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July 28 Poll Results
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal
What is your opinion about the fact that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy regarding homosexuals serving in the military, has been repealed?

32% It’s about time! (19)
34% I am disappointed. (20)
34% I don’t care either way. (20)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Water plant moves forward
    City Administrator, Rick Laam presented information regarding partial forgiveness of principal loan #DW1106 through the Department of Environmental Quality. Due to other cities not coming forward in a timely manner for their loan requests, monies were returned to DEQ’s funds; Orofino got bumped up on the list to receive a portion of credit in the amount of $500,837 towards the loan for new city water plant construction. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Road improvement projects scheduled to begin on Clearwater National Forest
    Several paving and road repair projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are to take place on the Clearwater National Forest. Wendover Campground will be closed and under construction on July 27 and again from approximately Aug 1-3. Whitehouse Campground will be closed and under construction on July 28 and from approximately Aug. 4 -5. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament this weekend
    The Trevor Haag Memorial Baseball Tournament takes place this Thursday through Sunday, July 21-24. The tournament kicks off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the VFW field. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page beginning Friday, at

  • Road construction delays on Grangemont
    Expect half hour delays on Grangemont Road until at least Tuesday, Aug 2. A seal coat is being applied to the road beginning at the intersection of Grangemont and Highway 11. The project began this week. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Heather Stearns to perform at Roosters Landing Saturday
    For two fun hours of original indie folk and traditional acoustic music performed by 2003 Orofino High School graduate Heather Stearns, visit Rooster's Landing this Saturday night, July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Rooster’s Landing is located at 1010 Port Way in Clarkston. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • My Favorite Memory
    Submitted by Evelyn Olsen Wells, Pasco, WA. My favorite memory of Orofino is the era of 1945-50 and I was a proud Maniac with the Class of 1948. It was an easygoing time where “everybody knew your name” and if your parents didn’t know where you were, a good neighbor would gladly furnish this information. There were a lot of businesses on “Main” Street, including restaurants, two drug stores where kids gathered after school for cherry Cokes, dress shops, Servatius Jewelry, Lester Probst variety store which was next door to Watkins Grocery and our own large department store, the Orofino Mercantile.  To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Marv and Nettie Karn to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary
    Marv and Nettie Karn of Pierce will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Pierce 1860 Days. They met in Salem, OR in the summer of 1949 at a roller skating rink, where Nettie worked, and two years later married in Vancouver, WA on Aug. 18, 1951. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Steelhead harvest to open on lower Clearwater River
    The fall steelhead harvest season in Idaho opens Monday, Aug. 1, on a two-mile stretch of the lower Clearwater River from its mouth to the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge near Lewiston. The catch-and-release steelhead season has been open on the lower Clearwater River since the beginning of July. On Monday, Aug. 1, anglers can start to take some home. The daily limit is two fish with six in possession.
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  • IGA KidsFest Friday raises money for girls soccer
    Glenwood IGA in Orofino is hosting a KidsFest Friday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pepsi will provide a "lunch wagon" for the Orofino girls soccer team to sell hotdogs (free to children 12 and under), cookies, candy, sno-cones, chips, and more. The soccer team will keep their profits from the lunch wagon. Several entertaining and free children‘s events will be held throughout the day in the parking lot. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Nez Perce Tribe students picked to attend National Intertribal Youth Summit
    Four students from the Nez Perce Tribe were selected to join 150 young men and women from across the country for the week-long 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit in Santa Fe, N.M., from July 24-28, featuring administration officials from the White House and the Departments of Justice, Interior, Health and Human Services and Education. U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced July 22 that the students chosen from the Nez Perce Tribe are Savion Henry, Erin Ramsey, Jonae ScabbyRobe and Tommy Williams III. During the leadership conference, the students will have the opportunity to engage with other American Indian and Alaska Native youth through special sessions targeting leadership development and critical youth issues such as healthy relationships and lifestyles, education, substance and alcohol abuse, cultural preservation, community development and protecting the environment. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Shelby Tyler to compete in Miss Teen of Idaho Pageant
    Shelby Tyler, daughter of Lee and Jill Woolsey and Clayne and Jamie Tyler, of Orofino, will be among the candidates competing for the title of Miss Teen of Idaho at the 2011 State Pageant, which will be held Aug. 5-7 in Caldwell. The winner of the pageant competition will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship and a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative update on North/South Trail
    Alex Irby and Kelli Rosellini gave an update about Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC), specifically on the progress on the north/south trail for ATV enthusiasts. Irby reported that the idea for the trail started in this area. The local area spans from Avery to Elk City. Irby said not much headway was made toward creating this trail until the CBC came into being. It unified very diverse groups of people, not all of whom favored motorized recreational vehicles in remote, areas. The proposed 180 mile trail may be as long as 200+ miles when it is completed, as various loops may be added to the original trail. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Local student attends United Nations Pilgrimage
    The UN Pilgrimage Tour is a great experience; I am glad that I made the small amount of effort required to be part of this trip. To apply for the opportunity provided by the local Rebekahs Lodge, I had to write a three-five minute speech and take a written test about the United Nations. As the winning applicant, I won an all-expense-paid two-week trip to the East Coast. Read this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Vehicle leaves road in injury crash
    A vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Orofino man went off the road Tuesday evening, according to a report issued by the Idaho State Police (ISP). Matthew L. Sellers was eastbound on U.S. 12 at 6:37 p.m. July 26 in a 1997 Saturn SL. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Thank you to Tristan, Arrianna and Clint for taking care of a lost dog they had found. It was panting and very thirsty so they stopped by Studio 205 and asked for a water bowl. The dog had no collar and they were worried about it, fortunately the owner drove by and saw them. He was very glad to get his dog back and rewarded them with $5. Now is the opportunity for you to become involved in the growth of your community. The City of Pierce has two city council seats up for re-election and also the Mayors seat. Candidate forms can be picked up at city hall. All names of candidates must be submitted before the Sept. 12 council meeting. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser celebrations
    The weather on the weekend of July 23 was beautiful. The sun was shining and a light breeze was blowing. There were two celebrations in the Fraser community on that weekend. Elvita Judd turned 90 years old and Darrel Hesler retired from his job after 20 years with Nez Perce County. Elvita Green Judd was born on July 23, 1921, on a farm located near Blaine, KS. She was the 13th child of James and Josephine (Koerber) Green.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Weippe Fire Department will be having a car wash on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Come out and support your Local Firefighter and get your car cleaned while helping out. The Weippe Wesleyan church will hold their vacation bible school Aug. 1-5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Kids three years to sixth grade are welcome to join in the fun.  The theme this year is Son Search Beach Bash.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 28
    It's hard to believe it is approaching late July, and a lot of Chinook are being harvested in the Clearwater Region. The fishing is quite good. So as you make your summer plans, don't forget about Chinook salmon fishing in the next couple of weeks.  In the Clearwater River basin, the best Chinook fishing has been in the South Fork Clearwater River with catch rates averaging between five and nine hours a fish. Most of those fish are being caught in the upper river downstream of Steep Rapids. People are still catching fish around Kooskia as well, and it is still worth fishing although catch rates were 14 hrs/fish.

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