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December 23 Poll Results
Holiday Spirit
What gets you in the holiday spirit? (Choose the option that is most effective.)

29% A winter wonderland with Christmas trees, snow and lights. (17)
  7% Holiday food and beverages, such as candy canes and eggnog. (4)
  0% Giving/receiving gifts. (0)
20% Christmas music. (12)
24% Being with family and friends. (14)
20% Bah, humbug. (12)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Clearwater County Hazard Plan Available for public review
    The Clearwater County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and Community Wildfire Protection Plan Updates have been completed in draft form and are available to the public for review and comment at the Clearwater County Emergency Management office in Orofino (2200 Michigan Avenue) or the public libraries in Orofino, Pierce, Weippe, and Elk River. Electronic copies may be viewed in PDF format at The public review phase of the planning process will be open from Dec. 27, 2010 thru Jan. 10, 2011. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Idaho ranks fourth in fastest growing states in 2010 Census
    Idaho ranks fourth nationally in percentage of population growth – 21.1 percent - from April 2000 to April 2010 according to initial 2010 Census data released today. Idaho’s population increased 273,629 from the 2000 Census to a new total of 1,567,582, ranking fortieth in the nation in overall population. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas lights
    My father kept Christmas well. Inside the house with the tree and many decorations, some handed down from his parents, some home-built with my mother, who loved Christmas also. Outside his home was a delight to all those who came to see it every Christmas. As I became old enough I helped with my younger brother. We found dad hanging by his finger tips from the gutter one day as the ladder had slipped out.  Another time he crashed into a large bush that broke his fall. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • No injuries or damages reported in fire calls
    Two fire alarms were turned in the past week to the Orofino Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Chief Mike Lee reports there were no damages or injuries incurred in either incident. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Twenty counties match or exceed statewide November jobless hike
    Twenty of Idaho’s 44 counties saw seasonally adjusted unemployment rates match or exceed the state rate increase for November with only eight experiencing jobless rates below levels of a year ago. The local unemployment estimates were released just hours after Congress approved resumption of the federally financed extended benefits program, which provides an additional 28 to 73 weeks of benefits to idled workers who already exhausted their 10 to 26 weeks of regular state benefits. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • SMHC and CVHC to offer monthly Women’s Health Days
    St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics will be offering monthly Women’s Health Days at four of their satellite clinics. In conjunction with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center’s mobile mammography services, the Cottonwood, Orofino, Kamiah and Grangeville Medical clinics will offer a mammogram and a female wellness exam on the same day. The Women’s Health Day will be offered in Orofino on the first Wednesday of the month; in Kamiah on the second Wednesday; at Grangeville the third Wednesday and at Cottonwood on the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning this January.
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  • From this Chair...
    The Phantom said it. I wrote it. Mother Nature made it happen. This is our wish for snow for Christmas. The wish came true overnight Sunday when the community woke up to a world blanketed in six inches of powdery, fresh snow. Anyone who is familiar with this area, often referred to as “the banana belt” of Idaho knows a chinook wind could come in and melt all the snow by Christmas leaving the area a wet rainy muddy mess. But we tried for a White Christmas. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Gary Harvey
    I would like to take a little time to comment on the “Santa” letters. I was particularly taken aback by the noticeable difference in the content and character of the children’s notes/letters/requests to Santa. I don’t want to offend any child or teacher, but one must be aware of the extreme differences that were displayed, in print, from the different school districts. To that end, I would, as a “Peck resident” like to say something to the teachers and children of Peck. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Down Memory Lane
    50 years ago: Orofino water users by a 90 percent majority approved a $165,000 bond issue for a sewage treatment plant to be built at the edge of the Clearwater River south of State Hospital North. 35 Years Ago: Local National Guardsmen directed by Andy Arvish have completed a new foot bridge over Flume Gulch below Orofino High School. The crossing is part of the Woodwinder trail used for physical fitness workouts. 25 Years Ago: After nearly 20 years of planning and preparation, the Three Meadows Group Camp is finally within reach. The facilities consist of eight cabins each designed to accommodate 12 campers for a total of 96. The kitchen, dining and sewage facilities are designed for double the number 200. The facilities are very modern and comfortable with thermal pane windows, heaters and concrete floors, making them usable in winter as well as summer. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas celebration “Five golden mood rings”
    As she did last year, Kathleen Tetwiler led her exuberant choirs in a vocal celebration of Christmas at last week’s chamber meeting. The joint choirs of Orofino High School and Orofino’s eighth graders sang a medley of Christmas songs, ranging from the traditional to modern versions. One song, which brought smiles to everyone’s faces, was a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas – only it was done 70’s style. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Salmon River strides over Orofino, 66-43
    In Riggins, Savage Jake Manley collected 20 points, six rebounds (all on offense), four assists and four steals as unbeaten Salmon River disposed of Orofino in a nonleague game. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    December 12: Orofino Police Department (OPD) received report of shots fired on 113th St. December 13: Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received report of a traffic hazard on Hwy. 7/Cavendish Hwy. Large rock on the fog line. December 16: OPD received report of disorderly conduct on Ellis St. December 18: CCSO received report of a domestic dispute on Old Peck Grade/Cavendish Rd. Reporting party’s (RP) boyfriend is tearing up the house.
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  • Aloha, an evening with OCC youth
    My husband and I were invited to a five-course meal at the Second Annual Christmas Dinner held at Orofino Community Church (OCC). What a way to spend a cold winter evening! The youth at OCC presented “2010 Winter Feast”- a fundraiser! A wonderful project for the youth ministry to raise funds for mission trips!
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  • Merry Christmas from Fraser
    The Fraser Community woke up to four inches of new snow on the morning of Monday, Dec. 20. The warm temperatures last week had melted most of the snow, so it was great to see the ground white again. The snow that settled on the boughs of the evergreen trees looked like someone had carefully spread a layer of white frosting on the tips. Before the sun came up, a full moon set in a cloudless sky. How many of you saw this spectacular sight?
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  • 25th Annual Free Ski / Snowshoe Day is Jan. 8
    Test out your new skis or snowshoes on freshly groomed trail, or explore untouched powder in the high country. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is offering Nordic skiers and snowshoers the opportunity to play in the snow at any of Idaho’s 16 designated Park N’ Ski areas and state parks at no charge on Saturday, Jan. 8.  (Weather dependent, of course.)
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    The Weippe Community Christmas tree between the Lodge and the Elkhorn was donated by Ed Berreth, cut, set up and decorated by Bill Barteau, Linda Soles, Caryle Cahala and Ed Berreth. Tree lights were donated by Sherry Schlader of Sherry’s Cakes & Bouquets. This will be an annual event and a donated tree will be needed next year, so keep your eyes open for same. Christmas caroling around the tree and refreshments for those brave enough to withstand the cold are in the plans for next year. Want to help? Call Linda at 435-4270.
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  • Pierce news
    On another note, we are trying to uncover the identity of the Secret Santa here on the hill. Upon return from stocking the pantry last Thursday, we were surprised to discover on our doorstep a large box with beautifully wrapped jars containing most of the ingredients needed to prepare homemade soup. While we are guessing these are intended for the Food Pantry, we would like to speak to the donor to make sure we know who their intended recipient(s) are. So Secret Santa, if you wouldn't mind not being so secret, would you please call Alison or Bill at 464-2379? We promise to keep you as secret as possible. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 23
    Every winter, Idaho Fish and Game gets calls about moose in town. They are attracted to town by edible ornamental and native plants and shrubs that are easy food sources. Generally the moose appear on the edge of town. Sometimes, however, they will find their way well into suburban neighborhoods or downtown areas.

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