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January 23 Poll Results
Marijuana vs. Alcohol
Do you think marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol?

28% Yes. (22)
32% No. (25)
  9% Less dangerous, but still dangerous. (7)
31% I think they are equally dangerous. (24)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Orofino P&Z prepares draft annexation plan
    Orofino’s Planning and Zoning Commission has been discussing plans for annexing some area into the city limits for several months and they will share those draft plans in a public meeting in March. The plan includes 45 properties east of the city limits in what is known as the Konkolville area. That annexation would begin at 2400 Michigan Ave., commonly known as the Konkolville Motel, and run east along Grangemont Rd. to Independence Rd. All properties situated between Orofino Creek and Konkolville Rd. and properties adjacent to Konkolville Rd. are to be annexed. Two parcels of property located on Black Hawk Dr. would also be annexed. An additional 10 parcels of property along U.S. Highway 12, Hartford and 105th St. would be annexed. Four others are located between 129th and 130th St. All of these properties are contiguous with Orofino’s city limits. According to the draft plan, “the justification for annexation is to fairly distribute the financial burden of tax and fee supported services to lands within the impact area which benefit from the city property taxpayers. Extending the legal boundaries of the city limits will allow a more equitable distribution of costs to maintain City services while reducing conflicts with special districts that exist in the impact area.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Orofino's new council members take oath of office
    Orofino’s three newly elected city council members were sworn in Jan. 14 during the first regular Orofino City Council meeting of 2014. City Clerk Janet Montambo administered the oath of office to Mark Swayne, Shannon Schrader and Sean Simmons. Mayor Ryan Smathers also expressed the city's appreciation for the service of retiring members Mike Deitrick and Ron Banks for their years of service. Following the seating of the new council members, Don Gardner was elected Mayor Pro Tem to serve if the Smathers is unable to take care of his duties. Several new members were approved for the Urban Forests Orofino (UFO) committee. They are: Dawn Padilla, Mark Klinke and Kim Browning. Ordinance 780 concerning updating the Building Code received its third and final reading and was approved. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 3A.

  • Lawsuit filed in district court against county
    James Borders has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Clearwater County and two sheriff’s deputies for an alleged illegal arrest, false imprisonment and illegal search of Border’s vehicle on Aug. 16, 2012. He is asking for a jury trial and more than $10,000 in damages. The lawsuit claims that Borders’ constitutional rights were allegedly violated by the deputies’ actions. The case was moved to federal court Jan. 7 after a tort claim was previously filed against Clearwater County, followed by a lawsuit in 2nd District Court. According to court documents Borders was asleep in his 2000 Dodge pickup in a pullout on the westbound side of U.S. Highway 12 near Orofino. Deputies David Koontz and Jerame Lee pulled up behind the pickup and asked Borders to step outside to evaluate whether he was safe to drive. Court documents show Borders wasn’t driving and the pickup wasn’t running. According to the lawsuit, Officer Koontz filed a probable-cause affidavit to arrest Borders on allegations of driving under the influence and having an open container of alcohol in his possession. Court documents show Officer Koontz later changed the original probable-cause affidavit to remove the driving under the influence charge and leave the misdemeanor open container charge. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • School Board approves two levies for March
    The Orofino Joint School District #171 Board of Trustees voted at a special School Board meeting Jan. 14 to place two levies on the ballot for March 12, 2014. The trustees voted to maintain the current levy request for Maintenance and Operating (M&O) of the district at $2,285,000 per year. The current levy resulted in a property tax rate of approximately $4.55 per thousand dollars of taxable property value during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Superintendent Bob Vian asked the trustees to approve a two year M & O Levy with no increase either year. The trustees agreed to the request. The two year levy will allow the district to better plan for the future, provides more security for younger staff by providing more stable funding, allow the taxpayer to know what taxes will be in the future for their personal budgeting, and reduces the cost and number of elections by 50%.
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  • Spartans defeat second-place logos
    The Timberline Spartans varsity boys’ basketball team on Jan. 16 battled for a 46-44 win over Moscow’s Logos Knights, whose team is ranked second in the Whitepine League Division II. The winning basket came in the last 12 seconds of the game, when the score was tied at 44-44. Timberline’s Jaden Dahl nabbed an offensive rebound and threw it back. After that, the Knights had a few chances to tie the score again, but several putback attempts failed, and a fouled Logos player missed both free throws (the second deliberately). Since only 0.2 seconds were left in the game, the Knights didn’t have time to get another shot up before the final buzzer.
