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  • Norwegian reporter seeks fate of lost grandfather
    The Clearwater Tribune last month received an e-mail from a retired Norwegian reporter, Pelle Nilssen, who lives in Olso, Norway’s capital. Pelle explained that his grandfather, Henry (Nilssen) Nelson, who was born in Norway in 1889, immigrated to the United States in early 1909, leaving behind a wife, Maren Sofie, and a son, Pelle's father. Pelle has tracked Henry to Clearwater County, having come across a filled-out D.S.S. Form 1 (a U.S. Army registration card) that suggests Henry worked for Schmidt Bros. Mill in early 1944, when he was 55, and that he lived in Weippe. Henry listed his wife as Ethel, not Maren Sofie, suggesting that he married again after coming to the United States. Read this article in its entirety on our blog at

  • Andrea Schilling, a love for gemstones and an eye for fine jewelry
    Andrea Schilling of Orofino has a passion for beautiful gem stones like turquoise, lapis lazuli, and crystals. She breaks out smiling when she talks about her favorite gem stone moss agate. And now her passion for lovely gem stones will develop into a business shortly. Andrea comes from the city of Cochabamba, in central Bolivia, a city of more than a million people. Andrea worked for a company there which made sweaters out of alpaca wool (one of their customers was Bill Cosby). The company was interested in using long distance telephone service via Skype on their computers, and Andrea was asked to test that program. She didn’t want to practice on her actual customers, so she went online and ran into her future husband Les Schilling. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Local counselor and author A. Jay Kessinger publishes a book
    If God Gets Angry, Why Can’t I?” is the title of a book written by local author, Jay Kessinger (MSW, LCSW) a licensed counselor for over 40 years. Kessinger says the book is not about God, and it’s not about anger. Rather, it is a book about attitudes and feelings. He explains that the word God is in the title because some of the attitudes discussed are moral and judgmental – God representing the ultimate moral authority in any given society according to Kessinger.

