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June 21 Poll Results
Too P.C?
Is today’s society
too politically correct?

63% Yes. You can’t open your mouth without offending someone. (37)
10% No. I don’t see it as “politically correct,” I see it as being more considerate. (6)
27% I like some results of the so-called “political correctness,” but in other ways I think it has gone too far. (16)

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  • Unemployment up in North Central Idaho
    Unemployment rates ticked up between April and May throughout north central Idaho, as they did in the state and nation. Every county in the region saw its unemployment rate increase in April and May. Despite the increases, the unemployment rates for all the counties, except Latah, remained below their May 2011 rates. About half of the increase was the result of the weather, which remained cooler and rainier than normal, affecting logging, construction, and trucking. The other half was the result of service-providing companies affected by national economic conditions. Clearwater County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped from 13.4 percent in April to 15.0 percent - the highest rate of Idaho’s 44 counties in May. The jump was related to the cold, rainy weather in May. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 5B.

  • OHS teacher Bo Cummings resigns
    It was announced at Monday’s school board meeting that Bo Cummings, long time Orofino High School (OHS) teacher and coach, has resigned. OHS Principal Robert Alverson said, “We have lots of coaching positions to fill.” T.J. Armitage also resigned as an Orofino Elementary School (OES) teacher. It was announced that the seventh grade move from OES to OHS to join the eighth grade is well underway and a separate part of the OHS building will now be designated as the Junior High giving the seventh and eighth grade students back their sense of identity as a junior high. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • 2012-2013 City Budget
    Orofino City Administrator, Rick Laam, gave a presentation of the 2012-2013 fiscal budget for Orofino, a corrected budget in the amount of $13,915,000. He explained that the budget will change several times until the tentative budget is complete. All of the expected revenue that will come in has not been identified yet. Laam stated that the city will receive the three percent (3%) property tax allowed by Idaho law. The city is also allowed to capture any new construction value. This year the total of construction was $980,734, generating $7,880 in revenue. The distribution of property tax follows: General fund $621,558; Street Fund $230,000; Recreation Fund $50,000, and Tort Fund $21,000, for a total of $922,558. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Non-injury vehicle rollover
    Clearwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Cate responded to a report of a one vehicle rollover June 15 at MP 8 on Upper Fords Creek Road. Upon arrival it was determined there were no injuries. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • 2nd Annual Maniac Dam Race
    “We had a great race last weekend and plenty of luck with the weather!” reports Chamber Director, Stephanie Deyo. 155 registrants (not including those who participated who were under age 5) showed up to participate on an overcast, but beautiful day. “A huge effort went into organizing and making this race a success, and I need to thank each and every one of the volunteers that showed up the day of the race and pitched in to keep things running smoothly,” reports Deyo. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Board hears updates on CVHC and SMHC
    The Clearwater County Board of Commissioners met with Casey Meza and Lenne Bonner at the June 11 meeting to discuss the changes at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinic (CVHC), St. Maries Hospital and Clinic (SMHC). Casey Meza is leaving to take a position at Kootenai Health. The Essentia Health group named Lenne Bonner as interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) during the transition period. Essentia Health will continue to manage the two hospitals under their group. Ms. Bonner has worked with the facility for six years as CFO; she is a CPA and has worked alongside Ms. Meza on all the projects currently underway. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • From This Chair
    An interesting thing happened to me Tuesday noon while walking across the street from the Tribune to the bank. I know I was jay-walking, which I do frequently on Main St. but then so was the deer! I heard a swishing sound behind me and when I turned to look back I saw a deer go racing by me. Actually had it been a little closer and it would have knocked me down. Due to its high rate of speed I assume something frightened it in the city park causing it to race past the Tribune building, across Main St., into the bank parking lot and out of view. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Letter to the Editor – Mike Faler
    Earlier this spring public comments were accepted by the Corps of Engineers (COE) for the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Dworshak Nutrient Enhancement Project. My submission was one of several letters that came from concerned citizens in our surrounding community. One of the many concerns that I raised was associated with blue green algae blooms. Specifically, I suggested that the EA should compare the frequency and intensity of blue green algae blooms pre-project to the frequency and intensity of blooms since 2007 (post project), and then draw an honest conclusion (for once) on the associated environmental impacts. Did the COE include this simple comparison in their EA? No. Did the COE address this suggestion in their “Responses to Comments?” No. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Dig It Up volleyball tournament July 7-8
