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July 31 Poll Results
Bergdahl Prisoner Swap
Do you agree with the House Armed Services Committee panel’s condemnation of President Obama for his decision to trade five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

64% Yes, I agree with the committee. (35)
27% No, I don’t agree with them – I think the right decision was made. (15)
  9% I can’t decide. (5)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Illegal immigration to be reviewed at next Orofino City Council work session
    Shauna Britt asked Orofino City Council to review data she had collected in her research concerning the recent migration of illegal immigrants. She asked the council to consider taking a proactive approach in preventing the community from having to bear the burden of possibly having 100 to 1,000 illegal immigrants housed here. She said she had learned of small towns waking to find one of these facilities in their neighborhood. At times the immigrants were bussed in the middle of the night without notice to the city or the city’s officials. Councilmember Mark Swayne said that it sounded like a topic for the work session, Council woman Marguerite McLaughlin stated that there were always two sides to an issue, that there was no information presented or anyone to represent the other side. More information must be previewed to make a decision.
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  • Canadian man injured in motorcycle wreck on Highway 12
    A 54-year-old Canadian man was injured after he lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 12 Saturday, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Brent Donald Baragar of Calgary, Alberta, was attempting to negotiate a curve while riding his 1997 Honda motorcycle July 26 outside of Orofino. At 10:45 a.m., near milepost 46.1 (towards Greer), left the right side of the roadway and went into soft gravel, which caused Baragar to lose control and crash, according to CCSO.
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  • Gov. Otter's response about COAST services
    Deryl Ketchum of Orofino contacted Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter about the status of the transit service provided by the Council on Aging and Human Services (COAST). Otter responded to Ketchum with: “Thank you for contacting me with your concern about the status of the transit services provided by COAST. I appreciate the opportunity to respond. Transportation for senior citizens is important in our state and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has been pleased in the past to help provide this service in your region. In order to provide transportation services, COAST depends on the use of funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which is allocated through ITD. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Chautauqua Festival kicks off this Thursday
    Orofino is proud to welcome the Chautauqua Festival this Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 2. This rare event includes performers, musicians and educators will be working hard to entertain and educate Orofino during this free community event. The Chautauqua group comes in honor of longtime member and Orofino local Faith Petric, who died at the age of 98. “When she was a girl, the Chautauqua came to Orofino every year,” founder Paul Magdid reports. “Inspired by that, I wanted to do the Chautauquas in this area in honor of Faith.” The 2014 event poster bears the words “Keep the Faith” in honor of Faith. This year’s historical tour will be made up of 60 volunteers who will be on the road for a month, visiting Orofino, Sandpoint and Hot Springs, MT, on their route.
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  • Merchants advance to state tournament
    Over a four day period the Orofino Merchants competed in the Class A District Tournament in Lewiston at Harris Field, starting Thursday, July 24, when they faced Sandpoint. The Merchants opened the District Tournament on Thursday, July 24, with an explosive offense against Sandpoint tallying 13 hits. Five of the Merchant players had multiple hits to pace Orofino (34-10) to the 13-3 win and helping advance Orofino to the next round. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Letter to the Editor - Michael Butler
    I have been a native of Idaho the majority of my life. In 2010, I was diagnosed with a very serious liver disease that I have been fighting ever since. April of this year, the gastroenterologists at Virginia Mason basically told us that it had gone too far and that they no longer could help us. They transferred me to University of Washington to see if I could get on the liver transplant list. They did finally approve me to be on the transplant list, but I really do not know what that means other than I am several thousands in debt that I cannot pay.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Damon Popovics
    I am a big supporter of immigration to the United States. Legal immigration. That is what makes our country stronger and more diverse. My family is the product of legal immigration. Some of my grandparents and great-grandparents were immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe who came here with nothing and did not speak English. My father is a first generation American born in the United States. My relatives were not given handouts and figured out how to earn their way to becoming productive citizens. Our current United States border immigration policies are despicable. How is it that border patrol agents are now instructed to welcome illegal immigrants from all nations by the tens of thousands, to give them free stuff, and then release them on their own with just a simple piece of paper to appear in court months from now to sort out their immigration status?
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  • Loan a life jacket, save a life
    Kenny Miller is a Life Rank Boy Scout from Troop #536 in Orofino. He is currently working on his Eagle Scout rank, and has just completed his Eagle Scout service project. This is one of the requirements toward obtaining his Eagle Scout rank. Kenny began talking to local churches, organizations, and schools in the Orofino area earlier this year to pick a project that would really benefit the community. Kenny spoke with Corporal Mike Gladhart, Marine Deputy for the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department, and Mike recommended a life jacket loaner station. Kenny decided that building a Loaner station at Deyo Reservoir would not only help promote boating and water safety, but may also save lives. Kenny contacted Don Beck, the Access Site Coordinator with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, and Juelie Traska, Boating Safety Education Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. These agencies partnered together to help Kenny complete his Eagle Scout project.
