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February 7 Poll Results
Godaddy Superbowl
Were you amused by or disgusted
by godaddy.com’s Superbowl commercial?

30% Definitely disgusted! (16)
19% I thought it was pretty funny. (10)
31% Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it. (17)
20% I haven’t seen the commercial. (11)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • New road weather cameras installed on Grangemont Road
    Traveling motorists will now be able to monitor the conditions of the road and weather on Grangemont Road, thanks to a grant received by Clearwater County. The Road Weather Information System (RWIS) site includes a camera, temperature sensors for air and pavement temperature, a winds gauge, precipitation gauge, relative humidity sensor and a road surface sensor that can show the condition of the road surface. Due to its location at the intersection of Grangemont and Band Mill road the site is powered by solar energy. You can view the new RWIS online at www.clearwatercounty.org. Just follow the “Check your Weather” link to “Road Conditions Camera” page and you will find the Grangemont camera. Now it is even easier to know what the road is like if you’re traveling to the Clearwater back-country or just to the city of Pierce.
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  • School Board sets vision for district
    The Joint School District 171 Board of Trustees adopted their annual goals and a strategic plan at the December, 2012 meeting. The board will use the goals to set the focus on what needs to be accomplished this year. The strategic plan is the step-by-step map on how to attain those goals. The three goals are to improve the level of mutual respect between all students and adults in our schools, strengthen the practice of having “high expectations” for our students in all their work, and continue with facility planning—including updating and repair. Each goal has been closely aligned with the newly adopted strategic plan, which can be viewed on the district website at http://www.sd171.k12.id.us under the “School Board” link. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • FSA proposes change in local administrative area boundaries
    Farm Service Agency is guided by a committee elected by local producers.  Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level, decide the kind of programs their counties will offer, and work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers. Each county or combination of counties is divided into three to five local administrative areas (LAA). Each LAA is represented by one member on the county committee. Due to the combination of the Lewis and Clearwater County offices, the LAA boundaries for these combined counties have been re-drawn.
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  • Lacey appointed head coach of Meridian High School
    Motorists traveling on U.S. 12 could experience delays of up to 15 minutes as two over-width trucks travel the highway this week, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. Each truck will depart from the Port of Wilma in Washington and travel to the Montana border from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weather permitting. The trucks and their cargo, evaporator vessels, weigh 255,600 pounds each, are 19.6 feet tall, 16 feet wide and 141 feet long. The first transport is scheduled to start Wednesday night.
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  • Six of ten essay winners are Orofino seventh graders
    In a recent state-wide essay contest, six of the 10 prizes awarded went to Orofino seventh graders. The contest was sponsored by the Idaho Human Rights Education Foundation out of Boise. “Civility and Compassion in Our World, Community, and School” was the contest’s topic. Cameron Olson, the first place winner, won $100.
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  • Valentine memory
    There are many types of love. I am blessed to have loved and been loved in its many capacities. But rarely does Valentine’s Day pass when I am not reminded of a very special Valentine’s Day, that took place right here. My family had just returned to Orofino from someplace, Utah or Colorado, I don’t remember which; but it was mid-year and I had already attended as many schools as I was in age. We were living with my Grandma and Grandpa McCandless, until the Air Force had decided where to send our family next. In class, each student was asked to make a Valentine box for the class party. For those of you who did not know my grandmother she was quite artsy and little did I know but my Valentine box would be remembered to this day. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago: Federal Prohibition Agents C.B. Madsen and O.R. Williams made liquor raids at Orofino and Weippe recently. They confiscated 32 gallons of moonshine liquor and arrested Amos Snyder, James Kohncke, and William McLean in the Orofino raid. Fred Baker was arrested in the Weippe raid. Baker had a quart of purported moonshine in his possession at the time of his arrest. Ten gallons of liquor were found in Snyder’s home, and McLean was found purchasing a pint of liquor. Kohncke was arrested at a woodshed while allegedly guarding the 32 gallons of liquor. These same Prohibition Agents, on another trip to Orofino, destroyed a still found six miles northeast of town, smashed 350 gallons of mash, and confiscated 35 gallons of the purported moonshine whiskey.
