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February 21 Poll Results
Harsher Punishment
for Hitting Children
Should adults who strike children (in the manner of the Hayden, Idaho man who allegedly struck a child on an airplane recently) be subjected to harsher punishments than they currently are?

60% Yes. There is no excuse for striking a child in that manner. (31)
38% No. The current punishments are sufficient. (20)
  2% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • OSHA fines agencies, while Forest Service says not their fault, in firefighter death
    The U.S. Forest Service’s Serious Accident Investigation (SAI) team, which explored the death last summer of firefighter Anne Veseth, 20, of Moscow, found no fault with the agencies involved in fighting the fire. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) and the Forest Service $14,000 each in violations, and issued a number of citations to each agency. The citations are open for disagreement or contest from those persons or entities cited.

  • OHS takes second place at We the People competition
    Congratulations to the Orofino High School Honors Government Class for earning second place at the “We the People”, Mock Congressional Hearing in Boise earlier this month. What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system? How did the values and principles embodied in the Constitution shape American institutions and practices? What are the roles of the citizen in American democracy? These are the topics that the class studied as they prepared to compete in the We the People, Mock Congressional Hearing Competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Riverside...annexation...taxation
    As a kid growing up on Riverside we had a lot of fun playing in the open fields that surrounded our house. There was an orchard field across the street. We would pick apples, cherries, pears and plumbs. Another field we could ride our bikes or in later years ride motorcycles there. Behind Margaret Wilson’s house was a basketball court. Not concrete or asphalt, but good old fashioned dirt and when it rained and you tried to dribble the ball it was a splattering mud that got your face and clothes pretty dirty. At the end of the street was a great restaurant called the Idaho Inn. Mary and Carl Peterson ran the business and it also was our bus stop area. When it was raining it was always nice to be able to stand inside their business and stay dry until you would see Howard Brundage swing the school bus in for our trip to school. Next to the Idaho Inn Punch Deyo had the Saw Service business where he sold a lot of us kids our first motorcycle. Going to motorcycle races back then was a big thrill. Just up the highway (where Riverside Sport Shop is) was the original Bee Line gas station. Emma and Earl Williams owned the business. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Stuffed animal drive for Newton students
    After a crisis people tend to come together and offer support, which is exactly what Timberline's ASB students want to do.  The students are holding a Stuffed Animal Drive, in which they are asking students, teachers, parents and community members to participate by donating new stuffed animals, or cash donations that will be used to purchase stuffed animals. The stuffed animals will then be sent to the children that survived the Newtown, Connecticut crisis. ASB students will pack and ship the stuffed animals on March 20. We will be accepting donations of money or stuffed animals until March 18. Donation cans have been placed at S&S Foods in Pierce and Mary Ann’s Groceries in Weippe. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Cabin Fever gardening series offered in Orofino
    University of Idaho Extension - Clearwater County is offering the “Cabin Fever” series of gardening and landscaping workshops again this year. This year’s program will include presentations on how to make money through gardening and small-acreage agriculture, landscaping around the home, consumer information on gardening products, and how to prune ornamental shrubs and trees. The program will be held on three consecutive Tuesday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m., on Feb. 26, March 5, and March 12. The program will be held in the conference room of the Extension office located at 2200 Michigan Ave. in Orofino. Registration is only $5 per workshop or $10 for the entire three-part series.
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  • Crash on Highway 12 injures Orofino woman
    An Orofino woman was injured Feb. 19 in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Paula Clark, 68, of Orofino, was westbound on the highway in a 2004 Toyota Corolla. Near milepost 35, at about 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Clark crossed over the centerline and struck and eastbound 2005 Dodge Pickup driven by George Stockton, 73, of Kamiah. With Stockton was one passenger, Alice Stockton. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Forest Service rep comes to council
    Forest Service Deputy, Ralph Rau, addressed Orofino City Council’s regular meeting February 12, regarding the upcoming move of forest service offices to Kamiah. The joint Nez Perce Clearwater forests will be managed in one office in Kamiah, central in the district, to save money. Rau said that not everyone “cherished that idea” but it boiled down to economics. Rau said that a lot of projects (such as fire management) have been zoned across the two forests for a number of years. It just made more sense, with budget reductions, to combine and operate as one forest. Rau stated that with the nation going through wars and other tough times, the forest service has a role to play in “balancing things” as much as any other federal agency. Rau stated that other forests in the U.S. have had to be consolidated as well. “The reality” he said, “is we did not have the resources to staff two forests. But by pooling our resources we are better able to fulfill our mission.” Rau was asked if the forest service is planning a building program in Kamiah, to which he answered, “No.” The agency owns houses there and has already converted one of them into an office and is in the process of doing that to another house. Likewise, they have the option of converting a warehouse there for additional space. Altogether, they will be moving approximately 160 positions. The offices in Grangeville have another 10 years remaining on the lease. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • From this Chair
