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Letters to the Editor Print E-mail

Lyons would make a great county clerk

     I would like to encourage all Lewis County voters to vote for Michelle Lyons as the Lewis County Clerk on Nov. 4 replacing the current clerk who is retiring. Michelle Lyons is the current Deputy Clerk, Social Service Director, and Veteran Service Officer of Lewis County.

     I got to know Michelle when writing for grant money from Lewis County which came from the federal government for the elderly and needy. The Kamiah Senior Center was successful in winning one of their grants in each of the past five years. Without Michelle Lyons’ assistance we would not have been successful in jumping through all the hoops required to meet the federal guidelines to continue to successfully apply and earn this grant money.

     The Federal Government reporting requirements are not easy and Michelle Lyons helped the Kamiah Senior Citizens Program to continue to acquire grant money to feed our elderly and needy Kamiah citizens through our meal site at the Kamiah Senior Center.

     Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree. Her integrity, attention to detail, and courthouse experience are beyond question. She is resourceful and knows how to communicate with the public. Serving as the current Deputy Clerk, she has earned the right to move up into the Lewis County Clerk’s position. The County Clerk supervises many of the business activities of the courthouse, including budgeting, auditing and recording for the county.  That person also runs the elections and serves as the Clerk of the District Court, and the Clerk for the three County Commissioners. I am confident that she is the most qualified candidate to serve as the County Clerk of Lewis County. Please join with me in voting for Michelle Lyons for Lewis County Clerk on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Herman Yates



Put Zumalt to work for you

     Zumalt! Whether you zoom or zumba to the polls, Jerry Zumalt is deserving of your vote for Idaho County Commissioner, Dist. 2.

     Over the past 10 years, Jerry Z. has saved or made millions of dollars for Idaho County as he quietly and efficiently accomplished his job as Disaster Management Coordinator, securing significant grants and equipment to improve the county’s preparedness. As a long-time resident, Jerry understands the county, its needs and the importance of future planning. He passionately believes in good communication, fairness and accountability.   Jerry will not waste taxpayer money on personal agendas.

Shelley Dumas



Dissatisfaction leads to aisle change

     I identify with the T.V. ad of the Republican who will vote for A.J. Balukoff. As a Republican, I am totally dissatisfied with those in power now who refuse to listen to their constituents.

     With open mind, I attended a meeting with A.J. Balukoff in Grangeville. Attendees represented both parties and a cross section of citizens. I discovered a gracious, intelligent man without a hint of ego, who answered questions without trying to gain votes by being politically correct.

     Besides improving our education system, does he believe in the second amendment? Yes. Will he surround himself with Republicans and Democrats to explore ideas to create better solutions? Yes. Is he aligned with Obama as some T.V. ads want you to believe? No! A.J. voted for the Republican candidate in the last presidential election. Would he have vetoed guns on campus? Yes! Because of the danger and money to implement this imprudent law. Is he against discrimination of any citizen? Yes.

     These are a few subjects covered. What did I come away thinking? Here is a decent, reasonable candidate who is down-to-earth and identifies with the common citizens of Idaho. Cross the line and vote for A.J. Balukoff. I am.

Eleanor Wagner



Vote Republican

     When you are standing in the voting booth on Nov. 4 and see a candidate’s name with a “D” beside it, what does that mean to you? To me that “D” means at some level that person agrees with the national Democratic Party and what it has done to our country. It means that candidate believes that an ever expanding government and the ever increasing taxes that go with it is the answer to all our problems. More regulation, more social programs, more open borders, and less personal liberty all result in less business, fewer good jobs, and more debt.

     Party is important. It indicates the personal values of the candidate. Please vote for Idaho values: less government, lower taxes, and more individual freedom, responsibility, and opportunity. Please vote Republican.

Lucky Brandt



There is no conflict

     I find it interesting that some folks in Idaho County are so concerned that a Republican candidate for County Commissioner is married to a sitting commissioner’s sister. They imply that having two members of an extended family (by marriage) in the same government body would cause disaster. I seem to recall we survived having JFK (pres.), RFK (atty. gen.), Ted Kennedy (sen.) and they were all blood relatives. I would be more concerned by all the candidates running against Republicans who are ashamed to declare their party affiliation. Just remember, when the dust settles, they are Democrats who will support the Democrat Platform.

Clay Baker



Halloween does not glorify God

     Most families in America will be celebrating Halloween.   Many schools and businesses have spent the entire month of October promoting and preparing for this day.  A few homes and businesses have very elaborate Halloween decorations. Sadly, many churches get caught up in the celebration of this satanic celebration.

     As a Christian, I refuse to acknowledge or celebrate this so-called holiday. I hate to refer to this day as a holiday because the word holiday originally meant “holy day.” Of all the so-called holidays celebrated by our society, Halloween is by far the most openly anti-Christian and anti-God.   There is absolutely no doubt about its satanic origin.

     You do not have to agree with me. You can continue thinking Halloween is nothing but fun and games. For the most part, Halloween is relatively harmless, but it wouldn’t hurt you to take some time to study the origin of what we call Halloween.

     The Druids, a pagan priestly cult group in northern Europe, celebrated Oct. 31 as a holiday long before the Christian era. They called this celebration the Festival of Samhain. The Druids believed that Samhain was the Lord of Death. Nearly all of our seemingly harmless Halloween traditions and customs are takeoffs from this satanic celebration.

     During the seventh century, the Roman Catholic Church made an attempt to put an end to the Festival of Samhain by instituting a holy evening called All Hallows Eve, designed to honor the saints of Catholic Church history. All Hallows Eve eventually came to be known as Halloween. We may have changed the name but that is about all.   Halloween is anything but Christian.

