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This week at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library our craft is a crazy pumpkin! Call ahead to request kits, or knock on the door to request this weeks, or any of the previous week’s crafts we still have available. 

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The Clearwater Memorial Public Library Friends of the Library will be holding a FREE book give away, Saturday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rotary Cabana at the Orofino City Park. Many books of different genres will be available and there is no limit to the number you can take. They…

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Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a crash on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at approximately 3:30 p.m., at mile post 8, on Highway 11. Joshua L. Fleming, 44, claimed his tire blew out, causing him to lose control, crossing the center line and other lane of travel, and left the road…

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According to a Clearwater Count Sheriff’s Office report, a Clearwater County Deputy came upon a single vehicle non-injury accident on Grangemont near mile marker 21 on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Heather A. Larsen, 41, Orofino, was driving her 2013 Chevrolet Silverado west o…

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When Harold Kinne VFW Post 3296 members heard that Orofino Fire Department’s (OFD) Chief Jon Hoyt was looking to purchase a podium for the Fire Station’s training room to assist on monthly training nights, the wheels started turning. The VFW just happened to have a spare podium that they wer…

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The Clearwater Valley Fire Districts Auxiliary (CVFDA) members recently held a logo contest for Joint School District #171. The logo (shown in the right photo) chosen was submitted by Abigail Cook (right-upper photo). Cheryl Jones, CVFDA secretary (left-upper photo) awarded a $25 prize to Ab…

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Kenda Tribble, President of Chapter CD, P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) welcomes Lori McDonald into the chapter.  Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the normal initiation ceremony was set for the future and replaced by an “affirmation of membership.”

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Kamiah and Kooskia Community Library patrons now have access to the wider Valnet catalog of materials. Since all Valnet libraries have agreed on quarantine and cleaning procedures, daily courier service between branches has resumed.

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There really wasn’t anything going on at the school crossing, much to the consternation of Billy … our town dog. It was one of Billy’s duties to escort kids across the street to the school. He’d been doing it ever since Sally, the former town dog, passed away on Doc’s porch.

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Idaho joins the group of 44 states that saw gas prices drop this week, even though Utah, where most of the Gem State’s fuel is refined, had a one-cent increase. According to AAA, Idaho’s gas prices dipped by a penny, while the national average dropped by two cents. Lower fuel demand is the m…

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The Board of Judges for the District of Idaho, in conjunction with the Lawyer Representatives, has announced that up to $40,000 will be available for the Community Outreach Grant Program for calendar year 2021.

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In order to protect our animals and volunteers we will not be accepting any blankets, comforters, dog beds or any type of linens due to Covid-19. We do need cat (canned) food and dry dog food (unopened). We have to cancel one of our large fundraiser because of Covid-19. This has a large impa…

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Despite a prolonged hurricane season and increasing demand for fuel nationwide, Idaho gas prices dropped two cents this week, while the U.S. average held steady. But as states ease the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, more drivers are hitting the road. According to AAA, ove…

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Thank you to Patty Swenson McLeod for sending this Orofino Grade School 1960-1961 class photo to the Clearwater Tribune. The teacher for the class was Mrs. Gleason.

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For those seeking to enroll in new Medicare plans as well as those with Medicare looking to make changes to existing Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage plans, the annual open enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7.

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The Orofino Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that on the evening of Oct. 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. they will be facilitating the annual “Trick or Treat Rocking the Street” celebration on Johnson Ave.

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Last weekend found Dr. Harper and I once again on the lake. This was a bittersweet weekend, as it was our last for this year but also our first time making this trip together. This has commonly been a well-established “guys weekend” of fishing, food, and fun. Dennis didn’t go last year as we…

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Craft this week at the library is celebrating Columbus Day. We still have several other craft kits available from previous weeks if you’ve missed any.

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Even the rain couldn’t keep the pinochle players away. After all it is fall and we need a good rain. Just looking outside you can tell there is a change in the weather. The beautiful tree in the school yard that was full of pretty dark red leaves last week is now almost bare.

