Contact Us Subscribe Community Links Community Calendar

Advertising & Deadline Information Thursday, April 24, 2014 7-Day Weather Forecast
Online subscribers: Log in, then click anywhere on this
link to read all the news for Thursday, April 24, 2014

The 2014 Vacation Guide and Business Directory is out! Click on Special Editions (below) to read it online.

Classified AdsLegal NoticesAt The Rex TheatreObituariesSpecial Editions

Member Login 
E-Mail Address:  Sentry Password Protection Membership Script
Password:
Stay Logged In

LOG IN AND CLICK HERE
TO READ THE ENTIRE
APRIL 24 NEWSPAPER

For information on sign-up options,
visit our Subscriptions page.

CONNECT WITH US ONLINE

 


Updated April 24 at 4:45 p.m.


Updated April 24 at 4:45 p.m.

April 24, 2014 Front Page
You do not have to subscribe
to view this week's front page

April 17 Poll Results
Distracted Driving
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Which of these common distracted driving behaviors are you MOST guilty of?

32% Eating and/or drinking (12)
24% Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player (9)
19% Using a cell phone (talking or texting) (7)
16% Talking to passengers (6)
  5% Using a navigation system (2)
  3% Grooming (fixing hair, shaving, applying makeup, etc.) (1)
  0% Reading, including maps (0)
  0% Watching a video (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

Odell, Schwartz named OCI princesses
Late-breaking news updated Thursday, April 24 at 5:10 p.m.

Story Headlines for April 24, 2014
(Not all articles are listed. Read front page news by clicking on the link in the lower left column.)
These are NOT the paid access links. Click on the link near the top of the page to view the entire newspaper.
READ THE FRONT PAGE FREE OF CHARGE by clicking on the link in the left column, beneath How's The Weather.

