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December 30 Poll Results
Clearwater County's
Top Story of 2010

What was the top story affecting Clearwater County in 2010?

35% The destructive wind storm Nov. 16 (22)
  5% Pierce was Capital for a Day as part of its sesquicentennial celebration (3)
  5% The re-paving of Grangemont Road (3)
24% The closure of Orofino Junior High School (15)
  2% Carole Galloway was elected as Clearwater County’s first woman commissioner (1)
14% Gray wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List, then re-listed (9)
11% The mega-load shipments (7)
  5% The Health and Welfare office closure (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

Story Headlines for December 30, 2010
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  • Pickup fishtails in slush on Highway 12; strikes vehicle
    Donald Wyatt, 74, of Lewiston was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra near mile marker 26 on US 12 Wednesday, afternoon Dec. 22 when his vehicle struck slush and fishtailed into an eastbound pickup driven by Ken Harvey, 56, of Orofino. Harvey and his wife Fran Harvey were headed east on US Hwy 12 when Wyatt, traveling west, attempted to pass a chip truck in the short passing lane and lost control on the slush. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas 911 a big success
    Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson reported that the Christmas 911 program, which helps provide food and toys to children in the Clearwater valley, was a big success. Police staff and city employees turned the council chambers at City Hall into a Santa’s workshop, wrapping over 360 gifts. Private citizens and businesses in Orofino pitched in with $9,200 in donations to give kids a happy Christmas. Twenty-seven families were served by this project. Chief Wilson expressed his thanks to all the staff workers who donated their time and energy in wrapping presents and helping with deliveries, as well as to local merchants for their generous contributions. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Faith in the Valley: the year in review
    Last year, the Clearwater Tribune began a series entitled Faith in the Valley and invited ministers from all walks of faith to participate by relating some of their personal beliefs on what faith means and how one practices it. We also told stories about the history of the various churches in the community and how the pastors came to serve there. Here are some highlights of those stories. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • LEAP students name three for best of Christmas lights in Orofino
    Toby Atkinson, C-PTPA and Ed Lozar receive the Best of Lights determination this year from the Learning Enrichment After-school Program (LEAP). Students from LEAP, chauffeured by volunteer/CYA Executive Board member Kathi Howard, toured Orofino in search of excellence in Christmas lighting. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • It's a girl!
    Brynlee Rae Hoyle was born Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 to Debra and Trent Hoyle of Orofino. She was born at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
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  • Steelhead win for 2010
    In early October the author set a goal of taking a beautiful Clearwater Steelhead using fly fishing tackle and techniques. At that time the belief was that a persistent effort would soon be rewarded and that stubbornness was a substitute for both persistence and skill. Today (Dec. 27), although not yet ready to give up on seeking to achieve the status of “successful Clearwater Steelhead Fly-fisherman” it seems necessary to confess a few failures. Since starting, this fisherman has been chilled by the beautiful Clearwater seeping through old waders, by falling into the river and actually finding true fear for an instant and fly casting into fantastic looking spots without a single strike. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair...
    It hardly seems possible the year 2010 has passed so quickly and we are throwing away old calendars and hanging up new ones for 2011. Christmas this year for our family was extra special. We went to Lewiston to celebrate the first Christmas for “the Tweets,” the twin boys born prematurely in March of 1010 to my granddaughter and her husband, Ashley and Bryan Howland.
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  • Black Hat Team at the Idaho Dept. of Correction
    Here at the Idaho Department of Correction we’ve dubbed ourselves the Black Hat Team. The hat is a symbol of our commitment to the core values of our mission – safety, accountability, partnerships and opportunities for offender change. We chose black because we know we’re not very popular around the Statehouse at budget time. People would rather spend money on the white hats, schools and universities, than on prisons. In a perfect world, I would, too. But the world is not perfect, and it doesn’t appear it’s going to be anytime soon. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Down Memory Lane
    55 years ago: One of Clearwater County’s newer forest industry plants is the Greer Lumber Co.  Inc. which is strictly custom stud mill for manufacture of 2x4s. operating for the past several weeks at about 22,000 to 27,000 board feet per shift. 65 years ago: Clearwater County ration board will close its doors after three and half years of operation. 75 years ago: Depositors who had $25 or more in the Bank of Orofino in March 1933 and who waived 30% of the amount in June of that year to aid reorganizing and reopening of the bank following the national banking holiday will receive their final divide end this month. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Open public meeting held on adopting building code changes
