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February 16 Poll Results
Birth Control
Should the federal government be able to force religious institutions to provide health care coverage for birth control?

64% No. The government needs to stay out of it. (37)
24% Yes. Religious institutions, like any other, should provide coverage for all medications, including birth control. (14)
12% I think religious institutions should provide coverage, but it isn't the government's place to force them. (7)

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  • A Compassionate Care under new ownership
    A Compassionate Care, Inc., founded in 2001 by Gerald and Nancy Hosley was purchased in January 2012, by Branden Beier of Lewiston. The change became official Feb. 3, when the company was re-licensed. A Compassionate Care provides in home health care for approximately 80 clients in Clearwater County and employs 75 care givers. Hosley said the company has doubled in size over the past five years. Branden Beier, new President of A Compassionate Care, resides in Lewiston. He attended Lewis Clark Community College studying social services. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Clearwater Human Needs Council to meet Feb. 21
    Barbara Wityczak will be the speaker at the Clearwater Human Needs Council general membership meeting at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Krystal Café. She will provide more information about the Orofino Clean and Sober Drop-in Center on Johnson Ave. Wityczak will particularly provide information about the history of the organization and their goals.

  • Historical Rex Theatre up for sale
    The Rex Theatre in Orofino is not officially listed for sale with a realtor, but owner, Chris Wagner, says he will sell it if the right offer comes along. “I have thought a lot about it. I am a painter by trade, and I have a few rentals to manage and other things that fill my time up.” Wagner has to make a 120 mile (round trip) trek to Orofino each week. “I’m tired of bringing the film down. I just think somebody else could do a better job at it, at this point.” The Rex has been in Wagner’s family since his grandfather, Al Wagner, Sr., purchased it in 1955. Wagner also owns the Blue Fox Theatre and Sunset Auto View, both in Grangeville, the Rex has recently undergone renovations. Wagner said it has a new roof, furnace, carpet, seats, and has been painted. He’s asking $159,000 for the historical movie house. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10B..

