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September 20 Poll Results
Bigger Gaffe

When you look at these remarks in context, who had the bigger gaffe – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?

38% Obama, for saying rural voters cling to guns and religion. (21)
43% Romney, for saying he won’t be concerned with the 47% percent of voters who are likely to vote for President Obama. (24)
18% Their comments are equally patronizing. (10)
2% Undecided. (1)

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  • See photos of the Fair and Lumberjack Days
    View the collages composed of photos of this year's Clearwater County Fair and Orofino Lumberjack Days.

  • City nearly out of water
    Water, Wastewater Supervisor, Michael Martin, reported that with the help of inmate labor they constructed a rock wall in the Clearwater River near the intake pipe for city water. That pipe had become completely exposed, due to low water levels. Without the intervention of the retaining wall, the city would have been out of water.
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  • Forest Service Plan revision in the works
    Forest Supervisor, Rick Brazell was on hand in Orofino Sept. 11, to participate in a Forest Service Plan Revision meeting, facilitated by the University of Idaho. The Nez Perce/ Clearwater National Forests were selected as one of eight “early adopters” of US National Forests, to be among the first to work on preparing a revised forest plan governing management and uses of the forests. The process will take a minimum of two years to complete and will be done with the participation of Idaho, Clearwater, and Latah Counties co-hosting meeting sessions. In the two hour meeting at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge, the emphasis was on forming a collaborative work group to hammer out suggestions in a series of team meetings which ultimately will be decided upon by Brazell and subsequently submitted to the Missoula, MT office. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Cody McCarthy plays for the Eagles
    Cody McCarthy, grandson of Lynn and Mike McCarthy of Orofino, is a middle linebacker for the Eastern Washington University Eagles college football team. In a game last week against Washington State University, McCarthy had 13 tackles, the highest number of tackles for his team, and broke up a pass attempt by the Cougars. WSU narrowly beat the Eagles 24-20. 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: Class of 1962 edition
    This week’s Mystery Children all graduated from Orofino High School in 1962. The class of 1962 will be celebrating their 50-year reunion this weekend. Can you guess this week’s Mystery Children?

