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August 29 Poll Results
Fighting Wildfires
Do you agree with people who
say we should let wildfires burn,
rather than fight them?

21% Yes. (10)
75% No. (36)
  4% Undecided. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Forest Service asking for return of federal funds
    Recent news regarding the Forest Service asking Idaho for $1.7 million for repayment of federal funds dispersed from the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act might not be as drastic as initially feared – at least for this year. In a recent interview with Don Ebert, Clearwater County Commissioner, the Forest Service will need to pay back the money from Title II funds. “The great uncertainty is that we don’t know if there will be anything left for any of us the following year.” Idaho was one of many states to benefit from the SRS, formerly known as the Craig Wyden fund. The Act was first passed in 2000, and was intended to help counties with federal forestlands within their borders deal with the dramatic drop in logging on those lands. The decline in logging meant much less revenue for those counties.
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  • First impression of fire camp
    We made a visit to Fraser Park to view the fire camp. First impression? Large, well organized and orderly. Lynn Burton from Grangeville gave us an overview of how the Supply group is organized and showed us many of the items used for fighting wildfires. I especially remember a portable water tank called a “pumpkin”.  It’s easy to see where it gets its name. The firefighters come to the Supply Unit, voice a request, a form is signed and they go off with what they need. Everything from uniforms, hoses, nozzles, combis, tents, bedrolls, insulated hot and cold food containers, and much more. An amazing array of supplies are on hand. We moved on to a double line of yurts which held communications, security, meeting place, Liaison, logistics and other offices. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • A testy football widow's forecast: "Coach" scooped as Maniacs prepare for season opener
    If you’ve tried to contact Orofino Maniac, head football coach, Galen Kuykendall, at his home lately, you probably have not had much luck. I’ve tried to catch him at this time of year before and given up, so when someone answered at the coach’s residence I figured I’d take whatever information I could get. Shay, Galen and Mary’s 13 year old daughter, who sounded very much like she was expecting somebody other than a nosey reporter when she picked up the phone, responded quickly, “He doesn’t tell me a thing about that. He’s never around much. Here’s my mom though.” Hmmm — a football orphan! When Mary answered in an anxious, “what else can go wrong” tone, I could tell she was relieved when I told her I just needed a couple lines for the newspaper before Friday’s (tomorrow’s) season opener. “Sure, I’ll do that,” she replied. “So, are you a football widow?” I ask. “Yes, you could say that,” Mary responded. She and her husband operate a logging business, and that takes up a lot of their time. “Galen leaves for work between two and three in the morning, and he tries to get home so he has time to eat and get a little rest before practice which starts at 5 p.m. It’s usually pushing 9 p.m. before he gets home. “I’m the one who stresses out when things don’t get done. Galen handles it pretty well. Not just with the business, but a lot gets put-off once practice starts … mowing the lawn, everything. I admit, I get a little ‘testy’ at times,” she added. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • HVAC system causes problems at Sunset Mart
    The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system at Sunset Mart created cause for alarm Monday night, Aug. 26. Orofino Fire Department responded after a 911 call was received that there was visible smoke inside the convenience store. Three fire trucks responded. It was later determined there was a problem with the HVAC system that caused freon to be loose in the building. There was no damage and no one was injured.
