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July 24 Poll Results
Idaho Speed Limit
Idaho’s speed limit on a handful of highways recently increased from 75 to 80 miles per hour. What do you think?

43% I approve. (26)
34% I think it’s dangerous. (21)
21% As long as it’s only those specific highways, I’m okay with it. (13)
  2% Undecided. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Man arrested for firing gun, making death threat
    A 45-year-old man reported to be wielding a pistol and making at least one death threat against someone in Pierce was arrested last Wednesday, according to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The incident occurred at 11:30 p.m. July 16, off of FS 250 Road, at approximately milepost 23, near Oro Grande Creek. According to CCSO, Rodney A. Hovey was accused of threatening to kill someone in Pierce, and reportedly fired a pistol during the incident.
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  • Cuddy and McLaughlin honored at Democratic picnic July 30
    Two of Orofino’s long-time residents and public servants will be recognized for their years of dedicated service and untiring efforts to benefit our community and the great State of Idaho. Marguerite McLaughlin and Chuck Cuddy are the honored guests to appear at the Democratic Party’s picnic to be held in Orofino City Park on Wednesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. McLaughlin served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives and nine terms in the Idaho Senate, a total of 22 years in the Legislature, spanning from 1978 to 2000. “I’m a firm believer that government touches everyone’s life at one time or another, and that’s why I enjoy working in it. I was privileged to serve the Idaho State Legislature during a time when both sides on the politics worked toward a better Idaho. Not necessarily did we agree all the time in our battles, but we had a mutual respect for other opinions and each other’s opinion. We worked together and negotiated toward solutions that were progressive and were better for the state,” said McLaughlin. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Grangemont Road closure begins Aug. 4
    A section of Grangemont Road, near milepost 19, will be completely closed to through traffic beginning Monday, Aug. 4 and lasting until Sunday, Sept. 14, according to an announcement issued by Debco Construction and Western Federal Highways. This section of Grangemont will be closed completely (seven days a week, 24 hours a day), to allow for obliteration of the existing road, and make room for the corner realignment. For further information please call: Western Federal Lands, Gary Humes, at 360-601-5709, or Debco Construction at 208-476-3617 during working hours. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Chautauqua Festival will close with Family Style Vaudeville Show Aug. 2 at OHS
    A Family Style “Vaudeville” Show will close out the Chautauqua Festival on Saturday, Aug. 2. The Chautauqua performers are very excited to close their weekend of festival fun with a “knock-yer-socks-off” two-hour show featuring music, juggling, acrobatics, dance, magic and comedy that will thrill the young and old. The Clearwater Community Concert Association, based in Orofino, is hosting this event as part of their community outreach program for the 2014-15 season. The show will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, and will take place at the Orofino High School. The cost for the show will be $10 per adult; $5 for children ages 11-18; and children 10 and under are free. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • New Hope Water Project coming online
    Michelle Bly, TD&H Engineering met with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at their July 14 meeting to review the New Hope Water Project. Richard Monaghan, New Hope Water Board, joined the discussion. The new system will be online next week. They will be learning how to run the pumps to flush the tanks. The old wells are pumping out more than what is being pumped into the holding tanks. The request of reimbursement is for the amount of $13,960 for engineering and administration in request No 17 of the CBDG. The Board approved the ICDBG-12-II-21-PF for $13,960.00. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • County task force works to improve responses to sexual and domestic violence and abuse
    When someone has experienced an assault and reaches out for help, they should receive attention from law enforcement, health professionals, advocacy services, and the justice system that puts victim safety first. A coordinated response from agencies that work together will help avoid adding additional trauma to the victim’s experience. A team approach allows all responders to contribute their expertise to providing victim safety and offender accountability. “Victims need to know that help is available, who they can call, and that the system will respond effectively. The team will listen and respond in a way to best serve the needs of victims,” according to Alaina Capoeman, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) coordinator for the YWCA.
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  • 2014 Show & Shine winners
    Winners of the 2014 Orofino Show & Shine, held July 19, are as follows: Best in Show #37: Lin and Mike Chamberlin, Orofino, 1956 Chevy BeLair. People’s Choice: #18 Lanny White, Orofino, 1954 Mercury Monterey two-door hard top. Mayor’s Choice: #46 Bert Obenland, Pomeroy, WA, 1967 Chevy Chevelle SS. Best Motorcycle: # 38 Ivan Olsen, Clarkston, WA, 1999 Harley Soft Tail Custom. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Merchants finish regular season with a sweep
    On Thursday, July 17, the Orofino Merchants faced Prairie of Post Falls in a North Idaho League Class A double header. Orofino won both games 10-8 and 3-2 to improve to a 15-3 league record going into districts this week. During the first game of the evening the Merchants got two hits and three RBIs each from Walker Reggear and Tanner Schwartz. The Merchants started strong with a 9-1 lead, then weathered a seven-run sixth from Prairie. Orofino scored all three of their runs in the second came in the third inning. Reggear smacked a two-run single in that inning. Merchants’ pitcher Jasper Sabatino allowed six hits and one walk while striking out nine in the second game of the evening. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • C-PTPA weekly fire update
    Two fires were reported this week to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association, Association (C-PTPA) according to Cameron Eck, Fire Program Manager. The first fire was in fact, a house fire on Greer Grade on July 15. Though C-PTPA does not usually respond to structure fires, this incident had spilled into the wildland and burned one-quarter acre. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Clearwater County unemployment falls to 10 percent; highest in the state