     In recent years there has been much renewed interest in Satanism and witchcraft. True followers of sorcery, Satanism and witchcraft consider Halloween a sacred time to invoke the help of Satan in performing their dark trade.

     Through much study, I have been exposed to enough information that I simply cannot have any part in the Halloween celebration. If you take time to learn the truth about the dark side of Halloween, I think you will take the same stand.

     The Bible definitely speaks negatively about occult practices, spirits and witches.  It condemns not only the practice, but also the people who are involved in it. As Christians, we are to have nothing to do with the occult. Tarot cards, contacting the dead, séances, lucky charms, etc., are all ungodly and can harm a Christian’s fellowship with God.

Alfred Jones



Why the change in stars?

     Has anyone else noticed it again - that strange positioning of the stars on the GOP political elephant banner? Page 5 in my local paper of 10/23 shows it, and I expect it may be there again this week.

     What I’m bringing up will seem like a non-issue, unless one learns the significance behind the symbol. Interestingly enough, SO far, the stars on the banner of the Democrat donkey are still positioned correctly, showing one point straight upward, as traditionally seen in the American flag.  Take time to check it out and compare.

     Regarding the elephant banner, I’ve seen the changed configuration used quite often over the past several years. And what does it mean?  Simply turning or rotating a star a few degrees, brings up two of its points, making like the ears of an animal, and I’m convinced that that was exactly the intent in the minds of certain dark, manipulative change agents at work. A little research will show that this particular positioning signifies the “Goat of Mendez,” the demon god called The Baphomet.

     I don’t believe for a minute that this change has been accidental.  Instead, it looks to me like there must be some very unAmerican demonry now operating covertly at some of the top levels of the Republican Party. So, please don’t ignore it. I think it’s something serious enough for every upstanding, freedom-loving Republican to look into, and demand that it be corrected immediately! The idea lurking behind this is anything but Godly and American!

Carol Asher



What is more objectionable?

     I find ironic the attacks on Mr. Frei for his family relationship to another commissioner.

     Another candidate running for a seat on the Idaho County Commission is affiliated with the party that champions murdering unborn children, same-sex copulation, federalized healthcare, national disarmament, amnesty for criminals, open borders for Islamic terrorists, and redistributing your money.

    Yet another is an “Independent” but endorsed by the party whose platform is listed above.

     Two questions: Whose affiliation is more objectionable? Local issues as waste disposal are important, but are they defining issues of a person’s character? You decide on Nov. 4.

Mary Hohmann



Respecting Old Glory

     In recent years, there has been a resurgence of patriotic pride. The U.S. flag can be seen flying everywhere to indicate a symbol of unity, to remember the men and women serving in our military and to remember those who have died for our country.

     Many individuals have contacted the Veterans of Foreign Wars and are asking questions about proper flag etiquette and proper disposal. We appreciate their questions and have just installed a new drop box for your convenience beneath the flagpole in front of our post. Post members conduct flag retirement ceremonies periodically throughout the year. Please deposit your tattered and worn flags for us to dispose of.

     To assist in displaying our national symbol, I would like to share a few guidelines:

     A flag displayed on a car should be fastened to the right side bumper, antenna or to the window.

     If displaying a flag on the wall the blue field should be in the upper left corner and it should never touch the ground.

     When displaying an all weather flag outdoors, 24 hours a day, there should be a light near it at night so it is not in complete darkness.

     Above all when the flag becomes worn, please replace it.

     For additional flag etiquette information, visit our VFW website at www.VFW.org or contact the local VFW, Lyons-Dahl Post 5407, Kamiah, 926-7550.

     Remember, Old Glory has been flying for more than 237 years and will be flying for many, many years in the future. Thank you for showing your patriotic pride and respect for our flag.

Jaxon Caren

Post Commander

Lyons-Dahl Post 5407


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     Sincere condolences to the family of Reginald H. Grant. Mr. Grant passed away last Friday, Oct. 24; he will be laid to rest at the Second Presbyterian Church Cemetery on No Kid Lane. Prayers for his daughters Regene (Grant) Halfmoon and Ellen Grant; his brother and sisters; prayer for safe travels as his family from California travel to Kamiah for his final services.

     The time is now to purchase your tickets for the “Big Buck” Hunters Breakfast, to be held Saturday, Nov. 8, from 5-11 a.m. at the Kamiah Emergency Services Building (Fire Station). Cost is $10 a person, this cost includes one raffle ticket with purchase of one breakfast. Volunteer Firemen and EMT’s will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a 4X4 Bolt Action 300 Caliber rifle. Raffle tickets will be sold six tickets for $5; need not be present to win; winner must be over 18 years old and must fill out the F.F.L. registration for the rifle. The Hunter’s Breakfast menu will be scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, fruit salad, pancakes coffee, juice. The Hunter’s Breakfast is sponsored by the Fire Department and Kamiah EMT’s. Proceeds will go to protecting lives and saving people. Everyone is welcome to come and support our dedicated Kamiah Volunteer Firemen/Kamiah EMT’s Ambulance. For tickets contact Kamiah Firemen, Kamiah EMT’s or our local businesses.

     Okay Kubs will be on the road to Horseshoe Bend; play tough Kubs, be aggressive and bring home a victory! Go KUBS!

     Belated birthday blessings to Aunt Andrea Axtell, Jennifer Kolar and all those celebrating October birthdays!

     Prayers for Tasha Lenhart, as she is hospitalized at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Food donations/gift cards/ monetary donations for her family will be appreciated. People wanting to donate can bring donations to Kamiah Nimiipuu Health Clinic, Marilyn Bowen and she will take donations to Tasha’s family.

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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