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June 14 Poll Results
Nutritional Supplements
Do you take nutritional supplements?

30% No, I don’t. (14)
23% Yes, and they help me. (11)
17% Yes, but I’m not sure they’re doing anything for me. (8)
15% I believe nutritional supplements are a scam. (7)
11% Sometimes, if I remember! (5)
  4% I have, but they made me sick, so I stopped. (2)

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  • Savvy Seniors – Greg and Diane Gerot wanted to “move to the west”
    Growing up in a military family, Greg Gerot traveled to places such as Turkey, Greece, and Central America. Later, through his company, Greg had the opportunity to travel to many other countries in the world: New Zealand, Scotland, Australia, Italy, Mexico, and France. When asked if she accompanied Greg on these trips, his wife Diane said, “Oh yes! I went everywhere with him!” So, for world travelers to end up in the tiny town of Pierce, Idaho, (population 508) it had to be intentional. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 6A.

  • Startling display of vintage vehicles creates excitement
    It was an eye-catching treat for Orofino residents Monday when 16 beautiful antique cars showed up in town and were parked overnight at the Helgeson Hotel parking lot. The cars were built between 1910 and 1914, with the exception of a 1938 convertible Packard, the most recent to join. A 1910 Packard was the oldest vintage vehicle on display. Other vehicles were a 1911 Stanley Steamer, two 1913 Stevens-Duryeas, a 1914 Cadillac, and a second 1910 Packard. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Simple procedure gives life, says Abby Johnson
    Abby Johnson, a young Clarkston woman of 26, went to play basketball in Azusa, CA with her teammates in 2007. Members of the team were asked to register as bone marrow donors in honor of the daughter of a league coach who died of leukemia. Abby said that several members of her team registered with Be The Match (BTM), part of the National Marrow Donor Organization. BTM coordinates bone marrow donations for cancer patients around the world. The initial step, to determine if one is a potential donor, is to get a cheek swab test; Abby completed the test while still in Azusa. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Clearwater County History: Wrap-up
    The history of Clearwater County from 1911 to 2011 I leave to another person for another time. Two events during that time transformed the economy and the landscape. Potlatch Lumber Company, Clearwater Timber Company and the Edward Rutledge Timber Company of Coeur d’Alene merged in 1931 to form Potlatch Forests, Incorporated. The halcyon days of logging would follow. The old country Norwegians, Swedes, Finns and Slavs were just as tough, hard working, fun-loving and colorful as those who came before them. The construction of Dworshak Dam forever altered the landscape. Gone is one of the finest runs of steelhead in the world. Never again will those lunkers be reeled in to one of the North Fork’s white sand beaches. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Orofino Chamber of Commerce news
    Kathy Rodriguez, Director for the Nez Perce/Clearwater National Forest District, was the guest speaker at the Orofino Chamber of Commerce luncheon June 6. She stated that the recreation budget was down for the Forest Service (FS). Consequently, they are down two seasonal positions this summer. Due to personnel shortages, campground openings and closings are being staggered. Rodriguez reported on several other projects. The FS wants public input to determine usage on the Weitas Creek Bridge. Results will help determine how the bridge will be repaired, replaced, or retrofitted. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Marge Kuchynka named Rotary Citizen of the Year
    Marge Kuchynka, Weippe, was named 2011 Citizen of the Year by Rotary Club of Orofino Friday. Kuchynka along with Orofino City Administrator Rick Laam were nominated for the annual recognition by members of the community. The award is based on the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” Five people sent letters of nomination for Kuchynka citing her volunteer work with a variety of organizations and projects primarily in the Weippe area including: Weippe Discovery Center, Friends of the Deyo Reservoir, Camas Festival, Retreat to Weippe Fun Run, Clearwater County Free Library District, Friends of the Weippe Library, Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce, Clearwater Valley Hospital Board, Hilltop Theatre Group, community blood drives and the Clearwater Snake Lewis Clark Bicentennial Committee. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Rafters safe after accident on Clearwater River
    A Clarkston family survived a rafting accident on the Clearwater River June 7, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). On June 7 at approximately 3:12 p.m., CCSO received a call from the U.S. Forest Service Dispatch Center in Grangeville about a rafting accident on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A family was rafting about 10 miles upstream from the Canyon Work Center when they were thrown from their raft. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Mystery Dinner Theater tickets now on sale
    Tickets for the major fund raiser dinner theater are on sale now at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library. Patrons can purchase their admissions for the night they prefer, either July 12, 13, 14, or 15 (Thursday through Sunday.) Price for the complimentary appetizers, full barbeque dinner and performance is just $75 per couple, or $40 single admission. Tables may also be sponsored for $100, which is tax-deductible. A no-host wine and beer bar will be held on the deck of the High Country Inn. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • North Fork Ranger District accepting public comment on Weitas Creek Bridge