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  • Two arrested in Weippe drug bust
    Two people were arrested Jan. 31 when Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputies served a narcotics-related search warrant at a Weippe residence on Cedar Avenue, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Fawn Marie Robles, 43, and David Randall Robles, 54, were arrested at 11:45 a.m. while deputies executed the warrant, according to the news release.
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  • My view (from Brazil) to you
    Many in our area are aware of the short-term mission trips my husband, Don, and I and I take part in. In the past we have shared from our experiences in the Philippines, with the young girls there who are victims of sexual abuse. We continue to go to serve there every spring and will again go this April 17 – May 7.  But, that is not what this story is about. It’s about our latest, more adventurous trip, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 7, to bring much needed dental and eye care, along with the good news of the gospel, to the back tribes of the Amazon. At 5 a.m. we boarded our flight for Manaus, Brazil. Once we arrived in Manaus, we discovered that our luggage had not caught up with us. Without our luggage we could not proceed any further, so we waited at the home of the missionaries. After two days our luggage arrived. Looking back on it, it ended up being a good thing, since I had begun to feel sick and was in need of some rest and lots of chicken broth. They don’t sell just broth in the stores in Brazil, so we ended up buying Ramen noodles and using just the broth packet. Finally we were ready for the next leg of our journey: a one and a half hour flight to Intituba. None of us spoke any Portuguese, and we were told just a week before we left that we would not have an interpreter. The best we would get would be a young girl from the local church, Kasey, who would join us at this juncture. She knew no English, but Nick knew some Portuguese, and the two of them, with the help of a Portuguese dictionary and lots of “small” talk, could converse some.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Dennis Fuller
    For too long, expecting members of Congress to abide by their oath to the Constitution and its limitations on government power has been made an “extreme” position. Those of us who decry the usurpation of our liberties and God-given rights are labeled as intolerant troglodytes who must be shunned at all costs. If you’re not willing to compromise on morals, virtues and principles, then you must surely be an ignorant, racist radical who cannot exist in an enlightened society. However, true patriots will not give up and must continue to expose the plans of those who wish to enslave us. Even some of the mainstream media have awakened to the onslaught of the regulatory bureaucracy that is currently upon us. If you think the ongoing “fiscal cliff” crisis is bad, just wait for the tsunami of new rules that are set to sweep us over the precipice. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Ron Hanes
    The Forest Service’s refusal to allow privatization of land within the Clearwater-Nez Perce Forest should remind us all that our federal government is best suited for some jobs. In August, Kelly Creek fly fishermen were greeted with “private property” signs at their favorite fishing holes. A woman picking huckleberries was threatened by an armed man, informed she was trespassing and ordered to leave. Some of the 52 would-be “gold miners”, with their recently purchased claims, pressed the Forest Service to get the roads open so they could move trailer houses on “their land.” The Forest Service removed the signs, informed the “miners” they had no right to put them up, and like everybody, they must move camp every 18 days …no trailer houses allowed.
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  • Pierce Winter Festival is a big hit
    Festival goers enjoyed sunny skies, moderate temperatures, and a good snow base last weekend at the Pierce Winter Festival. Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club hosted a Fun Run where 40 sledders rode a 50 mile loop and won cash prizes playing a modified Bingo game. A delicious hearty breakfast was served to over 75 people by Nancy Cowger and her civic minded crew. Greg and Diane Gerot conducted the fifth annual Ice Man Relay. Two teams of three members competed for a traveling trophy. The winning team was Studio 205’s, consisting of Colton Jared on snowshoes, runner/sledder Guy Bonner, and jumper Lawson Jared. Lawson ended the relay by jumping into icy Orofino Creek with a team time of 17 minutes 42 seconds. This is the fourth year Colton Jared has been on a winning Ice Man team. A woman’s team, sponsored by The Outback, finished at 39 minutes, 34 seconds and was led by jumper Linda Turrill. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Man sentenced for distributing meth
    Jacob Custodio, 31, of Apple Valley, California, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Coeur d’Alene to 48 months in prison for distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Custodio to serve four years of supervised release following his prison term and perform 120 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to the charge on July 16, 2012. According to court testimony, Custodio admitted that on December 22, 2011, he provided what he knew to be methamphetamine to co-defendant John Gilbert Rincon, in Orofino. 
