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November 14 Poll Results
Crack-Smoking Mayor
Should Toronto mayor Rob Ford, recently caught on tape smoking crack, step down?

88% Yes – he’s set a bad example and made a fool of himself. (58)
11% Nah – if people got rid of every politician who did something like this, there wouldn’t be any left. (7)
  1% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Home on the (shooting) range
    This month’s Savvy Seniors, John and Judy Gilliam, have been busy the last few months helping the local chapter of NRA (National Rifle Association) plan for this year’s upcoming Friends of the NRA Banquet. The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Best Western Lodge at Rivers Edge. Last year’s banquet and auction proved to be a huge success, with tickets being sold out and a large amount of money being raised for the association. The couple’s passion for firearms, and the continued right of the people to keep and bear arms, as stated in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, goes back many years. John was born in Prescott, AZ, in 1938. His father was a cowboy and the family moved a lot from ranch to ranch in John’s early years. When John was 10 the family moved to a vast ranch near Seligman, AZ, the Diamond A Ranch. The ranch, located in northern Arizona, was close to a million acres in size and was located near the famous US Route 66 (also termed the Main Street of America.) When John’s dad wasn’t cowboying for the ranch, he, John and John’s brother were building fence, with John estimating that they built hundreds of miles of barbed wire fence, working in northern Arizona, southern Nevada and southern California.
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  • Pierce Gem Community Festival of Trees Dec. 6
    Friday evening, Dec. 6, offers something for everyone in the holiday spirit of giving. The Pierce Gem Team presents Festival of Trees, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. An evening of warmth and friendship, this fun event brings together the amazing talents of local citizens creating seasonal decor which are truly one-of-a-kind. These donated creations will be auctioned beginning at 6:30 p.m., with Leroy Kuykendall at the helm. During this auction, drawings will take place for 'surprise' gifts. The final centerpiece drawing, always a crowd-pleaser, has been expanded, so there are many more opportunities to receive as well as give to this annual fundraiser. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Jury trial set for Weippe man
    A jury trial has been scheduled for April 21 for Grant C. Miles, 77, of Weippe, accused of lewd conduct with a child younger than 16. Miles pleaded innocent to the charge last week before 2nd District Judge Michael J. Griffin at the Clearwater County courthouse. Miles is accused of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy in the 1990s while the boy and his family lived in a house Miles owned. At the time of the alleged sexual contact Miles was also a school bus driver for School District No. 171.
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  • Elk City woman bound over for second-degree murder charge
    Tara R. Mendenhall, 24, of Elk City, has been bound over to 2nd District Court on a second-degree murder charge. A preliminary hearing for Mendenhall was held last week in Idaho County Magistrate Court, Grangeville. She will be arraigned Dec. 6 and is being held at the Idaho County Jail on a $250,000 bond. Mendenhall is charged in connection with the death of Lora K. Vandenburg, of Elk City. The women were allegedly involved in an altercation Sept. 24 at Elk City. Vandenburg, 45, died Oct. 5 from bleeding in the brain. According to court testimony Mendenhall, Vandeburg and James A. Zillmer, also of Elk City, reportedly drank a half-gallon of whiskey and then drove to the woods to shoot guns. A doctor testified Vandenburg’s blood-alcohol content that day was 0.359, more than four times the legal limit for driving. Mendenhall, Vandenburg and Zillmer ended up at a residence near Elk City later, where Vandenburg stayed outside in the car while Zillmer and Mendenhall went inside. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Extra impaired driving patrols planned Nov. 17-29
    Idaho law enforcement agencies are conducting education campaigns and high-visibility enforcement patrols statewide searching for drunk or impaired drivers Nov. 17-29. ITD’s Office of Highway Safety is making highway-safety funds available to local law enforcement agencies for the additional enforcement efforts to support this important safety campaign. Last year, impaired driving contributed to 1,454 crashes on Idaho’s highways and caused 73 fatalities statewide. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Orofino football season ends with loss to West Side
    It takes a pretty good football team to beat the Maniacs. The number two ranked West Side Pirates are a pretty good team, as anybody who follows Idaho prep football would agree. But at last Thursday’s 2A quarter-final match-up at Holt Arena in Pocatello, it wasn’t just the Pirates that beat the Maniacs. They had quite a bit of help from another pretty good football team, the error-prone Maniacs themselves. I’ll spare all of us the play-by-play and offer this explanation of how the score got to 37 – 0 in the first half: Fumble, safety, turnover on one yard line, interception, interception. Painful! You’ve got to give it to West Side, as they took advantage of every opportunity they were given and scored on every first half possession. The Maniacs looked to be a little shell-shocked as the Pirates ran over, around and through defenders throughout the first half. Defensive coach for the Maniacs, Tony Snyder, solved the problem at halftime with a little chalk-talk but the damage was done. If one could disregard the score, the second half was a pretty good football game with Orofino out-scoring their opponent 8 – 7. The Maniac defense stopped the Pirates on their first possession forcing their first punt of the game. After a 32 yard return by Josh Walker, tailback, Tanner Schwartz, capped a steady 55 yard drive with a seven yard run for the score. Schwartz added the two- point conversion as well. The Pirates answered with a touchdown at 10:48 left in the fourth quarter and the extra-point attempt failed, ending the scoring at 44 – 8. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • OPD's Christmas 911 gearing up for the holidays
