10 years – Feb. 16, 2012
Dale Durkee, Joint School District #171 Superintendent, submitted his letter of resignation to the board of trustees at a special meeting Monday night.
His resignation will be effective at the end of June. He has worked in the district for 26 years.*
The Clearwater Historical Society has scheduled a program at the museum watching interviews with Margaret Fine and Effie McAllister and more as they talk about their lives as flunkies.*
20 years – Feb. 14, 2002
Dr. Maurice Masar said Monday that none of the seven persons treated Thursday after becoming ill at a casino have returned for treatment. No hazardous material was detected in the air when monitored by the North Central Idaho Regional Response Team.
At first it was thought the persons had inhaled Feron fumes from an air conditioning system. Then chemical fumes from newly laid carpet were suspected. The building recently underwent a $1 million renovation, reopening on Dec. 20.
It was later learned that alterations had been made to the new ventilation system and some of the kitchen vapors ended up in the main part of the building.*
30 years – Feb. 13, 1992
Idaho Department of Public Works (DPW) and the architectural firm Design West, Boise, are in the final stages of negotiations for remodeling and expansion of the State Hospital North facilities.
The proposed changes would include some remodeling and some new buildings and is expected to take about 27 months. Construction should begin in early 1993.
The proposed facility will have 40 beds for adult psychiatric treatment and 30 beds for substance abuse treatment. The facility is presently using 75 beds. They have not been a detox center since last July.*
40 years – Feb. 11, 1982
Association of Concerned Citizens (ACC) of Orofino will hold a public meeting at the Washington Water Power auditorium.
Pointing out the dissention that now seems to exist between some council members and the mayor, this group advocates that past differences “be forgotten and the concerns of the majority be taken to heart by all concerned citizens.” No doubt the officers will explain more fully what the ACC hopes to achieve.*
Jeff Wilson, sixth grader at Orofino Elementary School, has qualified for the finals of the Lewiston Tribune Hoop Shoot in Lewiston.
Jeff qualified by making 18 of 25 shots in the semi-finals held at Jenifer Junior High in Lewiston. The winner earns a trip to Seattle to watch the Super Sonics in a professional game. He will also enjoy a meal in the space needle.*
50 years – Feb. 17, 1972
Dispatcher at the sheriff’s office received a call Tuesday evening that at 9:30 p.m. the courthouse was going up in smoke. The building is still intact.
Similar threats have been made recently to Timberline High School and Orofino High School. Making such a threat is a misdemeanor and upon conviction the maximum penalty is a year in the county jail, $1,000 fine, or both, according to Sheriff Leroy Altmiller.*
60 years – Feb. 15, 1962
It was felt that the health department is too much statistics-minded, keeping nurses in the office to do pencil work rather than aiming toward a nursing program that will provide service to the county. Some of those present suggested that the county nurse should be familiar with people and home to advise the board on cases where hardship, illness and relief needs exist.*
70 years – Feb. 14, 1952
Although six communities have yet to be heard from, County Chairman John Crockett reports that $2,345.32 has been collected in the March of Dimes campaign.
Probably the most generous contribution came from Weippe, where $443.40 was collected. Eldon Hutchins is the Weippe community drive chairman.
Donations by cards and coin collectors totaled $573.90. A coin collection box, which was filled with quarters and fifty-cent pieces during a recent burglary of the Vets club, netted $65.13.*
80 years – Feb. 12, 1942
Men from 20 to 62 are wanted on defense projects at Pearl Harbor, according to a recent announcement by the civil service commission. Positions open and the hourly wage for each include: boilermaker, $1.18; coppersmith, $1.23; press driller, $1.02; ordinance electrician, $1.28; instrument maker, $1.24; sheet metal worker, $1.18.*
The post office here will get a $1600 mural, according to a news story carried by the Spokesman-Review yesterday. James Fitzgerald, art director of the Spokane Art Center, has received word from Edward Rowan, asst. chief, section of fine arts, Washington D.C. that he has been awarded the commission to execute the mural.
Fitzgerald had previously submitted a mural design for the Anchorage, Alaska post office. It was on the merits of this design that he was awarded the commission. The mural will be designed for a space 16 feet wide and five feet high in the lobby.*
90 years – Feb. 12, 1932
Because of drastic reductions in the budget of the County Superintendent’s office for the coming year it is not possible to finance the usual program of spring activities.
At a meeting of superintendents and principals of Clearwater County held last Saturday at the courthouse, it was decided to eliminate all County meets with the exception of the grade school track meet.
The spelling contest will be carried on in the schools. A list of words will be sent out under seal from the county office. A disinterested party will conduct the contest and the judges will certify to the results which will be mailed in to the County Superintendent together with the papers. No medals will be given this year except perhaps the grand champion.*
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