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April 3 Poll Results
Wise Tax Spending
At present, for the most part, do you feel the federal government is wisely spending your tax dollars?

   2% Yes, I do. (1)
87% No, I do not. (55)
11% Some yes, some no. (7)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Orofino City Council meeting stormed by proposed zone changes and annexation
    The Orofino City Council meeting was well attended March 25, with many of the same faces seen at the Planning and Zoning meeting the week before. Dave Ponozzo and Larry Skinner were (both added to the evening’s agenda) present to address the proposed zone changes and annexation. Ponozzo informed the council that the proposal of annexation boundary in the Konkolville area appears to follow the line of his property as the road leads to Don Konkol’s place. The right of way shows 30’ allowed on either side of the center line. “We have recognized a no man’s land on the lower part of the road. I’ve asked for you guys to consider moving that to the south west right of way boundary, rather than going up the middle of the street so that at some future date half of that road is gonna be on me and the other half on the city.” Ponozzo continued, “I don’t think it makes for a good mix and I know from talking to the Assessor that no man’s land is going to be owned by somebody shortly. I think I know who it’s going to belong to and I really don’t want to have 30’ of right away for a couple hundred yards to deal over with the city. So I’m asking you to consider moving it over to the right of way boundary instead of the property boundary in the annexation plan.”
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  • Three stuck in snow found unharmed
    Three people in a Chevrolet pickup who went for a drive and became stuck in the snow March 26 were found unharmed the next morning, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Shelby Millsap, 22, of Bremerton, WA, with Jordan Berger, 20, and Caleb Broncheau, 19, both of Orofino, had driven up Cascade Drive, near Orofino, in Millsap’s 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup. They left at about 3 p.m. March 26. Before dark the pickup became stuck in snow in the area where Cascade Drive meets up with Orofino Creek. After the group was reported overdue at 1:44 a.m. March 27, CCSO deputies, along with Clearwater County Search and Rescue, conducted a search. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Weippe couple injured in crash
    A couple from Weippe was injured in a one-vehicle accident near milepost 37 on Highway 12 March 27, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Claud E. Umphenour, 81, and Maxine G. Umphenour, 78, both of Weippe, were eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 in a 2001 Toyota Rav 4. At about 1:20 p.m., near milepost 36.9, Claud, who was driving, crossed left of the solid double yellow lines and continued across the westbound lane, according to ISP. He then drove off the left shoulder and struck a pump house.
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  • Ask the mayor
    Question: Mayor Smathers, with the recent discussion being held concerning the appropriateness and political correctness of some of the mascot names (including the much-loved Orofino High School Maniac), could you tell the Tribune readers how you view this subject? Answer: Without a doubt I will offend someone with my answer. I honestly don’t understand all of the controversy. Why would anyone choose a mascot for their school that was anything less than a source of pride? Maybe I’m not easily offended, but I don’t see the negative in many of the mascots under fire. As far as the Orofino Maniac goes, it is, has been, and will continue to be an amazing source of pride for all Orofino students and alumni. Anyone that chooses to misinterpret or misrepresent our mascot needs to get a life. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Four injured in two-vehicle accident
    Four people involved in a two-vehicle accident were all transported by ambulance or helicopter due to injuries they sustained in a crash that occurred March 27 on Highway 11, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Scott Jensen, 30, of Weippe, was traveling north on Highway 11. At 11:55 a.m., near milepost 20, he appeared to lose control of the 2000 Ford Expedition he was driving, according to CCSO. The Expedition crossed the centerline and struck a 2003 Chrysler van driven by 39-year-old Elizabeth Lopez of Weippe. Jensen had one passenger with him, a 15-year-old female juvenile. Lopez also had a passenger, 64-year-old Donna Bonner of Weippe.
