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February 17 Poll Results
New Year's Resolution Progress
How are you doing with your
New Year’s Resolution(s)?

   0% I’ve given up. (0)
12% Still trying, but am not doing as well as I could be. (6)
20% I have stuck with it/them. (10)
67% I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions. (33)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Vehicle strikes fence at Orofino Junior High
    Orofino Police Department responded Saturday, Feb. 12, to the area of the Orofino Junior High School for a report of a vehicle that had struck a fence next to C St. Read this article in its entirety and see photos of the damage Thursday on our Facebook page,

  • Orofino son and father help rescue man from river
    Thursday, February 10, Kevin Korbel, his wife Christine, and their 17 year old son Daniel were heading home from Lewiston. Kevin said, as they rounded a corner near the boat ramp (below Hog Meadows), they noticed a boat turned toward the boat launch near Clearwater Ridge Development. “The boat made a run toward the shore” Kevin said, which they thought was very strange. “As we watched, the boat slammed into the shoreline and went into the rocks.” Kevin turned the car into the boat ramp to investigate. Daniel said he spotted a man in the river. Read this article in its entirety on our blog,

  • Letter to the Editor: Sallie Wilhelm
    I feel compelled to respond to last week’s letter to the editor by Charl Spencer. As a parent you want your child to be safe from drugs and alcohol, yet you state that your child was told, “the pill would help them focus and feel good.” To me that sounds very much like a drug pushers words. No matter who is offering the drug, youth need to be taught that taking an illegal drug is not the right thing to do. Taking someone else’s prescription drug is illegal. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Casey West
    I am writing in response to Charl Spencer's letter published last week.  I, too, am a concerned parent and I absolutely applaud the school board's decision to expel those five students. I am a parent to a seventh and a fifth grader and it infuriates me that children chose to bring alcohol/tobacco/drugs into our school, and then use them there. It is my understanding that the five students were expelled because this was their SECOND such offense within a two month period. Not their first.
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  • National Merit Scholarship Program
    Orofino High School student Steven Elsbury has been chosen as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. To become a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school. Read this article in its entirety Friday on our Facebook page,

  • Orofino, Timberline boys’ basketball senior nights
    The Orofino boys’ basketball senior night was Feb. 10, and the entire team wore retro 70s outfits for their game. This year’s seniors are Bryce Pippenger, Nathan Mangum, Seth Melton, Gil Gray and Tyler Meeks. The Timberline boys’ basketball team’s senior night took place Feb. 1. The seniors on this year’s team are: Colten Jared, son of Tom and Barbie Jared; Dylan Anderson, son of Shane Anderson and Tammy Anderson; Jonathan Miles, son of Russel Cindy Miles; Kendrick Jared, son of Mitch and Julie Jared; and Leon Wehrhan, a German foreign exchange student, son of Walter and Andrea Wehrhan. Leon’s host parents are Mitch and Julie Jared.
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  • Local men bag another mountain lion
    Local residents Jeremy Isbelle and Mark Bonnalie on Feb. 5 bagged another mountain lion. In January of 2010 the pair, while out target shooting, encountered a mountain lion, and managed to bag it hours after first spotting it across spotting it across a canyon, feasting on a whitetail deer. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino 4-H Robots sighted in Moscow
    C.A.R.T. (Clearwater Atomic Robotic Technicians) competed in their first Idaho ROKS FIRST Tech Challenge Championship, Saturday at University of Idaho Memorial Gym in Moscow. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is composed of several groups inspiring young people’s interests through participation in science and technology. With their robot in hand and several boxes of spare parts, the six Orofino High School students competed with 24 other teams from Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia for a chance to go to the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) World Championship in St. Louis, MO, in April. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Hunter, bowhunter education instructors needed
    Idaho's hunter education program is looking for new instructors to help meet the growing demand for courses in all Lewiston area communities. Learn more about the program and how to become a hunter education or a bowhunter education instructor at one of several upcoming meetings hosted by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
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  • Food Bank in Orofino Feb. 21
    The monthly food bank will be held at the National Guard Armory, Highway 12, on Monday, Feb. 21. Distribution will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. unless supplies run out. Perishable and non-perishable items will be available. Registration will be done on site. Please bring your own box or bag. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino man pleads guilty
    Charles Trumble of Orofino on Feb. 15 pled guilt to rape and lewd conduct with a child under 16 years of age, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • IDFG makes request to manage gray wolves in the Lolo Elk Management Zone
    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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  • Local Red Cross calling for donors to help blood supply
    Communities across the country have been hit by another round of severe winter storms. The American Red Cross has been forced to cancel over 750 blood drives nationwide, resulting in a shortfall of more than 28,000 blood donations since Jan. 1. Read this article in its entirety Saturday on our Facebook page,

  • Pierce news
    Lisa Dahl was the big winner of the Judo Club Romance Gift Basket drawn on Valentines Day. Congratulations to her! And we wanted to thank everyone who supported this fundraiser. This will help the kids go to tournaments. Starting Monday, Feb. 21, Judo will start at 5:30 p.m. with all members practicing together. The younger group will go till 6:30 p.m. and the older group will end at 7 p.m. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Lois Aeschliman was taking a walk on Musselshell Road Sunday when she saw her first robin of the season in an apple tree. Always a good sign. Hopefully sooner than later. Bea Johnson is recovering from a myocardial infarction (heart attack) at CVH and will be relocating to Brookside sometime in the next few weeks for physical therapy. She will keep us posted as her therapy progresses. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser celebrates Valentine's Day
    Shirley Schoenek presented the Get Together Club with the flag she received in memory of her husband, Ken. Shirley and Ken were long time members of the Fraser Grange, until it was disbanded in 2008. In 1942, Ken joined the Naval Air Force; he served as a flight instructor until he was deployed to the Pacific. He flew PBY-1 and PBY-2 Torpedo planes which were used to interrupt enemy shipping lanes. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Free clinics offered on Noxious Weed Control
    Two free clinics will be offered in February to help individuals learn about noxious weeds and how to control them.  The workshops are hosted by the Clearwater Basin Cooperative Weed Management Area (CBCWMA). The purpose of these free clinics is to help landowners and managers learn how to apply herbicides safely, how to identify weeds and introduce non-chemical control options. Herbicide applicator license recertification credits are available.  Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 17
    It's not expected to be as good as last year, but the 2011 Chinook salmon return is on track to be the sixth best year since 1980. The fish are still out in the Pacific Ocean, but the forecast for numbers of returning fish are similar to 2008 and 2009. Northwest fish managers estimate that about 198,400 Chinook bound for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam will enter the Columbia River this year - last year the number was 315,300. Of those, 66,400 hatchery fish and 24,700 wild fish are predicted to head up the Snake River to Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Last year's actual return was 134,300 hatchery fish and 35,600 wild fish.

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