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The Clearwater County Assessor’s Office announces you may now sign up for the Property Tax Reduction Program, sponsored by the State of Idaho. You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous year’s income (2020) to be applied to the 2021 Tax Bill. The reduction amou…

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Clearwater County Planning & Zoning swore in this year’s zoning commissioners at the Feb. 17 meeting. Shown (l to r) are: Doug Donner – P&Z Chairman; new commissioners appointed Tye Barnett and Jake Pruit, P&Z Zoning Administrator Bobbi Kaufman and Clearwater County Commissioners…

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The Orofino Senior Meal Site Grand Re-opening will be held Tuesday, March 2. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. at the inside dining room of the Orofino Senior Meal Site, 930 Michigan Avenue

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Ian Powell called the Clearwater Tribune and asked if I would be interested in seeing the robot the STEM class at Orofino Junior Senior High School (OJSHS) had made. I was intrigued, and we set up a visit for the following day. I had no idea really what to expect of “Clifford”, but I can tel…

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The Clearwater Quit Response Unit (ambulance) usually holds its annual spaghetti in March in Clearwater. Due to Covid virus it will NOT be held this year. We still most definitely, need your financial help. Funds raised this year will pay for operating expenses which include equipment and su…

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Dworshak will be releasing water during the next two weeks to manage reservoir refill and provide flood control. Reservoir managers will maintain Dworshak Dam releases at 1,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) through Feb. 19.

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A GoFundMe account, Pam Jones Relief Fund, has been established for Orofino resident Pam Jones. Pam has been in ICU in Kootenai Medical for over a month with Covid.

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Northern Idaho Whitetail Forever (NIWF) is hosting its 2nd annual benefit auction on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Orofino Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge. All proceeds are used to defray costs of sending members to testify before the Governor’s Fish and Game Commission and maintain the group…

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The Idaho Association of Counties, Association of Idaho Cities, Association of Idaho Highway Districts and the Idaho School Boards Association recently launched an educational platform to help Idahoans understand what local governments do, it’s called Keep It Local Idaho. To help people bett…

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Your Health Idaho announced today that a Special Enrollment Period will be established from March 1 through 31. During this time, any eligible uninsured Idahoan can sign up for health insurance coverage.

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A request through Orofino Rural Fire District (ORFD) to extend fire protection to county property located on Plantation Drive, outside of the current rural district boundaries, was denied by the Orofino City Council at the regular meeting held Feb. 9.

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This last year has been stressful. We have had a pandemic. We have had a very stormy and even violent political period. We have had shortages of various commodities. We have had a period of dishonest and hurtful social media posting. Some of us have lost our income and are in danger of losin…

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The 21st annual Maniac Cheer Off was held last week in Orofino. The Orofino Maniac Cheer Team placed first in the 2A All Girl Show routine, first in 2A Pom routine and first in 2A Sideline Routine. The team is the 2A Overall Grand Champions.

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Do you take care of someone with memory loss and live in a rural area? Have recent months left you stressed and isolated?

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Governor Little, Senator Carl Crabtree and Commerce Director, Tom Kealey, visited Orofino on Feb. 5, meeting with Mayor Sean Simmons, Ziply Fiber CEO Harold Zeitz, and local leaders.

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Applications are currently being accepted by the Clearwater County Board of County Commissioners for a vacancy on the County Planning and Zoning Commission.

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When I was in my mid 20’s I had my first bout with low back pain. It seemed to come out of the blue one day. Suddenly, I had a sensation of fullness and pressure in my low back. I didn’t dare move, as any small movement caused an excruciating pain. I couldn’t sit for longer than five minutes…

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Clearwater County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. in Courtroom II, located in Clearwater County Courthouse for the purpose of considering a fee increase in the solid waste fees over five percent. The last increase for solid waste disposal occurred five ye…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, on Feb. 4, at about 11:31 p.m., Clearwater County Sheriff Deputies, Rescue 3 and Orofino Ambulance responded to a vehicle accident on Harmony Heights Loop Road. The driver, Austin Fugate, 25, of Orofino, was driving a 2002 Dodg…

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With the Governor’s restrictions somewhat relaxed for gatherings, more members attended the general membership meeting for the newly created Clearwater Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 3, than seen in quite a while.

