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December 18 Poll Results
Animal Citizenship Rights
Do you agree with Canadian philosopher Will Kymlicka that domesticated animals should be granted citizenship rights?

  2% Yes. (1)
86% No. (36)
12% It would depend upon which rights the animals were to be granted. (5)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • OHS graduate dies after being struck by a car
    A 32-year-old Orofino High School and University of Idaho graduate was killed Wednesday after being struck by a car in Fallowfield, England. Mara Voglewede married Chris Jones in England, settled there, and became a teacher at Hathershawe College in Oldham. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise money to pay for travel expenses for her family, as well as funeral expenses. GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/j2tft0. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Major league baseball players fish for charity at Orofino's Best Western
    The Best Western Plus Lodge at River’s Edge was overjoyed to host the first ever Stottlemyre Casting for the Cure Celebrity Fishing Classic in Orofino Dec. 11-13. This particular charity event was unique because it included six major league baseball players, past and present. Six teams comprised of four fishermen and one MLB celebrity hit the Clearwater River early Friday morning to kick off two days of fishing to benefit the Stottlemyre Foundation’s fight against cancer. “Everyone was so gracious and amazing to work with,” reported Stephanie Deyo, Marketing Director of the Lodge. Kourtney Eckman, Event Coordinator at the Lodge reported that she “had never met a nicer group of men who were all so happy to be visiting our small town!”  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • P&Z approves variance request for Maniac Taco café, with some reservations
    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met Dec. 16 for their regular meeting. The evening’s agenda included a public hearing and discussion/review of proposed amendments to the C-2 zoning ordinances in Orofino. The Public Hearing was opened for a two part variance request from Greg Grimshaw. The first part of the request was to vary the minimum lot area for commercial property from 6,000 square feet to 2,750 square feet. The second part of the request was to vary the off street parking requirements from on-site to a separate off-site location. The property Grimshaw is hoping to utilize as a location for a concession trailer housing Maniac Taco Café, is located on the corner of Michigan Ave. and South F St. at 785 Michigan Ave. The property is zoned C-2, in the Sales and Service District. Building Official Todd Perry opened the Public Hearing by defining the zoning ordinances and reminding the commissioners that a variance shall not be considered a right or special privilege. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Emergency Management update, PILT, ambulance district accounting
    Emergency Management Coordinator Don Gardner met with the Board of County Commissioners at their Dec. 15, meeting and presented documents requiring the Chairman’s signature for the 2011 Homeland Security Grant and the 2012 Homeland Security Grant. Mr. Gardner reported on the recent Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting and the survey the committee members filled out. He presented the results of the survey and identified the strengths and not-strengths in the areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Sheriff Chris Goetz met with the Board and reported that he was voted in as President of the Sheriff’s Association. The Board discussed Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Three Manaics score in double digits to beat Wallace
    The Maniacs spent the weekend up north and on Dec. 19 they defeated Wallace 52-43, with three players scoring double digits. Hayden Wilson led the team with 17 points but right behind him with 15 points of his own was Bayley Noah and Brendon Judd rounding off the trio with 14 points. Noah scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half of the game while Judd added five assists and six rebounds to his 14 points to bring the Maniacs to 5-1 on the season. The Maniac defense intensified after the first quarter on Wallace’s top shooter who scored 15 points in the first but the Maniacs stopped that and only allowed his to score four points the rest of the game. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Lady Spartans battle with the Mustangs
    The Lady Spartans hosted the Lady Mustangs of Deary on Dec. 15, and it was a battle ‘til the end. The Spartans led by four points at halftime but the Mustangs came out strong on defense to turn the tables defeating the Spartans 35-39. Morgan Willett led the Spartans in this battle with 14 points, while Cady Jared put up 10.
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  • Maniacs collect their first loss of the season
    The Orofino Maniacs traveled to Kellogg Dec. 19 to face the Kellogg Wildcats. Hayden Wilson led the Maniacs with 13 points, he got by three 3-pointers and went 4-for-4 from the foul line. While Drake Kuykendall put up eight of his own points in the Maniac’s first loss of the season 31-58. The Maniacs had trouble with Kellogg’s big guys on the inside. Orofino trailed 6-32 going into half time but kept the pace with the Wildcats in the second half, scoring 25 points to Kellogg’s 26 points. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Durgan Jared leads Spartans in matchup against Summit
    Timberline Spartans on Dec. 18 traveled to Cottonwood for another Whitepine League Division II matchup against Summit. Although the game didn’t end in the Spartan’s favor 40-80 Durgan Jared led the team with 24 points. While the rest of the 40 points scored by the Spartans were scattered between the rest of the team. Jared hit six three point shots, in this low fouling game. Timberline ended the game with just 10 fouls and Summit ended with 12 fouls, resulting in no one fouling out of the game. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Idaho prosecutes historic grizzly bear poaching case
