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July 17, 2014 Front Page
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July 10 Poll Results
Hot Car Dad
Do you believe the “Hot Car Dad,” Justin Ross Harris (who left his toddler in a hot car for hours, resulting in the child’s death), should be convicted of murder?

75% Yes. (41)
  9% No. (5)
16% Undecided. (9)

This is not a scientific poll.

Orofino woman killed while riding bicycle on Highway 12
Unfinished log house in Greer a total loss after Tuesday fire
Late-breaking news updated Friday, July 18, at 4:15 p.m.

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  • Orofino man wrecks motorcycle, goes over guardrail
    A 55-year-old Orofino man riding a motorcycle took a curve too quickly and wrecked Friday evening, according to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). A 6:30 p.m. July 11, sheriff’s office deputies responded to the accident scene at the intersection of Pinecone Park Lane and Grangemont Road. Danny R. Newell had been driving a 1998 Yamaha motorcycle, and failed to negotiate a curve, according to CCSO. Newell went off the road near the intersection of Grangemont and Pinecone Park Lane, and was flung over the guardrail, according to CCSO.
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  • Pickup goes off Lower Fords Creek Road
    A 2004 Ford pickup rolled 200 feet down Lower Fords Creek Road Saturday evening, in the process ejecting the driver, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Billy Finnan, 46, of Kooskia, was in the pickup when it went over the embankment on Lower Fords Creek Road near milepost 9 at 7:02 p.m. July 12. It is unknown at what point he was ejected. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Compression brakes now prohibited on certain county roads
    The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at their July 7, meeting held an open public hearing on Ordinance No. 46, which would prohibit the use of compression brake devices on motor vehicles, in particular semi-tractors, on certain portions of public roadways. These roadways are in unincorporated areas of Clearwater County, and the roads falling under the ban were chosen based on whether compression brakes might “adversely affect the peace and comfort of county inhabitants adjacent to said public roads.” Residents from Greer provided testimony in favor of the ordinance. The Board approved the motion to put into place Clearwater County Ordinance No. 46. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Chautauqua Festival returns to Orofino after nearly 100 years
    An eclectic group of performers, musicians and educators will be kicking off this free three day festival for the Orofino Community July 31 to Aug. 3. Orofino City Park will be overtaken by an amazing group, called Chautauqua, that will make its return after being absent for almost 100 years. They come to honor longtime member and Orofino local Faith Petric, who died at the age of 98. “When she was a girl, the Chautauqua group came to Orofino every year,” founder Paul Magdid reports. “Inspired by that, I wanted to do the Chautauquas in this area in honor of Faith.”
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  • No news is good news from C-PTPA
    In a brief interview with Cameron Eck, Fire Program Manager for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA), on July 14, no fires were reported this week. “It’s been an odd season this year. We’ve started out relatively slow. Only nine fires have been reported thus far,” commented Eck. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Missing dog returns safe and spoiled
    When Sandy Morrow and her husband, Mike, left town for a few days of camping, the last thing on her mind was coming home to find that her 15 year old dog, a Yorkie had disappeared, She had left him in the care of family and friends with a list of all the various instructions one might find helpful to keep a favored pet happy.  But when her daughter, Casey stopped by the house on Friday, “Cubby” was no where to be found. Casey and her boyfriend, Aaron looked everywhere for the little dog, they were out until after midnight hoping to catch a glimpse of his “glow in the dark” collar. They weren’t sure if they would find him dead or alive, but still they looked, knowing how upset Casey’s mother would be when she heard the news. In fact, Casey didn’t have the heart to break the news until Sunday, with the hopes that Cubby still might return.
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  • Did you notice something unusual at OES last Thursday?
    People driving down Michigan Avenue last Thursday, July 10, may have noticed something unusual going on at the elementary school. Personnel from the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) and the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) trained together for something they hope never happens in Orofino: A hostage situation. The mock scenario was coordinated by Chief Deputy Rick Miller. As the exercise progressed, the sheriff’s office contacted the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino, requesting assistance from their regional Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and their Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT). Both teams consist of IDOC staff from the Orofino and Cottonwood prisons. The teams were activated and reported to the Sheriff’s Incident Command Center, located near the hostage situation. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Trevor Haag Tournament starts Friday
    The 11th Annual Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament takes place this weekend in Orofino, Friday through Sunday, July 18-20. Most games will be played at the “A” and “B” fields behind Orofino Elementary, with a few Saturday and Sunday at the VFW field. There are two divisions: 10 and under and 12 and under. Teams are coming from Asotin County, Pullman, Chewelah, Colville (all from Washington), Orofino, Latah County, Asotin, WA, and Lewiston. Keeping with tradition, there will be two awards given out. The “Trevor Haag Award” is given to the one player who demonstrates sportsmanship on and off the field, hustle and a superior attitude. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Next phase of Forest Plan beings; public comments encouraged
    Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, announced the next phase of revising the Forest’s Land and Resource Management Plan (the Forest Plan). The Forest has released the proposed action for the Forest Plan and is asking for additional public input. For the last 20 months, the Forest has engaged the public in collaborative public participation efforts which have been instrumental for providing input into development of the proposed action. Brazell shared, “I appreciate the hard work that our interdisciplinary team and the public that has participated in collaboration have done to get us this far. The public has devoted a lot of their personal time to come to the table to discuss how the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests should be managed. We still have a lot of work to do and I welcome input on this initial proposal. I encourage anyone interested in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to submit comments on the proposed action.”
