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November 8 Poll Results
Did you vote?

Did you vote in the
Nov. 6, 2012 election?

72% I voted for presidential and local candidates (48)
  1% I only voted for local candidates (1)
  0% No, I could not support any candidates (0)
16% I voted absentee (11)
11% Throw the bums out! (7)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Born to be a warrior
    Kind of like Tom Sawyer, Allen Brockmann grew up within 10 miles of the Mississippi River – in eastern Iowa. But Iowa couldn’t hold him; the Korean War had just started. In 1950, when Allen was only 17, he shipped off for Marine boot camp. “Even when I was a kid, I always thought that I was born to be a warrior” he said. An old harness maker in his hometown of Eldridge used to make custom bullwhips for him. The bigger he grew, the bigger the bullwhip. At 5’3” tall, weighing 136 pounds, he got off the bus in San Diego, CA. His DI (Drill Instructor) said, “What are ya doin’ here lad? There are no dwarfs in the Marine Corps.” When asked if he was scared Allen said, “I wasn’t scared of anything; I was crazy.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Mrs. Steiner, a one-of-a-kind teacher
    Audrey Steiner? She was your teacher? Aw heck, she was everybody’s teacher. And those she didn’t teach, she often babysat at one time or another. She’s quite an Orofino gal, born at the old hospital to Carl Ross and Ruth Tyra Ross, on her mother’s birthday. Audrey will celebrate her 76th birthday in December. She came from good stock; her father was an engineer that designed the Cavendish Grade in the 1930’s. Her mother worked for the telephone company owned by the Snyders. Audrey was the second child; her older sister was Carrol Hansen. Their father died when Audrey was only 11, and Ruth raised her two little girls by working two, eight hour jobs. By night, she worked for the phone company, and by day she worked part time in the men’s department at the Orofino Mercantile. She also worked part time at the courthouse.  Audrey said she got to sleep at night before her mother went to work. “The reflection of the flames, from the heater, on the piano used to scare me” she said. “But Mom did the best she could; how she did it, I don’t know.” Audrey went all 12 years of school in the old Orofino School on Michigan. She remembers it being very overcrowded. They even used the basements of six churches for classes. “The first grade was right by the high school kids,” she said. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Clearwater County gets its first seasonal wind tunnel
    In the past couple of years, recognition has been given to the benefits of locally grown produce.  Many of you have likely seen information on the USDA People’s Garden and the movement towards locally grown produce and the numerous benefits it is having on communities. Many people across the nation have chosen to take advantage of USDA programs that provide cost-share incentives to help address resource concerns within agricultural lands such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Longtime residents of Clearwater County, Jean and Bill White, were the first participants in the county to receive cost share assistance through EQIP to implement a seasonal high tunnel to extend the growing season of their fruit and vegetable crops.
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  • Hallmark store expands in Orofino
    Greg and Donna Johnson, of Kamiah, opened Johnson’s Jewelry in 1986. The store was first located at 211 Johnson Avenue, where OBS Design Center is now located. In 2004, they purchased the Hallmark Store at 147 Johnson Avenue and combined the two stores. The couple also owns Johnson’s Jewelry Store in Kamiah. November 4, the Johnsons gave up the jewelry portion of the Orofino store as Greg is retiring from being a goldsmith – a trade he learned in his uncle’s two stores in Coeur d’Alene and Moscow. Hallmark has now been expanded to include more product lines for customers to enjoy.
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  • Maniac Mudd Ball
    Announcing the first annual Maniac Mudd Ball Tournament in the Orofino City Park on Nov. 16 – 18. This is a brand new event in our community. It should be a fun and entertaining time for all involved! If you are interested in forming a team, please contact one of the following for an entry form: Emily Simmons at (208) 827-0053 or emily@lewisclarkcu.org; Ryan Smathers at (208) 827-0245 or ryan@lewisclarkcu.org; Danelle Pederson at (208) 827-0736 or dpederson@clearwaterrehab.com. To read the rest of this article, pleasee subscribee. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 14
    The Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Weippe Discovery Center. This meeting is open to the public, and is the perfect chance to learn what the chamber is doing for local businesses. Chris Allen will be speaking on behalf of the Clearwater Ski Club. Marge Kuchynka, with Friends of the Deyo Reservoir, will be seeking public input on the RV campgrounds and public use areas at the reservoir.
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  • Revision Collaborative Sessions scheduled for Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests
    After hosting five successful Community Meetings and a very successful Summit Weekend to build understanding of the new Forest Plan Revision process, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be hosting the first two sessions to begin working with the Revision Collaborative. The first meeting will be this Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Supervisor’s Office in Grangeville. The next session will be Dec. 1 at the Supervisor's Office in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • State lands to close on South Grangemont Block
    Roads accessing the South Grangemont Block of state land will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Monday, Nov. 13, by the Idaho Department of Lands, Clearwater Area office, in Orofino. The area involved is located south of the Grangemont Road between Rudo Road and Cow Creek Road. The closure will remain in effect until the Friday before Memorial Day, 2013. This is an annual closure in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. This closure is designed to reduce erosion and sedimentation, minimize road maintenance expenses, and minimize wildlife disturbance. Restrictions apply to standard size vehicles only. ATVs (under 50 inches in width) and motorcycles are permitted. UTV type machines are not allowed inside closure areas. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • OCS says, "Thank you, community supporters"
