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August 7 Poll Results
Your Senators and Congressmen
Do you approve of the job your senators and congressmen and women are doing?

  2% Yes. (1)
18% It’s mixed – sometimes I approve, sometimes not. (9)
80% No, I don’t. (41)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • People's Choice '54 Mercury has come full circle
    Lanny White’s 1954 Sun Valley Mercury was awarded the People’s Choice award at this year’s Show and Shine. As he shows me the plaque awarded by the people I can see how much it means to him. That’s the “coup de grâce” he said. In a way it means more than first place. It seems both White and his ’54 Mercury have come full circle. White was born in Moscow, lived in Kamiah before his family moved to Orofino in 1952. He graduated from Orofino High School in 1963. White lived in this area for 40 years and during that time he spent 17 years with the volunteer fire department, seven of those years as the Fire Chief. He also worked as a real estate broker. He remembers that the economy was pretty grim with the decline of logging, and in 1985, he had been offered a job with a fire department just south of Carmel, CA. “It was hard to leave here,” said White. However, he decided to move to California, and accepted the position with the Carmel Highlands Fire Department overlooking the Pacific.
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  • Washington man dies after motorcycle wreck
    A 63-year-old Washington man was killed in a motorcycle wreck Aug. 1 on Highway 12, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Donald K. Zimmerly of Camas, WA was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 on a 2001 Harley Davidson XL883. At 4:38 p.m., near milepost 55 (past Greer, in Lewis County), Zimmerly left the roadway off of the eastbound shoulder. According to ISP, the motorcycle came to rest in the barrow pit of the eastbound shoulder.
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  • Head-on collision on Highway 12
    A head-on collision occurred late Tuesday morning between these two vehicles at the intersection of Highway 12 and Gilbert Grade (not far upriver from the Orofino bridge). One male was driving the first car, and a woman and and a child were reportedly in the second vehicle. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Corps seeks public input for Dworshak Master Plan
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps) seeks public input for updating the Dworshak Reservoir Master Plan and developing an associated environmental assessment (EA) for lands and waters at Dworshak Reservoir.  During the study scoping period for master plan’s environmental assessment -- July 30, through Aug. 30, -- the public is encouraged to submit ideas and comments regarding management of natural resources and recreational resources that should be included in the Dworshak Master Plan. Comments may be submitted via email at DworshakMasterPlan@usace.army.mil. A head-on collision occurred late Tuesday morning between these two vehicles at the intersection of Highway 12 and Gilbert Grade (not far upriver from the Orofino bridge). One male was driving the first car, and a woman and and a child were reportedly in the second vehicle. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Nez Perce Tribe awards over $378,000 to area schools and colleges
    Nez Perce Tribe Local Education Fund Awards totaling $378,783 were granted to 35 social, cultural, preschool, elementary, high school, and college programs throughout the region. Funds were awarded for: computer technology, school readiness and social support, special instruction, preschool and kindergarten instruction, language, culture, arts, theater, dance, internships, and literacy programs, among other service areas.  “This year, the range of program applications was impressive,” stated Silas Whitman, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. “We were able to have an impact on core curriculum with our computer and science lab awards. We funded programs that will help area children perform at their grade level through kindergarten and preschool support. We also funded stellar creative arts programs such as the Mentor Artist’s Playwrights Project, which will bring high caliber writers to the classroom. ” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Boat ramp closures on the Clearwater River
    The Zan’s and Five Mile boat ramps on the Clearwater River will be closed for repairs Aug. 6-31. Idaho Fish and Game is improving these launch sites to allow for better quality river access. River users are reminded to make sure not to block work areas.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Gary Hanes
    When did America become such a small country? I must have dozed through that defining moment. It’s certainly nothing I learned as a 12-year student in the Orofino schools. Our teachers had endured the Depression and fought in WWII against some of the very ideas so overtly voiced today. One spent most of the war as a POW. In spite of the toll the world had taken, they taught us to have a bigger vision of America. The “illegal aliens” letter to the editor in your July 24 edition deserves a response. Refugees are not illegal aliens. The writer unashamedly conflated the terms in such a way that even I was scared. “Refugee” is an internationally recognized legal status that is attained when a person flees persecution or violence. The right to immigrate to the U.S. or to other countries is conferred through longstanding international conventions.
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  • Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests fire information update
    Firefighters have been very successful in suppressing fires started by recent lightning on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Most fires have been controlled at a small size. A combination of local and out of the area firefighters, as well as air support, contributed to this success. Red River District - The district currently has 70 people assigned to fires. Two new fires were discovered; firefighters have contained seven of the existing fires and held the remaining ones. The Bear Fire was found three miles east of Square Mountain in the Gospel Hump Wilderness. Because of its proximity to the lookout, fire fighters will move to suppress the blaze. The Little Fire a single tree was spotted two miles west of Newsome Creek and Ox Bow Campground. Firefighters are in route to both fires. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B.

