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  • Nixle service coming to Clearwater County
    Clearwater County Office of Emergency Management is utilizing a new communications service that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle Community Information Service allows the county to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Homeschooler from Orofino tours the capitol building in Boise
    Each year, Idaho’s legislators host homeschoolers from across the state. Hans Sween, a 13 year old seventh grader from Orofino, was chosen to represent Clearwater County’s eighth district. The event was held at the Idaho State Capitol Building in Boise on Feb. 1. Home schooling students, like Hans, bring special projects which they’ve completed and put them on display. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • No ticket required, world jet boat races coming to town
    Every four years, the U.S. rotates hosting the World Jet Boat Races. Other participating countries are New Zealand, Mexico, and Canada; this year is our turn. Three organizers from Riggins presented the program at the Feb. 15 Chamber of Commerce meeting. Kyla Sawyer, Kim Friend, and Michelle Simpson told members and guests all about the exciting jet boat races which will happen over a nine day period (April 13-21) on four of Idaho’s scenic rivers: the St. Joe, the Snake River, the Clearwater River, and the legendary Salmon River. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Former Orofino resident arrested for impersonating an officer
    Meridian Police arrested Christopher Roden, 22, of Meridian and formerly of Orofino, on a $100,000 felony “Unlawful Exercise of Functions of a Police Officer” warrant at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. He is a 2009 graduate of Orofino High School. Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said that on Sunday, Feb. 12, they received a report from a 24-year-old female who said she had been pulled over by an unmarked unit with flashing lights on Highway 95 near milepost 238. The woman reported that the male subject wasn’t wearing any law enforcement identification but was wearing a sidearm. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • From this Chair...
    We received notice Friday of the death Thursday of a former Tribune employee Nancy Noble, 90, of Boise. Nancy was tall, gracious and elegant and I first met her on my arrival here in the spring of 1969. She was one of three women working in the front office when I went to work part-time that year at the Tribune. I recall her saying Bob Werner’s wife, Vera was the best boss's wife they had ever had (in the Tribune). Bob was former owner/publisher of the Tribune. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Ed Galloway
    On March 6, the Idaho Republican Party will hold its first Presidential Caucus. This caucus will replace the primary election for President only. All other elected officials will continue to be selected in the May primary. To participate in the Caucus one must be a registered voter and must declare Republican Party affiliation. Seventeen-year-olds can vote in the Caucus if they can prove they will be 18 on or before the general election on Nov. 6, 2012, and affiliate with the party. You can register and affiliate at the caucus site but it will speed the process considerably if you can do so at the courthouse in advance. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Northwestern Idol auditions taking place now
    If you or someone you know dream of sharing your singing talent with the world, then the “Northwestern Idol” Competition being conducted by Brandon and Shoni Graves, owners of the Century Old Kooskia Opera House may be the first stepping stone toward a career in song. You can win transportation to your choice of an American Idol or an X-Factor audition site! This competition requires all interested aspiring contestants to call Shoni Graves at 208-816-6700 and sing your song for her over the telephone. She is searching for 40 contestants who will come to the Kooskia Opera House and audition, on stage, before a live audience. She will select the 40 preliminary talents based on the phone audition. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • County to support grant application for USDA Woody Biomass Utilization
    Bill Warren, U of I Extension Officer, at the Feb. 13 Clearwater County Commissioners’ meeting, presented an update on programs. The Woody Biomass Utilization Grant was discussed. The funding would allow for the engineering and design work for a biomass energy plant. This funding source is Woody Biomass Utilization monies available through the USDA Forest Service. The total grant that could be funded is $250,000 maximum with a 20% match from the applicant. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • City committees hard at work
    The Orofino Police Department committee discussed the option of buying a drug dog for $5,000 - $10,000, owned by the city, not employees. It will be discussed in the upcoming budget year. As part of his departmental report, Chief Wilson said that the police department has been hard at work in solving burglaries which occurred in 2011. Wilson said there is enough evidence for prosecution and closure of some of those cases. With regard to the recent bank frauds, Wilson said that the financial institutions have taken the biggest hit, as they are guaranteeing funds for their customers. He also stated that many rumors have been floating around, but no specific business or businesses have been identified as the source of the fraud. The incidents are worldwide in scope and law officials are actively and aggressively working hard on solving the incidents. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Visiting nurse program services home bound patients
    Clearwater Valley and St. Mary’s Hospitals and Clinics’ Visiting Nurse Service was established in November of 2009. They are currently making home visits to 50 patients in our area. Requirements for patients interested in this service are that they be homebound, have a skilled need, and are under a doctor, FNP or PA’s care. Patients who are most likely to benefit from this service are usually post-hospitalization or acute care, wound care patients, frequent ER visitors, or patients with medication management issues. “The number one thing that we want people to know,” said Shawn Severson, VNS Coordinator, “is that we are available all over this area. Many people don’t realize that our care extends out into the back roads of Pierce and all the way out to Reubens.”
