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Dear Readers: I have added this page and special menu bar link to give you the latest information I have on the COVID-19. Novel Coronavirus, particularly as it relates to the people of Clearwater Country. I have received, followed and researched a great deal of information on the pandemic and want to share with you what I feel will be the most factual and helpful information on the situation. While I don't feel there is a need for panic, there is a need for timely, clear, accurate information from responsible news sources, because knowledge is power. For that reason, all the articles and resources are fully open with no need for a subscription. I will be adding new as well as historical information.

See closures, postponements and cancellations, as well as helpful links below:

For more information about the novel coronavirus, please visit www.idahopublichealth.com or https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ or call the Public Health Hotline at 1-866-736-6632.

10-21-20
COVID-19: Possible treatments being developed
As cases of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Idaho pass 50,000 and deaths in the United States approach a quarter of a million, the search for useful treatments for this infection continues. See the article and photo...

10-21-20
Idaho payroll jobs closest to pre-pandemic levels
U.S. seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment was 7.6 percent lower in August than February. See the report...

10-20-20
Incarcerated man diagnosed with COVID-19 dies at Arizona hospital
A man incarcerated under the jurisdiction of the Idaho Department of Correction has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19, they announced Monday. See the article...

10-19-20
Another Covid-19 surprise shows up
Coronavirus continues to throw surprises at North Central Idaho, according to Kathryn Tacke, Regional Economist Idaho Department of Labor. See the analysis...

10-16-20
State Board to consider contract for 'Strong Families, Strong Students' program
The Idaho State Board of Education will hold a virtual special board meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) to consider a contract with ClassWallet a Florida-based financial technology company, to administer Idaho's 'Strong Families, Strong Students' program. See the article...

10-16-20
Governor Little urges personal responsibility to slow COVID-19 spread
BOISE - As COVID-19 cases increase in communities across Idaho, Governor Brad Little urged Idahoans to ramp up personal actions to slow the spread of the virus to protect lives and economic prosperity. See the article...

10-15-20
Why I Wear a Mask: Part 2
I was lucky that my first week in town three years ago just happened to be during Lumberjack Days. See the article and photo...

10-13-20
Idaho County Sheriff's Office notified that inmate positive COVID-19
The Idaho County Sheriff's Office has been notified that a currently incarcerated inmate has tested positive for COVID-19. See the info...

10-10-20
Idaho on track for historic state budget surplus, Little cautions Idahoans about COVID
BOISE - A strong and open economy, Idahoans' preventive actions against COVID-19, and other steps have positioned Idaho to potentially achieve the largest state budget surplus in Idaho history, but Governor Brad Little warned Idahoans to ramp up personal actions to prevent virus spread in order to protect lives, keep schools open, and continue our economic momentum. See the article...

10-9-20
My fellow 6Cers:
Clayne Tyler writes from the hospital parking lot in Coeur d'Alane. See his Letter to the Editor...

10-7-20
COVID-19 testing, positive cases have increased over last few weeks
Testing and positive number of cases of COVID-19 have risen in the last several weeks in our community. See the article and photo...

10-6-20
School Board meets in special session to discuss COVID-19 safety plans
Joint School District #171's trustees held a special session Monday to update information and vote on procedures concerning COVID-19. See the info...

10-3-20
Clearwater County COVID-19 cases jump 10 on Friday
On Friday, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Clearwater County jumped by 10 to 63, the largest number of confirmed cases reported in one day in the county, See the article...

10-3-20
Superintendent releases another video about school district situation
Joint School District #171 approaches the end of one week and starts into another with online teaching at Orofino Junior Senior High School and required masks at Orofino Elementary School, other schools in the district have highly recommended masks as their guideline. Listen to the video...

10-3-20
Higher education benefits from major financial support during pandemic
BOISE - The Governor's Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) voted Friday to direct another $6 million in federal relief funds to higher education in Idaho, bringing the total financial support from federal COVID funds for the public institutions this year to $54.4 million. See the article...

10-1-20
COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning underway in Idaho
BOISE- Governor Brad Little and public health officials Thursday outlined the steps Idaho is taking to work with the federal government on distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. See the article...

Breaking News (10-1-20, 11:30 p.m.)
Virtual classes continue at OJSHS next week, OES in person classes with face covering
Orofino Junior/Senior High School will continue virtual classes next week, while Orofino Elementary School will have in person classes, but there will be a requirement of face coverings due to their close connections with OJSHS students and personnel. See the info...

Breaking News (9-29-20, 4 p.m.)
OJSHS going to online learning Wednesday, Thursday, sports cancelled
As a school, our priority is to educate students effectively. Each year we are forced to recognize that we have limitations of completing this priority. This year is no exception. See the info...

9-23-20
A Tale of Two Viruses
This fall and winter we will face a viral enemy that has the ability to kill tens of thousands of Americans in a short period of time. See the article and photo...

9-22-20
NICI releases information on COVID-19 outbreak
Those following the Idaho Public Health-North Central District's information on their website would have noticed that there were 91 new cases of COVID-19 in Idaho County Monday. See the info...

9-18-20
Superintendent releases another video about school district situation
Dr. Michael C. Garrett, Superintendent Joint School District #171, released the following video concerning the situation in the district. See the info and video...

9-15-20
COVID fatigue wearing on everyone
I'm tired, as are all of you. I'm tired of the COVID pandemic. I'm tired of not being able to do all the things I would like to do. (This last week was originally going to be a Canadian wilderness canoe trip for us, but the closed border cancelled that plan.) See the article and photo...

9-12-20
Garrett offers video update on school district status
Here is our schools' current status. See the video...

9-12-20
Financial support for K-12 education grows 10.5-percent during pandemic
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Friday Idaho public schools and families will receive even more financial support, making Idaho one of the only states in the country to significantly increase funding for K-12 education during the global pandemic. See the article...

9-10-20
Vaccine is seen as a way to return to 'normal'
I am not sure what normal looks like anymore, but I hear a lot of people say "when things go back to normal" or "I want things to go back to normal." Well, me too. See the article...

9-10-20
Wildland firefighters taking extra precautions during pandemic
In a year dominated by the global pandemic, fire camps look very different. While COVID-19 spreads, wildfires continue to occur. Incident Management Teams come together to fight fire from varied locations around the region and country. See the article and photo...

9-9-20
School trustees vote to move Orofino schools to 'Yellow Phase'
Last (Tuesday) night the board voted to continue the online learning for Orofino Junior/Senior High School through this week. See the report...

Breaking news (9-4-20, 12:30 p.m.)
Orofino Junior/Senior High School has confirmed case of COVID-19
According to an email sent Friday morning by Dr. Michael Garrett, Superintendent of Joint School District #171, Orofino Junior/Senior High School has a confirmed case of COVID-19. See the info...

8-26-20
Coronavirus can impact mental health 'temperature'
My new norm these days is arriving to work and taking my temperature. After reading "Taking Your Mental Health Temperature During COVID-19" by Kathy Katella at Yale University, this really got me to thinking about what the future brings for us, what are our new "norms," and how has this affected mental health? See the article...

8-25-20
Immune cells for common cold may recognize SARS-CoV-2
The virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, is part of a large family of coronaviruses. Coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. However, SARS-CoV-2 can cause serious illness and even death. Why people's COVID-19 symptoms vary so greatly isn't fully understood. Check our Health Talk column sponsored by Brookside Landing and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. See the column...

