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50% Yes. (28)
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40% It wouldn’t make a difference in whether or not I vote. (22)

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  • For Monk Montgomery timing is everything
    We’re willing to bet most people don’t know Monk Montgomery’s real name is Wilbur. He was the youngest child, with six older brothers and three sisters. He said they called each boy, in turn, Monk, and the name got handed down as each was born. When it came to him – it stuck, because no other boys followed him. Monk laughed and said, “I guess I was the last of the Mohicans.” Monk’s dad Owen was a carpenter and a prospector for gold. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Joe Dupont, IDFG
    Many folks head to Dworshak Reservoir for recreation. However, Idaho DEQ recently issued a warning due to high levels of potentially-toxic blue-green algae in parts of the reservoir. While people continue to use the reservoir, many visitors might be wondering how blue-green algae might affect them and how to have fun safely. While blue-green algae may be present anywhere in the reservoir, it is typically high blue-green algae concentration areas that are of concern to all of us. Boaters, swimmers and others can help identify and report algae blooms to the Corps’ Dworshak Visitors Center at 208-476-1255. The Corps will investigate and sample the algae to determine if levels are high enough for concern. Idaho Fish and Game will also continue bi-monthly reservoir water quality monitoring. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Grangemont and Dent Bridge slides could be covered by federal aid
    Jeff Miles, LHTAC toured the Dent Bridge Road slides and Grangemont Road slide at MP 4.75. Once the repair design has been engineered the County will have the opportunity for review and approval. The emergency repair expenditures will be covered under the Federal Aid funding. The speed limit sign on Huckleberry Road was discussed. Commissioner Leach suggested posting 15 MPH signs through the slide site and to the bridge. This would be considered emergency signage now through the slide site. The consensus is to install the 15 MPH signs and one sign indicating a one lane bridge. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Two juveniles injured in ATV crash
    Two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were injured Sept. 4 in an ATV accident near Little Moose Creek, off of Forest Service Road 255 (in the vicinity of Pierce), according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). CCSO received a report at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 4 of an ATV accident with two subjects injured. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Three strikes and you’re out
    It wasn’t a baseball game that the Orofino Maniacs hosted the Asotin Panthers to last Friday night, but the old phrase, “three strikes and you’re out,” could well be used to describe the results as the Maniacs dropped their second game of the season. Orofino’s offense started out a little sluggish but appeared to have everything working by mid-way in the first quarter. Quarterback, Drake Kuykendall, zeroed in on Ryan Schlieper, Markus Knapik and Tanner Schwartz. Then, it was solid running by Cannon Lanier that gave the Maniacs the lead (6–0) at the start of the second quarter and Lanier his first touchdown of the season. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Volunteers needed for Clearwater River clean-up
    Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter along the Clearwater River near Kooskia and Orofino on Saturday, Sept. 10. Volunteers, especially those with river boats or rafts, are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at either the Pink House Recreation Site near Orofino or the Kamiah boat ramp across from the City Park at the base of the Kamiah Bridge. Cold drinks and snacks will be provided, as well as garbage bags and ties. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair…
    Recently the Phantom and I enjoyed a vacation on the Oregon coast with my sister-in-law, Maxine and her husband, David Goldsmith from Loveland, CO. We stayed at Hallmark Inn in Newport and made a side trip to Tillamook where we visited long-time friends, Bill and Barbara Kitchen who Maxine and I knew as young people in Hugo, CO. The Kitchens retired from the ministry in Tillamook and for two years earlier had pastored at the Nazarene Church in Lewiston. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Dan Lee Connection Road closed for logging and Biomass activity
    The Dan Lee Connection Road 5141 on the Lochsa Ranger District is closed for public safety due to logging activity on the roadway.  The closure is from the junction of Hemlock Road 535 to the junction of the Weaver Creek Saddle Road 542. A biomass grinding operation is using four trucks to make frequent cycles hauling biomass, and a slash grinder is set up in the road. The road is only 1.3 miles to a gate with a year-round closure for full size vehicles. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Doughboy booth returns to county fair
    St. Theresa’s Church will once again offer the very popular doughboys during Lumberjack Days this year, in the city park, right where the green trailer has been stationed the last several years. A variety of toppings, to serve either as a meal or for dessert, will be on the menu again, from the standard sugar/cinnamon dredged giant rounds, or the different fruit and whipped cream toppings, to a meal in itself, the chili and cheese with sour cream “Chili Boy.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • French Mountain Road #250 has reopened; Road #247 scheduled to close
    Forest Service Road #250 over French Mountain has reopened. The well-traveled, backcountry access point had closed for three weeks while four damaged culverts were replaced near Rosebud Creek. Starting Sept. 6, Forest Service Road #247, the Beaver Creek Road, will close to through traffic while contractors build a bridge to replace an aging culvert. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Gardeners, now’s the time to start thinking about the fair!
