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This is not a scientific poll.
December 22 Poll Results
Christmas Music
What Christmas music
do you most enjoy?

39% I prefer classic versions of classic songs by singers like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. (22)
10% I love new Christmas songs by more modern singers. (6)
11% My favorite is anything by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! (7)
40% I don’t have a favorite – I enjoy everything. (23)

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  • Holiday Home Lighting contest lights up Orofino
    The Orofino Chamber’s Holiday Home Lighting Contest took place this past weekend and featured nine well deserved entrants.  Ed Lozar (12894 Hartford Ave) took home first place with Angela Carver (908 Walrath) coming in a close second, and Dave and Janet Owsley (501 Grangemont Road) rounding out the top three.

  • CMPL butterfly display
    You may remember movies entitled: The Guns of Navarone, or The Missiles of October. Well, this is not that. [These are not they.] This is The Butterflies of December. Richard Whitten, noted entomologist of Orofino, waxed poetic in naming his newest display in the Clearwater Memorial Public Library – and with good reason. He put together a remarkably beautiful display which he said he hopes brings sunshine and color to the shorter and often dark days of December in northern Idaho. Some of the butterflies are displayed inverted (flipped over) to show their dazzling colors. And the library is a lovely, warm place to view them. The exhibit is free of charge and easy to find. Just hang a right past the check-out desk, and in the southeast corner, brightening up the room, one will find lovely butterflies that come from exotic Indonesia, Java, Ceylon and South America. The emphasis in this display is beauty.

  • Firemen called out to squelch Peck chimney fire
    Jim O’Connell, Big Canyon assistant fire chief said a wood burning fireplace chimney fire occurred around 7:15 Monday morning at a residence on May St. in Peck. According to O’Connell the firemen found a stack of old beer cans with concrete on top of them used to build the cinder block chimney, which was not built correctly, according to O’Connell. He said “we are calling it the seven beer can chimney fire.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater County History: A new territory
    While the Shoshone County courthouse was being built, political maneuverings were afoot at the territorial level. Shoshone County was in the Washington Territory and it was sending legislators to the territorial legislature at Olympia. But a lot had changed in the two years since gold had been discovered. In late 1861 Pierce City and Oro Fino together had almost twice the combined population of Olympia and Vancouver. Lewiston was becoming a commercial center. Gold had been discovered on the South Fork of the Clearwater River at the American and Red rivers at Elk City and in Salmon River country at Florence. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Unemployment rate drops again
    Between October and November, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rates of all the north central Idaho counties except Nez Perce fell. The counties were responding to grow in manufacturing, retail, health care, and professional and business services. At 13.7 percent, Clearwater County had the highest unemployment rate of Idaho’s 44 counties in November. It and Idaho, with 11.4 percent, are among the 14 counties that still have double digit unemployment rates. In October Clearwater County’s unemployment rate was 15.4 percent. Last November it was 15.7 percent. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Community Christmas Day dinner
    The 4th annual Orofino Community Christmas Day dinner is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 25th at St. Theresa’s Little Flower Room, 446 Brown Ave.  According to organizer Lynn MacEachern, no reservations are required and everyone is welcome. “Plans can change at the last minute, especially if the weather turns bad, and suddenly you are home alone on Christmas” she said.  “That’s one of the things that makes the Community Christmas Day dinner meaningful for me, knowing it’s a place where everyone can be surrounded by love and laughter on Christmas Day." To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Clearwater Valley Eagles supply student work books
    The Clearwater Valley Eagles Aerie 3893 applied for a grant in November of $900 to purchase CPR student work books for the Orofino Jr. High School eighth grade health class. The school district was not able to supply the books due to funding cuts. The books will be purchased through the Clearwater County Ambulance Service and will be stored in the school library. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sheriff Chris Goetz receives POST Certificate
    POST Council Chairman, Blair Olsen, and POST Division Administrator, William L. Fink, on Dec. 12 presented Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz the POST Executive Certificate – the highest certificate awarded to peace officers in this state. Sheriff Goetz was enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1992 and after completing the basic and advanced training was ordered to Budingen, Germany, as a vehicle mechanic and operated a tracked recovery vehicle with the 1/1 Calvary Division for the 1st Armored Division in Germany until June 1995. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Kamiah-Pierce Road #100 has reopened
    Orofino - Forest Service Road #100, also called Tom Taha Road or Glenwood Road, has reopened. The road was closed for several weeks while two large culverts were replaced at Tom Taha Creek. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Health care plan reviewed by Board
    The GemPlan review was presented at the Dec. 12 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting by Tim Marks, who works with Mutual Insurance. The Government Employees Medical Plan is self-funded health care fund for the payment of medical, dental, life, vision and accidental death or dismemberment benefits. The plan is funded by contributions from participating counties. Marks met with the Board to review the County’s plan in comparison to HRA/VEBA or HSA plan. The GemPlan board recommends holding to the existing health plans until this summer or when the Supreme Court makes a ruling on the lawsuit against the President’s Health Care Plan. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sheriff’s Office releases more details of Timberline parking lot fight
    Joshua Umphenour and David Umphenour were arrested after a scuffle with the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Dec. 8 in the parking lot of Timberline Schools, according to Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz. The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. that night, when the resource officer, a sheriff’s deputy, was working at Timberline Schools during a basketball game. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Burlap, Boys, and Christmas
    I suppose being a shepherd in Christmas pageants of yore has conditioned me to associate burlap with the Christmas story. You know, that unbleached burlap you buy in craft stores that gives off a sweet "new burlap" smell. Mothers sew it into simple, pullover garments that cover boys' blue jeans and striped T-shirts. Girls get to be angels in white satin dresses, with wings and halos. But boys in their burlap tell the story of Christmas far better than girls in their satin. Let me tell you why. Read this article in its entirety on our Facebook page at

