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October 10 Poll Results
Shutdown Compromise
Do you think President Obama and the Democrats should begin allowing passage of the bits and pieces of government funding presented by Republicans?

24% No. They should stand firm, and not allow Republicans to hold the country hostage. (17)
49% Yes. I agree with the Republicans, and think the president and Democrats need to start compromising. (34)
  5% I don’t know—I don’t support Obamacare, but don’t feel this strategy benefits the GOP. (4)
22% BOTH sides need to give more than they are giving, before the shutdown drags on any longer. (16)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Dance of a lifetime
    This month’s Savvy Seniors, Violet and Wayne (Butch) Lee have many loves in their lives, but if you want to see their eyes truly sparkle, ask them about old time dancing. They have been members of the Wilderness Gateway dance group for over 30 years. The couple started dancing at the VFW Building in Orofino years ago. Now, along with other members of the group, they meet every Sunday, alternating between dancing in Orofino, Kooskia, Clearwater and Kamiah. According to Butch, “The Veteran’s Hall in Kamiah is the best place of all to dance, it has the best dance floor. We’ve lost many members in the last few years, over 100, but we’ve had some beautiful musicians.” The couple says that Ella Haley, the late wife of former Orofino Judge Ralph Haley, was the mastermind of the idea of the dance group meeting twice a year at the Wilderness Gateway for a weekend campout. The beautiful campground is located near the Lochsa River where Boulder Creek joins the river. The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area surrounds the campground area on the east and south sides. Butch and Violet share many fond memories of the campouts held here. They have been dancing at this location every year for the last 33 years. There’s a Sunday service at the campout where church music is played. Dances have even included a flashlight dance one year when the generator failed, and an umbrella dance when it rained. The group has a silent auction at each dance to raise money to reserve the campground for the next scheduled dance. Butch and Violet are the only couple still participating that have been there since the origination of the dance group. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4-6A.

  • Street Committee opens dialogue for diagonal parking
    The Street Committee met Oct. 2 in Orofino City Council Chambers once again, to address downtown parking. The meeting opened with a bit of confusion, as Johnson Avenue was repeatedly and mistakenly referred to as Main Street, but as the meeting bore on, emotions grew tense, more information surfaced, and then…it became clear that the wheels were in motion. It was the very dialogue that the dozen or so in attendance were waiting to hear. In fact, the discussion took a surprising turn in favor of further exploring the options for diagonal parking. In the attempt to reduce further confusion and discord (there has been too much already), this article will focus on the new information brought out during the last meeting that caught the attention of more than a few council members to look closer into many of the merchants’ pleas for solutions other than timed parking, including diagonal parking. Chief Wilson announced that he and Public Works Supervisor, John Barton had taken some measurements of Main and Johnson streets, which were 40 and 43 feet wide, respectively. This would allow diagonal parking on one side of the street only. They also discovered that for every car parked parallel to the curb, two vehicles could fit diagonally in the same space. Wilson remarked that while no significant change would appear in the number of spaces, that those spaces that were available were much easier to access and utilize all of them, in spite of a person’s ability or inability in this case, to park. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Alleged Craigslist marijuana buyer pleads guilty to two misdemeanor counts
    A 33-year-old Orofino man, Jason Michael Parker, who was arrested in August for allegedly attempting to purchase drugs from Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputies after he placed an ad on Craigslist, has pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts. Two felony charges were dismissed against him as part of the plea agreement. He pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance-marijuana. Felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance were dismissed. Parker was sentenced in Clearwater County Second District court last week to 60 days in jail with 50 days suspended. He also received fines in excess of $1,200 and was authorized for work-release. He must report to jail no later than Oct. 13. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Maniacs toppled by Grangeville
    The Orofino Maniacs had everything going their way this season: five wins against no losses, the number one power ranking in their division…experience, depth and size. None of that mattered though, as their fans were once again reminded: Statistics, rankings and all the things that make a team look great on paper will only get you so far when playing in the 2 – A Central Idaho League (CIL). It all comes down to who wants it more and who comes ready to play.  Probably nobody wanted this game worse than Orofino’s players and fans—it has been all they could talk about since the season began: “If we can just beat Grangeville,” I heard muttered over and over. But it was the Bulldogs that looked like they came ready to play, and it is the Bulldogs who now sit atop the CIL having the home-field advantage in the playoffs. So, what went wrong? Let’s start with the weather: Orofino has to pass the ball to make their offense click. What works against a team like Bonners Ferry doesn’t work against a defensive powerhouse like Grangeville who allows their opponent an average of four points per game. If that wasn’t understood before last Friday’s game, it probably is now. The cold, muddy conditions caused several dropped balls throughout the contest, including a bobbled punt attempt and sack at the Maniac’s 20 yard line that led to the only score of the first half.
