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April 18 Poll Results
Patented Cancer Genes
Should Myriad Genetics be allowed to patent the genes that can identify an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer?

28% Yes. (13)
57% No. (26)
15% Undecided. (7)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Ready to play in the mud?
    It’s time for the second annual Maniac Mudd Ball Tournament, which takes place this Saturday, April 20, at Orofino City Park. Games begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Mudd Ball utilizes a combination of rules from softball, dodgeball, and kickball. Players use an aluminum softball bat and a five-inch rubber kickball. There are several twists and turns incorporated to keep teams on their toes and having a good time. Teams are made up of equal numbers of men and women, and teams must have 10-12 members. To top off the fun, it’s played in the mud and in costume! This year’s theme is the Groovy 70’s.
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  • How to help the families of the Cedar Street fire victims
    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 5A.

  • New Idaho law provides property tax exemption for businesses
    Due to a new tax law (House Bill 315) that takes effect immediately, businesses can exempt the first $100,000 of their personal property value under one ownership in any county. Businesses with locations in more than one county in Idaho can exempt up to $100,000 of the personal property value in each county in which the property is located. Businesses with property in multiple locations in one county have until May 1, 2013, to submit location election forms to their county assessor(s) if they want to choose the location (s) of the exempt property. Businesses will receive the exemption based on the personal property lists (declarations) already required to be filed with the county assessor. If a business doesn’t have multiple locations or doesn’t want to elect a particular location, there are no additional filing requirements. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Financing of the water treatment plant
    In a March 5 meeting of the City of Orofino Finance and Personnel Committee, the following statement was made: [The committee] “wanted to discuss the finances of the new water treatment plant and how the deficit of $1,770,551 would be made up. The Council had received a financial report at the February 26, 2013 Council Meeting identifying that the original budget of $8,490,375 would not cover the expected water system improvements due to inflation and some engineering that was not covered in the Master Water Plan. [Rick] Laam submitted a revised cost breakdown, (see chart) of the expenditures made to date plus all remaining expenses that will be made. A large portion of the deficit is a 10% Contingency which may or may not be needed. Laam indicated he has contacted DEQ and requested a meeting to discuss the project as well as to request additional funding to make up the shortfall.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Absentee voting information
    Individuals who plan to vote absentee in 2013 elections are reminded that new forms need to be filled out and returned to the Clearwater County Auditor Recorder’s office in order to receive ballots for this year. One form covers all elections for the current calendar year. Requests for mail-in absentee ballots must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Mailing of ballots requested will begin on Friday, April 19. Absentee ballots will also be available at the Auditor Recorder’s office beginning the week of April 22. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Quality schools for our kids
    Quality schools are among the first things people moving to Orofino look for in the community. Quality schools attract the doctor who is looking to come to Clearwater Valley Hospital or a business person who is looking to locate in the area. Quality schools also keep people living in our communities. People can commute to Lewiston to work if we offer a good quality of life. Most importantly, people want to know that their children are getting a good education here. Whenever we interview for teachers, administrators, or staff positions, one of the first questions asked is “What about your schools?” Quality schools are not just “for the kids.” Quality schools mean a store owner can stay in business offering more places to shop in Orofino. High quality schools mean less crime. Quality schools and well educated workers encourage new businesses to locate in Orofino. A quality school system also allows our young families to stay in Orofino and raise their children. Beginning with the recession in 2009, the state has failed to fund school districts at a level that has allowed schools to be maintained properly. Since then the citizens of Joint School District #171 have stepped up to fill the void. The current operating levy was put in place for the 2010-11 school years. The local property tax levy currently supports about 25% of our funding for schools. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Where have all our children gone?
    Last week’s Mystery Child was Kathy McKnight, who will be turning 60 by the way, on April 13. Kathy is the daughter of Anita and the late Bill Lear. Kathy and her recently retired husband, Bob have been married for 33 years. They have two grown sons and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren. Beverly Bower was the first to identify last week’s Mystery Child. Others to recognize her were Barbara Grant, Tami Wayt, Chris Nelson, Bob and Marlene Hyde, Sharon Spencer and Rose Buchert.
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  • School Board approves maintenance and operating levy
    The District 171 School Board approved the 2013-2014 maintenance and operating school levy for $2,285,000. That is an increase of $345,000 from last year’s levy. Voters will decide on the levy May 21, 2013. Superintendent Bob Vian presented information to the school board on the needs of the district that will be met with current funds and those that will be met if the levy passes.  Current funds will be used to replace the Orofino Elementary School boiler, paint the exterior of Timberline, and replace the bus barn roof. These are issues that must be done now in order to prevent further costs in repairs. Next year’s increase will help to provide full time kindergarten in Orofino, update technology district-wide, and maintain the current staff. Vian explained that voters have approved the annual levy for many years and stated “we are fortunate to have a community that supports education.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Duffer Madness golf tournament is Saturday
