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Updated September 30 at 4:25 p.m.

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September 25 Poll Results
In your opinion, is the NFL doing enough to stop the alleged domestic violence committed by its players?

23% Yes. (7)
57% No. (17)
20% Undecided. (6)

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  • Living within our means, a summary of this year's county budget
    I spoke with Clearwater County Commissioner Don Ebert concerning the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year’s budget between a myriad of Monday meetings on Sept. 22. I asked how this year’s budget compared to last year’s and if there had been any significant changes to report. “We held the line on our budget, because as always we don’t know what our PILT or SRS funds are going to be. We were pretty conservative,” admitted Ebert. “There were no wage increases given this year to staff. There is no expansion. We don’t try to take on more than we can pay for, because we are pretty well where we need to be as far as what we can afford and live within our means.”
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  • Dig for a Cure Oct. 2
    This year’s Orofino Volleyball Dig for a Cure match takes place Thursday, Oct. 2 at Orofino High School. In this year’s match, the Lady Maniacs take on the Lady Spartans. Junior varsity plays at 6 p.m., and varsity plays at 7 p.m. This is the fourth year Orofino’s Lady Maniac volleyball team has hosted Dig for a Cure, to raise money which benefits “the fight against breast cancer.” In past years the money has been donated to Clearwater Valley Hospital to help patients pay for mammograms and pap smears; to families to help with medical bills; and to ICARE, which donates money to sufferers of cancer and other debilitating diseases. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Standardized tests, the death knell of American economic dominance?
    The current debate about Idaho Common Core and the change from Idaho Academic Standards Test (ISAT) is the wrong debate. While Common Core tests will require much more rigor in the classroom and are far superior to the old standards, they are just another standardized test. We should be discussing the impact of standardized tests on America’s ability to produce creative, resourceful, imaginative, and talented individuals that will be needed for the nation to continue our dominant status in the world as an economic power. A couple of historically significant events have created the slippery slope that education in Idaho and the nation attempts to stand upon. The first was the Cold War of the 1950s and 60s and the launch of the first artificial earth satellite, Sputnik, by the Soviet Union in 1957. The U.S. suffered apoplectic shock, “How was a communist nation able to best a technological superpower like the U.S. in the race to be first into space?” When the Soviets also had the first man in space the sting was even deeper. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Johnson Bar Fire approaching 13,000 acres
    The Johnson Bar Fire in Idaho County was at 12,402 acres on Sept. 23, and remains at 55 percent containment. By the end of this week the fire will likely be at or above 13,000 acres. Fire personnel continue to focus on keeping the fire from spreading toward Syringa. High relative humidity and cloud cover have hampered efforts of tying in the northwest part of the fire by burning out down to the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. Hot dry weather is Wednesday, and the burn out will resume. Hose lays and sprinklers are in place along control lines. The operation is supported by three Hotshot crews, local resources including a Type 2 crew and Type 1 helicopters. Smoke produced by the burn out could lead to delays or closures on U.S. Highway 12 between Syringa and Lowell although closures are not expected. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Large Dworshak hydroelectric unit placed back in service
    The Walla Walla District of the Corps of Engineers placed Dworshak Dam's hydroelectric generator Unit 3 back in service this week, after completing repairs of damage due to a short circuit in the stator winding on Aug. 15. The unit faulted to ground and had to be taken out of service on Aug. 15, for replacement of a damaged electric coil deep inside the generator. Repairs required partial disassembly and lifting of Unit 3's large 400-ton rotor assembly, replacement and repair of several components, and reinstallation of the rotor assembly in the generator housing. The unit provides 55 percent of Dworshak's powerhouse flow discharge and is the largest single hydroelectric power generator in the Corps of Engineers. Difficult repairs to the massive unit required significant effort, and were accomplished as planned in minimal time, considering the generator's size and complexity.
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  • Memories from the Rex Theatre
    Maurice Snyder of Orofino and John Werner, a former resident and a long-time New York resident, write of their memories of the Rex Theatre which has been in operation. According to Snyder when Burt Miller owned the theatre his mother Rosella Parkins Snyder sold tickets at the theatre when it was silent movies. When the movies started Rosella would go up front and play the piano for the movie. Rosella died at age102 in 2011. John Werner e-mailed the Tribune, writing in part…About 1952 or maybe earlier then the Rex Theatre tickets were just 14 cents, I worked there, for a while, I think the compensation was we got in free. Jack Gardner was the manager.
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  • And a brand new school year begins
    School District 171 board members met at Timberline High School Sept. 15 to discuss the new school year. Superintendent Bob Vian informed the board that September enrollment for the district was at 998, down five from the number of students enrolled last June, An additional 86 students are enrolled Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Greg Billups with the IDYCA writes: “While we experienced a slight bump in the road last weekend, it has been a productive class to date. Most exciting is correspondence received this morning informing us that the Public Affairs Specialist of External Affairs for the Pacific Region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service will be here at the end of the month and is interested in the Academy’s relationship with the local hatcheries. Could be a great elbow rubbing opportunity for our leadership. In addition to that here is a list of what we have done thus far: Trail work and debris clearing at Deer Creek Reservoir; facilitated fishing day with veterans from the State Veterans Home in Lewiston (Deyo Res.); cleaned up debris from massive windstorm at Clearwater County’s Fraser Park; built a fence for a Reubens family to help them secure the safety of their two autistic children; worked the ‘Kid Zone’ at Kamiah BBQ Days (a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free carnival); assisted in flag placement at the Pierce Cemetery; landscaping at the Weippe Discovery Center; assisted in prepping the rodeo grounds for the Annual Weippe Rodeo; multiple work days at the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery; park maintenance at Freeman Creek Campground; marched in both the Weippe Rodeo parade and the Pierce 1860 Days parade; assisted the maintenance staff on two separate occasions at Timberline High School, and cleared brush at Bald Mountain Ski Hill.”