8-24-20
School opening Wednesday with masks 'highly recommended'
Students in Joint School District #171 go back to classes Wednesday with masks 'highly recommended', as approved by the district trustees in their meeting Aug. 17. See the info...

8-22-20
COVID-19 cases in North Central Idaho up 29.44 percent in the last week
COVID-19 cases in Public Health-Idaho North Central District (District 2) have shot up 29.44 percent in the week from Aug. 14 and Aug. 21. See the info...

8-22-20
Little highlights Idaho Foodbank and partners, announces Idaho will stay in Stage 4
BOISE - Governor Brad Little held a press conference at The Idaho Foodbank in Boise Friday to highlight the importance of supporting food banks and food assistance programs during the pandemic, and to provide Idahoans an update on statewide COVID-19 metrics. See the article...

8-21-20
COVID-19 - A Different Animal
"Isn't the coronavirus just another common cold virus?" "I don't think I have risk, so why should I care?" See the article...

8-18-20
Special legislative session to address election, civil liability during the pandemic
BOISE - Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation Wednesday outlining the issues to be considered by the Idaho Legislature during a special legislative session convening on Aug. 24. See the article...

8-14-20
Spike in positive COVID-19 cases continues, with cases a rising in Kamiah
LAPWAI- Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) is continuing to see a spike in positive COVID-19 cases. See the report...

8-14-20
Idaho's long-term care facilities need more employees
Idaho's long-term care community is at a breaking point. Facilities need more employees to care for their residents who are at the greatest risk of COVID-19. See the article...

8-14-20
Many educators, parents have angst over back to school plans
Rod Gramer writes about the angst many educators and parents have surrounding whether students should return to the classroom or learn on-line. See the guest opinion...

8-14-20
USDA announces more eligible commodities for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in response to public comments and data. See the article...

8-13-20
Person working on fire line at the Pumpkin Fire tests positive for COVID-19
IDAHO CITY - As many as 360 people have been assigned to the Pumpkin Fire, with about 270 people on the fire line. See the article...

8-12-20
First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Lewis County
LEWISTON--Public Health--Idaho North Central Idaho (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Lewis County. See the article...

8-11-20
New COVID-19 crisis counseling hotline offers support to struggling Idahoans
As Idahoans identify the many impacts of COVID-19, the need increases for behavioral health support, food security, housing, and other services. See the article...

8-10-20
COVID-19 cases jump in North Central Idaho
COVID-19 cases jumped by 22 or 7.59 percent between Friday and Monday, the largest single day jump in this region, according to Public Health-Idaho North Central District statistics. See the article...

8-10-20
School Trustees split over mask issue in school opening plan
Trustees of Joint School District #171 split over the issue of mandatory masks in the school opening plan, but three of the five members voted for 'universal face coverings' that could include plastic face shields, both in buildings and on buses. See the article...

8-7-20
Nimiipuu Health records 13 positive COVID-19 cases in one day, more tests pending
LAPWAI- Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) has seen a surge in positive COVID-19 cases Friday, Aug. 7. See the article...

8-7-20
Idaho directing millions of dollars to the safe reopening of schools
BOISE - Governor Brad Little emphasized once again Thursday the importance of getting Idaho students back into schools for in-person instruction while highlighting the millions of dollars the state has directed to schools for safe reopening. See the article...

7-31-20
Proposed school opening plan outlined
There are many things going on with the district but none more on the front burner than the opening plans for our district and schools. See the column...

7-30-20
IDOC inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 dies at Boise hospital
BOISE -- With great sadness, the Idaho Department of Correction reports the death of an incarcerated person hospitalized with COVID-19. See the report...

7-27-20
Public Health-Idaho North Central District seeking public input
At the July 23, Public Health-Idaho North Central District Board meeting, the Data Tool For Health Alert Levels was reviewed and approved be shared for public comments. See the article...

7-27-20
Headquarters Reunion cancelled for 2020
The Headquarters Reunion Committee announced Monday that they have cancelled annual event for 2020. See the article...

7-24-20
Keep your germs to yourself
Anyone who knows me well, knows that personal columns/editorials are not my most comfortable form of writing, so chalk this up as rare, but I feel the topic is that important. See the column...

7-24-20
Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy starts 2020 fall semester with COVID-19 precautions
Last week, Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy started the 2020 fall semester with COVID-19 precautions. See the info...

7-24-20
Funds to cover COVID-19 testing for school staff, more supplies to open schools safely
BOISE - Governor Brad Little's Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee approved an additional $40 million Friday to increase and improve COVID-19 testing in Idaho and an additional $10 million to equip schools with supplies needed to open safely. See the article...

Breaking news (7-23-20, 6 p.m.)
Clearwater County Fair Board cancels open class portion, going on with 4-H
Clearwater County Fair Board has decided to cancel the 'open class' portion of the 2020 fair and go forward with as much 4-H activity as possible. See the article...

7-23-20
No Trespassing notices go up around town
Those who have been at businesses around Orofino have seen the notices like the one below. See the info and notice...

7-23-20
Governor Little highlights state-local collaboration in COVID-19 response during visits
Boise, Idaho - Governor Brad Little joined public health district directors Thursday during statewide media events to highlight the strong state-local collaboration taking place in Idaho's response to COVID-19. See the article...

7-20-20
Many topics related to COVID-19 considered for doctor's article
For this week's article I considered several topics which are all pretty important. See the article and photo...

7-18-20
More North Central Idaho residents returned to work in June
North Central Idaho's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 9.0 percent in May to 5.6 percent in June as about 2,800 people returned to their jobs as the reopening continued. See the article...

7-17-20
10,000 'Return to Work' bonuses sought during first day of opening
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced that more than 10,000 Idaho Return to Work bonuses were sought for employees by nearly 2,000 Idaho businesses Monday - the first day of the application window opening. See the article...

Breaking news (7-16-20)
Pierce 1860 Days cancelled this year
Pierce 1860 Days Committee Wednesday voted to cancel their 2020 event. See the info...

7-15-20
Why I am choosing to wear a mask
I have a confession to make. I wore a mask in public outside of work for the first time last week, and I felt ridiculous. See the article and photo...

7-11-20
Reopening our public schools is a top priority
The upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected so much in our daily lives, particularly so for our children and grandchildren. See the column...

7-11-20
State Board of Education approves plan for digital campus
The Idaho State Board of Education Thursday approved an initial implementation plan to expand online postsecondary education opportunities to Idahoans regardless of where they live. See the article...

7-9-20
Gov. Little pushes for in-person instruction in Idaho schools this fall
BOISE - Governor Brad Little and education leaders rolled out the new Idaho Back to School Framework Thursday, providing guidance to local officials in their decisions about the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. See the article...

7-9-20
North Idaho workers filed high number of new unemployment claims last week
The number of North Central Idaho residents filing new unemployment claims rose from 99 in the week ending June 27 to 141 in the week ending July 4. See the analysis...

7-8-20
COVID-19 is here and spreading fast! Take action to protect yourself and others
History has shown that there are critical times where the actions of individual citizens have the biggest impact on outcomes for the whole community and country. See the article and photo...

