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December 26 Poll Results
A Christmas Story
Do you enjoy watching the classic holiday movie, A Christmas Story?

45% Yes, I love it! (21)
34% It’s okay. (16)
17% No thanks. (8)
 
4% Never heard of it. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Riverside Pharmacy robbery still not resolved
    Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz said Monday the October armed robbery at Riverside Pharmacy remains an open case. He said the department has followed up on all the leads and the case has never been resolved. The robbery occurred Oct. 6 when a masked armed person entered the pharmacy through an open back door and walked into the pharmacy cubicle, demanded drugs which he received and walked back out the back door and disappeared.
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  • Early morning crash on Dent Bridge Road
    A 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Kipp Wright of Orofino went off of Dent Bridge Road near milepost 4 at 3:30 a.m. Dec. 19, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Wright was driving up Dent Bridge Road when he lost control of the Expedition while negotiating a left-hand corner. Wright’s vehicle slid off the road’s right shoulder and through a barbed wire fence, then overturned, according to CCSO. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels.
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  • Lenore man dies in crash
    The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office said a 61-year-old Lenore man, Phillip Jensen, died when his pickup failed to negotiate a curve and rolled down an embankment on River Road. Nez Perce Tribal Police and Lewiston Medics responded to the scene at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20.
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  • Rock slide on Grangemont closes one lane of road
    Rob Simon, during the Dec. 16 Clearwater County Commissioners' meeting, reported on the road crew work. There was a rock slide on Grangemont Road above the Huckleberry Butte Road. It closed one lane until was cleared Monday morning.
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  • Idaho jobless rate drops to 6.1 percent in November
    Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in November, the largest one-month decline on record. The November rate matched the post-recession low posted last spring. Locally, unemployment rates dropped as well. In Clearwater County, the November 2013 rate was 10.8 percent, down from 13.1 percent in October; and even from last year’s November rate of 11.9. In Idaho County, the November rate was 7.6, down from October’s rate of 9.4 percent, and last November’s rate of 8.4 percent. Lewis County’s November rate was 5.3 percent, down from 6.2 percent in October. Lewis County’s rate last November was lower, though, at 5.0 percent.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Dennis Fuller
    Most of us have heard the refrain “our government is broken.” Being red-blooded Americans our natural inclination is to fix it if it’s broken. That’s why the smooth-talking advocates of a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) like Mark Levin and Sean Hannity have grabbed the attention of many folks with their solution based on changing our Constitution. As they put it, “It’s time to turn to the Constitution, to save the Constitution.” Proponents tell us that the way to preserve the Constitution is to change it.  Many of the supporters on the Right argue that a modern-day Con-Con could be contained and limited to one or two conservative issues. But all of the legal scholars and even our founding fathers admit that there is no way to alter or limit a Con-Con, as evidenced by the 1787 Convention which was originally initiated only to amend the Articles of Confederation. And it is extremely naïve to think that the “progressives” would sit idly by while Americanists amend the Constitution in a limited way. Those on the Left would see this as the perfect chance to inject FDR’s “second bill of rights” which was unveiled in his 1944 State of the Union address.
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  • School District news
    The district just received a professional polling firm telephone survey of 300 school district patrons to determine their thoughts and concerns regarding our district. Several people asked that we keep the public better informed about the district’s business. That is also a directive to me from the board of trustees, to “keep the public informed.” I write a weekly column for the Clearwater Tribune and the Window on the Clearwater. All my past columns are posted on the district website. If you would like to receive the column directly, please just send me your email, along with a request, to me at vianr@sd171.k12.id.us and I will put you on the mailing list for email. One person commented that “you need to be audited.” I couldn’t agree more. Every school district is audited each year in Idaho. The audit is reported to the Board of Trustees in October. I have copies of audits from past years at the District Office. Please stop by if you would like a copy. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Work session resumes for Orofino Planning and Zoning
    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P/Z) held a public meeting on Dec. 17. Approximately 10 guests attended to hear more of the Commissioners’ work session regarding annexation. All of the commissioners were present. Chairman Stewart opened the meeting by explaining that public comments would be heard before the work session only. Joe Chapman, owner of Konkolville Motel spoke first before the board, stating that the residents and business owners were adamantly opposed to the annexation of Konkolville. He claimed that the city had failed to indicate in any way how those being annexed were to benefit from annexation. Ken Kellar, resident of Konkolville, addressed the commissioners with the question of their knowledge pertaining to Title 67. When asked what specifically Title 67 entailed, he declined additional explanation, indicating that the Board would need to seek answers elsewhere.
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  • Three ways to shoot a pumpkin
    Robyn Bonner’s Timberline fourth grade class has spent the last three months learning to design and build contraptions that could shoot (as in fire) a pumpkin. Working in four groups, members of the class chose and built their designs. There was one catapult, two slingshots, and a trebuchet. Earlier this month, the students were finally able to put their contraptions to the test. The slingshots fared best, firing the pumpkins the entire length of the playground and into the forest. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Holiday Home Lighting Contest lights up Orofino
