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October 24 Poll Results
GMO Foods

If an initiative requiring labels on foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were to appear on the ballot in your state, as it will in Washington State Nov. 5, how would you vote?

67% I would most likely vote yes to requiring labels. (38)
16% I would most likely vote no to requiring labels. (9)
17% I don’t know enough about GMOs to say. (10)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Trick or Treat, Rocking the Street
    Orofino's 2nd Annual Trick or Treat, Rocking the Street Halloween event is shaping up to be even better than last year. Several businesses and groups are signed on to provide all manner of fun treats and activities. The event takes place on Johnson Avenue and surrounding streets on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. Read more by clicking on the link above.

  • Former Orofino resident dies from injuries sustained in accident
    Rob Miller, 45, formerly of Orofino and now of Moscow, died Monday morning at Gritman Medical Center from internal injuries sustained in a scooter/vehicle accident that occurred Thursday in Moscow. Miller was riding a scooter and was struck by a car Thursday at the intersection of Farm and Pullman roads. The driver of the car has been cited for failure to yield while turning left. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • One-hundred-ninety-six bales of hay burned in fire
    Slow burning brush on Harmony Heights burned into the ground on Saturday evening, Oct. 19, causing bales of hay close by to ignite. By the time fire trucks arrived there was nothing that could be done. A total of 196 round bales, weighing 700 pounds each, were burned.
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  • Orofino Dig for a Cure raises over $10,000
    Volleyball shoes, $85. Volleyball, $45. Volleyball knee pads, $25. Volleyball uniform, $100. Having your amazing community come together for a great cause-priceless! Yes, Orofino residents, we live in an amazing town! The 3rd annual Dig for a Cure was held on Oct. 17 at Orofino High School, where our own Orofino Maniacs and Timberline Spartans were digging for a cure! I know everyone has been anxious to see what the total raised is, and I can tell you that right now we are over $10,000. That’s right - $10,000! We will be working with ICARE and Clearwater Valley Hospital (CVH) to distribute the funds to members of the community who need some help with doctor bills that have accumulated from cancer treatment. The night’s festivities were full of emotion and fun.To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Timberline Play Shed ribbon cutting
    The Timberline Booster Club is proud to present the new Play Shed on the Timberline Schools campus! On Oct. 18, many of those who made contributions to the shed, along with those who were involved in the planning and production, were present to celebrate the shed’s completion. Mr. Bob Vian, the Superintendent of School District 171, came up with the idea while he was still the principal of THS: to build a play shed on the playground at Timberline. The play shed is needed so that the students will have somewhere to play when the weather is unfavorable and it also provides a covered area for Mrs. Daniels to hold P.E. classes. Gradi Thomson volunteered to do the fundraising, and with the help of Caralyn McCollum, got everything rolling. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Fatal ATV accident
    Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single ATV rollover accident with injuries on Three Bear Road on Sunday, Oct. 20. Sheriff’s Deputy and Clearwater County Ambulance arrived on scene and requested Life Flight to respond to the area of the crash. The driver, Marquita Smith, 28, of Kendrick was flown to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston where she was pronounced deceased. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Information sought on four elk illegally shot near Orofino/Weippe
    Four unlawfully taken cow elk were reported during opening week of hunting season. Two of the elk found on Saturday, Oct. 12 appeared to be shot and completely wasted. One of the elk was found near Upper Fords Creek Road and a second elk was found in the Fiddler Road area near Weippe. There was no open season for harvest of antlerless elk. Two of the cow elk were taken unlawfully sometime between Saturday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 14. One elk was found in Miles Creek near Weippe. A fourth animal was witnessed being killed near Canyon Creek Road outside of Orofino with the animal retrieved by the violator. Orofino area Conservation Officer John McLain states, “While parts of two illegal elk were taken, most of the meat, including the entire animals in two of the incidents was left to rot. This is an alarming number of cow elk taken unlawfully in such a short period of time and in such a small area. Idaho’s wildlife belongs to all of us. Every animal killed illegally is an animal that is stolen from the citizens of Idaho.”
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  • Timberline's Dig for a Cure
    Timberline hosted its first annual Dig for a Cure game on Oct. 10, and it went extremely well. Though both the JV and the varsity lost their games, they were proud to play for such a good cause, and proud to wear their new pink jerseys donated by Lynette and Chris Merry. During the game, there was a silent auction with items such as pink scarves, and breast cancer-themed gift baskets donated by area residents being sold. The Rebekahs of Weippe donated delicious desserts to auction off, too. Wall decals were donated by Cindy Beardin and T-shirts were sold as well. In between the JV and varsity games, pink carnations donated by Sherry’s Cakes and Bouquets were passed out to cancer survivors. We made $669.54, and are pleased to be able to donate so much. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Trevor Haag Memorial Team Race results
    The Orofino Motorcycle Club (OMC) had its fall race, the 11th Annual Trevor Haag Memorial Team Race, on Oct. 5 at Bald Mountain Ski Hill. It was good to see these two clubs work together so well to achieve this success! The day of the race was absolutely perfect. The weather was amazing, the race course was awesome, and the dirt was about as good as you could have ever asked for. We had 50 riders and a great spectator crowd. We would like to thank Kim Browning, Tracy and Justin Haag, Dale Barger, Doug Lacey, all of the OMC members, all of the Ski Hill helpers, and all of the spectators that came to watch. We also thank Hanson Garage for donating items that we were given out in drawings the day of the race.
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  • Orofino Friends of the NRA Banquet Nov. 23
