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June 20 Poll Results
New Turn Lane
What do you think of the fact Highway 7 is getting a new turn lane to Orofino High School?

80% Sounds like a good idea. (41)
14% I think it’s unnecessary. (7)
  6% Undecided. (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Highway 7 to receive new turn lane
    In a letter to Orofino City Council from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) a recent survey revealed that due to the present amount of traffic on Hwy. 7, the state is requiring a right turn lane to be constructed at the intersection of Hwy. 7 and Dunlap Road. The traffic is now just shy of meriting a turn bay in the opposite direction. With the construction of the new CVH Health Clinic on Hwy. 7, additional traffic may require another turn bay at a later date. ITD would like to partner with the City of Orofino to construct a right turn lane. On prior projects, ITD has partnered with the local community to obtain right of way and help with part of the funds. ITD would be responsible for the survey, design, construction, advertising and provide remaining construction funds for the partnership. It is hopeful that ITD, the city and CVH could partner together to acquire the proposed changes.
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  • C-PTPA names new chief fire warden
    The Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) board of directors has hired Len Young as the association’s new chief fire warden, following the April retirement of Chief Fire Warden Howard Weeks after 34 years of service. Chief Young joins C-PTPA on June 24.  He most recently served as the fire warden for the 325,000-acre Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) Cataldo Forest Protective District in Idaho’s Silver Valley. The announcement came today as the State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) approved the annual request from the IDL to continue State participation as a member of two timber protective associations in Idaho – the C-PTPA and the Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA) based in McCall.
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  • Leaving a legacy
    Clearwater County landowner Gordon Hubbard saw potential on his property located on the south facing slopes of the Clearwater River canyon. “All I had was a bare hillside with a little bit of brush, so I decided I might as well do something with it,” Gordon stated. And he certainly did do something. In 1999, Gordon began working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to obtain a conservation plan and to receive cost-share to establish trees on his property. Gordon hoped that by planting trees he could control weeds, add cover to the hillside, and take advantage of land that wasn’t being utilized. He noticed that on the harsh south facing slopes that yellow star thistle did not grow below the canopy of existing trees. He decided that establishing more trees would be a good way to reduce the weed pressure on his property.
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  • PILT payments to be cut; Clearwater County's share increases
    The Obama Administration announced this week that the annual Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments for local governments across the country, including those in Idaho, will be cut to meet sequester benchmarks. Clearwater County has been among those Idaho counties receiving PILT payments each year. This year’s amount came to $556,957, which is $155,861 more than last year. PILT are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. The formula used to compute the payments is contained in the PILT Act and is based on population, receipt sharing payments and the amount of Federal land within an affected county. The 2013 authorized level is $421.7 million, which was reduced by $21.5 million due to sequestration. After administrative expenses, a total of $399.8 million is allocated for payments to counties.
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  • New president for Orofino, Cottonwood hospitals
    Patrick J. Branco, a veteran hospital leader with a strong background in Catholic health care, has been named President of St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics. Essentia Health CEO Peter E. Person, MD, and Dan Davis, Chair of St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics, announced Branco’s appointment this week. His official start date is Aug. 19. Branco currently serves as Regional CEO and Chief Mission Officer for Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan, Alaska. He has 15 years of CEO experience, including five as CEO for Divine Providence Health Center, Avera, in Ivanhoe, MN. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Navy, from which he retired in 1995.
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  • Pierce 1860 Days Aug. 2-4
    Time to get your tickets! The 1860 Days drawing prizes are amazing this year! This year’s three prizes are the best. First, once again, the giant CharBroil six burner barbeque grill is offered, plus a new and improved, full-size folding picnic table complete with tableware. This package was purchased at Pierce Hardware, who donated the tableware. For the second prize, two people will enjoy a day of fishing on the Clearwater through The Guide Shop in Orofino. Third prize is an exciting nine-hour jet boat excursion for two on the Snake River from Hell’s Gate State Park to Rush Creek, through Snake River Adventures in Lewiston. The cost for these tickets remains the same: $1 each, or six for $5, available soon at various locations in Pierce.
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  • ICARE event at Kayler's Bend Golf Course
    Have fun, play golf or bridge, and help a cause at the ICARE events sponsored by the Orofino branch of AAUW at Kayler’s Bend Golf Course on Tuesday, July 9. The golf rally will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Tee off will be 9 a.m. The costs of the golf event include: $20 entry fee (ICARE) and $5 (payable to AAUW); greens fees--$15/9 holes, $20/18 holes, cart fee $10 per 9 holes (payable to Kayler’s Bend Golf Course). Lunch will be provided by AAUW. Signup sheets are posted at the Orofino Golf Course and Kayler’s Bend Golf Course.  Golfers are encouraged to sign up by July 1. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Clearwater County Fair events and updates
    There are only 84 days until the annual Clearwater County Fair begins. The Fair dates are Sept. 12-15 and this year’s theme is “Take Time to Have a Great Time.” It’s time to do some planning if you would like to reserve a booth in the Exhibit Building during the Fair. Several types of booths are available: shelf, shallow walk-in, deep walk-in, and several double booths. Most have a power outlet. If you are interested in reserving a booth or would like more information, please call Cynthia Hedden at (208) 476-3234. The Fair Books will be available Aug. 8 as inserts in the Clearwater Tribune, plus at the Clearwater Tribune office and other businesses throughout the County by the end of that week. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 16A.

