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March 27 Poll Results
Tomboys Not Welcome
What do you think of the fact a (private) Christian school in Virginia asked an eight-year-old girl to stop attending the school because her “tomboy” hair and attire weren’t female enough for their standards?

53% I think it’s completely absurd. (33)
36% If the Christian school’s staff feel her hair and attire were inappropriate, they have a right to ask her to change, and if she won’t, then to leave. (22)
11% I don’t know that I agree with them, but I do feel they have the right to ask her to change or leave. (7)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Probable cause confirmed - Peck shooting suspect headed for trial
    Christopher J. Partee of Peck was bound over to 2nd District Court for trial March 20, for fatally shooting Coby J. Bloodworth in downtown Peck last month. Magistrate Kent J. Merica ruled that there was probable cause to hold Partee, 27, for trial. Partee is charged with one count of second-degree murder. The shooting took place Feb. 11 at Partee’s mobile home on Main Street in Peck.
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  • Donkey Basketball tournament filled with fun and laughter
    The 2014 Donkey Basketball Tournament hosted by the Timberline Booster Club was a great success! It was a night filled with fun and laughter. This year’s event had a 6C theme. Timberline Boosters invited the Orofino Maniacs to join in the donkey craze. Sarah Hill (Orofino senior advisor) was a great help and put together a senior team, and was able to round up enough staff for a team. Timberline had eager participants all around! The night started off with Timberline staff vs. Orofino staff and Timberline came out on top.
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  • Lapwai man indicted for first degree murder
    Raymond Antoine Scott, Jr., 37, of Lapwai, Idaho, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene yesterday for first degree murder, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Scott is currently being held at the Yakama Tribal Jail in Toppenish, Washington. An initial appearance in federal court has not been set.  The indictment alleges that on or about July 9, 2013, within the boundaries of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Scott, an enrolled tribal member, killed William Reich, also an enrolled tribal member. The charge of first degree murder is punishable by life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
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  • Negligent endangerment in lead poisoning incident in Kamiah
    John Wilhelm Myre, 55, of Garretson, South Dakota, pleaded guilty yesterday to negligent endangerment under the Clean Air Act, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Myre was charged by information on Feb. 3. According to the plea agreement, Myre admitted that between Jan. 25 and 29, 2013, he was the supervisor of approximately five laborers for Dakota Southern Railroad. While the employees were working in Kamiah, Myre directed them to use acetylene cutting torches to cut apart steel beams from an old railroad trestle. These steel beams were painted with lead-based paint. When the paint was burned by the torches it became volatilized and released lead compounds into the air. One of the workers was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with acute lead poisoning. Dakota Southern Railroad was not prosecuted. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Discharge flows from Dworshak Reservoir to further increase
    Discharge flows from Dworshak Dam were increased again March 22, from approximately 17,000 c.f.s. (cubic feet per second) to about 20,000 c.f.s., to make room for anticipated inflows resulting from additional rainfall and snowmelt in the Clearwater sub-basin, 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 weather systems come through the region and temperatures begin to rise.  Managing water levels to reduce flood risk throughout the reservoir system requires constant weather and snow-pack monitoring and making appropriate adjustments to ensure enough storage space is available for rainfall and snowmelt that occurs each spring.
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  • Orofino Spring Round-Up April 12
    Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss the annual Orofino Spring Round-Up Saturday, April 12. This fundraising event, in its fourteenth year, is a fun and relaxing day for all people to enjoy at Orofino City Park. The Clearwater Valley Chapter of the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association and ICARE, Inc. invite everyone to attend. This year our entertainment will be provided by Alaska’s Hobo Jim and our very own Shiloh! Both are very talented and will be enjoyable afternoon/evening music.
