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February 10 Poll Results
Female Prison Guards
Should female prison guards
work in men’s prisons?

59% Yes, if they want to. (42)
38% No. It’s just too dangerous. (27)
  3% Undecided. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Pierce Winter Festival another success
    The rain let up in time for beautiful weather for the Pierce Winter Festival held this past weekend. The Ice Man Relay Trophy will stay with Studio 205, the reigning champions from last year. Jake Jared and Colton Jared did the first two legs of the race with snow shoeing and sledding. Dustin Hodges took the final leg and plunged into icy Orofino Creek for the winning time. The Orofino team, Ethan Gilliam, Tanner Gilliam and Alex Kuykendall placed second. Several businesses, The Timber Inn, A Blue Moose Mercantile (featuring an all girl team) and Upper Edge Construction, sponsored the other Pierce teams. A second team from Orofino and a team from Lewiston also participated. For photos of the event, view the Clearwater Tribune’s blog at To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniac Cheer Off is Saturday
    The 11th Annual Maniac Cheer Off will be held at the Orofino High School Gym on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Seventeen teams will be competing in the Show, Sideline and Pom Routines.  Local teams will include the O Stars Youth and Junior teams which are made up of cheerleaders that range in age of 5 - 14 from the Orofino area, the OHS Varsity Cheer Team, as well as teams from Lewiston, Clarkston, Moscow, Rathdrum and Kendrick. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino graduate completes basic training
    Army National Guard Pvt. Tanis J. Hengen graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Should motorized hunting be regulated?
    The 2010 big game hunting season is now history, with stories of success, near misses, and golden memories for families and friends. Last hunting season was also the first year of implementation for the motorized vehicle hunting rule (MVR) in the Diamond Creek Zone (big game management units 66-A and 76), creating much public interest and discussion. In fact, the MVR has generated enough controversy statewide that it will be reviewed by the Idaho Legislature, with the possibility that it could be abolished if Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 are approved. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Gun club installs gift from Philpot Family
    Saturday is not usually an important day at the Orofino Pierce Gun Club, but last Saturday was different. Eleven members of the club showed up for a work party. The purpose was to install a new trap that had been donated to the club by the family of Jerry Philpot. Jerry was a valued and valuable member of the club for many years, and the club was just as important to Jerry. To honor that relationship, his family donated a new automatic trap machine to the club.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Pam Jones
    I don't know why the kids from the elementary school have been expelled for such a long period of time. How do the authorities think that is going to take care of the problem? If anything it will only make the problem worse because now we have these kids with nothing to do all day while the rest of their peers are in school.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Charl Spencer
    I beg you to publish my letter. Isn’t it your duty to report the whole story? My child was one of the five children expelled recently from OES. These children are being gravely misrepresented by the local media. Please let me tell my child’s side. On Nov. 30, 2010, my child went to school as usual. Except on this particular morning, as my child was socializing in a classroom before school started, another student was handing out a prescription medication to any who wanted to give it a try. My child was told that the pill would help them focus and feel good. Some were told it would help their headache. Thirteen children were persuaded to take the pills. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction sign up
    The Clearwater County Assessor’s Office announces you may now sign up for the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction Program, sponsored by the State of Idaho. You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous year’s income (2010) to apply to the 2011 Tax Bill. The reduction amount is based on a sliding scale of income not to exceed $28,000, after medical expenses not covered by insurance. The lower your income, the more the State pays towards taxes. Forms are available at the Assessor’s Office until the April 5 deadline. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Down Memory Lane
    35 Years Ago: City Hall employees have agreed to provide a telephone answering service for a new telephone system to be maintained by the Chamber of Commerce. The new system provides a needed point of contact for business and travelers. 50 Years Ago: Six feet of snow was measured at Hemlock Butte, 15 miles from Pierce, while the warmer temperatures of the past few days at the lower elevations had general softening conditions on the county road. 65 Years Ago: A new ruling by the State Game Department now outlaws the use of lights along with spearing or dark snagging of steelhead and salmon at night.
