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September 5 Poll Results
In light of Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people, should the United States attack?

21% Yes, we should. (12)
71% No, we shouldn’t. (40)
  7% Undecided. (4)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Road closures rescinded on Incendiary Creek Fire
    On Aug. 31 Jim Grant’s Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team relinquished management of the Incendiary Creek Fire to a Type 4 team, with Incident Commander Phil Norton, working for C-PTPA and the Idaho Department of Lands. The fire remains at 1,100 acres and is approximately three-quarters contained. All road closures and temporary flight restrictions around the fire area have been rescinded. Many crews have been demobilized, but three 20-person hand crews, four engines, and a helicopter will remain assigned to the fire in order to ensure containment and aid the local agency with initial attack of any new fires. Because crew numbers are reduced, crews will be stationed at Headquarters. The Incident Command Post at Fraser Park will be dismantled Saturday.
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  • "Twirlers" to march in this year's OCI parade
    Pam Clift, who was an instructor for the popular Orofino Twirlers for years, announced that a large group of former Twirlers will be marching in this year’s OCI Parade on Saturday, Sept. 14. The girls will be wearing t-shirts honoring another Twirler, the late Heather McLean Lougee, daughter of Dolan and Juanita McLean, who was an inspiration to many of them. Shown in these photos, printed in the Clearwater Tribune’s March 7, 1985 edition are: top photo (l to r): Tonya Bush, Tracy Routh, Lisa Hollibaugh, Julie Preussler, Brenda Pederson, Moreen Obenauf, Michelle Corder, Tonya Pollock and Teri Zierlein. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Bill Alberts
    My letter is being written on the opening day of school here in Orofino. It was a day of relief mixed with a day of dread. Relief like all parents that my child was back in school. The dread comes from knowing what she faces in her return to school. The dread comes because my child along with many in Idaho, and the whole country will be facing the new school education system called “Common Core.” Oh you don't know what common core is? You need to, it will change the face of education, and not for the good in my belief, and also the belief of many other American parents across the country. Common Core will change the very way the Federal Government educates our children. Did I say the Federal Government? Well in the days and weeks, and months ahead we will find out just how much control we'll turn over to the Federal Government, and what if we don't like it. We're close to the point of not being able to get out of this new system. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • C-PTPA fire update
    Several fires were reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Three fires were reported on Aug. 29. The Marker 72 fire in the Boehls area burned .1 acre. The Hutchin and Larson fires, both in the Headquarters area, burned .25 acres each. Two fires were reported on Aug. 30. The Kuykendall Creek fire near Boehls burned .1 acre and the Lower Ford Creek Corner fire near Orofino burned six acres. The Timber Creek fire near Boehls, reported on Sept. 1, burned .25 acres.
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  • Wildfire welcomes help from the north
    August 2013 will be remembered as a time of large wildfires across the western United States. The 1,100 acre Incendiary Creek Fire, now at over 65% containment, is burning in the steep, rugged Lolo Creek canyon in north-central Idaho. Access to the fire area is extremely difficult, as the canyon is narrow, full of heavy fuels, and few safety zones and escape routes. Too dangerous for any but the most seasoned and professional firefighting crews; only the “Hotshot” [Type 1] crews have been assigned fire suppression tasks deep down in the canyon. The “Shot” crews are an essential tool in the management of this fire, but more help was needed and available resources across the U.S. were scarce. Enter the Canadians. On Aug. 23, two 20-person “Unit Crews” from British Columbia, the Telkwa Rangers and the Heat Seekers, traveled up to 1200 miles to arrive at the Incendiary Creek fire. The next morning, although eager to get out on the fireline after their long drive, they first were briefed by the local agency and then they set out to work on a steep part of the fire with challenging access where dozers had just opened up old roads. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • ICARE update
    The Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort that financially helps people in area communities who have cancer was established in 2008. Support from individuals, groups and organizations in the area have made it possible for ICARE to help over 100 local people as they travel their unknown journey fighting the battle of cancer. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, ICARE Inc. is in its second year of being approved and listed in the Combined Federal Campaign which enables federal employees to donate to a non-profit organization of their choice. The support the ICARE project gives to friends, neighbors and family is made possible through a wide variety of sources, but the bottom line is that it always comes from the hearts of many people. The five member Board of Directors, Elizabeth Smith, Evelyn Kaide, Lynne Swayne, Barbara Opdahl and Dee Crane want to thank everyone who contributes to the organization in any way! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Exhibiting Open Class at the Clearwater County Fair
    This article will attempt to pick up all the little things that tend to slip through the cracks, as it were. All Open Class Exhibits should be entered on Thursday, Sept. 12 with the exception of baked items and decorated cakes. They may also be entered on Friday, Sept. 13, between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Let’s start in the barn. There is no smoking in or around the barn. It is a danger to the animals, people, and property. Please do not bring sick animals to the fair. If an animal acts or looks ill, the barn manager or any of the superintendents can refuse to allow the animal to be exhibited. If your animal has been sick or may be under the weather, you must have a veterinary certificate stating the animal is healthy enough to be at the fair and not a danger to other animals (page 6, rule #18).