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  • OHS cheerleaders take third overall at state
    On March 21, the Orofino High School cheerleaders competed at state competition in Boise and won third place over all the other teams. The cheerleaders competed in the Varsity Pom, Varsity Sideline, Coed Varsity Show and Coed Stunt Group categories. Orofino took first place in the Coed Varsity Show and first place in the Coed Stunt Group.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Donna Kelly
    For several years now, there has been a sign that says “Our Kids are Worth Whatever it Takes.” It’s time to make this statement a reality. Over the past few weeks, it has become obvious to some that this sign only applies to certain school agendas. It seems that academics are not high on this agenda. The senior government class has an opportunity of a lifetime to go to Washington D.C. and participate in “We the People.” This is a national debate with their peers throughout the U.S. The experience they will gain will be with each senior forever. Unfortunately, the expense of attending this national event is high. The government class needs the help of the residents and businesses of the City of Orofino and Clearwater County to raise the required monies. The government class has worked extremely hard to get to this point. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Long-time Orofino couple celebrates 50th anniversary
    Kyle Latham and Beverly Latham were married in Orofino 50 years ago on March 28, 1964. Kyle was a meat cutter and butcher all their married life. When they built their own meat shop, “Latham’s,” Bev went to work and continued working side by side over 40 years. Kyle now likes to spend his time working on classic cars and does some scrapping. Bev helps him however she can and walks their dog Annie all over town for exercise. Bev and Kyle like to camp and ride their ATVs and love boating on Dworshak Reservoir. They also travel to Arizona once a year to visit friends and relatives. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • OES student benchmarks improve
    Orofino Elementary students’ ISAT and reading indicator scores improved in a year or less, according to the recently release School Board report. The Idaho reading indicator data for 2013-14 shows the following improvements at OES: Kindergarten: Fall 54% benchmark, winter 83% benchmark (a 29% increase). First grade: Fall 53% benchmark, winter 76% benchmark (a 23% increase). Second grade: Fall 44% benchmark, winter 53% benchmark (a 10% increase). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • From this Chair
    I keep waiting. And nothing has happened in over two weeks. I wanted to find out how early in the spring the hummingbirds show up, so I had my son-in-law John Baldwin hang out the feeder over two weeks ago. And so far not a hummingbird in sight! Darold and Marcie Stanton are charmers when it comes to winning over hummingbirds and I wanted at least one to show up at my house before the birds all got together and decided to go to Stantons’. The Stantons have six feeders hanging along their front deck and there have been as many as 15 hummingbirds there at one time. The birds fight for a position at the feeders. They make a tiny squeaky sound and dart back and forth between the feeder and the trees. At times it turns into a circus and well worth watching. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Homeland Security doesn't want your computer
    Local resident Dora McMinn has reported a computer scam she experienced recently, in which a pop-up appeared on her computer, claiming her computer had been “blocked” by Homeland Security. The pop-up went on to tell her she had 48 hours to cough up $300 to “unblock” it, and if she did not, Homeland Security would shut down, and perhaps even confiscate, her computer. Dora noted that the pop-up didn’t offer a phone number, or any other contact information. No doubt “Homeland Security” was loathe to explain why they were suddenly gung ho to confiscate the computer of a random Clearwater County citizen. Dora wasn’t fooled, and contacted the real Homeland Security, who advised her that the pop-up was a scam. Her computer had likely been infected with a virus, they said, and she was advised to take the machine to a computer specialist, who could clean out the virus and, if needed, reinstall her operating system, as well as help her choose anti-virus software.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago - Mrs. R.E. Thomas sustained a compound fracture of the left leg earlier this week, when she fell at the A.B. Curtis home on Kalaspo Avenue. Mrs. Thomas, who had been running an errand, forgot about the existence of a cellar stairway at the back door. She stepped inadvertently down the first step and then fell to the ground, fracturing her leg just above the ankle. The fracture was “quite pronounced,” according to the article. 80 Years Ago - C.C. Reed, night watchman of the White Pine Lumber Company, notified the phone company of a fire at a south Main Street residence belonging to Sophia Tuomi, who was not home at the time of the fire. Her property was completely destroyed. The fire was thought to be caused by defective wiring or a defective flue. The behavior of other residents around the fire was bad enough for the fire department to address. In a statement, the department asked residents not to follow or try to beat the fire truck to the scene, and to park at least a block away from the fire, so as not to impede the firefighters’ efforts.
