JULY 29, 2010

5 Years Ago

   State Hospital Northís 100th anniversary was July 14. Tours and presentations were held.

20 Years Ago

   Bruneel Tire Company of Lewiston has opened its tenth store in the area at its new building on Main Street on Orofino Creek.           

   Ruth Bird has been chosen State LPN of the Year by the Idaho Association of Nurses.

   Pierce residents, aided by a $10,000 government grant, are raising funds for a newly acquired Super Ambulance to provide better service for the upper county area.

   Pom Girls for next year at OHS are Delores Dodson, Annette Adams, Stacy Snyder, Julie Ashby, Lori Faucett and Kecia Sharrai.

25 Years Ago

   Potlatch Corporation announced an indefinite shutdown of its Clearwater Unit operations. The shutdown includes the Lewiston Sawmill, Jaype Sawmill near Pierce and all the supporting operations. Crews will finish sawing and then materials on the ground will be hauled to the mills.

   In addition to the 400 employed by contract loggers, the closure will leave without jobs about 240 loggers employed by Potlatch at Headquarters and Pierce. They canít predict when operations will resume. The paper and tissue plant in Lewiston will continue operations.

35 Years Ago

   Orofino Chamber of Commerce has filed a protest at the unwise and discriminatory rules which the State Department of Health wants to impose on contractors burning debris at Dworshak Reservoir. The Idaho rules, which are more restrictive then federal laws, would control the spread of smoke.

   Local residents are protesting new rules that would halt the working of downriver mail, and delay Orofino letters by some 18 to 20 hours. Raymond Scoles, Postmaster, said $25 a week savings was the goal of the plan by postal officials.

55 Years Ago

   A $35,000 fire described as hotter then the Nezperce Rochdale blaze of 1953 wiped out the White Pine Planer Mill and threatened the southeast end along Canada Hill.

   Potlatch Corporation paid $1,709,000 for the 163 million feet of federal timber in the Quartz Creek sale recently opened up by the Canyon district to salvage over-age and diseased timber. The bid was $410,000 more than offered by Plum Creek Company of Polson, MT.      

   Trustees of School District 171 approved purchase of 20 acres of land mid-point between Pierce and Weippe.

60 Years Ago

   The Federal Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a three year study, finding it will take $18,600,000 to handle the fish impact of Bruceís Eddy Dam. The report said that fishing would be mediocre and the sports catch in the Clearwater would be reduced.           

   Municipal swimming pool operation soared to 190 marks as Orofino residents moved to escape record 105 degree temperatures.

   Budget needs for School District 171 for the coming year shows $458,785 or $35,000 more than the same estimates a year ago.

75 Years Ago

   Weippe-Schmidt Brothers are constructing a building for a sawmill. The building will replace one that burned June 22. By the middle of August, cutting is expected to start. At the time the mill burned 50 men were employed and it was one of the chief industries for this season.

80 Years Ago

   On July 23, the Village of Peck allowed the Interstate Utilities Company franchise to enter the village and operate local long distance exchanges. The central office will be installed at once.