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April 10, 2014 Front Page
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April 10 Poll Results
Cursive in Schools
Do you feel that schools should teach children cursive handwriting?

82% Yes. (49)
17% No. (10)
  2% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Keeping history alive
    Richard Pomponio, or Tia, as most folks know him, spent his early childhood years growing up on the beautiful North Fork of the Clearwater River. When his mother, Viola, went into labor with him on the Fourth of July, his father, Bill, used a crank phone at their log cabin on the river to call Elk River resident Leonard Foster. He owned the Elk River grocery store, meat market, was the town electrician and also an excellent pilot. Tia’s mother and father drove to Elk River, where she was flown to Moscow in Leonard’s plane. Tia was born July 6, 1943. The family also included sister Penny, the oldest of the Pomponio children, and brother Billy, who was 13 months older than Tia. (Billy was unable to pronounce Richard so called his baby brother Tia instead, a name that stuck.) Another brother was born 12 years later, Bobby. Both of Tia’s brothers are still loggers in Campbell River, British Columbia. Tia has many fond reminiscences of life on the North Fork, where his father worked for Potlatch building roads. The three Pomponio children have early memories of swimming and hiking up and down the river. By the time each child was six-years-old they were able to swim like ducks, with their father being the one responsible for teaching his children how to swim. Remembering back to playing along the banks of the river as young children Tia says, “We survived.” Another Potlatch worker and good family friend, Perd Hughes, also lived with the family. “The cabin was always called the Perd Hughes cabin but my parents built it in 1939,” explains Tia. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4-7A.

  • Council chambers filled to capacity at work session meeting
    At the last city council meeting, council member Swayne had asked to examine more closely the dispatcher contract between the city and the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The city pays $46,000 per year for dispatcher services rendered on the weekends for Orofino Police Department (OPD). Swayne believed the dispatch contract was expensive and left a lot of liability to the city. It was stated that the county was not obligated to provide these services for the city, even though the agencies work together in many cases. It was also stated that there were services the county provided that the city was not charged for, such as the fire dispatch. Police Chief Wilson informed the council that the amount had been $52,000 at one point, reduced to $50,000 by Sheriff Goetz, and later renegotiated to $46,000 by City Administrator Laam, because OPD was answering more of their own calls.
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  • Starting a business? Contact SCORE
    Simon Mahler, head of the Tri-Cities SCORE Chapter, spoke to the chamber members at the April 2, Orofino Chamber of Commerce meeting. SCORE is a federal funded non profit company that started in 1964 to help small businesses start up or to help small businesses that are struggling.  There are 340 chapters nation wide and the Tri-Cities chapter is now the largest chapter in the country and serves more counties and states in SCORE. SCORE is a federally funded organization, but since the Tri-Cities chapter only receives a small amount most of the work done is volunteer. Mahler took over the Tri-Cities chapter in June of 2013, and saved it from closing all together. Four months prier to Simon taking over there was 143 requests for help in the Tri-Cities and no requests were met. This SCORE chapter is the only chapter that has mentors, one even from Boulder, CO., which is the number one town in the United States for start up businesses.
