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February 19 Poll Results
Immigration Executive Action
How do you feel about a federal judge blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform?

69% Relieved. (47)
15% Unhappy. (10)
12% Very angry. (8)
  4% Don’t feel strongly about it either way. (3)
  0% I don’t know. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Elk River to get cell phone tower
    Inland Cellular has added a new wireless tower location in Elk River, located on Elk Butte. This expansion will bet-ter serve both customers and emergency services in the Elk River Reservoir area, as well as the Bovill-Elk River corridor of Highway 8 in Clearwater County, that have not benefited from reliable wireless coverage until now. “We are excited about this site, being able to provide our customers with valuable voice and data services in a recreational area. As a locally owned and operated company, we understand the value in rural development and being able to provide coverage, not only to our valued customers, but to emergency services and those utilizing our network while roaming from other providers,” stated Chip Damato, Director of Business Strategies for Inland Cellular. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Prescription discounts available to county residents through NACO
    Residents of Clearwater County are reminded that prescription discounts provided through the local county government and the National Association of Counties (NACO) are available. The card is available in the Recorder’s Office at the courthouse. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee, and the card may be used immediately. There are no restrictions and no limits on how many times you may use your card. Simply present the card at a participating retail pharmacy, any time a prescription is not covered by insurance. The card enables the recipient to save an av-erage of 20 percent on prescription medicine. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • School District news and board report - lack of vapor barrier causes problems
    Orofino Elementary School siding on the gym area, where there were windows in the past, is bowing. The area had plywood sheeting on the inside, the windows were removed, and the window area was studded in and sheeting was applied over the studs on the outside. A new installation of studs was installed and insulation placed in the wall. A layer of plywood sheeting was installed with the new siding nailed through the sheathing and into the studs. Instructions for installing the siding required a vapor barrier on both sides of the plywood sheeting and that the siding be nailed every 16 inches into the studs. Upon inspection on Feb. 4 (we removed some of the siding and cut a hole in the plywood sheeting) it became apparent that there was no vapor barrier on the inside of the plywood and that the siding had not been nailed into the studs as required. Some nails hit studs, some did not. A second issue is that the area on both sides of the plywood is covered in mold. The contractor had requested, and I approved, the installation of vapor barriers in the area where the windows were replaced during construction. This became an additional un-bid expense. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Chuck Raddon
    I love reading letters from people who live on the fringes of Orofino filled with justifications on why they should not have to pay their share of the cost of the City of Orofino. Getting someone else to pay your share is certainly not new. The arguments being used haven’t changed much either and can be broken down into a few categories such as: “People on limited and fixed income can’t afford new taxes.” That ignores what I suspect is a larger number of people on limited and fixed income that live within the city and pay extra taxes to cover the services provided those who live outside the city. I suspect there are more limited income people inside the city than living outside but we don’t hear about them. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Kenneth Roughton
    In response to the Nez Perce County Planning and Zoning board member Jim O’Connell’s comments in the Feb. 21 Northwest section of the Lewiston Tribune: Mr. O’Connell stated, and I quote, “People like Lessie Roughton have never done anything but try to make things worse here, not better.” First of all, it is an insult to the people of Peck, by trying to make Lessie Roughton out to be a bad person and not addressing the issues at hand. Lessie was the lead person in procuring funds through the Mitigation Grant for the people who lost their homes during the flood of 1996. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Orofino downs Grangeville not once, but twice, in one week
    The Maniacs did it again on Feb. 21, during the opening round of the Idaho 2A District I-II tournament, beating the Grangeville Bulldogs for the second time in five days. The winner of this game would advance into the District Championship game Tuesday night against the No. 1 Central Idaho League (CIL) St. Maries. The Maniacs played three near perfect quarters leading the Bulldogs. As the first half ended Orofino was up 29-22 going into halftime. The Maniacs handled the pressure of the Grangeville crowd and the fact that Grangeville had home court advantage well, keeping their heads in the game. With just 4:42 left of the clock in the third the Maniacs lead 37-31 and within the next minute the Maniacs pulled ahead of the Bulldogs even more bringing the score to 42-31 and by the end of the third quarter the Maniacs had an 18 point lead 51-33. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Orofino wrestlers place at 2A - District I-II tournaments
    Orofino traveled to Wallace over the weekend of Feb. 20-21, for the District I-II wrestling tournament. The Maniacs had four members of their team place in the top three of their weight classes and will advance onto the State tourna-ment. 113 - Dawson Harris (17-12) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points. Quarterfinal - Dawson Harris (Orofino) 17-12 received a bye () (Bye). Semifinal - Dawson Harris (Orofino) 17-12 received a bye () (Bye). 1st Place Match - Daw-son Harris (Orofino) 17-12 won by fall over Ammon Dewey (Grangeville) 0-23 (Fall 0:58). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago - Unknown parties broke into Orofino Mercantile’s old post office warehouse and made off with $600 worth of cigarettes and tobacco. The warehouse, situated at the rear and across the alley from the main store, was entered via a broken window adjacent to the alley and at the rear of the building. This portion of the building was partitioned off from the storeroom, so the robbers had to move some show cases, barrels, and other items to open a door leading to the store room. They then opened the front door from the inside and carted the goods outside to a waiting vehicle. At the company’s slaughterhouse, about four miles below town along the Lewis-Clark Highway, it was thought these same robbers broking into the smoking room and took some pork that had just been placed there for curing. The meat taken belonged to the county, and was being smoked for use at the poor farm. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Back to back victories over the Nezperce Indians for the Spartans
