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February 20 Poll Results
$10.10 minimum wage
Do you think a loss of 500,000 jobs is worth increasing the hourly minimum wage to $10.10 for over sixteen million Americans?

23% Yes. (13)
75% No. (41)
  2% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative gains support of Orofino City Council
    Jeff Halligan spoke before Orofino City Council members regarding the Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC) at the regular meeting held Feb. 11.Halligan shared additional information about the CBC and asked for the council’s support. The organization was formed by Senator Crapo in 2008, to bring two very oppositional groups which have long struggled to agree how the Clearwater Basin should be maintained, managed, utilized and preserved. The Wilderness Society has been part of this collaborative effort since it started. The CBC hopes to discover solutions for everyone involved by designating areas to meet all interests. Their mission is focused on four areas which are often controversial and many times, rest at the center of so little being resolved. These goals include working to support a strong and sustainable timber industry, providing for better motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities, increasing jobs and funding for rural communities, and conserving backcountry values.
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  • For the love of insects
    Margaret and Richard Whitten spent a special Valentine’s Day at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library. The Whittens shared live insect specimens this time, with children young and old. The children observed and handled three species of Phasmids (walking stick insects), as well as several Giant Hissing Cockroaches from Madagascar. The walking sticks feed on blackberry leaves and the roaches eat dry dog food and banana peels. The stick insects possess the power of regeneration of lost parts. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Donkey Basketball March 13 at Timberline
    The 3rd Annual Donkey Basketball Tournament is coming to Timberline. This year they have decided to shake it up a bit - Timberline has invited the Maniacs to join the fun. It will be a battle of the 6C, “donkey style.” Thursday, March 13, the Spartans will go head to head with the Maniacs to see who will rule the court with the help of some long eared friends. The game will start at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance and save $2. Tickets can be purchased in Orofino from American West Bank or P1FCU. On the hilltop they can be purchased at Mary Ann's in Weippe, Timberline School or White Pine Credit Union in Pierce.
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  • Rotary Interact Club Typhoon Haiyan Relief Pancake Feed
    Saturday, March 1, join the Orofino Rotary Interact Club for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Pancake Feed! The event will be held at the Community Center (underneath the Pizza Factory) from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will go towards providing aid to Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. Besides an all you can eat offering of pancakes, items on the menu also include sausages, orange juice, and coffee. Be sure to drop by the Community Center and enjoy a tall stack for a tall cause! The Orofino Rotary Interact Club is a high school community service group established in 2011 and sponsored by Rotary International.
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  • Maniacs finish regular season with a win
    After a slow start, only making one of their first seven shots the Maniacs finally come back into the game. Scotty Lee comes out hot in the second half sinking five 3-pointers to lead his team to a 43-34 non-league win over the Deary Mustangs on Thursday, Feb. 13, which was also senior night for Orofino. Kalob Turner helped out with 12 points of his own and Drake Kuykendall and Skyler Kelso both collected six rebounds each. Orofino will face St. Maries Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Troy High School for the first round of the Idaho Class 2A District I-II tournament.
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  • Carrie Brooks is "excellent" for January
    Carrie Brooks has been named the certified employee recognized for Excellence for the month of January at Orofino Elementary School (OES). Carrie’s nomination said, “She is an exemplary staff member at OES. First and foremost, she comes to school with a positive attitude, which is truly infectious. She is constantly finding ways to meet the needs of our students and her optimism encourages others to work toward the same goals. Because I am a new staff member at OES, she has been very welcoming and helpful in providing me with resources as to how to best serve our students and community at large. Too, she is always willing: willing to stay extra hours to get the job done, willing to be available at any time for brainstorming/feedback/discussion, and willing to ‘do whatever it takes’ to support other staff members in our ultimate goal in reaching young minds.”
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  • School Board to meet Feb. 24
    A School Board meeting for Joint District #171 will take place on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at Timberline School. Resignations include Peggy Polito, Pre-School Teacher; Steve Eikum, PT Custodian at OHS; and Carl Stemrich, FB Coach at THS. New hires (contingent upon drug test and background check) include Sherry Cooper, Kitchen Manager at NGYCS (new promotion from server); Mary Strong, Title Aide TS Temp (PT to FT re-allocated Title Funds); Devonie Newcomb, Title Aide TES Temp (PT to FT re-allocated Title Funds); Linda Stufflebeam, Title Aide OES Temp (PT to FT re-allocated Title Funds); Jessica Case, Asst Track Coach OHS (replacement Bretz); Harold Smith, Custodian PT (replacement Eikum).
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  • Letter to the Editor: Geraldine Bird
    In 1947 our family moved to Orofino. My father built up the area which is now known as Konkolville. He built a sawmill, planeing mill, steakhouse, tavern and a lounge, several homes and a nice home for his family. At the time he had to fight the city against annexation. Through his endeavors we were not annexed and he was able to provide jobs and homes to live in for his employees. The businesses he started are still surviving, but how long they can function with this exorbitant tax increase is in question. If these businesses cease to function much revenue would be lost in Orofino as well as jobs and people moving out.
