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January 20 Poll Results
Gun Control
Do you favor gun control?

23% Yes, but only to a certain point. (21)
74% No, I do not. (67)
  3% I wish guns were illegal. (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Fire burns down trailer being razed
    Workers accidentally set fire Friday afternoon to a single-wide trailer they were tearing down on Grangemont Road. The fire was reportedly started by a cigarette. Two fire departments and the Clearwater County Sheriff Dept. responded to the scene at 6311 Grangemont around 2 p.m. Friday according to Deryl Ketchum, Twin Ridge fire chief. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • OHS principal will resign at end of the school year
    Jerry Nelsen who has been Principal at Orofino High School (OHS) for the past 12 years will announce his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, at the district school board meeting Monday. The meeting will be held at the Peck Elementary School at 7 p.m., Jan. 24. New hires to be announced include Jennifer Runia, and Donna Heieren, OHS instructional aides, Susan Garland, Orofino Elementary aide and Linda Turrill, Timberline JH Volleyball coach.
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  • “A belief in a loving and gracious God,” an interview with Pastor Stan Hoobing
    Some of us are old enough to remember the television show Have Gun – Will Travel (1957 – 1963). Pastor Hoobing joked that his position in life is, “Have Sermon – Will Travel.” Pastor Hoobing has the unique situation of living in two communities. He and his wife, Carol Kinzle Hoobing, reside in the house in which he was born in Boise; Carol works for St. Luke’s Hospital. He said, when he got near the age of retirement, they decided it would be more fulfilling to take interim posts – it would keep him busy and assist churches which are in transition.
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  • Jeff Hartshorn sworn in as Assistant Coroner
    Will Rambeau was sworn in Jan. 10 as Clearwater County’s new Coroner, and is excited to get to work. One of his first acts was to swear in a new Assistant County Coroner, Dr. Jeff Hartshorn. “I was happy to be of assistance to Will and the county. Orofino is a great place to live, and that is due to people stepping up and helping out when possible. It is wonderful to be a part of this town and that effort,” said Dr. Hartshorn.
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  • O-Stars Cheerleading wins big at U of I Vandal Cheer Challenge
    U of I Cheerleading held its first annual Vandal Cheer Challenge on Jan. 15, in the Memorial Gym. O-Stars Cheerleading competed in the All-Star division of the competition and did very well. Results of the Vandal Cheer Challenge for O-Stars are: To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study report received from Tetra Tech
    The Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study program report from Tetra Tech was discussed with the selection committee. Attending was Chris St. Germaine, Loren Whitten-Kaboth, and Bruce Hanson. The draft of the first task was reviewed. Tetra Tech requested payment of the first task upon acceptance. The draft described the assessment of material availability and facility site assessment was reviewed. The operation site and facility size was discussed. The Coordinate Resource Offering Protocol (CROP) information was reviewed. The harvest numbers were used for developing the available logging slash for feed stock. The table calculations for feed stock projections reveal that a large volume of material that could be utilized as feed stock.
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  • From this Chair...
    Each year we celebrate Marcie’s birthday, Jan. 20, by attending the Orofino Rotary Club annual crab feed and then going to my house for birthday cake. No more funny birthday ads in the Clearwater Tribune for Marcie as she told me if I do that again she will call John Vaage and his staff at AmericanWest Bank and have my birthday greeting and age posted on their reader board at the corner of Main and Michigan. Since I have been a permanent fixture at 161 Main for 40 years now I can hear the public comments “Wow, I knew she was old but I didn’t know she was THAT old!” Marcie, the youngest of my three children, was a sweet, kind, polite but mischievous child. Even to the extent that as she told a Tribune employee the other day “I remember Mom spanking me with her slipper and I made myself cry so I wouldn’t hurt her feelings.”
