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August 22 Poll Results
Health Insurance Exchange
When the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange goes into effect Oct. 1, will you utilize it to find health insurance?

2% Yes, I will; I don’t have insurance. (1)
2% Yes, I will; I don’t like my current insurance policy. (1)
24% No, I will not; I like my current insurance policy. (10)
43% No, I will not: I don’t approve of it. (18)
29% I am going to check it out, but don’t know yet whether I will buy a policy through it. (12)
  0% Undecided. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Downtown parking solutions curbed for further discussion
    Discussion continued concerning how Orofino’s downtown parking could be made more efficient, throughout much of the regular Orofino City Council meeting held Aug. 13. The evening’s agenda listed the third and final reading of Ordinance 774, which gives the council permission to post and enforce time limits for parking.  Not everyone was in agreement of time limits being the solution for all businesses. Many thought it would be interpreted as negative or unwelcoming to prospective clients. Business owners and residents in Orofino are hopeful that City Council will give more consideration to other options available. The council, in turn, was hoping solutions could be found amidst the merchants themselves, uncertain that it was their place to tell property owners they had to park on their own property. Bobbi Samuels addressed the council saying that she has been attending meetings on a fairly regular basis. She is aware that in some residential areas, parking is allowed only on one side of the street. The logistics of where to park has been established in various parts of Orofino. In the last two meetings, during public hearings for various other special use permits, parking was one of the first questions asked by the board to applicants. Why wasn’t any of it enforced?
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  • Two-vehicle accident on Orofino Bridge
    A two-vehicle accident Aug. 15 at the highway end of the Orofino bridge sent both persons involved to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Orofino Police Department (OPD). The accident occurred at 3:34 p.m., when a 15-year-old Orofino driver in a 2003 Ford Ranger collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, owned by the U.S. Forest Service and driven by Jeffrey Hensen, 51, also of Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Eagle man gets six months in prison in Orofino asbestos case
    Douglas Greiner, 52, of Eagle, a former construction supervisor who was convicted of mishandling asbestos-coated pipes during an upgrade of Orofino’s municipal water and sewer systems, was sentenced Aug. 14 to a six-month prison sentence. He was also sentenced to six months of house arrest upon finishing his prison term. The sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court in Boise. Greiner pleaded guilty in a deal earlier this year to a charge of violating the federal Clean Air Act. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigators accused Greiner, a former employee of Owyhee Construction Inc., of failing to properly oversee as crews removed and cut up the piping, then illegally disposed of 2,400 tons of soil, which was contaminated with asbestos, at 16 separate dump sites around Orofino. The Clean Air Act’s regulations spell out how construction crews must handle, remove, and dispose of hazardous materials, such as this piping, which was dug up four years ago by Greiner’s crew. As a result of Greiner’s actions, the EPA spent nearly $4 million to clean up the disposal sites. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Orofino man arrested on felony narcotics charges
    A 33-year-old Orofino man, Jason Michael Parker, was arrested Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. after attempting to purchase narcotics from sheriff’s deputies, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Shortly after relocating to Orofino several months ago, Parker placed an ad on Craigslist, stating that he was seeking marijuana, according to CCSO. A CCSO deputy responded to the ad via text message, but initially, no meeting was arranged. Several months later, Parker began texting the deputy, seeking to buy marijuana from him, according to CCSO.
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  • C-PTPA fire update
    Several lightning caused fires were reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) Aug. 17 and 18. Six fires were reported on Aug. 17. All were small fires burning a total of 2.5 acres. Four fires were reported on Aug. 18, including the Incendiary Fire which is being managed by a Type-2 team. A total of 120 acres have been burned. 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 10A.