    The Board held an open public hearing to consider the staff findings and recommendation that Ms. Kaufman presented on the draft Ordinance No. 43; adopting the 2009 version of the IBC. There are some parts that have to be adopted and some parts that are not mandatory. The IBC amended the International Residential code parts I-IV and IX; the international energy conservation code with exceptions, insertions and amendments; providing for fees, providing for permit requirement for installation of manufactured/mobile homes, providing exemptions, severability; repealing conflicting ordinance and providing an effective date. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Deryl and Chris Ketchum
    I have to preface this note with a bit of information. My wife lived for many years in Peck, on the bottom of the canyon. (Flatlander)  Her idea of a mountain was the Barney’s driveway. Since we married, we have lived on Lakeview Rd. (you know; Eureka Ridge!) I think the first year; she was paralyzed with fear and did not notice the work done by the Clearwater County Road Department. This year my wife wanted me to express our appreciation for the work done by the CCRD.
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  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Dec. 19: Orofino Police Department (OPD) received report of nuisance call – Ordinance violation on Indio Ave. Dec. 20: Clearwater Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received report of vehicle accident on Lower Fords Creek Rd. Logging truck accident with blockage. CCSO received request for motorist assist on Lower Fords Creek Rd. Road is extremely slick and vehicle is stuck in middle of road. Dec. 21: OPD received report of suspicious circumstances on Hollywood. CCSO received report of hazard at 129th St. and Hwy. 12. Elderly male on scooter in highway.
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  • Black ice causes crash; car lands in Lapwai Creek
    Two persons were transported by ambulance Sunday night to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston with non-life threatening injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in hit black ice and came to rest in Lapwai Creek near mile marker 301 on US95. The accident occurred around 11:30 p. m. Sunday when the 2004 R2500 Ram pickup driven by Basilissa N. George, 45, of Lewiston was headed south on US 95 near mile marker 301 encountered black ice on the highway causing George to lose control of the pickup.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Pat Lacey, son of Roy and Jackie Lacey of Weippe, was working for Evergreen Timber Company in Afognak, AK recently. While there, on the Sarah Palin’s Alaska show, Pat helped Sarah Palin cut down a Sitka Spruce at a logging site. She used his chainsaw and his expertise. Later he asked her to sign his chainsaw. Pat said he would retire the chainsaw…which he has! See photos accompanying Happenings. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Craig Mountain gates to open
    With the recent snows, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has opened the access gates on the Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area south of Lewiston. The gates will close March 15, 2011 or earlier if the snow depths recede below 16 inches. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser celebrates Christmas
    The Fraser Community was blessed with snow on the ground for the weekend of the Christmas holiday. During the week the temperatures remained in the 34 to 41 degree range during the day, but it cooled down during the evening hours so our snow didn’t disappear. Christmas light displays were visible around the community. The home of Derek and Caresse Brown, on Cottonwood Road, looked very festive.
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  • Pierce news
    Logan, Alisha and Ella Jared drove home for Christmas from North Carolina.  They are moving Alisha and Ella home to stay with her parents, Scott and Kim Ward in Pierce. Logan will be deployed to Afghanistan for the next year. Kim says they are pretty excited to get to spend a whole year with their granddaughter and be able to witness all those "first" milestones instead of hearing about them over the phone. Brennan Bowen, grandson of Gerry and Gloria Burnett, was named as the Arizona All State Center for his Westview High School for 2010. He has previously been awarded ESPN center for his sophomore year and has been an All Star for his last three years. Westview was 11-3 this season and lost only to the three teams in the playoffs. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 30
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) wants to hear from hunters about proposed changes to the 2011-2012 moose, mountain goat and bighorn sheep seasons. Hunters can visit with Department biologists concerning the proposed season changes and provide their written comments by attending an Open House meeting Jan. 11, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lewiston IDFG office, 3316 16th Street.

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