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October 23 Poll Results
The Top Paper
When you buy a newspaper, do you take the top paper, or do you grab one beneath it?

28% I take the top paper. (15)
43% I take one underneath the top paper. (23)
29% It depends. If the top paper is a mess, I take one underneath it; otherwise I take the top one. (16)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Candidates forum: Separating the men from the boys
    Candidates running in the upcoming election had the opportunity to answer questions and meet with the community, which packed the library at Orofino High School Oct. 21. The event was sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and students of the AP Government class at Orofino High School. Questions for the candidates were collected from the audience as well as the students. Each candidate was limited to two minutes to introduce themselves and two minutes to respond to each question. The first panel consisted of candidates, Susan Spencer and Michael T. Goodwin running for County Assessor. Susan Spencer introduced herself first. Spencer has lived in the area for 33 years. She and her husband, Alvin Spencer, have twin daughters and three grandchildren. She presently works at C-PTPA and has for the past two and a half years. Prior to her position there she worked at the Clearwater County Assessor’s Office for a little over 12 years, 10 of those as Chief Deputy Assessor. Spencer stated that she is an outdoors person and enjoys living in Clearwater County and wants to make it a better place to live. Michael T. Goodwin has lived in the county 40 years. He worked for Potlatch Corporation for 32.5 years, out of Headquarters. In his 32.5 years with the company he worked in several capacities, as a forester, a District Manager and Clearwater Area Manager. Following his time with Potlatch, Goodwin worked at the Assessor’s Office for five years. His wife, Karen “Bird” Goodwin is a lifelong resident of Clearwater County. They have two children and four grandchildren. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 1-3B.

  • Lower Grangemont Road closure extended
    Debco Construction reports that the road construction on upper Grangemont Road, near milepost 19, has been completely finalized, and all equipment has been moved from the site. Upper Grangemont is now completely open to traffic; there are no more delays. The project completion date for the lower Grangemont road construction project at milepost 4.5, handled by WestCo, has been extended until the end of November, approximately Nov. 28. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Pickup catches fire
    A little after 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Oct. 28, a pickup owned by Shane Hamilton caught fire on Kokanee Lane in Hidden Village trailer park on Riverside, Orofino. The pickup was parked approximately five feet from the house and three feet from a pile of firewood. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Absentee ballot deadlines this week
    Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa, reminds voters that the last day to submit an application for a mail-in absentee ballot is this Wednesday, Oct. 29, and that the last day for early voting is this Friday, Oct. 31. Voters have until 5 p.m. this Wednesday to request a mail-in absentee ballot from their County Clerk so that a ballot can be mailed to the voter and returned to the county by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Applicants must be registered in Idaho and submit a written request with their name, residence address and signature. Application forms are available from the county clerk’s offices or online at idahovotes.gov. Friday, Oct. 31 is the last day for early voting. Contact your county clerk for the early voting location in your county. Clearwater County’s clerk can be reached at 476-5615. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • School board receives audit report
    Representatives Phil Nuxoll and Tom Luper of Presnell Gage delivered the Audit Report for the 2013-14 school year. Highlights of the report indicated that the district was assisted in terms of getting a cut off of what bills were owed at June 30 and what money was coming to the district as of June 30. Throughout the year, the district’s books were kept pretty much on a cash basis as money came in and money expended. There needed to be a clean cut off as of June 30. The format is a little different than what board members have seen previously. The government’s auditing standards require auditors to report to the board. Upon review of the district’s report, no corrections were required. Regarding the transfer of funds, it was clarified as to which ones needed to be made by the end of the year. Auditors were required to report if there were difficulties or disagreements with management. There were none. Nuxoll told the board that there were three different levels of the report that auditors were required to provide on a legal basis.
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  • Lady Maniacs advance to state for second year in a row
    After a long comeback through the district tournament and knocking off the Central Idaho League champs the St. Maries Lumberjacks, on Monday, Oct. 20, to face Grangeville later Monday night, the Lady Maniacs found themselves in the play-in game on Saturday, Oct. 25. Orofino traveled up to Grangeville to face off against the number three team from down south, Cole Valley. In the start of the match Orofino battled but were on the wrong side of the score board in the first and second game, both ending with a score of 23-25. This meant the Lady Maniacs would have to fight back the next three sets to make the dream of the State Tournament come true. For some of the girls this would mean State for the second time, and for some the first, and for that reason they fought. 
