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December 27 Poll Results
Medicare Age
Should the Medicare
eligibility age go up?

24% Yes (12)
76% No (37)
  0% Undecided (0)

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  • AJ Jenkins still swimming strong
    When Asahel “AJ” Jenkins lived in Peck about 10 years ago, he was a member of the Orofino Swim Team with Coach Jacob DeBerg. Some residents may remember how he would go door to door to collect money for the team. Now AJ is a senior a Cascade High School in Everett, WA, and just signed a National Letter of Intent with the Wright State University Swim Team for next fall. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Former scouts row the Grand Canyon
    Eagle Scouts Dan and Mike Elsbury, both of whom cut their teeth in Boy Scout Troop 536, still have the thirst for adventure that was whetted when they were teens in Orofino. They returned Dec. 1 from a 21-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon with a group of friends who drew a highly-coveted permit on that 226-mile stretch of whitewater. Adding to the adventure, the Corps of Engineers released an artificial flood from Glen Canyon Dam right in the middle of their trip, increasing the flow from about 8500 cubic feet per second to 44,000 cfs and back down again over a three-day period. Of the 16 people in their party, only one had ever rafted the Grand Canyon (although she’d been down it 36 times), and only five of them had rowed a raft before – one for each boat, no spares! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Orofino man injured in wreck
    A 54-year-old Orofino man and his passenger were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday evening, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). Edward D. Killins was eastbound on US12 at 5:26 p.m. Dec. 18 in a 2005 Chevy Silverado. With him was an unnamed male passenger. Near milepost 52, about 12 miles east of Orofino, Killins crossed the centerline and went off the left shoulder of the highway, according to ISP.
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  • Juliaetta man dies
    Carlos J. Harris, 50, of Juliaetta, last week succumbed to injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident that occurred Dec. 1 on Big Canyon Road, east of Lenore, according to the Idaho State Police. Harris was northbound on Big Canyon Road and failed to stop at the intersection with U.S. 12.To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Life on the home front
    As I watched my two grandsons play this weekend at our Christmas celebration held Saturday and Sunday, my mind wandered to the grieving families in Connecticut. The images that appear daily on MSN News have haunted me since the Dec. 14 shooting of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and those that were there to teach and care for them, the principal and teachers. Some are so quick to jump to the conclusion that gun control is the answer, and understandably so since this carnage was done at the hands of an obviously deranged young man armed with many guns and an unimaginable amount of ammunition. But, as the images play through my mind over and over of the beautiful little smiling faces of the victims and the sad stories continue to emerge, I can’t help but think there is something so much more terribly wrong with our nation than guns.
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  • Bird's Nesters learn about fire safety
    October was Fire Safety Month and our local Volunteer Firefighters traveled to all the area schools to teach children about fire safety. We were lucky to have Don Gardner and Holly Hardin bring the big fire truck to the Bird’s Nest Learning Center to share fun, important information and fire hats! They taught us not to be afraid of the fireman and if they come for us in an emergency we should call out to them. We also learned how to Stop-Drop-And-Roll if our clothing is on fire. Of course getting to crawl up inside the big truck was just the best! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • School District news
    It’s very quiet at the schools this week, but work is ongoing to improve the environment.  All schools are working to improve safety and limit access into their building.  Orofino High School is putting new carpet in the library thanks to a grant written by district librarian Carol Robinson.  Her grant efforts will cover the first $5000 of the cost of replacing the worn carpet. While the carpet is out the custodial staff is working on reconfiguring the library computer laboratory to improve egress for the library. Orofino Elementary is having a little construction work done to improve learning environments for students who are working to improve their math skills. A student center for Occupational Therapy work outs has been created within one unused classroom to allow the therapist to come to the students as opposed to sending students to the therapist.  Bring the therapist to the each student saves class time each week. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Telehospitalist program up and running at Clearwater Valley Hospital & Clinics
    A hospitalist is a doctor who solely treats inpatients in the hospital. Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics has partnered with Apogee Physicians, a physician group founded in 2002 that more than 500 doctors and nurse practitioners now call home. This partnership will allow CVHC physicians the opportunity to have access to a second opinion right from the hospital rooms in Orofino. Jaime Upegui, MD, Muhammad Tariq, MD and Jihad Arteh, MD are the three Apogee physician’s that CVHC will be working with. One or more of them will be available seven days a week. “Apogee is passionate about being the best and is guided by their mission statement, ‘What’s best for the patient is best for the practice,’” says Dr. Michael Meza. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Kamiah man charged with involuntary manslaughter
    Nicholas P. Allman, 22, of Kamiah, Idaho, was arraigned earlier this week in United States District Court on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Allman was indicted on Nov. 15, 2012, by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.  His trial has been set for Feb. 19, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene. The indictment alleges that on Oct. 29, 2011, Allman was driving recklessly and under the influence of alcohol on Harris Ridge Road, which is located on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.  The indictment alleges that because Allman failed to keep his vehicle on the roadway, a passenger, James Oatman Jr., was killed when the vehicle wrecked. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Editorial on State Health Exchange
