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How does liquor fee fall through cracks?

     I was reading the article from the City Council meeting in last week’s Progress. My, my, my. The Hotel Bar should count themselves lucky to have gotten off so cheap. I for one have paid $545 for the past 10 years. It is amazing how some can fall through the cracks. There are only three bars in this town that pay that fee. How come no one noticed or questioned the fact that one of them did not pay their fair share? Just sayin.’

Sherre Purdy


When will ITD respect us?

     The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, U.S. Highway 12, in Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Idaho Transportation Department’s 2nd District.  It gets no respect. The last time it got respect, Captain Meriwether Lewis had something to do with it.

     About 3,000 vehicles a day travel through Clearwater County, 2,000 through Lewis County, and about 500 through the Lochsa section of Idaho County. In Kamiah, about 560 commercial vehicles drive U.S. 12 daily. The average daily traffic on U.S. 12 (3rd Street) at Main in Kamiah can be up to 5,000 vehicles.

     The same highway in Lewiston has stoplights and pedestrian overpasses. But the more rural areas, like Kamiah, can’t even get ITD to paint a crosswalk on the road, or put up a flashing yellow pedestrian light. Instead, the people are told not to “play frogger” or even cross the road in a way that makes it seem illegal. That is hard for some people who don’t drive and need to get to the town’s only grocery store, across the highway.

     Bridge designs have been botched in Orofino and Kamiah, because we get no respect. We don’t deserve the full attention of ITD. The high traffic, high crash area at Dale’s Cashway used to have a flashing warning light, but it is gone now. What happened?

     The ITD worker bees are doing a great job. Thanks for that. It’s the bean counters that give no respect. Can we get some respect? Can Kamiah get a crosswalk?

Glen Scott Swearingen


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Written by Angela Broncheau   


     Congratulations to the Lapwai Lady Wildcats for winning the State Basketball Championship! Whoa, you rock “Cats”!  Now on to the Boy’s District tournament at the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center. Good luck to the Kamiah Kubs and CV Rams!

     The “Meet & Greet” NPTEC (Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee) Primary Candidate forums will be Thursday, March 5, at the Pi-nee-waus building in Lapwai; Thursday, March 12, at the Teweepuu Center in Orofino and March 26 at the Wa-a’yas building in Kamiah. All forums will begin with potluck at 5:30 p.m. All NPTEC candidates are encouraged to attend. Donations of food, beverages, and table service will be appreciated. All tribal members are welcome to attend! For more information contact Forum Moderator Dallon Wheeler Sr. at 935-5788. Friendly reminder, Primary Election Day is Saturday, April 4!

     Kamiah NMPH Well Child Immunization Round-up was very successful last Thursday! Kamiah NMPH will have Well Child Clinic every THIRD Thursday of the month. If parents have questions regarding their child (children’s) immunizations status, contact Brandi Keen, clinic nurse, at 935-0733 or Susie Ellenwood, Lapwai Maternal Child Health Program, at (208) 843-9375 ext. 2919.  Friendly reminder for parents, please bring your child’s immunization record to Kamiah NMPH if your child has received immunizations elsewhere. The next Well Child Clinic will be Thursday, March 19. The Nimiipuu Health WIC/Nutrition program will be at the Kamiah NMPH Clinic this Thursday, Feb. 26. Julie Keller, registered dietician, will provide nutrition counseling for patients and their families.

     Anniversary blessings to Jim and Teresa Oatman, Bill and Lori Picard, and Roger and Carolyn Amerman!

     Birthday blessings to Martha Rose Oatman, Camryn Melzo, William Riley, Sebastian Nunez, Solo Wheeler, Randy Avart, Peggy Moffett, Cato Acey Valandra, Yvonne (Bon) Oberly, Sean Garrison, and to my dear baby sister Della (Stormy) Wheeler!

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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