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February 26 Poll Results
Fuel Tax for Road Improvements
Would you like to see the State of Idaho increase taxes on fuel, and use the revenue to improve roads in the state?

73% No. (40)
Yes. (11)
  7% Undecided. (4)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Corps completes Snake-Clearwater rivers maintenance dredging
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week completed maintenance dredging of problem areas of the federal navigation channel and two port berthing areas in the Snake and Clearwater rivers where accumulated sediment had interfered with navigation. Dredging was performed to meet a current immediate need to re-establish the federal navigation channel to its congressionally authorized dimensions of 250 feet wide by 14 feet deep at Minimum Operating Pool (MOP) elevation. Dredging began Jan. 12. Maintenance dredging was completed this year in accordance with the Corps’ comprehensive Programmatic Sediment Management Plan (PSMP) during the annual winter in-water work window, Dec. 15 through Feb. 28, when salmonid fish are less likely to be present in the river. Maintenance dredging last occurred in the lower Snake River navigation channel in the winter of 2005-2006. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • Annexation bill fails
    S1093, the annexation bill, which required a majority vote of property owners for approval of annexation of 99 or less parcels to cities, failed after an intense discussion. The sponsors were encouraged to continue their efforts next year. HB 154, the Physician Physical Presence Bill for web cam abortions, passed the House State Affairs committee after four hours of debate. If it passes the House, it will go to the Senate for a hearing. HB 113, Parental Rights Protection, which codifies that parents have the fundamental right of care, custody, control, and education of their children, passed the House and will be heard in the Senate. I am a co-sponsor of this bill because we need codification that parents have the fundamental right and obligation to educate their children. Please call your legislators if you approve of this bill. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • OHS Cheer Team are three-time grand champs
    The Orofino High School Cheer Team won its third Overall Grand Championship of the year at the District I-II State Qualifying Competition in Rathdrum at Lakeland High School this past weekend. This win was the third in as many weeks as the Cheerleaders took Grand Champions at the Vandal Cheer Challenge and the Maniac Cheer Off the prior two weekends. The Maniac Cheer Team competed Feb. 14 at the Vandal Cheer Challenge on the University of Idaho Campus. At this event they placed First in Show Routine, First in Sideline Routine and First in Stunt Group. Of the 17 teams at this event Orofino won Overall Grand Champions for scoring higher in all events over teams from Lewiston, Post Falls, Lakeland, Moscow, Clarkston, Asotin, and more. On Feb. 21, the Maniac Cheerleaders hosted the 15th Annual Maniac Cheer Off. Thirteen teams were in attendance and the Cheer Team again scored highest in Show and Sideline and finished second in Group Stunt behind the Coeur d’Alene Stunt Group. But, their combined Show, Sideline and Group Stunt scores were highest at the event and the team was again awarded the Overall Grand Champion Award. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • IDFG investigates closed season killing of two elk
    On Feb. 23, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Senior Conservation Officer Eric Crawford investigated the closed season killing of two elk. The elk, a spike bull and a cow were found in a clear-cut approximately 100 yards off of the Elk River/Dent Road at mile marker 32.5. The location of the kill site is just a couple of miles outside of Elk River. There is evidence that each of the elk had been shot. Both elk had been covered by brush to conceal them. The back straps from each of the elk had been taken but the rest of each animal was left to waste. Additionally, the antlers from the spike had been hacked off with what appeared to be an axe. The killing of these elk likely happened late Friday, Feb. 20, or Saturday night, Feb. 21. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Maniacs end season with two tough losses
    After the Maniacs defeated the Grangeville Bulldogs on Feb. 21, they advanced into the title game against the St. Maries Lumberjacks on Feb. 24, in Deary. The winner of the Orofino/St. Maries game would get an automatic bid into the 2A State tournament and the loser had to face the Bulldogs on Feb. 25. The Maniacs went head to head with the Lumberjacks in a game that would be won by the team with the last shot. A final score of 50-51 put St. Maries on their way to the state tournament and the Maniacs hosting the Bulldogs the next day. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Timberline finishes season in overtime
