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July 8 Poll Results
IRS Health Care
Should the Internal Revenue Service be given the authority to enforce the new health care plan’s individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance coverage?

12% Yes (14)
87% No (102)
  1% I don't know (1)

U-turn leads to logging truck wreck
New pre-existing condition insurance plan now available to Idahoans

Late-breaking news last updated Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.

This Week's Top Stories

  • Stolen items found during house search
    Clearwater County deputies executed a search warrant July 2 for stolen property at a residence in Ahsahka that resulted in felony charges against a female and two juvenile males.

  • Lewiston man killed on Highway 95
    A Lewiston man was killed late Tuesday morning when his vehicle collided with a loaded logging tractor-trailer near milepost 308 on U.S. Highway 95, according to an Idaho State Police report.

  • Wine tasting in Pierce set for Saturday
    The 2010 Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce Wine Tasting promises to be a lovely and relaxing evening. You are invited this Saturday, July 10 from 6–8:30 p.m. to the Timber Inn Courtyard in Pierce.

  • Pierce marks its Sesquicentennial celebration with 1860 Days
    The weekend of Aug. 6, 7, and 8, Pierce 1860 Days is fast approaching—and promises to get you going for great food, fun contests and fast, foot-movin’ music.

  • 4th of July in Clearwater County
    Ashley Dougherty (left) is served baked beans by Orofino Rotary Club member Lynn MacEachern at the Fourth of July barbecue held in the park.

  • Services once offered by Health and Welfare still available
    Budget constraints forced the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to close its Orofino office and eight others in the state last May, but many of the essential services offered by the agency remain unchanged in Idaho communities, including Orofino.

  • Sawmill fined in former Orofino man’s death
    The Yakama Nation’s sawmill, located in White Swan, WA, has been hit with $59,850 in fines following a federal probe into the death of a Fort Simcoe Job Corps student that turned up several safety violations.

  • Orofino Farmers Market
    Barby Weir and Kent Bryant (l to r) enjoyed a sunny day in the park at the Farmer’s Market last week.  Barby displayed many varieties of her home baked bread from “Bread & Jam by Barby.”

  • Class of 1990 reunion July 16-18
    All classmates, former teachers from all grades and friends of the OHS Maniacs Class of 1990 are welcomed to share with classmates their 20 year reunion celebration July 16-17-18.

  • Orofino’s Fourth of July River Raft Race a success
    Six teams, for a total of 23 participants, entered Orofino’s Fourth Annual Fourth of July Raft Race down the Clearwater River July 4. The race began above Greer and ended at the Orofino Bridge.

  • Weird weather stressful for fish
    May and June are stressful months for warmwater fish, such as bullheads, perch, bass, crappie and sunfish.

  • Progress report on nutrient addition to Dworshak Lake
    A well attended meeting conducted by representatives of the Corps Of Engineers and Idaho Fish & Game (IDFG) reported the results to-date of the now controversial nutrient addition program aimed at helping improved size and numbers of kokanee salmon in Dworshak Lake.

  • Dworshak Reservoir drawdown starts
    Water levels began to be lowered Tuesday at Dworshak Reservoir on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Each summer the cooler water of Dworshak is released downstream in what’s known as a drawdown, to cool the Snake River – protecting juvenile chinook and steelhead which are listed as threatened on the Endangered Species Act.

  • City of Orofino Special Revenue Bond Election absentee ballots available
    Absentee ballots for the Aug. 3, 2010 City of Orofino Special Revenue Bond election are available at the City of Orofino Clerk’s office located at 217 First Street.

  • What is the Show & Shine?
    Car shows can be huge commercial events with hundreds or even thousands of vehicles on display, or they can be small, hometown shows with only a few vehicles.

  • Rotary Log Drive winners
    The Orofino Rotary Log Drive winners are: first place, Denise Hedrick, Orofino; second place, Bill Furey, Castlegar, BC and third place, Tammy Bowen, Kamiah.

  • From this Chair…
    What a surprise we experienced Monday while driving home from Lewiston. We were traveling in my Jeep eastbound on Hwy 12 near milepost 33 when out of nowhere comes a rolling tire crossing over into our lane, headed directly for the front of our vehicle.

  • Upper Lochsa Land Exchange Editorial: Part IV
    It is looking more and more like the Clearwater Region of Idaho is being attacked by government officials in reference to its forests and wildlife resources.

  • Dworshak Recreation District seeking project proposals
    The Dworshak Recreation District is seeking project proposals. Groups or individuals may submit recreation project proposals for next fiscal year, which begins in October, at a public meeting to be held Wednesday, July 21 at the Orofino City Hall, at 7 p.m.

  • Senior Long Term Care Resource Conference at casino event center
    "E'MAH-KIT'S-NU-AAH" (take care of yourself) is the motto of the Nimiipuu Health Center in Lapwai which will be holding a special conference Wednesday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help ascertain the long term health needs of Native Americans 55 and older in what is called the 2010 Senior LTC Resource Conference.

  • Bonner Mountain Music Festival is July 24
    The Bonner Mountain Music Festival will be Saturday, July 24, at the Robert Spence home, 12459 Upper Fords Creek Rd. 13.5 miles from Orofino.

  • OPD Citizens Police Academy
    The Orofino Police Department invites interested persons to join them for a Citizens Police Academy. The academy will run for 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 8 and ending Nov. 10. It is open to individuals 18 and older.

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