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August 1 Poll Results
Edward Snowden
Do you think Edward Snowden, who recently leaked information about the NSA’s collection of telephone and internet data, is a traitor, or do you approve of what he did?

36% I approve of it. (18)
32% I consider him a traitor. (15)
32% I’m not sure – there’s good and bad about what he did. (15)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Stalemate on Highway 12 megaloads
    The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and U.S. Forest Service are not in agreement on shipments of oversized loads across U.S. Highway 12 through the designated Wild and Scenic River corridor and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Shipping company Omega Morgan has two water purification vessels fabricated in British Columbia and weighing some 320 tons at the Port of Wilma and wants to use the Hwy. 12 route to Alberta, Canada. In January, a U.S. district judge ruled the Forest Service has authority to review ITD’s approval of megaload shipments.
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  • Wolf forum Aug. 23 at Timberline High School
    Wolves in Idaho? It’s a hot topic and one of interest to residents of Pierce, Weippe, Orofino and surrounding areas. Mark your calendar now for an informational forum to be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at Timberline High School in Pierce. The forum will feature guest speakers and a discussion period. Refreshments will be served. The Federal government has published its proposal to delist wolves in all of the lower 48 states.
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  • Pioneer Inn Restaurant and Hotel is ready for 1860 Days
    The Pioneer Inn family dining and hotel is open and ready business for Pierce 1860 Days. Sammy and Mona Bhardwaj, owners of S&S Foods, have turned one of the original buildings in Pierce into a modern family restaurant and hotel. The old Pioneer Hotel, built in 1865, provided the miners with hot meals and warm beds, along with “other services.” The original building was demolished in the early 1900’s and the current structure was built. The building has changed ownership and names many times. The most popular and memorable is the Key Bar. Most recently, the building was named the Cedar Inn. In January 2013, Sammy purchased the building and has re-established the historic significance of the hotel and renamed it Pioneer Inn. The original pillars at the front of the building are over 100 years old. The smoke free family dining lounge opened June 1. The walls sport murals painted by Pierce’s own Diane Gerot. One mural, in particular, is a portrait of Sammy. The hotel has been completely renovated. The only original pieces left are the frame of the outside and the pillar columns on the front porch, which were unveiled from behind the cedar wood. It has entirely new wiring, plumbing and bathroom fixtures, floors, carpet, walls, ceilings, windows, roof, and siding. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Merchants close remarkable season
    The Lewis-Clark Cubs gave Merchants a run for their money, winning 6-4 on July 25, in the first round of the district Class A Legion tournament held in Coeur d’Alene. “We were not very sharp today. We were tentative at the plate and consequently we struggled to score runs,” said Coach Jeff Wilson. In the second day of the tournament, the Merchants crushed Priest River 8-0, eliminating Priest River from the tournament. The battery for Orofino was Scotty Lee and Walker Reggear. The battery for Priest River was Nick Farnham and Tyler Barber. Scotty Lee was dominant on the mound. He gave up only 4 hits and struck out 13. His velocity was good and he located pitches well the entire game. With only one error behind him we were a tough team today.
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  • Business as usual, and plenty of it, addressed at City Council meeting
    Kim Browning, on behalf of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce, requested that the downtown parking issue be presented at the next regular meeting due to some last minute changes. The Special Use Application submitted by Joey Vaughn to convert the second story of the former Stone Mountain Archery building into two separate apartments was approved by the board, with special  conditions, The commercial building located on Hwy. 12 is currently zoned C-2 (Commercial) which prohibits residential living. The Board recommends the following conditions: the applicant follows all building codes, provides storage and permanently assigned parking spaces for tenants.   The space on the ground floor can not be utilized for a business which might impose hazardous conditions for the tenants living above, such as welding, which was discussed initially in the request, but has changed according to the owner since. A letter from Rebecca J. Vaage, the City’s Civil Attorney, explains that her contract with the City expired the end of May. The current contract is slightly higher to reflect the rising costs in her practice. The Board approved to accept the change to the contract. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • C-PTPA fire update
    Three fires were reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) on Tuesday, July 23. The Cricket Fire on Grangemont was caused by burning debris and burned about 1/10 of an acre. The Pierce Divide East fire burned about ¾ of an acre. This fire is still under investigation. On Monday, July 29, the Weitas Slide Boom fire was reported outside of Elk River. This fire was caused by equipment use and burned less than 1/10 of an acre. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Burn permits are cancelled
    According to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) Fire Warden Isaac Hull, the fire danger is now classified as high and all burn permits have been cancelled, effective immediately in the area protected by C-PTPA, except for those burning crop residue. With the dry, hot weather the wildfire danger is increasing daily throughout the area. Campfires in campfire rings are still allowed and no state restrictions on equipment use have been announced. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Orofino featured in author's books
    Any book featuring Orofino is rare, a condition changing because of author Don W. Lake. He now has completed four books which revolve around Orofino. The first book, “On the All American Road,” explores Orofino’s lifeline, US 12, from its beginning in city center, Detroit, to its end in Aberdeen, Washington. Officially designated an “All American Road” in Idaho, US 12 passes through the complete range of American life. It runs through de Tocqueville’s Michigan, the heart of industrial Chicago, the dairy farms of Wisconsin, the wheat fields of Minnesota and the Dakotas, the ranches of Montana, goes over the Western mountains, reaches a salt water port hundreds of miles from the sea, and finishes on the Pacific Ocean. Famous characters such as Al Capone, Paul Bunyan, Henry Ford, Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark, all know the route well. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Woman and toddler in vehicle accident on Highway 12
    A 76-year-old Kooskia woman and her two-year-old passenger both sustained injury in a one-vehicle accident July 24 on Highway 12, according to a news release from the Idaho State Police (ISP). The accident occurred at 5:57 p.m. at milepost 16, near the State Highway 3 junction. Alice J. Helms was traveling eastbound in a 1999 Kia Sportage. According to ISP, Helms failed to negotiate a curve and went off the south side of the roadway. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Bill West celebrates 90th birthday with display in Warhawk Museum
    Friday, the thirteenth was a great day for Bill West as he was born on that day in 1923. Officially named Raymond William West, his family has always called him Bill. On Saturday, July 13, Bill’s family joined him to celebrate his 90th birthday. His children gave him a party, and pulled together his military memorabilia for the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. Lou Bauman, volunteer extraordinaire, created a wonderful display showing Bill’s 25-year Naval aviation career in which he served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
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  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest visitor maps available
    The 2013 Nez Perce and Clearwater Forest visitor maps are now available for sale at local forest offices. “Our mission is to provide prompt, courteous, and convenient service to our customers. We apologize for the long turn-around period during the review and printing process. Thank you for your patience!” said the Forests’ Offices in a press release. Laminated forest visitor maps are $10 each. National Forest Visitor Maps provide information on recreational uses, trails, roads, streams, lakes, visitor centers, facilities available, campgrounds and picnic areas. The map also displays color photographs of points of interest and activities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Lewiston man killed in truck wreck
    A 69-year-old Lewiston man, Vernon Benjamin, was killed July 25 on Southwick Road in Nez Perce County, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Benjamin was headed west in a 1976 Freightliner log truck. At 7:41 a.m., near milepost eight on Southwick Road, Benjamin failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and lost control of the truck, according to ISP.
