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September 12 Poll Results
Free Fairs
Are you more likely to attend
a fair if you do not have to
pay an admittance fee?

63% Definitely. (32)
22% It’s nice not to have to pay, but it’s not a make or break factor. (11)
15% Whether I have to pay doesn’t matter to me if the fair has a lot to offer. (8)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Welcome to the Fair and Lumberjack Days
    Orofino Lumberjack Days and the Clearwater County Fair will be held this Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 12-15 at the Orofino City Park in Orofino. Admission to the park is free.

  • From payloads to show loads
    They are up hours before dawn and don’t end their day until late evening, sometimes even later. They are the ones that are most likely to help if you’re broke down alongside the road, even though time is definitely money to them. You’ve probably figured out I’m talking about truck drivers, more specifically, logging truck drivers in the northwest. This month’s Savvy Seniors, Norman and Sharon Baugh, have lived the life of hauling logs for decades. Now retired, the couple can tell you in their sleep about back roads, haul roads, spur roads and every road in between where you might find a logging truck. Norman was born in the upstairs of the Burns Building in Orofino on Sept. 28, 1939. His parents lived in the area where the Glenwood IGA Store now sits. When he was five or six the family moved a half of a block away. Norman lived there until he married Sharon. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 8-11A.

  • Man sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for battery and kidnapping
    Roger D. Ehler, 57, formerly of Lewiston, pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony kidnapping and aggravated battery in connection with the abduction of a six-year-old boy last summer and will serve at least 12 years in prison. A 20-year sentence was handed down by Second District Judge Michael J. Griffin. Twelve of those years are fixed, meaning he will not be eligible for release from prison. Ehler must also pay restitution to the state crime victim’s compensation fund to pay for his victim’s counseling. Ehler held a child at knifepoint in July 2012 and forced him, his father and another man into a minivan and demanded a ride to Orofino, according to court reports. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Residential and commercial solid waste accepted at the Clearwater County Timberline container site
    Residential and commercial solid waste is accepted at the Clearwater County Timberline Container Site located on Hjalmer Johnson Road in Weippe. A solid waste fee is established for residents and non-residents. Fees vary depending on the type of waste. Clearwater County is implementing a “Residency Card” that will identify a resident from a non-resident so the proper fee can be administered. The container site is a huge advocate of recycling. Separating out recyclables helps reduce operating costs. Items that can be recycled include: Plastics #1-#7: See the bottom of the container for the number inside the triangle symbol. Examples include yogurt and Jell-O cups, juice boxes, cream and milk cartons/jugs, plastic deli containers, and liquid detergent containers. Rigid plastics such as laundry baskets, buckets, plant containers, and plastic lids are recyclable.
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  • Another successful fundraiser for LCECP and Orofino Head Start
    Friends of LCECP serviced approximately 26 dogs at the dog Wash held Sept. 7, at Orofino Elementary School and raised $845.50 to benefit the new Head Start program. Friends and volunteers stayed busy most of the day. Many donated more than the suggested donation and some donated without bringing a dog (one person donated $100 and only had a hot dog). During the fundraiser LCECP sold four “The Works” packages, one door stopper to a non-dog owner, and sold home baked treats. Thank you to all who helped make this a fabulous success. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Pierce man injured in logginga ccident
    A 40-year-old Pierce man was injured during a logging accident when a tree fell on him Sept. 4, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Stephen D. Bonner was transported by Life Flight helicopter to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, with unknown injuries. The accident occurred at approximately 7:58 a.m., near Swan Point in Clearwater County. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Maniacs clean up their game, pulverise Enterprise
    After a spree of penalties and turnovers in week one at McCall, the Maniacs were  looking for more than just another win last Friday against the Enterprise, Oregon Outlaws. They got the win easily enough, but also something of greater consequence, and what the coaches probably relished even more, an overall improvement in their play. The Maniacs committed only two minor errors all night: one penalty and one fumble.  That’s “crisp” football and most agree, that will win a lot of games. The fact that Orofino was able to make these adjustments between week one and week two is a good indicator of what these players and their coaches can accomplish and where this could land them as the season progresses.
