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Updated December 10 at 3:45 p.m.


Updated December 10 at 3:45 p.m.

December 5, 2013 Front Page
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December 5 Poll Results
Harsher Punishment
for Imprisonment

Would you support significantly harsher punishment for parents/guardians who imprison
and abuse their children?

80% Yes, I would. A message needs to be sent to people who do this. (50)
12% No, I wouldn’t. The current punishments are adequate. (6)
  8% For me, it would depend, as some people who do this kind of thing are mentally ill, and I would prefer the mental illness be addressed. (4)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Peck man killed in vehicle accident Sunday
    A 53-year-old Peck man was killed Dec. 1 in a two-vehicle accident in Lewiston Sunday, according to the Lewiston Police Department (LPD). The accident occurred at 4:39 a.m. at 21st Street and East Main Street. Paul W. Stuk, 53, of Peck, driving a 1992 Geo Metro, was entering onto East Main Street from a stop sign at the south end of the U.S 12 and Main Street intersection. He collided with a 2013 Toyota Prius, driven by Kyle N. Rios, 24, of Lewiston, that had been driving westbound on East Main. Stuk was pronounced dead at the scene by Nez Perce County Coroner Gary Gilliam.
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  • Zone change for old Orofino Junior High School gets approval
    A public hearing was held before the council regarding the recommended zone change of the Orofino Jr. High School. There were no comments, questions, or correspondence either in favor, opposed or neutral to the zone change. It was agreed amongst council members that the zone change will offer the property owners more options. The board unanimously approved the zone change for the old junior high school.
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  • Walla Walla man arrested for DUI, stolen property
    A Walla Walla, WA man, who was found passed out in the middle of Dent Bridge Road, was arrested near Elk River Friday night on charges of possessing stolen property and driving under the influence (DUI), according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The arrest happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29, near milepost 34 on Dent Bridge Road, Elk River. CCSO received a 911 report of a stolen vehicle. Upon making contact with the victim, CCSO learned that her vehicle had been taken from the Log Inn in Elk River, but she had located it over an embankment on Dent Bridge Road. According to the victim, an individual named Nathan R. Rowe, Walla Walla, was passed out in the middle of Dent Bridge Road, wearing a jacket from inside her vehicle. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Report: Idaho has at least 10:1 job seekers for every living wage job opening
    A living wage in Idaho ranges from $14.49 for a single individual to $17.69 per adult for a family of four with both parents working, according to economic research released today. Furthermore, there are 10:1 job-seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for an individual, and 45:1 job-seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a family of four with two working parents. These are among the findings of the new report, “America’s Changing Economy: Searching for Work that Pays in the New Low-Wage Job Market,” released this week by The Idaho Community Action Network and the Alliance for a Just Society. The 2013 Job Gap Study calculates living wage levels for five household types in Idaho nine other states and New York City, and then calculates the ratio of job-seekers for every living wage job opening. The 2013 report also calculates a national job gap figure and analyzes trends in the number and share of job openings with median wages below and above $15 an hour, the wage level currently sought by retail and fast-food workers across the country. “The debate about wages is important for our whole economy, because when 50 million workers don’t make enough to cover the basics, the economy stalls,” said Terri Sterling, Lead Organizer for ICAN. The Idaho Community Action Network is committed to finding solutions for these numbers; we are working to support the minimum wage increase, the Medicaid redesign and take the lead to curb the predatory lending industry. “We will see legislation for a 36% rate cap this session. Average loans in the state of Idaho are 438%…they are everywhere and it’s really important that we protect our wage workers,” she adds.
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  • Ask the Mayor
    In this new column, Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers answers questions submitted by area residents. Question: What percentage of a property owner's taxes will increase if their property is annexed and what benefits will they receive as a result of the annexation? First of all, thank you for submitting this question. It’s not an easy topic and it creates hard feelings and controversy no one wants to have. I do not know an exact percentage number, but my suggestion is, if you are in the proposed plan of annexation, call the County Tax Assessor (208-476-7042) and get a quote based on your particular property and property value.
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  • Paul Pippenger recognized with INP Hometown Hero Award
    Inland Northwest Partners (INP), a regional non-profit economic development organization, has honored Orofino’s Paul Pippenger with a Hometown Hero Award. For more than 25 years, the INP has recognized deserving individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in supporting the economic growth of communities in the Inland Northwest. The Hometown Hero Award recognizes individuals who have played a key role in the economic development efforts of a community or region, were bestowed on three recipients. These three are selfless individuals who are truly dedicated to seeing their communities succeed.
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  • Toys for Tots application deadline
    The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Christmas Program is in full swing. Applications cannot be accepted after Friday, Dec. 6, so if you haven’t turned yours in, please do so immediately. Applications have gone out through the local schools, and additional applications and pick up boxes have been placed at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library; the Idaho Department of Labor office, the Public Health Department, the Orofino, Peck and Lenore post offices, and the Pizza Factory. Applications can be returned to the school or placed in the gift wrapped pick-up boxes at the locations mentioned above. The deadline for turning in applications is Thursday, Dec. 5. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Dallas and Lynn Rickert
