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Orofino woman killed while riding bicycle on Highway 12

   Theresa A. Grossklaus, 66, of Orofino, was killed on Highway 12 Friday morning after she was hit by a pickup while riding her bicycle on Highway 12, according the Idaho State Police (ISP).

   Grossklaus was riding a bicycle in the far right eastbound lane on Highway 12 on July 18. At 10:18 a.m., near milepost 43.5, a 2011 Dodge pickup driven by 51-year-old Mitchell Jared of Pierce struck Grossklaus, according to ISP. Jared was driving in the same lane as Grossklaus.

   Grossklaus was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was wearing a helmet, according to ISP.

Unfinished Greer log house a total loss after Tuesday fire

The pictures below show a 3,200-square-foot log house, still under construction, that was gutted by fire yesterday (Tuesday, July 15). The house was deemed a total loss.

The fire started at 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Owners Richard and Christine Betts, who moved to the area from Seattle, WA, had just returned to Orofino when someone in Greer called them to say, "You'd better get back here, I think your house is on fire."

The house rests on 106 acres the couple purchased from local resident Randy Hollibaugh. According to Richard Betts, the house's windows were handmade on Friday Harbor Island, near Seattle.

A long driveway, lined with wooden fence, leads up to the house, and a gate at the start of the driveway reads, "Pen Found Estates."

The couple had recently built a barn, but it was far enough away from the house that the flames didn't reach it.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

One of the pictures below shows the house before the fire. The rest are either during or after the fire.