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May 16 Poll Results
Preventative Mastectomy
Do you think getting a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer is prudent, or extreme?

10% I would say prudent. (5)
27% I think that’s extreme! (13)
63% It depends on the person and their situation. (30)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Parking solutions around the corner
    A lively discussion ensued at the Street Parking meeting in the Council Chambers May 7. Councilwoman Marguerite McLaughlin opened by stating that the shortage of parking space has been evolving over the past four or five years. She invited comments and questions from a dozen or so people in attendance. At the last street parking meeting, held April 16, parking meters, parking signs with time restrictions and diagonal parking on one way streets were all mentioned, but nothing was decided on without further investigation. Old ideas were examined, new ideas were presented, questions were asked and parking ordinances were read and reread at the May 7 meeting. There was a lot to talk about, and it seems much more to come, before anything can be done to improve the situation.
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  • OHS softball are district champs; state softball this weekend in Orofino
    Orofino’s Lady Maniac softball team took home the championship trophy last weekend, defeating Kendrick for the title. State softball play begins this weekend in Orofino. Lady Maniacs who made it onto the All League team were Courtney Adams, Kyla Cobbs, Tayler Erbst, and Madison Parks. This team also included three players each from Kendrick and St. Maries, for a total of 10.
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  • Peck man dies in ATV crash
    Paul R. Lane, 70, of Peck, died Monday evening, May 6, from injuries sustained in an ATV crash earlier that day. According to the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office Lane sustained injuries to his shoulder, torso and extremities. At approximately 2:30 p.m. the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office and Clearwater County Ambulance were dispatched to a residence on Bobbitt Bench Road to assist with an injured ATV rider.
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  • Bird family to celebrate birthdays Saturday
    The Bird family of Greer and Orofino will be celebrating their birthdays at Konkolville Saturday, May 18, with special guests and siblings Bill Bird of Greer, 89, whose birthday is May 21; Jim Bird of Orofino, 80, whose birthday is May 23; and Betty Bird Wuori, 87, whose birthday is May 26. When Evan and Cal Whitney “came over the hill” from Montana in 1946 to retire, they unwittingly began a minor Bird family migration to the Clearwater valley. Their daughter, Ruth, was engaged to Bill Bird, who at that time lived in Hamilton, MT. Ruth and Bill were married Dec. 18, 1946 at Hamilton. Ruth and Bill settled in Greer (where they still reside), and so began the “migration.” First to come was Bill’s father, Jesse “Jack” Bird, who moved to Greer and lived at Ruth and Bill’s little ranch on Lolo Creek. Jack stayed there until 1974, then moved to Konkolville.
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  • June 8 is free fishing day
    Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 8, and Idaho Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect. "Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit," Fish and Game Southwest regional fish manager Joe Kozfkay said. "Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing excitement." To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • CVHC Wine and Micro Brew Tasting fundraiser set for June 21
     Clearwater Canyon Cellars, Camas Prairie Winery and Riverport Brewing Company are slated to pour selections of wine and beer for attendees of this year’s event,” says Ashley Steinbruecker, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Foundation Director. “We’re very excited to introduce several big changes for this event’s 39th year!” This year the event will be held at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge on the patio connected to the hotel lobby. “We are very excited to announce that we will be having entertainment this year provided by The Crawford Graham Band!” says Megan Finke, Wine Tasting Committee member.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Michael Martin
    For Mother’s Day my family and I went ATV riding in the Deer Creek/Huckleberry Butte area to enjoy the recreational areas we lived and grew up in. It was nice to be out in the woods except for the overwhelming amount of trash and garbage that littered every road and trail we traveled on. We saw beer cans, pop cans, water bottles, furniture, tires, speakers, large boxes and plastic jugs. Some areas looked as if somebody just cleaned out their entire vehicle. I was not only appalled but saddened and embarrassed that our recreational areas are looking like this. I am in no way a fan of gating off our recreational areas but I can understand why it happens. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • From this Chair
    We have a new family member. He weighs seven pounds and has dark brown hair. I saw him for the first time this past weekend. He’s an adopted boy and came with the name Antonio and family members call him “Tony.” Sad but true his mamas didn’t want him anymore. Not to be picky, but his ears are rather large and pointed and his eyes are on the beady side but a beautiful shade of brown. By now you’ve guessed…we have another dog in our family. Tony is a Chihuahua adopted by John and Diane Baldwin from the Spokane Humane Society. He’s eighteen-months-old and came ‘tutored’ and complete with all his shots and any other medical care he needed. So now between the three families we have, hmmm, let’s see, seven dogs. Is that correct, Marcie? ‘Yep’ she replied. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Lady Spartan tracksters earn district gold
    The Lady Spartans went for the gold at the 1A district 1 and 2 Track Meet at Kamiah, May 10-11. Friday the girls' medley relay team of Morgan Willett, Lacey Bonner, Annika Cook, and Aspen Jared finished in first place. Saturday brought gold medal finishes for Aspen Jared in both the 300m hurdles and triple jump and a silver medal finish in the 100m hurdles. Aspen's triple jump of 34' 4.5" also broke the Timberline school record. Annika Cook finished second in the 200m dash and sixth in the 800m run. Cady Jared finished fifth in the 3200m run, seventh in the 800m run, and eighth in the 1600m run. Morgan Willet finished eighth in the 100m dash. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • School Board to meet May 22
