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August 4 Poll Results
Feel the Heat
Are you someone who
enjoys hot summer days?

18% Yes. I could live somewhere where it was always at least 90 degrees. (10)
15% I do, for things like swimming, but wouldn’t want them all year long. (8)
67% Not me - I prefer moderate temperatures. (37)


This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Joint School District 171 supply lists, registration information
    Click on the link above to view school supply lists and registration information for schools in District 171. Only information that has been provided to the Clearwater Tribune is posted. This includes supply lists for OES, Peck Elementary, and Timberline Schools; and registration information for OJSHS and Timberline Schools.

  • Lighting up OHS football field no small feat
    The wood-based lighting poles at Orofino High School’s football field are being replaced by new metal ones. The former lighting poles were inspected by Avista Utilities and deemed unsafe as the wood had begun to rot at the base of the poles. Each year, a small percentage of your tax bill goes into a recreation district fund. Dave Owsley, Chairman of Dworshak Recreation District (DRD) said that $75,000 of Clearwater County tax monies, channeled through the recreation district, has been designated to fund the school lighting project. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Roll Over America visits Orofino
    Sunday morning a group of about 50 Velomobiles pedaled into Orofino for breakfast refreshments. The group organized by Joseph Janning of Bonn, Germany is on a long cross-country excursion pedaling the egg-like foot powered vehicles from Portland, OR to Washington DC. Joseph, while resting in the shade in Orofino, explained that he posted the idea of “Roll Over America” on a Velomobile user’s website in early 2010 and the idea caught on internationally. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page at

