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November 13 Poll Results
Scam Phone Calls
Have you ever received
a scam phone call?

35% Yes, many. (15)
44% Yes, a few. (19)
  0% Yes, one. (0)
7% Not that I know of. (3)
14% I’ve received calls I was suspicious of, but don’t know for sure they were scams. (6)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Council meets on Veterans Day
    Orofino City Council met Nov. 11. As council chambers appeared rather deserted, City Administrator Rick Laam reported that Veteran’s Day was typically a day off for city employees. Though it was a bit of an oversight that the council meeting had not been cancelled that evening, as the City Council work session scheduled for Nov. 4 had been cancelled. Even though there were no major issues on the agenda to attend to, much of the meeting pertained to a utility billing complaint and the acceptance of the grant agreement for the funding of the airport terminal. Following the PERSI Newsletter information, the third item added to the agenda that evening was a utility billing complaint, filed by Dennis Fuller. Fuller has discovered he has been paying wa-ter bonds for property which met three items of criteria to avoid payment of the water/sewer bond. The house on the property burned down, the sewer was capped off and the water meter was filled in with dirt due to a complaint of a crack in the lid. Fuller has paid the bond for the past 14 years, in addition to the other two parcels of property he owns, when he recently real-ized he didn’t have to. Fuller continued to receive utility bills for the water bond on the property and assumed that it was the norm for everyone. Fuller said he was never aware that he wasn’t required to pay the bond, given the status of the property. City Clerk Janet Montambo responded that all new water customers are informed of the city’s policies when they sign up. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • At last, Grangemont road re-opens
    In what has seemed like an eternity for those who have had to travel the detour route due to the construction taking place on lower Grangemont Road, many will be relieved when all is finally finished. As of Nov. 15, the road was reopened to traffic. However, don’t expect the road to be completely finished. The county is still waiting for it to be paved, and weather conditions are looking rather grim for paving in the immediate future. West Company, Inc. of Spokane is the primary contractor of the $1.8 million project. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • 6C Idaho Facebook group holds Christmas 911 fundraiser
    On Jan. 1, 2011 I began a Facebook page called “6C Idaho, Orofino, Weippe, Pierce, Greer, and surrounding areas” ( to help in connecting with friends from Orofino and the surrounding area. Little did I know that it would become a home for many of us to reconnect with others from all over the area and learn about our history through the collective memories and photos of our members. In the middle of March 2014 we had about 130 members, and then something spectacular happened: our membership skyrocketed and in eight months we have grown to over 2000 members, with Melanie Gilmore-Paulson being our 2,000th member on Nov. 15. In honor of reaching 2,000 members, the admins, Glenna Mastrud, Tom Logan, Ryan Smathers, Beverly Farrow Latham, and myself, have decided to do a fundraiser to help with the Christmas 911 fund. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Lucky commissioners?
    John Smith, Clearwater County Commissioner, has joined fellow commissioners Don Ebert and John Allen in winning local drawings: Smith won the second rifle drawing to benefit Cindy Grimm. The drawing was held on Veterans Day, at Les Schwab Tires in Orofino. Smith said he bought his ticket the evening before the drawing was held. He had been at the courthouse all day in a commissioners meeting, and someone suggested he stop by Les Schwab and buy a ticket, which he did, before heading home. In an interesting twist, Smith’s fellow commissioner, John Allen, was actually the first name drawn, but Allen refused to accept the rifle, since he won the rifle in the first Cindy Grimm rifle drawing in October.
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  • School Board meets in Cavendish
    The Joint District #171 School Board meeting was held Nov. 17, at Cavendish-Teakean School. The meeting began with the usual approval of minutes, payment of bills, financial reports and a list of surplus items to include outdated PCs and old lift top desks. The district observed a change in enrollment this past month from Oct. 1, is down eight, from November 2013 down 34; not included in the district total is IDYCA. Total enrollment is 76 - down 4 from October 2014. The staff at Cavendish Elemen-tary recognizes Renee Olson and her family as our Volunteers of the Year. For the past 10 years the Olson family has been a huge part of the academic success of all the children who have attended Cavendish Elementary. Mrs. Olson teaches music to students in Kindergarten through sixth grade and plans a school-wide field trip every year to the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. In addition to being an amazing music teacher she also, by default, leads the Cavendish PTA. With the wonderful help of other parents she organizes the monthly Hot Lunches, End of the Year Barbeque, sixth grade graduation gifts, and many other events. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Clearwater County incident reports
    Nov. 9 - Orofino Police Department (OPD) received a report of suspicious circumstances on Kalaspo Ave. Nov. 11 - CCSO received a report of a vehicle accident on Hwy 11. CCSO received a request for an ambulance on 6th Ave. Weippe. CCSO received a report of a hazard – road blockage on Bobbitt Bench Rd. Peck. CCSO received a request for boating assist – below the dam in Ahsahka 20 foot inboard fed top anchored up sucked up moss into the intake on the Northfork of the Clearwater. CCSO received a report of a vicious dog at large on Main St. Weippe. Nov. 16 - CCSO received a report of disorderly conduct – female yelling on Kokanee Ln. CCSO received a report of a vehicle accident on Lower Fords Creek Road.