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  • Orofino Police seeking two males claiming to sell books; suspects reportedly entered a residence without permission
    Orofino Police Department (OPD) responded to an incident Aug. 21 on Riverside Ave. (also known as Jingletown) in reference to two male subjects with foreign accents entering a residence without permission. The reporting party advised she was home alone with her infant child when two white male subjects entered her residence unlawfully and unannounced. The men were described as being approximately six feet tall, with groomed black hair, and wearing black suits and purple ties. The reporting party confronted the subjects; they exited the residence and walked around to the back of the home. The reporting party confronted them again, at which time they claimed they were selling books and said they had been invited into the residence. From the information on hand, according to OPD, these men may represent an organization intending to sell books, but they are “overly aggressive” in their efforts to do so. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Burglary at The Stitchery
    A burglary occurred over the weekend at The Stitchery, a sewing business located at 245 Main Street in the laundromat building, according to Orofino Police Department (OPD). OPD received the report at approximately 9:08 p.m. Saturday night, Aug. 24. The Stitchery owner’s cleaning person contacted her with news of the burglary, and she notified OPD. Earlier in the day the owner had been inside and nothing seemed amiss, according to OPD. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Letter to the Editor - Samuel Mahal
    Orofino has become a sad place for kids who are looking to entertain themselves with bicycling, skateboarding, or scootering. According to city ordinance No. 745 section 6-1-37 it has been banned to skate on the sidewalk or on the road, or at public parks. The definition as looked at by the city is as follows: “Skateboard” has its ordinary meaning and includes a board of any material with wheels affixed to the underside, designed to be ridden by a person. For the purposes of this Ordinance the term “skateboard” shall include the terms “scooter” and “coaster.” They have now issued the warning and will now be fining the kids 100 dollars for riding a scooter or skateboard in town and will be confiscating said skateboard until fine is paid.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Ken Harvey
    I have been attending the city planning and zoning meetings for about a year and a half. My reasons for attending the meetings I have outlined in two previous letters to the editor of the Clearwater Tribune back in March of 2012 and February of 2013 that dealt with the possible annexation of the Riverside and Chase’s Flat area. During this time period I expressed my opposition to the possible annexation to the city Planning and Zoning commissioners and to the Orofino City Council all the while watching as the Planning and Zoning commissioners outlined what would be Phase One annexing from 129th Street to around the Deano’s convenience store area. Phase Two would be from Deano’s to the end of the four lane and in phase two they would also start the process of annexing Konkolville. For the majority of the city Planning and Zoning meetings during this last year and a half, I was usually the only person in attendance especially when the meetings only dealt with annexation. A few times that I felt it necessary, other residents joined me at the meetings, it was nice to see them there for support. In the last few months, another resident has attended the meetings on a regular basis. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Peck burglary and home invasion
    The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that happened early Sunday morning in Peck while the elderly residents were asleep. Entry was made into the home at about 4:30 a.m. and the suspect(s) took about $15,000 to $20,000 worth of jewelry from a bedroom. The home was occupied by an elderly woman and man who were both sleeping at the time of the burglary, according to a news release. One of the items stolen was a large recognizable men’s gold ring shaped like a fish, and the eyes of the fish are made of rubies.
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  • Canadians join Northern Rockies fire effort
    With more than 30 large, uncontained fires burning around the U.S. and resources stretched thin, federal and state agencies in the Northern Rockies Geographic Area have welcomed assistance from Canadian firefighters, who are here with helicopters, air tankers, engines, and wildland firefighting crews. The assistance from Canada is possible through state and federal agreements to share firefighting resources in times of high fire activity. Five Canadian Type 1 crews from the province of Ontario arrived yesterday and are being oriented to the fire situation and operational procedures. They will be available for fire duty Wednesday, and can be broken into smaller crews to handle fire assignments ranging from initial attack to extended attack on large fires.  “With the extreme fire conditions we’ve been experiencing, the difficulty of the terrain where our fires have been occurring, and the shortages of available resources, the crews will be integral to our suppression efforts,” said Jim Kelton, representative for the Northern Rockies Multi-Agency Coordinating (MAC) Group, which coordinates interagency fire operations in the geographic area that includes north Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Yellowstone National Park.
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  • No need for PFD citations when loaner life jackets are available
    In a small town like Orofino everyone knows where you live and who you are, how many sugars you take in your morning coffee at the café, what days you walk your dog (and its name), how many kids you have (and their names), what car you drive, and your favorite beverage. You can be sure that your neighbors and friends will know immediately if you are in trouble or if you need help and will rally around you. There is also a disadvantage, at times, when your name appears in the local paper under the Courthouse News for failure to have PFDs (personal flotation devices, also known as life jackets) on board while boating - as everyone will soon know! It is surprising to see how many individuals receive citations from the Sheriff’s Office for failure to carry the required number and proper size of PFDs, since Dworshak Dam and Reservoir has had PFD loaner boards on site since 2008. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests welcome Labor Day visitors
    Despite the recent rash of wildfires, Labor Day visitors to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests can still find plenty of safe, smoke-free places to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. However, fire danger is very high and there are a few road and trail closures due to active wildfires. Other roads may be closed because of ongoing construction. For current fire information and a list of closures please visit the Forests’ website,, or log on to You are also invited to call your local Forest Service office for updates on road, trail and campground conditions. There are currently no campfire restrictions on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. However, due to tinder-dry brush and timber and the potential for a fast-moving blaze, forest users are urged to use common sense and extreme care when building campfires. Never, ever leave a campfire unattended! Although most wildfires are caused by lightning, visitors can accidentally spark wildfires, too. Think twice before parking vehicles in tall grass; the catalytic converter can quickly ignite dried-out “flashy fuels.” Loose chains dragging behind trucks and trailers can generate sparks and parched plants alongside the roadway can catch on fire. Cigarette smokers should be especially careful when disposing of spent matches and smoldering cigarette butts. Summer 2013 is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in recent memory when it comes to bee, wasp and hornet incursions on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. According to Lee Peterson, an entomologist with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, an unseasonably hot, dry spell in mid-May gave stinging insects a “jump start” in development. “This is definitely a worse year than normal,” Peterson said. Peterson also encouraged homeowners to visit the University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture website for helpful hints about managing wasps and yellow jackets at home.
