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This is not a scientific poll.
November 10 Poll Results
Attorney Likeability
and Trial Outcome
How much influence does an attorney’s likeability to the jury
have on a trial’s outcome?

   6% Not that much. (3)
63% More than it should. (33)
19% I couldn’t say. (10)
12% I have been on a jury, and in my opinion, it was a factor in the verdict. (6)

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  • Clearwater County History: Pierce City and Oro Fino
    Joe Boyd said the Oro Fino mining district “diggings extended down Oro Fino Creek four or five miles, and up Rhodes and Canal Gulches eight or ten miles on both sides and up the many gulches running into them, including Shanghai Gulch, Humbug Gulch, Bartley’s [Barclay’s?] Gulch and Mill Creek.” Pierce City was the commercial center for Canal Gulch and the lower part of Oro Fino Creek. Oro Fino was a mile and a half up Oro Fino Creek from Pierce City and it served Rhodes Gulch and the upper part of Oro Fino Creek. At its peak it was bigger than Pierce City. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • CVH surgery center to host open house
    Surgery Center and Pain Management Clinic will host an Open House in the hospital’s Solarium from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The function is paired with the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours program. The public and Chamber members are encouraged to attend the event which will feature a ‘hands on’ demonstration of the equipment and an opportunity to meet and greet the CVH OR and pain management staff. The hospital recently acquired high definition, wireless laparoscopic equipment which is being used in a variety of surgical procedures. The Stryker equipment includes an endoscopic camera, light source, displays and monitors. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Youth Challenge and Deyo Reservoir move forward
    Loren Whitten-Kaboth gave a report at Tuesday night’s Orofino City Council meeting on behalf of the Clearwater County Economic Development (CCED). The biggest fund raising hurdle for Youth Challenge has been met. An Idaho Youth Challenge Foundation has been granted a 501(c)(3)-tax status as a non-profit organization allowing for donations from other foundations to funnel into a special account for that program. A $271,000 start-up gap remains since the State of Idaho has not funded that portion. The state determined that since this project is in essence starting a “new school,” when funds have been cut from existing schools, it would not allocate funds for start-up. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Customer service the focus
    Jeanette Gorman, CVHC Community Relations Coordinator, addressed the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, November 2 and gave a presentation on Customer Service. Jeanette, who will be retiring Nov. 31, after 18 years of service to CVHC, introduced Ashley Nygaard who will assume her duties. Jeanette said she has really enjoyed working with the staff at the hospital. Jeanette said customer service is important no matter what your business is. She said at the hospital they never reach a point where the job is fully done. They are constantly training employees on phone etiquette, generational differences in the work place, and dealing with difficult people. “If we fail at customer service,” said Jeanette, “certain steps must be taken: 1. acknowledge the mistake, 2. apologize, and 3. amend the situation.” She said it is the natural inclination to ignore an uncomfortable situation, but it is necessary to work through it in order to resolve the problem. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Theresa’s
    St. Theresa’s Catholic Church will once again sponsor a free Thanksgiving dinner in the Little Flower Room, as it has done for many years. The dinner will be held at noon on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. This will be a potluck dinner, with attendees asked to bring a side dish, a dessert, or a salad to serve six or eight. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • OPD Christmas 911 is off to a good start
    Once again, the Orofino Police Department (OPD) will be sponsoring and participating in the Christmas 911 project, a project which provides food, clothing, and toys to children with a need. King’s Discount Store of Orofino has generously kick-started the Christmas 911 giving for this season by donating a wide selection of items for children. The gifts range from gloves and warm clothing to toys like talking Kung Fu Panda, baseball bats, Air Hockey, and high chairs for babies. Read this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Stroke and Osteoporosis screenings coming to Pierce
    Residents living in and around the Pierce community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The Pierce Community Center will host Life Line Screening on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The site is located at 105 Carle St. in Pierce. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at Pre-registration is required. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Hold on to your horses!
    Hold onto your horses, that Nancy Umphenour is at it again. This feisty, funny lady, 63 years young, is not only winning motocross races – she’s riding her newly broken horse up on Upper Fords Creek. Nancy agreed to be our guest for this month’s Savvy Senior column, and I have never had as much fun at an interview. She kept me laughing with her stories, which she told with all sincerity, as she shared her life story with me. First off, she’s an Idaho native, born in Boise, but she says she was raised in the Libby, MT area where her father was a mill worker.
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  • Professional development leads to success for school districts
    An excellent education. Access to the newest technology. Passion for learning. This is what all parents want for their children. Yet, parents are not the only ones in the community with a vested interest in their children’s education. Community groups and athletic teams want to see their students achieve new heights of success, and the business community honors the role education plays in preparing students for the workforce and strengthening the local economy. Local school board members across the country care about these same things, and as school board members, it is our responsibility to give students the best education possible. One of the best ways we can work toward that end is by educating ourselves. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Maniac girls have been hard at work
