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January 27 Poll Results
When a telemarketer calls,
how do you handle it?

14% I try to be polite, and often let them finish their sales pitch, even if I’m not interested in what they’re selling. (8)
67% I hang up. (40)
18% I mess with or yell at them until they hang up. (11)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Dworshak State Park applying for grant to improve water system
    Dworshak State Park is applying for a Recreational Vehicle Grant to improve the water system at Dworshak State Park’s Freeman Creek area. This grant, if approved, would help drill a well at Freeman Creek to replace the surface water treatment system, or if a well is unfeasible, upgrade the current system to meet all requirements of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Mining tunnel to get a makeover
    A 200 foot mining tunnel east of Weippe, known locally as Chinese Tunnel, prohibits fish from migrating further up Musselshell Creek. Steelhead can’t swim past the mine’s overflow to spawn. The powerful hydraulics, created by water flowing through the tunnel, prevent fish from navigating the additional 15 miles of possible habitat upstream. Forest Service hydrologist, Anne Connor, said “Currently the tunnel blocks access to quite a bit of habitat for fish that can’t get through the tunnel. It’s a complete barrier,” she said.
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  • Timberline wins Battle of the 6C Courts
    Timberline Schools' boys and girls basketball teams both emerged victorious against Orofino in the annual Battle of the 6c Courts basketball games. While the girls' game ended in a crushing 60-24, the boys' game went into overtime. The event was also treated as Timberline's Homecoming, as the school missed out on Homecoming during football season due to the fact they did not have a varsity team. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • All county roads closed to heavy hauling except Grangemont
    The Clearwater County Board of Commissioners approved at their Jan. 18 meeting to close all the County roads except Grangemont Road to heavy hauling at midnight on Jan. 18. Rob Simon, Road and Bridge Supervisor, was directed to watch the condition of the Grangemont Road while hauling is taking place and report on the all other roads as weather gets colder. An update was given on activities for Clearwater Substance Abuse Working Group (CSAW) by Heather Leach and Chief of Police Jeff Wilson. Ms. Leach gave a brief synopsis about CSAW and the board members that work on the program. They provide assistance with education on substance abuse and provide community sponsored activities. The City of Orofino Police and CSAW are doing window decal on focusing on “Underage Drinking….It’s Not Okay!” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • School board expels five students
    Five seventh grade students were expelled from the Orofino school at the deliberation of the School District #171 board members at a meeting last week in Peck. Board member John Schwartz noted that the students may seek an outpatient treatment program by a certified drug and alcohol counselor if they complete this program the board may consider allowing them back into school at an earlier date but no sooner than the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.
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  • Invitation extended to attend Trustee Work Session Feb. 5
    Jt. School District No. 171 Board of Trustees will be holding a Trustee Work Session Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. at the Orofino High School Library, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino. The group warmly invites the parents, patrons, staff and administration to come to the meeting and offer ideas for future facility needs, the possibility of moving the seventh grade students at Orofino Elementary School to the Orofino High School, long term goals of the district and other brainstorming ideas for making our great school system even better.
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  • From this Chair...
    I had the good fortune Saturday to attend Jeannie Johnson’s retirement party as a Clearwater County employee for the past 31 years with her final position being Clearwater County treasurer for the past 18 years. The event was held at the VFW hall and the place was packed with standing room only. This reaffirmed my opinion of Jeannie as one of the finest elected officials I’ve known during my many years as a reporter and publisher. I admired her ability to fulfill the treasurer’s duties in a polite, kind manner and still be strong enough to get the job done.
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  • Poll: Solid majority of Idahoans back Hwy. 12 transportation proposal
    A solid majority of Idaho residents support plans allowing oversized truck shipments along U.S. Highway 12, according to a new survey commissioned by the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) on behalf of the Drive Our Economy Coalition. In the counties most affected by the proposed plan – Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis and Nez Perce – supporters of the project outnumber opponents by an overwhelming 67% to 30% margin. Statewide, a solid majority support the project, 52% to 38%. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Mega-Loads: Ready to roll down the road or back to court?
