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Cassie Louise Madsen, 37, appeared before Judge Gregory FitzMaurice telephonically on May 14 with a change of plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” to the felony charge of aggravated battery.

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On behalf of the residents of Clearwater County, the Clearwater Tribune would like to honor three retiring Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) with a combined 80 years of service as EMTs for Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS): Mary Anne McLaughlin, Nick Rhoads, and Clarence Howard.

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Joseph P. Eichert of Orofino, has been honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Forest Resources Alumni Group.

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Upon the recent retirement of Rick Laam, Ryan Smathers and Sean Simmons were appointed to new positions, City Administrator and Mayor, respectively, at the Orofino City Council meeting held May 12, Councilmember Jennifer Dunaway was elected Council President.

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report on Sunday, May 17 at approximately 8.03 p.m. Clearwater County Sheriff’s Deputies, Elk River Fire and Deary Ambulance responded to the area of Bull Run Creek and Elk Creek Falls in Elk River for the report of a single vehicle rollover …

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The Rotary and Kiwanis of Orofino are co-sponsoring a blood drive, set for Wednesday May 27 and Thursday May 28, 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Orofino students, take a picture of yourself showing what you do during the quarantine and submit it to the Clearwater Tribune. We will feature the photos in the Maniac Moments feature each week. This great idea was suggested to the Clearwater Tribune by Michelle George, Orofino Junior/Senio…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, on Thursday, May 7, the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office responded to Finke Logging’s shop on Bald Mountain Road to investigate a burglary of the business. Multiple tool items were stolen from the shop.

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The national non-profit School Nutrition Association (SNA) has named Linda Harrelson, cafeteria manager at Orofino Elementary School, ID, the Northwest regional Manager of the Year. This award is considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can receive and recognizes cafeteria man…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, on Saturday, May 9 at 2:09 p.m. the sheriff’s office, Sunnyside Fire Department, Orofino Fire Department and Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association responded to 1801 Old Peck Grade for an out of control wildland fire.

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Progress at the Clearwater Historical Museum continues as the collection grows ever larger and space must be found to accommodate each treasure. Board members stay active arranging and rearranging the artifacts as they are received.

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Dillon Alexander spent his childhood exploring the juniper woodlands and ponderosa pine forests near his home in northern New Mexico. Now, he graduates with a degree in fire management from the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, building on a fascination that began in h…

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The LCSC Extension Office in Orofino will be permanently closing as of June 30, due to budget cuts. Below is the statement given by the Lewis-Clark State College President, Cynthia Pemberton:

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The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Idaho on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at thei…

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Brother and sister, Cash and Daizy, caught these amazing fish out of Dworshak Reservoir on Friday, May 1. Cash’s fish weighed 6 pounds and Daizy’s fish weighed 5.5 pounds. Have a fun photo of various learning experiences your kids or grandkids are enjoying during these home-schooled times? E…

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Throughout this pandemic, we have learned how to do some things differently to make sure we all stay safe and still provide our community with the services they need. Like many other organizations, the Orofino Senior Meal Site was closed for serving meals at the site, but it didn’t prevent t…

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The Clearwater Tribune invited candidates running for county offices in the Primary Election to submit a brief profile. The following profiles were returned.

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Maddy and AJ Waters (far left, and seated behind the “Be healthty” poster) and Kailey Hall (right) made posters about staying healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Their neighbor, Cookie Squires, who provided the photo to the Clearwater Tribune, asked the kids to make a poster expressing the…

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The schools may be dark and empty, but that doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. OJSHS’s drama department is busy making good use of a generous grant from the Nez Perce Tribe Local Education Fund. The school is fortunate to have an in-house theater, but the lights have not been upgraded s…

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Clearwater County Commissioners, elected officials, and department heads met Monday, April 27, to discuss the opening of the Clearwater County offices. After reviewing the current situation in the county and surrounding areas it was determined that Clearwater County was in position to open i…

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Avista recently removed two poles at the entrance to the Orofino City Park. These poles were previously used for hanging banners for community events. The poles were removed because they were in the Idaho Department of Transportation right-of-way.

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This is a very difficult time across the world. Our daily lives have changed as we live in this new world known as COVID-19 social isolation. We have discussed many different concerns such as staying healthy, reducing risk of infection, maintaining mental health during this time of stress, a…

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“Due to the location of our communities and the cooperation of our community members to practice social distancing measures we have been allowed adequate time to gather protective equipment for our staff, increase testing capabilities and develop protocols to try to safely care for all patie…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, on Friday, April 17, at approximately 5:42 a.m. Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, Timberline Rescue, and Weippe Ambulance, responded to a logging truck accident at mile marker 28 on Highway 11. The truck, belonging to Skinner Trucki…

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Dr. Shelly Theobald attended medical school in Israel at the Medical School for International Health and then did her residency in Vancouver, WA. She and her husband, Ryan, chose to come to Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics because, “we were looking for a small community where we could …

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The Idaho Transportation Department is extending the deadline to remove studded snow tires to June 30 due to COVID-19 concerns and Governor Brad Little’s statewide stay-home order. This extends the previous April 30 deadline.

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Orofino Celebrations, Inc. is again canceling their monthly meeting for April 28.  We will hope that May 26 will be a monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. 

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Idaho’s spring Chinook salmon fishing season opens April 25, but early indications show the fish appear to be social distancing on their own. As of April 19, only six fish had crossed Lower Granite Dam, which is about 25 miles downstream of Lewiston, and the last dam the fish cross before re…

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Due to the increase in yard debris being taken to Clearwater County’s transfer station and their limited staffing measures, starting Friday, April 17, the City will allow open burning.

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, on Saturday, April 18 at approximately 2:41 p.m.., Clearwater County Deputies, Weippe Fire Department, Pierce Fire Department, and Weippe Ambulance responded to 949 Pleasant Acre Drive in Weippe Idaho for a structure fire. The owner o…

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Orofino City Council held their first telephonically conducted meeting April 14. I counted at least 19 various participants and was impressed at how smoothly the meeting went, all considered.

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I would like to introduce myself; my name is Don (Donnie) Denison. With the encouragement of many county residents that are familiar with my law enforcement background, I have made the decision to come out of retirement and run for Clearwater County Sheriff under the Republican candidacy. Wi…

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After finishing my degree (BS Biology) at the University of Minnesota I headed west looking for a job. It was March 1990, and after skiing my way west, applying with every natural resource management entity I could find, the folks on the North Fork Ranger District offered me a job.

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Orofino students, take a picture of yourself showing what you do during the quarantine and submit it to the Clearwater Tribune. We will feature the photos in the Maniac Moments feature each week. This great idea was suggested to the Clearwater Tribune by Michelle George, Orofino Junior/Senio…

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At the April 14, 2020 City Council meeting, City Administrator Rick Laam announced his intentions to begin the retirement process from the City of Orofino.   On May 1, Laam will begin a nineteen-hour work week until the end of the city’s Fiscal Year of Sept. 30, when his employment with the …

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In order to keep Idahoans safe amid a growing global health pandemic and protect their right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May primary from home. If you want to vote in the election, you will need to request a ballot online at IdahoVotes.gov or contact your local county clerk. (See the …