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November 7 Poll Results
41 Hours of Kmart
What do you think of retail department store Kmart’s decision to stay open for 41 hours straight, beginning at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day?

36% Shame on them! They should stay closed at least part of the day, so their employees can spend Thanksgiving with their families. (23)
52% I’m not impressed, but not surprised—the corporate greed keeps on coming. (33)
11% I don’t really have a problem with it – if their employees don’t like it, they should quit. (7)
2% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • War: There is no happy ending, but is there no end?
    Aaron Ehlinger was born in Orofino and attended school here before moving with his family to Whitefish, MT where he finished high school. In his junior year, at 17, he enlisted in what was called the Delayed Entry program, meaning upon graduation of high school he would go directly into the military. He turned 19 in early 2001. Then, Sept. 11, 2001 hit. The Twin Towers fell.  America had been attacked. Practically everyone remembers where they were, what they were doing when they learned the unbelievable news on the morning of 9/11. “We knew.” he recalls. “There was talk around the soldiers and the junior non-commissioned officers that we were going to war. The orders didn’t have to come from the President to figure it out.” For Private First Class (PFC) Aaron Ehlinger, there was no doubt in his mind, he knew he was on his way to war. After fourteen months of intense training he felt ready to go. As our nation was in shock, grief and attempted to pick up the pieces, Ehlinger and his soldier buddies were off to Afghanistan, to be the first infantry unit in Afghanistan. ”We knew we were the avengers of Sept.11, and the nation needed us for some payback.”
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  • AAA Tool and Cutter Grinding getting too big for their benches
    AAA Tool, now AAA Tool and Cutter Grinding, LLC is presently housed in the little brick building obscurely tucked between Orofino City Park and The Phoenix thrift shop on College Ave. The present building constructed of green and gray bricks, was built from some of the materials of the old IGA building. The site was home to a few businesses, beginning when Brian McGoldrick started a sheet metal and heating shop. Over the years it was replaced by several automotive repair and machinery businesses, before AAA Tool moved in the early 90s. For as long as the business has been there, little is known about what actually takes place at AAA Tool. You won’t find any of the tools made at AAA Tool at just any hardware store. Chances are that the average household has no purpose for anything like the tools made in Orofino, because they manufacture instruments and tools which are custom made for medical supply companies, in aeronautics and other specialized fields. The company also sharpens and re-tips tools purchased elsewhere. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Copper wire stolen from Orofino business
    Some copper wire was stolen from Summers Electric sometime between Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 2, according to Orofino Police Department (OPD). Specifically, a small amount of 3/4 inch insulated copper wire was stolen from an outbuilding. The estimated value of that wire is $300, according to OPD.
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  • Suspect in drug trafficking apprehended in Clearwater County
    Paul Pitonyak, 23, of Erie, PA, was apprehended late Thursday morning, Oct. 31, in Clearwater County, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). At 2:29 p.m. the day before, Oct. 30, an ISP trooper stopped to assist a motorist (later identified as Pitonyak) parked near milepost 30 on Highway 12. During contact the trooper began to suspect criminal activity, and requested a drug detection K9 unit. While waiting for the K9 to arrive, Pitonyak fled the scene. The K9 unit searched the vehicle, and approximately 10 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a suitcase in the trunk of a car.
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  • Eighteen percent in Clearwater County without enought to eat
    Clearwater County’s food insecurity rate is at 18% (or 1,570 people), according to the Map the Meal Gap study, conducted annually by Feeding America, the national network of food banks. Among children it is 22.9%, or 350 kids. The study measures food insecurity, which is the inability to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life. In other words, it counts people who are not sure where their next meals will come from. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • KLER Radio, Key Club of Orofino team up to fight hunger
    KLER Radio and the Key Club at Orofino High School are teaming up for the third straight year to raise awareness and fight hunger in our community. As people get ready for the holidays, it’s a great time to remind folks that not everyone may be celebrating with delicious nutritious foods on their table. The three food banks that serve Orofino continue to see high demand especially at this time of year. As a vehicle to help our local food banks combat hunger, KLER Radio and Orofino High School Key Club will join with Glenwood IGA and Barney’s Harvey Foods for the third annual “Stuff the Bus!” “The past few years everyone has been so generous,” said General Manager of KLER Radio, Jeff Jones. “Last year we collected 1.5 tons of food in just two days.” The food stays in our community and is distributed by the food banks at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and Lifeline Food Bank.
