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ELK CITY NEWS: ‘Incorporation’ idea rears its head

Free Press / Jamie Edmondson
A large herd of elk were gathered recently in Elk City.

Free Press / Jamie Edmondson A large herd of elk were gathered recently in Elk City.


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— A great thing about living in this area are the unexpected pleasures of driving in to town and seeing the large elk herd on the hill (see photo). In fact, while driving in to town for ladies Bible study early Monday morning, an elk was standing in the road just up from my driveway. I slowed down to a crawl and then followed her as she trotted down the road (no she wasn’t panicked). She finally saw her friends on the hill below the Salmon place and joined them. I was juxtaposing this view with what is happening back east with the huge winter storm and the huge crowds of people waiting for Amtrak to open up … Glad we live here!

It seems like every few years, the “incorporation” issue comes floating around. Whether it’s tied to new folks moving in who want to recreate what they left, or others who can’t seem to get some personal benefit realized out of their own wallet, they’ll try to dress it up so you don’t feel their hand in your pocket or placing the shackles around your ankles.

What does incorporation look like? A mayor (boss), other city staff such as clerk, treasurer, administrative assistants, building inspector, attorney, public works director, road crew, law enforcement, fire, and public works staff, to name a few. This code and that ordinance, permits, licenses, fees, restrictions, prohibitions, easements, condemnations, liens, etc. and every bit of it requires funding (read taxes, taxes, taxes). Our property taxes already pay for services rendered by the county such as road maintenance, law enforcement, etc.

The bottom line about incorporating is loss of freedom. Whereas there will always be some benefit espoused to justify more government, seldom does such a “trade” “pencil” out, unless, of course, one places little worth on liberty.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. … Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” Samuel Adams

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

For more than 150 years, Elk City has resoundingly stood resolute for freedom. “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom” - Thomas Jefferson.

Birthdays: Joyce Markee, Griffin Paisley and Josie John Cox.

History: The Elk City Cemetery on the hill above Elk Creek Road was functional between 1912 and 1952. The next name on the list is Leslie Belor, born 1853, died 1936. Next comes Harvey Booth, born May 24, 1889, died Mar. 15, 1946. The Booth place is now part of the elk ranch. Then comes David Brawner, born Mar. 29, 1839, died Feb. 15, 1915. Then there is George Bradford, no birth date, died June 27, 1917. The Idaho County Free Press article says of George – “Black man, well liked. Lived in Elk City for 20 years.”


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