the problems at our expense? If I have a contractor do a job, it doesn’t get signed off and they don’t get paid until it works right. Who signed the contract that requires the city to pay for this continued fiasco?

     Now, once again, we have a filter that doesn’t work, and no one knows why? So we pay for new material again and hope THAT works.

     Questions should be asked and complete answers given. We all need to know what in the world is going on. And promise never to use this company again.

Lana Hiemstra


Serving county has been my pleasure

     I would like to thank the members of the Kamiah Kiwanis, particularly Bob and Tonie West, for organizing a parting get-together for my departure from Lewis County Emergency Management. I would also like to thank all of the others from within the community, who attended to wish me well, including my partners from other counties in emergency management, and elected officials, law enforcement, fire and EMS.

     The past few years have been an enjoyment for me, for I have worked with some of the best people within this five-county region. We have a group of volunteers and elected officials who are dedicated to each community, in greatest degree of professionalism and dedication, and the pleasure and reward of working within this community has been mine.

David R. Hasz


Sorry for the bad news

     Please excuse any typos as it has been a long night. Around 1:30 a.m., the Legislature passed a massive tax hike and adjourned. It pains me to even think about it. It didn’t have to go this way. A conservative Legislature doesn’t raise taxes in the dead of night. A conservative Legislature doesn’t raise taxes without so much as a public hearing on the bill. A conservative Legislature doesn’t raise taxes without searching high and low for spending cuts and ways to mitigate the harm.

     Someone please tell me, how do Idaho’s actions differ from that of what you might expect in California? Or Oregon? Or New York? How is it different from what Congress does?

     In the subject line of this email, I write “so sorry.” Which means “so sorry we failed in our effort to change the outcome.” As you know, we offered and championed an alternative that provided more revenue for roads along with a sizable net tax cut. More importantly, for the last several years, we have been warning lawmakers that they’re spending too much. Had lawmakers listened to us, not only would they have had money for roads without a tax hike, but they would have had enough surplus to cut taxes while still funding other essential services. They didn’t listen.

     “So sorry” also accurately captures my feeling about what this Legislature has done to you and me, to hardworking Idahoans and their families, to the poor, to our economy. It truly is “so sorry” a thing to behold.

Wayne Hoffman

Idaho Freedom Foundation

Something smells in Kamiah

     Wheew! Yikes! Yuuk! What is that terrible foul odor in Kamiah? It smells like incompetence, bad judgment, injustice, arrogance, and possibly municipal bankruptcy. Just keep following your nose and soon you will be able to sniff out the source. The smell gets stronger as you pass City Hall and proceed towards Riverfront Park.

     Aahhh there it is right in front of you! The great TD&H Engineering marvel more commonly known as the new and improved Kamiah City Water Treatment Plant.

     Hold your noses and get out your checkbooks folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Merrill Hartley


Do you know what’s in the water?

     Once again the Kamiah water treatment plant makes the headlines: the latest is a filtering problem. Also it is known that many users do not drink the water due to the strong chlorine taste. There are many hazardous sources of contamination threatening the Kamiah water system, and they are:

     1) A tier 1 landfill located in the groundwater that is located in the flood plains next to the transfer station, also a dam has been constructed that threatens life and property below the site if a flood occurs.

     2) All cattle feeding lot operations plus farming operations add to the drainage systems and they include herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

     3) A wetland area destroyed and loaded with decaying bark waste that sets in the groundwater that finds its way into Lawyer Creek.

     4) Trucks and heavy equipment that are leaking environmentally hazardous pollutants into the ground like the one extending half a mile long on Seven Mile Creek.

     5) A tier 2 landfill at the junction of Fort Misery and Seven Mile Creek where ground water was found throughout the area this landfill is located, and this was confirmed by a professional hydrologist, geologist. Surface water, domestic wells and springs used for drinking water are subject to contamination from this landfill.

     Do the residents know Lawyer Creek flows into the Clearwater River just above the intake system for domestic use by Kamiah residents? The question arises. What is the cancer rate in the Kamiah area?

Kenneth Jones


What's new Print E-mail
Written by Angela Broncheau   


     Kamiah Nimiipuu Health Clinic will celebrate their 14th anniversary on Wednesday, April 22, from 3–4:30 p.m.  It has been 14 years that Kamiah NMPH has been in their current location.  Kamiah NMPH once upon a time was housed in three small rooms in the Wa-a’yas building, now we are blessed to be in our current location! Cake and punch will be served. Dr. Rev. Mary Jane Miles will bless the clinic and celebration.   Current Nimiipuu Health Board members are Jim Spencer, Julia Davis Wheeler, Jackie Taylor, Connie Watters, Roberta Bisbee, NPTEC Liaisons Sam Penney and Bill Picard, and Interim Executive Director Tina Bullock.  Nimiipuu Health Staff welcomes everyone to come celebrate their 14th anniversary April 22.

     2015 NPTEC (Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee) Candidate Forums will be Thursday, April 16, at the Pi-nee-waus in Lapwai; April 23 at the Teweepu Center in Orofino; and April 30 at the Wa-a’yas building in Kamiah.  All forums will begin with potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Donations of food, desserts, beverages, and table service will be appreciated.  For more information contact Forum Moderator Dallon Wheeler at 935-5788.  The NPTEC Candidate Forums are hosted by Delores Lookingglass Wheeler family.

     The Women’s Wellness Conference will be Thursday, April 16, at the Clearwater River Casino Event Center from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Door prizes will be given out throughout the day. Merrell (Beck) Simpson will be the M.C. Tina Bullock, interim executive director, will give the Welcome address and Dr. Rev. Mary Jane Miles will give the opening prayer. There will be a variety of speakers discussing the health and well being of women. For more information contact Susie Ellenwood at (208) 843-9375 ext. 2919.

     Birthday blessings to Cedric Bowen, Rachel Kirtland, Shirley Victoria Guzman, my precious gem of a son Alex Broncheau, and happy 6th birthday to Tiara Sue Ann Palmer, with love from your mom Jamie!

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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