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  • Dworshak hosts nighttime star-gazing and music program
    Visitors are invited to join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at the Dworshak Dam Visitor Center on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. for a free evening program of stars and music on top of the dam. John Olson, visiting astronomy enthusiast, will have telescopes and binoculars on hand and will provide a short program about star gazing. Dworshak Visitor Center volunteers, the dulcimer duo, Riverwind, will provide live music to accompany visitors’ star-gazing activities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Growing up in Orofino in the 1930s
    There were 11 children that came to America, one by one, when the family had enough money to bring them. Grandpa Lindgren was trained at the Elgin Watch Works, Elgin Illinois, as a “railroad jeweler.” Railroad jewelers were placed around the country to work on railroaders watches. He and Grandma Lindgren lived in Boone, Iowa where Dad and his sister, Helen, were born. Sometime around 1920, Grandma opened a restaurant in Orofino. Mother and Aunt Helen worked for her and this is where Dad met Mother. They were married in 1926. He ran the light plant in Kooskia for a couple of years and then they built a “house?” in Orofino. It was shingled and had a rounded tar paper roof, two bedrooms with a curtain for a door, and one long room. The kitchen was separated from the living room by a wood burning kitchen stove. The toilet was in the attached woodshed. There was no bathtub. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Two girls, in search of America
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    f it were a ‘breezy day,’ one could say two young women breezed through town on their bikes enroute to Lewiston. But it was anything but a breezy day; the weather reported it as, “a sweltering summer day, with a high of 100 or more.” Zoey Memmert-Miller and Gaby Waldman-Fried started out their Wednesday morning at Lolo Pass, MT. They biked down Hwy. 12 and stopped in Orofino because they saw a health food store at Dr. Dennis Harper’s business. The girls agreed to meet with me for a brief talk about what they were doing. I could have asked them questions well into the evening; their story was that fascinating as it unfolded, but they planned to make Lewiston before nightfall. Zoey and Gaby are two single women who grew up in New York City, one raised in Manhattan and the other in the Bronx. Both are college students who decided they wanted a) an adventure, b) to see more of America, and c) to promote the wonders of bicycle travel as alternative transportation. And what an adventure it’s been. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Where have all our children gone?
    This week’s Mystery “Pair” includes a father and a son. Dad had something to do with fuel and also sold cars in Orofino. He had seven children, all of them still living, with six residing in Orofino. His son shown in the photo was born in Orofino and attended all 12 years of school here, graduating in 1959. Last week’s Mystery Children were 1977 Orofino High School graduates. Class members gathered for a reunion last weekend in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Clearwater County sees rise in percentage of college graduates
    Clearwater County has experienced a brain gain in the last 40 years, joining the rest of the country in what has been a massive increase in the number of adults who have earned college degrees. In 1970, 5.7 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Clearwater County. By 2010, 14.4 percent of adults here had completed college. The percentage of adults with college degrees in Clearwater County was less than the national average of 27.9 percent in 2010. The college-educated rate here was less than the Idaho average of 24.3 percent. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • School district news
    During the last budget cycle the district lost a significant amount of revenue when the Federal Jobs Program ended with a loss of nearly $200,000. In addition we built a budget without assurance that the Craig/Wyden “timber money” which Western States have relied upon for years would be renewed. In July we received notice that there would be Federal timber funds, but at a level approximately $100,000 less than the prior year. In addition the district lost 45 students over the past year. State funds are based on students so funding from the state will be reduced. Local taxpayers were generous and passed our operating levy of $1.94 million, the same level as the 2011-12 fiscal year. The budget for 2012-13 was written to “right size” the district based on fewer students and funding cuts. The majority of the cuts to teaching staff were made via retirements and resignations. Several Instructional Aides were cut, but we are currently working to reallocate funds to rehire some of those lost positions. It is our intent that no student’s special needs will be neglected. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Lifeline Food Bank growing
    In February of this year the fledgling LIFELINE Food Bank opened its doors in Orofino. The Food Bank is located at 2170 Carney Dr. Unit G across the parking lot from the DMW. It is open twice weekly – Monday from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. This is a significant increase in service from the once monthly mobile food bank that visited Orofino. Since the doors opened, LIFELINE has served 257 families from Orofino, Ahsahka, Peck and Lenore. Those families are made up of 181 children, 330 adults, and 106 seniors. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Clear/Nez Fire Zone update
    The forecast is for continued hot and dry weather, with potential for thunderstorms by the weekend.  Visitors are asked to please use all appropriate caution when visiting the forest. Powell SBW East Complex (point zone protection) currently totals 1900 acres.  The complex is located 37 miles Southwest of Lolo, MT on the Powell Ranger District.   Remote cameras are set up on Savage Ridge, which will reduce the need to fly fires in the north end of the complex.  Diablo Lookout was evacuated.  Structure protection has been applied to Elk Summit Guard Station. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Volunteer, help make the Orofino pool a reality
    The Orofino Swim Team and the Clearwater Community Complex/ Pool Committee are challenging community organizations, businesses, individuals and families to get involved by organizing their members and/or employees by signing up to volunteer and staff the Orofino Swim Team’s “Play for a Pool” BINGO Booth. Help is needed for staffing the Swim Team BINGO Booth. The shifts are in two-hour increments during the Clearwater County Fair and Orofino Lumberjack Days. All of the proceeds raised go toward building a desperately needed pool here in Orofino. Kiwanis Club of Orofino, Goffinet and Clack, Clearwater Tribune and Clearwater Health and Rehab have raised their hands and committed to help. Sign-up now and help the community get one step closer by contacting Pam Jones at 208-827-1156. Reserve a time slot, individually or as a group or family today. Support the youth of the community.