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  • Water improvement project from Ahsahka to New Hope Subdivision
    Start–up for a water improvement project from the new Ahsahka water plant to the New Hope Subdivision is anticipated to start Monday, Feb. 24. Funding for the project is provided by USDA Grant and Loan and Community Development Block Grant programs. Engineering is by TD&H Engineering, and Crea Construction, Inc. from Lewiston has been awarded the contract for construction. The New Hope School Subdivision was established during the years of 1972-75. There are approximately 48 homes within the subdivision at present. Through the years it has used a series of wells and storage for domestic water. During the existence of the subdivision, regulation changes and a deterioration of water production have led the need for a better source of water. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Dr. Phil Petersen to speak on "How to Keep Your Heart Young and Healthy"
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics invites you to attend a free talk presented by Dr. Phil Petersen entitled ‘Doc Talks at the Rex: How to Keep Your Heart Young and Healthy.’ As implied by the name, the presentation will take place at the Rex Theatre Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. “CVHC will be providing refreshments and several heart healthy goodies for guests to take home!” says Shawna Altmiller, RN Case Manager at CVHC. In addition to that, free blood pressure checks, by trained nurses, will be offered to all guests. There are two people we all know: the 90-year-old that lives an active life, still living alone, bringing in the firewood, and generally quite capable of taking care of themselves; and then there’s the 50-year-old who is pretty well done for. “The difference is not all chance,” states Dr. Phil Petersen. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • From this Chair
    Mary Jane wanted that moose off the TV screen and out of the house, I learned the other day from the housekeeper. She said she was used to seeing Mary Jane, my black pug, sit and watch TV but had never seen her charge the screen, jump up, growl and bark. When I leave Mary Jane home alone I turn the TV channel to Animal Planet for her entertainment. Apparently she hadn’t seen a moose on the screen before but realized to protect our domain, she had to chase off that big creature. Mary Jane sits beside me and watches TV same as if she were a person. She has certain commercials and activities that will make her charge the TV, and once the image is gone she picks up a stuffed Mallard duck and shakes it before throwing it down. When the Stantons’ puggle, which is a cross breed between a pug and a beagle,  Izzy, is in the room and Mary Jane charges the TV, Izzy will run to the TV and knock her sideways. It is sort of like watching football players. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Farm Bill provides much needed funding
    The Presidential signing of the Farm Bill provides funding for FY 2014 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) to the counties based on the number of acres of federally owned lands within them. This will be a boost to the fiscal year revenue that was not added into the County budget. Once the dollars amounts are received the BOCC will need to re-open the FY 2013/2014 County Budget to allocate the unanticipated revenue to expenses.
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  • February water supply outlook indicates shortages likely
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service released February’s Water Supply Outlook Report which shows irrigation shortages are likely in some areas due to the current combination of low reservoir storage and low stream flow forecasts. A persistent high pressure ridge across the western United States kept storms from providing Idaho with much needed precipitation in January. Snow packs range from some of the lowest on record in southwest Idaho to near normal in the Clearwater and Upper Snake basins. About one third of Idaho’s Snow pack Telemetry stations are reporting record low precipitation levels for the October 2013 – January 2014 period.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago - Mrs. Frank Fromelt of Pierce narrowly escaped death this week, when her car hurtled from a 25-foot embankment near Cherry Lane, putting her 30 feet beyond, in the Clearwater River. Her son-in-law, A.B. Brown, a lumber operator who had been driving a short distance ahead of her, noticed her vehicle’s absence and drove back. Brown spotted the vehicle, upright in three feet of water, and waded in to rescue Mrs. Fromelt. She was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, sporting a dislocated shoulder, bruises, and suffering from shock and exposure. The accident was blamed on icy roads. The badly battered car was removed from the river by Gaffney-Thompson garage.
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  • Fraser news
    Old Man Winter still has his grip on the Fraser Community. We continue to be buffeted by rain and snow squalls, but the snow is disappearing on the fields that surround our home. We do get glimpses of the sun when it breaks through the clouds. When the temperature climbs into the 50 degree range during the daylight hours, we realize that spring is only 28 days away and the end of winter is in sight. As I am writing this edition of the Fraser news on Monday, another blustery wind storm, accompanied by rain and snow had just hit the Fraser area. I was warned earlier by Doris Peterson that this storm was heading our way and it finally arrived. Thanks for the warning, Doris. We did see a flock of robins on Thornton Road on Sunday when we had dinner with Peggy and Reggie Ball; but none have appeared at our elevation.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Delores Watson and Bonnie Hutchins would like to invite you to join their Weight Loss Support Program! This is not a ‘diet program.’ but a program that is going to help you set goals, track your progress, get support, encouragement, and ideas to help you stick with whatever weight loss program you are using. There will be meetings every Wednesday at the Senior Center to weigh in and talk to others who are also trying to loss some unwanted pounds. Meetings are open to all ages, both women and men. The meeting time is still to be decided. If you would like to join the program, contact Bonnie at 208-435-4770 or Delores at 208-435-4481. They would like to know what time will work for those interested. 
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  • Pierce news
    THS Senior Mattie Brouwers is presenting her Senior Project Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Timberlines cafeteria. Mattie will be presenting a PowerPoint on ACL Tears and Prevention. Special guest will be Dr. Marvin Kym from Kym Orthopedics in Lewiston. Dr. Kym performed surgery on Mattie after her own knee injury. The public is invited to attend. The Northfork Bow hunters Club has started shooting indoors at the Pierce Community Center on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. We just purchased brand new indoor targets and are hoping people will come and shoot the cost is $4 for member and $6 for non members.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 20
    Salmon anglers are encouraged to provide their comments concerning proposals to the upcoming salmon season by attending any of three Idaho Department of Fish and Game public meetings scheduled throughout the area. Regional fishery personnel will provide an overview of prior seasons, especially the 2013 season, review factors related to 2014 projected Chinook returns, and explain fishery constraints that Fish and Game operates within.

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