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April 4 Poll Results
Weight-Based Airfare
Samoa Air has begun charging passengers based on their weight. What do you think of this practice?

38% I think it’s fair. Airplanes have to take into consideration the weight of any cargo, be it humans or inanimate objects. (19)
46% I think it’s discrimination! (23)
16% I can’t decide whether or not it’s unfair. (8)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Dent Bridge Road repairs
    Michelle Bly and David Witthaus, TD&H Engineering met with the Board of County Commissioners at the March 25 meeting about repairing Dent Bridge Road, which was damaged in a landslide several months ago. Mr. Witthaus is the lead transportation engineer. He has been working on the design for MP 1 on the Dent Bridge Road. The drilling samples found bedrock and he did the study based on that. Geo tech designed a couple of options then priced out both options. The rock option is the fastest repair and recommends going with the non retaining wall design. The environmental document is complete. The final design phase is being worked on and ready to go out to bid June 7 for construction this summer.
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  • Residential break-in on Riverside
    Orofino Police Department on March 30 responded to a report of a possible break-in on 126th Street on Riverside, Orofino. The report, which came in at 12:20 p.m., stated that someone had gained entrance to the garage by breaking out a window. Three rifles and an air compressor were missing from the garage. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • My view (from Brazil) to you: Part II
    We spent five days in the tribe; pulling teeth, conducting church services, and playing with the kids. Don made paper airplanes with and blew bubbles for the kids. They loved all of it! We were each initiated with an official (Henna) tattoo of the Munduruku tribe. Mine lasted three weeks on my fair skin. The hardest thing for me to endure was the small insects they call “Peumes.” Peumes are a small gnat that bites like a mosquito, and are similar to the noceums of the south. Apparently I am very allergic to them; I had multiple pustules on my legs, my ankles swelled to the point that I couldn’t walk well, my shoes didn’t fit, and I discovered that no amount of insect repellent worked against them, not even the 100 percent deet. My only option was to wear long pants or leggings 24/7. Not a fun option when it’s already over 100 degrees and about 90% humidity, but I did it. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • City park improvements
    A motion passed at the March 28 Orofino City Council meeting to replace the jungle gym toy in City Park which was destroyed approximately one and one half years ago when it was struck by a vehicle. The new jungle gym will be larger and placed in a safer location. The city was reimbursed $3,000, which amount will be put towards the $4,848 total cost for the entire project, including shipping, sprinkler relocation, and installation. It was decided that there is not enough room in the park to include a sand volleyball court. The Recreation Committee recommended that the horseshoe pit be removed as it has fallen into disuse. New and refurbished trash cans have been placed throughout the city and the park by Public Works.
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  • Courageous endeavor from a courageous man
    Kamiah’s own Iron Man, so-to-speak, Sonny Nummi will be holding his own one man fight against children’s onset diabetes April 6-7. Sonny, who has himself suffered from Type II Diabetes for a number of years – worked himself towards fitness. Since then, he holds an annual weight lifting contest, with himself as the only contestant, to raise funds to send diabetic children to Camp Hodia in McCall. Through his challenge work-out last year, Sonny (now age 72) lifted 135,000 pounds of weight in 55 minutes; ran 2.8 miles, and climbed the equivalent of 52 floors on a stair climber. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Corps of Engineers and Fish & Game sponsor educational evening
    About 35 people attended the Idaho Fish and Game Open House on Wednesday evening, March 27, at the Best Western Riverside Lodge. The purpose was to update the public and answer any questions about the Corps-IDFG partnership effort to improve Dworshak Reservoir ecosystem's health by adding nutrients in the form of fertilizer. The Corps has all necessary permissions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to add fertilizer as a nutrient. Improvements seen in the past year include increases in zooplankton size, which is part of the fishery food chain, and the data is showing a relationship between fertilizer additions and decreases in Anabeana Blue-Green algae. We also met all water quality standards and had better water clarity than all previous years during the project. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • California man sentenced for trafficking cocaine in North Idaho
    Hector Rivera, 35, of Paramount, CA, was sentenced April 2 in United States District Court to 50 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Rivera to serve four years of supervised release after his prison term.  He pleaded guilty to the charge on November 5, 2012. Rivera’s co-defendant, Barbara Jeanne Willoughby, 23, also of Paramount, was sentenced on Feb. 4 to 18 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago: A car owned by Kenneth Weller was stolen at Pierce and recovered at Arlington, OR. Two juveniles were taken into custody in connection with the crime. Dr. Walter W. Seibly of Clarkston reported the burglary of a home near Freeman Creek overlooking Dworshak Reservoir. Guns and food items were stolen. The Lola Hayes residence in Weippe was also burglarized. Food and a small amount of money were taken. 60 Years Ago: Leslie Smolinski brought goat-related charges against a neighbor, Reuben Westaby of Greer. A six-man justice court jury found Westaby guilty of the charge, which was grazing goats on the cultivated land of another. Members of the jury were Carl Shively, Howard Riek, George Wilson, Fred Daniels, Charles Frear, and Everett Haney. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Boise man in ATV accident
    Alan Sproat, 66, of Boise, was involved in an ATV crash March 31, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The accident was reported to CCSO at 5 p.m., and occurred near milepost 28 on Forest Road #247. Sproat was operating a 2006 Yamaha Kodiak ATV at the time of the wreck, and was ejected approximately 20 feet from the ATV. Sproat did not have a passenger, and according to CCSO, was not wearing a helmet. He was transported via private vehicle to a residence at Cardiff Spur, where he was assisted by county deputies. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Baked potato fundraiser planned by Clearwater Human Needs Council
    Want something delicious for lunch? The Clearwater Human Needs Council will be selling baked potatoes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Each potato will come with a choice of cheese sauce or chili. Additional toppings, such as broccoli, sour cream, margarine, chopped onions, and grated cheese, are included if desired. Each potato will cost $5. Dine in or take out from the United Methodist Church in Orofino or have them delivered to your business location. For deliveries call Mary Ann Dangman at (208) 476-0731. Orders need to be submitted by Tuesday, April 9.
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  • Aspen Jared takes first in debut triple jump attempt
    Aspen Jared led the charge for the Spartan Track team at Kamiah March 28. Jared took first in her debut attempt at the triple jump with a jump of 32'3". She also took first in the 300m hurdles and second in the 100m hurdles. The girls' 4x400m relay of Kassi Jared, Morgan Willett, Annika Cook, and Aspen Jared claimed third place, and the 4x200m relay team of Kassi Jared, Nichole Foster, Annika Cook, and Morgan Willet took fourth place. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6A.

