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September 29 Poll Results
Bullying a Crime?
Do you think bullying in school
should be considered a crime?

52% Yes. It’s a terrible behavior and should be punished accordingly. (37)
41% It shouldn’t be a crime, but I would support some other manner of harsher punishment. (29)
  7% No, it shouldn’t be. (5)

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  • A moment of silence in recognition of a lifetime of service
    After the flag salute, Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers at Tuesday night’s city council meeting called for a moment of silence to say goodbye to one of Orofino’s most loyal citizens – Roy Clay. A bouquet of flowers had been placed In front of his vacant council chair. There were many smiles in the room, however, as people shared anecdotes and memories about the Roy that they knew. Besides serving the city as Mayor twice, one could list his many, many accomplishments, and it would have taken the whole session. But the comments that were made had more to do with the humor, steadfastness, calm deliberation, the wisdom of the man, and his ability to laugh at himself. Each person that spoke was grateful to have known Roy and benefited from his friendship and guidance. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • WWII Orofino vets visit national monuments
    Two longtime Orofino residents, both WWII Veterans, got the trip of a lifetime to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC, Sept. 24. Perk Lyda and Robert M. Goodwin got to participate in the Inland Northwest Honor Flight (INWHF) program which makes it possible for WWII veterans, who are physically able, to see the memorial created with them in mind. Harmon Cross (First Sgt., US Army) a veteran of both Viet Nam and Iraq, volunteered to escort them to the airport in Spokane and back home when they returned. Jerry McDuffy, Marine Corps veteran, served as their official Guardian and helped them every step of the way on this historic trip. Read the full story on our blog,

  • From this Chair…
    Orofino is saying goodbye this week to Roy Clay, former mayor, current councilman and longtime businessman who passed away Friday at the local hospital. His presence will certainly be missed by the entire community. Roy is one of the first persons I met when I moved here in 1969 and I always admired him and his three children, Mike, Kathy Hanson and Cindy Freeman. I often commented that Roy and his late wife Rose did a fine job of rearing their three children.  Read the full story on our blog,

