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November 24 Poll Results
Thanksgiving Food

Which of these traditional Thanksgiving meal foods
is your favorite?

 41% Turkey (29)
25% Stuffing (18)
  6% Sweet potatoes (4)
15% Pumpkin pie (11)
  1% Cranberry sauce (1)
11% Other (8)

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  • Job Corps dining hall to be dedicated in student's memory
    The following article, written by Phil Ferolito, was recently published in the Yakima Herald-Republic in Washington. Tyler Challinor, son of Orofino’s Greg Challinor, died in a construction accident on Jan. 7, 2010. Tyler, before joining the Fort Simcoe Job Corps, lived in Orofino and attended Lewis-Clark State College. A recently renovated dining hall at Fort Simcoe Job Corps will be dedicated to Tyler Challinor, a mechanic student who was killed in January 2010 while working on heavy equipment. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County History: Getting educated
    Early day mining did not lend itself to families. As soon as there was news of a new find the miners packed their packsacks and were on the trail again in search of their fortunes. That did not leave much time or room for wives and children. One wonders if the young Patrick Gaffney or Billy Rhodes would have made it to Pierce City if they had had more mouths to feed than their own. Yet, despite the hardships, some families made their way to early day Pierce City and Oro Fino and their children had to be educated. Until there was a school at Pierce, Patrick Gaffney paid miner Edward “Ned” Hammond to teach Frank and John. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Rotary presents OPD with a $1000 “Christmas 911” check
    On Nov. 18, Mellisa Stewart, Orofino Rotary Club President, presented Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson a check for $1,000 and a promise to help the police with the wrapping of presents and other hands-on duties as required. For many years, the Orofino Rotary sponsored “Christmas for Kids” in Orofino. This program was designed to allow young kids in the Orofino area to purchase gifts for siblings and parents. Because of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare privacy laws and other problems, Christmas for Kids was discontinued after last Christmas. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Attic fire at the Log Inn in Elk River
    Clearwater County Dispatch received a 911 call on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 12:45 a.m. of flames showing at the Log Inn located in Elk River. Due to the quick response of the Elk River Volunteer Department, the fire was confined to the attic to which the fire originated. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fair Board meets with Commissioners to discuss Fair budget
    Fair Board Members, Linda Applington, Diana Colgan, Jeannie Hood, Melanie Barrett and Cynthia Hedden met with the Commissioners Nov. 14. The County Fair fell short of money so they are looking for ways to make budget the stretch further. It has always been a free fair and they want to try to keep it that way.  In order to meet increasing expenses they ask the Board to allow them to charge a higher rate for some of the larger booths in the fair building for some vendors to sell products during the Fair. The consensus is for them to try it on a trial basis. The second largest cost is the publication of the fair booklets and mailing them out. It takes about 10 percent of their budget. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Little Elf Shop needs volunteers
    The Little Elf Shop, which is Dec. 3 this year, is in need of volunteers to help elementary aged children with their Christmas shopping needs. Adult "elves" are needed to act as "personal shoppers," gift wrappers, to help with gift name lists, set up, and taking down the shop afterwards.  If you are interested in helping out this year, please call Kathi Howard, LES Chairman, at 476-3966 or 827-1335. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Starlite Electric under new ownership
    Don George, owner of Starlite Electric, commercial and residential electric business is pleased to announce an exciting change in ownership. Effective Nov. 1 Starlite Electric was purchased by Nick Summers. Don moved to the Orofino area where he worked for Fords Creek Pump and Electric for nine years. He purchased the electrical side of the business in April 2003. “We’re excited about his change,” said George. “Nick will continue to bring a high standard of electrical service to the community and offer superior customer service. I am sure Nick will work hard to maintain long term relationships with our current customers as well as support new business growth and development in our community.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair…
    I am sorry to learn this week of the death of Aretha Chilton, 98, of Orofino. She sold me my first and only Jaguar car for only $100 over 20 years ago. It’s a 1920’s model. I still have the car and the things I like best about it are the low gas mileage and the fact I can replace the steering wheel or tires when they fall off with Elmer’s Glue. It’s small enough to park in the guest bedroom above the garage. It has a beautiful wood-toned finish that hasn’t faded over the years. It’s about 15 inches in length and has movable parts. Read this article in its entirety on our blog, http://clearwatertribuneorofino.blogspot.com