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  • Maniacs' stiff defense manhandles McCall
    The Orofino Maniac’s offense may have shown a little rust last Friday versus the McCall Vandals. It wasn’t that the offense couldn’t score—they just seemed a little too careless at times—and a little too generous. None of that mattered, though. The Maniac’s defense saw to that. Orofino had to overcome seven penalties for 55 yards but controlled the action throughout the first half, allowing only 14 yards on the ground while racking up three touchdowns (two by Tanner Schwartz and one by Brendan Judd). However, after converting on two Maniac turnovers in the second quarter and notching another score with only one minute expired in the third quarter, the Vandals made a game out of what was, if you only looked at statistics other than the score, a blowout. It was 20 – 20 and McCall had yet to make a first down. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • THS mauled by Mullan
    The Timberline Spartans made some impressive plays during their first game of the season but just couldn't suppress Mullan. The Spartans were defeated 60-34, at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow on Aug. 31. Timberline's only senior, Jaden Dahl, scored twice and racked up 281 yards on 24 carries.
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  • Judy and David Adams celebrate 50th anniversary
    On Sept. 7, 1963, David Guy Adams and Judy Ann Klattenberg were married at the Methodist Church in Orofino. Both attended 12 years of school together graduating with the Class of ’61, but didn’t date until Sept. 1962. David was working at the Shearer Lumber Co. in Elk City at that time and Judy was a student of practical nursing at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. They moved to Spokane after their marriage. Dave attended Spokane Community College, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Electronics. Judy was employed at Sacred Heart Hospital as a licensed practical nurse. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Seniors, beware Social Security, Disability phone call scam
    A Clearwater County resident last week was the victim of a scam telephone call, in which the caller claimed to represent an entity in charge of distributing government Social Security/Disability checks. The caller was convincing, said the resident; he even had the routing number on her check. He wanted her to read him her account number over the phone, insisting he needed it in order to be sure her checks were going to the right person. The “right person” phrase was repeated several times.
