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June 19 Poll Results
Houseboat Dock

Should houseboat owners be permitted a separate (and arguably safer for houseboats) dock at Dworshak Reservoir?

50% Yes. (23)
13% No. (6)
37% It depends on why they want one. (17)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Remembering the flood of 1964: Part III
    Click the link above to read the Cleawater Tribune's third installment of "Remembering the flood of 1946."

  • Local dentist returns from third trip to China, delivering big smiles to orphans
    In April, I traveled with a group of eight dentists, two hygienists, and a tour group to China to provide dental care for orphans in the city of Xian (pronounced She’ on). My brother is a dentist in Boise who has taken a strong interest in China and has taken many groups over to offer humanitarian care for the past 10 years. This was my third trip to China. I find it very interesting and rewarding each time. I have observed some changes taking place in China even in such a short period of time. China is becoming quite capitalistic and less communist controlled. In general, human rights and personal ambition seem to be increasing with less government oversight. One area of strong governmental control, however, is their policy to only allow one child per family. They have found this policy to be counter productive and have recently increased the limit to two children per family.
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  • Ray Coccia wins $1,000 OBS shopping spree
    Ray Coccia was the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree sweepstakes drawing held at Orofino Builders Supply (OBS) this month. According to Leila Crockett with OBS, Ray’s wife, Stacy, said she was the one who wrote the winning entry, and Ray fussed at her “because she took time to do it and he was in a hurry.”  “We bet he will never be in that much of a hurry again!” said Crockett. “I told them to order things they didn’t need, but wanted.  It was supposed to be something they would remember forever but, Ray is too practical for that,” said Crockett.
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  • SJX Jet Boats on Animal Planet
    Orofino-based SJX Jet Boats will be featured in an upcoming episode of Animal Planet’s new series, “No Limits.” The episode airs Friday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. PDT). “No Limits” is hosted by Eric “ShowTime” Young, a professional wrestling champion. In the July 11, episode, SJX takes Young on an “extreme” jet boating adventure, hunting the elusive Hells Canyon Sturgeon. “Last spring we spent five days in the area with a production company from New York, Part2Pictures, who is working for Animal Planet filming ‘No Limits,’” said SJX owner Steve Stajkowski. “During the five days, SJX Jet Boats educated the crew from New York and Eric ‘ShowTime’ Young about extreme shallow water jet boating, flying jet boats, and, oh yeah—sturgeon fishing…or I should say, sturgeon catching!” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Pierce 1860 Days: "A Good Time in a Great Town"
    Come one, come all! Pierce 1860 Days, held Aug. 1-3, this year, brings fun, food, and plenty of fine entertainment to Pierce. This year the excitement begins on Friday, Aug. 1, with the Berry/Cherry Bake-Off, featuring amazing local dessert creations, the family dinner benefiting the Pierce Pool, and Pie and Ice Cream Social. The Logging Museum Mini Log Drive happens this evening. Musical entertainment by the bluegrass/country band Wanigan accompanies this kick-off of the weekend. Saturday, Aug. 2, starts off with music and vendors on Main Street all day, with other events scattered about town. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

