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December 12 Poll Results
Winter Roads Crash
Have you ever been in a wreck caused by winter road conditions?

40% Yes, I have. (23)
41% No, I have not. (24)
19% I’ve come close, but so far have avoided it. (11)

 

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Hello, Dolly!
    This month’s Savvy Senior was a young girl with a voice teacher that had her eyes on the Metropolitan Opera for her child student, but the student had her eye on Broadway. Then, one fateful evening at a dance in Pierce, the girl met a young boy, and that changed the map of her future. Much to Orofino’s advantage, the girl, Geraldine (Gerri) Roby would meet the man she was going to marry, Kenneth Lemmon, at the dance she attended with a family friend. And fortunately, this kept her close to “home,” Orofino. The town has since enjoyed the stunning performances of Gerri and friends for years. Many folks will remember with a smile the Larry and Gerri show. This was the affectionate name of the ever-popular musical duo, the late Larry Sharrai and Gerri Lemmon. Gerri was the master-mind behind the very first musical Broadway production in Orofino, starting in the mid-eighties, with the Hello Dolly performance. Gerri made the ideal Dolly, with Larry Sharrai performing as Mr. Vandergelder; Ted Leach was Cornelius Hackett; Carla Laws performed as Minnie Faye; Bird Goodwin was Mrs. Malloy, the Hat Shop Lady; Terry Siess, Barnaby; James Leonard, Ambrose; Connie Walters, Imengard; Joanne Hutchinson was the “brilliant” pianist; with Curt Siess and Tom Perry as stage hands. Clancy Howard also played the part of Ambrose in one of the productions. Gerri made most of the costumes for the show. Gerri recalls being worried that no one would show up to watch the Hello Dolly performance. But, her fears were unfounded. She remembers watching car after car drive up the road with people coming to see the performance, which was held in an auditorium at State Hospital North. The auditorium was packed, with people having to be turned away. Another performance was held at the park during Old Fashioned Sunday so that those unable to get into the first show would get a chance to see the grand performance.
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  • Two-vehicle accident in Weippe
    Two Weippe residents were involved in a two-vehicle accident Dec. 5 at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of 2nd Avenue West and West 1st Street in Weippe, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Tressa Soles, driving a 1996 Kia, and Gene Applington, in a 2007 Dodge Pickup, collided in the intersection, when Soles was unable to stop her vehicle, according to CCSO.
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  • Suit filed in Robert Miller's death
    The parents of Robert Miller, 46, of Moscow, are suing the Moscow man who is allegedly responsible for the collision. Julie Chenoweth and George Miller, Miller’s parents, filed the lawsuit last week against Todd B. Carter, alleging in the lawsuit that Carter’s “failure to yield, keep a proper lookout, and obey traffic laws constitutes reckless, and careless operation of a motor vehicle and is the proximate cause” of Miller’s death. Miller died Oct. 21 of injuries sustained in the vehicle vs. motorcycle crash that occurred Oct. 17. Carter allegedly failed to yield the right of way while turning left at North Farm Road and West Pullman Highway in Moscow, colliding with Miller, according to court documents.
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  • Response to "Ask the Mayor" column
    “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?” When a parcel of property is annexed into the city of Orofino, the cost to the home owner would be an approximate increase of 76%. For an example if you are paying $1,000 per year for your property taxes, the increase would be $760 dollars for a total of $1,760. As far as using the so-called city library, the proper name is Clearwater Memorial Public Library and we all pay taxes on the library. Yes, the park is owned by the city of Orofino, but some of the outbuildings in the park are owned by Clearwater County. As far as being in the Rural Fire District, the Rural Fire District pays the city of Orofino approximately $20,000 per year from the revenue of taxes collected for the district. So are we to feel guilty when driving on city streets?
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  • Icy road conditions cause multiple crashes on Highway 12
    Last week, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to several traffic crashes, with four of the incidences being at the same location at approximately mile post 55 on U.S. Highway 12, between Orofino and Kamiah. Drivers are not factoring in the change in road conditions as they proceed around corners and shaded road areas. Sheriff Brokop would like to remind everyone to please slow down and drive for the conditions.
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  • Chamber entertained by music students
    The Chamber of Commerce members were entertained Wednesday, Dec. 4, by Mrs. Holzer’s fifth and sixth grade music classes. They sang various songs of the holiday with Mrs. Holzer accompanying on the guitar. “Silver Bells” included students playing tone bells to make the sound of the bells. A newer carol, “Celebramos Juntos” featured some of the students playing bells during the piece. The group sang a wonderful finale with “Do You Hear What I Hear.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • 6th annual Orofino Christmas Day Dinner
    Anyone who would like to be with others on Christmas day is invited for a Christmas dinner at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, in the Little Flower Room, at 446 Brown Ave., Orofino, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 25. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Sunnyside Fire Department news
    If you have driven by the Sunnyside Fire Department recently you may have noticed some building activity. Six volunteer fire fighters helped build an addition to the fire station. It should be completed by the second week in December. Those who have been helping Pete Menard with building are Rich Hull, Steve Laws, Malcom Wright, Dick Monaghan, Rick Barrett, Marshall Cook, Ray Dangman, Dave Loranger, Bob Barton, Gary Casperson, Kim King, Janet Boyer and Johnny Stewart. Their hard work is appreciated. As many of you know, the annexation to include Sunnyside Bench Road, from Hanks Grade to the Nez Perce/Clearwater County line in the Sunnyside Fire Department’s jurisdiction, was passed in November.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago: Wells Bench farmers were busy this week helping Earl Stamper build new living quarters, after a farm fire Sunday morning destroyed his home. The blaze, believed to have started from an overheated flue, burned the house to the ground, destroying most of the family’s possessions. A few personal items, some clothing, and some bedding were saved. Mr. and Mrs. Stamper, who had several small children, were temporarily staying at the Truman Scoles home. 80 Years Ago: Harvey S. Thomas was killed in a logging accident while working for Schmidt Bros. lumber operations, between Weippe and Greer. Thomas was skidding logs, cleaning up an operation in the woods. He had attached a chain on one end of a log, and as the team was dragging it, the front end struck a stump. The pull of the team caused the rear end of the log to raise in the air, and it swerved over and struck Thomas in the head, fracturing his neck. Death came within a few minutes. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Trial date set in Elk City murder case
