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May 1 Poll Results
Jellybean Milk
Would you drink
jellybean-flavored milk?

58% No way! Ew! (34)
  9% Sure! (5)
24% I might try a sip, to see what it was like, but that’s all. (14)
  9% It would depend on the flavor. (5)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • UPS and Kenworth trucks collide on Highway 12
    A UPS truck and Kenworth truck collided near the Orofino Bridge on Highway 12 last Thursday, April 24, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). The incident occurred at 6:08 p.m. at milepost 44, which is right at the intersection of Highway 12 and the Orofino Bridge. William Honeycutt, 53, of Galesburg, IL, had been traveling eastbound on Highway 12, driving a 2001 Kenworth Tractor. Honeycutt was stopped at the intersection of the bridge and the highway, waiting to turn left onto the bridge. A 2009 UPS delivery truck driven by Chad Reitmeier, 46, of Lewiston, was traveling westbound on the highway. As Reitmeier approached the intersection where Honeycutt was waiting to turn, a sedan made a left turn onto the highway, in front of Reitmeier. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Clearwater County courthouse courtroom dedicated
    Clearwater County Commissioners, Judge John Bradbury and other county employees held a dedication ceremony for a courtroom in the Clearwater County Courthouse Monday. The courtroom was dedicated to Israel Burr Cowen by Judge Bradbury, who spearheaded the project. Cowen is shown in a photograph on the wall, along with a plaque that states: Israel Burr Cowen was born to Scottish American parents in Wisconsin in 1828. In 1849 he joined a wagon train to the California gold rush where he worked as a miner. When he heard about Captain E.D. Pierce’s gold discovery he traveled to the Oro Fino Creek diggings at Pierce City in 1862. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Boomershoot: Explosives, guns, and fun in Idaho
    The typically tranquil community of Teakean-Cavendish will be shaken up as over 125 people gather in Northern Idaho for a weekend of explosives and guns at the sixteenth annual Boomer Shoot this Friday through Sunday, May 2-4. Boomershoot is described as precision rifle shooting at exploding targets. Friday and Saturday a precision rifle clinic is offered at 9 a.m. both days. This year both clinics are sold out. Sunday at 10 a.m., the long range shooting and explosions begin. Spectators are welcome. Shooter positions are still available and people wanting to participate can sign up on the Boomershoot website.  Boomershoot is the brainchild of Joe Huffman, a pyrotechnics/firearms enthusiast and software engineer.
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  • Orofino City Council gets an earful from annexation opponents
    Once again, opponents to the proposed annexation filled the Council Chambers for the Orofino City Council meeting held April 22. Annexation did not appear on the agenda for that evening but there was a good amount of discussion pertaining to annexation during the public comment period provided near the end of the meeting. Water/Wastewater Supervisor Michael Martin reported that for the past three weeks or so, someone has been dumping extremely raunchy and old garbage into the septic system and dumping a lot of it. His crews have reported almost six times the normal amount which has killed all biological life in the wastewater system. The crew at the Wastewater facility will need to take extra time and effort to clean and restore the system and fortunately the amount of garbage is tapering off. Martin asked OPD and anybody to report if they see anyone dumping suspiciously or who isn’t authorized. Until we identify the person responsible, we will be chasing the source. The health department is looking into a few of the potential sites which are not monitored. Councilmember Marguerite McLaughlin asked if any there was progress made in locating a site for the community bulletin board. The council hopes that by providing a community bulletin board that it will alleviate residents from posting signs at the power pole at the four way stop intersection. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Boy Scouts guided fishing trip drawing
    Do you love fishing? Want to help the Boy Scouts, too? Boy Scouts Troop 536, based at the United Methodist Church in Orofino, is sponsoring a drawing for a guided fishing trip for four worth $1,000. The fishing trip will be guided by Jim McCarthy of Hells Canyon Sports Fishing in the river of your choice (Clearwater River or Snake River) and for the fish of your choice, too (steelhead or salmon). All fishing gear will be provided, but the winner will be responsible for licenses, tags, and lunch. Only 200 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held Monday, May 19. So, whether you love fishing or simply would like to help the Boy Scouts of Troop 536, grab yourself a ticket from Nikki McCarthy at Walrath Insurance, or call her at 476-5527 to reserve one. Tickets are $20 each. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Absentee ballot application deadline is May 14
    A reminder for those who wish to vote by absentee ballot; the last day for an application for a mail-in ballot to be received by the clerk is by 5 p.m. on May 14. For the primary election this year in person absentee voting is available at the Clearwater County Courthouse, through May 16, by 5 p.m. The last day to return absentee ballots to the county clerk’s office is May 20, by 8 p.m.
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  • Kendall Bett's wish
    Kendall Bett’s wish request with the Make-A-Wish Foundation began in November of 2011 in Arizona, while he and his family lived there. I did not meet Kendall until two years later, in November of 2013, as his family has now moved to Cottonwood. Kendall and his sister, Madeline, have been diagnosed with Monotonic Dystrophy. Kendall lives with his parents, his grandparents, and eight siblings. When Kendall was asked what his wish would be, he simply said, “I want to go shopping at Wal-Mart or the Big K to buy school clothes.” This quiet, shy young man said it all in just a few words. Kendall was granted his wish by Make-A-Wish on March 20 of this year at, Wal-Mart in Lewiston, with KLEW news present.
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  • Federal lands forum set for May 2
    The issue of transferring management of federal lands to the state of Idaho will be discussed on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Orofino Junior/Senior High School Library. This public forum will feature Idaho County Commissioner (District 3) Jim Chmelik. The community is invited to attend. Chmelik will discuss getting the land back into the hands of the State, and how that would benefit the citizens of Idaho. A question and answer session will follow his comments on this controversial issue.
