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November 20 Poll Results
Keystone XL Pipeline
Do you support construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from
Canada to the Gulf?

 81% Yes. (44)
19% No. (10)
  0% Undecided. (0)

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  • Jennings sentenced to 20 years in prison for havoc wreaked at Best Western
    Second District Judge Michael J. Griffin recently sentenced Christopher J. Jennings to 20 years in prison, for the crime spree inflicted at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge Hotel in December of 2013. Although Jennings was charged with several felonies including burglary, robbery, second-degree kidnapping and possession of meth amphetamine, for the latest of numerous offenses, the 20 year sentence was the result of a plea agreement. Jennings broke into the Lodge at River’s Edge last Dec. 21, around 4 a.m. armed with a BB gun and wearing a mask. Hotel clerk, Stephanie Crockett was in the process of setting out breakfast for the guests when Jennings threatened to kill her and aimed the gun to the back of her head, her forehead and under her chin, wanting to know where the money was kept. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Community rallies to help repair Little Meadow Creek ATV Camp vandalism
    When U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers discovered vandalism at the Little Meadow Creek ATV Camp along Dworshak Reservoir in June 2014, they knew it could be quite some time before they could make repairs. The lock on the traffic-counter box was cut and the unit was stolen. The camp entrance sign and bathroom door were riddled with bullet holes. The damage to facilities, including replacement of the traffic counter were expected to exceed $1,000. “Unexpected costs like that just weren't in the budget,” said Paul Pence, natural resources manager at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir. “We could plan for it in future years' budgets, and hopefully get it, but fixing things this year really wasn't an option for us.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Faces never forgotten
    This past week the Clearwater Tribune received a letter from a woman in Hawaii requesting the community’s assistance for a very special project. Living in a close knit community where almost everyone knows each other, I was hoping we could help. Her plea is not for money, as the season finds most of us struggling to dig deeper into our pockets for a myriad of worthy causes, but for pictures. Janna Hoehn is looking for the photographs of two servicemen from this area which never returned home from the Vietnam War. Two men, which gave their lives and need to be remembered amidst the thousands being hon-ored nationwide. Their names are Clyde R. Carrico from Orofino, and Wesley W. Vermeesch of Pierce. Both men died in the Vietnam War in 1969. The State of Idaho had 217 young men that died in Vietnam, all but 39 photographs have been recovered. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • The "Hunger Bus" stops here
    Turn to most any television channel late at night, and you’ll find an infomercial asking you to give to a great cause. Save the whales, stop global warming, help neglected animals—all good causes, but the one most people turn away from quicker than all the others is that of the starving child in a foreign country. Somehow, seeing the life of a child hanging by a thread because of malnourishment upsets us, largely because we know that here in the land of plenty that could never happen. Maybe not to the same degree, but don’t fool yourself into thinking there’s not a problem, including right here in Clearwater County. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Returned wallet a true blessing
    In times where there seems to be more bad news than good, it is always refreshing to hear the random acts of kindness going on around us. I’d like to think that maybe the world isn’t such a bad place, that there are as many good deeds taking place as there seemed to be in the days of my youth; perhaps we just don’t hear of them as often. The following story is twofold, first to acknowledge this random act of kindness, the second is hopefully to let that person know how much their honesty and kindness made a difference in the lives of a young father and his eight year old son. A newcomer to Orofino, Robert Byrd, had just withdrawn $400 cash from the ATM shortly before Halloween, to put down as first month’s rent on an apartment for himself and his son.
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  • Book on local Potlatch company logging operations reprinted
    The Clearwater Historical Society has republished an important book on the history of the region. First published in 1996, White Pine, Wobblies and Wanigans: A History of Potlatch Logging Camps, North Central Idaho, 1903-1986, was researched and written by local historian Thomas P. Farbo, who died in 2001. The book has been out of print for some time. The Historical Society Board of Directors recognized the importance of the work to regional history and approached the Farbo children, Kathy Farbo Deyo and John Farbo, about the possibility of having the book reprinted. They consented to the project, directing that the pro-ceeds from any sales go to the Clearwater Historical Society. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Reflections from my Trail, by Charlie Pottenger
    Wisconsin about 1968, Dad and I were up and on the lake before dawn and were witnessing another of God’s miracle mornings. Mist was rising from the warm water on a dewy July morning and we were casting huge lures over submerged weedy reefs in search of giant muskies. These savage, pike-like fish are extremely hard to catch, but the explosiveness of their strike and the strength of their desire to escape make them one of the great American game fish, similar to the heavy fighting steelhead and salmon of the Clearwater. As dawn progressed and changed the eerie silence of the calm predawn to the splash of light on the water, we cast into the rising sun and my Dad’s surface lure whirred and gurgled in the invisible glare. Nearing the boat with about three feet of line left there was an explosion in the water and Dad’s hands were stripped of his expensive rod and casting reel.
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  • New door for Evergreen Fire District
    Evergreen Fire District is elated with the installation of a new 20 foot door at the Fire Hall located on Middle Road in Cavendish. “The old door was four feet narrower and in bad shape,” reported Chief Robert Lewis. Taxes from Clearwater County provided the district with money needed to purchase and install the new door. The cement work was done in October and required 30 days to cure due to the weight of the vehicles and in mid-November, the fire trucks were moved back inside. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Lady Spartans start regular season with a win
