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December 19 Poll Results
The affluenza excuse
Do you consider “affluenza” (a psychological problem supposedly affecting wealthy young people) a legitimate reason for bad behavior?

  0% Yes, I do. (0)
87%
No, I do not. (47)
13% A reason, maybe, but NOT an excuse. (7)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Elmore County crash claims life of Orofino man
    According to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) Mark C. Crawford, 47, of Orofino, died after his 1992 GMC Sierra pickup went off a road about four miles west of Pine, ID. Crawford’s truck failed to negotiate a curve. The truck was headed west when it left the road and rolled down a steep embankment, about 60 feet below the road, according to the sheriff’s report. The crash was discovered by a passerby about 2 p.m. Saturday. Crawford, who was logging in the area, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The road was snow and ice covered, but that did not appear to be a factor in the accident. Crawford was not wearing a seat belt, according to ECSO.
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  • Three-vehicle accident sends one driver to jail, another to hospital
    Orofino Police Department (OPD) responded to a three-vehicle accident Dec. 11 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and 106th Street, Riverside, Orofino, according to a news release from the police department. Albert I Stone, 64, of Orofino, was traveling eastbound on Highway 12 in a 2008 Subaru Impreza. At 4:40 p.m. his vehicle was struck by a 1996 Dodge pickup driven by Michael J. Lauby, 51, of Orofino. Lauby was traveling westbound on the highway and failed to yield as he attempted to turn onto 106th Street, according to OPD. His vehicle struck the Impreza head-on.
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  • One arrested in domestic argument
    A 25-year-old Pierce man was arrested for battery after police responded to a report of a domestic argument between to two people on Court Street Monday night, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). CCSO received the report at 12:48 p.m. Dec. 16. They had also been alerted that a gun may have been involved in the incident. After investigating, CCSO arrested Chad Bradley, and transported him to the Clearwater County jail.
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  • Ask the mayor: Response to Ken Harvey
    It appears to me that Mr. Harvey needs to read my first column again. I never stated that the City of Orofino owns the library—it is, has, and continues to be Clearwater Memorial Public Library. The rural fire district does pay the city for firefighting services. Mr. Harvey stated $20,000.00—the correct number, per Orofino’s Treasurer, is $18,500.00. As far as the annexation that happened in 1969 and what they promised and what they did wrong, I can’t comment on that—I wasn’t born until 1972. Throughout this whole process only one thing has been promised, that I know of: that this will be a transparent process. All of the meetings held to discuss this have been open to the public. As far as citizens of Orofino feeling guilty driving on Wells Bench, Grangemont, Gilbert Grade, Upper Fords Creek, Lower Fords Creek: no, they don’t feel guilty, because they pay county and city taxes.
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  • City council meeting short and sweet
    Few were willing to brave the cold so attendance was sparse for the shorter than usual Orofino City Council meeting held Dec. 10. here were no amendments to the evening‘s agenda. Minutes of Regular Council meeting held Nov. 26 and Minutes of the Regular Urban Forests of Orofino meeting held Nov. 5 were approved. here are a few positions open on the Urban Forests of Orofino (UFO) committee. Replacements for seats opened by Melanie Barrett, Mary Merritt and Lin Chamberlin have stepped forward and indicated interest in the positions. New members will be appointed by the mayor and approved by the council. It was discussed at the Nov. 5 UFO meeting that Stephanie Deyo would take over as president and Chris Gerhart as note taker.
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  • Winter weather closes some Dworshak recreation facilities
    Dworshak Dam and Reservoir staff will close Dent Acres Campground for the winter season beginning Dec. 16, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ officials announced, today. Dam View, Grandad and Canyon Creek campgrounds, Viewpoint and Merry’s Bay day-use areas were closed for the season on Nov. 30. These recreation sites will reopen in the spring as weather conditions allow safe access and facilities operations. The Dworshak Dam Visitor Center will be closed Dec. 23-29, and on Jan. 1, 2014.
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  • School Board meeting shy in attendance
    A School Board meeting for Joint District #171 was held Dec. 16, at Orofino High School. Attendance was low, as music concerts and holiday programs were taking place throughout the district. A comment was made in regard to planning next year’s events around the board meeting. The evening’s agenda was approved without additions or changes. The board approved the last meeting’s minutes and bills to be paid. Certified and Classified Employees of the Month were announced by board member Amy Jared. They are: OHS Principal Dan Hull and Jerry Bordoni, respectively. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 14B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Theresa Lashly
    I still can’t believe that I was a recipient to an act of kindness. Last week I went to King’s to do some Christmas shopping and decided I better put a few things on layaway before it was too late; I am still reeling from losing my dad, and Christmas had almost sneaked up on me. I was home no more than five minutes when I received a message on my phone to call King’s. I immediately thought I forgot something, because lately I’ve been so distracted. I was so surprised that I cried when Laura, the store manager, said a Christmas angel had paid off my layaway, and to come pick up my purchases.
