10 years – Mar. 15, 2012
From “Crumbs From the Mealsite” by Margaret Fine: - The creatures of the forest are busy on the hill above Michigan Ave. The turkeys, sometimes six or eight at a time, march along the old railroad tracks and in the bushes. The squirrels, Sammie and Lolita, have been joined by others, sometimes four or five (without names) come to argue over who will get the peanuts being fed to them.
Down at our City Park, Walter and Suzie wait patiently for peanuts too. They also have competition from other no name squirrels.*
20 years – Mar. 15, 2002
City of Orofino and Orofino High School (OHS) will collaborate to paint a new blue Maniac on the high school water tank. IBI, the subcontractor who built the tank, mistakenly painted the reservoir white instead of tan.
Rather than redo the project, the Orofino City Council Water/Wastewater Committee allowed the white to stay in exchange for five gallons of blue paint for the new Maniac. The contractor will also repaint the hatch and ladder Royal Blue to match the high school logo. Mr. Lake’s art class will paint the new Maniac.*
30 years – Mar. 12, 1992
The Clearwater River Centennial Parkway Committee will be surfacing a 1,800 foot section pathway. They will pour a concrete walkway on the dike along the river and Orofino Creek at the city park.*
Republican Bill Snook recently announced his candidacy for the position of Clearwater County Commissioner District #2. The position is presently held by a Democrat, Jim Wilson.
Snook foresees no conflict with his present position as a Joint School District #171 board member.
As a commissioner he would like to: Encourage new industry; encourage uneven age tree management and logging; encourage tax consideration for industries and investments; encourage retraining of displaced workers; consolidate the City of Orofino Police Department and Clearwater County Sheriff Department.*
40 years – Mar. 18, 1982
Decision to wind down the operations of the Orofino Lions Club was announced by Dennis Abrams, president, after attendance and membership had cut the group’s ability to carry on its long history of community service.
The Lions accomplishments since its charter in 1939 have been varied with a keen sense of meeting emergency needs of the city as well as carrying out its club oriented projects such as fitting glasses for the needy.
The club was a major backer of the Orofino Swimming Pool, raised thousands of dollars of Clearwater Valley Hospital, contributed to the schools, annual scholarships, March of Dimes and Red Cross campaigns.*
50 years – Mar. 16, 1972
Timberline High School Spartans, Idaho State A-3 basketball champions, received a royal welcome when they returned from the State tournament in Boise.
Bud Bonner, Weippe area Deputy Sheriff and a large group of Spartan supporters, met the team bus at Greer and escorted them back to THS. The police car alerted residents along the way with flashing lights and a continual string of cars following the bus to the school.*
60 years – Mar. 15, 1962
Reporting on her findings after visits to five schools in the area Mrs. Charles McCollister questioned the wisdom of weekly permission of slack wearing by OHS girl students.
Others generally confine slacks to game days or when posted notice is given, she said.
The report urged earlier retirement from class duties of teachers who are expectant mothers and for restriction of student attendance.
She complimented junior high and elementary behavior and said down-town hot rodding has subsided. Praise was given to foreign language improvement. She said OHS discipline needs improving.
Wage increases from the present $11 to $12 or $15 a day for substitute teachers was suggested in line with other areas.*
70 years – Mar. 13, 1952
Almost everyone in Orofino was thrilled early Thursday afternoon by the visit of an army jet plane, and for many it was their first view of a jet.
The plane was piloted by Capt. Willian A. Cato, half-brother of George Pipkin, stationed at McChord field, Tacoma, Wash. Captain Cato made several passes over Orofino and over Riverside mille, where Pipkin is employed, before disappearing in a southwesterly direction.*
80 years – Mar. 12, 1942
A group of Pierce sportsmen, including Eldon Snyder, Harry Wells, Clark Fisk, and Fred Reeve, accompanied by the District Conservation Officer Henry Wright of the state fish and game department, blasted Orofino creek falls Sunday in order to let steelheads go up the creek and furnish Pierce sportsmen with some angling.
Pierce people have organized the Pierce City Wildlife club and took up donations to buy the powder. They also took donations amounting to $30 to purchase and plant wild duck feed in adjacent waters in an endeavor to entice thes4e wily birds to make Pierce a stopping place in their migratory flights.*
90 years – Mar. 11, 1932
A total of 89 unemployed men of Clearwater county had filled in questionnaires prepared by a joint committee of the American Legion and Orofino commercial club up to Wednesday noon, according to information given out by Forest Ranger O. A. Knapp, who is in charge of this work.
Of this number 10 are ex-service men and 21 of the 89 men need work right now and have dependents. Of the 21, 13 give Orofino as their address. The rest of the 89 men can get along a month or two yet, according to their questionnaires, and the larger portion of these are single men.*
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