7-8-20
Over 100 COVID-19 tests conducted at Kamiah Nimiipuu Health
KAMIAH - COVID-19 testing was conducted at Kamiah Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) on Saturday, July 4 with 101 tests done. See the article and photo...

7-3-20
SDE distributes hand sanitizer, masks for schools across Idaho
BOISE - This week the State Department of Education distributed thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer and thousands of masks to school districts in Idaho to help protect vulnerable populations when school resumes. See the article and photo...

7-2-20
Mass COVID-19 testing to occur at Kamiah Nimiipuu Health July 4
KAMIAH- The Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) Kamiah Clinic, 313 3rd St., will be conducting tests for COVID-19 on Saturday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. subject to change based on the availability of testing kits. See the article...

Breaking News (7-1-20, 11 p.m.)
Public Health reports widespread community transmission
LEWISTON--Public Health-North Central District (PH-INCD) is reporting widespread community transmission pf COVID-19 throughout the district. See the info...

6-30-20
Dr. Johnston gives update on COVID-19 situation
Clearwater County had one person last week test positive for active COVID-19 infection. See the article and photo...

6-29-20
COVID-19 data to be updated daily on the website, including Sundays, holidays
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare wants to make sure Idahoans have the most current information about cases of COVID-19 in their communities in light of the recent significant increases in case numbers throughout the state. See the article...

6-27-20
Mass COVID-19 testing to occur at Lapwai Nimiipuu Health Monday, June 29
LAPWAI- The Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) Lapwai Clinic (111 Bever Grade) will be conducting tests for COVID-19 on Monday, June 29, beginning at 9 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. subject to change based on the availability of testing kits. See the article...

Breaking news (6-26-20, 12:30 p.m.)
First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Clearwater County
LEWISTON - Public Health - Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in an adult in their 20s in Clearwater County. See the info...

6-25-20
Idaho extends Stage 4 as COVID-19 response becomes more localized across state
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday Idaho will transition to a regional response to COVID-19, and the state did not meet metrics to move out of the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan. See the article...

6-25-20
Decision on 4-H participation during county fair to be made in July
According to Clearwater County Extension Educator Bill Warren their plan is to make a decision in July about what form 4-H exhibition of projects and auction will take. See the info...

6-25-20
Masks required at Clearwater River Casino, It'se Ye-Ye Casino
LAPWAI - Beginning June 26, the Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston and the It'se Ye-Ye Casino in Kamiah will mandate that all customers wear masks while in the establishment. See the article...

6-24-20
COVID-19 numbers prompt Central District Health to order return to Stage 3
BOISE -Tuesday, Central District Health's (CDH) Director, along with the Board of Health, announced it will implement orders for Ada County to move back to many of the guidelines in Idaho's Stage 3 for COVID-19 response, effective Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 a.m. See the article...

Breaking news (6-23-20, 8 p.m.)
73rd Orofino Lumberjack Day being postponed until 2021
Orofino Celebrations, Inc. (OCI) met Tuesday night and voted to postpone their 73rd annual event to 2021. See the article...

6-22-20
Fish and Game hatcheries remain closed to visitors due to COVID-19
Recently, Fish and Game hatcheries have received numerous calls about visitation hours and tours. See the article...

6-20-20
Nez Perce National Historical Park begins to increase recreational access
LAPWAI - Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Nez Perce National Historical Park is increasing recreational access. See the article...

6-20-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests rescinds all COVID-19 closures
The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is happy to let the public know that all developed recreation closures on the forest due to COVID-19 have been rescinded. See the article...

6-19-20
Some North Central Idaho residents returned to work in May
Unemployment rates in North Central Idaho fell from 11.3 percent in April to 9.1 percent in May as many people returned to work as the lockdown began ending. See the report...

6-19-20
More details available on Return to Work bonuses
BOISE - Additional program details were made available Wednesday on the Idaho Return to Work bonuses, Idaho's approach to counteracting enhanced federal benefits that disincentivize workers returning to jobs. See the article...

6-17-20
New committees to address fall school reopening and the digital divide
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Wednesday the formation of two new committees to create a plan for reopening public schools this fall and a plan to address the "digital divide," a term that describes the inequity between students' access to remote learning across Idaho. See the article...

6-12-20
Idaho narrowly meets criteria to enter final stage of rebound plan
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday, the state narrowly met criteria to enter the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open the economy in stages, highlighting the importance of individuals strengthening their personal actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Idaho. See the article...

6-11-20
There are ways to deal with stress, anxiety during uncertain times
Times are strange right now, we were so focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, with protests and riots, things have become even more stressful. See the article and photo...

6-11-20
ONE Idaho initiative highlights resilience and ingenuity of Idahoans
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Tuesday the launch of ONE Idaho, an initiative to highlight the resilience and adaptability of Idaho businesses, employees and consumers as the state moves through stages of reopening and rebounding. See the article...

6-9-20
Idahoans enduring great economic loss in the time of coronavirus
No event has ever had such a massive, sudden impact on Idaho's economy as the COVID-19 economic crisis. See the article...

6-9-20
Governor Little to offer back-to-work cash bonuses
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday his plan to offer up to $1,500 cash to Idahoans who return to work. See the article...

6-8-20
Antibody testing for COVID-19 explained
Antibodies are proteins that our immune system develops when it fights off invaders. See the article and photo...

6-8-20
Idaho leverages federal funds to cover public safety costs, property tax savings
BOISE - Governor Brad Little and legislators announced Monday the state is leveraging federal coronavirus relief funds to cover local public safety personnel salaries, and giving cities and counties the opportunity to pass on the savings to property taxpayers. See the article...

6-5-20
IDHW to publish information about COVID-19 at long-term care facilities
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is announcing that information regarding long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases and deaths will now be published weekly at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/ltc/, starting Friday. See the article...

6-4-20
New unemployment claims in North Central Idaho far below stratospheric levels earlier
Thursday, the Idaho Department of Labor released data about new unemployment claims filed in Idaho in the week that ended May 30. See the info and graphics...

6-4-20
Guidance added for outfitting services in Idaho
BOISE - Guidance for outfitters to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to employees, guests and local communities was added Thursday. See the article...

6-2-20
Preventing exposure first line of defense against COVID-19
As we know, the first line of defense against coronavirus is preventing exposure. See the article and photo...

6-2-20
Idaho Department of Lands lobbies reopen across the state
BOISE - After nine weeks of lobby closures at Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) offices statewide, reception areas opened again Monday. See the article...

6-2-20
Higher Education's planning for the Fall Semester
Idaho's higher education institutions executed a remarkable pivot this spring by moving hundreds of in-person classes to distance learning options such as online, video and teleconference in a short period of time. See the article...

5-30-20
Nez Perce Tribe Spring General Council rescheduled
LAPWAI - The 2020 Spring General Council of the Nez Perce Tribe, which was postponed because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now scheduled to be held on June 18-20 at the Pi-Nee-Waus Community Center in Lapwai. See the article...

5-30-20
Guidance now available for safe gatherings
BOISE - State and local public health experts created a new guidance document to assist with decisions about gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

5-29-20
Still time for children to enjoy school meals
If you have not been enjoying the breakfast and lunches offered by Joint School District #171, it is not too late. See the article...

5-29-20
What to expect as campgrounds open on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
KAMIAH - As the State of Idaho moves into Stage 3 of Governor Brad Little's Idaho Rebounds strategy, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is opening developed campgrounds and other recreation sites previously closed for public health and safety due to COVID-19. See the article...

