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This is not a scientific poll.
August 18 Poll Results
Youth Activities
Should a city government be responsible for providing activities
the youth population will enjoy?

45% Yes. I think it’s in everyone’s best interest for a city to make youth activities a priority. (48)
25% No. Parents should be responsible for keeping their children out of trouble, instead of blaming their child’s bad choices on a lack of appealing activities. (26)
30% It’s great if the city is able to do so, but it’s not their responsibility. (32)

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  • Last chance to win a free subscription
    Anyone who has completed the Clearwater County themed crossword puzzle published in the Aug. 11 issue of the Clearwater Tribune could win a free one-year subscription. Click on the link to learn more.

  • Public Health Immunization Clinic Aug. 25
    The State of Idaho has new immunization requirements for students entering childcare, kindergarten and seventh grade this fall. The Public Health office in Orofino will hold walk-in clinics from 5 to 7 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at their office located at 105 115th St. off Hwy 12.

  • Chinese Hanging Site sign stolen…again
    One of the signs at the Pierce Chinese Hanging Site off of Highway 11 has been stolen, and this isn’t the first time. The original sign placed there approximately 30 years ago was attached to a stone marker. Eventually vandals pried it off the marker. In June of last year, Pierce student Jonathan Syed, for his Eagle Scout project, chose to improve the hanging site by placing four brand new signs. On Aug. 9 Jonathan’s mother, Carmen, walked the 365-foot trail to the signs’ location, and discovered that the largest one was gone. View this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Driver uninjured after falling asleep at the wheel
    A 24-year-old Weippe man who told a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Deputy he fell asleep and drove his vehicle off the road was not injured as a result of the accident, according to a report released by the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Deputy Dave Koontz was flagged down at 5:52 a.m. Aug. 6 on Musselshell Road and told of a one-vehicle rollover that had occurred about seven miles east of Weippe, according to CCSO. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Beware newest version of the grandparent scam
    The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a red alert in early August to warn consumers about a new take on the grandparent scam. At least three Clearwater County residents have been targeted by this scam—two in the area, recently, and another while in Arizona during the winter about two years ago. The scam begins when someone phones a senior and claims to be their grandchild, or baits them by asking, “Do you know who this is?” The intended victim may volunteer the name of a grandchild, unwittingly providing the scammer an identity to assume. Due to the scam’s recent publicity, fraudsters have taken to researching their intended victims, and voicing real details about the would-be victim’s family members. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Mark Miller
    Once again the school district is asking for money. Do we have a short memory? Just three months ago they asked for and got a $1,940,000 levy. Now they are asking for a $7,735,000 levy. My question and concern is this. With student numbers going down why should we add onto our building and grow our debt? This year alone they have asked us for over nine and half million dollars when teachers and janitors make more than our police and firefighters. That alone is part of the problem. What happened to the money received for property sold over the last five years? To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • American flag presented to Jim Knock
    Sergeant First Class Daniel Leidheiser carried an American flag through two combat missions in Iraq during Operation New Dawn. He recently presented this flag to Jim Knock, a Vietnam Veteran currently residing at Brookside Landing. SFC Leidheiser is the son of Dave and Kathy Leidheiser, of Peck, and the brother of Dean Leidheiser and Mistie Lee, both of Orofino. Leidheiser has been in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 15 years. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Corps of Engineers providing labor and equipment to install three new docks
    Paul Pence, Corps of Engineers, updated the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Dworshak Dam operations at the August 8 meeting. The reservoir is dropping at less than a foot a day, down 23 feet from full pool as of Aug. 8. The Waterways Program received funding for three new docks. The Corps of Engineers (COE) will provide the labor and equipment to install the docks. The COE met with the local ATV groups to work on access to trails to allow travel to camp sites. They are working on a proposal to create trail loops that the ATV users can use. The working group came up with a recommendation. The site at Elk Creek Meadows was identified for a stewardship program. This could be incorporated for ATV use of the old roads. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • ‘He Who Hesitates…..’