    The Timberline Spartans took the Deary Mustangs for a ride on Feb. 24, during the district tournament at LCSC in Lewiston. As the Spartans and Mustangs head for halftime the score was tied and again at the end of the fourth quarter resulting in overtime. With just three minutes left, in regular play, the Spartans led the Mustangs by seven points before Deary inched their way back. On Deary’s next possession, Timberline’s point guard Trevon Willis fouled out on a perimeter touch to put a Mustang at the free throw line for 1-and-1 with only two minutes remaining. After the Mustangs hit both their free throws it brought them even closer when they hit a jumper in the key with 10 seconds left to bring their score within two points of Timberline 56-54. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Annual Spring Round-up is April 11
    The annual Spring Round-Up is an area communities fundraising event in its fifteenth year, and you won’t want to miss it! Hosted by the Clearwater Valley Chapter of the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association and ICARE, Inc., it is a fun and relaxing day for all people to enjoy at Orofino’s City Park. This year’s event is on Saturday, April 11. There will be live western music by Alaska’s Hobo Jim and Oregon’s Joni Harms. They are awesome entertainment and everybody loves their music! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Down Memory Lane
    50 Years Ago-Orofino City Council turned down an offer of $100 a month offered by a Boise broker representing a motel firm that wanted to lease four acres of city land near the municipal airport. The City of Spokane recently leased land for a motel at $15 per unit, for a planned 40-unit motel. The offer of $100 a month from the other motel firm would amount to about $2 a unit, which the council felt was not enough, given what the Spokane motel was paying. 60 Years Ago-The county nurse, Mrs. Brentzen, reported two cases of scalp ringworm at the Weippe school, and inspection of all students was made. Immunization clinics for children who missed one dose of diphthe-ria, whooping cough, and tetanus toxoid were held in Pierce and Orofino Elementary schools. Cases of measles continued to be reported throughout the district, and one case of whooping cough was reported from Weippe. Two cases of scarlet fever were reported from Orofino, and one case of scarlet fever, plus several cases of severe sore throats, occurred in the Cavendish-Teakean area. Two cases of infectious hepatitis occurred in the county, one in Orofino and one in Camp Y. This was all during the month of February. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Reflections from my Trail
    In 1969 or 1970 I proudly owned a little yellow Piper Cub on floats that I often used to go fishing in southern Cana-da. Every trip was fun with amazing catches of lake trout caught from crystal clear lakes way back in the wilderness. The Piper Cub had a little 65 Horsepower engine which was started by standing on the float, grabbing a pipe inside the cockpit, and with the right hand spinning the propeller with a downward push. Simple, safe and reliable, these engines started easily because the engine had two magnetos and two sparkplugs in every one of the four cylinders so that even if part of the ignition failed the engine should still run reliably. The fail-safe ignition arrangement is re-quired for all planes. On the May day in question, I had invited a pilot friend to fly from Cloquet, MS to Silvertip Lake in the Canadian Bush, about 80 miles from the nearest Ontario dirt road. At dawn we loaded and departed arriving at Silvertip about 9 a.m. and tailed the little plane on a sandy beach to get out our fishing gear and prepare for a few hours of trolling from the plane. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Dennis Fuller
    President Barack Obama claimed many times on the campaign trail (and since) that he “wants to fundamentally transform America” to meet the challenges of a new world. Unfortunately the world he envisions is becoming a stark reality. To accelerate a “fundamental transformation” requires more than just window dressing, but changing the essential part of something, its foundation or basis. If you said your girlfriend needed “fundamental transformation,” it would mean you don’t like her very much and want to alter the very essence of who she is. The list of changes already instituted is very long, and with “amnesty” coming for millions the cornerstone of his legacy will be set forever.
