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December 18, 2014 Front Page
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December 11 Poll Results
Terror Threat from
CIA Torture Reports

Do you think it likely a terrorist act will result from the report on brutal interrogation tactics utilized by the CIA in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks?

16% I think it’s probable a terrorist attack will result from this. (7)
16% I don’t think an attack will result from this. (7)
44% Even if an attack doesn’t result, release of this report will only fuel the hatred of extremists. (19)
21% I’m not sure, but I approve of the report being released. (9)
  2% I don’t know. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • A Christmas story from yesteryear
    Recently I was invited to Dining on the Edge for a Christmas luncheon celebration with the Clearwater Tribune staff. While enjoying the festive, happy mood I realized that the beautifully decorated Christmas tree with its fantastic red beaded garlands reminded me of days long ago and my mom. Back in the 1940’s, Christmas was, as it is now, a very special season when we rejoiced in the truth of the Savior and celebrated as a family. In our family there were four kids, a devoted mom, a hard working dad, and not too much money. We were just like everyone else I knew, and although each family had different traditions, all celebrated and shared their love with each other and all that they contacted. At our house Mom ran the show. Beginning about now, say a week before Christmas, she would organize her little tribe of “elves” into squads working under close supervision. She had us mix ingredients to make fantastic gingerbread cookies. The dough was then refrigerated (or if it was cold, set outside on the open porch to stiffen before rolling). To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 13A.

  • School district remains "in pretty good shape," in spite of uncertain future of SRS funds
    I waited anxiously for one item which appeared near the end of Joint District #171 School Board meeting agenda held Dec. 15. Though there are a myriad of pertinent topics discussed regularly at the board meetings, one in particular, was of special interest, and listed at the very end of the evening’s agenda. I believe I’ll cut straight to the chase in my report and cover the budget first. Our district received $335,611 from SRS (Secure Rural Schools) last year. Recent articles have appeared in neighboring newspapers suggesting that those funds may not be authorized next year. Like many others in the county, I wondered how this would impact our schools. Superintendent Bob Vian assured the board that the district has no immediate cause to worry. “The Federal Forests SRS monies look to be in jeopardy. It has looked to be in jeopardy every year I’ve been in education. Somehow they’ve always come through. The district doesn’t budget this money, so if it doesn’t come through, it may hurt us down the road but it’s not going to impact the budget. We still have $768,894 sitting there,” explained Vian.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 15A.

