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Looking to get involved? Look no further

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter Volunteering can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do, and in Shoshone County it seems like the need for volunteers is always one of the biggest struggles that groups face when trying to do anything that could invoke even the slightest bit of change. Kellogg School District superintendent Woody Woodford saw this issue began looking into ways that it could be remedied. What he came up with was partnering with AmeriCorps and their VISTA program which has helped launch the Valley Volunteers program. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) engages more than 8,000 people annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. Shoshone County has an estimated cost of living of $58,277 (two-parents and two-children), but the median income is only $35,257. There is an estimated 16.5 percent of its Shoshone County residents living below the poverty line. For Kellogg School District 8 percent of the student population qualifies as homeless. These numbers are simply unacceptable and Woodford and the district?s motto of ?Our kids are worth whatever it takes? really embodies the action that has been taken. See VOLUNTEER, A4 Photo by JOSH MCDONALD Sue Hall and Shayleen Jerome stand outside the Kellogg School District Community Center. The mother/daughter duo recently began working for AmeriCorps VISTA and will be recruiting volunteers to work within the community.




Newborns to newlyweds: A couple born on the same day at the same Massachusetts hospital have exchanged vows more than two decades later. The Taunton Gazette reports that Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos got married Sept. 9. Each was born on April 28, 1990, at the same hospital in Taunton, about 40 miles south of Boston. The two grew up in communities a few miles apart before meeting through mutual friends in high school. Gomes says she and Bairos figured out they were born on the same day ?pretty early on? when they took a drivers education class together and saw the proof on their learner?s permits. She says it was love at first sight. ? Associated Press


Silver......................$16.59/oz. Gold...................$1,270.00/oz. Lead..............$2,585.00/tonne Zinc...............$3,370.00/tonne TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS- PRESS, CALL (208) 752-1120 © Copyright 2017 News-Press Vol. 33, No. 54 Web: shoshonenewspress.com Courtesy photo The National Resources Education Outreach made their final donation to the three local school districts last month. Pictured are NREO Director Doug Yrjana, NREO Director Lex Smith, Woody Woodford, Les Wells, Bob Ranells, and NREO Director Joe Guardipee. Not pictured is NREO Director Nick Hoffman.

One last donation

Natural Resources Education Outreach to dissolve after 12 years of providing funding

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter Last month the directors of the Natural Resources Education Outreach (NREO) met with the three local school district superintendents to provide each school with a check that is to be used for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs in each of the respective districts. NREO has been providing funding for education for 12 years, but will be dissolving after this donation as they feel they have accomplished their mission and reached the goals they had set for themselves. NREO director Lex Smith was thankful for the opportunity to serve the community and thank the support the group had received over the years. ?NREO had great support from the educational community in the Silver Valley, Coeur d?Alene and beyond,? Smith said. ?We also received very generous support from the mining community as well, both in the form of financial assistance as well as with providing outstanding educational opportunities for the many school teachers grades K-12 in the form of underground mine tours and surface operation tours. The teachers participating in our classes every year found these tours to be the highlights of our classes. NREO also enjoyed the generous support of Silver Valley Merchants and volunteers. Everyone working together made NREO possible. We could not have done it without them.? After making the decision to dissolve the organization, directors Smith, Nick Hoffman, Doug Yrjana, and Joe Guardipee made the decision to distribute the last $11,783.67 to the three Silver Valley school districts and to distribute it evenly in regards to school size and population. Forty percent to the Kellogg School District, 30 percent to the Wallace School District, and 30 percent to the Mullan School District ($4,713.47 to Kellogg See DONATION, A4

Timber harvest coming to I-90

Falling trees, poor visibility and fire risk prompt action

By BRIAN WALKER Hagadone News Network COEUR d'ALENE ? The scene along Interstate 90 from Rose Lake to Cataldo will change with a planned timber harvest. The sale by the Idaho Transportation Department will remove more than 500,000 board feet from 30 acres on both sides of the freeway in a 3-mile stretch. About 64,000 board feet will be left. "It's basically a clear cut," said Jeanne Bradley, a forestry resource supervisor for the Idaho Department of Lands that will perform the harvest for ITD. The harvest will likely occur next year. Bradley informed the Four-County Natural Resources Committee about the harvest at the Iron Horse restaurant in downtown Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday. She said the harvest is needed due to large amounts of dead and weak trees in the corridor. It's reached the point that trees have See TIMBER, A4



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