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Updated December 3 at 3:50 p.m.


Updated December 3 at 3:50 p.m.

November 28, 2013 Front Page
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November 28 Poll Results
Head Lice
Should children with head lice
come to school, or stay home?

88% They should stay home until the lice have been cleared up. (53)
10% They should stay home for a bit, but not more than a day or two. (6)
  2% They should come to school. (2)
  0% Undecided. (0)

This is not a scientific poll.

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  • City of Orofino hot topics still undecided
    The Building and Fire Committees met Nov. 19 to further discuss the city pros and cons of purchasing the former Health and Welfare building for relocating City Hall. The issue is still in session. Additional information is required before a decision could be made. The Planning and Zoning Commission met following the Building and Fire committees to continue their work session on annexation. Chairman Dewey Stewart announced that the meeting would open with a brief period for public comment and that the commissioners would continue their work session afterwards to try and reach an agreement. Emotions ran high as business owners and residents voiced their concerns of annexation, and how to afford additional taxes.
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  • Orofino man dies in crash in North Dakota
    Mike Monaghan, 51, of Orofino, was killed in a crash in Williams County, North Dakota Thursday, Nov. 14. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Highway 50 east of Alamo. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Monaghan was driving a 2011 Kenworth pulling a tanker trailer eastbound from Williston to Wildrose. He failed to negotiate a curve and drove the vehicle on the south shoulder, then into a ditch where it overturned. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2B.

  • Wasden warns non-profits of donation scam
    Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden last week warned Idaho non-profit organizations to be on the lookout for overpayment donation scams.  “My office has warned individual Idahoans for a number of years to be wary of offers to overpay for advertised goods or services.  More recently, we have received reports of a variation on that theme targeting non-profits that receive donations online,” Wasden said. “The scam works like this:  the thief uses a credit card or online payment account such as PayPal to make a large donation through the non-profit’s online donation page,” Wasden said.  “He then contacts the organization and says the amount was a mistake.
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  • National Forest motor vehicle use map available to the public
    The Clearwater National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) is now available to the public.  MVUMs are available free-of-charge at all Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest offices.  MVUMs, Questions & Answers, and Frequently Asked Questions can be downloaded from the Forest’s website at:    http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nezperceclearwater/maps-pubs. In 2005 the Forest Service published a new rule requiring each national forest and grassland to designate those national forest system roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use.  It further required designated routes and areas to be identified on an MVUM that is available to the public free-of-charge.
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  • U.S. Forest Service job fair Monday, Dec. 2
    The U.S. Forest Service will be hosting a Statewide Job Fair in all 25 of the Idaho Department of Labor offices Monday, Dec. 2 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This first time statewide event will provide information on the many job opportunities within the national forests in Idaho. Job opportunities are predominantly seasonal, mainly during the summer. A seasonal job can be a stepping stone to a permanent job.
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  • Experience the spirit of the season with Live Nativity
    Go back in time on Friday, Dec. 6, to a stable in Bethlehem where the baby Jesus was born on that first Christmas day. The scene is complete with Mary and Joseph, the baby Jesus, angels, shepherds, wise men and even a few live animals. You won't really be back in Bethlehem, but the atmosphere will feel like you are really there, at least for a few minutes while you partake of the spirit of the season at the annual Live Nativity scene at the corner of Michigan Ave. and C St. (between the old junior high and the Christian Church) from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. There will be multiple presentations throughout the evening. Each presentation is about 20 minutes long. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 10A.

  • CVHC's November Employee of the Month
    Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics congratulates our November Employee of the Month, Ashley Steinbruecker. Ashley has been working as the Community Relations/ Foundation Manager at St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics for the past two years. Ashley was originally hired in the chart room and worked there for just over a year. She helped with the transition from paper to electronic charts. When the current Director of Development and Director of Community Relations, Jim May and Jeanette Gorman, announced their retirement, Ashley was hired for a new joint position. Cheri Holthaus is the Community Relations/ Foundation Coordinator for St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood and she and Ashley work as a team in these positions. Nominator Jyl Ryland states her title is “Community Relations” but she deserves recognition for bringing Employee Relations and Community Relations together. She’s an excellent example of what a great employee and all around good person is all about. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 5B.

  • Remember to get your Christmas Passport stamped
    The Orofino Chamber and local businesses have been busy with the Orofino Chamber Passport program and it is off and running with added benefits this year.  The passports are in the businesses and can be purchased for $3.00 each. An enthusiastic “Passporter” can purchase as many passports as they would like.  Multiple cards in the raffle drawing increase a chance to win one of the many donated items from the participating merchants.  The person presenting the passport to be stamped does need to have their name as the owner on the front of the card along with a contact phone number. In support of the Passport program, many businesses will have in house incentives or gifts for the passport holder at the time they present their passport to be stamped.
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  • Letter to the Editor - Jeanette Gorman
    I would like to publicly thank the ICARE Cancer Assistance and Recovery Effort volunteers for their generous financial gift to me after my current diagnosis. They approached me about submitting an application and encouraged me to accept their kindness. The five member ICARE team clarified that the funds could be spent anyway I chose. I will be using the monies to help offset travel costs for my two sons to visit me over the holidays. The gift could not have come at a better time. I would also like to thank the multitude of people who participate in the ICARE local fundraisers. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 2A.