    When the Democratic congress passed Obamacare in 2010, the legislature passed and Governor Otter signed the Idaho Health Care Freedom Act.  At the time, Governor Otter proclaimed: “What the Idaho Health Care Freedom Act says is that the citizens of our state won’t be subject to another Federal mandate or turn over another part of their life to government control.”  That was well said, and I will continue to stand with anyone willing to preserve freedom. With all the costs and uncertainty, not to mention the fiscal cliff faced by the nation, why not let the feds establish this exchange and see how or if it works? Let’s not buy a pig in a poke. It’s good business sense and good government sense to wait and see how it all works out. With the impending federal deadline for a decision on creating an insurance exchange, your legislature now faces a difficult choice. We can either create an Idaho state exchange or let the Federal government install one. At first blush, it might seem that creating an Idaho exchange will allow us to have more flexibility and control. However, as I will explain, that is not necessarily the case.  Currently 25 other states have rejected creating a state insurance exchange, three headed by Democrats as of Friday. The governors of these states have been quite clear about the implications of creating an exchange. In fact, our own governor issued an executive order stating, “No executive branch department, agency, institution or employee of the State shall provide assistance or resources of any kind to any agency, public official, employee or agent of the federal government to implement or enforce the PPACA (Obamacare).” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Idaho State Parks celebrate new year with first day hikes
    Idaho residents are to join Idaho State Parks for the second annual First Day Hikes event. This year, hikes will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. at Eagle Island State Park and Hells Gate State Park on New Year’s Day. “We so pleased to be holding our second annual First Day Hikes event, and this year we are proud to announce that we have added a second location for Idahoans to get outdoors and in to our beautiful state parks,” said Idaho State Parks Director, Nancy Merrill. “First Day Hikes are a wonderful way to invigorate the mind and body while burning off those extra holiday calories!” she added. Two self-guided hikes are offered at each park, and range from 1 – 3 miles long. The hikes are suitable for people of all ages and abilities and maps will be provided. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Farmers first to peer over fiscal cliff
    Months ago, farmers were the first to see what is over edge of the so-called "fiscal cliff" of budget cuts and tax hikes. That's when the Farm Bill expired, leaving many agriculture programs without funding - including conservation titles, rural development and beginning-farmer initiatives. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has said there will be no new Farm Bill until sometime next year. Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, says Congress really needs to address the problems that this Farm Bill "limbo" has caused. "Congress will need to at least pass an extension of the Farm Bill before it goes home, and even in the extension there are going to be important decisions about how the pie gets divided, about how the federal government invests in rural America." Hassebrook predicts reductions in spending in the new Farm Bill, but he says he hopes they will be targeted in ways that don't harm mom-and-pop operations. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • ITD reminds New Year's partygoers to have a plan and not drive impaired
    Start the new year with a resolution to not drive impaired and to arrive home safely from parties and other holiday activities. The Idaho Transportation department joins Idaho law enforcement agencies statewide to make Idaho’s highways safer by funding education campaigns and high-visibility impaired driving patrols through New Year's Day. "ITD's goal is not one death, because every life counts," said Kevin Bechen, with ITD. "We're committed to doing everything we can to help keep families safe and whole." Last year, impaired driving contributed to 1,456 crashes on Idaho highways and resulted in 66 fatalities. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Moscow woman in vehicle rollover
    A Moscow woman had to be extricated from her vehicle Friday after she fell asleep at the wheel and crashed, according to a news release from Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The incident occurred at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 21 at the corner of 137th Street and Highway 12, on Riverside, Orofino. Judy Morris, 58, of Moscow, reported to police that she had fallen asleep and crashed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Fraser news
    This is the time of year when cards and letters are sent to relatives and friends. The time goes by so quickly during the year that we tend to put off this important activity until the end of the year. I look forward to the mail delivery at this time of year because I know friends and family will be sending cards, letters and pictures to keep in touch with us. Jeniffer and Dylan Robinson’s card was very special this year. The arrangement of family pictures was so enjoyable. It was great to see how their children, BreeLynn and Sean have grown. The Brands visited with Wes Stuart on Monday, he mentioned a rescue mission he took part in Sunday. Ask him about it the next time you visit with him. Guy and Cathy Walker’s sons Aaron and Jonathan are home for the holidays. Reggie and Peggy Ball had a busy day on Sunday, Dec. 16. They had breakfast with Carl and RoseAnna Thornton, then visited with Jan Thornton and had lunch with her. On their way back to their home they met Carl again. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Minnie reports three tables for Pinochle Sunday at the Lodge. Lori Francini won high. Tressa Soles won low and nobody won pinochle. Or at least, nobody ‘fessed up. Minnie kindly took over for Dolores as she has been ill. Sandwiches, soup and dessert are on the menu at the Senior Center Thursday, Jan. 3. A light lunch seems a kindness after all the holiday food eaten recently. Monday, Jan. 7, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, fruit and dessert will be on the table. Joyce said there are several pairs of downhill skis put aside at the landfill. Talk to Joyce if you need skis. Albert Rebel is in Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, recuperating after a procedure. Geraldine is at home. Albert has our best wishes for a speedy recovery and return home. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Pierce news
    Sisters, Becky Gangewer, Christina Borders, and Tina Harris are braving the treacherous roads to Goldbar, WA to celebrate the reason for the season with their Mom and Dad (Karen and Don) for the first time since the late 80's. What a blessing that God has bestowed on them. Judo will resume on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. The Club will be going to their first tournament on Jan. 19, in Ontario, OR. We will have roller skating on Friday, Jan. 4 from 6-8 p.m. The cost is still just $2 for kids 6-12 and $2.50 for those 13 and older and five and under are free with an adult. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for December 27
    Idaho Fish and Game wants to hear from hunters about proposed changes to moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and rules for 2013-2014. Proposed changes in moose tags are in response to decreased success rates in past years and fewer moose. Fish and Game biologists are proposing an increase in tags and new hunts where moose are doing better. Proposed changes will be posted on the Fish and Game website for review and comment. The proposed changes will be submitted along with public comments to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration and action during the annual meeting Jan. 17.

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