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May 30 Poll Results
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Are you comfortable with the idea of electronic hospital records?

46% Yes, I am. (23)
24% Not really, but I can appreciate the benefits of electronic records. (12)
30% No, I am not. (15)

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  • School District breathes a little easier as levy ensures important changes
    The School Board met on May 22. Superintendent Bob Vian and Business Manager Trina Snyder presented the budget outline for the 2013-2014. The board also reviewed the District’s Strategic Plan as is customary to make sure progress is continuing as planned and in a timely manner. Board members received their Self-Assessment forms which are due back on June 10. With the passing of the district’s request for the supplemental levy increase of $345,000, the projected overall revenue increase from this year’s budget is $424,239. State funding is based on student average daily attendance (ADA) which generates funding units.
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  • Man pleads guilty to kidnapping six-year-old boy
    Roger D. Ehler, 57, Lewiston, pleaded guilty May 21 to a felony charge of kidnapping and aggravated battery in connection with the kidnapping of a six-year-old boy in Clearwater County last summer. In a plea agreement Ehler pleaded guilty to the two felonies and an enhancement charge for using a deadly weapon to commit the crimes. Seven other felony and misdemeanor charges were dropped as part of the agreement. According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s report the crimes occurred July 14 when Ehler stopped a minivan with the six-year-old boy and two adult men inside and demanded a ride to Orofino. During a hearing held May 21 at the Clearwater County Courthouse Ehler told 2nd District Judge Michael J. Griffin that he suffers from bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia and he was not on his medication the day of the kidnapping. He also told the court he believed his girlfriend was cheating on him and that other people were trying to kill him.
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  • Legion season 2013 set to begin
    The 2013 American Legion season will soon be underway with the first game on June 1, with the Orofino Merchants playing a home game against Moscow. The team has a packed schedule with over 50 games to be played. With so many games the players will be working hard to get sponsorships to help with travel expenses. In addition to sponsorships they will be holding a fundraiser selling BearPaw BBQ Tri-tip sandwiches on Friday, June 14 in the Orofino Country Store parking lot.
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  • Orofino Junior High School building up for bids
    The school board is receiving bids on the Orofino Junior High School building. Asking price is $295,000 for the building built in 1912. The school was vacated about three years ago. Additions to the building were made in 1935 and 1969. The gross building area is 137,484 and occupies an entire city block on Michigan Ave. According to District Supt. Robert Vian each bidder may obtain access to the building for reviewing purposes.
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  • Phone outage did not affect 911
    A spokesperson at the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office said 911 services in Orofino and area were not affected Thursday by the phone outage which lasted for several hours in Orofino. It started around 10 or so in the morning and continued through the afternoon. Telephone and Internet services in Orofino and Moscow were dropped Thursday after a fiber line was cut north of Moscow.
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  • Courtroom 1 to be named in honor of Judge Israel Burr Cowen
    Judge John Bradbury met with the Clearwater County Commissioners at their May 20 meeting to discuss naming of the courtroom. Clerk Carrie Bird joined the discussion. Judge Bradbury researched and completed a history of the county for the centennial. There is one person that stands out in our history because he was an active founder in the court: Israel Burr Cowan, who served as a miner, sheriff, judge, commissioner and postmaster. Judge Israel Burr Cowan came to Pierce when he was 19 years old. He was one of the first judges after the courthouse was built in Pierce, when the county was part of Shoshone County. Judge Bradbury asked the commissioners to consider naming courtroom 1 in honor of Judge Israel Burr Cowan. The commissioners approved the dedication of the courtroom and asked Judge Bradbury to provide the historical information for the plaque. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Deer Creek Fishing Tournament planned for Saturday, June 8
    The Deer Creek Fishing Tournament is set for Saturday, June 8, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Deer Creek Reservoir. This is also Idaho’s Free Fishing Day. Prizes include $400 for first place along, $200 for second and $100 for third. Weigh-in closes at 2:30 p.m. Registration will be held at Deer Creek and is $20 for ages 13 years and older and $10 for ages 12 years and under. There will be a six fish limit with prizes being based on aggregate weight. There will be prizes for the kids from Idaho Department of Fish & Game. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Karen Willis
    In the early hours of Wednesday, May 22, two of my roommates saw police activity below our house. Apparently the police were searching for someone who has been stealing in the neighborhood. When my friends saw a flashlight in our field they tried to follow and flagged the police down. Instead they were treated like suspects because they were up late. Then more police were called in to give a breathalyzer because they suspected underage drinking-there was none! Since when is it more important to hassle people on their own property because you suspect underage drinking than catching a burglar thief? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • From this Chair
