Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Silver Valley sports recap

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Teacher: Civics test nothing to stress over

Weather

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Obituaries

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Leisure

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

Crooked rain, crooked paint: New yellow painted highway lines in the Alaska?s Panhandle city of Ketchikan are crooked and the paint that?s been used by state transportation officials has stained cars, officials said. Among those affected was Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis, whose car ended up with yellow paint on it. The problems emerged after the state Department of Transportation tried out a new line painting system on the Tongass Highway, The Ketchikan Daily News reported Saturday. Department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said the paint is ?not drying as quickly as it should due to humidity in southeast Alaska.? ? Associated Press TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS- PRESS, CALL (208) 752-1120 © Copyright 2017 News-Press Vol. 33, No. 51 Web: shoshonenewspress.com Courtesy photo Students from Mullan High School stand together after a field trip on the Route of the Hiawatha. The field trip is part of a local history lesson.

MHS students use local trail as part of history lesson

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter MULLAN ? Last week students from Mullan High School took a field trip to the Route of the Hiawatha as part of a local history lesson from history teacher Mr. Paul Elston. Mr. Elston used the items along the trail as an interactive study guide before having the students answer questions related to their ride. ?The students were asked multiple questions about the Hiawatha

Tigers fired up for spirit week events

By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor MULLAN ? It appears school pride is still alive and well in the small Silver Valley town of Mullan, Idaho. Mullan High School (MHS) celebrated homecoming last week with several activities and events in accordance with volleyball and football games. The festivities began on Monday with the students participating in a ?plunger race,? in which students humorously attempted to move a person across the floor with only the suction power of a plunger. Tuesday?s-after school activity had the Mullan football players trading their pads and pigskin Trail and the history and geography behind it,? Elston said. ?Most of the answers were on the signs that are posted along the route.? The route is one of our area?s hidden treasures and Elston was kind of surprised at how many of the students hadn?t been on it before. ?I thought this was a very positive experience for our students,? Elston said. ?Some had never ridden the trail and many were confused or did not understand many elements of the Hiawatha Trail. We did have some kids that went down the hill fairly fast, but overall I think everyone took at least one or two positive things minimum away from this trip.? Mullan High School does very well by its students in the field trip department, all of which have educational or reallife applications that help students gain valuable experience before determining what they plan on doing after high school. ?We have other Adventures in Education programs (the actual name of the program) lined up for the future,? Elston said, ?including a hike to Stevens Lake and a pottery class, both to be tentatively held in October.? The Route of the Hiawatha is a mountain bike trail near Lookout Pass that is 15 miles long with 10 train tunnels and seven sky-high trestles. It passes through the 1.66- mile long St. Paul Pass Tunnel, also known as the Taft Tunnel. Photo by Sherry Leitz MHS freshmen Wyett King, Riley Trogden, Emily Dykes, Austin Buddenberg, and Talowa Fallingwater in front of the homecoming bonfire after Thursday?s volleyball game vs Kootenai. for tights and a net when they attempted to beat the Lady Tigers at their own game in a powderpuff volleyball match. Even with the help of a T-Rex, the boys couldn?t top the girls? energy and fell two games to one. At the halfway point of homecoming week, the MHS classes took each other on after school Wednesday in a tug-of-war contest that was eventually won by the seniors. All of these events, though, were just the lead up to the Thursday and Friday fun. Immediately following the volleyball game Thursday night between the Lady Tigers and Kootenai High School see TIGERS, A8 By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter KELLOGG ? A change in Idaho education legislation, that took place in 2016, now requires high school seniors to pass a civics test in order to graduate. As a result, school districts in our area such as the Kellogg School District have changed their rules to reflect the new requirement. In a post on its Facebook page, Kellogg High School acknowledged the change on Sept. 18. ?Based on an update provided by the State Dept of Education,? the post read, ?the KHS Student Handbook has been amended. Passing the Civics Test has been added as a graduation requirement.? The test, which was first administered last year, was something of an unknown entity and was not part of the Kellogg High School student handbook?s graduation requirements ? which had some parents upset by the test staying as a requirement. However, the test is not something students should be terribly concerned about according to KHS government teacher Wayne Pfeifer, who was able to detail the specifics of the test to the News-Press. ?The test is a combination of 100 questions dealing with American government and United States history,? Pfeifer said. ?The state has left it up to each individual school district to create its own test, but it must include questions from a bank of questions the state included for us to use.? The state also left it up to each school district to decide what the percentage for passing the test is. Students are allowed to take the test as many times as needed until they pass the test. The paper test is very basic according to Pfeifer, who administers the test for students at KHS. ?There is no determination for when the test is given. It is left up to the person that is administering the test,? Pfeifer said. ?It is not a difficult test. I had about 15 students last year that had to retake it and all passed the test the second time.? See CIVICS, A8

?Animal House? Toga Party Friday, September 29th

Doors open at 6pm, Noah?s Loft, Kellogg | $35/Single ? $60/Couple

This ?WILD?, Fun Event includes dinner, one drink, LIVE and silent auction, while listening to music by Loose Gazoonz until 10pm! Don?t miss the opportunity to bid on a 2008 Toyota Prius, 7 nights in a private beach house on the Mexican Riveria and so much more!

Hosted by SILVER VALLEY CHAMBER Call 208.784.0821 or email Colleen at director@silvervalleychamber.com

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