  • Ask the mayor
    Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers will begin answering readers’ city government questions in a new column to be featured in the Clearwater Tribune. The column will appear once a month, giving our community not only an opportunity to inquire, but to learn from each others’ answers. Send your question to Clearwater Tribune,   P.O. Box 71, Orofino, ID 83544 or via email to cleartrib@cebridge.net. You may sign your name or remain anonymous.
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  • LIFELINE Food Bank report
    To help meet the needs of the community, LIFELINE Food Bank operates at 2170 Carney Dr. Unit G on Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. October report: Children served, under age 18 - 164. Adults served, ages 19-59 – 273. Adults served, age 60+ – 80. Total number of people served – 517. Total number of households served – 188. Donations of canned or packaged goods (not damaged or outdated) are always welcome and can be received during our hours of operation. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 7B.

  • Down Memory Lane
    50 Years Ago - A long log truck driver, James E. Morrison, 23, lost his life in the North Fork Monday when he rolled a truck and trailer into the river about seven miles above Ahsahka. Officers recovered his body five hours after the wreck, when two wreckers pulled the truck out of 14 feet of water. Tire tracks and a scarred tree 1,000 yards downstream showed that Morrison had nearly gone off the road a minutes before his wreck. At that time he swerved back onto the road, but not long after the swerve he was skirting the edge of the river bank, and traveling on the shoulder for 61 feet before plunging 100 feet along the bank into the water.  Morrison may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
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  • From this Chair
    The Black-Eyed Pea is back in the news. Her little pug nose is out of shape. You’re right. I’m writing about my black pug, Mary Jane, the dog the vet said was spoiled. She is not spoiled. Just gifted! The other day the Phantom came to the house with his son’s newly adopted nine-month-old dachshund pup, Jerry. Mary Jane adores the Phantom so when she heard his truck outside the house she made a dash out the door to greet him. I wasn’t home at the time but the Phantom told me “Mary Jane came running out of the house as Jerry and I were walking down the drive. When she spotted us she laid down on her back in the drive and started rolling, rolling and rolling.”
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  • Human Needs Council news
    Seventeen people from various community organizations attended the Human Needs Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Krystal Café for a networking meeting. Discussion centered around what is happening now and looking forward into the coming year. The Patchwork Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at OJHS. Fast Fixes with Mixes is the theme. Mix items include a Pamper Yourself kit, Cake in Coffee Cup, Rubs and Seasonings, Rice Pilaf, and various other mixes. There will be a Thanksgiving Dinner at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Little Flower Room on Thursday, Nov. 28, from noon to 2:30 p.m. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Sign up for a new year of 4-H
    The Clearwater County 4-H Program is gearing up for another fun year of activities and events for the youth in Clearwater County. If you are interested in joining the fun, now is the time to get involved. This year, sign-up can be done online; just type in 4HOnline and follow the directions. Youth ages five to seven years old can participate as “4-H Clover Members.” This is a noncompetitive part of the program. Youth ages eight to 18 participate as 4-H members. All ages are determined as of Jan. 1. Adult volunteers are a very important part of the 4-H program. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 4B.

  • Fraser news
    The Fraser community sends Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone. We certainly do have a lot to be thankful for. I especially want to thank everyone for contributing to this column; and to those of you that have read the articles and called to tell your part of the stories, thank you. Mike Green introduced several ideas that have revealed the ever expanding history of the Fraser community. The Fraser School Bell led Mike and his niece Alycia Shedd on a quest to the home of Lucille Pepper in Lewiston. Lucile’s parents, John and Rilla Smolinski, purchased the bell from the estate sale of Frank Reed, and Lucile received the bell from her mother when she passed away. Mike also encouraged his mother to share the information in her diaries with the readers.
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  • Pierce news
    Pam Hedge of Irvine, Kentucky wants to wish everyone on the hill a Happy Thanksgiving. Melissa Malone from the saw shop writes, Daltons coming home for Christmas. He’s been gone for his first five-month stint. Joey Myers' family will still have Thanksgiving at their home in his absence and he will be with us at heart! We expect 16 for dinner. Please join us to celebrate Barb Opdahl's 75th Birthday Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. This will be a potluck dinner, main dish and birthday cake provided so bring your favorite covered side dish. Barb has requested no gifts, please, but if you feel you must do something, a donation to ICARE would be very much appreciated. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe. If you already subscribe, log in and read page 8A.

  • Sportsmen's Report for November 28
    An often overlooked aspect of hunter safety occurs when hunters use a boat while waterfowl hunting. Nearly every year, a hunting tragedy occurs in Idaho when a boat capsizes or gets swamped in very cold water during a duck hunt. These incidents can always be avoided with a few precautions. Duck hunters take great care in preparing for the hunting aspect of their outings, carefully checking decoy lines and weights, designing and building blinds, purchasing warm clothing and boots, patterning steel shot loads, practicing their calling, etc. Often overlooked, however, is the mode of transportation to the hunting location and the safety considerations needed to get there and back safely.

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