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This is not a scientific poll.
August 11 Poll Results
Underage Drinking
When you were younger than the
legal drinking age, did you drink?

10% Yes, and I regret it. (6)
33% Yes. I can’t say I regret it, but I wouldn’t encourage anyone else to do it. (22)
36% I did, and I don’t think it was big a “problem.” (24)
21% No, I didn’t. (14)

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  • Additions proposed for Orofino High School and Timberline Schools
    The Facility Committee, made up of a diverse group of community members, has examined the needs of the District #171 and has recommended a bond levy for additions to Orofino High School and Timberline Schools. The School Board has set the bond levy election date of Aug. 30. Click on this link to view PDF blueprints of the proposed additions for both schools.

  • Savvy Seniors Kyle and Bev Latham, still having fun after all these years
    Those who feel comfortable ordering a single shot, skinny café Macchiato with a chocolate covered bean on top for their beverage, might not be intimidated when someone tells you their show car is called a “mild, modified custom ’58 Chevy Impala, bright polycalypso in color with a touch of mint.” “It’s green!” Bev Latham laughed when her husband Kyle described their trophy winning car. Kyle said he’s been interested in old cars since he was a kid of 12. His first car was a Model A. When asked if it ran, Kyle said, “Not very well!” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Smoke testing for sewer lines
    At the Aug. 9 Orofino City Council meeting, Public Works Supervisor John Barton announced that smoke testing, to identify leaks in the local sewer system, is about to get underway. Liquid smoke (non-toxic, non-staining, odorless) will be injected into sewer lines one area at a time. Each year, thousands of gallons of run-off rain water from roofs and gutters drains into the sewer system, via leaky pipes, instead of being channeled into storm drains. It overloads the system and is very costly for the city to treat this water. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor – Joyce McClellan
    Senior scam alert - I was contacted by phone by a person claiming to be our granddaughter. According to the story, she was accompanying a girl friend who had broken up with her boyfriend. A trip had been planned previous to this, and the girlfriend didn't want to waste the trip, so she asked our "granddaughter" to come along. This was supposed to be in Spain. They were involved in a car accident, and she ended up with a broken nose. According to the story teller, the granddaughter had to stay in the country for an extended period of time, to handle insurance and car repair. When I received this phone call, she asked if I didn't recognize my oldest granddaughter - no name. She didn't want me to tell her mom or any family member at all, and repeated this a few times throughout the conversation. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor – Steve Graham
    In these times of economic unrest, credit downgrades for the federal government and other major lending institutions School District #171 is practicing Obamanomics. Tax and spend! Now is not the time to raise taxes in Clearwater County. We are currently suffering a statewide jobless rate of 9.4 percent. We have unemployment rate of 15.5 percent in this county. This does not include those who are under employment. Vote No on the District #171 Construction bond levy. We are Taxed Enough Already! To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Commissioners received update on consolidation of Clearwater, Nez Perce Forests
    Heather Berg, Acting Ranger for the North Ford Ranger District and Susan Shaw, District Ranger from the Palouse District of Clearwater National Forest met with the Board of County Commissioners July 25 to provide information of the consolidation of the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests.  The forest combination is being driven by cuts in budgets and deductions in the recreation funding. The Clearwater was cut 50 percent and Nez Perce cut 30 percent in the recreation funding. The region is seeing an overall decline in the recreation budget. They are being proactive to make the decisions at the forest level instead of being dictated to from above. The values of the community integrity are important to both forests. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • OHS 40-year class reunion Aug. 12-13
    OHS 40-year class reunion will be held Aug 12-13. Friday, Aug. 12 there will be a no host bar at the Brass Rail starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 dinner is schedule at the Orofino Golf Course at 6:30 p.m. and the band will perform from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Timberline High School Class of 1981 Reunion
    The Class of 1981 from Timberline High School will be celebrating their 30 Year Class Reunion this month. The fun is scheduled for the same weekend as the Wild Weippe Rodeo, Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20. Also needed is the number of classmates and their family members that are able to attend the barbecue on Saturday.  To RSVP for the barbecue or to contact the class, please go to the Class of 1981 Facebook page and/or email or phone (208)860-4892. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Dworshak Reservoir Association fundraiser raffle
