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171oo Bo3-o3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. ] @ 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584 75 volume 35 Issue 24 Wednesday, January 4, 2012 One Section 005-120 co[00rtY YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER COUNCIL INDIAN VALLEY BEAR/CuPRUM NEW MEADOWS Adams County Commissioners Meeting What's With the Weather!9 Ice Storm Hits by Dale Fisk mid April, snow usually rologist Rick Lantz Boise warmed up to 57 Middle Fork Road ! by Staff Reporter The Adams County Commissioners met on January 3, and dealt with a number of issues. A violent rainstorm on Friday, December 30, caused a large ice dam to build along the Middle Fork Road at the Fall Creek bridge. Other areas along that road were covered in ice from the storm. Commissioner Mike Paradis was elk hunting in the area and noted that several hazard trees along the roadway had fallen across the road during the storm. Road Supervisor Tom Glen will be spending over $1,000 to replace the signage on fifteen single-lane bridges along county roads, with the new reflective signs. The $400,000 road and bridge budget this year is one of the lowest in the past five years. Dry weather and a lack of snowfall have given the county road crews time to catch up on some deferred main- tenance on the roads, Sheriff Rich Green reported to the Commissioners that the City of New Meadows service agreement has been signed---for'r012. The agreement will cost New Meadows $30,600 annually to be paid in quarterly installments. The Adams County Jail has eight inmates this month, down from a capacity of 32 prison- ers, as the County faces increased competition for housing State of Idaho prisoners in our jail. Gem County and Nez Perce County have both constructed new jails with excess capac- ity for housing state prisoners. The distance to medical facilities from the Adams County Jail increases the trans- portation costs when prisoners need medi- cal attention. The State of Idaho wants Adams County to pay these additional expenses for their prisoners housed in the jail. Commission Chairman Bill Brown reported on a recent inspection of the park located at Packer John Cabin near New Meadows. The County has completed a clean up of the park and a local, resident has agreed to look after the park during the camp- ing season. Adams County continues to struggle with finding a purpose for the small, designated historical park because it is locat- ed near houses and ranches. In other matters before the Commissioners, Tim Toomey of Indian- Valley requested sup- port for a 86.000 grant application to the State of Idaho for a 2012 See Commissioners, back page If area people are talk- ing about anything, they are talking about the weather. No snow for Christmas!? Rain and even thunderstorms at the end of December? A summer that didn't real- ly arrive until August two years in a rowT? The second latest opening at Brundage Mountain ski area in their 50- year history--and when it opened on Friday, it rained hard on skiers all day! What's going on? As climate scientist Donald Wuebbles of the University of Illinois said recently, "There's really no such thing as natu- ral weather anymore." It doesn't seem that long ago that we could more or less predict how the seasons would usually go--a couple of weeks of rain in the spring (April showers brought May flowers) and again in the fall, cattle could usually go out on pasture about stuck by Thanksgiving. There is an unusu- al lack of snow so far this winter all across the U.S, The consen- sus seems to be that the last time this hap- pened in our area was 35 years ago in the win- ter of 1976-'77. Looking back further, the winter of 1904-'05 brought very little snow. The Weiser River's water level the next summer was the lowest in memory of the oldest pioneers. In 1913 snow evidently held off until after Christmas, as Dr. Frank Brown was still driving his car on local roads on Christmas Day. Like this year, 1917 and 1938 started off with no snow in Council. (See photos.) My mother. Alma Fisk who has lived here since 1927, said she remem- bered a year in the early to mid 1940s when there was almost no snow. In November, meteo- (KTVB, Channel 7) said, "Around the world, it seems like the weath- er is going to extremes. The U.S. recorded 1,400 new highs in the month of July and in a La Nina year, Idaho record- ed one record high for September." If you think December was warmer than usual you're right. According to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC): A record high temperature of 52 degrees was set at Baker City, Oregon on December 28", breaking the record of 49 degrees set in 1965. December 19--A record high of 50 degrees at Ontario, Oregon broke the old record of 48 set in 1960. December 30-- A high of 56 