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March 14 Poll Results
Ballot Initiative Law
Should retirement homes change policies that prohibit their nursing staff from providing emergency medical care to independent living residents?

39% Yes. I think it will help ensure rural voters get more of a voice. (12)
51% No. All it does is make it harder to get an initiative on the ballot. (16)
10% Undecided. (3)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • Bob and Ev Marsh - living the good life
    Bob and Ev (as she likes to be called), the Marshes, gave up part of their afternoon to recall some of their past and share about their present life together. A playful couple, Bob threw in teasing remarks to spice up the conversation as I asked them where they were from, how they met, and how they spent their days. Bob surprised me by telling me he was from L.A. (as in California), though he couldn’t name what part. That’s likely because he was hauled to Idaho as a babe and, except for a wartime hitch in the south Pacific, has lived here ever since. His mother’s family, the Harris family, homesteaded in Grangemont back in 1902. I’m told it was an actual place then, not just a road with that name; it even had a post office. Ev lived in Orofino as a small child, but she and her younger brother went to live with their grandparents in Weiser after losing their mother at the tender ages of two and three. Her mother, Lois McKinney, was hunting and caught her gun in some branches. It discharged, and she was tragically killed, leaving two small children. Her father continued to work in the woods here, as that was his work. Like so many other young men, when his country called in 1944, Bob enlisted in the Navy and caught a bus to boot camp at Farragut Naval Station. Though he left Orofino alone, Bob recognized several guys from Orofino when he got there. After training, he served on a land/sea transport (LST) ship that worked its way around the Pacific from Guadlcanal to Japan, moving troops and hauling supplies. Bob was a Gunner’s Mate until he was discharged in 1946.
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  • Jacobsens enjoy banner weekend at elk calling championships
    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation crowned a series of champions at the 25th annual World Elk Calling Championships in Las Vegas March 1-2, and it was a banner weekend for the Jacobsens, the “First Family” of Elk Calling. Jacobsen family members took first place in the peewee and women’s divisions, and topped the field in the first-ever Champion of Champions competition, an invitational involving previous winners of the professional division. This was the 25th year of the World Elk Calling championship by RMEF and they invited all previous winners in the Pro division to compete for the Champion of Champions. There was a three-way tie between Rockie, Corey and Al Morris. They had a bugle off and there was another tie – between father and son, Rockie and Corey, with Corey being crowned Champion that evening at the grand banquet.
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  • Claim of mistreated horses investigated by sheriff's deputies
    Sheriff Goetz at the March 4 Commissioners meeting informed the Board that he sent deputies to go investigate a claim that horses were being mistreated. The Board approved Records Retention Resolution 13-02-02. Georgia Martinell, representing Second Chance Animal, discussed an animal abuse concern with the Board.  
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  • Weippe Library Director meets Twilight actor
    Weippe Library Director, Terri Summerfield, recently met actor Chaske Spencer from the Twilight Saga movie series. Chaske plays Sam Uley, the alpha male of the werewolves. Come and watch Chaske during the Twilight Saga Movie Marathon at the Weippe Public Library, Saturday, March 16. The marathon starts at 10 a.m. with Twilight, followed by New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part 1, and ending with the finale, Breaking Dawn Part 2.
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  • Kamiah man lifts weights for Children's Diabetes Camp
    Sonny Nummi of Kamiah will be in Orofino Wednesday, March 13, to continue his annual mission of supporting childhood onset diabetes. Each year, Sonny does a kind of iron man event to raise money so children with diabetes can attend a special camp near McCall. Sonny, at age 72, bench presses weights, runs, and other events, all day long to give these kids an opportunity to have a fun time and feel like healthy kids, in a beautiful setting with kids just like themselves. In 2011, Sonny started a challenge workout at 1 a.m. in the morning. He worked for seven hours and lifted 1,037,637 pounds during that time. He made $1,150 pledge dollars in contributions which all went to kids at HODIA Camp. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 11A.

  • 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 (2012) to apply to the 2013 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 April 15 deadline. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Clean Up Week: From the Orofino Tribune in 1916
    March 31, 1916 “Clean Up Week Proclamation April 9 – April 15, 1916” - Health and attractiveness of communities demand that following the close of the winter season and before the beginning of the summer’s heat there should be a general cleaning up of unclean deposits of animal and vegetable matter and other debris which cannot be prevented from accumulating in order that filthy, unclean, unhealthful and unsightly conditions may no prevail, generating and spreading disease and breeding pestilential insects. It is deemed advisable and most conducive to a general renovation whereby no one may have excuse for delay or negligence to the detriment and danger to the health of himself, his family, or of his neighbors to set apart a week wherein all good citizens are called upon not alone to see that their own premises are not in order, but that a wholesome and effective community spirit may be created. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7A.

  • Letter to the Editor: Dean Gimmestad
    If you missed it in the Clearwater Tribune School District news for Feb. 28, let me quote: The State Department of Education announced that, "Peck, Cavendish, and Timberline Elementary Schools have been recognized as 5 Star Schools." This rating system measures, "students’ academic proficiency as well as academic growth." Five Star Schools are the top 15% of all schools in the state of Idaho. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Memory Care Unit at Brookside Landing
    Jill Woolsey, Director of Brookside Landing, was the guest speaker at the Orofino Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting held March 6. Woolsey has been on board at Brookside since January, 2001, and has seen firsthand, the progress made to provide a safe and comfortable living environment for seniors. She enthusiastically shared an update on the facility as a whole, with special emphasis on the new Memory Care Unit at Brookside. Woolsey said they came to realize that bright, cheerful paint colors go a long way towards making a place homey. So, besides new carpet, the whole place has been repainted to brighten the living space. Three fireplaces give residents comfy places to relax and watch a flickering fire. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8B.

