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March 7 Poll Results
Retirement Home
Emergency Care

Should retirement homes change policies that prohibit their nursing staff from providing emergency medical care to independent living residents?

46% Yes, I think they should. (22)
50% No. Those policies serve a purpose and shouldn’t be altered. (24)
  4% Undecided. (2)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • C-PTPA gets financial boost from state
    The Idaho Legislature agreed to provide an extra $40,400 for the Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (C-PTPA). The agreement was made in the Idaho state legislature’s budget committee.’ The association serves as first responder on many rural fires, whether on private, state or federal lands. The money to the Orofino-based firefighting operation will provide two more months of personnel funding for four fire crew foremen, extending their season from six months to eight months; it also closes a $15,400 shortfall in a fire season helicopter contract. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Alleged neglected horses, dead foal reported to sheriff's office
    Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office on March 2 at 11:44 a.m. received a report alleging neglected horses and a foal that had died. The sheriff’s office investigated at the location, and met with the subject who cared for the horses. According to the sheriff’s office, the horses were being fed and watered, and had shelter. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Equipment failure causes truck wreck
    A collapsed trailer reach is thought to be the cause of a logging truck wreck that occurred Monday morning on Highway 11, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). The accident occurred at 8:14 a.m. March 4, near milepost 4.6. A loaded 1998 Kenworth logging truck owned and driven by Randall Henderson, 51, of Lewiston, rolled onto its side while negotiating a curve.
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  • Where have all our children gone?
    Last week’s Mystery Children were the daughters of Ken and the late Emily Chapman. They are (l to r): Maebellann Steadman, Lucille Palin, Lillian Hueth and Louella Blankenship. Barbara Knight stands in front. Only two of the sisters remain – Maebellann lives in Weippe. Her sister Barbara lives in Clarkston. The first person to identify the Chapman sisters was Fern Wilson. Others to recognize the girls were Cammie Ebert, Shirley Lutes, Pete Kingen, Martha Lewis (Lucille’s daughter), Sandy Smith, Clairrene Heywood and Beverly Bower.
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  • DEQ seeks comments on proposed plan to lower temperature of streams
    The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on proposed plans to address elevated temperatures in streams within the Lower North Fork Clearwater River Sub-basin. The sub-basin is located primarily in Clearwater County around Dworshak Reservoir in north central Idaho. Temperature is a key factor in the health of fish and other coldwater organisms. Recent analyses of water quality data demonstrated that temperatures are above recommended levels in a number of streams in the Lower North Fork Clearwater River Sub-basin due to excess solar loading from a lack of shade. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • ICARE hits five years and $41,000
    March 8, 2013 is a special day in the ICARE, Inc. organization as it marks the fifth full year of helping people in Clearwater River communities who have cancer. The ICARE Board of Directors Elizabeth Smith, Evelyn Kaide, Lynne Swayne, Barbara Opdahl and Dee Crane are very passionate about the project and are thankful to all who have helped make the past five years such a success. At times board members have wondered just where the next person/s help would be coming from, but God's timing and blessings of the many supporters (both groups and individuals) have been perfect and always there to meet the needs of the people. We have learned a lot through the past years and thanks to the help of many, we have been able to grow from a small group helping a small group to an organization that has become a non-profit 501c(3), currently listed in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), have helped 95 people in 15 area communities and issued $41,000! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Orofino students compete with 360 Gymnastics team
    Two Orofino students, RyLee Moffett and Alexa Wilkins, competed with the 360 Gymnastics team out of Clarkston, WA at The Great West Gym Fest, held at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Feb. 22-24. Teams came from as far away as Alaska and Canada, as well as from Idaho and Montana. RyLee Moffett, 13, competed in the Excel Gold division and won second place on bars with a score of 9.050. Alexa Wilkins, age six, competed in Excel Silver, which for this meet included six to 10 year olds, instead of six to eight year olds. She placed third on bars with a 9.4 score, behind older gymnasts. The first place bar score was a 9.5.  To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Joellen McGill
    I was disappointed in the coverage of the Cheer Competition at OHS. The teams were all very good and we are very proud of the OHS team. However, the reporter/photographer omitted the high school boys’ names and pictures. They are an important part of the competition. Their names are: Ian Sullings, Kyle Sullings, Garret Senefsky, Hayden Senefsky, Robert Lipke and Matt Hanson.
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  • Two-day workshop for loggers in Orofino March 28-29
    Over 1,400 Idaho loggers have taken the 3-day University of Idaho Extension program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or “LEAP.” LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for LEAP graduates to build on that professional development in forestry. LEAP Update will be held in Orofino, March 28-29. This year’s topics include: FPA rule changes and best management practice updates; ecology and silviculture of lodgepole pine; geospatial soil risk assessments; BMP development for biomass harvesting; forest certification audits and threatened and endangered species; designing and maintaining water bars and other road drainage structures; streams and riparian areas; insects after fire; tussock moth; stem decays; and native and non-native insect issues with firewood transport. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Come play the “Futures Game” at Peck public meeting March 19
    The City of Peck will host a public meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Peck Community Building, 190 South Main Street in Peck. Everyone is invited to contribute to discussions on the possibilities for the future of the community. The evening will consist of a facilitated event using the scenario activity of The Futures Game. The Futures Game was developed by Innovative Leadership Australia and is a “hands on” effort in which participants jointly make a series of critical decisions that will illustrate the potential future based on what decisions are made by the group. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • School Board defines strategic plan
    In order to be an effective school board, studies show, the board must be committed to a vision of high expectations and have a clearly defined set of goals to reach that vision (The Center for Public Education on effective school boards, 2011). The Joint School District 171 Board of Trustees has done that through its newly adopted strategic plan that was approved at the December 2012 meeting. The strategic plan can be viewed on the district website at http://www.sd171.k12.id.us. Go to the “Committees” link on the left, and then click on “Strategic Plan”. The plan is only five pages long. It has specific, attainable tasks to complete with measurable evaluations for success. Even more important, each task has someone or a group of people responsible for completing the task along with due dates. This will result in a plan that has a system of accountability built into it where expectations must be met in a timely manner for the overall plan to succeed. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • From this Chair
    Floyd Cramer’s grandson, Jason Coleman, 27, of Hendersonville, TN presented to a full house crowd a riveting concert the “Legacy of Floyd Cramer” during his appearance Thursday at the Orofino High School gym. Coleman was on tour and his appearance was sponsored by the Clearwater Community Concert Assn. The Phantom was my guest at the concert. I would guess most everyone in the crowd had either studied music, played music or was a guest of someone who had. In case you didn’t know, Floyd Cramer’s piano style was an essential part of the “Nashville Sound” genre of music during the 1950’s and ‘60’s. He enjoyed a successful career for more than 40 years as a solo recording artist, session pianist and touring concert performer. Cramer died of cancer in 1997 but his unique touch at the piano which he called the “slip note” is still alive and powerful today, through the music of his grandson, Jason. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3A.

