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Elk City News: Wolf spotted at Newsome Creek area

From the Idaho Gold Fields Historical Society, Cleveland Collection
Parr Hotel, Elk City 1917.

From the Idaho Gold Fields Historical Society, Cleveland Collection Parr Hotel, Elk City 1917.


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— Wolf sighting … a large black Canadian wolf was seen on Thursday by townsfolk just below Newsome Creek dragging a large part of an animal behind it. Flaggers need to be on alert. I was able to talk to one of them on Monday, so hopefully the word will get around.

In case you missed it, last summer a wolf pack was discovered in northern California and, according to the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, “The news is exciting.” I think we should send all the wolves from here to there. They would be happy to have them and we would be happy to not have them. By the way, I know I mentioned a great book to read on the introduction of wolves in various parts of the U.S. that will give you the full view and truth about it and it’s worth repeating. It’s called “The Real Wolf: The Science, Politics, and Economics of Co-Existing with Wolves in Modern Times” by Ted Lyons and Will Graves.

An organization called Hands of Hope Northwest, a faith-based humanitarian and charitable organization that distributes medical supplies and equipment to a needy world… donated two newer exam tables plus other supplies to the Elk City Medical Clinic. The community would like to thank them for their ministry to us.

The Elk City Area Alliance, who holds in trust, properties for the benefit of Elk City residents, is having a fund-raiser bake sale on Saturday, May 14, in front of the General Store. It will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and buy some goodies and/or donate some goodies as well. Support that which supports you, whether it’s the medical clinic, the park and public restrooms, the airport, the historic photo collection, etc.

The VFW is inviting all who have “stuff” for sale to a community yard sale set for May 21 and 22. Call the VFW if you have any questions.

The Forest Service would like to remind everyone that burn permit season is May 10 through Oct. 20. There is no fee for the permits, and they can either be obtained at the office or on-line at

Dr. Kim Wolfrum, veterinarian, will be in Elk City on May 19-20. Call her for an appointment at 553-9283.

For those of you who are interested, the Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road have planned a clean-up work-day at Vicory Creek on the Wagon Road between Elk City and Mud Springs. It will start at 7 a.m. Bring your saw and work gloves.

I missed it again … alerting you that May 5 was the National Day of Prayer. Sorry! I’ll try to pay closer attention next year.

Meetings: VFW and Auxiliary on May 12; Idaho Food Bank on May 17.

Birthdays: Nancy Leighton

Interesting historical note: a Proclamation for a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer issued by President Abraham Lincoln on March 30, 1863, declaring April 30, 1863, as a national day of fasting.

History: John Montgomery, born in England in 1860, died in Elk City in 1925; Hilo (Moses?) Morris, born 1840, and was burned to death in his cabin, buried in the cemetery March 5, 1911; David Natwick, born in Norway in 1859, died in 1936; Mary Anna Parr, born in 1847 in Arkansas, died in 1914. She owned the Parr Hotel (see photo) and the Colonel Sellers Mine.


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