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May 26 Poll Results
End of the World
What do you think of Harold Camping’s prediction that Judgment Day, which he originally claimed would be
May 21, 2011, will fall on Oct. 21, 2011?

  5% Hey, it could happen. (3)
10% I think that when Oct. 21 rolls around, Mr. Camping will be 0 for 2. (6)
85% I’m more concerned with why people are even paying attention to him. (50)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • See the Orofino and Timberline classes of 2011
    Graduation for Orofino and Timberline High Schools is this weekend. Click on the link above to see all the graduates, profiles of the honor students, and graduation information in the PDF version of our annual graduation edition. The graduation edition can also be viewed by clicking on the blue Special Editions button above.

  • Memorial Day on the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests
    It’s been a cold, damp spring on the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests, but with Memorial Day Weekend – and the promise of better weather – just around the corner, Old Man Winter is finally starting to loosen his icy grip on the backcountry. There are plenty of great reasons to enjoy a getaway to Idaho’s “Big Wild.”

  • Controversy over algae at Dworshak Reservoir
    Two public meetings and a press conference were held in Orofino Monday the subject being is the “lake” being ruined or improved by the Nutrient Enrichment Program that has taken place there over the past 4-5 years. The joint public information meetings were held at the request of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) prior to their determining whether to issue a permit for the continuance of the study. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Cavendish Elementary barbeque is Thursday, June 2
    Cavendish-Teakean Elementary would like to invite any kindergarten through sixth grade student interested in attending Cavendish Elementary next school year to the school’s annual barbeque next Thursday, June 2 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
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  • Banner School boy Perk Lyda remembers
    When Perk Lyda was a small boy, he lived in a “two room shack” on Whiskey Creek where their rent was five dollars a month. Born in Orofino in 1928, Perk was one of six children born to Perry and Pricilla Lyda. He was “third from the top,” he said in pecking order among his siblings. Times were hard. His dad worked as a fire fighter for the Forest Service and built roads and bridges for the county for a dollar a day through the Works Progress Administration or WPA, as it was called during the Great Depression. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Bob Emigh retires after 24 years at OHS
    Bob Emigh says he started teaching metal shop at Orofino High School back in 1976. Back then, “We had a three teacher shop program,” Don Halbmaier taught Drafting and Woodshop. Roger Adams taught Small Gas Engines and Industrial Arts I (a freshman class). Bob taught Welding, Machining, and Bench Metals. He credits Don and Roger with helping him a lot during his first few years as a teacher. They worked together for the next 24 years and helped each other out. Due to budget cuts over the years, Bob ended up teaching all three classes.  Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page,

  • 2011 Property Valuation Notices
    The 2011 Property Valuation (Assessment) Notices will be mailed out on June 7. Please review them carefully and contact us at 208-476-7042 by June 27, if you have any questions regarding the value, accuracy of information, or need further clarification. Remember that the Assessor does not establish the market; it is the buyers and sellers who determine the market. Values are not increased in order to generate more revenue, but to provide equity across Clearwater County by distributing the tax burden proportionally according to the market. The changes in your assessed value are a result of either physical inspections or sales analysis throughout the county, to bring values in line with reported market sales. Value changes can be affected by: market adjustments applied each year, changes picked up by the Assessor’s office during reappraisal, any construction not previously appraised, or land use changes. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Frances’ quest
    13-year-old braces for her first and last foray at Scripps National Spelling Bee—Frances Grimaldo emerged last March from the shadow of her sister, three-time Inland Northwest Spelling Bee winner and three-time national bee participant Anna Grimaldo by winning the 23rd edition of the Inland Northwest Spelling Bee booking her first and last try at the nationals. The Bee held every year will be moving into its new venue at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, MD from May 31 to June 2. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page,

