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October 31 Poll Results
Too Soon for Christmas?

Is before Halloween too soon to talk about and advertise for Christmas?

18% Yes – it should be after Halloween, at the earliest. (11)
66% Yes – it should be after Thanksgiving, at the earliest. (40)
  2% No. I don’t mind and it helps me plan. (1)
15% It drives me crazy regardless of when they start in on us! (9)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Candidate profiles
    Read this week's candidate profile page and get caught up on the candidates running for city offices in Orofino, Pierce, Weippe, Elk River, and Peck.

  • Moscow driver charged with manslaughter in collision that claims life of Robert Miller
    Todd B. Carter, 24, of Moscow, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter following the death of Robert O. Miller, who died last week from injuries sustained when a vehicle collided with Miller’s motorcycle at Moscow on Oct. 17. Miller, of Moscow and formerly of Orofino, died of fractures and internal injuries Oct. 21. According to court records filed in Latah County Magistrate Court, Carter pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor charge. Court records allege Carter failed to yield the right of way while turning left at North Farm Road and West Pullman Highway in Moscow, colliding with Miller. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Company withdraws appeal of decision prohibiting megaloads on Highway 12
    On Oct. 24, Resources Conservation Company International, a subsidiary of General Electric, withdrew its appeal of a Federal Court Order that temporarily prohibits the Forest Service from allowing the transport of oversized loads, commonly referred to as mega-loads, along U.S. Highway 12 which has been designated as a Wild and Scenic Corridor under federal law. The Order affirmed the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho River United’s position that the Forest Service must complete tribal consultation and a corridor impact study prior to the federal agency making a decision that impacts the use of this area. The Order was issued by the United States District Court in Idaho on Sept. 12, and reaffirmed by the same court on Oct. 10. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Answers about Clearwater Valley Hospital lease renewal
    Information has been given by Clearwater Valley Hospital to help people understand the reasons for the long term lease renewal. Q: Why should I vote in favor of renewing a long term lease for Clearwater Valley Hospital? A: CVHC has always leased the hospital and the Medical Park building from the County. The vote will let the hospital work with the county to establish a longer term lease. Q: Will this increase my taxes? A: No. The County has never assessed taxes for hospital operations and establishing a longer lease will not change that. The hospital wants to continue to provide healthcare in Clearwater County tax free.
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  • Man arrested for alleged pickup theft
    Connor J. Marshall, wanted by Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) for the alleged theft of a 1998 blue Chevrolet pickup, was arrested Thursday evening, Oct. 24, at a relative’s home, according to CCSO. Earlier in the evening, CCSO issued a press release regarding the incident, and someone who read the press release online phoned in a tip about Marshall’s possible location. The pickup Marshall allegedly stole was taken from a Pierce logging shop early that morning, where the vehicle’s owner had parked it when he started work. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Maniacs jump on Jacks, finish second in CIL
    The Orofino Maniacs took advantage of five first half turnovers by the St. Maries Lumberjacks as they wrapped up regular season play with a lopsided, home victory over Central Idaho League (CIL) opponent, St. Maries. With the win, the Maniacs (7-1) secured second place in their league behind Grangeville, and more important, home field advantage for the opening playoff game this Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. against New Plymouth. Only minutes into the game, the Maniacs left little doubt how this one would end as they took the opening kickoff 75 yards in five plays, capping the drive off with a 45 yard keeper by quarterback, Drake Kuykendall. St. Maries fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Matt Brink covered it in the end zone for six. After going three and out on their next possession, the Lumberjacks hiked the ball over the punter’s reach and Tristin Thomas came up with the safety. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Lady Maniacs on their way to state
    The Orofino Lady Maniacs rushed in and seized an early 2-0 lead over Grangeville in the Central Idaho League district title tournament, held in Troy Oct. 26, but the Bulldogs weren’t throwing in the towel yet. Under pressure, Grangeville claimed the next two straight elimination sets to require a fifth game. It looked as if the Bulldogs would take a 12-6 lead and run in the last game, but the Maniacs returned with a vengeance. The top two teams rallied time and again but Maniacs were on a mission to wipe out Grangeville 25-22, 25-12, 21-25, 23-25, 16-14. Lady Maniacs will be traveling to State competitions for the first time in at least 10 years, and expect to open state Friday at 8 a.m. at Rathdrum's Lakeland High, competing against either Cole Valley or Oakley. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Steelhead fishing on the Clearwater is good