    North Fork District Ranger, Kathy Rodriguez, would like public input to help determine the future of the Weitas Creek Bridge. Public safety concerns prompted the closure of the eighty-year-old bridge in June 2011, after an inspection revealed that the center pier’s concrete cap is deteriorating. Additionally, prolonged high water is causing scouring around the center pier. The damage has made the bridge structurally deficient, and its worsening condition poses a real hazard to Forest visitors. Currently, the bridge is closed to all motorized, pedestrian and pack-stock traffic and will remain closed through 2012. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Petitioners request scheduled work on Orofino Creek Bridge to be stopped
    T.J. Bruce, Violet Bruce and Rose and Edward Troutwine met with the Clearwater County Board of Commissioners at the June 4 meeting to present comments on the plans for the Orofino Creek Bridge at Bruce’s Dairy. Mr. Bruce presented written comments plus a petition from landowners regarding the bridge project. The petitioners ask for the project to stop since it appears to be unnecessary at this time. The Board decided to pursue replacement of the bridge after State Bridge Inspectors dropped the load rating on the bridge due to deficiencies. Since federal funds are paying for the bridge federal design standards also apply. The tight turning radius coming onto the bridge will require a wider bridge than what is currently in place. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Young Eagles fly over the valley
    This year’s EAA Young Eagles flight program was a big hit with 23 local kids who got to fly over the Clearwater Valley Saturday. Orofino holds the record of 152 children who participated in 2001, but to the 23 who flew Saturday, their experience was incomparable. Volunteer pilots take one to three children (depending upon the size of their plane) for a bird’s eye view over Orofino, Dworshak Dam, and over the Clearwater River. Johnny Stewart, of Orofino, was the event coordinator this year. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • School board announces new hires at June 18 meet
    Six new school hires will be announced at the school board meeting Monday, June 18, at the school district office on Michigan Ave. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., and is open to the public. New hires are contingent on drug tests and background checks, and their positions are: *Dr. Kerrie Raines, special education director. *Linda Turrill, Timberline Junior High School (TJHS) volleyball coach. *Kathy Daniels, TJHS volleyball assistant coach. *Robyn Bonner, Timberline High School (THS) SADD director. *Linda Turrill, THS volleyball coach. *Paul Nusser, THS volleyball assistant coach.
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  • Boy Scouts awarded Eagle rank
    Boy Scout Troop 536 members Karl Vaage, Alex Kuykendall, and Hayden George were awarded the rank of Eagle in a ceremony at the Lodge at River’s Edge on June 4. The Eagle rank is scouting’s highest honor, and the award represents the culmination of a decade of hard work, community service and outdoor adventure. Over 140 friends, families and supporters of the troop attended the banquet. Eagle Scouts Steven Elsbury, Dan Korbel, Ben Palmer, and Dan Elsbury presided over the celebration. Scoutmaster John Elsbury, via video from his hospital room in Boise, summarized the boys’ scouting careers and presented them as Eagle candidates.
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  • Letter to the Editor – Rick Alden
    We purchased one of the flags and plaques for my folks to be displayed at Memorial Day and other various times at the Riverside Cemetery. This was an awesome idea and the effect of all the large flags displayed around the cemetery is stunning. One suggestion regarding execution of the display if I may however: While looking for my folks’ flag and plaque we noticed that some of the plaques were laying at the base of a flag. I finally found my folks’ plaque (face down) on the ground at the base of one of the flags.
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  • Fraser news
    The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club will host an “All You Can Eat” Father’s Day breakfast on Sunday, June 17, at the Fraser Community Center. The hours are from 8-10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 12 and under. Izzy Brown’s family decided to have a family dinner to celebrate her graduation from eighth grade on Friday, June 1. Heather and Tony Christopherson joined the family for the dinner which consisted of Izzy’s favorite foods. Eighth grade is one of the milestones as we continue our education. Congratulations to Izzy and her classmates. Keep up the good work as you enter Junior High School.
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  • Pierce news
    The Deer Creek Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Pierce Recreation District, went quite well despite the cold, wet weather. We had 39 participants and many people came out just to fish or visit. First prize of $400 went to Tony Skiles of Pierce. Second prize of $200 went to Linzy Brown of Orofino. Linzy also won the rod (donated by Jake Nelson) and reel (donated by Pierce Hardware) for the longest fish, 13.5 inches. The third place winner of $100 was Ian Bridges of Kamiah. The beautiful Deer Creek Derby wood carving, donated by Colleen Fahy of Weippe, went to Mike Bailey of Asotin, for farthest drive. Mike said he had not missed a derby since they started. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Lisa Weyerts, with dad Frank Walsh and Lisa’s daughter Kaitlynn, went to Auburn, CA this last weekend. They visited with cousins they hadn’t seen for over 20 years. While there they visited with family. They also visited Sutter Mill as well where the first gold strike happened in California. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing time. Weippe Wesleyan Youth are having a car wash on Saturday, June 16. They will also be selling hamburgers and hotdogs. This is to help children to go to summer camp. The Wesleyan youth will start selling candy bars this week – donation is $2 a bar.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for June 14
    Chinook fishing seasons on the upper Salmon and South Fork Salmon rivers were approved by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission June 11. The Chinook fishing season opens June 23 and continues until further notice from Fish and Game.

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