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March 15 Poll Results
Idaho Caucus
Do you believe Idaho’s presidential caucus on Super Tuesday had any affect nationally?

13% I believe it did. (6)
77% No, not that I noticed. (37)
10% Unsure. (5)

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  • Five Idaho counties propose a land trust to keep afloat
    Like every other business, counties need money to operate. County budgets must provide necessary services such as law enforcement, road maintenance, and waste disposal. Traditionally, lands in each county were subject to a property tax to provide for those needs. The State of Idaho utilizes a system of "Endowment Lands" as they are called in Idaho. These lands are managed to produce revenue. Those revenues have played a consistent role in the funding of public schools in Idaho. In the past, counties received operating money from the Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS), originally the Craig-Wyden Bill. Idaho received $31 million of SRS money - last year's total statewide. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Forest reps meet with commissioners
    The U.S. Forest Service travel plan proposal, to close over 200 miles of trails for motorized vehicles, is being challenged by Clearwater County Commissioners, who filed an appeal with the forest service Feb. 22. County Commissioner Stan Leach said an appeal is designed to stop an action, and it's the first time since he became a commissioner in 2003, that they have had the need to do that. "Typically, we want them to do more than they are doing, not less." In an attempt to hear the issues and see if some things can be solved easily, Forest Service Supervisor Rick Brazell met last week with Clearwater County's three commissioners, the county's Prosecuting Attorney, E. Clayne Tyler, Sheriff Chris Goetz, and Alan Deyo (who has filed a separate appeal as a private citizen). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Suspect arrested in Weippe grocery store burglary
    A 19-year-old Weippe man, Ely Raymond, was arrested March 11 in connection with a burglary at Mary Ann's Groceries in Weippe, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). The burglary occurred March 10 at approximately 8:30 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Board approves Class C subdivision of 56.5 acres near end of Adams Road
    The Board of County Commissioners held an open public hearing March 5 to consider the recommendations from the Feb. 22 Planning and Zoning meeting. The hearing was for a Class C Subdivision request by David Braun to divide approximately 56.5 acres into four lots. The property is located near the end of Adams Road, an Orofino address in Clearwater County. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • School Board meets March 19 at OHS
    The Orofino High School library will be the meeting place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 for the school district's regular monthly meeting. An executive session will be held at 6:30 p.m. "to communicate with legal counsel to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal optionsfor pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litogated but imminently likely to be litigated," according to the agenda. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • A party, for the Grand Old Party
    Super Tuesday marked the first Republican Caucus in the state of Idaho. Mitt Romney carried the night statewide, but not so in Clearwater County. Over 200 hopeful voters came out in support of their favorite candidates. The atmosphere in the Orofino High School (OHS) cafeteria was festive with neighbors and friends greeting each other, surrounded by state candidate posters on the well and the smell of coffee being brewed despite a blow out of the electrical circuit on the first attempt.
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  • Take the Clearwater Community Concert Association survey
    The Clearwater Community Concert Association (CCCA) board is seeking feedback from concert members and the community regarding future concert seasons. Memberships have declined the past two years, resulting in fewer funds to book artists for the upcoming season. We are asking the community and our current members to tell the CCCA board how you would like to see this concert association continue in our community.

