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January 22 Poll Results
State of the Union
Which of these statements best describes your opinion of Tuesday’s State of the Union speech

17% I thought President Obama did well. (11)
49% It was the same old hot air I’m used to hearing from President Obama. (31)
32% I didn’t watch it. (20)
  2% It was a mix of good and not-so-good. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

Vehicle rollover on Highway 12
Late-breaking news updated Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 a.m.

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  • Alcohol may be a factor in two-vehicle collision
    An 18-year-old man was charged with three alcohol-related violations after he drove across the centerline and hit a logging truck head-on Jan. 19 in Orofino, according to Orofino Police Department (OPD). Brandon Bishop, 18, was driving a 2014 Subaru westbound on Michigan Avenue, Orofino. At 1:58 a.m., on the 2300 block of Michigan Avenue, Bishop crossed the centerline and hit an eastbound 1996 Kenworth logging truck driven by Wayne C. Matthews, 60, of Weippe, according to OPD. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Variance request denied by one vote for Maniac Taco Café
    Orofino City Council members gathered in City Chambers for a regular meeting held Jan. 13. Most of the evening was spent in the council’s deliberation of whether or not to approve the application for a variance filed by Greg Grimshaw. The other most notable topic at the meeting was the consideration and council’s blessing of the Clearwater River Jet Boat Race to take place the same weekend as the Loggercross competition, May 15-17. The council held a public hearing for a variance application filed by Greg Grimshaw for the proposed Maniac Taco Café at the corner of F Street and Michigan Avenue. After months of discussion, letters and testimony both in support and against the Grimshaw’s application, City Council’s initial vote to approve the variance was split; set at three and three. A second roll call vote was taken with the Mayor’s vote to break the tie. The final decision was four votes against and three votes in favor, with the reason of the variance’s denial being that the property already has an existing dwelling and detached garage on the site, and the remaining portion does not meet the minimum lot area required in city Code 11-2-6 C-4. In addition to the inadequate size of the site, the alternative parking area is in conflict with public interest. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Black and Gold student art show is this week
    The 9th annual Black and Gold Timberline High School student art show kicks off this Wednesday, Jan. 21, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 24, at Studio 205 in Pierce. Don’t miss your chance to take in these wonderful presentations of time spent and ideas related. All sorts of media awaits you as you stroll the gallery floor. Give winter the cold shoulder and come on in to Studio 205 Art Gallery on Pierce’s Main Street and enjoy the students’ creativity. The show will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Hot cider will be served for those who need a little warm encouragement. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • New firearm created from Idaho-only parts, products
    Thirteen Idaho recreation-technology companies joined to create a complete, functioning firearm made only from parts and products manufactured in Idaho. Nightforce Optics of Orofino is among the companies that participated. The project was organized by tactical Export Strategies organized the project. The firearm will be on display at the 2015 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV, this week, at the Sands Expo Center in the Idaho Commerce booth (booth 2943).
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  • CVH Auxiliary Card Party, Pie Social is Feb. 11
    The Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Valentine Card Party and Pie Social is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 330 Michigan Avenue, Orofino. A wide variety of pies will be available for purchase, by the slice. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Maniacs win physical battle against the Rams
    The Orofino Maniacs traveled to Kooskia for a nonleague match up against the Clearwater Valley Rams Jan. 13. The Maniacs shot just 42 percent from the free throw line. In the first quarter the Maniacs took a 20-10 advantage over the Rams, but after that they let the Rams within reach only coming out on top 59-42. There were 39 fouls committed on the court Tuesday night resulting in four players fouling out of the game, one Orofino player and three CV players. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Lady Spartans attacked by the Tigers
    The Lady Spartans traveled to Kendrick Jan. 16 for a Whitepine League Division II matchup. During the first quarter of play the Spartans and the Tigers were head to head until the Tigers came alive and pulled head. The Tigers held the Spartans to just one basket in each of the last three quarters leaving the final score 14 Timberline and 54 Kendrick. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    30 Years Ago: Rescue operations were underway at Dworshak Reservoir for a logging carriage which slipped off its track in 88 feet of water. The carriage, belonging to Gary Medley Logging, was being let down the track when it slipped off the end. Divers Mike Tinsley, John Bryant, and Tim Neumayer of Clearwater County Search and Rescue worked to hook a cable onto the back of the carriage so it could be winched up into a Corps of Engineers barge and put back on the track. Medley estimated that thousands of logs remained in the reservoir. 40 Years Ago: Residents learned that a movie starring Charles Bronson was set to be filmed on the Camas Prairie railroad tracks between Spalding, Orofino, and Headquarters. The movie, called “Heartbreak Pass,” set in the 1890’s, would be based off a book of the same name, written by Alistair MacLean. A production crew of 60 to 70 people, including Bronson and his family, would stay in the Lewiston area for six weeks while the movie was filmed. Most of the action in the film would take place on a train enroute to a fort. The plot involved an effort by some villains to stop the train. Camas Prairie Railroad would provide the train. The Spalding/Orofino/Headquarters areas were selected due to the presence of snow, terrain, and wooden train trestles. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Dana Losey
    In November of 2004 I applied for a city business license and after a quick approval from the City Council, I paid my $35 and obtained a business license from the City of Orofino to operate a mobile hot dog vending cart. After a successful year in business, due to the support from the local community excited about another option for dining, I sold the business to pursue other ventures. Fast forward to 2010. Due to many requests for another hot dog cart, I again easily obtained a city license and opened the business up once more in February of 2011, which continues to operate to this day under new ownership. Now, for the past six months I have been following the saga the city is having over issuing another, similar permit to a friend of mine. I’m not sure what kind of politics are playing into this, but it doesn't look good from what I see. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • CVHC's Healthy Horizons weight less group meets second, fourth Tuesdays