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  • C-PTPA float wins first prize in Light Parade
    Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Agency (C-PTPA) won first price in Orofino’s Old Fashioned Christmas Light Parade, held Dec. 6, to kick off the Orofino Christmas Festival. There were over 16 entries in the Light Parade, and over 275 people attended the Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The Light Parade once again had a record crowd gathering to share in the holiday cheer and wave on the floats.  “We want to thank Brookside Landing and Clearwater Health & Rehabilitation for sponsoring the prizes for this year’s parade, and the Clearwater County District Court Clerks for being our judges!” said Chamber Director Kim S-Browning. “Also, we can’t forget the staff of LCCU who put the parade together and handled line-up organization.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Orofino workers honored as 'Customer Service Heroes"
    Officials with Suddenlink, local operator of cable broadband and telecommunications systems, announced this week that Orofino employees John Espinosa and Michael Hardin, broadband technicians, have earned prestigious Customer Service Hero Awards, recognizing exceptional efforts to serve customers, colleagues and the community. Colleagues commended Espinosa and Hardin for discovering and removing a TV that caught fire, and then working with the fire department and power company to make sure the home’s electrical system was safe.
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  • Orofino Maniacs victors in Battle of 6C
    The Orofino Maniacs stalled the Timberline Spartans in the annual Battle of the 6C game played in Orofino on Dec. 12. The final score was 77-50. Gabe Turner and Kolby Brink were called upon to step in for Brendan Judd, who was out due to an ankle injury which occurred early in the second quarter. At halftime, the Maniacs (3-1) were ahead by four points but they were saving their best efforts for last, as Turner finished with 14 points while teammate Skyler Kelso, contributed nine points and eight rebounds. All in all, both teams played hard and played well. Troy Manz led the Spartans with 17 points. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - This week the Clearwater Tribune published the famous “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” letter that was first printed Sept. 21, 1897, in The New York Sun. Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter read, “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun it’s so!’ Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” The New York Sun writer who responded to Virginia wrote several paragraphs assuring Virginia that yes, there is a Santa Claus (including, of course, the most famous line of the entire response). At one point, the writer said, “How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.”
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  • Dworshak discharge flows to change
    Water discharge from Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho, will temporarily fluctuate on Wednesday, Dec. 18, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. while U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff run tests on hydroelectric generator Number 2 which recently underwent periodic maintenance, operations officials at the dam announced today. Discharge flow from the dam will be increased from approximately 1,500 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 2,400 c.f.s. during the testing period. This temporary change in flows will likely result in about a one-half-foot increase in water depth in the Clearwater River.
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  • Blue Cross allowing almost 50,000 members to keep plans
    Blue Cross of Idaho released the following statement last week:  “Blue Cross of Idaho was pleased to see Governor Otter’s announcement allowing our 32,000 individual and 17,000 small group members covered under non-grandfathered plans the option to keep their coverage for another year. “We are committed to ensuring that our customers have continuous health insurance coverage as the Affordable Care Act is being implemented. With the Governor’s decision, our individual and small group customers will have the option to keep the coverage they have for another year, allowing them more time to choose coverage that fits.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Wesleyan Church would like to invite all women, their daughters, and mothers to their Ladies Christmas Tea Party this Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. The tea party will be held in the fellowship hall at the church. Please bring a snack to share. If you would like to decorate a table or more information, please call Malloree Norris at 208-435-4110 or Ruth Stroup at 208-435-4073. The community is invited to attend the Children's Christmas Program, “Jesus, Light of the World,” and the special Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10:45 a.m., following their Coffee Fellowship time at 10 a.m. Please join us for a time to reflect on the birth of our Savior.
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  • Fraser news
    On our way home from the Fraser Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 11, we spotted the white faced black cow and her three companions on the Lutes hay field west of their barn. The next day we saw them in the pasture; we heard they were lured into the pasture by some baled hay. Shirley reported that Keith and Wes Stuart helped Drew Mosman herd the four over to Wes’s corral on Stuart Road, where they planned to load them in a trailer. The story gets more interesting at that point; that white faced cow was determined to remain free. She put Wes’s corral and loading pen to the test, and then ran over the rear end of Drew Mosman’s horse to gain her freedom. This sounds like a story out of an Old West Cattle Drive. The guys then set a trap for her and finally they got her loaded into the trailer. If you are interested in hearing “The rest of the story” of capture of “Old White Face,” stop by and hear the details for Wes Stuart. It looks like there will be exciting times when she is hauled to the sale barn; this may be another exciting story waiting to be written.
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  • Pierce news
    Bring your kids, young or old, to visit with Santa at the Pioneer Inn on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. Remember to bring your camera. Pioneer Medical Clinic will be open Dec. 23, and Dec. 30, with John Beeh, P.A. Hours are 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 208-464-2578. The clinic will only be open a half day Dec. 24, and Dec. 31, and closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for December 19
    Idaho waterfowl seasons are open through the Christmas and New Year holidays and into January. Waterfowl hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license - a 2013 license through the end of December and a 2014 license on January 1 and thereafter. But the federal duck stamps are good through the end of June.

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