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Herman “Les” Eaves, former Clearwater County Ambulance Director, entered an amended plea agreement of guilty Jan. 21, in District Court at Clearwater County Courthouse before Judge Gregory FitzMaurice.

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It’s been a productive two years since North Idaho Whitetails Forever (NIWF) was founded by a handful of local sportsmen who came together to discuss the declining populations of whitetail deer. They talked to others and found they had many supporters who believed that not only the numbers w…

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Thanks to the Orofino VFW Harold Kinne Post #3296 members, the “Welcome to Orofino” signs, located at the east and west entrances to town on Highway 12, have been replaced with new signs.

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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest with the assistance of Idaho Fish and Game and various agency staff have been working on updating the future forest management direction. The draft revised forest plan and environmental impact statement (DEIS) is now available for public comment.

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If ever the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” was relevant to the situation, it is now.

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The City of Elk River is holding a public hearing for public input on the proposed sale of a parcel of land containing 0.18 acres, adjacent to Lot 4 of the Old School House Subdivision.

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Congressman Fulcher has announced the candidates nominated for appointment to four of the five U.S. service academies: U.S. Military Academy (USMA); the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA); the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA); and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). The fifth service academy, the…

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Matt Sartini races as a St. Jude Hero in a 4-day series of fun races that cover a distance across Walt Disney World Resort of 48.6 miles. The run starts with a 5K, 10K, 13.1 mile - 1/2 Marathon and 26.2 mile - Full Marathon. The race hosts over 25,000 people from all over the world- some tou…

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The Board of County Commissioners of Clearwater County, as governing board, will hold an open public hearing on Monday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Office located in the Clearwater County Courthouse, 150 Michigan Avenue, in Orofino, for final decisions on the following Action Items:

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Zariah Rose Hasselstrom was the first baby of 2020, and the new decade, to be born at Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino. She was born on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 8:31 p.m., weighing 9 lbs., 7.6 oz., and measuring 21 ½ inches in length. Her parents are Ashley Rech and Scott Hasselstrom…

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“The best part about putting on the Dig for a Cure fundraiser was knowing that I was able to help people struggling in a time of need and knowing that the mammograms could potentially find cancer early to help save someone’s life,” says Samantha Leidheiser, OJSHS Senior and organizer of this…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, CCSO, Weippe Fire Department, Upper Fords Creek Fire Department and Clearwater County EMS were dispatched to a structure fire at 308 East 1st Street, Weippe, on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 9:16 p.m. The owner of the residence, Terry A. …

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Even as the snow fell steadily and the evening temperatures dropped, I wanted to note the dedication of the 24 people in attendance of the regular Joint School District #171 board meeting at the District Office on Jan. 13, with about half of those traveling from Cavendish and Timberline.

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A group of Orofino Rotarians gathered on a snowy afternoon last Friday to give an assist to the Clearwater Memorial Library expansion project. The old cedar shingles which had covered the side of the library for the past thirty years had to be removed to make way for the new siding which wil…

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Under the new insurance verification law that went into effect as of Jan. 1, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is required to match information from motor vehicle registration records with an insurance verification system to determine whether a vehicle has liability insurance. The law ap…

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A check for $1,000 was received Tuesday for the expansion project of Clearwater Memorial Public Library from the Orofino High School Class of 1985, sent by Class Treasurer Amy Lientz.

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Donations to the Commission for Libraries support our mission of building capacity for Idaho libraries and may qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit 50 percent education tax credit:

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Orofino Chamber of Commerce needs help! Lighting up the community has become too much of a job for our one staff member and group of dedicated volunteers.

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The State of Idaho now requires non-residents riding in Idaho to purchase a non-resident off-highway vehicle (OHV) sticker. The fee will be the same $12 that Idaho residents are currently required to purchase.

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 10:10 p.m. CCSO responded along with the Orofino Fire Department to 1370 Harmony Heights for the report of a chimney fire, which was soon updated to be a structure fire. Homeowner, Jason Bird, was out …

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On Dec. 14, the Regional FIRST Lego League (FLL) Tournament was held in Orofino. Nine teams competed for the opportunity to compete at the state level. The Clearwater Builders and Crushers team won top honors in the Core Values area for their teamwork skills. The Boys in Black competed stron…

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Meeting by conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission reopened steelhead fishing in the Clearwater River and lower Snake River downstream of Couse Creek Boat Ramp, beginning on Jan. 1. Daily bag limit in those sections is limited to one adipose-clipped steelhea…

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According to an Idaho State Police report, on Thursday, Dec. 19, at approximately 4:38 p.m. an injury crash occurred on US Highway 12 at milepost 16, 14 miles east of Lewiston.

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, on Thursday, Dec. 12, at approximately 6:02 a.m., Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue 3 responded to a log truck sliding off the road at mile marker 2.5 on Grangemont Rd.

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The City of Orofino Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission held a public hearing Dec. 17, and will make a recommendation to the City to accept the application for a special request from Wendi Richardson, to develop multi-family units within a single-family dwelling district.

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According to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, Dec. 20 at approximately 7:58 a.m., the sheriff’s office responded to a school bus slide-off at mile post 1 on Three Bear Road, Clearwater County. The bus belonged to Kendrick School District and was driven by, Thomas C Hunt, of…

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Orofino Police Department’s (OPD) Christmas 911 fundraiser basketball game was held Tuesday, Dec. 10, between OPD and the Orofino High School girls’ basketball team at the high school gym. The fundraiser is used to raise money to purchase meals and gifts for local families in need during Chr…

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Organizers would like to thank everyone who was involved with the Live Nativity this year. There are so many behind-the-scenes people that made it a success, it would be impossible to thank them all individually here. A huge thank you to the community who stopped by to view the Live Nativity…

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In a preliminary hearing held Dec. 11 in Clearwater County, before Magistrate David Judd, Cassie L. Madsen, 37, of Orofino was bound over to Second District Court for the felony charge of aiding and abetting in connection with the 2017 murder of Samantha Fignani.

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Owner of the Krystal Café, Kelly Kircher says she loves decorating for each of the holidays, but the one we all look forward to is the extended winter holiday, when she begins the first week of November to unpack the incredible snowman collection.

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Sometime between Thursday, Dec. 12 and Monday, Dec. 16 someone helped themselves to the catalytic converter of the Lifeline Food Pantry truck, sawing it neatly off at both ends.

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This is a reminder that 2019 first half taxes are due by Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.

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The DMV Office, located at 2200 Michigan Ave in Orofino, will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25. The office will reopen Thursday, Dec. 26.

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, on Friday, Dec. 13, at approximately 5:42 a.m., CCSO, along with Orofino Fire Department and Clearwater County Ambulance responded to a single vehicle accident at mile post 10 on Upper Fords Creek Road, Clearwater County.

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The officers of P.E.O. Chapter CD hosted the members at a luncheon at the home of Julia Irby. The group was filled with Christmas spirit and exchanged gifts. Special guest was Elizabeth Morgan, the mother of P.E.O. grant recipient Kelsey White, who is attending Lewis Clark State College nurs…