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Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) presented Chip Damato and Inland Cellular with the prestigious 2020 Industry Innovation Award for demonstrating innovation within the wireless industry. The CCA Annual Achievement Awards honor companies and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional …

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In order to protect our animals and volunteers we will not be accepting any blankets, comforters, dog beds or any type of linens due to Covid-19. We do need cat (canned) food and dry dog food (unopened). We have to cancel one of our large fundraiser because of Covid-19. This has a large impa…

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On Monday, Oct. 5 at approximately 10:41 a.m., the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office along with Rescue 3 responded to a logging truck accident at approximately mile marker 10 on Grangemont Road.

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Idaho gas prices are among the most expensive in the nation, but drivers here got some good news this week. According to AAA, Gem State prices dropped three cents, the biggest decrease in the country. Idaho also moved from eighth to ninth place for most expensive fuel on the week, trading pl…

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In order to protect our animals and volunteers we will not be accepting any blankets, comforters, dog beds or any type of linens due to Covid-19. We do need cat (canned) food and dry dog food (unopened). We have to cancel one of our large fundraiser because of Covid-19. This has a large impa…

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Testing and positive number of cases of COVID-19 have risen in the last several weeks in our community. Some of the terms surrounding COVID-19 may be confusing and we at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics would like to provide some clarification to help everyone stay safe and healthy.

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Is there no one in Orofino that plays pinochle? Are the seniors too much competition? For years there was a pinochle party at the senior center. Now we don’t have enough players to even make it worthwhile to get together.

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Autumn has arrived, and we are just as busy as always at the Kamiah Teen Center. We have a very busy October planned that includes our annual Teen Center Breakfast Fundraiser (with a COVID twist), the return of our $5 lunches, our last Drive-in of the Year, a Fall Festival, a Halloween Party…

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The annual Orofino Friends of the NRA Banquet and Auction was held with a sold-out crowd on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge in Orofino. Pat Barnett (left), of Nezperce, bought a sculpture depicting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and presented it to Aaron von Ehlin…

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What beautiful fall weather we are having! The fall leaves are gorgeous and falling, time to rake piles and jump in! OR use those leaves for a fall craft this week. A lion in need of a mane. What better than colorful fall leaves!! Kits are available at the Clearwater Memorial Public Library …

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The Clearwater County Republican Central Committee hosted a free BBQ for Veterans, First Responders and their families on Sept. 25 at the Orofino City Park. All others were asked for a $2 donation. We served hamburgers, hot dogs, pop, water, chips and homemade brownies (thank you Carol Galloway).

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Sometimes you can fall in and out smelling like a rose! That is what Mary Margret did Saturday afternoon playing pinochle. When she got up to the head table she refused to move. Mary Margret was high for the ladies and Donna Booth was second. Judy Smith was the winner of the 300 pinochle prize.

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The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) will be installing the new Gem system in the DMV office located at 2200 Michigan Ave, Orofino and will go live on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.  The DMV office will not be able to process title work after Oct. 7 close of business until the new system is up…

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Paul Nelson has submitted an application to Orofino City Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission for a Special Use request at 1229 Michigan Avenue and/or 1230 Vida Avenue. Pursuant to Established Procedure, Orofino City Code 11-2-13 Special Uses, the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold…

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There I was, pinned down, with my rifle laid across the stump I was hiding behind. No, this isn’t a “war story”. I was pinned behind the stump by a spike whitetail buck that I had called in with a grunt tube. I was waiting for the deer’s big brother to make an appearance, therefore, I wasn’t…

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The photo credit name that appeared with the trail camera photos of the Clover Fire, printed in last week’s paper, should have been Mark Klinke. Mark’s name was incorrect in the photo cutline.

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According to AAA, Idaho gas prices dropped two cents this week, even as the national average increased by half a penny. It’s good news for Gem State drivers who are looking forward to the seasonal savings that normally occur at this time of year.

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We are happy to announce, beginning Tuesday Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, the Clearwater Memorial Public Library will be open for senior (above 55) patrons ONLY!!