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February 27 Poll Results
Ag-Gag Bill
Do you support the “Ag-Gag” bill, which would allow prosecution of persons who shoot undercover video inside farming facilities?

40% No, I do not. (19)
28% Yes, I do. (13)
32% I think some animal rights activists go too far, but I do not support this bill. (15)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • P&Z Commission proceeds with proposal to amend Future Land Use map (with one exception)
    A public hearing was held before Orofino’s Planning and Zoning Commission Feb. 18, concerning the proposed amendment to be made to the Comprehensive Plan of the Future Land Use map. The amendment included a total of 11 parcels to be considered for zone changes. All but one were proposed to proceed in the commission’s proposal to be presented before Orofino City Council. The first five parcels to be addressed were located adjacent to Konkolville Addition Subdivision with a zoning designation of R-1 Residential (for which there is currently no definition) to R-2 Residential, defined as single family residences.
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  • "March Madness" at Pierce-Weippe Chamber Auction
    The Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce is holding an auction and dinner on Saturday, March 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year the theme is “March Madness.” Will Crockett from Orofino Builders Supply graciously donated a Savage Axis .270 rifle. Tickets are available at one for $10 or three for $25.00. Several items will be auctioned, including five resort trips. Tickets for the dinner, gun, and barrel drawing can be purchased early by contacting Suzanne Reuben at (208) 435-4890. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Tear gas used on subject in camper
    A 54-year-old man wanted on a felony parole warrant in Texas came right out of the camper in which he was hiding, after local authorities deployed tear gas through the camper window. The incident took place at approximately 11 a.m. Feb. 22 on Riverfront Road in Orofino. Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) learned that Daniel W. Snyder, wanted in Texas, was present in the area. When CCSO made contact, Snyder fled into his camper, which was parked at Clearwater Crossing RV Park along the Clearwater River in Orofino. After several unsuccessful attempts to convince Snyder to voluntarily exit the camper, CCSO and Orofino city police deployed tear gas through the camper window, according to CCSO.
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  • School Board meeting cancelled, re-scheduled for Feb. 27 at the District Office in Orofino
    The Joint District 171 School Board meeting scheduled for Feb. 24 at Timberline Schools was cancelled due to lack of quorum. The School Board will hold a special session to pass items that require immediate attention at the District Office at 1051 Michigan Ave., on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Other agenda items include resignations: Peggy Polito, Pre-School Teacher; Steve Eikum, PT Custodian at OHS; and Carl Stemrich, FB Coach at THS. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Austin Blain still setting records
    Austin Blain, a 2010 graduate of Timberline Schools, is still setting records. On Feb. 22, he placed sixth in the 800 Meter Run at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Indoor Track And Field Championships. Austin's time of 1:58.22 sets a new Oklahoma Wesleyan University Indoor Men's 800m Record. The NCCAA event was held at the Olivet Nazarene University (OKWU) in Bourbonnais, IL. Austin is a senior at OKWU with a 4.0 GPA. He is captain of the Cross Country/Track team for the third year.
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  • Load limits put on roads
    The heavy hauling load limits were put on the County roads. The roads are showing signs of deterioration due to the snow; freeze and thawing. Local contractors are encouraged to contact the road department for permits on hauling heavy loads. The County is looking at each request on a case by case instance. Clerk Carrie Bird explained to the BOCC that the State rejected the County’s map on the designated precincts in order to clarify the boundaries. Chair asked the IT Department to redo the legal descriptions and maps to reflect the new road names due to addressing changes. In doing so, the Board will need to re-designate the precincts and maps for the 2014 elections year. They were adopted previously in Resolution No. 14-01-01. The Board approved to sign Resolution No. 14-02-03 Re-designating the precincts and maps and having them recorded as such.
