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Why the ban on skaters?

     It appears that they have been banned from every sidewalk, business, parks, etc. I know they once had a skatepark here in Kamiah but was shut down. Look, we have a bunch of good kids that all they want to do is skate! They are not looking to damage anything, they are not looking for a place to sell dope or hook up with their boyfriends or girlfriends. They just want to SKATE! These are GOOD KIDS!

     We the community are not helping our kids by kicking them out and off every sidewalk in this town. If anything we are gonna push them towards bad and illegal ways by not providing them a place to enjoy what they love to do. The GOOD kids should not have to be punished by the bad decisions others have made in the past! These kids are not thugs or meth heads, they just want to skate! We seem to put more effort in kicking the skaters out than we do on kicking the meth heads out!

     Just a concerned parent of these skaters!

Jennifer Macmenamin


Changing forced annexations

     Idaho, Tennessee and Indiana are the last three states that allow forced annexations.

     Idaho’s 50-222 statute has three ways of annexation. (1) Property owners can volunteer their property to be annexed, (2) if 100 or more parcels are being annexed by a city the property owners get a chance to vote yes or no on the annexation, or (3) if 99 or less parcels are being annexed, the city will annex the properties and then the property owners, if not wishing to be annexed, have to hire an attorney and object to the annexation if they are unable to go through the process on their own.

     I have a draft (DRMPN042) that I will be presenting before the Idaho House and Senate committees to add a new section 50-221A to Statute 50-222 that would have the cities with less than 8,000 population that are trying to annex 99 or less private properties to make it mandatory that if 25% or more of the property owners do not want to be annexed, it would allow them a chance to vote YES or NO on the annexation.

     There are 200 cities in Idaho. Twenty-three have over 8,000 population totaling 800,000 people. One hundred seventy-seven cities have less than 8,000 population totaling 200,000 people. My draft would help the people that choose to live in the smaller rural counties and not in the cities.

     Please contact your legislators if you would like to see this draft converted into a bill and voted on in the Idaho Legislature.

Ken Harvey


Wage increase needed

     We have just been through a season of generosity. Many of us stretched our Christmas budgets to buy toys for needy children, festive foods for struggling families, coats for the homeless, and so on.  And we were happy to do so.

     From Thanksgiving to the end of the year, our hearts are open to the needy in our communities.

     Now let’s take the next step and ask ourselves a few questions. Shouldn’t I as a buyer be willing to pay a few dimes more for coffee if it would give the people who serve me a more livable income? Shouldn’t I as an employer see my workers as neighbors, not just units in a labor market? Why should I as a manager feel entitled to an ever-rising standard of living while the wages of those who actually make my product remain flat for years?

     Isn’t it time to raise wages so that more of our neighbors can make their own gift choices? An increase in Idaho’s Minimum Wage would be a good place to start.

Darcy James


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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