  • Clearwater Community Concert membership campaign gears up
    The Clearwater Community Concert Association (CCCA) membership campaign has begun and will run through Oct. 31. Current members were recently sent a flyer and a membership renewal form with a self-addressed envelope with which to return the form and payment. People who did not receive a membership form and are interested in attending the concerts can contact Membership Chairperson Loy Mechling (476-5636) or President/Publicity Chairperson Kenda Tribble (476-3265) for more information. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Peck water main ruptures
    The water main at Lulu and Big Canyon in Peck ruptured early Sunday morning, Sept. 25, cutting off water for the town, according to citizen Sayra Adams. Approximately 200,000 gallons of treated water poured out in about two hours. At about 4 a.m. that morning a concerned citizen contacted water treatment plant employee Amber Brooks. Shortly after that, city councilmen Dominic Spediacci and Lee Holstein arrived to lend a hand. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Missing California toddler found in Idaho campground
    Missing California toddler Ava Rian Riggle, age three, was found in a remote Idaho campground, according to an article on, a website that includes articles from The Daily Press in California. Ava had been spotted at Mary Ann’s Groceries in Weippe June 15, and had been missing since May 6. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Frank Wityczak
    Coaches are rated by fans and the community by wins and losses! Coaches are rated by the parents by how much playing time their son or daughter gets! When the high school football coach comes back out onto the field with his team at half time in the heat of battle against their biggest rival, he turns, sees a fan who is battling cancer, walks over to her and gives her a hug and says, “Welcome back.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniacs lose by a whisker
    As the clock ticked down a cheer arose from the Lumberjack fans…a cheer that had not been heard for a long, long time in Orofino, maybe never. Was this the first- ever victory for the Lumberjacks at Maniac field? Anybody? Whatever, St. Maries had to earn it as the Maniacs played one heck of a game as well, and this one was up for grabs until the end. The Maniacs led most of the way, with a 21 – 8 edge going into the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold off a rally by sophomore, quarterback, Luke Fisline, who drilled receivers, Cole Sampson and Satchel Schetzle (that’s pronounced like pretzel), and a defense that just seemed to get better at reading the Maniac’s offense as the game went on. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's breakfast meeting planned Oct. 4 at Fish and Game
    Area wildlife enthusiasts are invited to an Idaho Fish and Game Sportsmen’s Breakfast Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Clearwater Regional Office, 3316 16th Avenue in Lewiston. The meeting will begin at 6:30 a.m., with coffee and several Dutch oven dishes provided. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Shane Richards
    I’m mad. And not just a little mad either. Three of the best bear hounds I've ever been lucky enough to own, were killed by federally funded terrorists. Wolves did this while I was bear hunting scarcely ten miles from my house. My dogs were ran down and stretched from end to end. Torn apart with slashing teeth, their skin ripped off in chunks and ate, along with their guts, bones and every other piece they could rip apart before I was able to get to the scene of this ugly crime and run them away. I could smell the dogs before I found them. I could smell the blood and the guts and the death. Ruby had been killed first, there wasn't much left of her. A bare spine was all that held together her front and her hind end. They'd chewed many of her ribs off, down to the backbone. As for Candy, they'd only just begun on her, tearing into her side and chest cavity, guts and organs pulled out onto the ground. They hadn't had a chance to eat much of her before I arrived. She was gruesomely contorted, silently conveying the horrible way she died by the teeth of those wolves. I found Josey 700 yards away. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • County Commissioners signs Konkolville water project request for funds
    The Board approved and signed the Konkolville Water Company water Project RCBG-10-II-12-PF Request for Funds #11 for $4,349.55 to Progressive Engineering and $7,650.00 to CEDA.  The Board attended Idaho Association of Counties meeting with Congressman Labrador in Moscow to support the reapportionment of federal funding for the SRS Act. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Trevor Haag Team Race Sunday
    he 9th Annual Trevor Haag Team Race will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at Bald Mountain Ski area. Mini Racers start at 9 a.m. and Big Racers start at 11 a.m.  For more information contact Tracy Haag at 476-5539 or This is a two man team motocross race that takes riders across/up/down the slopes of Bald Mountain Ski Area.  Spectators are able to see the racing action as riders maneuver the slopes.  Concessions and will be available at the ski lodge - all proceeds benefit the Bald Mountain Ski Area.
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  • Budget limitations lead to changes in local recreation facilities
    After thorough review, the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to shorten operating seasons at some of its recreation areas and close or transfer others beginning in fiscal year 2012 that starts Oct. 1, 2011. Changes are necessary because the District is expecting about a nine percent or $669,000 decrease in its recreation budget in the coming fiscal year. Most of the changes will begin to be seen in 2012 and will be in effect until further notice. The changes do not affect recreation facilities operated by lessees. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Taylor Erbst plays in interstate volleyball tournament
    The Idaho Impressions Border Battle, an interstate volleyball tournament featuring five Washington teams facing five Idaho teams, proved to be a nail-biter once again Sept. 24 at Clarkston's Kramer Gym. The all-tournament team included athletes from nearly every school. Troy's Molly Swanger, Kamiah's Matea Harper, Orofino's Taylor Erbst and Prairie's Megan Sigler were on the Idaho team. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • 90th birthday celebration to be held at Orofino VFW Hall
    Hazel D. Burnett of Kamiah is celebrating her 90th birthday with an open house on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Orofino VFW Hall. The event will begin at 2 p.m. along with music and a potluck dinner at 4 p.m.  All friends and family are invited to join the celebration. Hazel was born October 7, 1921, in Fletcher, to Joe and Effie Denny and grew up in the Craig Mountain area with her four brothers and four sisters.
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  • Pierce news
    The day was considered a success, over 70 former employees of the mill spent the afternoon sharing memories, enjoying a wonderful potluck and the Blue Grass music. A huge thank you to Robbie Harrell of the Timber Inn for organizing and sponsoring the day.
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  • Fraser mourns Elvita Judd
    A message of great sadness came to the Fraser Community on Saturday, Sept. 24. Long time resident Anna Elvita (Green) Judd passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA. Her family spent the last several days at her bedside, and was there for her last minutes. Steve Green graciously took over the task of delivering the message of Elvita’s passing to her neighbors and friends, and they spread the word. Elvita came to the Fraser Community in January of 1939; she was 17 and a-half years old. She lived at the Reed Place with her mother Josephine, brothers Joe, Lewis and Edward and her sister Rosie. In the fall of 1941 she and Claud Judd were married. The story of her life is covered in Claud Judd’s book, “Judd’s in Fraser, Idaho” written in 1995. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 29
    A youth pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 1, and runs through Oct. 7 for all licensed hunters 15 years old or younger. The week-long hunt opens a half hour before sunrise in Area 1, 2 and 3, except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. Shooting hours continue statewide through a half hour after sunset.

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