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January 24 Poll Results
Inauguration Excitement
Was President Obama’s
second inauguration as exciting
for you as his first?

16% Yes, it was! (12)
  5% No, it wasn’t. (4)
79% I wasn’t excited by either of his inaugurations. (61)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Attorney files suit against Orofino City Council
    Keith Burch, 43, an Orofino attorney, has filed a lawsuit against the Orofino City Council for refusing his request to open a law office in his home at 903 Kalaspo Ave. The property is zoned R-2 (Single Family Dwelling). He practices mainly real estate and American Indian law. Burch filed the suit last month in U. S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene, alleging his 14th Amendment right of due process has been violated by the council’s refusal to approve his special use permit application. According to a court document Burch alleges Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers and other councilors have engaged in arbitrary and discriminatory practices by refusing his special-use permit application to do business at 903 Kalaspo in Orofino. He also asked to have a sign in front of the house identifying him as an attorney. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • ICARE's 'Wacky-Tacky' Wine Event Feb. 16
    ICARE’s 'Wacky-Tacky' Wine event will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Big Eddy Lodge on Dworshak. The attire is 'Wacky-Tacky' formal, so drag out the old prom dress, suit or tuxedo and plan to enjoy appetizers, wine, an auction, fun, food, games and friendship while knowing you are supporting a great project that helps people in Clearwater River communities who are undergoing treatment for cancer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Vehicle fire in two vehicle accident
    A Dodge Stratus became engulfed in flames after a collision on Highway 12 Jan. 16, according to a report from the Idaho State Police (ISP). The incident occurred at 2:44 p.m. near milepost 27, at the west entrance of the Lenore rest area. Lisa I. Miller, 36, of Orofino, and two passengers, Kelsye L. Praest, 23, and Jayden Monaghan, 2, also of Orofino, were westbound on Highway 12 in a 1996 Dodge Stratus. Donald D. Adair, 88, of Orofino, was pulling onto U.S. 12 from the rest area in a 1997 Chrysler Concord, attempting to make a left turn.
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  • Winchester man indicted for first degree murder
    Kenneth D. Broncheau, 48, of Winchester, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene for first degree murder, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. An initial appearance in federal court has not been set. The indictment alleges that on June 21, 2012, within the boundaries of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Broncheau, an enrolled tribal member, shot and killed Carol Haskell, his mother. Broncheau was detained at the scene. He is currently in the custody of Nez Perce Tribal Police. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Charles Ross takes WWII Veteran's Honor Flight
    Colleen (Seeley) Ross of Lewiston and a 1948 graduate of Weippe High School sent this article about her husband, Charles Ross's, Honor Flight in November 2012. Chuck got to take the WWII Veteran’s Honor Flight to Baltimore. They left Spokane on Nov. 2 and flew to Denver where they spent the night, then on to Baltimore where they stayed two nights before flying to Phoenix at 300 miles per hour. He only rode in a wheelchair once or twice. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Hopkins collects championship at Clearwater Classic wrestling tourney
    Twenty teams from around the region participated in the Clearwater Classic Wrestling tournament held at the Lewis-Clark State Activity Center on Jan. 18 and 19. Trevor Hopkins, Orofino’s wrestler brought home the championship title at the 285 lbs. category. Though Lewiston, Lakeland and Clarkston dominated much of the first day’s events, three wrestlers from Orofino had made the quarterfinals. Anthony Jones placed fourth in the 160 lbs. class, while teammates, Nick Mueller placed fifth in the 195 lbs. class and Trevor Hopkins took seventh in 285 lbs. category. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Hilltop resident reports computer scamming
    Tammy Trieb, of Weippe, was awakened from sleep this week, by a phone caller identifying himself as an employee of “Microsoft Windows.” Tammy thought that sounded strange and confirmed “Microsoft Windows?” “Yes,” they answered. The caller asked her if she was the “user of the computer” and she told them she was. The caller asked her to turn on her computer and instructed her to go to the START button and then choose RUN. She was then told to type in EVENT (followed by some characters). That brought up a screen which gave error warnings. The caller said that they could fix those errors and would transfer her over to technical support. Tammy was asked for money to fix the errors and replied that she did not have any money – to which they promptly said, “Goodbye” and hung up. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Life on the home front
    As I typed the front page article about the Jackson’s Pay It Forward biennial auction and fundraiser my mind was filled with memories of my twin grandsons’ premature birth almost 3 years ago. The boys, sons of our daughter Ashley and her husband Bryan Howland, Lewiston, were born nine weeks premature. They spent over nine weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Looking back, if I had known then what a trial the boys were in for to complete their growing journey into healthy infants, I would have been much more terrified when my son-in-law called to say they were flying Ashley by MedStar to Spokane. I ignorantly thought they would just need a little help breathing and would spend some time in an incubator to help them finish growing. Oh, the things I didn’t know. The alarm Braylon had to be hooked up to in order to signal to the nurses he had gone into a sleep too deep and his breathing was becoming shallow. The bells and whistles that would need to go off from the contraptions hooked up to Kaden to signal to the same nurses that his breathing wasn’t normal. And the sounds coming from the other NICU “pods” from other babies in distress all add to the anxiety of the adults there. Those nine weeks were some of the most frightening, rewarding and exhausting times I have lived through during my 50 years. My admiration for Bryan and Ashley and how they handled all the situations that arose during that time is endless. Throughout all the trials I’ve experienced in my life there have always been angels hovering nearby to help. With the boys the angels were the nurses, doctors, MedStar personnel and the Jackson Baldwin Pay It Forward Foundation. After spending night after night at the Ronald McDonald House located near the hospital, Ashley and Bryan’s bill was rather large.