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  • Orofino's Kyle Sullings brings home four victories
    In Kamiah on March 25, Orofino’s Kyle Sullings collected four wins to lead the boys’ track team to a first place finish. Sullings won the 100, 200 and 400 and ran as the anchor leg of the Maniac’s triumphant 1600 relay team. The Maniac boys won the team title with 130 points. The Lady Maniacs won 6th place, Timberline girls won 9th place and Timberline boys’ team got 11th place.
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  • County-wide ordinance to clean up properties discussed
    The Board of County Commissioners at their March 24 meeting considered information from a resident regarding a county-wide ordinance proposal initiate cleanup of properties around the County. This type of ordinance could impact properties that are found to be health safety risks. The Board took the information under advisement.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Steve Linton, owner of Tri-Pro
    My name is Steve Linton, owner and president of Tri-Pro Forest Products, and I oppose the forced annexation on our 13 parcels into the City of Orofino. It is of no benefit to Tri-Pro to be the city limits of Orofino. Of the benefits listed in the Annexation Plan Summary, none are a benefit to Tri-Pro. 1. Government Administration-Tri-Pro has no need for any Orofino city government administrative services. The only Orofino city government administrative duty I can think of that they would have to do is for the billing clerk to prepare the bill for the extra 79.6% taxes I would be paying. Close to $10,000. 2. Police protection-already adequately provided by Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office. 3. Fire protection-already adequately provided by the Orofino Rural Fire District, whose fire station is only 200 yards up the road. 4. Street maintenance and parks-there are no current or proposed city streets adjacent to any of the Tri-Pro property. Tri-Pro never utilizes any of the city parks. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Recreation fee increases proposed by Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
    Recreation managers at the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have struggled over the past 10 years to keep campgrounds, cabins and lookout rentals open without raising fees during a time when budgets have significantly declined resulting in staff and service reductions.  Over the last two years those managers completed a Recreation Facilities Analysis (RFA) to determine how the forest can maintain a sustainable program during severely declining budgets, while still providing the high quality recreation experiences forest visitor’s desire. Three options were evaluated during the RFA process: 1) reduce services; 2) manage fee sites using a concessionaire; and 3) raise fees at selected developed sites. The Forest received many comments from the public about the different proposals listed above. Many of those that commented were concerned with use of concessionaires or with limiting services and closing sites.
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  • Family history of postal service runs deep
    The name Blake has been in area postal service for many years. Not all are related, but one Blake family can trace their employment with the United States Postal Service back to the turn of the previous century. Jay Blake and his wife Tracey have been rural carriers for Orofino for a number of years. Jay started on a contract route in 1983 and became full time in 1997. He presently delivers Route 1. Tracey began in the mid-90s and is the present Route 63 carrier. Their daughter Chantel Blake is following in her parents’ footsteps as the current substitute carrier for two rural routes. Jay’s mother, Mythella Blake, the widow of Edwin William Blake, worked sorting incoming mail for the Peck Post Office before transferring to Orofino in 1971. She retired in 1986. That is all recent history, but the family knows that their involvement with the U.S. Mail in Northern Idaho goes back much farther.
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  • Donna Jackson remembered
    A memorial service was held on Wednesday, March 26, for Donna Mae (Hayes) Jackson at the Pine Hills Funeral Chapel in Orofino. Donna passed away on March 22, 2014 at the Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston, WA, of complications related to cancer. Before the service began, a wonderful slide show of Donna’s life was projected on the screen at the front of the chapel. It reminded everyone of the life she lived while growing up in Weippe. She was born on August 12, 1934 to Forrest and Lola (Wilson) Hayes. She attended elementary school there and graduated from high school in 1952. Mike McHone was asked by the family to speak at the service. He talked too many of Donna’s friends and family as he gathered information about her life. Betty Cole remembered a time when Donna’s parents brought this cute little red headed baby to a gathering.
