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Page 6 Indian Valley & Mesa News Relatives a Plenty Bob and Doris Baker thor- oughly enjoyed going to their daughter, Judy VanKomen's, in McCall for Christmas. Joining them were: daughter, Barbara Kightlinger and her hus- band, Alan from Elko, NV; daughter, Margaret Watson and her friend Joe from Twin Falls; granddaughter, Dixie Snow and her husband, James and baby from Twin Falls; granddaugh- . ter Kim Zolman and hus- band, Eddie and their son, Terrun from Riggins and grandsons, Chase Cornwell of Moscow and Austin VanKomen of Meridian. Wanna Belle Coriell enjoyed having a house- ful of family in for the New Years. All the kids and their families came up. Dave and Cathy Veselka continued to enjoy having family home throughout the week. Son, Charlie and his family, and Jane and her family headed back home on Sunday after- noon. The rest of the kids and grand- kids will be home until Tuesday. Don and Joan Lakey celebrated Christmas with all the family. For Christmas Eve they all met down at daughter, Julie Harvey's home. This included, Jed, Cathy, Beth, Royce, Thaine and Mary; Angle and Mike Campbell; Mike Harvey and Mandy Briscoe and Matt Harvey, his girl friend, Melinda and her son, Kayden. On Christmas morning they reassembled at Julie's without Royce, Beth and Thaine, but they added Kevin, Tina, Donevin and Hannah to the bunch for present opening and a day of fun and games. A Big Gathering Bev Galloway and Larry Boehm went to New Community Spotlight Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Meadows on Christmas Eve to visit their friends Inez Howland, Randy and Seveda. For this past week, they enjoyed hav- ing Larry's family come stay with him starting on Monday: Daughter, Darla Auld and her husband, Tony and their girls from South Dakota; Son, Ken Byers, from Pullman, WA; and nieces, Jackie and Jamie Delarm from Gresham, OR. Tuesday, Bey headed down below for an appointment, and everyone else headed up the mountain to visit with son, Dean Boehm. Wednesday, Larry held a big bonfire at this home, where everyone enjoyed setting off fire- works. Friends, Ralph and Scotty Yantis and Cliff Bagot also joined in. On New Year's Eve, they attended the wedding of Leah Gladhart and Tyler Costa in Cambridge. On their way home,' they stopped in to visit with the Yantis' and made it home before midnight, but admit to being sound asleep before the stroke of twelve. Roy and I enjoyed having granddaughters; Ashlyn, Katy and Trista Temple come to visit us for a few days this past week. Celestino and Robin Juica spent Christmas Eve at daughter, Clerida's home in McCall with Clerida, Alan and the grandchil- dren. Robin's nephew, Yancy Palmer and niece, Vanessa Palmer came from Arizona for a few days visit. New Year's Eve was spent in MCCall with Clerida and Alan and surprisingly they all made it to midnight to bring in the New Year as a family. Wedding Bells Loren and Bridgett Brest learned from their son, Matt that his wed- ding will be held in May, in fact, it will be the day after Bridgett's very spe- cial birthdayl Jack and Jill Doughton enjoyed having Jack and Vi and neighbors Richard and Judy Congrove over on Sunday for a festive New Year's meal. Jim and Patty Shaw headed to Ontario on Wednesday for a doctor appointment for Patty. Afterward, they enjoyed a nice meal at The Golden Horse in Weiser in cel- ebration of their anniver- sary the day before. Ron and Connie Hornyak have been under the weather for the past week. It was another quiet New Year's Eve celebra- tion at Mary Rlninger's home. Granddaughter Jenny had that nasty head cold that'sgoing around, Mary settled in to watch an old movie and suddenly found that she had remained awake until midnightl Jenny will be celebrating her birthday this coming Sunday. Ardis Boll took Meagan back home to Boise on Tuesday. Challis had to The Adams County Record By Lynn Leatherman 257-3907 leave early due to work, and left on Christmas Eve. Craig helped out by filling in on patrol for Adam's County on Christmas Day. Hayden remained at home throughout the week, but will be heading back to college soon. He, Ardis and Craig enjoyed attending the Nic Bauer Scholarship games held in Cambridge over the weekend. Hayden played in the mens' basketball alumni game. Janet Meyer is suffer- ing the "Why did I put up so many decorations?" blues this weekend. Of course, Elf Ron is not as willing to help take down the decorations now that the cookies are all gonel I wish everyone a won- derful 2012. Please con- tinue to be safe