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Trespassing is the real issue

     In response to a letter from Mary Hohmann, yes it’s sad when we lose a loved one. The real issue is the trespassing by Leroy Howell and the very questionable survey conducted by Chad Erickson.

     A major problem with claims by Leroy Howell is Seven Mile Creek was illegally moved west and as a result he claims his property is now east of Seven Mile Creek. This is the same issue I’m dealing with, Lawyers Creek was illegally moved north and now others are claiming ownership of my property south of Lawyers Creek.

     They have filed quick claim deeds for my property. Where is the justice here? Leroy Howell’s situation is presently in a legal case involving the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs since the lands in question are Indian owned, the same as mine. There are other surveys that need to be looked into in regards to Indian owned lands claimed by non-Indians.

Ken Jones


Schools play major role in community

     You and I may disagree on whether to vote yes or no on the KSD levy, but one thing we can agree on is ensuring a positive future for the Kamiah community we all love so much. Three things that are shown to have a direct connection to a community’s school are workforce development, economic growth, and property values.

     Research has shown that quality of life, and quality education go hand in hand. It is also an increasingly important consideration when higher-skilled employees consider where they want to live.

     Emerging evidence has shown that quality, public schools make communities more economically competitive. Investment in school facilities, the size, shape, and quality, in rural towns, are tied to the economical advancement of the entire community.

     Property values are directly influenced by public schools. Even households without children will benefit from increased school expenditures (and ultimately improved school quality) in the form of increased property values.

     We all agree the burden should be shared by all, not just property owners. However if the levy fails, our property values decrease, our economic viability decreases, crime increases, and drug use increases...believe it or not our economy, our community sustainability and our school system play hand in hand. Yes, some change needs to take place, and there are plans for that. The immediate concern is this school year. Voting YES on the levy on Aug. 25 is a positive investment in not only our kids, but our community.

Sharlene Johnson


Blessed with friendly policing

     Have you noticed all the negative press concerning law enforcement brutality and the outright lawlessness of police on the mainstream media and online? Cops are brutalizing citizens across the country by the hundreds. Law enforcement is shooting and killing unarmed citizens every day. The rules of engagement seem to have changed allowing cops and other law enforcement agents less responsibility for their actions. Corruption in other Federal and local jurisdictions across the country is off the charts.

     That said, we here in north central Idaho are blessed with law enforcement personnel that adhere to the “oath of office” they take when deputized or elected sheriff. Our local sheriffs and deputies can still be considered “Peace Officers.”

     In my estimation, they are the heroes of our community. They usually have a thankless job of keeping order and peace in our daily environment. They don’t get paid enough for putting their lives on the line maintaining order. They are reminiscent of the late great Jack McLamb, the most decorated Police Officer of Phoenix, Ariz., who once lived in the Woodland area of Idaho County, and was responsible for the “Officer Friendly” program. His passing was devastating to all those who knew and loved him.

     Unlike other areas of the country, our cops are mostly nice, friendly, helpful keepers of the peace. Whenever I see a sheriff’s deputy or Idaho State Police officer on the road, I wave and usually get a wave in return. They normally don’t have that superiority attitude. Where else in the country will you get that? My point is that we should cherish our law enforcement personnel and maintain a good if not excellent relationship with them. They are where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, and we must help them and back them up when necessary. Without them, anarchy or lawlessness will develop and that would be a really scary, spooky way to live.

     When you see a sheriff’s deputy, county sheriff, town marshal, tribal officer or state trooper, thank them and tell them you appreciate their effort and are glad they are on the job keeping us safe and secure. Give them the respect they deserve. This will keep their attitude toward the citizenry positive and they will return the respect. It’s a win win situation.

John William (Bill) Hayes, Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse


Think about your choices

     Choice: an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities: the choice between good and evil.

     •the right or ability to make, or possibility of making, such a selection:

     In my opinion the following Bible verse has to be one of the most understated verses in the entire Bible.

     Gen. 3:11: “And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”

     With this in mind I can’t help but wonder if those that are members of the IRU, Idaho Rivers United is a conservation organization representing all who love the freedom, adventure and solitude of Idaho’s rivers, that filed legal action against the sale of a burnt forest that has a timeline for harvest, made a choice to do so without regard as to the ramifications of their actions towards not only the people that will not be reaping the benefits resulting in their labor, but also the schools will not be receiving  millions of dollars that could spare the home and land owners to be levied again and again?

     Choice, one more time I will be considered the (self-serving old retired person who doesn’t care about your children) when I say stop and think about this when you vote on the upcoming levy! I for one have had my fill of this nonsense and will be voting no!

William Jones


Public school tax is ungodly

     This school levy tax is unbiblical, immoral and extravagant.

     Unbiblical because God tells us that the mother and father are responsible for instructing, raising and tutoring their children. Immoral because it is unjust to make people pay for a public school who never have used or intend to use a public school. And extravagant because there is no need to pay for activities which are not legitimate education.

     Using the softest form of speech I can, this school levy is communistic, socialistic, unjust, immoral, unbiblical, ungodly, and completely and totally tyrannical. We already voted against it. What we should be voting on is whether to have a school tax at all.

     If we were a God fearing people any public school tax would unanimously be voted against. The only reason every one of us are being forced to pay for a statist education for our children is because we have turned from the one true and living Sovereign over heaven and earth, and year after year, refuse to submit to and obey Him who gives us our every breath.