    As much as I hate to admit to a weakness for a dog, I will. When the black pug Mary Jane arrived home last week from her stay in Spokane she ignored me for two days. She wouldn’t make eye contact with me. She wouldn’t sit by me and when she first got home and jumped out of the Phantom’s truck she walked a circle around me while ignoring me. In my mind I had pictured a joyous reunion with Mary Jane running to me and jumping up to greet me. At first I wondered, “What’s wrong with Mary Jane? Is she sorry she had to return home to me rather than staying in Spokane with Diane?” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • "Off the Hook" caught in Peck
    Crews from Animal Planet wrapped up filming a future episode of “Off the Hook” with Eric Young at the Canyon Inn, May 24. Rumors are that former wrestler and host of Animal Planet’s new extreme fishing show invited the owner, Steve Stajkowski of SJ-X Jet Boats to join him for four days of fishing on the Snake River. Extreme boating meets extreme fishing.
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  • Idaho's April unemployment unchanged at 6.1%
    Idaho employers maintained hiring at normal levels in April, but another 1,300 people left the state labor force, driving both employment and unemployment down to keep the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stable at 6.1 percent. April saw the fourth straight monthly decline in the state’s labor force – a combination of those working and those actively seeking work – dropping the total labor force to under 771,000, the lowest level since October 2011. Clearwater and Adams counties in north central Idaho had the state’s highest rate at 12.7 percent, both down slightly from March as spring breakup eased. Franklin and Oneida counties in southeastern Idaho had the lowest rates at 4 percent. Twenty-two counties had rates under 6 percent, down from 24 in March. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Dworshak Visitor Center announces summer season dam tours
    Staff at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dworshak Dam Visitor Center announced their tour schedule for the 2013 summer recreation season -- starting May 24 through Labor Day weekend, tours will be offered daily at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. All tours begin at the Visitor Center. “These tours are very popular with our visitors,” said Lead Park Ranger Deb Norton. “There’s a short walk across the top of the dam to see a mechanically animated diorama of the dam’s construction era. Then we take folks up one floor to the outdoor observation deck -- about 725 feet above the base of the dam -- offering breath-taking views of the North Fork Clearwater River gorge and Dworshak Reservoir. It’s a unique view of the landscape one can’t get anywhere else.”To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Kid's Fishing Day a success
    Dworshak National Fish Hatchery held its 23rd annual Kid’s Fishing Day on May 18. The hatchery partnered with Nez Perce Fisheries and held the event at Tunnel Pond just east of Orofino. Hatchery volunteers and staff, along with local volunteers from the Clearwater Sheriff’s department, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Nez Perce National Historic Park, Dworshak State Park, and the local school district helped bring this year’s event together. Fishing opened at 8 a.m. for kids 14 and under. The hatchery, Nez Perce Tribe, and local vendors provided poles, bait, nets and expertise to assist youth in their day of fishing. Each child was allowed three fish and no kid went home empty-handed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Summer food service program
    Joint School District #171 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
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  • Fraser news
    The Fraser School was built in 1904 to accommodate the increase of families that had moved into the Fraser community. In the book, “Judd’s in Fraser Idaho” page 52, Claud Judd stated, “I don’t think the belfry (where the bell hung) was finished until the next spring of 1905.” This quote brings us to the question of where did the Fraser School bell go after it was removed from the building? John and Rilla (Merta) Smolinski lived just east of the Fraser School. This is the same property that Doris Dahl, her son Sandy and his family live on today. The sound of the bell could be heard loud and clear from their farm. It told the children in the area that another day of reading, writing and arithmetic was about to begin. The question came up about what happened to the Fraser School bell when Mike Green was doing some family history research.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    We did receive a picture of Mike Kingen and family at a beach in Orlando. Maybe we’ll get one with the alligator next week! Here are the results from the 2013 Jess Lyda Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at the Weippe Camas Festival. Gary Kleinsmith says, “We had a great Tournament this year with a record 22 teams of players. We had a blind draw this year so it stirred up our regular teams, but everyone had a good time.” When the tournament ended, the winners were: First place, and the first names on the new ten year trophy, were: Mark Wilson and Cyrus Dick, both from Lapwai. Second place: Homer Kleinsmith - Post Falls, and Janet Cornett – Weippe. Third place: Darold Johnson – Orofino, and Robert Baker – Weippe. Pam Kleinsmith did an excellent job of keeping the tournament going smoothly. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Gem Team welcomes Clearwater Fitness, the newest business to open in Pierce, on Main St. next to The Mop Shoppe. Stop by and check out the fitness equipment and meet the owners, Leia and Eric VanHook. Our next meeting is Wednesday June 5, 6 p.m., at the Pierce Community Center. All are welcome to join us. A birthday celebration for Nancy Maki’s 70th birthday will be held this Friday, May 31. It begins with a 10 a.m. brunch at the Faith Lutheran Church in Pierce. After that will be visiting, quilting, and planting flowers. A potluck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Flowers for outdoor landscaping are a welcome gift. For more information, contact Verla at 464-2194. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for May 30
    The deadline to enter this year's first Super Hunt drawing is Friday, May 31. With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer, and eight antelope hunts as well as one moose hunt; and one "Super Hunt Combo" entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, antelope and moose.

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