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March 13 Poll Results
Tribal Police
What do you think of Nez Perce Tribal Police officers being permitted to cite non-tribal members for some offenses?

55% I don’t think they should be allowed to do that. (41)
37% If non-tribal officers can cite tribal members for the same offenses, then I’m okay with it. (28)

  8% I have no problem with it. (6)
0% Undecided. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Mark and Gayle Swayne: Savvy, no doubt; seniors, perhaps; but far from retired
    This month's Savvy Seniors are Mark and Gayle Swayne. Don't assume that because they were selected to interview for Savvy Seniors, that they are retired; in fact they remain as busy and involved in the community as ever. For generations their families have lived in the region, and both are deeply committed to Orofino and the people that make this unique area the close-knit community that it is known for. Mark is the youngest of four sons born to Sam and Zoa Swayne. Two of the four boys were somewhat older. Mark and his brother, John, came later. Among three lawyers in the family, conversations were lively. Mark remembers these discussions to be "more of a debate than an argument. But they were always respectful." His mom was a Republican, his father a Democrat. Mark jokingly remembers his mother saying, "I didn't find out he was a Democrat until after we were married." Gayle is the daughter of Lyle and Jessie Bashaw, and was also raised in the area, along with her older sister, Cheryl. Both of their grandfathers were farmers, one in Southwick, the other in Grangemonth. "Dad was one of five kids. He was a logger most of his life, then about the time we started high school, he went to work for C-PTPA as a mechanic."
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  • Community support for Youth ChalleNGe phenomenal
    Derek Newland, Director of the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (IDYCA) of Pierce, spoke to the chamber members at the March 5 meeting. Derek was raised in Boise, graduating from Boise State in 1981. He had been retired from the National Guard for three weeks prior to accepting the opportunity to be the director at Pierce. He has been working with Superintendent Bob Vian to get through the legislative process. There is a 75/25 Federal/State match for funding for the program. There are a total of 49 employees, all living in Pierce, Weippe and Orofino. All employees are state employees. Four additional positions will be open this summer. Currently there are five teachers and one principal. All of the teachers and cooks are employees of the school district.  Bob Vian commented that for each position filled at the academy, another position opened up in the area from those leaving previous jobs. “The love of the staff is what makes this program so successful,” commented Newland. “The first two weeks were difficult, as you can imagine, for these kids coming out of their environment, losing their cell phones, losing their iPads and their iPods, their computers and Facebook, their caffeine and nicotine, narcotic drugs, and then we’re going to throw them all together in a barracks and learn how to get along. It’s been quite a journey to see them transform and doing what they are doing,” said Newland. The cadets had no contact with anyone outside the academy for the first two weeks. After the initial two week period the Candidates were allowed a five minute phone call with their families. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • DISH Network scam reported in Orofino
    An Orofino resident this week contacted the Clearwater Tribune regarding a phone call from DISH Network that she believed to be a scam. On Monday, out of the blue, an individual claiming to be a representative of DISH Network called her to say that her satellite receiver needed to be replaced. The caller said it would cost $100 to replace the receiver, but that they would give her $10 off her monthly bill, over a period of 10 months, to pay for the receiver. The caller then asked for her debit card. By this time, she had given the phone to her son, who refused the caller’s request for a debit card. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9B.