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  • Health Screening Expo a success
    The Health Screening Expo held at the Seventh-day Adventist church last Sunday turned out to be a great success. It began with a lunch with four different kinds of healthy soups and a large variety of breads and rolls. Individuals that came received their own personal health record card to keep and filled it in as they went around to the seven different stations. They were able to find out their blood pressure and resting pulse rate at the first station. Then they went to the next station where they found out their height, body mass index, and waist to hip ratio. The waist to hip ratio has been shown to be an indicator of the health of a person. Research shows that people with "apple-shaped" bodies (with more weight around the waist) face more health risks than those with "pear-shaped" bodies who carry more weight around the hips. While they were there, they received information about normal body fat values and practical suggestions on how to reduce body fat.
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  • Commission approves fund transfer for wolf control
    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners approved a staff recommendation to move $50,000 allocated to coyote control in eastern Idaho to wolf control within elk management zones that are performing below management objectives on Jan. 17. The animal damage control funds come from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Idaho annually appropriates $100,000 of these Fish and Game funds to the state Animal Damage Control Board for control of predatory animals and birds. Idaho statute authorizes the Fish and Game Commission to direct how these funds are to be used. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Hummingbirds
    According to a phone call received by the Clearwater Tribune on Jan. 18, the reason hummingbirds are staying is because there are still feeders out. “You’re supposed to take the feeders down at the end of August, and then they’ll migrate,” said the caller. She went on to add that they come back at the end of March or early April, and that is the time to put feeders back out. Lastly, she said the hummingbirds have a hard time surviving the cold temperatures here. Another caller Jan. 18 remarked that she’d heard hummingbirds could survive the winter here, but needed plenty of food.
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  • School Board meeting Monday, Jan. 28 at Peck School
    After completion of roll call, call to order, and consent agenda, there will be time for public comment. Old business will be covered along with discussion. New hires (contingent upon drug test and background check) are Robert Schmidt, Asst. Baseball OHS and Brenda Drobish, Kindergarten .5 FTE aide at OES (replacement). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Craig Mountain gates open to snowmobiling
    Access gates on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area have been opened for snowmobiling. Each year, snowmobiles are permitted on the WMA between the dates of Dec. 15-March 15 but gates remain closed until an average snow depth of 16” has accumulated and is sustained to minimize disturbance to wildlife and habitat. Recent storms have brought sufficient snow to allow gates associated with designated snowmobiling routes on the WMA to be opened. Gates will remain open until March 15 as long as sufficient snow depth is maintained. Gates will be closed before this date if conditions deteriorate. For an up-to-date status on WMA gates, call the IDFG office at 208-799-5010. 
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  • Vassar Connection Road closure
    Effective immediately, the Palouse Ranger District on the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests is planning to close Vassar Connection Road 3347 to public access, Monday-Friday from Road 3803 to the junction with the State Highway 3 and 8. This closure is for public safety reasons as there is an extremely high amount of logging traffic traveling both ways on the road. The closure is expected to last until the end of March. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Fraser news
    January is always a quiet month. The starting of a new year gives me time to reflect on the past and make plans for the months ahead. This year Fraser News will cover some of the events of the past as well as the present community news as it is available. Norma talked to Ruth McHone on the telephone on Monday. She is 96 years old and has a nice room at Brookside Landing in Orofino. She and her friend Lois have been organizing the puzzle table this week. They have been taking the completed puzzles apart and returning the pieces to their boxes. Now there is room to lay out the pieces for the new ones. Friends stop by each day to see how they are doing. Ruth enjoys the birds that come to her feeder and the squirrels that stop by for a snack. She and her son Mike spotted a blue bird recently. When we talked about the deer and turkeys, she mentioned that a deer had actually looked in her glass door one day. Ruth was surprised when she read the article in last week’s Clearwater Tribune about the sisters on Riverside feeding the hummingbirds. She didn’t know why they stayed in Orofino during the cold weather. Stop by and say hi the next time you are in Orofino. She loves company. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    As you can see by the following examples, our Hilltop is full of helpful, neighborly people and a place where acts of kindness are commonplace. Bill, Bobby and Julie Dlouhy appreciate the response to Bill’s snowmobile accident. So many people helped; the woman that stopped and had her husband call the ambulance, the Weippe EMTs, the Clearwater Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Orofino Head Start staff, Gene and Linda Applington, John and Nancy Cahill, and Scott MacFarlane. The Dlouhy’s are overwhelmed by the many phone calls and e-mails received since the accident. Last Saturday while headed for a pinochle class at the library, I went too far to the right on Hjalmer Johnson road and found myself in the ditch. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Pierce news
    S&S Foods is sponsoring a weekly drawing for one person to ski free for the day. Stop by and enter. Drawing is open for everyone. Last Wednesday, Judy O'Brien visited with all of the Timberline High School student artists at The Studio 205 Gallery during the opening night of the Black and Gold Show. This was the 7th annual student art show and all of the students had an opportunity to share something about their art with Judy and have a photo taken. The show was not a juried event, but in my estimation all of the students were gold medal winners with a major title. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 24
    The application period for spring turkey controlled hunts opens Feb. 1 and runs to March 1. The spring black bear controlled hunt application period opened Jan. 15 and continues through Feb. 15. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 - some controlled hunts open later. Turkey youth hunts open April 8.

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