  • OPD reinforces underage drinking laws
    Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson at Tuesday night’s city council meeting reported that Officers conducted compliance checks, where local businesses are observed to see if they knowingly serve alcohol to minors.  There were three failed businesses out of 16 observed. Wilson stated the first time they did this kind of exercise there was almost a 50 percent failure rate. The second time police conducted this testing there were four failures. He is encouraged that, with repetition and monitoring, the success rates keep improving. Officers also conducted what are known as “shoulder taps” where a youth asks someone outside a business premises if they will purchase alcohol for them. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniacs lose by one to Glenns Ferry in first round of state tourney
    Whenever it looked like Orofino had taken command, Glenn’s Ferry would rally, and the Pilots eventually upended the Maniacs in the first round of the Idaho Class 2A state baseball tournament at Rodeo Park, in Nampa, held May 20. Orofino, which had its 7-2 lead erased in the fifth inning after giving up six runs, regained a lead only to see it fade away. The Maniacs led 11-8 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Pilots rallied yet again. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • A lot of history in one picture
    Saturday, May 21, the Orofino Fire Department held a commemorative dinner to celebrate its 100 birthday. Brought together were past and present Orofino firefighters. Everyone enjoyed a potluck dinner and slide show at Orofino Fire Station #1. Three of the department’s fire chiefs were on hand to help tell stories and share photos. The first official meeting we have record of for the Orofino Fire Department, was held on Jan. 22, 1911. A committee was appointed by the Chief E.W. Jewell to draft a constitution and by-laws. Only two days later, on Jan. 24, 1911 the constitution and by-laws were voted on and adopted. At that time they didn’t have a lot of equipment so they set out to acquire what they needed including the hose cart (in the picture). To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • In a Word: Time
    In an early scene of the movie “Country Strong” characters played by Garrett Hedlund and Gwyneth Paltrow compose a song together. The final line of the chorus is “timing is everything.”  Indeed. The world-wide attention given to predictions the world would end on May 21 brings that line to mind. Ranging from the “faithful” who strove to position themselves to be ready for the purported end, to those who partied hardy in mockery of the idea, the claim received a bevy of responses. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Glenna Mastrud, Orofino’s own ice cream lady
    The King and Queen of England (King George VI) have eaten Nathan’s famous frankfurters, and so can you.  President Franklin Roosevelt served the dogs to visiting royalty in 1939. Glenna Mastrud serves up Nathan’s hotdogs to some of Orofino’s finest residents, which she specially orders through Barney’s Harvest Foods. Nathan’s famous Coney Island hot dogs (begun in 1916) have been a favorite of stars such as Jimmy Durante, Cary Grant, and the infamous gangster Al Capone. But hotdogs are not what Glenna’s particularly known for – ice cream is her game.
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  • Legislators visit Orofino Chamber
    Idaho State Legislators visited with members of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, giving updates on bills and issues in their areas of concern and expertise. Representatives Ken Roberts (R-8th Dist.), Sheryl Nuxoll (R-8th Dist.), and Paul Shepherd (R-8th Dist.). And County Commissioner Carole Galloway was present also.  Ken Roberts and Paul Shepherd both said this was the most challenging session of Congress they could remember. Approximately one half of legislative time each year is spent defining, administering and revising the rules before actual bills may be addressed. This was Sheryl Nuxoll’s first term in office. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Our work day at the Pierce Cemetery, Sat. May 21 was a huge success! Thanks to all the wonderful hard working volunteers who gave up their Sat. morning and afternoon to help clear bush and install 11 more flag pole holders! Because of their efforts we will proudly display 41 Memorial Flags this Memorial Day (Monday) at 8:30 am. We will be taking the flags down at 7 p.m. Please come help in the raising and lowering of the flags. If you have any questions call Dan or Patty at 464-2333.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Gary Kleinsmith reports that we had another good horseshoe tournament this year. The weather was good right up to the very end. If there was one more game we would have gotten soaked. We were lucky. When the final shoe landed the results were: first place, Mark Wilson, Bret Bisbee Both of Lapwai; second place, Gary Kleinsmith from Weippe and Homer Kleinsmith from Post Falls; and third place, Darold Johnson from Orofino and Herm Kuykendall from Peck. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser community news
    April is the month we always expect to have showers, but Mother Nature must have gotten her months mixed up. It’s almost the end of May and we are still getting hit by rain. The road through the Fraser Cemetery had some needed work done on Thursday, May 19. The Clearwater Highway District filled the potholes with gravel and Ernie Tuning brought his little grader up to Fraser to put the finishing touches to the road. Ernie calls his business “Fine Tuning”, which describes the nice job he did. Thanks everyone. The cemetery grounds have been mowed and look very nice for the Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and see how nice the cemetery looks. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for May 26
    Chinook return data show that the returns this year to the Clearwater, Snake and lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers may be better than forecast earlier this year. Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, May 19, adopted Chinook salmon fishing seasons on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers, including a new stretch of water near the town of Salmon.

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