  • “We can’t change apart from Jesus,” an interview with Joe Nollmeyer
    Assistant Pastor Joe Nollmeyer at Orofino Community Church hales from a little town in Montana called Wilsall, just about 40 miles northeast of Bozeman. He was raised on a farm where his parents, Ed and Nancy Nollmeyer, grew wheat, flax, and canola. Joe was the youngest of four children. His maternal grandfather (Guy Fry) was a well known minister in his day who started the first Christian radio program in Montana. Joe comes from very musical family, as it turns out. “They had their own choir,” said Joe. His mother started singing on his grandfather’s radio program as a little girl. When Joe was 21 years old he attended Montana Bible College in Bozeman, a non-denominational school which he calls “Bible based, and Christ centered.” When asked if he ever rebelled from his upbringing, as a teenager, Joe said, “Yes,” but he qualified it. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Idaho’s October jobless rates falls another two-tenths
    Employers across Idaho’s economy maintained payrolls at higher levels than typical for October, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another two-tenths of a point to 8.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly two years. In Clearwater County, unemployment dropped from a rate of 16.2 percent in September to 15.5 percent in October. Last October the rate was 17.5 percent. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Robots take over Orofino
    Robots took over the Orofino Junior/Senior High School gymnasium Saturday for the FIRST Orofino FLL Qualifying Tournament. Eight teams from Deary, Potlatch, Kamiah, Weippe and Orofino participated in the event which lasted six hours and consisted of several challenges including Robot Design, Core Values, Project Presentation and Robot Performance. Approximately 150 people and team members attended to observe and cheer on the nine to 14 year old participants during the venue. All teams performed well with the three Clearwater county teams taking the top three spots to advance to State on Dec. 17 in Moscow to compete with 64 other teams for a chance to advance to the World Finals in St. Louis in February. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Talk to Santa via Ham Radio
    Kids of all ages will have a chance to talk to Santa on the radio on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Barney's Harvest Foods in Orofino, Cloninger's Harvest Foods in Kamiah, Clearwater Valley Harvest Foods in Kooskia, Asker's Harvest Foods in Grangeville, Cottonwood Foods in Cottonwood and Midway Foods in Nezperce. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Jack Stratton
    The two companies that we all thought were no longer being supported by tax payers are still active. Meanwhile, Veteran benefits, Social Security, SIS, Medicare, Medicade and other programs are being cut, and Veterans and the elderly of this nation, as well as tax payers are being ripped off. And you think a government job doesn’t pay well.  Think again. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas Tree permits available at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
    In this area, it is a popular tradition to begin the holiday season with an outing to the forest to cut the family Christmas tree. Permits are required for each tree you are going to cut.  Permits are $5 each and are limited to three per family. The permits can be purchased from any of our Forest offices or at the following local vendors:  Harpster Store in Harpster, Tom Cat’s Sporting Goods in Kooskia, Rae Brothers Sporting Goods and Tackett’s Saw Service in Grangeville, Clonigers Harvest Foods in Kamiah, Helmer Store & Cafe in Helmer, Rigging, Inc. in Potlatch, and Southside Chevron and Woodland Enterprises in Moscow. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    There will be a free Thanksgiving dinner at the Timber Inn starting at 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, it is sponsored by the: Hilltop Food Pantry, Timber Inn and the Pierce/Weippe ATV Trailriders Club. Everyone is invited. If you want to help, please bring a salad or an appetizer. The Hilltop Food Pantry’s next distribution day is Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. 12 noon. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser news
    As I focused on Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of the day in 2003 when Claud Judd arrived at our door to ask a favor of me. Elvita had fallen and broke her hip on her birthday, and he asked if I would be willing to fill in for her until she recovered. That was over eight years ago and I still have the privilege of reporting the Fraser news; at first with the help of Donna Stickney and then Cathy Walker. I want to take time to thank the residents of the Fraser community for sharing their family news with me so I can carry on the tradition set by the early reporters. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Weippe Hilltop Heritage Museum had their turkey and ham drawing Nov. 16 at their monthly meeting. The lucky winners were Sherry Schalder- turkey, donated by Chris Walsh; Kaylee Mendenhall-ham and Shar Pettibone–ham. Both hams were donated by Durant's Trailer Park. The Hilltop Heritage Museum would like to Thank everyone for purchasing tickets and special thanks go to Chris Walsh and Durant's Trailer Park for their donations. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 24
    Deer, elk and pronghorn hunters who have not yet filed their hunter reports will be getting a reminder postcard in the mail this week. Many hunts are still open, and some continue through the end of November or December. This is just a friendly reminder to urge hunters to file their reports sooner, by putting in their hands the different ways they can report. Fish and Game used to send letters to all hunters who had not reported on their tags. Now Fish and Game saves money by sending a reminder post card in November. Fish and Game will follow-up in December and January, with a random telephone survey of some hunters who have not filed their reports, to gather as much hunting and harvest information as possible.

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