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Orofino Father, Son Convicted in Artifacts Case

BOISE, Idaho — Federal prosecutors say a father and son from Orofino have pleaded guilty to digging up tribal artifacts on federal land along the Salmon River. Prosecutors say 67-year-old Eddie Leroy Anderson and 33-year-old Eddie Joseph Anderson Junior each pleaded guilty this week to a misdemeanor. The two men were charged with knowingly digging holes, sifting soil and looking for arrowheads in April 2009. Their activity took place without a permit in the Salmon River Canyon near the mouth of Graves Creek. The crime is considered a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum prison term of one year and a fine up to $10,000. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Stimulus Helps Idaho Organize Road Artifacts

BOISE, Idaho - State and local governments in the Northwest have used stimulus grants to modernize and build new roads and bridges. But an Idaho state agency has found a surprising use for part of its stimulus money. For more than 40 years, the Idaho Transportation Department has been doing little archaeological digs at the sites of new road projects. It has found some interesting things. Marc Münch: “Arrowheads. Other stone tools. Maybe the barrel of a small revolver.” Marc Münch is the state’s highway archaeologist. He says the agency stored thousands of found objects at its office in Boise. Marc Münch: “You know, when you use federal funds, you have to curate your artifacts properly and s

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