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May 17 Poll Results
Fear of Snakes
Are you afraid of snakes?

39% Yes! They’re creepy. (21)
17% No – I actually like them. (9)
44% They don’t frighten me, but I don’t love them, either. (24)

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  • Sue (Mattson) Brown benefit is Friday
    The benefit fundraiser for Sue (Mattson) Brown is this Friday, May 18 at the Orofino VFW on Michigan Avenue at 6 p.m. The event will include live music, silent and live auctions, and a raffle for some great items. Items for the auctions continue to pour in. Newly received items include a Fender brand guitar, gift certificates to restaurants, sports shops, and for a wide variety of great goods and services, a muffler, tailpipe, and exhaust for a vehicle, Oakley sunglasses, paintings, practice bullets, wine, a vase, a candle holder, and much more. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 16A.

  • Rales to audition for American Idol
    Shania Rales, a 2012 Orofino High School graduate, is the Kooskia Old Opera House Theatre American Idol winner. Originally Old Opera House Theatre owners Shoni and Brandon Graves were going to award only one contestant the American Idol award, but after first place winner and Kooskia native Johny Schuster decided to take the cash prize, a split decision was made for Shania to be the winner. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • VFW Memorial Day ceremony is Wednesday, May 30
    Orofino’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3296 would like to invite the community to a Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday, May 30. In past years the VFW has held the ceremony on a Monday, the observed Memorial Day. This year, the ceremony takes place on the actual Memorial Day, which is May 30. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Cannon Park, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Highway 7 (aka Riverside Avenue). A flag will be lowered to half mast and there will be a rifle salute, and a wreath ceremony will take place on the Orofino bridge. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Sunnyside Bench Road closure
    Sunnyside Bench Road will be closed at .5 mile from the Cavendish Grade intersection for slide repair beginning Monday, May 21, and continuing through Wednesday May 23 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Walk for Rhys Thursday at Timberline
    Timberline Schools is hosting an awareness Walk for Rhys Vian on Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. on the THS football field. Rhys Vian was born with Angelman Syndrome, a neurogenetic disorder that is associated with problems of the 15 chromosome. The syndrome is very rare, occurring about once in every 15,000 births. There are only six other cases diagnosed in Idaho. Students, staff and patrons are asked to donate money for Mr. and Mrs. Bob Vian to take to the national walk in Portland, OR on Saturday. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Tyler Schwartz breaks OJHS pole vault record, again
    Orofino’s Tyler Schwartz raised the pole vault record another two inches by jumping 10’ 3”during the final track meet of the year, May 8 at Lapwai. At the Kamiah meet earlier this month, with a jump of 10’ 01”, Tyler beat the junior high pole vault record of 10’ 1/2” that Keith Stuffle had held since 1984.
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  • Three injured in two-car wreck on U.S. 12
    An Orofino resident and two other people were injured around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 12 near Arrow Bridge. Kyle Kiele, early 20’s of Orofino, was a passenger in a car driven by Kelly Brandt, 21, of Moscow when a vehicle driven by Samuel Ellenwood, 42, of Lapwai crossed over the centerline striking Brandt’s vehicle head-on. All three people were taken to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston where Ellenwood was reported in serious condition. There was no report Sunday night as to Brandt’s and Kiele’s condition. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Orofino Clean and Sober Drop-In Center seeks community support
    At the May 8, meeting of the Orofino City Council, a petition was received from the Orofino Clean and Sober Drop-In Center, located at 235 Johnson Ave., requesting community and council support. The center is a non-profit organization funded through grants and donations, which is staffed by volunteers. The group’s goal is to provide a drug/alcohol free place where people may receive educational and recreational opportunities in support of a drug-free lifestyle. Council member, Marguerite McLaughlin stated she would like to have more information about what the organization is doing. Mayor Ryan Smathers said he thinks the group is doing good work and hopes they succeed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Maniac Dam Race June 9
    “Dam Open, Runners Welcome!” Orofino Chamber of Commerce Director, Stephanie Deyo is referring to the June 9 Maniac Dam Race, which will shuttle around 200 runners over the top of the Dworshak Dam in Orofino, Idaho. This exciting event boasts a non-traditional run/walk designed to appeal to every age. This just might be one of the best ways to enjoy Dworshak Dam, which is the highest straight-axis concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere.