  • Stephanie Lynae Ball, a gift of love
    Driving back home from the hospital, I was trying to contain the joy I felt as my wife had just given birth to identical twin girls. I had always wanted identical twins and now it had really happened. I thought to myself; I must be the happiest person alive and life is just too good to be true; what a wonderful day indeed. Although the day of my identical twins birth was feeling like one of the most exciting days of my life, little did I know it would soon turn bittersweet, and then later, to sweet again. A person’s world can turn upside down in a matter of minutes; joy can be replaced with tears of pain so quickly and unexpectedly. Sometimes things happen for a reason. As I was driving back home from the hospital in Spokane, WA, to my hometown of Kamiah, life seemed so beautiful. I felt like I was the happiest man alive, and that life just could not get any better. As I was eating up the highway miles on this sunny July day, my mind began to drift back through the years of my life. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Free gold and family fun March 22-23
    Learn to pan for gold and keep the gold you find at the Northwest Gold Prospectors Association (Clearwater Chapter) annual family gold panning event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, at Gibbs Eddy, along the Clearwater River. Gibbs Eddy is located 11 miles east of Lewiston, one mile past Arrow Bridge, on Highway 12. On Saturday the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday it will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Orofino Physical Therapy opening 24-hour gym
    Orofino Physical Therapy is proud to announce that it will be expanding its gym hours to 24 hours, seven days a week. In its effort to better meet the needs of the community, the staff recognizes that more hours are needed to meet the diverse industries here in the area. The owner, Darin Tucker, states, “Orofino has a very diverse job market that we need to accommodate; from the loggers, state hospital, Light Force, prison, temporary contract workers, etc., there are individuals who work certain hours that prevent them from using the gym; so we are going to change that so that everyone can have access to our facility. We are very excited about this transition.”
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  • Kooskia man wrecks on Highway 12
    A Kooskia man lost control of his vehicle and crashed on U.S. Highway 12 near Lenore March 5, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Christopher W. Glass, 32, of Kooskia, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 12 in a 1981 Chevrolet Pickup. At midnight, near milepost 29.3, Glass lost control of the pickup and crossed into the eastbound lane, according to ISP. He then continued off the roadway and struck an embankment, and the pickup came to rest partially blocking the eastbound lane. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Russ Fulcher to run against Gov. Otter in Republican primary
    Senator Russ Fulcher presented his platform on why he is running for governor to about 70 people at the Ponderosa banquet room last Saturday morning. The host for this event was Shauna Britt, Clearwater County Campaign Chairperson for “Russ Fulcher for Governor.” Russ Fulcher is a fourth generation Idahoan, Russ believes that government overreach both from Washington, D.C. and Boise, is threatening our future. Individuals and businesses are suffering, and Idaho’s current governor is only offering more of the same. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Letter to the Editor: Steve Green
    Growing up on a farm in Fraser, I have many fond memories of Greer. In the summer it was always the spot to stop for a cool drink and an ice cream bar. Over the years, it has changed a lot, but still was a very quaint little town. My daughter and son-in-law also like the town so much that they name their first daughter Grier, after the town. I am so disappointed and sad in driving through Greer now because it has become a dumping ground for abandoned cars and garbage thrown on the side walks. Not only is it a safety and health hazard, it is a very eyesore to drive through. I cannot believe that Greer has become the garbage dump of Clearwater County.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Kathy Dougherty
    Wow, the Road Department graded Sunnyside Bench Road on Wednesday, Feb. 27, the day before my neighbor John Gilliam’s letter appeared in the paper. It was good for one day after they pushed the dirt into the pot holes. It has rained or snowed every day since and the pot holes are back, larger than ever. Does the County have any gravel to place on the road? I remember being told that there was training done so that when a road was graded correctly it would last. Well, not so in the case of Sunnyside Bench or Old Peck Grade. Sunnyside Bench Road is well traveled and is also a school bus route. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Chamber After Hours at the Coon Building
    The agencies in the Coon Building and the Orofino Chamber of Commerce would like to invite the community to a Chamber After Hours open house event for the whole family. It will take place Thursday, March 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 2200 Michigan Avenue. The University of Idaho-Clearwater County Extension, Lewis-Clark State College Outreach, Clearwater County Emergency Management, Veterans Affairs, and Adult and Juvenile Probation invite everyone to stop by and see what they have to offer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • From this Chair