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  • Behind the scenes of an air attack
    The job of Air Tactical Group Supervisor in the firefighting world is somewhat like a traffic policeman at a busy intersection. In Orofino on Thursday, the Air Tactical Group Supervisor, James Grasham, Zone Assistant Fire Management Officer from Idaho Panhandle National Forest stationed in Grangeville, with pilot Dave Parker coordinated the air support on the Braun Road Fire, which greatly assisted in putting that fire out. Air support working the fire in Orofino, included four helicopters, four single engine air tankers (SEATS), two heavy air tankers, and a lead plane. With 11 aircraft over the fire, one could imagine the chaos that could ensue, hence the need for someone to coordinate the effort. Due to effective regional communication and local pre-positioned air resources, aerial attack was immediate for the Braun Road fire. The terrain in that area makes on the ground firefighting difficult, and the aerial attack allowed the local firefighters to respond directly to the homes for structure protection. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Despite June job growth, unemployment edges up to 6.4 percent
    Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.4 percent, despite strong growth in nonfarm jobs. It was the second straight month unemployment was up following 21 months during which the rate steadily fell more than two full percentage points. Clearwater County’s unemployment rate went up too, to 12.7 percent, putting it at just .1 percent less than last year’s June rate of 12.8. In May 2013 it was 11.3. Lewis, Idaho, and Nez Perce counties also saw increase, though all stayed in the single digits.
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  • Fraser news
    The Thornton family reunion was held on Saturday, July 13, at our Fraser Park. Edna and Vern Thornton’s children Carl, Jean and the twins, Donna and Mona, and their families enjoyed a day in the shade at the park. Lyle died on Aug. 22, 2009, his son Dwaine and his daughter Meranda drove over from their home in Washington and enjoyed visiting with everyone. Before the day was over they spent time at Donna and Danny’s home so the youngsters could enjoy the indoor pool. Thirty three members were at the reunion this year. The Weippe High School Class of 1963 held their class reunion at Fraser Park on Saturday, July 27. They gathered at the pavilion for lunch at 11 a.m. and enjoyed visiting with everyone that stopped by in the afternoon. Steve Green drove to the Fraser Community to do some maintenance work at the farm. He had time to visit the 1963 Class Reunion and stopped by the Brand’s before returning to his home in Coeur d’Alene. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Saturday Minnie Weidner went to her great-granddaughter’s wedding at the River’s Edge in Orofino. Sharon and Nikki Phimigan, friends of the family also went down for the wedding. Minnie’s great granddaughter is Jacqueline Brown Bowen. Her new husband is Jeremy Bowen. They both live in Orofino. Jacqueline works at CVH, Jeremy works at Napa. Rachael Mendenhall is the mother of the bride. Elwin Hutchins’ garden is full of many kinds of blooming flowers. This is a colorful addition to the community. Some highlights of the July Weippe Council Meeting:  Bill Barteaux made a motion to approve the bills total of $29,997.74 with the addition of $50 Idaho bureau of occupation license for David Thomson wastewater collection and treatment and $77 to Elwin Hutchins for travel to the CEDA meeting in Lewiston. New total of the bills - $30.129.74. David Thomson stated that there have been complaints about the fluctuating of the water. After checking he found a problem with the small well. He continues to try and solve this issue. The Consumer Confidence Report is done and available to consumers. David is also submitting his application to the Idaho bureau of licenses for his wastewater treatment and collection grade 1. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Pierce news
    It’s 1860 Days week-end! Everyone’s been sprucing up the town, streets are cleaned and the flags are in place the length of Main Street. It sounds like this is going to be one of the bigger ones yet; over 180 people are signed in for the all-school Pierce reunion. The check-in point for that is the Pierce Community Center. The Pierce Pool will be open from 1-4 p.m. Saturday of 1860 Days. Their last day open is Aug. 9. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for August 1
    Some early elk hunts open Aug. 1, most of them antlerless "green-field" hunts. The early "green-field" hunts in seven elk management zones-Palouse, Salmon, Weiser, Lemhi, Beaverhead and Pioneer zones - are meant to help landowners reduce crop damage. Early archery hunts also start Aug. 1 in the Snake River elk zone, and controlled green-field hunts also open in the Dworshak and Hells Canyon zones.

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