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Letters to the Editor Print E-mail

Crabtree has exceptional people skills

     In less than three weeks, those that live in Idaho County have a chance to make a real difference by electing a State Senator for District 7 who has integrity, foresight, experience and common sense – Carl Crabtree.

     I have worked with Carl since 1985 at the local, county, state and national level. Those efforts focused on natural resource issues, ranching, invasives, associations and other commerce related activities. Throughout all of these experiences, Carl listened to people and then moved forward to deliver common sense outcomes that benefited the majority. This is responsible behavior.

     Carl has demonstrated time and time again his ability to bring people together on the private, local and federal level. He has worked to get the right people aligned to deliver results.

     We do not need legislators who are focused on managing our personal interests or morality.  We need a legislator that can represent us by working on legislation that is good for the whole and isn’t focused on special interests. We need a legislator that can use exceptional people skills to gain solid footing, support commerce and be ethical upon approach that provides us a community to work and reside within.

     We need someone to address the key issues affecting District 7 such as increasing our access to public lands, managing our resources, growing jobs, and improving education in our rural communities.

     Vote for Carl Crabtree!

John Cantlon

Secesh Meadows, Idaho

Freedom fighter

     Jimmy and I have known Priscilla Giddings, candidate for House Legislature District 7 seat A, since she was a teenager at Salmon River High School in Riggins. We watched as she progressed through the Air Force Academy, fighter pilot training, deployments to the Middle East, and moved up very smoothly through the ranks of male dominated military.

     We were so proud of her when she earned the “Top Gun” of her fighter class. She is one tough cookie—and one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Her picture hangs on our “wall of fame” along with Chuck Yeager, 4-star generals all the way down through lieutenants, all special friends of ours.

     When elected, you can be sure that she is one who will be fighting for conservative principles, defending the rights of citizens, and loosening the grip of bureaucracy that is strangling our economy in District 7. You go girl!

Ann and Jimmy Foy


Unfair water/sewer rates?

     Do to the current high number of persons who do not make timely payments to Nez Perce Tribe utility department for the services they receive on 183 water and sewer connections, the utility board will be taking additional actions for collection efforts. These additional actions by the tribe against all users of the system is the tribe’s new collection protocols.

     The effect of high unemployment is of no concern, just the bottom line. The average tribal household having four to six occupants will affect approximately 1/5 of the total membership of the tribe, including dependent children.

     Water is a property right, a treaty right. It is unlawful and abusive to try and take a treaty right from a treaty holder, without due compensation. The utility department’s flat rate fee for Valley View seems unfair to the tribal customer/user.

     According to water resource agents, tribal customer/user utilize the sewer system more than Valley View customers do. I helped install this sewer system. Valley View’s sewer flows were and are much higher than tribal customer/users so who is subsidizing who?

     Nez Perce Tribe’s utility board needs to dissolve. Court actions should be taken against the elite siblings who tried to sell Snake River Basin Adjudication to the people through lies and deception, and are enjoying the hidden fruits of progress. And yes obtain garnishment agreements for all utility board and water resource agents who infringe on tribal member rights. And liens and other remedies that have now become necessary against NPTEC. I’m sure a large number of tribal families would concur. What do you think “Koose” “Homma?”

Bill Warden Sr.


Nuxoll truly represents “We the People”

     The best predictor of future success is past performance.

     Citizens of Legislative District 7, state senator Sheryl Nuxoll’s “A-” rating by the Idaho Freedom Foundation demonstrates her faithful commitment to follow the U.S. Constitution, Idaho Constitution, and Idaho Republican Party Platform. Senator Nuxoll was one of only eight legislators to earn a 90% or above rating during the 2016 legislative session.

     In addition to her outstanding commitment to limited government, low taxes, and free enterprise, Senator Nuxoll has worked diligently with Idaho citizens to introduce and pass legislation on our behalf.

     Senator Nuxoll’s work on the bill she and I co-authored (S. 1342) included two years of dialog with citizens about how to enact legislation to clarify the Idaho Constitution, Article IX, Section 6. Senator Nuxoll patiently coached us on the legislative process, met with legislators to get our bill introduced into House and Senate committees, secured testimony presentations for committee hearings, and convinced 81% of her colleagues to vote for the bill. Although the bill was vetoed by the Governor, Senator Nuxoll did everything possible to represent the wishes of Idaho Republicans.

     It is not an easy process to get a bill introduced and passed through committee to a floor vote, and I greatly appreciate a senator who will work this hard to advance citizen-sponsored legislation. Senator Nuxoll is truly a representative of “We the People.”

     I urge you to retain Senator Nuxoll in the Idaho legislature by voting for her in the May primary and November general election.

Evalyn Bennet

Salmon, Idaho

Guest Editorial Print E-mail

Whoever controls the resources, controls our economic future

By Russ Fulcher

     I read with interest a news headline on April 15, 2016 stating: “Idaho unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent.”  Sounds good, right? Well, whatever database this information comes from is at best, misleading.

     Here is the truth as validated by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: As of 2014, 20.2% of Idahoans are on some sort of public assistance. And here is a little more “truth” as validated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis: In 2015 Idaho ranked 48th out of America’s 50 states as having the lowest per capita income in the nation. So if some report is out there claiming that only 3.8% of Idaho citizens are out of work, it fails to point out the fact that many of the other 96.2% are either under-employed or they’ve simply stopped looking for work altogether. Bottom line is that a 3.8% unemployment rate makes the situation sound good, when in reality it is not.

     Over recent years, Idaho has continually transitioned from a resource-based economy of logging, mining, agribusiness, etc., to more of a service-based economy. But true wealth-creation comes from the appropriate management and utilization of resources, not trading haircuts. Thanks to government constraints on the use of our resources, Idahoans are left mainly with service-based jobs. The result: Idahoans may have work, but they are fiscally poor.

     Whoever controls our resources controls our economic destiny. Today, the federal government owns and regulates 62% of the land within Idaho’s borders. Add to that the use constraints on remaining land by the EPA (environmental protection agency) and the Endangered Species Act, and the impact on Idahoans is devastating.  An appropriate analogy of an Idaho worker’s competitive position on the world-wide stage would be to imagine a boxer entering the ring with one arm tied behind his back while hopping on one leg. Oh, and one more thing: In addition to the negative impact of government resource control on our personal income, there are other ramifications… like record level carbon emissions into the atmosphere due to wildfires on un-managed land.

     Until policy-makers start implementing sanity into land-management practices, high-paying job opportunities will continue to languish. Current practices leave sportsmen access to land limited, animals dead, pollution rampant, and Idahoans poor.

     Idaho has within its borders resources of limitless potential! Intelligent, balanced, local management, can provide sustainable positive results for stakeholders from all walks of life! And although the massive federal debt is a tragedy, it just might be the factor that eventually forces a transition of land management from Washington DC to Idaho.  The Feds can’t afford to continue current failed policies of our resources forever.  Plus, sooner or later eastern states will get tired of sending many of their federal tax dollars to Idaho and other western states in the form of PILT (payment in lieu of taxes) payments.

     One day, Idahoans will control their resources. And when that happens, our environment will improve, and our economy will prosper.

     Russ Fulcher is a former Majority Caucus Chairman of the Idaho Senate and long-time international businessman. He currently has an Idaho-based commercial real estate business.

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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