    The Dworshak Reservoir Association (DRA) is organizing a raffle to raise funds. The only operating cost the DRA has is the yearly fee to maintain the DRA web site domain. All other funds go directly to enhancing recreation on the reservoir. The Clearwater County Waterways Committee has obtained three grants for enhancing reservoir recreation. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Life Flight, there when you need them
    Life Flight’s Director of Clinical Operations, Dominic (Dom) Pomponio, addressed the Orofino Chamber of Commerce Aug. 3. Dominic was an EMT for five years before helping to open the Lewiston branch of the Life Flight Network (LFN). Life Flight is a non-profit corporation owned by several large hospitals. It is one of the fastest growing businesses in Oregon and new offices have just been opened in La Grande, OR and Pocatello. in 2009 they merged with St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Life Flight operates both fixed-wing aircraft (able to travel distances of approximately 2,000 miles) and helicopters (able to make 150 mile trips). To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clear/Nez Fire Zone update
    The Van Creek Fire grew to 370 acres and is 50% contained.  The fire is burning on Keating Ridge near the Allison Creek drainage on the Salmon River Ranger District, Nez Perce National Forest.  Fire crews are performing mop-up to hold and secure fire lines west of Keating Ridge and 221 and 221C Roads, and establishing and maintaining hoselays as needed.  Crews are continuing to assess and fell all hazard trees within tree length of the fire line. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce 1860 Days – another great event
    It is one more 1860 Days in the past! Seems like it was only yesterday...and it is! The committee hopes everyone had a great time; Shiloh Sharrard's concert following the Lions Club dinner; the Berry Bake-Off was a hit, with 15 entries. Winners were: Pie-Mattie Brouwers; Cake-Amy Jared; Bread-Jessica and Gabe Nelson; Misc.-Amy Jared; and Best of Show-Amy Jared. Many thanks to Cheryl Stenzel and her judges for their time and effort. These beautiful entries were donated to the New Life Fellowship Pie and Ice Cream Social held during the Kick-Off on Friday. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Kathy Rodriguez is new North Fork District Ranger
    Kathy Rodriguez recently joined the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ staff as the new District Ranger at the North Fork Ranger District located in Orofino.  Her effective date to start work is Aug. 15. Kathy’s most recent Forest Service job was the Forest Planner position on the Kootenai National Forest (NF) in Libby, MT.  She lateralled into that job in 2008 when she moved from Alaska so that her husband could take on the job of District Ranger on the Cabinet District of the Kootenai NF. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Weippe Rodeo news
    The Wild Weippe Rodeo is fast approaching! It’s time to sign up for the parade. Entries are available at the Weippe discovery Center, The Clearwater Tribune, Sherry’s Cakes and Bouquets and Mary Ann’s Grocery.  If you can not find an entry call Carolyn Lage to sign up at 208-435-4845. Attention returning Royalty and Grand Marshals: There will be floats for the returning royalty who are not riding horses and for the past Grand Marshals. If you have your own entry you will still be recognized by Hal Olsen, our announcer. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Prescribed burning planned on the North Fork and Moose Creek Ranger Districts
    Grangeville – Fire Staff on the North Fork Ranger District of the Clearwater National Forest will be initiating ignition operations (Aug. 12) on Long Creek and Pollack Ridge. On Saturday, plans are to begin aerial ignition operations on both Long Creek and Pollack Ridge simultaneously (pending smoke approval). Fire staff is hoping to achieve 1000+ acres with ignition operations. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • A busy weekend in Fraser
    The first weekend in August was a busy one for the Fraser community. The weather was perfect for any outdoor activities. A thunder storm did hit on Friday evening. Mark and Karen Fowler reported they had a down pour that lasted about 15 minutes, but none fell at Fraser Park. The 6th Annual Bluegrass and Old Country Western Jam Session was held at Fraser Park. The Fraser Park Board added a performance area to the large covered Pavilion. It was a great addition for this event, and enhanced the sound of the music.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for August 11
    Mark Adams of Pocatello caught a record breaking trout in the American Falls Reservoir on Monday, July 25. Idaho Fish and Game completed genetic and age analysis on the fish. The record fish is a rainbow-cutthroat trout hybrid - a female cutthroat trout mated with a male rainbow trout.

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