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  • Maniacs tie last season's wins with defeat of Cd'A
    The Orofino Maniacs’ double-digit win against Coeur d’Alene Charter Jan. 18 tied Orofino with their Central Idaho League win total from last season. The Maniacs, who won 56-29, improved to 1-1 in league play, and 6-4 overall. Orofino’s high scorers for the night included Hayden Wilson with 19 points and Drake Kuykendall with 10. Not far behind were Scotty Lee with nine points, and Brendan Judd with eight. Rounding out the balanced scoring effort for the visitors was Scotty Lee with nine points and Brendan Judd with eight. Wilson and Lee also had three assists each.
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  • Drawing for Polaris RZR is Feb. 5
    The winner for the Polaris RZR will be drawn Wednesday, Feb 5 at the taco bar benefit at the VFW.  There will be a taco bar by donation and a silent auction. Donations for the silent auction are greatly appreciated. All proceeds go to benefit the Orofino Pool Project. Tickets for the RZR can still be purchased at the following locations: Potlatch No. 1 Credit Union. LCCU, NAPA, Orofino Body Shop and Barney’s. Tickets will be sold up until the drawing on Feb. 5, unless they are sold out before that date.
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  • From this Chair
    There’s a big decision for me to make in the next ten days. I’m having to chose between the beautiful Pacific Northwest or the plains states. Do I go east or stay west? Do I root for the Seattle Seahawks after residing in the northwest for the past 50 years or the Denver Broncos in the plains area where I was born and grew up? I talked to my sister-in-law, Maxine Goldsmith in Loveland, CO Monday and she said, “I don’t think the Seahawks have a chance against the Broncos. What do you think?” She said she wouldn’t be watching the game as she would be flying home from TX the day of the football game being played between the Seahawks and Broncos. She’s the one who was watching out her window the early cold January morning in Colorado when I went to the hospital to give birth to my daughter, Marcie. Our roots go deep. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Ken Harvey (Response to Ask the Mayor)
    I will agree with one statement you made in your last article in the Clearwater Tribune that all households and businesses pay taxes no matter where they are located. The people that choose to live within the city limits do pay city and county taxes. That is their choice to live in the city limits. The thousands of people that choose to live in the county of Clearwater choose to live there because of the location, less taxes, less building restrictions and other fees associated with living in the city boundaries. I think that was stated at the last City Planning and Zoning meeting (1-15-14) by one of its commissioners is what the annexation boils down to. The Commissioner stated: “if the annexation does not happen, the basic truth is there is a higher possibility that the people in the city will have to pay a higher tax.” This is what I have said for the last two years. The annexation is based on tax based revenue. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - The headline “Helicopter Aids In Boat Capsizing” almost sounds as though the helicopter caused the capsizing. In truth, the helicopter saved the life of 44-year-old Delly Byington of Orofino. It was a survey helicopter, leased by Sorenson Co., and engineers within the helicopter were engineers marking the boundary of federal lands around Dworshak Reservoir. When they spotted Byington, they picked him up and flew him 17 miles to Clearwater Valley Hospital. He was suffering from shock and exposure after capsizing his 12 foot boat, overloaded with seven foot cedar posts, near Elk Creek Bay. 50 Years Ago - In a successful effort to avoid hitting a small boy who had started to dart across the road but fell down, Jessie Slocum went off the road at Konkol’s mill and wrecked his 1955 Chevrolet sedan. Slocum said the slick condition of the road prevented him from hitting the brakes. Instead, he turned toward the bank, went off the road, and hit a fence and a tree, before the car turned onto its top. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • School Board meeting Jan. 27 at Peck School
    A School Board meeting for Joint District #171 will take place on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at Peck School. Listed under the Consent Agenda are: approval of minutes, payment of bills, and surplus to include 1991 Plymouth Acclaim (bus barn). The district would like to make them available to students. New hires (contingent upon drug test and background check) include Lundyn Jared replacement Title 1 Aide Timberline School, Kurt Savage replacement/temporary Math teacher at OHS, Miles Gustavson temporary Shop teacher at OHS, Charlie Berreth temporary Shop/Tech teacher THS, Wendy Toynbee Food Service NGYCS, Valerie Cowger Food Service NGYCS, Sherri Cooper Food Service NGYCS, Melissa Mayberry Food Service NGYCS, Brandy Belders Food Service NGYCS, Alisha Hernandez Food Service NGYCS, Dana Strong, Baseball Coach at THS. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Tree removal to begin in Sanders Cemetery
    The Sanders Cemetery Maintenance Board held a public meeting Jan. 12 for the purpose of public comment on removal of the trees located inside the cemetery perimeter. Jonathan Rich Tree Service of Kamiah was present to answer questions on the removal process. The trees are getting tall and top heavy, with multiple tops, and have been deemed a danger to the cemetery. After questions from the audience, the cemetery district board made and unanimously passed a motion to begin the removal process of the three trees inside the cemetery. All attendees were also in agreement.
