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March 17 Poll Results
Corporal Punishment in School
Should corporal punishment be re-introduced into public school?

78% Yes (58)
22% No (16)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Local sixth grader competes in Special Olympics State Winter Games
    The Special Olympic State Winter Games were held March 11-13 in McCall. Kross Challinor, who resides in Orofino and is a sixth grader at OES, participated in the snowboarding event, the giant slalom and the downhill. Kross was looking for a new challenge in his life so he began snowboarding in December and has excelled in the sport. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Dennis Williams receives honors
    At a meeting March 2, of the 2011 Legislative and Awards Banquet in Boise, Dennis (Denny) Williams received recognition for his 15 years of service as Clearwater County Weed Control Superintendent and was presented with two awards. Denny has been in weed control since 1964 and participated in the planning and formation of the first weed management area in Idaho (Clearwater Basin Cooperative Weed Management Area). To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in, or visit our Facebook page at

  • Pennies 4 Patients raises $363.66
    Mrs. Haag’s Leadership class from Orofino Junior/Senior High School decided to use their Leadership skills by taking charge of a fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma patients. The fundraiser was entitled “Pennies 4 Patients.” The purpose of this fundraiser was for a school group to organize and run it, while students donate their loose change to children in need. The money raised by the fundraiser is distributed to the families of patients to help pay for medical costs and things they need to care for their child. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Charlie Pottenger
    I have traveled to Sendai, Japan to learn about Japanese methods for making pulp and paper. Sendai is a city of about one million, four or five times larger than Spokane and life there was happy and bustling. People with goals and dreams living in peace. While our nation’s news media and the far left posture to highlight the “Nuclear Holocaust” in Japan, the real news of human suffering and loss goes essentially under reported. Hours and hours of TV coverage and barrels and barrels of newspaper ink are beating the drums for elimination of nuclear power and promoting worldwide fear. Meanwhile it is likely that hundreds of thousands may have been killed and millions are seeking medical treatment, searching for loved ones and freezing without food and shelter. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Trelawny J. Bruce
    “Heavy on opinions, light on facts,” that is my assessment of the outcome of the recent Joint School District 171 Special School Board meeting. The Board was looking for options to alleviate overcrowding at the Orofino Elementary School and Orofino High School. This condition resulted from their decision to close the Orofino Junior High School last year and divide those students between OES and OHS.  In the interim the District has had to continue using parts of OJHS for the displaced students to cover their physical training programs. The bottom-line conclusion by the Board at the special meeting was to run a repeat of the bond election for new construction, the very option the patrons turned down last year and an option I hope is turned down again. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • The birth of Tempting Tangles Designs
    It all started in earnest with the Biblical story of Creation. I could see, in my mind’s eye, the spirit of God hovering over the water, the dark clouds boiling in an even darker sky, the glorious blaze of first light parting the heavens. As a result, the first design I published professionally, Dec. 2009, was called “Creation,” a real labor of love, as I had to chart it after I stitched it. Not an easy task! I have been in love with needlework of any type since I was a little girl, but I became seriously involved with cross stitch when I was 30.
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  • Bugling Bull Game Calls dominates at World Championships
    Bugling Bull Game Calls winning tradition was kept alive during the 2011 Leopold/RMEF World Elk Calling Championships held March 4 and 5 in Reno, NV, where they swept 1st place honors in all five divisions. Professional Division – Corey Jacobsen, of Boise won the Professional Division. The OHS graduate is a 7-time World Champion and shares his elk hunting expertise at seminars throughout the northwest, as well as through his website, Ty Cary, Bugling Bull Team Member from Eugene, OR placed fifth in the pro division. Women’s Division - Misty Jacobsen, of Sandpoint won her 10th Elk Calling title, this time in the Women's Division. Another graduate of Orofino High School, Misty has competed 16 out of the last 18 years, entering in the youth division and then the women’s division. The bugling paid off in the fall of 2010 as Misty harvested a 7x7 elk. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in, or read it on our blog at

