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Clearwater County was established February 27, 1911, by the State of Idaho under the provisions of House Bill No. 2 of the Eleventh Session of the State of Idaho; Clearwater County was named for the Clearwater River whose name was translated from the Nez Perce term Koos-Koos-Kai-Kai, describing clear water. 

In 1805 Lewis and Clark followed an old Indian trail between the north and middle forks of the Clearwater River and met the Nez Perce near the present site of Weippe, Idaho.  Gold was first discovered by E.D. Pierce in 1860 and Pierce City and the oldest mining town in Idaho came into existence and was home to the first courthouse in Idaho.

Clearwater County was formed from Nez Perce County which was a part of Shoshone County from 1864 until 1904, when it then became established as a part of Nez Perce County from 1904 until 1911.  February 27, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of Clearwater Count 

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OROFINO CREEK PROJECT - UPDATE 10/1/20

Orofino Creek Bridge Update
Construction on the new Orofino Creek Bridge has been slightly delayed due to the boulders they encountered and had to drill. LaRivierre will be working longer days and during the weekends to get caught up. 

The deck will be here Oct. 8 or 9. It is anticipated that the bridge will be completed the week of Nov. 16.

During construction traffic will have to go around Harmony Heights Loop via the Deer Creek Road side.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down and pay attention when traveling in this area. 

Your patience is appreciated, and we apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please contact Richard Kinder, HDR Engineering, Inc. at 208-631-9653 or the Road Department at 208-476-4813.

CAMPING ORDINANCE SUMMARY
NOTICE: THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF CLEARWATER COUNTY, IDAHO, WILL CONSIDER AND DECIDE ON ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE, SUMMARIZED BELOW, AT A MEETING HELD AT THE FOLLOWING TIME, DATE, AND PLACE, FOR THIS AND OTHER PURPOSES:
(time)  10:00 A.M. (date)  October 26th, 2020 (address and location)  150 Michigan Ave. 
SUMMARY OF CLEARWATER COUNTY, IDAHO
ORDINANCE NO. 49:
RESTRICTIONS ON CAMPING AND PLACEMENT OF PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY, RESTRICTIONS ON USE AND OBSTRUCTION OF THE COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY, DEFINITION OF RIGHT-OF-WAY, AUTHORITY TO REMOVE PERSONS AND ITEMS, CRIMINAL PENALTIES, PROCESS FOR RETURN OF PROPERTY, FEES, AND RELATED MATTERS. 

  1. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
  2. DEFINITIONS.
  3. CAMPING PROHIBITED.
  4. ITEMS PROHIBITED.
  5. OBSTRUCTION OF DUTIES PROHIBITED.
  6. DISPOSITION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY.

Criminal penalties for violations of certain provisions of the ordinance shall be imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) or both, or such other penalty as may be set forth for misdemeanors pursuant to Idaho Code sections 31-714 or 18-113 and any amendments thereto.

The ordinance also provides for removal, retention, and return of certain property, and fees and costs to be paid prior to return of such property.

The full text of this ordinance is available at Clearwater County Board of County Commissioners at 150 Michigan Avenue, Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dated:   October 5, 2020
CLEARWATER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
By:  Rick Winkel, Chairman
Carrie Bird, Clerk
Michelle Donner, Deputy


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