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In late December 2021, Idaho Department of Fish and Game notified U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District officials of reports of numerous dead steelhead downstream of Dworshak Dam. Upon their investigation it was confirmed that approximately 30 deceased adult steelhead trout were …

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Newly elected and re-elected officials were sworn into office by City Clerk Janet Montambo before facing a full agenda at the Orofino City Council meeting held Jan. 11. Jennifer Dunaway was elected to remain council president.

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Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), along with Rescue 3, responded to mile marker 2.5 on Highway 11 on Friday, Jan. 14, for an accident involving two log trucks. According to the CCSO accident report, the trucks had been going in opposite directions and sideswiped each other. Monty D.…

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The Clearwater Grange is hosting a Bazaar/yard sale on Sunday, Feb. 6 in Clearwater. This usually coincides with the annual Ground Hog Day breakfast however it is still unclear if it will happen. Come on up to Clearwater for the bazaar and enjoy lots of space and masks are optional.

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City of Weippe Mayor Norman Steadman passed the gavel to Incoming Mayor Ron Larson at Weippe City Hall on Monday, Jan. 10. The oath of office was administered by City Clerk Caralyn McCollum. Mayor Steadman completed 53 years as Mayor, completing 17 four-year election terms as well as an init…

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Once again we are seeing hospitals around the country at or above their bed capacity. Unfortunately, this may affect the ability for patients with any condition to be able to access the care they need. From Orofino, we have transferred patients to Seattle and Portland recently due to bed sho…

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The Clearwater County Chamber is happy to announce the winners of our Store Front Holiday Lighting Contest! In first place, with an outstanding voter response, The Elk Snout Eatery & Mercantile in Pierce; in second place, Dr. Gray DDS of Orofino; and third place, the Orofino Flower Shop.…

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An important part of Orofino’s history, the iconic Rex Theatré, is being threatened. Not by floods, fires or natural disasters, but by something that has afflicted so many longtime traditions, technology. According to the Rex Theatre’s owner, Chris Wagner, of Grangeville, the theater is in d…

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A loader is shown clearing a 10 foot deep and 30-40 feet wide avalanche on US Highway 12 at mile marker 125.5. According to Idaho Transportation Department Operations Engineer Jared Hopkins, “At times that storm was dumping three inches of snow an hour. Our operators have tirelessly worked t…

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A lot of windblown snow out on the North Fork country, particularly in the high country. Close to two feet of snow at Canyon Work Center. Road 247 appears snowed in past about Copper Creek with active plowing going on to that point on Jan. 9, 2022. Three and a half to four feet at Kelly Fork…

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A snowstorm that hit the area late last Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, Jan. 6, dumped nine to 13 inches of snow in the Orofino area, depending on the location, making travel on the roads and highways difficult and treacherous. This was in addition to the previous accumulation o…

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The public is invited to attend the Weippe City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at Weippe City Hall, 623 Main Street N.

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New Years morning I awoke to blue skies and bright sunshine. A bright day tends to give optimism, and even after the clouds moved in, I was having some optimistic feelings about the coming year.

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Steelhead bag limits have been modified for the spring 2022 steelhead season. In November, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the 2022-24 Fishing Seasons and Rules, and anglers will see about 23 changes that took effect on Jan. 1.

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The Joint School District 171 Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Orofino Elementary Library. The meeting is also accessible virtually via Zoom Link or may be watched live on YouTube.

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On Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 at approximately 3:45 p.m., Twin Ridge Rural Fire Department, along with Clearwater County Sheriff and Ambulance, responded to a house fire at 638 Huckleberry Butte Road.

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

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“Santa came Dad, Santa came!” was the call before sun up on Christmas morning. My three kids had been up since 6 a.m. trying to determine who had the largest gift, who had the most gifts and why we were not up yet. As all parents will understand, it starts a wee bit too early but the sense o…

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Steve Thornton, of Pierce, recently retired from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office with over 20 years of service. Corporal Thornton was honored by numerous friends and co-workers at a reception held Dec. 21, in the conference room next to Fiesta en Jalisco, Orofino. Thornton worked patr…

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An ad hoc committee created at the Nov. 23 council meeting, reviewed four applications submitted in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for future engineering services in the city. It was announced at the Orofino City Council meeting held Dec. 14, (with Jennifer Dunaway serving as mayor pro…

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Idaho’s redistricting commission approved new legislative and congressional maps last month.

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Michelle Bly with TD&H Engineering met with Clearwater County Commissioners and Rudy Knapik, Road and Bridge Supervisor Dec. 20, to provide an update since her last visit with the commissioners, Chris St. Germaine and Bart Cochran, Founder and Executive Director for LEAP, who attended vi…

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award an estimated $17.3 million to Idaho’s 35 airports from funding made available by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as …

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Chris St. Germaine, current Clearwater County Economic Development Director (CCED, has an opportunity to join the private sector. St. Germaine announced this week that Diane Hairston will become the new CCED Director.

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Janet Burnham places the Pearl Harbor Day commemorative wreath over the Orofino Bridge into the Clearwater River on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Dec. 7. Behind her are VFW and Auxiliary members. Shown from left are: VFW Auxiliary members Lynn Via Dykes, Wanda Parker, Janet Boyer, Jerilyn Mo…

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As Christmas draws near, for the first time in my residence here, my neighbor’s house is dark. Typically, Gerri Lemmon’s house is a grand display of holiday lights illuminating the neighborhood on this side of Orofino Creek. It helps to counter each dark and dreary winter. 

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Due to the upcoming holiday break next week, trustees for Joint School District 171 gathered a week early for their regular meeting Dec. 13, at Orofino Elementary School library. The meeting was presented virtually via Zoom and on YouTube.

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The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will continue to offer free personal use firewood cutting permits in 2022. Existing permits expire Dec. 31, 2021. Those wishing to cut firewood in 2022 need to acquire a permit from a Forest Service office on or after Jan. 1.

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Clearwater Power presented the Sunnyside Rural Fire District with a check for $5000.

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It was incorrectly reported in the Clearwater Tribune last week that Brandy Denison was at the Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce meeting held Dec. 3.

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The Clearwater County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) held annual elections at the general meeting on Dec. 1. Malia Erlewine and Michael Hunter will be joining the existing Board of Directors. Per the by-laws, each city in the county is represented by at least one board member to include Tanna Zy…

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Organizers of the Clearwater Valley Cuddly Bear Drive would like to thank all for supporting the first bear drive that will give 32 kids a cuddly bear and book when they are hospitalized, making the experience better for them. The drive also supports the Christmas Tree wishing star where org…