  • Harper Chiropractic donates over 68 reams of paper
    This summer Dr. Harper and his staff performed 72 sports physicals during the month of August. As a fundraiser for the schools in District 171, Dr. Harper vowed that for each student who came into his clinic for a sport physical he would donate one ream of paper to the student’s school. Orofino Junior Senior High School came out on top with 42 donated reams of paper, Timberline Schools received 24 reams of paper, and Orofino Elementary received six reams of paper. Each year Dr. Harper opens up his clinic to offer $10 discounted sports physicals to student athletes for their upcoming school year, along with a free ream of paper to their school. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • A brief history of Konkolville
    In 1946, Andrew Konkol and his wife Bernice, after having been married 12 years, responded to an ad in the Stevens Point, WI newspaper and took a honeymoon trip to Idaho. Thus began the makings of Konkolville. Andrew, or “Andy” as he was more commonly called, bought a parcel of land that had been advertised and returned to Idaho in 1947. He started a mill in Cow Creek, and Bernice joined him after the birth of their fifth child. That first mill was a modest beginning, producing one million board feet of lumber in one year and employing 18 men. Andy built a larger mill in 1948 at its present site. This one boasted the first automated electric log carriage in Idaho. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Water treatment plant update
    City Administrator, Rick Laam reported at Tuesday night’s Orofino City Council meeting that four proposals had been received from companies wishing to provide the membranes needed for the new water treatment plant. Each of the bids carried “exceptions” which Laam stated is customary. Exceptions typically have to do with insurance provisions to work out in the event of a contract being signed. Laam said one company had been selected and details would be provided in Executive Session. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • New North Fork District Ranger meets with Commissioners
    Kathryn Rodriguez, North Fork District Ranger, met with the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners Dec. 5. Ms. Rodriguez transferred from the Kootenai National Forest. She is the replacement district ranger for Doug Gober, who retired. Commissioner Leach explained that the county is interested in timber harvesting and preserving public access to Forest Service lands. The Travel Plan is important to the constituents of the County. Ms. Rodriguez explained that the pre-National Environmental Policy Act has started for a couple of projects on the North Fork District. Commissioner Galloway asked where they are on the plans for the Weitas Creek Bridge. They have a meeting set to discuss the repair or replacement of the bridge. Galloway suggested opening up timber harvesting as a way to generate receipts to pay for the bridge replacement. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Dworshak announces January showings of nature-themed movies
    Families and children are invited to attend free nature-themed movie presentations at the Dworshak Dam Visitor Center theater during January, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at the dam announced today. Prior to each movie, Dworshak ranger staff will provide a 10-15 minute presentation about the wildlife or natural Prior to each movie, Dworshak ranger staff will provide a 10-15 minute presentation about the wildlife or natural history depicted in the film. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas Festival events still happening
    The Orofino Chamber Of Commerce is hosting a few more events to help ring in the New Year and add sparkle to Christmas.   The Orofino Chamber Of Commerce Festival of Trees was “kicked off” last weekend. The event centers around three live trees (donated by Reggear Tree Farms) that have been decorated by community organizations (Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, The Rotary Club of Orofino and the Kiwanis Club of Orofino) and placed in Heritage Plaza for the public’s pleasure. Also happening this holiday season is the Holiday Home Lighting and Decoration Contest. Bobbie Samuels, Contest Chair, invites everyone to join the Chamber in working toward their mission of “Lighting up Orofino this Holiday Season.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Chamber business meeting
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce held its annual business meeting Wednesday, Dec. 12, with committee heads presenting reports in their respective areas of interest. Executive Director, Stephanie Deyo, gave a financial summary of profit, after expenses, through various chamber fundraising events: Auction 2010 $16,292; 2011 $21,497. EnduroCross 2010 $3,523; 2011 $2,584. Maniac Dam Run 2010 N/A; 2011 $2,639. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • OPD Christmas 911 Float wins first prize in Orofino’s biggest light parade in years
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival kicked Dec. 2 with over 25 floats participating in the Old Fashioned Light Parade and around 200 people attending the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Light Parade marked the largest number of participants in the past years with a record crowd gathering to share in the holiday cheer and wave on the floats! “We want to thank Camas Financial and Les Schwab Tires for sponsoring the prizes for this year’s parade, and the City of Orofino Staff for being our judges! Also we can’t forget the staff of LCCU who put the whole thing together and handled line-up organization,” said Chamber Director Stephanie Deyo. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Debbie Claffey
    While downtown Sunday evening I ran into some wonderful young people. I asked them if they were caroling. They said Yes! When I asked if they would sing one for me they said Yes! Such a gift! They sang beautifully – very professionally and just for me – my very own Christmas Concert. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Local man serves in AmeriCorps NCCC
    Andrew Puksta of Weippe recently began his 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. He began work on his first of four long-term service projects the week of November 14. Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Puksta arrived at AmeriCorps NCCC’s Southwest Region Campus in Denver and began training on Oct. 12 for 10 months of full-time service with the program. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Bald Mountain Ski Hill is looking to hire someone to operate the cook shack on the days the hill is open. Call Chris St. Germaine at 435-4782. On Friday, Dec. 16, the girls and boys basketball teams will be having a benefit for Melissa Widener of Weippe. She was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The quad game versus Nezperce will start at 3 p.m. Soup, roll, dessert and drink will be offered for $5. There will also be a silent auction. Both teams will be wearing special shirts and each player is getting sponsors for their shirt. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser turns cold
    The evening temperatures in Fraser have remained in the 20 degree range since the first of the month. On Monday, the trees were covered with a layer of frost, and the ground was white. It is actually beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Take time to drive around our community after dark, it looks very festive with the houses and trees decorated with colorful lights. If you are not in the holiday spirit yet, this might change your mind Saturday evening the Brands took a meal over to share with Marie Green. They were pleased to find Mike Green had arrived at the farm shortly before they drove in the driveway.  We woke up to a heavy fog on Sunday morning, his decision to travel from his home in Wallace on Saturday, made the trip an enjoyable drive. It was good to catch up on Mike’s news while we had dinner. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Ski free at Bald Mountain! Sign up at Timberline Schools or the Weippe Discovery Center by Dec. 15 to be eligible. There will no longer be an on-going sign-up sheet, which is a change from last year. To sign up, skiers must live within the boundaries of the Weippe-Fraser Recreation District. You only need to sign up once to be eligible all season. Free tickets will only be issued to pre-registered individuals and will be handed out at the ski hill. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 15
    With the opening of the spring harvest season Sunday, Jan.1, steelhead fishing in Idaho continues through the winter on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon, Little Salmon, Snake and Boise rivers. The steelhead limit is three per day, nine in possession and 20 for the season. Once limits are reached, the angler must stop fishing, even catch-and-release. On Jan. 1, anglers will need a 2012 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit to fish for steelhead.

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