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December 20 Poll Results
Gun Laws
Do you think stricter gun laws would help prevent shooting massacres in the United States?

  8% Yes, I do. (7)
63% No, I don’t. (53)
29% Possibly, but guns are only part of the problem. (24)
  0% I think guns should be illegal in this country. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Orofino's latest member of the police force, signing on for duty
    “Pia,” a two year old Dutch Shepherd police dog, now calls Orofino home. The K-9, originally from Germany, was picked up approximately a week ago at the Spokane, WA airport and will reside with Officer Mike Shore and his family in a kennel especially constructed for her by Public Works employees, Tyson Cobb and Jeremy Gering. Pia will be kept indoors in the cold weather. Pia eats “Red Flannel hooch chow.” a high-energy, high-protein dog food, according to Shore, which the department is able to purchase at Whipple’s Feed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • County will lose money if personal property taxed as being discussed in legislature
    County Assessor Mellisa Stewart at the Dec. 10 county commissioners meeting discussed the consequences of personal property no longer being taxed as is currently being discussed in the Idaho Legislative session. Clearwater County taxing districts will lose $510,000 if that revenue is not replaced.. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • City seeks completion date on Konkolville fire station
    The Konkolville Fire District, in a previous meeting, proposed that the City of Orofino join in a lease agreement with them and participate in covering insurance of the new fire station in Konkolville in exchange for storing Orofino fire trucks on the premises. The new metal building, still under construction, is located near the intersection of Grangemont Rd. and Harmony Hgts Loop. The Building and Fire Committee met on Dec. 4, and made their recommendation to the council.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Lee and Wayne Olson
    Once again we have had a major tragedy in our country. This time the massacre included many small children gunned down by wild gunfire. We grieve for the families of all who died knowing that we cannot ease their pain. We ask: what can we do? Certainly as a nation we need to outlaw assault rifles and huge amounts of ammunitions. However, there seems to be a pervading sense of hatred and lack of civility all over our country and maybe this is an area where we as individuals can try to accomplish some good. We ask you to think locally as well as nationally. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Orofino's Community Christmas Day Dinner
    The fifth annual Orofino Community Christmas Day Dinner begins at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 at St. Theresa’s Little Flower Room, 446 Brown Ave. According to organizer Mary Ann Dangman, “We have the turkeys and hams ordered and many of the jobs are covered. We could use more salad-type side dishes and pies. People can call me to see what’s needed and items can be dropped off before noon on Monday, Dec 24 at the Little Flower Room.” Dangman added, “We are still looking for a few more kitchen helpers, too. Last year we served more than 130 dinners.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Hearing set in Orofino bar incident
    A preliminary hearing has been set for a man in connection with alleged weapons violations at an Orofino bar in September. Alvin R. Litostansky Jr., 39, of Great Falls, MT, has been charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence and driving under the influence, both misdemeanors. He was arrested and charged in September after shots were reportedly fired at the Oasis bar in Orofino, according to court files. But the original charges were dropped after the alleged victim in the incident disappeared, Clearwater County Deputy Prosecutor Lori Gilmore said Monday. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Daughter endures near fatal accident
    On Sept. 2, 2012, my 14-year-old daughter, Darby Marie Lopp, endured a near fatal accident on the “dare” of a peer, near Fernan Lake in Coeur d’Alene. Darby’s Dad and I are divorced and it was his visitation time. He lives in Coeur d’Alene, I live in Kamiah, my maiden name was Suzi Devin. The dare was to stand on the rear bumper of a van and hang onto the luggage rack. The driver recklessly drove off, running a stop sign and at 25 to 30 mph, hit the curb sending my daughter 17 feet onto her head. Darby instantly started convulsing and posturing, and by the grace of God, there happened to be a nurse jogging near the scene who stabilized her until the ambulance arrived. Darby was rushed to Kootenai County Medical Center and was not expected to survive the night. An emergency surgery of her skull was done removing one half of her skull, the left and right sides to allow for the swelling. Darby made it through the night and the next morning it was found that the swelling had not ceased so she had another surgery removing the front of her skull. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Southwick basketball team photo identification
    Ike Fackenthall stopped by the Clearwater Tribune Dec. 14 to identify the individuals pictured in the Southwick basketball team Glimpse of the Past photograph that appeared in the Dec. 13 issue. Ike said be believed the photo was taken during the 1936-37 school year, and provided the following names: In the back row, left to right, were Coach Ross Armitage, Ralph “Red” King, Roland Cuddy, Neil “Tubby” Southwick, Bernard Reece, Matt Kassidy, Tommy King, Carl Mustoe, and Jay Armitage. In the front row, left to right, were Lloyd Southwick, Harold “Slugs” Thornton, James Reece, Ike Fackenthall, Ernest Reece, Peter Stump, and Charlie Daniels. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago: A fire believed to have been started by defective wiring gutted the Riverside home of Louis R. Wilson in the afternoon this past week. No one was home during the fire. Neighbors saved part of the contents, although damage to both the contents and inside of the dwelling was extensive. The CTPA fire truck responded and local firemen were able to extinguish the flames. 80 Years Ago: Archie Rowland was the high winner at the Christmas turkey shoot conducted at the airport by Verne Butler and Don Bryant. He got away with nine birds. G.C. Hallam was second with seven birds. A total of about 30 frames were shot off and the shooting was described as some of the best ever experienced here. The day was ideal for an out-of-doors shoot, and the affair was well managed, but the size of the crowd was “disappointing.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • From this Chair
