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July 4 Poll Results
Obesity a Disease
The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease. Do you agree with their decision?

20% Yes, I do. (11)
24% It seems a little far-fetched, but maybe it will help in the long run. (13)
53% No, I think it’s ridiculous. (29)
  4% Undecided. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • High temperatures hit Clearwater County
    Some pretty toasty temperatures have hit Clearwater County over the last few days, and the Clearwater County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to use care in dealing with the 100+ degree weather.

  • Missing resident found in car accident near Rudo Road
    Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office was informed on June 27, that 72-year-old Richard Lyness, of Orofino had not been seen for the day and that he drove a Teal 1997 Dodge Intrepid. There was no indication of where Lyness, who resides on Grangemont Road, had gone. Deputies checked the area and were unable to locate Lyness. An attempt to locate was sent out to all surrounding areas for Lyness. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Idaho Fish & Game employee dies at agency fish trap
    A seasonal employee of Idaho Fish and Game died Friday afternoon at the Crooked River fish trap near Elk City while trapping Chinook salmon for the Clearwater Hatchery. Joshua Todd Huju (pronounced who-you) - 26, of Sioux City, Iowa was found in the water at the fish trap by another Fish and Game employee. The employee pulled Huju from the water, called 911 and immediately began CPR. Paramedics arrived at the remote location and continued to try to revive Huju. "This is a heart breaking tragedy and the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Fish and Game are with Josh's family," Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said.
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  • Outflows increased from Dworshak Reservoir
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has increased outflows from Dworshak Reservoir in an effort to cool the water downstream for fish. Recent extremely hot weather conditions and more of the same forecasted for the rest of the week prompted the changes in flow operations. Water previously discharging at 5,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Dworshak Dam was increased on Saturday to 7,400 cfs, again on Sunday to 9,500 cfs, and today to 13,500 cfs, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management officials. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests welcome holiday visitors
    Wild and scenic rivers, lush forests and mountain vistas make the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests a natural choice for July 4 visitors. People come here to hike, camp, picnic, ride, and relax; your nearby national forests are first-rate, summer recreation destinations! Most campgrounds offer first-come, first-served site selection, but a few campgrounds have sites that you can reserve. If you’d like to pre-select a campsite, visit or call (877)444-6777 to locate campgrounds nationwide that accept reservations. Many campgrounds have helpful hosts who can provide information about outdoor attractions in the local area.

  • Dworshak Reservoir full; July 4 outdoor fun awaits visitors
    Dworshak Reservoir reached its full-pool elevation, 1,600 feet, on Thursday, and recreation facilities are ready for Fourth of July visitors, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park managers announced this week. “All campgrounds and boat ramps are open for use,” said Paul Pence, Dworshak natural resources manager. “And, the bass and kokanee fishing have been great!”

