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  • Caring for the land and nuturing minds
    This month’s Savvy Seniors both grew up on Idaho ranches. Barbara Sifton Fitzsimmons was born June 5, 1932, in Emmett, to Luella and Forest Sifton. She and her parents, along with an older sister, Luella Ann, lived in Emmett. Her father worked at the Emmett mill. In 1936 her parents bought a ranch northeast of Weiser, about 25 miles from Midvale, raising cattle, pigs and sheep and also farming the ground. Barb and Luella Ann’s job was to take the sheep out to pasture every day. Both sisters became avid readers, spending hours reading books to pass the time while they watched the sheep. Because there were no sons in the family Barb’s father relied heavily on his daughters to help with all aspects of the farm. Barb says, “We loved it!” With the ranch being in a remote area with difficult access, Barb’s father would eventually purchase a home in Weiser. This is where Barb, her sister and her mother would stay during the week so the girls could attend school. Their father would come to town, when weather permitted. Barb recalls her father telling her that was something he would not do again, feeling like he never really got to see his family enough. “When he told me that, it made me sad,” reports Barb.
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  • Mechanical failure leads to logging truck wreck
    Mechanical failure of a logging truck trailer was deemed the cause of a logging truck wreck on Cavendish Highway Thursday afternoon, July 3, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The driver of the truck, 50-year-old Ted L. Taylor of Culdesac, escaped injury in the rollover accident, according to CCSO. Taylor was driving eastbound on the Cavendish Highway in a 1989 Peterbuilt logging truck hauling a load of cedar. At about 3 p.m., near milepost 7, mechanical failure caused the trailer’s rear bunk to detach. The load of cedar tumbled from the trailer, which caused the truck to overturn, according to CCSO. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Discharge of fireworks banned on Nez Perce Reservation
    Effective immediately, the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee has banned the discharge of all fireworks on the reservation, per section 6-3-8 of the Nez Perce Tribal Code. The decision was made for safety reasons, as vegetation dries out in the summer temperatures.
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  • Vehicles damaged, injuries sustained in two-vehicle wreck
    A two-vehicle wreck on Highway 12 Wednesday morning resulted in one totaled vehicle, one damaged vehicle, and one driver injured, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). At 8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, July 2, 53-year-old Ronald G. Miller of Orofino was eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 in a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup. Near milepost 47.7, almost four miles downriver from the Orofino bridge, Miller’s vehicle struck a green 1997 Nissan sedan driven by Raquel A. Pitcher, 44, of Kamiah, according to CCSO. Pitcher’s vehicle was totaled, and CCSO put the damage estimate for Miller’s vehicle at $4,000.
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  • Bodies of woman and toddler found in Lochsa River
    The body of a 22-year-old woman and a two-year-old child, whose bodies have been in the Lochsa River since July 2, were recovered Tuesday, July 8, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Talia Rushing, 22, and Layton Hallmark, 2, both of Boise, ended up in the river while they were passengers in a car that drove into the river after the driver fell asleep. The wreck occurred at 2:54 a.m. last Tuesday on US12, near milepost 97, east of Kooskia. Boone Hallmark, 29, of Boise, was driving eastbound in a 2003 PT Cruiser when he fell asleep. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Timberline Judo Club competes at national championships in Hawaii
    Colton Brouwers defeated 15 competitors to take second place in his division at the 5th Annual Grassroots Judo National Championships at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, HI. Brouwers, along with hilltop youth Xavier Lopez, Rylee Falwell, and Bobby Dloughy, represented the Timberline Judo Club at the event. Sensei Rich Barlow accompanied the kids. Over 1,000 youth from across the United States, Japan, Canada, Singapore, and Tahiti competed in the championships. Opening ceremony highlights included a traditional Hawaiian welcome dance, addresses from several top Judo officials, and the honoring of 10 WWII veterans. A color guard was provided by the United States Air Force.
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  • Local law enforcement vehicles now have AEDs
    Clearwater County Ambulance recently purchased 27 Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Eight were used to replace outdated and no longer serviceable unites in the ambulances. The remainder of the unites were placed in every Clearwater County Sheriff and Orofino Police vehicle. One was also placed in the Adult Probation and Parole vehicle. Clearwater County Ambulance Director Les Eaves stated “this is a dream come true.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Merchants come alive with sweep against St. Maries
    On Sunday, July 6, the Orofino Merchants traveled to St. Maries for a North Idaho Legion A baseball doubleheader, which Orofino swept 17-4 and 17-6. Hayden Wilson went 5-for-8 with five RBI for the Merchants (25-8, 12-2). Walker Reggear batted 5-for-7 and Hayden Widener hit a grand slam in the five-inning opener. Orofino had 29 hits on the day. “It was great to see the kids finally get some quality at bats and take some good swings,” said coach Jeff Wilson. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club Rendezvous July 18-20
    Grab your black powder gear and the family and come join the Lolo Trail Muzzleloader Club for their 38th Annual Rendezvous Friday through Sunday, July 18-20, at Reggear Tree Farm. Reggear Tree Farm is located between 542 and 1176 Loseth Rd, Orofino. To get there, turn up Dent Bridge Road, turn left onto Loseth Road, and go down the graveled road about 2.5 miles. Follow the Mountain Men signs. This is a family oriented occasion with a great main course and other special events for all ages, shooters and non-shooters. Bring your camper, tent, tepees, or just drive up for the day. Pets are welcome, but must be on leashes. The cost is $20 for family/individual camping and $15 for family/individual not camping. Fees cover main events and one door prize drawing ticket. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Property owners protest property value assessment
    During a portion of their regular June 30 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adjourned to convene at the Board of Equalization (BOE), where they heard protests of valuation from three property owners and the Assessor’s Office. BOE took the information under advisement. The BOE approved the request to adjust the value of RP38NO1W357601; RP38NO1W358400 and RP38NO1W358425, and have the Assessor’s Office send out a new assessment notice. The BOE adjourned the BOCC reconvened for the session.