  • Orofino man dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound
    Orofino police found 28-year-old Lee Sims dead in his home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 15, according to Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson. At 1:39 p.m. last Thursday officers responded to a report of a possible gunshot at the 106th Street apartments on Riverside, Orofino, where they eventually found Sims. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Henry Nelson funeral records found
    In the Dec. 15 issue the Clearwater Tribune published an article about a Norwegian immigrant named Henry (Nilssen) Nelson, who left behind a young family to come to the United States in 1907. His grandson, a retired Norwegian reporter named Pelle Nilssen, has been working to learn what became of Henry. Last week the Clearwater Tribune received funeral and burial records that seem to indicate Henry and his American wife, Ethel, were buried in the town of Nezperce in 1962. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Santa will be at S&S Foods on Friday, Dec. 23 from 4-6 p.m. Be sure to bring your kids for a goodie and to see Santa. On Friday, Dec. 16, the girls and boys basketball teams held a fundraising event for the night. Congratulations on raising over $7500 for the family. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Fraser's early Christmas
    The month of December is a jolly time of the year. Not only are the decorations and lights wonderful to behold, but thoughts of Santa Claus bring an air of excitement to kids of all ages. Inside the Fraser Community Center everything was ready for the annual Christmas family potluck dinner and the gift exchange. The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club is to be congratulated for providing the community with another festive celebration. The hostesses were Blanche Kinney and Linda Beard, due to sickness Karen Fowler and her husband Mark was unable to attend. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    On Saturday at the Weippe Fire Department Santa visited; many children came and sat on Santa's lap.  They were given candy canes and bags of candy with oranges and peanuts.  They also received rides on the Fire Trucks. Weippe Rebekahs donated some treat bags to the children. Thanks goes out to them for their donation. Weippe Fire also had their annual Christmas party.  Weippe Fire Department would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you goes out to our community for their support through out this year. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 22
    Either way, hunters win when they enter the Super Hunt drawings; they get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. 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, 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.

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