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28% I respect what they are doing, and hope they keep at it. (20)
47% What a bunch of nuts. (33)
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  4% What the heck is the Occupy Movement? (3)

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  • Redistricting challenge gains support from Lewis and Clearwater counties
    Clearwater and Lewis Counties joined the fight against the proposed restructuring of Idaho’s political divisions. Clearwater County Commission Chairman, Don Ebert, said the county decided to spend up to $2,100 “to have input into this outcome.” He went on to say, “Otherwise we’d just pretty well have to sit down and shut up.” Six other counties including: Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, Idaho, Kootenai, and Shoshone are already onboard and have jointly hired Boise attorney Christ T. Troupis, for representation in a lawsuit contesting the proposed redistricting plan. Another lawsuit is scheduled to be heard January 5, by the Idaho Supreme Court involving several southern Idaho counties. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Idaho Youth Challenge update
    Over the last month the Idaho Youth Challenge team has been working harder than ever to spread the news about the great opportunity that has been afforded Idaho in the form of the Idaho National Guard Youth Challenge Program.  We are actively fundraising, developing our infrastructure, and marketing the Youth Challenge program to all those citizens, businesses, and organizations who feel that every Idaho student deserves a second chance at success. Some of our current marketing activities include: the development of a Public Service Announcement to be fielded to every major television station throughout the state. (We extend thanks to Laughing Dog Productions.) To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater Rocks
    We had often watched other fishermen guide their boats past the junction of the main Clearwater into the North Fork just past the U.S. Fish Hatchery, envious of the success we observed. Our plan was to go through what we knew was a narrow channel and try our luck. Ten seconds after committing the boat to the chosen course it became obvious from the grinding of the bottom on the shallow rocks that those others watched river levels with more wisdom than I possessed.  We were stuck, grounded on rocks in about 8 to 15 inches of water in a boat needing more than 18 inches! We finally realized we were in a fix! At that point we had two choices: first, we could have abandoned the boat and sought help. Second, we could work together to move the boat over these miserable rocks toward the “deeper” waters of the North Fork. Read this article in its entirety on our blog,

  • Clearwater County History: The good times
    No matter how hard the miners worked, they were also high-spirited men who knew there was more to life than mining. William Goulder spent several years with the California miners who had come to the Oro Fino diggings and got to know them well. He said they brought with them to the district what became a common perspective on the diggings. They had, he concluded, “long since shaken off the shackles of an effete civilization, and had been living for many years free from the trammels and restraints of Sunday-school influences. The greenhorns and tenderfeet were not slow in learning how to follow in the footsteps of those who had so long enjoyed that larger liberty that comes from a wild, free life lived so far away in the remote mountain regions.” All of the saloons and most of the hotels and boarding houses had liquor licenses that permitted them to sell liquor by the “gulp, quart, gallon or any other quantity.” And miners always could find a reason to drink. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Dig for a Cure
    Volleyball shoes, $90; pink volleyball jersey, $45; pink volleyball, $40. Watching your community come together for an outstanding cause - PRICELESS. On Oct. 11, the Orofino Lady Maniac volleyball team was Diggin for a Cure. In a very exciting match against Summit Academy, the Lady Maniacs played one of their best matches of the season. With the emotions running high from the night’s events, the girls really put on a great show.  It all started with the JV team announcing themselves and who they would be playing for that night. We wanted to honor all the women and men that have either been affected by breast cancer or any cancer at all, with a carnation and a promise to “dig for a cure.” Carnations were discounted and made for the night by Orofino Flower Shop. Read this article in its entirety on our blog,

