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October 3 Poll Results
Blame for Shutdown
Which political party do you blame for the Oct. 1 government shutdown?

22% Republicans. (18)
33% Democrats. (27)
42% I think they’re both to blame! (35)
1% Neither one. (1)
1% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

Armed robbery at Riverside Pharmacy
Late-breaking news updated Tuesday, October 8 at 5:05 p.m.

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  • "Much ado about nothing" or the calm before the storm?
    There were new and old faces among the dozen or so community members in attendance at the regular Orofino City Council meeting held Sept. 24. The meeting was brief, with business as usual, perhaps the biggest item regarding a public hearing and council vote to approve Ordinance No. 776. But little was mentioned of the annexation, downtown parking or the old Jr. High building, to name a few of the more controversial issues the council faces. The atmosphere in the council could be compared to the calm before the storm. Those items will be addressed at the next meeting, Oct. 8. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Adopt a Block Project launch with Matt Potratz
    Have you ever known a person who has just been there - whether to chat, or listen, to laugh, to share? Have you ever considered how much it would mean to someone who has no family to reach out and let them know that someone cares – that they still matter? Is there a child or a family in your neighborhood with unmet needs? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here’s one more: Do you have 30-40 minutes on Wednesday evening (6 p.m.), Oct. 16, at the Rex Theatre, to hear how Matt Potratz is planning to bring the community together in his vision of “Adopt a Block” Project for Orofino? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Undefeated Orofino to face Grangeville
    The Maniacs found the going a little tougher than usual against Bonners Ferry last Friday. With a wet, muddy playing field and the Badgers being maybe a little better team than expected, Orofino’s usually hot offense still only needed to simmer as their ironclad defense overcame the distractions of Homecoming and allowed them to comfortably ride out a two score lead and move to 5–0 on the season. Tanner Schwartz, senior running back for the Maniacs, notched both of the scores in the first half: the first coming at 6:22 remaining in the first quarter on a leaping catch in the end zone, and the second on an eight-yard “ground and pound” run midway in the third period.

  • Computer virus call scam hits Orofino area
    A computer scam, in which a “company” calls and insists they received a virus from your computer, is circulating in Orofino. At least two reports came in last week. According to one victim, someone with an East Indian type accent called, claiming to be with Microsoft, and insisted they have received an error message from the victim’s computer that informed them of a virus on the computer. The caller went on to say they wanted to take care of the virus. “The caller will then try to keep you on the phone and on your computer, so they can access your files,” reported the victim. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Dig for a Cure volleyball match set for Oct. 17
    The third annual Dig for a Cure volleyball match is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 at Orofino High School, when the Maniacs take on the Timberline Spartans. Junior varsity plays at 6 p.m., and the varsity game begins at 7 p.m. Over the past two years the Lady Maniacs have been digging for a cure, raising money and donating it to the hospital to pay for mammograms and pap smears. They have also donated money to families to help pay for doctor bills, and have donated to ICARE. Each year the event has grown bigger and bigger, and the team would like to offer merchants in town a chance to participate in the event, by donating an item for the silent auction that will be held in the high school cafeteria. All items donated for the auction will be on display at LCCU on Johnson Avenue up to the night of the event. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Letter to the Editor - John Allen
    This is in response to the letter that appeared in the Clearwater Tribune last week, Sept. 26, from Ken Harvey concerning inmates from the prison going through garbage at the County Transfer station. Ken is right when he stated that the inmates are going through garbage looking for recyclable items such as plastic, aluminum cans, cardboard, and newspapers. That is all they are looking for. The county is responsible for “waste” material. If residents have confidential information, such as banking, investment or credit card material, those should be shredded, burned or otherwise disposed of and most people take those precautions. If you have any doubt in your mind about this situation just ask the inmate, or one of the county employees to please throw your items directly into the trailer. Remember it is always a good idea to shred any papers containing your personal information regardless. When your garbage leaves Clearwater County it is handed at the Asotin landfill. They will be treating it as “waste” and not private material that requires security. The County is always looking for ways to save the taxpayers money, and to make our operations more efficient. So far they have extracted tons of recyclable items and have more than made up for the meager wages we reimburse the Idaho Corrections System. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Carrie Skiles
    It’s that time of year again-we’re fighting a losing battle with stray cows. That's what they are even though we live on “open range.” No one seems to understand the difference between the words “open” and “free.” Open range is a liability issue—if you live on open range and someone's cattle/horses/sheep/or goats stray from their legitimate pasture and do damage the owner is not liable. You are responsible for keeping them out. To be legal that means you need a fence horse high, kid tight and bull strong! I called around Boise and researched on-line. As far as it went the information was true. What I wasn't being told was that unless I actually lived within an active, legitimate lease there were other solutions to the problem. There are no active, legitimate leases in my immediate area.
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  • From this Chair
    The Queen walked across the courtyard in her beautiful long pink bouffant gown and on her head was a gleaming tiara. She stopped on the green grass to gaze across her domain. A five-year-old brown-eyed girl standing nearby stared in awe at the Queen. The child quickly approached the Queen and softy touched the edge of the magnificent gown. The Queen glanced down and her eyes met the eyes of the little girl. The girl reverently curtsied and quickly stepped aside. A smile spread across the Queen’s face, who said “Thank you.” I shook my head and returned to reality. I was back in the 2013’s, standing on the grass at Boise’s History Comes Alive event in downtown Boise. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Orofino karate students shine in regional tournament
    The 2nd Annual Quest of Champions tournament was held the weekend of Sept. 28 at Lincoln Middle School in Clarkston, WA. Fifteen students from the When-to-Fight Martial Arts school in Orofino participated in the event, holding their own against students from all over the Pacific Northwest. The tournament, Quest of Champions II – Double Impact, was hosted by Valley Karate & Jiu-Jitsu School of Lewiston. Over 100 karate practitioners, aged 5 to 50, with ranks from beginner to multi-degree black belts, arrived from as far away as Selah, Spokane, and Yakima, Washington; displaying their skills in competitions of sparring, kata (traditional forms), grappling and weapons.
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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. This closure is designed to reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, minimize road damage and maintenance expense, and protect wildlife wintering in the area. Access by ATV, motorcycle, or any non-motorized means is permitted. The roads may be used for authorized resource management purposes or accessed by parties with authorized permits.
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  • Orofino Junior High soccer season kicks off
    Orofino Junior High soccer has once again teamed up with the Lewis-Clark Valley Boys and Girls Club (BCG). This year’s team of sixth through eighth graders is made up of Head Coach Terry Gugger, Assistant Coach Rachel Jones, Carter Hasenoehrl, Cody Glaze, Elijah Gugger, Kaleb Gugger, Meghan Waite, Madison Colwell, Goal Keeper Braeden Keane, Nathan Drobish, Dartagnan Romero, Adrian Tinoco, Ignacio Tinoco, Reid Thomas and Assistant Coach Alison Thomas. On Sept. 21 the team played against the BCG’s Green Team 2, coached by Chris Lopez and Dustin Shown. Although the score revealed an Orofino loss of 6-2, with goals being made by Kaleb Gugger in the first half and Dartagnan Romero in the second, the junior high Maniacs played strong in both defense and offense. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Idaho's August jobless rate climbs to 6.8 percent
    Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point in August as total employment dropped to its lowest level in nearly a year. Last year, Idaho’s August unemployment rate was 7 percent. The state’s jobless rate at 6.8 percent has risen seven-tenths of a percentage point since April, one of the largest rate increases among the states in the last four months. In Clearwater County, the unemployment rate was down just a bit, from 13.2 percent in July to 13.1 percent in August. Last August the rate was also 13.1 percent. In Idaho County the rate remained at 9.1 percent from July to August, Last year it was 9.4 percent.
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  • Barbeque and pool tournament at OCS
    Here’s an idea - drop into the Orofino Clean & Sober (OCS) Drop-In Center later that day at 5 p.m. for an elimination pool tournament on the center’s two pool tables. There will also be a barbeque behind the, building where you can get some great barbeque hamburgers and hot dogs with “tater” salad for just $6/plate for hamburgers, $3/plate for one hotdog and salad, or two hotdogs with salad for $5/plate. The hamburgers are being made from Mike Walk’s secret recipe, which was chosen as the number one hamburger in Nez Perce County in 2007. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Teen birth rates down, but some Idaho teens lack facts
    Teen birth rates have fallen in Idaho and around the nation, reaching historic lows, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures. So what’s going on? The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has found that more teens are delaying sex, and more of them are using contraceptives. Paula Gianino with Planned Parenthood said that parents are powerful in influencing children’s decisions - and when it comes to sex, there should be an ongoing discussion.
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  • Pierce news
    This Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the 11th Annual Trevor Haag team race. Come on out to Bald Mountain and watch riders of all ages go for it as they roar up and around the ski hill slopes. There is a $5 per person gate fee. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the Ski Café. Also, pick up your five-day, 10-day or season pass while you are at the hill. Pass rates are: five-day youth $72; 10-day youth $97.30; season youth $150; five-day adult $80; 10-day adult $133.50; season adult $250. These deals offer folks of any age skiing for less than normal half day rates! Questions or comments about Bald Mountain can be directed to Chris at 435-4782. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2AB.

