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February 13 Poll Results
Voting Felons
Should felons be allowed to vote?

  3% Yes. (2)
46% Yes, but only after their sentences have been served. (31)
51% No. (35)
  0% Undecided. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • This month's Savvy Seniors: Cupid gets it right
    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching some romantics’ minds turn to love. Chocolates, cards and flowers are just a few ways couples express their affection for each other. When I asked this month’s Savvy Seniors what their secret is to over 50 years of marriage, both Jim and Dareline Routh agree on the number one thing that has held them steady through good and bad times together, “Put God first.”  Jim was born April 15, 1943 in the Twin Falls area. His natural dad, Ed McKissick, died in battle during World War II when Jim was just 18-months-old, never getting to meet his son. His mother remarried and Jim grew up with a half-brother. His stepfather, Les, later adopted Jim. He grew up on a farm until he was junior high age, when the family moved to town. Jim spent his time during his junior high and high school years working at gas stations, with the first one Jim worked at belonging to his mother and adopted father. No stranger to hard work, Jim began working at age 5, mowing lawns for neighbors. He attended all 12 years of school at Twin Falls. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read pages 4-7A.

  • Affordable Care Act explained in human terms
    Barbara Leachman from the Small Business Development Center introduced the speaker at the Feb. 5 Chamber meeting. Mike MacDowell, of Troy Insurance in Lewiston, spoke about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. Mike has been in the health insurance industry for 25 years. He admits that the ACA as it is written is not “healthcare reform”, but rather “insurance reform.” The things that are beneficial for some people are causes for concern for others. A few real-life examples were given about how the ACA has impacted some of his clients-what may be helpful in some to acquire needed coverage is costing others almost double what they were paying previously. There doesn’t seem to be a common ground to make the act fair to everyone. The ones most negatively impacted will be young males. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Fair board bids fare thee well to Linda Applington
    This year’s fair will mark the 30th (and final) year that Linda Applington has worked on the fair board. Having performed in every capacity a fair board member may fulfill, she has held the treasurer’s seat since 1989, six years after she joined the fair board, initially serving in the exhibit barn in the canning department. Linda has also served as the clerk for the Livestock Auction since 2001. Each fair board member is in charge of coordinating an exhibit. For a good many years, hers has been the department of hobbies and crafts. Her favorite exhibit however is the flower exhibit. Even if there is a strong chance of frost appearing for the first time, a couple days prior to the fair.
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  • School district March 11 election information
    School districts are having elections on March 11. Joint School District 171 is holding a Supplemental Levy Election and a Plant Facility Levy Election. Kendrick Joint School District 283 is holding a Supplemental Levy Election and Nezperce Joint School District #302 is holding a Special Bond Election. For more information regarding these elections a Sample ballot is available at the Clearwater County Auditor/Recorder’s Office, and will be published on March 6, 2014. The last day to pre-register to vote for the March 11, School Election is Feb. 14. Absentee and early voting are available in the Clearwater County Auditor Recorder’s Office. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12B.

  • Orofino Maniacs battle until the end with Grangeville
    On Friday, Feb. 7, Orofino held the 2nd Annual Fill the Gym night, this year against the Grangeville Bulldogs. In this Central Idaho League match up Orofino provided an intense home crowd and with their help, tied the game halfway through the fourth quarter. The Maniacs held on until the last minute of the game where Grangeville pulled ahead 54-60. Although Orofino collected a loss the fill the gym night was a complete success. Many businesses from around the town helped sponsor the game and in the ended rose just over $3,200 that goes to the OHS general athletic fund. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Whitten live bugs presentation at Orofino library Feb. 14
    Clearwater Memorial Public Library is happy to present Richard Whitten and his live bug exhibit and hands on program in the Library Annex on Friday, Feb. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. Mr. Whitten is known for his beautiful and exotic displays of insects and bugs from around the world. On Friday he will have for discussion and examination, his first display for the library of live bugs. The stars of the show will be Giant Hissing Cockroaches and New Guinea Walking Sticks. The cockroaches are large, wingless bugs used in laboratory research work throughout the world. The walking sticks are one of four kinds and are large, have a tremor to replicate wind blowing through leaves, and are very slow moving.