    Steelhead fishing on the Clearwater is good, with fish being regularly caught. Although the large “B run” fish have not returned in expected numbers and the Idaho Fish & Game (IDFG) has reduced catch and keep limits to one fish smaller than 28 inches per day, the enthusiasm of fishermen seems undiminished. According to Evelyn Kaide, owner of The Guide Shop in Orofino, there was great concern when the projected numbers of Clearwater bound steelhead continued to drop from the optimistic original levels to a paltry 7,500 or so big “B run” fish. It was thought that fishermen would decide to forego this season on the Clearwater and seek other waters where the limits were more generous. This has not happened and there have been few cancellations. Furthermore, anglers are catching steelhead every day and have been enjoying excellent weather on the river. She said there are lots of happy fishermen with lots of success stories as well as stories of the “monster that got away!”
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  • Candidate forum clears the way for Nov. 5 elections
    Voters were encouraged to attend the candidates’ forum held at the Orofino High School, Oct. 24, as an opportunity to ask questions and get to know their candidates a little better. Orofino Chamber of Commerce organized the event as Election Day is just around the corner and Orofino has seven candidates running for three positions on City Council. I thought I had pretty much decided where to cast my votes when I left for the forum. However, after listening to their answers and comments maybe it wasn’t so “cut and dried’ after all. It was nice for a change to have an election to be free of all the bickering and blaming that seems to accompany so many elections. I felt good about all of the candidates that were running for city council. They were each sincere and genuine in their desire to make the community a better place, from what I could tell all were personable, capable and intelligent. John Erbst, Mark Swayne, Jill Woolsey, Sean Simmons, and Shannon Schrader are all seeking election for city council for the first time. Banks is an incumbent, having served three terms, and Donner has served six terms on city council in years past. Some candidates were more experienced, some were more energetic, but they all were in agreement that better jobs were a major concern of the community, and all would like to see more tourism drawn to area to contribute more dollars toward the areas’ economy.
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  • Scratching frenzy pays off for Timberline
    Timberline Booster Club volunteered to represent Timberline Schools for the 11th annual Scratch for Schools fundraiser hosted by the Idaho Lottery Oct. 22. They sent two teams this year, one for the elementary school and one for the junior/senior high school. Members of the junior/senior high school team included: team leader Ms. Heather Fallwell (Head Secretary), veteran scratcher Mrs. Kathy Daniels (Physical Education Teacher), and veteran scratcher Ms. Jessica Nelson (Special Education). They scratched a total of 131 tickets in five minutes and brought home $181. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • Two-vehicle accident near Lewiston casino
    Two Orofino residents were among those involved in a two-vehicle accident on US95 near the Clearwater River Casino Friday, Oct. 25, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). The accident occurred at approximately 3:42 p.m. near milepost 306. Charles Z. Ball, 42, and Terrianne Ball, also of Orofino, were driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu when they attempted to turn southbound from Nez Perce Road (next to the casino) onto US95, but failed to yield, according to ISP.
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  • Tom's Tailgate Weather broadcasts from Orofino
    KREM2 News weatherman Tom Sherry was in Orofino Oct. 25 at the Orofino football team’s final home game of the season, broadcasting Tom’s Tailgate Weather. As well as reporting the weather, Tom interviewed members of Orofino’s teams, and presented Orofino and St. Maries checks for $222. The location from which Tom broadcasts the Tailgate Weather is decided by online voting. Orofino’s game against St. Maries went up against the Newport at Chewelah game. Record amounts of voting from Orofino and St. Maries won the Maniacs the pleasure of hosting Tom. Many Orofino community members, parents, and businesses came together to put on a great show for Tom and his news crew, and also donated time, food, and beverages. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Over 50 businesses in Trick or Treat Rocking the Street Thursday
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the second annual Trick or Treat Rocking the Street on Johnson Avenue Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. Orofino Chamber Director Kim S. Browning announced that over 50 businesses and organizations plan on participating in this community event. They will be handing out candy and goodies, staging games or running contests solely for the purpose of providing a fun, safe place for the community’s youth to gather. The event is free and open to the public. The only requirements are that participating kids be in costume and accompanied by an adult. “The Rex Theatre and supporters will be setting up a mini haunted house in the Rex Theatre; State Farm Insurance will be bringing the bouncy house out for the kids and most of the other participating businesses and organizations have fun and games planned,” said Browning. “It should be a fun night for everyone!” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 14A.

