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June 7 Poll Results
Heavy Storms
Do you like thunder and lightning storms, or do they frighten you?

64% I think they’re exciting! (38)
14% They’re okay as long as they aren’t too severe. (8)
  5% I am afraid of thunder and lightning. (3)
17% It’s heavy wind that scares me, not thunder and lightning! (10)

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  • Large percent approves seventh grade moving to OHS
    Nearly all the persons attending last week’s hearing on the Orofino seventh graders being moved to the Orofino High School (OHS) approved the move and expressed it was the thing to do so the seventh and eighth grades could regain their identity as junior highers. Since closure a year ago of the Orofino High School the seventh graders have attended school at Orofino Elementary School (OES) and the eighth graders have attended school at OHS. Most of the persons at the public hearing were school personnel with a few parents in attendance. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4B.

  • USDA Secretary instructs FSA to proceed with office consolidation plan
    Dick Rush, Idaho State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced May 30 USDA Secretary Thomas A. Vilsack has approved the closure of four FSA county offices in Idaho, a process that will begin immediately. The county offices confirmed for closure in Idaho are located in Orofino, Shoshone, Marsing and Payette. After the required notifications have been provided to producers, FSA employees and office landlords, closure dates will be established and made publicly available. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • No injuries suffered in three-vehicle accident
    The Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office responded Monday, May 28 to MP 47.5 on Hwy 12 to a report of an unknown injury accident involving three vehicles. The accident occurred when Clark Jenks, 65, of Orofino was traveling east on Hwy 12 in a 2000 GMC pickup. He was being followed by Melina Johnson, 35 of Orofino and Fredrick Davison, 65 of Kamiah. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • The truth about Bigfoot
    For most adults, summer means lawns to mow, trips to pack for, endless questions to answer about, “Are we almost there yet?” For grandparents, with visiting grandchildren, it also means stocking the house with Ovaltine, pot pies, Capt. Crunchberry cereal, chocolate pudding cups, and more watermelon and ribs than we’ve ever purchased before in our lives. For my grandson, “Benjo” it means us driving six and one half hours to Boise to pick him up and bring the eight-year old scamp to Orofino – “Because it’s the most WONDERFUL town in the world! Don’t ever move away Grandma.” Darn! There goes my move to Mexico. Benjo has extra special plans this summer however. He has set up a “Bigfoot Study Center” in the basement of his northern home. From his secret intelligence gathering center, located in an unspecified area past Ahsahka, he is conducting one-on-one classes in Bigfoot-Paleontology – assuming Bigfoot’s a mammal. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • 2012 Pierce 1860 Days, “Welcome Home to Pierce”
    Come join Pierce for another exciting, fun filled Pierce 1860 Days celebration this year, Aug. 3-5. As in the past few years, the weekend rocks from Friday afternoon on. The theme this year is “Welcome Home to Pierce!” Starting off will be the Friday evening Kick-Off, with a Barbeque, the Berry/Cherry Bake-Off, and a Pie and Ice Cream Social. Entertaining the crowd will be Shiloh Sharrard and Beargrass, and later that evening, live music at the Timber Inn. Beargrass will be wandering Main Street to start the festivities on Saturday, Aug. 4. An ATV fun run, a co-ed softball tournament, the Ducky Derby, the kids’ fishing derby, a bow shoot and the ‘Walk for Joyce” all take place that morning! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Go fish, no license needed
    Idaho Free Fishing Day is the one day each year that a fishing license is not required for both residents and nonresidents. This year, Free Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, June 9. Free fishing includes salmon; anglers don’t need a license or salmon permit, but they are still subject to all bag and possession limits. To go fishing on any other day, anglers 14 years of age and older will need to buy a fishing license. Be sure to check the regulations for the area you intend to fish. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Summer Food Service program
    Joint School District #171 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Farmer’s Market starts Tuesday, June 12
    The Farmers Market will begin this year on Tuesday, June 12 and will continue into October, depending on the weather. The vendors will start selling every Tuesday promptly at 3 p.m. in the Orofino City Park. The market will close at 6 p.m. each week. The Orofino Farmers Market email address is orofinofarmersmarket@gmail.com.
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  • Corporate sponsorships come aboard for Mystery Dinner Theater
    The second summer Mystery Dinner Theater is gaining support from local businesses, as responses are beginning to come in as corporate sponsors. The first check to arrive was a Silver sponsorship of $500 from AAA Precision Tool owners Lorelle Lambert and Devon Bunyan. followed by a check for $600, for a Bronze sponsorship plus a table for eight from Nightforce Optics (Lightforce USA.) Private donations are also being received in lieu of sponsorships from those who will not be able to attend any of the four-night events. It is hoped that more commitments will be made in the next week for business sponsors as well as private table sponsors before ticket sales open to the public on Monday, June 11. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Clearwater County History: The Green Bonanza Part V
