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March 6 Poll Results
Not Enough Napkins
Is not receiving enough napkins at a restaurant reason enough to sue them for $1.5 million (in this case, a McDonald’s in Pacoima, CA)?

54% Oh, PLEASE. Just stop eating there! (55)
46% Yes, it is. (46)
  0% Undecided. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Mark your calendars! Orofino LoggerXross is Memorial Day weekend
    Jim Engle, on behalf of Orofino LoggerXross, requested permission from the council to hold the event again this year at Orofino City Park over the Memorial Day weekend. He presented a detailed explanation of safety and security measures that would be put into play, as well as the way the park would be maintained during and after the competition. Engle expressed the ways in which the community could benefit. from local businesses receiving additional traffic for fuel, food, lodging, etc., to enabling local motorcycle enthusiasts to race at home and local spectators to attend a first class sporting event. Top racers from around the country had accepted invitations to participate in the event. The request was approved unanimously by the council.
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  • Dream, achieve, believe
    She was always told she couldn’t. She had always wanted a dog, but she was told she couldn’t. So she played with the neighbor’s dog. Unbeknownst to them, she taught their dogs tricks, and he learned a few that she couldn’t wait to show off, but she was told she couldn’t. As she grew up, more than anything else, she wanted to become a dog trainer, but again she was told she couldn’t. When the neighbors moved taking the dog with them, she discovered she could train cats. Yes cats! She had trained her cat to sit, beg and fetch. But people told her “you can’t train cats.” She knew otherwise, and the more she was told she couldn’t, the more determined she became. Sometimes when a person hears the word “no” so many times, they might actually begin to believe it. Consider how many times a child hears “no.” Is it surprising that so many young people seem to lack incentive or motivation? When you ask a child about their dreams and aspirations, do they in fact even have one? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance
    Fire science education for youth merges with the performing arts when the University of Montana, CoMotion Dance Project performs “Fire Speaks the Land: An Active Audiences Performance.” Eight school performances will be conducted for kindergarten through sixth grade students during the week of March 10-14, (Monday – Friday) at Clearwater Valley Elementary, Kamiah Elementary, Timberline Schools, Orofino Elementary, Troy Elementary, Deary Elementary, Lapwai Elementary, and Grangeville Elementary. The 50-minute performance uses original choreography, narration and music to explore fire science, forest ecology and traditional native perspectives on fire. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Ask the Mayor
    Question: Would you, as mayor, and/or the Orofino City Council consider joining seven Idaho cities that have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity? In passing such an ordinance or changing our current ordinances, Orofino would be the first small town to join their ranks. We could be the first rural location to send a message that we believe every human being has the right to dignity and to live without fear of discrimination in housing, employment, services, etc. I believe most residents of our town believe in individual freedom and, hopefully, believe that freedom should be extended to everyone. Jeanette Gorman, Orofino. Response: This is a very difficult question because of the potential partisan politics of its nature. As most citizens know, locally elected officials do not declare party affiliation as a form of candidacy. The requirement of a non-partisan government at the local level provides for a cleaner and more effective decision-making process for all involved. Everybody is treated equally without the fear of bias or discrimination from each another, which brings me to the heart of the question. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Chamber auction tickets on sale now for March 14 event
    “Pot of Gold for Orofino 2014” is the lucky theme for this year’s Orofino Chamber Auction. Friday, March 14, the Chamber will welcome 200 guests to the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge for some St. Patrick’s Day inspired fun, complete with complementary gold beverages and the chance to win numerous prizes. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. Chamber Director, Kim S-Browning, reminds donators and attendees that all funds donated at the event will go back into the community through the operations of the Orofino Chamber of Commerce. “The town really pulls together and offers so much to the Chamber. It always amazes me how giving our local business people are,” says S-Browning.
