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April 11 Poll Results
Tattooing Pets
Do you think tattooing pets is cruel?

51% A small tattoo for identification purposes, while the animal is sedated, is okay by me, but not anything too big. (36)
  8% I think tattooing pets is fine, no matter the tattoo’s size. (6)
41% I think tattooing pets is cruel. (20)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • A place - out in Idaho
    It’s 1922 – before the “Great Depression,” but still, times are rough in a little place called Nobility, Texas. A cotton farmer has had enough of the heat and the dust. He’s heard of a green place out in Idaho – known as Nezperce, a farmer’s paradise. Marshall and Nannie (Gentry) Kelley pack up their six kids and belongings in a covered wagon. He hitches up his team of horses and, with wash tubs hanging on the side and the family trunk stowed away, sets out for Idaho, a trip that will take them three years. Nannie Kelley-Carrico was but three years of age back then, but remembers the journey of over 1800 miles. “We camped out at nights – tent camping along the way. We always camped along a stream when we could, so Mom could wash our clothes,” said Nannie. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4-6A.

  • Police Chief says lack of downtown parking is the issue
    The possibility of two hour parking has been the topic of discussion recently at both Street Committee meetings and at Orofino City Council. Business representatives have also visited the council – airing their concerns that patrons cannot access local businesses because of cars parked long-term on city streets. In an effort to study the situation more in depth, OPD Chief Jeff Wilson has done some monitoring with a video camera to ascertain what kind of users actually take up the downtown parking on an ongoing basis. “I felt strongly” he said “that we (the City of Orofino) should collect more information before concluding that two hour parking is a fix for the current problem.” Wilson has recently monitored parking on Johnson and College Avenues, as well as on Main Street. On a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in March, Wilson drove those streets in two hour intervals (from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) filming with a police car video. He called what he found “educational.” He found mostly business owners, or employees, parking somewhere in the nearby vicinity and walking to their work. He noted: “On Main Street, despite the above mentioned vehicles [in his report], there was always on street parking still available in those areas. There were no cars parked in excess of two hours on Johnson Avenue.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Update on Secure Rural Schools repayment demanded by the federal government
    The federal government has sent a letter to the Governor’s office demanding a return of 5.1 percent of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds that were distributed to counties, highway districts, schools, and Resource Advisory Committees (RAC’s) across Idaho. The letter allows the Governor’s office two options: a) the money can be collected back from all the receiving entities at 5.1 percent, or b) 5.1 percent of the total can be withheld from the Resource Advisory Committees. In an effort to protect the taxpayers of Clearwater County, the commissioners sent a letter to the governor requesting that he choose the second option. If the monies were withheld from the tax supported entities it could result in higher property taxes.
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  • Idaho Dept. of Labor changes coming
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce met April 3, at the Ponderosa Restaurant. Diane Hairston, Director of the Dept. of Labor (IDL) was the guest speaker. Hairston gave an update on changes at IDL. She stressed that the department runs “countercyclical of the economy.” When people are out of work – the department gets busy and has more funding. When the economy picks up, and people go back to work, department staffing and funding is cut back. “The last four years we were in crisis mode on unemployment benefits. When it’s bad, that’s when we’re at our strongest,” she said. IDL has centralized unemployment benefits to be handled by specialists in the Boise office, essentially turning that office into an expanded call center handling calls state wide. The department believes this will be more efficient and promote consistency in the quality of service. Due to sequestration, benefits will be cut 10.7 percent on the weekly benefit amount unemployed people may expect to receive. Also, they are going to a standard 12 week work search requirement. People laid-off, will have to look for work in order to be eligible for unemployment (even when they believe they will be returning to work for their former employer).
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  • Spring Round-Up is Saturday
    The 13th Annual Spring Round-Up takes place this Saturday, April 13 at Orofino City Park. Events kick off at 12 noon. Enjoy classic country music by Beargrass, and a delicious steak dinner. Just a few of the great family fun events include drawings for a quilt and boy’s and girl’s BB guns, a helicopter ride for three people, and a Lucky #13 drawing, plus a silent and live auction and a dance. Door prizes will be given throughout the day, and all games and contests will feature prizes.
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  • Forest Service negotiating with OSHA over Steep Corner Fire citations, fines
    U.S. Forest Service officials are negotiating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over citations and fines levied against the agency following the death of a firefighter last August on the Steep Corner Fire near Headquarters. Anne Veseth, 20, Moscow, was killed when she was struck by a falling tree. According to an OSHA spokeswoman Forest Service officials have disagreed with the conclusions that violations occurred during the fire. OSHA fined the Forest Service and Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association, which was managing the fire, $14,000 each for alleged violations. A settlement was reached between OSHA and C-PTPA last month, with the citation being revised and the fine reduced from $14,000 to $10,500.
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  • Local men named top District II officials
    Shannon Wilson and Cory Brown were recently ranked as the top officials in District II by coaches, and represented the district as officials at the 2013 IHSAA State Basketball tournament in Boise. They each attended the Boys and Girls state championships in 2013.
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  • Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino set for April 27
    Set your calendars for Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at the Orofino High School for an entertaining event of talent and excitement.  Seven young women are competing for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino.   Last year our Distinguished Young Woman, Devonee Perrin represented us well at the State level.  At our local program last year we were able to award our participants with a total of $2,550 in scholarships.  This year’s theme is Dancing through the Decades. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Hunter's Heritage banquet at Lodge at River's Edge