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  • Dr. Kessinger completes residency
    Stephen Ray Kessinger, son of A. Jay and the late DonLina Kessinger, was one of 15 residents specializing in Emergency Medicine to be honored at a graduation ceremony at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA on June 26. Attending the ceremony were his wife and two daughters, and his sister, Shannon Kessinger Landrith, and her family, from Gaithersburg, MD. Dr. Kessinger graduated from Orofino High School in 1997, and, after serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, completed his bachelor’s degree at Boise State University, prior to entering medical school at Touro University in Henderson, NV. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Fair booths, Fair Board, and more
    It’s only 62 days until this year’s Clearwater County Fair begins and people are busy in the Exhibit Building setting up booths. If you would like to reserve a booth in the Exhibit Building during the Fair, please contact Cynthia Hedden at 476-3234 ASAP. Several sizes of booths are available, including: shallow walk-in, deep walk-in, shelf, and several double booths. Most have a power outlet. The Fair Board is searching for a new member to fill a vacancy. The Fair Board meets the third Tuesday of each month, March through October, at the Clearwater County Extension Office meeting room at 5 p.m.
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  • 2015 Timberline all school reunion meeting
    An organizational meeting for next year’s Timberline all-school reunion is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at the Deyo Reservoir. If you are interested in helping with the reunion, please plan to attend.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    10 Years Ago - Fourth of July celebrations usually make for an interesting holiday if you’re a police officer. In Elk River (as could happen anywhere), the festive atmosphere became rambunctious. Several Clearwater County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel were summoned to maintain order. Additional jail staff was needed, as was a backup dispatcher. Two arrests were made and several citations were issued. Several search warrants, relating to drug investigations, were also issued, but these were in Ahsahka and a local Laundromat. These resulted in some arrests. 60 Years Ago - Apparently it was not taboo in 1954 to publish a teenage girl’s weight on the front page of a newspaper. This year’s OCI Royalty profiles included the young ladies’ height and weight, along with their hair and eye color. Carla Bonner was five feet, four and a half inches, and weighed 120 pounds. Beverley Nelson was five feet, five inches tall and weighed 115 pounds. Mary Lucas was five feet, nine inches tall and 140 pounds. Carla and Beverley both had brown hair and brown eyes, while Mary had black hair and brown eyes.
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  • Fraser news
    So far this year, the yellow jackets and wasps have not been a problem. The article in the Clearwater Tribune about setting out traps to catch the queen bees in the months of April and May came at the right time. Now we may have a more enjoyable summer, only time will tell. Another trick discovered on the internet by Pam White, was to tack open Ziplock bags around your sitting area, fill the bags three-quarters full of water, and place several copper pennies in each bag. This technique did seem to have a positive affect on the yellow jackets when the grill was fired up to cook the hamburgers at the Lutes annual family picnic. Their daughter, Toni Konkol, was in charge of flipping the patties; she was not bothered by the yellow jackets, which are attracted to the smell of meat. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    This year’s Pierce/Weippe ATV Trailriders Summer Fun Run will be held Saturday, July 26, instead of the same weekend as 1860 Days. 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. A big thanks to Maki Manufacturing and DABCO Logging—they shared the right tools to get the new rope tow rope installed. It’s amazing how having the right tools makes a job go smoothly! The rope was purchased with support from Pierce Recreation District funds, and installed by Ski Club volunteers. The rope tow gets an amazing amount of use and the last replacement was in the late 1990’s, so it was definitely time for a new rope. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Pierce news
    The J. Howard Bradbury Logging Museum Board met last week. Plans were finalized to kick off the 2014 membership soon. This year's membership pin will feature our own Bob Allen, founder of the museum. Memberships can be renewed or purchased anytime for $12 for the year at the museum or by mail to P.O. Box 307, Pierce 83546. The 1860 Days Log Drive is less than a month away now. Be sure to get your lucky log for $3 for your chance to win $100, $50, or $25. Logs may be purchased at Olive’s Auto Parts and S&S Foods in Pierce, or at the museum. The Log Drive is held on 1860 Days Friday at 5 p.m.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for July 10
    Angler surveys indicate that sport anglers will have harvested the non-tribal share of hatchery Chinook salmon for 2014 in the South Fork Salmon River by Wednesday, July 9, so salmon fishing on that section of the river will close that day. The number of salmon harvested each day started to increase the last week of June and the highest numbers of anglers fishing were observed over the fourth of July weekend.

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