  • Mel Bryant 80th birthday celebration set for June 28
    Melvin “Mel” Bryant will be celebrating his 80th birthday Saturday, June 28, at the Orofino City Park. Please bring your lawn chairs and come celebrate with Mel and his family. Mel was born July 1, 1934 in Nez Perce, at the ranch of Earl and Gladys Reinhardt, to Roy and Lois (Reinhardt) Bryant. He was raised in Kamiah Idaho, graduating from Kamiah High School in 1952, were he was active in band and played football.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Lonnie Simpson
    I write this in reference to Kathy Hedberg’s June 14 article “Road Builder Disputes Specs.” One cannot watch the news or read the paper without seeing reports of billions of dollars wasted by our government. It’s impossible, due to the limited time on TV or space in the paper for a reported to do more than spotlight an issue of concern. The bureaucrats utilize this to their benefit by developing talking points to appease the otherwise uniformed public. LHTAC’s Jeff Miles talking points are “design engineer selected method that would ensure safety and mitigate the slide.”
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  • Letter to the Editor: Joseph T. Davis
    Your front page newsline, June 12, 2014, “Letter to City Council from P&Z…” was incomplete and left many questions from concerned citizens. The answers to questions from citizens in attendance at the City Council meeting were not reported. Joe Chapman asked about the source of the letter from the P&Z. “Was it written by one individual on behalf of the commission or was it written by the entire commission? Was it written during the meeting or after? Did it in fact, have a place at City Council at all?” Did the City Council not respond with an answer to the question proposed by Joe Chapman or was the answer just not reported?
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  • Merchants take second in School's Out Slam American Legion Baseball Tournament
    The Orofino Merchants traveled to Post Falls for a tournament over a three day stretch from Friday, June 13, to Sunday, June 15. In their first game the Merchants managed a 14-6 mercy-rule victory in six-innings against Gonzaga Prep, despite seven errors on Friday, June 13. The Merchants (9-0) scored that many runs in the second inning to flip the script on an early 3-1 deficit against their opponents from Spokane, WA. Orofino spread out 14 hits throughout the game and Tanner Schwartz doubled at his final-at-bat, driving in two runs to end the game on the tournament’s eight-run mercy rule. It was Schwartz’s fourth game-ending hit in the base five games. Hitting a homerun, Matt Brink paced Orofino with three RBIs, going 2-for-3 before leaving the game with an ankle injury he encountered while beating out a throw to first base. Josh Walker went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Schwartz finished with three RBIs on two hits. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Busy meeting for Pierce-Weippe Chamber
    Just four Chamber members attended the May 14 meeting of the Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce: Kathy Coles, Robbie Harrell, Treasurer and Acting Secretary Terri Summerfield, and President Loren Whitten-Kaboth. Among Chamber’s many items to consider at the meeting was concern over lack of trash cans or a dumpster at the Weippe Dump Station. Last fall, Summerfield encountered a group of ATV riders camping at Rocky Ridge Lake, who asked where in Weippe they could dump their trash. Summerfield felt investment in a dumpster would benefit everyone, both by discouraging litter and by making visitors feel more welcome. The price for a dumpster is $20 per month, while the fee to have it emptied is $10, on an on-call basis.
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  • It's no secret! Budgets are boring no matter how you look at it
    Discussion of the Fiscal Year of 2014-2015 Budget dominated the Orofino City Council meeting held June 10, and is anticipated to show up on council agendas for up to the next four weeks. City Administrator Rick Laam informed the council of many of the expenses that would be coming up this next year and gave a brief run down department by department of whether that budget would increase or decrease, how much and why. He also informed the council that the figures were certain to change over the next few meetings, as staff discussed and identified each department’s necessary expenditures. In general, the city will be very frugal in their budget this year. No major improvements would be implemented this year; funds would go primarily for maintenance. More details of the budget will be presented in future meetings. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Digital Hygiene: Part II