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  • Orofino inmate pleads guilty to mail fraud
    Mark Anthony Brown, 53, an inmate at the North Idaho Correction Center at Orofino, plead guilty Thursday to two counts of mail fraud. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise in March. Brown has been an inmate at the prison since 2007 where he is serving time for grand theft and burglary. According to court documents filed with the US District Court, Brown devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain money from a variety of class-action lawsuits and large-scale bankruptcies by submitting claim forms and representing himself as a class member or creditor. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Health Insurance Exchange primer for Idahoans
    In a little more than a month, the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange at will be open to the public - and with it comes a learning curve. That’s why the Center for Rural Affairs has put together a report that outlines what Idahoans should expect. Author Jon Bailey says one term folks will encounter is “modified adjusted gross income.” That’s not a line on any tax form, but it’s similar to “adjusted gross income.” He adds that the most talked-about feature will likely be prices, and he offers a warning.  “Those are sticker prices,” he says. “A lot of people will not be paying the sticker price, they’ll be paying something very much below the sticker price. So, don't freak out when you hear comparisons of costs.”
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  • Fraser news
    Marie Green will always be remembered for her positive attitude and her ever ready smile. The Fraser community was her home from the day she was born to Lawrence and Bell (Reed) Judd on Aug. 10, 1919, until she died on Aug. 12, 2013, at the gracious age of 94 years. She did get to travel from coast to coast but was always happy to return to her home. Almost everyone knew her as Marie, but her birth certificate gives her full name as Dorthey Marie Judd. She and her brothers, Claud and Harry and two sisters, Clarabell and Verla, grew up without the distraction of television. It was in the fall of the year of 1929 when they got their first battery operated radio. They entertained themselves like most families did by playing cards, going to dances, visiting neighbors, sleigh rides, camping and fishing trips, and huckleberry picking. Her brother Claud mentioned in his book “Judd’s in Fraser, Idaho,” about the time their father, Lawrence, bought a new Edison phonograph which the whole family enjoyed for many years. Another story about their first new car appears in that same book. In 1930 their parents purchased a new Chevrolet four door sedan. The next year the family went on a road trip to the Washington coast and saw the Pacific Ocean. Marie would have been 11 years old at the time. They visited their dad’s sister Millicient Judd Garrett, her husband Tom and their family. Many of you know Shirley Schoenek; she is their daughter. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Pool Tournament continues at the Elkhorn. Last week sixteen people played. Ed Dobson was #1, Ted Smith #2 and Allen Reichenberg was #3. The Tournament continues every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. Just show up, register and play. Thirteen families were evacuated from Lolo Creek Road due to the Incendiary Fire. They have since returned home. I asked Teresa Meads and Donna Kasper how they fared during the evacuation, and neither seemed particularly fazed by the situation. They took it in stride and moved on. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    We are saddened to hear of the loss of a wonderful volunteer from our community; Lori Franchini was an integral part of the 1860 Days committee for five years. She will be missed for her humor, honesty, and overall fun personality.  Lori, with Bob, was always willing to put in the hours necessary to get things done, whether it was a bake sale, selling t-shirts, or working on our 'staple parties'.  There will be a somber vacancy at our future meetings. Lori, you will be remembered always. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for August 29
    A fall Chinook salmon fishing season on parts of the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers opens Sunday, Sept. 1. The Clearwater River, from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge in Lewiston; and the Salmon River, from its mouth upstream about three-fourths of a mile to Eye of the Needle Rapids, will be open from Sept. 1 until further notice or Oct. 31, whichever comes first.

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