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  • Jesse Lynch's Jazz 101 concert is Sunday
    As a pianist, composer, arranger, improviser, and educator, Jess Lynch who is in concert in Orofino Sunday afternoon, regularly performs in any number of musical styles. This talented trio will crank up the heat on stage with explosive energy and electrifying technique in the sounds of Joplin, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats. Hear Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101 live on stage at the Orofino High School starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.  Admission is by membership or $25 at the door for adults and $10 for children. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • CMPL staff recoginzed for service
    April 13-19 is National Library Week, and the Clearwater Memorial Public Library Friends would like to recognize the library director, Ellen Tomlinson, and her staff of seven for the services and hospitality that they provide to the library patrons. Ellen’s main staff includes Ginger Rowland, Marcia Player, Shanon Jones, Calvin Main, Jessica Long, Sheila Roberts, and Jamee Williams. The library is running smoothly and very welcoming. Each person provides routine services to patrons, and each person has responsibilities particular to their post and the complexity of the work that must be done. Ellen Tomlinson, as the director of CMPL, supervises the staff and leads the library in ongoing and rapid technological changes. CMPL is a member of the Valnet Consortium of fifty libraries, which hugely expands the collection available to patrons. The library provides enhanced wireless access and has recently added access to Overdrive. Overdrive provides a greater collection of eBooks and eAudio files for downloads to patrons’ personal reading and listening devices. The library’s new copy machine can also scan documents to an email address, and the library website has recently been recreated, preparing to celebrate 65 years of service in our area. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Former Clearwater County couple to celebrate 74th anniversary
    Albert and Clella Carr will be celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary with their family and friends this year in Cleveland, TN, on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corner Stone Church of God, 2823 South Lee Highway in Cleveland. Everyone who knows them is welcome to attend. Albert has not been feeling well off and on this last year, but with Clella by his side taking care of him they are making it another wonderful year together. Albert G. Carr was born on Upper Fords Creek Road in Orofino Dec. 7, 1921 to, Valley Gordon Carr and Ada Shelburn Carr. Clella D. Millage was born on the Nez Perce Prairie in Nez Perce to William Millage and Mary Alice Sanford Millage on April 8, 1925. They met at the Lumberjack Days in Orofino when Albert was 18 years old and Clella was 15 years old. They ran off to Lewiston, where they were married. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Rotary accepting outstanding citizen nominations
    The Orofino Rotary Club is now accepting nominations for its annual Outstanding Citizen Award. This award will be presented in May to the individual who best illustrates Rotary’s motto of “Service about Self.” To recognize a deserving person for their service to our community, please complete a nomination form and justification letter by May 2. Nomination forms are available at Camas Financial Services, Edward Jones, or at the Rotary Club of Orofino’s website at
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  • Board hears from city annexaction opponents
    The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at their March 31 meeting met with Mike Walk, Joe Chapman, Ken Harvey and Don Konkol regarding the proposed City of Orofino annexation. The Idaho Code statutory requirements were reviewed. The BOCC can offer input on the proposal but does not have jurisdiction over the city. Ms. Angela Vander Pas submitted maps of the proposed annexation sites and a map with the city limits plus the area of city impact. The citizens read their testimony that was presented at the City P&Z Commission hearing on the subject. The citizens stated they are protesting the annexation of properties on Riverside and the Konkolville area into the City of Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Contract for sewage treatment facilities draws questions
    Board members and patrons of the Orofino/Whiskey Creek Water and Sewer District met with City Council members in a Special Meeting held April 7, to discuss the contract between them and whether or not the District should be obligated to pay the Sewer Reserve fee that was implemented by the City in October of 2013. Dave Owsley, Chairman of the Orofino/ Whiskey Creek District stated that the reserve fund was not mentioned in the contract for sewage treatment which was signed in January of 2005. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Lewiston cold cases killings are revisited on TV
    The case of 12-year-old Asotin girl Christina White, who disappeared in the late 1970’s after leaving the Asotin County Fair, is the starting point for an episode of Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Dark Minds,” a true crime program scheduled to air at 9 p. m. Wednesday, April 9. No trace of White has been found. The show airs on Dish Network channel 192, Direct TV channel 285, and on channel 355 for Cable One digital subscribers. This “Dark Minds” episode is called “The Phantom of the Civic Theatre.”
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  • Vehicle rollover claims life of five-year-old
    A five-year-old Lapwai child was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. 95 Saturday, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Bianca G. Sekayouma, 38, of Lapwai, on April 5 was traveling south on U.S. 95 in a 2006 Jeep Commander. With her in the vehicle were Mia N. Martinez, 7, and Maya J. Martinez, 5, both of Lapwai. At 8:24 p.m., near milepost 295, Sekayouma failed to negotiate a right curve, according to ISP. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole, and rolled multiple times. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Post Falls hiker found in good health
    A 67-year-old Post Falls woman went on a walk at about 5 p.m. April 3 and didn’t return, inspiring a call to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office at 10:36 p.m. the same day. She was found the next morning, in good health. Arlene Kay Finkle hiked a trail that went from Dent Acres Campground to the Dent Group Camp.