  • O-Stars Cheerleading wins national title
    The O-Stars Cheerleading silver team won the national title at Pac West Nationals in the junior level 1 division in Portland, OR, March 3-4. They competed on both days with 25% of their score coming from Saturday's performance and 75% of their score coming from Sunday's performance. The O-Stars Cheerleading stunt group and individual girls performed on March 2, and the O-Stars stunt group won first place in the junior stunt group division. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • OHS Library benefits from the Laura Cunningham Foundation
    Recently, the Orofino High School Library, which serves grades eight through twelve, received over 30 new art books that focus on individual artists, most of whom created art in the 1950s or later. These new books feature modern artists like Andy Warhol, and also include a few classes such as Botticelli. About $500 was spent to purchase these books, which came from a generous $1,000 grant the high school received last fall from the Laura Cunningham Foundation. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Pierce 1860 Days T-Shirt design contest
    The Pierce 1860 Days committee invites all creative souls to participate in our first ever T-Shirt Design Contest! This contest is open to everyone, everywhere. The winning design will grace our official Pierce 1860 Days T-Shirt for our celebration, Aug. 3-5. The winner of the contest will be awarded $100 and published credit for the design. Two runners-up will be awarded $75 and $50, respectively. Deadling for submission is Friday, May 4.
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  • Clearwater County History: Statehood Part 1 - The annexation movement
    By the 1880s the mining had declined in the Clearwater country to such an extent that there was talk of dissolving Shoshone County. Ed Hammond, the teacher-miner at Pierce City, was also the local correspondent for the early day Lewiston newspaper, the Lewiston Teller. On July 21, 1881, the Teller editorialized about how dire the situation in Shoshone County had become. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Hygienist and team off again to the Philippines
    In just five weeks' time we will be departing once again to the island of Mindaneo. Mindenao is one of the Philippine islands sout of Luzon. My husband, Don, and I take a team each year and take the two-day flight to travel there to minister to a trio of homes for young girls who have been victimized by rape and incest. We stay three weeks doing dental care, puppet ministry, crafts, bible studies and games with the approximately 40 girls who live there. The Nehemiah houses, as they are called, have been there for 15 years and over that time there have been hundreds of young girls sheltered and cared for after a terrible event in their lives. Some are as young as six years old. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Letter to the Editor – Jim Moore
    Several letters to the editor by Commissioner Galloway and others regarding the Nutrient Supplementation Program on Dworshak Reservoir have contained numerous misrepresentations. To refer to Nutrient Supplementation as an "experiment" is totally inaccurate. Nutrient supplementation has long been a tool of good fisheries management. Leading people to believe that the project is the cause of blue green algae (BGA) blooms is also in conflict with the best available science, which shows that balancing the phosphates with the addition of nitrogen actually inhibits the growth of the toxic BGA and promotes growth of beneficial algae.
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  • New business comes to Weippe
    There is now a feed store in Weippe open and ready to serve your pet and livestock needs. Psalm 40 feed, owned by Bridgette Heighes, is located at 1782 Cemetery Road and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The new store is stocked and ready for business. You'll find pet food, health products, vaccines, toys, and much more.
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  • State run insurance exchange topic of Chamber meeting
    Mike McDowell, of Regence Health Insurance, was the presenter at the regular Orofino Chamber of Commerce meeting held March 7. McDowell spoke in favor of having a state run health insurance exchange program, rather than a federally operated one. His view represents over 1,000 agents and brokers in Idaho who support the movement to overturn the Federal Health Care Reform Act which became law September of 1970. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is being phased in, in stages, and will be finalized July 1, 2014 to ensure health care on a wide scale to Americans. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Pierce news
    Don't miss out on an incredible day of St. Paddy's Day events this Saturday, starting with "The Amazing ATV Race." This will be a run where you'll get a challenge at each station, then a clue to the next one. Sign-up is from 9-11 a.m. at the Pierce Weippe ATV Clubhouse, located behind the Timber Inn.
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  • Fraser community news
    Fraser joined the nation Sunday in adhering to daylight saving time, and the men split the duties of clock forwarding with the women, a survey revealed. Oreta Stuart reported husband Dale needed a reminder to reset his watch, and Danny Brown said the men were still valuable in tampering with clocks that required a stool to reach. Fraser enjoyed three days of warm spring last week as the last remaining snow melted from the fields and bared a lot of Mother Nature’s cleavage. By Sunday, however, that fickle femme fatale covered herself again with a shawl of snow. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Explorers 4-H Club met on Feb. 13. General business was conducted. Guests present were Marie Armitage and Bill Warren, from the Clearwater Co. Extension Office. After the meeting the kids enjoyed a Valentine Party with finger foods and made cards. Everybody had lots of fun. Do you have your wolf trapping permit but are new to trapping? Check out the new books at the Weippe Public Library. The Trappers Bible: Traps, Snares and Pathguards. Guide to Trapping. Wolf and Coyote Trapping. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for March 15
    The 2011 annual summary of wolf monitoring in Idaho is now available, and it shows wolf numbers are down for the second consecutive year. The 2011 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report includes the current status of the wolf population in Idaho.  Biologists documented 101 Idaho wolf packs at the end of 2011. The population at the end of 2011 was estimated at 746 wolves, down from a high of 856 at the end of 2009. At the end of 2010, the population estimate was 777 wolves. The 2010 annual report was compiled by the Nez Perce Tribe.

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