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  • Lady Maniacs return from state with third place
    Lady Maniacs placed third at the conclusion of the Idaho State 2A tournament held in Rathdrum on Nov. 1 and 2, as Firth finished first and Malad, took second. The scores against Firth were 25-19, 25-22, 25-15. Against Malad, they were 25-20, 25-21, 25-22. Madison Parks logged 13 kills, eight blocks and three aces on the day for the Maniacs, who finish their season 17-5. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Maniacs pillage Pilgrams, pack for Pocatello
    The Orofino Maniacs opened 2A State Tournament play last Saturday at home against Western Conference third-place finisher, New Plymouth. The Pilgrims came into the contest with four wins and four losses, and most fans expected an easy victory for the Maniacs (7–1). That, it turned out, was not to be the case. With conditions slippery and wet, both offenses found the going tough and the first quarter was played (pretty-much) between the 30- yard lines. It wasn’t until midway in the second quarter after Scotty Lee intercepted a pass at midfield that the Maniac offense was able to move the ball. After marching to the 27-yard line on successive running plays by Josh Walker and Tanner Schwartz, the Pilgrims intercepted a pass at the four-yard line. On the next play Junior, Brendan Judd, returned the favor with a “pick-six” (interception and return for touchdown). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Tune in to Kiwanis Radio Days for chances to win
    Tune in to KLER 1300 AM on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. and you could be a winner. The Kiwanis Club will be giving away gift certificates hourly. So, remember the date and listen to the sponsored ads and what it takes to be a winner.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Tom Farley
    Referencing the Letter to the Editor, October 31, 2013, submitted by Pat Baxter “Federalizing public education is Common Core,” I am compelled, somewhat tongue in cheek, to respond. First, she asks, “Why were parents, teachers, school districts, and state legislators left out of the process to determine Common Core (CC) standards?” Then she asks “Where was local input, local support?”
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  • Life on the home front
    My family and I celebrated Halloween last week by attending Orofino’s second annual Trick or Treat Rocking the Street event. The Howland family, son-in-law Bryan, our daughter Ashley, twin sons Braylon and Kaden and little sister Harper, along with Bryan’s mom, Brenda, all traveled from Lewiston to Orofino to attend the festivities, and what a great time everyone had. Our son Cody and his girlfriend Paige were able to join us too. The weather was perfect for some serious trick-or-treating on Johnson Ave. And trick-or-treaters were not disappointed, with many of Orofino’s merchants and other groups participating with booths set-up and generous supplies of goodies available. Former Orofino Chamber of Commerce Director Stephanie Deyo spearheaded the event with current director Kim Browning continuing to carry the torch for the festivities. Over 500 people attended the Rocking the Street fun, with a huge variety of ghouls, witches, monsters, zombies, clowns and other creative characters roaming Johnson Avenue. KLER played great tunes and the Rex Theatre was transformed into a haunted house. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago: With high wage defense jobs “luring mothers away from families where there has been some domestic difficulties,” caring for orphaned children was an important part of increasingly heavy probation officer and juvenile duties in Clearwater County, according to deputy sheriff Jack Williams. In Orofino, there were eight cases processed, with six orphans taken to the children’s home in Lewiston, while at Weippe, private homes were found for two small youngsters. Of 13 cases investigated in Weippe, two others were placed on parole as delinquents. And in Pierce, 11 more cases were under investigation, with the county showing as a whole a long list of juvenile offenses including drunkenness, vice, and immorality.
