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  • Orofino Maniacs are 2014 Idaho Class 2A state baseball champions
    This Orofino Maniac baseball team has been dreaming of this moment since they were little, but they didn’t dream it would end like it did. Starting the championship game with 10 runs in two innings, their third consecutive mercy-rule victories, or a shutout on their home field, well that’s exactly how it went for the 2014 Idaho Class 2A State Baseball Champions winning 10-0 over Nampa Christian, Saturday, May 17. In the first inning, Orofino’s Tanner Schwartz hit a homerun and Josh Walker tossed a complete-game shutout for the Maniacs, whose greatest challenge was picking an MVP. As it turned out, the entire Orofino team was named MVP. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Remember the flood of 1964?
    The flood of 1964 was the last major flood in Clearwater County before Dworshak Dam was built. Fifty years ago, the streets of downtown Orofino were covered in several inches of water. Fifty residents and families could not live in their homes. Over a dozen businesses were shut down. There has been flooding in the county since 1964, of course—nearly every year. Many people no doubt remember the flood of 1996; but 1964 was the last of the big floods prior to the construction and installation of Dworshak Dam. The Clearwater Tribune is planning a feature, to run during the month of June this year, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 flood. If you remember the flood, and lived here when it happened, we would love to hear what you remember.
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  • Lots of laughs at annual Haw Hee this weekend
    Twelve Hilltop Players will take part in the entertainment portion of the Weippe Camas Festival this Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, May 23, after the Dutch Oven Cook-off, the first showing of Haw Hee takes place at 7 p.m. The second showing is Saturday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m., after a full day of Camas Festival activities. Both performances will be held in the Weippe Community Hall.
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  • Tire falls off, car crashes
    A Lewiston woman’s car ended up in the ditch off of Highway 12 Sunday, after one of the front tires fell off, according to Idaho State Police (ISP). Victoria D. Bolon, 28, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 12 May 18 in a 2005 Dodge Stratus. At about 1:16 p.m., near mile marker 34.4 near the Peck junction, Bolon was negotiating a curve just east of Harpers Bend when her vehicle began to tremble. The front driver’s side tire then fell off, according to ISP. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Rotary Club Log Drive is underway
    The 15th Annual Orofino Rotary Club Log Drive is underway. Each year, the Orofino Rotary Club Foundation awards three scholarships to District 171 graduates. Two scholarships (one each to a graduating senior from Orofino Junior Senior High School and Timberline High School) are awarded each year at graduation, and then later in the summer, another scholarship is awarded to a student already enrolled in an institution of higher learning to help finance his/her continuing education. The money for student scholarships stems from the Rotary Club’s Scholarship Endowment Fund, which is supported by various donations and fundraisers. The club’s annual log drive is one of those fundraisers. Rotarians need to sell 1,000 tickets. Each ticket has a number on it, as does the ticket stub that has the purchaser’s identity and contact information. The ticket number is written on a 2x2x6 piece of wood (or “log”). The number of “logs” will equal the number of tickets sold; i.e. if 700 tickets are sold, 700 “logs” will be used during the log drive. The more tickets that sell, the more money will be distributed to the three winners, and given to the scholarship fund. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • TIme is running out to register for The Maniac race
    Saturday, May 31, is fast approaching! The Maniac, “The Best Dam Race in Idaho,” is almost here and the registration forms are coming in. As always the Orofino community has been great to work with. We have many volunteers, and of course can still use a few more. If you aren’t walking or running, how about cheering on those who are? To provide a little more energy burner fun after the race, State Farm Insurance will have their bouncy house and the National Guard will have their obstacle course or climbing wall. Those too tired to move can just watch the fun from the shade!
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  • School Board ties up loose ends as the close of another year approaches
    Board members met at the Orofino Elementary School May 19, to review and discuss several items as the end of the school year draws near. In other news, Mr Vian informed the board that May enrollment of 1008 for the district was slightly skewed as 79 students from Idaho Youth Challenge Academy were also be added to the figure. At the present time, the district receives funding for the education of the academy’s students. On May 8, Orofino Elementary held its Second Annual Princess Ball. The turnout was great and although admission into the ball was free, participants were encouraged to donate a can or box of food to the OES and Bank of America’s spring food drive. The Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) has been administered to Kindergarten through third grade students at Orofino Elementary and results show significant growth in the percentage of students proficient in reading.
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  • Honors Government returns from We the People
    Thank you! We couldn’t have attended We the People [in Washington, D.C.] without the support of our community. Although we didn’t place in the competition, the students did a great job. Several judges made the comment about the future of our country being in good hands. I received many compliments about the polite and well-mannered group. We toured Arlington National Cemetery and laid a wreath at the Challenger Monument, and toured other monuments and memorials, including the Pentagon Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, Vietnam Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and WWII Memorial, to name a few.
