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Updated January 30 at 4:45 p.m.


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January 22 Poll Results
State of the Union
Which of these statements best describes your opinion of Tuesday’s State of the Union speech

17% I thought President Obama did well. (11)
49% It was the same old hot air I’m used to hearing from President Obama. (31)
32% I didn’t watch it. (20)
  2% It was a mix of good and not-so-good. (1)

This is not a scientific poll.

Rock scaling in aftermath of slide on U.S. 12 west of Orofino starts Friday morning,
expect 15 and 20 minute delays

Late-breaking news updated Thursday, January 29, at 4:46 p.m.

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  • Attorney, prosecutor in Peck murder trial dispute evidence exam issues
    The defense attorney of Peck shooting murder suspect, Christopher J. Partee, 28, has filed a motion accusing the Nez Perce County prosecutor’s office of not cooperating in the sharing of forensic evidence. According to Partee’s public defender, Richard M. Cuddihy, the prosecutor’s office won’t allow forensic evidence in the Feb. 11, 2014 shooting death of Coby Bloodworth, 41, to be shipped to a forensic laboratory in Texas for examination. Cuddihy’s expert witness is based in Fort Worth, TX, at Alliance Forensic Laboratory, Inc. The evidence includes the firearm allegedly used in the shooting, plus bullets and the victim’s clothing. Deputy Prosecutor April Smith, in a response to the motion, invited Cuddihy’s expert to travel to Lewiston to examine the evidence, but would not agree to ship crucial evidence to a private forensics company in Texas, which could lead to complaints about chain of custody. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Peck man, passenger injured after hitting stationary chip truck
    A 40-year-old Peck man was injured when the vehicle he was driving collided with loaded chip truck involved in a separate wreck on U.S. 95 Jan. 26, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Paul Walter of Peck was driving a 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet southbound on US95. With him was 54-year-old Charlotte Hoffman of Potlatch was with him. At 8:52 a.m., near milepost 351, Walter was approaching the scene of a previous accident involving a loaded chip truck. The chip truck was stationary and had two reflective triangles near it, according to ISP. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Idaho wolf population remains will above federal recovery levels; livestock depredation down
    During their scheduled meeting in Boise on Jan. 21, the Fish and Game Commission was updated on the status of Idaho’s wolf population. Staff Biologist Jim Hayden’s report offered three key messages: Idaho’s wolf population is well above all standards for a recovered population; wolf monitoring was intensified and expanded in 2014; needs and expectations for predation management vary widely across the state. To better monitor wolf populations, Fish and Game hired additional trappers and technicians in the summer of 2014, intensified winter collaring efforts for 2015 and hired an expert wolf tracking pilot from Alaska to help locate uncollared packs. GPS collars are now being used in place of radio collars. This will provide more detailed real-time data. Personnel deployed 40 remote camer-as to locate and document pack size, and field personnel collected more than 1200 DNA samples to compare with that from harvested wolves. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Duo to perform in Orofino Feb. 5
    Kaori Fujii and Eric Cecil, who reside in New York, will be in Orofino on Thursday, Feb. 5, with a promise of bringing members of the Clearwater Community Concert Association a night of awe and pleasure with their music. Kaori Fujii has emerged as one of the leading imaginative and creative flutists ever to come out of the classical music world performs baroque to contemporary; it’s her distinctive sound and intensity of feeling that captivates concert audiences and CD-listeners alike. She has released a total of seven albums, including “Garota de Ipanema,” which was pre-nominated for the Grammy Awards under seven categories, including “The Best Instrumental Solo” and “The Best Latin Jazz Album,” and at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS), also for “The Best Latin Jazz Album.” Kaori has performed on tours with renowned artists, ensembles, and orchestras.
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  • Anglers enjoy strong steelhead returns to Clearwater River
    Anglers fishing the Clearwater River are enjoying a healthy increase in the number of steelhead returning. After a lackluster season in 2013-2014, the number of “B-run” steelhead is up in 2015, and anglers are taking advantage. Creel surveys and angler reports for the week ending on Jan. 25, indicate good success among anglers fishing the Clearwater 265 anglers reported catching 277 steelhead. Numerous anglers have reported catching their daily limit of three hatchery steelhead this month; in some cases harvesting their limit within a few hours. Overall, anglers av-eraged one fish every five hours during the seven day period, with much of the action taking place on the weekend. Anglers fishing the North Fork Clearwater averaged 10 hours per fish during the week ending Jan. 25. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Dammerman goes 3-for-4 at McCall tournament
