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January 3 Poll Results
Top Story
Which of these was Clearwater County’s top story of 2012?

  7% Forest Service travel plan controversy (4)
33% Mass credit card fraud incident (19)
  8% World Jet Boat Races (5)
17% The heated county commissioner race (10)
28% The Steep Corner Fire controversy (when 20-year-old Anne Veseth was killed) (16)
  7% Fire at the print shop used by the Clearwater Tribune (4)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Putting out the paper, Marcie style
    It is not unusual to see the Publisher of our 100 year old newspaper, outside sweeping up leaves, or washing the holiday paintings on the front bay window of the Clearwater Tribune. You’ll see her out on the bridge, taking pictures of veterans with flags, and flower wreaths meeting the Clearwater’s cold waters as they commemorate heroes of old. Customers who come in the doorway of the Tribune are usually met with the annoying barking of bored dogs. If the customers ask to speak to Marcie, she will usually drop what she’s doing and answer their questions with a cheery smile and inquire after their families. What they don’t always see is her sitting at her computer late into the evening, or slinging heavy bundles of papers, or occasionally driving around town delivering papers to stores and businesses. Marcie has developed skills indispensable to a publisher. With a police scanner squawking in the background, phones ringing, and people talking, Marcie has mastered the art of proofreading a document faster than one can imagine. Often she’s interrupted in the second or third paragraph, to answer a question someone yells across the room, and she picks up right where she left off – never gets rattled. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Christmas angel makes second Orofino appearance
    Many families put clothes and toys on lay-away, hoping to get them paid off in time to give their children at Christmas. Orofino parents are no different; they put toys on hold, wanting to see their children’s faces light up with something special on Christmas morning. When bills mount up, and it’s hard just to keep utilities on and food on the table, sometimes the dollars don’t stretch far enough. Orofino has a Christmas Angel who, for a second year in a row, has contacted Laura Wolverton at King’s Department Store and anonymously paid off people’s lay-aways so they would have the gifts in time for Christmas. Wolverton has had the happy job of contacting the recipients to tell them they are free to pick up the paid-off gifts. She reports that the “Christmas Angel,” as she has dubbed the donor, checks periodically to see if any items remain to be picked up. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Pierce Winter Festival Feb. 1-2
    Pierce Winter Festival, to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 promises again to bring fun and excitement to the snowy winter season! From the breakfast on Saturday morning, horse-drawn carriage and tractor hay rides through town, kids’ games, a snowmobile fun run, the Ice Man Relay and of course, the ever popular Bar Stool Race, these two days keep everyone busy and out enjoying our beautiful town and the surrounding forest area. Join the ATV Treasure Hunt, a Snow Sculpture Contest, a Chili Feed and Baked Potato Bar all in town - no driving necessary! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Job seeker workshop Jan. 11
    Friday, Jan. 11 the Orofino Idaho Department of Labor office is presenting a free workshop on how to create a winning application. It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Department‘s office on Johnson Avenue. This is the first workshop in a series of three that are designed to give job seekers all the tools they need to successfully land the job they want. In this first session, you will learn how to find great job listings, highlight your existing skills, match your skills to available jobs, and fill out that winning application. You’ll leave the workshop with a professional, finished application, ready for submission. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Nez Perce Tribe Primary Election filing begins Jan. 15
    Nez Perce Tribe Non-Partisan Primary Election candidate filing begins Jan. 15 and continues through Feb. 15. Candidate packets will be made available through NPTEC executive assistant, Rachel Edwards, at (208) 843-2253, on Jan. 15. The deadline to submit candidate packets will be is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Dennis Fuller
    I must publicly send Kudos and appreciation to the Orofino High School Drama Club for their recent presentation of the Christmas play “The Search for the Real Santa”. I was very impressed with the entire production. Being an old “song and dance man” myself I have tried to support the drama program at OHS for many years. I thought this year’s fare was the best they’ve presented in years. I was especially happy to see such a large cast with many younger members, which will bode well for many excellent future performances and for continued improvement.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    30 Years Ago: Elwin D. Wood, owner and operator of The Woodlot Tavern at Ahsahka, was found dead at his Ahsahka home last month, and funeral services were held this week. Wood was the apparent victim of a heart attack. He and his wife, Elda, moved to Ahsahka in 1963. He built the Woodlot Tavern and opened it in 1964. His parents were George and Nina Wood, and he grew up on a farm in the Driggs area. 90 Years Ago: P.W. Bastine was in from his place on Eureka Ridge the first of the week for a broken collar bone. Last week he was working at the bottom of a 37-foot deep well that was three feet in diameter. The hoisting bucket, which was filled with rock, broke loose and fell from the mouth of the well. Luckily for Mr. Bastine, it struck him only a glancing blow, bruising him slightly and breaking his collar bone, which was set by Dr. Fairly. The weight of the bucket and rock was estimated at 100 pounds. Being in such narrow quarters, it was a miracle Mr. Bastine survived.