  • Potlatch, DABCO, Clearwater Paper sued over Steep Corner Fire
    The State of Idaho is suing an Idaho timber company and its contractor for their alleged involvement in the Steep Corner Fire two years ago; a fire that resulted in the death of 20-year-old firefighter Anne Veseth of Moscow, and burned more 310 acres north of Orofino. The 56-acre fire began Aug. 10, 2012, 56 miles from Orofino, on a private logging site, and burned both public and private land. The 11-page lawsuit alleges five counts of negligence and nuisance, and names Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corp., Potlatch Corp., and DABCO Inc., a logging contractor based in Kamiah, as defendants. The suit doesn’t specify a monetary amount, but does allege that the state spent more than $10,000 fighting the Steep Corner Fire. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Trial begins for alleged sexual abuse case in Clearwater County
    A jury was selected April 21 at the Clearwater County Courthouse for the trial of Grant C. Miles. Testimony began the day after a jury was chosen for the trial for 77-year-old former school bus driver. Grant Miles is accused of lewd contact with a child younger than 16 and has pleaded innocent to the charges. The now 31-year-old adult was 12 at the time of the offense. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Elk River city sewer rates to increase
    Elk River City Council at their April 21 meeting adopted Resolution 04-21-14.1, which authorizes a five percent increase in all city sewer rates, effective with the April billing. This increase will be seen on the April 30 bills. Council accepted the attorney’s draft of the International Building Codes, and plans to adopt the new ordinance at the May 19 regular meeting. Council appointed Councilwoman Tammy Carey and Mayor James Martin to serve as the city’s representatives on the county’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club Spring Fling is Saturday, May 3
    The Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club (LTML) would like to invite everyone to our Annual Spring Fling black powder shoot. It all starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 2852 Wells Bench Road. Go up the Grangemont Rd, turn left onto Wells Bench Rd and just follow the muzzleloader men signs to the first cabin on the left. Along with the black powder patch and round ball rifle and pistol shoot, there is a hawk and knife throw. Pre-1860 dress is encouraged, but not mandatory; just keep in mind everything will be held outdoors so dress accordingly. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Timber economics log maketing workshop May 1 in Orofino
    A workshop on timber economics and log marketing will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Building on Riverside, 12730 U.S. Hwy 12, Orofino. The workshop will feature presentations from timber industry professionals and will conclude with a panel discussion. The log market has historically gone through periods of decline and increase based on the demand for lumber and other economic factors. If you are a forest land owner or logging contractor you can benefit from knowledge of the forest products economy and log marketing to make better financial decisions. Come hear from people knowledgeable of the industry about where the forest products economy is expected to go, things to consider in marketing your logs for sale, where local mills see the market going, and a logging contractor’s perspective on marketing logs.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • CVHC Pinwheel Project raises awareness for child abuse prevention
    In the same way the pink ribbon represents breast cancer awareness, Prevent Child Abuse America has adopted the pinwheel as a national symbol for their campaign to prevent child abuse. The pinwheels that are “planted” at various locations in Idaho are to let parents and others know there are resources in each community to support those who are raising or caring for children. Because April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Customer Service Team came together to plant a pinwheel garden at the entrance to the facility. The pinwheels will remain throughout the month of April.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • 'Living Ready' helps people to prepare for challenges
    It may be something as simple as a blown transformer that takes the power out in a neighborhood for a short time or it may be a flood that devastates a whole community, people can prepare and be ready for the things that happen. Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the community to a ‘Living Ready’ preparedness fair Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Living Ready is not about fear or panic; it is about learning to take care of what is important-loved ones. It is about learning to be smart, savvy and resilient when facing challenges.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Dworshak National Fish Hatchery celebrates DOI Environmental Awards
    Under blue skies and amidst spring breezes, approximately 100 people gathered to celebrate the presentation of an Environmental Achievement Award from the Department of Interior (DOI) to Dworshak National Fish Hatchery on April 18. Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nez Perce Tribe, Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game recognized and applauded the tremendous collaborative and innovative efforts between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nez Perce Tribe. The fish hatchery was largely recognized for reducing its energy use by 30 million kilowatt hours per year; energy equivalent to supply power to about 3,000 homes, or 80 percent of the homes in Clearwater County.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Reflections From My Trail
    As do all young people, I once thought that 50 or 60 years would take an eternity and my dreams all seemed to fit into that huge time frame. Along the way many experiences, lessons and dream adjustments were woven into the trail that describes a life and I hope to share some of mine which might be interesting to some of all ages. Some might see shared memories of similar events and some might find answers or questions from my musings. There will be no connection between stories other than that they are memories I often reflect on now that so many of my years have already passed. So, here is a lesson I often think about. Back in the mid 1950’s, my Dad decided to trade our ’39 Plymouth sedan for a little Willys four cylinder Jeep station wagon. It was maroon and yellow, shaped like a box and we could drive out for a weekend and camp in it! Super ugly, but it was wonderful. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Letter to the Editor - James Claffey