  • Spring at the Orofino Clean & Sober Drop-In Center
    Some of you may remember the “OCS Crisis” this time last year. We had gotten behind on our rent and cried out to the community to “please help us catch up our rent so we don’t lose the Orofino Clean & Sober Drop-In Center!” In just five and a half months’ time our community and membership had pulled together $4,000 and the Center was able to meet all of our obligations and were back in the black. We at OCS cannot tell you folks enough how grateful we are for your warm and generous response which let us know, loudly, that our community stands be-hind the Drop-In Center and wants us to continue providing our family-style environment and events for a clean and sober lifestyle in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Meet your visiting nurse, Lola Ryan, RN
    St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics have a very active Visiting Nurse Services program (VNS) with four nurses who make visits to homebound patients all year round. “Our VNS program allows patients to remain comfortable and independent. VNS is used for both short and long-term conditions--for example, for treatment of an acute illness, chronic condition or permanent disability, or as a transition after hospitalization,” says Shawn Severson, RN, VNS Clinical Coordinator. “Both patient and family members become active partners in the care, reducing stress and allowing patients to heal more quickly and less expensively than with other forms of care.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Idaho's rate of marriage lowest in 60 years; higher than nation
    These are the days of our lives, according to Vital Statistics. The 2011 Vital Statistics Report, compiled by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, provides data for population, births, deaths, stillbirths, marriages, divorces, and abortions for the state. It also includes county and health district profiles for comparison. Each day in Idaho, there are 61 live births, 38 marriages, 21 divorce, and annulments. The top two causes of death in Idaho are cancer and heart disease. The highest number of deaths in 2011 occurred in March. The lowest number was in August. The number of divorces in Idaho decreased by 4.5 percent - from 8,136, in 2010, to 7,773 in 2011. The oldest divorcee was 95 years old. The shortest marriage lasted 11 days. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Fraser news
    Scott and Loretta Musgrave’s family joined them at the farm for Easter. Hector Ocampo, his wife Carrie and children Karlie, Olivia, Elliot and Austin arrived from their home in Meridian on Thursday. They had to return on Sunday so the celebration took place on Saturday. Scott reported they had one of the coolest Easter egg hunts this year. He enjoyed it as much as the youngsters. Lots of photos were taken so everyone could remember all the fun they had. Scott’s son Nate, his friend Danielle and their son Tanner also joined in the festivities. Marie and Gerry Armitage had all their family with them on Sunday. Bobbi and Clint Boyer brought their children Macoy and Breyer. Billie and Hugh Henderson drove out from Lewiston with their daughters Rilee and Brooke. Buck and his son Jackson also came from Lewiston. Uncle Jake helped the nieces and nephews hunt for eggs. A BBQ potluck picnic was served outside. Ask Marie about what happened while she was cooking the meat on the grill. I don’t think she wants this to become a new family tradition.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Everet Martin reports a fairly good attendance at the Weippe Hilltop Heritage meeting last week. Main topic was the tax status of the museum. It appears there is more processing required to complete the paperwork. As far as completing the addition, Elwin wants to finish wiring and insulation, then they will bid out the dry wall installation. Volunteers will still be needed to complete the work on the addition. Call Elwin at 435- 4480. Everet says there will be regular meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Museum. New members are welcome. Call Everet 435-4148. Jim and Kathy Waldron celebrated Easter with lunch at daughter Rene’s home in Lewiston. It was a large gathering with Kathy’s dad, Devearl Pugmire, Rene, other family members Danette, Kathleen, Stacy, and Venna, Josh and wife Joselyn, Ryan, Kathy’s sister Kay and friends Scott and Jefferson. Kathy says family will be coming to Weippe this weekend to play pasture golf. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Community Center will be open Monday through Wednesday, April 1-3, for Spring Break and then closed Thursday and Friday. We hope everyone has a safe and happy break! We are starting the planning for Deer Creek Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 8, (Idaho Free Fishing Day) so mark your calendars for some fun family fishing and a chance to win some great prizes! The Community Center has added a new home gym to their workout room. We are still in need of a different treadmill, so if you are upgrading your machine or just wanting to get rid of one you are not using please let us know!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for April 4
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday, March 28, extended the current wolf hunting season in the Middle Fork and part of the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zones. The commission extended the wolf hunting season through June 30 in the Middle Fork units 20A, 26 and 27 and in the part of the Dworshak-Elk-City Unit 16 north of the Selway River. These seasons were scheduled to end March 31.

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