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June 27 Poll Results
Drones
Do you think drones serve valuable purposes, or should they be banned?

40% I think they are very useful in a variety of ways. (17)
40% I’m fine with some ways they are used, but don’t approve of all their uses. (17)
20% I think most, if not all, types of drones should be banned. (8)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Orofino Pool Committe swimming with new ideas
    A special meeting was attended on June 18, by the members of the Clearwater Community Complex Inc. also known as the Orofino Pool Committee, City Council and interested community members to visit both sites presently being considered to accommodate a new pool for the city, and to meet with Kathy Muir, the State and Federal Grant Manager for Idaho Parks and Recreation. Clearwater Community Complex, Inc. arranged for the visit with Muir to learn more about the eligibility requirements and considerations when applying for a grant from the Department of Lands and Water. The primary purpose of the meeting was to learn how Orofino may better qualify for a 50/50 matching Land and Water grant from the U.S. Department of Interior through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
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  • State forestry official: Idaho Dept. of Lands readying for 'above-normal' active fire season
    Preparations have begun for “an above-normal, active fire season,” in Idaho this year, the state forester on June 18 told Idaho land commissioners. But the recent hot and dry conditions throughout much of Idaho would have to continue for “a very active fire season” to ultimately occur this year, according to state forester David Groeschl. The Idaho Department of Lands has been readying for the more active than usual type of fire season, said Groeschl, responding to a question from Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, who asked: “What’s your crystal ball on our fire season coming up?” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Rotary Log Drive to be held in late July
    This July will mark the fourteenth year that the Rotary Club of Orofino will be floating six inch pieces of 2x2 lumber down Orofino Creek to raise money for the Orofino Rotary Scholarship Endowment Foundation. Three prizes will be awarded based on the following percentage of the gross total of logs sold at $5 per piece (donation): first place-30%, second place-12%, and third place-8%. Last year’s winnings were $1,056, $422.52 and $281.58, going to Keith Dempsey, John Lagerquist and Connie Robison, respectively. All three were Clearwater County folks.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Doug Gray
    No one could be more pleased about what is happening with the Orofino Junior High than I am. I was convinced if anyone purchased the property they would tear down most of the school and build some apartments or some other business venture. The location is so ideal and the building is a community icon. I was really excited to hear that Paul and Lee Pippenger were purchasing it and as a family, converting it to a community center. We need a center of activity in the community and I’m convinced they will do a very nice job with it. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago - F. Miller, tinsmith of Orofino, and T. Scoles, living nine miles east of Orofino, were arraigned and placed under heavy bail for allegedly violating the Volstead Act. One reason for the high bail were some remarks Scoles allegedly made, including something to the effect of, “In case they catch me, when I get out I will start in again.” Prohibition officers seized in the arrest a 90-gallon still in operation and 40 gallons of purported moonshine whiskey. 90 Years Ago - A tract of land 300 by 600 feet was purchased by a group of Weippe businessmen from the Clearwater Improvement Company, with the intent of building a park. The land was situated just north of the Weippe grammar school, and was being cleared for a ball park. It would also be used for picnics and community purposes.
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  • Lewiston dealer sentenced to federal prison
    John Gilbert Rincon, 41, of Lewiston, was sentenced June 25 in United States District Court in Coeur d’Alene to 61 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Rincon to serve ten years of supervised release, and to forfeit $20,000 in U.S. currency. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 4, 2012. According to court documents, beginning July 2011, and continuing through Dec. 22, 2011, Rincon participated in drug transactions, distributing fifty grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Three Grangeville teens die in crash
    Three teenagers from Grangeville were killed early Saturday morning, June 22, after their vehicle struck a tree and caught on fire, according to the Idaho State Police. James K. McColloch, 17, Justin R. Dempsey, 18, and Lelah E. Layman, 17, were northbound on Grangeville-Salmon Road, 2.6 miles south of SH13, in a 2003 Ford F250 pickup truck. While negotiating a curve, McColloch, the driver, lost control and went off the east side of the road. After that, according to ISP, the vehicle returned to the road, only to drive off the west edge and strike a tree. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Two-vehicle crash on Highway 12, near Kamiah
    Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Kamiah Sunday morning, June 23, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Samantha S. Fignani, 19, of Kamiah, was eastbound on Highway 12 in a 1994 Nissan Sentra. At 7:24 a.m., near milepost 59, Fignani drifted off the south side of the highway, to the left, then came back onto the road and crossed the centerline, according to ISP. Kenneth Damron, 65, of Whitebird, was westbound on Highway 12 at that time, driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck. When Fignani crossed the centerline she struck Damron’s pickup, according to ISP. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Beware computer virus call scam
    Orofino Police Department (OPD) has received reports of a scam in which the scammer phones a person’s home and informs them their computer is infected with a virus. The caller then insists the computer owner must let the caller into their computer (over the internet) to fix it, before the virus wipes out everything on the computer. This is a scam. If you allow the caller remote access to your computer, they will have access to your personal information. They will also install a virus, then try to sell you an anti-virus program, according to OPD.
