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February 28 Poll Results
Telecommuting
Do you think employees of a company become less productive when allowed to “telecommute,” i.e. work from home?

23% Overall, yes, I think they do (16)
73% No, not necessarily – it depends on the employee (50)
  4% Undecided (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • O-Stars Elite wins Grand Champion cheer award
    The O-Stars Elite team won the Overall Grand Champion Award for All-Stars, plus first place in their junior division, Orofino Maniac Cheer Off held Feb. 23 at Orofino High School. The O-Stars Intermediate (youth) team also won first place in their division. Both teams are traveling to compete in the Pac-West Nationals in Portland, OR March 15-17. The O-Stars Mini team also competed and won first place.
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  • Chamber auction games and prizes
    Games, drawings and winners have been decided on for the 2013 Orofino Chamber of Commerce Auction that is being held on March 15, at the Best Western Plus Lodge at River’s Edge. “We have had enough donations come in that we are finally able to announce our games and prizes… and let me tell you, they are awesome,” says Stephanie Deyo, Chamber Director. Bobbi Samuels, 2013 Chamber President, will ask all participants to declare a coin side by touching either their heads or tails. She will then flip the coin and let the people who are still standing know which side it lands on and ask the people who declared the opposite side to sit down. The coin toss will continue until the last person standing is declared the winner.
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  • "Call the law" remark leads to public intoxication charge
    Amy York of Pierce was arrested Feb. 21 on a public intoxication charge, after a curious incident involving a note she allegedly gave to a Sunset Mart employee, according to Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson. At approximately 3:35 p.m. that afternoon, according to Chief Wilson, Orofino police responded to a call from Sunset Mart. An employee there explained that York passed over a hand-written note, and said “Call the law.” York reportedly also whispered to the employee that she needed help, and was seen leaving Sunset Mart in a van with two adult males.
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  • Peck man ordered to pay $85,000 in restitution to IRS
    Gary Raymond Harvey, 71, of Peck, was sentenced Feb. 20 to 36 months in prison for making false claims for refund from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Harvey to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and pay $ 85,217.94 in restitution. Harvey pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 1, 2012, during his trial. During the trial, evidence showed that Harvey created and filed tax returns for the entity The Organic Assembly of Circle JB, claiming that the entity was entitled to tax refunds ranging from $8,851.80, to $54,080, for tax years 2002 through 2010. During Harvey’s cross-examination on the fourth day of trial, he admitted that he knew he was not entitled to the refunds and changed his plea to guilty on all counts charged in the indictment. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Wyoming man threatens fishermen with handgun
    A man from Basin, WY allegedly threatened two fishermen with a handgun in Clearwater County Tuesday night, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). On Feb. 19 at 11:22 p.m. CCSO deputies responded to Ahsahka for a report of a male subject with a handgun. The subject, Rodney J. Hopkin, had reportedly threatened two fishermen with the firearm, according to CCSO. A subsequent search of Hopkins’ vehicle led to the discovery of a 9mm handgun, .54 ounces of marijuana, and paraphernalia for smoking marijuana. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Suzy Hurst
    This is in regards to the ordinance that the City of Pierce just passed. They are going to require us to license our cats and are threatening to trap and get rid of cats that are running around town. Some of this is being targeted by some business owners who are having problems with animals getting into their trash cans. They are automatically blaming it on cats and not even considering raccoons or other wildlife that run all over town. Second these same business owners complain about the problem but refuse to keep lids on their trash cans. There is also a safety matter to be considered. If we license our cats and have to collar them then their collars can get caught on plants, shrubbery or a variety of other things. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Rob & Becky Thornton
    While the winter rains keep us penned inside I thought it would be a good time to write and express our appreciation for the Clearwater Tribune which we received weekly in our mail. It’s a good spot in the week to be able to read of things happening back home and to hear of some people we know. I was born in Pierce and raised in Headquarters and Cardiff Spur.  I attended school in Headquarters, Pierce and graduated from Timberline in ’74. My wife, Becky, came to Cardiff in 1970 and also went to school at Pierce and Timberline. We started our lives together here and our three children came along. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • New young adult book depicts authentic Nez Perce story
    The first  young adult book from Washington State University (WSU) Press, Be Brave, Tah-hy!: The Journey of Chief Joseph’s Daughter, is unlike many popular and historical novels written for adolescents, because the protagonist is not portrayed as a modern heroine. Instead, her thoughts and actions are appropriate for a girl of her age, time and background. Author Jack Williams, a Colorado native, worked and lived on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho from 1969 through 1974. During that time, several tribal members, hoping to correct errors and misconceptions from previous accounts as well as educate future generations about their history and culture, approached him with an idea for a book. Be Brave, Tah-hy! is available at bookstores or can be ordered from WSU Press by calling 800-354-7360 or online at wsupress.wsu.edu. 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: Merle Bower of Ahsahka killed a young cougar about half a mile above the mouth of the North Fork of the Clearwater this past week. Bowler was hunting coyotes and came across the cougar’s trail in the snow. He followed the trail to where the animal had killed and eaten a porcupine. Just a few feet away, under a large, overhanging rock, Bowler found the cougar sleeping. It awoke and attempted to slink off. Bowler followed the cougar for about 300 yards, then shot it in the hips. Another shot stuck the animal in the neck, and the third bullet hit it in the head, finally ending its life. The cougar’s hide measured seven feet from tail tip to nose. At this time there was a $15 bounty on cougars. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Angela Miller attends 4-H Know Your Government conference
    Orofino student Angela Miller, along with 44 other student representatives from north Idaho districts, attended the Idaho 4-H Know Your Government (KYG) Feb. 16-18 in Boise. Know Your Government is a conference offered for eighth and ninth grade 4-H youth who are interested in learning more about the government and how it works. Participants had the choice to be a delegate in the following categories: legislator, a judicial member, a lobbyist, or a reporter. A total of 222 students attended the KYG conference. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Free gold prospecting expo March 23-24
    The North West Gold Prospectors Association-Clearwater Chapter is having its annual free public outing at Gibbs Eddy the weekend of March 23-24. Come learn how to dredge, highbank, sluice and pan for gold. Bring a lunch and plan on having fun all day. This is an event for the whole family. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • 4-H babysitting clinic March 18-22
    The University of Idaho Clearwater County Extension Office will be offering the annual 4-H After-School Babysitting Clinic for local youth on March 18-22. The clinic is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Clearwater County Extension Office meeting room, 2200 Michigan Ave. Boys and girls, ages 11-15 years, (fifth grade and above) that are interested in learning the importance of proper childcare and related subjects, are encouraged to register for the 14 hour course. The clinic is limited to 20 participants. A $12 fee will be charged to cover enrollment and class materials. Registration forms are available at the 4-H Office 2200 Michigan Ave., at the Clearwater Public Library or at the Elementary and High Schools in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program
    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an open enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Idaho FSA will conduct a four-week CRP general sign-up beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. In his announcement Mr. Vilsack said, “Last year, during one of the worst droughts in generations, the CRP proved vital in protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion.” “Idaho has always been a leader in good conservation practices,” said Dick Rush, Executive Director for FSA in Idaho. “Currently there are 622,570 acres set aside for various conservation purposes in our state. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 16A.

