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October 17 Poll Results
Utilizing a Health
Insurance Exchange
Have you explored a Health Insurance Exchange since they opened Oct. 1?

   2% Yes, and I bought a plan through it. (1)
  7% Yes, but I haven’t bought anything through it. (3)
10% No, but I am planning to. (4)
14% No, and I doubt I will. (6)
66% No, because I don’t want to support them. (27)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Orofino city pool project makes progress
    Each year, for more than 20, the Orofino Pool committee has operated a bingo booth at Lumberjack Days. In the past the booth’s proceeds benefited the swim team; present day, proceeds fund the effort to build a new city pool. For the third year, the annual ATV raffle ticket sales have also been a large part of fundraising. One hundred percent of money raised from raffle ticket sales and the bingo booth are deposited to the “Orofino Community Complex, Inc.” account. Raffle tickets are $50 and only 600 will be sold. The committee continues to sell personalized tiles as well; all tiles will be placed at the new pool facility on a designated donor space. The Orofino Community Complex, Inc. combined accounts currently have a balance of $56,783.78, detailed as follows: Pool tiles: $7,602.41; Regular shares and CD: $35,831.37; 2013 RZR Raffle ticket sales, to date: $13,350.
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  • Lady Maniacs take Central Idaho League title
    For the first time in over a decade, Orofino’s Lady Maniacs captured a league title at a tri-match held Oct. 12, at St. Maries. Orofino defeated Coeur d'Alene Charter 25-15, 25-21, 25-16, then beat St. Maries 25-27, 25-16, 25-15, 25-15 to conclude the Maniacs' league portion of their regular season and claim the Central Idaho League crown. Taylor Erbst had 29 kills, 12 digs and eight aces for the Maniacs while Courtney Adams added 62 assists, 16 kills and nine aces. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Timberline Homecoming is Friday
    The Timberline Spartans take on Lewis County during the Spartans' Homecoming game this Friday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Click on the link above to see the team and the Homecoming week schedule.