  • Timberline students, employees volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
    Student volunteers from Timberline High School spent the day in Clarkston last month helping the Lewiston/ Clarkston Habitat for Humanity group build a home for Sandra Tuning. This is the third year that students from THS have taken time out of their busy schedules to help the Habitat group. Each year they volunteer, fill out the necessary paperwork and then spend a full day working on site. The Habitat group provides lunch for the students and spends the day teaching students the art of house building. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Hunter Education course starts March 11
    A Hunter Education course will start Monday, March 11 in the upstairs room of the VFW Building. Classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and continue Monday through Thursday of the following week at the same time. A trail walk and range firing will be Saturday, March 23. Any child who is 9 ½ years of age or older may take the course. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Fraser news
    Norma was pleased to receive a package last Tuesday that was sent to the Clearwater Tribune office. Milton L. Pritchard Snyder, Ph.D. sent her a copy of his book, “Maybe Milton Should Go Work in the Woods.” He wrote a note on the first page that thanked her for the excellent writings and reporting of Fraser and Clearwater County news. Thank you, Milton. It is a pleasure to carry on the reporting of this community’s news as so many others have done in the past. The information on the early days of this area is so interesting. Keith Lutes and his wife Shirley have family histories that go way back in the Fraser area. On Feb. 24 Norma spent several hours at their home looking over just a small portion of the paperwork on their family history. The copies of the information have been added to a notebook for future reference. Thanks to the Lutes for this valuable information.
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  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    The Hilltop Players, under the direction of Susie Larson, provide entertainment during the annual Camas Festival. Auditions for this year’s play will be held Tuesday, March 26 and Friday, March 29, 6:30 p.m. at Weippe City Hall. This year the Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. Susie is looking for actors, costume people and those interested in set design. Questions? Call Susie at 435-4617. Carolyn Lage, who taught at Timberline for 24 years, will be undergoing surgery on her legs in April. On Thursday, March 14, THS is hosting its annual blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium. This year’s THS blood drive will be donated to Carolyn. To schedule a time to give blood, please call Robyn Bonner at (208) 435-4411. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    Pierce City Council has drafted a new cat ordinance in response to numerous complaints about an uncontrolled, exploding cat population in town. Unfortunately, there is misinformation circulating about this ordinance, and the following are the factual highlights: 1. The ordinance has not yet become law, so now is the best time to submit any comment for City Council's consideration. 2. The majority of the complaints have come from private citizens with visual proof of a cat nuisance, not businesses, and the City has attempted to treat everyone's rights equally. 3. Council has agreed to make the registration of cats in Pierce completely voluntary and free-of-charge (no license required), for the sole purpose of helping City workers in identifying the owner of a captured cat. 4. The cats will be caught humanely, in live traps, not foothold traps. To receive a copy of the complete draft of the ordinance, please contact City Hall at 208-464-2222 or cityofpierce@qroidaho.net. The second and third readings of this ordinance will be posted on March's meeting agendas. In the meantime, please assist in controlling the situation by having your roaming cats spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Thank you! To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for March 7
    Gray wolf hunting and trapping seasons in most zones in Idaho run through March 31. Hunting seasons in the Lolo and Selway zones remain open through June 30. And the Beaverhead and Island Park zones closed Jan. 31. As of March 4, hunters and trappers had taken 245 wolves in Idaho. Last year, they had taken a total of 379 wolves by the end of the season.

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