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June 13 Poll Results
Morning After Pill
Should the morning after pill be available over the counter
to women of all ages?

56% Yes, I think it should. (28)
18% No, I think it should remain by prescription only. (9)
22% No, I think the morning after pill should be entirely removed as an option for birth control. (11)
4% Undecided. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Timber!
    When Ray Tannahill decided to have hazardous trees removed from his property on Rudo Road he knew just who to call. His nephew, Tim Tannahill, 41, of Spokane, WA, has been climbing and topping trees in the Tacoma, WA, area for over eight years. Tim, who previously worked construction, began his tree topping career after he went to work for a company contracted with Labor Ready, a temporary labor agency. Tim started out dragging brush and feeding chippers and then was approached about tree topping. It sounded like something that suited him and he’s been climbing and topping trees ever since.

  • Seven weeks on a sand bar
    This month’s Savvy Seniors, Courtney and Evelyn McLean, moved to Orofino in the summer of 1967. According to Evelyn they lived in a 15 foot camper trailer for “seven weeks on a sand bar” located at Stalnaker’s Beach on the North Fork. “Housing was terrible. There were no houses available,” explained Evelyn on the housing situation here during the “dam days.” The couple remembers putting a pan of water by the front door of the camper so their five children, Dolan, Dale, Diane, Darrin and Donna, could dunk their feet in it before running across the hot sand to the beach. Dolan, Dale, Diane and Donna could all make it to the cool water of the river by running through the sand as fast as they could go. “I almost always had to carry Darrin, though; he usually couldn’t make it,” explained Evelyn about the baby of the family. Evelyn, never learning to swim and fearing the water, would run herd on the clan of five during the day while Courtney worked as a party chief as part of a survey crew on Dworshak Dam. Their introduction to Clearwater County was an interesting one, after they moved here following the completion of the Boundary Dam near Metaline Falls, WA. Courtney had put his name in for work at Dworshak Dam, but after no calls the family packed up and was ready to head for California to visit family, and then continue looking for work when they returned. Evelyn says, “We got a call that same night telling us that Courtney had a job at Dworshak Dam and he was to be there Monday morning! So we took all the good clothes out of the 15-foot camper that we had packed, traded them for play clothes, put the kids in the car and headed for Orofino.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4-6A.

