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ELK CITY NEWS: Helicopters reported; no news on who or why


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— January is Sanctity of Life month. “Sanctity of Life reflects the belief that, because people are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), human life should be protected and respected at all times” (Hope Letter, January 2016). The term also applies to all forms of evil and injustice that are perpetrated against human life – violence, abuse, oppression, human trafficking, among others, as well as abortion and euthanasia. Let’s celebrate life!

Last Tuesday, Jan. 12, at around 10 a.m., it was reported by a number of locals that two or three helicopters were flying low over people’s houses and property in and around Elk City, startling them and livestock. Follow-up contact with the Forest Service, Fish and Game, Avista and EMS, it was noted that none of these entities had activities in the area that involved helicopters. If anyone out there has information, e-mail me at

Peg Gehring will be at the Elk City Medical Clinic on Jan. 22. Call for an appointment at 962-3267.

Meetings: Sew Help Me Quilters.

Birthdays: Alex Jones, Malcolm Layman, Gave McManus, Fred Denham, Matthew Coyne and Diane Paisley.

Anniversaries: Walt and Rachael Smith.

History: Thought I’d share with you some of the residents in the Elk City I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Some names may or may not be familiar to you depending on what you know about Elk City history. The following is a result of research conducted through the years by Clara Smith, Carol Anglen, Iris Pitcher and Bill Salmon. The records for this cemetery were housed in Kooskia but the I.O.O.F. hall there burned down. There are not many markers left in the cemetery so we don’t know exactly in which grave the people are buried. In 1991 there was a wooden marker that read “Susan J.” but no other information appeared on it. It is now missing. William “Billy” Allen was born in 1859 in Kentucky, was a saloon keeper here and may have died in 1942 in Grangeville. Charles Albin Ayers was born April 25, 1873, and died in a Kamiah nursing home on Oct. 12, 1950. He was an early pioneer of Elk City. Estelle Mae Biddle, born June 10, 1904, and died Aug. 4, 1935, originally had a tombstone but it has since disappeared. More next week.


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