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  • Letter to the Editor: J. Thomas Thompson
    Regarding Linwood Laughy’s letter and the Mega load shipment through one of the most beautiful and pristine valleys in the world. These shipments are destined for what has developed into one of the great environmental disaster of the century. (See the documentary H2 Oil). Permitted by the ITD on that journey they will be escorted and protected by the ISP. Surely Mr. Laughy shouldn’t be surprised at this madness. After all our Gov. Butch, when he was in the VS Congress, did propose selling off our National Parks to the highest bidder. How’s that for leadership. Probably the Chinese would rather have called it Mao’s Ditch than the Grand Canyon or maybe Butch’s Hole in his honors honor. Butch just has the capacity to make a bad situation worse. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: LeeAnn Callear
    For the past few months Conoco/Phillips has attempted to move large loads of oil refining equipment through our area on Highway 12 to Montana. As a nation we are facing increasing energy costs as the world is using ever more of the precious resource. The new equipment being hauled will make the refining process more efficient so that more energy will be produced from the oil being refined.  This will benefit everyone. A small contingent of local residents in conjunction with well funded outside interests have been able to stop the shipment of this equipment. These shipments are large and the company is paying accordingly for the oversized loads.  That being said any damage to the road will be minimal if at all and the state will be compensated for any potential damage. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Free safety course helps train young drivers
    Unlike a video game, there’s no reset button for the harmful and sometimes fatal consequences of a motor vehicle crash. Sadly, it’s just “Game Over.” That’s why the Orofino Police Department is offering the innovative defensive driving course Alive at 25 to young drivers. The free class is open to drivers 15 to 24 years of age and will be held in Orofino. While there is no charge for the training, participants must register online in advance at To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Four questions for the new Teen Center Director
    The ManiYAC Teen Center is excited to welcome the new Teen Center Director, Winter Seibert. Winter moved to Orofino with her family in August. Her husband, Hank Heschle, is the new United Methodist Church pastor for both Orofino-Peck and Cavendish. They have two teenagers, Carson and Christian. Where are you from? “I was born in Spokane, WA, graduated from high school in Ephrata (I won’t say when), and spent most of my adult life in the southeast. Most recently I have lived in Kentucky.”
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  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Jan. 9: Orofino Police Department (OPD) received request for agency assistance on Donkey Loop. Jan. 11: CCSO received report of a hazard on Cavendish Hwy. and Whitetail Dr. Truck is sideways in the road with two people inside. Jan. 12: OPD received report of a check written for non sufficient funds (NSF) on Hwy. 12. CCSO received report of four vehicles sliding off the road on Cavendish Hwy/Whitetail Dr. No injuries or lane blockage. Jan. 13: OPD received report of an ordinance violation (loud noise) on Jerome Ave.  Jan. 13: CCSO received report of suspicious circumstances on Pine Ct/ Hwy. 12. Someone is breaking into residence, white station wagon w/ rack on top/three male subjects removed air conditioner and went through side window. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Prairie wrestlers leave with five titles at Orofino Invitational
    Claiming titles in the three lightest weight classes, Prairie racked up five crowns overall at the Orofino Invitational prep wrestling tournament Saturday. Tayler Ross, Alex Duman and Tayler Heitman won consecutive titles for the Pirates to open the championship round, and Kade Perrin (130) and Mitch Jungert (285) triumphed as well. No team scores were announced. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Governor urges Interior Secretary to withdraw “wild lands” order
    Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is calling on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to immediately withdraw his recent Secretarial Order 3310, which directs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to treat much of the Idaho acreage under its control as “de facto wilderness.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Jason Van Buren, son of Frank and Sharon Van Buren is attending CWI in Boise, majoring in welding. Sharon would like to thank Timberline teachers for sending him the right direction and getting him through to this point. Jason is doing really well in school, with a 3.6 GPA. After semester break at home, Jason returned to CWI on Jan. 18. It’s always a pleasure to hear good news about Timberline teachers and how well their students are doing with their on-going education. Congratulations to Jason.
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  • January thaw in Fraser
    Fraser’s January Thaw started last Thursday when temperatures climbed to 41 degrees during the daylight hours. All the rain that fell has melted the snow and the runoff has filled all the creeks in the area. Pete Kingen reported he had difficulty getting to Highway 11 from Stuart Road on Monday. The runoff has washed over the road between the two big culverts. The Clearwater Highway District repaired the road before too much damage occurred. Fords Creek and Orofino Creek are running full. Keep an eye out for any danger on our roads, especially rocks, road damage, and mud slides. Russel and Cindy Miles provided the beautiful music for the service. The family invited everyone to visit with them in the Chapel before they traveled to the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston for the burial services. Darlene will be remembered for her dedication to her family and to the community she lived in. She will be missed. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Show your spirit! The teams are trying to pack the house for the annual rivalry match with Orofino this Friday. They are encouraging everyone to come out and support them. It will be a BLACK IT OUT night so be sure to wear black! The girls will play the first game starting at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ varsity. Seniors will start selling haystacks at 5:30 p.m., adults cost $6. 5-12 yr old, $4 and children four and under eat free. Price includes drink and dessert. Also the student council will be selling noise makers “Thundersticks” for $3. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 20
    Fishing seasons and rules for 2011-2012 are now available, but anglers should note the new format and a few significant changes. The new fishing rules were in effect as of Jan. 1. Anglers will find the new brochure in an easier to read format and 16 pages shorter. All the rules are presented by region, eliminating the need for statewide rules. Thus the number of exceptions was reduced by a third overall while maintaining all necessary protections.

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