  • A celebration of Christmas planned for Saturday
    The Best Gift Ever: A Celebration of Christmas will offer the community a chance to relax from hectic holiday preparations and just enjoy the season. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at Orofino High School, the free concert will feature such local artists as The Miles Family and Friends, the Big Guys, Chad Bramlet, Christina Miles, and students from both Orofino Elementary and the Junior/Senior High. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Paving complete on lower Grangemont
    Rob Simon at the Board of County Commissioners’ Dec. 8 meeting that paving has been completed on Grangemont Road MP 4.75 project, and the road is open for traffic. The guardrail is being worked on and temporary striping is being placed on the road section. The construction inspectors stated that the density test on the asphalt came back good. There will be a second lift of asphalt placed on it next spring. The road crews are out grading gravel roads. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Orofino woman in airborne vehicle wreck
    An 88-year-old Orofino woman last week was involved in a wreck near Lenore in which her vehicle was, at one point, airborne, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Freda J. Jones was traveling eastbound on U.S. 12 in a 2002 Subaru Legacy on Dec. 12. At approximately 11:56 p.m., near milepost 29, the vehicle left the roadway and became airborne. It landed, high center, on some rocks just off the highway. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Celebrating IDYCA cadets' commencement
    We are closing in on the end of the five and a half-month residential phase of the class of 2014-2 Cadets at the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (IDYCA) in Pierce. On Saturday, Dec. 20, the cadets will complete this phase and commence their Post-Residential Phase back in their hometowns. This will include going back to high school, beginning college, joining the military, starting a job or volunteer work – all with the support of their case managers and mentor volunteers. It is a bittersweet time for both the staff and cadets, as we have become like family. Back in July, December seemed so far away. And now the end is near. The staff at IDYCA is so very proud of the changes these youths have made in their lives, as I’m sure those of you in the community that have had the privilege to interacted with them during service-to-community projects will agree.
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  • Community Christmas dinner at St. Theresa's
    A community Christmas Dinner in Orofino will be served Thursday, Dec. 25, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Little Flower Room, located at 446 Brown Avenue. Everyone is welcome to go and enjoy turkey, potatoes, gravy, dressing and vegetables. If you are able to make it please bring something to share.
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  • Orofino wrestling opens season at Potlatch meet
    The Orofino wrestling team traveled to Potlatch Dec. 13 for their first matches of the season for the team and new head coach Mike Schwartz. Orofino finished seventh out of 11 teams that competed on during the day with a total of 76. Orofino had seven members of the team place in the top seven in their weight classes. Senior Luke Corder place second in the 220 weight class, junior Tyler Schwartz places second in the 152 weight class, while Tory Knapp placed fourth in the 160 weight class, Dawson Harris places fourth in the 120 weight class, Tyler Vankomen placed sixth in the 126 weight class, while Tristen Jammerma placed fifth in the 170 weight class and Austin Jenkins placed seventh in the 132 weight class.
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  • An update from Bill Bosse: The Kibidula Newsletter
    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Two years ago the name Kibidula meant nothing to me, as might be the case with you if this is the first newsletter you have received from me. Kibidula is a mission institution on 4,000 acres of donated land for the purpose of providing the young people of Tanzania a new beginning. The focus of the institution is education, beginning with a primary school for approximately one hundred children from villages within a five mile radius in which most of the children walk each day.  Then, for young people between the ages of 14 to 18 (who, for different reasons, weren’t able to attend or complete high school), Kibidula provides an agriculture program that will enable them to be proficient in the only way of life they may ever know. At the same time, it increases their confidence in being able to learn. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • December plays with city council meetings and schedules
    Let’s face it, the month of December gets a little crazy and meetings in council chambers this month have been shifted around a bit. A special meeting of the Orofino City Council was held Dec. 10, due to anticipated absences of several council members for the meeting regularly scheduled for Dec. 9. The second regular council meeting scheduled for Dec. 23 has been cancelled as council chambers have been reclaimed by city staff wrapping presents for Christmas 911 to be delivered the following evening. A city council work session will be held Jan. 6, in which restaurant owners and current vendors will be invited to attend as the temporary/mobile vendors’ business license amendment will be discussed further.
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  • Down Memory Lane
    30 Years Ago - Area legislators were under fire in recent weeks because of a bill passed in the last session that they thought only applied to Fort Hall, near Blackfoot. The bill exempted tribal businesses on reservations from paying state sales taxes. Until the Nez Perce Tribe recently opened a store in Kamiah, the only tribal-operated retail business in Idaho was located 14 miles away from any other business and served only tribal members. A 9 a.m. meeting Friday morning in Orofino brought together several business owners to complain of the unfairness. They pointed out that tribal businesses already did not have to pay other taxes, such as property and sales tax. Nez Perce tribal spokesperson, Gordon Higheagle, told about 50 people at the Friday meeting that the tribe planned to pay gasoline taxes, and did not plan to lower their prices below their competitors’ rates. 40 Years Ago - Residential construction in Orofino absorbed much of the loss of mobile home dwellers who moved away after the completion of Dworshak Dam. Washington Water Power Company residential service units in the Orofino area indicated that the number of homes stood at 1,370, eight more than a year ago, but 29 below the 1972 peak. A small gain was indicated over the 1,334 homes serviced in 1968. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Small-town karate school keeps growing
    Three years ago, when a pair of Orofino entrepreneurs decided to open a martial arts studio, they were not certain they would find enough of a market to keep the enterprise going. Now, When-to-fight Martial Arts (When-to-fight, LLC) of Orofino, is on the verge of adding four additional sessions to ease the load of students taught in the Orofino academy. “We started by offering instruction for youth on Friday’s to give kids a healthy and constructive activity they could enjoy during the shortened school week,” says Lee Woolsey, When-to-fight’s Chief Instructor, “and two evening classes for teens and adults.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 15A.