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  • Clearwater County History: Settlers and the Nez Perce War Part IV: Pierce City
    At about the time the non-treaty Nez Perce were arriving at the Clearwater River, Patrick Gaffney and his son Frank rode their horses to Kamiah to purchase some cattle from the local Nez Perce, presumably for Patrick’s butcher shop at Pierce City. They were surprised to see a war party and their Nez Perce friends told them the non-treaty Nez Perce were on the warpath, and they might go to the Montana Territory by way of the Weippe Prairie and the Lolo trail that the Nez Perce traditionally used to cross the Bitterroot Mountains when they hunted for buffalo. The Gaffneys hightailed it back to Pierce City to alert the local residents about the war party. At the same time a Nez Perce woman from the Ahsahka-North Fork band, named Louise, who sold the vegetables she raised to Pierce City customers, came to town and told the inhabitants of impending danger. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Eighth graders get ready for Youth Art Month exhibit
    All of the 6 - 12 students enrolled in art at OHS, as well as the high school graphic design students, are getting ready for the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library. There will be an opening reception for community and family members on Thursday, March 8, from 4 - 6 p.m. Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all young people and to encourage support for quality school art programs. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Pierce news
    ALS has reserved the Community Center for Tuesday, March 20 for their Loggers Training/Safety class, so mark your calendars.  Co-eds are looking for other teenagers/adults that may want to get together to play volleyball, ZUMBA or Yoga on Thursday evenings. For more information contact Sarah Nelson at 464-1334. The Crazy Blockers Quilt Club is holding their Chemo Quilt Retreat on Feb. 24, 25, and 26. This is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a weekend of building quilts for cancer patients. We need volunteers to build, cut, sew and clip quilts and also to launder them.
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  • Winter weather in Fraser
    The Fraser community received at least three inches of fresh snow over the weekend. It was leaden with moisture, anyone who took time to shovel found out how heavy it was. It would be nice if the La Nina weather pattern we had last year would return so the ponds and reservoirs would fill up. Five month old Sophie Rae Haworth spent a week in Fraser with her grandparents Sherry and Larry Schlader. Sophie’s mom and dad, Heather and Jayson flew to Hawaii on a business trip. The Schladers drove to McCall on Saturday, Feb. 18 to meet the family and returned to Fraser the same day. Sophie had a busy week. She went to work with Sherry on Monday and probably had her first experience with running the store. You know first impressions can have a positive affect on children, Sherry. Sophie and her grandparents will attend the wedding of Annette Medley and TC Peterson on Saturday, Feb. 25. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Friends of the Weippe Library and Discovery Center welcome new members that will help with new ideas for future projects so the library can maintain and continue to provide high quality services to our community. Idaho food mobile will be at the Weippe Fire Hall Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 23
    Deer and elk numbers are meeting management objectives in most parts of the state, but some hunter numbers are down slightly, Fish and Game officials told the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Jan. 26. Female elk numbers meet or exceed objectives in 21 of 29 elk management zones; they are below objectives in eight zones. Bull elk meet or exceed objectives in 20 zones and are below objectives in nine. Fish and Game plans to conducting aerial surveys in the Panhandle, Elk City, Brownlee, Weiser and Pioneer zones this winter to update elk herd information.

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