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January 26 Poll Results
Favorite Pie Flavor
The CVH Auxiliary card party and pie social is coming up. What’s your favorite pie flavor?

14% Anything chocolate (9)
29% Fruit (apple, cherry, etc.) (19)
14% Banana Cream (9)
  9% Coconut Cream (6)
15% Lemon Meringue (10)
  4% Pumpkin (3)
11% Other (7)
  4% I don’t care for pie (3)

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  • Studio 205 Art Show entries
    See some of the entries, and the students who created them, from the Studio 205 Art Show in Pierce Jan. 18-21.

  • Anna Grimaldo to visit Japan with other Idaho students
    Anna Grimaldo, a sophomore at Orofino High School, is going to Japan in July. Anna was selected to travel to Japan with a delegation of high school students from across the state of Idaho. The program is being funded with a grant from the government of Japan. Anna will join a group of 12 Idaho students to learn about the culture, history, and people of Japan first hand. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2.

  • Clearwater County History: The Nez Perce Treaties
    As the miners left the mining district for better prospects, others stayed for what they viewed as an even more promising prospect—free land. During the gold rush fever only a few hardy souls had ranched on the prairie. The Texas Ranch, Theodore Poujade’s ranch, Grasshopper Jim Clark’s ranch and the Milk Ranch played important roles in the gold rush at Oro Fino Creek. But once the easy gold pickings had been picked, the free land looked better and better to the people who did not share the miners’ wanderlust. The Homestead Act permitted a person to stake out one 160 acres, pay a filing fee of $10 to $15, remain on the land for five years and raise crops on it and at the end of those five years, upon proof of compliance (called “proving up”), the government would grant a title for the land to the homesteader. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4.

  • 2012 elections redistricting
    The Clearwater County Board of Commissioners approved to sign the resolution as submitted by Clerk Bird explaining the redistricting of the Commissioner’s Districts for the 2012 elections at the Jan. 17 meeting. The Board approved the selection of the second proposal during the Jan. 9 regular meeting. There were population changes from the census that showed the need to make the shift in precincts to make the districts closer to being evenly matched. The Board chose the second proposal and map since it was the closest for all the districts to be equal in population numbers and for the numbers of voters per precinct as shown in the following chart. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11.

  • North central Idaho sees improvements in labor market
    Labor force statistics indicate the north central Idaho economy has been growing in recent months. North central Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate moved down another notch from 8.2 percent in November to 8.1 percent in December. A strengthening economy meant the region’s unemployment rate in December was significantly below the 9.4 percent in the same month the year before. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 15.

  • CCF, Inc. launches Lifeline Food Bank in Orofino
    Clearwater Community Foundation, Inc. (CCF, Inc.) in cooperation with several local agencies, organizations and the Idaho Food Bank, is pleased to announce that in February “Lifeline Food Bank” will be in operation for assisting with emergency food needs, in accordance with Idaho Food Bank guidelines. Lifeline Food Bank is located at 2170 Carney Dr. Space G, across from the DMV and 4-H Extension Office. Lifeline Food Bank will be a permanent replacement for the monthly mobile food bank, which Idaho Food Bank has provided each third Monday of the month for the past several years. Lifeline Food Bank will be open on Mondays and Fridays for selected hours. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5.

  • Timberline basketball senior night
    Timberline High School's senior nights for the boys and girls basketball teams were held Jan. 20 and 21. See photos of the seniors with their families, courtesy of Michelle Nelson.

  • Snowstorms improve snowpacks
    Recent snowstorms have significantly improved snowpacks in Idaho and western Montana, according to NRCS SNOTEL sensors, though snowpacks remain below average. From Jan. 15 to Jan. 20, the Clearwater Basin jumped from 68 percent of normal to 89 percent. The Kootenai basin increased from 83 to 89 percent, the Flathead Basin increased from 67 to 76, and the Bitterroot Basin improved to 95, from 74. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5.

  • Clearwater Area #18 groomer finally begins operations
    The 2011-2012 operating season for the Clearwater Area #18 Snowmobile groomer is beginning this week. Low snow at Trailheads has prevented an earlier start, but Mother Nature has finally come through for us. One route has already been completed near Cardiff Spur and continued over 57 Summit through Oxford Meadows down Cache Creek to the 250 Road to the Northfork to open trails for some stranded snowmobilers. The groomer then came up the 250 Road over French Mtn. Saddle and back into the trailhead at Judgetown. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8.

  • Senior parent raffle winners
    Senior parents of OHS 2012 graduates want to congratulate the following winners of the raffle held before Christmas. Bill and Violet Lesmeister won the cord of firewood, Pat Millard won a complete detail at Orofino Body Shop and the fuel card was won by Larry Hanson. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8.

  • New Chamber officers take the helm for 2012
    Despite snowy winter weather, 20 people were in attendance at the Orofino Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 18. The icy road going to Orofino High School prevented Principal Bob Alverson from being the scheduled speaker. However, he will be on the speaker roster in the future. Matt Sartini (Edward Jones) will serve as the 2012 president, and Bobbi Samuels (Hanson Garage) will fill the position of vice president. For complete listings of this year’s Board of Directors visit the chamber’s updated website at: www.orofino.com. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9.

  • Letter to the Editor: Dennis Fuller
    I have been mentioned in the news lately advocating for a repeal of Daylight Saving Time. I am trying to build momentum for a National change. After completing the semi-annual ritual of changing my household clocks, I’ve decided this chore is, without a doubt, the most idiotic thing our society does, and I’m going to work to eliminate this inconvenience and stupidity. There are several reasons given for altering our rhythms twice per year; energy savings being the prime excuse used by the government. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11.

  • Pierce news
    This Saturday, Jan. 28, help us clear snow from rooftops to keep buildings from caving in! The groomer will haul workers up the road starting at 10 a.m. bring your favorite shovel and meet at the Ski Hill road. To answer the question on every snow rider’s mind, the Clearwater Ski Club Board of Directors has been diligently trying to resolve an issue that raised its ugly head this winter; the ski hill lost the ability to ride under the Lions Club liability insurance. This loss added $7500 to opening costs. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9.

  • Fraser winter settles in
    The first snow of this winter season started on Jan. 7 for the Fraser community. No moisture had fallen until the following weekend, when the Balls had dinner at the Brand home. It continued to snow and by Wednesday, Jan. 18 there was at least seven to eight inches on the ground. It rained all night on that Wednesday and throughout the day on Thursday. We continue to have rain showers for the rest of the week. There is a crust of ice over the snow that remains, so use caution when you are outside. During the week, Sharon and Mike McHone have heard from their friends in Alaska. The town of Cordova has been getting swamped with snow this year. Twenty some feet of snow has fallen, which caused the roofs on some of the buildings in town to collapse. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Happy birthday Helen McFeron on Jan. 26. Happy 18th birthday to Audrey Mayberry on Jan. 23. Keith and Lisa Weyerts’ anniversary is Jan. 30. Jeff Ramey passed away Saturday at age 57 at Missoula, MT. Jeff is the brother of Patti Ramey of Weippe.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for January 26
    Interested anglers are reminded they have until Feb. 5 to take part in an online survey about fishing in Idaho. The survey, offered every five or six years, covers a variety of topics including how often people fish and their preferred fish species, what types of fishing regulations they support, and what important conservation priorities Fish and Game should pursue. Fish and Game is also interested in learning more about what other values are important to anglers, such as solitude or natural beauty. Results from the survey will help shape Fish and Game's next statewide fish management plan, which will go into effect in 2013. Beginning this spring, Fish and Game offices around the state will hold public meetings to review the 2007-2012 plan and gather comments for the new plan.

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