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November 29 Poll Results
Do you think Republican politicians are correct in refusing to adhere to the no tax increases pledge authored by Grover Norquist?

50% Yes, it is nice to see them showing some sense. (24)
19% No, I think they should stick to it. (9)
31% I don’t necessarily support tax increases, but don’t think Norquist and his pledge should decide whether Republican politicians vote to increase taxes. (15)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Remember the Brink and a Half Club?
    Unless you were alive in the mid-twentieth century, you probably do not remember the Brink and a Half Club. If you have heard of it, you might know it was founded by people who accidentally drove their cars into the Clearwater River. Harry Cummings shared with the Clearwater Tribune a 1954 issue of a magazine called Idaho’s Golden Road To Adventure, published by the Brink and a Half Club. The magazine featured a plethora of photographs and articles promoting recreation in the Clearwater area and along the Lewis-Clark Highway. Activities and topics covered ranged from wildfire fighting to fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, camping, and much more. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Holiday gifts and cheer
    Cyndy Meisner was born in Grangeville but has lived most of her life in Weippe, and attended Timberline High School. She met her husband Bill Koerling at a youth camp on the North Fork of the Clearwater River – prophetically named Uncle Bills? He ran heavy equipment in the area; she was a 20 year old girl who was handy using an axe – clearing trails for the camp. Cyndy and Bill’s daughter April, at the age of 17, got the bright idea to start a coffee shop out of their home. When she went to work in Lewiston later on, mom took over the shop. Cyndy said she sold her car and had an uncle and her brother build the small shop – Cyndy’s First Stop Java. The shop continued to grow and even has a drive-through window now. They offer up coffee treats, fruit smoothies, cookies, muffins, scones, and even a sausage sandwiches. Cyndy’s daughter Clorinda makes the scones. You might be welcomed by Babette, a spoiled little feline that turned up on a dark, rainy night. A customer pulled in, and Cyndy kept hearing the cry of a kitten. She was afraid it would get run over, so she got a flashlight and found the black, soaked cat across the highway. The cat now thinks she’s the mascot, comes and goes through a doggy door, and expects warm cream in the morning. All Cyndy and Bill’s kids, including their son Doug, are grown and out of the house, so Barbette has taken over. “She comes down in the morning and gets her milk” said Cyndy, “and the runs back to the house.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Orofino woman found deceased in residence
    Brenda Proffitt, 48, of Orofino was found deceased in her Grangemont Highway residence at approximately 11 p.m. Nov. 22, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of her death is being investigated by the sheriff’s and coroner’s offices. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Clarkston man injured in logging accident
    A Clarkston, WA man was injured Monday morning by a falling deck of logs, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The accident occurred at 7:34 a.m. near Deer Creak Reservoir, a few miles from Pierce. David C. Prall, 61, a loader operator, was assisting a ground crew when a deck of logs fell and struck him. Prall was pinned beneath several logs. Several fellow loggers rescued and stabilized him, according to CCSO. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Idaho author wins National Outdoor Book Award
    Idaho author Jo Deurbrouck has been awarded a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Anything Worth Doing (Sundog), a true story that celebrates wild rivers via the lives and adventures of two Idaho raft guides named Jon Barker and Clancy Reece.  “In this highly creative and exceptionally well written account, Deurbrouck traces the lives of these two men: one an aging, bear of a man [Reece], a Vietnam era veteran and sometimes recluse river guide whose past includes boxing and ballet dancing; and the other a fit, young man [Barker], a rising star among river runners, full of ideas and ambitions,” writes the awards committee.  The National Outdoor Book Awards has been highlighting exceptional outdoor literature since 1997. Past winners include Ted Kerasote, Greg Child, Farly Mowat, Joe Simpson, David Attenborough and Peter Heller. Past Idaho winners include Cort Conley in 1998 and Matt Leidecker in 2006. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Routine traffic stop leads to arrest
    Chief Deputy Rick Miller provided a report for the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department at the Nov. 19 Clearwater County Board of Commissioners meeting. Mr. Miller reported a routine traffic patrol found about a little over one pound of marijuana. The individual had a prescription for medical marijuana from Washington; however, you cannot possess any marijuana for any reason in the state of Idaho. Mr. Miller also reported on a grant the sheriff’s office is putting in for two custom made wetsuits. Denice Osterberg came in and discussed “Procedural Adjustment.” Ms. Osterberg presented statutes concerning the county and the public. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Deadline approaches for application for Toys for Tots
    The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Christmas program is in full swing. Applications have gone out through the local schools and additional applications and pick up boxes have been placed at the public library; the employment office; the public health department; the post office, and the Pizza Factory. Applications can be returned to the school or placed in the gift wrapped pick up boxes at the locations mentioned above. The deadline for turning in applications is Thursday, Dec. 6. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 7 by contacting Suzie Finney at 476-4306 or 827-6612. You can also contact Barbara Clifford at 827-0832. Applications cannot be accepted any later than Friday, Dec. 7 in order to get the Toys for Tots boxes ready for delivery before Christmas. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Eastern Washington Eagles win Big Sky Conference
    The Eastern Washington University Eagles football team, with whom Cody McCarthy plays as a linebacker, won the Big Sky Conference Championship two weeks ago by defeating Portland State. The Eagles, however, must share their title with Montana State and Cal Poly, each of whom lost one Big Sky game. The Eagles beat both of these teams in head-to-head play during the regular season. The Eagles finished the season ranked number two in the National Division One Subdivision FCS rankings, and as a result received a bye for this week’s start of the FCS Division One Subdivision playoffs. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Experience the spirit of the season with live nativity
    Come experience the spirit of the season at the Live Nativity Friday, Nov. 30, from 5-8 p.m. at the corner of Michigan Ave. and C St. between Orofino Junior High School and the Christian Church. Listen and watch as a narrator reads the account of the Savior’s birth from the Bible and actors portraying Mary and Joseph, shepherds and angels join the scene. This year there will be live goats as part of the display. There will be multiple presentations throughout the evening. Each presentation is about 20 minutes long. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6A.