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  • Remember our old swimming pool?
    The first officers for Orofino’s old swimming pool board were: President J. B. Oud, Vice President Robert J. Beal, Secretary Mrs. John Hughes, and Treasurer Mrs. Neil Scott. A committee consisting of Mel Snook, Robert Beal, Robert Parker, Ray McNichols and Mrs. Ruth Scott was appointed by President J. B. Oud to be in charge of raise funding. The original goal set by this committee in 1952, was $50,000. It was decided at the pool’s board of directors meeting Jan. 28, 1953 that pledge cards would be used as the backbone of the drive for Orofino Municipal Swimming Pool, Inc. funds. The pledge cards were started in April of that year. During the same meeting the board discussed getting the school board of directors to consider inclusion of a pool with the new Orofino Elementary School (which was built in 1954). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Dworshak announces seasonal recreation changes
    With summer recreation season coming to a close, Dworshak Dam and Reservoir’s Visitor Center hours of operation, boat ramp availability and camping reservation procedures have changed. The visitor center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed on federal holidays. Visitors should be aware that the reservoir is dropping about one foot each day, as reservoir outflows are used to help keep downstream river temperatures cool for migrating salmon and steelhead. With this mind, boaters accessing mini-camps along the reservoir should be sure to leave extra line when tying off their vessels. The boat ramps at Big Eddy, Bruce’s Eddy 1, Dent Acres Park and Freeman Creek (Dworshak State Park) currently provide access to the reservoir, however some ramps may become unusable as reservoir levels continue to fall. For updated water level and boat ramp information, call (800) 321-3198 or go online to www.nwd-wc.usace.arm
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  • From this Chair
    It’s that wonderful time of year once again in Clearwater County. Fall and Fair time! The streets and parking lots in downtown Orofino will be lined this week with vehicles so parking will be scarce. The food booths will be arriving mid-week; some by Wednesday night, others by Thursday noon. The carnival rides came in Monday. It is such a treat to me to be able to walk out the back door of the Tribune and see the carnival ride lights, hear the music and smell the food aroma. The weather is predicted to be good for the entire week. In just a few minutes we can be on the fairgrounds. I hope they never move the fairgrounds from our back yard. This is the first time in 30 years that the Tribune has had a float in the big parade on Saturday morning. It is not a float but rather a vintage car, a 1954 Nash Metropolitan that belongs to my son-in-law, John Baldwin of Spokane. It’s identical to the one he owned earlier and took his wife, my daughter, Diane, in on their first date in Spokane 25 years ago. It was special Friday at the Sweetheart of the Lewiston Roundup luncheon to see the candied treats that were made by Ronatta’s Cakery of Orofino. The Phantom’s daughter, Cathy Jo Witters, is in charge of the annual event held at the Red Lion. She was Roundup Queen in 2001. Cathy Jo called the Phantom Thursday and asked, “do you know someone with a sweet tooth that would know were I could buy candy for the luncheon?’” He knew exactly who to call: that little lady sitting in the big chair at the top of this column.
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  • Wildfire aftermath not good for Idaho fish
    Idaho’s fish can't outswim a changing climate. That’s the point of a new report from the National Wildlife Federation about how fish are impacted by warmer waters, lower snowpacks, earlier snowmelts and wildfires. NWF climate scientist Amanda Staudt says wildfires bring a new set of challenges to fish. “The lack of trees means less shading,” she says. “And the heavy rainfall can wash large amounts of ash and sediment into the rivers, choking fish.” Staudt says warmer river and lake temperatures also invite competing species that can edge out prized fish.
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  • Voter registration at Clearwater County Fair booth
    The Clearwater County Republican Women (CCRW) fair booth will provide a place for residents to register to vote during this year’s Clearwater County Fair & Lumberjack Days. One of the following is required to register to vote in Idaho: A valid Idaho driver's license issued through the department of transportation; a valid Idaho identification card issued through the department of transportation; any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card.
