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This is not a scientific poll.
September 22 Poll Results
Natural Gas Drilling
Are the risks of hydraulic fracturing (nicknamed “fracking”), the method used to retrieve natural gas deposits, worth it if drilling for natural gas would create jobs and stimulate the economy?

64% Yes. Natural gas is a clean energy source and our country would benefit in every way from drilling for it. (32)
22% No “fracking” way. Hydraulic fracturing is too dangerous, both for workers and the environment. (11)
14% I don’t know. (7)

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  • See photos of the Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days
    Click on the link above to see photos of the 2011 Fair and Lumberjack Days, including some that weren't in the printed paper.

  • Idaho Fish and Game issues wolf kill permit to Weippe area rancher
    Idaho Fish and Game officials issued a wolf kill permit to a rancher near Weippe following a determination that a severely injured calf was attacked by wolves. This is the second time a wolf kill permit has been issued in the Clearwater Region since the opening of wolf hunting season Aug. 30. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Two likely heat related deaths in Clearwater County
    When one thinks of deadly heat waves, Arizona, Chicago, or a tenement in New York City might come to mind. According to Clearwater County Coroner, Will Rambeau, there were two deaths in the county in August that were likely heat related. Though the hot season has basically passed for our area for this year, there is always next year to consider. People with chronic illnesses and the elderly are particularly at risk. Read the full story on our blog,

  • Maniacs over-powered by Kubs, 42 – 6
    It didn’t take long for the young Orofino Maniacs to find out what it is like to play in the CIL. For you non-football fans, that stands for the Central Idaho League. And, especially when you consider it’s size, with only three schools: Orofino, Kamiah and Grangeville, the respect this league receives state wide is amazing; rightfully so. Ask any of the coaches from the larger 3 –A programs from McCall to Bonners Ferry and they will tell you the same thing. Most of them cannot remember the last time they beat a smaller CIL opponent. One big reason for all the respect for our league: KAMIAH! Read the full story on our blog,

  • Upper Lochsa Land Exchange process enters new phase
    The Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests published a “Notice of Exchange Proposal” in the Lewiston Tribune Sept.9.  It initiates a 45-day comment period for individuals potentially affected by the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange alternative recently proposed by the Idaho County Commissioners. According to Project Leader Teresa Trulock, the latest notification was mailed specifically to permittees, adjacent landowners, governments and individuals who could provide information about any liens, encumbrances, or other claims involving the new parcels being considered for exchange. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sheila Hyde on year’s tour around the globe
    Sheila Hyde, a 1979 graduate of Timberline High School, was a recent visitor at her parents, Bob and Marlene Hyde in Lewiston. She left Idaho last week for a year’s tour around the globe after spending the past four years in Iraq where she was employed by the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of State. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Update given on New Hope Water Improvement Project
    Michele Bly, Progressive Engineering and Dick Monahan, President New Hope Water Company, gave an update on the New Hope Water Improvement Project. They are looking to connect to Ahsahka Water and Sewer District. The Feasibility Study is nearing finalization. Once the Ahsahka Water project was completed they established that there is the capacity to include the water users from New Hope Water Company. The New Hope system is currently operating off two wells. The Ahsahka system hookup would be the most cost effective. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Forest Service campgrounds close on the Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts
    All developed campgrounds on the Clearwater National Forest’s Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts have closed for the season. On the Palouse District, Laird Park, Little Boulder and Giant White Pine Campgrounds are closed and gated. The summer-use campsites at Elk Creek Campground are also closed, but the winter sites will remain open year ‘round. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Youth Yard Sale at the Nazarene Church
    This weekend, Sept. 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be a yard sale in and around the church at 820 Michigan Ave.  All proceeds will go to benefit the youth at the church. The youth have to pay their own way when they go to quiz meets and this will be one of the ways they will fund these trips. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Kamiah-Pierce Road #100 to close for construction
    Construction work for the replacement of two large culverts on Glenwood Road, which crosses Tom Taha Creek, is scheduled to start Oct. 3. The Forest Service, Idaho County and Federal Highways are working together to repair undersized and failing culverts. Forest Service Road #100, also called Tom Taha Road or Glenwood Road, will close at Mile Post 0.3 for three to four weeks. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Kiddie Parade results
    The Kiddie Parade winners below are named by group and standing in the competition. Group: Clearwater Kids Learning Center—“We want to wish Clearwater County a Happy 100th Birthday.” Pre-school Costume: 1. Children in the wagon—Kaitlin Curtis, Jasey Silva—“Happy Birthday Clearwater County.” 2. Tree and Lumberjack—Anson and Cayuse, 3. Katharine Beardin, Grace Beardin, Sarah Beardin, Ethan Staker, Mary Peyton, Tabby and Aunt LeAnn—“Enjoy the next 100. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Grangeville Salmon Road #221 closed near Miller Creek
    Grangeville – The Grangeville Salmon road #221 will be closed beginning Monday September 19 to allow for installation of a new culvert at milepost 45 (near Miller Creek).  Closure is expected to be for approximately 10 days and road should be back in service by approximately Oct. 1. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • C-PTPA fire update
    Lightning was the cause of the single fire reported Sept. 19, to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) this past week. The fire burned one-quarter acre, near Headquarters. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • August unemployment rate drops to lowest level in over a year
    Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in August, falling to its lowest level in 15 months. Although the rate was estimated at 9.2 percent – the lowest since May 2010 – 70,000 people were still out of work around the state. The number of workers with jobs declined for the third straight month, dropping below 689,000 for the first time since March. Nearly 2,400 workers dropped out of the labor force in August, the second largest one-month drop on record. The largest was 2,600 in July. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    One of the things about living in a small town is your house is never really known as yours, it’s always known as the person’s who lived there before you, and after you get married you’re still known by your maiden name. My apologies to Michelle (Griffith) Nelson, I mistakenly called her by her maiden name for running for city council. Come out and show your support for these teams that try so hard. Tonight (Thursday) is a home girl’s junior high basketball game at 4 p.m. and there is a home football game Friday night at 7 p.m.
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  • Fraser community news
    On the morning of Monday, Sept. 12, Norma and Steve Brand drove to West Yellowstone, MT. They met their son Randy Borgwardt and his wife Dianne for a family vacation. The first day they took in the sights of the southern loop of the Park. This was a beautiful time to spend there as the weather was perfect. The bison and the elk were visible from the road; when they were stopped by the traffic, they were impressed by a “BIG” bison when it meandered right next to their car. The view of the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River was spectacular. The group stopped at all the viewing points to take pictures and to marvel at how beautiful they were. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop...
    Shirley Walsh called and wanted me to let the Weippe Fire Department know how she appreciates their quick response to the fire near her house last week in a neighbor’s yard.  She understands the commitment and efforts the volunteers provide to the community. Shirley Walsh enjoyed her birthday on the 16th. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 22
     Waterfowl hunting season has arrived in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) urges all waterfowl hunters to wear life jackets and take necessary safety precautions when on the water. Falls overboard and capsizing are the most common types of fatal boating accidents for hunters, said Dave Dahms, IDPR Boating Program Manager. Adhering to Idaho Boating Laws and following simple safety guidelines can help to prevent unnecessary tragedy.

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