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Updated August 20 at 4:15 p.m.


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August 15, 2013 Front Page
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August 15 Poll Results
Mandatory Minimums
Should mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders (with no ties to gangs, cartels, or other large-scale organizations) be eliminated?

52% Yes. I think there is room for flexibility in the sentencing. (22)
43% No, they should not. (18)
  5% Undecided. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • A 1,600 mile dirt bike ride in seven days
    Even at 71, Donn Dennis thrives on challenges on his dirt motorcycle. That’s why the Dalton Gardens man and his friend Alan Deyo, 57, Orofino, recently embarked on the 1,600-mile, seven-day Tour of Idaho dirt bike ride that begins in the Malad Range of southern Idaho and ends in the Selkirk Mountains near the Canadian border. The two became just the 11th and 12th riders to complete the adventure in a week in the ride’s first six years. Much of the route is along single-track trails and Forest Service roads.
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  • Blaze contained near Peck
    A fire ignited near Peck Thursday evening. It burned 40 acres close to this small town but was put out by the Big Canyon Fire District crew, and IDL crews, including tankers and helicopters. It is believed the fire was human caused. It is being investigated by IDL, Orofino Police Department and others involved in curtailing the fire. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Everfound in concert free in Orofino City Park Aug. 24
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    he four brothers of the Russian-born band Everfound will perform in a free open-air live concert in the Orofino City Park on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. The brothers immigrated to Denver, CO when they were young children. Their great-grandfather spent 20 years in prison for owning a Bible. They grew up with their dad sharing stories of how his youth group was harassed and chased by police dogs after being discovered hiding in the forest for weekly Bible studies. These stories drive the band to be bold about their faith through the music they create. Today Everfound can be heard on radio stations all over the world.
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  • School Board to meet Aug. 19
    A regular school board meeting for Joint School District 171 will be held Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at Orofino High School. New hires to be considered (contingent upon drug tests and background checks) include: Bethany Colaprete - Counselor at OES .49 FTE (replacement/ Kelly); Kevin Carpenter – OHS Math  (replacement/ Simonson); Jessica Case – Teacher at Peck (replacement/Pollock); Allie Espinosa – Bus Monitor (new) as needed position; Monique Stamper – OHS Girls’ Soccer Coach (replacement/Hill); Brian Crecelius – OHS Boys’ soccer Coach (replacement/Hill); Ethan Kelley – OHS Science Teacher (replacement/Gering); Mindy Pollock – District Teacher/Coach/Teacher Mentor (new); Heather Fallwell – TS Head Secretary (replacement/ Nelson); Sharon Meador – Dance Coach at OHS (new).
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  • C-PTPA fire update
    Several fires were reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) Aug. 11-12. The Doyle Creek fire and the West Thunder fire, both in the Headquarters area, have burned .5 acre each. The Flume Creek fire, in the Headquarters area, and Woesner Ridge fire, in the Boehls area, burned .1 acre. The Camp W fire, in the Headquarters area, burned 1.5 acres. The Lower White Pine fire, also in the Headquarters area, burned one acre. According to Fire and Program Manager, Cameron Eck, all of the fires were lightening caused and are staffed, controlled and in various stages of mop up and patrol. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Life on the home front
    A few people you meet throughout your lifetime make you feel like you’ve been touched by an angel every time you encounter them. Vi Lesmeister was one such angel. Each time I visited with her I went away feeling happy, almost blessed to be able to call such a beautiful lady my “friend.” Our community now grieves the passing of Vi, who died Monday, Aug. 5 at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino at the age of 79. As soon as my twin grandsons were born, several weeks premature, in March 2010 Vi would ask me how they were doing each time I saw her. When they were old enough to be able to eat, she began bringing delicious Ronatta sugar cookies to the Tribune office for me to deliver to the boys. She affectionately became known as the “Cookie Grandma” to the boys and me. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • From this Chair
    The saga continues on between the dog Mary Jane and the doe on the street at the top of my driveway in Westgate subdivision in Orofino. I’m wondering how long it takes for fawns to mature to the point their mother doesn’t need to protect them. I know it’s been several weeks since I saw the doe charge Mary Jane by the road one evening when I had her outside. The next day Mary Jane started to limp and I took her to the vet and learned she had a sprained ankle or foot. They gave her pain pills for the next 10 days. After that she recovered fully and is back to chasing the doe if she sees her in the road or the vacant lot nearby.
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  • Join OCS's annual open house and wind a cord of firewood
    Come on down to the Orofino Clean & Sober (OCS) Family-Style Community Center  Saturday evening, Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and share with us our 3rd Annual Open House celebration. We will be serving taco salad, a beverage and a fruit dessert for $6 a plate for adults, and $3 a plate for children under 12 years of age. Throughout this previous week and until the drawing at 7:15 p.m. we will be selling our standard 50/50 drawing tickets for $1 each or six for $5. These prices also apply to the tickets for a full cord of firewood (donated by our new Vice Chairman, Mike Walk).
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  • Lewiston man hit by tree limb
    A 67-year-old Lewiston man was hospitalized after a large tree limb landed on him Aug. 7, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Ralph Mead had been working on a logging job near Jeter Chandler Road, in the Teaken Butte area of Clearwater County. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago - Emil Ferdinand Oppliger, pioneer homesteader and businessman of Clearwater County, who was held in high regard by those who knew him, was laid to rest in the Lewiston cemetery last week. Church services were held earlier at the Orofino M.E. church. Pallbearers were John Oud, Samson Snyder, Fred Frazier, W.R. Hyland, Zan Jordon, and Vern Eller. Oppliger was born in Owatossa, Minnesota and died at the age of 57 at his home in the Glenwood area of Orofino. He came to Clearwater County in 1903. 90 Years Ago - “More smut than usual,” proclaimed a front page headline in this week’s issue. The article went on to explain that wheat in the Gilbert section of Clearwater County contained more smut this year than it usually did. Recall that smut in this context is a disease that can afflict wheat crops. The disease, also known as common bunt or stinking smut, is characterized by black, foul-smelling spores, and those who work in smut-infested wheat fields were often covered with the spores.