    Basketball season starts one week from tonight (Thursday, Nov. 17) at Timberline. Orofino High School girls’ basketball practice started last week and Heidi Summers, in her first year as head coach of the Maniacs, says the girls have been working hard (mostly on drills and conditioning) and are really looking forward to the season. Summers (maiden name: Heidi Fritchman), an Orofino native and 2003 graduate of OHS isn’t new to the Maniac sports program, having been an assistant volleyball coach the last two years. She had this assessment of her team: “We’re in a rebuilding year I guess you could say. Eighteen girls turned out…seven are seniors, and about half I’d call experienced players. We’ll rely heavily on our returning seniors, Mikayla Moser, Megan Gilmer and Sarah Campbell to provide the talent and leadership we need to build around.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Group forges strong “Friendship”
    Just three years ago, a small group of people came together to see if they could help the Clearwater Memorial Public Library to complete some much-needed upgrading and maintenance projects, as well as help raise monies to purchase new equipment. The group re-organized as the CMPL Friends, formed a Board of Directors, and secured a “Wish List” from the Director of the library. They began meeting on a regular basis each month, and promptly began work on their “projects,” under the leadership of newly-elected President Kitty Geidl. With some funds remaining from the previous Friends of the Library, now defunct, their first donation was a new commercial vacuum cleaner in 2008. They also donated to the Summer Reading Program. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Board approves signing Grant Award Document for Enhanced 9-1-1 center
    The Clearwater County Board of Commissioners approved signing the Idaho Emergency Communication Commission (IECC) Grant Award Document at the Oct. 31 meeting. This is for the 2012 IECC Grant Program and the award amount is $196,460.43. The grant award must be used to complete the movement of the Basic 9-1-1 system to an Enhanced 9-1-1 center. IT/Network Administrator Angela Vander Pas reported that the E-9-1-1 Request for Proposals is due this next week. Former Commissioner John Allen met with the Board to give an update from the recent North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) meeting that he attended. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Commission to consider extra deer hunts
    Contrary to some reports, no extra controlled hunts have opened in the Bennett Hills - yet. Idaho Fish and Game officials will recommend the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopt two proposed controlled hunts to assist in reducing the mule deer population in response to wild fire damage this summer and reduce depredations on adjacent croplands and stored crops. In August, the Blair Fire burned 38,000 acres of critical mule deer winter range in the Bennett Hills, Unit 45, north of King Hill and Glenns Ferry. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Labrador representative visits Nov. 16
    The newly formed Clearwater County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Osterberg Building, 162 Riverside Drive (across from Orofino Builders Supply). Featured speaker will be Scott Carlton, regional director for Congressman Raul Labrador. Carlton will address subjects of interest to local residents and take questions from the group. The community is invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Food distribution will be this Friday the 11th from 10-2 at the old Credit Union building behind the Timber Inn. Next month it will be Dec. 9. It is always the second Friday of the month. The first planning meeting for the Pierce Winter Festival will be Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. We are looking for any groups that would like to participate by running an event. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Snowfall in Fraser
    The winter season has arrived in the Fraser community. The first snow flakes started falling on Friday, Nov. 4 and flurries continued on into the next day. Our coldest temperature was 26 degrees on Sunday morning. The winter solstice is still six weeks away; it lands on Dec. 22 this year. Did all of you remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you went to bed on Saturday evening? What a difference this hour makes, I don’t seem to get as much accomplished this time of year. Maybe a To Do List of unfinished tasks would get me motivated. Oreta Stuart has been a rodeo fan all her life, and she and her husband Dale have attended many such events. This year, Oreta and her granddaughter, Tessa Brown, attended the Professional Bull Riding event in Las Vegas. On Oct. 24 she flew to Portland, OR to meet Tessa, visited with her daughter Carmen for a couple days before they boarded a plane for Las Vegas. An airport shuttle took them to their hotel, where they met up with Oreta’s brother Howard Holt and his wife Diane. The weather was great and they had a good time. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Linnea Keating with the U.S. Forest Service Department brought Smokey the Bear to see the class at the Weippe Center on Oct. 27.  He told kids not to play with matches and fire. They brought a bag of Smokey the Bear memorabilia for each child. This center is part of the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood program. The Weippe Rebekah Lodge started pinochle on Nov. 6.  The games will continue on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Bill and Terry Millage visited Delores Watson two weeks ago. Terry is Delores's daughter. They stayed a week and visited from Elko, NV. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 10
    It is that time of year again when trappers and hound hunters will be out and about in the wilds of Idaho. While trapping has long been part of the landscape in Idaho, Fish and Game reminds hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs, and people with pets that trappers have an increased interest to be in the woods because of the wolf trapping season. The wolf trapping seasons open Tuesday, Nov. 15,and run through March 31 in the Lolo zone; Selway zone; Middle Fork zone; Dworshak-Elk City zone, except Unit 10A; and the Panhandle zone, except for units 2 and 3. All other zones are closed to trapping, subject to commission review in January.

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