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November 22 Poll Results
Do you pursue Black Friday
deals in person, or online?

29% I go to stores in person. (8)
42% I shop online for Black Friday. (12)
29% I do both. (8)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • On the highway with OPD
    “Up against the car; hands behind your back! Feet back, and spread ‘em!” Just kidding!  Those weren’t the words Orofino Police Department (OPD) Officer Matt Russell said to me Nov. 2 when I stood beside his   2009 Dodge cruiser with St. Michael on the sun visor. What he actually said was, “You’re the first person to ride with me in a long time, who I wasn’t taking to jail.” I came armed with a laptop, a tape recorder, a notebook and pen, and a lot of curiosity as I joined him for a ride-along on his swing shift in Orofino. What did I expect? Well, I sort of pictured us s*l*o*w*l*y cruising through sleepy neighborhoods, an occasional dog barking in otherwise quiet streets, routine drives down back alleyways and a little boredom thrown into the mix. What I got was carsick trying to write in the dark on my lap – in a sometimes fast moving and rarely standing still vehicle. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Commissioners and other representatives attend accuracy test for ballot counting
    The Board of County Commissioners met on Nov. 5. The Board and representatives from the Democrat and Republican parties attended an accuracy test for the ballot counting test held in Clerk Carrie Bird’s office. Clerk Bird explained the procedures for counting of voted ballots and the process of ballots being tallied by the counting machine. The Secretary of State prepares the test ballots to be counted and preset the rotation of candidates for the precincts. The Secretary of State presented a key for the Clerk to program for the tests. Chief Deputy Clerk Cindy Grimm ran an accuracy test of counting the precincts and after they are counted the program prints a copy of the tally. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • P&Z gathering annexation data
    The minutes of the Planning & Zoning Commission were considered, concerning their meeting of Oct. 16, at the Nov. 13 Orofino City Council meeting. A review of an application by Dave Braun was considered, on a subdivision request of 52.01 acres located in the impact area. A motion carried that the county follow ordinances in dealing with this subdivision request. Discussion followed on development of an annexation plan. P&Z asked Todd Perry to select 10 parcels in the impact zone and have the county determine what tax differences there would be if the parcels were inside city limits. City Administrator, Rick Laam, said that by law P&Z operates independently of city council. He said that neither group can make an annexation decision without a study, and that P&Z is in discovery mode wanting the city to get involved in gathering information. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Traffic stop results in narcotics violation
    During a traffic enforcement on Highway 12 Friday, Nov. 16, Clearwater County Deputies stopped a vehicle traveling east near mile post 47. As a result of the stop a pound and a quarter of marijuana and illegal pharmaceutical drugs was sized. Two male occupants identified as Chad Bauer and Alec Bauer were arrested and transported to the Clearwater County Jail. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Pierce resident wrecks on icy highway
    Joy Hall, 66, of Pierce, was involved in a one-vehicle accident Nov. 15 on Highway 11, which was very icy at the time, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Hall was traveling north at 7:15 a.m. At milepost 32 she lost control of her 1991 Jeep Cherokee, crossed the oncoming lane of traffic, and slid into Quartz Creek, according to CCSO. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Celebrate the Season tickets going quickly
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Foundation’s 15th annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, do it now; this event typically sells out as only 200 tickets are sold! Tickets are available by visiting Johnson’s Jewelers and purchasing them in person or by calling Jamie Wilson at CVHC at (208) 476-8000.  Through the years Celebrate the Season, formerly known as the Harvest Moon Ball, has had many loyal sponsors. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Red Cross blood drive in Orofino Nov. 20-21
    The Orofino Community/Clearwater County Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 12-6 p.m. and on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orofino Armory Drill Room (Gym) at 10210 Highway 12. All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org. Click “Enter a Sponsor Code” and enter Orofino. Contact April Allen at 208-476-4476 for more information. The American Red Cross asks that you give special thanks and help save lives by donating blood during the month of November, a time when blood donations typically decline and need remains constant. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • KLEW reps visit Orofino Chamber
    Judy Higueria and Keith Havens from KLEW Radio/Television were the program presenters at the Nov. 7, regular chamber of commerce luncheon. Higueria is the Account Executive for the station and gave the advantages of advertising via radio stating that it helps your company stay competitive. If your business has a unique product or service, she said you need to increase your customer base.  Regarding television, she said that it is the most powerful medium ever created -- appealing to the senses via sight and sound. KLEW is proud to be the only local station in this area with news, weather, sports and promotional opportunities for nonprofit organizations including free listings on Community Calendar. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Weippe teen in one-vehicle accident