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  • Government shutdown cancels Chamber's Maniac Dam Race
    The Dam Race has been cancelled due to the government shutdown. Money that has been received will be returned. There were 32 businesses and organizations that participated in the Trick or Treat Rockin’ the Street on Halloween last year. It looks like there will be more businesses this year. The event will take place Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Johnson Ave. This provides a very fun and safe environment for the children to enjoy Trick or Treating. The Beer Garden did well during Lumberjack Days. Saturday afternoon wasn’t as profitable as previous years due to the heat. Amber Hanes-Miller commented that the Bingo Booth didn’t do as well Saturday afternoon as in previous years also. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Bulldogs muzzled by the Lady Maniacs
    The Lady Maniacs blocked the Bulldogs at Grangeville to inflict their first Central Idaho League loss of the season Oct. 1, at Grangeville. The Maniacs won the match by the scores of 25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19. Maniac Taylor Erbst led Orofino with two aces, eight digs and 18 kills. Teammate Jordynn Schwartz contributed two aces and 11 digs. Makinzie Gering served 10 straight points in the second game for the Maniacs while Courtney Adams contributed 30 assists for the match. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Johnny Stewart
    Do federal officials try to make the government shutdown as painful as possible? Or are they just stupid? Most of the shutdowns are not only inconvenient and pointless, but cost more than doing nothing. To barricade veterans from the WWII Memorial, the Korean Memorial, and the Viet Nam Memorial, all just open air plazas, and here locally the Lewis and Clark Canoe Camp? How much money does the government collect from that?
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  • Letter to the Editor: Anson Hanes-Miller
    My name is Anson. I had my birthday party at the Rex Theatre on Sept. 21. I turned 8. My nice friend gave me $20 and I put it in my pocket. On the sidewalk I took the stuff out of my pocket and put it in the car door and got in the car. When I got home I could not find the money. My mom drove back and dug in the garbage and the nice man at the movie helped us look but we didn’t find it. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Easterbrooks to celebrate 60th anniversary
    Charles and Bernadine Easterbrook of Orofino will celebrate their 60th anniversary with an Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 374 Konkolville Rd (Ted’s shop), 7 P’s Storage. They were married Oct. 24, 1954 in Kendrick and moved to the Orofino area in 1958. Charles worked in the woods for 46 years retiring in 1997. Bernadine took care of the children while they were in school and then worked for the Helgeson Hotel in Orofino. They enjoy the outdoors, gardening and sports.
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  • Notice of cancellation of taxing district elections
    The following taxing districts had only one candidate file for the available position(s) for the Nov. 5 election, therefore no election will be held for the following taxing districts. Elk River Cemetery District, Fraser Cemetery District, Gilbert Cemetery District, North Clearwater Cemetery District, Orofino Cemetery District, Pierce Cemetery District, Sanders Cemetery District, Southwick Cemetery District, Weippe Cemetery District, Weseman Cemetery District.