5-28-20
Idahoans reminded to continue safe practices as Idaho enters Stage 3 of reopening
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday Idaho has met the criteria to advance to Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly reopen Idaho's economy. See the article...

5-28-20
Protocols now available for indoor movie theatres, safe campgrounds
BOISE - Protocols are now available for movie theatres to follow in order to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho's economy in stages. See the article...

5-26-20
Llama antibody engineered to block coronavirus
Animals produce antibodies much like those made by the human immune system. But some animals, such as llamas, also produce another type of antibody that's only about a quarter of the size of a typical human antibody. Such "single-domain" antibodies, or nanobodies, have several features that make them of interest as potential therapeutics. Check our Health Talk column sponsored by Brookside Landing and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics.See the column...

5-23-20
Graduations planned for Joint School District #171
The past few months have had their fair share of uncertainties. Data, guidelines, recommendations and rules change almost daily as our communities settle into a different world. See the plans...

5-26-20
Llama antibody engineered to block coronavirus
Animals produce antibodies much like those made by the human immune system. But some animals, such as llamas, also produce another type of antibody that's only about a quarter of the size of a typical human antibody. Such "single-domain" antibodies, or nanobodies, have several features that make them of interest as potential therapeutics. Check our Health Talk column sponsored by Brookside Landing and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics.See the column...

5-23-20
Corps re-openings recreational site in Idaho, Washington
WALLA WALLA, WA. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District is in the process of reopening its recreational facilities in Idaho and Washington. See the article...

5-23-20
Joblessness in North Central Idaho approached record highs in April
Unemployment rates in North Central Idaho soared from near record lows in March to near record highs in April. See the report and graphics...

5-23-20
Idaho rolls out new COVID-19 testing strategy
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday that the Testing Task Force assembled one month ago has completed its recommendations. See the article...

5-22-20
IDFG offices reopened for license services on Monday, May 18
Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices around the state reopened to the public Monday, May 18 for license services, having been closed to the public since March 27 due to COVID-19. See the article...

5-21-20
Dr. Phillip Petersen shares his perspective on COVID-19As you can imagine, COVID-19 has not left my mind for the past three months. Because of my age and medical conditions, I am at higher risk of a bad outcome if I am infected. As such, I have been fairly compulsive about checking the stats for this disease in our state on a daily or twice daily basis. See the article and photo...

5-21-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests plan to start opening campgrounds May 30
KAMIAH - Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests officials say that many developed campgrounds and other recreation sites currently closed for public safety will begin opening at the beginning of Stage 3 of Idaho Governor Brad Little's Idaho Rebounds Strategy, tentatively scheduled for May 30. See the article...

5-21-20
Idaho's economic rebound hinges on the safety, confidence of consumers, employeesGovernor Brad Little writes about reopening Idaho. See the guest opinion...

5-20-20
Sixth Grade Forestry Tour, CL2N 4-H Camp cancelled for 2020
After much consideration and consultation with Idaho Public Health, Clearwater County Extension has decided to cancel the 2020 Sixth Grade Forestry Tour due to COVID-19 risks. See the article...

5-20-20
Protocols now available for opening bars, outdoor pools, onboarding seasonal workers
BOISE - Protocols are now available for bars/breweries/wineries/distilleries and outdoor pools/splashpads/waterparks to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho's economy. See the article...

5-20-20
Clearwater River Casino and Lodge to reopen Friday
LEWISTON - The Clearwater River Casino and Lodge (Casino) ceased operations on March 18 as a safety precaution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

5-19-20
Some VFW and Auxiliary events cancelled, postponed
Due to Idaho's continued partial shut-down for the COVID-19 pandemic, some Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3295 and Auxiliary events are still being cancelled or postponed until a later date. See the article...

5-19-20
Gov. Little extends cash grants to self-employed
BOISE - Self-employed individuals economically impacted by COVID-19 now may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in cash support through the Idaho Rebound cash grants for small businesses. See the article...

5-19-20
SBA releases PPP Loan forgiveness application, detailed instructions
The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. See the article...

5-19-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library to start curbside service again June 1
Good news, the Clearwater Memorial Public Library will resume curbside service beginning Monday, June 1. See the article...

5-16-20
Nimiipuu Health continues COVID-19 testing for Nez Perce Reservation
LAPWAI- As of May 15, Nimiipuu Health has tested 137 individuals for the COVID-19 virus. See the update...

5-16-20
It's up to Idahoans to ameliorate government's heavy hand
Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin writes about her concerns over the closure of businesses during the Stay-At-Home Order. See the guest opinion...

5-15-20
Schools following phases protocols
Another week down and May is half over. Hard to believe! See the article...

5-15-20
There's only one way to describe this election: historic
I'm writing to you from what we affectionately call the "Bunker." The Bunker is the base from which, under normal circumstances, we coordinate the massive undertaking that is required to pull off an election at hundreds of polling places, each processing hundreds, if not thousands, of voters. See the article and photos...

5-14-20
Coronavirus crisis makes More North Central Idaho residents jobless
In the week ending May 9, 162 North Central Idaho workers filed initial unemployment insurance claims. See the article and illustrations...

5-14-20
Small businesses can access 30-day supply of PPE
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Thursday that small businesses have a new resource to access masks, gloves, and sanitizer as the state enters Stage 2 of the four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho's economy. See the article...

5-13-20
Voters simply need to drop May Primary Ballot request postcards in the mail
BOISE - In early May, registered Idaho voters were sent a ballot request form for the upcoming May Primary Election, which will be conducted from home to protect voters, election workers and community members from the coronavirus. See the article...

5-13-20
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds accepting applications through May 26
SPOKANE, WA, - Innovia Foundation Monday announced a second round of grant funding available to community-based organizations engaged in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. See the article...

5-12-20
SMH-CVHC getting back to business
Idaho, along with the rest of the world, is experiencing an unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article and photo...

5-11-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests working to reopen recreation sites
KAMIAH - Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests officials are working hard to re-open developed campgrounds and other closed recreation sites on the forest as soon as it is safe to do so. See the article...

5-11-20
White House highlights Idaho as leader in reopening plans, distribution of relief funds
BOISE - The White House is highlighting Idaho as a leader among states for their plans to safely and responsibly reopen the economy and for how we are allocating federal relief funds. See the article...

5-9-20
School Superintendent appreciates recognition of teachers, staff
Thank you all for recognizing and appreciating all of the hard working and well deserving teachers and staff this past week and over the year. See the column and video...

5-8-20
Coronavirus continues to infect regional economy
In the week ending May 2, 221 North Central Idaho workers filed unemployment insurance claims. See the article and graphs...

5-8-20
Lunch Ladies continue to 'Rock'!
More great news! USDA has lifted restrictions and Joint School District #171 will be able to continue the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs. See the article...

5-7-20
Nimiipuu Health, Nez Perce Tribe has four additional positive COVID-19 cases
LAPWAI--On May 6, Nimiipuu Health recorded no new positive cases of the COVID-19 virus. See the report...

5-6-20
Protocols now available for indoor gyms, recreational facilities
BOISE - Protocols are now available for indoor gym and recreational facilities managers to implement in order to open in stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds plan. See the info...

