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  • Orofino Veterans of Foreign Wars Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony
    View a photo of Orofino's VFW members during a ceremony honoring Pearl Harbor Day.

  • Orofino's Christmas Tree
    Won't make it to Orofino this holiday season? Check out our beautiful Christmas Tree, which was lit for the first time during the Christmas Festival Dec. 2.

  • Pam Jones, she’s craftsy not crafty
    “Alannah, this month we’ll ask Pam Jones to be our Savvy Senior,” said my boss Cloann McNall. (‘She’s not a senior,’ I thought to myself – she’s younger than I am. She has dark hair and drives a red Cadillac.) I don’t know what that has to do with age, but it seems youthful to me. I bought a plaque once that said, “Old age is always 15 years older than I am,” and I agree with that. Pam is a girl who was born in Savannah, Georgia. She was brought home with her mother to her maternal grandparents’ home. Her father was in the Air Force, stationed in Greenland. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Honoring 105 years of marriage
    Ruth and Bill Bird of Greer and Karen/Bird and Michael Goodwin of Orofino will honor 105 years of marriage with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the VFW Building in Orofino. A program will begin at 2 p.m. The Birds will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary and the Goodwins will celebrate their 40th. Bill Bird and Ruth Whitney were married Dec. 18, 1946, in Hamilton, MT. Karen Bird and Michael Goodwin were married on her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary Dec. 18, 1971, at Greer. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Matt Potratz writes book about life changing trauma
    Clearwater County native Matt Potratz had his life turned upside down the afternoon of March 1, 2009. Matt was snowmobiling near McCall when he triggered a large avalanche that nearly took his life; put him through a month in a coma, and a total of over 100 days and nights behind the walls of hospitals. Many have followed the story, but now Matt is bringing it home to Orofino with not only his gripping story including actual video of the avalanche, but his heartfelt message about what life has taught him. Matt says, “Hours upon hours of grueling therapy and recovery gave me an entirely new view on the power of a positive attitude. Without it, I simply make no progress. I describe a positive attitude like the air in my raft; without that air, I sink.”

