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Kamiah Fire Protection District needs your help

     The community and entire area have just dealt with the most destructive fires we have ever seen. The Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) sends our heartfelt sorrows to those who have suffered a loss. We also send our appreciation to each and every person that has helped in any way, during this fire storm. Again, thank you!

     Only once a year the men and women of KVFD approach you for financial support. This support is needed to maintain professional quality fire/rescue equipment and services when our community calls for HELP!

     The KVFD maintains between 25 and 30 members who must complete numerous hours of training to be qualified in the standards required of them to fight fire and perform rescue calls. These members are all volunteers, they have families, a full time job, and personal hobbies, yet they take time to contribute hundreds of hours of service to this community with little or no compensation.

     Kamiah volunteers respond to all fires whether it is a house fire, a wild land fire, or just a suspicious smell that you may believe is a fire. We also respond with Kamiah Ambulance to all vehicle and other accidents to aide and assist in extrication, scene stability, fire protection, patient assistance, and other rescue services as needed.

     Kamiah volunteers are proud to have the privilege and honor to serve you and strive to keep the community a safe place to live and watch our friends and families grow. They are a part of the community fabric; part of what makes Kamiah a very special place to live.

     Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department always has a need. Volunteering is encouraged, but if you cannot help in this fashion you can help by providing your financial support. This will continue to help the KVFD maintain professional quality fire and rescue services for our wonderful community. We ask for a donation of $25.00 per household; however, any donation will graciously be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

Did you know? We responded to 78 total calls in 2014 and 2015 YTD calls are 209! 

Dan Musgrave

Fire Chief, KVFD


Happy Birthday swabbies!

     On Oct. 10, 1775, the U.S. Navy was founded. Since then the Navy has protected the sea lanes. From Pearl Harbor, the Coral Sea, Midway, and the Lingayen Gulf; to the signing of the Japanese Surrender on the U.S. Battleship Missouri, the Navy has been there to protect the freedom we all enjoy.

Tom Spears



Help! What happened to volunteerism?

     I’m sure that the residents of Kooskia and the outlying areas expect either the fire engine or the ambulance to show up at their front door when they call 911. Because some dedicated individuals volunteered their time and energy, this has not been a problem. Until now! Unless new volunteers step up to take the training, certify and sign up for shifts on the ambulance or respond to fire calls, there may be longer response times or there could be no volunteer ambulance service or fire department at all.

     Many communities with this issue have formed taxing districts or guarantee that these services are kept available to their citizens. Are you ready for more taxes?

     Your EMS unit needs you to step up this fall and commit to an EMT Basic class to become a member of our ambulance team. There will be a new EMT Basic Class starting Nov. 18 which meets one night a week until the end of April. If interested, call Mary Rogers at 926-0892 or Mark Anderson at 935-5202.

     Also, the Fire Department could use some members to ensure your safety. They meet once a month with training provided my Mark Anderson, Fire Chief. If you are interested in that program, please call Mark at 935-5202.

     Show your community spirit and step up to help not only yourself, but your neighbors.

Mary Rogers



A different perspective

     I have heard lots of rumors and innuendoes around town having to do with the way the Clearwater Complex Fire was fought. My opinions come from being married to a career firefighter for most of the 30 plus years he was a firefighter.  These men and women do not fight fire for the money; they do this because it is a calling. They understand the risk, but they do hope that someone has their life in mind when they are making their decisions.

     Just as a reminder we (as a community) had been watching this fire for 4 days before it took off up Woodland, Kidder Ridge, Beaverslide and Glenwood. What did you do to prepare? Did you clear brush? Make a fire break? Remove trees that were too close to your house or outbuildings? Are you part of the volunteer fire department? Did you call your volunteer fire department to see if there was something you could do to help?

     Once the winds kicked up on Friday everything changed in an instant. The fire moved very quickly and the winds were whipping all different directions. There was no way to know what direction the fire was going to go next and how far the embers were going to fly. Who would have thought that the fire would not stop at the river?

     Fighting a fire of this magnitude is difficult under the best of circumstances, let alone the ones that we were dealt that night.

     People have said that the planes were flying Friday night and could have just dropped a load of retardant on the fire and it would have stopped it right there. It is not as easy as it sounds. First, the plane that was in the air was a spotter plane, they assess the situation so they can get an overview of the fire and know how to fight the fire. Second, with the way the winds were blowing, even if they had dropped water or retardant it probably would not have hit the fire, the high winds would have blown it away. Third, it was almost dark and the firefighting planes and helicopters cannot fly at night.

     Most of us know the area around our homes pretty well. We know how to get in and out of an area without much thought. The firefighters that were staged here were not from this area so they did not know the area well. Remember this fire kicked up at dusk. This made it even more difficult for the “outside” firefighters since they did not know this area.  Things change quickly when you are fighting a wild land fire.

     I believe that Dave Gresham made the right decision, which might be because I was on the other side of those decisions made by “bureaucrats.”  Those decisions need to come from looking at all the information and having fire experience.

     Losing a home, pasture, timber, or tools is sad and hard; losing a life is tragic. Luckily we did not lose one life to the fire.

     I have been blessed that my husband came home after every shift or fire. But not everyone has been so lucky. 106 firefighters died in the line of duty in 2013 according to The US Fire Administration.

     To address another rumor, “the firefighters were just standing around.” They work in shifts so the ones that were seen standing around, were resting, eating, taking showers, calling family letting them know they are okay. etc.; while the other half was working.

     I hope that we have all learned some valuable lessons from all of this and make some improvements where they can be made.

     It seems everyone has contributed something to those in need, what a great community that we live it!

Pat Goss


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     It was a very busy weekend with Friday night football, Saturday Young Kubs football game, fundraisers and the special Thank you Ceremony at Kamiah Riverfront park! I always enjoy watching my granddaughters, Channell, Sayaic^, Gracie Broncheau and Ally Schleich cheerleading for the Kubs. It was a special treat watching my grandaughter Quintana Lozon cheerleading for the Lil Lapwai Warriors and my granddaughter Mayalu playing football for the Lapwai Warriors on Saturday. It was a fun weekend of football!

     This weekend will be the 39th Annual Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow!  Sadly we had to reschedule our doings that normally happens the third weekend of August, due to the fire storm; but we are back ready to POW-WOW!! Friday will begin with the Memorial Dinner, followed by memorials and namegivings ceremonies. There will also be the Pow-wow Friendship Feast Saturday at noon, food and beverage donations will be very appreciated. The Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Parade will be Saturday October 10 at 10 a.m., parade line up at 9:15 a.m. at the Kamiah Legion Hall, 7th and Main. (Please see article for more details.)

     Everyone is welcome to attend all the Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow activities! Contact Nancy Wheeler , Marilyn Bowen or Thelma Oberly for more information.

     The “Thank you Ceremony” held Sunday for all the local Firefighters, Emergency Personnel and Law Enforcement was very well attended. So many kind words were shared by our area Churches, Kamiah Kiwanis, Kamiah Chamber, County Commissioners and other agencies. We are very fortunate and blessed to have such dedicated volunteer Kamiah Firemen and Kamiah EMT’s and auxiliary that make our Kamiah Emergency Medical Service one of the BEST! You all rock!

     Birthday blessings to Jennifer Kolar, Olivia Morales, Ginna Wilson, and Stella Penney!

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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