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  • Orofino Head Start project receives $10,000 grant from the Nez Perce Tribe
    The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee has recently awarded $10,000 to Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program (LCRCP) to help with the final preparations of the new Head Start Center in Orofino. It is the second year in a row for them to do so. The first grant from the Tribe for $10,000 was awarded in 2013 and was applied toward the purchase of the buildings to serve as a classroom and office for the program. Earlier this year, the buildings were transported to the Orofino Elementary School campus and placed on foundations. A fence was also erected around the new facility to help ensure the safety of our community’s youngest students.
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  • Zero tolerance for illegal fireworks
    Attendance was sparse as City Council members and city staff convened in council chambers for a regular City Council meeting held June 27. Chief Wilson and Fire Chief Lee, both were gearing up for the long and busy weekend ahead. They asked the media for their support in announcing the zero tolerance policy regarding illegal fireworks. “Anything that goes up or explodes is considered illegal,” said Wilson. Mayor Smathers added that jurisdiction allows confiscation of all fireworks in the event of an infraction. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests welcome holiday visitors
    Wild and scenic rivers, lush forests and mountain vistas make the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests a natural choice for July 4 visitors. Dozens of campsites in several Forest Service campgrounds will be open for visitors. If you camp at a dispersed site, leave no trace of your stay. Use existing fire rings if available, and pack out your trash. Most campgrounds offer first-come, first-serve site selection, but a few campgrounds have sites that you can reserve. Reserveable campsite options are: O’Hara Campground, located seven miles east of Lowell along Selway River Road; Fish Creek Group Site, eight miles south of Grangeville past the Fish Creek Meadows Campground; South Fork Group Use Site #5 at the South Fork Campground located on Highway 14, east of Grangeville; Wilderness Gateway, 49 miles east of Kooskia along U.S. Highway 12; Powell, 12 miles west of the Idaho-Montana state line along Highway 12; and Elk Creek, one mile north of Elk River. Call toll free at (877) 444-6777, or reserve online at
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  • Gearing up for a safe and sane 4th of July
    Police Chief Jeff Wilson and Fire Chief Mike Lee would like to remind residents of Orofino of the Zero Tolerance policy concerning illegal fireworks, which will be strictly enforced within the city again this year.  The number of incidents, both fire and safety related were so drastically reduced last year by the policy that it seemed only reasonable to request the same policy to be in effect for this year. Don’t be deceived by recent rains. Precipitation evaporates quickly when the sun reappears. A fire can be ignited with a single spark, as residents of Ahsahka learned when a fire was reported June 30, at the Ahsahka Campground. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Merchants walk away with another sweep
    During their last games of their trip up north the Orofino Merchants walked way by scoring a total of 23 runs in two games against the Lewis and Clark A and AA teams, winning both games 13-0 and 10-1. In the first game Walker Reggear totaled four hits with a double and Orofino scored 11 of their 13 runs in the first three innings. Jasper Sabatino contributed a double and a homerun, while John Walker didn’t allow a hit through two innings before he was relieved by Hayden Wilson. Later in the second game the Merchants (21-4) had no trouble giving the same treatment to Lewis and Clark’s AA team, which managed just four hits against Walker and Sabatino. Orofino managed 15 hits as they finished the day with a total of 28 hits. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Kamiah man found guilty of assaulting a deputy
    Paul Lee Oatman, 33, of Kamiah, was convicted June 26, by a federal jury in Coeur d’Alene for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. During the four day trial, the jury heard evidence that on July 13, 2013, the defendant assaulted a Kamiah Marshal and fractured his jaw in two places. The marshal was attempting to arrest a friend of the defendant, when the defendant interfered and struck the marshal in the jaw. Paul Lee Oatman faces up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to 3 years of supervised release.