5-6-20
CCED sends greetings in this crazy time
Greetings from Clearwater County Economic Development. See the column...

5-5-20
State Board guidelines reflect governor's stage to reopen
I wanted to let you all know that the SBOE (State Board of Education) has adopted new guidelines< that reflect the Governor's stages of reopening. See the article...

5-5-20
General, business-specific protocols for opening available
BOISE - General and business-specific protocols for opening in various stages of the four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan have been added to the Rebound.Idaho.Gov website. See the info...

5-5-20
CMPL offering 'Grab Bags of Books' during closure
Clearwater Memorial Public Library is offering 'Grab Bags of Books' to patrons during the closure of the facility. See the article and photo...

5-4-20
Little announces criteria, timelines for small businesses to apply for Rebound grants
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Monday the full eligibility criteria and process for small businesses to apply for an Idaho Rebound cash grant. See the article...

5-4-20
Clearwater County Extension office reopens Monday, May 4
University of Idaho Clearwater County Extension office reopens to the public beginning Monday, May 4. See the article...

5-4-20
Ybarra: Teacher Appreciation Week has special importance in these trying times
Sherri Ybarra, Superintendent of Public Instruction writes about the importance of showing teachers appreciation, especially in these times. See the guest opinion...

Breaking news (5-2-20,8:30 p.m.)
Nimiipuu Health confirms additional positive COVID-19 tests
LAPWAI - Nimiipuu Health clinic in Lapwai conducted additional testing as a result of the two positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that were confirmed on Friday, May 1, 2020. See the info...

5-2-20
COVID-19 continues to cause job losses in North Central Idaho
COVID-19 continues to cause job losses in the region. See the report...

5-2-20
New emergency grants now available for childcare business owners
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Friday a new Idaho Child Care Emergency Grant to provide childcare business owners with the financial resources to reopen and continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

Breaking news (5-1-20, 11:59)
Nimiipuu Health reports two positive COVID-19 cases
LAPWAI -- two patients at Nimiipuu Health, the tribal clinic on the Nez Perce Reservation, tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Friday. See the info...

Breaking News (5-1-20, 1 p.m.)
Orofino City Park is open
As part of the Stage One of re-opening Idaho, the Orofino City Park has been opened. See the article...

5-1-20
Labor ready to accept applications for extended unemployment insurance benefits
Idahoans who are out of work and have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits can now apply for extended benefits under the CARES Act online at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal.See the article...

5-1-20
County Ambulance Service receives CARES Act funds
In their meeting April 20, Clearwater County Commissioners discussed funds received by Clearwater County Ambulance Service under the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment with Director Darby Zick. See the report...

4-30-20
Idaho enters Stage 1 of reopening
Thursday, Governor Brad Little replaced the previous statewide stay-home order with his new "Stay Healthy Order" for Stage 1. See the article...

4-30-20
Little plans to give $300 million in grants to small businesses as state enters Stage 1
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced plans Thursday for more than 30,000 Idaho small businesses to receive Idaho Rebound cash grants, a $300 million investment in Idaho's small business employers. See the article ...

4-30-20
Avista Foundation provides funding to area food banks, United Way
SPOKANE, WA--The Avista Foundation has approved another round of grants in response to community agencies experiencing increased demand for services due to the Coronavirus pandemic including several local organizations. See the article...

4-30-20
Greatness of educators clear amid Covid-19 response
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo writes about the efforts of educators to teach students during the COVID-19 quarantines. See the guest opinion...

4-29-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests asking visitors to 'Leave No Trace'
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are asking visitors to 'Leave No Trace Behind' when visiting public lands. See the article...

4-28-20
State Education Board updated on CARES Act funding for public education
Idaho State Board of Education learned Monday that nearly $48 million in federal CARES Act funding will be available to public K-12 education in Idaho to help mitigate effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

Breaking news (4-27-20, 4:45 p.m.)
Clearwater County opening most offices May 4
Beginning Monday, May 4, Clearwater County will open its offices for normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the info...

4-27-20
CVHC, community partners in health, provides weekly update pm COVID-19
It is hard not to think about COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2) on a daily basis, and everyone has been impacted in some way. See the article and photo...

4-25-20
School Superintendent shares video of updates
Dr. Michael C. Garrett, Superintendent Joint School District #171, shared this video with updates on the situation. See the video link...

4-25-20
Clearwater County Extension still available to provide services
I hope everyone is healthy and safe and enjoying some of the spring weather we've been having. See the column...

4-25-20
Fishing a low-risk activity if social distancing used, fishing spots are nearby
Taking the dangers of COVID-19 seriously and going fishing are not mutually exclusive, and in Idaho, most people can fish close to home. See the article and photos...

4-23-20
County Commissioners approve telecommuting policy for COVID-19
A telecommuting Policy and Procedure due to the COVID-19 circumstance were discussed, approved and signed by the Clearwater County Commissioners during their meeting April 13. See the report...

4-23-20
Adapting Idaho's public education system in unprecedented times
What an incredibly disruptive time we find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

Breaking news (4-23-20, 2:30 p.m.)
Idaho Rebounds: Governor Little outlines new plans in path to prosperity
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced new plans Thursday to help Idaho rebound from the economic impacts of coronavirus. See the article...

4-23-20
Economic crisis caused by COVID-19 continues to put local residents our of work
The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 continues to put North Central Idaho residents out of work. See the report...

4-23-20
Patient, staff safety biggest priority for Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics
"Due to the location of our communities and the cooperation of our community members to practice social distancing measures we have been allowed adequate time to gather protective equipment for our staff, increase testing capabilities and develop protocols to try to safely care for all patients during this pandemic," says Dr. Jenny Johnston, provider at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. See the article and photo...

4-23-20
Valnet Libraries have due dates extended to May 29
As of Thursday, all Valnet Libraries, including Clearwater Memorial Public Library, are extending due dates on all materials check out before stay-home orders were issued in Idaho and Washington. See the article...

4-20-20
OB care during the COVID-19 Pandemic very important
This is a very difficult time across the world. Our daily lives have changed as we live in this new world known as COVID-19 social isolation. See the article and photo...

4-18-20
State Education Board approves criteria for schools to resume normal operations
The Idaho State Board of Education Thursday approved minimum criteria for public school districts and charter schools to use in deciding whether to resume normal operations prior to the end of the current school year. See the article...

4-18-20
'Recreate Responsibly Idaho' campaign aims to make outdoor recreation safe
BOISE - Outdoor recreation remains a great way for Idahoans to take care of their physical, mental, and emotional health during the coronavirus situation, but Governor Brad Little and natural resource managers urge everyone to protect their health and the welfare of others while hiking, biking, fishing or doing other activities. See the article...

4-18-20
ITD extends studded tire removal deadline
The Idaho Transportation Department is extending the deadline to remove studded snow tires to June 30 due to COVID-19 concerns and Governor Brad Little's statewide stay-home order. See the article and photo...

4-18-20
President's plan to responsibly reopen the economy in phases is underway in Idaho
Governor Brad Little writes about reopening Idaho responsibily as President Trump and advisors have recommended. See the guest opinion...

4-17-20
IHSAA cancels spring sports, activities seasons
Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) issued the following statement Friday. See the statement...

