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September 26 Poll Results
Low-Fat Fast Food
Would you order lower-fat
versions of your favorite fast food
if the restaurant offered it?

18% Yes, I would! (10)
47% As long as it tasted good; if it didn’t, then no. (26)
16% No, I’d stick with the high-fat version. (9)
18% I don’t eat fast food. (10)
  0% Undecided. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

Maniac Dam Race cancelled
Late-breaking news updated Wednesday, October 2 at 11:10 a.m.

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  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    Joint School District 171 board members adopted the motto “Excellence in Teaching and Learning” in 2012 during the strategic planning process. To exemplify those words and acknowledge some of the great staff that we have, the Board will be selecting one certified and one classified staff each month, to receive the “Excellence Award” for their exceptional contributions to the district. The nominations can come from staff, students or patrons. For information on making a nomination, send an email to or stop by the district office to fill out a form. Selections are made by a committee of volunteers. Anyone is welcome to join that committee as well. Steve Eikum is the classified staff member selected for exemplifying Excellence for the District this month. Steve and his wife Debbie of almost 40 years, moved to the Dent area 19 years ago and they love it here. Steve has one son and two grandchildren. Jenine Nord was the certified staff member selected for the month of September as an example of Excellence. Jenine and her husband Todd of 10 years and son Trevor, a senior at OJSHS, live in Orofino. The nomination said, “Jenine has an outstanding ability to multi-task with the multi-grade classroom. Jenine is continually coming up with new ideas to use in Science and the field trips are educational and relate to a unit the students are learning. Jenine recognizes each student's abilities and areas needing extra help and strives to meet those needs for each student. She always has a positive attitude and is a pleasure to work with.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Cavendish man burned in accident
    A Cavendish man’s left leg was burned Sept. 19 as he attempted to extinguish a fire that started after his pickup knocked over a power pole, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Benjamin LeBaron, 85, was traveling eastbound on Middle Road. At approximately 2:45 p.m., at milepost 1.9, his GMC pickup left the road and struck a power pole. A medical emergency suffered by LeBaron while he was driving is believed by CCSO to have been the cause of the accident. Upon impact, the power pole was sheared off, and fell onto the roadway. Sparks then ignited the fire. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Andrea Bonner heads to state DYW
    Andrea Bonner, 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Orofino, will be leaving for Idaho Falls this weekend to participate in the week-long Idaho State program. She will have a busy week, learning a new fitness routine, and self-expression. She will participate in these two categories at the Thursday night program, Oct. 3, and then perform her talent, a hip-hop cheer dance, at the Friday night program, Oct. 4. The program on Saturday night, Oct. 5, will be the culmination of the first two nights.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • CVHC and SMH launch Diabetes Prevention Recognition program
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 of every 3 U.S. adults had pre-diabetes in 2010. That is 79 million Americans aged 20 years or older. The majority of people living with pre-diabetes do not know they have it. “If you have pre-diabetes, you are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than people with normal blood glucose (blood sugar) levels,” says Laura Hollingshead, RN and Lifestyle Coach at St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics. “When you take steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes you also lower your risk for possible complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and other health problems.” With this in mind St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics will begin offering an exciting new program developed by the Centers for Disease Control. The program is titled the “Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program” and is designed to identify those at high risk for developing diabetes and assist them in making choices in their lifestyle that would prevent factors known to lead to a full blown diagnosis of diabetes. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Jim and Dareline Routh to celebrate 50th anniversary
    Family members of Jim and Dareline Routh are excited to announce their 50th wedding anniversary. Please join them for a celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Orofino City Park at 3 p.m. Bear Paw Catering will be barbequing. Feel free to bring your favorite side dish as well as stories and experiences you may have enjoyed with the Rouths throughout the years. Jim and Dareline were both born and raised in Twin Falls, ID. As soon as they said “I Do” on Sept. 15, 1963 they migrated to north Idaho where they made their home in Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Maniacs waste Waitsburg; Orofino ranked number one in the state