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  • Opportunity to object the Newsome Creek Watershed Road Restoration Project
    District Ranger, Terry Nevius, of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, has prepared the a environmental assessment (EA) and draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the Newsome Creek Watershed Road Restoration Project. The project area is located within the Newsome Creek and Leggett Creek watersheds, tributaries of the South Fork Clearwater River, between Grangeville and Elk City, Idaho. The project would improve fish habitat by reducing sediment delivery to streams and improve hydrologic function with the watersheds. The project would conduct decommissioning of 71 miles of road including abandonment (3 miles), and 95 miles of road improvement. This project would also install one full- size vehicle bridge across the West Fork Newsome Creek on Road 1834 and one trail vehicle bridge across Newsome Creek on Easter Mine Trail 834.  The EA and draft Decision Notice/FONSI are available for review on-line at: To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser community has lost one of its long time residents. Donna Jackson passed away on Saturday, March 22. Her battle with Parkinson’s disease lasted for many years, but it never affected her zest of life. Out condolences go out to her husband and their children. She will be missed. The Pierce-Weippe Chamber auction and dinner were held on Saturday evening. When we arrived at the Weippe Community Center, one of the Cadets from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy greeted us at the door, and then joined two other Cadets to help out over the evening. They did a great job and are to be congratulated for their efforts. The Center was filled with area residents and we joined them as we decided what to do with our raffle tickets. We looked over the silent auction items and then waited in line for the dinner. It was a pleasure to get acquainted with Loren Whitten Baugh while we were waiting to be served. The members of the local Rebekah chapter served a very tasty dinner which included prime rib, baked potato, green beans, and dessert. The silent auction items were delivered to the highest bidder, the names of the raffle winners were announced and given their prizes; what a surprise it was when our ticket was drawn. We received a $25 gift certificate to Barneys' Harvest Foods, a hunting DVD and a flashlight. It pays to buy raffle tickets!
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I'm sure that most of you heard about the unfortunate fire at the Hill residence in Weippe a couple of weeks ago. Erik, Onalee, and their kids have been friends of mine for the last several years and my heart went out their family when I heard about their loss. I was happy to hear that their freezers were not lost in the fire and that they were able to salvage some of their belongings. Onalee asked that I send out a big thank you from their family to everyone who has helped them through this tough time! Bill and Marlene McCollum of Weippe would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, ShyAnnah to Dalton Flemming, son of Rob and Tina Flemming, currently residing in Mesa, Arizona. ShyAnnah is a 2013 graduate of Timberline High School. She is presently a student at Lewis-Clark State College. She is employed at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Dalton is a 2012 graduate of Timberline High School and is currently stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska.  
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  • Pierce news
    An 1860 Days meeting will be held Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m. at Pierce Community Center. 1860 Days will be exciting this year! The dates are Aug. 1-3. We have a new band for the street dance - it is Nu Jack City, a seven-piece band from Spokane. Check them out on YouTube - lots of energy, lots of fun for the whole family. If you have special songs or artists you want to hear, they will learn the songs if they don't know them now. Contact Kathy if you wish to hear your favorite artists. I will pass this on. This is a truly “interactive” experience for Saturday, Aug. 2. The new street dance hours will be from 7:30 p.m. to 12 midnight.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for March 27
    In the fall of 2013, the Commission approved a restriction on the length of Steelhead (none > 28 inches) that could be harvested in the Clearwater River downstream of Orofino Bridge and in the North Fork Clearwater River.  This rule was effective for both the fall 2013 and spring 2014 Steelhead seasons. The length restriction was implemented to protect larger 2-ocean fish that were needed for hatchery brood stock. Run-size updates at that time indicated a very poor return of 2-ocean Steelhead to the Clearwater River. A reduction in the limit (daily limit of one fish) was also implemented at that time in all waters in the Clearwater River basin that were open to Steelhead fishing.

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