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February 6 Poll Results
Super Bowl XVLIII
What did you think of this year’s Super Bowl outcome, in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos?

58% Go Seahawks! (32)
  5% Boo Seahawks – I wanted Denver to win! (3)
15% Neither of them are my team. (8)
  4% Don’t care – I only watch for the commercials. (2)
18% Football? Yawn. (10)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Logging truck vs. road grader on Michigan Avenue
    According to Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson the Orofino Police Department responded to an accident at 2200 Michigan Ave. the morning of Friday, Jan. 30. According to Chief Wilson’s accident report David Holland, a Clearwater County Road Department employee, was operating a county road department road grader. Holland was traveling east on Michigan Avenue, attempting to turn off Michigan Ave. towards the road department’s maintenance shop. David Winslow, of Stites, was driving a 1991 Kenworth logging truck and attempted to pass the grader. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Orofino City Council long-winded, productive and chock full of new ideas
    The regular meeting of Orofino City Council held Jan. 28, began without fanfare or for that matter, many guests in attendance or even hot topics listed on the agenda. But one thing for sure, it was long, with some new ideas and productive discussions which ended in renewed enthusiasm and hope for many, regarding the future of Orofino. Under departmental reports, City Administrator Rick Laam reported that he had received a call from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Helena, MT, regarding the city’s plans to update the airport. Each year the Idaho State Capital Improvement Program (ISCIP) requires the city to update their plans for future restoration and maintenance of the Orofino Airport. FAA has provided the city funding in the amount of $150,000 a year to improve their airport facilities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Young monther remains hospitalized, newborn son is in NICU
    Nikki Mullins, 23, of Orofino, who was airlifted by Medstar from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA, remains in a “deep sleep” according to her doctors. She was flown to the Seattle hospital Jan. 22 after suffering several strokes. She was 33 weeks pregnant at the time she suffered the strokes. Nikki and Cody Newman’s son, Cameron Glen Newman, was born by C-section Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 4:15 p.m. He weighed 3 lbs., 1 oz. and is in the NICU at the same hospital as his mother. According to Cody he is doing well, and has surprised the NICU doctors and nurses with his ability and amount he can eat from a bottle. Cody says Nikki is responding more each day. The doctors have removed her breathing tube and put in a tracheotomy. She is currently fighting an infection caused by the breathing tube but according to Cody she is responding to voice commands and “doing more every day.”
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  • Ask the mayor
    “Dear Mr. Mayor, What is your vision for Orofino? What kinds of things would you like to see happen for this city? If money were no object, what dream project would you like to spearhead? What things would you like to see remedied?” Thanks for this question. My vision for Orofino is simple. I wish to see it be successful in every way. I feel we put a large emphasis on attracting new businesses. In my mind, the best way to attract new businesses is for the ones here to be thriving and successful. Supporting the local businesses first should be a priority of every citizen.
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  • We want to know why you love Clearwater County
    You love Clearwater County, either because you live here or you’ve visited here, and we want to know why. The Clearwater Tribune invites both Clearwater County residents and folks who’ve visited to tell us what you love about this area. Focus on a particular town, or the county as a whole. If you have a great hunting or fishing story (or a story about any great time you had here, while skiing, four-wheeling, swimming, visiting Dworshak, or coming to the fair, as examples), share it with us. Include a picture, if you like. Your story can be one page, or one sentence.
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  • Peck man dies in truck wreck
    A 62-year-old Peck man was killed in a one-vehicle truck wreck near Cocolalla in Bonner County Saturday, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). John M. Moody on Feb. 1 was northbound on US95 near milepost 460 in Bonner County, driving a 2010 Peterbilt Semi Tractor with trailer. Moody was hauling ammonium nitrate. At 1:14 p.m. Moody drifted off the roadway, onto the right shoulder, causing his truck and its trailer to overturn, according to ISP. Moody succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.