  • Missing hunters not missing after all
    A bizarre set of circumstances that began with an escaped pack horse led Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to search for two Minnesota hunters who, it turns out, weren’t actually missing. The events began with a call from a Fish and Game employee who was concerned about a pair of hunters from Minnesota that were packing in on the 760 trail, near the old Kelly Work Center. The hunters had left the trailhead at about 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, riding two horses and packing on two others. All four horses had been rented in Montana. Since the hunters couldn’t take all their supplies on the first trip, they left some at the trailhead, with plans to return and retrieve them.
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  • Bogus jury service phone calls circulating in the U.S., including Idaho
    Throughout the United States, and recently in Idaho, citizens are being targeted by bogus phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. During the calls, the threat of a fine for shirking jury service is used to coerce callers into providing confidential data (social security numbers, credit card numbers, etc.), which could potentially lead to identity theft and fraud. The federal courts do not require potential jurors to provide sensitive financial information over the telephone.  Persons receiving such a telephone call should not provide the requested information, and should notify the Clerk of Court's office of the United States District Court or state court in their area. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Allegations of theft believed to have led to fatal altercation
    Tara Rose Mendenhall, 24, of Elk City, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Sept. 24 death of Lora K. Vandenburg, 44, also of Elk City. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25 before Magistrate Jeff P. Payne. Daren Fales has been appointed to represent Mendenhall. According to investigative reports, Mendenhall hit Vandenburg after discovering her in Mendenhall’s car parked outside an Elk City residence. Mendenhall accused Vandenburg of stealing some of her possessions and allegedly pushed her out of the car. Mendenhall said Vandenburg attempted twice to stand up but fell back down, the second time hitting her head on the ground. Witnesses reportedly told investigators they saw Mendenhall hitting and kicking Vandenburg and Vanderburg appeared to be unconscious. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Jeanette Gorman
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    here’s plenty of blame to pass around when it comes to what caused the government shutdown, but it seems clear to me that a minority of House members (150 of 435) who belong to the radical right began plotting this strategy a long time ago. Yet, they keep blaming President Obama and Senator Harry Reid. They should at least own up to their own strategy. After successful passage in both the House and Senate, a Supreme Court decision by a conservative court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and 41 unsuccessful attempts to vote down all or part of the law, the radical right should recognize that this is our democratic process at work. The majority of polls show that Americans support upholding the law. Those in the Tea Party who think America is the greatest democracy in the world should respect its institutions and processes and accept that they lost their fight.
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  • Clearwater Community Concert membership campaign gears up
    The Clearwater Community Concert Association (CCCA) membership campaign has begun and will run through Oct. 21. Current members are being contacted for membership renewal. People who have not had a membership in the past and are interested in attending the concerts can contact Membership Chairperson Barbara-Lee Jordan (208-476-3113) for more information. This season three outstanding concerts have been scheduled at the Orofino High School. Heidi Muller and Bob Webb will kick off the 2013-2014 season by performing on Thursday, Nov. 7. They perform an eclectic mix of original songs and traditional music using their crystal voices and unique arrangements with guitars, Appalachian dulcimers, electric cello and mandolin. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Maniacs redeem themselves, bully the (other) Bulldogs
    The Maniacs were on the road again last Friday, Oct. 11, to face the Colfax Bulldogs. The previous Friday (week six) they traveled to meet the Grangeville Bulldogs and suffered their first loss of the season. This time they faced an entirely different bunch of Bulldogs and came away with an entirely different result. This was Orofino’s second opponent from Washington State this season. They defeated Waitsburg, 59-20 in week four, and this time, against the Colfax Bulldogs, they won 48-6. Tanner Schwartz took control of the Maniacs’ ground game from the opening bell, running the ball for 134 yards in the first half alone and racking up 189 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
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  • Absentee ballots now available at the courthouse
    Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained in the Clearwater County Courthouse in the Auditor and Recorder’s Office, or by contacting the office at (208) 476-5615 or P.O. Box 586, Orofino, Idaho 83544, and an application will be mailed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • County Democratic meeting set for Thursday
    The Clearwater County Democratic Central Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Joint School District Conference Room, 1051 Michigan Avenue. This is a public meeting for all Democrats that wish to attend.
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  • Robert Kerzman celebrates 95th birthday Friday
    Robert Kerzman, a Weippe resident for over 30 years, will celebrate his 95th birthday on Friday, Oct. 18. Robert now lives at the Idaho State Veterans Home, located at 821 21st Avenue in Lewiston. Clearwater County residents are invited to stop by and wish Robert a happy birthday. At noon Friday a cake and party will be held at the veterans home; stop by then, or any other time you like.
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  • Raising Zombies - A Teen Event
    Watching shows like zombies and others I always wondered, is there any hope for their re-transformation? Will this show bring them full circle or leave me hanging wondering if there is hope? Coming back to life…raising zombies is allegory, a metaphor of what Jesus Christ will do for anyone who chooses to believe … Most struggle with the concept of being spiritually dead yet physically alive. Yet, the Bible clearly teaches that God created Adam and Eve to be both spiritually and physically alive and warned them not to eat of the fruit from the tree in the center of the garden. The fruit of this tree, God told them, was the fruit of good and evil and the day they ate it they would surely die. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve didn’t listen and they ate. Afterwards Adam lived another 930 years physically and we think, what’s the deal? What we fail to consider is that they died spiritually and that death has infected all humanity from that day forward. Come join us for a Teen Event called “Raising Zombies” at the Nazarene Church in Orofino at 830 Michigan Ave. Thursday, Oct. 17 will begin with pizza at 6 p.m. and a message at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, will be fun time at 6 p.m. with a message at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 will be a message at 10:45 a.m. followed by a BBQ. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - A snarky “Solid Wastes Report” by Emil Nejdl had this to say: “A source of great delight to me is when groups of neighbors jealously claim a community container as their own and assume the responsibility of policing it. Unsanitary patrons and free-loaders stand out as obviously as a crow among a flock of blackbirds. A free-loader will go to great length to hide his identity, but forgets how easy it is to identify a polecat. If there are any rural patrons who cannot afford the small monthly charge, they are probably eligible for welfare and should apply for it.” 50 Years Ago - Bold but easily frightened burglars this week swiped an old car in Orofino that belonged to Justice of the Peace H.K. Brundage, and that was also used on occasion by policeman Fred Lindgren. The burglars then backed the car up behind the police station, on the railroad tracks, and tried to load in a small safe they had carted away from nearby Ray Fleming’s Headquarters Bar. Something apparently scared them off, and they abandoned the project without successfully cracking the safe. Inside it were $500 and personal papers.
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  • Pierce news
    The motorcycle crowd was blessed with fabulous weather this past Saturday and the crowd turned out to cheer on their riders. The partnership between the Clearwater Ski Club and Orofino Motorcycle Club is a win-win relationship. Thanks to all who came out in support of riders and Bald Mountain! The Pioneer Inn is hosting a costume party for adults only on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 8 p.m. There will be costume judging, drink specials, appetizer specials and games.
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  • Fraser news
    Peggy and Reggie Ball had breakfast with Carl and RoseAnna Thornton on Sunday. The Zenner family leases the Thornton Ranch for the summer and they round up the cow/calf pairs in the fall. This year the Bordoni’s bull yak, Naddi, decided to join the roundup. You will have to ask Carl how that scenario played out. Hunters in the Big Canyon should be aware that this “Big Black Animal” is friendly and if you run into him just leave him alone. He loves apples, so carry a few in your pocket; you will become an instant friend and maybe you can entice him back into his pasture. Speaking of hunting season, Reggie Ball spotted a cougar in Big Canyon while he was out hunting over the weekend.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month was well attended and was able to raise just under $670! High school student, Erin Sellers organized the fundraiser and would like to thank all who were involved, with a special thank you to Chris and Lynette Merry for the pink jerseys, as well as Sherry’s Cakes and Bouquets, and Cindy Beardin for their contributions. Thank you to all who came out to support the team and cancer survivors! Thursday, Oct. 17, the Lady Spartans will be playing Orofino at their Dig for a Cure volleyball game. Please join us at OHS to support our girls and help raise even more for such a worthy cause! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 17
    Idaho Fish and Game has reduced bag and possession limits on steelhead harvested in part of the Clearwater River drainage during the fall and spring seasons. The limits for the fall season and the spring 2014 season are one fish per day and two in possession. In addition, in the North Fork Clearwater River and the mainstem Clearwater River downstream of the Orofino bridge only steelhead 28 inches or less in total length may be kept.

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