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  • Clearwater County Democrats welcome Nels Mitchell, candidate for U.S. Senate
    Since Boise Democrat and Attorney Nels Mitchell announced his candidacy for U.S. Senator against incumbent Jim Risch, he has campaigned throughout the state, giving Idahoans much to think about when they go to the polls this November. Mitchell has closed his law practice to campaign for the office full time and paid a visit to Orofino last week, offering voters in the county a chance to get better acquainted. Mitchell, 60, said he would serve a single six-year term if elected. “I will be beholden to no one but the people of Idaho. I run to replace a career politician with a citizen legislator. I run to restore the vision of our founding fathers. Our Republic is best served when new leaders step forward, serve for a time and then step aside to let the next generation of leaders step up to the plate. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • My trip to the Idaho GOP Convention
    Idaho’s GOP Convention was held in Moscow on June 12-14, and was quite a game changer for “politics as usual.” The convention is a very important event, which sets the course and focus for the Republican Party for the next two years. This is when state Republican Party officers are elected, and revisions to Idaho’s Republican Party Platform, proposed resolutions, and party rule changes are voted upon. This year, numerous proposals were submitted, specifically two rule changes, fove platform changes, and 14 resolutions, including one to repeal the grocery tax, one to reopen the primary, one opposing Common Core, and one to effectively repeal Obamacare. There was also a very dramatic 15 page amendment of the entire Republican Party Platform to consider, which was prepared by Idaho State Senator Jeff Siddoway. As you can tell, there was a great deal at stake!
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  • IDFG Director: Youth hunters keep controlled hunt draws
    After careful review and consideration, Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore has chosen to allow all tags drawn on June 23 for controlled hunts in Idaho to be awarded to those whose license numbers were chosen. To compensate for the tags that went to youth hunters under the age of 12, the Director will release 283 additional tags to be drawn for those deer, elk and pronghorn hunts which have a limited number of tags. All existing applicants who were eligible prior to July 1 will be included in that draw. The additional tags are being released in response to hunters who felt their chances of drawing a tag were diminished by the entries of 9 to 11 year olds. Hunts where these additional tags apply will be posted on the Fish and Game website July 2. That drawing will take place as soon as possible, and the results will by available by July 10 on Fish and Game’s website. Those who were successful in the original drawing and those who are selected in the additional drawing will have until Aug. 1 to pick up their tags. The new law allowing ten and eleven year olds to hunt big game in Idaho went into effect today, July 1, 2014. Director Moore says there was no Commission rule that established the guidelines which excluded 9 to11 year olds who would not be 12 this fall from the June 23 drawing. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago - The Clearwater Tribune received so many complaints about the new Gothic face font they switched to a few weeks ago that they switched again, to a font that was similar to what they had previously been using, except bolder. 50 Years Ago - Merton Preussler, Cavendish farmer and railroader, was seriously injured over the weekend while hauling a tractor to Orofino by truck. The truck went out of control on State Highway 7, about two miles from Cavendish, and rolled over twice before coming to rest on Preussler’s leg. William Reece, D.V. Kuykendall, and Earl King, all living in the neighborhood at this time, lifted the truck off Preussler’s leg and summoned an ambulance, which took him to Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. Preussler’s leg was badly crushed between the knee and hip, but his daughter, Marilyn Smathers, reported that he was much improved. Both the truck and the tractor were damaged beyond repair.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Damon Popovics
    Friday evening, I had the pleasure to attend previous governor candidate Russ Fulcher’s personal thank you tour of Northern Idaho at The Edge restaurant. After getting narrowly defeated in the Republican Primary by incumbent Butch Otter, Russ Fulcher has made it a point to personally thank everyone across the state who supported his campaign for liberty. I have to say that I have never met a man with more integrity, passion, and conviction than Russ. With the election over, with nothing to gain, and only thanks to give, Russ made it a point to make nine stops in four days to express his personal appreciation to those who have contributed to the like-minded cause for liberty and freedom. Even though I hate politics, I have learned through Russ that in order to change the system, you have to participate within the system. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • "A day of workshops" draws 73 quilters
    On Friday June 20, the Clearwater Quilters Guild hosted their first ever “A Day of Workshops” event. Seventy-three quilters from Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Colorado were treated to a full day of workshops related to lace tatting, learning about color and many types of quilting. All instructors belong to the Clearwater group and generously shared their many talents and extensive knowledge. Workshop students were delighted with art quilter Lisa Curnutt’s lunch time talk and the presentation of her beautiful quilts. All in attendance wished that they had had more time to study the craftsmanship she puts into her quilts.