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  • From this Chair
    Our family had quite an adventure this week while filming a TV commercial for MedStar. This was our first time in front of a TV camera and it was quite an experience. The TV crew consisted of three cameramen and a makeup artist out of Spokane. Doing the commercial was my daughter, Marcie Stanton, granddaughter, Ashley (Stanton) Howland, Ashley’s twin sons, Braylon and Kaden, and myself. MedStar contacted us to do the commercial as we represent three generations in one family receiving their services within a period of 18 months. The twins did not understand the concept of being perfectly quiet during the filming and had to be ushered out of the picture. Hopefully the camera crew got a few background shots of them. Marcie was the prime spokesman on the film and commented on how grateful she was to MedStar for saving the lives of her mother and her twin grandsons. My comments about MedStar are, “A $59 annual MedStar membership is a cheap price to pay for saving a life.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • One Day at a Time
    I have a gold trimmed, white porcelain manger scene in my home. Every year, when I get it out, a few more pieces have gotten broken. So, knowing this is the last year I’ll use it, I put the shepherd boy with a cow and lamb out, along with two of the wise men and Joseph – all  gathered around the baby Jesus. Alas, his mother, Mary, was not there this year nor the other wise man or animals. But still, they kept a watch out for Christmas. Looking for something special for someone's stocking, I picked up the baby Jesus and wrapped him in crispy green, tissue paper and nestled him down in the Christmas stocking along with the other gifts inside. I figured he would be a good reminder what Christmas is all about. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Brittany Bresnahan graduates basic training
    Army Reserve Pvt. Brittany R. Bresnahan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Selway River Road #223 to close for construction
    Construction work for the replacement of an existing undersized culvert at Boyd Creek is scheduled to start Jan. 14. Construction is estimated to take from three to five weeks depending on the weather. Forest Road #223 will be closed at Mile Post 10.66 during the period of construction.  A. Williams and Sons, LLC, a local contractor will be doing the work. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Clearwater Basin Weed Management Area meeting planned
    Weed Superintendent Denny Williams reported on the Weed Department at the Dec. 17 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting. Mr. Williams will be going to a Weed Conference in Boise. A Clearwater Basin Weed Management Area meeting will be on Feb. 26 at the Armory. The same meeting will be held the following day on Feb. 27 in Lewiston at the Fish and Game. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Camas Prairie Trap Shoot to start
    Orofino-Pierce gun club would like to welcome all trap enthusiasts to the new season of the Camas Prairie Ten Week trap shooting season. This year we begin the season on Jan. 13 and would like to invite the public to come and try out this great family sport with us. This Sunday, Jan. 6 will be our final practice before the ten week event starts. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Fish and Game hosts online chat about licenses
    Idaho Fish and Game officials fielded 182 questions from 274 participants during an online chat Wednesday, Dec. 19. Fish and Game's licensing manager Craig Wiedmeier and en-forcement chief Jon Heggen responded to a flurry of questions covering a wide range of license-related topics, including Idaho's new Mentor Hunt Program, possible future license options, disability, youth and lifetime licenses, controlled hunt questions and much more. “We know that our license holders have a lot of questions about our various licenses and options,” Heggen said. “Folks definitely brought their questions, and we did our best to answer as many as we could.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fraser news
    Marie Green spent Christmas in the Clearwater Valley Hospital. She had three colorful bouquets on her window to brighten up her room. She enjoyed a visit from her sister, Clarabell Brown, who was transported from Brookside Landing by her son Danny and his wife Donna. Her son Mike had dinner with her on Christmas Day. Family and friends continue to stop by to visit her. On Christmas Eve Peggy and Reggie visited with Monte and Colleen Vanderpool and Monte’s son Dan who had arrived from Missoula, MT. Then on Christmas Day they joined the Brands for dinner. Mike Green stopped by for a glass of wine on his way home from visiting his mother. Everyone had a good visit before heading for home. Donna and Danny Brown’s family spent the day of Christmas Eve at the farm. Danette and Josh McIntosh and their daughters, Grace and Lydia, arrived from Nampa; and Brad and Debbie came from the Pullman, WA area. Kevin and Kay and the twins, Spencer and Natalie, were unable to come at this time. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    As we are entering a new year, I asked several people “What is your hope for year 2013?” Cheryl at Timberline Café hopes to see the economy improving in Clearwater County and would look forward to some kind of retirement in 2013. Dolores Watson – Good health for everybody. Ellen Platt - Peace and stop the killing, bring some sense into the world. Vince O’Brien – Get the democrats out of office. (Now you see why we don’t discuss politics in our house.) Marlene Hyde - For our wonderful USA, I hope that those who represent the rest of us in Washington DC, put selfish interests aside and focus on working together for those they serve. We grow weary of being on a cliffhanger while they act like children on a playground fight. Time to grow up and follow the golden rule. May the war hawks think twice before entering in another war and increasing the national debt and the loss of our fine young men and women. Would this be too much to ask? Will continue with people’s hopes for 2013 next week. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    We are planning an exciting benefit for Gracye on Jan. 12 at the Timber Inn. In case you are not aware our very dear friend has stage four cancer and does not have health insurance. We are planning a buffet supper with a silent and live auction, and to add to the fun a kissing booth. After these festivities we will be “roasting” Gracye. This is your chance to tell your stories, memories and all the silliness you know about her. To close out the evening The Campfire Pickers will be playing. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 3, 2013
    A sure cure for cabin fever, the spring steelhead season opened January 1, but anglers will need a 2013 fishing license and steelhead permit.

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