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  • Sheriff tells “Rest of the Story” on Steep Corner Fire
    Clearwater County Sheriff, Chris Goetz gave a response to the Safenet reports on the Steep Corner Fire that took the life of young firefighter Anne Veseth Sunday, August 12, near Aquarius Campground, about 15 miles northwest of Headquarters. As a guest of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, Goetz gave a point-by-point response, as an eye witness, of the fire which is still under federal investigation. Safenet is the USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management organization with the stated task of, “facilitating and promoting wildland firefighter safety.” Sheriff Goetz stated that there have been a lot of misrepresentations, in the media and by word-of-mouth, over the facts concerning this fire. The Sheriff’s Department went to the scene at the fire on Friday night to provide food and support for firefighters. They were asked to stay, until the regular contracted food vendors could get to the scene. “Over 800 meals were served over a three day period,” Goetz said. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • McGuire Complex Fire reacts to high winds, low humidity Sunday
    The McGuire Complex Fire, containing the former Bagley Fire and Herman wildland fires, located five miles west of Dixie, was very active Sunday afternoon with the high winds and low humidity. According to the InciWeb.org site the fire is burning in heavy timber, sub alpine fir and lodgepole pine, with a lot of dead and down fuel. Monday the smoke shaded the fire through early afternoon and strong westerly winds did not develop as forecasted. The fire burned actively with group torching and spotting. Active fire burned north of structures in Crooked Creek in the Dixie area. Crews held the fire on the north end of Dixie in the Crooked Creek area, completing a dozer line directly on the fire edge from Road 1188 to Road 9527 toward Dixie Summit. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Colorado girl makes good in Orofino
    The old Mercantile Building in downtown Orofino, where today’s Mexican Restaurant now stands, used to be a kind of general store where one could buy clothes and groceries. In 1945, a young girl, fresh out of business college in Colorado Springs, CO, came to work there as a payroll clerk and secretary. She worked in the office above the store, for Joe McCarthy, President of White Pine Lumber. Her name was Dorothy Stickens, oldest, and oft times caretaker of five younger sisters and one brother. Dorothy says her father, Eugene Stickens, was a ramblin’ man who was looking for greener grass when he brought his wife, Viola Stickens, and the rest of the family to Orofino in the 40’s. He was a logger, and cutting poles in Idaho suited him. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Maniacs stifle Cats 38 – 0
    The Maniacs had an extra week to prepare for the Kellogg Wildcats and their work paid off. Hoping to avenge a close loss to McCall in their opener, Orofino’s fast starting offense and over-powering defense had this one “in-the-bag” (pretty much) by half-time. It looked like the Wildcats hadn’t recovered from the long bus trip as Orofino’s offense took the opening drive 65 yards for a score in just three plays. The Maniacs continued to move the ball well all night, though seemed to be plagued with problems in their short-game, coughing up the ball on downs three times inside their opponent’s 10 yard line and failing to convert on four, of five, two-point attempts. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Orofino woman sentenced federally for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine
    Robin L. Spencer, 51, of Orofino, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Coeur d’Alene to 24 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Spencer to serve three years of supervised release following her prison term, forfeit assets derived from the drug trafficking offense, and perform 150 hours of community service.  She pled guilty to the charge on June 19. At sentencing, Judge Lodge noted Spencer’s lack of prior criminal history and her post arrest rehabilitation work. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • The end of an era
    If you grew up and went to school in Orofino in the last 50 years, chances are – you attended school in one of the “modular” temporary school rooms which turned out to be not so temporary. Marcie Stanton, publisher of the Clearwater Tribune, remembers lining up for school “in the trailers.” Orofino’s Mayor, Ryan Smathers, said he went to kindergarten in them. In the late 1960’s the need for classroom space greatly increased due to construction workers moving to Orofino to build Dworshak Dam. The metal frames were built by Milton Stanton. “He worked out of the basement of his home where he and his wife, Stella, raised their family,” said Diane Russell. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Take a walking tour of Pierce
    If you were new or visiting Pierce for the first time, how would you go about learning the major historical facts and stories in just one enjoyable afternoon? Enter the “Self-Guided Walking Tour of Pierce Historic Places and Points of Interest.” A long moniker, but it says it all. The Pierce Gem Team is introducing this exciting tour in its infancy; this means that we need your help! During the next few (and maybe more) months, the Gem Team will be researching the history of about twenty historical places and points of interest in Pierce. To achieve accuracy and interest, the Gem Team is requesting photos and stories of these places, to imprint on plaques. These plaques will be affixed to buildings, fences, wherever the historic place is or was. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Kiwanis Fun Run pulls it off for the seventh year
    The seventh annual Kiwanis Fun Run, Saturday came and went in a flash with top runners back to the starting point at Orofino City Park in under 20 minutes. There was an air of excitement pre-race as contestants register and pick up their gift bag of goodies. Each year Kiwanis hosts this run/walk to support scholarships. Three $1,000 scholarships are given to worthy students each year, but there is fun for all. It really is a family event with children running, babies in strollers, grandparents cheering them on – and some grandparents running. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 14A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Dave King