    The trial date for Tara R. Mendenhall, of Elk City, has been set for April 28. Mendenhall has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Lora K. Vandenburg, 45, also of Elk City. Mendenhall has pleaded innocent to the charge.
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  • Stars now available on CVHC Wishing Tree
    The Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Foundation Emergency Fund Wishing Tree is now up in the clinic waiting room and stars are available to take and purchase gifts for. “We rely on CVHC employees and members of our community to come in and get the stars, shop for the gifts and return the wrapped or bagged gifts to us by Dec. 20.  We ask that shoppers write on the back of the star what was given,” says Foundation Emergency Fund committee member, Iola Plank. Sign-up sheets are available at the clinic front desk or parents can call CVHC at 208-476-8035.Wishing Tree organizers will obtain the child’s wants and needs, clothing size, age and sex. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Orofino Chamber Cash available year-round for gifts, bonuses, and giveaways
    During this Christmas season, and throughout the year, our community would appreciate it if you would consider giving “Orofino Chamber Cash” as gifts, tips, bonuses, door prizes, donations or as your need dictates. The available denominations are $5 and $10. Purchasing the “cash” is as easy as giving Kim a call at the Chamber, 208-476-4335 or dropping by the office. Checks or cash can be accepted as payment. Last year almost $13,000 flowed through our community. Of course we would like to improve on that in 2013.
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  • School Board meeting Dec. 16 at Orofino High School
    A School Board meeting for Joint District #171 will take place on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. at Orofino High School. Listed under the Consent Agenda, is the Approval of minutes, Payment of bills, and Surplus to include computers, keyboards and monitors that were replaced within the district. The district would like to make them available to students. New hires (contingent upon drug test and background check include John Erbst, PSR at Timberline 1.0 FTE New; and Sue Vian, Temp at the District Office (Scanning Files >.49 FTE).
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  • November School District Excellence Awards
    Joint School District 171’s Excellence Award winners for the month of November are Tama Naden and Theron Bruce. Tama Naden is the certified employee chosen to be highlighted for the month of November. Tama’s two nominations said, “…for being an outstanding Kindergarten teacher at Orofino Elementary School. Since the beginning of the year, she has made a lot of effort to give her students the resources they need to be successful in school. She coordinated the school wide pumpkin decorating for display at Barney’s Grocery Store.  “She makes regular contact with parents and has them volunteer in her classroom. Her positive feedback to the students, organization of the classroom and ‘can do’ attitude is inspirational. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Our hilltop has once again suffered the loss of loved ones. This has been a very sad season for so many. My condolences go out to the Lineberry and Goodrich families and to all who knew Robert and Tanjee. They were special beyond what words can describe. Their lives touched many. They were both personal friends of mine and they will always hold a place in my heart. My words cannot express how sorry I am to the families and how I feel about the tragedies that we are facing. I am praying for peace to return to the hilltop.
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  • Fraser news
    An unusual sight came to our attention Monday afternoon; Steve spotted a black cow with a white face and three black ones in the lane that runs along the south side of our property. We thought they might belong to Kirk Gangewer so I telephoned the Clearwater Highway District. Shelia Bartow contacted Kirk by radio and he heard that Drew Mosman was looking for some cattle. I then talked to Carl Thornton about the situation; he asked what color the ear tags were. The cattle were to far away to see the tags; so I put on my winter clothes and trudged across the hay field with the binoculars in hand to get a closer look. As soon as they saw me coming they high tailed it back down the lane and out of sight. Not to be out done by the skiddery bovines, I trudged up to the top of the hill in pursuit. As I topped the hill I spied them by the pond, but they were watching for me and I decided this tactic was not going to work, but I could detect a dark colored ear tag on the white faced cow. Another call to Carl and he suggested I call the Brand Inspector to see if he could be of some assistance. The name and telephone number of Jim Kennedy the Brand Inspector came from the nice people at the Cottonwood Live Stock Auction. Jim was very helpful and I did get to leave a message for Drew Mosman. All this happened as I was writing this weeks Fraser News column, thus you know about my persistent action with those four bovines. Kirk called after he got home from work and said he would put another call into Drew so he would know where to start looking for the cattle.
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  • Pierce news
    Accounts have been set up at White Pine Credit Union for the Lineberry and Goodrich families, to help cover expenses. The community sends condolences to these two families. The Pierce Weippe ATV Trailriders just purchased a seven inch HD Kindle Fire to be given away during a drawing at the Christmas for Kids Dec. 14, at the ATV clubhouse. Tickets are available from club members and Leslie at S&S Foods. Please help us support the Hilltop Food Pantry and the Christmas for Kids. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Hilltop Food Pantry you can send a check or make a deposit at the White Pine Credit Union. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 12
    Though many big game seasons are winding up, there's still time to bag a wild turkey for Christmas. The fall general turkey season runs through Dec. 15, in game management units 1, 2 (except Farragut State Park and Farragut WMA) 3, 4, 4A, 5 and 6 in northern Idaho, and through Dec. 31, in units 8, 8A, 10A, 11, 11A, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 on private lands only. In addition, many upland game seasons are still open including several upland birds as well as cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares.

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