    The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) “Friends of NRA” dinner will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge. Join other Second Amendment supporters for dinner, raffles, auctions, and fun with chances to win exclusive NRA logo guns, gear collectibles and much more! Friends of NRA’s fund raising efforts allow the NRA Foundation to provide critical funding to firearm programs on the local, state and national levels. Established in 1990, the NRA Foundation has funded over 18,000 grants, becoming America’s leading charitable organization in support of shooting sports. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Brian Crecelius's No-Shave November fundraiser
    Brian Crecelius, of Orofino, is accepting pledges for his No-Shave November fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). Those who pledge do so at a minimum amount of a quarter per day. For each day Crecelius does not shave his facial hair, persons who pledge would donate a quarter. If he went a week without shaving, that would be $.25 x 7, for a total of $1.75. If Crecelius went a month without shaving, that would be $.25 x 30, for a total of $7.50. “I will pay a minimum donation of $50 to ACS,” explained Crecelius. “That means if I don’t make it to $50, I have to make it up out of my own pocket. I would like to note that I’ve never made it a whole week without shaving!” Retroactive pledges will be accepted, according to Crecelius.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Carol Lonsbury
    I am so excited to see school spirit so high this year at OHS. Actually, it has been growing for the past couple of years. This is due, I feel, in large part to the “Blue Crew” at the high school, made up of mostly boys. The support they have shown to the girls’ volleyball team has been wonderful. It is a joy to watch our kids supporting one another. It has carried over to the other sports also. I am mostly involved in volleyball, football, softball and baseball - but in those sports I have seen a real upsurge in support and school spirit and as a born and raised Maniac, it makes me feel good! A special kudos to Trevor Hopkins, Drake Kuykendall and Hunter Cobbs as leaders of the Blue Crew!
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  • Old Opera House Theatre presents: Opera House Has Talent
    The Old Opera House, located in Kooskia, is dedicated to bringing great family entertainment and will be hosting ‘Opera House has Talent’ competition October and November, with Round 1 starting this Saturday, Oct. 26. Contestants from all over the Northwest will compete in an all-out Talent Competition. This competition is open to any talent both solos and ensembles. This year the audience choice award has gotten even bigger! The audience will get to send one contestant on to the next round and will receive $100 for that performance!  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Nez Perce National Historical Park reopens
    With the end of the federal government shutdown all units of Nez Perce National Historical Park are again open to visitors, superintendent Tami DeGrosky announced. Facilities and trails at Spalding, Canoe Camp in Orofino, Heart of the Monster in east Kamiah, White Bird Battlefield, and Buffalo Eddy in Asotin County, Washington are open, as is the Spalding cemetery. The Spalding visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily.
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  • Pierce news
    The following came from Jesse and Kathy Dill: Be careful what you wish for and when you do wish for something make sure you are very specific on what you really want. As a lot of you all know today was our 20th anniversary and it is one I won't forget. I wished for some nice quiet place that the two of us could spend some alone time together. Well, we got it. From 6:30 to 10 p.m. this evening we were sitting alongside the road on Grangemont broke down after we had gone to dinner in Orofino. On our way back a deer decided to take out the passenger front side of my new Tahoe, loosing the transmission fluid because it broke the container and everything drained out on the road. We sent for help and sat waiting. Well the person got the place mixed up with another place and so he spent three hours looking for us out there. Finally my sweet caring husband walked to a house and called his dad to come and get us (9:00), dad and the other person got there at the same time. Hurray, we are saved and on our way home. The husband is now on the phone with the insurance. Like I said—be careful what you wish for. This is one anniversary I won't forget. A great big thank you to all the people that stopped to see if we needed help and to the couple that opened their door and let my husband use their phone at 9 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Fraser news
    Steve and Carol Green have spent time at the Green Farm and at their property near the Deyo Reservoir. Long lists of chores have kept them busy, but they did find time to visit with friends. On Saturday night, it was either accept the invitation for dinner at the Brands or eat leftovers. I bet that was an easy decision to make after putting in a long day of completing one chore after another. Reggie and Peggy Ball were also invited to join the group. Everyone had a good visit; lots of laughs were shared before the evening was over. On the negative side, the Greens found that someone had broken into the fuel shed at the farm and stolen all the gas in the tank and some smaller cans. The metal door to the shed was cut open so the thieves could get into the building. Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department was contacted about the incident. This is the second time a theft had taken place in the Fraser Community in the last couple weeks. Keep an eye out for anything that looks unusual, it could help the sheriff’s department catch the thieves. I am always looking for stories about the people and happenings of the Fraser community.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    This week I had an unexpected and very pleasant visit from Minnie Weidner. She came by my house to inform me that she has moved and would like me to share it with the community. Minnie was a long time resident of Weippe and she is now residing in Lewiston. Minnie also shared that she and her daughter, Cindy had the pleasure of attending Art Kerzman's 95th birthday at the Veterans Home and really enjoyed their time there. Art was also a Weippe resident for many years. The 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. They are asking the community to donate bags of candy to help 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 3B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 24
    Chinook salmon fishing will end on the Snake and Clearwater rivers Thursday, Oct. 31 - except a short reach on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam, which closes Nov. 17. The season opened Sept. 1, on the Snake River between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam, in the lower Clearwater River downstream of the U.S. Highway 12 Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, and in the Salmon River from its mouth upstream to Eye of the Needle Rapids.

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