  • C-PTPA float wins first prize in Light Parade
    The first place float in this year’s Orofino Christmas Festival Old-Fashioned Light Parade went to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA). Second place went to Orofino Builders Supply, and third place went to Hanson Garage. The parade was held Dec. 5, and along with Grand Clauses Jeff & Monica Jones, kicked off the Christmas Festival. The festivities then moved to the Orofino Park for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, cookies, hot chocolate, kids crafts, and pictures with Santa. This was the first year the festivities were held in the park, and it provided a great view of the tree lighting.To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • New garbage can holders at Orofino Elementary
    Dalton Chatfield 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, something that is required in order to obtain the Eagle Scout rank.  The purpose of the Eagle Scout service project is to provide a service that will benefit the community and fulfill part of the Scout oath “to help other people at all times.” This project also gives the Life rank scout a chance to demonstrate, learn, and develop leadership skills, while managing and taking responsibility for a significant accomplishment. Dalton, the son of John and Alison Chatfield, talked to many local organizations in the Orofino area to decide what his Eagle Scout project would be. This included the staff at the Orofino Elementary School, about their need. Tama Naden, a kindergarten teacher, and Justin Howard, who oversees OES maintenance, gave suggestions about building garbage can holders.
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  • Fraser news
    The second week of December ended and Mother Nature still has the upper hand in the weather department, which means the temperature is too warm to snow. Rain continues to fall and at times the fog closes in and visibility is almost zero. Folks that live lower than the elevation of the Fraser Community experience this moisture plus a layer of fog more often than we do. The fog is so dense it almost invites you to step onto it as it sifts up the canyons that connect to the Clearwater River. The fog looks beautiful when you look down on it, but driving through it is a different story. When Peggy and Reggie Ball drove up to have dinner with us on Dec. 7, the fog was so dense they almost didn’t see Sharon McHone and one of her Welsh Ponies on Thornton Road. Peggy related that the only evidence that there was a pony in front of them was the flash of its white legs as Sharon led it form the pasture to spend the night in the barn. Her comment to Sharon was “put some fog lights on that pony.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Timberline High School football team is raising money to purchase new jerseys. The amount that they need to raise is $4,000 and they need to have it by Feb. 1. Winners of the drawing that took place during the Battle of 6C games on Dec. 11, were: Hank VanCorbin, Kylie Morris, and Dave Umphenour. They each won $100. Congrats on winning! There will also be a silent auction on January 11th at the Elk Horn. Donations of items for the auction can be dropped off with Millie at the Elk Horn. Go check your closets and see if you can find something to donate! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Pierce news
    Santa will at S&S Foods on Dec. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring the kids by to visit! The store will be closing at 6 p.m. that night for their Employee Christmas Party. The Pierce-Weippe ATV Trail Riders would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s “Christmas for Kids” on Saturday night. To those who filled out a tag but were unable to attend; we will be at the Club House from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 19, if you would like to pick up your gift. If you have any questions please call Susan at 464-1011. Commodities will be distributed this Friday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at The Hilltop Food Pantry. There is still time to sign up for those that missed last month. Just a reminder - you must have a Pierce address and you will need to meet the income requirement. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 18

    Fish and Game is drafting proposals for the 2015 hunting season, and is seeking public input on proposals to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Those proposals are now available for public review and comment.  All of Idaho’s trophy species proposals are posted on the Idaho Fish and Game website at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/webform/2015-16-season-proposals-moose-sheep-goat.

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