    It’s the middle of August and the Clearwater County Fair and Orofino Lumberjack Days is just around the corner. Are you ready? Is your latest project ready for display? Have you or your favorite organization acquired your booth? ‘He who hesitates’….does not get a booth. According to Cynthia, several different size booths are still available. Call Cynthia Hedden at 476-3234 for more information. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Corps posts temporary fire restrictions on Dworshak lands
    Ahsahka – Extremely dry forest conditions prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to place temporary fire restrictions on all Corps-managed lands around Dworshak Dam and Reservoir, effective Thursday, Aug. 18. To reduce the risk of wildfires occurring, campfires – using metal fire rings only – must be completely extinguished between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The fire restrictions include all developed campgrounds and mini-camps, according to Deb Norton, lead ranger for the Corps at Dworshak. Camping is allowed only in designated Corps and Idaho State Park campsites around Dworshak Dam and Reservoir.
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  • French Mountain Road #250 temporarily closed
    Orofino - A short section of Forest Service Road #250 over French Mountain has closed to through traffic while contractors replace three damaged culverts. Construction is taking place at mileposts 5 and 9, near Rosebud Creek, a few miles east of Pierce. The closure is expected to last until Sept. 1 but will remain in effect until rescinded. Road closure signs have been posted to alert the public. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Golf Scramble to benefit hospital
    Have you been practicing your golf form all summer and just waiting for an opportunity to see if you’ve perfected a winning swing? If so, the Sunday, Aug. 28 Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics sixth annual golf scramble at the Orofino Golf and Country Club may be just the chance you’ve been waiting for. Openings are still available for golfers and guests. It also is an opportunity to benefit local quality health care. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of CVHC.  To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • John Lewis Road closure Aug. 26
    The Idaho Department of Lands, in cooperation with Potlatch Forest Holdings, Inc. and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will be closing roads accessing the John Lewis block of land on Friday, Aug. 26. The closure encompasses the area bounded by Reeds Creek and Alder Creek on the south, and the Dworshak Reservoir on the west. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fish Lake Trail #419 has reopened
    Orofino - Fish Lake Trail #419, located 15 miles south of Hoodoo Pass, near the Idaho-Montana state line, has reopened to motorized traffic following a month-long administrative closure. Trail users are reminded to practice multi-use trail etiquette and show courtesy to all users. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Half-price fishing trip costs illegal guide big bucks
    On Aug. 3, Chase Putnam, of Victor, pleaded guilty to illegally guiding fishermen in Idaho in Judge Keith M. Walker's Seventh District Court in Fremont County. Putnam is a licensed guide in Wyoming but not in Idaho. In June, Putnam floated two anglers down the Henry's Fork in exchange for $300, which is about half the price of a legitimate trip. Illegal guides can charge cut rates because they do not have to cover any of the overhead costs that a legitimate outfitter has to cover, such as insurance and licenses. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Well, the end of summer is nearing or at least it feels that way with the early morning temperatures. People are busy getting kids ready for school and sneaking in one more trip to the river. Pretty slow news week with 1860 days over. I found out I had the wrong deadline date for candidate filing so have corrected that. The last day to file for the November election is on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Candidate filing opens Aug. 29 through Sept 9. 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 Mayor’s seat. Candidate forms can be picked up at city hall. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser news
    Marie Green celebrated her 92nd birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 10; she enjoyed all the birthday cards sent to her by family and friends. Marie’s daughter Wilma and her daughter Alisha drove out form Lewiston to send several days with her. Wilma drove Marie down to Orofino for an appointment; then they stopped by Brookside Landing to visit Clarabell Brown. They enjoyed a good visit over a lunch of salads prepared by Wilma and Shirley Schoenek.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for August 18
    The fall Chinook salmon season in the Snake and Clearwater rivers opens Sept. 1. The seasons open Sept. 1 and run until Oct. 31 or until further notice 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.

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