  • From this Chair…
    I recall years ago when my family first moved to Idaho we visited family in western Kansas and I brought back some sand stone rocks for my rock garden. I was surprised to see within a couple of years the rocks have disintegrated into little clumps of sand from all the moisture we experience in this part of Idaho. The melting rocks were the end of my ties with Dorothy and Toto’s state of the union “Kansas” as depicted in the movie The Wizard of Oz. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Timberline student wins TRIG-STAR award
    Leon Wehrhan has won the designation 2010-2011 TRIG-STAR for Timberline High School in competition held recently. He is the son of Walter and Andrea Wehrhan of Bonn, Germany and his host parents are Mitch and Julie Jared of Pierce. This contest was sponsored by John Elsbury of Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. A TRIG-STAR is a mathematics student who has demonstrated in competition that they are the most skilled among classmates in the practical application of trigonometry.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    80 years ago: Ada Holmberg, Orofino’s pioneer businesswomen, was honored for 21 years in business. 60 years ago: Fisk Radio and Electric offered free check-ups on all percolators purchased from them in the last 12 months. 40 years ago: An article written by Darlene Jackson, headlined “Men finally outwit bobcat,” explained how, after several months, a few area men finally found the elusive bobcat in one of their traps. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Easterbrook resigns as OHS teacher; board meets March 21
    Chad Easterbrook who has taught in the Orofino school system for the past 33 years has submitted his resignation to the school board. His resignation is effective at the end of this school term and he is currently teaching at Orofino High School. The board will meet at 7 p. m. Monday, March 21 at the Orofino High School and besides Easterbrook’s resignation will accept Vicky Stewart’s resignation as SLP effective at the end of the current school term.
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  • Logger Education (“LEAP”) offered in Orofino, April 20- 22
    Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) is a nationally acclaimed Extension program originally started at the request of loggers in the northeastern U.S. who wanted to improve their skills and market their services more effectively to forest owners and managers. Over 1,300 Idaho loggers have participated in LEAP thus far. The program features presentations, discussion, videos, activities, and other learning experiences designed to improve participants’ understanding of forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality.  LEAP will be held in Orofino, Idaho, April 20-22. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniacs win season opener by one
    The Orofino Maniacs baseball team won narrowly 2-1 over Timberlake in its season opener last Friday played at home. After begin walked in the sixth inning, Orofino's Jason Thompson trotted to first, but Coach Bo Cummings sent Thompson to second in stride. Meanwhile, Ethan Gilliam, who was at third base at the time, reached home plate when Timberlake's pitcher tried to put Thompson out at second.
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  • Timberline graduate plays in championship basketball game
    Timberline High School graduate Lundyn Jared was a member of the Walla Walla Community College women’s basketball team that fell just shy of a championship repeat in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) post-season basketball tournament, falling to Yakima Valley Community College 53-40 in the championship game March 8 in Kennewick, WA Jared was one of 12 freshmen on the roster who were charged with rebuilding after the Warriors went 28-1 and won the NWAACC championship the year before.
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  • Drug law violation at OHS
    Orofino Police Department Cpl. Eric Dodge, Officer Matt Russell and K9 dog Esé conducted a walkthrough March 14 at the Orofino High School building and grounds. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop…
    Jonathan Syed of Pierce is the winner of the Rebekah United Nations Pilgrimage contest and will be the delegate for Rebekah Lodge District 10. This contest is in part sponsored by a raffle conducted by Weippe White Pine Rebekah Lodge which is going on now. Winner of the raffle will receive a hamper loaded with various types of linens, something we can all use. Contact any Rebekah member for your tickets or they can be purchased at the Weippe Library. I unfortunately left out a minor detail on last week’s photo of Raegan Cahill. Her parents are Jake and Christina Cahill. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Fraser
    Donna Brown’s birthday was on March 5, this year she decided to drive to Nampa to help her granddaughter, Grace McIntosh, celebrate her birthday. Grace had been telling her kindergarten class that she was going to celebrate her birthday on her Grandma Donna’s birthday. Danette and her family didn’t know Donna was making the trip. They were totally surprised when they answered the door and found this special Grandmother smiling at them. By the time the party started they had gotten over the surprise and everyone had a great time. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for March 17
    Idaho Fish and Game plans to propose spring seasons on Chinook salmon fishing to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in late March. This year is 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 198,000 Chinook bound for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam will enter the Columbia River this year - last year the number was 315,300.

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