  • Community support requested to move Head Start program to Orofino Elementary
    Joe Pippenger, Cynthia Tierney and Bob Vian at the June 5 Orofino Chamber of Commerce meeting spoke in support of moving the Head Start program to the elementary school.  A building has been purchased for $15,000.  $30,000 needs to be raised before the transition can take place.  Grant money will be applied for after we have the $30,000. This move will benefit the kids by having them in class longer and not on a bus being transported back and forth.  The current Headstart location is cramped, and this will provide the necessary space.  This move will not cost the school district, but will save them money in transportation and personnel.  Very much a win - win for all those involved.
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  • Say farewell to Pat Larson at U.S. Bank this Friday
    U.S. Bank employee Pat Larson is headed back to North Dakota, and on Friday, June 14, her co-workers are throwing her a farewell party at the bank. Stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to say farewell to Pat, and enjoy a piece of cake while you’re there.
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  • School Board meets June 17 at Orofino High School
    A regular school board meeting will be held Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Orofino High School. Items to be covered: recognitions; enrollment; committee reports; building reports (Orofino Elementary); and program reports. The superintendent’s report will include an abstract of votes received from Clearwater County, transfer of Robyn Bonner to Peck as teacher, and the transfer of Mindy Pollock to the District as Mentor/ Trainer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • School District news: Labor agreement reached with District 171 teachers
    The district has reached a new labor agreement with the teachers, with ratification by the board at next Monday’s Board meeting as the last piece to be completed. The new agreement calls for a continuation of the insurance plan with both the employee and the district picking up their “share” of the increased costs.  Teachers were given a one year step increase for longevity with the district. Less than fifty percent of the teachers actually receive a pay increase via the step/ longevity increases due to the way the state funds teacher salaries. The state picks up the majority of this increase in pay. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Extensive resource damage found near Camp 60
    Forest Service officials have discovered evidence of extensive resource damage near Camp 60, a popular site for camping and off-highway vehicle use, on the North Fork Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. An area that was, until recently, a beautiful meadow, has now been transformed into a giant mud bog, covering approximately .25 acre of National Forest System Lands.  In addition, new illegal routes have been developed, crossing through area streams.
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  • Lapwai man sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm
    Alex James Ellenwood, 24, of Lapwai, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Coeur d’Alene to 40 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Ellenwood to serve three years of supervised release and forfeit the firearm he illegally possessed. Ellenwood pleaded guilty to the charge on March 19. According to the plea agreement, on Sept. 5, 2012, Ellenwood was arrested at a Clearwater County campground on an outstanding warrant. During a search incident to the arrest, law enforcement found a Ruger .44 pistol in Ellenwood’s backpack. Ellenwood is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his 2008 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, a felony punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Pierce All School Reunion update
    The early registration discount for the upcoming Pierce All School Reunion will end July 1. The discount is $18; starting in July the cost will be $22 and the same at the door. The reason for ending the discount is to encourage more people to send in their registration so we will know the approximate amount of food to purchase and prepare. Please get the word out. At this time we have 84 people that have sent in their registration. The buffet/banquet will be prepared by Glen and Candy Munds, myself, Sherri Cooper, Sue Ward Moser, Dianne Forsman, and volunteers to make salad. We have hired the Rebekahs to serve and take care of the kitchen. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • "Drawing on the river" starts Wednesday, June 19
    Art educator Sandy Goffinet will teach drawing classes on the Clearwater River above Orofino Wednesday and Thursday mornings, June 19, 20, 26, and 27. These classes are for adults and teens who want to improve their drawing skills out of doors. The cost is a suggested donation of $10 per class with students bringing their own materials. Teen scholarships are available. Participants will use both dry and wet materials. Subject matter will be rock bluffs and formations, the river, and the trees and plants. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Deer Creek fishing tournament results
    The Deer Creek fishing Derby 2013 was a great time! We had 34 adults and 11 kids signed up. The weather was beautiful and I believe a good time was had by all. Here are the winners for the day: Kirsten Cook, 1st place for $400 with combined fish weight of 4.08 lbs; Kelly Cowger, 2nd place for $200 with combined fish weight of 3.75 lbs; Jake Pope (age 11) 3rd place for $100 with combined fish weight of 3.38 lbs. This also scored Jake a fishing pole from Fish & Game for heaviest fish in the boys youth bracket. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • When-to-fight Martial Arts hosts karate tournament
    Downtown Orofino played host to over 30 young martial artists Saturday morning, June 8 when karate students from Valley Karate & Jiu Jitsu of Lewiston and When-to-fight Martial Arts of Orofino met in the 1st Annual Shiai of Champions. Shiai is the Japanese term for ‘match’ or a friendly competition, and this event lived up to that description. Competitors from 4 to 14 years of age tested their skills in up to four separate events; kata or traditional forms, point sparring, blocker (padded strikers) sparring, and Jiu Jitsu styled grappling. The overflowing crowd of parents, grandparents and friends were treated to dozens of exciting bouts as the young karateka showed determination and no small amount of competitive spirit as they met friends (and future friends!) on the mats. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago - J.B. Oud, Jr., reported that new liquor rationing provisions were announced this week by the state store system. Under the new plan, wine was added to the rationed items, with a quart allowance per week. It would be checked on the No. 4 portion of the ration card. Wine in gallons could be purchased by invalidating coupons ahead of their date. 90 Years Ago - Mr. Hibbein, while driving from Elk River over extremely muddy roads, hit a stump and sent his passenger, Ed O’Hara, into the car’s windshield frame. O’Hara suffered a two-inch perpendicular gash in his cheek. It took the young men all day to reach Orofino, and even after being hurt, O’Hara helped push the car through mud holes. Once they reached Orofino, Dr. Horswill stitched O’Hara up. It took five stitches.
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  • Who ya' gonna call? 3Rivers Amateur Radio Hames
    3Rivers Amateur Radio Club on June 22-23 in Kamiah will host a public demonstration of emergency communications. The event takes place at Fish Creek Campground, approximately 12 miles south of Grangeville. Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams,” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. 3Rivers Amateur Radio Club “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities the weekend of June 22-23. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Blue Cross of Idaho launches website explaining upcoming health insurance reforms
    With the launch of the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange on the horizon, Blue Cross of Idaho developed GetCoveredIdaho.com to help all Idahoans get clear answers on Affordable Care Act requirements and reforms. The Affordable Care Act will impact families and individuals differently, and the new educational website includes a simple tool to calculate subsidy eligibility and other information to help families and individuals prepare for the October 1, 2013 open enrollment period. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll revealed that 42 percent of Americans are unaware that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and another 20 percent think it was repealed or never passed.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Fraser news
    Monte Vanderpool and Colleen Fahy had dinner with Peggy and Reggie Ball on Sunday, June 9. Carl and RoseAnna Thornton stopped by for a visit and Peggy set extra plates around the table so they stayed for dinner also. Peggy’s duck family has been moved down to the pond by the house. All six are enjoying the water but they still come when she calls. Of course, the bread she bribes them with has no effect at all. She read in her duck book that the female ducks have a louder voice than the males; so she can tell them apart now. Have you decided on their names yet, Peggy? The hilltop area has lost two special people, Maxine Johnstun and Ruth McHone. Maxine Johnstun was 91 years old when she died on May 31. She had reported the news from Weippe in her column “Happenings on the Hill” in the Clearwater Tribune for about 10 years. Due to health conditions she had moved to Orofino and was cared for by the staff at Brookside Landing and, most recently, at the Clearwater Health and Rehabilitation facility. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Bridgette Heighes wants everyone to know there is a new horse club in Weippe! The Hilltop Hustlers had their very first playday event June 9 at the Weippe rodeo grounds. Seven riders participated, with some spectators in the bleachers. The Hilltop Hustlers plan on having another playday on Sunday, June 30 with sign ups starting at 1 p.m.  There is a fee of  $5 to participate that will go toward new equipment as the club grows. For more information contact Bridgette at Psalm 40 Feed 435-4974. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    'Whymsical Mysteries' is the name of the new second-hand store, another new business on Main Street in Pierce, at 104 S. Main (former home of A Blue Moose Mercantile). Their opening date is Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come on in and meet the owner, Janice Bauer, and see all of the great finds she has packed into her store. She's looking forward to meeting everyone on the Hilltop and beyond! The newly remodeled Pioneer Inn is now open as a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Call 208-464-1444 for more information. Congratulations to Ben and Joni Johnson as they pursue their new business, High Country Land Surveying. No job too small or to big. Need some property lines ran or a corner marker? They are the ones to call, 208-464-1041. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for June 13
    New Fish and Game rules will take effect July 1, affecting resident and nonresident licenses and the use of motorized vehicles by hunters in designated game management units. Resident and nonresident license buyers will be able to buy three-year licenses beginning July 1. Buyers save the vendor fee for two years in addition to the convenience.

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