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May 15 Poll Results
Unconstitutional Marriage
Do you agree with U.S. Magistrate Candy Dale’s ruling that the Idaho Constitution’s same-sex marriage prohibition is unconstitutional?

21% Yes, I agree. (31)
74% No, I do not agree. (47)
  
5% Undecided. (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • What to do with Tribal Unit 45
    Kevin Brackey who is a registered professional geologist and certified ground water professional with the National Ground Water Association, has been in the area for 13 years working on environmental protection restoration for the Nez Perce Tribe conducting ground work bioremediation. He was the speaker at the Orofino Chamber of Commerce meeting held last week. The Nez Perce Tribe has been interested in redeveloping the Tribal Unit 45 site (the old Richardson Mill site near Hwy. 12), but there is a concern that there is environmental contamination. That is where Brackey comes in with Brownfields Tribal Response Program. Bankers are unwilling to loan money on new development properties if there is a perception of contamination, so they came up with the definition of a Brownfield. Brownfields is a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • A little static at Orofino City Council's work session
    A lot of ground was covered at the City Council Work Session held May 6. The meeting spanned almost two and a half hours. Though no actual decisions are ever made at council work sessions, the dialogue was open, even if the speakers refused to cooperate. Of six items on the agenda, it was the second item that drew the attention; an ongoing opposition of annexation. Before highlights of the Annexation Plan were reviewed by City Administrator, Rick Laam wished to address the letter received from Konkolville Water “Company’s attorney.  Laam announced that he had spoken with the City’s Attorney, and the Clearwater County Prosecuting Attorney regarding the potential conflict of interest with Council member, Mark Swayne, formerly Planning and Zoning Commissioner in the initial planning and discussion of annexation. According to the City’s attorney, “There is no conflict of interest at this time, he’s free to participate throughout the proceedings; she also recommended that Swayne disclose any perceived or potential conflict to the council and to the audience.”  Swayne volunteered, “I can do that right now.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Wine Tasting fundraiser coming May 30
    “If you’ve never attended a Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary/Foundation Wine Tasting event, why not make the 40th anniversary event your first one?” says CVHC Auxiliary Member Kathy Dougherty. Several other surprises will be in store for guests of this long running fundraiser. For the second year in a row the event will be held at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge on the patio connected to the hotel lobby. “The Crawford Graham Band, who was a big hit last year, will provide the entertainment for the evening,” says Colleen Hall, Wine Tasting Committee member.” The event will include favors for all the guests and a wide variety of silent auction items including home décor, gift packages for various local services, and much more!” As a special treat this year, Coco Umiker, Ph.D. from Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, ID will provide a Wine Tasting: 101 class beginning at 5:30 p.m. The class will go over wine tasting tips for beginners and will tell you what to look for while tasting wine to get the most out of the event. The tasting and entertainment portion of the night will begin directly after the Wine Tasting: 101 class at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30.
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  • Deyo Reservoir campground open for Memorial Day weekend
    The Deyo Reservoir is open for fishing, hiking, birding, and swimming, and come Friday, May 23, the day before Memorial Day weekend, it will be open for camping. Twenty-four campsites will be available, and a campground host will be on hand. The west end camp, which includes full hookups, is $18 per night, and the east end camp is $8 per night. To make reservations, call (208) 435-4406. Deyo Reservoir is located three miles west of Weippe, on Highway 11. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Maniacs stomp Grangeville, claiming district title
    The Orofino Maniacs faced the Grangeville Bulldogs on Tuesday, May 6, for the berth into the State Tournament and the District Title. The teams were tied at one run each after the third inning, when the Maniacs came alive and took control of the game with six runs in the fourth inning then adding two more in the sixth. Josh Walker struck out nine Bulldogs and only gave up one walk. According to Coach Jeff Wilson “Josh Walker’s curve ball was breaking hard and he kept the ball down in the zone all day, pitching a great game.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Lady Maniacs advance to state tournament
    The Orofino Maniacs faced the Kendrick Tigers in the Championship game on Tuesday night, May 6. After not scoring in the first inning the Maniacs came alive in the second inning scoring five runs and scoring another four in the fifth inning winning the berth into the State tournament 9-3. The Lady Maniacs (18-5) slipped a little at the plate only collecting seven hits on the night but those hits were when it was needed the most. Suzy Willerford had two RBIs and teammates Courtney Adams and Taylor Erbst had one apiece. While Kyla Cobbs didn’t collect many strikeouts, the defense behind her was maintained well.
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  • Victoria's wish
    The Special Olympics USA Summer Games are being held in New Jersey June 14-21. Two local men, Jeff and Scott Greene of Peck, have been selected to be part of Team Idaho, and will participate in these games. Jeff is a Special Olympics athlete, and Scott, who will be golfing, is a Unified Partner for the Lewis Clark Special Olympics Program in Lewiston. They received blue ribbons in golf at the Fall Regional Games last September to qualify for the National Games.
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  • Projects start next week to seal bridges on U.S. 95 and U.S. 12
    Bridge decks will be sealed beginning next week on two U.S. 12 bridges and another on U.S. 95, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. Drivers are advised to expect delays of up to 15 minutes on U.S. 12’s Memorial Bridge, the Big Canyon Creek Bridge on U.S. 12 or the Spalding Bridge on U.S. 95. The Truesdell Corporation of Tempe, AZ, will begin work Monday, May 19, and should finish by July 16. The estimated cost of the bridge projects is $214,000.
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  • Peck father/son team ready for Special Olympics in June
