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Updated December 16 at 2:30 p.m.


Updated December 16 at 2:30 p.m.

December 11, 2014 Front Page
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December 11 Poll Results
Terror Threat from
CIA Torture Reports

Do you think it likely a terrorist act will result from the report on brutal interrogation tactics utilized by the CIA in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks?

16% I think it’s probable a terrorist attack will result from this. (7)
16% I don’t think an attack will result from this. (7)
44% Even if an attack doesn’t result, release of this report will only fuel the hatred of extremists. (19)
21% I’m not sure, but I approve of the report being released. (9)
  2% I don’t know. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • And the Oscar goes to...Maureen O'Hara!
    If you’re familiar with classic film actress Maureen O’Hara, you’re probably wondering why we have pictures of her on this month’s Savvy Senior pages. The Orofino lady we had planned on to be December’s Savvy Senior had to cancel her interviews, due to health reasons. We hope we’ll be able to interview her at a later date; but upon being notified of this latest cancellation, it became clear it wasn’t going to work out for the month of December. Right around the same time—perhaps even a couple of days prior—a published writer named Nick Thomas e-mailed with an offer about a recent interview he had conducted with classic film actress Maureen O’Hara. Thomas explained that O’Hara now lives in Boise, with family, and in November was presented with an Honorary Oscar. Her manager arranged for Thomas to interview her. We decided to make that inter-view our Savvy Senior article for December. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4-6A.