  • Timberline boys basketball to host fundraiser for cancer victim
    The Timberline boys and girls basketball teams will host a fundraiser Dec. 16 during their quad matchup with Nezperce. Proceeds will help Weippe resident Melissa Widener with ongoing expenses related to cancer treatment. Widener, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma, faces further tests, followed by chemotherapy. The family of nine is uninsured. Daughter Maddy Widener plays for the Lady Spartans. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Law enforcement gears up for holiday travel
    Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson said at the Nov. 22 city council meeting that special emphasis patrols will take place throughout the holidays with emphasis on impaired driving.  Law enforcement officers throughout Idaho will participate in a high-visibility impaired driving education and enforcement campaign. The Idaho Transportation Department says, “Drive sober, or get pulled over.”  The Idaho State Police will be partnering with local agencies for the upcoming Impaired Driving Mobilization Patrol. The Office of Highway Safety through the Idaho Transportation Department is providing federal funds for extra patrol coverage in an attempt to intercept and apprehend D.U.I. drivers [ISP website]. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Free small business workshop Friday
    A free workshop from the Idaho Small Business Development Center will be presented at the LCSC Orofino Outreach Center Friday, Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 a.m. Barbara Leachman became the new regional director for the SBDC when Jill Thomas-Jorgenson moved to teach full time in the Business Division at LCSC. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Forty-year dream finally comes true
    On Friday, Nov. 4, Dr. Dennis Harper, D.C., owner of Harper Chiropractic, set out on an adventure of a lifetime. After putting in for a moose tag 15 times out of the last 30 years he was given the opportunity to hunt one of largest animals in the northwest. Led by Rich Armiger, owner of Cayuse Outfitters and Guides, Dennis found himself riding horseback for 14 miles through some of the most beautiful terrain, up into Kelly Creek. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Hunter and nephew stuck in deep snow
    A Caldwell man and his teenage nephew went hunting near Pierce Nov. 20 and ended up stranded in the snow, according to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). At 9:23 p.m. that evening CCSO was advised that Dan Evans, 58, of Caldwell and his 13-year-old nephew had gone hunting near the Jaype Mill site, and had yet to return to Pierce. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Ten players make up Spartan squad
    The 10 players who will take to the court for Timberline this season are “great team players,” says head coach Jake Nelson. They include two seniors, four juniors, three sophomores and one freshman. Four year senior Brian Vessey plays guard and is joined by fellow senior, center Dalton Fleming. This is Fleming’s third year playing with the Spartans. Juniors include Josh Stemrich, Jon Syed, Charlie Billups and Garrett Cochrell.
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  • County asked to sponsor an elk habitat improvement project
    Clarence Binninger met with Clearwater County Commissioners at the Nov. 12 meeting to ask the County to sponsor a project with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to create elk habitat. The Habitat Group is applying to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to fund a project to improve the elk habitat. They are asking for the County to sponsor the project. A letter will be necessary to be included in the proposal. The County is willing to write the letter of support to the Habitat Group to create Elk Habitat Improvement since it supports on the ground work. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Career Connect exists to help businesses and employees
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce held its regular luncheon meeting Wednesday, November 16. Monica Jones, representing Orofino’s Department of Labor office, gave a presentation on the Idaho Career Connect Program which is a free, web-based tool that may be used by both businesses and job seekers alike.  Monica said everyone wants to stop the “brain drain” of young people leaving the community, and often the state, once they complete their educations. The program exists to help employers find talented employees and to aid students in discovering employment opportunities for which they may qualify. The program also partners with schools to bring employment opportunities to thousands of Idaho students. Each interested business needs to go online and create a business profile describing their company. Educators, job seekers, students, and volunteers then may search the data base to find matches that are good for them. To create your online profile or search for jobs go to: To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino boys basketball team and coach are preparing
    For first-year Orofino Junior Senior High School Boys Basketball Head Coach Jerry Uhling, coaching a basketball team is nothing new. He’s experienced that at Deary, Highland, and Prairie High Schools. And, having been the Orofino Junior High School principal until it was closed last year, he is certainly not a new face to the school or to the kids he is now coaching. But, there was something else that was “all-together-different” when his team took the court for the season opener Tuesday night against the visiting Highland Huskies. Something he’s never experienced before. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce/Weippe ATV Trailriders Club is hosting the “Pierce Giving Tree.” There will be trees with tags for children in the community to fill out at S & S Family Foods and Pierce Hardware. Each child (one per child please) fills out a tag with three wishes and hangs it on the garland. Someone takes the tag and buys a gift. You then return the gift (unwrapped) with the tag attached, to one of the drop off bags. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser's Thanksgiving news
    The temperature on Thanksgiving Day ranged from 35 to 44 degrees, and the “EVER PRESENT” wind continued to blow. Every morning there were broken branches to be loaded into the garden cart and hauled to the burn pile. A review of last year’s calendar reminded me of the big wind storm that blew through this area on Monday, Nov. 15. The high winds did extensive damage to the big pine trees. The power went off at 1.42 a.m. Tuesday morning, and didn’t come back on for three days. The temperatures were in the low 20s and we had snow. This year we have had very little snow and the fields are bare. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Frank and Shirley Walsh had granddaughter Ashley Stamper, her husband Chris Stamper and their son Frank and Shirley's great-grandson Gerad Stamper visiting for Thanksgiving. Minnie Weidner called with news that there were 22 family friends and dogs at Connie and Ray Mendenhalls for Thanksgiving. They were from Boise, Lewiston, Kamiah, Orofino, and Weippe. They had a nice big Thanksgiving dinner that was enjoyed by all. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 1
    Cold weather at the higher lakes and reservoirs in Idaho is starting to get anglers thinking about ice fishing. Ice fishing can add months of enjoyable fishing. Most lakes and reservoirs are open year round, and if the weather is cold enough, ice on these waters can be safe and provide good fishing for yellow perch and trout. Anglers should wear warm clothing and be prepared for winter weather and driving conditions.

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