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  • OCS continues to struggle
    Orofino’s Clean & Sober Drop-In Center desperately needs volunteers. At present, the Center is being operated by a small group of members and a four member board of directors. We need volunteers with many talents and a few hours of time for community service. Our volunteers would be able to work the lunch counter, do the janitorial cleaning, run the Bingo games, organize our window displays, organize, promote and implement our events and fundraisers; and some would possibly be interested in serving the Center as board members. Whatever day or days you can help would be the right day or days as we are open from noon until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Many of you may remember the Drop-In Center’s major financial woes in our first winter in 2011. So, what did we learn? Number one, don’t wait until we are several thousand in arrears before we confide in our community to ask for the support we need. Though financial support is always needed, what we really need right now is volunteers. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club Spring Fling this weekend
    Saturday, May 3, Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club (LTML) is having our Annual Spring Fling shooting event at Wolverton’s Cabin, 2852 Wells Bench Road, Orofino. The start time is 10 a.m. The fee to participate in the shoot is $7 per person. Prizes for the top three mountain men, women, and young trappers will be awarded. We will also be having drawing prizes, with tickets selling for six for $5 dollars or $1 each. After the shoot there will be a potluck with the club providing barbequed hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish, beverage, and your chairs. Can’t wait to see all of you black powder shooters!
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  • Show & Shine meeting May 13
    The next meeting for the Orofino Show & Shine Planning Committee (OSSPC) will be taking place Tuesday evening, May 13, at 7 p.m., in the Orofino High School shop in Orofino. The group is continuing to lay the ground-work for this summer’s 11th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Show & Shine, scheduled for Saturday, July 19, at Orofino City Park.
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  • Former Lapwai man sentenced for sexual abuse
    Michael Anthony Wheeler, 21, of Troutdale, OR, was sentenced Monday to 144 months in prison followed by seven years of supervised release for sexual abuse of a minor, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. United Stated District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Wheeler to undergo treatment for sexual deviancy, and register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). In his guilty plea, Wheeler admitted that while he lived in Lapwai, he engaged in sexual acts with someone who could not consent because she was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct.
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  • Community invited to 'Living Ready' preparedness fair
    Some challenges in life impact the whole community like the wildfires last summer that threatened homes and businesses, while others are individual such as unemployment or health problems. ‘Living Ready’ can help in facing and overcoming these parts of the human experience. Orofino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting people of the community and surrounding area to 'Living Ready', a preparedness fair Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their meetinghouse, 13610 Fremont Ave.  Living Ready is not about fear or panic; it is about learning to take care of what is important-loved ones. It is about learning to be smart, savvy and resilient when facing challenges. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Fun Run/Walk is May 10
    “A Great Strides 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on May 10, at the Orofino City Park beginning at 9:30 a.m.,” reports Mary Curtis, Respiratory Therapist, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. “We need you! Every day, approximately three babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis in this country, and every day at least one person with CF dies. Your help is urgently needed to ensure that the rapid pace of Cystic Fibrosis research continues. The cost of this research continues to escalate as sophisticated, new technology must be developed to save these precious lives. By investing in CF research, you are investing in the lives of those with the disease. Working together we can give the children and young adults with CF the quality of life and the future they deserve,” stated Curtis. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Fraser news
    Long-time Fraser resident Jack Nightingale passed away on April 15, 2014. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston. Gerry Armitage reported a large number of family members and friends gathered to celebrate Jack’s life at the home of his niece Wendy Tolman and her husband Darren. Clint Boyer stopped by the Brands’ home on Wednesday, April 23, to talk about his Uncle Jack and to share pictures and stories of his life. Jack was born in Walla Walla, WA on June 1, 1915 to Wallace and Nora Nightingale. In 1920 the family moved to Craigmont area, where he helped on the family farm and attended Craigmont High School, where he graduated with honors in 1935. Jack always enjoyed farming; he never thought it was dangerous, even though the equipment didn’t have hydraulics. Jack and his brother Jesse formed a trucking business. Their Diamond T flat bed trucks hauled any type of dry goods all the way from Idaho to the states of Kansas and Arkansas. The brothers sold the business before going into the service in WWII. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    There will be a blood drive on Tuesday May 6 at the Pierce Community Center from 1 to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment call Cindy McCool at 435-4691 or go online at www.redcrossblood.org use sponsor code: pw or stop by on day of blood drive if you can't commit to a time. The Hilltop now has a little league team! Please come out and root for the team! They play every Tuesday at the Weippe Mini Park. The time is still undecided, but should be around 7 p.m. The team will also be playing every Thursday in Orofino at the baseball field on Riverside Ave. and those games will be at 7 p.m. There is no charge to watch the games, so bring out the family to cheer on the Gorillas!
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  • Pierce news
    The Gem Team looks forward to everyone coming out to beautify Pierce this Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon, it should be a great day to stretch those legs, pick up trash, plant some flowers, and generally, enjoy the outdoors. Meet at the Courtyard Park Pavilion at 9 a.m., grab a sack and get going! The Pierce City garbage truck and the County container will be at the Kiosk for larger items and general trash. This year we are forgoing our traditional potluck after the clean-up and encourage Pierce to enjoy the Spaghetti Feed and Auction at the Pierce Community Center from 12 until 2 p.m. to support the Pierce Pool. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for May 1
    Fish and Game’s fishing trailer will soon be making an appearance at local ponds across the region, promoting the sport of fishing as part of an active outdoor lifestyle. Staff will be available at the trailer to provide fishing instruction and to hand-out loaner rods, bait and other fishing gear. To learn more about the trailer, contact the Fish and Game Lewiston office at (209) 799-5010. More information regarding the fishing trailer is available on Fish and Game’s website at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov

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