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  • Maniacs' season ends with third place in the semi-finals
    After the original date of the semi-finals game was postponed until Monday night, Nov. 17, due to the weather conditions over the weekend, the Maniacs traveled down to Holt Stadium in Pocatello to face Aberdeen in a loser out game with the winner advancing into the State Championship game next week against West Side. After a scoreless first quarter the Maniacs were the first to put points on the board after a long pass from Drake Kuykendall to John Walker (J. Walker) getting the Maniacs into scoring range. Josh Walker collecting the first and only touchdown for the Maniacs in the second quarter and Bayley Noah collecting the extra point bringing the score to 7-0. Aberdeen soon answered back bringing the score to 7-7 just in time for half-time. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Lady Maniacs, Lady Spartans compete in pre-season tournament at Highland High
    The Lady Maniacs and the Lady Spartans traveled to Craigmont for a preseason basketball tournament. Each team played four games over the stretch of two days including each other. The Maniacs faced off against the Highland Huskies for the first game of the season for each team on Friday, Nov. 14. Although the Maniacs lost the opener 36-51 senior Jordyn Howell led the team with 15 points and went 2-for-2 at the free throw line. Freshman Shay Kuykendall was right behind Howell with 10 points at went 4-for-8 from the line. The Lady Spartans faced the Logos of Moscow for their first game of the season. Timberline came up short losing by 13 points 26-39 on Friday night, Nov. 14 during the Highland preseason tournament. Morgan Willett scored 21 points and had nine rebounds during the first game of four for the Spartans before fouling out. Willett was joined by Erin Sellers who also fouled out of the game after collecting four steals and seven rebounds. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Pierce's 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar is Saturday
    The Pierce Community Center’s 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafters, artisans, local businesses, social groups, and youth organizations will offer a wide variety of wonderful holiday gifts and baked goods. A $1 gift table, benefiting the Community Center’s activity scholarship fund, is also available so the little ones can shop for their family too. One of the biggest draws to the bazaar is the annual Merchant Turkey Giveaway drawing, and this year, 12 turkeys will be given away. Following is a list of participating Hilltop merchants: Empire Lumber, S&S Foods, Pioneer Inn, Mary Ann’s Groceries, Olive’s Auto Parts, Pierce Hardware, Pierce Mini Mart, Sherry’s Cakes and Bouquets, Timber Inn, White Pine Credit Union, Pierce Community Center, GEM Committee. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Rowan mother and daughter visit the Philippines
    Alyssa and Eileen Rowan, along with a team of three others from the Brownsville Christian Church in Oregon, accompanied Dr. James Huckaba to the Philippines in the month of October. Dr. Huckaba is the past Dean of the Philippine College of Ministry in Baguio, Philippines, where he served for 14 years. The team served at the Manila Bible Seminary the first week and at the Philippine College of Ministry the second week. The Manila Bible Seminary offers both an undergraduate and graduate pro-gram in Biblical Studies with approximately 120 students attending the Seminary. The Philippine College of Ministry offers an undergraduate program in Biblical Studies and Ministry to approximately 50 students. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Lenne Bonner transitions into new roll as CVHC Chief Administrative Officer
    Juggling two to three titles at her full time job, two small children and numerous other committees has led to a hectic last couple of years for Lenne Bonner, but no one could tell it by her calm demeanor and effective management skills at the office. Bonner graduated from the University of Idaho with her bachelor’s degree in accounting and is also a certified public account-ant. She has been with St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics since January of 2006, when she began there as the Controller. Later that year she became the Chief Financial Officer for both facilities. When Casey Meza departed in 2012 Bonner took on the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer, along with her duties as CFO. She held that position until August of 2013, when the current President of both facilities, Patrick Branco, came on board. Since that time she has maintained her role as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Christmas tree permits available at Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests offices
    In this area, it is a popular tradition to begin the holiday season with an outing to the forest to cut the family Christmas tree. Permits are required for each tree you are going to cut. Permits are $5 each and are limited to three per family. The permits can be purchased from any of our Forest offices or at the following local vendors: Harpster Store in Harpster, Tom Cat’s Sport-ing Goods in Kooskia, Rae Brothers Sporting Goods and Tackett’s Saw Service in Grangeville, Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Ka-miah, Helmer Store & Cafe in Helmer, Idaho Rigging in Potlatch, Tri-State Outfitters and Woodland Enterprises in Moscow, and DYNW (Discover Your Northwest) at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center, and Lochsa Lodge at Powell. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Nez Perce Tribe delcares Nov. 25 Nimiipuu Lehyn Day