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  • Sen. Risch recognizes Orofino business during Idaho Small Business Week
    In recognition of the recent National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Jim Risch has named Nightforce Optics as the Idaho Small Business of the Day for June 21. The company will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the United States Senate. “I am pleased to recognize Nightforce Optics as an outstanding small business. This company started with a vision by one person that brought him from Australia to Orofino, Idaho,” said Risch. “Dr. Ray Dennis believed he had a superior riflescope, and starting with four employees, he built the company. Today, Nightforce riflescopes are known and purchased worldwide and the company employs more than 100 people. I congratulate Dr. Dennis and his employees for their great work and success.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Sixth Grade Forestry Tour just around the corner
    It’s not too late to register for the Sixth Grade Forestry Tour. Any eligible sixth grade student, public, home or private schooled, who has not registered for the Tour, but would like to, should call the UI Clearwater County Extension Office as soon as possible at 476-4434. The 52nd annual Sixth Grade Forestry Tour will be held July 9-11. Clearwater County Sixth Graders get a first-hand look at many aspects of forest and natural resources during the three-day tour. Local businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals sponsor the event enabling sixth graders to attend at no cost. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • PLAY ATV Rally Saturday, June 29 at Camp 60
    P.L.A.Y. will be hosting an ATV Rally Saturday, June 29 at Camp 60. To get to Camp 60 from Orofino, turn right at Headquarters and follow the signs to Camp 60. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Must return by 3:30 p.m. All OHV’s must meet U.S. Forest Service regulations and riders under 18 years old must wear approved helmets.
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  • Idaho's May unemployment edges up to 6.2%
    Idaho’s labor force increased by 1,100 workers last month - the largest number in over a year - pushing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from 6.1 percent in April to 6.2 percent for May. It was the first monthly increase in the unemployment rate since June 2011 when the rate hit 8.5 percent, just short of a post-recession 8.8 percent, before beginning a steady two-year decline. The number of workers off the job rose 900 to 47,500, erasing April’s decline. The tenth of a percentage point increase in the Idaho rate matched the uptick in the national rate to 7.6 percent in May. But Idaho’s rate was still more than a percentage point below the May 2012 rate of 7.3 percent, and May marked the 140th straight month Idaho’s rate has been below the national average. Clearwater County’s May rate, while still in the double digits at 11.3 percent, was down from 12.6 percent in April, and down from 14.6 percent in May of 2012. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Community support sustains LIFELINE Food Bank
    Since its opening in February of 2012, the Orofino LIFELINE Food Bank—an outreach of the Idaho Food Bank—has helped sustain nearly 450 local families during lean times. Located at 2170 Carney Drive Space G in Orofino, LIFELINE is open twice weekly to meet the needs of the community. Local volunteers pick up from the Idaho Food Bank warehouse in Lewiston. Others stock shelves, pack boxes, and serve customers. The doors are open Monday evening from 5:30–7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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  • Fraser news
    The memorial service for Ruth McHone was held on Saturday, June 22, at the Tahoe Mountain Rest Cemetery. Her son Mike spoke about her life that started 96 years ago when she was born at Big Cedar Creek 10 miles south of Kooskia. The stories of her helping her father John Hagen on the farm were inspiring. Can you imagine a seven year old girl driving a team of horses pulling a mowing machine? The hay was so thick her father had to walk behind the mower and move the hay away with a pitch fork. This was just the beginning of her working alongside her father as they did the chores on the homestead. Several people told stories of how she helped them in their time of need, poems were read and a song was played on a flute. Ruth’s grandson Mark Van Horn ended the service with his thoughts of Ruth, and a prayer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Alice and Harry Reynolds recently returned from a Holland America Line cruise to Sitka. The cruise was a gift from their daughter and her husband, Gayle and Larry Harral of Vancouver, WA to celebrate Harry’s birthday. Alice said they went directly to Sitka, which she thought looked quite a bit like our area. They enjoyed the friendly passengers, homey atmosphere and abundance of food, which Harry said was available 24 hours a day. On the way back, the ship stopped at several places, including Juneau. Alice enjoyed the trip and is eyeing Hawaii for the next excursion! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Pierce news
    The summer food program makes sure that children have healthy meals over part of their summer vacations. It is open to all children and teens 18 years old and younger. In our area meals will be available at Timberline School from June 10 to June 27 with breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch 11-11:30 a.m. It will also be served at the Pierce Community Center from June 17 thru June 28. Breakfast is 7:30-8:45 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for June 27
    The 2013-2014 wolf hunting season opens July 1 on private land only in the Panhandle Zone. The wolf hunting season opens throughout the rest of the state on Aug. 30. The wolf trapping season opens Nov. 15 in eight wolf zones and Feb. 1, 2014 in one additional zone. Wolf hunters may use five tags, with no overall harvest limit.

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