    My name is Dave King, former owner of King’s Mountain Electric and I’m not running for office. Some of you may remember that? Most folks know by now, I try to stay out of politics. I used to tell my customers “I’m radically neutral.” I have always figured it best to appraise someone according to their actions rather than political affiliations. That makes more sense, especially in our local setting. My old retired bones have been rattling around these parts now for over 25 years. I’ve loved every minute of it. Everybody is so friendly, the way it should be in Small Town America. Here you watch people. You see how they act. You bump elbows at Barney’s or the IGA. You see who’s volunteering, who’s caring, and you hear what so and so is up to, usually whether you want to or not. You find out who the leaders are in your community. John Allen is one of those ‘steady as a rock’ sort of guys. He was a leader at C-PTPA for years; running fire crews. I only worked a couple of fires with him but remember being impressed by his coolness. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Community invited to ‘Living Ready’ preparedness fair
    It may be something as simple as a blown transformer that takes the power out in a neighborhood for a short time or it may be a flood that devastates a whole community, people can prepare and be ready for the things that happen. Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the community to a ‘Living Ready’ preparedness fair Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Living Ready is not about fear or panic; it is about learning to take care of what is important-loved ones. It is about learning to be smart, savvy and resilient when facing challenges. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Congratulations THS volleyball team
    The Timberline girls’ volleyball team came out of their slump Sept. 8, to face Asotin in the Championship round of the Kendrick tournament. In the first game against Asotin, Timberline’s serves haunted them, but in the second game the Timberline Spartans gave the sparse crowd their money’s worth. In an exciting match against Asotin the Timberline girls lost 28-30, taking second place in the Kendrick tournament. Aspen Jared had 14 kills and four blocks for points. Keianna McIntosh had eight kills and 92% serving. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • C-PTPA fire update
    Cameron Eck, Fire and Program Manager for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA), reported five lightning fires ignited by the storm that passed through the region Sept. 9. Three of the fires were in the Headquarters area, two of which measured .25 acres and one fire burning .5 of an acre. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Destination fun for Dworshak Reservoir
    A new floating “destination dock,” the seventh of its kind, temporarily anchored at Bruce’s Eddy, was dedicated with an official ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 4. The dock, with a circumference of 75’ x 48’ is valued at $120,000 once one tally’s the set-up costs. The flexible, bobbing docks can be configured in a number of ways according to need. No. 7 will be permanently installed at Merrys Bay. The rectangular configuration allows for family swimming in the center, with boats tied up on the outer edge. Marine Deputy Mike Gladhart said he has seen the boats tied up four deep, with approximately 100 people enjoying the water.
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  • Sheriff Goetz gives update on County events
    Chris Goetz, Clearwater County Sheriff, was the guest speaker Sept. 5, at the Orofino Chamber of Commerce. Sheriff Goetz gave an update on several items, stating that it had been a busy summer for his department. The Enhanced 911 system was put into place, with the biggest hurdle being the re-addressing of the county to make all addresses standardized for emergency responders.  Other items presented were: recent arrest statistics; employee thefts; crime in Elk River, and installation of the newest movable dock at Dworshak Reservoir. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • School Board meets Sept. 17
    A regular meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 17, at Timberline Schools at 7 p.m. Topics on the agenda include: Resignations: Diane Cochran, PSR and Charity Richardson, PSR. New Hires: Helen Savage, OHS OJHS Girls’ BB Coach; Jamelle Ball, THS Food Service; Sarah Salazar OHS OJHS Girls’ BB Coach; Jeff Wright OHS Boys’ BB Coach; JoAnne McPheeters, OHS PSR; Jacqueline Gingrich, OHS PSR; Deneane Bretz, OES Developmental Therapist; Shari Walbom, OHS PSR; Nancy Johnston, OES PSR; Joey Schneider, OHS PSR; Amber Brumley, OES PSR School Nurse; Vicky Stewart, Contract SLP Mentor; Rocky Barlow, OHS Asst FB Coach; Russ Miles, THS Yearbook Advisor; Misty Lee OES FTE K Sped, FTE Medicaid; Heidi Hendrickson OES FTE Medicaid; Josie South OES Exceptional Child; and Susan Vian OES Exceptional Child, Medi. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    To kick off fundraising for the Gem Pierce Walking Tour project, we are announcing the Pierce Community Yard Sale on Oct. 13. This is a totally voluntary event, and participants may hold their yard sale anywhere they wish - the Gem Team will publish your yard sale on a community flyer free - just give us a call at 208-464-1083, by  Friday, Sept. 28. We are requesting that participants place a jar or bucket near their cash box for anyone wishing to contribute to this worthy project! We know that this will be a great time to unload items and be part of an important new addition to Pierce. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Lisa is unable to continue writing the news as she is involved in many activities and is getting short on time. She says “thanks to those who forwarded news.” We wish her good luck in her endeavors. Weippe City Council had their August meeting with Norm Steadman, Ron Larson, Bill Barteaux, Elwin Hutchins, Millie Morris, Caralyn McCollum, Mike Edmonson, Ed Berreth, David Thomson and Mark Salisbury present. Edmonson and Thomson reported on their activities: they installed two new water meters, have been building roads and assisting SWEETS TV inspection (in this case, they were inspecting sewer lines), read meters, and installed the lift station pump with the help of SWEETS and Cochrell Electric.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for September 13
    Trappers may now register for wolf trapper education online. A person must attend a wolf trapper education class and buy a trapping license before buying wolf trapping tags. Classes are offered in all regions of the state, but trappers must register to take the class. At least seven people must register for a class or it would be cancelled.

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