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  • OCI merchandise available
    The OCI merchandise trailer will be at the Senior Center, 930 Michigan Ave., the week of the Fair, Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 9-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 12-15, the OCI merchandise trailer will be moved to the Fairgrounds at the Orofino City Park in the same location as last year. Merchandise is also available at Elite Repeats on First Street in Orofino. Themed t-shirts are available in pink, blue, and gray, sizes youth small through 4X. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Dennis Fuller
    I’d sure like to know whose bright idea it was to schedule the chip-sealing of Highway 12 during the weekend when the greatest number of motorcycles would be coming through this area on their way home from the Stugis Races? I realize that IDT is dependent on when their contractors have availability, but I wonder if anyone planning this sort of thing has any idea how much bikers hate loose gravel and hot tar. There were thousands of tourists through our little burg last week, spending tens of thousands of dollars and Idaho welcomes them by forcing them to ride their beautiful bikes through chip-seal for miles along what they were hoping was the most scenic path home. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Clearwater Human Needs Council meets Aug. 20
    Have you ever noticed an adult who has been abused, neglected or exploited, and be frustrated in not knowing how to help this individual? If you want to learn more about Adult Protective Services, come to the Krystal Café and join the Clearwater Human Needs Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 12 noon. Richard Kremer from the Area Agency on Aging will discuss how to recognize and appropriately intervene when adults, 18 and above are living in an unhealthy environment. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend this meeting. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Transportation Department seeks public comment on rules about 129,000-pound truck legislation
    Public comment is being sought on proposed administrative rules governing the addition of new 129,000-pound truck routes on the state highway system, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. The rules are necessary to implement three bills from the 2013 Legislature. The legislation follows a pilot project that began in 1998 and recently ended. The project allowed trucks and their cargo weighing a total of 129,000 pounds to use 35 test routes in Idaho. The results of the pilot project indicated there were not significant effects on pavement, bridges, or roadway safety from the 129,000-pound shipments. Senate Bill 1064 made the test routes permanent on July 1 of this year. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Fraser news
    Everyone appreciates a cooling shower on a hot day and our pets are no different. April Eighth, the Brands 11 year old llama, looks forward to a daily shower and a drink from the garden hose. We turn the hose end sprayer to the shower position and spray her coat and belly, then switch to the jet position so she can get a cold drink. Monte and Colleen Vanderpool were driving by one day and stopped to watch the show. Of course when April saw Colleen by the fence she ran over to get acquainted and shower time was over for that day. Reggie Ball celebrated his 70th birthday on Aug. 6. Peggy had all the ingredients for a big stir fry ready and their custom wok was fired up to handle the job. The chicken thighs and sausage went in first, then the vegetables, seasonings, Ramen noodles, peanuts and sunflower seeds. This recipe fed all the guests who included: Monte and Colleen Vanderpool, Jerry and Sandy Linvile, Carl and RoseAnna Thornton, Steve and Norma Brand, and of course, Reggie and Peggy. Colleen made a yummy blackberry dessert, Sandy provided cherry pie, and it was all topped off with ice cream. A rousing song of Happy Birthday was sung before Reggie could open his gifts. Hey! When you turn 70, your friends pull out all the stops; isn’t that right Reggie? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Jim and Kathy Waldron attended a family reunion in Lewiston last week. Kathy’s Dad, Devearl Pugmire, celebrated his 99th birthday on this occasion. The family member that traveled the farthest was from Virginia. There were 60 people present including Kathy and Jim’s children and grandchildren.Kelly Zink is making daily trips to CVHC ER for daily antibiotics. He believes it started with a bug bite, but it has developed into a nasty infection that has affected his whole arm. He's slowly getting better and enjoying the daily drives to Orofino. We hope for a speedy recovery, Kelly. The pool tournament is in full swing at the Elkhorn Bar. Buck Jared says if you want to play, show up and sign in before 5 p.m. Wednesday nights. Tom Reid won last’s week’s tournament. Nicolle Umphenour is the new owner of the Timberline Café. Her family has moved here from Kirkland, WA to help Nicolle with the restaurant. Her goal is to provide a family oriented atmosphere. Future plans include new menu items and longer hours in the fall. A hint: the crème de menthe cake is delicious! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    Due to the recent accident involving John Beeh, he will be absent from working for an unknown amount of time. It is still possible to make appointments with other providers serving the clinic. Dr. Vanessa Brown is back and will be seeing patients at PMC Sept. 4 and Sept. 19. Kelli Banks will be seeing patients at PMC on Sept. 14. Dr. Bunt will be seeing patients at PMC on Sept. 12. Call 464-2578 for more information or appointments. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for August  15
    Fires burning in southwestern Idaho's backcountry will affect access to more than 800,000 acres east of Idaho Highway 21, including hunter access in one popular hunt unit. Hunter with tags for the mule deer controlled hunt No. 1025 in Unit 39 may request an exchange for a general season tag and get rain check for next year, before the Aug. 15 opening. The closure affects less than half the hunt area, but it appears unlikely that restrictions will be lifted before the end of the hunt.

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