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News report needs clarification

     I am writing this as a clarification of the statements I made at a Kamiah City Council [meeting] on Sept. 10, 2014. See Clearwater Progress article “City alarmed over rise in drug activity” Sept. 18, 2014.

     When I made reference to the Orofino Police and Clearwater Sheriff’s Office I was being nothing but complimentary of the job that they have done dealing with the drug problem in their community.

     The people that have left their area and moved to Kamiah did so because they got tired of going to jail and had a decision to make; change their lifestyle or move. They chose to move.

     I also did not have any intention of being insulting to Magistrate Judge Calhoun. Judge Calhoun has always been more than accommodating to law enforcement officers calling in the middle of the night and waking him up.

     A reporter or editor of a newspaper has a difficult job, to take a lot of information and condense it down to try and relay a story in an interesting and entertaining way. My favorite quote is from Mark Twain: “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

Lewis County Sheriff Brian Brokop


     Editor’s note: The front page Clearwater Progress news article alluded to by Sheriff Brian Brokop in no way mischaracterized or misrepresented what was stated at the Sept. 10 Kamiah City Council meeting. Mr. Brokop’s comments were not altered, taken out of context, or spun. The city’s digital recording of the meeting verifies that the Progress accurately represented Mr. Brokop’s comments despite his opinion to the contrary.


New energy for District 7

     If you live in District 7—Clearwater, Idaho, Shoshone and part of Bonner counties—vote for Jessica Chilcott. You may not know who your current representative is, who has been there for four years already, so it might be a great time to elect an energetic young woman, Jessica Chilcott, who says she will provide “active, involved representation for my district.”

     Her passion is to work for education as an investment in our future, and to work for economic growth, for all our hard working Idaho families. She’s a working woman with a teenage son, so she knows these issues first-hand and will work hard to make them better. Look for her name on the ballot and do us all a favor! Thanks.

Kathryn Allen



Why are they hiding?

     There are several candidates in the upcoming election that do NOT identify their political affiliation. Do they not wish to be associated with their party? Are they ashamed? What kind of honest, upright, sincere individual would the candidate be if elected? I would never vote for such a candidate!

Sally Baker



Choose Perry for commission

     Does Idaho County Commissioner-candidate Skip Brandt donate time picking up garbage along local roads, like both candidate George and wife Kris Perry have done regularly for years?

     George donated many hours building and painting Kooskia’s recycling facilities, as well as time serving on the Recycling Steering Committee. Skip was quoted as telling people up Woodland way, “Recycling will never fly in Idaho County.”

     “If anything is going to be done, it has to come through Washington, D.C.,” says Skip, who wants to trade “environmentally sensitive land” (his term; usually he’s slamming those who care about “environmental issues”) right outside Grangeville to Western Pacific Timber for land they treated sensitively(?) in the Upper Lochsa country.

     George speaks of tackling Idaho County jobs and income issues at least in part from a pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps approach, much as he put together his own life, promoting value-added products like trusses, beams and cabinets, and co-generation with the leavings from those products, plus logging- and fire mitigation-slash.

     As one of the “newcomers” Skip also regularly slams, who did some guiding into New Mexico’s ~12,000’ Pecos Wilderness a’horseback, and who isn’t at all keen to invade the back country atop a cushy, noisy four-wheeler with a chainsaw strapped on behind, such as Skip said he wants to do, I know who I’d like to see behind a wheel of the Idaho County Commission: “figure out how to do it ourselves,” sweaty George Perry.

David Bearman



Ads mistakenly list my support

     It has been brought to my attention that recent election ads placed by the Idaho County Republicans included my name. I did not proof these ads nor approve them.

     I am a Republican and your elected official in charge of elections in Idaho County. However, my office does not operate under any political banner. Ads that make broad generalizations to attack other political parties do not reflect my personal beliefs.

Kathy Ackerman



Chilcott is a dynamo

     Have you met Jessica Chilcott? Wow! This dynamic, clear-headed, well-spoken young woman is obviously the best choice to actually REPRESENT District 7 in the State Legislature.  Her liveliness, sincerity, intelligence and communication skills are a sharp contrast to the unresponsive incumbent.  Think fresh and future!

