MARCH 11, 2010

Orofino Chamber of Commerce

History walk through Orofino

   Lin Cannell, Bernice Pullen, and Nick Albers, representing the Clearwater Historical Museum, gave a fascinating presentation about Orofinoís early days during the March 3 Orofino Chamber of Commerce meeting. The presentation included many interesting pictures of Orofino. They also showed a history of which businesses were housed in the historical buildings still in use today.

   A number of years ago, there was a historical walk in Orofino where walkers visited historical buildings on a walking tour. The Historical Museum would like to reinstate that walk and improve upon it.

   Nick Albers said that they needed a theme, some research, photographs, signs, and a little money to get started. By reinstating this historical walk, people would be able to learn of and enjoy the rich history of the area, and businesses would benefit from the interest brought to their establishments.

Dworshak update

   Paul Pence, Natural Resource Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, gave a short update on the lease of Dworshak State Park by Idaho Parks and Recreation (IDPR). He stated that his department had received a letter from IDPR completely rescinding their original request to be released from the lease on the park.

    IDPR, with the help of Clearwater County, public volunteers, and laborers from the Idaho Correctional Institution, will continue running the park.

New members

   Two new members have joined the Chamber: Billís Auto Body and Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest.

Business after hours

   The next Business after Hours get-together will be held at AmericanWest Bank, Thursday, March 11, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Chamber packets

   Heather Burnham, Executive Director, is requesting member businesses provide brochures and information about their business for the packets that are given out to visitors and mailed to interested businesses.

   A new student intern from Orofino High School, Toni Briton, is assisting in the office.

Next meeting

   Richard Kerschbaum and Penny Deyo, of the US Postal Service, will be the guest speakers at the next regular meeting. The meeting is scheduled for March 17, at 12 noon, at the Ponderosa Restaurant.