  • Wolf forum is Friday at Timberline
    Don’t miss an opportunity to learn more about wolves by attending the Wolf Forum scheduled for Friday, August 23, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Timberline High School, 22869 Idaho 11, in Weippe. There will be a general discussion period regarding wolves and their impact on Idaho communities, followed by a question and answer session. Ron Gillett, an Idaho native from Stanley, will be among the guest speakers. As chairman of the Idaho Anti-Wolf Coalition, Gillett has been an active opponent of wolves in Idaho.  Canadian gray wolves, introduced in the mid-1990s, have spread throughout Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Concerns include the killing of livestock and the spreading of diseases. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Weippe Rodeo results
    Here are the results from the 66th Annual Wild Weippe Rodeo, held Aug. 17-18 at the Weippe Rodeo Grounds. Mutton Bustin’: Tyler Leaton, first; Stevie Ann Province, second. Steer Riding: Newton Paul, first; Alex Province, second. Wild Cow Milking: Jake Jared, Danny Schmadika, Allen Antilla, first; Lawson Jared, Skyler Hendren, Aaron Carr, second. Stick Horse Race: 2, 3, 4 year olds - Keegan Casiday, first; Autumn Slitcher, second; Blake Umphenhour, third; 4,5,6 year olds - Aaron Slitcher, first, Gavin Christopherson, second, Lexie Allpress, third. Raffle winners: Janine Jared Matton, Betsy Stemrich, Chip Darenger.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Ron Hanes
    Why can’t the Nez Perce Indians get over it? Some in the community are saying: Just shut up. They lost the war, so how can they claim to have rights we whites don’t have? How can a defeated people assert legal authority when it comes to the passage of mega-loads over US Highway 12? A little history: The first treaty between the U.S. and the Nez Perce people was signed in 1855. Even though the Nez Perce population had been significantly reduced by “white man diseases” which had traveled up the Columbia well before Lewis and Clark stumbled onto the Weippe Prairie, in 1855, the regional population consisted of around 10,000 Nez Perce and their allies and fewer than 2000 non-Indians. Though the Nez Perce considered eliminating the whites, a fairly easy task estimated to take less than a month, they chose instead to keep the peace, not from a position of weakness but from one of power and consent. Their chiefs signed the treaty. This treaty, with the full backing of the United States Constitution, assured the Nez Perce people they would retain and control approximately 90% of their existing land holdings. Non-Natives were not allowed to reside within the 1855 reservation boundaries. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Minda Stamper
    Scavenger hunts-it’s all fun and games until you make me mad. Sometime Friday night, Aug. 16, two lion figures were stolen from our yard. They are over two feet tall, so they would be hard to miss if someone (maybe a neighbor or parent) notices them. They were gifts and had very special meaning to both of us. Also missing is a small trash bin I use for recycling. Go figure that one. You forgot the lid, loser. A blue gazing ball was intended to disappear but apparently it just wanted to be moved. We gave up wondering why the old and dirty blind was taken down and set on the chair. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Canoe Camp closed Aug. 26 for paving
    Nez Perce National Historical Park will briefly close sites in August, including Canoe Camp outside Orofino, to facilitate asphalt repair, chip sealing, and striping of roads and parking areas, Superintendent Tami DeGrosky said Tuesday. One-day public closures will occur Monday, Aug. 26 at Canoe Camp site in Riverside, near Orofino on U.S. Highway 12, and the Heart of the Monster site at East Kamiah. The entire Spalding site including the visitor center, picnic area, and all access roads will close August 27. This schedule is subject to change as contract circumstances may warrant.
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  • Tami Wayt leaving UI Extension Office
    Tami Wayt on Tuesday announced that she is leaving her position at the UI Clearwater County Extension Office. Wayt will begin a new job as attendance secretary at Orofino Elementary School. “I have enjoyed my time at the Extension Office and I truly appreciate having had the opportunity to work with all of you. Thank you for the partnership, support, and guidance you have provided me during my time at the Clearwater County Extension Office.”
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  • Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho State Service Project 2013
    As Orofino’s Distinguished Young Woman and participant in the Idaho State Program Oct. 3-5, Andrea Bonner is very excited to be part of the dando amor Shoes For Love project. Over 680 million shoes are thrown away in America each year and your unwanted shoes can help to change the lives of orphaned children around the world. Andrea’s goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes or more from this community. Any size, shape or condition will be collected. If the shoes are beyond repair, they will be melted down and recycled for money. The money is then used for food, construction, electrical generators and other materials.