Shelley Dumas



No to brother-in-law on County Commission

     Of great concern, Idaho County Commissioner Chmelik’s brother-in-law, Mark Frei, is a candidate for County Commissioner. It’s bad government to place concentrated power in any one family, no matter who they are. The county courthouse, the cornerstone of local government, is the hub for essential services ranging from licenses, voting, business, legal functions, and more.

     The County Commission has enormous decision making powers over budget, county operations and they greatly influence decision making at state and federal levels. We have a critical decision this year in electing our county commissioners. We do not deserve family decision makers, we need balance on the commission to block disposal of public lands, block removal of dumpster sites on the Camas Prairie, stop spending unnecessary funds ($15,000 to the American Lands Council for public land takeover).

     We need a commissioner to spend time in communities and in the courthouse being open and active while working with other elected officials and staff, being available to listen to and work with citizens. Jerry Zumalt is well qualified to be county commissioner.  He has experience in county budgeting and operations in his service as County Emergency Management Coordinator.

     Avoid voting for Chmelik’s brother-in-law on the commission, please vote Jerry Zumalt for Idaho County Commissioner, you will be glad you did.

Jim Rehder



Fresh perspective needed in District 7

     Earlier this summer I met Jessica Chilcott, a social worker and active volunteer from Sagle, Idaho who is running for District 7 House, Seat A.  Her enthusiasm for education issues really impressed me. Her website quotes her: “I know that education continues to be the single most effective way for individuals and families to get and stay out of poverty.”

     Our state’s commitment to education has not only stalled it is sliding backward. We are 50th in the nation in high school grads who go directly to college. Five years ago we were ranked 43rd. Many schools are going to four-day weeks. Idaho college graduates owe an average $26,751 in student loans, 11th highest in the nation.

     Idaho is dead last in K-12 per pupil expenditures and, not surprisingly, we’re 49th in the nation for per capita income.

     Chilcott understands the link between education and lifetime earnings. She is anxious to represent us in House District 7.

     The seat is currently held by Rep. Shannon McMillan, a second-term Republican from Silverton who was investigated by the House Ethics Committee for voting against a bill where she had a conflict of interest. Most Idahoans can have their wages garnished if they have a civil judgment against them. HB 510 was aimed at erasing the exemption for elected officials. She voted against erasing the exemption because she has had multiple civil judgments against her.

     It’s time for a fresh perspective.  I urge you to vote for Jessica Chilcott, a strong voice in support of education and economic progress.

Jeanette Gorman



Zumalt’s our guy

     Idaho County voters, why should you vote Jerry Zumalt for Commissioner?

     He’s the guy who believes voters deserve a full time and responsible representative. He’s the guy who worked to enhance the county 911 system for better public safety.

     He’s the guy who utilized grant funds to modernize radio communications in the Sheriff’s Office by establishing additional mountaintop repeater sites.

     He’s the guy who negotiated federal and state funds for roads damaged during floods.

     As our county Disaster Management Coordinator for the last 10 years Jerry has aimed squarely at solving real problems on behalf of Idaho County citizens. He’s the guy many of you know as a friend! When you head to the polls on Nov. 4 JERRY ZUMALT is the guy!

Leta Strauss



The best man for the job

     The best choice for Idaho County Commissioner is Mark Frei. He will focus on keeping regulations at a minimum. He will support bringing more industry to our county and making our county a place of economic opportunity.

     He will work to keep limited government, protect our property rights, maintain local control, be a defender of 2nd amendment rights and support family values.

     Mark will listen to the voices of the people.

     Mark is a native of Idaho County, family man and farmer who has the compassion and business experience to serve you well as your Commissioner for Idaho County District 2.

     On Nov. 4 we are voting for Mark Frei and asking for your vote for Mark, “the best man for the job.”

Shorty and Marge Arnzen



Denney will serve us well

     Lawerence Denney is the right choice for Secretary of State. He is a pure Idahoan down-to-earth, honest, intelligent and experienced in rural and state issues from personal experience as a farmer, outdoorsman and legislature leader.

