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Flawed designs prove costly

     I have been watching reports of the Oroville Dam weakness with interest as I was born and raised some 40 miles southwest of there, (Calusa, to be precise). Any person with common sense can understand the design flaw of the emergency spillway. So-called engineers came up with the bone headed idea? What good is an emergency spillway if it won’t work when you need it?

     I also noticed reports that southern California, which benefits from this stored water, would not support the required taxes in order to remedy the noticed design flaw. Now their fellow residents to the north get to pay the price. No wonder I left the land of “Fruits & Nuts” 50 years ago.

Rod Triplett



Thank you

     Wishing these two small words had more impact, for they come from our hearts.

     After the electrical fire Jan. 19 in the house we were renting on Hill St. the outpour from this amazing community has been very touching to us both.

     We wish we could name every one of you (we DO know who every one of you are by name) but space does not allow.

     From strong backs to monetary gifts, clothing donations, we are still in awe. The prayers and well wishes are still coming in.

     We have been able to find (with help) a place to live. And by the way: New landlords “ROCK.”

     We are still sorting, figuring out if what we were able to salvage is actually worth keeping.

Again: Thank you Kamiah and surrounding areas. This is a community folks can be proud to live in.

Keith and Meg Jackson


Need better funding for schools

     Kudos for sponsoring the Public Education Forum. It was nicely done with a moderator, three district superintendents and refreshments.  Attendance was great, sad we don’t see same turnout at school board meetings.

     The superintendents state one reason for another school levy is plain economics, costs have increased: food, fuel, utilities—basic necessities have all gone up. These same costs are also being felt by every property owner. Not many of us were fortunate enough to get a 5% raise last year like District 244 approved for their certified staff.

     Like Mr. Seloske suggested, look at your property tax bill, he is absolutely correct 43% of your tax bill goes to the district. For myself, this amounts to a good chunk of change. Please contact your commissioners, senators, legislators, governor and demand better funding for schools and tax relief for property owners.

Mary Ann Blees


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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