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  • Clearwater County Democratic Party Caucus April 17
    Marguerite McLaughlin, Chair of the Clearwater County Democratic Party, invites the public to attend a caucus in Orofino on Thursday, April 17, and help select Clearwater County’s delegates to the Idaho Democratic Party State Convention, to be held in Moscow June 20-22. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Idaho Democrats to get involved with the Party and have a real say in selecting our party platform for the 2014 election cycle,” said McLaughlin. The caucus will be held in the Joint School District 171 Conference Room at 1051 Michigan Ave.  The event begins at 5 p.m. and the caucus begins promptly at 6 p.m.
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  • OCS carwash Friday, April 11
    Bring your car to the parking lot of the Orofino Country Store at the west end of Michigan Avenue, between the Orofino bridge and Sunset Mart here in Orofino, this Friday, April 11, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Orofino’s Clean and Sober (OCS) family-style community center wants to wash your car for you! There is no set price for this service; the cost to you will be set by your donation only and will help our Center stay up and running. OCS Drop-In Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, so, if you please, ask for a receipt for tax purposes for 2014 and we will happily give you one for your records.
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  • Fraser news
    I received a telephone call from Everett and Barbara Martin last week. They were familiar with the Café in Weippe that was mentioned in the article about Donna Jackson’s life. In fact there is a picture of the Weippe Café and Service Station and a write up about all the owners in a book at the Weippe Heritage Museum. It was built on the corner next to the old theater; the Lucky Inn now stands on that location. WE met Everett at the Museum on Friday and found out more information about that business. It was built in 1934 by Bill and Della Bisson; in 1943 it was operated by Everett’s father Leo Martin. Eldon Hutchins owned it for several years then sold it to Arline and Whitey Vanderpool and Bill and Bea Bonner in 1948. The last people to operate it in 1950 were Roy and Pat Soule. Everett remembered the happy smile on Donna’s face when Bill would stop by the Café to see her. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last Saturday I had the pleasure of spending the day with the cadets from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy outside of the dining hall. The cadets were doing a service to the community of Weippe by helping to clean up our town. All 80 cadets came to pick up garbage in the city and out on the back roads. They first met at the Mini Park and then were sent out in groups to different areas including the roads around the Deyo Reservoir, Chapman Pond, the bow hunters club, out by the rodeo grounds on Musselshell Road, and all over town. The cadets had great attitudes and worked hard to tidy up our little town! While the weather was a little bit nippy, for the most part it cooperated with us as we spent a wonderful day outdoors. I really enjoyed seeing the youth working together and enjoying their time in Weippe!
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  • Pierce news
    This Saturday, April 12, the awesome Pierce 1860 Days Bake Sale takes place from 8am until 2 or so, in front of Blue Moose. If you can donate your favorite baked goods, we appreciate this! If you wish to buy baked goods (maybe to help your Easter brunch menu?) the 1860 Days committee thanks you so much. It should be a fun day, so stop on by and say hi and help us put on another super 1860 Days in August. Our next meeting for 1860 Days is Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m., at Pierce Community Center. We always welcome new volunteers, and no one is ever a stranger.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for April 10
    Hunting is generally a fall activity, however, there are a few spring hunts in Idaho that provide a great opportunity to get outside in what is often really nice weather. Turkey hunting has already opened for youth aged 10-15. The youth season runs from April 8-April 14. The general turkey season opens April 15. With turkey populations currently very high, there should be plenty of opportunity to put one on the table. However, since many turkeys spend most of their time on private property, now is a good time to ask for permission for the general hunt.

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