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  • Pierce 1860 Days, rockin' the weekend
    Be sure to make it up the hill to Pierce Aug. 1-3! Along with the exciting games, contests, and the 1860 Days parade (Saturday at 12 noon), live entertainment will keep the town kicking up its heels. Friday, at 6 p.m., at the Kick-off at the Community Center, the awesome bluegrass and country sounds of Wanigan can be enjoyed while savoring the pulled pork dinner and ice cream social. Wanigan played on the Main Street stage on Saturday last year. On Saturday morning, while browsing the many vendors on Main Street and awaiting the parade, Daniel Mark Faller, a well-known songsman around these parts, will delight the crowds from the Main Street stage from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
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  • Did you know Mrs. Weller can deadlift 205 pounds?
    Kaye Weller is an icon at Orofino High School. If you graduated from OHS in the past 40 years her English class was a rite of passage. Her dedication to her students, school, community and coworkers is unparalleled in our current society. She spends countless hours grading papers, and tutoring her students. In the spring of 2013 Kaye decided to join a small group of school staff that had been doing a new, high intensity strength and conditioning program. She had no lifting experience and had not of even heard of things like the clean, the jerk, or the snatch. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Nancy McDonough Lerandeau
    A woman in her 50s has worked for the county for 30 years. She is insured through her job. One morning she gets out of bed and can’t move her left leg. Her husband takes her to the hospital and she is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She has had radiation every day, but her insurance wouldn’t pay for a continued hospital stay and refuses to pay for her confinement in a care and rehab center. It pays for the radiation and chemo treatment, but no care. Radiation has had limited success and she is more mobile, and her family is planning to bring her home. Her insurance company will not pay for in-home care. Some people have said when they hear this story, “Oh, that’s Obamacare for you.” This is not Obamacare; this is group insurance through the county.
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  • This week's Grangemont Road construction update
    Debco Construction has completed the 36” culvert installation. Excavation continues into the cut section, and material was placed on the east fill section, where the culvert was installed. This week earthwork continues in the east fill section, and will also resume in the west fill section. Debco is hosting a public hearing Tuesday, July 22, to explain the upcoming closure of Grangemont Road at milepost 19. The hearing is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clearwater County Extension Office, 2200 Michigan Avenue, Orofino (the county DMV building).
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  • Clearwater County Democrats to meet Thursday
    The Clearwater County Democrats will have their regular monthly meeting Thursday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the school district meeting room at 1051 Michigan Ave., Orofino. Final plans will be made for the Annual Claude Judd Picnic to be held on July 30, at 6 p.m. at the Orofino City Park. Marguerite McLaughlin and Chuck Cuddy will be the honorees this year. Shirley Ringo, candidates for Congressman, John Rusche, State Representative, and Jessica Chilcott, candidate for State Representative will be featured speakers. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Fraser news
    Kelly and Tina Marshal spent several days at the Lutes farm, the men worked in the hay fields while the gals made sure they were well fed; they also had time to catch up on all the family news. Steve and I visited with Danny and Donna Brown last Wednesday as they gave us a tour of their latest project. They have utilized a spring that flows year around on the Texas Creek breaks. The spring now flows into a large pond that Danny developed; they also landscaped the area around the pond. This will be a great area for family outings all year around. Donna and Danny have been working on the yard at their home; the grass on the south side of the house is like a carpet and one of the flower gardens has an interesting old tree root with rocks imbedded in it. Ask Donna about it the next time you visit with her. Steve and Carol Green spent several days at their property on Schmidt Mill Road. The Schmidt family held their first gathering at the Deyo Reservoir Lake house over the weekend; Steve cooked the evening meal on Friday and Carol assisted him. They visited with the family on Saturday afternoon and joined them for the evening meal that was catered by the Ponderosa Restaurant. The Brands also joined the family and Norma gathered information for a newspaper article. Watch for it in the next issue of the Clearwater Tribune.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    After being gone for the last couple weeks on vacation, I am so happy to back to the hilltop! My family and I had a wonderful trip driving to South Dakota, down to California, and back to wonderful Idaho. While in Rapid City, SD, I got to see my son (Jacob), Pastor Don and Patty Blain, Mount Rushmore and many other wonderful sights! In California, I got to spend time with my dad for his 70th birthday, spent the 4th of July with family, and we got to see lots of old friends from the past. It was an amazing trip! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    Sponsored by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, free fun four days, where students will participate in hands on activities and experiments. Program content will emphasize forest recreation, fire science, natural resources and environmental science. Students will be taking a hike, kayak, roast marshmallows, go fishing, build a campfire, play games and view wildlife. One of the bus trips will be funded by the Forest Products Commission through Project Learning Tree grant. The camp will be managed by USFS, current and past employees and Timberline Teacher, Bill Sellers. Idaho Fish and Game will come out one day with their fishing trailer. Students will learn spinning rod and fly fishing techniques. We will have three field trip days and two classroom days. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for July 17
    Idaho Fish and Game Commission has adopted fall Chinook salmon fishing seasons on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers. The action was taken at the Commission’s meeting in Salmon on Thursday July 10. The 2013 return of fall Chinook was surprisingly large, and this year’s run is again expected to be one of the largest in recent history. The forecast return including hatchery and natural fall Chinook to the Snake River basin is more than 57,000 fish.

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