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  • Maniac Fitness Camp Jan. 24-26
    Exercising during the winter months is difficult due to the cold weather. That is why Madison Parks, a senior at Orofino Junior/Senior High School, is hosting a Maniac Fitness Camp for girls in grades four through six. The camp will be held this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25, at Orofino Elementary School, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. both days. Along with the exercise and learning portion of the camp, participants will play games and compete for prizes during obstacle courses. Participants will also be privileged to learn from local adults who portray fitness as part of their lifestyle.
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  • Year's first national water forecast predicts limited supply west of the Continental Divide
    A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) data in its first forecast of 2014. The NWCC also predicts normal water supply east of the Continental Divide and will continue to monitor, forecast and update water supplies for the next six months. Monitoring snowpack of 13 western states, the center's mission is to help the West prepare for spring and summer snowmelt and streamflow by providing periodic forecasts. It's a tool for farmers, ranchers, water managers, communities and recreational users to make informed, science-based decisions about future water availability. “Right now the West Coast is all red,” NRCS Hydrologist Tom Perkins said. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Fraser news
    Lazetta’s mother Viola Ester Thornton was born on Oct. 8, 1900 in Southwick. Her parents were Owen and Alma Thornton. The family farmed there for 16 years before the moved to the Fraser Community in 1916. Lazetta’s father Jesse L. Eby was born in the Fraser area on July 15, 1898. He married Viola on Feb. 8, 1919. Three children were born to the couple while they lived in the Fraser Community, Lazetta May was born on Nov. 3, 1919, her brother Robert and sister Helen were also born in Fraser. Jesse and Viola farmed in the Fraser area, then in about 1928 they moved to Longview, WA, where Jesse worked in the paper mills. The family eventually moved back to the Fraser community in 1936, they lived on the ranch that is now owned by Kirk Gangewer. On Jan. 18, 1938 Lazetta married Leo Melvin Cochrell in Lewiston. Leo worked for Schmidt Brothers Mill from 1935 to 1962. He drove lumber trucks and worked in the woods. In 1964 the couple then moved to Kennewick, WA where they operated the Nob Hill Mobil gas station for 12 years. They then retired and moved back to the Weippe area in 1976. This devoted couple worked together all their married life, whether it was farming, operating a gas station or raising their family.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Timberline Booster Club would like to extend a warm welcome to all families. Many exciting events and programs are planned for this school year, and we look forward to another fantastic year at Timberline School!  With your support, we can continue our success at making this school the very best it can be for our children. Please consider volunteering for one or more programs this year.  These programs can only continue with the strong support of volunteers, and it takes many volunteers to make them a success.  We appreciate any involvement you are willing to give toward making this year a success! Please come to a meeting, or contact us at any time. Check out our website at and you can like us on Facebook!
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  • Pierce news
    Saturday, Jan. 18 was the final day of the student art show. What better way to get a real feel for hilltop students’ talent and abilities than through their art. With over 100 individual pieces, Wednesday was opening night, and the Studio 205 Gallery was full of people enjoying the students’ selections of work. Weaving, crayon art, costume design, photography, jewelry, wooden boxes of all sorts of woods, drawings, paintings, and clay were displayed, along with a table of food and hot drinks. The evening hosted enthusiastic spectators that looked and conversed and interviewed the student artists that were present. The students will say it takes lots of extra energy to come up with their projects (as many spend hours doing athletics also), but in the end, when the opening night takes place, they find the extra effort very rewarding. Judy O'Brien of the Clearwater Tribune was on hand to talk with the Timberline students and record a picture of their entry, as she has for the last seven years. It happened to be her birthday so the entire crowd sang “Happy Birthday” and thanked her for her interest in the community kids.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for January 23
    If the Chinook salmon returns for 2014 hold up to the early forecast, anglers could anticipate fisheries similar to those opened in 2008 and 2009. In those years, fisheries were opened in the Clearwater, Snake, lower Salmon, Little Salmon, South Fork Salmon and upper Salmon Rivers. "The forecast suggests a return that's larger than last year," Idaho Fish and Game Anadromous Fish Manager Pete Hassemer told the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday, Jan. 16.

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