    The Dig It Up women’s/co-ed volleyball tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 7-8 at the Orofino City Park. Registration forms and fees are due by Wednesday, June 27. The $75 per team fee includes t-shirts for the first six players, sun, and a great weekend of volleyball! To register or for more information, please e-mails_erbst@hotmail.com. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Letter to the Editor – Carl Cook
    Sometime between Memorial Day and Flag Day one of the poles at the Riverside Cemetery was taken. We hope that the person who took the flagpole from the Riverside Cemetery would please return it and know that it is a pole dedicated to a deceased veteran or loved one. Each of these poles is marked and specifically made for the cemetery flags, so the pole will be of little use to you. They can also be identified by the person who made them for the VFW. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Pierce Wine Tasting event Saturday, June 30
    Saturday, June 30 is a big day in Pierce, and the biggest event is the Wine Tasting, held from 5:30 8 p.m. at the Timber Inn Courtyard in Pierce. Everyone is invited to enjoy the evening tasting at least six various delicious wines, and noshing on gourmet appetizers to compliment these wines. The Sommelier, Noel Beck of Lewiston, will be introducing these wines and explaining the fine art of wine tasting. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Sixth Grade Forestry Tour registrations due
    The 51st Annual Clearwater County Sixth Grade Forestry Tour is just two weeks away! Any Clearwater County youth, who have finished the sixth grade level, are encouraged to attend this year’s event held July 10-12. It is not too late to register for the three day/two night campout and tour. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Digital media coaching at your library
    Clearwater Memorial Public Library will be holding a series of digital media coaching and classes this summer. The classes are completely free and can be for 30 minutes to an hour in length. We are open to new ideas. If you have any suggestions for a specific computer class, let us know. The first class will be held Friday, June 29 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up stop by at 402 Michigan Ave. or call us at 476-3411.
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  • UI Extension nutrition program cooking demo Monday, June 25
    Want new dinner ideas? Don’t have a clue what to do with dry food items? Mackenzie Femreite, the University of Idaho Extension Nutrition Program coordinator for Clearwater County, is offering two free cooking classes on Monday, June 25 in partnership with Lifeline Food Bank volunteer, MaryAnn Dangman. The half hour classes are offered at 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., and again at 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. To register and reserve your spot, please call the UI Clearwater County Extension Office at 476-4434. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Fraser news
    A large group of family and friends gathered at Bill McKinnon’s farm to witness the marriage of Ward Cochrell and Christina West. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding. Sunflowers were the bride’s choice for her flowers and the colors of yellow and brown were used to decorate at the wedding and the reception. The reception was held at the Weippe Community Hall, which was transformed into a wonderland for the bride and groom. Fraser sends its congratulations to Ward and Christina. May you have a married life filled with love and great times.
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  • Pierce news
    The annual memorial wake event will take place at the Timber Inn on Saturday, June 23. There will be live blue grass music performed by Beargrass from 1-5 p.m. and our favorite local band DEM will be playing from 7-11 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the festivities. On this past Saturday my son Joey Myers arrived for a visit. He is in the military stationed at Travis AFB, CA. He flew his Avid Aircraft here; many people saw him buzz over Pierce upon his arrival. This was to signal us that he had arrived and would be landing on the airstrip at C-PTPA and for us to come pick him up. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been cooperating for him to fly like he wanted to while home. When he leaves here he’ll be off to join a very large group of Backwoods Pilots for a week long adventure at Johnson Creek airstrip. They spend the whole week flying to a new airstrip every day. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Weippe Wesleyan youth had a car wash Saturday and exceeded their goal. They washed many cars, and sold hamburgers and hotdogs. The youth wish to thank all who came out and supported them. This fundraiser was established to help kids go to summer camp. They will also start selling candy bars this week. The Idaho Food Pantry will be at the Weippe Fire Hall Tuesday, June 26, starting at 11 a.m. and distributing food until 1 p.m.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for June 21
    The Idaho Wildlife Summit will be Aug. 24 – 26, at the Riverside Hotel in Boise and six concurrent satellite sites in Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Salmon, Twin Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. People also may participate online. The event will span the state, allowing residents to participate and to interact in real time - from Pocatello to Coeur d'Alene, from Boise to Salmon. The purpose is to involve as many people as possible in helping set the direction for wildlife management in Idaho.

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