    Sunday the Phantom and I visited the Howland twin boys, who turn three in just a few days. I witnessed their first fight. They were down on the floor, hitting and kicking at each other, while one was trying to get something from the other one. Since I never had any boys of my own, just three daughters, I called excitedly to their dad, “Bryan, they are fighting!” He was walking past them and said “Oh, they are okay.” It was over as quickly as it had started. That was a good lesson for me, Gi-Gi. Yes, little boys do behave differently from little girls.
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  • Wrestlers from Orofino advance to state
    Maniac Nick Muller won the district title for his weight class of 195 in the Idaho Class 2A/1A District I-II meet at Prairie High School in Cottonwood, on Feb. 16. Orofino’s wrestling team placed sixth out of the 10 teams who participated in the district meet, dominated largely by St. Maries, Prairie and Potlatch. Four other wrestlers from Orofino placed within the top three positions in their respective weight classes and will also go to state competition, at Pocatello's Holt Arena on Feb. 22-23. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Children's book author to visit Timberline Schools
    Timberline Schools will be visited on Monday, Feb. 25, by new and upcoming author, April Montano, author of a new children's book series titled, “The Adventures of Churney: The day it all began.” The series is about a family and their adorable friend that learn many good lessons through trial and error. April was born and raised in Ritchfield, Idaho and is now residing in Ririe, Idaho, with her family, where she will continue the series.
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  • Maniac Cheer Off is Saturday
    Orofino will be hosting this year’s Maniac Cheer Off cheerleading competition Saturday, Feb. 23, at Orofino High School. The cheer off begins at 9:15 a.m. and 14 teams from District II will be participating. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • E. Clayne Tyler elected president of Attorneys Association
    Clayne Tyler, Prosecuting Attorney for Clearwater County, was recently elected to serve as the 2013 President for the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association (IPAA). The IPAA Board of Directors elected Mr. Tyler as their 2013 President during their annual Board meeting and statewide training conference. In 2002, he began assisting the Clearwater County Prosecuting Attorney's Office with primarily felony drug cases, and eventually sought election for the position in 2006 following the death of long-time incumbent prosecutor, John Swayne. He has been the elected prosecutor for Clearwater County since October of 2006. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Brookside Memory Care Unit now open
    Brookside Landing has now opened the Memory Care Unit specializing in advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The Memory Care Unit cares for residents who, as examples, have memory deficiencies, need more time with daily tasks, an increased amount of reminders and hands on assist, and those who may be putting themselves at risk because of wandering. The Memory Care Unit at Brookside Landing is a secure, home like environment with the same high quality of care Brookside Landing is known for with its Assisted Living and Independent Living apartments. Apartments are available for those in need. Many people experiencing Alzheimer’s and Dementia lose the ability to perform even the simplest tasks. 
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  • Brady Goss to perform at Old Opera House
    The Old Opera House Theatre will be hosting Brady Goss Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Brady Goss (piano & vocals) was described from an early age as a piano phenom. Beginning playing at age four, today he is recognized as an electrifying entertainer. Brady, from Wallowa, OR, has played all over the United States and travels to Memphis to record quite often. One of the artists that is continually invited back to play the Pendleton Roundup, Brady proves to entertain. Those who have witnessed his live shows are awed by his formidable keyboard speed then grabbed by soulful vocals that are loaded with passion and bring out the feel good emotions that keep fans of all ages wanting more. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Pierce news
    Once again this community has pulled together to help a person in need, Steve Light lost his home two weeks ago to a house fire. It was a total loss and he was left homeless. Last week the Camp Fire Pickers played at the Timber Inn for donations for Steve, the following week family and friends worked hard fixing a place for him to stay, he will be at Allen Crawford’s house on Birch Ct. Steve is very thankful as he didn’t want to have to leave the Pierce area he is so fond of.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last Monday, in the vicinity of Three Mile Road near Fidler Road, a passing motorist saw a dog lying near the road. Upon closer observation, it was determined the dog was caught in a wolf trap, with the attached chain wrapped around some brush. The trap was just off the road. The motorist could not remove the trap and went to get some tools. The owner was found and assisted with this endeavor. It took them about 2½ hours to remove the paw from the trap. I pass this on so people are aware of this possibility with their animals. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Fraser news
    The Frasier Ladies Get Together Club held their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The hostesses were Dolores Watson and Lydia Vendetta. Steve Brand opened the doors and started the wood stove so the building would be warm when everyone arrived. The tables were decorated for Valentine’s Day. President Donna Brown called the meeting to order at 1 p.m. Secretary Oreta Stuart called the roll and read the minutes of the October meeting. Treasurer Norma Brand gave the financial report for October, November and December and paid the bills for the December meeting. The club voted to draw names for hostesses and Secret Sister at the February meeting instead of in December from now on. The Christmas potluck includes family members and a visit from Santa Claus so a meeting is not held. The money for the White Elephant gift was donated to the club treasury and Bev Bailey will bring the gift to the March meeting. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 21
    Local Idaho Fish and Game fishery personnel will be presenting information on this year’s run forecast for Chinook salmon and will be discussing strategies on how to best manage them. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to hear from anglers on what strategies they would prefer most.

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