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44% I think it will put too much financial burden on the poor, and not enough on the rich. (25)
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21% I don’t know. (12)

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  • Orofino Mayor and City Council Forum
    The Orofino City Council Candidate Forum was held Monday evening at Orofino High School. The forum was sponsored by the Orofino Chamber of Commerce’s Public Affairs Committee, with approximately 45 people in attendance. Ryan Smathers is running uncontested for his second full term as mayor. Additionally, he completed a partial term when that office fell vacant. Read this article in its entirety on our blog,

  • Solving burglaries is job 1
    Police Chief, Jeff Wilson, at the Oct. 25 Orofino City Council meeting, addressed the issues of multiple business break-ins that have occurred recently in Orofino. Five robberies have occurred in Orofino in October, spread throughout Riverside Avenue, Michigan Avenue and the downtown area. “As would be expected, the victims are naturally frustrated and angry,” said Chief Wilson. “When something like this happens in a small town, it hits home” he said. “It is very time consuming for the department and takes time to solve these cases. There is a time frame that occurs with evidence processing, but it is our number one priority,” said Wilson. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • South Grangemont closure begins Friday, Nov. 4
    Roads accessing the South Grangemont Block of state land will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Friday, Nov. 4 by the Idaho Department of Lands, Clearwater Area office, in Orofino. The area involved is located south of the Grangemont Road between Rudo Road and Cow Creek Road. The closure will remain in effect until the Friday before Memorial Day, 2012. This is an annual closure in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Candidate Profiles
    Ryan Smathers, Orofino Mayor: I am proud of Orofino’s progress in the last four years. We’ve made huge strides toward a positive future, even in some of the worst economic times. The city is very sound financially, and we’ve tried hard to make sure every dollar spent is in the taxpayer’s best interest. We’ve developed a strong and positive working relationship with Riverside Water & Sewer District that wasn’t there before. We’ve also worked on relationships with the Nez Perce Tribe and even hosted the first Pow Wow in Orofino’s history. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Linda Smeltz
    Ahsahka Post Office Patrons, If you missed the Ahsahka Post Office meeting held Oct. 6, as I did; you can go to the Ahsahka Post Office and ask Postmaster, Anita Brumley for a copy of the (shortened version) “Proposal to Close the Ahsahka, Idaho Post Office and Extend Service by Highway Contract Route Service. There is also a separate form “Optional Comment Form” to fill in and return to her at the counter or you can drop it in the mail slot before, after or during office hours. (These forms are to be sent in by the Postmaster). We (Bob and I) personally had the option of choosing between Ahsahka and Lenore for our mail delivery when we first moved here, since we were on the line between the two Post Offices. It is approximately 15 miles closer to Ahsahka Post office for us than the Lenore Post Office, so, we chose the Ahsahka Post Office. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Don Jenni visits Korean War Memorial
    Donald R. Jenni, retired wildlife biologist for the Clearwater National Forest, recently returned from a two week stay in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C. Mr. Jenni, a veteran of the Korean War, sometimes known as “the forgotten war,” observed the 60th anniversary of the beginning of war, as well as his service to his country by a visit to the Korean Memorial. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Basketball Championship
    Timberline Schools are proud to announce the Clearwater County Basketball Championship. On Saturday, Dec. 3, this double elimination co-ed tournament will pit local businesses and agencies against one another to see who will take home the traveling trophy for 2011. Any business or agency that can muster up a team of five players by using employees and spouses can enter. Each team needs to have at least one female on the court at all times. If a business or agency wants to enter two or more teams, that is acceptable. The Timberline junior and senior high track teams are sponsoring this fundraising event. To sign up or get more information, please call Timberline Schools at 435-4411. Direct inquires to Bill Sellers or Russel Miles. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • “Promoting Orofino:” Commercial Business Park opens
    Paul Pippenger, of Valley Rentals, has opened a 10,000 sq. ft. business/industrial center called Commercial Park. Seven of the ten units are already leased, and businesses are moving in to the new location at 2170 Carney Dr., just off Michigan Avenue. Pippenger said he got the idea from some friends and said the combination office, shop space units are becoming pretty common in Arizona and California in the last three years. Pippenger was able to purchase the property in December 2010 and at first had intended to build just storage units. But after hearing of this idea, he decided it would be a good thing for Orofino. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniacs mauled by Bulldogs 55-6
