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Updated September 16 at 5:15 p.m.


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September 18, 2014 Front Page
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September 11 Poll Results
Senate Control
Do you think Democrats will keep control of the U.S. Senate in November’s election?

25% Yes, I think they will. (11)
64% No, I don’t think they will. (29)
11% I’m not sure. (5)

This is not a scientific poll.

Story Headlines for September 11, 2014
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  • See what there is to do at the Fair this weekend
    The front page (free to read, below on the left) includes an article about all there is to do at the Fair and Lumberjack Days this weekend. You can also click on the link just above and see a two-page spread that includes schedules, the Grand Marshals and OCI Royalty, carnival hours, and more.

  • A lifetime of involvement
    September’s Savvy Senior, Chuck Cuddy, will celebrate his 75th birthday this month. When I initially approached him for an interview for the paper’s monthly feature, I found him somewhat hesitant. He responded that “there wasn’t really that much to tell.” Still, I knew he had served our state in the legislature and had been among the honored guests at the last Democratic Party picnic. A little research suggested that he perhaps was being somewhat modest about his contributions to our community and the people of Idaho. With a little more persistence on my part, he graciously agreed to an interview. I found that in addition to his many accomplishments in the state capital, his roots to this land and his family ran deep. I thank him for the opportunity to share those with our readers.
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  • This week's Grangemont Road update: Upper Grangemont closure extended
    Debco Construction and Western Federal Highways have announced an extension in the road closure currently in effect on upper Grangemont Road, near milepost 19. The closure will continue at least to Monday, Sept. 29, and possibly beyond, depending upon construction schedules. The road will be completely closed seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to allow for a corner re-alignment project. This closure is separate from the closure on lower Grangemont, which will continue until Oct. 31. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Peck man arrested for meth
    A 56-year-old Peck man was arrested Sept. 3 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Doran Carl Eslinger was arrested at the Clearwater County courthouse at 3 p.m. that afternoon when he arrived for a hearing separate from this incident, according to CCSO. Deputies found methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, lists, and weapons inside Eslinger’s vehicle. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Ronatta's Cakery celebrates fifth anniversary
    Orofino's sweetheart, Ronatta Norland of Ronatta's Cakery, is celebrating the shop's fifth year in business. Located on 221 Main Street in orofino, the cakery has tantalized the sweet tooth, for residents and visitors alike. "I feel really fortunate and blessed that we've made it. There's been several businesses that have come and gone in five years," says Ronatta. Few realize the long and rather unconventional hours that come with the profession. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Another win for the Spartans
    The Timberline Spartans defeated Lewis County 64-0 on Friday night, Sept. 5, to add another win to their record making them 2-0 on the season after this White Pine League match up victory.  In Friday night’s game, Timberline’s offensive line created running lanes for the tailbacks and eight of the Spartan’s touchdowns came on the ground. Dakota Evans led Timberline rushing 111 yards with two touchdowns. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • ATV hits rock, flips over
    Alcohol is believed to be a factor in an ATV wreck near Elk River Aug. 30, in which the vehicle hit a rock and flipped over, according to a news release from Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Witness reports noted Clarkston, WA resident Ricky A. Bernal was on the ATV when it hit the rock and flipped at approximately 5 p.m., not far from milepost 35 on Dent Bridge Road, according to CCSO.
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  • Lady Maniacs take McCall tournament
    The Orofino Lady Maniacs traveled down to McCall on Saturday, Sept. 6. Orofino went undefeated through the entire tournament, defeating Tri Valley JV 30-12, then faced McCall and won 30-28, and then took down Meadow Valley 30-15 to advance into the Championship bracket, which was best three out of five games. The Maniacs then faced the Grangeville Bulldogs. Orofino went into to this match knowing this matchup could predict how the league matches against this team would go the rest of the season. The Lady Maniacs defeated the Bulldogs in three games, advancing them into the championship game against Tri Valley. Orofino walked through, it finishing the championship match in three games. “The girls played really well this weekend, with lots of enthusiasm,” said Coach Shannon Erbst. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Orofino woman in vehicle rollover
    Sharon West of Orofino was transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital Aug. 30 after a one-vehicle rollover accident near milepost two on Lower Fords Creek Road, according to Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The wreck occurred at 6:20 p.m.
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  • Weippe gun and ammo shop property zoning gets approval
    The Board of County Commissioners at their Sept. 2 meeting held an open public hearing to consider the information and recommendations from the Aug. 18 Planning & Zoning (P&Z) meeting. Bobbi Kaufman presented the staff report and findings information. The Board heard the following application: (ZC20140086) A Conditional Use request by Daniel and Carlene Dawson to allow a commercial use in an existing building for the operation of a small retail shop for the sale of guns and ammunition. This property zoned F-1, the Low Density Rural District, is located in Section 2, Township 35 North, Range 4 East, at 160 Poppy Ln next to 177 Poppy Ln, a Weippe address in Clearwater County.
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  • OCS blessed with good news and a new name: Freedom Place Drop-In Center
