Cottonwood's Hinterlong receives NICI challenge coin

Jay Hinterlong, left, was presented with an NICI challenge coin for his volunteer work with Idaho County Recycling. Sergeant Graham, right, partnered with Hinterlong on the project.

Jay Hinterlong of Cottonwood has been a volunteer for Idaho County Recycling for the past 10 years. In 2015 (then) Sergeant Graham (pictured here with Hinterlong) partnered with him and completed a memorandum of understanding supporting inmates to assist with the local recycling efforts.

For the past four years, Hinterlong has monitored a twice weekly recycling assignment with NICI inmates in the Cottonwood area. He is one of about 10 volunteers who have created and maintained the center.

Unfortunately, according to Graham, the county commission does not plan on investing in a position to keep this resource available, so it will be closing June 1.

Warden Aaron Krieger took an opportunity last week and presented Hinterlong with an NICI challenge coin to thank him for his service to the community.

Graham said challenge coins are a small token of recognition for a person’s hard work, contributions, and going above the call of duty.

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