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Orofino Kiwanis Club is ending its run in Orofino. We are proud of the many projects we have completed over the last sixty-six years. However, membership is down to the point that it is impossible to complete on-going projects or take on any new ones.

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Pam Jones, of Orofino, was stricken with Covid-19 on New Year’s Eve. She has been in ICU at Kootenai Medical in Coeur d’Alene for over a month. 

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Per Governor Little’s vaccine prioritization Idaho is continuing to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine across the state to first responders, K-12 teachers and staff, and others in the first phase of vaccinations. The next priority group, people over the age of 65, will become eligible on Feb. 1.

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Orofino City Council considered the request to expand the Orofino Rural Fire District (ORFD) Boundary to include city fire protection for 308 Deer Cedar Road at their meeting held Jan. 26. Currently, properties wishing to be added to the district must first receive the Orofino Fire Chief’s c…

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Throughout the district and yes, nationwide, educators anticipated lower test scores this school year largely accountable to extensive school closures, absences, pandemic restrictions, online learning, lack of routine, and support at home. Let’s face it, there’s just no substitute for learni…

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Members of Northern Idaho Whitetails Forever (NIWF) invite fellow sportsmen and women, and all folks interested or perhaps a little curious, to learn more about our mission to improve the whitetail deer herds in northern Idaho. The second annual NIWF Auction and Dinner at the Best Western Lo…

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Given that we are entering the second year of the pandemic I was pondering topics to discuss and felt a bit like a broken record. Masks- please wear them. Social distancing- don’t breathe on each other. Vaccines- this is a breakthrough so if you are in the eligible group and want to get it c…

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Jan. 22, some of the 4-H Fraser Boosters Club went out to the Weippe Transfer Station to collect cans. 

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Deputies, Orofino Ambulance, and Rescue 3 responded to a vehicle crash approximately 3.5 miles up Dent Bridge Road. The report states, “Orofino residents, Kathy and Rod Shields, apparently affected by a hea…

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Jeff Greene received a personal visit from some very important folks from Special Olympics Idaho who had traveled long and far through the wind storm on Jan. 13, to officially announce that he, Jeff Greene, 38, of Peck, Idaho, would be traveling to Russia to participate in the winter games o…

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Orofino Planning and Zoning Commissioners held a public hearing Jan. 19, to consider a Special Use application submitted by the Clearwater County Ambulance District (CCAD). Don Gardner, Director of CCAD and Clearwater County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, was present to answer questions…

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The Clearwater Valley Hospital Auxiliary board members met last week and voted to cancel their monthly meetings for February and March, due to the uncertainties of the COVID situation.  President Pam White assures members as well as potential members that they will be kept apprised of future…

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Northern Idaho Whitetails Forever (NIWF) is having its second annual auction to raise funds for the nonprofit organization. This event will be held in Orofino on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge, from 4 to 8 p.m. Dinner tickets need to be purchased prior to the ev…

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I am sitting at the lodge at Bald Mountain watching my nine year old take her first skiing lesson. She is eagerly taking in instruction from an instructor who is patiently showing her the basics. Weight the downhill ski this way, look in this direction, if you get going too fast here’s how t…

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The members of Willing Workers voted to finally disband our long and loved club. After 111 years, and many good deeds done, lots of friends made, and many people helped one by one, we have to finally close our doors. Mostly due to lack of new members to continue forward with volunteer work a…

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The Community Thrift Store (FISH Inc.) opened for business one week ago after several days of being closed and uncertain about future openings of the store for shopping, donations and assistance.

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Shane Wallace, graduated from Orofino High School, and has gone on to further his education at LCSC and Loma Linda College of California. In early 2020 he graduated with his degrees in Epidemiology. He wanted to return to our area, and was blessed to find work as a District Epidemiologist, w…

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The general meeting for Orofino Chamber of Commerce took place in the back room of the Ponderosa, Jan. 6. There was a good showing of members, while striving to remain in compliance with the governor’s orders for Covid-19. Many attended hoping to learn more regarding recent news of the Chamb…

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Clearwater County Commissioners are tabling the hearing scheduled for Jan. 25 at 10:00 a.m. regarding Ordinance No. 50: Repeal of Building Code Ordinance until further notice.