10 years – Jan. 13, 2011

Isaac Hull, Orofino High School, Class of 2005, recently participated in the University of Idaho 2010 Winter Commencement Ceremony. He graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Forest Resources and the in Fire Ecology and Management.

He has accepted a position as Orofino Area Fire Warden at Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association. Isaac is the son of Mary Hull of Peck and Rich Hull of Orofino.*

A group of 13 residents and business owners along Hwy. 12 challenged the recommendations by a hearing officer and asked Idaho Transportation Department director Brian Ness to deny permits for ConocoPhillips’ proposed shipments of massive coke drums up Hwy. 12 from Lewiston to Lolo Pass.

The group is concerned that the massive loads will harm central Idaho’s tourism and outdoor recreation economy in local communities.*

20 years – Jan. 11, 2001

Earl Pickett, current chair for the Clearwater County Commissioners, retired Jan. 5, 2001, after serving on the board since 1993. He served as chair for four years.*

Cuddy and Associates and Bott and Associates have been awarded the contract for design work on the industrial site to be developed by the City of Orofino. The city council awarded the contracts to the architectural and engineering firms during their regular meeting.*

30 years – Jan. 10, 1991

There was a total of 67 building permits issued in Clearwater County during 1990. This is 11 more than in 1989.

Of the construction in 1990, a total of $620,000 went for construction of 12 new homes. Three permits were issued for commercial building in the amount of $228,000.*

40 years – Jan. 8, 1981

Over 75 people crowded the Orofino City Council Chamber and adjoining rooms for a protest hearing on a proposed $120,000 local improvement district for surfacing of Johnson and Main Streets from Orofino Creek to their confluence. This amount will be added to HUD grant moneys to completely rebuild the street adding curbs, gutters, drainage, retaining walls and sidewalks where practical.*

Elk River is still without snow. One of the rare years there has been no white stuff during this time. However the woodworkers are having a time trying to work, due to the mild weather, and soft roads. And after over 50 years of snow, snow, snow, this correspondent (Virginia Hill) is actually praying for colder weather and snow!*

50 years – Jan. 14, 1971

Jim McGoldrick, senior at Orofino High School, was among 82 amateur athletes nominated for Athlete of the Year by the Inland Empire Sports Writers and Broadcasters. McGoldrick was Idaho State High School A-2 discus champion last year.*

Hats off to John Erbst on his quick thinking Friday evening when he used snow to hold in check a fire in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church. John went to the church shortly after the family phone was used to call firemen.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Erbst, John was able to keep the fire in check until firemen arrived at the scene.*

60 years – Jan. 12, 1961

Physical and operational improvement in State Hospital was shown to a committee of state legislators. Thirteen members of the State Institutions committee dined at the hospital and toured all wards and buildings.

Major physical improvements shown the delegation were the results of the nearly $300,000 spent for fire protection during the past two years to make to hospital more safe for patients.*

Two young men are serving 10-day sentences in Clearwater County jail after being charged with burglary in the justice court of Howard Brundage.

The men plead guilty to entering Mrs. Alma Dahlberg’s apartment and taking foodstuffs, including a turkey from the refrigerator. *

70 years – Jan. 11, 1951

The Clearwater County Memorial Library is expanding each month to furnish better reading and research books for the people of the whole county. Of the 480 borrowers’ cards on file, approximately one-third are outside the limits of Orofino.*

Sale of the Jones building late in December by Mrs. F. A. Jones of Portland to R. H. Oud was revealed this week. The announcement marked what was the biggest business transaction in Orofino in 1950.

The new owner of the historic building, located on one of the most desirable corners of the city’s main business district, is the son of the late John Oud, Sr., a name that has been closely associated with the business life and growth of Orofino for more than 30 years.*

80 years – Jan. 9, 1941

The biennium 1939-40 closed with 62 drunken drivers losing their license during December, says Harry Rayner, commissioner of law enforcement.

For the full biennium 852 motorists were deprived driving privileges on Idaho highways because of conviction of this grave charge, compared to 627 in the 1937-38 period,

Strict enforcement of the statute forbidding driving while under the influence of intoxicants, coupled with extensive use of body fluid tests was the cause of the 36 percent increase in convictions.*

Mr. Rodney Small, state sanitarian from Lewiston said that the establishment of a working hot-lunch program has provided wonderful results in the improved general health of pupils affected by it. “Clearwater County has the most successful program of this nature in any county in the United States.”*

90 years – Jan. 16, 1941

Getting the skilled men needed for national defense jobs continues to be one of the greatest problems of the new year for the civil service commission. Thousands were appointed during 1940 but thousands more are going to be needed during the coming year at the arsenals and navy yards and in the air service.

Toolmakers, instrument makers, and machinists are especially in demand, and they are especially necessary to the national defense program. Among others also urgently needed are: Aircraft instrument mechanics; aircraft mechanics; metalsmiths (aviation); coppersmiths; lens grinders; loftsmen; ordnance men (torpedoes); shipfitters; and ironworkers.*

Idaho produced more gold in 1940 than in any year since 1871, according to the preliminary annual report of the U. S. Bureau of mines on Idaho metal production. Gold from placer operations totaled about 58,000 ounces, an increase of 20 percent from 48,663 ounces in 1930.*

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