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Kamiah City Council Print E-mail

Blocked sewage line under investigation

     A finicky sewage line that causes back-ups in a Kamiah home will be the target of an investigation.

     City officials are not sure the sewer line is even theirs to begin with, but have amicably agreed to look into the matter for Genese Simler.

     Simler informed the Kamiah City Council about her consternation with septic issues at her home during a city council meeting on April 27. She said she recently hired Roto Rooter to look at plumbing issues. If just one water fixture is used at a time there seems to be no problem but if two are used, all bets are off. You can’t flush the toilet and take a shower, she noted.

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Obituaries, Death Notices in the May 5, 2016 issue Print E-mail

James Richard Brawner, 86

     James Richard Brawner passed away peacefully on April 29, 2016 from natural causes.5-5-16-obit-james-brawner-p

     James was born to Ethridge and Garuetta Brawner on Dec. 31, 1931 in Piggot, Ark., where he grew up farming, picking cotton, and playing football. He graduated from Piggot High School in 1951 before enlisting with the United States Air Force in 1952. During the Korean War he served as a military policeman in posts around the world including Guam and England. He was honorably discharged in 1956. He then went to college where he persued a degree in forestry.

     James moved out west to Kooskia in 1965 where he worked for the United States Forest Service. He worked and lived at the historic Fenn Ranger Station for many years. He retired from the Selway Ranger District after 26 years in 1991. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He was a private pilot, loved aviation and building model airplanes.

     James was never married and had no children. He leaves behind many long-time friends, both old and young, who were part of his family. He will be deeply missed by those close to him.

     May God grant you blue skies aloft,

     With winds of calm by land,

     As you play on the outskirts of heaven,

     On the fragile wings of man.


James “Jimmy” Hendren

     James “Jimmy” Hendren went to be with our Lord on April 26, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood surrounded by his loving family after a hard battle with cancer.5-5-16-obit--jim-hendren

     After high school Jim went directly into the military, graduating from the US Army Training Center in Fort Lewis, Wash. in April of 1969. He served as a mechanic from 1969–1971 and spent time overseas, mostly in Korea.

     Jim spent his life in the Clearwater Valley. He worked as a logger, electrician, mill-worker and, of course, a mechanic.  He loved being in the outdoors, fishing, camping, picking morels or exploring an unknown road. He was prone to disappearing into the woods for days on end, with or without anybody to accompany him. More than anything, however, Jim loved to tinker around on old cars.

     Jim was a selfless man who cared deeply for his family and friends. He was quick to laugh and was generous with his time and money. He kept the kids filled with sweets and our stoves stoked with firewood. He usually had a project or two in the works and, if a guy needed advice or help fixing a rig, he was sure to lend a hand.

     He was preceded in death by his mother and father Alice and Bob Hendren of Kooskia.

     He was survived by his ex-wife Linda Hendren; daughters Yvonne Hendren (Kamiah), Cindy Bybee (Kooskia), Tara Anderson (Kooskia) and Brenda Garringer (Emmett); grandchildren Maddison Garringer, Maya and Elias Bybee, Erin Foley and Blaine Anderson; siblings Bonnie Gill (Kooskia), Jeanne Laws (Lewiston) and Bob Hendren (Burlington, Wash.).

     There will be a potluck memorial celebrating Jim’s life on May 21 at the IOOF Hall in Kooskia beginning at 1 p.m. Bring a dish and come celebrate with us.

     Jim is loved by those who knew him and is greatly missed.


Aileen Ruddick, 86

     Aileen Ruddick closed the circle of life at her Kamiah home surrounded by family, April 23, 2016 after a prolonged illness.5-5-16-obit-gladys-ruddick

     Aileen was born July 6, 1929 at home (delivered by her great-uncle Doc Hathaway) in Graham, Okla., to Lawrence and Alice (Lowery) Hathaway. She lived in Healdton, Okla., moving to Sunray, Texas when she was 16. She moved to Smackover, Ark., and graduated from high school there.

     She married Bob Gordy in 1947. Aileen and Bob lived in various towns in the Texas panhandle where he was employed by road construction, settling in Pampa, Texas in 1950. She enrolled and graduated from Draughon Business School in 1972 and was employed as an accountant in Pampa.

     Aileen married Austin Ruddick in 1972. Together they researched ancestors for both families. They visited cemeteries and researched birth and death records long before Ancestry.com. Their searches took them many places, even Europe. They moved to Mountain Grove, Mo., in 1986. After Austin’s passing in 2002, Aileen moved first to White Deer, Texas and then Kamiah in 2010.

     Aileen is survived by three children; Bruce Ann Gordy of Kamiah, Mona Gordy of Mobeetie, Texas and Richard Gordy; grandchildren, Kerri (Henry) Edgar of Dundalk, Md., Chelly (Mike) Helms of White Deer, Texas, Michael Gordy of Panhandle, Texas, Bob (Amy) Wilcox of Kamiah, Clay (Karen) Gordy of Corsicana, Texas and Katie Gordy; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter and her; childhood friend who was as close as a sister, Cleo Johnson of Denver City, Texas.

     Memorial services were held April 26 at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. Fellowship followed at Pine Ridge Baptist Church in Kamiah. Burial was at Rose Mount Cemetery in Texas.

     She will be missed by all and we are comforted to know that she is now with her heavenly family. She was our sunshine.

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Window of opportunity - An April 26 morning drive along Clear Creek Road resulted in seeing these two kitties resting on the window of the old Clear Creek school building. Photo by Ron Householder


Kooskia blooms - Tulip silhouettes decorate the yard in the waning light of an April 17 sunset on Tahoe Ridge near Kooskia. Photo by Kaycee Costa


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