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59% I don’t think I should have to. (44)
12% I don’t have a problem with it. (9)
29% I’m not jumping for joy at the idea, but would pay if I had to. (22)

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  • Hope defines us, so persist
    My life has not been easy. Like many of you (and the majority of those who came before us), my beginnings were not promising, but the opportunity to undertake a journey toward hope was there. That is the magnitude of freedom: the ability to act with hope and achieve through faith. I welcome the opportunity to share my fight with you in the hope that perhaps in the triumphs of my struggle you will find hope in your own.

  • Suspects arrested in Timberline Schools burglary
    Three suspects were arrested last week in connection with the Nov. 22 burglary at Timberline Schools, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Ryan Warren and Joseph Warren were arrested Jan. 27 on charges of burglary and grand theft, according to CCSO. That evening a 17-year-old juvenile was also arrested. All three are from the Orofino area. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 14.

  • Seven involved in rollover
    Seven people were involved in a one-vehicle rollover near Timberline High School Jan. 27, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. The incident was reported at 3:41 p.m. Andrea Opresik, 23, of Weippe advised that she was driving a 1999 Toyota 4Runner and hit black ice on Highway 11, at milepost 22.3, between Weippe and Pierce. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13.

  • CVHC Doctors advocate for drug free youth
    A Health Fair was held Jan. 26 at Orofino Elementary school for grades K-7 where students visited twenty different stations throughout the day. “We wanted to have a broad range of presentations to really cover every area that is related to health. We asked Dr. Petersen and Dr. Meza to focus on healthy lifestyles that are free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco,” says Angie Baldus, OES Principal. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5.

  • Letter to the Editor: Jim Willis
    The Library Bill of Right states in part: Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgement of free expression and free access to ideas. It also states that the “Freedom to Read,” which includes all media and information sources, is guaranteed by the Constitution. As you may be aware, in July 2011 Clearwater Memorial Library received a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; thereby receiving all new patron computers and a wireless router. Part of this grant specified that there be filters on the internet against child pornography, things harmful to a minor, and obscenity. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13.

  • Clearwater County History: Settlers and the Nez Perce War Part I: The Settlers
    During the 1860s and 1870s just a few settlers staked out claims on the prairie land between Greer and the Pierce divide. The Texas Ranch, which played such a key role during the gold rush, is acknowledged to be the first ranch, not only at Fraser, but in the entire area. Unfortunately the name and background of the owner, known as Tex, is not known. He sold the ranch to Milo Thomas, who, in turn, sold it to Martin Mauli, a Swiss, and Peter Hourcade, a Frenchman, who called it the Lolo Ranch. It was located two miles west of the Fraser post office, at the southern end of where the prairie grasslands began. It was quite an operation for the times. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10.

  • Educational Talent Search
    Educational Talent Search (ETS) targets students who have the desire and the potential to seek higher education. ETS helps students better understand their educational opportunities and options. The aim of the ETS program is to increase students’ potential to attend post-high school education by providing free services; such as: Campus visits, goal setting, and academic advice; just to name a few. ETS is a federally funded TRIO program focusing on those students whose families are on a limited income and whose parents did not graduate with a four-year college degree. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8.

  • Show & Shine meeting Feb. 8
    The first regular business meeting for the Orofino Show & Shine Planning Committee (OSSPC) is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Orofino High School shop. All members are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone who would like to get in on the planning sessions for the Ninth Annual Orofino Show & Shine which is scheduled for Saturday, July 21. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2.

  • Letter to the Editor: Carole Galloway
    Well, my first year as your Commissioner went by at such high speed I think I got road rash a time or two. I discovered “give it up” isn’t in my vocabulary, the people of Clearwater County have given up way too much already. I have traveled to meetings and seminars in three states to learn and interact with other elected officials so I can better serve the folks of my county. There are three issues I think are very pressing at this time. The U.S. Forest Service has a new proposed Forest Plan that closes 200 miles of roads and trails in the forest; the facts are this 200 effectively closes much more since it closes loops and inter-corridor connecting routes which renders many more miles virtually isolated and unusable for all practicable purposes. I will fight to halt this intrusion on the historically and culturally significant part of our county. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10.

  • Forest service updates
    Katherine Rodriquez, North Fork District Ranger, presented an update on the district and the consolidation of the Clear/Nez National Forests at the Clearwater County Commissioners Jan. 23 meeting. A revised EA will be open for comment on the Orogrande OHV proposal in February. It is not a new NEPA document but an analysis as requested by the Regional Office. The Travel Management Plan is open for public comment until Feb. 25. The Weitas Creek Bridge repair was discussed. They are meeting with regional office and engineers to come up with alternatives for the bridge. The local people want the bridge replaced for vehicle traffic. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13.

  • Interface Fuels stewardship sale begins
    The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests will be starting the Interface Fuels stewardship sale on Feb. 1. Falling will begin on Feb. 1 and helicopter yarding will begin on Feb. 13 at an area two miles west of Lowell. The logs will be flown to the turnout at Wild Goose. Flaggers will be located proximal to the turnout to ensure public safety while logs are being flown across the highway. Delays should not be more than 10 minutes. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13.

  • Kudos to street crew on quick snow removal
    Orofino City Councilman Mike Deitrick at the Jan. 24 city council meeting congratulated John Barton, Public Works Supervisor, and his crew for the excellent job keeping streets clear after the recent snow storm. Councilman Don Gardner echoed that statement and said that over a two day period (week of Jan. 15) a total of 14” of snow was measured. Barton reported that the addition of a pickup truck has been a big help in snow removal. The truck was donated from Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, through Homeland Security. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 18.

  • Pierce news
    Seven members of the Judo Club traveled to Ontario, OR for the ORE-IDA Judo Tournament held on Saturday, Jan. 28. As always they all did a great job! Here are the placings for their weight brackets: Mara Skiles, age 8, second place; Xavier Lopez, age 10, second place (Xavier’s first time to a tournament); Colton Brouwers, age 11, second place; Chase Brouwers, age 13, fourth place; Bobby Dlouhy, age 13, third place; Zac Cole, age 13, third place and Chance Foster also competed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4.

  • Fraser community news
    One of Oreta Stuart’s favorite pastimes is attending any professional bull riding event that she can get to. Her daughter Carmen Minard informed her that the PBR Portland Invitational Bull Riding event was going to be held at the Rose Garden on Jan. 21-22. She offered to reserve the tickets if Oreta would like to attend. On Friday, Jan. 20, Oreta drove to Lewiston and caught a flight to Portland where Carmen picked her up at the airport. The four inches of snow that had covered the Portland area was gone by the time she arrived, but continued to rain over the weekend. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Raegan Cahill, daughter of Jake and Christina Cahill of Lewiston, had several of her friends, cousins and family celebrate with her on her birthday. After a play period, Raegan opened her gifts and ate Puss ‘n Boots cake that her great aunt had made for her. John and Nancy Cahill, Karen and David Loranger (from Orofino), and Dan and Sheryl Jensen from Florida are Raegan’s grandparents. Kenneth Chapman from Weippe is the great grandpa.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 2
    The application period for spring turkey controlled hunts opens Feb. 1 and runs to March 1. The application period for spring black bear ends Feb. 15. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 - some controlled hunts open later. Leftover tags for spring turkey and bear controlled hunts go on sale April 1.

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