    Out the back (south) windows of the house it is spring time. The lawn is bare and green. Out the front windows to the north it is still winter with overcast skies and clouds hanging low over the hills across the way. It must be almost spring as out the north windows I can see the Clearwater River is running high and muddy. Trees and branches and other debris are swiftly being moved downstream in the muddy water. A sure sign of spring runoff in the high country. Looking at the calendar Monday I see it’s only 10 days until spring. Springing ahead Sunday by pushing the time up one hour for daylight saving time makes it believable that spring is just around the corner! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    50 Years Ago - Ten girls from Weippe High School left this week to attend a Tri-State Conference of Girls League at LaGrande, OR. Delegates were Regeena Bross, Christine Jacobson, Linda Wyatt, Sue Thiessen, Paula Vanderpool, Gwen Snyder, Diana Snyder, Nina Gangewer, Lois Hutchins, and Lois Dawson. Mrs. Arlo Giles, advisor, would accompany the group. Mrs. Wesley Jacobson, Mrs. Gordon Thiessen, and Miss Sharon Wyatt would furnish the transportation. 90 Years Ago - Mrs. John A. Lewis, a resident of south Johnson Avenue, suffered a break in her left ankle just above the joint, and a severe sprain in her right ankle, when she stepped off the porch at her home at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday. Mrs. Lewis was unable to recall whether she turned her ankle, or whether her heel caught on the step and tripped her. She suffered great pain that night, but was doing better the next morning. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Junior First Lego League at the Weippe Library
    Junior First Lego League (Jr.FLL) is in its sixth week at the Weippe Library. The kids have enjoyed building Legos, meeting various guests, and learning about what to do to prepare for earthquakes. We have 16 kids, ages six through nine that are involved in Jr.FLL. They are in the process of telling a story of what an earthquake can do by working together building a Lego city. Our guests have been Bruce McCormick, Don Gardner, and Paul Nusser. They have brought their experiences and stories to show the children how to prepare and keep safe during this time of disaster. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Fraser news
    As I looked out the window on Monday morning I could tell that it was still raining. Not only could I hear it, but our year is full of standing water and rain drops are splashing down. The pond nearest the house is almost full of water. We checked the other two ponds on our property and they are also full. The dry conditions last year had left all three ponds with very little water, so it’s wonderful to have them full again. Jean Bennett and Darrell Hesler have been keeping an eye on the Clearwater River at their home near Lenore. They can see how much the river has risen and noticed that it had turned a brown color the last couple days. Does the word “cabin fever” come to mind? Mother Nature must have gone on vacation with the Snow Birds. I wonder what kind of weather Arizona and Southern California are having. Maybe she thought that giving us two days without rain last week should have given us some hope that drier weather could be on the way. We certainly hope she gets “her act together” and that she takes pity on us poor drowned rats before we turn moldy. The NOAA weather station gave out warnings this morning of possible flooding in low lying areas. All the rain and melting of the snow has caused some of the roads here on the hilltop to be flooded. Rosena Aultz reported the culverts on Four Mile Road cant keep up with the run off. They even saw water running down the concrete spillway at the Deyo Reservoir which is just east of their road. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    If you are interested in trying out for this year’s production of the Haw Hee you are invited to attend a two day audition on both Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27, at the Community Hall in Weippe at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome! The Haw Hee will take the place of the melodrama at this year Camas Festival over Memorial Day Weekend on May 23-24. This year’s director is Sheila Barteaux. If you would like more information, you can contact her at 208-435-4827. 
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  • Pierce news
    Pierce was a busy place Friday night and Saturday as parents of the Cadets at IDYCA traveled here to visit for Parents Day, a six-hour visit. Since I work at the local store, I had the opportunity to meet many of the parents and visit with them before and after their time with their child. It was awesome to feel their excitement beforehand, but to listen to them after their visit was a heartwarming experience for me. One parent teared up and said, “there are no words that can describe the difference.” They are all so proud and impressed with the staff, the structure and most of all the difference in their child's attitude and how well they are doing scholastically. I told the parents how we see them marching, at first you could tell they really didn't want to be doing it, lack of posture, etc. But recently when you see them they are marching proud! Thankfully it was a pleasant day and everyone was able to visit outside. The Cadets were not allowed to leave the premises, so the school was full.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for March 13
    Spring is the time when hatchery steelhead concentrate in smaller rivers, making it a great time to fish. This year has been no exception. Steelhead fishing is unique, considering it is very good anytime catch rates are lower than 20 hours per fish caught. Recent angler surveys show catch rates vary significantly, ranging from seven hours per fish on the upper Salmon River from the Middle Fork Salmon River upstream to North Fork, to well over 100 hours per fish in other river sections.

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