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July 18 Poll Results
Stand Your Ground
Are stand your ground
laws a good idea?

72% Yes, they are. (38)
17% They have their place, but some leave too much room for interpretation. (9)
  9% No, I think they encourage violence. (5)
  2% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Orofino graduate walks away from plane crash in Kamiah
    Kathleen Nemeth, 19, walked away from a plane crash shortly after takeoff Wednesday, July 10, around 9:30 a.m. Nemeth, the daughter of Paul and Rita Nemeth of Orofino and a Valedictorian at Orofino High School for the class of 2011, was taking off in a Cessna 152 training plane she was piloting from the Clearwater Valley Aero Club airport in Kamiah. Following the accident, she was treated at the scene for cuts and bruises, according to Idaho County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Ulmer. A report said it appeared Nemeth was attempting to avoid power lines adjacent to the airport when she took off, and climbed too steeply, stalling the plane over an adjacent field. The plane, which was owned by the airport, was reportedly demolished in the crash.
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  • Street paving next week in Orofino, Riverside
    On Monday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 24, the City of Orofino will be paving the following streets: 105th-Hartford, 106th-Hartford, 107th, 111th, and 113th Street. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on these days, while paving is going on, no water from sprinklers will be allowed on these streets. No parking will be allowed on these streets during these time periods, either.
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  • Why are inmates sorting garbage at the Transfer Station?
    In response to questions regarding the recent presence of Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICI-O) inmates seen at the Transfer Station sorting through garbage, I spoke with Clearwater County Commissioner John Allen in a recent interview. The Board unanimously decided to give it a try to see what the impact might be. “The program was designed to save the taxpayers money. It looks to be a sensible thing to do,” stated Allen. In the first month the benefits were multi-faceted: There was substantially less waste to be sent off to the landfill, (a good thing) and less for county residents to pay per pound to have waste transferred (one more good thing). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament is Thursday through Sunday
    The 10th Annual Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament takes place this Thursday through Sunday, July 18-21, in Orofino. This year marks 10 years of remembering Trevor Haag through the love of baseball. Players from all over will be bringing their bats and gloves to Orofino to honor the memory of Trevor Charles Haag. Teams this year will come from Missoula and Hamilton, MT; Chewelah, Pullman, Asotin, and Colfax, WA; and Grangeville, Latah County and Moscow to take part in the tournament.
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  • Head Start seeks our support
    Lewis Clark Early Childhood Program (LCECP) has been serving the community of Orofino for over 20 years. Presently, a group of devoted community members who call themselves Friends of LCECP Orofino Head Start Project are asking the community for support in raising $30,000 to be eligible for other grants needed to purchase and place a classroom on the elementary school site. LCECP has applied for a supplemental funding grant from Head Start to cover the site development costs associated with development of the center including the playground and parking areas. It is hoped to bring the project to the school site within the next year. Friends of LCECP strive to raise $30,000 from the Orofino business and private communities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Dworshak to celebrate 40th anniversary with powerhouse tours
    Staff at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dworshak Dam and Reservoir will mark the dam’s 40th year of operations by offering powerhouse tours on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will start each half-hour, beginning at the Dworshak Dam powerhouse entrance at the base of the dam, located at 1428 Northfork Drive in Ahsahka, Idaho. Photo I.D.s are required for all adults.
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  • Minnesota tour bus visits Pierce museum
    The J. Howard Bradbury Memorial Logging Museum had an amazing visit from a tour bus group this past Saturday, July 13. There were 48 participants on the bus, operated by R&J Tours of Willmar, MN, who were enjoying a Backcountry Idaho tour, and included the Logging Museum on their itinerary. Other stops included Wallace, Orofino, Craters of the Moon National Park, plus many others throughout the state. They were a wonderful group, mostly from Minnesota, in addition to a couple from New Jersey and another from Wisconsin. They were very interested in our history and the area, and the museum board members enjoyed the opportunity to share it with them. Many had never before visited Idaho, and we hope their visit to our great state will result in future visits by them and their families. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Road closures and travel delays on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
    Planned logging activity and a series of road reconstruction projects may impact traffic on the Lochsa, Moose Creek, and Powell Ranger Districts of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. On the Lochsa Ranger District, travelers on Roads 5541 and 5547, located southeast of Mex Mountain, can expect delays through Aug. 15. The traffic holdups are due to road culvert replacement projects. Forest Service Road 653, located south of Lodge Point on the Moose Creek Ranger District, will have intermittent delays until August 15 while road crews replace culverts at Lodge Creek and on adjacent side draws. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Dutch oven fundraiser at King's Saturday
    A Dutch oven fundraiser takes place Saturday, July 20 at the Orofino King’s Discount Store Parking lot from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is being held in conjunction with the Clearwater County Boy Scouts and Orofino community volunteers. The Dutch oven meal costs $5, or you may pay with five cans of food. Ages 12 and under may pay with two cans of food, or pay $2. A drawing featuring an Explorer 3-Burner Stove donated by Camp Chef will be held during the meal.