    The Orofino community is very busy, and sometimes it is hard to attend the many different events because of the lack of unified communication. Our local media organizations are excellent at getting the word out about local events in a timely manner. If you contact KLER Radio, the Clearwater Tribune or Window on the Clearwater, they are extremely helpful and willing to publish events. The problem begins before the weeks leading up to the event. When picking the date and scheduling the location, there is always the question – will there be a conflict with folks wanting or needing to attend events scheduled on the same day? To help with this situation, the Orofino Chamber of Commerce has a community calendar on its website at www.orofino.com. If you email, mail, or drop off a flyer with the event name, date, location, and time, the Chamber will put the community event on the calendar. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Use of food stamps rises in Clearwater County
    The use of food stamps in Clearwater County increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program. The proportion of Clearwater County residents receiving food stamps hit 10.8 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 3.6 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started. Across Idaho, 14.8 percent of residents in 2011 received support from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as the food stamp program is officially known. Nationally, 14.8 percent of the population receives SNAP benefits.
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  • Idaho burn permits required May 10 through October 20
    Closed fire season in Idaho begins May 10, and lasts through Oct. 20, each year. By Idaho law (38-115), any person living outside city limits anywhere in Idaho, who plans to burn for any reason—including the use of burn barrels and crop residue burning—during closed fire season, must obtain a fire safety burn permit. Permits are not needed for recreational campfires. The fire safety burn permit is free of charge and good for 10 days after it is issued. The permit can be obtained online at BurnPermits.Idaho.Gov or at any Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) office. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • National Forest System Land Management Committee meetings
    The National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule (Committee) is having a three-day meeting in Missoula, Montana, May 28–30. The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations on the implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. The objective of this meeting is to interact with and learn from staff and stakeholders engaged with forest plan revision process on the Nez Perce-Clearwater and Flathead National Forests. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Time has been scheduled for public comment and structured breakouts to discuss key issues of interest on Thursday, May 29.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago - The search for the body of Lee Willoughby, who drowned in the North Fork April 30, was suspended by sheriff’s officers Tuesday, after persistent efforts to find the body failed. Wanigan crew members continued to keep a lookout for the body during their work along the river. 80 Years Ago - In this week’s commissioners’ news, “mother’s pensions” were given to Buena Vista Vandevender, Weippe, whose husband recently passed away, and who had three children under age 15; and to Mrs. Laura A. Baker, Pierce, who had five children age six or younger. Also in the commissioners’ news this week, two deputy sheriffs were appointed to keep order at Pierce. George C. Pankey and Roy J. Bonner were both employed by the forest service in Pierce, and now had authority to make arrests.
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  • Hero 2 Hired hiring event May 22 in Lewiston
    Various veterans and military organizations have joined together to conduct a Hero 2 Hired hiring event on Thursday, May 22, at the Idaho Army National Guard Armory at 2707 16th Avenue in Lewiston, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This hiring event is specifically for military veterans, active duty military, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and family members of all of these groups. Close to 25 employers are expected at the event. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • Fraser news
    Fraser families celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing a meal either at home or at the local restaurant. Clarabell Brown’s son Neal and his wife Sherry traveled from Pendleton, OR for the weekend. They visited with her on Friday and then spent the day on Saturday at the farm with Donna and Danny. The family brought lunch down to Clarabell’s apartment at Brookside Landing on Mother’s Day. Donna and Sherry stopped by Sherry’s Cakes and Bouquet’s in Weippe to visit with Sherry but she was so busy they didn’t stay long. They did enjoy all the colorful hanging baskets that were available for Mother’s Day. Donna remembered the one that Norma’s son Randy and his wife Dianne ordered for her; that basket is now on display on the Brand’s front porch. Peggy and Reggie Ball had breakfast with RoseAnna and Carl Thornton on Sunday. While they were there, Sara Zurfluech called from Alaska to wish her mother a Happy Mother’s Day.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Wesleyan Churches AWANA program has officially concluded for summer. As a parent of two of the members, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the amazing leadership of this wonderful program! The leaders have been ever so dedicated to volunteer their time every Wednesday night over the last eight months. Dash to the finish line! Bark your calendar for Saturday, May 24. Race registration is at 10 a.m. While waiting for the race to begin you can take a walk around and check out the Camas Festival. Prizes for best dresses pups. Parade will begin at 11 a.m. and the race will start right after the parade. There is no entry fee for this event. The Camas Festival begins on Friday with the Dutch Oven Cook-Off. Cooks being cooking in the Weippe Mini Park at about 3 p.m. The Dutch Oven Dinner begins at 5 p.m. in the Weippe Community Hall followed by the Haw Hee Show at 7 p.m. On Saturday, May 25, there are a variety of activities including: The Retreat to Weippe Fun Walk/Run. Sign up at the Mini Park between 7 and 8:20 a.m. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Community Hall from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Silent Auction from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft and Food Vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Pierce news
    We held our Pool Fundraiser on Saturday, May 3. We would like to thank everyone who came and supported the pool, and all those that helped pull off the silent auction and spaghetti feed. We could not do this without your help! We brought in $300 from the lunch and $205 from the 50/50 drawing, with the other half going to drawing winner Mr. Schremp. We still have some donations coming in, so I am waiting on the final total. A special thank you to Richard (Tia) Pomponio, who brought up some of his historical logging pictures for us to enjoy while we filled ourselves with spaghetti and bid on donated items. Tia also donated many of his log drive DVDs and pictures for the auction!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for May 15
    The rules for the 2014 Chinook salmon season are now available on the Fish and Game website, and at most license vendors. If you pick up a copy from a vendor you should be aware that rules regarding “methods of take” have not changed. Anglers fishing for Chinook salmon must remove the barbs from all hooks.

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