    The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee has declared Nov. 25, as Nimiipuu LeHeyn Day (Nez Perce Day) in acknowledgement of Native American month. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pi-Nii-Waus Community Center, the Tribe will showcase its culture and program successes through a series of presentational booths by both tribal members and employees.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago: A 31-year-old man, Russell Lewis Lott of Camas, WA, drowned in the North Fork of the Clearwater River Monday morning in a construction accident. At the time this article appeared in the paper, his body hadn’t been found. Lott was a crew foreman for Power Line Erectors of Spokane. Lott had waded into the river a little ways, so someone could throw him a rope, which he would take across the river. Lott was able to catch the rope, but he slipped and was swept downstream by the swift current. He hit an area with deep water and lost his grip on the rope, so could not be pulled to safety. The accident occurred near the mouth of Canyon Creek, about nine miles north of Ahsahka. Lott’s crew had been building a power line up the North Fork for Washington Water Power. 70 Years Ago: Corbett Robert Miller was appealing his manslaughter conviction earlier this year, in the Jan. 10 killing of his sister, Betty Malero. The appeal was based on three factors: that the court failed to allow full cross examination of the complaining witness, police officer Lester Swann; that the court failed to define for the jury what constituted an “excusable homicide;” and that the court failed to grant a new trial even though the notion of a new trial was supported by affidavits from Coroner George Blake, Sheriff Jack Conard and his deputy, and Sam Swayne, defense counsel.
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  • Fraser news
    The frigid climate that settled over the hilltop area last week has remained. I have recorded the daytime highs in the 20 degree range and it dropped down to a mighty chilly 12 degrees on several nights. Even when the days have been sunny the air doesn’t seem to warm up. Now when I head outside to feed our llama, April Eight, and the birds, I layer up and pull on warm gloves, then I don’t mind how cold it is. We know this type of weather won’t last, and when the temperature does warm up it will be quite a real treat. The Fraser Ladies Get Together Club held their annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Donna Brown started the wood stove around 8 a.m. so the building would be comfortable when everyone arrived. When Jean Bennett and Darrell Hesler arrived they added more wood to keep the 29 degree temperature from cooling the rooms down. The tables were decorated for Thanksgiving with pumpkins and leaves which added a festive atmosphere to the building. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Last week I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Colleen Ross, a long time Weippe resident who moved to Lewiston a while back. Colleen sent me some pictures and asked if I'd like to put some of them in the paper. I looked through them and decided to go see Colleen and get to know a little bit more about her life here in Weippe. She and I talked about local history and looked through a bunch of pictures. She has amazing stories and a wonderful memory! Colleen shared with me that she moved to Weippe in 1937 when she was seven years old. Before she got married to Charles Ross, her last name was Seeley. She spent 25 years here and treasures the memories that were made. Colleen graduated in 1948 and she is very proud of the fact that out of her graduating class of 14, there are nine surviving classmates. Some have moved away, but others like her sister, Esther Seeley Crystal, Margaret Harrison Crawford, P. L. Johnson, Phyllis Larson Steele, Lois Albert Douglas, and Arlene Martin Caton are still in the North West. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Colleen and look forward to our next visit. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Pierce news
    Congratulations to Danielle Hope; she left for basic training three weeks ago. I'm asking for our community to help support our newest member of the United States Air Force. Letters (no packages) would be greatly appreciated. They are very important to receive during this time. When my daughter went to basic training she said she received more letters that anyone else. Let’s do it again: AB Danielle Hope, 331 TRS/Flight Storm A10, 1320 Truemper St. Unit 364574, Lackland AFB, TX 782366409. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 20

    The historic, first time ever season for Coho salmon in Idaho ended for the year Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Clearwater River basin. The Coho season opened Oct. 17, on the Mainstem and Middle Fork Clearwater River from the mouth upstream to Clear Creek, and on the North Fork Clearwater River downstream from Dworshak Dam.

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