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Orofino girl ousted in national spelling bee

After successfully spelling two words correctly in the second and third rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Orofino student Julia Grimaldo learned Wednesday she will not move on to the final round of the competition after she didn’t achieve the cutoff score required to advance.

Armed robbery suspect faces 3 felony counts

An Orofino man accused of binding two women with rope and robbing them at gunpoint of jewelry and prescription medications has been charged with three felony counts.

Police arrest woman in Orofino slaying case

An Orofino woman is scheduled for a June 5 preliminary hearing on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Samantha S. Fignani of Orofino.

Who killed Lonnie Jones?

Now 65 years since the discovery of Lonnie Jones’ body, his death remains the only unsolved documented murder case in Clearwater County.

Idaho teens injured in car crash involving dogs

Two Idaho teenagers were injured in a crash Sunday morning outside of Orofino, the Idaho State Police said. A dog jumped into the lap of an 18-year-old driver, causing the one-vehicle crash, the ISP said.

Idaho lawmakers told specialty license plate for Orofino “Maniacs” would be offensive

After hearing from advocates for the mentally ill and people who suffer from mental illnesses that an “Orofino Maniacs” specialty license plate would be offensive, Idaho’s House Transportation Committee on Thursday backed amending the specialty plate bill to remove its four references to the word “maniacs,” but still authorize a special plate with the emblem. Orofino is the location of State Hospital North, the state mental hospital; Orofino High School has had “Maniacs” as its school mascot since the 1920s.

Winds fan fire in Orofino, Idaho; hundreds lose power

A new fire bore down on the north-central Idaho town of Orofino on Friday, cutting power to some homes and sending firefighters scrambling to fight the wind-driven flames. Clearwater County Commissioner Don Ebert said Saturday there isn’t a clear picture of what has burned in the Municipal fire. “There have been homes lost,” he said. “I don’t know how many. Some places are not safe to go into.”

Homes lost in Orofino, Idaho, fire

A new fire bore down on the town of Orofino Friday night, cutting power to some homes and sending firefighters scrambling to fight the wind-driven flames.

Fires erupt across Northwest

Lightning strikes and aggressive winds Friday afternoon in Washington and Idaho delivered a one-two punch that forced fire evacuations in scenic Chelan, Washington, blinded highway drivers with dust and ushered smoke into Spokane from faraway flames in Oregon. The chaos was especially intense in Chelan, which was surrounded by fire, and Orofino, Idaho, where officials were scrambling late Friday.

Wildfire spreads into Orofino

Officials in Orofino, Idaho are scrambling tonight to stop fires that are spreading fast. “We understand there are parts of the fire in the city limits,” said Clearwater County Commissioner Don Ebert. “We don’t know how big it is.”