    My dog Downtown Buster Brown has been on the bandwagon and every dog in town is riled up. He’s staged “bark-ins,” “poop-outs” and “boundary-makings” demonstrations and his message “no more dog mascots” has resonated throughout the dog community. I tried to raise Downtown Buster Brown right. I fed him, cared for him and loved him. I taught him to “sit” and “stay” and “fetch the stick.” What was my reward? “Whining!” all day long, it’s all I ever hear, Downtown Buster Brown’s incessant whining. Among other things not mentionable in a “letter to the editor,” Downtown Buster Brown told me “dogs were being exploited and using them as mascots was degrading and humiliated.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Weitas Creek Bridge repair approved at $196,000
    It was discussed at the April 14 Board of County Commissioners meeting that the Resource Advisory Committee met and worked on approving projects for expenditure of the federal funding to the Forest Service. The RAC approved to fund the Weitas Creek Bridge plans and repair in the amount of $196,000.  Michele Bly, TD&H Engineering and Steve Laws, New Hope Water Board member met with the BOCC to review the water project. CREA Construction has started the project with installation of pipe along the Cavendish Grade. The public should anticipate traffic delays during construction. The delays are averaging five minutes in length for the one lane of travel. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Mendenhall murder trial postponed
    A jury trial for an Elk City woman accused of murder has been postponed to July 28. The original trial date for Tara R. Mendenhall, 27, who pleaded innocent to charges filed last year, was April 28 in 2nd District Court in Lewiston. On April 14, Mendenhall and her new attorney, Catherine Mabbutt, asked District Judge Michael J. Griffin for a delay in the trial date, due to a change in legal representation. Mendenhall had been represented by Darren F. Fales of Grangeville, a court-appointed attorney. Mabbutt told Judge Griffin that Fales wished to withdraw from the case.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Community Action Partnership extended energy assistance season
    Community Action Partnership announced that it still has funding for the 2013-2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Individuals with an income at 150% of the Federal Poverty Level may call a Community Action Partnership office to schedule an appointment for assistance if they have not already obtained a benefit this energy assistance season (since Oct. 1, 2013). This is only pertaining to Idaho residents at this time and there is no additional funding for WA LIHEAP until further notice. Individuals will need to bring the following items for their appointment: Social security cards for all members of the household; proof of income for the prior three months based upon pay date; if you rent, your landlord’s contact information, including name, telephone number, and mailing address.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Dworshak further reduces outflow discharge
    Discharge flows from Dworshak Dam were decreased April 18, from approximately 20,000 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 11,000 c.f.s., to balance flood control operations and flows to support spring smolt out migration, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management officials. The decrease to 11,000 c.f.s. should be completed by noon. This discharge rate is planned to last at least through the end of April, but is subject to change. The Corps advises Clearwater River boaters and other people using regulated waterways to always be alert to changes in water elevation and volume of flow. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Fraser news
    What did you think of the strong wind that blew through the area on Saturday night? The positive side of that strong wind was that it cleared the trees of any weak or dead wood. We had a lot of limbs to pick up on Sunday morning which then led us to trimming trees. There was time to work in the flower gardens by the house before we stopped to enjoy a late dinner. Dale and Oreta Stuart had to quiet Easter at home. Dale had farm work to attend to before the weather changed. Sharon McHone ended up having a busy day on Easter. While Mike attended a Horse Expo in Nampa, Sharon stayed home to look after their Welsh Pony mares that were ready to foal. Their son Jeff and his friend Heather and their daughter Jayce stopped in for a visit in the afternoon. They were out in the pasture when the mare Whisper went into labor. I learned from Sharon that the sunshine, fresh air, and the green grass in the pasture is the perfect place for a new colt to be born. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday! I had a great day at the Weippe Mini Park hiding eggs and then watching the kids from the community hunt for them. The Weippe Wesleyan Church hosted the event and plan to make it an annual tradition. 800 plastic eggs were hidden! There were more than 30 kids who participated and probably close to 100 people there in total. It was a beautiful day and it was so much fun to see so many people enjoy it! The church would like to thank all those who donated eggs and candy and also the youth who helped hide the eggs! The event was a huge success!
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Pierce news
    Pierce Clean-Up Day is nearing, and everyone's help is needed! Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, city residents will once again clean up Pierce, one bag of trash and one unsightly appliance at a time. Volunteers will meet at the Courtyard Park at 9 a.m., bags will be distributed, and Rob Harrell will direct clean-up areas. There will be a Clearwater County container at the Kiosk for larger items and general trash. There will be a trailer available for the appliances, and they must be curbside for picking up. Gem will have a potluck at Courtyard Park with all volunteers after the clean-up. Please call Rob at 208-464 7236 for any more information.
    To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for April 24
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has released proposed management plans for the state's 32 wildlife management areas for a 30-day public review and comment period. These plans are revised periodically to reflect changes in habitat and to identify new management priorities and actions. Varying from 275 to over 124,000 acres in size, each WMA is unique with some including critical big game winter range and others focused on important wetland landscapes.

Online Archives

Click for Orofino, Idaho Forecast

Last Week's Weather



Content updated every Wednesday by 6 p.m. PDT

161 Main Street  •  PO Box 71  •  Orofino, Idaho 83544  •  PH: 208-476-4571  •  FAX: 208-476-0765  •  cleartrib@cebridge.net
Developed at the Clearwater Tribune in Orofino, Idaho  • Clearwater County's official weekly newspaper

Copyright ©2013 Clearwater Tribune Publishing, Inc.