    We did it! Because of the overwhelming support of so many of you, OCS Drop-In Center, Inc. will continue to be located at the 235 Johnson Ave., Orofino address. The final rental payment was sent off on Thursday, Oct. 25, just one week ahead of our extended deadline of Nov. 1. “Thank you” doesn’t seem a big enough expression of how grateful we are that our clean and sober facility will stay where it is and we can continue to serve our sober community effectively. We don’t want to forget a special thank you to the loyal, loony and fun Friday night Bingo players. A year ago November a small group of our community folks began coming to the Bingo games here at the Drop-In Center every Friday night from 6 to 7:45 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Weapons charges against Orofino man dismissed
    Felony weapons violations were dismissed against a 39-year-old Orofino man after the alleged victim of the offense left the area. Clearwater County Prosecutor E. Clayne Tyler said Thursday the charges against Alvin R. Litostansky could be filed again at a later date if the alleged victim is located. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Tax defier admits guilt at trial
    United States Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced that after three days of trial, tax protestor Gary Raymond Harvey, 71, of Peck, pleaded guilty Nov. 1 to 10 counts of making a false claim for a refund from the Internal Revenue Service. Harvey was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 23, 2011. According to evidence presented at trial, Harvey created and filed tax returns for the entity The Organic Assembly of Circle JB, claiming that it was entitled to tax refunds ranging from $8,851.80 to $54,080, for tax years 2002 through 2010. During Harvey’s cross-examination, he admitted that he knew he was not entitled to such a refund. He further admitted that he filed false Form 990-Ts claiming he was entitled to refunds. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Live Nativity Nov. 30
    A Live Nativity for the Community Christmas Festival will take place on Friday, Nov. 30, the same night as the Christmas Light Parade and Community Tree Lighting, from 5-8 p.m. The Live Nativity reminds us of the birth of our Savior and helps us remember the true spirit of Christmas. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Jason Schuster in concert at Old Opera House Theatre
    The Old Opera House Theatre is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The Old Opera House, located in Kooskia, is dedicated to bringing great family entertainment and will be hosting Jason Schuster, live. They are pleased to announce award winning Christian recording artist, Jason Schuster in concert with special guest, The Old Opera House’s Northwest Idol winner, Johny Schuster, Dec. 7. In July 2011, Jason left his comfortable job of six years to pursue the musical calling God had placed on his life. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Four sentenced in for growing marijuana in north central Idaho
    Four men – three from Oregon, one from Alaska – were sentenced this week for conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. The men appeared before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene on Monday and Tuesday. Robert Wayne Baucum, 57, of Scio, OR, was sentenced on Monday to 70 months in prison; he pleaded guilty to the charge on June 19. Charles Albert Goodenough, 41, of Houston, AK, was sentenced to 37 months; he pleaded guilty on July 19. Ronald Clifford Underwood, 55, of Albany, OR, was sentenced to 34 months; he pleaded guilty on June 19. The three defendants were also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following their prison term.  Raymond Earl Hogle, 51, of Albany, OR, was sentenced this morning to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release; he pleaded guilty to the charge on April 24. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Fraser news
    The Brands had dinner with Reggie and Peggy Ball on Sunday evening. Peggy acquired two little kittens from Gerry and Sandy Moore and, of course, they were the hit of the evening. They fit right into the family, and even the dogs, Pearl and Rickey, have accepted them. You can ask Peggy about the names she chose for these two little rascals. Mike and Linda Jackson send Happy Birthday greetings to Mike’s son Mickey on Nov. 10. Marie Green has had a good week at home. Her son Steve took her to Lewiston for a doctor appointment then did some chores to get her home ready for the cold weather. The family is planning to spend the Thanksgiving weekend at the farm. Marie is looking forward to this event, especially watching her three great grandchildren at play in the living room.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Although the present war doesn’t seem to affect the general populace, some local families are directly affected as they have family members in the military. Chaplain Carl Rhoads, son of Ronda and Nick, has completed two tours to Afghanistan and is now stationed with wife, two sons and two daughters at NAS Lemoore, and will be there for three years. Frank Walsh recently retired from USAF, is now living in Lampoc, CA. Sgt. Jim Burrell, Judy and Vince O’Brien’s grandson, is in Afghanistan doing a third tour of the area. Sgt. Logan Jared had tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now a recruiter stationed in Oregon. Kaden Jared, son of Mitch and Julie Jared, is a linguist in the USAF, stationed in Maryland. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Pierce news
    The Studio 205 Bear has a new costume this year for the Gala Hilltop Bear Halloween Costume Extravaganza! This year we received 74 entries from the Timberline Elementary School kiddos. One could definitely say that the new kindergartners are going to be some of the best Timberline artists yet! Thanks go to all 74 kids that entered. The judges on Main Street, Pierce had a difficult time selecting one boy and one girl from each grade. We decided to give them the option in a couple of grades to do a tie. All of the students that entered, and their teachers, as well as the wonderful Timberline office staff will be receiving a large frosted jack-o-lantern cookie for all of their work. The winning costumes will be displayed all this week in the window of Studio 205 Art Gallery.To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 8
    It is that time of year again when trappers and hound hunters will be out and about in the wilds of Idaho. People with pets should know how to release a pet that is caught in a foothold trap or neck snare. While trapping has been part of the landscape in Idaho, Fish and Game reminds hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs, and people with pets that trappers have an increased interest to be in the woods because of the wolf trapping season.

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