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March 20 Poll Results
Spring Break
Do you vacation on spring
break, or relax at home?

  0% I usually vacation. (0)
43% I prefer to stay near home. (16)
14% I would vacation more during spring break, but can’t afford it. (5)
43% I alternate between the two. (16)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • New amendment passed by legislature spells good news for CVHC
    The people in the Clearwater valley can rest a little easier with the latest developments initiated by Clearwater County Commissioners, concerning the future of Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (CVHC). In a unanimous vote, 64-0 (six house members were absent) the Idaho State Legislature approved a bill  on March 10, to allow rural counties of Idaho to extend the length of a long term lease of the hospital from 20 years to 35 years. Prior to the new legislation a 20 year lease was the longest that a lease could be written without a public auction of the lease according to the constraints in I.C. 31-836. The prospect of an extended lease is great news for CVHC and Essentia Health, (formerly known as the Benedictine Health System), but some may ask “How will the amendment benefit local residents?” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Jail inmate attempts suicide
    An inmate at the Clearwater County Jail on March 11 attempted to commit suicide, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Jail staff noticed the suicide attempt at approximately 4:45 p.m. The inmate, whose name was not released, had used a sweatshirt and a blanket in his cell to create a makeshift noose.
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  • Bodybuilder from Orofino to appear on NBC's "Grimm" Friday
    Brad Hollibaugh, who was raised in Orofino and is the son of current resident Larry Hollibaugh, will appear on NBC’s “Grimm” this Friday, March 21, at 9 p.m. Hollibaugh is an award-winning, competitive bodybuilder, and according to his website, brad-hollibaugh.com, has been competing since the 1980s. On “Grimm,” Hollibaugh will play a character named Ivan, according to imdb.com.
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  • Signs of spring fever witnessed at city council meeting
    Perhaps it is a little early yet to determine, but from the Proclamation of Arbor Day, near the beginning of the March 11 regular City Council meeting until its adjournment, (which, due to daylight saving time, was still light out), it was difficult not to daydream of the warmer days ahead. All that talk about spring cleaning (the city wide clean up,) the City Park schedule, the unofficial proclamation of Orofino Creek’s receding flood waters and a Splash Pad presentation just seemed to put an extra bounce in my step. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Dent Acres boat ramp is open; early season camping starts March 28
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir are gearing up for the early recreation season by opening the Dent Acres boat ramp, as of March 14. “With the weather beginning to warm, kokanee fishing is really starting to pick up in reservoir areas near the dam and at Canton Creek. Most are averaging about 10-inches long and pretty fat." said Paul Pence, natural resources manager at the dam. "It might be a little cold for swimming this time of year, but Dworshak still has a lot to offer outdoor-lovers—camping, hiking, picnicking, visitor center activities, fishing and boating,” Rangers encourage campers to make reservations soon for space at one of their scenic campgrounds.. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Accrediation of high schools shows strength and room for growth
    Reports at the March 17 School Board meeting comprised of the accreditation process for both Orofino and Timberline High Schools. Superintendent Vian stated that in general both schools did quite well, and both principals received kudos from the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee. Orofino High School (OHS) in particular, had received high accolades in the presentation process. There is plenty of room for growth and technology for these schools is still in need of updating. The district has been working extremely hard on updating this department and would continue to do so. Orofino Elementary School (OES) teachers presented the substantial progress their school had seen in reading and math this year. The board had approved funding last year to purchase a new reading curriculum. Teachers believed the program was highly instrumental in helping to boost student achievement and performance levels.
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  • Airman Billups graduates from basic training
    Air Force Airman Charles J. Billups graduated recently from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
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  • Lady Maniacs split season opener
    While on the road the Lady Maniacs split a pair of nonleague games down at New Plymouth High on Friday, March 14. Orofino started the weekend off with a 17-7 win over Melba but fell short to New Plymouth 12-13. Kyla Cobbs combined seven strikeouts on the day.