  • November 21 break-in at Timberline Schools
    A break-in and burglary occurred at Timberline Schools Monday night, November 21. It is estimated that the break-in occurred in the late night hours. Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department reported that thieves broke a full-length glass door, at the rear of the building, to gain entry. Once inside the school, they cut the electrical lines to the security cameras, proceeded to the school office, and broke the glass there to gain entry to the office area. The perpetrators obtained keys giving them access to all the other rooms in the school. They entered the strong room (a secure, vault-like room).  There was an estimated $3,500 - $7,000 in damages and stolen property. Locks on all the doors had to be re-keyed and glass replaced to secure the building. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Grab your fishing pole! OK Rock reveals its secrets
    The mystery of the okay rock is finally unraveled. Diane Upton opened up the can of worms [excuse the pun], by writing a Letter to the Editor inquiring if anyone knew the meaning and origin of the OK Rock near Orofino’s bridge over the Clearwater River.  The Clearwater Tribune received a call from Jim Routh telling us to talk to Tom Province who turned out to be the person who began painting “OK” on the rock. Tom told of a very politically opinionated and vocal fellow employee. “Everything about him was okay,” said Tom. His response to this man was painting the rock OK. But Tom said he quit painting the rock some 20 years ago and did not know who took over that duty for him.  At the urging of his wife Diane, John Farbo came forward and told us his father, Tom Farbo used to use that rock as a gauge for when steelhead fishing was good. “It is the only rock that’s big enough,” said son John. “And it was right close to the bridge so we could see it easily.” His father painted three orange hash marks on it originally (before the OK came to be). View this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Businesses growing in Pierce
    The Outback in Pierce and The Spa at the Outback are happy to announce the expansion of their businesses this month. Located half a block away from the other Outback cabins, the new home to The Outback Uptown and Mountain Massage is in the center of town between the Post Office and the White Pine Credit Union. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Elves needed for CVHC Wishing Tree
    Although many stars have been taken from the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Wishing Tree some still remain.  Members of the Mission Committee are hoping community elves will take time from their busy days to pick a paper star, purchase gifts listed on the star, wrap the gifts and return them by Tuesday, Dec. 20. The deadline for accepting names of needy children through age 12 who are students in School District 171 is Monday, Dec. 12. “We’re asking that only custodial parents or guardians call with gift suggestions and that they limit the value of all the gifts to under $40,” said Iola Plank, Mission Committee member. “We usually serve around 125 children each year. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fifth and sixth graders ski and ride free at participating Ski Idaho Resorts
    If you’re a fifth or sixth grader you’ve got it made this winter!  No more days spent lying around watching television or playing video games! This winter you can get out and enjoy the fun and beauty of Idaho with the fifth and sixth grade Ski or Ride Free Passport. The fifth and sixth grade Ski or Ride Free Passport program allows students from anywhere in fifth and sixth grade to sign up for the program and receive three free lift tickets  at each Idaho ski area for fifth graders or two free lift tickets for sixth graders at each participating Ski Idaho ski area.  That’s over 54 day of free skiing or riding in fifth grade and 28 days of free skiing or riding in sixth grade!  To sign up simply go to,  complete the on-line application or download the printable version, pay the $20 processing fee (receive a $5 off promo code at and your student will be mailed his or her own “Ski or Ride Free Passport” booklet.  The passport also includes special deals on equipment rentals, lessons and some ski areas even offer specials for parents or siblings! To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sarah MacEachern's Peace Corps exhibit at the Clearwater Historical Museum
    Sarah MacEachern served in the Peace Corps from 2006 to 2008 on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Clearwater Historical Museum now has an exhibit showing some of Sarah's work in St. Vincent. This exhibit is part of a celebration of the 50th year anniversary of the Peace Corps. The museum is open 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 315 College Avenue in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Beware of chimney fires, says fire chief
    Two chimney fires occurred this weekend, with a third happening earlier last week. Orofino Fire Chief Mike Lee Tuesday cautioned ‘residents to keep their chimneys clean.’ Lee reported a chimney fire Monday morning on Jerome Ave. and another Sunday evening on First Ave West. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair…
    So far no one has admitted to submitting the Tribune’s ‘boo boo’ photo of the Eiffel Tower in London to Jay Leno for Headlines on his Late Night TV show. Hailey Hulett’s grandfather Jim McCain asked if we had heard who did it but so far no one has confessed. My hunch of who did it was incorrect so the head hunt is still underway. If and when we find out who the super sleuth is we will let you know. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Board receives info on public employee health program
    Tia Gilfoy at the Nov. 28 Commissioners’ meeting presented information on a health reimbursement arrangement for public employees. The HRA VEBA is an account based health plan that reimburses out-of-pocket medical costs incurred by employees.  She is the rep for the VEBA Service Group., LLC; that services e program out of Spokane. This is a trust for public employers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. This plan is a tax free medical savings account for the re-imbursement of medical/dental expenses or to pay insurance premiums not covered by the County. The County and employee can contribute to the tax free account. This money can roll over annually if not used. The cash-out use of the funds were explained on what the funds can be used for. The employer plan puts a policy into place that approves the cash out. The IRS has certain stipulations on how the pay-out is used. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • School board meets Dec. 12 in Orofino
    Highlights of the Dec. 12 meeting of the school board include application of a new hire, early graduation request, extracurricular transportation, Timberline Schools play shed and bid on Weippe Elementary School property. The meeting will be held at 7 p. m. at the School District office on Michigan Ave. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Santa will make his first appearance in town this Saturday at the Timber Inn from 1-3 p.m. (There will be no smoking at this time). He will be handing out goodies! The next time he will be in town will be at the Kiosk on Dec. 17. His final visit will be to S&S Foods on Dec. 23 then he’s off to the North Pole to prepare for another long trip. Have you bought your stocking yet from S&S Family Foods? For just $5 you can purchase a stocking to be hung throughout the store. All proceeds will be donated to Timberline Schools Reading Program. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser's news
    The weather has turned cold, but the snow flurries that have fallen haven’t turned the ground white. It’s the holiday season and we do hope to have snow before the big day. There are only 17 days left before Christmas Day. We hope you have your shopping done and your gifts mailed to those who live far away. The Merry Christmas greetings have been installed on the back of the Fraser Welcomes You signs on Highway 11. This year a colorful snowman will be waving to you as you drive by. Thanks to Steve and Norma Brand for installing the signs again this year. There is also a small one at the entrance to the Fraser Community Center. We hope they add a touch of cheer to this holiday season. Two years ago a strong gust of wind broke the zip ties on the small one at the community center and blew it away. It ended up in the wind break at the Judd ranch. Amanda Judd rescued it when she was doing some yard work and returned it to Norma. It was in surprisingly good shape after the trip across the fields. Let’s hope that another pesky wind doesn’t blow it away. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I received a call then a letter this week from long time resident Chuck West. Chuck was the Weippe tax man as many describe. Chuck moved to Vancouver, WA a month ago. Chuck writes to Weippe Fire Department, Weippe EMT's, Weippe Friends and neighbors. Thank you for two free ambulance rides over the years. Thank you, Thank you for the 28 years of wonderful memories, some of the best of my life. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 8
    Last minute gift idea: get your favorite hunter a chance to win the hunt of a lifetime. The first drawing is still several months away, but it's not too early to enter Idaho Fish and Game's Super Hunt. The Super Hunt is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Entries are drawn for elk, deer, and pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can participate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts. The first Super Hunt entry for a species costs $6. Each additional entry for the same species purchased at the same time costs $4. The Super Hunt Combo entries work the same way. The first one costs $20, and each additional entry purchased at the same time will cost $16.

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