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  • C-PTPA weekly fire update
    On his way out to another fire, Cameron Eck, Fire Program Manager for Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protection Association (C-PTPA) reported one fire this past week on July 24. The fire which burned one-tenth of an acre was discovered in the Johnson’s Mill area near Orofino. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Elk City woman pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter
    Tara R. Mendenhall or Elk City pleaded guilty on Monday, July 28, to a reduced felony charge of voluntary manslaughter. Mendenhall claims she got into a fight with Lora K. Vandenburg of Elk City, over cosmetics, a necklace and a compact disc. Vandenburg, 45, later died from bleeding to the brain. Mendenhall, 27, will be sentenced on Sept. 22, by the 2nd District Judge Michael J. Griffin following a presentence investigation. She remains in custody at the Lewis County Jail. Mendenhall pleaded innocent to second degree murder originally, but changed her plea as part of a plea agreement. Griffon explained during the hearing on Monday that the difference between the murder charge and manslaughter has to do with premeditation. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Schmidt family reunion
    Can you think of a better place to hold the “first” Schmidt family reunion than at the Lake House by the Deyo Reservoir on the weekend of July 12? This house originally belonged to Wally and Iris Schmidt when the Schmidt brothers owned the land and operated the Schmidt Mill. Iris commented that the only room that was changed from when they lived there was the room Wally used for his office and she used for her sewing room. The outdoor pavilion, on the north side of the house, is a recent addition to the property, which is now owned by the Deyo Family. The shade of the pavilion and two portable tent flies on the west end added extra shade for tables and chairs so the family could visit in comfort. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Forest Fun Camp enjoyd by Timberline students
    During the week of July 21-25, some of our local kids got to take part in a Forest Fun Camp conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. The week was packed full of fun activities! The camp was based out of the Timberline Schools with three field trips to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Students took a hike on the Nez Perce Historic Trail, learned water safety, kayaking, macro-invertebrates, and fly-fishing and spinning reel fishing on Lolo Creek, and learned fire safety, compass navigation, and tree identification at the U.S. Forest Service, Musselshell Work Center. The camp culminated with a lesson on wildland fire engine operations and the kids taking turns spraying the engine hose.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    10 Years Ago: “Neighbors need to be aware when you’re leaving,” said Kyle Latham, whose home was burglarized in June when he and his wife, Bev, left for a vacation in Alaska. Among the items stolen in the burglary were guns worth anywhere from $10 to $12,000. There was also a safe that the burglars “beat until they got it open.” The burglars took 20 guns, gold, silver, a coin collection, jewelry, all important papers, deposit slips, checkbooks, business cards, check registers, work receipts, the Lathams’ marriage license, keys, and the social security numbers of the Lathams and their children and grandchildren, and even the social security number of a daughter-in-law. Police got a lead on the robbers, Cole Shale and Donald Myhren, when Shale tried to use a phony credit card made with the information they secured in the burglary, at a Spokane bank machine.
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  • Medical card reporting by CDL holders gets easier, saves time
    A new electronic reporting system will streamline state and federal reporting requirements for Idaho Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders and medical providers certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The pilot software program is already used by Primary Health Medical Group to report CDL medical card data directly to the Idaho Transportation Department. CDL holders can meet state reporting requirements and at the same time fulfill the federal reporting requirements of FMCSA-certified medical examiners. The new program can reduce trips to the DMV for CDL holders and eliminate the need for DMV personnel and medical examiners to manually re-enter information. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Fraser news
    The month of July has kept the residents of the Fraser Community guessing. On Friday, July 25, the temperature dropped to 49 degrees and the electric furnace in our home, which was turned down to 50 degrees, kicked in. now that was an interesting experience and easily remedied with a flip of the main power switch. After all it is summer and when the temperature climbs into the 90s we certainly don’t need any artificial heat to warm things up. Peggy Ball reported that their Cayuga Ducks have hatched their first babies. There were seven little black puff balls following their mother when they were first spotted. When one became separated from the clutch. Reggie and Peggy walked down to the pond and rescued it; after warming it up, the little dick was placed near the clutch. It wandered off in the wrong direction and had to be rescued again. This time, Momma Duck came to claim it. Ask Reggie about his experience with an upset Momma Duck. Any way it was back where it belonged for the time being; but the next day the flock was minus one baby again. This mother duck is fun to watch, she gets rather upset if her babies don’t toe the mark; she is right on their tails if they don’t follow her. Peggy can give you an update on their progress; I think there isn’t anything cuter than baby ducks.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    There is a farmers market open every Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. located across the street from Durant's old store. Come support local growers and get some fresh produce! Get your watermelons and tomatoes! Derrick Soles is selling ripe Hermiston watermelons and is taking orders for cases and half cases of tomatoes! Orders for tomatoes need to be made by Aug. 8. Call Derrick or stop by his house if you would like to make a purchase or make an order for tomatoes at 435-4242. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    The Pool will be putting on the dinner during the Kick-Off of 1860 Days, Friday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. We will be serving pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, beans and a beverage. The coleslaw has been donated by S & S Foods of Pierce and the sandwich buns are being donated by Mary Ann's of Weippe. Please call 464-2443 with any questions. We are winding down our season for the pool. We are still shooting for Aug. 15 as our closing day, but we need to see what the numbers are the next couple of weeks. Hope you can come cool off and have some fun at the Pierce Pool!
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 31
    Big game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings for deer, elk, antelope and bear have only until Aug. 1 to purchase their tags. Any tags not purchased by that date will be forfeited. Controlled hunt tags are allocated by a random drawing from a pool of hunters who have submitted applications. Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat hunts in Idaho are all controlled hunts. Both general and controlled hunts are available for other big game species.

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