    The Orofino Maniac Boosters are proud to again sponsor the annual Duffer Madness golf tournament. This 18-hole tournament, a four-person scramble held at the Orofino Golf and Country Club, takes place Saturday, April 20. Sign-up begins at 7:30 a.m. in the clubhouse, with tee-off at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and each golfer will also receive a goody bag and special Maniac ball marker. The Hole in One contest offers prizes, including a cash prize of $5,000 on Hole #3. There will also be premium prizes on holes #8, #12, #17. We would love to give away these prizes and invite you to win! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Spartans compete in two track meets
    The Timberline Spartans competed in two track meets last week, both in Lapwai. The Border Battle was held Tuesday, April 9, and featured 1A schools from Idaho and 1B and 2B schools from Washington.  The Wildcat Invitational was held Friday, April 12. The Lady Spartans faired well in the Border Battle with a team score of 61.5 points and a fifth place finish.  Aspen Jared lead the Spartan charge with a first place finish of 33' 7" in the triple jump, second place in the 300m hurdles, and third in the 100m hurdles.
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  • Distinguished Young Women participants honored at brunch
    The Distinguished Young Women of Orofino (DYW) participants were honored with a lovely brunch on April 13. A special thank you to the Methodist Church for the use of the church, and to Cathy Jenni for coordinating this event. Devonee Perrin, 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino, shared her experience while competing in the State competition last year. Our guest speaker was Lindsay Maki, a former Timberline Jr. Miss recipient. She shared her experience as a Jr. Miss and how she used her scholarships to further her education. She is now paying it forward by being on the DYW committee this year. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce elects officers
    The Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce elected officers during their last meeting on April 10, at the Discovery Center. Newly elected officers are Michael Poppe/Mary Ann’s Groceries, President; Loren Whitten-Kaboth/CCED, First Vice-President/Pierce; Deena Irby/Irby’s Blue Spruce Lodge, Second Vice-President /Weippe; Bev Bailey/Bev’s Creative Gifts and Carhart, Treasurer; and Joni Eades, Secretary/ Recorder. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Orofino named Tree City USA
    Orofino has once again been awarded the recognition as Tree City USA for 2012 from the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Mayor Smathers said that this is not an easy or automatic achievement. To earn recertification a city must purchase, plant, and maintain a certain number of trees. Another important factor is Orofino having an active Tree Committee. Mayor Smathers added that in June 2007, Building Official, Todd Perry obtained, on his own time, certification as an Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture. This aids the city in recertification each year. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Dworshak announces early spring recreation opportunities
    Enjoy early springtime in picturesque north Idaho at outdoor recreation facilities operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir. Dworshak Dam and Reservoir has much to offer, including camping, hiking, picnicking, visitor center activities, fishing, swimming, and boating. All boat ramps are now open and the reservoir is filling up, allowing for easier access to mini-camps along the reservoir. The other recreation areas that are now open is Merrys Bay day use area which offers secluded picnicking and fishing opportunities, Dam View and Canyon Creek where primitive camping is available at no charge. Roads to Grandad campground are still closed due to snow. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Fraser news
    Bev Bailey reported on Dolores Watson. Dolores had knee replacement surgery about three weeks ago. An infection has slowed down her recovery. She returned to CVH in Orofino on Monday, April 15 after having a procedure done at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston to clean up the infection. Linda Beard visited with her before she returned to CVH. She was feeling much better and looks forward to returning home soon. We miss you, Delores, and wish you a speedy recovery. Linda Beard reported that Mike had a procedure done on Monday at St. Joseph Hospital to relieve the pain in his back and leg. He is home. The recovery time is from six to eight weeks. Take care of yourself, Mike. We wish you a fast recovery. Keith and Shirley Lutes enjoyed a visit from their son Rex and their grandson Joe Lutes. A large pile of branches shows how Rex spent his time at the ranch. Joe was kept busy cooking for everyone. He is recovering from back surgery.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Minnie Weidner was coming out of Mary Ann’s the other day when a man standing by the ice machine said “Hi, Minnie.” Minnie said she had no idea who it was. After some back and forth he said he was Gary Walsh. Minnie said she last saw Gary when he was 12 years old as Gary left here 30 + years ago with his mother. They went to Canada, then later to Alaska. Gary is Fred Walsh’s brother.  He flew down from Fairbanks for a surprise visit with Christine and Fred Walsh. Minnie said he asked about her family so she took him to daughter Connie’s home where they all reminisced and caught up on the news. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Pierce news
    Get ready for Pierce Spring Cleaning, Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. until noon. All participants are invited to meet at the Courtyard Pavilion at 9 a.m., and will go throughout the town collecting trash and generally cleaning up. Aitco and the City of Pierce will have their container and garbage truck at the kiosk for everyone to drop off yard waste, larger items, and regular trash. There will be a trailer for appliances, furniture or other large items that need to be picked up, so please call ahead to schedule for this service. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for April 18
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet via a conference call at 9 a.m. Monday, April 22, (MDT) to consider proposed recreational fishing seasons for spring Chinook salmon on the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers. The conference call will be in the Fish and Game director's office at 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise.

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