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  • Distinguished Young Women of Orofino program is April 12
    The Distinguished Young Women of Orofino year program has been scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at Orofino Junior/Senior High School. The program was originally scheduled for March 15, but was changed to April 12 due to a scheduling conflict at the school. This year’s theme is “Fireworks Among the Stars.” The program is well underway, with eight young women participating; Nicole Burch, Ariel Robertson, Tessa Slavin, Megan Tetwiler, Jessica Peterson, Samantha Vaughn, Maya O’Hara, and Ashley Frank. These young ladies have been hard at work practicing their routines under the guidance of the choreographers, Stephanie Crockett and Teresa Senefsky.   Scholarships will be awarded for Distinguished Young Woman, 1st Runner-up, 2nd Runner-up, Judges Interview, Physical Fitness, Talent, Self-expression, Scholastics, Spirit of Distinguished Young Women and the Be Your Best Self.
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  • Steelhead left to waste
    On Feb. 28, poachers left their mark at the Ahsahka boat ramp on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A call to the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline led an Idaho Fish and Game officer to the scene, where six steelhead had been left to waste. Six female fish were all over the 28 inch length limit and one still had an adipose fin indicating it was most likely a wild fish. All fish had been gutted and thrown alongside the boat ramp near the water’s edge. The persons reporting the crime said they had been fishing earlier in the day at that same location and the fish were not there. They returned to go fishing in the afternoon and found the fish that had been left to waste. One of the people reporting the crime stated, “Those fish could have fed my family for quite a while…but instead someone saw it fit to catch and kill illegal fish and then waste the meat.”
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  • Letter to the Editor - Chuck Raddon
    I am enjoying reading the funny papers (letters to the editor) from the crybabies who are trying to get others to pay for the services they use. They are following a traditional American practice of avoiding responsibility for their own actions. We see it from the county residences that come to Orofino and expect city services to be provided such as law enforcement, street lights, roads and good water in commercial establishments. They enjoy those services but surely don’t expect to help pay for them. Then there are those who are complaining about the roads going to pot in our “rich” county and they are sure someone is ripping off all the funding. Never mind that the cities and counties are at the very end of the line of road funding in a state that refuses to pay much of anything for roads. I’ve been filling potholes in the road by our home; I wonder how many they have filled?
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  • ICARE's Hometown Barn Dance in Kamiah March 22
    Everyone is invited to the Annual Hometown Barn Dance in Kamiah Saturday, March 22. This event is a fundraising event for the ICARE project (Cancer Assistance & Recovery Effort) helping people in Clearwater River communities who are actively undergoing treatment for cancer. The organization is a non-profit group that operates solely on donations and fundraising events. The event is held at the Kamiah American Legion Hall, and will include chili and pie contests, plus classic country music by Beargrass. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Tickets are sold at the door. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Do you know what F.I.S.H. stands for?
    Many people, who have lived in the Orofino area for a long time, still do not know what the F.I.S.H. Thrift Store on Johnson Avenue in Orofino does. This is surprising since F.I.S.H, Inc. (Friendship in Service of Humanity, Incorporated) has been in existence for over 40 years.The primary purpose of F.I.S.H. is to provide emergency help to individuals who find themselves in difficulties for which there is no other solution and are deemed deserving. Last year (2013) F.I.S.H, Inc. provided utility assistance for 137 households at the cost of $30,081.27.  Rent assistance was provided to 84 households at the cost of $19,451.64. All other miscellaneous assistance to include the cost of 51 food boxes helping 104 individuals, totaled $10,828.26. Total amount of assistance for the year of 2013 was approximately $60,362.00. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Tough Mudder: For Wounded Warriors
    Two local employees of Nightforce Optics, Christopher Stump of Orofino, and Josh Stuart of Peck, will be traveling to Las Vegas, NV on April 26-27, to take part in the “Tough Mudders” competition. The competition raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project and is a physical adventure challenge that promotes teamwork and camaraderie. This is something they have chosen to do on their own, without sponsorship or monetary help for any expenses incurred. Chris and Josh are former Navy servicemen, hence the team name they’ve chosen: the “Idaho Squids.” They are looking forward to tackling the obstacle courses which are designed to test all-around strength, stamina and mental grit, qualities that surely served them well while they were enlisted men. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Area fifth graders geared up for Steelhead in the Classroom
    One might say that steelhead only belong in the rivers, but the Steelhead in Classroom Program presents a unique chance for students to learn about steelhead through hands-on, interactive learning in the classroom. Students raise steelhead from eggs to the fry stage of their lifecycle in 55-gallon aquariums. Students from around the region anxiously wait for mentors to deliver eggs to their classrooms on Wednesday, March 5. Mentors will work with students to estimate a hatch date, and will discuss the importance of steelhead to our region. Steelhead in the Classroom is successfully implemented into the fifth grade science curriculum as students are responsible for taking water quality measurements, keeping the tank clean, feeding and making detailed observations. Mentor biologists visit classrooms regularly during the 12-week program to present information on steelhead biology, research and even conduct a steelhead dissection.