  • Stuff the Bus hauls in 2,480 pounds of food
    A generous community gave to those in need Dec. 5 by donating 2,480 pounds of staple food items and paper products to the 4th annual KLER Stuff the Bus. Along with members of Orofino High School Key Club, KLER hosted the event for the fourth year with big results. A School District 171 bus was set up at local grocery stores Glenwood IGA and Barney’s Harvest Foods. During a two hour live remote broadcasts at each location, listeners were encouraged to come by the stores and purchase canned items, boxed foods, or paper products that would be donated to the three local food banks in Orofino. KLER Radio General Manager Jeff Jones said, “All the Key Club members who participated and our staff at the station were extremely happy with the generosity of the people who came by our bus. It wasn’t uncommon to see shoppers come out of the stores with a cart full of groceries, and leave them with the bus.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Council seeks more information for Jan. 6 work session
    City Council met for a work session Dec. 2, to discuss the issues of a mobile vendor’s business license and the possibility of purchasing a courtesy car for the pilots’ use at the airport to come into town. However, questions led to bigger questions and they tabled both until more details were available. Council members Mark Swayne and Don Gardner each submitted rough drafts to the council to be considered when drawing up an encompassing mobile vendor’s license. Some of the areas addressed in the rough drafts were the vendors’ capability of being moved within two hours’ notice, specific location, requirements and restrictions. For vendors wanting to sell from private property, a written letter of consent from the owner would be required. For food vendors, the business license is valid only upon the issuance of a food service permit from the district’s Public Health Department and access to restroom facilities with hot water available for hand washing for employees. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Campground and cabin rental fees to increase on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
    Regional Forester Faye Krueger recently approved the recommendation from the Coeur d’Alene Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee (BLM RAC) to increase recreation fees for several sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests. The decision to increase fees was based on recommendations by a Recreation Fee Analysis (RFA) in 2011. This was in response to the combination of the two forests’ recreation program and to severely declining budgets. Public involvement related to the RFA process yielded significant concerns about the proposal to consider concessionaire management but yielded very little concern about raising fees. The proposed sites have recently received significant investment to improve visitor services. Effective Dec. 1, amenity fees increased at 24 campgrounds, one visitor center, and four lookout/cabin rentals on the forests. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • 6C Idaho Facebook group Christmas 911 fundraising drawing winners
    The 6C Idaho Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/6CIdaho/) closed out the Christmas 911 fundraiser Dec. 5 with 2,124 members being entered into the drawing. We raised $325 and would like to thank our donors: Beverly Farrow Latham, Heather Smathers, Kathy Deyo, Lorena powers, Gary Graham, Kylie Latham, Margie Hollibaugh, and Barb Seeley. You are all much appreciated. All funds are being donated to the Christmas 911 Fund to help families in need during the Christmas holidays. A special thanks goes out to Beverly Farrow Latham for setting up an account for our group at LCCU, where people were able to get extra entries for the drawing at five dollars each. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Join Orofino Physical Therapy in supporting the Ronald McDonald House
    Orofino Physical Therapy (OPT) invites you to join them in supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane this holiday season. OPT’s fundraiser is called Stuff the Stocking. You have until Friday, Dec. 19 to stop by OPT at 1005 Michigan Ave. with your monetary donation; or you may bring in an item from OPT’s holiday wish list below. Welcome item donations include: kid’s clothing for preemies, newborns, ages three to six months, six to nine months, 12 to 18 months, 24 months, toddlers ages two to four, and kids ages five to 12; socks and slipper socks; and teen clothing such as sweatshirts, T-shirts, and socks. Naturally, toys are more than welcome. Needed are toys for ages infant through 10, 23 years and up, and books. Gifts for adults are needed as well.
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  • Maniacs open season with win over Salmon River
    The Maniacs opened their season with a nonleague match up at home against Salmon River of Riggins. Orofino shot 53 percent on the night with four players hitting double digit points. Bayley Noah a sophomore for Orofino led the Maniacs with 24 points and nine rebounds while senior Brendon Judd collected 22 points with 10 assists. Junior Hayden Wilson and senior Drake Kuykendall each added 12 points each in the 88-57 victory over the Savages. The Maniac defense in the first half allowed Salmon River to connect on seven three-pointers but the second half the Maniacs came out a lot tighter and outscored the Savages. The Lady Maniacs traveled to Kooskia for a nonleague match up against the Rams. Orofino came up short of a victory 40-61. Senior Jordyn Howell led the Maniacs with 14 points, while freshman Shay Kuykendall was right behind her with 12 of her own points. Orofino’s JV team defeated the Rams 35-32. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Lady Spartans have a week of league matchups
    On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Lady Spartans traveled to Moscow for a Whitepine League Division II matchup against the Logos. The Knights led 3-16 after the first quarter and the Spartans had a hard time keeping up but did put up 25 points in the fourth quarter, bringing the score 50-64. The Spartans were led by Lacey Bonner, who put up 12 points and Kassi Jared with 11 points on the night.
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  • Lady Maniacs fall to CV Rams
    The Lady Maniacs traveled to Kooskia for a nonleague match up against the Rams. Orofino came up short of a victory 40-61. Senior Jordyn Howell led the Maniacs with 14 points while freshman Shay Kuykendall was right behind her with 12 of her own points. Orofino’s JV team defeated the Rams 35-32. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • School Board meets Dec. 15