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  • Rabid bats found in Idaho County
    Idaho North Central District received positive laboratory results for a rabid bat in Idaho County, and is the second rabid bat within the District this month. Rabid bats have been identified in almost all regions of Idaho over the years, and north central Idaho is no exception. Rabies is a rare disease in humans; however, one or more fatal human cases do occur almost every year in the United States, predominantly from rabid bat exposures. Rabies is essentially 100% fatal; however, it is nearly always preventable by reducing exposures to wild and unvaccinated animals and medically managing animals and individuals who may have been exposed to rabid animals early after an exposure. Rabies is caused by a virus that is spread from infected mammals through their saliva, usually through a bite or scratch. All warm-blooded animals are susceptible to rabies infection. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • From this Chair
    Hardly seems possible summer is winding down, but it is. We had a picnic Sunday at Dworshak Lake and the boats were docked and the grounds were vacated. It was overcast but warm and the yellow jackets joined us for lunch! One of the dogs, Saint, was leashed to the table and kept snapping at the yellow jackets. We all knew when he got one as he would ‘Yelp.’ But he kept doing it. When the Phantom, Darold, Marcie and I were trying to decide where to go for the picnic, Marcie said, “I want to go to the lake for one last time this season.” So that’s where we went. Sitting at the picnic table looking out across the lake brought back memories of yesteryear, when I would take Marcie and her junior high friends to the lake. Thinking about it now as I write this column, gee I just spent another day with her at the lake. How blessed I am to have my family nearby to share my life. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Letter to the Editor - Dennis Fuller
    Thanks to the Clearwater County Republican Women’s Association for bringing to our community two recognized experts to discuss an ongoing problem that is guaranteed to get worse. Both Ron Gillette of Stanley and Tom Munroe of Calder have been in the forefront of exposing the “bad science” and “bureaucratic inefficiencies” of the entire Canadian Grey Wolf release in the mid-90’s. Both men were very graphic in their descriptions of the habits and prolific breeding nature of this imported beast, with pictures and sworn testimony to back them up. They covered the history of the movement to oppose the release and, first de-list, then allow for management, and now to get rid of them entirely. As Mr. Gillette had predicted a dozen years ago, “routine management practices of the U. S. and Idaho Fish and Game departments, will never keep this predator population under control.” Indeed we now see how prescient he was as we witness the exploding census of Wolves and an extreme decline in our Ungulate herds. Our Fish and Game “scientists” are now getting the message as the sale of out-of-state Deer, Elk and Moose tags have declined faster than our big-game numbers.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago - Five members of a Kamiah section crew, traveling on a speeder and flat car on the railroad tracks, struck a rock laying against the about a mile from Greer. The speeder was thrown from the tracks, and four of the men were injured. Wayne Herres brought them to the Orofino hospital. Frank Rao, formerly of Greer, suffered fractures of both wrists, and of his nose. James Payne sustained scalp wounds, an injury to one leg and a possible skull fracture. Robert Gray was injured in his back, and Leonard Sowell had extensive scalp wounds and a possible skull fracture. All four were later transferred to St. Joseph’s hospital. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Fraser news
    Reggie and Peggy Ball traveled to Island City, OR on Friday to visit Reggie’s mother Ernestine and his brother Roger and his wife Tisha. Ernestine has been moved into a private assisted living facility. Her friend, Lonny Northcut, visits her each day but isn’t able to care for her on a full time basis. The Balls returned home on Sunday. Fraser Park was first conceived in 1933 when Lawrence Judd was preparing to plant 10 acres he owned just west of the park’s present location. Lawrence contacted Edward and Alfred Smolinski about the possibility of developing a baseball field on that location. After inspecting the ground, they agreed that it would be a good site and left it up to Lawrence to contact the owner; the rest is history. This information can be found in the book Judds in Fraser Idaho by Claud Judd. Fraser Park became the base for the fire fighters as they continued to tackle the Incendiary Creek Fire. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    August City Council meeting was held 7 p.m. Aug. 12 with Norm Steadman, Ron Larson, Bill Barteaux, Millie Morris, David Thomson, Caralyn McCollum, Jim Ahart, Ed Berreth, and Mark Salisbury present. After agenda and bills to be paid were approved, Jim Ahart had some questions for the council regarding the paving and patching of streets and when that would be done. Norm stated that he hoped that it would be this year sometime. Mark Salisbury reported that theft has gone up a bit in the past month. David stated that he had put gravel down around by the wells to comply with DEQ requirements. He has continued his troubleshooting with the wells and has narrowed it down to a signal wire from the tank. The small well is currently offline in order to install the “check Valve” “drain to waste” valve and plumbing and the proper sampling tap for DEQ. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 5
    Upland game fall seasons are ramping up, with forest grouse, rabbits and hares open now. The early fall general turkey season and seasons for Sept. 15 and chukar, quail, partridge and sage-grouse begin Sept. 21. The season for forest grouse, which include ruffed, spruce and dusky grouse, opened Aug. 30, and runs through Jan. 31 in the Panhandle Region and through Dec. 31 in the rest of the state. The daily limit is four, whether all of one or mixed species, and 12 in possession. Hunters need only a valid hunting license to hunt quail, chukar, grey partridge and forest grouse.

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