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January 17 Poll Results
Truthers
What do you think of the
“Truthers” who believe the
Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting
was in some way a hoax?

81% Are these people for real? I do not believe that terrible tragedy was in any way a hoax. (51)
13% I agree with the “Truthers’” suspicions. (8)
  6% I don’t know for sure either way. (4)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • North Fork Clearwater mining claims challenged by Forest Service
    The U.S. Forest Service is challenging dozens of placer mining claims on the North Fork Clearwater River that were filed over the past year. According to Kathy Rodriguez, North Fork District Ranger, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, suction dredge mining is incompatible with a number of other uses of the river and she will be asking an administrative law judge from the U.S. Department of Interior to prohibit mining there. Hearings on the matter are taking place at the Clearwater County Courthouse this week, Tuesday through Friday. Miners say they followed federal laws and regulations when they filed their claims and the government is now trying to take their private property without compensation. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Unlocked vehicle burglaries on the rise in Orofino
    In the last two weeks Orofino Police Department (OPD) has received multiple reports of unlocked vehicles being entered and items stolen from them during the late night and early morning hours. The reported incidents have occurred between the areas of 115th and 129th Streets in Orofino.
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  • Orofino blood drive Jan. 30
    A blood drive is scheduled for Orofino Community/Clearwater County at the Orofino Armory Drill Room (Gym), 10210 Hwy. 12 on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Contact April Allen 476-4476 if you have questions.               This year, you can make a difference. All it takes is your willingness to help someone in need and a pint of your blood. Any healthy person age 17 (or age 16 with signed parental consent) or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Valid identification is required for all blood donations. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Disposing of hazardous waste
    John Wheaton, Utilities Planner for the Nez Perce Tribe Water Resources, visited city council Tuesday, Jan. 8, with a household hazardous waste plan. Wheaton’s job is to interact with communities including Lapwai, Kamiah, Nezperce, and Orofino to formulate a “sustainable collection plan” for hazardous waste materials. The Tribe was awarded a $77,000 grant to identify and coordinate community efforts in disposing of waste products such as batteries, oil, and anti-freeze. The organization wants to partner with communities and city councils, so people can be educated on safety in businesses and homes, and proper disposal of hazardous materials. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Taxi driver assaulted on Highway 12
    The Idaho State Police (ISP) on Jan. 14 investigated a report of battery on Highway 12, in which the passenger in a taxi cab allegedly struck the driver in the face, according to a report issued by ISP. The incident occurred at milepost 23.5, near Cherrylane, at approximately 2:52 p.m. The taxi driver, Brandy Irby, 32, of Lewiston, was being struck in the face by Micah Lyon, 45, also of Lewiston, according to ISP. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Timberline students participate in T.A.T.U.
    The seventh and eighth graders at Timberline Schools participated in the Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) program, facilitated by Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD). The students were trained as TATU teen teachers during Mrs. Linda Turrill’s PE class. They developed fun, creative, interactive anti-tobacco presentations for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Timberline. The presentations were held on Dec. 12. The presentations focused on such topics as the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure, the costs of tobacco, ways to say no, the health effects, the dangers of smokeless tobacco, and more. The program uses a peer-teaching model that empowers teens and educates younger kids about the hazards of tobacco. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Lewiston man arrested for ATV theft
    Joshua Hester, 34, of Lewiston was arrested in Clearwater County Jan. 6 on charges relating to the theft of an ATV and trailer from the Lewiston area earlier that day, according to Orofino Police Department (OPD). Lewiston Police Department contacted OPD at 10:57 p.m. Jan. 6 to advise them of the theft. At 11:10 p.m., while patrolling Highway 12 near 129th Street, OPD Officer Shore spotted a pickup fitting the description of the suspect vehicle. It was traveling east on Highway 12, according to OPD. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Bald Mountain ski report
    Bald Mountain is open for the 2013 season - Saturday, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Present conditions include 24” of snow at the base, with 30” at the summit. Currently there are two lifts in operation serving 15 trails, 11 of which are groomed.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago - L.G. Beeson, long time proprietor of the Orofino Service Station, assumed new duties in the insurance department of the Walrath Insurance Agency. Beeson still retained ownership of the service station, but gave up active management of the station, as well as his oil distribution business. That would be managed by his son, James L. Beeson, assisted by Francis Forrest. Mr. Forrest was formerly with Gaffney-Thompson Chevrolet. 70 Years Ago - This week’s Fords Creek news, written by Mrs. Douglas Bonner, included the following tidbits: James Martin, a member of the Marine Corps stationed at Ogden, Utah, returned home this week for a few days visit with the home folks. Albert P. Carr, who was taken to the Burns hospital last week with pneumonia, was reported as improving. Mrs. Lawrence Koerling has been in bed with the flue but is better at this writing. A farewell party was given at the Fred Roy home last Wednesday evening for Lewis Roy, who left Thursday to report for duty in the navy. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Free Health Screening Expo Sunday, Jan. 20
