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January 30 Poll Results
Superintendent of Schools
What do you think of Tom Luna’s decision not to run for re-election as Idaho Superintendent of Schools?

11% I am not surprised. (5)
69% Good riddance! (32)
  9% I am disappointed. (4)
11% I don’t care either way. (5)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Pregnant Orofino woman airlifted to Seattle hospital
    Nikki Mullins, 23, of Orofino, who is seven months pregnant, remains in critical condition after Medstar airlifted her from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to a hospital in Seattle, WA Wednesday night, Jan. 22. Nikki, who suffers from a condition called Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS), is at the University of Washington Medical Center after suffering several strokes. According to Nikki’s boyfriend, Cody Newman, she has a vegetation on one of her heart valves and a clot broke off and went to her brain. This affected the Thalamus and mid-brain area, which control vision, consciousness and the thinking/thought process. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • School Board meeting at Peck Elementary packs the house
    The School Board meeting for Joint District 171 was well attended Jan. 27, as those in attendance were seated elbow to elbow, in spite of it being the board’s third meeting this month. Following the approval of the agenda and consent agenda, Superintendent Vian announced to the board the recent sad news of losing one of the newly hired teachers on the evening’s agenda. It was discovered that Miles Gustavson had passed unexpectedly, shortly after classes returned from Christmas break. Other tragic news revealed towards the end of the evening was the passing of Mrs. Gaye Legresly earlier Monday morning. Such news is always difficult to process. It is with heavy hearts that these teachers will be no longer be among the staff, and obviously their absences will need to be addressed in the near future. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 9A.

