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Gov. Otter responds to Health and Welfare office closures
Late-breaking news last updated Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

This Week's Top Stories

  • Orofino, a history to tell (Part III)
    The view through Josephina Rose’s lens must have been an exciting one for her, as she photographed a town that was just beginning.

  • Orofino Health and Welfare office to close; employees laid off or transferred
    Four of Orofino’s 19 Health and Welfare employees will be laid off and the remaining 15 will be transferred to Lewiston or elsewhere.

  • School Board votes 3-2 to close OJHS
    Orofino Junior High School students will move to Orofino Elementary School and Orofino High School for the 2010-2011 school year following at 3-2 passage of a motion to that effect at a specially called meeting of the Jt. School District 171 board, held April 6.

  • Annual Spring Round-Up is Saturday
    You won’t want to miss the events going on this Saturday, April 10 at Orofino City Park.

  • Community Clean-Up and Arbor Day celebration April 24
    Orofino Community Clean-Up Day, spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce, City of Orofino, and Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, will be held Saturday, April 24 at Orofino City Park.

  • Orofino Fireman’s Ball returns
    After taking a year off due to the poor economy, the Orofino Fireman’s Ball is back and in full swing, scheduled for Saturday, April 17.

  • Mosher confined to burn trauma center in Salt Lake
    Scott Mosher, 27, is confined to the burn and trauma center at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment of burns suffered three weeks ago while working as a lineman in Cody, WY.

  • Scheduled power outage Friday
    A scheduled power outage affecting Pierce, Weippe, Headquarters, and some residents on Highway 12 will take place this Friday, April 9 from 7 to 11 a.m.

  • Wolf kill in Weippe “not typical” say officials
    Gene Eastman, a retired game warden for Idaho Fish and Game, lost his Morgan horse to an animal attack near Weippe.

  • Pizza, carwash fundraiser for OHS senior class
    Orofino High School’s 2010 senior class is gearing up for a pizza fund raiser for their After Graduation Party

  • Food Bank in Orofino April 19
    The monthly food bank will be held at the National Guard Armory, Hwy 12 on Monday, April 19. Distribution will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. or until supplies run out.

  • Run Like a Dam Maniac May 1
    The Orofino High School Health Occupation Students of America and Orofino Track and Field are sponsoring the first annual Run Like a Dam Maniac fun run on Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m.

  • Pierce/Weippe Chamber Auction Saturday, May 1
    The Pierce/Weippe Chamber is having its annual auction and banquet starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at the Weippe Community Center.

  • Fish and Game officer arrested
    Joel Gunnell, 36, of Montpelier, was arrested by Franklin County and Idaho Fish and Game officers on a felony warrant charging him with rape.

  • From this Chair
    The Phantom and I are going to Spokane Thursday to see the Howland twin boys in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sacred Heart Hospital and to help their mommy Ashley (Stanton) Howland celebrate her 26th birthday.

  • State Senator Lee Heinrich announces re-election candidacy
    Cascade-Senator Lee Heinrich (R-Cascade) has announced that he will stand for re-election to the Idaho State Senate for Legislative District 8. The district includes Valley, Idaho, Lewis and Clearwater Counties.

  • Hospitals to participate in $5.9 million grant
    The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) recently received a $5.9 million grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop and implement a statewide health information exchange.

  • Orofino man dies of gunshot wound
    Kyle Flerchinger, 20, of Orofino died Friday in a Yakima, WA hospital of injuries suffered Tuesday when he stepped outside a central Washington home to smoke a cigarette and was shot.

  • Picnic tables vandalized at Dworshak Reservoir Canyon Creek campground
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers need help obtaining information about picnic tables that were vandalized at Canyon Creek campground on the Dworshak Reservoir.

  • “Pennies for the Past” raises $875 for museum
    The "Pennies for the Past" drive to benefit the Clearwater Historical Museum is over. We did not achieve our goal of $2,500, to help Bernice with her matching grant. But, after all the pennies were counted with the help from the Orofino K-Kids, we were able to raise over $875.

  • Easter Egg Hunt winners
    Saturday’s biting wind and chilly air did not deter Orofino’s young Easter egg hunters from taking part in the annual VFW Post #3296 Easter egg hunt at Orofino City Park.

  • Idaho’s jobless rate drops; Clearwater County has highest unemployment
    Job gains across much of the economy eased Idaho unemployment a tenth of a point to 9.4 percent in March, the first decline in the jobless rate in 32 months.

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