    Tristen Jammerman of Orofino and the rest of the Orofino Maniac Wrestling team traveled down south to McCall for a tournament last weekend. Jammerman wrestled in the 170 pound weight class where he won three of his four matches all with pins. Jammerman defeated Scott Bybee of Glenns Ferry in his first round, then he took down Cam-ron Killmer of Grangeville in his second round. In Jammerman’s third round he was defeated by Tyler Morrow of Clearwater Valley, but in his fourth round he defeated KC Summers from Clearwater Valley. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Timberline gives first-place Deary a run for their money
    The Timberline Lady Spartans traveled to Deary to face the first-place Mustangs for a Whitepine League Division II matchup on Jan. 20. The Lady Spartans put the pressure on the Mustangs after they hit two free throws to tie the game in regulation. Although Deary turned the ball over, the Spartans failed to score within the last three seconds, forcing overtime. The Mustangs outscored the Spartans in overtime resulting in a 30-38 final score in favor of the Mustangs. Deary set the pace in the beginning of the game as they lead 3-8 after the first quarter but the Spartans took control and had the edge in the second and third quarters.. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Friends of Deyo Reservoir seek campground host
    The Friends of the Deyo Reservoir (FDR) are looking for good-natured people to serve as campground hosts at the Deyo Reservoir recreation site for the 2015 season. The most important job of a campground host is to help to pro-vide an enjoyable camping experience for the public. Hosts are expected to assist visitors with information about the campground and local recreation opportunities. They must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance, and physically able to perform tasks such as clean and stock restrooms, pick up litter, perform fee compliance, post daily reservation signs, and lawn care and watering. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Peck School hosts School Board meeting
    There is no definite news regarding funding for Safe and Secure Rural Schools (Forest Funds). These funds have been on the “chopping block” for 10 plus years and survived, but there are no assurances. Congress has reduced funding at this time to less than 17% of last year’s level. The newspapers had an article last week that the funding had been slashed from $335 million to about $50 million nationally. At that percentage, District #171 would receive about $55,000 compared to $335,000 for 2014-15. At the Regional Superintendent’s meeting on Jan.21, it was re-ported that we will most likely receive about seven percent of last year’s funding, $23,400. Tiered licenses for teachers is a hot topic since Gov. Otter’s state task force recommendations. The plan has changed several times. The current legislative proposal is three tiers: Tier 1 will be called Residency, for teachers in their first three years in the profession. Tier 2 is currently called Professional and is for teachers with more than three years. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Free opera concert in Orofino Feb. 5
    The Clearwater Community Concert Association has the privilege of bringing Opera Coeur d’Alene live on stage in Orofino on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Orofino Junior/Senior High School. This is a free concert, open to the public. This performance features Jadd Davis, tenor; Dawn Wolski, soprano; Aaron St. Clair Nicolson, baritone; and pianist Celeste Johnson. They will be performing excerpts from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and other concert favorites.
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  • U.S. Forest Service issues final policy for over-snow vehicles on national forests, grasslands
    The U.S. Forest Service Tuesday released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other “over-snow” vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads, trails and areas where over-snow vehicle use can occur be specifically designated by local Forest Service mangers. Previously, managers had the discretion to decide whether to designate specific areas for over-snow vehicle use. “The Forest Service always seeks to provide a wide range of motorized and non-motorized recreational opportunities,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “This policy maintains community input and local decision-making so that those with knowledge of local areas can decide how to best balance natural resource issues with legitimate recreational uses of national forest land.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • P&Z deliberates over C-2 vs. multi-use zoning
