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Greg and Arlene Thomas (left) of Kamiah are the new owners of The Wild Hare Quilting in Orofino. They recently purchased the business from Tina Madson (right). Arlene is not new to the quilting business. She owns and operates a very successful long arm quilting business in Kamiah. Arlene’s w…

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At Clearwater Valley Health, we have set up a walk-in clinic to help patients get tested and treated for COVID-19. The walk-in clinic is located at 301 Cedar and staffed during the weekdays and Saturdays. The majority of patients being seen have mild disease and will recover at home. Many ha…

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Teacher of the Year, Scout of the Year and Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen Scholarships are now in full swing. Harold Kinne VFW Post 3296 and Auxiliary are pleased to announce that their Voice of Democracy (Grades 9-12) and Patriot Pen (Grades 6-8) schol…

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The Clearwater County Fair Board will have the Exhibit Building in the City Park open on Wednesday, Sept. 15, for the beginning of this year’s Clearwater County Fair. The building will open at 10 a.m. so people who have reserved a booth will be able to start decorating and 4H projects will b…

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The Clearwater County Fair Board has decided to go ahead with this year’s Fair planning and to ‘Do the Fair’. Yes, it will be different without Orofino Lumberjack Days participation and, yes, all of us in Clearwater County need to be very careful.

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In a former life as a college basketball coach, I coached at a school where one of our team mantras was, “Get Your Work Done Early!” Although you can assign a lot of different meanings to mantras, this particular one really meant, “win the game at the beginning of the game and not at the end…

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Orofino Celebrations, Inc. (OCI) has canceled the 73rd Annual Orofino Lumberjack Days that would have been held Sept. 15 to Sept. 19. The group met at their regular monthly meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 24, to discuss and make the decision. The vote was eight to five to cancel the event.

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With cooler weather and higher relative humidity. The State of Idaho has gone to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The City of Orofino will follow the state and drop the fire restrictions to stage 1. Below is the definition of stage 1 fire restrictions that was taken straight from the Idaho Departm…

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The Weippe Rodeo Association presents the winners of our Royalty Contest held August 21st and 22nd during the Wild Weippe Rodeo (WRA).

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Flags across the United States, including the flag near the Orofino City Park, were lowered to half-staff on Friday, Aug. 27, to honor more than 100 people, including 13 members of the American military, killed in twin suicide bombings in Afghanistan. The flags remained at half-staff until s…

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Scott Taylor, with Presnell Gage presented the 2020 audit to the Orofino City Council for the Fiscal Year of 2020 at the regular meeting held Aug. 24. The City of Orofino received clean reports throughout and were commended for their growth in financial stability acquired over the past few years.

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Governor Brad Little announced a last-ditch effort to avoid the first-ever activation of statewide crisis standards of care by adding hundreds of new medical personnel for Idaho hospitals, but he said the real solution to the crisis is more Idahoans choosing to receive the safe and effective…

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Clearwater County Commissioners Rick Winkel, Chairman, Vince Frazier and Mike Ryan present Molly Stanley a plaque for her dedication and appreciation to the Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS). Molly has worked tirelessly with CCAS since 2014. She has held numerous positions during he…

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These are trucks hauling logs over a road covered with poles, circa 1923. The roads were built like a low bridge and existed from 1921 until 1925. This road ran from Upper Fords Creek to the Weippe Mill. (See this year’s Clearwater Tribune’s Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days special…

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Fire behavior of the Bedrock Fire remained minimal early this week, with creeping and smoldering within containment lines, according to the North Idaho Type 3 Incident Management Team. The fire, located near Lenore, began Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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According to Bobbi Kaufman, Clearwater County Zoning Administrator The Clearwater County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold an open special public meeting on Tuesday, August 31, at 6:00 p.m., in Courtroom 1 located in the Clearwater County Courthouse, 150 Michigan Avenue, Orofino, to c…

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According to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at approximately 12:49 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the area near Tunnel Pond off of Lower Fords Creek Rd., in reference to a fire. Upon arrival it was observed that a tree had been set ablaze by an unknown …

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All trustees attended the Joint District 171 School Board regular meeting Aug. 16. Last week in the Clearwater Tribune, Building reports and the Back to School plan were featured.

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Lehona Young sent this breathtaking photo of haze hovering over the North Fork of the Clearwater River, at the base of Dworshak Dam. Send your photos to the Clearwater Tribune at cleartrib@cebridge.net, or mail them to P.O. Box 71, or drop them by the office at 161 Main Street.

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Each year the newly elected rodeo queen has the option to choose what her chaps will look like. 2021 Wild Weippe Rodeo Queen Breyer Boyer’s choice of colors was purple. She contacted her “Queen Wrangler” Angel Gering in January and Angel started working on the design for the chaps. The hand-…

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As a majority of teachers dip into their own pockets to provide materials needed in the classroom, Rotarian and Past President James Jordan presents Orofino Elementary School Principal, Denise Pomponio a $1,500 check from Orofino Rotary Club to help teachers provide students with supplies th…

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Rotary members were very pleased to see two of our original Orofino Rotary Club Charter Members in attendance of the Rotary Club of Orofino meeting Aug. 13. Paul Pippinger and Charlie Mosier (l to r) have been active and influential members since 1978! Between them they have completed many p…

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The Clearwater County Fair Board has opened the livestock barn in the Orofino City Park for animals needing a safe place to stay that have been impacted by the Bedrock Fire near Lenore.

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Jack Willis, of Orofino, took this photo of the Bedrock Fire from Highway 12 on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the day the fire first started burning.

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Over the last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for short) has recommended COVID19 booster vaccines for some people. Let’s break it down!

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Josh Harvey, Idaho Department of Lands Fire Bureau Type 3 Team Incident Commander, addresses the crowd gathered Saturday, Aug. 14 at LeBaron Park, to learn about the Bedrock Fire. Two primary residences and one secondary, along with 12 outbuildings were lost in the Bedrock Fire. Harvey state…

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Melissa Opresik sent this photo of a fiery sunset at Lolo, near Weippe, to the Clearwater Tribune. We want your photos of pets, babies, scenery, whatever photo you would like to share. Send them to the Tribune’s e-mail at cleartrib@cebridge.net, mail them to P.O. Box 71, or bring them to the…

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The North Idaho Corvette Club will be conducting an Idaho scenic Highways Cruse in Honor of the passing of Jerry Justice, a 911 first responder that recently passed away due to complications from the tragic events of Sep 11 2001, and to honor all 911 responders.

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Orofino Celebrations. Inc. August monthly meeting will be Tues., Aug. 24, 6 p.m. at the White Pine Building. Orofino Lumberjack Days is set for Sept. 15-19.  The theme is “Sweet Delights and Carnival Lights.”

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Two deaths were reported in Clearwater County due to COVID-19, both men in their 70s. Four COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the county last week. Three new cases were reported in Lewis County, seven in Idaho County, 16 in Latah County and 36 in Nez Perce County.

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Orofino City Council members approved several action items on the agenda at their regular meeting Aug. 10, to include the amended Open Container Ordinance and the Revocable Encroachment Permit contingent on approval from the Idaho State Beverage Control to ensure all establishments selling a…

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Vance Trieschmann, of Orofino, took this photo near Highway 12 and Riverside Lanes of the Bedrock Fire the day the fire ignited, Wednesday, Aug. 11 . A temporary flight restriction is still in effect for the fire area. The fire is located near Lenore, on the north side of Highway 12 between …