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  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Jan. 30: Orofino Police Department (OPD) received report of a domestic dispute on Benjamin St. Non arrest. Jan. 31: CCSO received report of a traffic hazard at mm 47 on Hwy. 12. Full length empty logging truck losing tire. Feb. 1: CCSO received report of grand theft at Elk Creek Campground in Elk River. Trailer broken into. Feb. 4: OPD received report of property found on Dunlap Rd. CCSO received report of suspicious circumstances at mm 2.5 on Cavendish Hwy. Possibly an unreported accident. Feb. 5: OPD received report of a subject arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) on Hwy. 12. CCSO received request for agency assistance on D St. Teens throwing rocks and logs. Six to seven males involved.
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  • CV ousts Orofino
    Clearwater Valley stormed ahead of Orofino in a nonleague game in Kooskia, Feb. 3. In addition to generating 30 points, CV’s Eugene HeavyRunner had 11 rebounds and nine steals. Austin Reed had 12 rebounds while Jake Squires hauled in 11 rebounds. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Library expands broadband
    Ellen Tomlinson was the guest speaker at the chamber luncheon Feb. 2. She touched on several topics concerning the library – the most exciting one being expanded broadband capabilities for the community via the library connection. Through a Community Technology Opportunity Program (CTOP) grant, the library is able to provide faster internet access whereby patrons may bring their laptops to the library and work wirelessly. Individuals may also connect in the nearby vicinity which aids tourists and others who wish to use a wireless internet connection. The library’s community event calendar is available online at:
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  • T.J. Rausch guest speaker at High School Valentine Dinner
    This coming Saturday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m., T.J. Rausch, formerly of Orofino, will be speaking at a Valentine dinner for high school youth at Orofino Community Church. T.J currently resides in South Carolina and is a Pastor. When living in Orofino, he was involved with the youth at OCC as the Jr. High youth leader, OYS softball coach, OJHS boys basketball coach as well as a high school soccer referee. 
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  • Pierce news
    I recently heard from another friend of mine who used to live in Pierce. We have known each other since 1984 and kept in touch all these years. Former Clearwater County resident Pam Hedge, who started her career in publishing at the Clearwater Tribune in the 1980's, moved to Estill County, KY in October of 2002 and her life has changed in many ways since then. After spending almost seven years working in Salem, Oregon; Pam and her husband, Dave Severson, were looking for a new adventure in their lives and a way to get out of the hustle and bustle of big city living. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Last weekend was the Where’s Weippe Ski Retreat hosted by the Wesleyan Church. Don says there were 80 youth participants that came from Salem, OR, Vancouver, WA, Portland, OR, Hermiston, OR, Spokane, WA, Eugene, OR and Yakima, WA, in addition to Weippe, Pierce and Orofino. Friday night volunteers hid candy bars and pop in the snow and unleashed the kids on the goodies. They also did games in the gym. They skied all day Saturday and had a bonfire Saturday night. The speaker was Mark Schmerse of Mountain View Wesleyan Church in Almsville, OR.
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  • Fraser residents view megaloads
    Several Fraser residents took time to look over the ConocoPhillips coke drum as it traveled through the area on Highway 12. The drum arrived in Orofino on the morning of Feb. 2, and then continued to its next designation on the following evening. Steve and Norma Brand drove down to the Greer Bridge on Wednesday evening to watch as the Emmert International Company maneuvered this oversized load toward its next destination Kooskia. At the bridge, the convoy with its support vehicle was very visible due to all the lights. Elaine Williams of the Lewiston Tribune covered the progress to Kooskia; one extremely sharp curve caused an extended traffic delay. If you look closely at the photo at the beginning of this article, you can see the branches of a pine tree still clinging to the load.
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  • Officer Russell Card honored
    Reserve Officer, Russell Card received recognition at Tuesday night’s Orofino Council meeting, for his outstanding work with the Orofino Police Department over the past 17 and a half years. It was announced recently that the reserve program had to be dissolved, thus affecting Officer Card’s position. With fellow officers in attendance to honor him, Chief Wilson presented Card with a plaque, a letter of commendation, the badge that he wore during his more than 17 years of service, and sincere thanks for the hundreds of volunteer hours he served the community and the force. He was also presented with the first commemorative city coin given to a citizen of Orofino. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 10
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, Thursday, Jan. 27, approved moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons for 2011 and 2012. The number of moose tags dropped, following declining hunt success in central Idaho. The new quota includes 761 tags for antlered Bull Moose down by seven percent from 2009-2010, and 163 tags for antlerless moose, down from 197 earlier.

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