    Clearwater County, with a rate of 10 percent, was the only county in Idaho with a double-digit unemployment percentage in May. Ten percent is Clearwater County’s lowest unemployment rate in several years. In April of this year the rate was 10.6 percent, and in May of last year it was 10.9 percent. The last time the state saw only one county in double digits was July 2008.  Idaho County’s May rate was 6.7 percent, down from 7.1 percent in April, and from last year’s May rate of 8.6 percent. Nez Perce County’s rate ticked down from 4.4 to 4.3 percent from April to May. In May of 2013 it was 5.4 percent. Lewis County, at 4.0 percent, has the lowest rate in counties near Clearwater. In April Lewis County’s rate was 4.4 percent, and last May it was 5.7 percent. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    70 Years Ago: A staggering 100 fires were started in the Clearwater National Forest and Forest Protective District during the most severe lightning storm in four years. Fortunately, most of them were brought under control before they could do much damage. Most of the blazes (about 70) were on federal lands, and under 10 acres, with majority manifesting as spot fires. Twenty parachute jumpers were flown out to do control work on forest lands, while eight more made jumps on private C.T.P.A. lands. 80 Years Ago: Dale Lanphier, state highway department mechanic, was bitten Tuesday afternoon at Genesee by a black widow spider. Lanphier was working in a highway garage at the time. He reached up on the work bench to grab a wrench, and the spider bit him between two knuckles on his right hand. Anti-venom serum was administered as soon as Lanphier could be rushed to Lewiston. Lanphier’s right forearm swelled badly and was partially paralyzed, and for a short time his left leg was affected. Luckily, by Sunday of that week, most of the venom’s ill effects had disappeared.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Dennis Fuller
    My thanks to the Clearwater Tribune staff and especially Elizabeth Morgan for her verbatim coverage of the last few Orofino City Council meetings. It is a difficult task to refine a two hour meeting into a too-few-word news article and I commend her on excellent reportage. No one likes to be misquoted. I was a little troubled with my own bad timing, though, after writing a letter one week condemning “the age of complaint,” I’m then featured grouching to the City Council the very next week. I try to give folks a break from my “activism” but the chance to expand on the council’s reaction is too great.  As indicated in Elizabeth’s report, Chief Wilson gave an expansive but generalized explanation of how enforcement of most minor offenses is handled with a warning and education. That is a welcome admission in a small town, but it also reinforces the erratic and subjective nature of most enforcements.
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  • Letter ot the Editor - Peggy Sieler
    I am very disturbed that our country is being overwhelmed with a massive flow of illegal aliens crossing our border daily. These people are bringing communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, scabies, and head lice and are entering our country unabated. It appears that only about 20% of the illegal aliens are children, while the rest are Middle Easterners, drug cartels, terrorists, criminals and gang members. They are crossing our borders with no resistance. Adding insult to injury, American taxpayers are being forced to pay for transportation, housing, schooling, legal assistance, and more for the illegals crossing our border.
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  • Clearwater Human Needs Council Toiletry Drive
    Our local food banks do a great job in helping to provide food in emergency situations; however, many other items are needed as well that the food bank may not have on hand. Between July 31 and Aug. 11 the Clearwater Human Needs Council will be sponsoring a Toiletry Drive. Boxes will be set up at Glenwood IGA, Barney's Harvest Foods, and Hayes Food Store. All items will be donated to the Life LineFood Bank. Suggested items for donation might include toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, brushes, combs, hand soap, diapers, diaper wipes, baby formula, feminine hygiene products, etc.
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  • Fraser news
    The month of July is when farm life starts to get busy again; the cherry trees and raspberry patches have ripe fruit to preserve and the tomatoes and pickles are setting fruit. It’s time to stock up in canning supplies so everything will be ready to preserve the bounty for winter enjoyment. Judy Berreth has Bing Cherries canned and Shirley Lutes cherry trees is loaded with fruit. She invited me over to pick and helped me gather enough to make a fruit cobbler and to put it in the freezer. The recipe for the Fruit Cobbler is on page 146 in the Timberline Cook Book “Recipes for Success from THS” which came out several years ago. Area residents were asked to share their favorite recipes and as a result this book has some of the yummiest, mouthwatering, tasty foods around; it’s one of my favorite books. The new wood shed at the Fraser Community Center is becoming a reality. The Community Center Board decided on the design for the wood shed and President Donna Brown contacted Carl Stemrich to have his crew build the enclosure. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy is occupied once again! The second group of candidates arrived in Pierce last Saturday. We are beginning with about 100. They look good and strong. It amazes me to see them picking up the routine and learning how to live in the quasi-military school. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they are adjusting to a new life. The Hilltop now has a soccer league for kids ages four years through fifth grade. Final registration will be held Thursday, July 31 at the Weippe Wesleyan Church from noon to 4 p.m. The fee to register is $56. There will be one practice and one game per week, with an eight-week-season. Every child will have equal playing time. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Pierce news
    This 1860 Days there will be a photo booth set up as a fundraiser event to raise money for the Environmental Science class and the Spanish classes at Timberline Schools, which are planning a trip to Costa Rica. All proceeds will go towards the trip. While visiting they will learn about the local environment, zipline through the forest and much more for a very memorable learning experience. For more information call Casey at 464-1979. This year’s summer Pierce/Weippe ATV Trailriders fun run will be held July 26. Sign-ups begin at the Museum Pavilion on Main Street at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m., also at the Pavilion.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 24
    The Idaho Fish and Game Commission reduced the price of unsold nonresident deer and elk tags to be sold as second tags. The following discounts will be available to resident and non-resident hunters purchasing second tags in 2014. Second deer tags will be discounted from $300 to $199.

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