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Updated September 22 at 4:30 p.m.


Updated September 22 at 4:30 p.m.

September 18, 2014 Front Page
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September 11 Poll Results
Senate Control
Do you think Democrats will keep control of the U.S. Senate in November’s election?

25% Yes, I think they will. (11)
64% No, I don’t think they will. (29)
11% I’m not sure. (5)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Food vendor regulations leave bad taste in the mouths of city council
    Greg and Brenda Grimshaw spoke to the council in hopes to open a drive through type of business selling their food which they found to be highly favored during their time working at the Orofino Farmers Market. The location they had hoped to utilize was located on a private lot next to Becky’s Nail Salon on Michigan Ave. and owned by the Atkinsons. The Grimshaws were planning to construct a modular unit at their residence on Upper Fords Creek Road and transfer the unit to the site downtown. “We have been highly successful during the Farmers market for the past two years. We want to move to the next business level, which would be operating more hours and more days per week. We have been working with Jacob from the Health Department conforming to all the laws that the state requires of us. During the process we have run into several roadblocks in our pursuit. We’re here to resolve any concerns or problems to move on with our future plans.” The Grimshaws had contacted the state inspector who regulates the construction of modular units, to include framing, plumbing, heating, electrical and all structural areas before the structures are complete.
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  • Some areas on Riverside left without electricity after car collides with power pole
    Alcohol was suspected to be a factor in a crash on Riverside Monday morning in which a vehicle struck a power pole next to Barney’s Harvest Foods, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The wreck occurred on 130th Street. CCSO received the report at 10:19 a.m. Sept. 15, and responded to the scene. Eleanor R. Thomason, 75, of Orofino, had been driving a 2011 Toyota Highlander when she left the roadway and sheared off a power pole, according to CCSO. Power was lost to Barney’s, to King’s Discount Store nearby, and to several Riverside residences.
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  • Minimal damage is caused by electrical fire
    Orofino Fire Department responded to an electrical fire just off of Indio Ave. in Plank’s Trailer Park on Friday evening, Sept. 12, between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. The fire could have caused a lot more damage due to all the electrical being inside the walls of the old trailer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Missing item from AAA Precision Tool construction site
    Part of AAA Precision Tool’s new building, currently under construction on Highway 7 (not far from the turnoff to Orofino High School), is missing. The item, called a curb, is used to mount an air conditioner on a metal roof. It is believed to have gone missing between Friday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 8. The curb is worth about $1,100, according to Orofino Police Department, except if it is sold as scrap; then it is only worth about $5. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • "Capital for a Day" in Lenore
    Please join Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for “Capital for a Day” in Lenore on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lenore Community Center. State officials joining Governor Otter include: First Lady Lori Otter; Lt. Governor Brad Little; Administrator Sam Haws, Idaho Commission on Aging; and Board Member Bill Goesling, Idaho State Board of Education.
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  • Commissioners tour Dent Bridge Road, Wells Bench
    The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) earlier this month toured Dent Bridge and Wells Bench Roads to examine the road surface’s condition with all the extra truck traffic, as these roads are the detour around some of the Grangemont Road construction. The speed limit has been dropped to 20 mph and 15 mph for trucks through the narrow part on Wells Bench Road. Road crews will be working on patching on the Dent Bridge Road. Trucks on Wells Bench Road have been reminded to adhere to the new speed limits.
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  • Orofino residents injured in wreck
    Two Orofino residents were injured in a collision near Royal City, WA Sept. 11, according to the Washington State Patrol. Gary Beck, 61, and his passenger, 68-year-old Fukuko Beck, were westbound on Highway 26 at 10:45 a.m. in a 2013 Honda Accord. About one mile east of Royal City, a 2006 Honda CRV, driven by 91-year-old Nellie Sheriff of Othello, WA, failed to yield the right-of-way as it was northbound on Road E SW.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Evelyn Wells
    I would like to express my sincere thanks to the staff of Lodge at River’s Edge for finding and returning my center diamond stone. Words cannot express my appreciation enough. To the Pippengers, you have provided a group of Tri-Citians as well as transplanted “Maniacs” an outstanding facility in which to stay. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Moonlite Magic Ladies Shop Hop Oct. 4
    The first annual Moonlite Magic Ladies Shop Hop in Downtown Orofino will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, 4 to 7 p.m. The event will feature 25 participating vendors and merchants, with some of the merchants and vendors donating a portion of their proceeds to the Cindy Grimm fund. There will also be a drawing for a gift basket, with money raised going to the fund. Tickets for the drawing can be purchased at Krystal Café. The event will have gifts, a grand prize, shopping, drawings, drinks, food, chocolate and lots of fun. There will also be a Vendor Punch-card, with completed cards being eligible for the grand prize.