    A regular school board meeting will be held May 22, at 7 p.m. at Orofino High School. Resignations will be accepted from George Clark Technology Director; Robyn Bonner as Counselor at TS, remains as a teacher in the district; and Dr. Sandra Goffinet, art teacher retiring from OHS. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Bill Rossiter to perform May 24 at Hilltop Senior Center
    Bill Rossiter, a featured performer at this year’s Weippe Camas Festival, is scheduled to kick off this year’s event with a special performance, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” at the Hilltop Senior Center on Friday, May 24 at 4 p.m. The Hilltop Senior Center is located at 115 1st Avenue West in Weippe. A light supper will take place after the program. Rossiter will bring “music and talk that informs and entertains.”  A teacher of literature and folklore at Kalispell’s Flathead Valley Community College for 25 years before he retired, Rossiter now performs throughout the northwest. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Needs higher, revenue lower for Public Health Department
    Carol Moehrle, Public Health Director for District II presented the projections for the proposed budget. The Public Health budget is comprised of revenue from the State, five district Counties, contracts and fees collected. The five counties contribute funds based on a calculation determined by the State base on population and property market value. The total proposed funds received are $4,172,514. The revenue is lower and the public need is higher. Fees collected are down by approximately 2.4%. The expenditures were reviewed. They are not hiring new positions. There is an increase in the cost of employee benefits. The Health District remains very conservative in their operations and services provided. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Maniac Mudd Ball brings fun and the funds
    It was a fun day April 20 at the Orofino City Park for the Maniac Mudd Ball Tournament, with the perfect combination of sun and rain. Five teams showed up to play in the mud. The reigning champions, Pitches Be Crazy, were back to defend their title, and the City Slickers also returned. New teams this year were the Mudbloods, Motorboaters, and the Dirty Delights. The amazing traveling trophy made by Gary Pederson, Jim Thornton, and Serenity and Kevin Howell, was taken to Lewiston this year; it caught a ride with the new champions, the Mudbloods. We would like to thank Tammy Clark, Robin Roughton, and Bill Harris for their captivating microphone skills! You kept everyone laughing and playing.
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  • Idaho burn permits available online
    The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) unveiled a new Web site this month, BurnPermits.Idaho.Gov, enabling Idahoans to obtain fire safety burn permits online. Idaho law (38-115) requires any person living outside city limits anywhere in Idaho who plans to burn anything - including crop residue burning and excluding recreational campfires - during closed fire season to obtain a fire safety burn permit. Closed fire season begins May 10 and extends through October 20 every year. The fire safety burn permit is free of charge and good for 10 days after it is issued.
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  • Fraser news
    Sherry Schlader was busy delivering flowers to mothers in the area. Norma was presented with a huge hanging basket with so many colorful flowers that she placed it on a stand on her front porch instead of hanging it up. Her son Randy Borgwardt and his wife Diane, who live in the San Diego, CA area, ordered it from Sherry’s Cakes and Bouquets in Weippe. It is absolutely gorgeous. Peggy Ball has added baby ducks to her pets. She has six babies: one Harlequin, three India Runners and two Cayuga. Their dogs Ricki and Pearl are fascinated by them but the cats, Jerry and Sandy, haven’t bothered with them. She has a wading pool for them to swim in and they are now penned up in a water trough. It sounds like they are very entertaining; look for pictures on her Facebook web site. Mike and Sharon McHones’ son Jeff, his friend Heather Green and their daughter Jayce have moved to the Fraser area. Mike and Sharon made the trip to Boise on Thursday to help them move their furniture and returned on Friday in time to get their tickets for the Fraser Mother’s Day Prime Rib Dinner. They attended the 7 o’clock seating where Jeff and Heather were introduced to the community while baby Jayce took a nap. Welcomes to the area Jeff, Heather and Jayce. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Cemetery Board is preparing the cemetery for Memorial Day and would welcome help from the community. A work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m. Bring a shovel and rake if you have ‘em, otherwise just show up. The cemetery board members are all volunteers. They do a good job keeping the cemetery attractive and clean, this would be our way of saying Thanks! Don’t forget the Weippe Fire Department sale this Saturday. Always something interesting to be found. April and Kim Daniel of Lewiston celebrated their seventh anniversary Monday. April is the daughter of Cyndy and Bill Koerling. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce is in search of individuals interested in participating in a “Hilltop Farmer’s Market” throughout the summer months, in Weippe. The market would feature homemade, homespun and homegrown items only – commercially produced products will not be allowed. To find out more, please call (208) 435-4406 or email info@pierce-weippechamber.com. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for May 16
    The general fishing season in Idaho, often referred to by anglers as ‘stream season," opened the Saturday before Memorial Day for many years. A few years ago that changed, and most streams are now open all year. Having started my career in southeastern Idaho, I remember well the fanfare that came with the stream opener. Many small cities in southeast Idaho held highly popular fishermen's breakfasts on the opening Saturday. Excited anglers came before dawn for pancakes and eggs before heading out for their first day of wetting lines in area streams.

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