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  • Maniacs knocked down by Bulldogs
    In the 2A District game on Monday, Feb. 24, the Orofino Maniacs got knocked down by the Grangeville Bulldogs 51-43. Kalob Turner put up 22 points on the evening for the Maniacs. The Maniacs were up by two points at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs broke loose, scoring 22 points in the second quarter. Orofino will face St. Maries on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and the winner of that will meet Grangeville in the 2A District Championship game on Thursday, Feb. 27.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Heather Sparano
    I’m a 1993 graduate of Orofino High School, a 1997 graduate from the University of Idaho, have a successful career and am a proud wife and mother of two wonderful children. In addition to great parents and a great husband, I owe these successes to my teachers and coaches. Most will agree with me that teachers are invaluable. They teach us the important academics, such as reading, writing, arithmetic and critical analysis – the book smarts that we need to succeed. They also go above and beyond to support students in every way they can. Enough cannot be said to support our teachers. Coaches are teachers, too. In addition to the sport, they teach the soft skills in life – how to work as a team, how to approach a seemingly impossible task, dedication and responsibility. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Letter to the Editor: John Gilliam
    The residents at the Sunnyside Road area think that the people at Clearwater County need to know where their tax dollars are not being spent. Sunnyside Road is one of Clearwater County’s most used roads. It is also almost totally impassible; there are chuck holes in it big enough for a dog to swim in. Some places are so bad a pickup or truck has problems getting through. One thing is for sure, the local residents will remember this when election time rolls around. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Mr. OHS 2014
    The 2014 Mr. OHS pageant was held on Thursday, Feb. 20. This is a pageant where senior guys dress up and compete against each other in beauty wear, talent, workout routine and at the very end are auctioned off for one hour’s worth of manual labor for the highest bidder. Seniors Mariah Tachell and Kara Miller were the event hostesses and put on the show to help raise funds for ICARE. Kara and Mariah managed to raise over $400 for their senior project and created a funny and memorable evening for all that attended. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • From this Chair
    Have you ever tried ice cold banana flavored soup served in colorful plastic bowls?  To be thoroughly enjoyed the soup needs to be eaten with a bright colored plastic spoon in the company of handsome, entertaining hosts. I had this dining experience last week when the Howlands’ twin boys, turning four Saturday, said, “Gee Gee, come eat soup with us.” I asked, “What flavor?” One of the twins said “banana.” I can’t tell the twins apart unless they are together, which they always are. They are each others’ shadow. The twins took me to the kitchen and opened a drawer full of their plastic bowls and silverware and said “pick one.” I chose a small red bowl and a child’s blue plastic spoon. Then one of the twins took my bowl to the front of the fridge, stretched up to push on the mechanical water spout and put ice water in the bowl. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    80 Years Ago - A Dent bachelor earned 60 days in jail, courtesy of a lie he told the Red Cross. Frank Hartman, a single man living in the Dent section of the North Fork country, went to Elk River recently and solicited the Red Cross for relief supplies. Hartman stated that he was married and had “seven or eight” children. On the basis of his plea he was given flour, clothing, groceries, and some cured meats. He had made several trips to pack it all home before authorities learned that he had lied. Hartman was arrested by H.E. Pierson, Elk River Marshal, and brought to Orofino for trial. Hartman claimed he’d lied about having a family because he knew he would never get any aid otherwise.
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  • Meet Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation, at Lincoln Day dinner
    Friday, March 7, at 6 p.m., we have the privilege of hearing Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation as the keynote speaker for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner. This event will take place at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge, with a catered meal from Dining on the Edge. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) advocates for free market solutions, private property rights, individual responsibility and transparent, limited government.  IFF develops and distributes original research and data with the goal of restoring our state and nation as beacons of opportunity and prosperity. In five years of existence, the Idaho Freedom Foundation has become a visible influence at the Idaho Legislature by lobbying and even crafting legislation that would nullify what Hoffman calls “Obamacare;” has stripped down the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; and has reformed Idaho classrooms.
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  • Dworshak announces visitor center schedule changes
    Dworshak Dam Visitor Center will be temporarily closed to accommodate staff-training requirements on March 3-6 and March 17-18. Boat ramps at Big Eddy and Bruce's Eddy will remain open for use during the temporary change in schedule. The fishing wall below the dam will also be open for anglers. As always, safety is the Corps' greatest concern - boaters should wear lifejackets and avoid drinking alcohol while boating. The road to and from the visitor center can be icy during inclement weather, so please drive safely. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser community continues to be caught in the grip of winter. I keep track of our weather and temperatures on a calendar; as I review the notes I have written for the past week I see that moisture has fallen every day. The fields are covered with a blanket of snow and the streams are running full. We really appreciate the three men on the Clearwater Highway District for their efforts to keep our roads plowed. The school buses are able to make the rounds and transport the children to Timberline Schools without to much trouble. Thanks Kirk, Jake and Larry for all your work. In the late 1800’s and 1900’s children either walked to school or rode horses. A barn was built near the one room school houses for the horses to spend the day while their owners were in class.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last weekend I was able to travel to McCall to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my husband and kids. It was a wonderful trip! I am always so in awe of the beauty of our wonderful state! The drive reminded me of all the reasons why we chose to move to this beautiful part of the country! I know that winter has its challenges here, but I am so thankful to be where I am and to be able to enjoy the wonderful scenery here! Valerie Armichardy says the Mr. THS Pageant date has been changed to March 7. 
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  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 11, for the School Levy vote. The required first aid class for local loggers will be held March 19, at the Pierce Community Center. Coffee Hour is 6 to 7 a.m. and class begins at 8 a.m. Pioneer Medical Clinic hours have changed, they are not open on a daily basis. For the month of February is Dr. Bunt on Feb. 26. In March John Beeh will be there on March 3, 10, 17, 19, 24, and 31. Dr. Bunt on March 11 and Dr. Brown on March 13.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 27
    One of the five management goals listed in the 2002 Idaho Wolf and Conservation Management Plan was to "minimize wolf-human conflicts by coordinating with USDA Wildlife Services to achieve prompt response to notifications of wolf depredation and prompt resolution of conflicts." Fish and Game works closely with Wildlife Services to address depredations. Since 2005, Wildlife Services has removed 520 wolves in depredation control actions.

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