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  • OCS skips into Fall
    As the overwhelming heat of this record setting summer reluctantly returns to whence it came, the Autumn Crocus' jump for joy in their new found freedom, our game birds start plumping and we at Orofino’s Clean & Sober Drop-In Center begin making ready for the promise of a wonderful new season. Coming up Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. we will be presenting our first elimination pool tournament of the Fall to Spring season of weekly pool tournaments. Sign up early and get three free 50/50 drawing tickets. The deadline for sign-up is 4:30 p.m. the day of the event. This tournament will be accompanied by barbequed hamburgers and hot dogs served with homemade “tater” salad. The hamburger and salad will be $6 a plate, the hot dogs with salad will be one for $3 or two for $5. The hamburgers we will be barbequing will be made with the “secret” recipe of the founder and winner of the number one hamburger in Nez Perce County, 2007, Mike Walk. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago - An argument, allegedly over a woman, resulted in the death by gunfire of Robert Graham. The man who shot him, rancher Bill McCollough, claimed it had been in self-defense. Nine male jurors voted to acquit McCollough of any criminal responsibility. The shooting took place between 4 and 5 p.m. on McCollough’s ranch, on the North Fork of the Clearwater. McCollough’s divorced wife, an Indian woman of “apparent good education,” claimed Graham paid her unwanted attention. When she refused his advances, he broke a banjo over her head, and otherwise abused her. This led to the shooting incident. 90 Years Ago - Women were not required to have a fishing license at this time, but they were required to having a hunting license. Children under age 12 and Civil War veterans could also fish without a license. Licenses were only $2, and entitled license holders to hunt big game, birds, and to fish. “Aliens” could also get a hunting license if they had resided in Idaho for six months and had declared their intention to become a citizen of the United States.
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  • Pierce news
    Pierce community calendars have arrived! They will be available on Friday, Sept. 13 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at S&S Foods. If you cannot get your calendar at this time, we will arrange to deliver to you. Nick Rhoads reports that online classes for Emergency Medical Technicians are starting Oct. 1. Probable format for the class is for students to work on their own during the week and meet together once a week for review and to practice practical applications. The class will run through April. Please contact 435-4288 (Nick Rhoads) or 476-3771 (Clearwater County Ambulance Service) if you would like to take the class or need further information. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Fraser news
    A fire, a family reunion, and an emergency flight to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene have happened since this column was turned in early because of the Labor Day weekend. A wild fire happened on Friday, Aug. 30, at Guy and Cathy Walker’s farm on Lower Fords Creek Road. Steve and I had just returned from a trip to Lewiston when we saw the cloud of smoke over the trees to the north of our home. Johnny Stewart had spotted the smoke when he flew over and turned in the alert. Then two helicopters arrived with water buckets trailing below them. The fire crews were the next on the scene, and the Brown Farm brought their tractor and plow and their water truck to help out. The fire was reported to have started in the hay field and then quickly spread into the pasture. Sharon McHone was headed home in her pickup when she drove by the fire. Passengers in her vehicle were Heather Greene and her daughter Jayce, Jacki Choate and Peggy Ball. They watched the action for a short time then headed home so they could show the driver of the water truck their pond so he could refill his tank. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I have long admired this wheel fence on Musselshell Road and thought people might want to know more about it. The present owners are Francie and Ed Brown. Francie pointed me to Marge Kuchynka who gave me the phone number of the former owner, Otto Wise. Otto was a genial, fact filled source. He is 79 and he and his wife now live in Reno. They purchased the property in 1990 from Bob Hamilton. He saw the wheel fence at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown during a trip to Spokane and thought it was a good idea, so in 1990 he started purchasing wheels to create his own fence. Many were purchased at farm auctions; some were obtained from local farmers who had old equipment in the fields. Lloyd Schlader told the story that he often saw Otto with welding equipment and water, welding the wheels. Lloyd said, “He’d weld a while, if a fire started, he’d throw some water on it and go back to welding.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 12
    Hunters looking to bag a wild Idaho turkey can start hunting on Sunday, Sept. 15. The general fall turkey season will open in the Panhandle and Clearwater regions. Fall controlled hunts open in a few places in the state. For specific hunts check the turkey rules brochure, available at license vendors, Idaho Fish and Game offices and online at

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