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  • Janet Montambo, Master Municipal Clerk
    Janet Montambo, MMC of City of Orofino, has earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk (MMC), which is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc.  IIMC grants the MMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements; and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, their community and state. The International Institute of Municipal Clerks, founded in 1947, has 10,300 members throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries, and the mission of this global non-profit corporation is to enhance the education opportunities and professional development of its diverse membership.
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  • Zona Speck celebrates 100 years
    An amazing woman of incredible determination and strength, Zona Speck lived most of her life in Orofino on Main St. in a house (next to her childhood home and where her parents remained) until just a few years ago. Hardworking, generous, a fabulous mother, daughter and wife, were all attributes mentioned by those who know and love her. Her maiden name was Zona Dillon, and she spent much time with her grandparents, (Long) while her parents worked in the woods. For the most part, Zona raised her beloved son, Howard by herself, working at the Helgeson first, later at the White Pine Match Company and then at one of the bakery/cafés on Johnson Ave.
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  • Hospitals helping people understand the health insurance marketplace
    Staffs at both St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals have been busy helping individuals and families achieve successful enrollment into the health plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Both hospitals along with many other In Person Assisters were selected by the Idaho Insurance Exchange and neither hospital receives any reimbursement from the insurance companies. “We are not competing with or trying to take the place of their personal insurance agent, commented Lessie Roughton, Financial Services Counselor. “Ideally those who need coverage should contact their personal insurance agent first to see if they can help them. We want to work together with the agents in making sure that everyone who needs coverage is getting it. We especially want to encourage business owners to visit with their insurance agent or broker about group coverage.” A primary goal of the new insurance options is to help the 17% uninsured in Idaho gain access to quality, affordable healthcare. Through the Marketplace, eligible Americans will be able to enroll in a health plan to get coverage. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Elk River holds annual ice fishing derby
    The Annual Ice Fishing Derby, held on Elk Creek Reservoir, sponsored by Elk River Lodge & General Store and the Elk River Recreation District, was held on Saturday Feb. 1. What a great day! Fun was had by all! Little R.J. Styre walked away with the $310.00 winning fish, weighing in at a whopping .97 lbs! Thank you to all who showed up and to all those who donated prizes. The spring fishing Derby will be held May 10. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Dworshak discharge flows to change Wednesday
    Water discharge from Dworshak Dam near Orofino, Idaho, will temporarily increase starting Wednesday, Feb. 5, between 4 and 5 a.m. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations officials announced today. Discharge flow from the dam will be increased from approximately 1,400 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 5,500 c.f.s. on Wednesday and will likely be sustained through Friday. This temporary change in flows will result in about a 2-foot increase in water depth in the Clearwater River near its North Fork confluence. The water will be run through the dam's hydroelectric generators to provide greater power-grid stability during the current cold temperatures experienced throughout the region. Corps officials advise boaters and other people using waterways both in Dworshak Reservoir and below the dam on the Clearwater River to be alert to changes in water elevation and volume of flow. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Washington woman sentenced for distributing meth on Nez Perce Reservation
    Stacia Larrea Greene, 29, of Clarkston, WA, was sentenced last week in United States District Court to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for distribution of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Wend J. Olson announced. U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Greene to pay a $3,000 fine and forfeit $5,000 in United States currency. She pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 12, 2013.  According to statements made during the sentencing hearing, Greene distributed methamphetamine and cocaine on several occasions in 2011 and 2012.
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  • Orofino Mock Congressional Hearing
    The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary and secondary students. What makes the program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity in the form of a mock congressional hearing. Students at Orofino Junior Senior High School presented their essays, with their parents in attendance, to the judges. The judges did a fantastic job demanding more in depth responses during the eight minute question and answer period.