    The Joint District 171 School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Orofino High School. Topics under the consent agenda include the approval of minutes, the payment of bills, financial reports for Timberline, OJSHS and OES, surplus items, and resignation of Sherri Cooper IDYCA Food Service (manager position only). The last item under consent agenda are new hires Clarissa Beaurgward PSR (two new students), Carol Tighe PSR (replace Ward), Zackery Strong FS TS .25 FTE (re-placement) and Meagon Cochran Aide OES .45 FTE (new). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Lifeline Food Pantry receives donations
    Lifeline Food Pantry, which provided food for over 600 people in November, received significant donations from community members this holiday season. The Boy Scouts were the first to help line the pantry shelves. They gave items from their annual canned food drive. The next large provision came when KLER Radio and the Orofino High School Key Club held a “Stuff the Bus” collection Dec. 5. They supplied Lifeline with a portion of the gifts received. Then, Debco and its employees contributed during their Christmas party. Donations like these help keep Lifeline operating. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • From this Chair
    Orofino turned into a Winter Wonderland this past weekend with the lighting of the Christmas tree at Cannon Park surrounded by beautiful decorations in Orofino City Park and Heritage Park. The lights in the three parks located near each other create a strikingly beautiful picture as a person enters Orofino. Avista and Clearwater Power put up the lights on the magnificent spruce tree in Cannon Park that were turned on for the Orofino Christmas Festival. The Christmas parade was held Friday night and businesses were lit up for the occasion. Open houses were held to usher in the Christmas holiday. The only thing missing from ‘town square’ was snow. The ground was bare and temperatures were fairly warm. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago - Alma Stalnaker filed a lawsuit against two tenants representing the Reliance Shingle Co. of North Hollywood, California, for not paying their rent. She claimed she leased the company a piece of land between the Northfork highway above Ahsahka and the North Fork of the Clearwater River. The two officers with the company were Gordon C. Hicks and Orville F. Easterly. Stalnaker claimed the company remained in possession of the land, de-spite unpaid rent in the amount of $400. The lease was arranged six years ago, in April of 1948. 70 Years Ago - The Idaho Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the Clearwater County District Court conviction of Corbett (Bob) Miller, 30, who recently appealed his manslaughter conviction in the slaying of his sister, Betty Malero, in January. The majority opinion written by Justice Raymond L. Givens denied the contention of Miller’s attorney, J.H. Felton of Moscow, that the trial judge erred. The court did order that Miller’s minimum sentence be reduced to one year. He was originally sentenced to serve four to 10 years. The shooting occurred “following a drinking revelry." To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Mexican dinner this Sunday at St. Theresa's
    The Youth Group of St. Theresa of the Little Flower Catholic Church will be offering a Mexican dinner this coming Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Catholic Church from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lilia and Sacarias Guitron of Fiesta en Jalisco is graciously spearheading the fundraiser, proceeds of which will go to the Youth Group’s fund for World Youth Day participation to be held in Krakow, Poland in 2016. An authentic Mexican menu of tamales, beef-potato stew, beans, rice, and cornbell pepper cream cheese soup will be offered for a suggested minimum donation of $10. For those who love the authentic taste of tamales, crave no more.
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  • Fraser news
    The warm temperatures and the rain in the Fraser Community have eliminated what little snow that was on the ground. We would like to have a white Christmas but we would still prefer that Old Man Winter wait a little longer before he points his icy fingers in our direction. I love the change of the seasons and have always enjoyed shoveling the snow off the sidewalk to our front door. So far I haven’t found this type of exercise a problem, but I hear as we get older the handle of the snow shovel may not fit our gloved hands as well as it used to. The thought of a real winter storm makes me shiver; we can do without the storms that have hit the state of New York until after the holidays are over. The Christmas Season is a busy time of year and here in the Fraser community the colorful lights and decorations add a festive touch as the days grow shorter. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Those celebrating birthdays next week are Mike Jackson and Logan Strong on Dec. 15, Marty Schlader on Dec. 16, Sherry Schlader, Jerry Moore, Kylie Morris and Olyvia Denison on Dec. 17, Chris Lange and Oreta Stuart on Dec. 18, and Penny (Wolfe) Ross on Dec. 20. Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Miller will be celebrating their anniversary Dec. 19. Happy days to you all! It is the season for celebrating! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce-Weippe ATV Trail Riders will be hosting “Christmas for Kids” this Saturday. Santa arrives at the ATV Club House at 5 p.m., and will stay until 8 p.m. Young or old, come by and enjoy the lights and fellowship. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The Hilltop Food Pantry will be open this Friday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for food distribution. Thanks again to those who have contributed so much during our recent can drive; we should be able to help everyone have a good holiday. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 11

    Man and his technology have come a long way since Idaho became a state. Hunting today isn’t about survival; it’s about pursuing a form of recreation, a sport. Like all sports, hunting has its rules. In mid-October of this year, Idaho Department of Fish and Game conservation officers came across three individuals who were attempting to use a combination of modern technologies to gain an unfair advantage in their pursuit of wild game. Their actions not only violated the concept of fair chase, but a number of actual hunting regulations.

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