    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Two years ago the name Kibidula meant nothing to me, as might be the case with you if this is the first newsletter you have received from me. Kibidula is a mission institution on 4,000 acres of donated land for the purpose of providing the young people of Tanzania a new beginning. The focus of the institution is education, beginning with a primary school for approximately one hundred children from villages within a five mile radius in which most of the children walk each day.  Then, for young people between the ages of 14 to 18 (who, for different reasons, weren’t able to attend or complete high school), Kibidula provides an agriculture program that will enable them to be proficient in the only way of life they may ever know. At the same time, it increases their confidence in being able to learn. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Clearwater Memorial Public Library hosts author John Bradbury Dec. 30
    Clearwater Memorial Public Library will be hosting an author signing of John Bradbury’s book, Dec. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the library, 402 Michigan Ave. in Orofino. Mr. Bradbury, who is a longtime supporter and past board member of the Clearwater Historical Society, will be donating proceeds to the museum. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • From this Chair
    Since Mary Jane failed to make the Clearwater Tribune’s Christmas greeting ad in last week’s issue she is sending her own personal greeting ad in this issue. Some readers refer to Mary Jane as ‘a celebrity’ due to me writing about her in this column. I don’t know whether she felt slighted by not being pictured in last week’s ad with the two Tribune office dogs, Angus and Izzy. If so she did not complain. When I asked Marcie “why isn’t Mary Jane in this ad with the other two dogs?” she replied, “because Mary never comes to the office.” Now Mary has a new concern. Her cousin, Angus, a black pug same as she, won the small dog Christmas drawing at Orofino Builders Supply’s annual drawing Christmas is going to the dogs contest. Yes, Mary was entered! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Orofino seventh graders win writing contest
    Seventh grade students recently competed in a national writing contest, Letters About Literature. First place winner Orofino seventh graders Stephanie Melton, Jaqueline Criswell, and Allyse Waggener won first, second, and third places, respectively. The local contest was sponsored by OJSHS Library. Students wrote letters to the authors of their favorite books and made personal connections to the stories. Media specialist Carol Robinson and her librarian colleague, Janice Hicks, chose the winners for the local contest. Local prizes are robot-styled jump drives. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Snowflake Outbreak at the Weippe Library
    It is a busy time of year, but we just had to have a party for snowflakes at the Weippe Library. We were hoping that real live snowflakes would start falling, but...it didn't snow! We made snowflakes from gumdrops and toothpicks and sang a snowflake song with a snowflake puppet. Still, there was no snow. We read snowflake books one right after another played a memory game, and just plain had fun. We want the children to know that the library is a friendly place where they can come in and enjoy themselves.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    30 Years Ago - Shirley Cochrane began a series of articles this week regarding her family’s trip to Russia, then still referred to as the Soviet Union. One of the most fascinating parts of the article was what Soviets did not want travelers bringing into their country. This included books and magazines, pornographic materials, or any current magazines about what the rest of the world was doing. Magazines with advertisements for consumer goods were unwelcome; consumer goods as we know them were not available in the Soviet Union. Another puzzling component of the trip was that foreign visitors were not allowed to freely mingle with ordinary Soviet citizens. Cochrane and her family were told they would move about the cities in their own bus or taxi, and that by and large, the people who would take the risk of speaking to a foreigner were very few. 40 Years Ago -Some might consider John Crockett to be in an enviable situation this past week. His telephone number mistakenly appeared in a babysitter wanted ad in the Clearwater Tribune. Crockett called the Tribune Friday to point out the error, but admitted it wasn’t half bad having all those “sweet-sounding young women” calling to come babysit him.
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  • Orofino student qualifies for state honor band
    Tristan Dennison, a trumpet player who attends Orofino Jr./Sr. High School, has auditioned for and qualified for the Idaho All State Honor Band 2015. This is a great honor for the school and community.  Only 18 trumpet players made it statewide. “We are asking for donations to pay for Tristan’s $240 registration fee,” said band instructor Kathleen Tetwiler. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Fraser news
    Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you are well and enjoying the holiday season. Early in December I received a letter from Milton L. Snyder Ph.D. he complimented me on the article I wrote on the Samson Snyder family on the Nov. 27, issue of the Fraser news. In 2013 Milton sent me an autographed copy of his book “Maybe Milton Should Go Work in the Woods,” he offered to assist me on an article about his grandfather John Wesley Snyder. I plan to take him up on his offer next year. Thanks for the encouraging letter, Milton. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Timberline High School football team is raising money to purchase new jerseys. The amount that they need to raise is $4,000 and they need to have it by Feb. 1. There will be a silent auction on Jan. 11, at the Elk Horn. Donations of items for the auction can be dropped off with Millie at the Elk Horn. Go check your closets and see if you can find something to donate! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 25

     After work that required dramatic fluctuations in the North Fork Clearwater River and the Clearwater downstream from the North Fork, flows are back to normal this week. The Army Corps of Engineers was conducting tests on Dworshak Dam fluctuating releases between 1,600 and 5,500 cfs. This caused water levels in the North Fork Clearwater and main Clearwater rivers to fluctuate up to 1-foot per hour. This week flows are back to approximately 1,600 cfs.

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