    Orofino Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met Jan. 20 for their monthly meeting. The Commission is still seeking interested individuals to fill two vacancies on the board. The agenda focused on amending ordinances in the C-2 zone, particularly the area running on either side of Michigan Ave, from the Post Office to just past the Glenwood IGA. “What to do with Michigan Avenue?” has been a question for quite some time. As one of the main thoroughfares through the city there should be plan; a vision for the future. The zone needs to continue to accommodate interspersed residents, a myriad of businesses, churches and a school, while promoting future growth and stability. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Small Farms & Community Food Systems workshop series offered in Orofino
    University of Idaho Extension—Clearwater County is offering the Small Farms & Community Food Systems work-shop series (formerly Cabin Fever Series) in February. The series focuses on topics related to small-scale agriculture and selling food products locally. This year’s program includes presentations on soils, growing vegetables, growing fruit and local food processing and marketing. Feb. 10, getting the Most from Your Soils: How to use the NRCS Web Soil Survey to find out about soils on your property. Taught by Eileen Rowan, Water Quality Resource Conservationist, Idaho Soil & Water Conservation Commission.
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  • Mild winter keeps Idaho deer and elk herds strong
    After a banner year for Idaho hunters, deer and elk populations continue to benefit from mild winter conditions. Preliminary harvest surveys suggest high harvest and high success rates in 2014. In the 2014 hunting season, Fish and Game sold more than 157,000 deer tags and more than 93,000 elk tags, exceeding numbers sold in any of the six previous years. Deer hunters went into Idaho’s backcountry in high numbers, in part because of some of the highest winter survival rates this century. Biologists documented the highest rate of fawn survival since monitoring began 15 years ago. Adult doe survival was extremely high during the last two winters at 95 percent and 97 percent respectively.
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  • Fraser news
    The month of January is almost gone and Groundhogs Day is coming up on Feb. 2. One hundred and twenty eight years ago the town of Punxsutawney, PA held its first Groundhog Day Festival on Gobblers Knob in west central Pennsylvania. I saved an article from the Capital Press several years ago that described this event. The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle. Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhogs Day each year. The president of the Inner Circle consults with the famous “Phil”, and he makes the call in deciphering what Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the weather. Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. I wonder if Global Warming will have any effect on this tradition. Has anyone tracked down the Fraser Groundhog to find out if he will show up and give his prediction? Now if you see some people dressed in top hats and tuxedos on Feb. 2, we just may get an answer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Pierce news
    The clinic located in Pierce has had a reduction of the number of days they are open. I will be keeping a current schedule in the news so people can know ahead of time. The clinic phone number is 464-2578. For the month of February they will be open Feb. 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24 with John Beeh. Dr. Bunt will be there Feb. 25. There is currently a petition to the hospital administration, located in various businesses around town for people to sign, asking for the clinic to be open more days of the week. Pierce and Weippe are remote timber industry communities of about 1000 residents. Our community resident’s ages range from newborn to the elderly. Patients usually seek medical later in the course of their illness and we have very little preventive health care here. Many residents have transportation and logistical obstacles which make it very difficult for them to drive to Orofino for their health care. We feel our residents deserve consistent medical availability and quality of health care. We implore the CVH administration and medical staff to provide consistent Pioneer Clinic days and keep the clinic open not less than three days per week. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    This last week I had the incredible experience of being run into by a basketball player-literally. Tristen Bonner ran right in to me! I thanked him for saving my camera. It was an unforgettable moment; one that I can save forever thanks to the wonderful creation of photography! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for January 29

    Fishing on Idaho's Clearwater River is currently fantastic. We are averaging 10-20 hookups a day on big B-Run Steelhead. Over the next two months we will have fantastic fishing. Most of our fish have been caught side drifting bait and yarn combos. We have also been doing fantastic back trolling plugs and divers and bait combos.

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