    Saturday I visited the “tweets,” the Howlands’ three-year-old twin boys, Braylon and Kaden. After I left I noticed my shoe strings were untied. They had been tied when I went in and as I stood in the kitchen eating pizza I wondered what one of the tweets was doing sitting on the floor by my feet. Now I know. During the past year I have learned to duck and dodge when I am sitting by the tweets. They are like two little darts zinging around. I noticed Saturday when Braylon left the room the other twin Kaden said “Where’s my boy?” and took off to look for him. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • School District news
    The school shooting last week in Connecticut serves to remind us that, while there may be little we can do to provide total safety for our students, we must try to provide that safety. The Sandy Nook School had state-of- the-art security. Our building principals have been instructed to look at building security and develop plans to make our schools safer. All of our schools were built at a time when planning for this type of security was not even considered. School is the safest place a child can be, but nothing we can do to improve that safety should be ignored. This will mean you need to enter school through the front door the next time you visit.  Other doors should be locked. Principals, teachers, and staff are discussing ways to improve safety. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Devin Vaughn graduates basic training
    Air Force Airman Devin N. Vaughn graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • County driver's license office closed Dec. 24-25
    The Clearwater County driver’s license office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25, for the Christmas holiday. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Idaho Fish and Game seeks public comments for 2012-13 trophy season
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) wants to hear from hunters about proposed changes to the 2012-2013 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons. An open house meeting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Lewiston IDFG office, 3316 16th Street, where hunters can visit with Department personnel about the proposed changes and provide their written comments. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club held their Christmas Family Potluck dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 12 o’clock. Earlier in the day a fire had been built in the wood stove by Steve Brand. The heat from a wood fire really adds a special touch when the weather turns cold. By the time the hostesses arrived at 10:30 a.m. the building was toasty warm. To show their appreciation, a plate of decorated sugar cookies was set aside for Steve; they know he has a special weakness for these cookies, besides being pretty they are so tasty. The aroma of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy and ham greeted e4veryone as they entered the building. The serving counter was soon covered with dishes brought by the members and their guests. Anyone who has ever attended one of the holiday dinners knows what a treat this is. This year Bill and Linda Soles, Molly and Gene Eastman, Darrell Hesler and Jean Bennett joined the members and their families for the day. Mike Green reported he took his mother Marie to the hospital on the morning of Monday, Dec. 17. She is expected to stay in the hospital for several days so she can get rehydrated, she has been dealing with a bad cold. The Fraser Community wishes her a speedy recovery. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Norm Steadman, Ron Larson, Bill Barteaux, Millie Morris, Caralyn McCollum, David Thomson, and Ed Berreth attended the Dec. 10 Weippe Council meeting. Bills were paid as presented. $16,274.79, $65.60 November billing, $105.79 Frontier telephone + $900 for grader tires. Ed Berreth reported he spoke to a dog owner about the need for keeping the dog home. Also at the meeting David stated that he was able to program the soft start for the small well and will not be sending it for repair. The aerator motor was sent off to Spokane for repair. The Off Float at the big lift station was replaced with the electricians help. There were three sewer back up problem reported, two were private issues, the mayor assisted the owner with correcting the third one. The stop sign by the Lucky Inn was reinstalled. Jason Cochrell has been called to make further welding repairs to the loaders plow blade. Bill Barteaux and Carlisle Cabala have installed the tires on the grader and re installed the grader chains.
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  • Pierce news
    An exciting event took place in Pierce this past Saturday, Santa and his elves visited. The community has asked me to write a huge thank you to all the people involved, many have told stories of their children’s excitement. They each received a present they had asked Santa for and got to enjoy homemade goodies and hot chocolate. Santa and his elves spent many hours organizing this event, and showed true dedication to the children of this community. The Pierce Giving Tree is sponsored by the Pierce/Weippe ATV Trailriders Club. Santa will be visiting S&S Foods on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. to hand out gifts. Hot chocolate and cookies will also be served. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 20
    The limit on trout will go down to two per day in some streams and urban ponds in the Clearwater, Southwest, Southeast and Upper Snake regions on Jan. 1. Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted the rule in November. The goal is to increase opportunity for more anglers to catch stocked fish and to reduce the boom and bust cycle with the stocking program.

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