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  • Cloudy issues and tough decisions muddle meeting of City Council
    Orofino City Council convened for their regular meeting Oct. 14. Those in attendance would agree that it was a long meeting, over two and a half hours long, and at the end of the evening little progress seemed to have been made. The bulk of the meeting concerned the public hearing for a simple lot split. Departmental reports were brief, but the council still had the unfinished business of addressing Greg and Brenda Grimshaw’s request for a vendor’s license to sell food, another lengthy matter. The City Council Work Session spent the entire meeting held Oct. 7, discussing an appropriate license for temporary food vendors. It was recognized that certain discrepancies varied from vendor to vendor and perhaps the city needed to create a special license to consistently apply to current and potential food vendors in the city. In any case, Council member Gardner believed Grimshaws were entitled to an answer and solution of some sort, even if it was only temporary, until a resolution of the various business license options were found.
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  • Okay to burn, but you still need a permit in the city
    Just as rain is forecasted for the following week, burn permits for burn barrels and for small piles of brush or yard waste are now being issued for residents of Orofino as of Oct. 20. Burn permits issued by the city are $5 and are good for up to 30 days. City residents who wish to burn are asked to call the Nez Perce Tribe (NPT) ERWM Air Quality Program at (208) 843-9381 or (800) 720-4089 the day prior to make sure it is a burn day. If it is a burn day and you are going to burn, stay on the line and leave a complete message with your name, phone number and what you are burning that day. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Overdue hunter found dead near Elk River
    Robert J. Rodarte, 65, of Chehalis, WA, was found dead in the Swamp Creek Area near Elk River the morning of Oct. 15, according to Clearwater County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). Rodarte went missing Tuesday afternoon, Oct 14. He was driving a UTV and was supposed to return to meet his hunting partner, but never showed up, according to CCSO. Friends and family searched until after midnight Wednesday morning, then contacted CCSO. Rodarte was found, already deceased, shortly after daylight Wednesday morning, Oct. 15. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • What is it about the top paper?
    When people stop by the Clearwater Tribune office to buy a paper, many of them won’t take the very top paper from the pile on our front counter; they instead grab one underneath it. We have speculated as to why this might be. One theory is that the top paper is more likely to have been rifled through (by somebody who wanted to skim it but not buy it). Last week a lady buying the paper at Barney’s told one of our employees she didn’t want the top paper because the inserts can sometimes be missing, stolen by someone who didn’t want to pay for the paper to get them. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Orofino's new airport terminal to be completed by mid-November
    If you’ve driven by the airport recently you may have noticed a small framed building in progress. However small it seems, it will certainly make a huge difference to the pilots and tourists who fly into Orofino by offering those small but necessary amenities, such as a restroom, a place to rest, a telephone or access to the internet for upcoming flight plans. The terminal is expected to be completed by Nov. 15. Once finished, the new 500 square foot terminal will be quite nice. The exterior of the building will sport wainscoting and rock. “We haven’t had a lot of money to put into the airport, because airport activities are expensive, even for our small airport. Yet, the airport is being used more and more often,” claims City Administrator Rick Laam. “Just today, I received another request for an additional hangar, which makes two in the past month.”
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  • Orofino senior bus driver investigates end of senior transportation
    My name is Deryl Ketchum, Coast Transportation Bus Driver, Orofino. I have driven the Senior Bus in Orofino for 17 years. I relieved Lawrence Hunter in 1996, he drove the bus for 16 years. We have a long history of Senior Transportation in our community. In June of 2014, Senior Transportation abruptly ended. Seniors were basically left standing along the side of the road. Why we asked, I wrote the governor of Idaho, Butch Otter, and received the following reply. Frankly I was impressed, as it was obvious the Governor had read my correspondence.
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  • Kathy Dougherty receives Idaho Hospital Association Leader of Volunteer Excellence Award
    “When you hear her contagious laugh, you cannot help joining in! The 2014 LOVE award recipient, Kathy Dougherty, has been a champion and volunteer leader for Orofino’s Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics since moving to the area in 2003,” explains nominator, Jeanette Gorman. “With her get-it-done New Jersey attitude, commitment to her adopted community, and a passion for her local hospital, Kathy wasted no time getting involved with the hospital auxiliary. And she hasn’t slowed down since.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Coho Salmon season open for first time in history
    Never before in the history of the Idaho Fish & Game (IDFG) has there been an open season for Coho Salmon on the Clearwater River!  Because of the dedication and diligence of the Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries program, a once declared extinct species of salmon has been restored and this year the Tribe has exceeded their goal of having more than 14,000 fish return to the Clearwater River. All fishermen should rejoice in the great accomplishment of the Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries and remember the source of this new fishery. Beginning last Friday Coho Salmon may be caught and kept on the Clearwater River from its mouth in Lewiston upstream to the to the South Fork Clearwater River and from its confluence with the South Fork Clearwater River upstream to Clear Creek. Also opening is the North Fork from its mouth to Dworshak Dam. No other streams or rivers will have open Coho season. The season will close on Nov. 16. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Lady Maniacs advance to play-in game
    The Lady Maniacs traveled to Troy, for the Central Idaho League District Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Maniacs opened the tournament facing yet again the Grangeville Bulldogs, in a marathon game resulting in a loss for Orofino 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 25-21, and 9-15.  The Maniacs would finish the day facing Coeur d’Alene Charter in a loser out game, after a slow start Orofino came alive in the last three sets of the match winning 11-25, 25-16, 25-21, and 25-18 to stay alive in the tournament.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Jeanette Gorman
    Earlier this summer I met Jessica Chilcott, a social worker and active volunteer from Sagle, Idaho, who is running for District 7 House, Seat A. Her energy and enthusiasm for education issues really impressed me. Her website quotes her: "I know that education continues to be the single most effective way for individuals and families to get and stay out of poverty." Our state's commitment to education has not only stalled, it is sliding backward. We are 50th in the nation in high school grads who go directly to college. Five years ago we were ranked 43rd in the nation. Many of our schools are going to four day weeks. Idaho college gradutes owe an average $26,751 in student loands, 11th highest in the nation. Idaho is dead last in K-12 per pupil expenditures and, not surprisingly, we're 49th in the nation for per capita income.