    A good-sized crowd of exuberant football fans came out to see the long-awaited matchup between two premier, inland northwest football programs.  No rivalry here, as it pitted teams against one another from different states that had never played before. Everybody expected it would be a close game though, between the Waitsburg, Washington Cardinals, with a 25 – 2 record over the last two years and the upstart Orofino Maniacs, who after three mediocre seasons, seem to have come from nowhere. The game wasn’t even close, as the Maniacs ruined the visitors’ “maiden voyage” by a score of 59-20. The Cardinals had good sized players, particularly at wide-receiver and outstanding speed at the running back positions. Maniac senior, special-teams player, Bailey Ohlson, had this to say after the game: “I called the one guy Bolt (referring to Usain Bolt, fastest man in the world). Actually, there were two of their guys that were really fast. They got loose a couple times on our defense but we contained them well on kick-offs.” Orofino never punted the entire game. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Ken Harvey
    For the past three months, prisoners from the Orofino prison have been going through ALL of your garbage. Whether you haul your own garbage or the trucks pick it up for you, your garbage is gone through looking for recycled materials at the Clearwater County Transfer Station. I think of all the people that do not shred their personal data, throw away prescriptions, razor blades, knives and etc. not knowing that their garbage is in the hands of prisoners. I spoke with one County Commissioner of my concerns. He did not see anything wrong with what was going on and he said the prisoners were always being watched and were searched at the end of the day.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - Over 6,000 people were estimated to be in the logging arena and exhibit areas during this year’s Lumberjack Days logging show. A record number of contestants caused a shortage of competition logs and the show was one of the longest held recently. At times, two or three events were in progress at once. The Trail, B.C. Bagpipe Band performed before the show. Mervin Lentz of Creswell, OR was again named All-Around Lumberjack. Kathleen Lentz, Mervin’s sister-in-law, was All-Around Jill. Governor Cecil Andrus awarded trophies and prize money at the event. 80 Years Ago - This week Idaho voted to repeal the 18th amendment (prohibiting alcohol), and along with New Mexico, joined the unbroken state procession to wipe out the action of 15 years ago which turned the United States “dry.” In Idaho, the preliminary voting results were 50,643 voting to repeal the 18th amendment, and 37,743 voting to keep it. The most votes to keep the amendment came from Franklin County, seat of the earliest surviving Latter-day Saints’ settlement in the state. Latah County was the only county north of the Salmon River to vote for keeping the amendment. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Free dental sealants for OES students
    Beginning Monday, Oct. 7, Orofino first and second graders can receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities. Dental sealants fill the deep grooves of a child’s back teeth, where 90% of children’s cavities occur. The fluoride varnish helps protect the smooth surfaces of children’s teeth. Delta Dental of Idaho provides these clinics on-site at schools serving low-income families as part of its Community Outreach. The Delta Dental Clinic will be held through Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Orofino Elementary School. To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form. Permission forms will be available through the school.
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  • Pool tournament Oct. 12 at OCS Drop-In Center
    A pool tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Orofino Clean & Sober (OCS) Drop-In Center, located at 235 Michigan Ave. There is a $5 buy-in, and the winner gets half. The deadline to enter is Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Those who buy-in early at the Drop-In Center will receive three 50/50 drawing tickets.
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  • Idaho state law enforcement officer wins Boating Safety Educator of the Year
    Corporal Mike Gladhart, a marine officer with the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, has been named Boating Safety Educator of the Year for 2013. The award was presented on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the annual conference of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Informally known as “The Boatsey,” the Boating Safety Educator of the Year award was launched by NASBLA in 2011 to honor the outstanding contributions of professionals and volunteers who make boating education initiatives relevant and exciting to all boaters. Presenting the award to Cpl. Gladhart was Kerry Moher of, which has sponsored the award since its launch in 2011.
