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Go back in time on Friday, Dec. 6, to a stable in Bethlehem where the baby Jesus was born on that first Christmas day. The scene is complete with Mary and Joseph, the baby Jesus, angels, shepherds, wise men and even a few live animals.

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With the beginning of the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year the status of the county budget sounds much the same as in previous years. It is lean, with minimal amounts of funds to address all the needs of our county, particularly our roads and bridges, and it doesn’t appear to be getting better anytime soon.

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There were few seats remaining as members of Orofino Chamber of Commerce gathered in the back room of the Ponderosa Nov. 6, for their general monthly meeting. It was great to see all the faces! The Chamber’s new Executive Director, Jordyn Howell was warmly received by all and did her utmost …

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First Step 4 Life is excited to announce their new outreach pilot office located at 155 Main St, Suite C, in Orofino. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p. m.

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, on Thursday, Nov. 7 at approximately 4:41 a.m. CCSO responded to a log truck accident at milepost 1.2 on Grangemont Road in Orofino. Also responding to the call were Orofino Ambulance and Rescue 3 and Idaho State Police (ISP). …

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The Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Foundation Emergency Fund Wishing Tree will go up on Nov. 11 in the Clearwater Valley Hospital Outpatient waiting room at 301 Cedar.

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Greetings, Team High Five – Community leaders – Providers – Community Partners. We have been gathering data about our community and it’s time to get an ACTION PLAN around how to maximize the Blue Cross Foundation funding!

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One year ago, our community cheered the achievements of first time competitors Robbin Morton and Doug Adams, as they each returned home with third place trophies following the 2018 Night of Champions Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships at Spokane.

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Peck residents can rest a little easier this spring knowing the likelihood of flooding has been greatly reduced with the installation of a longer and taller bridge crossing Bear Creek on Big Canyon Creek Road. The road provides access to Highway 12 for about 200 residents of the City as well…

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Plans are underway for the annual Patchwork Bazaar, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Orofino Junior Senior High School.

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John Bradbury, longtime resident, historian, and retired judge, will be presenting a program about the history of horse logging in Headquarters. Horse logging in this area began in about 1926 and continued through 1939.

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According to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, Oct. 31, at approximately 1:15 P.M., there was a structure fire at 1852 Deer Creek Road, Orofino, Clearwater County, Idaho. The property belongs to Ralph E. McCray and his wife Doreen L. Howell. No one was hurt from the fire. …

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Calvin (Cal) Carlile, 74, recently returned from a 2,000 mile trek to Mexico with the heaviest motorcycle Harley makes at 1185 pounds. Calvin shared the 1992 Harley Electra Glide had belonged to his twin brother, Melvin, and as he no longer rides, Cal traded him for the bike, but unbeknownst…

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The Orofino Volleyball team found themselves in a winner-take-all match against St. Maries in District playoffs in Genesee on Thursday, Oct. 24. Orofino had a loss against St. Maries but then came back, beating the Lumberjacks by scores of 16-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 and claiming the Idaho Cl…

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Orofino Pool Committee (l to r): Brian Lee, Doug Donner, Dana Boyd, chairwoman and Julie Kessinger. Not pictured is Pam Steinbruecker and Jr. Board member Cassidy Hamilton. The pool committee is still actively pursuing the funding of a new swimming pool in Orofino, to be located on the land …

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At the High Country Inn, Chapter CD President Ellen Tomlinson, and her fellow officers spent the morning with a lively interchange regarding P.E.O.’s focus and organization. Members of Chapter CD came together for a luncheon of chicken salad, rolls and dessert prepared and served by Kenda Tr…

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The Women of St Theresa Catholic Church invite you to the annual Harvest Dinner on Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Registered voters of Clearwater County are reminded to get out there and vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and each location is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Save the date. The annual Patchwork Bazaar sponsored by the Orofino Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Billie Brown Lee was initiated into the P.E.O AW Chapter in Orofino during the official visit of Idaho State P.E.O. Treasurer, Vera Redman.  P.E.O.’s mission is to help educate women through scholarships, awards, loans, grants and the stewardship of Cottey College in Nevada, MO. Shown in pic…

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The Orofino Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat Rocking the Street event is set for this Thursday, Oct. 31, on Johnson Avenue, 5 to 8 p.m. The street is closed to traffic during the celebration, making it a fun and safe area for the kids to trick-or-treat, and is a free event open to all ages.

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The City of Orofino will pick up leaves from curbside starting Nov. 1. Pickup days will be TUESDAY and FRIDAY schedule permitting starting at 7 a.m. Please have your leaves in bags and tied shut. Place bags as close to the curb as possible without blocking parking or they will be left.

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Residents of Weippe, Fraser, Greer and surrounding areas will be affected by a planned electrical power outage on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.. The outage is necessary as Avista crews work to replace a recently identified electrical transmission structure in need of upgrades. Highway …

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After 25 years, the North Fork Ranger District office of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Orofino has closed its doors in the building that was previously the Clearwater National Forest Supervisors office. The new office is located adjacent to the old office at 12740 US Highway 1…

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One of the few items on the Oct. 22 agenda for Orofino City Council members was to make a final decision on the Planning and Zoning’s (P&Z) recommendation to amend the current Zoning Ordinance. P&Z Administrator and City Building Official Todd Perry went through each amendment with t…

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Tickets are going fast for the Orofino 4-H Robotics Teams First Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition Fundraiser set to take place Friday, Nov. 8 at the VFW right here in Orofino. The theme this year is “BRING THE HEAT” … This night will be filled with lots of raffle items, door prizes and of co…

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Editor’s Note: This is part of the series being run in the The Columbian written by a member of the group retracing the route of Lewis and Clark, Gary Kimsey. (The article was submitted to the Clearwater Tribune by a subscriber this week, and first ran in The Columbian in the Aug. 16, 1973 e…

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The Holidays are fast approaching once again, and the community of Orofino is rolling up their sleeves to make it a memorable and happy one for all. It’s time for the 9th annual KLER Stuff the Bus. Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, air staff from KLER Radio along with members of Orofin…

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Veterans in larger Orofino area, community members, and parents and military (retired or active) of Orofino Junior/Senior High School (OJSHS) students are invited to attend the Veteran’s Appreciation and Recognition assembly on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. at the OJSHS gymnasium.

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Excitement is mounting as construction of walls and windows clearly show how much room is being gained to enhance our children’s section of the library! Some space is being allotted to include a bathroom and sink for craft cleanup but there will still remain more space which will enlarge the…

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According to a Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies responded to a single vehicle accident at the corner of Larson Road and Prairie Road, Weippe, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at approximately 3:04 p.m.

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Rotarians had the opportunity to hear the latest developments with the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Community Transformation Grant or more simply referred to as the ‘High Five’ grant at their meeting Oct. 11. The primary focus of the grant is placed on our youth, their overall a…

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Support your local 4-H Robotics Team First Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser & Trivia Night, Friday, Nov. 8th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the VFW. Tickets are being sold at LCCU, P1FCU, VFW & the U of I 4-H Extension Office. Adult tickets are $10; youth tickets are $5.

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A report came in Saturday, Oct. 12 regarding a cow elk that was shot and found dead on private property off of Wells Bench Road northeast of Orofino. No part of the animal was taken. It is anticipated that the elk was shot from the road during the afternoon or evening hours on Thursday, Oct. 10. 

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There are several reasons that smart alecky remarks, quotable quotes, sassy sayings, and tired truisms get handed down through generations. And to our equal horror and delight they show up daily on social media in the form of memes.