Free Press / Jamie Edmondson
It’s a snowy, cold winter in Elk City, as shown here with the long icicles.
ELK CITY — Steak! Red Velvet Cake! Sounds like a Valentine dinner to me. VFW Wilderness Post 8311 Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring their annual Valentine Steak Dinner, Feb. 15, at the Elk City VFW Hall. The menu is boneless New York loin steak accompanied by baked potato with all the trimmings, green salad and hot rolls. And to top it all off, Cocoa Anderson is preparing her Red Velvet Cake for all to enjoy. Serving time is from 5 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and reservations are needed. Call the VFW at 842-2393.
The Post will be providing Karaoke performed by Debbie Rendleman following dinner. “Whether you prefer to dance the evening away or just enjoy the entertainment, the VFW is planning a fun time for all.”
We attended an interesting joint House and Senate Resources and Conservation committee meeting of the Capitol on the 3rd of February. It was concerning suction dredge mining and EPA rules and permitting process. The four main speakers were Joe Greene, US EPA scientist (Ret.), Tom Kitcher, President of Waldo Mining District in Oregon, Doug Giddings and Jim Chmelik. It was very interesting, to say the least! Joe Greene, who has been dredger, as well as working for the EPA, presented scientific studies on the effect of small dredges on water quality, fish and turbidity effects, and the environment. One photo he had was of an astounding pile of the junk in the rivers that the dredgers clean up. Tom Kitcher spoke on the EPA rules themselves. For a YouTube video of the meeting log onto the Internet and go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Pn9B0y26o&feature=youtu.be.
“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1756
History: The Chinese in the Elk City Gold fields were restricted by the the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1880 and by the Geary Act in 1892 The latter one required all Chinese residents of the United States to carry a resident permit, a sort of internal passport. Failure to carry the permit at all times was punishable by deportation or a year of hard labor. This was protested by some as the time period in which the Chinese must register was not adequate for those in the back country to comply with its terms. One Chinese, Ah Jack of John Day Creek reportedly made two trips to the prairie and could not find a registrar. He had to go clear to Portland to comply with the law. Many Chinese left the gold fields as a result.
Reminders: Idaho Food Bank on the 18th.