Idaho

Workers Plan Rally Before Field Hearing

Paper mill workers and their allies plan to rally the troops for a June 3 parade in Lewiston as a prelude to a Senate subcommittee field hearing on the Endangered Species Act.

The Pulp and Paperworkers Resource Council is putting out the word on the rally to timber workers, ranchers, farmers and others from northern California to Montana.

Clyde Nicely of Lewiston, co-chairman of the council’s timber committee and a Pulp and Paperworkers International Union Local No. 712 member, said inquiries about the rally have come from as far away as Wyoming.

A parade of logging trucks and large vehicles will form up in neighboring Clarkston, Wash., and will be joined on the Lewiston side of the Snake River by floats and walkers through downtown.

Organizers plan a rally outside the Lewiston Ramada Inn with speakers who will describe negative experiences with the Endangered Species Act before the hearing begins.

The exact location of the Lewiston hearing remains uncertain pending approval of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said Mark Snider, a spokesman for Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho.



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