  • OCS St. Patrick's Day celebration
    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 4A.

  • From this Chair
    The other day my daughter, Marcie Stanton and I went shopping together for the first time in a long time. At the end of the day I told my self this nonsense of me saying “you don’t need that” had to stop. I realized I sounded like a mother with a 12-year-old shopping for school clothes. Marcie true to her nature never uttered a sound but I’m sure she was thinking plenty. Once a mother always a mother which all mothers realize sooner or later. Maybe Dads also. I recall my dad telling me in 1995 when he visited here “Sis, you drive too fast and spend too much money.” Did it slow me down and curb the spending? Of course not. So why would I expect Marcie to not buy something just because I tell her “you don’t need that”? To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Two-vehicle wreck on Highway 95
    A two-vehicle wreck last Wednesday on U.S. Highway 95 injured two people, according to the Idaho State Police (ISP). The wreck occurred at 7:29 p.m. on March 6. A 1993 Dodge Caravan driven by Randy K. Johnson, 67, of Kooskia, was southbound on the highway. With him in the van was Rose Johnson, 64, also of Kooskia. Near milepost 304, Johnson pulled over because he missed a turnoff, according to ISP. Johnson then attempted to turn around in the highway, and was hit by 23-year-old Amy J. Kuther of Nezperce, who had been trying to drive around Johnson after he pulled over. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • National Park having Kids Spring Fling
    The Nez Perce National Historical Park is having, “Kids Day in the Park- Spring Fling” April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Spalding picnic area. Activities include: beading, doll making, nature walk and more. It is a great time to get outside and enjoy the spring weather. Rangers will be on hand to teach some of the intricacies and history of beading techniques and each child will make their own beaded item. Learn about the importance of qáca’ to Nez Perce children and take home a doll of their own making. Explore the budding spring trails with a Ranger. Young children should be chaperoned by an adult, lunch will not be provided. The visitor center is currently open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but on March 17 the hours will change to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Spalding Visitor Center is located on US Highway 95, approximately 12 miles south of Lewiston and three miles north of Lapwai. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 3B.

  • Dry winter months to affect summer water supply
    Two months of below normal precipitation in most parts of Idaho are likely to affect water supply according to the most recent report released this week by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “The snowpack is lagging from below normal precipitation in January and February. If March is dry that will affect streamflow forecasts,” said Ron Abramovich, Idaho NRCS Water Supply Specialist. Currently, the majority of streams in the state are forecast in the 70-90% of average range. “We’ve learned from the past that when we get two dry winter months in a row, negative impacts on the water supply start to occur,” Abramovich said. “Abundant March precipitation would help but short of that, preserving the snow that already exists is the best we can hope for.” To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 12A.

  • Fraser news
    Marie Green has been moved to a smaller room at the Kindred Care Facility in Lewiston. Her new number is room 210. It has a south facing window and looks like it will be bright and cheerful for our special neighbor. Marie was scheduled for an appointment with an ear doctor on Wednesday, March 13. We hope they can help her with her hearing problem. Over the past week several neighbors had stopped in for a visit and communicated with her by writing down questions which she answered. We hope a solution has been found as she is a person who enjoys a good visit. Her son Steve spent several days at the farm and visited with her before he returned to his home in Coeur d’Alene. Linda Beard reported the weather on Saturday was so nice there were only two tables of players at the Fraser Community Center. Linda won high score. Delores Watson took the low score and the pinochle was won by Linda and LaDonna Chapman. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 1B.

  • Happenings on the Hilltop
    Junior High students through adults are invited, encouraged even, to join the group playing volleyball at the Pierce Community Center Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Games start this Thursday, March 14. Throw a dollar in the pot and you’re ready to go. Call 435-4579 for more info. Spring officially starts Wednesday, March 20. Snow is melting, not completely melted but we’re on the way! We can start the veggies inside and have ‘em ready when it is warm enough. We can never be too sure when warm enough will happen but remain hopeful. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 9A.

  • Pierce news
    Last Friday, during roller skating, there was an incident in the parking lot. I want to remind everyone that the Center is a place for all people to feel safe. We will not allow bullying or fighting. If you or a child you know has any problems please let me know so that we can work out the situation. Also, we will be going over the rules with the kids before the next skate night, in case they may have forgotten. The Community Center has added a new home gym to their workout room. We are still in need of a different treadmill, so if you are upgrading your machine or just wanting to get rid of one you are not using please let us know! Adults 18 years and over can use the workout room for just a $1 per day or you can buy a monthly membership for $15. You may call for more info. There are a few people wanting to play volleyball on Thursday nights. The first night will be March 14, from 6-8 p.m. It will cost $1 per person and is open to junior high and up. This is a co-ed game, so please join them for some fun and exercise! Please watch for more details. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for March 14
    It’s not too early to enter the first Super Hunt drawing in June. The deadline is May 31.  With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime, and their entry fee helps support hunter and angler access to and across private lands. The first drawing in June will pick 26 lucky hunters, each of whom will win one of 25 tags - eight elk, eight deer, and eight pronghorn permits as well as one moose hunt; one "Super Hunt Combo" entry also will be drawn that will entitle the winner to hunt for one each elk, deer, pronghorn and moose.

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