As of Tuesday, June 7, 2016
ELK CITY Thought I’d give you all an update on three major Forest Service decisions that will (not may) impact us:
•DRAMVU – Designated Routes and Motor Vehicle Use on the Clearwater/Nez Perce National Forests. The forests will be all but closed to off-road motor vehicle use except on a limited number of miles of trails and roads. Cross-country travel will be eliminated completely including retrieval of game animals, secluded camping, getting to your favorite fishing hole, reasonable prospecting access and sample transport , etc. Winter travel (snowmobile) restrictions will follow in a later plan.
•Suction Dredging – The Forest Service would put into place a limit on the number of people who could operate suction dredges on the Southfork. They are asserting that suction dredgers are required to have a plan of operation of which they are proposing to blanket-approve only 15 of them (although they may consider more on an individual basis).
•Crooked River “restoration” (restoration is in quotes because it is not actual restoration to original stream bed). The plan is to change two miles of one of the last unique remaining examples of our mining heritage and culture in North Central Idaho.
There are multiple reasons why you need to be aware of these projects. I would encourage everyone affected by agency decisions to get involved somehow. As you can see, just the DRAMVU project will affect everyone who uses the forest for recreation, hunting, mushroom gathering, firewood gathering, etc. Since I don’t want to get political in this column, I will write a letter to the editor outlining more detail and the effects these decisions will have.
Cocoa shared that the taco feed raised about $1,000 which will be used to help pay just over half of the power bill for a year. The fire department personnel would like to thank those who support the fire department, saying, “they are very generous and deeply appreciated. A big thank you also goes to the VFW Auxiliary/Post for their support.”
If anyone is interested in donating to the fire dept. you can send a check, made out to the Elk City Volunteer Fire Dept, and mail it to P.O. Box 311, Elk City, ID 83525 or you can give it directly to Loren or Cocoa Anderson.
Library, REACH Club set activities for Elk City
ELK CITY — Elk City School and Community Library will be opening for summer hours on Wednesday, June 15. The library will be open Wednesdays from 1-3:30 p.m. Summer reading program, BINGO! Readers are Winners!!, starts the same day. There will be prizes, books, Amazon dollars, and more...so bring your kids in and sign up.
REACH Club will be offering summer camps for Elk City kids during the summer. Day camps and two week camps will be offered to instruct the kids in various areas of interest, and to provide education and fun opportunities! Pottery, weaving, education in fire and fire management are some of the day camp offerings! The two week long camps will be four days long. The first is July 18 to 21, “Scientist For A Day,” instructed by Savannah Thompson, where each day participants will be a different type scientist, such as geologist, chemist, zoologist, etc. The second camp will be Aug. 9-12, “Community and Celebrations,” instructed by Nichele Slover and Jackie Mackie, where participants will learn about what it is to celebrate in a community and build a float for the Elk City Days parade and create an entry for the Elk City Days Kiddie Parade. All kids are welcome, so if you have visitors or your grandkids will be in town, check us out. Cost is $10/day/child for day camps and $35/week/child for the week camps. Reduced fees and scholarships are available, please inquire. For more information, talk to Nichele Slover at the school or call Sue Phillips, 842-2359.
Aluminum, aluminum, aluminum! Cans, cans, cans! Throughout the years businesses and community members have donated their aluminum cans to REACH Club and we have benefited in the tune of hundreds of dollars worth in recycled cans. We raised $450 from cans turned in on Earth Day in April 2016. Thank you, thank you, thank you! REACH especially would like to thank the VFW and The Elk City Saloon for their donation of cans and to the Elk City General Store for providing a collection container for cans at the store. The collection container is back up at the store for donations. Aluminum cans only, no garbage in this container, it is plainly marked! Funds raised this spring will help fund summer programs.
— Sue Phillips
Cocoa also shared that the fire department has so few people that there is no specific date for regular meetings. Anyone interested in the organization, who may want to help out, or who may want to join can contact Loren Anderson and talk to him.
The Elk City Dust Devils ATV club is sponsoring a Father’s Day Benefit Chili Run to raise funds for Farris Cheney’s medical expenses. Sign-up for the run is Saturday, June 18, 8 to 10 a.m., at the gazebo next to Elk Creek Station. Entry donation for this event is $6 and a can of chili. Chili burgers or chili dogs will be served after the run.
Tuesday, the 14th is Flag Day. Let’s see every house in Elk City fly one!
Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance on the 13th at 7 p.m, at the Forest Service meeting room; EMT skills meeting on the 14th at 6 p.m.
Birthdays: Katie Cox, Justin Anderson and Kaidin Slover.
History: I will start a new series next week