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  • Collaborative forest landscape restoration program benefits land and people
    Six years ago a fledgling Collaborative and representatives from the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests were discussing an opportunity to tap into a new national program designed to accelerate restoration work and reduce the costs of fighting fire in forests that had a scientific strategy for restoring the landscape. Title IV of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 established the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The legislation provided funding authority for the Secretary of Agriculture to request up to $40 million annually from fiscal years 2009-2019 to implement and monitor ecological restoration treatments on national forest system lands. A major requirement of the legislation was that proposals be developed collaboratively. Dale Harris and Alex Irby, co-chairs of the Clearwater Basin Collaborative, enthusiastically embraced the program. “The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program was a vehicle for the Collaborative to meet the needs of many of the members at the collaborative table,” they explained. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Orofino, Cottonwood hospitals awarded $100,000 for their telehealth program
    Clearwater Valley and St. Mary’s Hospitals and Clinics have been chosen from hundreds of programs nationwide to honor their creative efforts to improve health. They are the national winners of the 23rd annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ programs to provide mental health services to a remote population of at-risk patients. The two hospitals received a total of $100,000. Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino and St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood learned patients had great difficulty accessing psychiatric services. Some patients were driving for many hours, to Coeur d’Alene or Boise, to seek care. The hospitals partnered with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center to deliver adult and child psychiatry specialty services using tele-conferencing. Patients travel only to their local doctor’s offices in Orofino and Cottonwood to see a psychiatrist hun-dreds of miles away. Psychiatrists treating patients as part of this program work closely with local doctors to ensure that care is coordinated. They are able to chart directly into the electronic medical record at local clinics, ensuring continuity of care despite the distance. Cost of care for those enrolled in the program has decreased by more than half. The program has received state and national recognition for its excellence and the care it is providing an at-risk population. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Clearwater Noxious Weed Clinic March 11-12
    A Clearwater Noxious Weed Clinic will be held in Orofino and Lewiston next week. In Orofino, the clinic will be held at Orofino Community Church, 14233 Highway 12, on Wednesday, March 11. In Lewiston, the clinic will be held Thursday, March 12, at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office in Lewiston, 3316 16th Street. The clinic lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It includes several guest speakers and plenty of useful information, as well as a weed quiz, Q&A, and more. Six re-certification credits will be given to those who complete the clinic. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • THS class of 1975 40-year reunion
    The Timberline High School class of 1975 is making plans for their 40th class reunion during Labor Day 2015. Anyone needing information should call 208-836-5588 or email The class also has a Facebook page for messages at To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Fraser news
    The garden work that was neglected last fall needed attention, so the raspberry patch received a spring cleaning. The daffodils and the tulip leaves are now four inches tall and the flower stems are showing. The buds on the white lilac bush have started form. Don’t they know that spring is still 15 days away and we could get a cold snap? To prove a point, “Old Man Winter” couldn’t resist an icy surprise; the temperature dropped and snowflakes started blowing by the house! We woke up to a white world again Tuesday morning. The friends of the Deyo Reservoir are looking for a Camp Host. If you are interested in spending the summer in this beautiful setting, while attending to the duties that are required of the camp host, this is the job for you. The camping areas will be opened a week before the Memorial Day weekend. Applications are being taken until the end of March; call Marge at 435-4362 if you would like more information. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Pierce news
    Sadly, little Blake Umphenour, son of Josh and Leslie Umphenour, has just been diagnosed with bone cancer. A fundraiser will be held this Saturday, March 7, at the Flame Bar, beginning at 5 p.m. The evening begins with a spaghetti feed, with music to follow by the Whiskey Creek Winos, who play old country and rock music. All proceeds will go to the family to help with their traveling expenses. (No children can be allowed at this fundraiser, since it is held at a bar.) To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Timberline High School is looking for a piano that plays to be used for music. One of the seniors, Hannah Hueth is doing a Talent Show for her senior project and it would be great if some of the music students could perform. If you have one available, please call 464-1057, Diane. Thank you so much! Mark your calendars! The talent show will be on Friday, March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for March 5

    A few weeks from now, the first Chinook salmon on their way to Idaho will begin their journey from the Pacific Ocean to the fresh water streams of the Gem State. Even though none of those fish are expected to arrive in Idaho until sometime in May, anglers are already inquiring about the upcoming seasons. Preseason data suggest this year’s run of spring and summer Chinook will be comparable to last year’s with a couple of notable exceptions.

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