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Last week an article in the Clearwater Tribune featuring the membership drive for the new Fire Districts’ Auxiliary, was incorrectly referred to as the Clearwater County Fire District’s Auxiliary. It should have been “Clearwater Valley Fire Districts’ Auxiliary”, to include Peck and Lenore.

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The hearing for the sentencing of Cassie Louise Madsen which began telephonically July 28 in Clearwater County Courthouse with Judge Gregory FitzMaurice presiding, has been continued until Tuesday, Aug. 11, at noon.

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According to the Orofino Police Department, on Tuesday, July 28, at approximately 3:29 p.m., a 2003 Dodge Dakota, driven by Wesley Ewing, 40, of Orofino, left the roadway on Michigan Avenue and struck a residence.

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After extensive consultation with public health, county and city officials, our vendors, volunteers and citizens; and after much deliberation and angst the Clearwater County Fair Board has decided to cancel the “open class” portion of the 2020 Fair. We are still sponsoring the 4-H division o…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, on Monday, July 27 at approximately 10:40 a.m., Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Orofino Ambulance responded to a single vehicle accident, at mile post 48 on Highway 12. There were two occupants in the vehicle, the driv…

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We are quickly approaching the scheduled school start date and with that comes a flurry of planning. Normally, planning would have already been completed in the late spring and early summer, but the world is far from normal.

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Orofino Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, as recommending board, held an open public hearing for items on the agenda for their regular July 21 meeting. Commissioner Rita Kaufman served as Chair for the Commission as Teena Gortsema was not in attendance.

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With memories of the Municipal fires during the summer of 2015 still fresh in our minds, it was the unity of our local and rural fire departments and the community as a whole in their initial response to have curtailed further loss of property until outside help became available.

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Nobody could have predicted the derailing of summer 2020 plans by a once-in-a-generation pandemic. Despite this, our community has been stepping up to the plate to help prevent the spread of this disease. Now we find ourselves in the dog days of summer – days that draw crowds to the sandy be…

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Fall Chinook fishing on the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers will open Aug. 18, and Sept. 17 for the North Fork Clearwater River. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the season during their meeting in Idaho Falls on Thursday, July 23.

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It is already that time of the year to get headed to the Orofino Golf Course (first Saturday in August, which this year is the 1st!) to sit in the sun, visit with friends, remember David and Suzy…oh yeah, we must golf too!

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Crews recently began sealcoating portions of US-12 and US-95 to protect the roadway surface and provide greater traction for motorists. This work is expected to extend into early August.

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The 17th Annual Show & Shine had a different location this year, with cars being showcased on Johnson and College avenues. The event had a good turnout, and the weather cooperated, giving spectators and entrants a beautiful summer day for the show.

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Scholarship recipients for this year’s Orofino Show & Shine, held Saturday, July 18 are: (l to r) Clay Larsen, Orofino High School (OHS); Shelby Bird, Timberline High School (THS); Bridget Adkins, OHS; Nathan Drobish, OHS and Devin Fletcher, OHS. Not pictured Cameron Summerfield, THS. (S…

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Chris St. Germaine Clearwater County Economic Development  presented the application for the  Idaho Dept. of Commerce Broadband Grant to the Orofino City Council at their regular meeting held July 14, and received unanimous approval to extend essential services presently hampering education,…

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These twin fawns have been visiting the Orofino Elementary School grounds frequently. Orofino photographer, Shanna Schwartz, has spotted them several times at their local hangout spot, and was able to get this beautiful photo.

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The Pierce 1860 Days Committee announced on their Facebook page that this year’s event has been cancelled. The committee voted Wednesday, July 15 to cancel their 2020 event.

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For this week’s article I considered several topics which are all pretty important -- masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, how to stay connected with family, how to continue with some normalcy while reducing our risk of getting sick, how to manage chronic medical conditions at home, how t…

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Pam Garrett is an enthusiastic, cheerful woman who loves the senior population and loves improving their quality of life. Recently she started exercise classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ascension Lutheran Church here in Orofino at 10 a.m. You can connect with her at 512- 939-1601.

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I am a lifelong resident of Orofino and a Registered Nurse. I have devoted the majority of 17 years to critical care and emergency department nursing seeing everything from trauma and death to births and excitement. My goal was to attempt to out think illness and injury and predict its cours…

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The Clearwater County Horse Show committee regrets to announce that the 2020 Clearwater County Horse Show, scheduled for the first weekend in August, is cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus concerns.

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I have a confession to make. I wore a mask in public outside of work for the first time last week, and I felt ridiculous. As I walked through one of our local grocery stores in Orofino, I noticed that I was one of maybe 2-3 others that had a mask on. I said to myself: “Self, I really don’t l…

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The Clearwater County Free Library District at Weippe, together with the Friends of the Weippe Library recently installed another Little Free Library in Clearwater County, this time at the Dent Bridge. This site was chosen to entice campers, travelers, and residents to stop by and pick up a …

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City council members gathered June 30, for a special work session to discuss a request from Mike Tinsley, owner of property located on Shasta Circle, for permission to install a septic system with a holding tank and field lines.

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History has shown that there are critical times where the actions of individual citizens have the biggest impact on outcomes for the whole community and country. We are currently in one of those times. With new confirmed Covid 19 infections in our communities and rapid exponential growth of …

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Orofino High School Tennis coaches Lupe Sims and John Hughs asked to be placed on the agenda and appeared before Orofino City Council members at their June 23 meeting.

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Construction on the new Orofino Creek Bridge is continuing as scheduled. During construction traffic will have to go around Harmony Heights Loop via the Deer Creek Road side.

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Clearwater County had one person last week test positive for active COVID-19 infection. The Idaho North Central Public Health District released a statement on June 26, confirming the first positive case in Clearwater County. The public health office has been contacting people that came into …

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This week’s Sources of Strength Community Compass profile pick is Terri Kiele. Terri is the manager of US Bank, a member of both Rotary and Kiwanis, and has been a long-standing Chamber of Commerce member. She’s often seen out and about in the community volunteering for various events or act…

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Valley Motor Parts-NAPA has been a lifetime career for Clay Hesson, but, as of July 1, a new life is beginning for him and his wife, Ellie. They have sold the business.

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It saddens me to write this article to inform the community The Weippe Hilltop Museum will not open for the 2020 season. We had a board meeting last week and it was decided that with the increase in Corona-Virus cases it would be detrimental for us to open with the possibility of spreading t…

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After 13 years of working for the Clearwater County Treasurer’s office, Wendy Ray is retiring. The Clearwater County Commissioners presented a plaque to Wendy on Monday, June 29 for her service to the county.

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Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in an adult in their twenties in Clearwater County. The investigation into this new case is in the preliminary stages. The patient’s healthcare provider acted appropriately, discussin…