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December 16 Poll Results
Individual Mandate
Do you agree with the judge who ruled that the individual mandate in Obama’s health care plan requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional?

74% Yes, I absolutely do! (56)
25% No, his ruling is complete hogwash. (19)
  1% I really don’t know. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Letters to Santa and Christmas Greeting Ads
    Read Letters to Santa from Clearwater County school children and see the Christmas Greeting Ads from local businesses.

  • Fish and Game Commission suspends wolf management plan
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, in a telephone conference call Dec. 8, suspended Idaho's 2008-2012 species management plan for wolves. The 2002 Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, approved by the Idaho Legislature and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, remains in effect as the foundation for wolf management in the state.  To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • School board terminates employee; extends probation on another
    A classified employee of Orofino School District was terminated and probation extended for the remainder of the year for a certified employee at the school district’s meeting Monday evening. This motion was made in executive session and the trustees voted in favor of the motion. The board heard concerns from Darlyn Lanier regarding drug issues in the schools. She noted that students need to know that there are consequences to their actions and feel that this is a serious problem that needs to be pro-actively dealt with.
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  • Food Bank in Orofino Dec. 20
    The monthly food bank will be held at the National Guard Armory, Highway 12, on Monday, Dec. 20. Distribution will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. unless supplies run out. Perishable and non-perishable items will be available. Registration will be done on site. Please bring your own box or bag. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team begins mission in Iraq
    The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, Idaho Army National Guard, began assuming command over their areas of responsibility in Iraq during two official Transfer of Authority ceremonies in Baghdad, Dec. 3. The headquarters element of the 116th CBCT from Boise, Idaho, now known as “Task Force Snake,” assumed garrison command over Victory Base Complex, a large U.S. military installation. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Free lattés Sunday at OCC
    In honor of those in college returning home to Orofino for the holiday season, Orofino Community Church Youth will be serving lattés and fancy coffees between services at 9:15-10:30 a.m. All those in college that just drudged through yet another set of finals, are welcome as guests to enjoy a free coffee of your choice. Lattés and coffee will be available for those not in college at a donation of your choosing. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair...
    The community is decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments and just waiting for snow to make it into a Christmas wonderland. Temperatures were in the high 40’s today and the snow downtown has melted. We need more for Christmas. When turning off Hwy 12 onto the bridge and driving into Orofino persons are greeted by a beautiful array of Christmas lights. The first to see is the gazebo at Orofino City Park that is a feast to the eyes and makes a person think of an old fashioned mystical Charles Dickens’ Christmas.
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  • County receives grant funds of $58,758 for fuels reduction
    Emergency Manager Don Gardner presented information on the Western States Fuels Reduction contract at the Dec. 13 County Commissioners meeting. The area identified for fuels reduction projects is the Sunnyside area. The County accepted the $58,758 in grant funds from the Western States Fire Management Fuels Grant. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Down Memory Lane
    45 Years Ago: Orofino Chamber took a train full of U of I Geology students on a side trip to Bruce’s Eddy dam site as the excursion came to Orofino. The rail tour covered most of the Camas Prairie’s river run. 75 Years Ago: Deposit in the Bank of Orofino reached the highest point in the history of the institution. The deposits have steadily increased since the national banking holiday declared by President Roosevelt in 1933 and last Friday totaled $558,000. 85 Years Ago: The stretch of road leading from the limit of the City of Orofino thru Glenwood and to the Grangemont highway district line will be graveled this fall. High school enrollment reached a total of 120 with a few more boys expected this week who have been working in the woods this summer. In the grade school 262 have enrolled.
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  • CVHC Hires new Director of Nursing
    Sharon Moriarty, MPA, BSN, CNOR, was recently hired by Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (CVHC), as Director of Nursing Services. She is replacing Sue Higgins, RN, who is retiring after 11 years in the position. Most recently, Moriarty was employed at State Hospital North as a nurse manager. Prior to her move to the Weippe area, she served as a charge nurse overseeing patient care in a specially licensed long-term, acute unit caring for patients from southern Oregon, northwestern Nevada, and northern California.
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  • Lady Maniacs fall short to Kendrick, 48 - 17
    Hannah Smith nailed four 3-pointers in a row in the second quarter to help Kendrick crush Orofino 48-17. Kendrick (7-2, 2-1) brought out the full-court press in the second quarter and forced some turnovers. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Dec. 7: OPD received report of a subject arrested for DUI on Michigan Ave. OPD received a civil complaint on Riverside Ave. Dec. 9: CCSO received request for agency assistance on Hwy. 12. Several large rocks in the road, blocking the eastbound lane; largest is the size of a barrel. Dec. 10: CCSO received report of a subject arrested for disturbing the peace on Michigan Ave. Dec. 12: CCSO received report of suspicious circumstances on Harmony Heights Loop Rd. Car alarm triggered in the middle of the night.
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  • Orofino Chamber of Commerce news: Dworshak Dam update
    Paul Pence, Natural Resource Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, gave an update on Dworshak Reservoir, the local campgrounds around it, and information on the facility’s present status. He gave a slide show presentation and answered questions Dec. 1, for members of the Chamber of Commerce. The background slide show was a collection of “Dworshak’s Best Photographs” displaying recent pictures of events held at Dworshak such as a flint knapping class, where participants learned how to make obsidian arrow heads. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Sandy Bresnahan
    I'm dropping you a line to tell you about a Christmas tradition my family has. Usually the middle of December we pack up the kids, sometimes some hot chocolate and go out in the car a tour the town of Orofino and look at Christmas lights. We just got home from our tour. Hollywood St. is always nice as well as the house right before turning onto Hollywood. There are a lot of houses for sale and not nearly as many lights as there used to be.
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  • Orofino’s Christmas Festival brings sparkle to the night
    Orofino’s Christmas Festival brought sparkle to the night, helping people of the community not only to think about Christmas, but also feel the hope and peace of the season. A number of activities around town helped increase the Christmas spirit including the Light Parade, Community Tree Lighting, caroling, visits with Santa, open houses at businesses, Live Nativity and related activities such as the Patchwork Bazaar, Community Choir Concert and Little Elf Shop.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Santa’s next trip to Weippe is in a few days. He will be at the Fire hall Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fire Department will give rides on fire trucks. Parents can take pictures of their children or their pets. Children will be given a bag of candy with an orange and a candy cane. To help make this day successful, the volunteer fire department is asking the community to donate candy if possible. Any kind of candy is fine; it can be hard candy. To make donations, call Lisa at 473-5046 or drop off at the hall Friday, Dec., 17. They can also give it to any firefighter. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    On Thursday, Dec 16 at the Pierce Community Center from 4-6 p.m., the kids are invited to come and decorate a couple of Christmas cookies to take home to kick-off the Holiday Season. Jennifer will be gone Dec. 20-24 and Lindsey will be in charge. She will have Christmas crafts for the kids to do if they would like to make something. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 16
    Last minute gift idea: get your favorite hunter a chance to win the hunt of a lifetime. The first drawing is still several months away, but it's not too early to enter Idaho Fish and Game's Super Hunt. The Super Hunt is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Entries are drawn for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.

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