    County fairs and state fairs…at these events you're likely to see a display of prize-winning vegetables and fruits. Maybe you've thought to yourself, "I have a garden! Maybe my peppers could win a ribbon! And this year’s apples are perfect." Here are some tips to get you started! A common misconception is that the largest pumpkin/potato/tomato/or what have you, wins the prize. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • How a septic system works
    In last week’s series issue on properly functioning septic systems, we reviewed some frequently asked questions (FAQ) like: “What is a Septic System and what does it do”, “How often does it need cleaned”, and “Why should I bother cleaning it”. This week’s series will focus on how the septic system actually works. This week’s article was going to cover “Restoring Failed Drain Fields”, but we felt we needed a little more basic information first. Next week’s article will cover the “drain field” topic and the costs associated with it.
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  • C-PTPA fire update
    Nine fires, all estimated one-tenth acre or less. were fought this past week throughout the region by fire crews for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA). To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative invites public to Sept. 20 meeting
    The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) is holding a meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Nez Perce National Forest Supervisor’s office in Grangeville to discuss upcoming USFS projects on the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests. District Rangers for both forests will be making brief presentations on upcoming restoration, wildlife, fuels, and recreation projects to the CBC. The CBC will be considering a broad array of land management projects to provide collaboratively-developed input during the environmental analysis process. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Volunteers are needed to help build a cedar fence along the creek by the new park pavilion on Sept. 17. Rob Harrell, a wonderful community spirited guy is organizing this. All organizations and any one else willing to help with this project is asked to call Rob at 464-2736. There are three seats open for reelection: Mayor for four-year term, and two-four year council positions.
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  • Fraser news
    Peggy Ball reported her sisters Jackie Choate and Robin Marquis are here for the annual family reunion. They will also help their sister-in-law Colleen Vanderpool celebrate her retirement from the Forest Service. There will be more on this subject in the next column. The Brown Family Farm has completed the harvest on Cavendish and is now working on the fields in the Fraser area. Donna Brown reported they expect to be done by the first of the week. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop...
    In remembrance of  the our brother fire fighters and EMS members that fell during the terrorist acts that affected our nation on Sept. 11, 2001 Weippe Fire Department will be having a Silent Parade on Sept. 11, at noon.  We will start from City Hall and end at the Weippe Fire Shed.  We are also asking anyone interested may participate line up will be at 11:30 a.m. For more information you can contact Lisa Weyerts 435-4007. Come out and support those who gave as much as their lives that terrible day. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 8
    The early fall general turkey season begins Thursday, Sept. 15, and seasons for sage-grouse, quail and partridge begin Oct. 1. Forest grouse seasons opened Aug. 30. A separate permit is required for hunting sage- and sharp-tailed grouse. The season for forest grouse, which includes ruffed, spruce and dusky grouse, opened Aug. 30 and runs through Dec. 31, except in Area 1 in the Panhandle where it runs through Jan. 31. The daily limit is four, whether all of one or mixed species, and eight in possession after the first day.

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