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This is not a scientific poll.
December 29 Poll Results
No-Smile Policy
What do you think of the policy some states have that forbids you from smiling in your driver’s license photo (as a means of license theft prevention)?

21% If it lessens the likelihood someone can make fake copies of my license, I don’t mind being told not to smile. (11)
60% I think it’s absurd, regardless of the supposed theft prevention benefit. (31)
17% I don’t smile anyway, so could care less. (9)
  2% Undecided. (1)

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  • Orofino Police officer Vince Frazier promoted to Sergeant
    Orofino Police Chief Jeff Wilson announced at the Dec. 27 Orofino City Council meeting the appointment of Cpl. Vincent Frazier to the position of Sergeant, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Wilson commended Frazier on doing a “fine job” in the two years he has been on the force. Frazier has taken the lead in many projects in support of the community and his department. Prior to joining OPD Frazier contracted with the Department of State, where he supervised U.S. Police Officers and assisted in mentoring and training Iraq’s Police Force with the goal of stabilizing Iraq. He mentored and trained the Major Crime Unit in Mosul, Iraq. In other police business Chief Wilson thanked the many volunteers who helped make Christmas 911 a success, assisting 27 families and 78 children this year. Wilson extended thanks to include city staff and council members, Kiwanis and others who helped wrap presents, and to Fire Chief Mike Lee for the use of the fire hall where the gift wrapping was staged. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • CVHC seeking medical home certification
    A medical home is a new comprehensive way of thinking about healthcare. Several different national organizations have been involved in the planning and executing of the medical home policies such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Future of Family Medicine Project, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association. According to the principles developed by these groups patient-centered medical homes should have these characteristics: a personal physician, physician-directed medical practice, whole-person orientation, coordinated care, quality and safety, enhanced access and adequate payment. Clearwater Valley Hospital & Clinics is currently seeking certification to be considered a Medical Home. “Many of the changes you may have noticed at CVHC recently have been part of this process,” says Kristy Fresh, Director of Physician Services, “such as the conversion to electronic medical records, e-prescribing, and the efforts to make sure you get to see your doctor. We believe this certification process will help guide us through the review of our current policies and processes.” To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Frontier/Cassidian wins bid for county E-911
    Angela Vander Pas presented an update on the IT/Networking issues at the Dec. 19 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting. The E-911 vendor’s presentation was reviewed. Of the four vendors the selection committee ranked Frontier/Cassidian number one; Frontier/Intrado ranked second; Valance ranked third and Experient ranked fourth. The scoring was very close within the committee totals. The presentations were discussed. The Frontier/Cassidian system was the lowest estimated cost. The Cassidian, Intrado and Valence systems are operating throughout the state. The Board selected Frontier/Cassidian based on the criteria and their presentation. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Orofino Brass, a toe-tapping Christmas musical program
    The Orofino Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas celebration Wednesday, Dec. 21, with a delightful musical presentation by the Orofino Brass, Orofino’s own six piece brass ensemble which makes the claim that the keyboard is also made of brass. It was observed, there are basically three types of toe-tappers in this group, the most popular being the classic lifting the front of the foot style toe- tapper – as displayed by three of the ensemble cast members. One person did a dandy heel lift while keeping time to the music. Still another managed to lift his toes in his shoes while leaving the rest of the foot stationary, a marvelous feat! To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Kids can learn first aid at CMPL
    Clearwater Memorial Public Library (CMPL) will host Helen McFeron for it’s after school program, the Book Look, on Jan. 11. McFeron, of the Clearwater County Ambulance Service, will teach six to 10 year old children simple first aid techniques and how to handle emergencies. The interactive presentation will begin at 4 p.m. and run for approximately 45 minutes. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Distinguished Young Women Orientation (formerly Junior Miss)
    An organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at OHS for all junior girls in this area who are interested in participating in this year’s Distinguished Young Women Scholastic program. Formerly known as Junior Miss, this program is a fun way for our young women to earn scholarships. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • From this Chair...
    We did not have a White Christmas in Orofino this year. The landscape was barren and void of snow. The temperatures were in the 40’s part of the day. My daughter, Diane said earlier we were expected to have a La Nina winter which means colder and wetter than normal. She said a couple of weeks ago ‘solar flares are lessening the effects of the La Niña. It appears Diane, who is married and lives in Spokane, knows what she’s talking about as so far we have not had a hard winter in this part of the northwest. If any of our readers have stories they would like to share about their grown children and their achievements let the Tribune staff know so we can write about them. I find it interesting. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Theron Bruce and Coral Klaudt celebrate 40th anniversary