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  • URM Stores acts to notify and protect customers
    URM Stores’ investigation of a criminal cyber attack in November is coming to a close. “We now know which stores were affected by the attack and that the incident was limited to credit and debit card transactions made in those stores during time periods that range from Sept. 1, 2013 to Nov. 24, 2013,” said URM in a press release. A list of stores affected and the specific time frame for each store can be found at under the “Credit/Debit Card Announcements” link. Only transactions at stores on the list during the defined time period were affected. Some local stores include: Barney’s Harvest Foods in Orofino, Asker’s Harvest Foods in Grangeville, A&B Foods 1 and A&B Foods 2 in Lewiston, Valley Lapwai Foods in Lapwai, Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Kamiah, Phil’s Family Foods in Kendrick, and White Pine Foods in Deary (Sept. 2, 2013 only). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Fraser news
    Jill Woolsey was the hostess for the Tuesday meeting of Orofino P.E.O. Chapter CD. The meeting was held at Brookside Landing with Norma Brand acting as co-hostess. All the members that were present welcomed Jo Moore after she was initiated into the chapter. Kathy Gabriel wrote the Founders Day Program and told how two of her nieces have been helped by loans from the P.E.O. projects. Claud Judd’s files continue to reveal the events in the Fraser Community and the hill top area. He saved a wide variety of information which included an article and pictures about the graduating seniors of the Weippe High School Class of 1969. This class of seniors was the last one to graduate from the Weippe High School. Class officers were President, Robert Brown; Vice President, Dave Daniels; Secretary Treasurer, Janet Buchholz; Class Motto was “The last to bear its name; the last to bring it frame.” Mike Green was the class Valedictorian and Kenny Martin was the Salutatorian. There were 26 students in this class and I recognized four names that came from the Fraser Community; Mike Green, Robert Brown, Doris McKinnon, Joann McKinnon, Donnie Judd and Mona Thornton. Donna Thornton, Mona’s twin sister had moved to Lewiston where she graduated; having grown up with this class of 26, the students still considered her as one of their class.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    A few months ago I had the privilege of going to the open house at the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy and writing an article about what I had learned there. I was so thoroughly impressed with the school that when I heard there was an opening for a cook, I immediately applied. I've been there for a little over a month now and I just want to share a little about my new job. First off I would like to say how proud I am of those young men and women who have made it through the first two week acclimation phase! It has not been easy as I have seen a lot of them battle illness and fatigue. I have seen the Cadets go from day one, being scared and ill-prepared, to day 14, where they (at least the majority of them) look like they have new life! I have watched them go from clumsy to coordinated in their daily march into and out of the dining facility. They come to front of the meal line with a smile on their face and they show nothing but respect for us in the kitchen. It is such an honor for me to serve them and to provide their most basic need - food! I am so pleased to see this program get to this two week mile stone! I know it has been too much for some of the teens to handle and we have lost a few, but for the majority I see this as a life changing experience. At this point I have only been able to observe from the kitchen, but I look forward to getting to know the Cadets better and seeing them make it to graduation!
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  • Pierce news
    Our town has suffered another loss with the passing of Tom Metcalf.  He is most remembered for always keeping downtown, looking good with his weed eater and his love of football. He was always a friend to anyone. He is survived by his wife Patty at their home. Donations are needed to help her cover funeral expenses. There has been an account set up at White Pine Credit Union. Well, we have the snow so let the show go on! After a Friday night of fun at the Pierce Play Yard Pavilion, and a Saturday with a great breakfast, Ice Man Relay, Bar Stool Races, Demonstrations at the Outback, Kids Games and Snow Sculptures, ATV Treasure Hunt, Passports to Businesses, visiting with friends, or taking part in the Vertical Challenge at the Bald Mountain Ski Hill, get ready for a dinner prepared for you by Alpha Omicron at the Pierce Community Center.  The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by The Hilltop Winter Variety Show in the same venue.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 6
    The new upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons and rules books will be available in mid-February. The spring turkey controlled hunt application period runs February 1 through March 1. Hunters can find the 2014 spring turkey controlled hunt information at Fish and Game offices, license vendors and online at:

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