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  • OCS bingo is back
    In spite of the cold weather on Halloween night in Orofino, the children who participated in the Trick or Treat event on Johnson Avenue enjoyed a fun, fun Halloween to remember. And candy? The kids really scored on the candy! The Orofino Clean and Sober (OCS) Drop-In Center itself gave out somewhere around 10 pounds of sweet treats. Can’t even imagine how many pounds were handed out this year! Coming along with the cold weather, OCS Drop-In Center’s favorite “winter sports,” Bingo and Pool, are making ready to begin again. Bingo will be held every Friday night, beginning Nov. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Being a family style community center, children who know their numbers and letters are welcome to come in with mom and dad to spend a night on the town.
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  • Orofino's first pool had three potential locations
    Orofino’s first pool had three locations that the Orofino Municipal Swimming Pool committee was considering in March 1953, land by the Orofino Elementary School (before the school was built), Memorial Park and railroad property up Orofino Creek above the creamery. Memorial Park was a problem because the space was small for a pool; drainage was poor and engineering problems that weren’t defined. The other two locations looked more promising. Vaughn Anderson, Idaho public health engineer, spoke to the pool committee and stressed the importance of clean disease free water using filtration and circulation of water that turned the water over every six hours. He talked about chlorine levels in the pool and a number of water inlets around the pool. Anderson also recommended heating the pool to extend the swimming season.
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  • Pierce news
    We woke up this morning (Monday) to six inches of snow. I don't seem to remember getting this much for the first snow, and hope it's not a sign of what winter is bringing. Some hunters said the snow was up to their knees on Hemlock. The winners of the Studio 205 Bear Halloween Costume Design contest were displayed in the window of the Art Gallery last week. Each of the 71 participants, students from the hilltop, received a large frosted pumpkin cookie. Thanks to our judges from the White Pine Credit Union who commented that the designs were all very well done and to choose winners was difficult. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Fraser news
    It looks like winter is on its way; several Fraser residents reported they saw the first snow flakes of this season on Sunday, Nov. 3. Donna and Dan Stickney were enjoying an ATV outing in their canyon when the showers started. Linda Beard called to share the same news, she wasn’t even doing her “Snow Dance”, She indicated she wasn’t quite ready for winter yet, can you believe that about her. Peggy Ball invited Carl Thornton, Phillip Wilman and the Brands down to their home for Sunday morning breakfast when the first flakes started coming down. As everyone enjoyed a tasty meal of pancakes, eggs, hash brown potatoes, sausage and coffee the flakes increased. It wasn’t long before it looked like a Courier and Ives painting outside their windows. The brief showers continued during the afternoon hours, but the ground was warm enough to melt even the biggest of flakes.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Next time you drive by the Timberline Schools, be sure to take a look at the new paint job! Since the building was built back in 1969, it has only been repainted one other time. It has been long over due for a face lift! At the end of the last school year the plan to update the school began. The school wanted to choose a logo that the Booster Club would be able to put on shirts, stickers, and other items to be sold to Timberline supporters. They had Diane Gerot, of Studio 205, develop a design. The teachers got to vote on and choose the color scheme and accent colors. Mike McGinty, of Mikes Painting, along with several local youth, did the painting. I spoke to Mike and he said that the paint job was almost complete when Mother Nature decided to put a halt to the project and he will be finishing the letter shadowing in the spring when the weather will allow him to. Mikes Painting also did the painting on the Idaho Youth Challenge School in Pierce. Thank you to all the teachers, students, Mr. Ball, Diane Gerot, Mike McGinty, and anyone else who helped to make this possible. It looks amazing and I can't wait to see the school when it's complete!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for November 7
    The wolf trapping season opens Friday, November 15, in the wolf management zones in northern and eastern parts of the state. The trapping seasons runs through March 31 in the Panhandle zone, except in parts of units 2 and 3, and in the Lolo, Selway, Middle Fork zone; Salmon and Island Park zones. Trappers must complete a required wolf trapping class before they can buy wolf trapping tags.

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