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Updated August 26 at 3:10 p.m.


Updated August 26 at 3:10 p.m.

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August 21 Poll Results
Gov. Rick Perry Indictment
Do you agree with the charges filed against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, alleging he misused his office?

30% Yes, I agree with the charges. (15)
46% No, I do not agree with the charges. (23)
22% I don’t know yet—I’ll have to hear more. (11)

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  • Council requests time to look at both sides of immigration
    Shauna Britt addressed the council with additional concerns and information of illegal immigration. Council members had received an example of a resolution obtained by Britt, written “to protect the health, safety and security of the residents of Orofino.” Britt said that the last time she appeared before the council it was suggested that her data regarding immigration portrayed only one side of the issue. She stated she had researched the topic further. “What about the children?’ she asked. Her information was derived from a recently released report from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which was actually a compilation of about 40 other federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the Department of Defense, (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security. The agencies launched an “epic” investigation. According to their report, it was determined that due to a widespread misconception of U.S. Immigration policies, there has been a major increase in the number of immigrants trying to cross the border. Many of these come from Guatemala. El Salvador and Honduras, where it is estimated that there are approximately 70,000 gang members. It was believed that 80% of those minors crossing the border were gang affiliated.
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  • Orofino man sentenced in theft conspiracy
    Joseph G. Walker, 21, of Orofino, was sentenced Aug. 13 in United States District Court to nine months incarceration, three years supervised release and $100 special assessment, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns also ordered Walker to pay $9,904.25 in restitution. Walker pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 21.
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  • Orofino man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charge
    Matthew P. Carlson, 31, of Orofino, pleaded guilty Aug. 19 to possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Carlson was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on April 15, 2014. According to the plea agreement, Carlson ordered DVDs containing sexually explicit images of minors and child erotica from a Canadian company. The DVDs were sent to Carlson through the U.S. Mail.
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  • Crops, property suffer extensive damage in hailstorm
    Karel Wemhoff, county executive director for the Farm Service Agency in Clearwater and Lewis counties, reported that many insurance adjusters have yet to have a chance to evaluate the extent of the damage done to the area farmers’ crops during last Thursday’s violent hailstorm on the Weippe Prairie. It has been estimated though that at least 1,200 acres of spring wheat were hit, with extensive damage done to the crops. A letter submitted to Gov. Butch Otter by the Clearwater County Commissioners stated that 33 percent of all spring wheat in the county and 76 percent of all hard red winter wheat was damaged in the storm.
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  • Head-on collision on Southwick Grade
    An Orofino man was involved on a head-on collision on Southwick Grade Aug. 15, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Michael J. Anderson, 26, of Orofino, was driving a 2008 GMC pickup northbound on Southwick Grade. At 9:49 a.m., near milepost 7.8, Anderson crossed the center line and hit a 2000 Freightliner semi tractor driven by Michael D. Porter, 50, of Boville, according to ISP. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • DEQ awards wastewater planning grant o Pierce
    The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant in the amount of $30,000 to the city of Pierce. The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental information document. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the existing wastewater system to address compliance issues, future capabilities, and develop alternative plans for needed improvements.
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  • C-PTPA weekly fire update
    Firefighters with Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA) went from one extreme to the next this past week, all but one were believed to have been caused by lightning. Last week’s report listed one fire total, but since the afternoon of Aug. 12, a total of 28 fires have been reported to C-PTPA, according to Fire Program Manager, Cameron Eck. Beginning by late afternoon on Aug. 12, nine fires were reported, all caused by lightning. Four of the fires were near Elk River, the Jackson Mountain and the South Park Ranch fires burning one-quarter acre each, fires on Park Road Left and Park Road Right each reported fires burning one-tenth of an acre each. Two fires reported that day were near Orofino, the Bear Paw fire burning 3.5 acres and the Angel Butte fire burning one-half acre.
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  • State Hospital North welcomes new administrator, Todd Hurt