  • Fraser news
    As much as I have struggled with the hot summer weather, I’m still not ready to put the garden to bed for another year. Only a hard frost will convince me that it’s time. All the rain we have been getting has eliminated the need for the garden hoses; they have been drained and put into storage. Joyce Frazier from Kamiah read about all the pears we had to can in the Fraser News last week. She called to encourage us to try blanching the skins on the pears instead of pealing them. Joyce found out about this method many years ago, her husband Darrol and his mother canned her pears while she was in the hospital. She had always pealed the skins before that. Joyce was a teacher at the Pierce Elementary School when Reggie Ball was in third grade. She remembered that he was very artistic at a young age, and this talent was evident in the house that he and his wife Peggy built at the end of Thornton Road. Joyce also remembered Reggie’s cousin, Sheryl Ball, who is now married to Jerry Smolinski. Sheryl’s mother liked to dress her up in the cutest clothes, which she destroyed on a regular basis, because she was a tomboy. Thanks Joyce, for the information on the pears and about two of the children that were in your classes at the Pierce Elementary School. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    It’s that time of year when the weather is turning cold and we can feel that snow is just around the corner! It was a beautiful summer and we survived the bees and the fires. I am always sad to see the summer go, but I also look forward to the beautiful Fall colors and the briskness that comes with the change of seasons. As a photographer I get excited to catch those amazing sunsets over golden fields and the trees as they turn from green to brown. Unfortunately, as the winter approaches we often find that some of our resources are harder to come by. Work slows down for many and the need for heat is something that none of us can avoid. Community Action is a local agency that is there to help those who are in need. They are now taking phone calls to schedule heating assistance interviews. They can also help out with weatherization for your home and help with your telephone bill. Tami Plank will be coming to the Weippe Public Library once a month to meet with local residents. Please call 476-4949 to schedule an appointment or for more information.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 3
    The regular deer season opens Oct. 10 in most regions of Idaho. In some areas, a regular deer tag allows hunters to take either mule deer or white-tailed deer. A white-tailed deer tag allows a hunter to take only a white-tail. Many areas across the state also offer antlerless youth hunt opportunities, but check the 2013 big game rules brochure carefully for the areas where youth hunts are open.

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