  • District schools get a lift, inside and out
    Those in attendance of the regular School District 171 board meeting and members of the board arrived early Oct. 21, for a tour of the Orofino Junior/Senior High to view firsthand the progress of the building’s improvements. The tour began with the inspection of new tile in the entryway floor in the west wing, continuing through two of three updated computer labs. Next we looked at the resurfacing of the floors in the gym and in the boy’s locker room. Principal Dan Hull also pointed out some of the areas which are still in need of repair: the gymnasium ceiling, the remainder of the asbestos flooring removed from beneath the sadly carpeted floors in both wings, and replaced with tile. The parking lot eventually will require more maintenance; the city did what they could to help patch it for this year.
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  • Pierce news
    Once again the merchants of Pierce Main Street will be hosting the Trick o’ Treat Walk on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be goodies galore presented by the merchants for the trick or treaters. Look for the orange pumpkin with the purple hat designating the business participating. Thanks to the following businesses for adding a bit of fun for the day: Blue Moose Business Services, Clearwater Saw Shop, The Flame Bar (front porch), The Outback, Pierce Hardware, Pioneer Inn, S&S Foods, Studio 205 Gallery, Timber Inn, and the White Pine Credit Union. Enjoy the evening! The winning Halloween costumes, designed for the Studio 205 Bear by the hilltop students grades K-5, will be displayed in the window of the Studio 205 Art Gallery on the night of the "Main Street Trick O' Treat Walk.” Be sure to see the original designs, two from each grade k-5. The winners will be announced in next week’s Clearwater Tribune. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser community had to say good bye to a long time resident. Glen Erickson passed away on Oct. 14, 2013, at the Kindred Transitional Care facility in Lewiston. Glen was born in Petersburg, NE on Oct. 23, 1936, to Theresa and Cecil Erickson. Wes Stuart remembered that Cecil worked in the Chicago Stock Yards and that he became a professional boxer in Nebraska. Cecil had a rule that if Glen and his older brother Don had a disagreement they had to settle it by boxing. This rule was put into place when they were youngsters Glen’s family moved to the Fraser community when he was two years old. The farm is located on Cottonwood Road where the old log house and outbuilding are still standing; even the tall poplar trees have withstood the passing of time. Many of the family pictures show those trees in the background. Glen’s daughter Terri Lashly recalled her father saying that they were raised to work, there was always something to do. Work came first before anything else; and children didn’t have time to be bored. During the summer they reserved Sundays for fun time. Bill Jackson remembered everyone put in long hours during the week to get the farm chores done so they could spend Sunday at the Fraser Park. The Erickson family would pack a picnic lunch and join their neighbors to visit and play ball in the afternoon. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    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 11A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for October 31
    Though the fall Chinook season is closing in most Idaho waters, there is still plenty of exciting fishing left. The steelhead harvest season is open on the Salmon, the Little Salmon, the lower Snake and on the Clearwater River, where limits have changed. In the Clearwater River drainage, 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 main stem Clearwater River downstream of the Orofino bridge only steelhead 28 inches or less in total length may be kept.

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