degrees at Ontario tied the old record set in 1996. *Recently KBOI, Channel 2 TV reported that Boise usually sees a high of 36 degrees this time of year, but degrees shortly after 11:00 PM on Wednesday (28th), just two degrees shy of the record. In the area between Burns, Oregon and McCall, the NCDC noted these record tempera- tures (tied or broken) in 2011:3 record lows in July, i record high in August, 2 record lows and 3 record highs in September, 1 record high in October while shattering all records by more than twice the record amount of rain for the month, 2 record lows in November. Kevin Gray has been keeping track of pre- cipitation and tem- peratures at Glendale for several decades. In spite of regional record temperatures, he had these observations at his house, which may not represent the whole area: See Weird Weather, page 3 Mowing the town square grass on January 1 has become a tradition here in Council, and it's one I couldn't resist continuing this new year's day. I even used a push mower like in the old photos (appearing on page 3), and I really did mow some grass. Every building in those old photos (except a couple that are barely visible in the 1938 photo) is still standing and in use today. My son. Blaine. is on the left. River Bank Restoration Grant Monies Reduce Property Erosion for Indian Valley Residents by Deb Wilson improvements. The are legal bodies led by Neil and Nevada Ormandes are among locally elected boards Ormande of Indian several beneficiaries of serving without pay to "Valley watched with stream bank restoration assist private landown- relief as the Little Weiser projects funded from an ers in protecting and River flowed through Idaho Department of enhancing their soil and their land Saturday, Environmental Quality water resources. They because for once it 319 Grant. Two of these provide conservation wasn't taking the bank grants were obtained education and pursue along with it. by the Adams Soil and resources to develop Water flow from the Water Conservation and oversee assistance week's rain and ice melt District (ASWD) this programs. provided the first test year. Julie Burkhardt, of their new river bank Conservation Districts ASWD board secre- Raffle Winners tary, contacted the Ormandes last summer with an opportunity to participate in the 319 grant. "Julie explained the benefits of the river improvements," said Nevada. "The volunteers came out and worked so hard. I was so impressed by their knowledge." See PAVER BANK RATION, back page By Dale Fisk At the last home basketball game at Council before Christmas break, the Junior High Sports Fund organization announced the winners of their fund-raising raffle. Two footballs were raffled at Jerry's Auto Parts in Council. One was signed by the University of Idaho football team, and the other was signed by the Boise State Broncos. The raffle raised money for the Junior High Sports Fund, which, as the name implies, helps support Council's Junior High School sports activities. The group would like to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets.. It is very much appreciated. Goodbye Pins and Needles By Deb Wilson Downtown Council lost another business icon last week when Pins and Needles finally closed its doors. "It's time," said store owner Ken Bell, as he and wife Wendy packed up more boxes on Saturday. "The Thrifty Shop will appreciate the donations of shelves and cases." For seven years the Pins and Needles store had provided shoppers with easy access fabric and sewing supplies, until its closure last week. The Bells opened the store after Ken retired from a lifetime of elec- trician, machinist and mechanical work. He had never quilted, but saw the possibilities. "I didn't know much, but I got a lot of help from the Quilt Guild," he recalled. He learned stitching, creat- ed his own patterns, and hosted the Quilt Show raffle quilt on his store wall. A 2005-2006 hey day of tourism and business events such as Shop Hop out of Boise brought commerce and tourism through the town, and a monumental business year to his store. Pins and Needles was chosen "Business of the Year" by the Council Chamber of Commerce. Soon after, Chamber President Linda Rogers resigned, and Bell stepped into the role. Under his leader- ship the 4th of July and Christmas activities and the awards banquets grew. The Chamber established a website, supported local business and events, and brought in new membership. Bell remarked on the new blood in the Chamber, and the changes in the Council See PINS t, NEEDLES, back page The U of I Vandals football winner was Brandi Fleishmann. Because she lives in Arizona during the Steve Zollman from Enterprise, Oregon won the signed Boise State winter, we only have a picture of the football, football that was raffled off at Jerry' s Auto Parts. Ken and Wendy Bell wave goodbye. t A