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  • Clearwater County History: The Green Bonanza Part II
    It was the convergence of the vast timberlands available in the West and James Hill’s desire to retire eight million dollars in Northern Pacific debt that led to what is probably the largest land transaction to ever occur in the United States. Sitting in Hill’s den one night in 1899 Hill offered Frederick Weyerhaeuser 900,000 acres of Northern Pacific land for six dollars an acre. Weyerhaeuser took him up on his offer on the spot. He and his investors bought a third of the scrip, Norton and Laird bought another third and other investors also associated with Weyerhaeuser bought the rest. Overnight Weyerhaeuser became America’s premier timber baron. But Edward Scofield was the first person to respond to Charles Brown’s entreaties to visit Idaho’s forests. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Six Spartan tracksters head to state
    Six Timberline tracksters are headed to state track May 18-19 in Meridian. Aspen Jared dominated her events at the 1A District 1 and 2 Regional Track Meet in Lapwai on May 11-12. Aspen claimed three individual first place finishes in the 100m hurdles, 800m run, and 300m hurdles. Mattlyn Brouwers took first in the 200m dash, 400m dash, and second in the triple jump. The girls’ medley relay team of Lacey Bonner, Morgan Willett, Mattlyn Brouwers, and Aspen Jared took first place and broke their own school record with a time of 1:54.16, which is just 0.23 seconds off of the 1A state record. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Indian taco sale Friday, May 25
    An Indian taco sale will be held Friday, May 25 at 249 Johnson Ave., Orofino (formerly the Style Shop), from 11:30 a.m. until they are sold out. You may dine in, take out or call for delivery in the Ahsahka/Orofino areas: (208) 827-0882 or (208) 827-0013. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce reunion postponed
    The Pierce reunion has been postponed until 2013. The postponement is due to computer software problems and lack of two volunteers to take the treasurer position. The reunion will be held next year in Pierce during 1860 days (the first weekend of August).
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  • John Lewis Road opening
    The Idaho Department of Lands, in cooperation with Potlatch Forest Holdings, Inc. and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will be opening roads accessing the John Lewis block of land on May 24. Due to recent spring rains, some roads within the closure area have experienced minor slumps and failures. Please use caution when traveling these roads. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Pierce news
    Is there still snow? The snow is all finally gone from Pierce and we have actually mowed several times. The big question I am always asked this time of year is, “Can ya get over French Mountain yet?” The answer is no. Last Thursday we were able to make it to mile marker seven before we encountered the deep snow line began.
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  • Mother's Day in Fraser
    Mother Nature gave her blessing for a wonderful sunny day on Saturday, May 12. This year approximately 130 people attended the prime rib dinner, served at the Fraser Community Center. The Fraser Community Center Board sends a “great big thank you” to everyone who helped make this Mother’s Day prime rib dinner a fantastic success. Several volunteers arranged the tables and chairs on Thursday so the board members could decorate and finish setting on Friday. Donna Brown’s granddaughter Emma Brown was the youngest volunteer for the evening. Her family can be very proud of this young lady, she was a big help in the kitchen and during the cleanup. She even used her creative talents to put Mother’s Day greeting on the black board for everyone to enjoy. Thanks, Emma!
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Michal Beck will be displaying her Directory at the Weippe Cemetery again this year. It went up for display May 9 and will be taken down June 3. If you have trouble finding loved ones at the cemetery, this directory will help. The public is urged to view this directory, sign the guestbook and make any comments or additions to it. Michal has done extensive genealogy research on early prairie families. She has added brief family notes in the directory this year. She is especially thankful to Sally Fidler Marks in helping determine the identity of “Grandma Fidler” buried at the cemetery.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for May 17
    New rules approved during Idaho's recent legislative session allow people to recover, possess and sell certain wildlife killed by accidental vehicle collisions. Individuals who want to salvage road kill must notify the Idaho Department of Fish and Game within 24 hours either in person, by phone or by Internet to receive a salvage permit within 72 hours. Game animals, including furbearers, may now be salvaged, as long as they died as a result of an accidental vehicle collision.

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