  • Temporary road closures on the Lochsa Ranger District
    The Lochsa Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests has begun logging activity on the Polar Ice Stewardship Project located north of Syringa along the Smith Creek Road 101 and the Pete King Ridge Road 5515. Due to public safety concerns from the logging activities, the 101 Road will be temporarily closed to public travel from Smith Saddle (mile post 7) to Fan Saddle and the 5515 Road will be closed from its junction with the Bridge Creek Road 426 to mile post 1.5. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Fraser news
    Jean Bennett and Darrell Hesler have a home overlooking the Clearwater River just west of Lenore. Jean is in the process of organizing the information her mother, Edna Thornton, gathered during the course of her life. She asked Norma to help with this project, so on Tuesday, Feb. 19, they met for the first time. Jean gave Norma a breakdown of the work she had already completed and they spent several hours on the project. By the end of the day the gals felt they were headed in a positive direction with the information. Darrell and Steve visited and viewed old TV western programs like Gun Smoke, Bonanza, and Have Gun Will Travel. Jean served a tasty lunch before the afternoon was done. Ask her about the new spin she put on the fresh baked apple pie she served for dessert. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Monte and Sharon Walsh from Boise paid a surprise visit to his parents Connie and Ray Mendenhall recently. A friend had delivered Connie’s computer to Monte for repairs, and they decided to return the repaired computer in person. While in the area, Sharon and Connie visited Brandon Walsh and Stefanie Bresnahan in Lewiston, which visit happily coincided with the birth of Brandon and Stefanie’s baby boy, at 4 p.m. Feb. 19. The baby’s name is Aden Ray Ladd. Congratulations to the family upon the arrival of their new son. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 16A.

  • Pierce news
    Timberline Blood Drive will be held at Timberline Schools on Thursday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Robyn Bonner at (208) 435-4411 if you would like to donate. The ACT test will be offered on April 13, at Timberline. Anyone wanting to attend college needs to take this test. If you have questions, call Robyn Bonner at (208) 435-4411. Remember that we still have plenty of ceiling tiles for businesses/ individuals to purchase. New tiles will be put in the front hall and the cost is $35. Contact Robyn Bonner at (208) 435-4411 or Aspen Jared. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for February 28
    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.  Please come and attend one of the three meetings listed below.

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