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  • Veteran Stand Down Resource Fair
    A Veteran Stand Down Resource Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Clearwater River Casino Event Center, located on US95, just outside of Lewiston. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Services and providers appearing at the fair include: a flu clinic (for VAMC enrolled veterans), Lewis-Clark State College, NiMiiPuu Health, Spokane Vet Center, University of Idaho, Military Surplus (who will give priority to homeless vets), Walla Walla VAMC, Idaho Legal Aid, ID Division of Veterans Services, and many more (over 20). A light lunch, provided by the casino. will be served during the fair.
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  • Truck driving and skidder contest winners
    Orofino Lumberjack Days truck driving contest was held on Saturday, Sept. 14. The winners are shown here with their ribbons and prize money. They are (l to r) first place winner Chris Wilman, second place winner Pat Colwell, Queen Kyla Cobbs, and third place winner Scott Greene. This is the first year there was a tie in points, so the contestants’ times were used to determine first and second place.
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  • John Lewis Road closure
    The Idaho Department of Lands, in cooperation with Potlatch Forest Holdings, Inc. and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will be closing roads accessing the John Lewis block of land on Oct. 1. The closure encompasses the area bounded by Reeds Creek and Alder Creek on the south, and the Dworshak Reservoir on the west. All entrance roads will be closed except for the Meadow Creek Road and two portions of the Milwaukee Road Loop. Closures will remain in effect until May 24, 2014.
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  • Pierce news
    Save the Date, Oct. 5 is the 11th Annual Trevor Haag Team Motocross race at Bald Mtn. Come on out, grab some food from the Cafe and watch some great Motocross action! Proceeds will be used to have the Redshirt crew brush whack Bonsai, Allen's Alley and thinning some of our favorite tree runs...all our runs will be cleared this season! On Sept. 7, Mathew Fowler and Boy Scout Troop 564 placed signs at each run with name and difficulty symbol; a great Eagle Scout project that will bring positive and lasting impact to our snow riders. The Clearwater Ski Club sends a big thanks to Mathew, ASE Signs, Troop 564 volunteers, Orofino Builders Supply and Valley Rentals for donations that made the project possible. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fraser news
    As I continue to delve through the files of Claud Judd I found another very interesting article. It was about the Fraser Elevator that opened on Aug.14, 1975. Claud was a farmer and Idaho State Senator at the time. He had the privilege of delivering the first load of winter wheat to the Nezperce Rochdale Co. grain storage facility. He also cut the banner “Fraser Elevator” which had been made for the occasion. His wife Elvita delivered the second load. This facility had four steel storage bins and the elevator had the capacity to load and unload 6,000 bushels per hour. The total capacity of the Fraser Elevator was 237,000 bushels. I contacted Bill Jackson on Sunday and he reported that at the time this facility was very important to the farmers in the Fraser area. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last week Emerald Hutchins returned from the Columbia Fly Away Wildlife Show with a blue ribbon and a ribbon for 'Best in Division' for game birds. Emerald traveled to Vancouver to enter his carved quail in the show and it was among several hundred exhibits. This beautiful quail is only his third bird and it took him most of last winter to complete it. Emerald began carving scenic pictures in 2005 after the Hutchins Mill was sold and he was ready for a new hobby. He uses mostly hand tools, a wood burner to create the lines and feathers, and finishing tools. Walking into Emerald’s home is like walking into a museum. He has been a very busy man over the last several years creating his masterpieces out of wood. Much of what he has made was a product of his own imagination and not something that he learned by recreating what others have done. His array of artwork includes quite a few scroll saw winter scenic pictures, wildlife pictures, Celtic spoons, and so much more. He has entered his work in many fairs and shows and has a lot of ribbons to show for it!  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 26
    Attendance at an Idaho Fish and Game wolf trapper education class is required for anyone wishing to trap wolves in Idaho. The eight-hour class provides students with interactive, hands-on training from experienced, certified, volunteer trapper instructors. The class curriculum includes wolf management, wolf trapping regulations and ethics; wolf habits and behavior; making, rigging and setting traps and snares; proper care for a wolf; and reporting requirements.

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