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Did you see the solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20?

26% Yes, I did. (12)
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  • Two special meetings for school district patrons
    Mark your calendars for two special meetings for parents and patrons of Joint School District No. 171. On Tuesday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. a special meeting for parents and patrons will be held in the Orofino High School library to discuss seventh grade students housed at OHS for the 2012 – 2013 school year. On Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. a special meeting for patrons and the Board of Trustees of Joint School District No. 171 will be held in the Orofino High School library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss 2012 – 2013 personnel issues. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 2A.

  • Lady Maniac Softball State Tournament
    After completing a regular season unlike any in recent memory for the Maniacs and claiming the district title the Maniac softball team departed for Pocatello, May 16, with an undefeated  season and high hopes of claiming a state title. Their first game at state was against the Malad Dragons on Friday at 10 a.m. and they knew it would be a tough one. Last year’s state tournament paired these two teams together in the first round with the Maniacs coming out on top 4 to 2. This year turned out to be no different. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Crapo, Risch push for county payments
    Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch have sent a letter to the Senate conferees of the transportation conference committee, urging them to keep the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and county payment programs in the final version of the legislation. The letter, which was signed by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and 24 other senators, stresses the critical need the program fills for counties with large tracts of federal lands and that inaction may result in layoffs to teachers, road crews, police officers and other county employees. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Where have all our children gone?
    This week’s Mystery Child photo, taken in 1969, shows two generations of “children.” The elder Mystery Child grew up in Headquarters and graduated in 1967 from Pierce High School. The younger Mystery Child attended Pierce Elementary until his fifth grade year when the family moved to Lewiston. Can you guess this week’s Mystery Children? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Baldus resigns as OES principal
    Angela Baldus has resigned as Orofino Elementary School principal after five years to accept a position as new principal for Highland Elementary School in Clarkston. She begins her new position during the 2012-13 school year. Her resignation was accepted by the school board at the May 16 meeting. Gordon Hueth resigned as Orofino Elementary School (OES) teacher and coach. Jessica Nelson has been hired as Timberline School (TS) head secretary and Carolann Duree has been hired as OES kitchen server. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Letter to the Editor: James F. Kress
    Ouch! Gouged again by the Orofino gas station owners association. I had to drive to Stites yesterday for a meeting and filled up my tank at the friendly Orofino Sunset Mart at $4.07.9 a gallon. Wow - take out a second mortgage for that one! On my way back home to Orofino I get to pondering what I have just discovered; hey, gas is also around $3.88.9 a gallon in Lewiston and Clarkston. I’ve got it - Orofino must be a special place!
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  • Legislators visit
    Idaho State Legislators were the guests at the Orofino Chamber of Commerce luncheon May 16. As well as an update on important bills, Representative Paul Shepherd gave an outline of the steps it takes to get a bill heard. Shepherd said that the number of bills was down from prior years which he sees as a positive savings to tax payers. He said they make an effort each year to cut the session down while passing important legislation. Shepherd touched on sensitive legislation such as tanning booths, sports helmets (known as the concussion bill), and texting while driving. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Historic Pierce Cemetery Friends Memorial Day celebration
    Volunteers are invited to join the Historic Pierce Cemetery Friends on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) at the Pierce Cemetery. This year the group will be displaying 41 Memorial Flags. Flag set up will be at 8 a.m. At 7 p.m. the group will take the flags down. It is our goal to be able to display flags at the Pierce Cemetery on special days with the help of volunteers. To accomplish this goal, the group is asking for donations to purchase Memorial Flags. This project is intended to beautify the cemetery and honor veterans and loved ones who have served and sacrificed for us. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Spring Concert and Art Exhibit and Art Exhibit
    The Spring Concert and Art Exhibit will take place Wednesday, May 23 at Orofino Junior High School. The art exhibit will continue through May 30. Scheduled events include: 6 p.m. – Art opening with reception in library; displays in cafeteria, art room and library. 6:15 p.m. – Music students warm up. 6:50 p.m. - Art awards in cafeteria. 7-8 p.m. – Concert and music awards in cafeteria. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Clearwater County History: The Green Bonanza Part III