    Orofino Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Home Lighting Contest took place Dec. 14-15, and featured six well deserved entrants. Cheryl Jenks (Bobber Loop, Ahsahka) took home first place. Richard and Margaret Whitten (408 Brown Ave), Ike Fackenthall (19 Northfork Dr, Ahsahka), Dave and Janet Owsley (501 Grangemont Road), Ed Lozar (12894 Hartford Ave) and Danelle Pederson (12260 Grand Ave) receiving honorable mentions. Chamber Director Kim S-Browning is encouraging people to take time out of their busy holiday schedules and drive through Orofino and Ahsahka to see the record amount of homes helping ring in the new year and adding sparkle to Christmas. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Weippe Library Lego League competes
    Weippe Library’s First Lego League (FLL) teams prepared for many weeks to go to the FLL Lewiston competition Dec. 7. We had two teams that researched different aspects of “Nature's Fury.” “Prepare, Stay Safe, Rebuild” was the objective of this year's theme. The teams were: Landsliders with Reggie Thomas, Cameron Summerfield, and Emilee Widener; and the Wildcats, with Levi Armichardy, Rylee Fallwell, and Kaylie Fallwell. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • From this Chair
    If muddy icy slush and dirty snow can be considered a White Christmas then Orofino will have it this year for sure. It snowed over seven inches here in 15 hours this past weekend. Then it started to rain. All the street gutters in downtown Orofino are filled with melting snow and icy waters. The weather is overcast and skies are grey. The Christmas lights around town and the residential areas light up an otherwise dreary situation. This time of year I’m happy to receive a call from Julia Irby inviting us to her and Alex’s solstice party on Dec. 21 the first day of winter and also the shortest day of the year. The party means the shortest day and longest night are over for this year and life will brighten up with the days getting longer and the nights shorter. The Irbys’ annual solstice parties are a treat, complete with a variety of food, friends and highlighted by fireworks being shot off. The colored fireworks are gorgeous against the snow this time of year.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago - The Elk River correspondent, L.A. Foster, created a year-end review of sorts for Elk River. Some of the things mentioned were: Elk River had the most snowfall in several years; more food than ever before was produced from Elk River’s Victory Gardens; and the forest fire hazard was the lowest ever. There was also a list of about two dozen men who enlisted in the Navy. A flu epidemic struck the small community. And because the temperature got as low as zero degrees, which was a new low for the new winter, all the banana trees were expected to freeze.
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  • Kids love to craft at OBS Design Center
    Seventy-five children participated in Orofino Builders Supply (OBS) Design Center’s latest crafting event, held Dec. 13. Children were able to create a Christmas present at this event. “These events are well-attended, and Stephanie does a wonderful job of finding fun, creative things for the young ones to make,” said Leila Crocket of OBS. “Thanks to all who took the time to bring their children and make this another successful event.” The Design Center’s crafting events are held several times a year, and another is scheduled for this spring. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Clearwater Over Snow Motor Vehicle Use Maps available in January
    Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests plan to have the Clearwater Over Snow Vehicle Use Maps (OSVUMs) available to the public by mid- January, 2014. We expect to release the OSVUMs in early January and at that time full implementation of the closures will begin. OSVUMs are the winter travel map for the Clearwater National Forest. The Clearwater Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) designating forest roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use has been available since November, 2013 and is posted on our WWW at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/maps-pubs.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Ashley Walsh and Lowell Hylton were married at the Weippe Fire Department on Thursday, Dec. 19. Ashley’s parents are Keith and Lisa Weyerts of Weippe. Lowell’s parents are Pat and Doug Kingen of Weippe. The couple plans to make their home in Weippe. The wedding was a beautiful Christmas Themed wedding. Maid of Honor was Ashley’s sister Kaitlynn Weyerts. Best men were Greg Klug and Keith Weyerts. The bride was given away by her dad Keith Weyerts. Ashley’s mom officiated the wedding. Ashley’s children Gerad and Annaliese were also there to give mommy away.
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  • Fraser news
    The Fraser community sends Happy Holiday greetings to everyone. It looks like we are going to have a white Christmas. We woke up to three inches of new snow on Thursday, Dec. 19, and the weather forecast is for more snow over the weekend. Don’t let the dates confuse you. Due to the Christmas holiday falling on Wednesday this year and “early copy” had to be turned in on Friday, Dec. 22. Any way it turns out, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas. We have enjoyed hearing from family and friends as their Christmas cards have arrived in the mail. Their letters contain comments and pictures of their activities throughout the year. Many of you have email and Facebook to connect with everyone on a regular basis, but snail mail works for the rest of us; and Steve and I are in that category. Oreta Stuart’s daughter Lisa Curnutt treated her to a special early birthday outing on Sunday, Dec. 15. They spent the day in Moscow.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for December 26
    Idaho Fish and Game is proposing fee increase and discount authority legislation. But under the proposed legislation, hunters and anglers would be able to lock in the price of their hunting and fishing license for the next three to five years. Idaho Fish and Game is hoping hunters and anglers will like this idea, called a "fee lock." Agency officials think it will help raise needed revenue, and at the same time reduce the need for fee increases.

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