  • C-PTPA fire update
    On Sept. 9, Sunday morning, a dry lightning storm moved across the C-PTPA Forest Protective District, which is one million acres in size. Five lightning fires occurred that morning. C-PTPA Chief Pilot Johnny Stewart and Gary Tragesser were pilots for the two C-PTPA airplanes that flew early that morning to detect the new fires and direct ground crews to the fires as quickly as possible to prevent escape. These pilots were flying under very difficult conditions with visibility limited to less than one mile that resulted from smoke from the large fires burning elsewhere in the northwest. The Dull Axe fire burned .25 acre and was located near Headquarters, as was the School Bus Saddle fire which was responsible for burning one acre. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Lewiston father and daughter in ATV accident
    Anna Calene, 20, and her father, 51-year-old Kevin Calene, both of Lewiston, were riding on the same ATV Monday when it wrecked, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The accident, which occurred off of an ATV trail about three miles from Elk River Loop Road, was reported via cell phone at approximately 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Anna was driving a 2007 Yamaha ATV, with Kevin riding behind her. According to CCSO, Anna lost control of the ATV and it went over a steep embankment, rolling several times and eventually pinning Kevin against a tree. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Tori Stanton receives kidney transplant
    Victoria Lynn Stanton, 16, of Orofino went through kidney transplant surgery Aug. 21, at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. Tori is the daughter of Tiffany Stanton and Karl Stanton, II, both of Orofino. She’s a junior at Orofino High School. Tori and her sister, Harley, were both born with Jonbert’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the kidneys, eyes and motor skills. Harley had her transplant in 2004 at the age of 12. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Letter to the Editor – George Chatham
    Having spent fair weekend in your fair town let me as an out-of-town visitor make three suggestions to help you to be more “Visitor Friendly”: 1) Consider establishing a down-town Wi-Fi “hotspot” so that out of town visitors and downtown businessmen can have 24/7 internet access. 2) Proprietors of cafés and restaurants consider setting up free Wi-Fi for your customers. It helps to attract visitors and customers. (If proprietors already have free Wi-Fi, publicize it so that out of town visitors can find you and patronize your establishments.)
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  • Dr. Hartshorn says goodbye
    Dr. Jeffrey Hartshorn, and his wife (and office manager) Wendy, were planning to move from Sitka, Alaska four and a half years ago to open a chiropractic practice. Since opening his chiropractic office, Dr. Hartshorn says he has treated over 1,000 patients in an underserved area. Since he started his practice in 2008, he is proud to have never turned away a patient who needed care. He is moving on to a new challenge, however, as a Force Support Officer in the US Air Force. He will leave for officer training school at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama next month. Jeff said he comes from a long line of people who have served in the military or law enforcement, and he has always wanted to serve. Taking over Dr. Hartshorn’s practice will be Damon Popovics, originally from upstate New York and more recently Bend, Oregon. He credits Dr. Hartshorn with “bringing me out of retirement” – in the chiropractic field.  Jeff told him he had been selected as an officer candidate and asked if he would be interested.
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  • Shoot a Hoop for Idaho Special Olympics
    You can help send local athletes to the Idaho Special Olympics competition. On Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Orofino Elementary basketball court, a basketball hoop shoot fundraiser is being held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. A donation of just $3 (all of which goes toward the athletes’ travel expenses) gets you five shooting attempts. For every successful basket, the Clearwater Chapter of ABATE, who is sponsoring this event, will donate another 25¢ to the athletes. If you make five baskets in a row, you’ll win a prize. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Dworshak Reservoir life jacket loaner board vandalized
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir need help obtaining information about recent damage to a life jacket loaner board located near Boat Ramp-2 at Bruces Eddy Recreation Area. On Sept. 11, Corps rangers found the loaner board had been vandalized -- the metal arms which hold the life jackets had been ripped off the loaner board. Rangers estimate it will cost about $200 to repair the board and replace the metal arms.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Enhanced 911 system enters phase II
    The Clearwater County Commissioners learned at the Sept. 10 meeting that the Enhanced 911 system has successfully launched phase II which locates calls received by dispatch from cell phone users. The system can locate where the phone call is coming from within the County. The process to get to this phase of Enhanced 911 has been brought into existence because of the dedication and hard work from our IT/Network Administrator Angela Vander Pas. She started with the rural readdressing County wide effort with only herself and a very small crew of County employees that could only work on the GPSing and data input in the County mapping system in their spare time as allowed. There was no formal department that could work on the data collection as their regular duties.
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  • Letter to the Editor – Dennis Fuller
    Judy Fuller would like to publicly thank her family and friends and everyone in our fair community for their continued prayers, kind thoughts and support during a very trying time.  As you may know, Judy is battling lung cancer and is taking treatment in Phoenix, AZ, where her children and grandchildren give her a good dose of care daily. She’s starting to write out thank-you notes to answer all your wonderful cards and letters, donations and prayers.  The support we’ve received from our extended family is truly overwhelming and we can’t thank you enough.  It is so gratifying to know your friends have your back.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser News this week covers the weeks of Sept. 13 and 20. I had the article written and planned to drop it off at the Tribune office on our way to Lewiston. To my dismay, I discovered that I had left home without it and time didn’t permit driving back up on the hill to pick it up. Several people, including Darrell Hesler, commented that they looked through the Clearwater Tribune several times but couldn’t find last week’s column, and asked, “What happened?” I had to “fess up” and explain what happened. I enjoy gathering the news about our community and still feel honored that Claud Judd asked me to fill in for Elvita when she broke her hip in 2003. Little did I know that nine years later I would still claim this honor. Page 25 of the Lumberjack Days supplement has the story of an Idaho 4-H century family; our own Judd family is featured in this article. The public was invited to a birthday celebration in conjunction with the 4-H Style Revue on Friday, Sept. 14 held at the Orofino High School cafeteria. The Judd family was represented by Marie Judd Green and Clarabell Judd Brown. Loretta Judd, Raina Judd and Amanda Judd represented Claud and Elvita’s family. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    Pierce Volunteer Fire Department is in need of volunteers. Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. there will be fire training at the fire shed. If interested please be there at this time. A Sport Utility and Razor competition will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29. Sign-up starts at 9 a.m. and the races start at 10 a.m. The entry fee will be 100% payback. Expert/Pro class will be a $40 fee and Amateur will be a $30 fee. Spectator entry fee will be $5 and under five for free. The raceway is located approximately two miles past Weippe at mile marker 21 on Hwy 11. Save the Date: Oct. 13, for the Bald Mountain Motocross Race in partnership with the Orofino Motorcycle Club.  The Ski Club will also be drawing winners for the Ski Hill insurance fundraiser after the motocross race. Have you gotten your tickets?
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Weippe Council Meeting was held Sept. 10, with 12 people present; Ron Larson, Bill Barteaux, Norm Steadman, Elwin Hutchins, Millie Morris, Caralyn McCollum, Dave Thomson, Ed Berreth, Jaime Cahala, Melaine Silkett, and Mark Salisbury. Some highlights: Dave Thomson stated that both wells are in operation and running. He submitted a Coliform bacteria test for the month of September and replaced four meters due to low flow and meter sticking. Jerry Schaffer with the EPA came up and did an inspection of the wastewater on Sept. 4. Dave stated that the floats at the sewer lagoons lift station need to be replaced. He has ordered new floats for them. The report from SWEETS TV inspection has come back. It includes a DVD and printout of sewer lines.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for September 20
    Young hunters who want an early shot at a duck or goose may participate in the youth waterfowl hunt Sept. 29-30. The youth waterfowl hunt is open to youths 15 and younger. The waterfowl youth hunt includes goose, duck, coot and snipe. The regular waterfowl season opens the following weekend. But the opening and areas have changed. Area 2 was Area 1 in the past.

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