    The Maniacs started off with a strong defensive effort, forcing the Bulldogs to “three and out,” followed by a Ryan Schlieper, 20 yard punt return. With good field position and things going their way, freshman quarterback, Drake Kuykendall went to the air but the pass was picked-off in the end-zone and returned to the Grangeville 40 yard line. Two plays later, at 6:25 in the first quarter, the Bulldogs scored. And, they scored again at 4:51 after picking up a Maniac fumble, and at 2:02 left in the quarter. And, they scored twice in the second quarter making it 35-0 at halftime. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs
    On Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Riverside Ave. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • ICARE now a 501(c)3 non-profit
    ICARE, Inc. (Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort) is a non-profit organization which helps people in the Clearwater River area communities who are actively undergoing treatment for cancer. The organization has recently acquired the 501(c)3 (non-profit) status with the Internal Revenue Service, making it possible for all contributions to be tax deductible. We are excited about this and are looking forward to being listed in the Combined Federal Campaign, which makes it possible for all federal employees to contribute over the course of a year. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Darrel Olson competes in Huntsman Games
    Darrel Olson, age 70, a lifelong resident of Orofino, recently participated in the Huntsman World Senior Games held at St. George, UT. Olson played on the silver medal winning team in the 65 and over age group. The team was trying to defend its gold medal in pool play from last year. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Forest Service on the move
    Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor for the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests spoke to the Chamber of Commerce lunch group Oct. 19, at the Ponderosa. Brazell began his talk by sharing his background as a boy growing up in Texas. He still carries the Texas accent with him but enjoys Idaho. He said that being the supervisor of the now combined forests is the toughest job he’s ever known. His responsibilities include managing 350 permanent employees and four million acres of ground on a slashed budget with fewer staff. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • KLER Radio and Orofino Key Club Fight hunger
    With the holidays right around the corner, area food banks continue to plead for food donations. This year, KLER Radio, along with the Key Club of Orofino High School, will put their best efforts into filling the shelves of the non-profit agencies. “Stuff the Bus” is an effort to encourage families who do their shopping Nov. 4-5 to put a little something extra in their carts to donate. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Favorite Halloween memories: Christina Reynolds Supak - That's easy! Cotton Candy at Carver's, which I still drive to Pierce to get. Alisha Hernandez - We were never allowed to go trick or treating as kids, but we were able to go to the community center’s carnival, and the Baptist church's party. I wish the community center still had the party in Pierce. Mary Ann Cole Winker - I remember Halloween was usually the first snowfall in the early 1970's. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser community news
    Terri Lashly reported their family celebrated her father, Glen Erickson’s birthday on Sunday, Oct. 23. Glen’s youngest grandson, Robbie, turned nine years old on the same day, so this made it a double celebration. Twelve family members enjoyed a tasty dinner then spent the afternoon visiting. They also took time to carve pumpkins to get ready for Halloween. Happy Birthday, Glen and Robbie, it sounds like you had a very nice day. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    It is starting to be that time of year. The holidays are fast approaching. The weather is changing. Events are starting to heat up here on the Hilltop. Weippe Fire Department is having their candy carnival on Sunday, Oct. 30 this year. We will start at 5 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. Our costume contest will be at 6 p.m. for prizes for the cutest and the scariest. Ages this year are 12 and under. We will have a fishing booth, a toss across booth, soda pop toss and many more. Free Hotdogs for the kids. We are still in need of candy donations. Please call Lisa Weyerts if you could help donate candy. 435-4007. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 27
    Salmon fishing in Idaho will be over for the year when the fall Chinook harvest season on the Snake and Clearwater rivers ends Monday, Oct. 31. The season opened Sept. 1 on the Snake River between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam and, this year, in the lower Clearwater River downstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge in Lewiston.

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