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November 25 Poll Results
Guantanamo Detainee Trials
With regard to the recent outcome of
Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailanis’ trial in a civilian court, should Guantanamo Bay detainees be tried in civilian courts? (Many thought his sentence was too light.)

11% Yes, I think that’s fair. (5)
89% No, they should be tried in federal court. (40)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Being prepared for a disaster brings peace of mind and may save your life
    Don Gardner is the Coordinator for Clearwater County Emergency Management. He is also a prevention officer and volunteer fire fighter. He recently addressed Orofino’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which happened to be the day after the windstorm that wreaked havoc on the county. Don brought a Grab ‘n Go bucket with him as a demonstration of preparedness. It was a reused white, plastic seven gallon bucket with a snap on lid to seal it. In his bucket, Don had an emergency (crank-up-type) radio, a flashlight, emergency food such as MRE’s or “meals ready to eat” – prepackaged foods which may be stored in readiness. There are many suppliers for these foods. Matches, stored in water-tight bags, are a necessity. One should also have a manual can/bottle opener. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Did Santa stay overnight here?
    It appears Santa parked his reindeer on the roof of the White Pine Motel Sunday when actually the deer was standing and grazing on the hill behind the motel. An optical illusion that startled some children who thought the deer was actually on the roof after they spotted it from the Ponderosa parking lot.  To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fish and Game seeks help in solving several poachings near Kamiah
    Kamiah - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is investigating an alarming number of big game animals shot and left to waste along the Beaver Slide Road east of Kamiah. Since late October, seven big game animals have been discovered along a mile and half stretch of the road. All animals were left to waste and likely shot from the road. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • No more picnicking in the park
    Orofino City Park was turned Monday overnight into a winter wonderland with picnic tables, benches, trees and ground covered with three to four inches of snow in the season’s first snowstorm. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Patriot’s Pen essay winners
    VFW Post 3296 and the Ladies Auxiliary would like to announce the winners of the Patriot’s Pen essay contest. First place winner is Taylor Goodrich of Timberline Junior High; second place was James Shively of Orofino Junior High, and third place Crystal Lundgren, also of Orofino Junior High. This year’s theme is “Does Patriotism Still Matter?”To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor – Sher Cooper
    On Nov. 16, at 1:30 a.m. I was awakened by what sounded like a freight train. The wind pounded against my house until I felt it would fall apart. The lights went out. The world became black. The freight train combined with lightning and thunder and sheets of rain. Things were destroyed, no person was hurt. For some of us the blackness lasted for three days. We lived. We asked, how did you fare? Is all okay? How can we help? Our churches gave shelter. Our hearts opened. I am proud to call Orofino home.  Happy Thanksgiving. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair...
    It’s time to give thanks for God’s blessing to family and friends. Community members are thankful and amazed that no one was injured in the devastating windstorm that passed through here last week. Persons are calling it “amazing.” It was a blessing to attend a wedding Saturday night at the Elks in Lewiston and see a young couple, Cathy Jo Pottenger and Colby Witters exchange their wedding vows and dance the night away in celebration with family and friends. She is the Phantom’s daughter. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas tree permits available
    The Christmas season is quickly approaching; it’s time to plan an outing to choose the family Christmas tree.  If you plan on cutting your tree on public land, permits are available at Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forest offices. Permits are good on National Forest lands in northern Idaho and Montana and on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in northern Idaho and Western Montana. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • “Horrific Wind” says Don Gardner, Emergency Mgt. Coordinator
    Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management Coordinator and firefighter, gave specifics a day after the devastating windstorm that hit Clearwater County. He said the intensity of the storm was still being evaluated but gave some parameters on how storms are classified. “To snap a medium sized tree in half it takes a wind force of 75 mph” said Don. “To snap trees with a girth one cannot span, it takes over a hundred mph wind.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • One vehicle accident on French Mountain Road
    Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) officer Mitch Jared was called out on a one vehicle roll-over on French Mountain at MP 10.5 on Thursday, Nov. 18. James H. Opdahl, of Payette, was traveling south of French Mountain Road when he hit an icy corner, which caused him to loose control of his 1995 Suzuki Sidekick. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Lady Maniacs take St. Maries
    Despite not being able to practice for most of the week due to storm-related power outages, Orofino was able to defeat non-league rival St. Maries.  Orofino (1-1) lost to Deary on Monday and then the storm hit the area, knocking out power. The team wasn't able to practice until Thursday evening. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Nov. 14: OPD received report of shots fired on Michigan Ave. Nov. 15: CCSO received report of a subject arrested on a warrant for FTA on Michigan Ave. CCSO received report of malicious injury on W. Pierce Ave. in Weippe. RP’s vehicle keyed. Nov. 16: CCSO received report of a hazard on Harmony Heights Loop Rd. Live power lines are down and across the road. CCSO received report of a Fish and Game violation at mm 7 on Lower Fords Creek Rd. Shots fired from the roadway; three males in the truck. OPD received report of theft on Vista Avenue. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Biomass project reviewed at Nov. 15 Commissioners meeting
    John Crockett, State Department of Energy, met with the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners Nov. 15 to review the Biomass Project. Also present were Chris St. Germaine, Loren Whitten-Kaboth, Clearwater County Economic Development Committee (CCEDC) Director, Will Wiese-CCEDC Board and Bruce Hanson, Woody Biomass Committee. Crockett is the administrator for the Biomass Feasibility Study grant for the Dept of Energy. Energy management is the area of expertise that Crockett has been involved in for the past 30 years. The Federal Dept of Energy is the funding source for the grant.
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  • ICARE helps cancer patients
    Cancer assistance & recovery effort benefiting people in the Clearwater Valley - ICARE was established in March 2008 by members of the Clearwater Valley Chapter of Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association (CVC-IOGA). The purpose of ICARE is to provide financial aid to people throughout the Clearwater Valley area who are actively receiving treatment for cancer. The project is funded solely by donations and is specifically a means to provide financial support for miscellaneous expenses such as gas, lodging, food, babysitter, etc. during one’s treatment. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happy Thanksgiving from Fraser
    The storm that blew through our area early Tuesday morning did extensive damage. The trees that snapped off or were up rooted knocked down power lines in a wide area. The Brands were without power form 1:42 a.m. Tuesday until early Thursday morning; 2:45 a.m. to be exact. Larry and Sherry Schlader were still without power on Friday morning. Clearwater Power Company was called; they would be out later Friday. The Lutes farm on Cottonwood Road had five big trees knocked down by the bar, two by the house and a pasture had to have the broken limbs removed. Their son Kelly Lutes, grandson Joe Lutes and son-in-law Kelly Marshall drove out to the farm to lend Keith a hand with some of the clean up. Almost every farm in the path of the storm has work to be done. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Friday, Dec. 3 is Pierce Mountain Gem Community’s Festival of Trees, at the Pierce Community Center, from 6 to approximately 8:30 p.m. This exciting annual auction of gifts and décor items will include wreaths, swags, mini Christmas trees, gift baskets and stockings, decorated and donated by many individuals, businesses and organizations here on the hilltop. Preview of these beautiful items is at 6 pm, and the auction commences at 6:30 p.m.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Dog licenses are available now. The cost is $3 if altered or $5 if not. Get ‘em now because after January 15 they cost twice as much. Garbage collection will be Friday after Thanksgiving. Aerators are being replaced at the wastewater lagoon and pumps are being replaced in both wells. This was accomplished by partial funding thru an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 25
    Whitebird - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for help in determining who shot and wasted a trophy-class whitetail buck discovered recently in the Deer Creek area west of Whitebird.

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