    The permit has been issued for Feb. 1, clearing the way for four oversized ConocoPhilips machinery loads to travel Idaho’s Highway 12 on that date, or soon after. Yet, it’s still not a “done deal,” because those opposed to the shipments have another option: judicial review. The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) issued a special permit for the plan, but Linwood Laughy says he, and others who originally protested the shipments, are still considering whether to take action. “What has occurred with ConocoPhillips is really a dress rehearsal. Some of the legal issues are still out there. The only time that there's been any decision made in a court of law about this, we won.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Final meeting for airport plan
    The last meeting concerning the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) will be held Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in city council chambers.  All airport users have been invited to attend to finalize the ALP. City Administrator, Rick Laam, commended Michael Martin, John Barton, and their crews for the excellent and hard work they have accomplished at the water plant. Using buckets, the men removed all of the sand/gravel/anthracite media from the bottom of the filtration tanks. They cleaned over 450 filters and sealed off gaps that could not be repaired. The crews worked diligently to make the plant operational in the interim before the new plant can be constructed. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Logging truck wrecks near Weippe
    A loaded Finke Logging truck driven by Greg Robinson was found in a ditch near Weippe Tuesday morning, according to a report issued by the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Mitch Jared was dispatched at 5 a.m. Jan. 25 to Browns Creek Road, Weippe for a single truck accident.
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  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Jan. 16: OPD received report of a subject driving without privileges (DWP) on Hwy. 12. Jan. 17: CCSO received report of suspicious circumstances on Upper Fords Creek Rd. Subject locked out of the house. Jan. 19: CCSO received report of a no contact order (NCO) violation on Bobber Lp/Northfork Dr. Civil protection order (CPOR) violation. Jan. 20: OPD received report of a drug law violation on Johnson Ave. CCSO received an animal report on Big Pine Dr. Two coon hounds lost, one wearing green harness, the other a black harness. Both with 15‘ leads. Jan. 22: CCSO received report of suspicious circumstances on Upper Fords Creek Rd. Male subject knocking on the door every hour for the past three hours. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Diane and Greg Gerot
    We wish to thank Hilltop residents for attending the "Black and Gold" Timberline High Student Art Show held last week at Studio 205 in Pierce. It seems every year we bring in a few more “show-lookers.” Without the people, there would be no show. So thanks to you all, and thanks to the THS teachers and staff that are always so helpful and encourage the kids to participate.
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  • Orofino Police Blogger
    Cpl. Vince Frazier with the Orofino Police Department (OPD) received a report of a stolen vehicle from Riverside Ave. Michele Cobbs of Orofino reported it missing at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday  morning and advised they last saw it at 11 p.m. Monday night. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Timberline High School now has an Art Club. They meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 to 5. Shannon Poppe, who used to be the art teacher at Timberline, is sponsoring the club. Students have projects they are working on while on club time. The club members are encouraging participation of guest artists and have already scheduled Diane Gerot as the first guest artist. Jordan Ahart and Roman Kleinsmith started the club and are the student administrators. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser community news
    Idaho House Bill #28 is currently being introduced to the Idaho Legislature. The current law allows health care professionals to let their conscience override a patient’s living will. This bill would amend the Idaho “conscience law” to strike “end of life care and treatment” from the measure. AARP is asking its members to urge their legislators to support this amendment. If you would like to send a message to your District 8 Representatives, you can do so at the Idaho Legislature web page or call 1 (800) 232-0581 and follow the instructions. Happy Birthdays go out to Parker Brown on Jan. 30, to Loretta Musgrave on Feb. 1, and to Nathan Musgrave on Feb. 2. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Bald Mountain Special....this weekend only! $10 lift tickets...come one come all! Take advantage of this awesome offer! There will be a social hour from 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Pierce Community Center. The dinner is potluck and will begin at 6 pm. The meeting will follow the dinner. All members are invited. Kim Bagley wanted to report that she came through the surgery fine and was given word that her kidney donor is also doing well. What an awesome story, hope they both continue to heal quickly. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 27
    The application period for spring turkey and black bear controlled hunts is open and runs through Feb. 15.

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