     Those who have worked with Denney, all have high regards for his character and willingness to listen to and consider opposing views. He can be trusted to carry out the duties of Secretary of State with the same success as the previous Secretaries.

     He will serve you well on the Land Board. He’s not in favor of the Land Board purchasing commercial property that competes with business owners. My opinion, Lawerence Denney is the very best candidate for Secretary of State. Duties of the Secretary of State will be in very capable hands. So vote Nov. 4 for Lawerence Denney!

Rebecca Crea



Support of Mark Frei

     In support of Mark Frei I see a self-employed farmer and rancher who is an independent thinker, willing to solve problems, who is sincerely concerned for the future in Idaho County. He has chosen to raise his young family here, by returning to Grangeville after a successful accounting and field management business elsewhere.  He is an honorable man who successfully graduated Summa Cum Laude of his college graduating class from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

     He has a win/win attitude for Idaho County. His statement, “I would be honored to serve the people of Idaho County, upholding our strong family values and putting my leadership and people skills to work for you.”

     I will vote for Mark Frei. He has my best interests at heart.

Betty Alm


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


   Condolences to the family of Native American Actress, Misty Upham.  Misty journeyed to the spirit world Oct. 5, 2014 near Seattle, Wash. Misty was cast in “Burn the Wagons” in 2003 that also featured area Nez Perce tribal members. “Burns the Wagons” was filmed throughout the Nez Perce Reservation, was directed by Sonya Oberly. I had the honor of working with Misty during the scenes filmed in Lapwai. Misty was known for her roles in “Skins” 2003; DreamKeeper, (Chief’s daughter) in 2003; “August: Osage County”; “Frozen River” and  Django Unchained in 2012. Prayers of comfort for her family and friends.

     Everyone is welcome to “Party, Party, Party” Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5–8 p.m. at the Wa-a’yas bulding. There will be Cake Decorating Contest; Halloween Costume Contest; other games, prizes, snacks and laughs!  For more information contact Sandra Islas at 935-2525 or 935-5261. There will also be a  “Halloween Dance” for youth 7th–12th grade, on Oct. 31 from 8–11 p.m. Admission will be $2 per person, come dance in your Halloween costume! Drugs, alcohol, horseplay will not be allowed; youth will not be allowed to leave and return.

     Spalding Presbyterian Church Evangelistic Services will begin Oct. 25 with Benefit Dinner & Sale at noon. Joint session will meet at 2:30 p.m. with supper to follow at 5 p.m.  Elder Jeanie Wheeler will lead Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. and Walt Broncheau will lead Song Service at 7 p.m. CRE Jeff Guillory will give the message at 7:30 p.m. with Elder, Marilyn Bowen presiding.  On Oct. 26 will begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. with Alvin Dormaier; Elder Steve Moffett and Elder Stephanie Oatman.  Rev. Dr. Mary Jane Miles will bring the message at 10 a.m.; Communion Services will be at 11:30 a.m. with CRE Jeff Guillory; Elder Thyra Stevens; Elder Corbett Wheeler and Elder Diane Yellowrobe. Everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship!

     Maria Vasquez won the “Domestic Violence Awareness, Gift Basket” last week during the Kub Homecoming game. The Nez Perce tribe, Women’s Outreach Program, sponsored the Gift basket for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

     Dallon Wheeler cheffed up hamburgers, and hotdogs before the Homecoming Game, for the “Delores Wheeler Memorial Tailgate Party.” Our mother loved to host Tailgate parties during Kub’s Homecoming game and especially football playoff games; and we will continue our Mom’s  hospitality.

     Fantabulous game Kamiah Kubs! You played your game and were victorious over Genesee! Keep up the fabulous work; play tough “D” and take it to the Pirates! You have this Kubs!

     Birthday blessings to Regina WhiteEagle; Robert Cree; and Jessica Redheart!

     Flu shots will given Thursday’s at Kamiah Nimiipuu Health, contact Brandi Keen, clinic nurse for more information. Also “Welcome Back” to our new Provider, Korena Popp, Family Nurse Practitioner. Korena will join Mark Ziegler, FNP providing care for Kamiah Nimiipuu Health patients.

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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