4-17-20
UI Extension offers short season, high-attitude gardening publications, resources
Pacific Northwest gardeners may find the growing season where they live too short to grow certain vegetables. See the article...

4-17-20
Commerce asks business owners to take COVID-19 impacts survey
Idaho Department of Commerce and Idaho State Department of Agriculture would like businesses' feedback on impacts to them due to COVID-19. See the info...

4-17-20
Nez Perce County records 11 COVID-19 deaths
As of Friday, 3 positive and 8 probable deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, according to Public Health Idaho-North Central District figures. See the report...

4-16-20
Another 524 North Central Idaho residents file new unemployment claims
Another 524 North Central Idaho residents filed new unemployment insurance claims in the week ending April 11. See the report...

4-16-20
More updates and changes come to schools with COVID-19 situation
Two more days of major changes and updates. See the article...

Breaking news (4-15-20, 1:20 p.m.)
Little charts path to prosperity, extends statewide stay-home order to April 30 with exceptions
BOISE - Governor Brad Little announced Wednesday that he is extending the statewide stay-home order to April 30, with exceptions for operations of formerly "non-essential" businesses, facilities, and services and new restrictions related to nonresident travel into the state. See the info...

4-15-20
Cares Act funding for higher education, how dual credit to be awarded updated
Idaho's public higher education institutions are expected to receive more than $36 million in federal relief funding as a result of the CARES Act approved by Congress and the President, according to information discussed at a special meeting of the Idaho State Department of Education. See the article...

4-15-20
Model shows continued mitigation will effectively slow the spread of COVID-19
A model developed by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), the University of Idaho, and four other colleges and universities has shown that continued mitigation efforts are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. See the info...

4-14-20
Innovia awards COVID-19 response, recovery funds to Clearwater County groups
SPOKANE, WA -- Innovia Foundation Tuesday announced 138 grants totaling $779,000 from the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds for North Idaho and Eastern Washington, including three organizations in Clearwater County. See the article...

4-14-20
Labor to change phone availability times to help speed up claims turnaround
Idaho Department of Labor is adjusting its phone schedule to accept incoming calls between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mountain Time, and is reserving the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. MT for processing claims. See the article...

4-14-20
SDE partners with IdahoPTV, Idaho Business for Education in 'Classroom Idaho'
BOISE - Thousands of Idaho students do not have a computer at home or a way to connect to the internet so they can learn remotely during this coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

4-13-20
CVHC COVID -19: What we are doing seems to be working; keep it up
"Last week Clearwater Valley Hospital received our first positive COVID-19 test result. The patient is not a resident of Clearwater County and therefore this result will not appear in Clearwater County's numbers on the Public Health website," explains Dr. Kelly McGrath. See the article and photo...

4-11-20
UI Extension still serving community despite office closure
I also want to remind you that we at UI Extension in Clearwater County are still working and available to you despite our office being closed. See the article and resources...

4-11-20
SDE offers wide array of resources to educators, parents amid pandemic
BOISE - Although public school buildings are closed, Idaho educators continue instructing students through distance learning, and parents are helping children learn at home. See the article...

4-10-20
Second Chance Animal offering help for pet owners in need
As families find themselves struggling to make ends meet in these difficult times, we want to let folks know that we have free pet food and supplies for those in need who reside in or near Clearwater County. See the article...

4-9-20
Coronavirus onslaught on North Central Idaho's economy continues
North Central Idaho residents filed a record number of unemployment insurance claims in the three weeks starting March 15 and ending April 4, as the table below shows. See the report...

Breaking news (4-8-20, 8:30 a.m.)
CVH receives first COVID-19 positive test result
According to a post on their Facebook page Clearwater Valley Hospital received their first positive COVID-19 test result, Tuesday. See the info...

4-8-20
All Idahoans will vote absentee in May 19 primary
BOISE - In order to keep Idahoans safe amid a growing global health pandemic and protect their right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May primary exclusively from home using absentee ballots. See the article and request...

4-8-20
Telemedicine visits now available at SMH/CVHC
"Times of crisis spark innovation. At St. Mary's and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics we acknowledge the need to keep people physically distanced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our communities," says Dr. Colleen Sholar, CVHC. See the article and photo...

4-7-20
CDC, Surgeon General now advise wearing face masks in public
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams have changed their guidance about wearing face masks in public. See the article...

4-7-20
Income tax filing, payment deadline, property tax relief applications now due June 15
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Brad Little has extended the 2019 Idaho income tax filing and payment deadlines from April 15, to June 15. See the article...

Breaking news (4-6-20, 6:42 p.m.)
State Board of Education extends 'soft closure' of schools through end of year
BOISE - As Idaho education officials grapple with what the end of this school year will look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Board of Education unanimously agreed Monday to extend the soft closure but give flexibility to Idaho's school districts and charter schools as they determine new ways to meet requirements and gauge students' readiness in high school civics and early reading. See the info...

4-6-20
Local school trustees vote to continue 'soft closure' through end of year
Trustees of Joint School District #171 in a split vote mirrored the earlier decision of the Idaho State Board of Education and approved a 'soft closure' of all the schools in the district through the end of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the info...

4-6-20
CVHC provider Dr. Ann Lima gives update on COVID-19 The staff at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (CVHC) and St. Mary's Hospital (SMH) have been preparing for COVID-19 and are dedicated to keeping our employees safe and meeting the needs of our patients. See the article and photo...

4-4-20
Local churches join together in the Holy Week journey online broadcasts
Local churches will join together each evening at 6:30 this week in online broadcasts for Holy Week on the Upriver Days of Praise Facebook page. See the info...

4-4-20
Nez Perce National Historical Park modifying operations to implement health Guidance
LAPWAI - Nez Perce National Historical Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. See the article...

4-3-20
Nez Perce Tribe's COVID-19 response continues
LAPWAI- Following the Nez Perce Tribe's (Tribe) declaration of a Public Health Emergency on March 18, it continues to run its Emergency Operations Command (EOC) center under the direction of Incident Commander Marty Antone, Nez Perce Tribal Police Department (NPTPD) Captain. See the info...

4-3-20
Joint School District #171 updating information on school closure
Joint School District #171 is trying to keep up to date information available to our families and community. See the info...

4-3-20
Idaho DMV encourages residents to complete DMV services online
BOISE--The Idaho Transportation Department's Division of Motor Vehicles encourages residents to complete DMV services online, as COVID-19 leads to limited in-person service at most county driver's license and registration offices across the state. See the article...

4-2-20
Labor releases data on early, pre-COVID numbers
Idaho Department of Labor has just released some data that gives us a good idea of how North Central Idaho was doing before the coronavirus started to cause an economic pandemic, according to Kathryn Tacke, Regional Economist. See the analysis...

4-2-20
County Commissioners approve resolution for emergency declaration
During their meeting March 23, Clearwater County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 20-03-02 designating the Declaration of Disaster Emergency and Request for Declaration of Disaster Emergency Resulting from the Global COVID-19 Pandemic. See the report...

4-2-20
New traffic-tracker tool from ITD shows significant decline in vehicle trips in Idaho
BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Department has launched a new traffic-tracking tool that allows government agencies, emergency services, and the public to see the latest changes in driver behavior on Idaho highways. See the article...

4-1-20
First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Latah County, second in Idaho County
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Latah County and a second in Idaho County. See the report...