  • Angel Flight West, every flight is a charitable one
    Angel Flight West (AFW) is an all volunteer group of pilots who generously donate their time, aircraft, and fuel to transport people with medical needs who could not otherwise schedule long distance treatments. Three local pilots, John Stewart, Gary Tragesser, and Mike Beard provide that help – often with flights that originate in other areas. John said it is not uncommon to go to other locations such as Reno, NV, Missoula, MT, or Spokane, WA to pick up passengers. Pilots (and donors) pay all the expenses for these vital flights. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Seal-coat project planned on Idaho 7/Highway 12 near Orofino
    A seal-coat project scheduled to begin Tuesday will cause minor delays for motorists on Idaho 7 northwest of Orofino and on U.S. 12 between Orofino and Kamiah, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. Approximately four miles of Idaho 7, from Orofino to Ahsahka (mileposts 49-53), will begin Tuesday morning (Aug. 2).  A companion 22.5-mile project will be done concurrently on U.S. 12 between mileposts 43 and 66, beginning at Orofino. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • My Favorite Memory
    By Joe Goffinet, Lewiston: OK, someone has to deal with the elephant in the room in terms of old memories.  Those of us who are writing these things have some kind of memory of the big elephant—THE REX ROOMS. So here is mine. Before the family moved to Glenwood we lived on Canada Hill and for grades 1-4 I walked to school with two neighborhood kids past the Rex Rooms everyday. Probably at first we did not even think about it. It was just a building. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Meredith Oatman-Thompson to perform Aug. 7 at Methodist Church
    Meredith Oatman-Thompson of Orofino, currently a student at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, will be in Orofino Sunday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. to play an organ concert at the Orofino-Peck United Methodist church on College Avenue, Orofino. She will perform several pieces by J.S. Bach and the Suite Gothique by Leon Boellman. Proceeds will help Meredith with her tuition. The story below was written by Meredith. Read this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Letter to the Editor: Deryl Ketchum
    This is an open question to someone I do not know?  Or maybe it is a question to someone who has an answer?  My question is, “why are the powers that be letting water out of Dworshak reservoir?”  Water is being let out over the top spillways and lowering the lake level below full pool.  Is it because the Nez Perce Tribe wants to quell what little recreational resource Orofino and Clearwater County might have?  Or, is it the Corps of Engineers reducing lake levels to remedy some hazard? To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Road and trail blowdown conditions on the Clearwater National Forest
    The 500 Road on the Clearwater National Forest is blocked by trees between Castle Butte and Liz Butte - starting today road and trail crews are working from the west end (Pete Forks) and an Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) crew will be working towards them from Saddle Camp starting Thursday.  The Forest Service is trying to clear the road by Saturday as there is a Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation work project scheduled that day and a contractor will be in the area. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • CVHC to sponsor August golf scramble
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics will be hosting their sixth annual golf scramble on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Orofino Golf and Country Club. Mail and phone registrations are being accepted for the 18 hole Best Ball Scramble which has an 8 a.m. day-of-event registration and 9 a.m. tee time. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Lewis County investigating shooting incident
    The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), with the assistance of the Idaho State Police, is investigating an early morning shooting incident July 31 in the Kamiah area of Lewis County. Three individuals sought out medical attention for gunshot related injuries. A fourth victim declined medical treatment, according to LCSO. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Local couple attends Ice Cream Social in Moscow
    Sunday, July 31, Dorothy and Gordon Balla of Orofino went to Moscow to the ice cream social at McConnell Mansion, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the mansion. There was the “governor” and “Mrs. McConnell” dressed in their original finery, groundbreaking for the 125th time. Mr. McConnell built the mansion in 1886, served as state senator in 1890 and became Idaho’s governor in 1893. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • June unemployment rate holds steady as job growth lags
    Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 9.4 percent in June, but the state’s labor force experienced its first decline in 10 months as businesses created fewer jobs than normal and more than 1,800 workers gave up looking for work or left the state. Clearwater County’s June unemployment rate of 15.5 percent was down from May’s 17.4 percent, and down from June 2010’s rate of 16.7 percent. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • State record carp taken with archery equipment
    When Kuna's Brian Pokorney let fly with an arrow this past Saturday, he had no idea just how large the carp in his sights might be. It took another arrow from teammate Scott Frazier and both men working together to boat what ultimately was a new state record common carp. At nearly 4 feet in length and weighing in at 67.65 pounds, the carp crushed the previous record - also taken with bow and arrow in 2010 - by nearly 20 pounds, and was only a few pounds short of the all-tackle world record for common carp. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair…
    Where does the time go? I tell my kids “If you don’t like what’s happening now just wait and tomorrow it will all be different.” Last week a long-time friend Judy (Stewart) Overberg, who spends summers here and winters in Arizona made me a a fresh coconut cake for my birthday  and brought it to the house for us to share with her husband Karole and mine, the Phantom. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Hay season finishing up in Fraser
    Jack Nightingale has lived in the Fraser for 42 years. Before that he and his brother Jeff farmed around Craigmont and Rubens area. He served in WWII in Africa and Italy, loading bombs onto airplanes. When he returned to Idaho after the war, her returned to farming. He still knows how to put his 1950 John Deere 80 diesel tractor and 24T baler through its paces. He also has a John Deere 4010 with a bale squeeze mounted on it. He spent last weekend helping his nephew Clint Boyer and his wife Bobbi harvest a field of grass hay on Lower Fords Creek Road in Fraser.
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  • Pierce news
    The weekend is drawing near! Are we ready to have a great time? Here is the latest new news; a climbing wall is coming to Pierce, brought to us by the Idaho Army National Guard. This 20+ foot wall will be standing in the lumber yard of Pierce Hardware from about 9 a.m. all day Saturday, Aug. 6. We thank Pierce Hardware for offering this space. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for August 4
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, July 28, adopted fall Chinook salmon seasons in the Snake River from the Washington-Idaho border upstream to Hells Canyon Dam and in the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the Memorial Bridge. The daily limit is six adult fall Chinook, with a clipped adipose fin evidenced by a healed scar, and 18 adults in possession. An adult is 24 or more inches in total length. There is no limit on the total number of adult fall Chinook an angler may keep during the fall season.

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