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  • An amazing weekend
    The Pierce Winter Festival of 2014 was an amazing weekend full of non-stop events! The festival got off to a great start on Friday night, with an evening in the Pierce Park which included sledding, ball games in the snow, a bonfire, and snacks! The Weippe Wesleyan Church brought out coffee and cocoa for the locals, which was an awesome addition to all the goodies that everyone else brought. On Saturday morning the day was kicked off with the Ice Man Relay, which consisted of six teams of three. It was such a pleasure to have Cadets from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Program participating in the relay! The IDYCA had many of their Cadets at the festival and they had two teams who competed. One of their teams—a male and female mixed team—came in second place with a time of 12:46!
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  • Letter to the Editor: Shirley Cunningham
    I received a letter today from my landlord, letting us know that annexation is upon us. The gist of the letter was that our rent will increase to cover increases in water, sewer, and garbage which will be forced upon us all. Property taxes will also rise. What I would like to know is 1. Can this annexation be passed without a vote by the people?  2. Why should it be incumbent upon us (Riverside and Konkolville) to solve the financial woes of the City of Orofino? My family has lived and worked here for over 40 years. In that time I can tell you that I had a belly full of “good old boy” politics. I spent many a year looking for jobs that would provide a living wage for me and my family. I was continually frustrated by the City Fathers and their fight to keep ANY business that might present competition to their interests out of Orofino. When a new bridge was proposed down river near Barneys I thought we might be looking at a civil war! The “good old boys” fought tooth and nail to keep everything within the “city” and make sure Riverside was kept out of the loop altogether. It was made clear that they were separate from us.
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  • Bald Mountain ski bus now stopping in Greer
    The free ski bus to Bald Mountain is now stopping in Greer, as well as in Orofino, Pierce, and Weippe. The bus’s schedule is as follows: it leaves Glenwood IGA in Orofino at approximately 7:45 a.m., reaches Greer at 8 a.m., Mary Ann’s Groceries in Weippe at 8:45 a.m. and Pierce Mini Mart at 9 a.m. On the return trip, the bus reaches Pierce at approximately 4:15 p.m., Mary Ann’s Groceries at 4:30 p.m., Greer at 5 p.m., and Orofino at 5:15 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Snowmobile Run in Elk River
    The Sno Drifers of Latah County are sponsoring their Snowmobile Run Sunday, Feb. 16 in Elk River. Sign-up will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Elk Butte Recreation. Riders must return by 3:30 p.m., when the drawing will be held at Elk Butte Recreation. There is a $1,000 cash pay out. To view a trail map, and for other area 29 information, visit www.idahosnow.org/latah. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • From this Chair
    It was a tearful night Thursday when Jay Leno said goodbye to viewers of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno that had been broadcasted weekly from Burbank, CA for the past 22 years on NBC. I teared up myself as Mary Jane, the pug, and I had laughed with and been entertained by Leno’s Tonight show for the past several years. It was sad to watch Leno say goodbye to his TV audience and hear him say that the first year he hosted the show he lost his mother, the second year he lost his father and then he lost his brother. Then he added “After that I was pretty much out of family so the staff at NBC became my family.” He said that during his 22 years on the show 600 babies had been born to the staff members. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Clearwater Noxious Weed Clinic
    The Clearwater Noxious Weed Clinic will be on Feb. 25, at the National Guard Armory in Orofino. Hosted by the Clearwater Basin Cooperative Weed Management area, admission is free and recertification credits have been approved. The agenda is as follows: 8:30 to 8:55 a.m. - registration, and take the week quiz. Speaker is Alan Martinson. 8:55 to 9 a.m. – introductions and announcements. Speaker is Alan Martinson.