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  • Greer couple grateful for compression brakes ordinance
    If you’ve driven through Greer since the afternoon of Sept. 16, you may have seen a new sign after crossing the bridge. It states that compression brakes are prohibited, per Ordinance No. 46, and one Greer couple is grateful. Linda K. Tilman, and her husband, Charles Gimenez, first approached the Clearwater County Commissioners Jan. 21, about restricting compression brake use. The small community of Greer sees a lot of heavy traffic, both from Highway 11 up and Highway 12.
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  • Fire safety burn permits still required through Oct. 20
    The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is reminding citizens that fire safety burn permits are required through Oct. 20. The permits can be obtained online at Idaho law (38-115) requires any person living outside city limits anywhere in Idaho who plans to burn anything - including crop residue burning and excluding recreational campfires - during closed fire season to obtain a fire safety burn permit. Closed fire season begins May 10, and extends through Oct. 20, every year. The fire safety burn permit is free of charge and good for up to 10 days after it is issued. The duration of the permit as well as specific terms and conditions are established at the local fire warden level. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Timberline undefeated in league play
    I had the honor of talking with the new Timberline High School football head coach Justin Nelsen, on Thursday, Sept. 18, before they faced Kootenai that Friday night. Nelsen graduated from Orofino High School in 2002 and is currently working for Kuykendall Logging and residing in Pierce. In high school Nelsen knew what it was like to struggle in football up until his senior year, when they went to State, so to be able to help and teach these boys has been a great time. Nelsen now coaches with his father, Terry Nelsen, as his assistant coach. “It’s fun, change it around now I’m in charge,” said Nelsen about his assistant coach and father.
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  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests central zone engineering update
    The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will hold a meeting for collaborators Saturday, Oct. 18, on the Proposed Action for Forest Plan Revision. The objective of the meeting is answer any questions participants may have on the plan and to let them know the most productive way for them to structure their comments. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forest Service Office at 104 Airport Road in Grangeville.
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  • Forest Service hosts October meeting for Forest Plan Revision
    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
    70 Years Ago - O.L. Mahaffey of Elk River was arraigned on an incest charge this week. Justice Isaac Adams of Elk River heard the case in Orofino. The complaint was lodged by Mahaffey’s wife, who claimed a 15-year-old daughter was involved. In other news in this week’s issue, two former Lenore boys, Leo Choate and Earl Daniels, now in the army, met in Europe when the fifth army force entered Rome. It was the first time either had met anyone from their hometown since going overseas. The two spent a day sightseeing together. “We used to study ancient history together in school,” said Cpl. Choate, “but I never thought we would be able to see some of it together.”
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  • A lot is happening at Dworshak Reservoir
    Paul Pence, Greg Parker, and Sam Martin with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) presented updates on Dworshak Reservoir at the Sept. 15, Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Natural Resource Management of Dworshak Reservoir was presented by Sam Martin Resource Specialist. Paul Pence presented the Five Year Plan that COE has been working to complete will be in the Master Plan set to be released in May 2015. This plan directs the land management work around the reservoir on COE lands. The Natural Resource plan includes forest management, trails management, wildlife management, weeds treatment and fire prevention measures. There are three teams to implement the management. The forest management and wildlife management work together. They work to reduce negative impacts to fish and wildlife habitat with non-motorized access. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Fraser news
    On the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 20, Pam and Jim White invited friends to their home for a potluck lunch. Their patio overlooks the Clearwater River; and on that day the smoke cleared away so the view could be enjoyed. Steve and I visited with Mike and Cindy Yantis, Mike and Linda Beard and Mike Kinzer from the hill top area and became acquainted this many of the White’s friends from Orofino. Margaret and Richard Whitten were on hand to entertain the group with their music. We had a great time, thanks for the invitation Pam and Jim. Donna and Danny Brown traveled to Pendleton, OR for the bull riding and rodeo event; their son Corey joined them this year for several nights. They returned to Fraser on Wednesday. Donna reported the damage that the hail storm caused to the rood of their home on Cottonwood Road and to the rood of the shop on Mill Road has been repaired. They expected the insurance adjuster for the crop insurance to meet with them on Tuesday. Linda and Mike Beard had excellent luck with their honey bees; Linda reported they recovered four gallons on honey this year. This is the first year that we haven’t found any Praying Mantises around our garden. We were wondering if anyone else has encountered any. Give me a call at 435-4354 if you have been lucky enough to have these beneficial insects around your homes.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Our very own Timberline Spartans High School Football team has won their third game of the season! I, unfortunately, had to miss last Friday's game against the Kootnai County Warriors, but THS came away with a win of 24 to 6! I am so proud of the team and I'm excited to see them play!  This Friday the Spartans will be playing Deary at THS for their Homecoming Game. The JV game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the Varsity Game at 7 p.m. Come on out and support our boys! They are playing some amazing football and we're hoping to fill the stands with record numbers this and every Friday. Come early or bring a lawn chair!
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  • Pierce news
    This week is homecoming week for the Timberline Boys Varsity Football. They will be playing Deary on Friday night. Wednesday night at 6 p.m. will be the Powder Puff game. Currently the boys are 3-1 and looking good. I'm sure they would appreciate a huge crowd to cheer them on. Support your Spartans! Remember to wear Black and Gold.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for October 2

    The regular deer season opens Oct. 10 in most regions of Idaho. In some areas, a regular deer tag allows hunters to take either mule deer or white-tailed deer. A white-tailed deer tag allows a hunter to take only a white-tail. Many areas across the state also offer antlerless youth hunt opportunities, but check the 2014 big game rules brochure carefully for the areas where youth hunts are open.

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