    Believe it or not, Christmas is quickly approaching and it is time to hit the ground running to raise funds to help families in our community. Christmas 911 is a program started here in Orofino in 2010. The program began as just a thought but quickly evolved into a structured program which was designed to help families in Orofino, Idaho who are in need for help during the holidays. I am Jeff Wilson, Chief of Police for the Orofino Police Department. In this position I have a great deal of contact with the people of my community, often times encountering them during stressful times when the challenges of life are the most difficult. I often interact with people in their homes and get to see them and know them in a way that most other people don’t have the opportunity to experience.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Michelle George
    Whenever I read editorials in our paper about education issues I know that the writers are nearly always concerned community members that truly care about kids. That's why after the second anti-common core letter, I felt compelled to write my own. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation being shared about the Common Core (CCSS). I'd like to share some facts that might help relieve some concerns. First, the common core is not a "federal indoctrination program." In fact it began with state governors who wanted to see greater equity in state tests. Each state had previously created their own tests at their own expense. Unfortunately, each test measured different things. Colleges, businesses, and families did not have a common standard to measure and compare results. The CCSS emerged from the collaboration of 48 states along with business and education leaders. Classroom teachers have been involved throughout the process. The common goal is to be sure that all students are college and career ready. Second, the CCSS are not a curriculum. The standards state the knowledge and skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of each year.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Stewart Mackey
    Thursday, Nov. 14 will be one week after the closing down of the compassionate clothing ministries at the old junior high. It was with deep regret that the Fire Chief was required by code laws to close down the old junior high to public use because of the building being deemed unsafe. At this time we are seeking direction and options on what and where to go from here. My regret is three fold. First to those who found help in picking up clothing for themselves, their families and even grandchildren along with neighbors and friends. Please accept my apology for as yet the church of the Nazarene is not sure what steps to take to further serve you. Personally I know what it means to save five, ten fifteen plus dollars on clothing I didn’t need to purchase during these times of economic turndown and high gas prices and food costs. When we first started this ministry we had to consider who, and how. There was an agreement that the who was anyone in need or simply wanted to pick up an item. We decide we wouldn’t qualify, just serve. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Orofino bids farewell and best wishes to Bill Bosee as he leaves for Africa
    About three months have passed since the announcement of Valley Graphics’ closure, and for Bill Bosse’s plans to send the printing equipment and himself to Africa. At the time this announcement was published, Bill had no idea it would take this long to finish his printing obligations and complete closure of the business; then there was the process of shipping and travel arrangements. In the meantime, friends and acquaintances would see Bill on the street and often ask, “When are you leaving for Africa?” or “I thought you were going to Africa.” He had one person ask, “So how was Africa?”
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  • CVHC Wishing Tree is getting ready for elves
    The Clearwater Valley Hospital Wishing Tree is a community sponsored, non-profit charity run by the CVHC Foundation Emergency Fund Committee. It is set up the first Monday after Thanksgiving (Dec. 2 this year) and is located in the clinic waiting room. It helps local children within School District 171, who wouldn’t otherwise receive Christmas gifts. Custodial parents or guardians can sign up any eligible child (age 12 and under, so no teens) for a star Dec. 2-13. This allows time for gifts to be purchased or supplemented. We have sign-up sheets available at the clinic front desk, or parents can call us at 208-476-8035. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • CCCA presents concert free to the public
    A free concert will be held at the Orofino High School on Friday, November 22; at 7:00 pm. Performers will be the Casey MacGill Trio, led by the multi-talented Casey MacGill. This dynamic piano, bass and percussion trio turns back the clock on swing songs of the pre-World War II era and decades of American music. The concert is open to anyone wishing to attend, not just individuals who have memberships with Clearwater Community Concert Association (CCCA). This is one concert you won’t want to miss. Through grants from the Gladys E. Langroise Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation; US Bankcorp; and ORCA (Orofino Regional Council on the Arts), the CCCA is privileged to present this free concert to the community.