  • Darden brothers are both West Point graduations
    Brett Gerald Darden graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, on May 25. He was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Unites States Army by his brother, First Lieutenant Mike Darden, a 2011 West Point graduate. Brett and Mike are the sons of LTC(R) Otis and Sue Darden of Meridian, and the grandsons of Shirley Seeley and the late Gerald (Bud) Seeley of Orofino. Brett will be reporting to Ft. Benning, GA later this summer where he will receive training as an Armor officer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 16A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Carl Cook and Dave Owsley
    Again the volunteers put up the beautiful display of flags at the cemeteries for Flag Day, June 14. We all enjoy all of their efforts of putting them up at 7 a.m. and talking them down at 7 p.m. However, someone enjoyed them too much and decided to help themselves to one of the flags at the Weseman Cemetery. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • C-PTPA fire update
    One fire was reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) on June 11, in the Lower Fords Creek area. In a telephone interview with Fire and Program Manager, Cameron Eck, it was confirmed that 43 acres were burned. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Presently, the region is at moderate risk of fire danger. As of June18, all burning is restricted with the exception of burn barrels and yard waste, both requiring permits. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Tess Bradley finishes first full marathon
    Tess Bradley of Orofino recently completed her first full marathon—a 26.6 mile run as part of the St. Joe River Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K in St. Maries. Bradley began in the early start group at 6:30 a.m. Her time was five hours, 36 minutes. She placed 11th overall in the full marathon, 7th in the females of all ages category, second in her female age group, and fourth in her age group including men and women.
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  • Farm Bureau scholarship winners
    Each year the Clearwater/Lewis County Farm Bureau offers the opportunity for area young people to apply for scholarships designed to assist in the pursuit of higher education at the college/university of their choice. The two $500 scholarship award winners for the 2013-2014 school year are Chantell Lowe and Daniel Korbel. Chantell is the daughter of Luke and Debbie Lowe of Reubens, and a 2013 Highland Jr./Sr. High School graduate and will be attending the University of Idaho this fall in a non-agricultural field. Daniel is the son of Kevin and Christine Korbel of Orofino and a 2011 Orofino High School graduate, who is returning to U of I this fall to continue pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Fish Lake Trail #419 temporary closed to motorized vehicles
    The popular Fish Lake Trail #419, located 15 miles south of Hoodoo Pass, near the Idaho-Montana state line, has closed to motorized traffic. The restriction is necessary due to wet conditions.  Motorized vehicles could cause damage to the trail and fragile high alpine meadows on the lake’s western edge. Forest officials will reopen Trail #419 as soon as the waterlogged trail has dried out, firmed up and is once again suitable for recreational use.
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  • Fraser news
    Dolores Watson is acquainted with almost everyone in the area. She was in charge of taking the money, which is the perfect job for her. Dolores reported that Erin Sellers treated her grandfather Ed Dobson, her father Bill Sellers and her brother Carson to breakfast. Friends of Linda and Mike Beard were in the area. They were told about the breakfast and Julie Wilson enjoyed a meal while her husband Tim attended a meeting at the Empire Mill in Weippe. Peggy and Reggie Ball and Sandy and Jerry Linvile helped put the tables and chairs away after the breakfast was over. Thanks to everyone who came. It was a pleasure to serve you. We hope to see you again next year. The proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to the Fraser Community Center for ongoing maintenance of the building.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I have often admired this old house pictured and wondered who had lived there. When visiting Sue Wyatt last week, she said “talk to Joleen Olson next door, she used to live there.” So Monday morning I knocked on Joleen’s door. She was receptive to questioning and we had a long and interesting conversation. Joleen’s family came to Weippe from Wisconsin about 1947, when they purchased the house. At the time her Dad, Joseph Conway, worked at the “O” Mill. In 1952 Joleen graduated from Weippe High School and was married the same year. Her mother “loved the house” according to Joleen but later went back to Wisconsin to take care of her grandmother who was ill. Joleen’s Dad stayed behind to sell the house. After a time when the house did not sell, and he wanted to join his wife in Wisconsin, he gave it to Joleen to sell, which she eventually did. She said having Idaho law in school helped her make the sale. Esther Young became the new owner. If anybody knows who built the house originally, please let me know.
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  • Pierce news
    We will be starting a Hilltop Farmer’s Market Friday, July 12 and running each week on Fridays throughout September. The market hours will be 4 to 7 p.m., set up is at 3 p.m.  The market will be located in Weippe, on the corner of Main and Pierce. We will have vendor applications ready and available on our website at the end of June. The next meeting for 1860 Days Committee is Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at Blue Moose. Everyone is welcome to be part of this exciting Pierce weekend. Berry/Bake-Off registration forms are available now. Watch for them around town and start baking your cherry or berry specialty! This is always a favorite contest on Friday afternoon, Aug. 2, with wonderful prizes for many categories. Cheryl Stenzel has been kind enough to take this on again.  So, for more information, please give her a call at 208-464-2201. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for June 20
    Idaho Fish and Game has awarded controlled tags to 10 hunters selected at random from among those who filed their mandatory hunter reports by the January deadline. Hunters who bought deer, elk or pronghorn tags in 2012 and filed all of their reports by January 18, were automatically entered in the drawing as part of an incentive program for filing mandatory hunter reports on time - which saves Fish and Game money and resources.

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