    The circumstances that give rise to towns are as varied as the towns themselves. The town of Elk River owes its existence to a freak of nature, an epic windstorm. In May of 1908 Charles Weyerhaeuser and John Humbird decided to explore the timber east of Bovill as far as Elk Creek and then beyond there to the North Fork of the Clearwater River. They discovered a huge recent blow down of timber that cruiser Bill Helmer estimated to be about ten million board feet of high quality white pine. If they were going to salvage the windfall, they were going to have to move with dispatch. And move quickly they did. The only homesteader on Elk Creek at the time was W. W. Trumbull, who had settled there in 1897. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Martin L. Roy
    It’s too bad the “concerned traveler” didn’t have the courage to sign the article so I could discuss his or her concern. The people who drive up Grangemont and other roads in the county to see the beauty of snow-country after waking up after a winter’s sleep or assessing the recreational areas are the ones throwing out their garbage because they don’t live up here. I can imagine what their own homes look like. It’s too bad they can’t carry a garbage bag in their rigs to put their beer and pop cans, takeout receptacles and yes dirty diapers in. I don’t agree with the “concerned traveler” that the whole Grangemont Road is covered with trash. Twin Ridge Fire District volunteers clean 20-30 miles of county roads within the Twin Ridge District, resulting in a large truck load of garbage and 100 plus lbs of aluminum. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Joellen McGill
    Whoever sets the prices at the gas stations in Orofino…please explain how you do this. As previous letters have stated the prices are consistently quite lower in Kooskia, Kamiah, Lewiston, and Moscow. The $4.02 currently being charged in Orofino is out of sync with other towns in our shopping areas. We buy our groceries at Albertsons in Clarkston which allows us for each $50 purchased a .05 cent per gallon credit on our gasoline purchased at Albertsons gas station in Lewiston. Not only do we save on groceries but get a substantial savings on gasoline. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fair Board events and updates
    It’s time to do some planning if you would like to reserve a booth in the Exhibit Building during the Fair. Several sizes of booths are available – shallow walk-in, deep walk-in, shelf, and several double booths and most have a power outlet. If you are interested in reserving a booth or would like more information, please call Cynthia Hedden at 476-3234. This year, the Fair Books will be delivered as inserts to the Clearwater Tribune and also will be delivered by members of ABATE to drop-off points throughout Clearwater County. The Fair Books will be available Aug. 9 in the Clearwater Tribune and throughout the county by the end of that week.
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  • Enhanced 911 Emergency System updates
    The IT/Networking Department happenings were reviewed by Angela Vander Pas at the May 29 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting. Ms. Vander Pas asked for hiring Mallory Norris to work part time on E-911to help finalize the roll over. The Board approved. The installation of the VOIP system will take place in June. Then the Enhanced 911 Emergency System will be installed for operations in July. The Stancil recording system is hooked up for recording the radios. Once the new phone system is in then it will record all the phone calls to dispatch. There will need to be a record retention policy set up for the length of time to be kept. These are electronic records. The current record retention policy will need to be updated to include any changes.
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  • Bustin’ Out team at Barney’s this weekend
    Orofino Bustin’ Out team: You’ve recently read about them in the papers. They are continuing the march to their goal of getting the entire team to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3- Day Series to be held in Seattle this September. Inmates from the prison in Orofino have joined in the cause, to erase breast cancer forever. The Bustin’ Out team will be set up in front of Barney’s Harvest Foods, 13030 Highway 12, Orofino, this Friday and Saturday, June 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a great contribution from the inmate team at Orofino called The Crochet Cronies.
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  • Pierce news
    Memorial Day Flag set up at the Pierce cemetery was a huge success this year! We had the best turn out ever, with 15 volunteers for the flag set up the morning of Memorial Day and 12 volunteers showing up that evening for the flag take down. Many thanks to all who attended! Please mark your calendars for our next Memorial Flag display which will be Flag Day, June 14 (Thursday). Flag set up will be 8 a.m. We will be taking the flags down at 7 p.m. If you have any questions call Dan and Patty Goodrich at 464-2333. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Fraser Memorial Day news
    Marie Green’s family spent the Memorial Day weekend at the farm. Steve and Carol brought the news of the birth of another granddaughter. Amelia Laine Green was born on May 24. Proud parents are Travis and Torri, and she has an older sister named Hadley Paige who will be a big help to Mom and Dad. Hadley will be six years old in September. Mike and Sharon McHone spent the weekend in Walla Walla, WA where they hosted the Northwest Welsh Classic Show. They entered four of their Welsh ponies; Lizzie, Mattie, Afternoon Encore, and Drama Queen. Two judges looked over the entries and “Both” gave the title of Supreme-Best of Show to Lizzie. Needless to say the McHones were very pleased with the results. Ask them about the show, they have all the details.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for June 7
    Effective Saturday, June 2, the bag limits on adult Chinook salmon was reduced for parts of the Clearwater drainage. The new bag limit is four salmon per day, but only one may be an adult, and 12 in possession, but only three may be adults. Adults are 24 or more inches in length.

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