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  • Boy Scouts Troop 536 needs your support
    How many of us were once an aspiring Cub Scout or Boy Scout or a parent or grandparents of a scout? Most likely, a number of us were once connected to scouting and we relish the fact that, at one time or another, we attended their meetings and learned or imparted some new things to them. Their campouts are always a must go, not only for the adventure but also to enjoy their outdoor cooking, which always makes one wonder if these scouts were taught somewhere how to cook. Boys are boys, but through scouting they became responsible boys and later on became responsible men who became successful individuals.  To continue imparting a positive impact in the lives of these young men, Boy Scouts of America, and for that matter Troop 536, based out of the United Methodist Church in Orofino, needs your support. In the coming week, scouts from the troop will approach businesses and individuals in and around Orofino to seek financial help to keep the scouting tradition alive in the Lewis Clark Valley.
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  • February unemployment statistics for area counties
    The Idaho Department of Labor has released the February 2014 unemployment rate statistics for all of Idaho’s counties. Between January and February, unemployment rates crept up in Clearwater County and neighboring counties, but remained equal to or less than last year’s rates. In Clearwater County, February’s rate was 11.7 percent, up from 11.5 percent in January. It is still below last February’s rate of 12.6 percent. In Idaho County, the rate increased from 7.4 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February. Last February Idaho County’s rate was 9.5 percent.
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  • Diesel fuel spill results from truck wreck
    The fuel tank of a Kenworth truck that wrecked on U.S. Highway 12 last week was ruptured in the crash, spilling between 80 and 100 gallons of diesel fuel, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). The crash occurred March 27 at 1:58 p.m., near milepost 126, in Idaho County. Johnny M. Campbell, 55, of Missoula, MT, was westbound on the highway in a 1993 Kenworth Tractor. According to ISP, Campbell drove off the right shoulder of the road, and the truck struck a rock outcropping, which tore the right fuel tank from the truck. This ruptured the tank, resulting in the spill.
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  • Fraser news
    On Tuesday, the day was spent in Orofino; after breakfast at the Ponderosa Restaurant we visited with Wayne Perkins and returned his family photos. I attended the P.E.O. meeting at Julia Irby’s home in the afternoon. Before we returned home, we bought groceries at Barney’s Harvest Foods store and used the gift certificate we won at the Pierce Weippe Chamber Auction as partial payment. Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, we met Reggie and Peggy Ball at the Fraser Community Center to arrange the tables and chairs and set everything up for the potluck dinner in memory of Donna Jackson. Cammie Ebert met them at the center and brought paper products to help with the serving of the dinner. Thanks, Cammie. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Birthdays being celebrated next week are those of Abigail Brown and Gretchen Wiggins on April 6, Kerri Gibbar and Gradi Thomson on April 9, Tressa Soles on April 11, and Debbi Jacobus on April 12. There are no anniversaries in the Community Calendar next week. The Senior Center will be holding an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, April 19, from 7 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, ham, scrambled eggs, and hotcakes. The cost is only $7 for adults and $4 for kids between 4 and 12 years old. Proceeds will go to help out the Senior Center. After breakfast there will be an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 10:30 a.m. 
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  • Pierce news
    I've been talking to these guys and they are pretty excited about the new targets! Sounds like a good time for bow shooters. This weekend, April 5-6, there will be a trail shoot with non-competitive or money classes. There are new targets from last year, featuring Bigfoot, grizzly, and bison. There will also be long range smoker round, money dots, camping and concessions. The one-day entry fee is $15 for an individual or $26 for a family. A two-day discount and youth prices are offered. The start time is 8 a.m. both days.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for April 3
    The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts opens this week. Applications for these hunts will be accepted April 1 through April 30. Only one mountain goat tag will be offered in Hunt Area 39 this year, resulting from fires in Unit 39 two years ago. Because of those fires, managers were forced to close the hunt in 2012, leaving four tag-holders with rain checks. Three of those hunters have elected to participate in the hunt in the 2014 season. Hunt Area 39 is a small geographic area with limited access points, and limited goat population. The Fish and Game Commission agreed having more than four hunters with mountain goat tags could cause crowding for the once-in-a-lifetime hunt.

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