  • Iola Plank is CVHC’s Employee of the Month
    “Iola is wonderful to work with, she’s great with patients, fellow employees, and she does so much work for the community and behind-the-scenes here at the hospital,” says Belinda Stockton, Lab Manager. Iola Plank was hired as a phlebotomist at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in November of 1998 after taking a phlebotomy course through LCSC that Stockton instructed. After completing the course, maintaining her job as a Correctional Officer at the prison, and volunteering as a phlebotomist at CVHC for a little less than a year, Plank was offered the full-time position at CVHC. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Joanne Eveland opens sewing and repair shop on Main Street
    Joanne Eveland’s motto is “If you wear it, I can repair it,” which is a handy talent if one is to open a small town sewing shop. Joanne recently opened The Stitchery, located 245 Main St. in Orofino (it is inside the laundromat entrance). Jo and her husband Robert used to own a shoe repair shop in Cheney, WA., called Eveland’s Cobbler Shop. Joanne sewed for her five children. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • From this Chair
    Preparing for the Clearwater Tribune’s 100th anniversary brought back memories of days gone by. When my ex-husband, John McNall and I arrived here in 1969, having purchased the paper from Vera and Bob Werner we had three children, Lynette, Diane and Marcie. Lynette was in high school, Diane in junior high and Marcie started first grade that fall. For that reason we purchased a Volkswagen ‘bug’ and had it painted pink with black Tribune signs painted on the doors. It was a hit with the townspeople. The front office staff at the Tribune consisted of three women, Harriet Reece, Bonnie Bessent and Nancy Noble. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction sign up
    The Clearwater County Assessor’s Office announces you may now sign up for the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction Program, sponsored by the State of Idaho. You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous year’s income (2011) to apply to the 2012 Tax Bill. The reduction amount is based on a sliding scale of income not to exceed $28,000, after medical expenses not covered by insurance. The lower your income, the more the State pays towards your taxes. Forms are available at the Assessor’s Office until the deadline April 16. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • Pancake Feed Fundraiser on Fat Tuesday
    Ascension Lutheran Church will be hosting a Fat Tuesday Pancake Feed to raise money for youth activities. Church members will be serving hot pancakes, link sausage, and juice or coffee! The dinner will be held on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church, 115th street, Highway 12. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • North Fork and Palouse Ranger Districts gear up for summer recreation season
    So far, Jack Frost has kept a low profile, and the milder-than-usual winter has Forest Service recreation staffers thinking thoughts of spring. The goal of the Nez Perce - Clearwater National Forests is to offer visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Camping has always been a favorite activity on public lands and by Memorial Day weekend, Forest users on the Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts will be able to take advantage of several popular campgrounds. Declining budgets and staffing shortfalls have unfortunately taken their toll on the Forests’ recreation programs, but according to Adam McClory, North Zone Recreation Staff Officer, Forest officials remain dedicated to providing the public with the best outdoor experience possible. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Idaho among National Forests selected as first to implement a new planning rule
    The U.S. Forest Service recently announced eight national forests that will be the first to revise their land management plans using a new National Forest System Planning Rule, after it is finalized in the months ahead. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, the Chugach National Forest in Alaska, the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico, El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico and California’s Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests will begin revising their plans shortly after a final rule is selected. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Lifeline Food Bank to launch Feb. 27
    Clearwater Community Foundation, Inc. (CCF, Inc.) in cooperation with several local agencies, organizations and the Idaho Foodbank, is pleased to announce on Monday, Feb. 27 “Lifeline Food Bank” will be in operation for assisting with emergency food needs, in accordance with Idaho Foodbank guidelines. Lifeline Food Bank is located at 2170 Carney Dr. Space G, across from the DMV and 4-H Extension Office. Lifeline Food Bank will be a permanent replacement for the monthly mobile food bank, which Idaho Foodbank has provided each third Monday of the month for the past several years. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Clearwater County History: Settlers and the Nez Perce War Part III: At War
    Joseph had agreed to move to the reservation because he feared that the Wallowas would be soaked with his band’s blood if he did not. He asked for an extension of time until the fall so the band could round up its cattle and the rivers would not be raging with snow melt. General Howard brusquely denied the request and said if they were one day late the army would come after them and the cattle would be left for the whites. Joseph then returned to the Wallowas with the bad news and told them of his decision to comply with Howard’s demand. The logistics of the move were daunting. The spring round-up of cattle and horses had not yet occurred. They were still grazing in the meadows where the snow had receded. The men rounded up what stock they could find in the short time available while the women prepared the families’ personal possessions for the move from the only homes they had ever known. Food and shelter to sustain them during the trip also had to be arranged. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Healthy Horizons: A lifestyle change
    Clearwater Valley’s sister hospital in Cottonwood, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, began its Healthy Horizons program in October of 2010. The Jones family, out of Kamiah, is one of its many success stories. Yvonne Jones, Analyst Clerk at CVHC, has lost 50 pounds since beginning the program in January 2011. However, Jones says she tries to concentrate less on pounds lost and more on how she feels. Jones is a Type II Diabetic and since beginning the program has had to take less medication and feels much more healthy and active. Healthy Horizons is led by Becky Ewing, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator and Kevin Conger, Registered Dietetic Technician. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Pierce news
    It is that time again, to start the engines for the 2012 Pierce 1860 Days! There will be much to discuss in the first meeting, Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church. This will begin meetings every second and fourth Thursday, until we approach Aug. 3-5, the days of the big celebration. Anyone who wishes to be part of the fun is welcome to attend these meetings. We need volunteers, and welcome new ideas. For information about the meetings, vendors, or the parade, please call Kathy at 464 1083. Looking forward to seeing you!.
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  • Fraser community news
    Dolores Watson attended the services for John Wyatt in Lewiston on Wednesday, Feb. 8. She stopped and picked up Mary Cochrell on her way there. They visited with family and friends before returning home. On Friday, Feb. 10 Dolores traveled to Port Angeles, WA to attend a birthday party for her great-grandson, Wyatt Michaelscheck. Wyatt is now two years old, and his favorite toy was a garbage truck. While she was at her granddaughter Mindy’s home, Jake and Danielle Wyatt stopped by for a visit, they also live in Port Angeles. Dolores returned to Fraser on Sunday, she had a great visit but she would have enjoyed several more days with her family. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 6B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Weippe Library and Discovery Center was selected in 2011 as one of the top five libraries in the country by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Involvement with committee activities are on a voluntary basis but come and share your ideas. The Friends meet the first Wednesday of each month at the library. For further information call Cynthia Tews at 435- 4641 or Terri Summerfield at the library, 435-4058. Come to our next meeting. The Weippe Explorers 4-H club will meet on Monday, Feb 13 at 4 p.m. at the Weippe Public Library. All kids interested in 4-H are welcome to join. Adults that want to share their hobbies with today’s youth are also encouraged to join us. If you have any questions call Terri at 435-4058 or Bonnie at 435-4770.
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  • Sportsmen's Report for February 16
    Idaho Fish and Game plans several public meetings around the state to discuss 2012 big game seasons and fishing seasons and rules. Comments taken at the meetings will summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at the March meeting when big game seasons are set.

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