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  • Digital Hygiene: Part IV
    Stay off Skype. No one should use Skype for secure communications. Earlier this year, Ars Technica found that Skype is not using end-to-end encryption and, more than likely, your conversations are being listened to. In fact, Skype’s privacy policy states that they have the right to scan and review your instant messages and SMS. Unfortunately, there is no good, trustable, encrypted voice or video infrastructure to replace Skype, so we recommend you simply don’t use it for sensitive discussions. If you are going to use Skype, there are a few things you can do to at least protect yourself from Skype-targeted phishing, spam, and viruses. In your privacy settings, make sure that only people in your contact list can contact you either through IM or video. Use HTTPS by default. When you see HTTPS at the beginning of a Web address, you know that communication between you and that page are encrypted. Even though many sites offer HTTPS, such as Wikipedia and Google, many still don’t default to it. You can use an HTTPS Everywhere type program to help keep you at HTTPS.
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  • Winchester Open Rodeo is this weekend
    The 2014 Winchester Open Rodeo this Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best rodeos in the Pacific Northwest this year. There are over 250 contestants signed up. The price to get into the Winchester Open Rodeo is $8. Age six and under are free. Parking is free. Concessions and a beer garden are available on the grounds. There will be several spots for handicap parking, and handicap seating next to the fence is available. All persons who need the handicap section people should enter through the front gate. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Fraser news
    The Fourth of July celebration this year will take place Friday, to commemorate our Independence Day. I was born and raised on a farm in south central Minnesota and Independence Day was always a special time for our community. We joined several other families for the day at Sibley Park, which was 13 miles from our farm, in the town of Mankato. The women prepared big picnic lunches of fried chicken, potato salad, fruit salad, beans, home made pies and bottles of soda pop. When it was time to eat, the food was spread on the tables under the big trees. Blankets were placed on the ground for the children and the parents sat at the picnic tables to eat and visit. I and my two sisters and brother spent the day with our cousins and friends; after we had eaten we were aloud to explore the park. This park had a small zoo; I remember feeding popcorn through the bars of the cages to a black bear and the raccoons. There was an extra barrier around the bear cage, so we had to throw the popcorn at him, as I remember he ate every one of them. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Those celebrating birthdays next week are Emily Aultz Conder on July 6, Larry Schlader on July 7, Kenneth Chapman, Mike Hinkle, Adam Ball and Leandro Barona on July 8, Nathan Barona and Bill Sellers on July 9, Dalton Thomas on July 10, Jeannie Heywood on July 11, and Renee (Trieb) Denison on July 12. Anniversaries being celebrated are those of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Purdy on July 7, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mattson on July 9, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Larson on July 10. Happy, Happy days to you all! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    Tickets are on sale now for 1860 Days’ great prizes! The Char-Broil six-burner Barbeque and the 39-inch Smart TV are up for grabs - at least, ticket grabs! Tickets are on sale at  these businesses in Pierce, and one in Weippe: Timber Inn, Clearwater Saw Sales, Blue Moose, Pierce Free Library, Pioneer Inn, S&S Foods, Studio 205, White Pine Credit Union, Pierce Hardware, and in Weippe, Cyndy’s First Stop Java. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. The drawing will take place Sunday, Aug. 3, 3 p.m., and you do not need to be present to win. Get yours today!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 3
    Results for Idaho’s 2014 controlled hunts for deer, elk and pronghorn are now posted on the Idaho Fish at Game website. Hunters can check results at Check your hunting license for your license number, have it ready, and follow the steps. High interest in these results is causing some delays on the Fish and Game website. We appreciate your patience.

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