    Sara Stemrich, 17, of Weippe was involved in a one-vehicle accident Nov. 15 outside of Weippe, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Stemrich was traveling north on Highway 11 at 7:15 a.m. in a 2005 Ford pickup. Near milepost 19, Stemrich lost control of the pickup. It crossed the centerline and the oncoming lane of traffic, hit a rock embankment, and rolled once, coming to rest on its wheels, according to CCSO. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Farm and Forest Health class to be offered in Orofino Dec. 13
    Current Topics in Farm and Forest Health will be held in Orofino, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Sign-in starts at 8 a.m., with presentations starting at 8:20 a.m. The workshop will be held at the Orofino Community Church meeting room, 14233 Hwy. 12 across from Canoe Camp RV Park. Registration, along with a $10 registration fee, is due by Friday, Dec. 7. Call the Clearwater County Extension office (208-476-4434) to obtain registration forms and a detailed program agenda. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • From this Chair
    Readers have been asking about the black Pug Mary Jane, who keeps my household hopping. Mary Jane is well and alive and going strong. Wednesday the Phantom and I made a trip to Spokane. We took our blended family of two dogs. One black Pug, Mary Jane and one brown Dachshund, Beau. It’s always been a problem traveling with the two as both want to sit in the front seat with us, mostly on my lap. The Phantom thought he had it all figured out by buying and installing a doggie divider behind the two front seats shutting the dogs in the back seat. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Timberline Boosters silent auction Dec. 15
    Timberline Boosters are having a silent auction Saturday, Dec. 15 during the Battle of the 6C Courts basketball games at Timberline’s gymnasium. Bidding will begin at 5:30 p.m. and close at halftime during the boys’ game. All proceeds will benefit the Play Pavilion. “We have already collected some great auction items, from a night stay at the Davenport, to movie tickets, local craftsmanship items, and merchandise from local businesses,” reports Caralyn McCollum. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Christmas Passports...last chance at $650 worth of prizes
    The Orofino Chamber still has Christmas Passports for sale at over 30 places in Orofino. You just have to stop by one of the following stores and purchase them (and don’t forget to support your local businesses by doing your Christmas Shopping while you are there!) to be eligible to win some of the $650 worth of prizes that will be given away at the Nov. 30 Orofino Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The passports are just $3 and all proceeds go toward the Community Christmas Decorations you will see lighting up Orofino this holiday season. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Board approves canvassing of ballots
    The Board of County Commissioners at the Nov. 13 meeting approved and signed the canvassing of the ballots by two thirds vote. The Board approved and signed the Presnell and Gage contract. During the 8:30 a.m. session on canvassing the ballots there was discussion on the alignment problem at certain precincts. Commissioner Galloway stated that the alignment seemed to be off considerably, causing her to have to go under the line into the sheriffs section to vote for Commissioner Galloway. The voter had to be careful when lining up the numbers. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Fraser news
    Fraser Ladies Get Together Club member Gini Donnelly and her husband, Pat, announced they have put their home on Four Mile Road up for sale. They plan to move back to the Seattle area to be closer to their families. Gini still has a home there so they won’t have to look for a new place to live. Gini and Pat, you will be missed. Wes Stuart sends Happy Birthday greetings to his great grandson Justin Stuart on Nov. 23. Happy Birthday greetings go out to Mike Bird on Nov. 23, to Mike Beard on Nov. 24, and to Dolores Watson on Nov. 29. Happy Anniversary greetings go out to Jerry and Debi Bordoni on Nov. 24 and to Mark and Karen Fowler on Nov. 27. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Norm Steadman, Ron Larson, Elwin Hutchins, Bill Barteaux, Millie Morris, Marion and Deanna Hamilton, Marge Kuchynka, Andy Berreth, Mark Salisbury, Brain Larman, Garett Cochrell, ShyAnnah McCollum, Dalton Flemming, Caralyn McCollum, David Thomson, and Ed Berreth attended the Nov. 12 City Council meeting. The regular meeting was suspended to have a Public Hearing for the Deyo Recreation area. When the meeting resumed, two customers had complaints about odd smelling city water with a bad taste. The water was tested and found to have no problem. David attended a chlorination class and also took his Wastewater Distribution Operator in training and passed. There are parts that have been ordered to repair the stop sign at E Weippe Ave and Hwy 11.
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  • Pierce news
    All are invited to a warm and friendly get-together for the annual Festival of Trees, Friday, Dec. 7, 6 – 8 p.m., at the Pierce Community Center. This exciting auction, headed by Leroy Kuykendall, is Gem’s major fundraiser for the year, and many Pierce improvement projects are funded by the proceeds from this evening. The Gem committee would appreciate all creative donations brought in to Pierce Community Center by Wednesday, Dec. 5. What is doubly special this year are the many individually created works of art; wreathes, gift baskets, swags, trees and stockings. It will be a new and refreshing assortment, as always! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 22
    Steelhead are well distributed regionwide now, and the Clearwater, Snake, and Salmon rivers are fishing well. Recent catch rates were 16 hours per fish caught in the Clearwater River below the Orofino Bridge, eight hours per fish caught in the Snake River downstream of the Salmon River, and eight hours per fish caught on the Salmon River from the Little Salmon downstream to Whitebird Creek. Boat anglers are having good success back trolling dark plugs and side drifting eggs and sand shrimp. Bank anglers are consistently producing fish by drifting bait or with float and baited jigs.

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