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This is not a scientific poll.
October 13 Poll Results
Unemployment Bias
Should it be illegal for employers
to refuse to consider hiring someone who has been unemployed
for “too long?”

57% Yes. That logic is ridiculous and shouldn’t be legal. (33)
17% No. The law shouldn’t have a say in that sort of thing. (10)
26% It think it’s silly, but shouldn’t be made illegal. (15)

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  • Norland calls herself “a miracle”
    Rhonda Norland, a former Orofino Elementary School first grade teacher, who was diagnosed and underwent surgery in Seattle a year ago for an aggressive brain tumor underwent recently a one-year MRI and received word there is no residual sign of the tumor. She said “There is nothing new growing and if the tumor is going to return it is highly likely to re-grow during the first year.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Water plant procurement begins
    Rick Laam gave an update on the procurement of the membranes for the new city water plant. The engineering firm of CH2M Hill must review the technical qualifications as the next phase in the water plant improvement project. The engineers will then build around the type of membranes chosen. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • The sky is the limit: Orofino youth visit Ames Research Center
    Spencer Arnsberg and Kyle Petersen, two Orofino boys who grew up together, were awarded the Idaho Space Grant, a historical space flight and space shuttle program funded by NASA. This award gave them the opportunity to visit Boise State University and Ames Research Center. To get to that point, the boys entered a one semester online class at OHS in which 150 kids from across Idaho participated. Out of the 150 participants, 88 were selected to attend a summer academy held in Boise. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • NOSDA continues to provide volunteer services
    The Orofino chapter of the No One Shall Die Alone (NOSDA) program now has 17 volunteers who are available to sit with people at life’s end who either have no family members or whose family members may need a few hours away. NOSDA offers its services at no charge. “Sometimes it is easier to describe some of the things NOSDA is not,” said Jim Lohmeyer, NOSDA volunteer. “We do not go into private homes, but we do sit with patients in long term care facilities, hospitals or assisted living centers. We do not provide any type of medical services and should not be confused with a hospice program. We notify on-site staff when a need arises. Our role is to be there as a loving presence when a person is close to dying.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Savvy Senior Mary Margret Davis
    A life in subtitles, (but read between the lines): Mary Margret Davis was born up in a small town about 13 miles from John Day, Oregon called Prairie City. She graduated from John Day High School and went on to work for the forest service (Malheur National Forest) when she was 20. While there, she worked with a young man named Joe Davis, and so their story together began. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Search and Rescue teams locate injured hunter
    Search and Rescue teams from Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties rescued a hunter Monday night who injured his knee and was unable to walk out of a remote area near the breaks of the Salmon River. Elton Peepler, 53, Grangeville, was found by searchers in the southwest corner of Lewis County near Hoover Point and Deer Creek after 5 ½ hours of searching, according to a Lewis County news release. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • School board announces Oct. 17 meeting schedule
    The agenda for the Oct. 17 school board meeting will include new hires, reports, and action items. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the school district office on Michigan Ave. New hires contingent on drug tests and background checks are: Vickie Lee Coats and Kayla Beauchamp, Orofino Elementary School (OES) instructional aides. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair…
    Several family members went Saturday to the Rocking Y enclosed arena in Lewiston to watch Cathy Jo (Pottenger) Witters barrel race on her horse, Ajax. I’ve been to many dirt bike races but never to a barrel race. I found it interesting. I know she placed. I don’t know exactly where. I do know she excels at this sport which she has been participating in for 18 years, after starting at a young age. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fire Dept. checks out propane smell
    The Orofino Volunteer Fire Dept. responded Sunday to a call to investigate a propane smell in a trailer on 108th St. Fire Chief Mike Lee said it was determined the smell was coming from the heater. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniacs outmatched by Kubs 52 – 12, get two weeks to prepare for “Dogs”
    The Maniacs traveled to Kamiah last Friday and, even though they held their own for a while, the contest ended like so many do, with Kamiah coming out on top. Neither Kamiah nor Orofino seemed to want the ball as both fumbled on their first possessions of the night, Kamiah on their second play of the game, and then, Orofino on their first. But, once the Kubs got the ball back, on only the fourth play of the game, they broke it for a 65 yard touchdown and added the two point conversion. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater Human Needs Council to meet Tuesday
    Alaina Capoeman from the YWCA will speak at the Clearwater Human Needs Council general membership meeting at noon Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Krystal Cafe’. Capoeman will speak about domestic violence and resources that are available in the area. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Board approves and signs resolutions
    Clerk Carrie Bird met with the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners Oct. 3 to present two resolutions for their consideration. The first resolution was to increase the weeds budget so it did not end the fiscal year at a deficit. The second resolution was to designate the polling locations for the November election. Both resolutions were approved and signed by the Board as presented. Ambulance Director Les Eaves was in to discuss the EMTs’ wages. The Board voted in favor of giving raises consistent with other employees.
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  • GED tests will change in 2014
    The GED tests will be taking a different format beginning January 2014. They will be computerized, more expensive, and at a higher level of learning. If you have started taking your GED tests, you will need to complete them, or begin again in 2014. There is a GED test date for Orofino, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. sharp. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative representative visits chamber
    The Oct. 5 meeting of the chamber began with a moment of silence honoring longtime business and community leader, the late Roy Clay. Joe Pippenger quoted Roy as he opened the business of the meeting by saying, “Stick to your agenda, or you’ll never get out of it.” Alex Irby of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative gave a presentation. Irby began by thanking the chamber board for their letter of support of the North/South ATV Trail project. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Our annual Trick or Treat on Main Street in Pierce will be Monday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. Many businesses are participating this year, so dress up the ghouls and goblins, and have a fun walk up and down Main Street. There will be treats, plus cider or coffee and other treats for adults along the way. The businesses opening their doors for this Halloween evening are: S & S Foods, The Outback, The Flame, Studio 205, Pierce Hardware, Timber Inn, Clearwater Saw Shop, Blue Moose Mercantile, The Vug, and Cedar Inn. We hope to see everyone on Main Street! To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser community news
    On Tuesday of last week, much needed rain started falling on the Fraser community and the surrounding area. It let up for Saturday and Sunday then started to fall again on Monday. Our daily time temperatures have been as low as 43 degrees and during the night time hours it dropped to 39 degrees on Thursday. The newly seeded winter wheat is poking out of the soil, so we are enjoying the pretty shades of green. It’s hard to believe that the fall harvest is completed for another year, and that the promise of a bountiful new crop is visible in the fields. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Weippe Fire Department is collecting donations of candy for its candy carnival which is Oct. 30 this year.  We will have games, hotdogs and a costume contest for the kids. The costume contest will be at 6 p.m.  To donate candy, call Lisa at 435-4007. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 13
    With the opening of the general deer season, Idaho Fish and Game enforcement officers will be setting up check stations across the state at major access points to hunting units with open seasons. All hunters and anglers are required to stop at check stations, whether they have any game animals or fish in the vehicle or not. They must stop if going to their hunting or fishing spot or returning home from their hunting or fishing.

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