    Save this date: April 20, is the eighth annual Hunter’s Heritage fund raiser and banquet for the Clearwater Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The event will feature a live auction, silent auction, raffles and games, plus a special game just for kids. The event will be held at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge with meals catered by Dining on the Edge. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a preview of auction items, games, and cocktails. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Plan revision meetings in April and May
    Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, invites the public to participate in meetings to collaborate on revision of the forest plan. The next meeting is April 13 in Orofino at the Forest Service office (12730 Highway 12). The topics covered at this meeting will be feedback on watershed plan components and recreation. On May 18-19, the meetings will be held in Grangeville Forest Service office at 104 Airport Road. The May 18 meeting will cover Timber, Range and Species of Conservation Concern for wildlife and botany, while on May 19 the topic will be Designated Areas (Wild and Scenic Rivers, Eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers, Wilderness, Recommended Wilderness, Idaho Roadless Rule and Research Natural Areas). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Transfer Station is an important part of Community Clean-Up Day
    The transfer station is the last stop on this popular community event. What most residents do not realize is that the transfer station accepts the following listed waste everyday: metal, cardboard, newspaper, plastic jugs/bottles, aluminum cans, and green wood. The recycling program has been a huge success even though only about 10% of the residents utilize the program. These products are diverted from the mainstream waste that is now shipped to Asotin County Landfill, which reduces the cost of shipping and the tipping fee. The only item that patrons have to pay is a fee for tire disposal, which is $1 off the rim and $4 on the rim. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • North Fork Ranger District Ranger gives update
    The Board of Commissioners met with Kathy Rodriguez, North Fork District Ranger April 1, for an update on the District. The snow has left so people can drive down to the North Fork River. The District is working on Weitas Creek Bridge to try to get it opened. They will use partnership dollars and internal budget dollars. The District will complete the fracture and scour critical stress tests this summer. It will be closed this summer but then they will have a cost estimate for repairs. Three large timber sales are being put up on the North Fork District. The Preacher Dewey sale outside Pierce on the French Mountain side is a stewardship project with timber harvest of 12 million board feet of logs. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Disney Variety Show at Old Opera House Theatre
    A Disney Variety Show will be held Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Opera House in Kooskia. The show is a vocal variety show featuring Disney tunes from yesterday to today. This will be a wonderful family show for all ages. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Continued dry spell affects water supply outlook
    A dry March added little accumulation to Idaho’s snowpack which was measured at the end of the month by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The most recent water supply outlook report released this week by the NRCS shows the current conditions for each basin in Idaho.  “Snowpack percentages decreased again,” said Ron Abramovich, Idaho NRCS Water Supply Specialist. “With three straight months of below normal precipitation, the questions to answer now are: ‘where do we stand with regards to our water supply?’ and, ‘is there hope for spring precipitation?’”
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  • Fraser news
    Isabella Brown and her parents attended the Freshman Night at Timberline Schools on March 12. The event was arranged by counselor Robyn Bonner. The current freshman students found out what will be expected of them as they move toward graduation. It also made their parents accountable for their part in this progress. The students and their parents enjoyed a meal provided by Cheryl Stenzel and Vicki Smith. Isabella’s father Cory won one of the door prizes, a Gift Card to Applebee’s Restaurant. Judy and David Turner introduced themselves to Norma and Steve Brand recently while they were shopping at Barney’s Harvest Foods in Orofino. Judy and David are subscribers to the Clearwater Tribune. They enjoy the newspaper and look forward to reading the Fraser News each week. Thanks for the compliment, Judy. The wild rain showers that fell on Saturday, April 6, didn’t stop people from attending Bev Bailey’s multi-family indoor yard sale. In fact, it was so comfortable in the shop that shoppers tended to stay and talk to their neighbors while they made their selections. While Norma visited with Marie Armitage she found out that Billie and Hugh Henderson live in Cavendish, not Lewiston. Sorry about the mistake, Billie. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Save the Date: Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. The Timberline Class of 2013 invites the community to the school cafeteria for their Senior Projects Open House. Seniors will display their projects, will be happy to talk about them, and answer any questions. Be there to cheer these students for their efforts. Weippe Fire Dept. is selling raffle tickets. Winning numbers will be picked on May 18, which is also the big Fire Sale day. There will be three winners – each receiving $100 worth of local business products. They are starting to pick up items for the sale, call Carlyle at 435-0136 or Lisa at 435-4007. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Pierce news
    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! Adults 18 years and over can use the workout room for just a $1 per day or you can buy a monthly membership for $15. You may call for more info. There are people wanting to play volleyball on Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. It will cost $1 per person and is open to junior high and up. This is a co-ed game, so please join them for some fun and exercise! Get in touch with Minnie West for more info. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for April 11
    The general spring turkey and black bear hunts open April 15 - turkey hunts run through May 25, and spring black bear closing dates vary. A few bear hunts opened earlier in some areas where hunters may also use a second bear tag. Dates for controlled hunts are listed in the Upland Game or Big Game seasons and rules brochures, available at all Fish and Game offices and at license vendors statewide. The brochure is also on the Fish and Game Website at www. fishandgame.idaho.gov in PDF format.

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