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January 2 Poll Results
2013 Top Stories
Which of these would you consider to be the top story affecting Clearwater County in 2013?

16% Armed robberies at two Orofino businesses. (10)
13% The controversy surrounding the possible annexation of Riverside and Konkolville. (8)
10% The Pippenger family’s purchase of Orofino Junior High, followed by the property’s unfortunate zone change. (6)
11% The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe opening in Pierce. (7)
  3% The Orofino High School girls’ volleyball making it to state for the first time ever. (2)
  3% The local affect of the federal government shutdown. (2)
  8% The Incendiary Creek Fire near Weippe. (5)
11% The opening of the Idaho health insurance exchange. (7)
25% None of these. (16)

This is not a scientific poll.

Story Headlines for January 2, 2014
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  • Two injured in one-vehicle rollover
    Two women were injured in a one-vehicle crash on Sunnyside Bench Road, Dec. 27, according to the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office. Peggy Click, 50, was driving a 1997 Ford Mustang, and with her in the vehicle was Coral Lanpher, 23. Click lost control of the vehicle, and it went off the roadway and rolled several times, ejecting both occupants. The crash occurred at 8:45 a.m. Nez Perce County Deputies and Lewiston Medics were dispatched to the scene, and met the injured parties at the Lenore Post Office.
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  • Fire damages Elk River home
    The Elk River home of Edith M. Griffin caught fire early Christmas Eve, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The house, located on South 2nd Street, is still standing, but the inside suffered significant damage. Griffin, who was inside the house when it caught fire at 5:20 a.m. Dec. 24, managed to escape the residence uninjured. She was the only person in the home at the time of the fire.
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  • Maniacs miss tourney title by one
    With 20 seconds left in the game, Salmon River’s Terrun Zolman delivered a three-pointer from the top of the key to seize victory from the Maniacs by one point. The final score was 50-49, in the title game of the Orofino tournament played Dec. 28. The Savages trailed the Maniacs throughout most of the game but got their "second wind" in the fourth quarter. Zolman’s game-winning shot gave him five points for the game. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Olive's Auto Parts wins gun bid
    Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz met with the Clearwater County Commissioners during their Dec. 23 meeting to update them on his department. Sheriff Goetz had solicited bids from three gun dealers to see how much they would give for excess guns and gun parts the sheriff’s office was in possession of. He received three bids. They were from Olives’ Auto Parts, Gun Peck, Inc., and Accu-Arms, Inc. The commissioners concurred with Sheriff Goetz and went with the bid from Olive’s Auto Parts.
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  • From this Chair
    Christmas Day turned out to be beautiful in the valley. Cold, but sunny. Our family invaded the Howland household in Lewiston for the event. Ashley Howland is my granddaughter and she and her husband Bryan are so generous about sharing their home for the holidays. The Phantom and I cooked a pork roast, actually four of them to be exact, fixed gravy and salads and took it with us to join the rest of the family in Lewiston. I don’t know his secret but the Phantom makes the best gravy I have ever eaten. He says it’s his mother’s recipe.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago - One or more burglars apparently got cold feet after removing door glass to the side entrance of H&W Mercantile at Weippe this past weekend. The glass pane and a wooden bar on the inside were carefully removed, but there was no indication that the store had been entered. The attempted burglary was detected Sunday morning when the owners, Eldon Hutchins and Reginald Wise, went to the store to work on its inventory. 70 Years Ago - Fire razed the Clifford Powell home at Cavendish, destroying all household furniture and personal belongings. The blaze, which started in the house, caught surrounding trees on fire and burned some belongings that had been carried outside. A nearby barn was saved by Mr. and Mrs. Powell, who were home when the fire started.
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  • Red Cross blood drive Jan. 8
    Orofino Community and Clearwater Country Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the LDS Church, 13610 Fremont, on Hwy 12 near Barney’s Harvest Foods. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Veteran's Advocate in Kamiah, Orofino
    The Idaho Division of Veteran Services will have a Veteran’s Advocate in Kamiah and Orofino Jan. 7-8. The Advocate will be in Kamiah Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon) at the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce building, located at 518 Main Street. The Advocate will be in Orofino Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles building, 2200 Michigan Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (breaking for lunch at noon).
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  • Bald Mountain news
    Snow is falling on Bald Mountain. Snow riders keep on doing your snow dance; we will open Bald Mountain as soon as we can! The T-bar and rope tow are ready to roll, rentals are tuned for smooth riding and the cafe is stocked with all our favorite foods. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Farmers and ranchers: Almost all Idaho counties qualify for USDA disaster designation
    Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that 16 counties in Idaho were designated as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the 2013 drought. However, almost all of Idaho’s 44 counties had attained this designation prior to December. All Idaho counties with the exception of Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Benewah qualify for natural disaster assistance.  “Our hearts go out to those Idaho farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Idaho producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Fatality accident near Clearwater River Casino
