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June 9 Poll Results
Politicians Behaving Badly
Should Congressman Anthony Weiner, who admitted to Tweeting lewd photos of himself to women he met online, resign from public office?

50% Yes. Elected officials who engage in this behavior need to suffer consequences for their actions. (47)
42% No. I don’t approve of his actions, but he’s not the first naughty politician, and won’t be the last, so why bother? (40)
8% Who cares?! (8)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Clearwater River flood watch may be the last one for the year
    “The Clearwater River, near Orofino, is just starting to enter its basic flood stage, with a potential for flooding,” said Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management. “Right now it’s just a game of watching” he said. “It could potentially enter flood stage at 7 p.m. tonight, [June 7 Mountain Time]” said Gardner. “The horse display [metal statues at Clearwater Crossing R.V. Park] is a good gauge,” he said. “If the horses are drinking – they’re drowning.” There are actually designated spots along the river covering the distance from Orofino City Park to the city yard, that are watched closely and where there are official gauges. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • LCSC president addresses Orofino Chamber
    Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) President Tony Fernandez visited the Orofino Chamber of Commerce luncheon held June 1, giving an update on the college. Fernandez has served LCSC for eight years now and it is apparent he is very proud of the school which began in a basement in Lewiston in 1893. “Only the University of Idaho has been here longer,” said Fernandez. The school now offers Bachelor of Arts and Science Degrees. In partnership with Boise State University, a Masters program has begun. The school offers an Associates Degree program as well as non-degree certificates and community programs. Programs include: Business Technology & Service, Business Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Nursing, Social Studies, and Technical and Industrial. LCSC’s nursing program is renowned. Currently, they have over 600 students enrolled in nursing or pre-nursing studies. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Summer Stuffies fund raiser for Northwest Children’s Hospital
    Idaho Dept. of Correction employees and the Crochet Cronies (offenders group) will be holding a fund raising event Friday and Saturday, June 17-18 at Barney's Harvest Foods on Hwy. 12, Orofino for the Northwest Children's Home of Lewiston. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Every year the prison staff coordinates with the offenders in Orofino to make Christmas gifts for the children living at the home. This year they are making their beautiful gifts for the public to buy and/or win; giving the public the opportunity to participate in helping the children in our communities. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Jeannie Hodges community fundraiser and fun day
    July 23 will be a great day for members of the community to come out to the fairgrounds and join in a fun day of good music, great food, a $1 yard sale and a silent auction to raise money for Jeannie Hodges to help with her ongoing medical expenses. Jeannie suffered severe injuries in a car accident last August, and is still undergoing treatment in an effort to regain use of her right arm. Although some of her injuries have healed, her expenses continue to grow.
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  • Dworshak Dam Visitor Center hosts “Log Drive Day” activities
    Dworshak Dam Visitor Center staff invites the public to attend a “Log Drive Day” event on Sunday, June 12, at the visitor center theater, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the dam announced. “The North Fork of the Clearwater River used to be a log transport river, and we would like to recognize past and present log drive participants who committed themselves to the hard work that helped build and shape the Pacific Northwest,” said Dworshak Park Ranger Connie Grant-Howell. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • NPT Elders Birthday Dinner
    The Nez Perce Tribe elders birthday dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Teweepuu Center on Highway 12 outside of Orofino. Fruits and vegetables will be distributed at the dinner.

