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Kamiah woman arrested for DUI

     The Kamiah Marshal’s Office arrested Megan Peterson, 29, of Kamiah for DUI following a vehicle crash on July 12 along Hill Street.

     Officer Joe Newman responded to a three-vehicle accident at about 5:45 p.m. According to Newman’s report, Peterson smelled strongly of alcohol, her speech was slurred, and her eyes bloodshot. “She appeared to be confused and very intoxicated,” he reported.

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Kooskia man passes then later fails sobriety test

     On Saturday, July 16 at 1:42 a.m., Corporal Tom Remington of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department responded to a reported assault at 401 Fountain Ct. in Kooskia.

     Mary Ann Wooden told Remington that she had reported her friend, 57-year-old Mark A. Higdon several times that evening for being intoxicated and driving his motor vehicle.

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Rollover accident on Highway 12

     A Fair Oaks, Calif. couple escaped injury when the rental car they were driving left the roadway and rolled July 12 on Highway 12.

     According to an Idaho County Sheriff’s police report, Karey Pless was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe westbound when she left the roadway across the fogline and the soft shoulder pulled the vehicle off the road. She was able to get back on the road and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to lose control, leave the roadway again, strike a tree, and overturn.

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Motorcyclist injured in wreck

     A Montana woman was injured when she lost control of her motorcycle and wrecked along Highway 12 on July 17.

     Kelly Vigne-Lee, 52, of Hamilton, Mont., was traveling west on a 2007 Harley Davidson 1200 along Highway 12 at about 1:30 p.m. when she lost control negotiating a curve, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s report.

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Weather service explains storm cloud Print E-mail

Cloudy with a chance of…

     This unusual cloud formation was observed cruising through the region on Sunday evening, July17. This picture was taken from Kidder Ridge, looking toward Grangeville.

     According to satellite imagery, this storm was moving to the NNE around 20 to 30 mph in a fairly sheared environment where the winds affecting the upper part of the  storm were much stronger that the winds affecting the lower part of the storm, according to John Livingston of the NOAA in Spokane, Wash.

     “The cloud structure that dominates the photo is most likely the bottom of a thunderstorm. In the opinion of the majority of the staff on hand there is no rotation seen or implied,” he said. “The arching structure in the center of the photo is most likely produced by the strong updraft  feeding warm moist air into the storm.

     “So in conclusion I would say this is a photo of a developing thunderstorm in a fairly sheared environment and this shear accounts for the striated cloud formation. The other ragged low clouds closer to the photographer are obscuring the upper parts of the storm.”

7-21-16-thunderhead_hdr_1Photo by Phillip Kelley

Obituaries, Death Notices in the July 21, 2016 issue Print E-mail

Dorothy Ann Theresa Lusich, 89

     Dorothy Ann Theresa Lusich was born in Reno, Nev. Oct. 4, 1926 and died in Woodland June 26, 2016. Her parents were Antonio Niccoli and Barbara Giel Niccoli. Dorothy lived in Spark, Nev. for 25 years, attended Sparks schools and St. Thomas Aquinas in Reno then graduated from Sparks High School.

     She married George J. Lusich Jr. May 19, 1946. She lived in Bakersfield, Calif. for 25 years. She was president of a parent’s group for St. Francis Schools, president of Music Belles Singers, active in the Republican Party during the 60s and 70s, and a member of the 2-Gallon Club at the blood bank.

     In 1984, she moved to Morro Bay, Calf., where she was a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce, Hearst Castle Docent, and a volunteer at Sierra Vista Hospital for 18 years.

     She is survived by her four sons George Jerry III (Karen), Anthony Nicolas (Annette), Robert Paul, and Michael John (Melissa), 22 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

     She was laid to rest June 29 in Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery.


Wesley Eugene Shira, 34

     Wesley Eugene Shira, 34, died Friday, July 15, 2016 of a rollover accident on Graves Creek Road south of Cottonwood. Wes was born April 13, 1982 in Augsburg, Germany to Richard and Audrey (McLean) Shira.7-21-16-obit-wes-shira-crop

     Wes had a big heart for family, friends and anyone in need.

     Wes lived life on the edge and learned some things the hard way. A few of the jobs he loved were cooking, construction, and the time he spent as a carny from Texas to Washington. A couple of years ago, Wes overcame his demons, moved home to Grangeville, met his fiancée, Patti Clark, her three boys, Sean, Zak and Derek. They were to be married Aug. 13.

     Wes is survived by his fiancée, Patti and her three sons, Sean, Zak and Derek; parents, Rick Shira and Audrey McLean Shira; sisters, Amy (Jim) Matson and Valerie (Kevin) Carney; brother Lance Shira, also several nieces and nephews.

     A final post on facebook: “Never be defined by your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.”

     A graveside memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23, at Clearwater Cemetery, Clearwater. A covered dish dinner

 and fellowship will follow at the Clearwater IOOF Hall in Clearwater.

     Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia.


Wilma Winifred White, 87

     Mumma was born Oct. 11, 1928, at Bellows Falls, Vt., to Wilford Oscar Bashaw and Florence Winifred (Wilson) Bashaw. She was the eldest of nine brothers and sisters: Doris, Sam, Thelma, Wilford Jr., Allen, Alice, Richard and Charlotte. She died Saturday, June 16, 2016.


     They lived in Vermont and New Hampshire. She married Earl Kinney in September of 1945. In May 1959, we moved to Idaho; what a fun trip that was. We landed in Lewiston. We thought we were at the end of the earth. Then she took us to Golden and Elk City. Then we knew we were at the end of the Earth, but we came to like it ok.

     Mumma and Daddy later divorced. She married Earl “Tex” Mott in December of 1962. They also divorced.

     She married James “Lonnie” White in August 1972. They lived in Idaho, Montana, California, Wyoming, and Washington. He died in December of 1980.

     Mumma was a good cook. She cooked at the Kooskia Inn, Western Cafe, JJ’s Cafe and the Kamiah Cafe. She also cooked for Forest Service and hunting camps as well as Granny’s in Grangeville. Her long-time desire was to go to Alaska and cook there.

     She also worked in the dry cleaning business in Lewiston and Grangeville. She worked at the hospital in Grangeville as well, and her favorite was the babies. She and Lonnie also ran the Riggins Motel.

     Her friend, John Tate, passed away in 2007. Her daughters, FoFo and Cheryl, and granddaughter Leslie McKinney, preceded her in death.

     She is survived by children Punky (LeRoy) Howell of Kamiah, Reg (Kelly) Kinney of Hillsboro, Ore., and Lindy Howard of Lewiston; and sisters Alice (Ronnie) Borders of Colville, Wash., and Charlotte Baldwin of Lewiston. She had 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and six great-great- grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     Mumma was loved by all she met and would do anything for anyone. She was an excellent seamstress. She made many Western shirts, she crocheted lots of afghans, and embroidered many pillowcases. Her best friend Bear stuck by her side.

     A celebration of her life will be held from noon-3 p.m., July 30 at the Kooskia Community Center.


Memorial service for Guy Smith

     A memorial service to celebrate the life of Guy Smith will be held at the Kamiah Bible Church, 521 and 10th St., on Friday, July 22 at 3 p.m.

     Guy passed away at his residence in Kamiah and went into the presence of His Lord on July 3. His genuine concern for others, his prayers for them, and his devotion to the Gideons will be deeply missed. In lieu of cards or flowers, a donation to the Gideon International is suggested.

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Cannonboy - A young man jumps from the trestle bridge in Kamiah into the Clearwater River on July 8. The jump is about 23-30 feet from bridge to water. Photo contributed by Pearl Maxner of Kamiah


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