4-1-20
Foundation announces $150,000 COVID-19 Response, Recovery grant
SPOKANE, WA, -- The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation announced Wednesday a donation of $150,000 to the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region's coronavirus outbreak. See the article...

3-31-20
Toilet paper, other important forest products will continue to roll out of Idaho
BOISE - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified "Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products as critical during the COVID-19 response". See the article and photo...

3-31-20
Reducing stress important during COVID-19
In light of the current ongoing pandemic, there have been many recent life altering changes that have caused an increase in stress for all of us, including the concept of social distancing. See the article...

3-30-20
Increased safety measures Clearwater Valley and St. Marys hospitals, clinics
"As a result of confirmed communal cases in Idaho County and the school district closures, we are taking increased precautions at St. Mary's and Clearwater Valley Hospitals & Clinics to protect staff and patients in regards to COVID-19," says Steve Frei, Director of Ancillary Services, SMH/ CVHC. See the article and photo...

3-30-20
Nez Perce County has five newly confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the five newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Nez Perce County. See the report...

3-30-20
Governor signs new executive orders, proclamation to further position Idaho to overcome coronavirus challenge
BOISE - Governor Brad Little's latest executive orders and proclamation will boost funds available for Idaho's coronavirus response, manage the impact of the crisis on the state budget, and help the thousands of Idahoans suddenly unemployed due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). See the article...

3-30-20
If you need to travel on an airplane
What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane? See the column...

3-28-20

School district navigating new waters with closures, COVID-19
As we continue to navigate through new waters, I want to thank each and every one of you for holding true to your professional obligations while dealing with everything else we call life See the article....

3-28-20

UI Extension reschedules workshops, delivering 4-H, other programs in alternate ways
While we have rescheduled our University of Idaho Extension workshops that were to be held in March and April until late May and June, we are developing the ability to deliver our programs and information by alternate means in case we are not able to have in-person meetings by the rescheduled dates. See the article...

3-28-20

Idaho initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 1,200 percent
BOISE - Idaho workers laid off due to the coronavirus filed 13,341 new claims for unemployment insurance benefits during the week of March 15-21, up 12,310 for a 1,200 percent increase over the previous week. See the article...

Breaking news (3-27-20, 4:30 p.m.)
Nez Perce Tribe issues 'Stay At Home' order for Nez Perce Reservation
LAPWAI- Based on several confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the region, the Nez Perce Tribe has elected to enact a Stay-At-Home Order for the Nez Perce Reservation effective immediately until further notice. See the info...

Breaking news (3-27-20, 2:55 p.m.)
First death associated with COVID-19 confirmed in Nez Perce County
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first death associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Nez Perce County. See the report...

3-27-20
Public asked to refrain from nonessential open burning
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and the Nez Perce Tribe on their reservation remind the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as communities respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. See the article...

3-27-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests close developed recreation sites
KAMIAH - Effective March 28, all developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. See the article...

3-26-20
Idaho reports 3 deaths related to COVID-19
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and two local public health districts are reporting the state's first deaths related to COVID-19. See the info...

3-26-20
Coronavirus: What CVHC is doing, what the public can do to slow the spread
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that requires increased planning and effort from all members of our communities. See the article and photo...

3-26-20
VFW office, bar closed, event postponed or cancelled
Veterans of Foreign Wars Harold Kinne Post #3296 office and bar are currently closed and will remain so until Governor Brad Little's 'Stay Home' order is lifted. See the article...

3-26-20
IDFG offices to close starting March 27 except by appointment
Consistent with the Governor's statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the community, Idaho Department of Fish and Game public offices will close March 27 through April 15. See the article...

3-26-20
Three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nez Perce County
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Nez Perce County. See the report...

Breaking news (3-25-20, 8 p.m.)
Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration
BOISE - Following the guidance of Idaho's public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order Wednesday for all Idahoans. See the info...

3-25-20
First positive case of Novel Coronavirus in Idaho County confirmed
LEWISTON - Public Health -Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in an adult in their 70s in Idaho County. See the info...

3-25-20
Clearwater County Ambulance Service shares COVID-19 awareness, prevention info
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, Clearwater County Ambulance Service (CCAS) would like to remind the public of a few key elements to help protect yourself and your first responders. See the article...

3-25-20
School facilities close to staff, except food service
Beginning at 11:30 am Thursday, March 26 all Joint School District #171 buildings will be closed to all personnel, except for food staff and support staff delivering meals. See the article...

3-25-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library shuts down due to COVID-19 pandemic
Clearwater Memorial Public Library is shut down for all patron services and will no longer be offering curbside services due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

3-25-20
County courthouse, satellite offices closed to public
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the Clearwater County Courthouse and satellite offices are closed to the public. See the article...

3-24-20
SEL learns that employee tested positive for COVID-19
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) learned late Tuesday that a Lewiston employee received a positive COVID-19 test.

Breaking news (3-24-20, 7:15 p.m.)
North Central District Health Department announces first positive case of COVID-19
LEWISTON -- Public Health-North Central District (PH-INCD) has confirmed the first positive case of in an adult under the age of 60 in Nez Perce County. See the announcement...

Breaking news (3-24-20, 1:25 p.m.)
Orofino Council approves resolution declaring State of Emergency
Orofino's Mayor and City Council met in an unscheduled city council meeting Monday and adopted Resolution 20-490 which declares a State of Local Emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. See the info...

3-24-20
School District providing meals for students during closure
I just wanted to give you a quick update Joint School District #171 food service department will be providing meals to families with children during the school closure. See the article...

3-20-20
School district providing positive services for students
After a short period of time we are proud to announce the positive services we are providing for the students and communities. See the article...

3-20-20
Governor to hold telephone town hall Tuesday
Governor Brad Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall Tuesday to provide information and answer questions regarding coronavirus in Idaho. See the article...

3-20-20
Avista enhances operational, community response amid outbreak
SPOKANE, WA -- Avista has implemented additional measures to enhance the Company's operational and community response amid the Coronavirus outbreak. See the article...

3-20-20
Clearwater Power temporarily suspending electric disconnections
Clearwater Power has made the decision to temporarily suspend electric disconnections for homes and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

3-20-20
Public Health, IDHW update guidance for mass gatherings, public events
LEWISTON - Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the seven local Public Health Districts have developed guidance for event and venue managers to assist with decisions regarding mass gatherings and public events during the COVID-19 pandemic. See the article...

3-19-20
Emergency Declaration issued for Clearwater County due to COVID-19.
In a special meeting held telephonically Thursday morning, Clearwater County Commission Chairman Rick Winkel issued an Emergency Declaration, including an economic impact statement, due to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in the state and region. See the article...

3-19-20
Orofino City Council meeting March 24 cancelled due to COVID-19
Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers in a memo sent out Friday said that the next City Council meeting scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled. See the info...

3-19-20
County provides information on courthouse operations
At the present time, the Clearwater County Courthouse and Department of Motor Vehicle Offices (both vehicle license and driver license) are open with business as usual, but are subject to closure at any time. See the article...

3-19-20
Corps closing all Walla Walla District Visitor Centers
WALLA WALLA, WA -At this time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close all Visitor Centers in the Walla Walla District. See the article...

3-18-20
Two more novel coronavirus cases reported in south central Idaho
South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed two additional cases of novel coronavirus in south central Idaho. See the report...