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  • Maniacs open season with two wins
    Orofino baseball opened the season with two nonleague wins (7-0 and 10-0) over the Bonner Ferry Badgers. Between three pitchers the Maniacs went six-innings with no hits in the second game, on Saturday, March 15. Josh Walker struck out five batters and only walked one during his three innings in the second game. John Walker and Tory Knapp sealed the no-hitter with two and one inning stints. The three pitchers combined a total of 10 strikeouts and two walks. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Chuck Raddon
    The system of Cities, Counties and local Taxing Districts we use here in Idaho was developed in England in the middle ages. It worked when most people lived in towns, and it worked in the United States when those who lived outside of a city/town only came to town a few times each year. However, technology has made changes and our governing systems have not kept up. Even up to WWII people who lived just five miles from town seldom made the trip to town. They worked on a farm, a ranch or they logged and their kids walked or rode a horse to a local school. Now many people live just outside of city limits and commute to town for work and pleasure and their kids are bused to town for school. The consequences have muddled our clean separation of authority and responsibilities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Dworshak increases discharge to make room for spring inflows
    Discharge flows from Dworshak Dam were increased on March 16 from approximately 14,100 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 17,100 c.f.s. to make room for anticipated inflows resulting from spring rainfall and snowmelt, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management officials. Corps officials advise boaters and other people using regulated waterways to be alert to changes in water elevation and volume of flow. Water-management changes can be pretty dynamic this time of year as weathers systems come through the region and temperatures begin to rise. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • CVHC to offer free mammograms and female exams
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics is sponsoring a free ‘Ladies Night Out’ on Thursday, March 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in their Orofino clinic. Each woman who attends will receive a free goody bag with lots of fun items and information on female health issues. CVHC will also provide a limited number of free mammograms and female exams to women who are uninsured or underinsured. “Some of our health care providers will be there that evening to provide the exams in the private clinic exam rooms, but the reception area will be open for any and all women to learn more about breast cancer and have a good time in the company of other females. Anyone can schedule an exam for that evening. Insurance information, or information about lack of insurance, will be taken over the phone and kept strictly confidential,” said Vicky Petersen, Director of Physician Services.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    20 Years Ago - Three Orofino children were found unharmed at about 10 p.m. Monday after a search of the area. The three boys, ages 5, 6, and 11, were cold, wet, and dirty from their trek up a mountain, but were otherwise unharmed. Close to 45 people, including authorities and some citizens, had been searching for the boys for about four hours. A frantic parent phoned the police to report that their five-year-old son was missing. While police were speaking to the first parent, they received a call from another parent, whose six-year-old was also missing. The oldest boy had apparently packed a backpack with extra clothing and a hatchet, then dropped it out a window, before calmly leaving the house to retrieve it and depart. The oldest boy had a history of running away.
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  • Idaho employment hits another record in January
    Total employment set its fifth straight monthly record in January, driving Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.4 percent. Idaho’s jobless rate for January was the lowest since September 2008 and has fallen 1.3 percentage points since January 2013. The rate was also one and a quarter percentage points below the nation’s and has been lower than the national rate for more than 12 years.  The number of new workers hired across the state in January increased 1,300 from a year earlier, but the total remained under 13,000 and well below the nearly 15,000 hired in January 2008.
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  • Fraser news
    Rosena Aultz and her husband Lanis own the Buffalo Ranch on Four Mile Road. Rosena was concerned that she would have trouble getting through that area on Tuesday morning. She is the Chief Judge for the Weippe Election District and had to open the polls that day. The employees at the Clearwater Highway District brought extra gravel to the trouble spot and the problem was taken care of. Steve and I stopped by the reservoir on Wednesday and took some pictures of the water as it flowed down the spill way and hit the baffles at the lower end. The water near the dam was melted by the reservoir; it will be a great place to fish and camp when the project is finished. The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club held their regular monthly meeting on March 12. The hostesses were Rosena Aultz and Lydia Undem. The tables were decorated for Saint Patrick’s Day which as you can guess was in green and white. President Peggy Ball called the meeting to order and Treasurer Norma Brand read the minutes of the last meeting and gave the treasurers report. Secretary Oreta Stuart had an appointment in Orofino and arrived after the meeting had started.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last Saturday I had the pleasure of going skiing at Bald Mountain with my family and a few friends who drove all the way here from Hillsboro, Oregon to ski on the last day the ski hill was going to be open for the season. It was a beautiful day and we all had a great time on the slopes! After visiting Brundage Ski Resort last month, I was filled with appreciation for our wonderful ski hill! I love how friendly the staff is and how it feels so much more relaxed there. The prices of everything from the food to the lift tickets and gear rentals are so much more reasonable. Being able to leave all of our stuff in the lodge and not worry about it being lost or stolen was another bonus! There just seemed to be way too much chaos at Brundage, although it was also beautiful and a wonderful way to spend time with the family. I'd like to thank all the wonderful people who work at Bald Mountain, the Weippe Fraser Rec. District, and all the people who donate time to make the ski hill a success! I know it takes a lot of time and money to keep the ski hill up and running.  
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  • Pierce news
    The Clearwater Ski Club appreciates all the skiers and snowboarders who came out to ride the slopes of Bald Mountain with us this season; there were 1,075 in our 20 days of operation. The club also sends out a huge thanks for all of its supporters: Avista, Nolan Cochrell Electric, DABCO Logging, Finke Logging, Maki Manufacturing and our grantors Dworshak Rec Dist, Weippe-Fraser Rec. District and the XL Group, and a long list of volunteers.  Bald Mountain is a community hill and these folks are part of the team working to keep the hill alive for all of us. To assist with funding of our free bus program, the following organizations stepped up: Orofino Kiwanis, Clearwater Substance Abuse Workgroup (CSAW) and the Orofino Chamber of Commerce. Keep an eye on our Facebook for summer projects!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for March 20
    It’s not too early to enter the first Super Hunt drawing in June. The deadline is May 31. With every entry in Fish and Game’s Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags – eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn hunts as well as one moose hunt.  One “Super Hunt Combo” entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

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