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Local officials to meet with ITD over U.S. 95

Weiser Signal American of Weiser, Idaho

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State transportation officials coming to WeiserAug. 18 to talk about safety, passing lanes

A state lawmaker and local leaders may have at least gotten the ear of the Idaho Transportation Department concerning what they say are safety issues on U.S. Highway 95.

ITD engineers are meeting with city and county lawmakers and District 9 legislators in Weiser on Aug. 18 to discuss the stretch of U.S. 95 between Weiser and Payette.

Jennifer Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for ITD, said the meeting is an information-gathering session and is not a public meeting.

She said no upgrades to the stretch of U.S. 95 between Weiser and Payette are on the transportation department's schedule for the next five years.

"We do this with cities, counties and jurisdictions quite often," Gonzalez said.

District 9 Rep. Ryan Kerby, a Republican from New Plymouth Quilts of Valor," she said.

Goff presented the quilt she made to veteran Wayne Burian, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1976 and in Vietnam in 1966-1967. He said it was a great honor to receive a quilt. He said he would accept the quilt in the memory of two servicemen in his unit who were killed by friendly fire.

Another quilt made by the Wonky Weiser Quilters and Trina Leininger was presented to Ira Briggs, a veteran of three wars — World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Briggs served in the U.S. Air Corps and then the U.S. Air Force.

Briggs was unable to attend and two of his children, Dorcee Briggs and Wade Briggs, accepted the quilt on his behalf.

"Please convey to Ira how much we appreciate his service and sacrifice," Leininger said.

Veteran Brian Guilleff received a quilt pieced together and stitched by Connie Lang. He served in the U.S. Army from September 1966 through July of 1969.

He said Vietnam veterans hold a lot of mixed feelings about the war but they try to get over them and go on. He worked as a contractor in Iraq and said people should be thinking about veterans from that recent war.

"Our day is come and gone. We need to think about them," he said.

Joseph Jacobs, a veteran of the U.S. Army, served from 1968 to May of 1970. He said his return from Vietnam was not a pleasant one and returning servicemen were spat on and cursed at. He said he was grateful and humbled to receive a quilt from Linda Smith, who made it.

The Weiser Elks Lodge No. 1683 paid for the dinners for all veterans attending the event at the senior center. The state Elks organization donated $400 to the local Quilts of Valor program to buy more materials to sew more quilts.

The evening ended with Mike Adamsen, of Fruitland, playing Taps, while a local color guard retired the colors. Adamsen is the bugler for the Payette-Weiser VFW Post.

The Quilts of Valor began in 2004 in the kitchen of Catherine Roberts in honor of her son, who was serving in Iraq. To date, quilters across America have presented 122,121 quilts to veterans.

The senior center will accept donations for the Quilts of Valor program and 100 percent goes to buy materials for local quilters.

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Original Publication Date: August 12, 2015

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