    In the spirit of Thanksgiving we would like to publicly express our appreciation to the Clearwater County Transfer Station staff for their friendly service to this community. Furthermore, we want to thank them for making Clear Mart available to residents who use their services. This resource benefits the county which covers many communities. It also saves money by recycling salvageable goods.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - Marian Crab, 38, and her passenger, Gretchen A. Bird 36, of Orofino, were rescued from the river after a one-vehicle crash on Highway 12, about one mile east of Lenore. The crash happened when Crab lost control of the 1969 Oldsmobile she was driving, and it rolled several times on its way down the embankment before going into the river. Mrs. Bird, apparently thrown from the car, was rescued by a passerby, Robert Lippert of Peck. Mrs. C.G. Moore of Orofino helped Miss Crab get to shore. 50 Years Ago - There was a rash of thefts this week in the county. Mrs. Robert Barker reported that someone broke into the family’s new house on Eureka Ridge this week. Deputy Sheriff James Sewell investigated, and found missing were two and a half rolls of electric wire, a box of switches, and a large pair of dressmaking shears. A truck belonging to Perk Lyda Excavating was parked near the house, and taken from it were several cans of oil. Homer Richardson, county road foreman, reported that two heavy duty batteries stolen from a county loader at Williams Island over the weekend. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Cub Scout Corner
    One of the highlights of the scouting year took place on Nov. 22, when the pack competed in the annual Raingutter Regatta. On a chilly night, a frenzied crowd of friends and family huddled around portable propane heaters, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies, as they watched 29 Cub Scouts compete for the 2013 title. For the competition, each scout built a small wooden sailboat measuring no more than seven inches in length. The vessel was powered by the scout blowing into the sail, and the winner of each heat was the first scout to successfully reach the end of a water-filled length of rain gutter.
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  • Farm and Forest Health class offered in Orofino this December
    The “Current Topics in Farm and Forest Health” class will be held in Orofino on Friday, Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the workshop will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters meeting rooms at 12730 Highway 12. Registration, along with a $15 registration fee, is due by Tuesday, Dec. 10. Please call the Clearwater County Extension office (476-4434) to obtain registration forms and a detailed program agenda. Individuals with their Pesticide Applicators License can obtain five recertification credits for attending this workshop. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Idaho unemployment stabilizes in September, October
    Idaho employers maintained jobs at or above normal levels in September and October, and total employment rose fractionally, injecting some stability into the economy as the state approached the holiday season. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from August to September at 6.8 percent, and then slipped to 6.7 percent in October, ending an upward trend that saw the rate increase seven-tenths of a percentage point from April through August - the second largest percentage point increase in the nation. Massachusetts rose eight-tenths of a point in the same period. Locally, unemployment rates saw miniscule changes. Clearwater County’s rate increased by .2 percent, up to 13.3 from September’s rate of 13.1 percent. From August to September the rate stayed at 13.1. Last October Clearwater County’s unemployment rate was 12.5 percent.
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  • From this Chair
    Christmas is in the air! Especially Monday morning in Orofino when the clouds and fog along the Clearwater River hid the hills from view and the snow pelted my windshield as I drove into town.  Once I drove through town I was surprised to see the beautiful bright blue and white wreaths on the light posts along Johnson Ave. Kim Browning, Chamber director writes ‘it was a community project’ in listing all the lights adorning Orofino for this holiday season. I called Mayor Ryan Smathers and commented on how beautiful the town was with all the Christmas decorations. Kim Browning, Chamber of Commerce director e-mailed the Trib listing the names of all the persons who worked to turn Orofino into a beautiful Christmas village. Smathers said Kelly Kircher at Krystal Café and Kaye Weller, an Orofino teacher, took off the old Christmas wreaths and redid them into the beautiful blue and white wreaths along Johnson Ave. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Governor Otter asks health insurance carriers to consider reinstating coverage
    Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter asked Idaho health insurance carriers Tuesday to consider reinstating coverage for individuals and small businesses whose policies were terminated as a result of Obamacare requirements that take effect Jan. 1. “I proposed and the Legislature enacted a state-based healthcare insurance exchange law that was designed to maximize flexibility for consumers and carriers under Obamacare,” the Governor said. Governor Otter said he talked with carriers about their options, studied the approaches being taken in other states and opted today to ask insurance companies to continue coverage. “I’m confident they’ll act in the best interest of their customers.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The weather was beautiful up here on the hill and I enjoyed every minute of it! Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday because it gives me time to reflect on all that I have been blessed with. It's not about any one person. And it's not about giving and getting. It's about appreciating what you already have, spending time with family and friends, and eating lots of scrumptious food! I hope that you all had an amazing day and that you were able to spend time with your loved ones appreciating all the good that you have! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Fraser news
    I thought that the description “Old Father Time” indicated that this entity moved at a snail pace; not this year, he must have taken his vitamins because the days and weeks just deem to fly by. Now here we are again, with the Christmas Holiday Season approaching at warp speed. Did you take advantage of the day after Thanksgiving to start shopping for everyone on your Christmas list?
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  • Pierce news
    With winter weather upon us we are planning for an opening Dec. 26, for the 2013/14 season keep on snow dancing! There are job opportunities on the mountain. We will be collecting applications from the Idaho Dept of Labor in Orofino and the Timberline school on Dec. 12, and plan to have a lift attendant field day on Saturday, Dec. 14. Early passes are available at Lewis Clark Credit Union, Orofino and at White Pine Credit Union, Pierce. These five day, 10 day or season passes make great stocking stuffer gifts for the snow riders in your family. Keep an eye on www.skibaldmountain.com or Facebook/Bald Mountain for news and information, or contact Chris at 208-435-4782. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 5
    When 2014 licenses and tags go on sale this Sunday, hunters and anglers have a new option this year to buy a three-year license, adding convenience to a small savings.

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