3-18-20
CVH shares information on slowing the spread: of Coronavirus
"You may be hearing a lot of different information about the severity of the coronavirus in different countries," explains Dr. Kelly McGrath, Chief Medical Officer, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. See the article...

3-18-20
Orofino Senior Mealsite to be closed, meals will be delivered to seniors
Orofino's Senior Mealsite found out Tuesday that they will be closed for an undefined amount of time due to concerns about Coronavirus transmission, according to Deryl Ketchum, president of Clearwater County Senior Citizens, Inc. See the article...

3-18-20
Court in reduced operation to lessen spread of COVID-19
The 2nd Judicial District Court Operational Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic was provided by the 2nd District Administrative Judge, Jay Gaskill to the Clearwater County Clerk and Commissioner, as of March 16 stating all 2nd District Courts are elevated to Level 2: Reduced Operations. See the article...

Breaking news (3-17-20, noon)
Schools in Joint School District #171 closing beginning Wednesday
Joint School District #171 will be closing indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 18. See the report...

3-17-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library closed to foot traffic, curbside service available
Due to the Coronavirus, Clearwater Memorial Public Library is closed to all foot traffic, until further notice. See the artucke,,,

3-17-20
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare confirms 9th Coronavirus case in state
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed the ninth Coronavirus case in the state, the fourth in Blaine County. See the report...

3-15-20, 4:15 p.m.
Garrett shares information from Idaho School Boards Association call on COVID-19
After hours of technical difficulties, we finally got the word from the meeting scheduled this morning. See the info...

3-14-20, 7:22 p.m.
Idaho reports three additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 5
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, in conjunction with the affected local public health districts, is announcing an additional three cases of novel coronavirus infection in Idaho, bringing the total to five. See the report...

3-14-20, 1:44 p.m.
Idaho's second case of novel coronavirus reported
BLAINE COUNTY - South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) have confirmed a positive case in south central Idaho of novel coronavirus in a female over the age of 50. See the report...

3-14-20, 12:58 p.m.
Joint School District No. 171 is addressing concerns about the coronavirus in relation to students, staff and the community. See the letter...

3-13-20, 5:40 p.m.
First case of novel Coronavirus in Idaho has been confirmed
Idaho Governor Brad Little joined Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Central District Health (CDH) in a news conference Friday afternoon to confirm the first positive Idaho case of novel coronavirus in a woman over the age of 50 in Ada County. See the report...

3-12-20
Here are FAQs from Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics. See their ad...

3-11-20
Gardner: Stay informed, Stay calm, Wash your hands
Don Gardner, Clearwater County Emergency Management, is advising local residents to 'Stay informed, stay calm and wash your hands'. See the info...

Cancellations, closures and postponements:

7-27-20
Headquarters Reunion cancelled for 2020
The Headquarters Reunion Committee announced Monday that they have cancelled annual event for 2020. See the article...

Breaking news (7-23-20, 6 p.m.)
Clearwater County Fair Board cancels open class portion, going on with 4-H
Clearwater County Fair Board has decided to cancel the 'open class' portion of the 2020 fair and go forward with as much 4-H activity as possible. See the article...

Breaking news (7-16-20)
Pierce 1860 Days cancelled this year
Pierce 1860 Days Committee Wednesday voted to cancel their 2020 event. See the info...

Breaking news (6-23-20, 8 p.m.)
73rd Orofino Lumberjack Day being postponed until 2021
Orofino Celebrations, Inc. (OCI) met Tuesday night and voted to postpone their 73rd annual event to 2021. See the article...

5-20-20
Sixth Grade Forestry Tour, CL2N 4-H Camp cancelled for 2020
After much consideration and consultation with Idaho Public Health, Clearwater County Extension has decided to cancel the 2020 Sixth Grade Forestry Tour due to COVID-19 risks. See the article...

5-19-20
Some VFW and Auxiliary events cancelled, postponed
Due to Idaho's continued partial shut-down for the COVID-19 pandemic, some Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3295 and Auxiliary events are still being cancelled or postponed until a later date. See the article...

4-23-20
Valnet Libraries have due dates extended to May 29
As of Thursday, all Valnet Libraries, including Clearwater Memorial Public Library, are extending due dates on all materials check out before stay-home orders were issued in Idaho and Washington. See the article...

4-4-20
Nez Perce National Historical Park modifying operations to implement health Guidance
LAPWAI - Nez Perce National Historical Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. See the article...

3-27-20
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests close developed recreation sites
KAMIAH - Effective March 28, all developed campgrounds and certain other recreation sites on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests have been closed indefinitely for the health and safety of visitors and staff. See the article...

Clearwater Historical Museum is closed until further notice.

3-26-20
VFW office, bar closed, event postponed or cancelled
Veterans of Foreign Wars Harold Kinne Post #3296 office and bar are currently closed and will remain so until Governor Brad Little's 'Stay Home' order is lifted. See the article...

3-26-20
IDFG offices to close starting March 27 except by appointment
Consistent with the Governor's statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in the community, Idaho Department of Fish and Game public offices will close March 27 through April 15. See the article...

3-25-20
County courthouse, satellite offices closed to public
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, the Clearwater County Courthouse and satellite offices are closed to the public. See the article...

3-25-20
School facilities close to staff, except food service
Beginning at 11:30 am Thursday, March 26 all Joint School District #171 buildings will be closed to all personnel, except for food staff and support staff delivering meals. See the article...

3-25-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library shuts down due to COVID-19 pandemic
Clearwater Memorial Public Library is shut down for all patron services and will no longer be offering curbside services due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the article...

Breaking news (3-24-20, 1:25 p.m.)
Orofino Council approves resolution declaring State of Emergency
Orofino's Mayor and City Council met in an unscheduled city council meeting Monday and adopted Resolution 20-490 which declares a State of Local Emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. See the info...

3-19-20
Orofino City Council meeting March 24 cancelled due to COVID-19
Orofino Mayor Ryan Smathers in a memo sent out Friday said that the next City Council meeting scheduled for March 24 has been cancelled. See the info...

3-18-20
Court in reduced operation to lessen spread of COVID-19
The 2nd Judicial District Court Operational Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic was provided by the 2nd District Administrative Judge, Jay Gaskill to the Clearwater County Clerk and Commissioner, as of March 16 stating all 2nd District Courts are elevated to Level 2: Reduced Operations. See the article...

3-18-20
Orofino Senior Mealsite to be closed, meals will be delivered to seniors
Orofino's Senior Mealsite found out Tuesday that they will be closed for an undefined amount of time due to concerns about Coronavirus transmission, according to Deryl Ketchum, president of Clearwater County Senior Citizens, Inc. See the article...

Breaking news (3-17-20, noon)
Schools in Joint School District #171 closing beginning Wednesday
Joint School District #171 will be closing indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 18. See the report...

3-17-20
Clearwater Memorial Public Library closed to foot traffic, curbside service available
Due to the Coronavirus, Clearwater Memorial Public Library is closed to all foot traffic, until further notice. See the artucke,,,

3-17-20
Clearwater Writers Guild cancels March meeting
Clearwater Writers Guild is cancelling their meeting Thursday, March 26. See the article...

3-17-20
City of Orofino Planning and Zoning meetins are cancelled until further notice.

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