    The facility formerly known as the Orofino Clean and Sober Drop-In Center, received a generous amount of tender loving care Sept 6, as a group of 15 volunteers from both New Bridges Community Church and OCS spent the day organizing, cleaning and painting. For the past few years, Orofino Clean and Sober (OCS) Drop In Center on Johnson Ave. has struggled to provide the community with a safe and alcohol free environment to “hang out.” They opened their doors to those in recovery so they might have a place to meet, play pool, socialize and put their lives back together. As time went on, the cost to rent, heat and maintain the facility became more and more difficult. In the attempt to keep the facility open, numerous fundraisers were held and the public was invited to hold other activities in the building for a small fee.
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  • New year, new look for OHS soccer
    Back in 2003 when soccer first came to Orofino High School (OHS), the team played coed until they reached enough players of each girls and boys to split into two teams. Due to the low numbers this year the 2014 OHS soccer team is coed again. Head coach Monique Stamper who played for the Maniacs before she graduated in 2011, explained how nothing changes with coed except they play strictly boy teams in the 3A Intermountain League with the teams of Bonners Ferry Badgers, Kellogg Wildcats. Priest River Spartans. Timberlake Tigers and St. Maries Lumberjacks. Stamper was the head coach for the girls’ team last year to start off her coaching career and this year she has the honor of coaching again with the help of Brian Crecelius and a few other volunteers to lead this team. “There are defiantly challenges going from girls to coed but nothing that can’t be overcome,” Stamper went on to say. “This team has greatly improved and they have the strongest of the strongest playing out there.”
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  • CVHC to provide free blood pressure and other health checks at Lumberjack Days
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics would like to invite you to come visit their booth in the exhibit building at Orofino Lumberjack Days this Friday and Saturday. “We will have medical assistants on hand to take blood pressures, measure Body Mass Index and to hand out lots of fun CVHC swag,” says Vicky Petersen, RN, Director of Physician Services. CVHC will also be passing out water bottles at their booth to keep fair-goers hydrated during the warm weather. Health checks by CVHC Medical Assistants will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
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  • Fraser crop damage leads to disaster declaration
    Clearwater County was among three Idaho counties the USDA on Sept. 3 designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas. Clearwater County was included due to the damage suffered by Fraser area crops during hail and wind storms Aug. 14. Farmers and ranchers in Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties in Idaho also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Qualified farm operators in the designated areas of these counties are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.
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  • Bobbi Kelly featured artist at Studio 205 Art Gallery art show in Pierce
    The public is invited to a Main Street event at Studio 205 Art Gallery in Pierce Saturday, Sept. 20. The gallery opening at 1 p.m. will be the marrying of past and present; the past because the featured artist, Bobbi Kelly, is the great granddaughter of Patrick and Dora Gaffney, among the first of the white settlers in the Weippe area. The present is because this featured artist, who has a degree in fine arts, using water color as her medium, wants to convey her appreciation of Weippe and Pierce in a show highlighting local sights.
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  • Fraser news
    The Chapman Reunion was held at Fraser Park over the Labor Day weekend. Martha Lewis arrived earlier in the week and parked her camper on the north side of the cook house. She had things set up before the family arrived and cooked breakfast for everyone. Family members traveled from the starts of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Texas. Several people mentioned they appreciated the cleanup work done at the park by the cadets from the Idaho National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy. The debris was piled neatly and stumps were placed around several fire pits for seating. Thanks again for the great job.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    I have got to tell you how much I enjoyed watching the sports games that took place on the hill last weekend! If you missed last Friday night's THS football game against the L.C. Eagles, you missed an extraordinary game! Our Spartans played so well and ended up winning the game with a blowout score of 64-0! Timberline will be playing the Clearwater Valley Rams on Friday, Sept. 12, in Kooskia at 7 p.m. I'd like to encourage all of you fans to make the drive to Kamiah to support our team. On Saturday, Sept. 6, I had the joy of cheering on the Upwards Soccer games that took place at the Weippe Mini Park. It's so great to see soccer on the hilltop! The soccer teams consist of kids in preschool on up to fifth grade. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Pierce news
    The Pierce Fire Chief has lifted Pierce’s burn ban. Burn permits are still required until Oct. 20, but are not necessary for small cooking fires. Extreme caution should still be used. Congratulations to the varsity football team for their second win, and the first wins since 2009! The Spartans really appreciated the crowd at their home game and would love to have a good turnout of fans at their next game, which is Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at CV. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Sportsmen's Report for September 18
    Many hunters eagerly looking forward to their autumn adventures in Idaho are choosing to double their opportunity this year. Second tags for deer and elk are selling steadily after the Fish and Game Commission reduced prices for 2014. While some may be choosing to wait to see if they are successful with their first tag, others are choosing to hit the back country with two tags in hand. The second tag will allow many to ensure success and still have a tag available to pursue that once in a lifetime trophy.

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