  • Brian McGoldrick retires from historical society
    Brian McGoldrick has retired from the Clearwater Historical Society after several years as a director of the society. Mr. McGoldrick has given many hours of his time to keep the historical society and the museum running well. He was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a Lifetime Membership in thanks for his dedicated work. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • From this Chair
    Thanksgiving is over and now we are thinking about the Christmas season. My granddaughter and her husband, Lacey and Shane Johnson and their two sons, Tristan, 12, and Jaden, 9 of Boise were here over the weekend so Shane and Tristan could hopefully bag a deer. No luck! My son-in-law and grandson, Darold and Cody Stanton, took them hunting twice during their two-day stay. I was bemoaning the fact the Johnsons had not been able to bag a deer to show for the hunt and my daughter Diane Baldwin of Spokane said, “Well, Mom, people don’t get a deer every time they go hunting. They have to hunt for them and that’s why they call it hunting.” Had the Johnsons been able to hunt in my front yard they would not have had to hunt long. I see the deer there all the time. When Mary Jane, the Pug, sees deer in the yard or street she chases them off. I can tell she isn’t trying to catch them, she just wants them gone. Once the deer disappear around the corner of the neighbor’s house she is satisfied and comes down the drive and looks at me as if to say ‘See I chased them off. We’re safe.’ To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Twins born
    Joel and Melissa Skindlov, of Big Sandy, MT, are proud to announce the birth of twin girls born Nov. 17, 2012, at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. Hannah Grace weighed 5 lbs. 5 oz., measured 19 1/4" long, and was born at 6:13 a.m. Harper Joy arrived a minute later at 6:14 a.m. She weighed 5 lbs. 6oz., and measured 18" long,  Grandparents are Darv and Ronda Nelson, of Pierce; Jim and Helen Skindlov, of Spokane Valley, WA. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • CMPL Friends book sale Saturday
    The Clearwater Memorial Public Library Friends group will have a used book sale at the Patchwork Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 1, at Orofino High School. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the programs and services of the library. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Love Quilt given to Joyce McClellan
    People of the community and of the Pierce Crazy Blockers Quilt Club came together and created a Love Quilt for Joyce McClellan who suffered a stroke in mid-September. Many wrote notes on fabric and others made patchwork blocks to create this quilt. So many donated blocks that Carol Lange had to use both sides of the quilt to display all of them. Joyce is home from the Spokane hospitals and doing much better. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6A.

  • Fraser news
    Marie Green’s family spent the weekend at the farm. Steve and Carol, their son and daughter and their families came from Coeur d’Alene. Travis, his wife, Torri, and their daughters, Hadley and Amelia; and Trina Scott, her husband, Ryan, and daughter, Grier, enjoyed several days with Marie. Mike Green arrived from Wallace, ID and Wilma and Dick Shedd, their son, Eric, and daughter, Alycia, and Dick’s mother Bev Shedd, drove to Fraser from Lewiston. Marie’s cousin, Shirley Schoenek, and her friend, Fay Gilkey, came from Orofino. Marie’s neighbors Steve and Norma Brand also spent the day with the family. Marie enjoyed watching their three great granddaughters play around her in the living room. After a delicious meal of all the tasty traditional foods everyone settled down to visit the rest of the afternoon. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Timberline teacher Val Armichardy has obtained a grant from State Farm to assist with a study program in Costa Rica. Five students will travel to Costa Rica to study the ecology of that country. To be eligible for this program, students had to have a 3.0 GPA, write a resume with cover letter and obtain three letters of recommendation. A class in conversational Spanish is in progress to prepare students for the trip which will take place Dec. 30 through Jan. 9. Five students have done the work and are eligible. They will do preliminary research and decide on a project before leaving. There will be hands on research in Costa Rica. When they return, students will complete the research and present their project to the school and other groups. Several options are being explored to present their findings to the community. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Giving Tree Christmas for Kids starts this week. There will be  small trees at S&S Family Foods and Pierce Hardware, have your child fill out the tag and hang it on the tree. This community event takes all of us, so when you see a tag or two please purchase one gift, attach the tag and return it to S&S or Pierce Hardware. Santa will be arriving at the Kiosk in Pierce Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 29
    The 2013 licenses, tags and permits go on sale at 12:01 a.m. MST, Saturday, Dec. 1, except for the nonresident Selway B elk tags which go on sale at 10 a.m. MST. The sale of these popular tags is being delayed because many license vendors will not be open at midnight. By delaying the sale timing, hunters will have an equal opportunity to buy the tags. Nonresident hunters can buy their licenses and tags at Fish and Game offices, any license vendor, or by credit card by calling 1-800-554-8685. They can also buy them online at the Fish and Game Website at www.//fishandgame.idaho.gov.

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