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August 25 Poll Results
Have you ever been in an earthquake?

30% Yes, a big one. (21)
49% Yes, a medium or small one. (34)
21% No, I haven’t. (15)

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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.

  • Labor Director Roger Madsen spells it out
    Roger Madsen, Director of the Idaho Department of Labor (DOL) gave an open presentation to approximately 40 business people Aug. 18. The focus of the visit to Orofino was twofold: first to meet with employers and representatives to gain feedback from them as to their employment challenges, how the DOL may assist them, and to find out what business leaders would like to happen in the labor market. Employers were in agreement, stating that many youth (and some adults) whom they have hired have not had a good work ethic, or had the appropriate attitude or “soft skills” (people skills) to meet business requirements. Some employers have resorted to hiring migrant workers or using temporary agencies to fill their workforce needs when they would have preferred to hire local workers. They have not been able to get people willing to work hard and who show up when they are expected. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Community leaders to get dunked
    Come to the Orofino City Park this Sunday, Aug. 28, to try your arm at dunking one of our community leaders. Churches in the area are lining up a fun day of free food, free bounce houses for youth, and our favorite, “The Dunk Tanke!” Putting themselves in the chair this year, at the second annual Picnic in the Park, are several community leaders. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page at

  • City adopts milestone budget
    The largest budget in the history of Orofino was adopted at a public hearing at the city council meeting held Aug. 23. City Administrator, Rick Laam, said that it was the largest budgeted amount at, $14,674,985 (FY 2011-2012) due the city taking on the construction of new water treatment plant. He said that probably wouldn’t be seen again until the water plant needs replacing again in another 30 years or so. Speaking to council members he said, “And we won’t see that happen in our careers.” The city’s water budget is set at $10,035.660. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Robert (Bob) Reggear speaks to Chamber
    Robert (Bob) Reggear spoke to chamber members Aug.17, regarding the upcoming school bond levy. Bob, together with Mike Schwartz co-chair the Facilities Committee for Joint School District 171. They are responsible for facilitating any improvements and ongoing maintenance to structures belonging to the school district. Reggear presented a nine-minute video which gives people the opportunity to electronically tour the district’s facilities to see the issues concerning the upcoming bond levy. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Mayor Ryan Smathers
    I am writing to add my support for School District #171’s bond election Tuesday, Aug. 30. I have been somewhat involved in the facility committee meetings and I truly believe that this is a move in the right direction for our district. They have proven the need, compiled the facts, and come up with a straight forward solutions. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • C-PTPA Fire Update
    An equipment fire was reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) last Sunday, Aug. 21. Cameron Eck, Fire Program Manager said the fire burned approx one-tenth of an acre on Mason Butte near Cavendish. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Flat Creek Road closure
    IThe Flat Creek Co-Op road outside of Pierce, will be closed at the bridge on the north end of the road off of Hwy. 11 starting Friday, Aug. 26, through Sept. 2. Potlatch Corporation and the Idaho Department of Lands will be replacing the Flat Creek Bridge in a cooperative road improvement project. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • My Favorite Memory
    Submitted by Bob Moorhead of Olympia, WA: I lived in Orofino while in my 20’s during the 1970’s, and have fond memories of...Joining the Orofino Jaycees just so I could use the General Telephone and WWP bucket trucks to install Christmas lights on Johnson Avenue and Michigan Avenue...Being the clerk for the Lumberjack Days log auction in the City Park arena and the announcer for the Lumberjack Days Parade from the second floor of Barnett-Thompson Chevrolet...To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Carole Galloway, Clearwater Co. Commissioner
    The article in the Saturday Lewiston Tribune. was quite alarming. Their blue-green algae the government entities have grown so well with their weekly barges of nitrogen for 3.5 years definitely turned our beautiful, clear blue waters into their toxic "Pea soup" in 2008. I would like to know, where were their warnings, then? People were getting the rashes, and being "slimed" by the water (and, YES, that has been documented) and all they were told, was that they were "psychosomatic, stupid (I was called that a few times]" all kinds of things, except the TRUTH. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Wolf hunting seasons open next week
    The wolf hunting season opens Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Idaho. Wolf seasons run from Aug. 30 through Dec. 31 in Island Park and Beaverhead wolf management zones, from Aug. 30 through June 30 in the Lolo and Selway zones, and from Aug. 30 through March 31 in the remaining nine of the state's 13 wolf management zones. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Keith Hollibaugh retires from U.S. Air Force
    Master Sergeant Keith Hollibaugh retired from the U.S. Air Force July 14 during a retirement ceremony. Master Sgt. Hollibaugh was born in Orofino and graduated from Timberline High School in 1991. He is the son of Dan and Lauren Hollibaugh, who reside in the Cavendish area. Master Sgt. Hollibaugh entered the Air Force in 1991 on the delayed enlistment program and has served in the munitions systems career field. His past duty positions include Crew Chief, Inspector, NCOIC of Accountability, Command Stockpile Manager, Command Conventional Munitions Program Manager, Munitions Accountable Systems Officer and Flight Material Section Superintendent. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Two injured in collision with grain trailer
    Two Weippe residents were injured when their vehicle collided with the rear tire of a grain trailer Aug. 18, according to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The sheriff’s office at 6:27 p.m. Aug. 18 received a report of an injury vehicle accident near milepost three on the Greer Grade, Highway 11. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Final presentation of Biomass Study given at Aug. 15 commissioners’ meeting
    The Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study Final Presentation was reviewed at the Aug. 15 Commissioners’ meeting with Chris St. Germaine, Loren Whitten-Kaboth, Bruce Hanson, Cindy Lane, Angela Farr and Keith Henn, Jeff Combe-Tetra Tech via telephone conference. This is the final presentation of the feasibility study. The three pillars supporting the project are the feedstock, power off-take and siting of interconnects. The feedstock is available through abundant logging slash for fair to good material sources. The critical step is building a stakeholder coalition for the siting and land acquisition and clearly identifying the thermal energy off-take. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    On Aug. 30 residents of Joint School District #171 will have the privilege of casting their vote regarding the School Bond Levy Election. I have included a link to an informational video I hope you will take the time to view so you can make an informed decision. Please share the link with others: To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser attends the Wild Weippe Rodeo
    The weather on the weekend of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild Weippe Rodeo was sunny and warm. Many Fraser residents attended the parade on Saturday, and cheered on their neighbors who participated on the floats, Fire Department Trucks and on horseback. The Grand Marshal Float honored many neighbors and hilltop residents that served over the past 50 years. Fraser residents Keith and Shirley Lutes and Charlotte Bonner rode on the float, while Ruth McHone was seated in the Brookside Landing bus. Former residents Nancy and Alvin Smolinski came from Lewiston to ride on the float. The past Rodeo Queens voted to give the Blue Ribbon to the Grand Marshal Float. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop...
    Well, rodeo has come and gone; it was a great year. I had the pleasure of going out Sunday and really enjoyed the rodeo. For anyone who missed it you missed a great time. The community would like to share their appreciation for all who helped us celebrate the Weippe Rodeo's 50th year. If you didn't get your Rodeo 50th year calendar or commemorative book with pictures of the queens from the Hilltop Heritage museum you can still get one by contacting Lorna Hubler 435-9331. She can give you the prices of each. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for August 25
    New fish rules adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in July went into effect Aug. 1 as temporary rules, and one affects Chinook salmon and steelhead fishing this fall. Most were clarification of definitions or incorporating fish rule changes into state statute.

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