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May 5 Poll Results
Reaction to bin Laden's death
When you heard about Osama bin Laden’s death, what was your reaction?

34% It made my day!
66% I was glad to hear it, but wasn’t one of the people throwing a party over it.

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Corps of Engineers, IDFG seek to resume Dworshak Nutrient Supplementation
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Idaho Department of Fish and Game are pursuing a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will authorize the continuation of nutrient supplementation in Dworshak Reservoir. This pilot program was initiated in 2007 and modeled after nutrient projects that have improved ecosystem health and kokanee fisheries in several British Columbia lakes (similar to Dworshak). The goal of the project is to promote aquatic ecosystem health of Dworshak reservoir leading to an improved kokanee fishery in the reservoir.  Public input generated the idea for this project.  Before starting the project, a series of public meetings were held in Orofino and appropriate actions were taken to acquire proper permits and address concerns of other resource agencies. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Rip Remen
    Last week’s article on Nutrient Enhancement of our Lake by Ron Hanes definitely caught my eye. I knew he had previously filed a lawsuit to stop it, and mistakenly felt that it was over. While reading the public notice from the EPA that Ron references, the original expiration date of April 22 stands out, because the paper is dated April 28, and is the first time it’s been published in the Clearwater Tribune. But wait! The new public notice expiration date is May 6. That means someone requested an extension. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Local Scouts take an UnBelizable trip
    Spring break for four Orofino students resulted in a memorable trip to Central America. Ben Palmer, Dan Korbel, Steven Elsbury and Hayden George, along with Brian and Mary Palmer and Boy Scout Troop 536 scoutmaster, John Elsbury flew to Belize for nine days of grand adventure. The idea of the trip initiated from a bet Brian made with the boys while at Camp Easton on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene in the summer of 2008, when the boys were 14 and 15 years old. Before the week at scout camp, Brian called Tom’s Dive Shop in Coeur d’Alene and found out that a minimum of seven students could get a group rate to get scuba certified through the PADI program. Brian emailed other troops registered for Camp Easton and found two more boys wanting to get certified.  Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page,

  • The Appaloosa Express, a ‘pony’ ride for everyone
    Many people in Orofino may have seen the Appaloosa Express bus and not realized it is public transportation for all residents of Clearwater County. People do not have to have a disability, be elderly, or be a member of the Nez Perce Tribe to use this public bus service.  Bridgett Greene drives one of the Lapwai to Kooskia routes and says she and a co-driver put approximately 400 miles per day on that bus. She gets up each morning at 4:30 a.m. to begin her day as bus service runs from 5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page,

  • Letter to the Editor: Carmen Syed
    I am disheartened with the recent slew of letters and posts that are derogatory to our lovely, logging community. Pierce has a proud history that should be proclaimed to the outside world, but we are wasting our energies on negativity and counterproductive activities, which places us all in a poor light. The gist is that those ‘evil conspirators’ down at City Hall have one again enacted an ‘injustice’ on the poor, unsuspecting citizens of our town. And unfortunately, according to tradition, the next council meeting is going to be filled with angry, noose-carrying citizens demanding justice. So this letter is a plea to the good citizens of Pierce…for those who have ears to hear, let us dispense with the media hype, and establish some facts. Read this letter in its entirety on our blog,