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  • Maniacs earn home field advantage with CIL title
    On Friday, Oct. 24, the Orofino Maniacs traveled to St. Maries for a very wet and cold game, to determine if the Maniacs will have home field advantage in the first round of playoffs, all they needed was this win. A win that they came up with by one point, defeating St. Maries 15-14 and getting the title of the Central Idaho League champs. After a heavy downpour that made the field extremely slick, the Maniac’s offense struggled, but the defense did their job keeping the Lumberjacks scoreless in two separate quarters. In the third quarter the Maniac defense stopped a two-point conversion try by the Lumberjacks, keeping the score 15-14. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Jeanette Gorman
    There is a ton of information, both factual and anecdotal, about the Affordable Care Act. I’d like to add my personal ‘story.’ Exactly a year ago I was diagnosed with a terminal illness, pancreatic cancer. The oncologists in Seattle thought I might live about six months. I chose hospice care rather than battling the unfavorable odds. I immediately enrolled in St. Joseph’s Medical Center Hospice program. I am fortunate to still be under their excellent and compassionate care. When I first enrolled I was ecstatic that I qualified and that my private insurance would pay. However, shortly thereafter we discovered that my insurance had an overall limit that would run out in three months. I panicked. Their coverage would not see me through the anticipated end. I received excellent guidance from the hospice staff. As soon as the Obamacare website problems were corrected I enrolled in private insurance through Idaho’s portal. Under Obamacare there are no lifetime limits for hospice and their costs are covered 100% as long as you have a diagnosis that qualifies you. At a time of extreme emotional stress you can imagine how happy and secure this made me feel.
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  • Dispatch's obsolete radio consoles need replaced
    A Public Safety Technology Summit for Emergency Communications was held last week in Boise. Sheriff Chris Goetz, IT/Network Administrator Angela Vander Pas and Emergency Manager Don Gardner attended. The meeting brought together law enforcement, IT/GIS and EMS to find a working relationship for emergency communications and dispatch. They reported at the Oct. 20 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting that the radio consoles in dispatch are obsolete and the units will not have tech support after this year. Replacement costs are continually increasing and this year it would be approximately $80-90,000. They have had the conversation on consolidating communications with Nez Perce County for a fiber connection to provide redundancy for each agency. The two counties would create a partnership to apply for equipment updates.
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  • Department of Lands road closures
    The Maggie Creek Supervisory Area of the Idaho Department of Lands in Kamiah will be closing roads accessing portions of state land in the vicinity of Weippe on November 7, 2014. The closure will include the Fidler Road and the Browns Ridge/Mosquito Creek Road. Closures will remain in effect through May 2015. This is an annual closure designed to reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, minimize road damage and maintenance expenses, and protect wildlife wintering in the area. Restrictions pertain only to unauthorized vehicles wider than 50 inches. Access by ATV, motorcycle, or any non-motorized means is permitted.
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  • Support the Clearwater Ski Club at Ski Swap Nov. 15
    The Clearwater Ski Club will host a Ski Swap on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Orofino High School Cafeteria. The sale will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 3 p.m. Alpine Ski Rental from McCall has been acquiring equipment from large resorts in the northwest. All ski equipment will be available, including: skis, boots, poles, snowboards, ski clothing and much more. All items will be new or gently used. Examples of equipment available: Skis and boots starting at $59 up to $399, used Demo skis in great condition $229, used Burton snowboards with bindings $59, snowboard boots $39 to $79, new Salomon and Atomic clothing priced less then wholesale, new and used poles $15-$34, lots of gloves and hats starting at $5, Uvex and Head helmets $29-$79, new cross country skis $99- $179, and new XC boots $39-$89. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Studio 205 Bear Costume Contest winners
    The Studio 205 Art and Framemaking Gallery in Pierce had its annual costume design contest for The Studio 205 Bear. There were 97 entries from Timberline students and some of the homeschooled boys and girls. This year the employees of the White Pine Credit Union were the judges. Thank you to all of them. They had a difficult time making a decision, as the designs were out of this world this year! The contest was for grades K-5, but this year there were some sixth and seventh graders that wanted to take part.