    While the Clearwater drainage section lines were being surveyed and the timber was being cruised a fire occurred that brought home to the timber land owners that the trees they wanted to log were at risk of being destroyed by fire. Louis Crampton and his neighbor Frank Robinson were early homesteaders on Beaver Creek, about two miles north of Brown’s Rock. Both men had been helping the Clearwater Timber Company cruisers and walking fire patrol and building cabins for the cruisers. In late July of 1905 Robinson discovered what became known as the Harlan Fire near the Jack Harlan homestead on the north side of Beaver Creek about five miles east of Bertha Hill. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Timberline tracksters bring home the gold
    The Lady Spartans Track Team, consisting of Aspen Jared, Mattlyn Brouwers, Morgan Willett, and Lacey Bonner, brought home the gold and set a new 1A state record with their 1:53.83 finish in the 800m sprint medley! Aspen continued the charge with a first place finish in the 300m hurdles and second in the 800m run. Mattlyn finished the meet with a first in the 200m dash and third in the 400m dash. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Memorial Day on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
    Forest Service officials are expecting a busy Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off of the summer season. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offer unmatched recreational opportunities; it’s your big backyard, come play! Most campgrounds offer first-come, first-served site selection, although you can reserve campsites at a few campgrounds managed by the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests. Contact your local Forest Service office for a list of local campgrounds that accept reservations. To reserve a campsite, call Recreation.gov at 1 (877) 444-6777, or visit the Recreation.gov website: www.Recreation.gov. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Federal grant to aid laid-off Clearwater Paper workers
    A grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Labor will help about 125 workers who lost their jobs when Clearwater Paper Corp. sold its Lewiston sawmill operation to Idaho Forest Products last year. Idaho Forest Products reopened the mill before year’s end but has hired back fewer than half the 250 workers employed their before the sale.
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  • Pierce-Weippe ATV Fun Run June 2
    The Pierce-Weippe ATV Club is sponsoring a Fun Run on Saturday, June 2. Sign up starts from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse behind Timber Inn in Pierce. There is a $10 fee for the first hand, and $5 for additional hands. This ride is approximately 35 miles with a BBQ on the trail. Prizes will be awarded from 4-5 p.m. at the Timber Inn (which includes a chainsaw and more); with live music to follow. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Pierce news
    The Gem Team wishes to thank everyone who came out for Pierce Clean-Up Day. It was successful for the town and individual properties, and a few projects were tackled. The most visible project was the cedar fence in front of the play park. This fence was completely rebuilt by volunteers including Mitch Jared, Rob Harrell, Jamie Stenzel, Verne Moler, Jeff Root and Kelly Cowger. Thanks, also goes out to Aitco Disposal Co. and the City of Pierce for the trash container and the garbage truck. Gem and local Sorority Xi Alpha Nu are combining forces to bring the Wine Tasting event to Pierce again this year. This is still in the planning stages, and the date is June 30, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Look for more exciting news soon!
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  • Fraser girl names her pony
    In last week’s column the announcement that Caitlin Brown’s Welsh pony mare, Ginger, gave birth to a cute stud colt. A name has been given to this little fellow. Caitlin telephoned Norma on Sunday evening to reveal that she and her family narrowed the name down to “Smokin’ Joe;” from the sounds of it, this name fits his personality. He loves people, but she says he is so naughty. This feisty stud colt is now in training for “Halter 101,” we hear he is so smart and is catching on real quick. It looks like Caitlin will have a very busy summer training Smokin’ Joe.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Tammy Trieb had a great Mother’s Day with a lot of visitors, including Maryalice and Gordon Hueth, Tammy’s mom and dad, and family members Bryan and Nicky Trieb, Renee, Travis Denison with their daughters Sydney and Olyvia, Nicky’s Mom Tracy and her friend Shayla Cooper, along with DJ Hueth and Amber Lyons. A great time was had visiting outside with the weather cooperating. A special thank you goes out to David, Debbie, and Nicole Umphenour, Shelly Stewart and a very special thank you goes out to Bryon Vessey for the fundraiser they did for the Timberline Boys Baseball Team. Bryon worked very hard selling pizza cards.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for May 24
    The deadline to enter the first Super Hunt drawing is May 31. With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt; and one "Super Hunt Combo" entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

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