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Summer Grilling

What is your favorite meat to barbeque outdoors in the summer?

32% Hamburger (17)
40% Steak or Chops (21)
  9% Hot Dog or German Sausage (5)
  6% Ribs (3)
13% Chicken (7)

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  • Orofino boy recovering from rattlesnake bite
    According to Charlette Kestner her 11-year-old son Makael Bishop is recovering at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA, after suffering a rattlesnake bite around 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Makael, who will be a sixth grader this year at Orofino Elementary School, was on a fishing trip with his grandfather Stu Kestner and Steve White. Steve and Makael were fishing together near Lyons Ferry, WA. The two had been fishing along the Palouse River near Lyons Ferry, WA. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 7B.

  • This month’s Savvy Seniors
    Before you or I got up for breakfast this morning, Sonny Nummi (age 71) lifted 135,000 pounds of weight in 55 minutes, ran 2.8 miles, and climbed the equivalent of 52 floors on a stair climber. Sonny has a key to Valley Fitness Center in Kamiah which he puts to good use. Four days a week, Sonny opens the gym at 3 a.m. in the morning, keeps in shape and controls his diabetes. Sonny was a logger who began lifting weights in his 20’s; to date he’s lifted 245 million pounds. Yes, you read correctly…millions! Sonny and his wife Lourine were both born in the little town of Cloquet, near Duluth, MN. They met in 1959 while she was still a high school sophomore and he was working at the paper mill. Sonny said they started dating and just “hit it off.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4-6A.

  • Pierce youth to receive Eagle Scout award
    Jonathan Syed of Pierce has been involved with scouting since he began as a Tiger Cub at six-years-old. At that time, there was a Scout Pack of Pierce and Weippe boys. Unfortunately, after a couple years, the Hilltop pack disbanded due to a lack of interest, and Jonathan joined the very active Pack/Troop #536 of Orofino. For the past nine years, he has enjoyed many campouts and activities with this group. Jonathan, now 17, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Sunday, July 15, 5 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. The public is invited to attend. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • North Fork campers get an unpleasant surprise
    Campers along the North Fork of the Clearwater River have received seemingly unpleasant surprises in the way of bright pink warning posters from placer mining interests. In popular campgrounds, from Aquarius to Kelly Forks, the posters harshly proclaim: “ALL PERSONS WARNED, destroying, defacing, or removing claim markers, improvements, or any type dredging or mining on this placer claim may result in your prosecution.” Recreational placer mining claims have been seen before along Orogrande Creek, but they have not been filed for the North Fork region. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • One-year reprieve for rural school districts
    A one year extension has been approved by the US Congress to continue payments under the Se­cure Rural Schools (SRS) Act which has provided $3 billion dollars to rural counties which were hit hard by timber industry restrictions by the feds. Congress authorized a one-time distribution of $346 million to 700 rural counties across 41 states. Idaho is pegged to receive $27.4 million which is a 31 percent reduction from the previous year’s funding. Since 2000, SRS funds have been supplementing school districts that otherwise would have floundered due to declining shares of federal logging revenues. Environmental protection for fish and wildlife in national forests in the 1990’s forced sharp cutbacks in the timber industry and subsequent revenue it provided to school districts. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Pre-sale carnival tickets go on sale July 23
    Pre-sale carnival tickets for the Clearwater County Fair go on sale beginning Monday, July 23. The price of pre-sale tickets is $15, the same as last year. Tickets will be available at the following Orofino locations: Barneys Harvest Foods on Riverside, LCCU on Johnson Avenue, Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union on Michigan Avenue, AmericanWest Bank on Main Street, and U.S. Bank on Michigan Avenue.
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  • Orofino’s All-American Fourth of July goes off without a hitch
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce is reporting a successful 2012 Fourth of July celebration this year with an estimated 500+ people visiting the park for the fireworks show. “The Chamber Board and myself would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all those who helped make this year’s Fourth of July celebration a huge success!” reported Stephanie Deyo, Chamber Director. Deyo went on to explain that the work to put together the park starts early in the morning and wraps up around 12:30 a.m. with volunteers walking the park with trash bags to clean up any left-over trash. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • C-PTPA fire update
    As temperatures rose considerably this past week, accompanied by thunder and lightning, the Clearwater Region entered moderate risk of fire danger, in a report from Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA). Five fires were reported between July 4-9. On Wednesday, July 4, a fire was ignited by lightning on Gold Creek, burning approximately one-tenth of an acre. The following day, July 5, fire burned 3.4 acres of private lands near Three Mile Rd. in Weippe. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.
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  • Series of seal-coat projects planned in north central Idaho
    Projects to improve safe travel and extend the life of several state highways in north-central Idaho will continue through early August, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. This will include mileposts 35-40 on Highway 12, between Orofino and Peck. A total of seven projects are scheduled to begin later this month or the first week of August. The contract for all 45 miles of seal coats in north-central Idaho is $1.7 million.
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  • Kelsey Anderson memorial tournament
    The Second Annual Kelsey Anderson 3-on-3 Soccer Memorial Tournament was held in Orofino July 1. Chris and Sue Anderson, Kelsey’s parents, were at the tournament, and a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Kelsey. Kathy and Paul Pence brought small flags that were used to line the playing fields. Six teams participated this year. Erica Gau’s team won first place, while the team of Michael Donner, Ryan Lamé, Kaitlin Lamé, and Regina Palmiter came in second. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Where have all our children gone?
    At last, we have photos to share, which were taken in the early 60s! This week’s Mystery Children were both born in Orofino, yet neither were graduates of Orofino High School. When they were smaller they could be found playing behind State Hospital North. The children’s father was born in Cavendish and their mother was from Burns, OR. The kids have two older half brothers who still reside in the area. 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 10B.