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  • Triumph Lane fire burns structure in Nez Perce County
    The Triumph Lane fire in Nez Perce County has burned six buildings, including one trailer home, after starting Monday and quickly growing to 600 acres with strong winds. It is now at 800 acres with about 10 percent containment. Twenty structures are threatened along the Kettenbauch Grade Road and road closures are in effect for the George Grade and Kettenbauch Grade at Cottonwood Creek Road. The fire is burning in grass and brush east of the Nez Perce National Historic Park where U.S. 12 and Highway 95 meet. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Idaho jobless rate creeps up to 6.6% as July hiring slows
    Hiring slipped below normal in July and seasonal government layoffs ran slightly higher, driving Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate up two-tenths to 6.6 percent. It was the third straight monthly increase in the rate, which has risen a half percentage point since April. The number of workers without jobs rose over 1,600 from June to July, exceeding 50,000 for the first time since last November. Total employment dropped for the second month in a row, falling 800 to just over 723,000 – the lowest total employment since October 2012. Clearwater County, at 12.7 percent, remains in the double digits, but is down from last July’s rate of 13.8 percent. Lewis County, at 5.5 percent, and Nez Perce County, at 5.8 percent, are both down from July 2012’s rates of 6.4 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively, Idaho County’s rate of 9.6 percent is the same as it was last July.
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  • Fraser news
    Bev Bailey reported their farm is the staging area for the group that is fighting the Lolo Canyon Fire. The smoke was first spotted on Sunday. It was probably caused by the lightning storm that passed through the area on Friday and Saturday. There were six helicopters dipping water out of the Deyo Reservoir and the Bailey pond. Lydia Undem, who lives just north of the reservoir, reported she took time to shoot some photos of the activity. Rosena and Lanis Aultz have been keeping an eye on the smoke and Judy Berreth reported their son Jason brought a dozer down to their farm to create a fire break and do what he could to protect their property. The Baileys helped contain another fire near their home caused by the lightning on Friday. They keep a 100 gallon tank filled with water just for such occasions and were able to attack it before it got out of control. Quick thinking and the right equipment made all the difference. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Cheryl and Jim Doan have been a big part of the Hilltop Seniors for the past 17 years. They are leaving the area for Lakeside, AZ to be near family. A farewell dinner (potluck) will be held Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. All are invited – bring yourself and a dish to share. Let’s give ‘em a hearty sendoff! To fill the Doan’s spots, Bill Barteaux is the new President and Dolores Watson the new Secretary. Dolores Watson had surprise visitors Friday. Her step-granddaughter Amy and husband Rylan Cheney and their five youngest children were visiting relatives in the area. The Cheyneys are from Cody, Nebraska. Dolores recently returned from attending the wedding of her granddaughter Shanelle Milllage and Dr. Nicholas Chancellor in Elko, NV. The couple will be living and working in London. Jim and Kathy Waldron spent a few days visiting Jim’s brother in Oregon, after which they all visited the Oregon shore. Kathy reports beautiful weather, temps in the 60s and…she got to dip her toes in the water. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Community Center is now closed until the start of school. If you need to rent space please call 464-2443 to make arrangements. The Community Center has added a new home gym to their workout room. You may call for more info. We have a big maintenance/clean-up job underway in our parking lot due to the removal of our 40-year-old underground fuel tank. Due to the presence of heavy equipment and the unsecured hole, there maybe days when we will have to close for safety reasons. Please remind your children if they are playing here or at the park to avoid the work area. Thank you for your help. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for August 22
    Hunters should be aware that roughly 70 percent of the Smoky Mountain Zone - game management units 43, 44 and 48 - is closed due to several large wildfires burning in the Magic Valley Region. The archery A-tag season for elk in the Smoky Mountain Zone begins Aug. 30. Hunters may exchange Smoky Mountain Zone elk tags for another zone at any Idaho Fish and Game office before Aug. 30.

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