  • Elk River's annual ice fishing derby set for Saturday
    The always popular Elk River annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday, Feb. 1. Sign-up will be held 8 to 11 a.m. at the Elk River Lodge. Weigh-in closes at 4 p.m., with prizes being awarded at 5 p.m. There is a 100% payback for the fish that weighs the most.
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  • Clearwater Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club Fun Run planned for Feb. 9
    The Clearwater Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club is planning a Fun Run on the Clearwater-NezPerce National Forest, Sunday, Feb. 9, pending snow fall. Sign up will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Inn in Pierce, but this will all depend on if we get snow between now and next Sunday. Anyone that would be able to help can contact T.C. Peterson at 208-559-4041 or Amy Peterson at 476-7342.  We want to apologize for the lack of grooming, but we have not had enough snow at the trail heads to be able to start the grooming program. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Idaho employment hits record in December
    More Idahoans found jobs in December than in any other month in 20 years, pushing total employment to a record 728,600 and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 5.7 percent, its lowest level in over five years. Preliminary estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed nearly 3,800 Idaho workers found jobs in December, the largest single-month increase since January 1994. That surge dropped the unemployment rate four-tenths of a percentage point, matching the jobless rate in October 2008. Local counties didn’t see much change in their unemployment rates between November and December. In Clearwater County, the unemployment rate in December stayed at 11 percent, exactly what it was in November. In December of 2012 it was 12.3 percent. Idaho County’s rate also stayed the same, 7.7 percent, between the two months. Last December it was 8.1 percent. Lewis County’s December unemployment rated ticked down to 5 percent, down from 5.2 percent in November. Last December the rate was 5.2 percent. Nez Perce County’s December unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, up .01 percent from November’s rate of 4.8. Last December it was 5.5 percent.
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  • Clearwater County Fair Board searches for new member
    The Clearwater County Fair Board is searching for a new Fair Board member to replace long-time member, Linda Applington, who retired at the end of 2013.  As a Fair Board member, Linda also served as the treasurer and it is hopeful that the new Fair Board member would have financial experience and would be willing to perform the treasurer duties. The Fair Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month, March through October, at the Clearwater County Extension Office meeting room at 5 p.m.  The Fair Board is responsible for the two buildings in the City Park, Open Class Dog Show, Open Class Horse Show, and the Clearwater County Fair.
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  • Maniacs send the Panthers back to the jungle
    In a Central Idaho League game the Maniacs gained another win from the Coeur d’Alene Charter Panthers on Friday, Jan. 24. After the first quarter Orofino was leading 22-3 and it didn’t stop there. Brendon Judd led the team with 16 points, as Kalob Turner and Hayden Wilson followed close behind with 11 points each. Kalob Turner also added four steals in just the first quarter.
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  • Timberline falls to Summit
    During the game Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Spartans fell to the Patriots 69-53 in a Whitepine League Division II match up. Timberline kept it close the second half but couldn’t pull ahead. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • No basis for criminal charges in alleged Winchester voting irregularities
    Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Zachary Pall released a statement Tuesday finding no basis for pursuing criminal charges based on allegations of voting irregularities that arose following the Winchester City Council election held in November 2013. The declination follows a lengthy investigation conducted by the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, which was brought in as an independent investigator. Shortly after the November 2013 election in Winchester, a number of individuals alleged that residents of Lakeside Residential Home in Winchester voted improperly and/or may have been coerced or bribed for their vote. Residents of Lakeside were given money on the day of the election, according to the statement from Pall’s office. The fact the election took place Nov. 5 meant the money the residents received at the first of the month was dispersed on that date. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago - Two 20-year-old Pierce youths accused of taking six sleeping bags from the Forest Service warehouse at Pierce were bound over to district court this week on charges of grand larceny. L. Johnson and L. Gaskill were arrested at Pierce by Deputy Sheriff Clyde Brazington, after investigation by Sheriff V.L. Holloway uncovered evidence against them. Fred Stillings, Clearwater Forest supervisor, brought the theft complaint to the sheriff’s office. Bond for both young men was set at $1,000 each. Johnson also pleaded guilty to a petit theft larceny charge and was fined $60. He admitted to stealing a battery from an L. Cardiff, Inc. log loading machine. 70 Years Ago - January precipitation, at .58 inches, was the lowest amount of precipitation since records started being kept by the Clearwater forest in 1904, according to Ray Mitchell, administrative assistant. Forecasts that a crucial fire season was almost inevitable came from Dave Kyle, acting supervisor, on the basis of rain and snow figures of the past winter. These indicated that virtually no packed snow would be left when the first warm days reach the timber area. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • MikrayStrong benefit and auction
    Mikray Moser, a senior at Lewiston High School, was diagnosed in October with a rare form of kidney cancer. Mikray is the son of former Orofino residents, Mike and Morla Moser. A MikrayStrong benefit and auction will be held this Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. in the Nez Perce County Fair Pavilion, to help raise funds for Mikray and his family to help with the expensive treatments and travel. This is a family friendly event, with entertainment for the kids as well. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Bald Mountain news
    This past weekend approximately 100 folks came from as far away as Asotin, WA, to take in the beautiful blue sky and good snow conditions on Bald Mountain. Whether folks came to ski or to watch all had smiling faces, it’s amazing what a good dose of vitamin snow does for a person! Not into football? Me either, so come on out and ride the snow this weekend. Bald Mountain is open both Saturday and Sunday. Save these dates: Saturday, Feb. 8, for the first annual Bald Mountain vertical challenge. How many vertical feet can you ski/snowboard in a day? As part of Pierce Winter Festival events Bald Mountain will host this fun activity, and folks are invited to join the Pierce community baked potato feast après ski at the Pierce Community Center for awards and entertainment.
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  • Drawing for Polaris RZR will be held Feb. 5
    The winner of 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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  • Clearwater Valley Hospital receives infusion chair from ICF Grant
    The Idaho Community Foundation awarded a $3,100 grant to Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics to purchase an infusion chair to allow patient to receive intravenous treatments closer to home.  “Many patients require IV treatments that must be administered several times a week. These treatments previously required our patients to drive to Lewiston or even Spokane. With the addition of the infusion chair Clearwater County residents are able to receive lengthy IV therapies safely and comfortably, close to home,” said Demetra Stewart, Director of Nursing Services at CVHC. “Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics is very grateful to the Unrestricted Northern Region Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation for recognizing the need and awarding us with the grant to purchase the infusion chair,” states Pam McBride, Special Assistant to the President - Grants. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Fraser news
    This cold weather has given me time to focus on organizing the things that have accumulated over the years. Closets have been cleaned and put into order and family pictures and information have found a home in a big notebook. I realize how important it is to accurately record the names of the people in the photos, and I am busy contacting relatives about this information. Corresponding with Milton Snyder has made me appreciate all the work he did to publish his book Maybe Milton Should Go Work in the Woods. He has a vast amount of pictures that were taken when he was growing up; his son Craig has helped him organize this information. Oreta Stuart reported that she has been in contact with Steve Green while he and his sister Wilma spent time at the family farm. They were surprised to see three wolves walking between the house and the machine shed one day.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Timberline Spartans are trying to raise money to purchase new uniforms. There will be 50/50 drawings at the rest of their home basketball games. There are three more home games, on Jan. 30, Feb. 4, and Feb. 14, with J.V. playing at 6 p.m. and Varsity playing at 7:30 p.m.  Please come and support the Spartans! Come out and support the next generation of basketball players! On Saturday, Feb. 1, Timberline 4th and 5th grade boys and girls will be playing against a variety of teams from the area. Games will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Timberline Gym and the Pierce Community Center Gym. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for children in grades K-12, preschool aged children and younger are free.
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  • Pierce news
    I can’t let this week’s news go by without saying “Go Seahawks!” I know many people are planning their Super Bowl Sundays! I love the planning of the menus as much as waiting to watch the game! The Pierce Winter Festival will begin next Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Pierce Play Park Pavilion. See the article in today's paper about opening night. On Saturday, Feb. 8, there will be the usual big events: breakfast at Pioneer Inn and the Timber Inn, the Ice Man Relay, Passport to Pierce businesses, ATV Treasure Hunt, Bald Mountain Vertical Challenge, kid’s games at the Community Center, bar stool races, snow sculptures, dinner at Pierce Community Center and a Big Hilltop Variety Show to follow the dinner.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for January 30
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday, Jan. 16, set the 2014 and 2015 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons and rules. The Commission delayed their decision on two trapping season proposals: changes to Idaho’s reciprocal agreement with other states and the reduction of the statewide bobcat trapping season length.   Commissioners requested additional information and time to review the public comments.  The Commission will re-evaluate the information at their March meeting.

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