    Theron Bruce and Coral Klaudt were married on Coral’s parent’s (Ray and June Klaudt) 25th wedding anniversary, May 1, 1971 at the Church of the Nazarene in Orofino. They first lived in Missoula, MT before moving to Peck in the autumn of 1971. They met at Bruce’s dairy in 1968, the summer Coral moved to Orofino from Missoula. Theron attended Banner School, graduated from Orofino High School in 1965, from ISU in 1970 and LCSC in 1994. He has been involved in the logging industry, in education, and at present enjoys a long rewarding career in school bus driving. He drives the same Harmony Heights route that he rode as a boy and concurrently tends the home places. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Tracy Rouse, Wells Fargo’s new Manager
    Tracy Rouse officially accepted the position of store manager at Wells Fargo as of Dec. 11. If you are already a customer of Wells Fargo Bank in Orofino, you may have seen her familiar face in the manager’s office. She replaces Connie Robison who was promoted to the position of Market Support Consultant in 2011. Connie travels to other branches of Wells Fargo, but is still based out of the Orofino Office. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Christmas Day chimney fire
    The Orofino Volunteer Fire Dept. responded Christmas Day to a chimney fire at the Robbie Clift home on Riverside Ave. No damage was sustained, according to Fire Chief Mike Lee. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Alleged meth trafficker arrested
    A man from Apple Valley, CA was arrested by Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputies Dec. 22 in Orofino on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Deputies arrived at a Michigan Avenue residence Dec. 22 to question Jacob John Custodio, and learned he had fled. Orofino Police Department aided deputies in locating Custodio, who was found a short time later, hiding in hillside brush near the residence. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Down Memory Lane
    40 Years Ago: A juvenile who claimed to be in search of a warm place to stay was apprehended by police inside the Big “D” Marina at 1 a.m. the previous morning. Nearby residents heard glass breaking and phoned the police. The juvenile, who used an iron bar to break a large side window, was taken to State Hospital North for observation. 80 Years Ago: The first paragraph of the Headquarters news remarked on the great chance Doc Collinge took when he again climbed on the roof of the hospital to knock down ice. The last time Doc tried this he fell off and cracked his shoulder bone. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • ICARE nears $30,000 in ‘Gifts of  Love’
    Many have shown interest and contributed to the organization and we want to update you on what is happening. We hope you are still interested in the ICARE project and will take a few minutes to read how it has grown. ICARE, Inc. (Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort) is a non-profit organization (501(c)3) which helps people in Clearwater Valley communities who are actively undergoing treatment for cancer. With the help of Attorney, Rebecca Vaage of Orofino, who donated many hours of her time and efforts, all contributions to ICARE are now tax deductible. Since it began in March 2008, in memory of Diana Latch, the ICARE project has helped 63 people who live in the area and were diagnosed with various types of cancer. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Letter to the Editor: Pam Jones
    I don’t think it is possible to name everyone who was involved in making the Live Nativity such a success this year. There were those who worked on repairing the stable, setting it up and cleaning things up. There were those who decorated the pickup and the trailer for the float in the parade, those who shared their goats and sheep for the night, those who provided and served hot cocoa and cookies. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Pierce news
    Barb Opdahl would like everyone to know she is home in Pierce and doing well and would love company! The Pierce Gem Team invites all interested businesses and organizations to their first 2012 meeting, Wednesday Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. at Pierce Community Center. This is a meeting to share event dates and information between the organizations, to be better informed and improve communication for the coming year. We hope everyone will want to be involved, so hope to see you there.
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  • Fraser's news
    Donna and Danny Browns’ family did travel to Fraser to join the family for Christmas. Kevin, Katy and twins, Spencer and Natalie arrived from Kelso, WA and Danette and Josh McIntosh and Grace and Lydia drove up form Nampa. Brad cam from the Pullman area. Michele and Cory’s family and Derek and Caresse’s family live in Fraser, so they could practically walk to the farm. Donna reported that had a ball and after they had time to enjoy their presents, everyone including the adults spent time swimming in the indoor pool. On Christmas Day, Grandma Clarabell joined the family; ask her about the sock money cap she received from her grandson Brad. She decided to wear it when she went back to Brookside Landing; she thought it would bring a smile to the other residents. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    MacKenzie Femrite, Extension Nutritionist, has been giving nutrition lessons to children at the Weippe center of the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program. Well, Christmas has come and gone this year.  I got a call from Fay Leto. She wanted me to write that she enjoyed the surprise of Christmas carolers at her door this Christmas Eve. She was told they were from the Wesleyan Church. She really enjoyed them coming by to sing for her. Fay told me it brought back memories when carolers would sing at Christmas every year. She would like them to know how much her family appreciated it. To read the rest of this article, subscribe or log in.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 29
    What started out as an idea by local county commissioners to reopen a popular farm to market road 14 years ago continues to be a success not just for humans, but also for wintering wildlife. Even though the winter has been mild so far, the lack of human disturbance created by the closure allows herds of deer, elk and moose to spend more time down on the desert between St. Anthony and Dubois during crucial portions of the late winter and early spring. Though the closure has been around for years, officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management and Fremont County still make dozens of contacts related to closure violations.

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