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  • Lady Maniacs take second place at state
    Orofino gained a new rival in Malad, who defeated the Lady Maniacs twice, leaving them with second place in the Idaho Class 2A State tournament. The Maniacs lost 11-1 in the championship after a pair of nail biters to start their long journey to the championship game. The Maniacs fell to Malad first thing Saturday, May 17, 9-10 then the Maniacs faced New Plymouth again barely squeaking by them 3-2. Taylor Erbst collected five hits for Orofino and Suzy Willerford had a homerun against New Plymouth. The Orofino Maniacs ended their season 20-9. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • New Hope Water Project is thirty-three percent complete
    The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at their May 2 meeting met with Michelle Bly, TD&H Engineering; and Steve Laws and Richard Monahan, New Hope Water Board, to review an update on the water project. Ms. Bly explained that the project is going well. They are about 33% complete with the project. The drilling machine should be finished this week. The pipe installation in the roadway should be finished in this week. The Board approved and signed the Reimbursement Request No. 15 as invoiced in the amount of $15,318 for the ICDBG-12-II-21-PF grant funds.
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  • Memorial weekend on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
    Snow-laden landscapes are giving way to green grass and wildflowers – a sure sign that spring has finally arrived.  An early season getaway to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is the perfect way to celebrate the long Memorial Day Weekend. Most campgrounds offer first-come, first-served site selection, although You can reserve campsites at a few campgrounds managed by the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Contact your local Forest Service office for a list of local campgrounds that accept reservations. To reserve a campsite, call Recreation.gov at 1­ (877) 444-6777, or visit: www.Recreation.gov. Reservations should be made at least four days in advance. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Flags will again be flown
    The Harold Kinne VFW Post 3296 members will once again be placing American flags at the Orofino Cemetery on Highway 12, Michigan Ave., and Weseman Cemetery on Grangemont Road. It is a visual treat for travelers on the Highway 12 and Grangemont Road and to downtown visitors seeing the beautiful flags placed at each location. The Clearwater Tribune staff (and townspeople) appreciates the hard work the VFW flag committee members dedicate to this project. The flags will be on display at 7 a.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Monday.
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  • Carol Lange retirement celebration Thursday
    “Please join us in saying goodbye to longtime employee of the Pierce Medical Clinic, Carol Lange, with cake and refreshments at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 22,” says Dana Perkins, Admissions Manager, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. Carol has worked for CVHC for 16½ years and has spent all that time as the Admitting Clerk at Pierce Medical Clinic. “Carol really keeps that place running smoothly and she will be greatly missed! Although admitting clerk was her official title, her duties far surpassed that role. We truly appreciate all her years of hard work!” says Perkins. “I’ve really enjoyed every part of my job these last 16 years, especially getting to know the patients. I will really miss them when I’m gone, along with the rest of the CVHC family,” says Lange.
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  • Reflections from my Trail
    Youth is a personal thing but many young boys might share some things in common. At an early age, shortly after I learned to read, I was fascinated with critters. It didn’t matter much whether the critter was a rabbit, mink, squirrel, muskrat or even larger like deer, elk and moose. I dreamed of catching or hunting all kinds of critters. I would read everything about trapping, hunting and fishing and pester elders to tell tales of their critter encounters. I discovered that the A. H Harding Company, Publisher of Fur Fish and Game Magazine, also printed and sold a series of little books on trapping which gave detailed “How To” directions on the fine art of catching all kinds of critters from mice to bears. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Fraser news
    The Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club’s Spring Fling attracted several people we know. Cathy Walker and Heather Sutton were winners at the event and Macoy and Breyer Boyer had the opportunity to shoot pistols and practice throwing the ax. The club’s next event will be their 38th Annual Rendezvous on July 18-20. Bev Bailey and her sister Christine Walsh traveled to Kentucky and Tennessee for a week. They were invited by a friend that Bev met at the Atlanta Gift Show 10 years ago. On May 7, they spent the day at Churchill Downs. You will have to ask Bev about this trip, they didn’t let any grass grow under their feet. There is a lot to see in those two states and it sounds like they covered it all. The 14th Annual Camas Festival will be held in Weippe on Friday and Saturday, May 23-24. The Hilltop Theater group will be performing their version of Haw Hee at 7 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Rec. District will once again be offering to cover the cost for Weippe residents to swim at the Pierce Pool at the Pierce Community Center. You will also have access to half-price swimming lessons. You must pre-register and you must live within in the Weippe-Fraser Recreation District boundaries. Sign-up lists, which are due by Sunday, June 15, will be at the Weippe Library and at Timberline Schools. Call Bill Sellers at 435-4698 for more information. Make sure you get your family on the list to take advantage of this great deal! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    The 1860 Days committee is now in full swing to make this great weekend the best ever. There is already a full roster for the Co-Ed Softball Tournament, and entertainment is nearly finalized for Friday and Saturday. The t-shirt color is yet to be chosen and it was decided to offer the tanks in tie-dye this year. The parade needs participants, and we still have vendor spots on Main Street. The bakers in the area might want to start checking out recipes for the Berry/Cherry Bake-Off. For the drawing prizes, look for the Barbeque, and the flat-screen TV! This year, there will be one ticket, and the first winner gets to choose the first prize; the second winner receives the other super prize. Tickets will be the same: $1 each, 6 for $5. You do not need to be present to win.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for May 22
    Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore have signed an order to close harvest of Chinook salmon on the Lower Clearwater River. The closure will be effective at the end of fishing hours (8:30 p.m.) on Friday, May 16. The section of the Clearwater River that will be closing to harvest of adult Chinook salmon extends from the Camas Prairie Railroad Bridge near Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge.

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