July

Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in an adult in their twenties in Clearwater County. The investigation into this new case is in the preliminary stages. The patient’s healthcare provider acted appropriately, discussing exposure risk and appropriately determining that a COVID-19 test was necessary. The patient is recovering at home.*

The 17th Annual Show and Shine had a different location this year, with cars being showcased on Johnson and College avenues. They had a good turnout, and the weather cooperated, giving spectators and entrants a beautiful summer day for the show.*

Beginning Wednesday (July 1), drivers in Idaho will only be able to use electronic devices in hands-free mode behind the wheel, including when stopped at a red light or stop sign. In other words, the new hands-free law makes holding a cell phone illegal while operating a vehicle.*

Construction on the new Orofino Creek Bridge is continuing as scheduled. During construction traffic will have to go around Harmony Heights Loop via the Deer Creek Road side. The project is expected to last approximately 90 days.*

August

In July, a new administrator, Father Bruno Mbamobi, of the Order of the Sons of Mary, Mother of Mercy (SMMM), was assigned to St. Theresa Catholic Church. He is happy to be known as “Father Bruno”.

Born in Okija, Nigeria, West Africa, he is the ninth of ten siblings.*

A celebration of 100 years during a pandemic! Charlotte Christina Cornborough was born July 22, 1920…. When asked what she attributed her long life to, she replied, “Faith in God and healthy living.”*

Post Commander Dave Owsley was more than a little surprised as he presided over the past meeting for Harold Kinne VFW Post 3296 held Aug. 4.

It was going to be a special evening. It was Dave’s understanding the Post was going to receive the All-State award at the meeting. What he didn’t know was that he was also being honored as the recipient of the Veteran of the Year award.*

FIRST Lego League “RePLAY” 2020-2021 season for the Clearwater Atomic Robotics team kicks off August 17 at 5 p.m. in room 202 of the VFW building in Orofino, Idaho.  Any youth ages 9 to 14 year old are welcome to come join the fun – PLAYing with robots!*

September

Clearwater County Commissioners declared an emergency Sept. 7 and requested assistance from the state to provide resources to fight two fires that started about 2:20 p.m. yesterday near Orofino. Governor Little responded with the state declaration of Emergency at about 7:30 p.m. last night.

The Clover Fire in the New Hope area has burned over 2000 acres and has been designated a Type II incident. Don Gardener Clearwater County Emergency Manager said the area remains under evacuation and they estimate eight homes and other structures have been lost. The fire remains uncontrolled. Heavy tankers from Moscow are assisting in the fight.

The second fire at mile marker 49 on Hwy 12 also began about 2:20 p.m. It closed Hwy 12 from mile marker 44 to 49.5. The fire remains uncontrolled and the highway remains closed at this time.

A third fire near the Ranchettes on Wells Bench Road was reported as well. That fire was put out at approximately 4 p.m.*

Due to the significant loss of homes and property caused by the Whitetail Loop fire on Sunday, Aug. 30 and the more recent Sunnyside Complex Fire (Clover and MM49) on Monday, Sept. 7, Harold Kinne VFW Post 3296 has established an account at Lewis Clark Credit Union to help the victims of these devastating fires.*

Clearwater County’s new ambulance was officially placed into service Sept. 1, The Horton ambulance body is an all-aluminum box designed with longevity in mind and built to serve the county for many years.*

October

It’s a win-win situation for Robert Lashly, former owner, and incoming Shawn and Marlene Prall in the recent transaction which took place on Sept. 1 this year. The Pralls will be the Riverside Lanes fourth owners since it was built in 1956. *

The total number of unemployed residents in North Central Idaho grew from about 2,200 in August to about 3,300 a month later. In February, before the pandemic, about 1,400 residents were jobless.*

As part of a grant from Idaho Commission of Libraries, our new internet system will be installed the week of Oct. 19. This will enhance our coverage both inside and outside of the library.*

Idaho Fish and Game and PotlatchDeltic continues the long-term lease agreement partnership to provide and preserve public access for hunting, fishing and trapping on 567,002 acres of private timber land in north-central Idaho.*

November

The Idaho STEM Action Center has honored two educators who champion science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and connect students with industry leaders to mentor projects and provide invaluable career guidance. A panel of industry experts selected Galileo STEM Academy teacher Gina Kwid and Orofino Junior-Senior High School teacher Tim Gering to receive the 2020 Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM awards, or INDEEDS for short.*

The Nez Perce Tribe, through their local education program fund, has contributed $10,000 to the Valnet library consortium. These funds will be used to purchase digital ebooks and audiobooks that all library card holders within the consortium service area will be able to access through Overdrive.*

Due to coronavirus restrictions and concerns we are sorry to tell you that St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Orofino Methodist Church have had to cancel the free Community Meals usually offered each Thanksgiving and Christmas.

St. Theresa’s Food Bank, however, is now open every Thursday from 9 a.m. through 12 noon.*

December

Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first two deaths associated with COVID-19 19 (novel coronavirus) in Clearwater County.*

The Senate unanimously passed U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)’s legislation to help stop unwanted robocalls.*

The recent Greer Volunteer Fire District raffle was a success.  We had three separate items you had a choice to win.  The winners’ names were drawn Dec. 4, with the help of the gals at Banner Bank.

Winner of the Big Foot Silhouette was Jenny Byrne.

Winner of Auntie’s M’s Holiday gift basket was Joyce Peltier. 

Winner of the two Yeti insulated mugs was Michelle Gladhart.*

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