  • Lenore man in injury accident
    A Lenore resident driving a semi was involved in a two-vehicle injury accident April 28 near Craigmont, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Richard M. Earp, 58, of Lenore and his passenger, Robert E. Shipley, 37, of Keuterville were waiting at a stop sign at the south entrance to Craigmont, off of U.S. 95, at about milepost 272. Earp was driving the 2000 Freightliner semi tractor truck and at 8:48 a.m. pulled into the intersection with U.S. 95, according to ISP.
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  • General Shawver of Homeland Security to make recommendation for disaster funding
    Commissioner Chair Don Ebert, Emergency Manager Don Gardner, and Road Supervisor Rob Simon toured damaged roads with General Shawver and Debbie Ruppe from the Bureau of Homeland Security, it was reported at the April 25 commissioners’’ meeting. The Dent Bridge Road and Grangemont Road slide repairs are being reviewed with the Federal Lands Highway Program engineers. General Shawver will make the recommendation to FEMA for disaster declaration funding for the slides on the remaining County Roads. There will be FEMA teams in the area to assess the damages as declared by the area counties. The LRIP funding application for $100,000 for the emergency work to clear debris from Dent Bridge Road slide was reviewed and ready to be sent in to LHTAC. The Board approved the county applying for the full $100,000. This money can be used as match to federal funding and the County road crews work will apply. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Brookside Landing celebrating 10 years
    When Brookside Landing officially opened on May 1, 2001, residents moved into their beautiful, brand new apartments with celebration by owners, staff, residents and families alike! Brookside Landing welcomed Independent Living and Assisted Living residents into their new homes with enthusiasm and excitement, a caring staff ready to tackle any new challenge and the support of its owners and the community. The vision of Brookside Landing began years before construction started by a group of local people. They foresaw the need for a long term alternative offering minimal to moderate level of care for the elderly, envisioning a place in Orofino that could keep people close to home, their family and their friends. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Danielle Hardy, candidate for School District Zone 3
    Danielle Hardy is running for the School District Zone 3 board position in the May 17 School Board election. Says, Hardy, “I worked for Lewis-Clark State College for 13 years as the Orofino Outreach Center Coordinator. Through that job I gained experience in working with the state budget and I understand how the state system works. I can use the knowledge I gained over the years to help with the school district budget. I've had many years of experience having to do strategic planning and program development through the college and know that I can take those skills and use them to benefit the schools, too. Also, because my office was located in Orofino High School, I worked closely with the high school staff and students for 10 years. I also had an office at Timberline High School for three years. Partnering with the schools gave me experience in what the staff has to deal with every day and the needs of the schools.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: John Schwartz
    I am announcing my candidacy for the Zone 3 trustee position in Jt. School District #171. I have served in this position the past three years and feel that my role in this position speaks for itself. I have 36 years of experience working in education in the state of Idaho, three as a trustee and 33 as a teacher and an administrator. I feel my background, experience and education well qualifies me to continue to serve as your Zone 3 trustee. My 10 years of employment in District #171 (1978-1988) and my return to Orofino in August of 2006 gives me the necessary knowledge and background to be familiar with district needs and conditions. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Kiwanis Kids Fair Saturday, May 7
    The 2011 fun-filled Kiwanis Kids Fair is Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orofino Elementary School gymnasium. Featured events at the fair include: finger printing and ID for children, a life vest exchange, robots, hatchery displays, crafts, an eye doctor providing free eye exams, face painting, free toys for all children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a cake walk, K-Kids pizza, hot dogs served by the Humane Society, and Musicians Sound by Morgan. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Items needed for Jeannie Hodges fundraiser
    In August of 2010, Jeannie Hodges was in a car accident. She sustained multiple injuries and has extensive medical bills to pay. She is still in intensive treatment and has lost the use of her right arm. In order to relieve her of these mounting bills which continue to accrue, we are having a fund raiser for her. We are accepting donations for a yard sale/silent auction. If you would like to help gather donations, donate, or help organize or have items you would like picked up, call Rene at 208-816-6958. The event date will be announced soon. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page,

  • Burning permits required May 10
    Over the years the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) has responded to many escaped springtime debris-burning fires. These fires are expensive to put out and the burden of these expenses fall upon the person determined to have ignited the fire. If you are going to burn there are certain precautions you must take. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

    Drake Kuykendall comes up gold twice at YMCA Track & Field Invitational
    The Orofino Jr. High Track team sent four qualifying athletes to Boise to compete in the YMCA Track and Field Invitational at Boise State’s Bronco Stadium. The boys’ track team members that qualified were Drake Kuykendall, Brendon Judd, Aidan Parris and Kolby Brink. Over 900 High school and middle school athletes competed in the two day track meet held April 29 and 30. The Orofino athletes did very well. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sign up now for summer driver education course
    Orofino High School will be offering a summer driver education class to students who are 14 1/2 years old by June 8. The class starts on Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 a.m. in Mrs. Pomponio's room at Orofino Elementary. Timberline High School will be offering a spring/summer driver education class to students who are 14 1/2 years old by May 13. The class starts Sunday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Mrs. Stacy's classroom at Timberline Schools. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    TSGT Joey Myers sewed on his MSGT stripe the end of April. Master Sergeant is an E-7. He was promoted by scoring high enough in 6 weighted factors. The average Time in the Service was 16 years to make this rank, he made it in 12. Now considered a Senior NCO and is in the top tier of the enlisted rank structure. Joey graduated from Timberline High School in ‘98 and left that fall for the USAF. Joey is the son of Leslie and Bob Potratz of Pierce and Dennis Myers of Orofino.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop...
    The Weippe-Fraser Recreation District is partnering with the Pierce Pool to offer half price swim lessons to all children who live within the district’s boundaries, and free swimming during the open swim times for the summer until the program’s money runs out. Swimmers must live within the Weippe-Fraser Recreation district to swim for free. This year we are requiring that all people pre-registered by stopping in at the Weippe Library or Timberline Schools. You need to sign up by June 1 to be eligible all season and for the half price swim lessons. The program will end without notice when the budget is gone. Season pass holders are not eligible for free swim. If you need more information contact Bill Sellers at 435-4698. If you need information on swim lessons contact the Pierce Pool at 464-2443. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • May Day in Fraser
    The Fraser community enjoyed a sunny day on the first day in May. This is the day to surprise a friend with a May basket of flowers or candy. A knock on the door was the first indication that someone had carried on this long time tradition. By the time the Brands opened the front door; the “May Basket Phantom” had left a basket and disappeared into a black SUV. A basket was also dropped off at the Lutes farm and they couldn’t identify the “Phantom” either. We will ever find out who was thoughtful enough to carry on this special tradition? Thanks for the pansies; the blossoms will remind us of how fortunate we are to live in the Fraser community.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for May 5
    New Idaho Department of Fish and Game Director, Virgil Moore, was introduced to about eighty attendees at the monthly coffee meeting held at the Lewiston Fish and Game Office beginning at 6:30 a.m. on May 3. Moore announced that in accord with language inserted by Idaho’s Representative Mike Simpson in the United States government’s Continuing Budget Resolution the wolf will be delisted in Idaho and Montana either on Thursday or Friday of this week.

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