  • FEMA to help fund County disaster repair
    The County received the Presidential Declaration for Disaster for FEMA to assist in funding repairs of damage caused by landslides. FEMA commits to 75 percent and a 25 percent match from local agencies. (The repairs on Dent Bridge Road and Grangemont Road are FHWA.) The FEMA engineers will come to the County and work out a recommendation for the repairs. The County and FEMA will negotiate the costs. Chief Deputy Sheriff Rick Miller provided a report from the department. The long weekend was reviewed. There was a call for emergency dispatch for a motorcycle accident on the Weitas on Friday. Life Flight was requested and could not land at the Weitas Guard Station. The person was moved to the ridge top and the helicopter was able to land and fly him to Missoula. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair…
    My daughter in Meridian subscribed to a daily devotional magazine entitled Our Daily Bread for me. The June 2 devotional starts out “My state’s name, “Idaho, according to one legend, comes from a Shoshone Indian word, “ee-dah-how”. When translated into English its means something like “Behold! The sun rising over the mountain.” The writer continues “I often think of that when the sun breaks over the eastern peaks and spills light and life into our valley.” Idaho offers beauty to a variety of folks with its mountains and streams in central and north Idaho and the beautiful sunrise and sunsets in the desert areas of southern Idaho. It’s amazing for the most part how predictable and calm the weather is in our beautiful state. In our immediate area the biggest threat to safety is traveling along Hwy 12. Here we need to watch out for large trees falling off the hills and across the road, large rocks rolling off the hills into the road and deer crossing and unexpectedly jumping out of nowhere into the road. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • High country still packing lots of snow
    Snow Surveyors from the Natural Resources Conservation Service recorded one of the deepest June 1 snowpacks ever measured in Idaho. This year’s late season snows and slow snow melt provide more than enough water for users and creates a potentially threatening runoff season, especially in the upper Snake and Bear River basins. “In an average year up to about two-thirds of the snowpack melts during April and May,” said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist with Idaho NRCS. “This year, the cool spring temperatures prevented high elevation snows from melting.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Chris and Karen Jensen
    On May 23 my wife and I attended a very enlightening meeting regarding the health of Dworshak Lake. The fact that the Department of Fish and Game, Army Corp of Engineers and the EPA did a typical political spin was not the enlightening part. The half-truths, omissions and outright lies are to be expected in today’s political climate. What surprised us was the fact that, even though this lake is vital to the physical and economical health of Clearwater County, only one County Commissioner cared enough about our county to do the job they were elected to do, that is to represent the citizens of this county! Carole Galloway was there representing us but where were Stan Leach and Don Ebert? What issue could be more pressing for the citizens of this county than that which was attempted to be discussed Monday night? To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Todd Kobielusz completes basic training
    Air Force Airman Todd A. Kobielusz, a 2010 graduate of Orofino High School, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Root Disease: The Hidden Menace forestry workshop offered in Orofino
    Unlike insect outbreaks and fires that can be highly visible, root diseases often go unnoticed and are typically more widespread and have greater long-term impacts on forest health. In fact, root diseases are the primary tree killer on 2/3 of northern Idaho forests. This workshop will provide critical information needed to deal with this hidden menace. The one-day, “A sessions of Root Disease: The Hidden Menace” will be held on Friday, June 17 in Orofino at the Orofino Community Church. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Greg Grimshaw
    Last month in Los Angeles, CA there was a gas station posting their fuel for roughly $4.29 a gallon, somehow the amount being charged at the pump was $1.99. After 350 customers who saw the posted price took advantage of this mistake the gas station was out of their pocket $21,000 dollars in revenue in three hours before they caught the mistake. What has happened to people? Are there any honest people out there? Does the word integrity mean a thing? I was amazed at the news coming out of Japan after the disaster. There was no rioting, looting or any civil unrest. These people under the most difficult of circumstances held it together. I look back on New Orleans and how the people went ape wild. The helper’s helicopters were delivering drinking water to the people trapped at the stadium and some crazies fired at them. The people were running amuck looting and causing plenty of trouble. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Nuisance animals
    Spring is the time when many wild animals begin looking for places to make their summer home, find easy foraging for food, and raise their young.  Warm temperatures also mean humans start spending more time outdoors.  Now is the time people should do a thorough evaluation of their property for opportunities for nuisance birds and animals. Scattered garbage or refuse, pet food, and birdfeeders should be cleaned up and put away for the summer. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Colton Brouwers, son of Rod and Melissa Brouwers, is traveling to Toledo, OH during the July 4th weekend to participate in the Judo Junior Nationals. Rather than ask for donations to help with the expenses he is willing to work to raise money. Any manual labor or odd jobs you may have, he would like to help you. Thank you for your support! Call 464-1100.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Minnie Weidner would like her community to share the news that her grandson, Monty Walsh married Sarah Hite May 21. They were married at the Weiser Park. They live in Boise. The honeymoon was in Jackpot. Connie Mendenhall and Sharon Thimangan went down to Boise to baby-sit the children while wedding preparations were going on.  Ray, Lindsey and Erick went down the day before. After the wedding the bride’s parents Chuck and Dianne Hite came to Weippe for Memorial weekend to visit. They stayed at Ray and Connie’s. The family went to Deer Creek to fish. All had fun. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for June 9
    Is it really June? The water is raging right now – anglers, be aware of high water. Spring Chinook season is happening now! Anglers, catch rates are continuing to improve. On the main stem of the Clearwater River catch rates this past week are 9 hours for every fish caught. Fish are being caught in the Snake River and North Fork as well. Anglers are using tuna, Kwik fish wrapped with sardines or eggs from boats. Those fishing from the bank are using bobbers and jigs with shrimp.

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