    Todd Hurt is the new Administrator to have replaced Ken Croft at State Hospital North. He leaves southern Idaho, his position of Field Operations Manager in Caldwell, to lead not only the hospital but the community based behavioral health operations in Regions I and II as well, to include Moscow, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene. “Doesn’t that sound like an awesome job?” he asks with sweeping enthusiasm. “So when an opportunity like this comes around, I thought to myself ‘I just have to take it.’ This type of job does not come up that often. Everything I’ve done up to this point has helped to prepare me for this position. It’s a kind of like…well, destiny.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Dworshak Dam loaner life jackets missing
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dworshak Dam and Reservoir staff need help from the public to return life jackets back to the Corps loaner boards, located at several recreation areas on the reservoir. “Currently, more than a dozen life jackets from the public-use loaner boards are missing,” said Brittney Haupert, Dworshak park ranger. “If you forgot to return a life jacket, you can drop it off at any loaner board or bring it to the Dworshak Dam Visitor Center.” In an attempt to prevent drowning fatalities on Dworshak Reservoir, five different loaner boards have been built -- two at Bruce's and Big Eddy, and one at Dent Acres. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Susan Hurst
    I am so thoroughly disgusted by what Pierce allows during the 1860 Days celebration. During the parade we have people who are obviously already drunk walking the streets with open containers of alcohol, an illegal act in itself. This is made worse by the fact that families with their children are trying to enjoy the celebrations and are forced to have their children around this kind of behavior. Now let’s make matters worse with the fact that the police, who also participate in the parade choose to ignore this blatant disregard of the law and the police are not making arrest of these individuals with open containers, they simply ignore it. I know my view will not be popular but if these events are supposed to be inclusive for Pierce, including families with children, then no drinking should be allowed or drunks and those publicly drinking should be arrested. I am at least grateful that this year they weren’t passing out free beer during the parade. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Local artist and local buyer win
    This year’s National meeting of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation featured a drawing of a framed wall hanging by a Clearwater County artist, and it was won by a Clearwater County ticket holder. The wall hanging, a creation by local quilter Penny Raddon featured a buffalo on the plains near the Missouri River. On the back were several quotes from the Lewis and Clark journals about their encounters with buffalo. Raddon made the wall hanging as a fund raiser for the National Lewis and Clark Foundation’s Education funds. The winner, Marlyn Pennebaker, is a host at Dent Campground. She purchased the winning ticket at Clearwater Quilters’ Day of Workshops held at Orofino High School in June.
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  • Letter to the Editor: Gary Hanes
    This is a formula employed by so many of today’s radio talk show hosts and it works when writing letters to the editor, too. Thanks to the Aug. 14, response to my earlier question: “Xenophobia?” (see my letter, Aug. 7), I now have a “Fuller” understanding of this word and the extremes to which some would go to create fear and then use that fear to corrupt and manipulate our better judgment. Xenophobia is the fear and hatred of strangers. Like all phobias, it is an extreme and irrational fear. The writer of “A superior sense of morality?” states that Clearwater County citizens “…have their foundation in economic terms above a moral or medical dilemma.” That’s a pathetic admission if it’s true. Take that thought to church with you, please, and contrast it with the messages coming from the pulpit. Just how far are you willing to follow this line of thinking? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    60 Years Ago-The families of Wayne Pippenger and Melvin Garner narrowly escaped when their five-man rubber boat capsized in the North Fork at Big Riffle, a couple miles above Elk Creek. The boat, regarded by many as “untippable,” did a quick flop when it collided with a log and slipped one edge upwards. Wayne and Melvin came up from a whirlpool to find the boat too far away to reach, with Mrs. Garner and children George and Linda Garner hanging on to the capsized boat. They could find no trace of the two Pippenger boys, Paul and Joe, and Wayne and Melvin finally had to start for shore. Mrs. Garner managed to stop the craft against some other logs. It was then she discovered that the two missing boys were underneath the boat, breathing in the air space between the boat and the water.
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  • This week's Grangemont Road construction update
    Debco Construction continued the excavation and embankment operations last week. The final section of 36-inch culvert was placed, and the approach roads’ sections were shaped to drain into it. This week earthwork continues, along with preparations for the remaining culvert work. Approach road earthwork will also continue, and staking for the 18-inch culverts should begin..