Earthmother may get a $ 65,000 facelift. There are plans to bronze the sculpture at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.
“Earth Mother had several nose jobs,” says Slate Creek artist Nancy N. Dreher, referring to the five or six times she had to fix the statue for vandalism.
Cosmetic surgeries aren’t cheap. Charles Craddock, park manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Clarkston, says the cost of a rhinoplasty is about $ 800. The corps commissioned the statue in 1979 and maintains it.
Dreher’s sculpture – called Tsceminicum, which means water connection – shows the Earth Mother with the Seven Devils and the animals that are native to the Snake and Clearwater Lands behind her.
Operation Wish Book, a program aimed at bringing new books to the needs of economically disadvantaged youth, distributed 1,269 books to 61 locations in Lewiston, Clarkston and Asotin this year.
The books were distributed to 756 children at the Christmas Connection, and the remainder were distributed to the Community Action Food Bank in Lewiston and the Asotin County Food Bank in Clarkston.
Operation Wish Book was established by the Idaho Council of the International Reading Association and has served the Boise area for several years. This is the second year in the Lewiston-Clarkston area. About 400 books were distributed last year.