  • Skydiving event rescheduled for this weekend
    A skydiving event originally scheduled for June 8 has been re-scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7. The June 8 event was cancelled due to inclement weather. SkyDown Skydiving is offering tandem skydiving jumps at Orofino Airport, beginning at 8 a.m. both days. Jumps cost $200 apiece. Family and friends are welcome to watch. A potluck will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday. There is a mandatory video showing and paperwork that needs to be completed. Showings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, July 3 and 5 at ChangePoint, 830 Michigan Avenue. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Morning fire in closet
    Orofino fire crews were called out in the early morning hours on Monday, July 1, to the home of Jo Shaarai at 167-118th St. According to Jo, a relay switch was burned out which was associated with the water heater which ignited in the closet in her bedroom. She hadn’t quite waked up yet but smelled an odd smell. Opening one eye she saw flames in the closet, closed the closet door and called 911. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Inmates and prison staff take on cancer
    An Idaho correctional inmate’s family member just went through a battle with breast cancer. This affected him deeply. He asked himself what he could do to pay back the community for the help that his aunt received. This inmate’s name is Raymond Finley; he wrestled with this question for months. He heard of the American Cancer Society, but was not sure where he would fit into this organization since he was incarcerated. Finley started talking with others and finally Finley found the answer that he was seeking with the Relay for Life, of the American Cancer Society organization. With help from Clayton Adams, other inmates, and his case manager, he was able to make contact with the local Relay for Life team, called The Good Neighbor Club. The group is located in Kamiah.
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  • Marine's hand-painted jacket and chaps lost on cross country motorcycle trip
    Peter Cushing, a recently retired Marine Lt. Colonel from Carlsbad, CA, lost a beloved jacket and pair of hand-painted chaps, while on a cross-country motorcycle ride this year. After his youngest daughter’s graduation, Cushing decided to embark on the trip, planning to visit friends as he rode across the United States. His chosen route through Idaho and Montana took him along Highway 12. He stopped near Lowell, MT, at the ranger station in that area, and put his jacket and motorcycle chaps in his duffel bag. That is the last time Cushing saw his belongings. He believes the duffel bag fell from his motorcycle within 12 to 15 miles east of Lowell, on Father’s Day, June 16. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Braeden Wilson invited to attend Phenom Basketball Camp
    Braeden “Ikaika” Wilson, 12, of Lewiston was among a handful of athletes invited to attend the Junior Phenom National Basketball Camp slated for Aug. 1-4 in San Diego. The camp is designed to expose talented basketball handlers to college recruiters, and it gives attendees the opportunity to compete against the best players in the country. Phenom Camps provide quality basketball instruction and education to selected athletes in the form of player development programs, private and semi-private lessons and a variety of workshop and clinic sessions. Camp patrons are taught to identify their athletic strengths and weaknesses; players are also schooled in the importance of proper nutrition and academic achievement. Braeden, who stands 6’2” tall, will celebrate his thirteenth birthday on Aug. 4. He is the son of 1997 OHS grad and basketball standout Zach Wilson. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Library benefit set for Aug. 10
    The fourth annual major benefit for Clearwater Memorial Public Library will be held Saturday, Aug, 10, and everyone who likes to read is asked to remember this day and be a supporter. This year’s event will be a Fiesta in the Sunken Garden of the High Country Inn, which will be transformed into an outdoor Cantina. Festive South-of-the Border décor and delicious food, music and fun will be the order of the day. Festivities will begin with a no-host bar with complimentary appetizers, followed by a full Mexican dinner buffet served outdoors, prepared by Jo Moore and her volunteer helpers.
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  • County budget options discussed
    Tim Marks, Government Employees Medical Plan (Gem Plan) Insurance Representative met with the Clearwater County Commissioners at their June 24 meeting to discuss the rates for the next fiscal year.   There are 20 counties participating in the self insurance plan. The Financial Statements were reviewed.  The costs are very conservative and the increases are within the national standard. The assets increased by $1 million. The prices are increasing on medical costs nationally. The actuaries are adjusted according to the standards of the industry. The County loss ratio is running the same as last year.
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  • Winchester Rodeo one of the biggest, best
    The 2013 Winchester Open Rodeo is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best rodeos in the Pacific Northwest this year. There are over 250 contestants signed up for the two day event, with a possible 300 by rodeo time July 6 and July 7. Currently there are 36 contestants entered in the Bull Riding events.  There are contestants entered from five states. What is really encouraging is that there are rough stock riders from the Camas Prairie and the Clearwater Valley regions.
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  • Fraser news
    The research on the history of the OK School was inspired by a program Barbara Fitzsimmons gave P.E.O. Chapter CD several years ago. Barbara chose the topic of the old schools of Clearwater County as the thesis for her Master’s Degree from the University of Idaho. Her information was gathered from interviews with former students and teachers, early school records and courthouse files. The pictures of the old school buildings helped bring the history of the area to life. It certainly did peak my curiosity as I also attended a one room school in rural Minnesota. Doris Peterson shared a lot of information about the OK School. Her grandfather, Warren Harrison, donated a corner of his property next to the Three Mile Road for the building. He helped build the school in 1915 with lumber from one of the local mills. The front of the building faced the road and had a row of windows down one side. A porch with a shed roof protected the doors from the weather. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Bridgette Heighes sends news that the Hilltop Hustlers had another successful playday at the Weippe Rodeo grounds Sunday afternoon. They had seven riders, including two from Orofino, participate in four different games. Brooke Woodworth placed first in the beanbag race. The next scheduled playday will be Sunday, July 28, 4:30 p.m. with a $5 participation fee. The group is also planning a trail ride Sunday, July 21. For more information contact Bridgette at 435-4974. Weippe Fire Department will be on hand Thursday evening at City Park during the fireworks session. The food stand will not be back this year.
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  • 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 2A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for July 4
    Hunters who applied for elk, deer, pronghorn, fall turkey and black bear controlled hunts can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing. Applicants can enter their hunting license number to find out instantly how they did in the drawing. But traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient. Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants around July 10. Winners must buy controlled hunt tags by Aug. 1. Unclaimed and leftover tags from the first drawing will be available in a second application period from Aug. 5 through Aug. 15.

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