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  • Mr. THS to be held March 7
    Mr. THS will be held Friday, March 7, at Timberline High School. Matt Michels, Trevon Willis, Tristen Bonner, Chance Foster, Tyler Pope and Logan Strong will compete for the title of Mr. THS.  Competitors will participate in a fitness dance routine, talent show, evening wear and interview. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
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  • School Board meeting a difficult for one board members and students alike
    There was a special school board meeting held Feb. 27, at the District Office, as the regular school board meeting scheduled for Feb. 24 was cancelled due to lack of a quorum. Attendance was rather sparse with the exception of and OHS students in Pam Danielson’s class. Resignations and new hires were cut from the consent agenda, as well as several of the items listed under reports and recognitions. Russ Miles, Technology Coordinator, reported on the state’s consideration to back out of their WiFi contract to Idaho high schools, splitting up the money instead to school districts to develop their own WiFi systems. The state may decide to divide up the resources in one of two methods, either paying funds per high school or per student.
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  • Fraser news
    Did you hear the March Lion let out a big roar last Friday, March 1? We woke up to find that the temperature had dropped to 14 degrees over night, and the day time high was 34 degrees. The sun was hidden behind a thick layer of clouds; we now hope that this month will now go out like a “Lamb”. Heavy rain has continued to fall so the snow that has covered the fields is starting to disappear. The first day of “spring” is only 14 days away; could this be an indication that warmer weather will finally come our way? Time will tell. The book “Captain Snyder and his twelve of West Virginia” written by Carrie Harmon Roy is the story of the Snyder family. The following information came from that book and from the research Harry Stenzel did which he gave to Wes Stuart. Wes knew my interest in Samson and he shared a cop with me. Samson Snyder Jr. was the fourth child born to Captain Samson Snyder and Elizabeth Bonner on Aug. 9, 1868. He attended West Virginia University before heading west in 1891.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The snow in Weippe is rapidly disappearing! Just days ago we were getting pounded with snow, and now it's melting so quickly that my basement is flooded! I can feel spring is just around the corner. I love this time of year! I'm already looking forward to green fields and flowers! I'm getting anxious to plan camping trips and trips to the river. We live in the most beautiful state to spend time outdoors in. I am so thankful that I live in such a glorious place. I hope that you all take time to appreciate our stunning surroundings! Don't forget that Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 9, so remember to set your clocks ahead an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. 
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  • Pierce news
    Everyone is invited to our first organizational meeting for this year’s 1860 Days, Thursday, March 13, 6 p.m., at Pierce Community Center. Pierce 1860 Days is Aug. 1-3. This first meeting will announce the new street dance band, plus entertain new ideas for all the fun at the biggest weekend on the Hilltop. We welcome new volunteers, and encourage anyone who wishes to be part of this huge weekend, even in a small way, to join us. Meetings will be typically every second and fourth Thursday of the month. If you wish information, please call Kathy at 208-464-1083 or email
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  • Sportsmen's Report for March 6
    Hunters who applied for spring black bear controlled hunts can find results on the Fish and Game Web site at Fish and Game has mailed notification cards to those who were successful in the draw. However, it is the responsibility of hunters to find out whether their names were drawn in these hunts.

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