JUNE 10, 2010

Orofino Chamber of Commerce

Dworshak plays catch-up

   Charlie Chase, Assistant Manager of Dworshak State Park, was the guest and keynote speaker at the chamber luncheon held June 2.

   Mr. Chase gave an update on the reopening of Dworshak and all the improvements being done. They are trying to get the water treatment plant going. Clearwater County Sheriffs have been helpful adjusting the docks. Chase extended his thanks to other agencies and people who have helped reopen the park.

   The park will be gaining a new park ranger beginning the middle of June and one seasonal ranger. Additionally, a 10 man work crew from the correctional facility is helping with the many ongoing projects. 

   Frozen lines had to be repaired at Three Meadows; a new sewer line had to be installed. The crew is rebuilding a cedar fence, and there are plans to stain the lodge at Big Eddy with a UV protecting stain. Chase said they hope to dig a well for drinking water at Freeman Creek.

   The marina is not full yet; the boats on the waiting list are too big to put in. There are 15 slips available for boats under 22 feet. The lodge welcomes bookings; it was closed for three months during the highest booking season. Reservations may be made online through Reserve America or through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) website at:

   If you wish to book the lodge, call Susan Ford at: 476-5994.

   The park system has been told it has to be self-sufficient, so there will be price increases effective July 1. Annual passes will go up from $35 to $40 per vehicle. The pass for a family’s second vehicle will go up from $5 to $15. Overnight parking at Freeman Creek will cost $10 per night.

   Now is the time to get seasonal passes before the July 1 rate increase.

Chamber fundraising

   The auction netted approximately $17,000, and the beer garden at the EnduroCross races was considered a great success.

   Money is needed for the 4th of July celebration and fireworks. The chamber is seeking raffle items from businesses and individuals. Raffle tickets are $3 each or two for $5. The raffle drawing will be held at the 4th of July celebration. The theme follows the chamber’s motto: “Orofino, a reason for every season." There will be a major prize for each season.

   Cash donations may be mailed to the Orofino Chamber of Commerce at: P.O. Box 2346, Orofino, ID 83544.

Business after Hours

   The next Business after Hours get-together will be co-sponsored by Dining on the Edge and the Ponderosa. It will be held at Dining at the Edge, Thursday, June 10, between 5 and 7 p.m.


   Loren Whtten-Koboth gave an update on economic development. SJX Jet Boat Company hosted a dinner at The Edge for guests from Germany. Klaus Schneiders, Chief Editor of Skipper Boat & Yachting Magazine, and other guests had a tour and boat ride. They are in Orofino to promote the aluminum boat industry and to generate international sales.

Social media workshop

   A social media workshop, sponsored by the Clearwater Business Committee, the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, and Clearwater Technical Group will be held June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Best Western Lodge. Clearwater Technical Group will be teaching Facebook; Blog; You Tube, Flickr; and Twitter. The seminar is free.

Next meeting

   Caren Adams, of the Idaho Meth Project, will visit at the next regular meeting scheduled for June 16, at 12 noon, at the Ponderosa Restaurant.