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February 3 Poll Results
How do you think the megaload shipments will affect you personally?

79% Very little, if at all. (61)
  4% They will cause a lot of inconvenience for me. (3)
13% They will not inconvenience me, but I disagree with them being allowed to ship. (10)
  4% They will inconvenience me, but I agree with them being shipped. (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Bald Mountain nearing an end
    Clearwater Ski Club is sad to announce that it will be closing after the weekend of Feb. 12 and 13 due to lack of participation.  Not enough people are coming out to ski making it impossible to pay the workers, power, and diesel to keep the road plowed and hill groomed. This upcoming weekend the hill will be open on Saturday only. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Court hearing is March 7 for ICI-O prison guard
    Lt. William James Unger, 47, an Orofino prison guard, made an initial appearance last week  in Magistrate Court in Orofino on charges of distribution of a controlled substance to a person younger than 18. Unger is an Idaho Dept. of Correction officer at Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino. He was arrested Jan. 6 by Clearwater County Deputies and posted a $10,000 bond.
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  • Domestic violence shelter opening in Orofino
    There is a new 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization in Orofino that will address many unmet needs in our community. The purpose of this organization is to provide healing opportunities to victims of domestic violence, guidance to help victims change their lives for the better and training to enable them to start a new life for themselves and their children by breaking the “Cycle of Violence.” The name of this organization is “A Mother’s Touch.”
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  • Letter to the Editor: Alyce Arnsberg
    I would like to express my appreciation to Mayor Smathers for his statement in last week’s paper. He is right that the drug and alcohol problem is a community problem and will require the community to solve it. His statement appealed to adults in this community to cease activities that compound the problem. The flip side of this is that young people need to be given a vision that will help them focus on their future. I would like to refer you to the JK Albertson Foundation website, and their Go On Challenge, which outlines a community role in the success of students. This Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. the school board will be holding a meeting at the Orofino High School library. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Steve and Jo McGill
    A double standard exists between what is said and what is promoted in Orofino. In last week’s Clearwater Tribune there were articles and advertisements against underage drinking and drug abuse. Our Mayor had a message that spoke of a "Community Problem" about alcohol and prescription drug abuse in our school. I agree with him, there is a problem. Why then, is the main visible activity of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce a Beer Wagon/Garden?
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  • Fish and Game looking for information on poached bull moose
    Orofino - The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for any information regarding a bull moose that was found shot and left to waste near Masson Butte, northwest of Orofino. Officers responding to a call from a concerned citizen, found a bull moose near marker 10.5 on the Mason Butte Road. The moose was a large bull that had already shed its antlers.  The moose was probably shot on or around Jan. 23.
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  • From this Chair...
    Our family attended the Jackson Baldwin Pay it Forward Foundation Benefit Auction at the Nez Perce County fair pavilion in Lewiston Saturday evening. Jackson, a Lewiston resident, age 10, died of cancer in May 2006. There was a huge turnout for the auction. The Phantom was pleased to meet personally Jackson’s mother Staci Baldwin.  Jackson’s great-aunt Lois Hobbs was present and came to our table. Lois is a former Orofino resident who worked at the Clearwater Tribune for several years before moving to Lewiston. Her husband Gene Hobbs is a former principal at the Orofino Junior High School.
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  • ATV missing from Hwy 11
    On the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 25, a red Honda Foremen ATV was taken from 13448 Highway 11, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The theft occurred between 2 and 3 p.m. The address is specifically located at the pull-out near mile marker 13 on Highway 11. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino police investigating malicious property destruction
    Orofino Police Department (OPD) Officer Matt Russell is investigating several instances of Malicious Destruction of Property in Orofino that occurred between Thursday night and Friday morning, Jan. 27-28, according to OPD. A stop sign at the intersections of Michigan Avenue and C Street and another on Brown and C Street were both torn down and damaged. A report of damage at 203 F Street, where someone spun a vehicle in circles and left tire marks in grass, was received from Public Works Supervisor John Barton, according to OPD.
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  • Clinic EMR initiation underway
    Nationally a lot of discussion is revolving around the initiation of patient Electronic Medical Records and locally it’s already happening. Clearwater Valley and St. Mary’s Hospitals are at the EMR forefront when compared to other rural hospitals and clinics. “We began the process a number of years ago when we digitized our medical images, our lab reports, billing procedures and scheduling. “Now we’re taking the next step and creating patient records using electronic input during clinic visits,” said Vicky Petersen, CVH Clinics Coordinator. “Our providers will be bringing a notebook computer in the exam room and inputting health history information, prescriptions, their visit notes, and other information.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino conquers Summit, 78-58
    Bryce Pippenger scored 21 points and Seth Melton added 18 as Orofino cracked the win column for the first time this season with a nonleague victory over Summit. Pippenger and Melton made six steals apiece for the Maniacs, who created opportunities with their defense in racking up a combined 51 points in the middle two quarters.
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  • We the People Mock Congressional Hearing Feb. 7
    The Orofino Junior-Senior High School Advanced Placement Government class is holding a Mock Congressional Hearing on the U.S. Constitution Monday, Feb. 7 in the OHS Library. The hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino Police Blogger
    On Jan. 23, Officer Matt Russell responded to 817 Johnson Avenue for a report of a break-in. It was reported that someone entered through a small window sometime between January 20-21 and stole a mug full of coins. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    This is the last weekend to purchase the raffle tickets for the John Bergen sculpture on display at the White Pine Credit Union this week and in the Studio 205 window for the Winter Festival. The beautiful outdoor scene, typical of this area and designed specifically for the raffle, is all stainless steel and valued at $1,100. This is a donation from John and all proceeds go to the Pierce Play Park Pavilion. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    David Umphenour is at home recovering after heart surgery. Debbie says he doing better but recovery is a slow process. Our best to David with high hopes for his continuing healing and recovery. Geraldine Rebel continues to do well at home after her heart surgery and thanks friends for their support...and dinners.
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  • Fraser community news
    Mike and Linda Beard returned to their ranch late Saturday evening. Mike was on a ski trip to Aspen, CO and Linda flew to Santa Fe, New Mexico to visit her daughter Sharon Cape and her husband Jon. Of course we all know she spent a good share of her time playing with her granddaughter Elizabeth. Linda reported the weather was great, the temperature was between 45 and 50 degrees everyday. Grandmother Linda and Sharon took Elizabeth for rides in her stroller and also introduced her to the world of shopping.
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  • "Love is in the Air" at the High Country Inn
    Celebrate Valentine’s weekend Friday or Saturday with a special candlelight dinner for two, overnight lodging with deluxe breakfast the following morning, or February 18, 19, or 20, Presidents’ Day weekend, for the special package of $150, plus tax and gratuity. Includes amenities of the hot tub and Catawampus Recreation Room.
    Enter a drawing for a free Romantic Getaway at the High Country Inn!

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 3
    Deer and elk numbers are meeting management objectives in most parts of the state, but hunter numbers are down. Deer tag sales - white-tail and mule deer - have declined by 12,715 tags since 2008, when Fish and Game sold 145,869 tags. It dropped to 133,154 tags in 2010 - a decrease of about 9 percent.

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