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Kooskia’s rule against using the grass is absurd

     I feel so privileged to live in such wonderful community, in such a beautiful place. I love that you have opportunity to meet and know so many people and have a sense of community which the public parks in both towns have facilitated. My family and I have particularly enjoyed Kooskia Park, since we have been meeting up with others there regularly the last nearly ten years on Sunday afternoons and midweek, you guessed it, for volleyball. What a thriving scene it is, just what you would want to see in a park, vibrant and alive with activity. Just what a community park should be. We have volleyball games that include all ages. We are not of any particular group, contrary to rumor. We picnic, chat, swim, swing, solicit local businesses, we relax and enjoy the rays and the shade. We are people from all over the area as far as Lewiston. We are building friendships and family times. We pick up after ourselves, because appreciate the job they do keeping it beautiful and make every effort to maintain that.

     So, after nearly ten years of doing this, we were stunned by signs that singled out our group to prohibit volleyball on the grass. In all of those ten years, why did no one say anything to us about any problems?  Not once. When we asked the Mayor mentioned spikes. So we asked about tent spikes from campers she said she goes over and tells the tent camper not to use spikes. Why not walk over and say something to us if that was a grievance? I have never observed anywhere where we play, that they have worked on any problems with sprinklers or any other thing, if that is their grievance? Why not talk to us?

     Why the hostility? At the very first and second, hostility, when honestly and very politely asked why? We got no real or true answers. All the vague reasons easily refuted. When we asked what we can do, no answers. Except for the council member who had no idea what was going on and seemed to want to help resolve the problem. The mayor and the maintenance man seemed to be the only ones in the know. I am truly dismayed, how these two can make that arbitrary decision and easily influence the rest.

     We understand from their agenda that they are indeed, working with the city attorney to make an ordinance. Are all members of the city council in support of no volleyball on the grass? Why haven’t anyone of the members talked to any of us about how we could work together and resolve this problem? Is there no dissension on that council?

     There is no ordinance against, do the good, tax paying people of Kooskia want an ordinance prohibiting play on the grass? How do they feel about arbitrary decisions about public funded land use? How do the good people feel about hostile officials that are unreasonable and down right unneighborly? What will you do when it is you they are deciding for and will not hear your petition and give no real reason to deny your appeal? These kinds of decisions affect us all. I hope we all will ask good questions. I think we are all sick of government overreach.

     The hardest part is, it is truly absurd. This is like having a house and not letting the family members walk on the carpet lest it get a little worn and to preventing it from becoming an inviting, life filled and loving home. The main function of a park is for the enjoyment of the community and oh boy, we enjoy that park.

     Kelly Wilson


Support is greatly appreciated

     Thank you to all the people that provided wonderful baked goods for the Animal Ark bake sale on June 17 at Cloninger’s in Kamiah. Thank you to all who purchased these treats in support of Animal Ark. There were chocolate balls rolled in coconut, lovely pecan pies, cakes, pies and cookies galore. Thank you Karen and Melissa for manning the table and greeting people. Animal Ark has been spaying/neutering, providing medical care and placing abandoned/abused pets in permanent homes for over 25 years. These fundraisers provide the support Animal Ark needs to continue to meet the needs of the pets that come into our care.

Animal Ark Volunteers

Our rights come from the Creator

     I just attended an all-day presentation on Liberty by Kris Ann Hall, attorney, former prosecutor, disabled army vet, Russian linguist, mother, pastor’s wife and patriot. She covered 700 years of history leading up to our nation’s founding and showed that our rights did not come from the Constitution or Bill of Rights. They come from our Creator.

     The people established the individual Sovereign States for the purpose of protecting those rights. Then the States compacted together in the Constitution to establish the United States—for the purpose of dealing only with EXTERNAL affairs, such as the common defense, trade and treaties with other nations. Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people (10th Amendment).

     Every act by the federal government or its agents that overreaches the original delegated powers is illegal.

     Unfortunately, most of what the Feds do is illegal. So, how do we rein them in and restore our individual rights and liberty? Expecting the President, Congress or judiciary to do it is futile. You cannot expect a party to the crime to put an end to the criminal activity. No one gives up power voluntarily.

     The power to correct the problem lies with the individual Sovereign States. City councils, school boards, county commissioners and sheriffs, state legislators, the governor and attorney generals all need to “just say no” to federal lawlessness. We need to stop taking money from the Feds. That is how they blackmail us into accepting their encroachments.

     Of course, our state and local officials are not immune to looking out for their own and special interests instead of the people’s liberty and rights. So, it is up to us to educate or replace them. God is at the top of the power chain, then the people, the States and then the Feds. We just have to stand for liberty and not allow ourselves to be compromised by accepting their bullying, bribes or lies.

Jay Maxner


Well said, editor

     You know, there is only one “best” of any one thing. It’s best if we use that word sparingly. Ben Jorgensen’s “All I Have to Say” editorial this week qualifies. If you didn’t read it, you missed the finest (read best) opinion on the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) debate that I have ever heard or seen.

     Ben starkly contrasted the shallow logic of the Black Lives outcry with the reality of the millions of lives, black, white and in-between, which are lost to abortion every year.

     “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

     Every life matters. We may not be able to overthrow Roe vs. Wade, but we can love every single life, from conception onward. Abortion stops a beating heart and frequently causes irreparable harm to the mother and father...regret is hard to fix. As Ben said, “Let love conquer. Let good triumph.” Well said, Ben.

Keith Borgelt


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     It’s a busy time of year with all the youth activities, huckleberry picking,  school shopping and pow-wow season is in full swing!  I hope everyone is enjoying what is left of our summer!

     Free comedy, laughs and entertainment,  July 25 from 5–8 p.m. at the Wa-a’yas Community Center. The public is invited to spend a fun evening with Kasey Nicholson, motivational speaker/comedian.  Light dinner will be provided.  Bring your family for a fun filled night with Kasey!  This event is sponsored by the Q’em ye Xpuu program.  For more information contact the Students for Success office, Abraham Broncheau.

     Birthday blessings to my dear granddaughter lil’ Mila Broncheau, Roxanne Reed, Shavon Bullock, and sister Nancy Wheeler!

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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