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  • Timberline Elementary holds election for newly created student council
    Mrs. Bonner, fourth grade teacher at Timberline Elementary, heads up the newly created elementary student council. She wanted students to know they have a voice in what is going on in their school and for them to build a feeling of ownership. After an explanation of what student council does, officer positions were explained and students from fourth and fifth grade were able to run for an elected position. To be eligible as a candidate you had to attend all meetings, create a slogan, make posters, and give a speech as to why you should be elected. Students had a week to campaign. Posters were hung in the elementary hall and on Election Day, Oct. 9, candidates lined up in front of the cafeteria to shake hands of their voters. After lunch speeches were given and despite some nerves they were all delivered with a strong message. There was even a pre-recorded speech given via DVD due to a foreseen absence, after all this is the 21st century. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Both OHS and THS football had BYE week
    The Orofino High School football team and the Timberline High School football team both had the week off last week, Oct. 17. Orofino will travel up to St. Maries on Friday, Oct. 24, for their last game before playoffs. If the Maniacs pull off a win they will receive home field advantage for the first playoff game. Timberline will face off against the Kendrick Tigers at home on Friday, Oct. 24 for their last home game of the season. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • World Polio Day Friday, Oct. 24
    Recently, Ebola has been in the news because of the fear that the viral disease would become a problem in the U.S. In fact, throughout the world, the most common infectious/communicable diseases are Hepatitis B, Malaria, Hepatitis C, Dengue and Tuberculosis. However, in the United States, the most common deaths due to infectious diseases are HIV/AIDs (causing over 8,000 deaths per year) and Influenza (causing over 6,000 deaths per year). The Orofino Interact Club, a Rotary sponsored organization of Orofino High School youth, will again sponsor “Purple Pinkie Day” around town Friday to raise money for Polio Plus. Purple dyed finger tips commemorate how polio immunization teams identify kids who get the oral polio vaccine in endemic countries. A donation to Polio eradication on Oct. 24 will also give you a purple pinkie, if desired. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - Peck voters passed a water bond by a margin of 63 to 3, which would lead to $120,000 to construct an entirely new water system for the community of 200 people. At present Peck’s water users were being served by water lines that had been installed about 1907 and 1915. The pipes were now badly deteriorated and inadequate for the community’s needs. Peck’s city council also had plans for a new sewer system (Peck residents had septic tanks at this time). 50 Years Ago - Nels Westegaard was having a hard time keeping up with his wife in the steelhead fishing department. Elnora Westegaard landed a 13-pounder Wednesday, but the real pay-off came Friday, when she netted two steelhead within half an hour, while she was fishing below Williams Island. One of these weighed 18 and a half pounds, and the other weighed 12 pounds. Nels hadn’t yet caught his first steelhead of the year, but was nonetheless mighty proud of his wife. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Fraser news
    The story of a Welsh Pony names Dry Creeks Little Flew, started about the year of 2000. Lorri Elkington, the owner of Dry Creek Welsh Pony Farm near Milton-Freewater, OR, is a friend of Sharon and Mike McHone. She tailored her mare named Evans Naked and Famous to the Midnight Sun Farm to have her bred to the McHones’ stallion Neon. The mare’s baby stud colt Dry Creek Little Flew traveled with her, his barn name is “Blue.” Mike and Sharon purchased Blue and he remained at the farm until her was three years old when he was sold to Chris and Sue Anderson for their daughter Kelsey. I first found out about Emma Brown’s love of horses when I visited with her mother Caresse in 2011. Caitlin, Emma’s cousin, had just received her first pony in June of that year. During that visit I asked when Emma was going to get her first pony. Caresse’s comment was “when she can take care of it herself.”
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The community is invited to come and watch the local kids play their last soccer game this Saturday in the Weippe Mini Park, rain or shine. Games begin at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 noon. Bring a lawn chair and come cheer on the kids. They have all come a long way and it's so much fun to watch them play. THS will be playing their last home game on Friday, Oct. 24. The Spartans are having a great season with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses! The players really appreciate it when the town comes out to cheer them on. Don't forget your coats and blankets -the games are getting colder and colder!  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Pierce news
    There will be a combined Community Forum/Orientation for those interested in attending the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy for our next class beginning Jan.17, 2015. Those that have submitted applications and received invite letters to attend an Orientation are expected to attend one of our Orientations prior to being accepted to the Academy. For those interested in attending the Community Forum portion of this event (approximately the first 40 minutes), and submitting your application; you may be invited to stay for the rest of the meeting to fulfill your Orientation requirement. All potential applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian attend this event with them if you are planning to stay for the Orientation Portion of the event. Please contact Trevor Sparrow, Admissions Counselor at to reserve your spot for this event. Seating may be limited so don’t wait! Exact event location and details will be posted two weeks prior to the event. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 23: ATVs not allowed for transport

    Transporting yourself or others on a trail prior to legal shooting hours with the intent to hunt is a violation of the Motorized Hunting Rule, even if the firearm is cased during transport. This use is considered an aid to your hunt. This use is considered an aid to your hunt. Travel and/or transport can occur on established roadways which are open to motorized traffic and capable of being traveled by full-sized automobiles.

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