  • Arizona motorcyclist dies in Highway 12 crash
    An Arizona man riding a motorcycle was killed in a vehicle crash July 4 on Highway 12, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Dale R. Grusell, 65, of Lake Havasu City, AZ was eastbound on Highway 12 at 5:16 p.m., near milepost 13. According to ISP, Grusell, riding a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle, was passing multiple vehicles at a high rate of speed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Nick Albers to be honored at county democratic picnic
    Nick Albers will be the guest of honor at the Clearwater County Democratic Central Committee’s annual Claude Judd picnic in the Orofino City Park July 19. Albers was born in Orofino and grew up on a farm that was partly in Clearwater County and partly in Lewis County. He attended school in Nezperce before going to Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, WA. Following high school he joined the Peace Corps in answer to the challenge by then President John F. Kennedy. He worked with the people of Malaysia and later was a deputy director in the office of Resources and Standards in Washington, DC.
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  • Letter to the Editor – Pam Jones
    I was totally shocked when I first saw the lowered price of gas here in Orofino. I was  on my way to Lewiston when I noticed it and thought that I had read the sign wrong, especially when I got to Lewiston and saw that it was fourteen cents HIGHER there. When I got back to Orofino I checked every sign for the price of gas to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Sure enough all of them had the same lower price and I wasn’t just seeing things.
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  • From this Chair...
    Family members, Darold and Cody Stanton returned home safely Monday from Laramie. WY where they were called earlier to fight the Squirrel Creek wildfire near Laramie. The fire camp was located in the Laramie High School. Darold said he saw some of the same fire personnel there he had worked with on other fires. Enroute home Sunday Darold and Cody encountered a flash flood in the same area with water running as high, in some spots, as the Kenworth truck’s headlights. Someone said, “They are the ultimate firefighters. They bring a flood along with them.”
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  • Fraser news
    The 4th of July is typically the start of hay season, and around our ranch I can hear the loud sound of the swathers as the farmers cut this year’s crop. Along Highway 11 round and square bales are already visible in Jerry Moore’s fields. Everyone is busy. It won’t be long before we will see those bales loaded on trailers in route to barns for winter storage. Shirley and Keith Lutes held their annual family reunion on July 30. Several family members came earlier in the week from Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. Rex Lutes, his friend Dori Ramsey, and Dylan and Jeniffer Robinson and their children, BreeLynn and Sean, and Tucker Konkol had time to go exploring on ATVs and the children went fishing in the pond. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    A Memorial fund for Joe Mehle has been set up at the White Pine Credit Union. Those who would like to make a donation may do so by making a contribution to “The Joe Mehle Memorial Fund” and/or a donation can be given to Historic Pierce Cemetery Friends. If you have any questions, call 464-2333. hanks to all the volunteers who helped with the 4th of July Memorial Flag display. H.P.C.F. will be holding a work day on Saturday July 14 at 8 a.m. at the Pierce Cemetery. We will be installing the in ground holders for the recently purchased 16 flags. Our goal is to have all the work done so the flags can be displayed on 1860 Days.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 12
    Though some Idaho waters have closed to Chinook salmon fishing, many are still open. The daily limit in those waters is four Chinook salmon, only two of which may be adults, and the possession limit is 12 fish, only six of which may be adults. Salmon seasons and limits may change on short notice, please check the salmon hotline at 855-287-2702 or the online salmon seasons and limits page at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=110.

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