and stay warm and hopefully find a smile meant Just for you this coming week and give one back to someone also. Walt Okam(,to, a Man for Seasons in marathons at the age of 66. In high school and col- lege Walt worked hard to help the family survive. He made friends easily in sports and school activi- ties. Rifle Team member- ship portended his future law enforcement career. Training in martial arts supported defensive use, not abusive power. I He kept a sense of I humor. He and his friends found time for practical Jokes in college. They con- vinced an arrogant senior from Brooklyn that wild Indians still roamed the lands around the Utah University. "That's why they build Fort Douglas next door," they told him. Their Indian raid alarm one night sent the Brooklyn boy scurry- ing to the fort in his skivvies. Excellence in col- lege ROTC earned him an officer's com- mission after col- lege graduation. His language skills in Japanese, Spanish, French, Russian and German made him a valuable commodity. From 1963-1965, he worked highly clas- sified operations in Naval Intelligence on recon- naissance in Vietnam for the Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACV-SOG). An expert marksman, trained in SCUBA and HALO parachute jumps, he also became one of the Navy's Underwater Demolition Team (UDT), the forerun- ners of the SEALS. For over 30 years he could not tell anyone about his time in Vietnam, until the information was declassi- fied in 1996. Hanging in his living room is a 6-foot painting of his team's last Vietnam reconnaissance rescue by a Huey helicopter while under fire. Walt is pulling the body of his execu- tive officer. Angle began painting the picture when he could finally describe the nightmare of his mis- sions. "Vietnam made me much more serious," said Walt. For 3 decades he stayed silent. Now a hunting birds to Middle East royalty. He became a Special Agent. By his federal retire- ment in 1992 he had not only fought illegal traf- ticking, he had worked Presidential protection detail, narcotics inves- tigations, and border patrols. His language skills and expert train- placard of ribbons on his mantle displays his skill and military service. When he finished his tour, he quietly returned to school, studying cytol- ogy and ornithology. His federal career began as a US Game Management Agent with Fish and Wildlife in 1967, "back in the time when wildlife management was a public service," he said. Covering migra- tory species throughout the Northwest, his law enforcement activities increased primarily dur- ing hunting season. But by 1969, big time illegal traffickers of fal- cons had begun selling ing made him invaluable in international language translation for high level meetings and documen- tation, and as an agency liaison. He traveled extensively during that time. A favor- ite game his family plays is calling out zip codes and asking him to iden- tify the site. He's almost always correct. Walt has seen many countries, and he believes we live under the best system in the world. He cautioned against abuse of the Constitution. "It is the people who make or break the country," he explained. "Whenever anyone takes the oath of office they must remember they are here to protect the Constitution and serve the people, not the other way around. The people are not their pawns." His wife Angle's life is replete with merits and awards of her own. "I was adventure de arived," said Angie, when asked what had attracted her to Walt when they met in Boise. With her own long line of Texas Ranger, pioneer and horse racing ances- try, she loved Walt's involvement in excit- ing activities. She has trained horses since age 8, and is an accomplished art- ist. She belongs to the Council Quill Writers, and is work- ing on two antholo- gies of her family's history. Walt was collecting nature etchings when they met in Boise. He sought her out and innocently asked the famous question, "Do you want to see my etchings?" She still laughs about his deep blush that day. "I probably married her because it was the cheapest way to collect her artwork," he admitted. Angle was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal by former Governor Dirk Kempthorne for her world famous mili- tary paintings that she donated to the Idaho National Guard in 2005. Two of Angle's nature prints hang in the Federal Courthouse in Washington, DC. Excellent riders, pho- tographers, and horse breeders, they enjoy the outdoor life. While work- ing as a detective in the Syracuse, Utah, police department, he and Angle rode with the Davis