    Check your credit card accounts often - even daily. It’s surprising that a lot of credit card fraud goes unnoticed. Someone may have acquired your credit card information and may be charging things to your credit card without you even noticing. If they keep a low enough profile, they can hope you’ll overlook a few anomalies and that they’ll get away with it. Check absolutely everything… twice. Review your monthly statements and credit card bills closely for anything that seems out of place. Amazingly, nine out of 10 people never check their credit card statements before paying the charges; but you can't catch unauthorized charges if you don’t read your statements. View your accounts daily, or at least weekly, to look for suspicious charges. Typically you will have 60 days to refute them. If you suspect fraud or don't recognize a transaction on your statement, call your credit card company or financial institution immediately. Check your credit report once a year. Check it more frequently if you suspect someone has obtained access to your account information. Opt for credit rather than debit.
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  • Fridays in June - a great time to buy log drive tickets
    Still haven’t gotten your hands on some Rotary Log Drive tickets? Fridays in June Rotary will be at the Orofino Post Office from 9 to 11:30 a.m. selling tickets for their annual log drive fundraiser. There are two Fridays left this month: June 20 and June 27. Log drive tickets will also be on sale during Orofino’s 4th of July celebration, during the Rotary barbeque at Orofino City Park, from 4 to 9 p.m. In the meantime, you can also pick up tickets from Teri Bolling at Camas Financial Services, Matt Sartini at Edward Jones, and Susie Larson at Empire Realty. All three businesses are located in downtown Orofino.
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  • Enough medals to go around at Shiai of Champions
    When-to-Fight Martial Arts is pleased to report the successful conclusion of its Shiai of Champions karate tournament that occurred June 7 in the gymnasium of Orofino’s old junior high school building. Sixty-three young martial artists from Orofino, Grangeville and Lewiston/Clarkston gathered to test their skills in sparring, grappling, blocker (padded weapons) sparring and kata (traditional forms). Three area schools participated in the event. Students from Grangeville’s Victory Goju Shorin Ryu, and Valley Karate and Jiu Jitsu of Lewiston joined Orofino’s When-to-Fight students. More than doubling last year’s turnout, the old junior high school gymnasium was the perfect setting for the tournament. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Fraser news
    Heather Sutton reported on Sunday, at the Fraser Father’s Day breakfast, that their starts of iris, raspberry and blackberry plants are looking good this year. They had to move some of the plants to different locations when the new puppies decided they were great to play with. Thanks again Doris, your iris plants have been shared and will continue to be enjoyed for years to come. On Sunday, June 15, the crew for the Fraser Father’s Day breakfast arrived at the Community Center at 6 a.m. to start the preparations for the meal. Steve Brand had the wood stove burning to take the chill off the building and soon the aroma of coffee, sausages, eggs and biscuits filled the air. The grill, donated by Roy and Mary Cochrell several years ago, was used to make the pancakes again this year; and the warming oven which kept the pancakes and biscuits at a perfect temperature, was a donation from Carl and RoseAnna Thornton. Steve Brand flipped pancakes all morning on the grill and Donna Brown kept a good supply of biscuits on hand.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    It’s hard to believe that 22 weeks at the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy are coming to an end for the first round of Cadets! They are on their way to Boise for their Commencement Ceremony, which will be this Saturday. I’ve been incredibly blessed to get to know the majority of the Cadets and to work with them in the kitchen! They have come so far in the last five months and it is bitter-sweet to see them go.  I'll be attending their graduation and will report more on that next week! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    Thank you to all who braved the weather, and joined us in the wet and cold on Saturday for the Deer Creek Fishing Derby. Dave Beaver, with Idaho Fish & Game brought the “Take Me Fishing” trailer, which came in very handy when the Cadets from the Idaho National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program stopped by. Mr. Beaver supplied 47 fishing poles, so the Cadets could all take a turn at trying to catch some fish! There were some with experience and others that were first time fishermen/women. Even with the rain, I think everyone had a good time. Fish and Game also brought prizes to go along with the ones the Pierce Rec. District had provided so each of our 10 kids who signed up got to go home with a prize! Thank you for spending another year with us Dave! The winners in the 13 and over Derby were as follows: first place for $400 was Casey Thorne from Hayden. Casey also tied for longest fish and went home with a Deer Creek t-shirt, hat and $20 more dollars!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for June 19
    As harvest quotas of adult Chinook salmon will soon be achieved throughout the Clearwater drainage, harvest of adult Chinook in the entire Clearwater River (including the Middle Fork, South Fork and Lochsa) will end on Sunday, June 22, at 9:15 Pacific Daylight Time. Harvest of all Chinook salmon; including jacks, will be off-limits in the main stem Clearwater and the North Fork Clearwater after Sunday June 22.

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