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Updated September 2 at 2:50 p.m.


Updated September 2 at 2:50 p.m.

August 28, 2014 Front Page
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August 28 Poll Results
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How important is it to you to be able to recline your seat when flying on an airplane?

10% I can’t live without it! (5)
76% It’s a nice option to have, but not life or death. (37)
14% I don’t really care whether my seat reclines. (7)

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  • A brand new school year and even the teachers are eager
    Students and teachers alike have much to be excited about as the new school year begins. This past summer has been extremely productive in the way of improvements to the district’s facilities and in the services available to students. Board members and the Superintendent of the Orofino Joint School District #171, met in the library at Orofino High School Aug. 25 to review the district’s progress as well as make up for the board meeting scheduled Aug. 18, which was postponed due to lack of a quorum. The board heard from Mr. Therien on the new group of students at IDYCA. Classes commenced four weeks ago, with 95 students enrolled. Therien, Principal and instructor at the academy informed the board that the attrition rate was lower than last year. “Enrollment is now at 89,” he said, “with the possibility of a few more deciding the program isn’t for them.” Therien went on to report that classes are going well and students display a wide range of abilities.” After looking at transcripts, it was estimated that he predicts as many as 15 students will graduate this year. Part of the program’s requirements includes Service to Community. Recently, the students have spent 280 hours at Fraser Park, cleaning up after recent storms. They have also worked at Dworshak Reservoir and continue their weekly visits to work at the hatchery.
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  • Second Grangemont Road closure in effect
    A second road closure on Grangemont Road began Aug. 20, and is anticipated to last through Friday, Oct. 31. This closure will be from milepost 4.5 to 4.8. It is separate from the one currently in effect in the area of mileposts 18-19. This second closure is an Emergency Relief Federal-Aid Project, to reconstruct Grangemont with a subsurface drain installation, which will mitigate the effects of the landslide that has jeopardized the roadway. This project will require a complete road closure during active construction. A detour route on Wells Bench Road has been provided.
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  • P&Z returns to a full agenda
    Orofino Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met for a regular meeting Aug. 19. Their meeting last month was postponed due to lack of a quorum. Commissioner Tristan Harvey and Chairman Dewey Stewart were not present. The panel consisted of Commissioners Kaye Carver, Teena Gortsema, Tammy Clark and Liz Steiner. The agenda consisted of two public hearings and discussion and review of the proposed changes to Zones C-2, and C-3 of the city's current Zoning Ordinance. The first public hearing was for a zoning variance request filed by Jason Meyer, who simply stated he watned a bigger shop and a smaller house. The property is zoned R-3, the Multi-Family Dwelling District, and is located on Dewey Ave. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Maniacs putting it together for 2014
    It looks like the Orofino Maniac 2014 football season could turn out to be one of those “underdog-stories”—that is, if you believe what the Idaho sportswriters say…or more correctly, don’t say. After being ranked as a real powerhouse last year, the Maniacs are completely unmentioned in this year’s rankings. That is a well-deserved tribute, of sorts, to the players who graduated last spring, but it still amounts to a slap-in-the-face to this year’s team, and really, the whole Orofino football program. When you have four starting senior linemen that average a leaned-down 265 pounds apiece; when you have a fourth year starting quarterback who can throw or run the ball and is smart on top of it; when you have experienced backs who are fast, fearless, and highly competitive, when you have receivers who can catch the ball as well as any we’ve seen and an outstanding coaching staff; how, in the heck, can you not be ranked?.
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  • Lady Maniac volleyball starts season with jamboree win
    The Lady Maniacs are a completely new team this year. After losing over half the team to graduation last year the 2014 OHS Maniac Volleyball team has a new approach to the game. Going from a powerhouse team with last year’s duo seniors, Taylor Erbst and Madison Parks, this year Coach Shannon Erbst is taking the smart route: lots of strategic placements. “There are a handful of girls that have to potential to be the powerhouses,” said Coach Erbst. “Courtney Adams has been the setter for the last three years and this year you will notice her doing more hitting for us.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • C-PTPA weekly fire update
    According to Fire Program Manager, Cameron Eck, firefighters with Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) reported a total of 17 fires all caused by lighting since Thursday, Aug. 21. Beginning on Aug. 21, the O’Donnell Creek fire was reported near Boehls, burning one-tenth of an acre. Twelve fires were reported on Friday, Aug. 22. Five of them were near Orofino; the Grangemont Pile fire, the Repeat Upper Fords fire, the Crooked Ridge fire, the Loseth Canyon fire, and the Bargamin fire all burned one-tenth of an acre. Four other fires reported on Aug. 22, were located near Elk River. Both the Old School fire and, the Cloverleaf fire burned one-tenth an acre, as did the Camp Six fire and Sailor fire.
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  • Rental fee set for Fraser Park Pavillion use
    The Board of County Commissioners Aug. 18 held a public hearing to consider the request from the Fraser Park Board to set a fee of $25 for use of the pavilion at Fraser Park. No one from the public was in attendance to offer testimony. The Board unanimously voted to approve to sign the Resolution No. 14-08-09 to set the pavilion rent fee for Fraser Park. The Board held a public bid opening for the Marine Building Addition construction project. Two bids were received, one from Magnums Concrete Forming and one from Precision Construction. The Board approved to take the bids under advisement to allow time for review. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Local resident victim of caller ID "spoofing"
    A local resident reported to the Clearwater Tribune that she received several phone calls from someone her caller ID identified as another local resident, whom she knew. But the call was coming from a telemarketer, and they were using an illegal caller ID disguising method called “spoofing.” Spoofing is a practice in which callers can deliberately falsify the telephone number and/or name relayed as the caller ID information to disguise the identity of the calling party. For example, identity thieves acting as your bank, credit card company, or even a government agency. Even if you are receiving a call from a local phone number, be careful and double check you know who is actually calling you.
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  • OES kindergarten starts one week late
    Orofino Elementary School (OES) kindergarten is beginning the 2014-2015 school year a week later than other grades. Kindergarten teachers are hosting a day to help parents and students transition into the kindergarten program. Parents should register for a 15-minute appointment with their child’s kindergarten teacher by calling the OES office at 476-4212. Appointments will be scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8, between 8 and 11:45 a.m. The first full day of kindergarten will be Tuesd