Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ICI-O and Special Olympics Idaho team up for a “Mega Event Fundraiser”

Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICI-O) has a goal of raising $10,000 for Special Olympics Idaho, and to get there, they are holding a Mega Event Fundraiser all day Saturday, July 30, at Ernie’s Steakhouse in Lewiston.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. and continues until 10 a.m.

“‘ICIO’s Mega Event Fundraiser’ is the largest fund raising event that we have done to date,” said Anthony Riccomini, Even Coordinator. 

“It will include a Jail Sit Challenge, Tip and Cop, Torch Run, inmate artwork auction, free parking lot carnival with carnival games, snow cones, and more! We will be out all day long raising awareness for Special Olympics Idaho,” said Riccomini.

The day begins with the Torch Run at 9 a.m. Athletes from the Special Olympics, along with representatives from the IDOC, local law enforcement, and the general public, will carry the Torch of Hope from North 40 Outfitters down Juniper Dr. to Nez Perce Dr., ending at Ernie’s Steakhouse around 10 a.m.

Law enforcement and Special Olympics athletes will compete to see who can acquire the largest dollar amount of pledges for their run. The top two law enforcement officials and top two athletes that receive the most will win the honor of taking turns running the torch. The general public is encouraged to run as well. 

No pledges are necessary, but a $10 entry fee ($20 with a Torch Run t-shirt) will be collected at the starting line the day of the event between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The arrival of the runners at Ernie’s Steakhouse will be the kick-off of the free parking lot carnival. There will be a bounce house, face painting, carnival games, prizes, and more. 

IDOC will have a “jail” set up, and will challenge the public to give up an hour of their freedom to sit in this “jail” for charity. 

At 11 a.m. Ernie’s will open for lunch and there will be law enforcement officers on hand to serve the guests for tips. All tips that are collected by the officers will go to the Special Olympics Idaho. (Officer tips are in addition to the servers tips). 

Inside Ernie’s you can check out the IDOC inmate artwork silent auction and place your bids. There will be a radio live remote, as well as a live band for your enjoyment.

Ernie’s Steakhouse is located at 2305 Nez Perce Dr. in Lewiston. To view details about each activity, print flyers and pledge forms, make donations, and view the artwork up for bid in the silent auction, visit

Friday, July 22, 2016

“The Stealing of Idaho’s Capital” at Pierce 1860 Days

The Historical Actors Consortium out of Lewiston will perform “The Stealing of Idaho’s Capital” during Pierce 1860 Days.

The Historical Actors Consortium from Lewiston will be coming to Pierce as part of Pierce 1860 Days. They will perform a play entitled “The Stealing of Idaho’s Capital” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Pierce Community Center. There is no admission fee.

This play will depict the historically accurate story of the beginning of Lewiston, and how it was the original capital of the Idaho Territory in 1863.

In 1865, disturbing and illegal events caused the capital to be moved to Boise. This is the only time in United States history this has happened.

You will meet hoteliers Hill Beachey and Madame Bonhore, along with Alonzo Leland, the tireless promoter of northern Idaho.

Other important Idaho pioneers will tell their stories, and the second Idaho Territorial Governor, Caleb Lyon, may even show up (if he isn’t run out of town…).

The actors who perform this place don’t use a stage—they create the play amongst the audience. You’ve probably never been to a performance like it!

Pictured here is Caleb Lyon, Idaho’s second Territorial Governor.

This is an Idaho Territory seal from 1863, when Lewiston was Idaho’s capital.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fun for the whole family at 1860 Days Aug. 5-7

Who’s good at Pie-Eating? Got a talent for creating the culinary masterpiece using berries or cherries? How about slinging buckets of water? Then, we are looking for you! 

Pierce 1860 Days will be chock-full of awesome games and contests, guaranteed to get everyone involved. Just check this list out: Berry/Cherry Bake-Off - Bring your bestest, most beautiful treat to the contest Friday, August 5, and you might just win some cool cash. 

On Saturday, bet on a Duck in the Ducky Derby (sponsored by the Timberline Girls’ Basketball Team), and watch your duck float to victory (cash involved here, too). 

The Studio 205 Stick-Horse Roundup gives kids a chance at a variety of ‘horsey’ talents, all on Main Street, for coveted ribbons.

Have a knack for Dutch oven cooking? Sign up at The Outback to show off your finest Dutch oven accomplishments for bragging rights and cash prizes.

All the while on Main Street, there are many fun contests to join and stay cool! Pierce Hardware hosts the Ping Pong Ball Drop, a long-time 1860 Days tradition, all kids are welcome, with prizes galore. 

Have you ever, ever, experienced our amazing Water Balloon Toss, complete without many rules, just the last duo to have their water balloon intact! Really, this has to be enjoyed on a hot afternoon. 

Last, on Saturday, is another wet one. Gather up your team of six and sign up for the Bucket Brigade Contest - team of six; 2 over 21, two under 12, and two of any age…race to fill an empty barrel with puny one-gallon buckets. The best thing is the spilling!

Sunday might seem like a slow day (starts off that way), and then it all amps up after 1 p. m! How ‘bout the old fashioned Kids’ Sack Race, Three-Legged Race, and the now famous Pie-Eating contest, for Kids and Adult Kids. This should not be missed. Oh, and yes, another rousing Water Balloon Toss!

Don’t miss the fun; please pick up one of our 1860 Days programs, available almost everywhere. The schedule of events is posted on, along with parade and vendor forms. The schedule can also be seen on 

There is much more, so read the next chapter next week! See you in Pierce Aug. 5-7!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Wasden urges business owners to guard against Attorney General email scam

(Boise) – Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning business owners to be on the lookout for emails sent by scammers posing as representatives from his office.

The emails indicate they were sent by the Attorney General, are generically addressed to “Business Owner” and inform recipients a complaint has been filed against them, Wasden said. 

The messages also include a link that purports to take recipients to a document that can be used to respond to the complaint. But the link is actually a zip file that installs a computer virus used to obtain sensitive information to help perpetrate identity theft and fraud, Wasden said.

“This is no different than any other scam that uses the names of government or law enforcement agencies in an effort to dupe consumers,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Constituents and business owners need to know that my office will never send unsolicited emails about complaints.”

Wasden said a business owner from northern Idaho notified the Consumer Protection Division last week after receiving a sham email. Similar email scams incorporating Attorneys General have been reported in other states, including recently in Illinois and Maryland. 

Consumers are encouraged not to open these emails or click on any links. Wasden said consumers should delete the emails and contact his office to report the scam.

The Consumer Protection Division can be reached at 1-800-432-3545.