    The Timberline Lady Spartans traveled to Kamiah for their first regular season game on Tuesday, Nov. 18. With a fourth-quarter surge, the Lady Spartans overcame a night of poor shooting to put Kamiah away in their nonleague matchup. Morgan Willett led the Spartans to the victory with 19 points while Kassi Jared attempted at a triple double ending the game with nine points, nine steals and eight rebounds. It has been a couple years since the Lady Spartans have had a winning record. This game put them at 3-2 on the year so far. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • John Bradbury book signing Dec. 12
    Studio 205, in conjunction with the Pierce Library, will be hosting book signings for John Bradbury and his new book, Frontier History Along Idaho’s Clearwater River on Friday, Dec. 12. First Bradbury will appear from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Pierce Library. Then, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., he will be at Studio 205, where hot cider and snacks will be served and Bradbury reads excerpts from his work. At either time and place you’ll be able to purchase an autographed copy of the book. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Lady Maniacs start regular season at home
    The Lady Maniacs played host to two teams this last week. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, they faced off in their regular season opener against the Deary Mustangs. Although the turn out wasn’t in the Maniacs’ favor you could tell the improvement already for the Lady Maniacs. Senior Jordyn Howell led the Maniacs with eight points on the night while true freshman Shay Kuykendall was right behind her with six. Defensively Orofino couldn’t stop the Mustangs who scored 42 points and had three of their played score in double digits. Finishing the game ahead of the Maniacs 27-42. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Pierce Gem Festival of Trees Dec. 5
    A magical evening will take place at the Pierce Community Center Friday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This annual event brings out the best of our community, and in one word, says “giving.” So many crafters, fine artists, and other talented folk donate to this live auction, whether it be a hand-crafted or decorated wreath, centerpiece, gift basket, or master bakers' home-baked goods, the main theme is always giving more back to the community. There are even items donated from Idaho Magazine in southern Idaho! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Dworshak discharge flows to temporarily increase
    Water discharge from Dworshak Dam near Orofino will temporarily fluctuate on Tuesday, Nov. 25 while U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff complete required maintenance on a main breaker in the power house, operations officials at the dam announced today. Discharge flow from the dam will be increased from approximately 1,100 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 1,600 c.f.s. during the scheduled maintenance outage. This temporary change in flows will likely result in less than a one-half-foot increase in water depth in the Clearwater River near the confluence with the North Fork.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago - Some automobile mishaps over the last week included the following: John D. Loseth, 23, said his 1954 Dodge sedan sustained about $1,000 in damage when it slid off the Ahsahka grade. Loseth said he was stopping in a friend’s driveway when the car began sliding because of a muddy shoulder. Loseth was forced to jump clear. In another incident, Norman Plank, 14, was driving a 1954 Plymouth sedan when a front tire blew out, causing the vehicle to hit a parked GMC logging truck owned by J.L. Clute of Stites. This wreck happened just outside the city limits, on Orofino Creek Road. Norman’s father, Earl Plank, owned the Plymouth. 70 Years Ago - The war department alerted Clearwater County that Captain Hershel Swann, 33, had been missing in action since Oct. 31. Prominent in the area, Swann was an intelligence officer and served at Camp Adair, OR, after initial training as a reserve officer at Ft. Benning, GA. He was the former assistant fire warden for CTPA, and was a timber cruiser for the state of Idaho.
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  • U.S. Forest Service job fair Dec. 8 at Dept. of Labor Offices
    Forest Service representatives will be available Monday, Dec. 8, between 12 and 4 p.m. PST, to discuss job opportunities on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests at the Department of Labor Offices in Lewiston (1158 Idaho Street), Grangeville (305 North State Street), Orofino (410 Johnson Avenue), and Moscow (1350 Troy Road, Suite 1). Jobs available are predominantly seasonal, mainly during the summer. Opportunities include positions in fire management, recreation such as trail building or campground maintenance, biologist technicians in wildlife and fisheries, and as engineering technicians. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are with friends and family celebrating one of my favorite holidays. I cannot help but think about how blessed I am, not just today, but every day. With so much that has happened lately, I must say how thankful that I am to know all the amazing people that I have met since moving to Idaho. There are so many people who have been influential in my life since becoming a resident here over 10 years ago, that I cannot even begin to name them all! At this time, however, I would like to express my deep gratitude for the life of Dan Paige. He has been a good friend and I am so grateful that after his horrific crash last week that he is expected to recover. I am praying for him as I’m sure it will be tough road. I am also thankful that I was fortunate enough to know the great Bill McKinnon. He was kind beyond words and my heart goes out to his family. My prayers are with them, also. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser Community wishes everyone a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving. If you are going to be alone on Thanksgiving, there is an organization in Weippe that is inviting you to join them for a tasty meal. The Hilltop Senior Center in Weippe is hosting a free community Thanksgiving dinner, it is a potluck so bring your favorite food and join this sharing group. The meal starts at 12 noon. For more information call Tressa at 208-435-4242. Kermit Perkins celebrated his 95th birthday at the Clearwater Health and Rehab Facility on Nov. 10. Kermit was the fourth child born to Virginia and Jerry W. Perkins. The Perkins family lived on the place presently owned by Randy and Carrie Brooks. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 27

     For the second time in as many months an angler has set a new record in Idaho. On Nov. 8, Idaho Falls angler Steve Micek landed a coho salmon weighing 11.8 pounds. It was 33 inches in length. The hefty silver replaces the initial record set in October during Idaho’s inaugural coho season. That fish, caught by Ethan Crawford, weighed 9.4 pounds.

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