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  • "Zero-tolerance" on illegal fireworks has positive results
    This 4th of July the Orofino Police Department took a “zero-tolerance” stance on the use of illegal fireworks in the city limits. Illegal fireworks are those which explode or are capable of traveling in excess of 20 feet above the ground. The purpose of the zero-tolerance stance was to improve public safety relating to the use of the fireworks. Over the last few years the police department has received an increasing number of complaints from residents regarding the use of illegal fireworks. Property owners have reported fires being started on their property as a result of illegal fireworks. In addition, the Police Department received numerous general disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct complaints.
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  • "Let's Play" children's event at Orofino City Park July 24
    Children and their families are invited to the Orofino City Park, Wednesday, July 24, for a fun filled night at the park. The city park will be reserved from 6-9 p.m. for a free event for the public hosted by the Orofino Community Church Children's Ministry. We are excited to have the ManiYAC Teen Center on hand to provide art projects, several artists for face painting, jump houses, giant bubble wands, as well as local musicians playing children's music at 7 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Orofino Body Shop wins first place in Rotary Log Drive
    After a prolonged effort selling Log Drive tickets to raise funds for Orofino Rotary Foundation scholarships for Clearwater County high school graduates, approximately 870 numbered wooden “logs” were dumped into Orofino Creek Saturday, July 13. Orofino Body Shop won first place; Greg Ehman, a Rotarian from Golden, B.C., won second place; and Kathleen Dougherty of Lenore won third place. The winning block arrived 45 minutes after the logs were dumped into Orofino Creek from the Hollywood Bridge, and was fished out of the water by Montana Lozar. The second and third place blocks were retrieved 15 minutes after that by Larry Peltz and Wayne Olson.
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  • Local Boy Scouts to attend Scout Jamboree
    James and George Bolling of Orofino will join approximately 40,000 other Boy Scouts across the nation at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. This is the first year the jamboree will be held at the expansive new Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. The Summit will serve as the permanent home for the Boy Scouts of America’s national jamboree, a celebration of Scouting held every four years.  Located on a sprawling 10,600 acres in West Virginia's world-renowned adventure sports region known as the New River Gorge, the jamboree will take place July 15–24 and will embody the theme “Go Big. Get Wild.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • ABATE to sponsor "Shoot a Hoop" Aug. 3
    A small group gathered for the Regular City Council meeting held July 9. Following the approval of the Minutes, Bills and Claims, Mayor Ryan Smathers invited ABATE to speak next. Melanie Barrett and Herb Lawler informed the council about ABATE sponsoring “Shoot A Hoop for Special Olympics” Saturday, Aug. 3, at the basketball courts at the elementary school. This fundraiser will benefit Lewis Clark Special Olympics. Volunteers and referees in particular, are needed and so appreciated. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Fraser news
    The Timberline High School Class of 1973 held their 40th year reunion last weekend. On Saturday they gathered at the Snake River Adventures dock in Lewiston for a boat trip up the Snake River. Peggy Ball was in charge of making the arrangements for the class members and their families. A total of 37 people spent the day on the river. The trip up the river left at 10 a.m. After several stops to swim, to enjoy the falls and to have lunch at Cache Creek, they arrived at the turn around point at 3 p.m. Their guide described the history of the river and the people who lived on its banks. They were treated to glimpses of mountain sheep, deer, geese, and even a porcupine as they traveled along. On the return trip they had dinner at the Kirby Creek Lodge. The steak dinner was served buffet style. Everyone gathered on the porch of the lodge to eat and visit about the trip. When they returned to Lewiston the group stopped at the Riverport Brewing Company. Then, for those who wanted to spend the night, reservations had been made at the Quality Inn in Clarkston.  It sounds like everyone had a great time and that they will be looking forward to the next reunion. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Laura Britt has returned from a five day trip to Boston over the 4th of July to visit friends. While there she also went to Ogunquit Beach in Maine. Pam and Gary Kleinsmith went to Red River Hot Springs with the Back Country Horsemen to work on trail maintenance. The Springs are located between Elk City and Dixie. If interested in knowing more about this group, web site is www.bchi.org/chapters.htm. There are two local chapters, one in Lewiston and one in Grangeville. Marla and Dennis Jacobus celebrate their 22nd wedding anniversary on July 21. Cindy and Russel Miles’ anniversary is July 22. Congratulations to all. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Pierce news
    Saturday, July 20, is the next scheduled work day at Bald Mountain; join us for a few fun chores and a light potluck lunch! This spring/summer has been productive so far. The T-bar cable is oiled and the carriages are greased. There have been three truckloads of miscellaneous garbage hauled to the dump. The tools have been organized. The weird Patrol house water problem we hope is now fixed. And, brush whacking is done along T-bar line and Pikes Peak. Come on out and clear your favorite run (Slingshot and Bonsai are next for me). Help with some light construction projects or work on T's. Questions or comments, call Chris at 208-435-4782 or 208-827-0845.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 18
    Idaho Fish and Game closed fishing for Chinook salmon on the South Fork Salmon River at the end of fishing Sunday, July 14. And the Snake River will close effective the end of fishing Friday, July 19. Angler surveys show the fisheries, through Sunday, July 14, have harvested 90 percent of the state's harvest share of adult hatchery Chinook salmon returning to those rivers.

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