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  • Good luck at State Nicole Burch, 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino
    Nicole Burch, 2015 Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino, will be leaving this weekend for Coeur d’Alene to participate in the week-long Idaho State program “CLASSIC” being held at the North Idaho College Auditorium. She will have a busy week learning a new fitness routine and self-expression.  Nicole will be performing her talent, a tap dance to “Show Me How to Burlesque” by Christina Aguilera, at the Thursday night program, Nov. 6, and then participating in the Fitness and Self-Expression categories at the Friday night program, Nov. 7.  The program on Saturday night, Nov. 8, will be the culmination of the first two nights and over $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • Operation Christmas Child
    A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. Our prayer is that the people of the Clearwater River Valley would get involved. When asked what we should trust God to provide as a goal for the number of shoeboxes collected, a small child spoke up and said “4000 shoeboxes!” Orofino Community Church is collecting these ‘shoeboxes’ for Operation Christmas Child 2014 and we invite everyone to take part in this worthwhile program.
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  • Fraser news
    Are you ready for all the ghosts and goblins that will be out Friday night? They will appear at your door just about sundown and “Trick or Treat” will be the only words they will speak. It’s always fun to see what kind of a costume they will have on. Speaking of Halloween and costumes, Donna Stickney and I attended a P.E.O. fundraiser luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 22. It was at the home of Kathy Gabriel and the members were encouraged to wear a costume. Many were dressed in black and orange, and some even had masks on; ET and the Cat in the Hat made their appearances. Kathy’s home was decorated for Halloween with pumpkins and witches on display. The committee served a tasty chicken salad, roll and punch with dessert and coffee to follow. A prize was awarded for the best costume, the Cat in the Hat won; it was a purple African violet in a Halloween planter. It is now sitting on my dining room table. Now you know who was behind the mask. The young at heart tend to have a lot of fun during this time of year. Check out the article and photo submitted by Lin Cannell who is the Chapter CD’s Publicity Committee chairman.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    THS will be playing their last football ame on Friday, Oct. 31, in Plummer. The Spartans are having a great season with a record of six wins and three losses! The players really appreciate it when the town comes out to cheer them on. Don’t forget your coats and blankets -the games are getting colder and colder!  Next week those in the community who are celebrating birthdays are Rick Bailey and Gabe Barona on Nov. 2, Dalton West on Nov. 3, Alanna Avita on Nov. 4, Mary Alice Hueth, Lori McMillen on Nov. 5, Earl Heywood on Nov. 6, Courtney Morris on Nov. 7, Landon Weitzel and Savannah Green on Nov. 8. I hope you all have very special birthdays! Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Bailey on Nov. 5!  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Pierce news
    The Fall Carnival will be held this Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Timberline Schools gym. It will be a fun, family friendly night where the kids can show off their costumes, play games, visit the Haunted House...if you dare! Maybe you’ll get to go home with a cake from the Cake-Walk! The elementary kids will be having the candy drive to bring in goodies for the carnival prize giveaways. The class that brings in the most candy will win a Root Beer Float Party from the Community Center. We will also be taking donations of cakes/goodies for the Cake-Walk. Proceeds from the carnival will go to the THS Costa Rica Science trip and the Community Center. Attention all ghosts, ghouls and goblins! Pierce Main Street merchants are once again keeping their doors open late on Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, from 5 until 7 p.m. Wear your finest costume creations and visit Main Street. Aside from candy, many merchants will offer refreshments on this typically chilly evening. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 30: "B-run" steelhead more abundant this fall

    In the spring of 2014 anglers on the Clearwater River were fishing for an unusually small run of “B-run” steelhead. Because steelhead overwinter in freshwater, they start arriving in August, but don’t spawn until spring. As anglers continue to harvest hatchery steelhead through the winter and spring, the number of available hatchery fish diminishes.

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