     

  • C-PTPA weekly fire update
    Firefighters have definitely picked up the pace this week as 11 fires have been reported to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) since July 29. The Lower Fords Creek fire burned a quarter of an acre on Tribal lands July 29. Causes of the fire were listed as miscellaneous. The next fire, the O’Donnell Point fire near Boehls, was reported on July 31. The fire burned one-tenth of an acre and is believed to have been ignited by lightning. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Merchants lose out to Blue Devils
    On Saturday the Orofino Merchants once again faced the Moscow Blue Devils, and once again the Merchants couldn’t get around them, losing out of the Class A American Legion State baseball tournament, 2-7. Ending their season the Merchants had a final record of 37-14.. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • New IRS phone scam hits area
    A local resident has reported a new IRS scam that recently targeted her household. According to the Better Business Bureau, this scam is circulating in this part of Idaho. The resident received a call from the phone number 844-241-7999, and her caller ID listed it as being from “Toll-Free.” (The caller(s) may or may not use a different number each time they call someone.) The caller’s accent was very thick, and to this resident, sounded East Indian (from India). The caller asked for the resident’s husband by name, and proceeded to offer a warning that he was being sued by the IRS for improper filing of his taxes, and that heavy taxes would be levied against him. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Several structures threatened in Big Cougar Fire
    One-hundred-sixty structures are threatened due to the Big Cougar Fire burning 24 miles south of Lewiston. The lightning-caused fire began Aug. 2, is up to 19,000 acres, and is burning in rough terrain west of Wapshilla Ridge and east of the Snake River. It is 0% contained. Tuesday crews continued assisting the fire’s spread to the north, where the fire burned across China Garden Creek and is moving towards Corral Creek. Fuels are primarily grass and a limited amount of timber. One-hundred-three firefighters are presently assigned to the fire. Resources assigned include two crews, three helicopters, five engines, one water tender, and one dozer, plus support personnel. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Compression brakes resolution not unanimous
    Resolution 14-07-08 was presented and discussed at the July 28, Board of County Commissioners meeting. This resolution goes along with Ordinance #46 and would establish the locations where the use of compression brakes would be prohibited. The motion to sign the resolution passed with a two-thirds majority, with Commissioner John Smith opposed and Commissioners Don Ebert and John Allen in favor of the resolution. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Special interest Maniac plates can help area schools
    The Clearwater Community Foundation (CCF) would like to receive legislative approval to make the Maniac logo a Special Interest License Plate in the state of Idaho. The first step in reaching this goal is to obtain at least 250 signatures in support of making the plate. Proceeds from special interest plates can be distributed to causes. In the case of the Maniac plate, proceeds raised would go to Joint School District 171, with the intent to be used for academic enrichment in the form of field trips and enhanced activities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Fraser news
    The wheat harvest is in full swing here on the hilltop. Steve and I always take time to watch the Brown family combine the wheat fields around our home. On Sunday afternoon we enjoyed seeing Derek Brown maneuver the big John Deere combine through the field east of our farm fate. Glen Gauthier is handling the grain carte this year; he has two combines to keep track of as they harvest the grain. The thunder storm that blew through late Saturday afternoon didn’t drop enough rain to have much effect on the harvest. On Wednesday, July 30, the Fraser Community Center board members met at the Center to look over the newly completed wood shed and to have a brief meetings. When Donna Brown arrived to open up the building, she spotted a rattlesnake between the cement step and the south facing door. It disappeared before the rest of the board had arrived. Gerry Armitage checked the area several times but didn’t locate it. Sandy Dahl informed Donna Brown on Monday that he discovered a snake in their driveway which is just east of the Fraser Community Center. So be aware that rattlesnakes have been spotted and take precautions.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last week our hilltop lost a great man. Elwin Hutchins was a man who contributed so much to our community. He was often seen at the park taking care of the flowers, helping out at the museum, or at the community hall. He was always working on something. He had the sweetest spirit and he will be missed by all who knew him! There will be a celebration of life for Elwin on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Weippe Mini Park at 11 a.m. The community is invited to come pay their respects and be part of the fellowship. Following the service in the Mini Park will be a potluck lunch. Elwin's family will have a private graveyard service at the Weippe Cemetery and will then rejoin the group in the park. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    A great weekend! It has now come and gone, but a busy 1860 Days for sure. Myrna Ely, our Grand Marshal, was the highlight of the parade, cheered on by her many relatives who traveled to Pierce to surprise her. An exciting addition to our parade was the impressive Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy, who, incidentally, won the Community award. The Novelty award went to Graci La Doux, for her Hip Hop Dance. Graci is the daughter of Larry and Tami La Doux and granddaughter of Lonnie and Nancy Cowger. The 1860 Days auction bidding winners were: Bob McKnight, the log load of firewood donated by Empire Lumber, Weippe; Randy Mc Kinnon, the load of rock donated by Solid Rock Corp., Weippe; Russ and Susie Thompson, a load of cut and split firewood donated by Mark and Janice Bauer; and Denise Chylack, a sterling silver hand-crafted bracelet donated by Jerry and Tammy Northcutt, of Mountain View Baptist Church.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for August 7
    Many Idaho hunters are optimistic about taking a deer, or maybe even two, this fall. Three consecutive mild winters across most of Idaho are resulting in unusually high numbers of mule deer and whitetail deer. Survival rates have been higher than average in five of the last six years. Biologists say mild winters and good summer conditions allow bucks to put additional energy into antler growth, so 2014 will not only be good opportunity to take a deer, but also provides potential to bag a trophy.

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