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  • ABATE Friendship Run Sept. 1-3
    The Friendship Run, sponsored by the Clearwater Chapter ABATE of North Idaho, is scheduled for Sept. 1-3 at Orofino City Park. There will be free camping in the city park open to the public. If you need a hotel or motel, Orofino Chamber of Commerce has a great listing to choose from via your computer or cell phone. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Orofino Kiwanis Lumberjack Fun/Run Walk
    The annual Orofino Kiwanis Lumberjack Fun Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Orofino City Park. Race starts at 9 a.m. with late registration at 8 a.m. For more information call 208-476-5908 or email lynavon4u@cebridge.net. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Still spots open for four-person teams at CVHC Golf Scramble
    As in years past, the 7th annual Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Foundation 18 Hole Golf Scramble will feature longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin competitions as well as a chance at a $10,000 prize for a hole in one!  This year mulligans will be available for purchase to spice up the competition. “We’re very excited to hold this event at Kayler’s this year. We hope everyone has a great time and can’t wait to see who our first place team will be.” The first and second place teams will receive cash prizes. All players will receive goodie bags filled with donated items and other fun golf accessories.
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  • Alyssa Rowan returns from Japan, will present experiences Aug. 19
    Alyssa Rowan of Orofino returned Aug. 9 from her 4-H International Exchange to Japan. Alyssa has many stories and experiences to share. She would like to invite you to her presentation on her exchange Sunday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service building on Highway 12. Be prepared to hear some Japanese!
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  • Third annual Worship in the Park
    The community is invited to attend Sunday morning worship service in the Orofino City Park on Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.  This year the music and message will be from singer, songwriter, and worship leader Brandon Bee.  Brandon is a nationally known Christian music artist. Go to his website www.brandonbeemusic.com and you can check out his music, biography and videos.  His current CD’s “This Is the Revolution”, “Inside These Walls” and “Surrendered” are an integral part of the message he brings as he travels and performs. Many of you had an opportunity to hear Brandon earlier this year if you or your children participated in the week long spring break event called “Activate.”
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  • OCS says thank you to Barb Wityczak
    While gathering, preparing and organizing the reams of paperwork needed to form the non-profit incorporation which would be known as OCS Drop-In Center, Inc., many hours went into the creation of its Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Bylaws and 12-Concepts for Non-Profit Service. Jan. 5, 2011 OCS was incorporated and on June 20, 2011 an information and support meeting was held to establish a list of the folks who would likely be selected to sit on the Board of Directors for the early phases of this huge project. Of course, Barb Wityczak attended this meeting. She looked over all the paperwork, held up the stack of papers which were the Bylaws for OCS and said, “These will probably come in handy, but we need a building.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Fraser news
    Clarabell Brown’s 90th birthday party was held at the Fraser Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and a nice breeze. Our temperature remained in the mid-80 degree range. Tables were arranged inside the center as well as in the shade on the north side of the building. Clarabell’s sons, Robert and Neil, and their families traveled many miles to attend this special celebration. Name tags were a big help in identifying everyone, especially for the many friends that were in attendance that weren’t familiar with the grandchildren and their families. Donna and Danny’s son Kevin, his wife Katy, and the twins Spencer and Natalie came from Kelso, WA. Brad and his wife Debbie came from the Pullman area. The week before the birthday party Danette and her daughters Grace and Lydia drove to the farm from Nampa. Cory and Derek’s families live here in Fraser which made it easy for the grandchildren to get reacquainted while they were at the farm.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Weippe Fire had the pleasure of going out to the Grasshopper Raceway on Sunday and watching the dirt bike races. It was a very warm day but they had many entries in the races. Ralph Donaldson and his wife Patricia made this racetrack to give people in our area something fun to enjoy. They plan on opening the track four days a week so people can come out and have fun.  He hopes to have 4 wheeler races in the next 2-3 weeks. This is something great that the community can enjoy and come out and support. They also run a concession stand out there where you can eat some of the best hamburgers.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for August 16
    It's not too late to apply for a second chance at the hunt of a lifetime. Entries in the second Super Hunt drawing must be received at the Fish and Game headquarters by Aug. 11 with the drawing set for mid-August. One winner will be drawn for a super hunt combination, Super Hunt Combo" and one for moose. In addition, two entries each for elk, deer and pronghorn hunts will be drawn. The entry period for the second drawing runs through Aug. 11.

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