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  • Orofino Best Western site for 20/20 interview
    The Best Western Plus Lodge at River’s Edge in Orofino was the location for a recent filming by the “20/20” TV Show crew on an interview of a Kamiah woman that survived a freak accident in 2009.  The segment will air Friday, Feb. 1 or Friday, Feb. 15, depending on scheduling. The segment will be on traumatic medical miracles. Michelle Childers, 24, and her husband, Daniel, were on a drive off Highway 12 near Lochsa Lodge when a corner of a 13-inch limb 2 inches wide was hooked by their vehicle’s mirror after they made a right-hand turn around a corner. Michelle reported that the branch flipped her like a rubber band and broke off on the window frame. The branch rammed through the front part of her neck on the left side before piercing the skin on the back of her neck. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fraser news
    During the month of January the Fraser Community had 11 sunny days, the remaining 20 days we had snow, rain or heavy fog; snow still covered the ground at the end of the month. Marie Green was transferred from the Clearwater Valley Hospital to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston on Wednesday, Jan. 30. A helicopter made the trip a quick one and the staff at the hospital took good care of our special neighbor. Marie is now in the Kindred Transitional Care facility at 3315 8th Street in Lewiston, room 215. She has a telephone in her room, her voice sounded strong when Norma talked with her on Saturday. Carl and RoseAnna Thornton had a busy day on Sunday. Peggy and Reggie Ball had breakfast with them and the Brands stopped by to return their copies of the Clearwater Reflections in the afternoon. Carl shared a map of the Fraser Community that his mother Edna had drawn. She had located many homes of the people that lived here when she was growing up; this information will be added to Norma’s file of the history of this area. RoseAnna was ready to stop working and take time to watch the Super Bowl when they left.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Lots of news from the Senior Center Meal Site this week. Dolores Watson reports four tables of pinochle players at the lodge. Tressa Soles won high, Lori Franchini got low - Tressa and Lori got pinochle! Minnie Weidner and Jeri Sinclair had lunch at Timberline Café last Wednesday. Geraldine Rebel will celebrate her 72nd birthday Wednesday. Happy Birthday, Geraldine! Barb Opdahl attended an ICARE (Cancer Assistance Recovery Effort) board meeting and planning session in McCall last weekend. Barbara Martin said Harold Martin, Everet’s cousin from Gasquet, CA will be going to the VA hospital in Portland, OR for treatment of cancer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Winter Festival was a huge success due to excellent weather and so many helping and participating. Thanks to all of you who came, enjoyed, bought tickets, purchased festival shirts, and especially to all who worked so hard to organize, plan, advertise and conduct the event. Congratulations to the local winners. Mary Anne Marco won the 'Day on the River' grand prize; Colton Jared, Guy Bonner, and Lawson Jared won the Ice Man Relay for Studio 205; Linda Turrill and Linda Morrison won the Women's Ice Man trophy for The Outback; Tammy Benson won first place for the painted snow sculpture; Bill and Judy McKinstry won first place for their natural 'Polar Bears'; Todd Billups won the trophy for the Bar Stool Race; Joe Blanchard took second place; Lanie Jared and Maia Cram each won a basket of goodies for the 'Passport to Pierce.' To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 7
    While most hunting seasons are now closed, the spring "light goose" season is poised to open. Beginning Saturday, February 16, the hunt stretches across portions of southern and eastern Idaho. The season on Ross's and snow geese runs through March 10 in Areas 2 and 3. The bag limit is 10 per day and 20 in possession. Area 2 includes Bingham County west of the west bank of the Snake River and the American Falls Reservoir bluff; Power County north of Interstate 86 and west of the west bank of the Snake River and the American Falls Reservoir bluff.

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