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  • Maniacs intercept the win over the Wildcats
    Friday night, Sept. 12, the Orofino Maniacs went head to head with the Kellogg Wildcats, coming up victorious on the night 41-13. Even though the Clearwater County Fair was in town the stands were still loaded with the town supporters to watch this Maniac team jump all over the Wildcats. The Maniacs were off to a slow start in the first half, taking almost the whole first quarter to score, but then came alive as the game went on. The Maniac defense was heads up when it came to Kellogg’s passing game, collecting six interceptions on the night, five of which were caught in the second half alone. Josh Walker and Brendon Judd accounted for five of the six interceptions. While Tyler Schwartz led the team with 12 tackles. Orofino only allowed the Wildcats two touchdowns and stopped them from getting too close to their goal line the rest of the evening.
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  • Spartans fall to Clearwater Valley Rams
    The Timberline Spartans faced the Clearwater Valley Rams in Kooskia on Friday, Sept. 12, and unfortunately came away with their first loss on the season. After the game Friday with a score of 12-60 the Spartans are now 2-1 on the season. Timberline will travel to face Kootenai High School on Friday night, Sept. 19.
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  • Lady Maniacs are 3-0 on season
    Orofino Lady Maniacs traveled to Potlatch on Tuesday, Sept. 16 and to Asotin, WA on Thursday, Sept. 11. During the Potlatch game on Tuesday, Orofino walked away with a win in the nonleague match after just three games 25-22, 25-22, and 25-15. Improving them to 2-0 on the season. Courtney Adams and Courtney Godwin both dominated on the court. Adams had nine kills, nine assists and five digs, while Godwin had five kills and six digs. Jordynn Schwartz contributed with two aces and 16 digs on defense.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    90 Years Ago: A threshing machine under contract from Frank Vaughn and David Daniels was destroyed by fire. Warrants charging arson in the second degree were issued for the arrest of F.C. Choate and E. Swenson, both Teakean residents. Daniels made the complaint against the men, accusing them of setting the machine on fire. When Swenson took the stand in court during a preliminary examination, he confessed to participating in setting fire to the machine. On the evening of the fire, Swenson, who was employed by Choate, claimed Choate told him they would take a ride in the car. They ended up at the thresher. Choate did not specifically mention that they would be setting fire to it, but once they reached it, Choate picked up an armful of bean straw, pushed it into the carrier of the machine, and lit it with a match. After that, the two men drove home, and changed the car’s tires.
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  • Head Start Dog Wash fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 20
    The Orofino Head Start Center is going to the dogs for the second annual Orofino Dog Wash on Saturday, Sept. 20, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bring your well-mannered, leashed dog to the new center located across from IGA on Michigan to be washed, dried and brushed by professional groomers for a $25 suggested donation.
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  • Fraser news
    The Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days were held over last weekend. On Saturday we attended the Orofino Volunteer Fireman’s Breakfast with Peggy and Reggie Ball. This is a well-attended breakfast and the food is always good; another plus is it’s “all you can eat” so no one goes away hungry. There were two empty seats at our table when Jim and Kathy Waldron came through the line so they joined us. We also saw Nancy and Alvin Smolinski, but didn’t get a chance to visit with them. After breakfast, we looked for a warm place to wait for the parade to start. The benches in front of the Wells Fargo Bank were in the sun so Peggy and I sat down and visited with Lynn Monger while the guys wondered around. As we visited with Lynn she mentioned that she lives is Greer, next door to Ruth and Bill Bird.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Sammy Bhardwaj, owner of the Pioneer Inn and S&S Foods, is donating a brand new BBQ to be raffled off. The proceeds will be used help purchase insurance for the Bald Mountain Ski Hill. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Pioneer Inn in Pierce.
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  • Pierce news
    The community has lost another true icon, with the passing of Barb Opdahl. Sincerest condolences are sent to her family. The services will be held this Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. at the Pierce Faith Lutheran Church with a potluck dinner to follow at the Pierce Community Center.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for September 18
    Many hunters eagerly looking forward to their autumn adventures in Idaho are choosing to double their opportunity this year. Second tags for deer and elk are selling steadily after the Fish and Game Commission reduced prices for 2014. While some may be choosing to wait to see if they are successful with their first tag, others are choosing to hit the back country with two tags in hand. The second tag will allow many to ensure success and still have a tag available to pursue that once in a lifetime trophy.

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