    The Timberline Spartans faced off against Nezperce, in a Whitepine League Division II game on Feb. 14. Durgan Jared led the Spartans with 14 points and collected eight rebounds as Timberline outscored the Indians 56-32 for the league victory. Colby Lineberry acquired nine boards for the Spartans and got six assists and four steals from Trevon Willis. Willis also aged 10 points to the Spartan’s victory score. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Kamiah teen in rollover on Highway 12
    A 17-year-old Kamiah teen was in a vehicle rollover on Highway 12 on the afternoon of Feb. 17, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Christopher S. Pethel at 2:21 p.m. was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 12 in a 2000 Kia Spectra. At milepost 49.7, almost six miles east of the Orofino bridge, Pethel crossed the centerline, traveled into the eastbound lane, and left the roadway, according to ISP. The vehicle rolled, and the Spectra came to rest on its driv-er’s side, just inside the Lewis County line.
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  • Annual book drive to be held during March
    Just in time for spring housecleaning will be the annual book drive for the Clearwater Memorial Public Library, last-ing all the month of March. This annual drive provides lots of good reading for the summer months for young and old alike, as the books will be offered for sale at very nominal prices by the volunteers of the Friends of the Library at their Summer Book Sale. Books in high demand are children’s books for all ages, western and historical fiction novels, and cookbooks. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • CCRW hosts fundraiser, forum Feb. 27
    Chris Troupis and Ken Harvey are guest speakers at a fundraiser and informational forum hosted by the Clearwater County Republican Women (CCRW) and Integrity in Government PAC. It will be held Friday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Orofino High School. CCRW will also be honoring the local and state Republican women in office. Finger food and beverages will be provided. Cost will be $8 at the door. There will be a time for questions and answers for any concerns you may have. Ken Harvey is one of Orofino’s own. He will discuss his efforts on annexation reform in Idaho. Chris Troupis Eagle, Idaho attorney Chris Troupis was a candidate for Attorney General in the 2014 Idaho Republican Primary. He has practiced law for 38 years, graduating from Northwestern University in 1973, and USC Law School in 1976. His great passion has been the defense of our Constitutional rights in State and Federal Courts. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Crooked River Valley Rehabilitation Project FEIS and Draft ROD available
    The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, in cooperation with the Nez Perce Tribe, Bonneville Power Administration, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to disclose the potential effects of the proposed Crooked River Valley Rehabilitation project, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The draft Record of Decision has also been prepared at this time. Both the Final EIS and Draft ROD documents are available for review at forest offices or online at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=40648. Crooked River Valley Rehabilitation project will restore and improve two miles of Crooked River, known as the Meanders, approximately five miles west of Elk City, Idaho. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction sign-up
    The Clearwater County Assessor’s Office announces you may now sign up for the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction Program sponsored by the State of Idaho. You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous year’s income (2014) to apply to the 2015 Tax Bill. The reduction amount is based on a sliding scale of income not to exceed $29,100, after medical expenses not covered by insurance. The lower your income, the more the State pays towards your taxes. Forms are available at the Assessor’s Office until the April 15 deadline. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Fraser news
    The weather in the Fraser community has turned cold especially at night and ice has formed on our ponds. We have had days when the sun did shine and then we were hit with fog, rain and snow showers on Friday and Satur-day. In an article in the Feb. 13 issue of the Capital Press, John O’Connell reported about the concern the warm temperatures are having on the snow pack. Idaho’s January precipitation has ranged from 35-85 percent of normal; in February warm temperatures have set records in southern Idaho. Ron Abramovich, Idaho NRCS water specialist reported snowpack is just 50-65 percent of normal in Idaho’s Northern Panhandle. The lack of snow is certainly a concern for the farmers all over the Northwest. We will have to just wait and see what Old Man Winter and Mother Nature have in store for us when it comes to the weather. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Pierce news
    White Pine Rebekah Lodge in Weippe is collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education. Anyone interested in donating can drop them off at S&S Foods in Pierce or Mary Ann’s Groceries in Weippe, or give them to any Rebekah member. This money does actually add up so the support of the community would be appreciated. Since I work at the grocery store I took the opportunity to look at how many box tops are actually available. I think if everyone participated perhaps we could make a difference somewhere. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Kaley Marie, 16 years old, granddaughter of James and Pauline Aldrich of Weippe, is releasing a new EP “Get Your Boots On” March 3, on iTunes. Her grandparents are very proud of the accomplishments Kaley has made within the years of her being in the industry. Kaley is excited about her new music and for all of her friends up on the hilltop to hear her, she says “see you this summer” kaleymarie.com. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 26

    The deadline to apply for spring controlled hunts for wild turkey is rapidly approaching. Hunters entering the drawing for spring turkey must submit their applications by March 1.

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