    It is the number one New Year’s resolution made most years—did you resolve to lose weight this year? Many sources agree that having a support system is a key factor in accomplishing this goal. If you are looking for a group that meets regularly, has information on healthy recipes, keeps you accountable and is a great sounding board for the trials that come along with weight loss, then you may be looking for Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics’ Healthy Horizons. Healthy Horizons meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the clinic waiting room at 5 p.m. “The classes began Jan. 13, but are always open to new people,” says instructor, Joyce Bunt, Registered Dietician. “The goal of the group is to help you make a realistic weight loss plan and help you stick to it.”
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  • Forests seek campground hosts
    The Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests are looking for energetic, good-natured people to serve as campground hosts for the 2015 season at two campgrounds. The most important job of a Campground Host is to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public. Hosts are expected to assist visitors with information about the campground and local recreation opportunities. They must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance, and be physically able to perform the following tasks: Clean and stock restrooms; clean fire rings, picnic tables and pick up litter; mow and weed-eat campsites and roadways; and maintain a daily visitor log. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Bill Sellers recognized for excellence
    Bill Sellers was nominated to be recognized for excellence as the certified staff member. Bill’s nomination reads: “I would like to nominate Mr. Bill Sellers for the ‘Teacher Employee of the Month.’ Whenever I see him, be it in the classroom, hall, office, gym, he is always very patient and caring with the students, while still being firm and constant in whatever he does. I have had students excitedly come into the library and share new projects that they are creating in his class. “He also helps the students that have just entered junior high to be organized and gives them tips how to manage their time so they may be more productive. He is an excellent teacher, and I am proud that he is part of the Timberline Schools team!” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Avian influenza confirmed in Idaho waterfowl
    The Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) has initiated a multi-agency investigation following the confirmation of a highly pathogenic strain of the avian influenza virus (HPAI), originating from wild waterfowl, in western and southern Idaho. The incidents of HPAI recently found in Washington, Oregon, California and Utah, led USDA Wildlife Services and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to increase routine disease surveillance of wild waterfowl in common migratory regions of Idaho. Surveillance conducted in Gooding County identified several cases of H5N8 avian influenza in wild ducks. The H5N2 strain of avian influenza virus was confirmed in three falcons from a private, non-commercial flock in Canyon County, Idaho and was a result of recent contact with wild waterfowl.
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  • UI poll finds 90% of Idahoans support livestock grazing on public lands
    A new statewide poll found that 90 percent of Idaho residents approve of livestock grazing as a legitimate use of public lands, the same percentage as guided recreation and mountain biking. Ninety-eight of the respondents approve of hiking and camping on public lands, and 65 percent approve of the use of motorized recreation such as ATVs and motorbikes. The new survey conducted by the University of Idaho Social Science Research Unit for the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission (IRRC) was based on 585 telephone surveys with Idaho residents. The poll was completed in December 2014. More than half of the survey participants have lived in Idaho for more than 30 years, and participants represent a diverse cross-section of political ideology, UI officials said.
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  • Fraser news
    The Fraser Community finally had a day of much appreciated sunshine on Wednesday, Jan. 14, after five days of heavy fog. The temperature for the past week has ranged from 37 to 43 degrees with snow showers and rain. The snow on some of the fields has melted and is running in the creeks, typical for the month of January. I stopped by the Midnight Sun Welsh Pony farm on Jan. 7, to visit with Sharon and to meet the newest animal addition to the farm. Two very friendly miniature horses look like they have adjusted well to their new home. They follow Sharon around because they know she carries treats in the pocket of her barn coat. Odie is a palomino and Bodie is a buck skin. They are too cute for words, and Sharon says “they put a smile on anyone that stops by for a visit.” Jaycee, the McHones’ granddaughter, enjoys leading them around the corral, they are so gentle they just stop and wait for her to get up when she falls down. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Pierce news
    So far this season, 200 snow riders have enjoyed the slopes of Bald Mountain Ski Area, that's an average of 67 per day which is right about where they need to be to break even; how cool is that? I'm thinking pretty darn cool. The Ski Club has snowboard and ski instructors so if you’ve always wanted to but not learned to enjoy sliding across the snow for pure fun, exhilaration and positive vibes, come on up and learn to ride with us. For more information check out Bald Mountain Ski Area - The Best Little Ski Area in Idaho or our Facebook/baldmountainskiarea. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Those celebrating birthdays next week are Dave Hueth on Jan. 25, Jacob Mayberry on Jan. 26, Debbie Umphenour on Jan. 27, Jamie Ward and Bryce Broenneke on Jan. 28, Tony Morris and Scott Wiggins on Jan. 30, and Josh Hutchins on Jan. 31. There aren't any anniversaries in the community calendar next week. If you would like to have your birthday or anniversary included in this section and you're not listed in the community calendar, give me a call or send me an email and I'd be happy to report it! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 22

    Feeding wild birds is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S., and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game encourages bird enthusiasts to keep a few things in mind to help assure successful bird feeding. "The location of your feeder and what food it offers is very important for attracting birds," said Deniz Aygen, IDFG wildlife program coordinator. "To attract a variety of birds, many bird watchers use a variety of feeders and foods in several different locations."

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