     Repentance is turning from sin toward God and obeying Him. We need to stand together against this socialistic tax. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “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.”

     I do not fear them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. But I fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell for all eternity. Whom do you fear?

Patrick Caughran


The no’s will just keep coming

     Several letters stated that only property owners pay for school levies, renters don’t. Not so! Every levy results in a rent increase, as property owners pass the costs on to renters. Renters do not get exemptions for low income like homeowners do, and many renters cannot afford their own homes or even the rent they are already paying. EVERYBODY pays for each tax levy!

     Another person stated that our taxes should be reduced even if this levy passed because this levy is for less money than previous ones.

     This makes sense, but officials say the levy would add about $100 more to current taxes.

     Kamiah is economically depressed in comparison to Idaho as a whole, with over half the citizens on some kind of government assistance or Social Security, and yet we already fund MORE PER STUDENT than the average Idaho schools. This money has not bought us quality in math, language use, reading, or science proficiency. So why are we throwing more money into the schools before addressing quality?

     Those who say we should do this “for our kids”...what about their parents who have to pay for it? Do you care that they are already struggling with household bills and their kids have to suffer because of it? You think this is “best” for our kids?  We cannot win by letting the schools have more money at the expense of the families of these kids or the community as a whole.

     The schools have not made their case that we need another levy. They will not release figures of where the money is actually going, so we don’t know where money is being wasted or what programs can be cut so the schools can keep within a budget. EVERY government program involves waste and frivolous expenditures, and so does the school system. School officials:  We can help you. Present an itemized budget, and we will make the cuts you can’t seem to make. We are good at it by now.

     If you care about the kids, why not volunteer your time instead of volunteering our money?...

     Kamiah, continue to vote “no” until we are satisfied with THEIR answers! They work for us, we do not work for them.

Lana Hiemstra


Reservations about today's education

     I realize that what more I’m about to say here regarding the ongoing school funding debate isn’t going to change a thing, but I’d like to say it, nonetheless.

     Would that worry over money were our only concern, grave and real as financial problems can be.

     Personally, however, the reservations I hold, educationally, are more ideological and go way beyond the matter of funding.

     Further, the problems I see have little or nothing to do with Kamiah or any other educational district, specifically. Just by virtue of being smaller, more rurally situated and closer to home, our district (and the many others surrounding it), numbers probably among the very best in the land, and therefore most worthy of our support. Still, I’ll tell you why it is that, even for here, my reservations persist.

     It is our being tied, per force, to the whole federal and state-run bureaucratic system that bothers me. I don’t think that the very expensive, complicated, megalithic structure we have—let alone mention of some of the pretty questionable moral and philosophical principles it now inculcates—was ever in the picture back in America’s earlier days.  How and why, then, did our present “educational” conglomeration ever come about?

     Setting sports, the arts, music, student community involvements, special needs programs, etc. aside, I ask:  What (exactly?!) was really wrong with family home schooling as practiced in the past, or with independent neighborhood, one-room schoolhouses—church affiliated schools, too, for that matter? As a teacher myself of many years past, I ask further: Didn’t all of these long serve our people and nation quite well, in keeping with the original, indomitable spirit of America? So, what changed?

     Surprise, surprise, though, I guess, because whether today’s school superintendents, board members, teachers, parents, taxpayers alike realize it or not, there’s a 10th plank in Karl Marx and Frederich Engels’ Communist Manifesto (on how to take over and control a nation). Listed as their final mandate is, free education for all children in government schools. Now, doesn’t that sort of tell us all something?

Carol Asher


What's new Print E-mail
Written by Angela Broncheau   


     I have been asked numerous times if I braid my own hair! A lady followed me around the store and to the parking lot to compliment my hair. “Your hair is so long and beautiful, do you braid it yourself?” When I was traveling through the Denver airport, a ticket agent rushed around the desk to touch my hair to see if it was real; she even offered me a large sum of money for my hair; it was tempting, but I declined the offer! I have better plans for my hair upon my demise! So for the record, YES I braid my own hair! I wish I could have my hair done daily by my hair dresser; wouldn’t that be grand!

     Nimiipuu Health patients in the Orofino area can now utilize the Orofino Physical Therapy 24 hour Gym, Nimiipuu Health will cover the cost of eligible NMPH patients to work out at O.P.T. The O.P.T. gym offers classes with certified instructors. Please remember to sign in at each visit! Congratulations to Dallon Wheeler Sr.; he won the Kamiah NMPH Sports Fitness Monthly Drawing for June 2015. Friendly reminder the more you sign in and work out at the VFC, the more chances you have for the end of the month drawing!  Contact Kamiah NMPH 935-0733 for more information.

     Kamiah NMPH 8th Annual “Titoquan si’kip tuan was” Youth Wellness and Culture Camp will be July 28-31, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Wa-a’yas building. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided daily. Registration forms are available at Kamiah NMPH and Kamiah Students for Success office. Contact Marilyn or Angela at 935-0733 for more information.

     Back to School Supplies distribution will be Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wa-a’yas building. Distribution will also take place at the Orofino Teweepuu Center Aug. 6. Contact Nez Perce Tribe Executive Direction at 843-7324 for more information.

     Birthday blessings to James Penney, Sharon Saez, Robert Terry, Sherry Brown, Roxanne Reed, and happy BIG 40 to Tracey of Cloningers Store and to my beloved elder sister Nancy Wheeler and very very happy 1st birthday to my precious granddaughter Mila Broncheau!

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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