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  • Review of rules for hunting on private land
    Deer season opened this week in much of the Panhandle Region. A few calls have already come in from landowners who were upset with hunters going on cultivated private property without permission. In the interest of "cultivating" good relationships between hunters and landowners, this is a good time to review Idaho's trespass laws. The current Idaho trespass law was passed in the late 1980s. The law states that "no person may enter private land to hunt, fish, or trap without permission if the land is either cultivated or posted..." Proper posting consists of "NO TRESPASSING" signs; trees or posts painted with 100 square inches of high-visibility orange paint; or the top 18-inches of metal fence posts painted high-visibility orange. One of these markers must be posted every 660 feet, or more often, around the property. It is especially important to post access points. Idaho's law is more "hunter friendly" than trespass laws in surrounding states and most of the rest of the United States.
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  • Children needed for community Christmas program
    Making a list and checking it twice....Helen Savage is excited to direct a Children’s Christmas program and needs elementary and preschool children from the area to sing, act and spread some Christmas cheer to the Orofino community. The play has an “old west” theme and is called Christmas in Bethlehem Gulch. Practices will be held in the Orofino Elementary School Music Room immediately after school at 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday. The performance will be held at The Rex downtown on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. If you have always wanted to be in the movies, this may be the closest to the big screen you may get. Come and be ready to take an active part in this fun skit and sing our favorite Christmas songs with a western twang. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Pierce news
    Idaho Youth Challenge Academy welcomes you to their open house on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 3-7 p.m. The address is 117 Timberline Drive, 208-464-1253, Do you want to learn more about the academy? Are you interested in enrolling? Would you like a tour of the facility? Join us for on site open house to learn how IYCA can help our state’s young people achieve their goals and put them on the right track for a successful future. The inaugural class begins Jan. 14, 2014, Applications are accepted on-site. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Fraser news
    I have had the privilege of reading through the diaries of a man who was born in the Fraser Community in 1911 and even he remarked about the weather, especially when the sun was shining. Now, you may wonder just who this person is. Well, his identity will be revealed in the Nov. 22 issue of this column. On a snowy Tuesday morning of Nov. 5, Linda Beard and Norma Brand drove to Timberline Schools to deliver dictionaries to the third grade class. The Dictionary Project was first presented to the Fraser Grange #367 in 2004 by one of its members, Gini Donnelly. The members voted to sponsor the project which continued until the Grange disbanded. The Fraser Community Club continued to sponsor the project, but when it disbanded the Fraser Ladies Get Together Club voted to take it over. This year, 13 third grade students were presented with their very own valuable tool, which will assist them in becoming good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. The mission of The Dictionary Project is to get a dictionary into the hands of each third grader in all fifty states. The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club has proudly taken on this challenge. Linda and Norma enjoyed their time with Mrs. Anderson and her third grade class which included Parker Brown from the Fraser Community. It was a pleasure to see the excitement on the faces of each student as they received their very own dictionary. The Fraser Get Together Club hopes you use them often and that you take pride in them. They can make a positive difference as you continue your schooling. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I hope you are all enduring the change in the weather well, as it is changing rapidly. We've had a little snow, and I'm sure we've got more coming. I look forward to seeing most of you around town as we all try to find fun things to do indoors! We do live in a winter wonderland with endless possibilities! If you are planning something 'fun' that you would like the community to know about, please contact me. The Weippe Wesleyan Church is planning a Christmas Program. The name of the play is "Jesus: Light of the World" and will be put on at the church on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 10:45 a.m. The Christmas play will mostly have young kids ages two to 10 years old (the more the merrier!) and there will also be special songs and readings by people of all ages. We are in need of kids and adults who would like to have a part in this. Play practice will be on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. If you would like to participate in our production, just come to the practices or call Melissa at 435-4476.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for November 14
    Salmon fishing will end for the year when the fall Chinook harvest season on the Snake River ends Sunday, Nov. 17. The season ended Oct. 31 in the Clearwater and Salmon rivers and in the Snake River, except the reach from Cliff Mountain Rapids to Hells Canyon Dam, which closes Nov. 17.

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