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43% I e-file. (22)
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  • Lil’ Darlings are here!
    View all three pages of this year’s Lil’ Darlings.

  • Party affiliation required to participate in caucuses, May primary
    The next primary election in Clearwater County will be held May 15, 2012. The parties will also be holding caucuses. The caucuses are party functions, operated by private organization (the parties). Party affiliation is required in order to participate in primary elections unless a political party chooses to open its primary to “unaffiliated” voters.

  • Pierce Winter Festival enjoys blue skies and great turnout
    Visitors were happy to see the sun was shining and the sky was a beautiful blue for the Pierce Winter Festival this past weekend. Nineteen teams competed in The Ice Man Relay, organized by Greg and Diane Gerot with an abundance of helpers. The Ice Man contest is a three part race with snow shoeing, running and sledding and the final person runs and jumps in icy Orofino Creek. Click on the link to see photos of the festival, including several of the hilarious bar stool race.

  • Local girl, Rebecca Wentz, finds her dream job
    Rebecca Wentz, a 20 year old young woman from Orofino, has found success in Hollywood. A 2009 graduate of Orofino High School, Rebecca always supposed she would go into pre-med classes in college. She took a sharp departure from that by applying “on a whim” to a specialized artistic school in Los Angeles. She found, to her surprise, that she was one of ten new students accepted at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) to study visual communications. She followed that course of study with entertainment set design and decoration. Rebecca visited the school in February of 2009, formed a friendship with another girl from the school, and together they found an apartment. With the support of her parents, Lynn and Audrey Wentz, her new adventure in southern California began. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Jay Kessinger, from Declo farm boy to life counselor
    A farm boy from southern Idaho, Declo to be exact, Jay Kessinger grew up on farms and was no stranger about which end of a cow gets milked. His parents (Eugene and Ruby Rasmussen Kessinger) had a farm in southern Idaho not far from Heyburn. It was not a large operation, just a family farm with about 15 cows. But one cow is too many, if you are the one that has to do the milking. When asked if he had wanted to be a farmer when he grew up, Jay gave a quick negative reply. “I milked enough cows and farmed enough when I was getting started that I knew I didn’t want to do any more of that!” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8.

  • Planning and Zoning fees to increase
    The Clearwater County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing Jan. 30 to consider a Planning and Zoning fee increase. P&Z Coordinator Bobbi Kaufman was present, there was no one from the public in attendance. Bobbi Kaufman reported that the fees were no longer covering the cost to prepare the zoning documents. She contacted neighboring counties for a comparison on fees. These changes will make the fees comparable to the other entities. The fees have not increased since 2006. The fees were reviewed. This schedule is a decrease for the full platted subdivision. The rezone fee was clarified. There is a set amount of $300 and had included a $1 per acre addition to that fee. The consensus is to drop the $1 per acre additional charge, it was deleted and the fee is set at $300. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Four indicted for meth distribution
    Four Orofino residents were indicted Jan. 18 by a federal grand jury on charges related to distribution of methamphetamine in Clearwater County. John Gilbert Rincon, Robin L. Spencer, April Lynn Lauby and Jacob John Custodio were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Idaho State Park day passes on sale at Orofino City Hall
    Dworshak State Park and the City of Orofino are happy to announce a cooperative effort to sell Idaho State Park annual day use passes at Orofino City Hall. By teaming with the City of Orofino, Dworshak State Park is making it easier than ever to obtain the popular annual passes. These passes allow entrance into any Idaho State Park for day use activities. The passes are only good until 10 p.m. each evening and are not applicable for camping or overnight parking. Passes can be purchased for $40 for the first pass and $15 for the second at Orofino City Hall, Dworshak State Park’s Big Eddy Marina or Freeman Creek Campground.
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  • ICARE’s hometown barn dance
    Everyone is invited to come to the ‘Hometown’ Barn Dance in Kamiah Friday, Feb. 17 at Kamiah American Legion Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Music by Bear Grass will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 per couple. For more information or tickets call 208-476-5971 or 208-983-9267. Tickets at the door are $15 per person. The event is a fundraising event for the ICARE project (Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort) helping people in Clearwater River communities who are actively undergoing treatment for cancer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9.

  • Information sought on burglary
    Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is seeking information about a burglary and grand theft that occurred in the New Hope Loop and Cavendish Highway area on Feb. 1. A residence was broken into, and a large amount of property was taken. A small black care is the subject of interest and may have been involved with the incident. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Clearwater County History: Settlers and the Nez Perce War Part II: The Council
    Notwithstanding the understanding at the time of the 1863 treaty that the Wallowa band could remain in their ancestral homeland, pressure to make the Wallowas available for settling by ranchers and farmers increased. In 1873 Oregon Governor L. F. Grover urged Interior Secretary Columbus Delano to forcibly move Joseph’s band to the reservation at Lapwai. That same year the interior department tried to remove those whites who had already settled in the Wallows and it was met with such fierce opposition that it withdrew its efforts. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5.

  • Toyota and Weaver Seed title sponsors for 2012 World Jet Boat River marathon
    Toyota and Weaver Seed of Oregon will become the title sponsors of the 2012 U.S.A. World Jet Boat River Marathon to be held Friday, April 13 through Saturday, April 21 on the St. Joe River at St. Maries; Snake River at Lewiston/Clarkston; Clearwater River at Orofino; and Salmon River at Riggins. “We are thrilled to have an exceptional partnership with Toyota and Weaver Seed for this exciting event on four north central Idaho rivers”, U.S.A. World Race Organizer Kim Friend said. “We are so grateful to the people of Toyota and Weaver Seed for their generous support and commitment for jet boat river racing here in Idaho,” Friend said. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Pierce news
    Hee-haw! Donkey basketball is coming to town! Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and come on out to have an evening full of fun! The event will be sponsored by Friends of Timberline and all proceeds will go to fund a play shed for the elementary students. Teams will consist of fire dept., sheriff dept., teachers, students and locals. Advance tickets may be purchased from White Pine Credit Union, The Vug, S&S Family Foods, Mary Ann’s Groceries, the Weippe Public Library and at the Timberline Schools office. Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for students 7th to 12th grade and children K-6th are $4. Don’t wait because ticket prices will go up at the door.
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  • Fraser community news
    Marie Green enjoyed a visit from Alvin and Nancy Smolinski last week. Alvin and Nancy stopped in Orofino to visit with Clarabell Brown before making the drive up to the Green farm in Fraser. During the visit they discussed the demise of the Cottonwood School, and looked through Marie’s journals to find the date. Marie remembers her mother, Bell Judd calling her at the office at Schmidt’s Mill to tell her about the fire. She thought she would have recorded that event in her journal, but they didn’t find the information. Marie will continue to search though her journals. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Explorers 4-H club will meet on Monday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Weippe Public Library. All kids interested in 4-H are welcome to join. Adults that want to share their hobbies with today’s youth are also encouraged to join us. If you have any questions call Terri at 435-4058 or Bonnie at 435-4770. Frank Walsh Jr., MSgt. In the United States Air Force, stationed at Ramstein AFB, Germany will be home to visit his parents Frank and Shirley Walsh for 10 days starting on the 13th. He is also the brother of Lisa Weyerts.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 9
    Trappers interested in pursuing wolves are reminded that Idaho rules require trappers complete a wolf trapper training course before they can purchase a wolf trapping tag. Wolf trapper training courses will be held in Orofino on February 9 and Grangeville on Feb. 11. Both courses will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These courses will likely be the last courses offered before the wolf trapping season closes March 31.

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