    Orofino and surrounding communities, come for a free soup and bread lunch this Sunday, Jan. 20 from 12:15 - 2 p.m. at the Orofino SDA Church, located at 46418 Hwy 12, two and a half miles east of the Orofino bridge. There will be free health screenings from 1 to 5 p.m. Stations will be set up to check blood pressure, test fitness, perform computer health age analysis, measure body fat index, and more. Blood glucose and blood cholesterol tests will be available to the first 100 people to arrive. A personalized record of your tests will be available for each participant to take home with them. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Logging truck wreck closes Highway 12
    Highway 12 was closed for two hours and down to one lane of travel for an additional four and a half hours Jan. 10, after a truck wrecked near milepost 35, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). The wreck occurred at 4:33 a.m., about a half mile from the Peck junction. Jason C. Brannon, 34, of Lewiston, was eastbound on the highway in a 1997 Western Star logging truck when he drove off the right road edge. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • Water supply and snowpacks off to a promising start
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conducted this season’s first snow survey at the end of December for the January water supply report, which is now out. The report shows many of the state’s basins are starting the year with good soil moisture and snowpack conditions. The water year began on Oct. 1. November rainfall helped soil moisture recover from the dry summer. Precipitation since October ranges from 100 to 150% of normal.
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  • Sign up for a new year of 4-H in Clearwater County
    The Clearwater County 4-H Program is gearing up for another fun year of activities and events for the youth in Clearwater County. If you are interested in joining the fun, now is the time to get involved. Youth ages five to seven years old can participate as “4-H Clover Members.” This is a noncompetitive part of the program. Youth ages eight to 18 participate as 4-H members. All ages are determined as of Jan. 1. Adult volunteers are a very important part of the 4-H program. Their willingness to share their time and talents with area youth make the program the success that is in each community. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Sheep Mountain Saddle Road to close for logging operations
    Starting Jan. 14, a two-mile section of Sheep Mountain Saddle Road #680 will close for public safety due to logging activity on the roadway.  Potlatch Corporation workers will be using line machines to skid logs. The closure extends from the junction of Beaver Creek Road #247 to the Clearwater National Forest boundary, one mile west of Sheep Mountain Saddle.
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  • Fraser news
    The seed catalogs have started arriving in the mail. They offer great savings if an order is placed right away. I’m not ready to plant my garden yet. Maybe by the middle of February I’ll get the urge to plan what seeds I want to invest in. Right now I have other projects that are on my “too due” list, like organizing the photos in my picture file and attending to some domestic chores, not real exciting, but that’s what this time of year is for. On Monday, Jan. 7, Marie Green was moved to the Clearwater Health and Rehab facility in Orofino. Her address is 1204 Shriver Road, Room 18 Orofino ID 83544, if you would like to send her a card. The plan is for her to regain her strength and then move to Brookside Landing. Her sister Clarabell Brown is a resident there and she also has other friends that she will be able to visit with. The Fraser community sends loving thoughts and prayers to Marie as she focuses on regaining her strength. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Most of us on the hilltop are busy shoveling, plowing or otherwise moving snow out of the way so we can go about our business. Slipping, sliding, flailing, and falling are all included in winter fun. Northfork Bow Hunters are doing an indoor shoot at the Community Center in Pierce Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. All archers welcome. For more info call Mike Deal 435-4450 or Pat Christopherson 435-4052. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    The Timberline Booster Club would like to thank all the community members and businesses that donated to the silent auction held in December, and to all the winning bidders. As a result of the generosity shown we were able to reach our goal of $3000. By reaching that goal we will be able to start construction on the Play Shed in spring! We would also like to give a special thank you to Sammy of S&S Family Foods for donating $600, Olive’s Auto Parts Pierce and Orofino for donating a total of $500, Thrivent Financial for matching funds of $500 and to Rea Dobson for making a personal donation of $100. Your kindheartedness and dedication to Timberline students empowers us to do great things for them! Again thank you to all of you who made our event a success. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 17
    Even hunters who don't draw a tag win in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings for a chance at the hunt of a lifetime. The entry fees help support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The deadline to enter is May 31 for the first drawing in June. Super Hunt is a fund-raising drawing for 40 big game tags. The tags are handed out to winners in two drawings. Entries are drawn for elk, deer, pronghorn and moose tags. Winners can par-ticipate in any open hunt in the state for deer, elk, pronghorn or moose. That includes general hunts and controlled hunts.

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