As of Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Idaho’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) already has scheduled two meetings in Grangeville regarding the Nez Perce Tribe’s nomination of a vast tract of Lochsa River land for historic preservation: an informational meeting at 6 p.m. this evening, Jan. 9, and a public hearing by the Idaho State Historic Sites Review Board at 8 a.m. March 2. Both of these are scheduled to take place at the Grangeville Senior Center.
Thursday, in response to a request by the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission and Idaho County Commission chairman Skip Brandt, SHPO scheduled an additional informational meeting for Jan. 14 in Kooskia. This Monday meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Kooskia Community Hall, 26 Main St., Kooskia.
The subject of both informational meetings and the review board hearing is the Lochsa River Corridor Traditional Cultural Place nomination, which the Nez Perce Tribe advanced last year.
Online, find a Free Press report on an informational meeting held Sept. 12 in Grangeville, and a Free Press report on the nomination. A draft copy of the nomination document provided to the Free Press by SHPO can be found online at idahocountyfreepress.com/documents. Information regarding the historic sites review board is online at history.idaho.gov/nrhp/historic-sites-review-board.
In a Dec. 24 email to SHPO administrator Tricia Canaday, a copy of which he provided to the Free Press, Brandt pointed out that for some of those who live within the corridor the travel to Grangeville is as much as 35 to 110 miles one-way “in snowy January at night…it is just not going to go over well.”
Canaday replied to Brandt Jan. 2 with an apology, scheduling information and this statement: “It’s our goal and intent to be as open and available as possible throughout this process.”