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  • Circuit breaker property tax reduction sign-up
    The Clearwater County Assessor’s office announces you may now sign up for the Circuit Property Tax Reduction Program, sponsored by the State of Idaho. You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous year’s income (2013) to apply to the 2014 Tax Bill. The reduction amount is based on a sliding scale of income not to exceed $28,700 after medical expenses not covered by insurance. The lower your income, the more the State pays towards your taxes. Forms are available at the Assessor’s office until the April 15, deadline.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    10 Years Ago - It was announced in this week’s issue that Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputies were now equipped with Tasers, joining the ranks of nearly 3,000 law enforcement agencies worldwide. Classified as a “conducted energy weapon,” the Taser shocks a subject with 50,000 volts, effectively subduing them for a short amount of time, by either freezing them in place or causing them to fall to the ground.  50 Years Ago - M. Ryan lost control of the 1957 Ford sedan she was driving Tuesday night on the icy highway near Riverside mill. Deputy Art Benson said the car went off the road and turned over on its top. Miss Ryan was not injured. She was cited for driving with an expired license. Mr. and Mrs. George Hutchinson, owners of The Merc in Orofino, announced this week that they were going out of business. A long-time employee of Orofino Mercantile, Hutchinson opened The Merc in the Thompson building in August of 1959. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fraser news
    The birds have started to migrate back to this area; Jean Bennett saw blue birds in their yard at Lenore last week. The flickers have made themselves known as they try to peck holes in the siding of our house. The Pileated Woodpeckers, which are year around residents, have been visiting the bird feeder at Dale and Oreta Stuarts ranch. They also are attracted to the windows of their house, Oreta heard one hit the glass the other day but didn’t know what happened to it. Jean Bennett and her friend Cindy Kusler escaped to Laughlin, NV. for several days last week. It was a sunny 60 degrees there and they enjoyed sitting outside on the patio at their hotel. This temperature may not sound to warm, but when you compare it to minus four degrees here in Fraser, that makes a huge difference. The two friends had made this trip last year, so another plus to this trip was that their flight and motel room was complimentary this year, on the condition that they spent some time at the casino. You will have to ask them how they did there. Anyway they had a great time while Darrell kept the home fires burning at their home near Lenore. Linda Beard reported that Mike had been on a sky trip to Big Sky, MT. and returned to the ranch on Monday.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Join us on Friday, Feb. 14, at THS for the last boys’ high school home game of the season. This will also be Senior Night! The Junior Varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. and the Varsity game at 7:30 p.m.  The basketball team is trying to raise money for new jerseys and there will be a final 50/50 drawing during half time of the varsity game. Tickets will be sold at $1 each or $5 for an arm length. Come support our Spartans! Let's fill the stands!
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  • Pierce news
    Wow, what a weekend on the mountain! For those of you following the Bald Mountain saga, we had our first real glitch of the season Saturday; half way through the Winter Festival Vertical Challenge the main power went down at the T-bar. I have to thank our patrons, the vast majority of folks stayed, smiled every time they saw me (a stressed out Club President) walk by and folks ate yummy foods from our Café, visited with new and old friends and those hooked on snow entertained themselves on the jumps around the rope tow. Thankfully our local electrical heroes were in town and, as always came to our rescue - thanks Nolan Cochrell Elec and Mike Cook, Avista. The problem was a main control box fuse; while they were there they taught me how to test fuses and went through our stash so we can get the bad ones fixed. I can’t tell you how many times we've called and they have come to help, ever need an electrician, call Nolan!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 13
    While most hunting seasons are now closed, the spring "light goose" season is poised to open in southeast IdahoBeginning Saturday, Feb. 15, the season on blue, Ross's and snow geese opens and runs through March 10 in Area 2. The season in Area 3 is currently open and continues through March 10. The bag limit is 20 per day and 60 in possession.

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