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  • Access road repair work to require traffic delays
    Road grading and ditch work on the Grandad Bridge Road (also called Mussleman Road) may cause short delays in traffic through Oct. 12, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir. Also during this period, there will be one 4-hour complete closure of Grandad Bridge Road between Mile Marker 14 and Mile Marker 15; because the work is dependent upon favorable weather conditions, an exact schedule for the four-hour closure is not possible at this time, officials said.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    50 Years Ago - A series of scandals and tragedies struck the same family of Mr. Campbell, a former resident. First, Campbell’s two and a half year old son drowned in a tub, after a 19-year-old woman (who was not Campbell’s wife, though at one point she said she was) slapped the boy for messing his bed and the surrounding area, then put him in the tub and left him alone. Fifteen minutes later, she found him face up in the water. The baby’s real mother, along with she and Campbell’s other baby (who was 11-months-old), were, days later, burned by a defective gas heater in the same home where the toddler drowned. Campbell, meanwhile, was involved in a “carnal knowledge trial,” part of which included that Campbell, his 15-year-old stepdaughter, and another man, were all found in the same bed.
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  • Timberline Dig for a Cure Thursday
    This Thursday, Oct. 10, the Timberline Spartans will host a Dig for a Cure volleyball game against the Logos Knights. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, the Lady Spartans will wear bright pink jerseys. The crowd is also encouraged to wear pink to help "Pink Out" the gym. During the game there will be a baked foods sale with pink lemonade available. There will also be a small silent auction. Spartan car decals and pink T-shirts will be for sale as well. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Patchwork Bazaar December 7
    The Patchwork Bazaar, an annual arts and crafts show, will be held at Orofino High School Saturday, Dec. 7   from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Items to be sold should be handcrafted or homemade.  The Clearwater Memorial Public Library will be having a used book sale in conjunction with the Bazaar. The American Association of University Women is sponsoring the event. Former participants will be receiving their booth reservation applications shortly.
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  • Pierce news
    Timberline’s football team is holding a drawing Oct. 18 at the homecoming game. First prize is $100, second prize is $100, and third prize is $100. Need not be present to win. Tickets are being sold at the following businesses: in Weippe, Mary Ann’s Groceries, Elkhorn Bar, Lucky Inn Bar, and Timberline Café; in Pierce, White Pine Credit Union, S&S Family Foods, and Pioneer Inn. Tickets will also be sold at the Football games by team members. The money that is raised will go for the trip to Clark Fork Game on Oct. 25 and for football camp next summer. The prize money was donated by Vicki smith and her family in the memory of her dad, W.H. (Ben) Durant.
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  • Fraser news
    On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Donna and Danny Brown made a trip to Nampa to visit their daughter Danette and her family. Grace and Lydia were out of school on Thursday and Friday so they had some quality time with their grandparents. The Browns returned to Fraser on Monday. Reggie and Peggy Ball traveled to La Grande, OR, on Friday, Oct. 4, to visit Reggie’s mom Ernestine and his brother Roger and his family. Ernestine’s address is Valley Creek AFH, 64332 Mount Glen Rd., La Grande, OR. Take time to send her a card. She would love to hear from any of her old friends. The Balls enjoyed visiting with Roger and his wife Tisha and their family. On Sunday, Ernestine joined the family for lunch and helped Peggy celebrate her birthday. The Balls returned to their home on Sunday. I discovered another interesting tidbit in Claud Judd’s hand written notes. He mentioned in 1988 he planted a blackberry bush in their garden at the ranch on June 7. After Claud passed away and Elvita was living with her daughter Loretta, I was given permission to transplant some starts to our garden. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Dan and Sherry Paige would like us to welcome their daughter, Treena Parnell, along with her husband, Chad and granddaughter, Teiaria to Weippe! The family moved here from Bend, OR to be closer to Dan and Sherry and to help out when needed. Chad had his own chimney sweeping business in Oregon and is looking for work here.  Treena has an online store and will also be looking for part-time work here. Teiaria will be attending high school at Timberline. Weippe Fire Department will be having their Halloween Candy Carnival again this year on Oct. 31 starting at 5 p.m. This is for ages under 12. There will be games, candy and prizes. We are asking the community to donate bags of candy to help us out.  People interested in donating candy can contact Lisa Weyerts at 435-4007.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 10
    The regular 2013 pheasant season opens Oct. 12 in northern Idaho, Area 1, and runs through Dec. 31. In the rest of the state, the season opens Oct. 19. It runs through Nov. 30 in Area 2 and through Dec. 31 in Area 3. Shooting hours start one-half hour before sunrise in all three areas, except on Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours start at 10 a.m.

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