    A two-vehicle accident near the Clearwater River Casino outside of Lewiston Sunday resulted in the death of an 87-year-old Lewiston man, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Virgil W. McIntosh was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston after the Dec. 29 crash, where he later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The crash took place on US95, near milepost 307. Virginia R. McIntosh, 80, and Virgil McIntosh were on Nez Perce Road, at the south entrance to Clearwater River Casino, driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy station wagon. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Seventy-year-old Lewiston man chases intruder
    Anthony “Joe” Nacke, 70, of Lewiston, chased a 42-year-old intruder after spotting the man attempting to break into a shed on his property, according to Lewiston Police Department (LPD). The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27, on 10th Street in Lewiston. Nacke, after spotting the suspect on his property, confronted him, and the suspect took off running. Nacke chased him for several blocks. Police officers, after being called to respond, found the suspect hiding in a window well of a residence on the 900 block of 14th Avenue. The suspect, 42-year-old Brian L. Harmon of Lewiston, was homeless, and using the shed as a place to sleep, according to LPD.
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  • Boise internet training company barred from Idaho
    A Boise-based company that sold ecommerce training is prohibited from doing business in Idaho under terms of a legal settlement with Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The company, eCommerce Support, LLC, also will pay $90,000 in restitution and reimburse the Attorney General $10,000 for the cost of his investigation. Wasden said more than 70 consumers who purchased ecommerce training services from eCommerce Support will share in the restitution fund. The settlement resolves the Attorney General’s investigation and consumer protection lawsuit against the company. “My office has seen an increase in complaints against ecommerce training companies located in Idaho,” Wasden said.
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  • Idaho weekly gas prices
    Average retail gasoline prices in Idaho have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.08/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 802 gas outlets in Idaho. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.29/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Idaho during the past week, prices yesterday were 3.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 2.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • U.S. judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful
    A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans’ phone calls is lawful, calling it a “counter-punch” to terrorism that does not violate Americans’ privacy rights. The Dec. 27 decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan diverged from a ruling by another judge this month that questioned the program’s constitutionality, raising the prospect that the Supreme Court will need to resolve the issue. In a 54-page decision, Pauley dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit contending that the NSA collection of “bulk telephony metadata” violated the bar against warrantless searches under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The judge also referred often to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people died, and said broad counter-terrorism programs such as the NSA’s could help avoid a "horrific" repeat of those events. “This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,” Pauley wrote. “Technology allowed al Qaeda to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely. The bulk telephony metadata collection program represents the government's counter-punch.”
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Happy New Year to all our readers out there! I hope that you've all had a wonderful holiday! It seems like it always goes by a little too fast. I had a wonderful holiday complete with Caroling, directing a Children's Christmas Program, and a beautiful Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at the Wesleyan Church! I love the holidays as they bring people together to share good times and good food. I am so thankful for all my friends and family, both near and far, that took time to visit, call, and send cards. I am blessed!  The Weippe Wesleyan Church is collecting antlers for a project. If you have some (any size) that you don't mind giving up, please call Janelle Prawitz at 827-6830.
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  • Fraser news
    The families in the Fraser community enjoyed a wonderful Christmas this year. The day time temperatures remained in the 30 degree range and the rain that fell on Dec. 22 and 23 didn’t melt all the snow; instead it caused the snow to melt and when it froze again it looked like acres of diamonds. On Christmas day we took a walk and found out that the crust wasn’t strong enough for a person to walk on; so we cut that walk short. One of our cats followed us and probably wondered why we didn’t walk any farther; she stayed on top of the snow. Cathy and Guy Walker had a quiet Christmas at home. Their sons, Aaron and Jonathan are working near Odessa, TX and they spent the holiday together. Donna and Dan Stickney spent the holidays at the ranch. Donna’s son, Ron Wilcox, his wife, Sue and their son, AJ, and Ron’s son, Taylor drove up from California to have Christmas with them. Four year-old AJ had a great time playing in the snow and making snow angels; it was probably his first experience.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for January 2, 2014
    The 2012-2013 winter was a huge disappointment for ice anglers in the Idaho Panhandle. Good ice was hard to find most of the winter, with only a few days suitable for ice fishing. This year the ice formed before winter officially arrived. More than a week of single digit temperatures and nights that dipped into negative numbers (even on the Fahrenheit scale) will do that. A good number of anglers have already been fishing through the ice. Anglers were out on Cocolalla, Fernan, Hauser and a few other lakes last weekend.

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