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We are preparing for our opening of the Weippe Hilltop Museum on May 28. There are new displays, a new paint job and much more.  We will open Friday, May 28, from noon to 4 p.m. 

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As we are approaching the second summer of this pandemic I am reminded of all the reasons we moved to Idaho, and probably the reasons you live here too, there is so much to do that is naturally physically distanced and outdoors.  Our hopes of things returning to what we want to consider comp…

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The votes came in from all around the state. Eight young men from high schools all over the state were picked for a prestigious honor. It is time to celebrate the best football players in the Gem State with the All State Football Games.

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With spring in the air and local businesses returning to accommodate all the visitors to come with it, another full agenda appeared before the members of the Orofino City Council at their regular meeting April 27.

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On Saturday, June 5, “The Maniac, The Best Dam Race in Idaho” is back! The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce and planning Committee have been working hard to plan this great event and now we are ready for the participants! The Maniac offers runners and walkers two unique choices: either a 5K (3…

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Well, summer is on its way. That means heading to the river, enjoying the sunshine, sitting on the beach and wearing a SWIMSUIT. That’s almost a swear word right now after having gone through the pandemic and spending a lot of time at home coming up with new recipes, and finding really any r…

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Orofino Junior/Senior High School junior Kamryn Turcott is combining community involvement and her chosen career direction with spearheading a senior project to paint a mural on the fence in front of the garden at Orofino Elementary School with the help of some young students.

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Xi Alpha Nu Sorority members gathered for a painting part at The Studio 205 Art Gallery.

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The Twin Ridge Fire Department sponsored Community Cleanup event was attended by 50 residents and friends from the Fire District on Saturday, April 24. Around 500 pounds of trash was picked up along the local roads followed by an excellent, although virus protocol subdued, barbeque.

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Living in remote Idaho provides us with some of the best rafting opportunities in North America. The Salmon River, the Selway River and the Lochsa River, some of the most recognized rivers in the world, and they are right in our back yard.

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The Six for Tea event honors the senior girls from Timberline Schools and the Gems from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy. It was held at the Pierce Community Center on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m.

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The lack of return to usual state of health after having COVID-19 is something that many people that have had this disease suffer. This can happen even when there were mild symptoms of the disease. There are many terms used to describe this – Long COVID, chronic COVID, long-haul COVID, post-…

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Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS) teamed up for the annual Prescription Medication Community Drop-off held April 24. On the left is CCSO Sgt. Mike Gladhart and on the right CCAS EMT Dixie Reilly.

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Clearwater County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission will hold an open public hearing on Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m., in Courtroom I located in the Clearwater County Courthouse, 150 Michigan Avenue in Orofino.

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Big Canyon Fire Department was called out to a house fire two blocks west of downtown Peck around 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. Arriving units found a house with heavy smoke coming from the attic. Big Canyon requested assistance from both Orofino and Sunnyside Fire Departments. Over 20 fire…

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Funding for next year remains a mystery, explains JSD 171 Superintendent, Dr. Michael Garrett at the last regular board of trustees meeting April 19. He said his superintendent’s group had been advocating as much as possible through calls, texts, emails and meetings.

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The Clearwater County Sheriff has a stray cow that was found in the area of Eureka Ridge. The cow was with a second one that has been returned to its owner. The cow is solid black with no brand, tags or markings.

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Clearwater Highway District will be applying dust abatement to district roads in the vicinity of residences that are adjacent to Clearwater Highway District gravel roads. The charge to Highway District patrons this year will be 40 percent of the cost of the magnesium chloride.

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There will be a prescription drug take back held this Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clearwater County Prosecutor’s Office parking lot, 106 Michigan Avenue, Orofino.

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The first meeting for Orofino Celebrations Inc. (OCI) will be held on Tues., April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the White Pine Building. 

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It was a very difficult time. The world was at war. American Troops were fighting and dying in the trenches of Europe as they faced new and powerful weapons which the world had not seen before. There was, also, one completely new enemy who, seemingly out of nowhere, appeared and devastated s…

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Safe Routes to School had a very successful first Bike Rodeo at the City Park on Saturday April 17!

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Orofino City Council members were flooded with information regarding the breaching of dams, energy, and fish recovery at their regular meeting held April 13.

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Charity Squires is shown on her family’s homestead on Harris Ridge. Donald Berry Sr. submitted the photo and reported that Charity carried water a quarter of a mile to the homestead. She was married to William Squires. They are both buried at Weseman Cemetery. (Photo circa early 1900’s.)

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Orofino Fire Department (OFD) honors Molly Madden, Cassidy Leidheiser, and Arie Sween, this year’s senior cadets (middle, left to right). Shown with the cadets are Orofino Fire Chief Jonathan Hoyt, far left, and Assistant Fire Chief Bart Jones, far right. OFD is proud to have a cadet firefig…

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Clearwater Memorial Public Library (CMPL) Foundation members are breathing a sigh of relief now that the long-awaited parking lot completes most of Phase 4’s expansion project!

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Several Orofino Junior/Senior High School (OJSHS) poets won top prizes and will be published in this year’s Idaho Youth Writing Challenge Anthology. The theme this year is “Living in Mutuality in Our Relationships”.

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A motorhome on Hatchery Roe, west of Ahsahka near the banks of the Clearwater River, was destroyed by fire Monday evening, April 19, according to Orofino Fire Chief Jonathan Hoyt.

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The Lolo Trail Muzzleloader (LTML) Club is holding our Annual Spring Fling on May 1. This is a black powder, patched, and round ball firearms event and we are inviting shooters, spectators, and traders to come join us for a fun filled day. The main events are a rifle/pistol trail walk, hawk/…

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Norma asked me to write about the history of my parents, Bob and Jane Gangewer, so to anyone who may be interested, here we go…

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The Big Canyon Fire Department was called out on Friday, April 9, at approximately 5:30 p.m. to a manufactured home fire approximately one mile west of Peck on Angel Ridge Road. Smoke was noticeable for several miles. When the fire crews arrived the single wide manufactured home was complete…

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We would like to start off by saying “Thank you” for all the support we are receiving from the community. We appreciate the kind words and patience we have been shown.

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It’s that time of year again to clean up the Twin Ridge Fire District. Twin Ridge Fire Department is once again participating in the Community Cleanup day on Saturday, April 24 and would like to invite District residents and friends to stop by and lend a hand. Groups will be splitting up to …

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After 64 years of dedicated, hard-working and enthusiastic support, the Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (CVHC) Auxiliary has made the decision to close down our organization.  Like many such organizations before us, the lack of volunteer commitment and aging membership has taken its t…

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Orofino City Administrator Ryan Smathers, was the guest speaker for the Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce meeting April 7. He shared that he was very excited about the change in the chamber to include communities county-wide.

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There will be a benefit for Pam Jones, longtime Orofino resident, this Sunday, April 18, 1 p.m., in the Orofino Pizza Factory basement, 307 Michigan Avenue. Pam was stricken with the Covid virus and was in ICU for over two months.