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February 24 Poll Results
Education Reform
What is your opinion of the Students Come First education reform package proposed by Idaho Supt. Tom Luna and Gov. Butch Otter?

47% It is extremely flawed and needs scrapped. (27)
19% I support portions of it, but there are some things I would like to see changed or removed. (11)
16% I support it in its entirety. (9)
18% I don’t know. (10)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Firefighters urgently needed
    Rick Laam, City Administrator, representing the Building & Fire Committee, reported the need for recruiting new firefighters. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the fire department, as well as the formation of the county. Firefighters for this district are not volunteer, but part-time employees of the City of Orofino. Currently, there are 23 active firefighters signed up, but typically, only four or five core members respond to fires and continue training. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Frances Grimaldo wins 2011 American History Essay Contest
    Frances Grimaldo won the 2011American History Essay Contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution-Alice Whitman Chapter. Awarding was at the Masonic Lodge in Lewiston, Saturday, Feb. 19. Frances is an eighth grade student at OHS. Her teacher is Mrs. Patty Reggear. Frances received a medal, a certificate and a $50 check. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce meeting on the Deyo Reservoir
    The next Pierce Weippe Chamber of Commerce Meeting will be on Monday, March 7, at 6 p.m. in the basement of the Weippe Discovery Center. The Friends of the Library are hosting this informative meeting and will provide refreshments. The guest speaker is Joe Dupont, Regional Fisheries Manager will be talking about the construction work start date of the Deyo Reservoir, status of permits needed from the Army Corps of Engineers to build the dam, potential remaining roadblocks and how others can help.
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  • CVHC to co-sponsor series of classes
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics is partnering with Deanna English, RN, to offer an eight week series of classes on stress management. The classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during April and May. The series is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program founded at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, which uses yoga, meditation, stretching and breathing exercises to reduce stress within the body. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Boise officer to present on drinking, drug use
    Officer Jermaine Galloway will be coming to Orofino, March 16-18, to address the issue of underage drinking and substance abuse. Galloway will give presentations to young people in our schools and to community leaders. Officer Galloway will also present a community workshop for adults on Thursday evening, March 17.  To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Show and Shine meeting March 2
    The next regular business meeting for the Orofino Show & Shine Planning Committee (OSSPC) is scheduled for Wednesday evening, March 2, at 7 p.m.  Meeting location is at the Orofino High School Shop in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Peer review and comments on Lolo wolf control available
    Peer reviews and public comments on Idaho Fish and Game's proposal to reduce the number of gray wolves in the Lolo Elk Management Zone in north-central Idaho are available on the Fish and Game Website. The proposal and comments are available at: To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Chuck Raddon
    What happened to “America for Americans?” People defending the mega loads talk about jobs created. What is happening is that high paid Americans have been laid off so equipment can be built by low paid people in Asia and shipped ready-built to sites in America. We have traded a few short term jobs—trucking—for many longer term jobs (welders and equipment operators) in construction. We have used taxpayer money to build the docks and infrastructure to make these mega loads possible.
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  • School board to hear Burnham’s resignation at Feb. 28 meet at TS
    Janet Burnham who has been employed as Orofino High School secretary for the past 20 years will announce her resignation from that position at the end of this school year, during the School District #171 board meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at Timberline Schools. Sid Calhoun will resign as Orofino Elementary Instructional Aide at the end of this school year. Kathleen Meimi has been hired as Orofino High School custodian.
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  • OHS wrestlers qualify for State
    All seven members of the OHS wrestling team qualified for State this weekend at Districts (Feb. 19 at Kootenai in Harrison, Idaho). Pictured: Nick Muller (2nd in the 145 weight class); Trevor Hopkins (4th in the Heavyweight class); Tanner Schwartz (4th in the 130 weight class); Walker Reggear (3rd in the 112 weight class); Lawrence Dana (4th in the 160 weight class); Dylan Johnson (4th in the 140 weight class); Aaron Elliot (2nd in the 152 weight class). To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Imperial Oil receives extension on moving test megaload on U.S. 12
    An Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil oversized test load scheduled to travel on U.S. 12 today will be delayed until March 7, after the company requested and received an extension from the Idaho Transportation Department. A permit was issued last week by the transportation department for a test load to travel U.S. 12 from the Lewiston Port to the Montana border.To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Incident Reports
    Feb. 14: Orofino Police Department (OPD) received report of suspicious circumstances on 1st St. CCSO received a traffic complaint on Lombard Rd/Hwy. 11 in Weippe. Female driver speeding in a 4 door silver Dodge pickup. Feb. 15: CCSO received request for agency assistance at mm 60 on Hwy. 12, out of county. Large amounts of debris and a tree across the road. Feb. 17: OPD received report of fraud on Dogwood St. CCSO received report of aggravated battery on Hwy. 11/Greer Rd. Male subject is out of control. Unknown weapons/alcohol. Feb. 18: CCSO received report of suspicious circumstances on Musselshell Rd. in Weippe. Chain missing from front gate. Feb. 19: OPD received report of an abandoned vehicle in the Orofino area.
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  • Dworshak discharge flows to change
    Water discharge from Dworshak Dam near Orofino, will temporarily decrease starting Saturday, Feb. 26, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations officials announced. Discharge flow through the powerhouse will be decreased from approximately 11,000 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to 6,200 c.f.s. on Saturday and Sunday. Read this article in its entirety Saturday on our Facebook page,

  • Local girl completes at Monkey Madness Gymnastics
    Hayley Bretz competed Feb. 19 at the Monkey Madness Gymnastics meet held at the Flip Fest in Coeur d'Alene.  She competes as a level 6 gymnast on the 360 Gymnastics Team from Clarkston, WA. Hayley competed on the parallel bars, balance beam, vault, and floor.
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  • School District 171 striving for better education
    Orofino School District is actively working on providing better education for its students in a variety of ways. The district is using an overarching program called Response to Intervention, where research-based strategies for narrowing the achievement gap for students helps us more effectively use our human resources and structures of support within the school system. The creation of the Behavior Specialist/Consultant position, held by Nancy Dahl is another example of evidence based practices that will increase the effectiveness and capacity of staff, students and systems within the school.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Joyce at AITCO said they are now taking cardboard for recycling at Weippe. Bring it in either as boxes or broken down. Congratulations to Erin Sellers who was runner-up in School District #171’s spelling bee. Her next challenge is the Inland Northwest Spelling Bee held at Lewis Clark State College on March 5. Good Luck, Erin, we’re rooting for you! The annual Weippe Fire Department Sale is scheduled for May 21. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser community news
    Mike Green isn’t letting this winter weather keep him inside the house. He started a walking program early this year. This encouraged the Brands to do the same. The distance between Green Road and Lower Fords Creek Road is three miles. On Feb. 10 they met at the half way mark on Cottonwood Road for a light picnic. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 24
    Even while most hunting seasons are now closed, the spring "light goose" season is open. Beginning Feb. 19 and stretching across portions of southern Idaho, the season runs through March 10. In place for only two years, the season carries with it a fair bit of confusion. Only two goose species are included in the hunt: snow geese (including the blue phase) and Ross' geese. The daily bag limit is 10 birds in the aggregate.


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