County Sheriffs Mounted by Deb Wilson "I've never done any- thing," began Walt Okamoto, as his wife Angle contorted with laughter. "Walt's life is a mini-series," she responded. "You won't believe what he's about to tell you." If it weren't for docu- mentation, badges, and awards, one would dis- believe the immensity of this man's life story. But it's all true, and it began with a very rough begin- ning. Most folks know Walt here for his 10 years (1998-2008) on Adams County Sheriffs Patrol. He's the Japanese face with the broad smile, often found helping teen- agers sort out their trou- bles. His family's Japanese heritage landed his mom and her 6 children in an Arizona incarcera- tion camp during WWII. The government seized their California farm, and sent his dad to a differ- ent camp. Walt never saw him again. Released to resettle in Utah after WWII, his fam- ily survived as migrant farm workers. Morn raised the 6 children by herself. Okamoto cred- its her strength for his can-do attitude. "It is not what happens to you that determines your charac- ter, but how you handle it," he learned from her. His childhood also taught him, "don't depend on the government to save you, depend on your intellect and knowledge," he said. His entire fam- ily worked hard for suc- cess, and they have all attained significance in their careers. "My mom was also very strong willed," he said. After suffering a mas- sive stroke in 1969, she was told she would never walk or talk again. By 1972 she was driving, and went on to compete Bear Facts New Year Fun arLct Ga00',qes ing on Smith Mt. and enjoyed Nan's wonderful cooking. Coming from Boise for the weekend were Billy and Wendy Jordan and friends. They were here from Friday until Sunday and stayed at their cabin. Dan and Sauni McGahey are sporting a new 2012 vehicle at their house. Dan took grandson, Will, to Boise to get braces on his teeth Friday. Arlen and Wyatt Warner and Don Armstrong spent a day at Bear while Don worked on the fire truck. The Annual New Years Party was held at Joe and Sue Warner's in their upstairs pool room on New Years Eve. The pool table was put in the house before the house was finished with no way to remove it. When Clarence and Beth lived there everyone gath- ered for parties and Joe and Sue have continued with a New Year's Party each year. There was lots and lots of fnger food, an entire turkey, salads and every kind of sweets. Among the guests were Roy and Connie Mocaby, daughter and son-in- law Doug and Kathy Steward from Weiser, Nan Rankin and Lowell Tietje enjoyed family last week. Lowell's daugh- ter, Kim, and son Austin Jensen, were here from Cedar Falls, Iowa. Lowell Jr., wife Pam and their daughter, Brittany, drove from Seattle. While here they did lots of visiting, did some snowmobil- Posse, and their team excelled in mounted drill team competitions. They wanted land with room for horses. Walt had taught fire camp here in the '80s and loved the area. They found their Mesa home in 1997, and he went to work for the Adams County Sheriffs Office the next year. He became Captain three years before his retire- ment. "There are so many neat people here," he said. "I knew I wanted to be involved with the com- munity." Walt has taught hunt- er education for 35 years. He was inducted into the Idaho Trappers Association Hall of Fame in 2011. He teaches bow hunter education, home and concealed fire- arms classes, Homeland Security courses, and fire fighting. He is certified in, and teaches, anti-ter- rorism, terrorist bombing prevention, and incident command and response. He even substitute teaches at the Council schools. He belongs to the American Legion, and is Drug Testing Coordinator for Council High School. Angle gets them involved in lots of activi- ties also. Hundreds of pictures commemorate their 1100-mile ride in the famous Mormon Trail Wagon Train 150 Year Celebration in 1997. The sometimes 1 1/2 mile long authentic wagon train ended after 3 arduous months with 61 wagons, 9 handcarts, 45 horseback riders, and 380 walkers from all over the world. Walt and Angle look back on their Journeys with amazement, and look forward to their llfe with enthusiasm. "We love it here, and, God willing, we intend to stay with these wonderful people." by Tina Warner 258-4471 Nan Rankin, Lowell Tietje and Dan McGahey and all of the Warners. Several contesters for winning pool games were Roy and Doug, and Nan and Lowell, but no one was named as winner. It is always a good way to welcome in the new year, 2012. 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