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Sheriff first, firefighter second

     After reading last week’s article about the ICSO obtaining equipment to help volunteer fire departments, I wanted to remind everyone about the other incredible things our Sheriff has done to help Idaho County citizens fight fires.

     Earlier this year, Sheriff Giddings and the ICSO stepped in and put a stop to the inexcusable and unjustifiable sideways investigative scrutiny from the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Idaho Dept. of Lands upon the local Carrot Ridge Volunteer Fire Dept. in Woodland and the Glenwood Caribel Fire Dept.

     Together the community showed them beyond a shadow of a doubt that without the actions of ALL our local volunteers and homeowners there would be significantly fewer homes still standing in these communities today. That we were justified in our actions for the preservation of life and property, and Sheriff Giddings supported us to that end.

     Last year, Sheriff Giddings and the ICSO chose a more notable path unlike “other agencies” and instead of FORCING and trying to bully families and individuals to evacuate their homes during the extreme fire season last year he focused on communicating the danger and empowering people to FIGHT the fires. Yes, sometimes they posted road closed signs for obvious safety alerting reasons but Sheriff Giddings ordered his undersheriff, investigators, detectives, deputies and dispatchers to notify everyone of the impending peril in all ways possible (social media, reverse 911, texting known affected, and of course driving door to door literally through fire).

     But they DID NOT threaten anyone with arrest if they chose not to leave, and instead told them they had the right to stay and FIGHT to save their livelihoods and well being. (Not that his constituents need his permission to fight for their lives in the first place). Everyone should know that the majority of those who stayed and fought to protect their homes did not lose all they had. Thank you Sheriff Giddings for making that decision that helped save homes.

     When the government can’t and won’t do what it takes to stop wildfires that are destroying our resources, wildlife, and property at least we have a Sheriff who will try.

Vince Missman


New low for Democrats

     In my opinion, the Democratic Party stooped to a new low when they used the Muslim Gold Star Khan family to attack Donald Trump on worldwide TV with slanderous, or near slanderous accusations and misquotes of our Constitution.

     Gold Star people are, for the most part, untouchable; and everybody knows it. To persuade Mr. Khan to attack Donald Trump in the political arena was a disgrace. They had to know that Mr. Khan lost his “untouchable” status when he entered into politics.

     In short, he became fair game; and Mr. Trump was well within his rights to respond in his usual manner, which he did. An American fact of political life: If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

C.M. Chuck Vogelsong


Political shut out

     Re: Douglas Dompier’s letter of Aug. 3. Douglas, you asked, “Whatever happened to the party of Abraham Lincoln…? I’ve no doubt that as soon as Idaho County was given permission to shut out everyone but registered Republicans, Lincoln would’ve “jumped the fence” and switched parties. After all, Lincoln famously said, in part, “Elections belong to the people.” (Thank you Mary Cheney of Moscow.)

David Bearman


Wonderful fair tainted by hate

     I love county fairs.  Large or small, they each represent their county and community. 4-H, open class and fair food are at every county fair across the nation, familiar with the sounds of the animals, the smells of the food, the people who attend.

     Originally formed by the Department of Agriculture to educate farmers, ranchers and homemakers in new and safe practices, county fairs are not only educational, they build community. People come from across the area to attend. Lifelong friendships are formed between 4-Hers. An army of volunteers work together to make our fair successful.

     The Idaho County Democrats decorated a booth. We made an attractive exhibit with bowls of little freebies alongside candidates’ cards and posters.

     Our booth was vandalized; obscene drawings on candidate posters, information sheets torn to shreds and everything messed up.

     It was not an act to be proud of or a brave thing to do. It was not civil or respectful. It was childish to come in the night and do your damage. I can only believe it was a Republican. You should be ashamed.

     It wasn’t a moral act or represent the freedoms touted by Republicans. Do you believe those freedoms are only for Republicans?

     If so, pack your pistols and spread your ideology, but what you’re really doing is spreading hatred, fear and breaking down our community.

     We have a problem in Idaho County blatantly displayed by your destruction, but whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Michelle Perdue


Fair brings out the best in children

     For the second year in a row I have been totally inspired by the kind and gentle spirit I have observed in the kids within the 4-H Program at the Idaho County Fair.

     Both years I have taken my two grandnieces to the fair. The girls love the animals! With the help and encouragement of the 4-H students, Audrey and JJ were encouraged and helped to safely touch, and pet, goats, sheep, rabbits and pigs. This year the girls especially loved the pigs, and observed with great interest some of them being hosed and scrubbed down with water.

     The 4-H Program for children ages 5-18 brings out the best in these students. There are up to 400 different projects available for youth development. In speaking to the Extension Office there are basically seven divisions here: Sewing, Making the Most of Me, Expressive Arts, Citizenship, Science, Environmental Ed., and Livestock. If a youngster has an interest, there will likely be a sub group for him or her to join.

     In a basic way the 4-H Program is the foundation for this three-day show each August. The leaders and the many participating parents are to be commended on a well-rounded program. My sincere thanks to you all.

Betty Alm



Scam from someone acting like Dish Network

     Received a call today from dish network according to ID caller and they informed me that my receiver was out of date in 5 to 7 days and will not be able to receive my programs because they will not be able to reach the satellite so I would need to get an updated receiver.

     We set up appointment for Friday and then he proceeded in telling me that I needed to pay $120.00 and that I would get it back in 6 months along with $10.00 off my regular monthly bill for 3 years.  He had accent as if from India.

     I finally just hung up on him. My fear is that a lot of people will fall for this. I called Dish network and talked to their technical department and they informed me this was a scam. I hope no one has fallen for this. I hope this will help inform enough people. I called Dish network and asked them to email and send notices to customers about this scam. Their response was that they were “studying it.”

Joan Damron


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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