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Volleyball update!

     Our 3rd trip to the Kooskia City Council meeting and we are delighted to say, “We can continue to play volleyball at the Kooskia City Park.”

     On Aug. 10 we headed back to discuss the ongoing issue of park use. Leigh Davis represented and spoke for our group. Thank you, Leigh! We appreciate your willingness to be our spokeswoman.

     A special “Thank You” to Councilman Mark Anderson. He went out of his way to talk with us and help bridge the gap between our group and the other council members. He was welcoming to us and helped us feel heard. I appreciate that he also acknowledged the young people who attended the meeting. Great job Mr. Anderson.

     Kooskia City Park is a beautiful place with great facilities. We appreciate the time and money spent to keep it in good repair. We are committed to help keeping it looking good.

     So come on down on a Sunday afternoon and bring a folding chair. Enjoy this beautiful place we live as we build a strong community with our friends and neighbors. And of course play some volleyball.

     See you Sunday!

Nancy Costa


Close reading of documents needed for clarity

     Re: Jay Maxner’s letter of July 21, 2016.

     Some things jumped out at me immediately, the first being that Jay claimed he’d been “shown” that the States are “Sovereign.” This is literally untrue, except by implication. But one would actually have to read the Declaration of Independence and our U.S. Constitution to see that neither original document ever uses the word “sovereign.”

     Next, the very first words of our U.S. Constitution are, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” specifying that “the People” of the several Colonies, including “Providence Plantations,” proclaimed themselves part of a joining together into a oneness of self-declared “States.” The Constitution was to become the “law of the land” after ratification of its terms by a majority of every “United State,” again through the means of a majority of signatures of their self-chosen representatives.

     The first of our “founding documents,” the “Declaration of Independence,” however, was clearly meant to announce and justify to the world at large why they were withdrawing themselves from the British King’s rule, by first declaring their intentions to do so and then enumerating many of the injustices they’d had to put up with under that King.

     Again, if one would actually read the Constitution, and think long and hard while doing so, of course, they’d see that it deals with much, much more than (quoting Jay) “only EXTERNAL affairs.” A representative democracy, a complex system of checks and balances spread between three different branches of government, and freedom to choose one’s personal religious beliefs are examples of “rights” I find no hint of in the Bible and are clearly “internal affairs.”

David Bearman


Welcome to play in the park

     I had the opportunity to speak to the Kooskia City Council during the August meeting regarding families playing volleyball in the City Park. After clarifying for the council that we do not use stakes in the ground and we move around the park every time we play, as they asked us last fall, the council told us we are welcome to play volleyball in the park for now.

     I appreciate the Council’s willingness to work with us in the future if plans for the park impact us, and their willingness to keep an open line of communication between us.


Leigh Davis


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     Sincere condolences to the families that lost loved ones this past week.  Prayers of comfort and safe travels  for the family of Walter McCatty, the family of Robert Williamson Sr., and the family of Donna Mae Wheeler. Their presence will be missed throughout our communities.  Peace be with you all.

     The Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Parade will be Saturday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The theme for the parade is “The Flames Are Gone, We Stand Strong”.  Cash prize of $150 will be awarded to the best parade entry portraying the parade theme.  The parade line-up will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Kamiah Legion on 7th and Main.  There will also be other cash prizes for different parade categories.  Parade registration forms will be available at the Parade line up and the Pow-wow registration table.  Back by popular demand, the Lookingglass huckleberry pancake breakfast fundraiser will be Saturday morning from 7:30-10 a.m.; all proceeds will go towards the parade prize money. The Lookingglass Fun Run will also be Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m.; contact run organizers; Seth Oatman, Cato Valendra, or Sonya Oberly for more information.  The Alex Cross Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the outside court. Contact Abe Broncheau for more information.  This will be a weekend full of fun activities for the entire family, let’s get ready to Pow-wow!  For more information please see the Chief Lookingglass article in this week’s Clearwater Progress.

     All Veterans are welcome to attend the Memorial Ceremony for World War II Veteran Wallace Wheeler, Friday, August 19 at the Wa-a’yas building after the Memorial Dinner.  The Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Committee also extends an invitation to all Veterans to take part in the Grand Entries, Posting the Colors, Opening Ceremonies and the parade.  Veterans may contact Al Wheeler for more information.

     Donations are being accepted for the Sacred Stone Camp, protesting the Dakota Access Pipe Line.  This construction of a 1,100 mile pipe line will carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois; deeply effecting the drinking water of the Missouri River.  The Sacred Stone Camp needs donations of camping gear, tables, chairs, first aid kits, epi pens, prepaid gas cards/debit cards, mobile solar charging pads, tools, (axes, shovels, saws, etc.) and cooking gear.  Donations may be sent to Sacred Stone Camp, P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538; or they can be physically dropped off at the camp near Cannon Ball, ND. Prayers for safety for all involved in this peaceful protest. Le’ le’le’le le’ a’ho!

    Summer vacation is coming to an end, parents, now is the time to schedule your child’s Well Child check up to make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date! Contact Kamiah NMPH Clinic Nurse Brandi Donner to schedule your appointment at 935-0733.

     Birthday blessings to Josh Bohanan, Steve Evans,  Leon Sedgewick, Ebony Stanton, Emily Arthur, Mark Garrison, Lillisa Moses, Leslie Moses, Willie Sahme, Izzy Walker,  Jaiden Coomer, Joey Pineda, Kendrick Wheeler, Lance Steffy, Travis Ellenwood, Buster Oatman, and lil’ Odin Mendendorf.

     Thank goodness for the old copies of the Nez Perce Presbyterian Church News Letters that my dear departed friend Vanessa Carter Lopez saved in our office that listed birthdays and anniversaries; this is where I read about people celebrating birthdays!

     I hope to see you this weekend at the Chief Lookingglass Pow-wow Celebration, enjoy!

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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