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17100 BO3-O3-A SmaliTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St She/ton, WA 98584 it Issue 25 Wednesaay, January 11, 2012 One Section 005-120 YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER COUNCIL INDIAN VALLEY BEAfq/CuPRUM New Mz :AvOWS New Meadows Sheriff Welcomes New Mayor by Staff Reporter After a short meeting of the old New Meadows City Council the new Mayor and two Council-persons were sworn into office on Monday night, beginning a new administration for the city. Mayor Julie Spelman announced that she will be at City Hall during the hours from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every day to lis- ten to the concerns of city residents while she is setting up her plans for the next year. DeOle Priddy was elected as Council President, a position that runs the meeting if the Mayor should be absent. The old City Council had accepted the resignation of John Franks from his position effective December 30, 2011. The new Council first took comments from the thirty persons at the public portion of the meeting and then went into an executive session to discuss cre- ating an Assistant Treasurer position at City Hall. The Council expects to begin advertising for the new position early next week; In other actions, the Water and Sewer Department asked for and got permis- sion to purchase a new 83.327 surge protector unit for use with the Sewer Auger. The wet conditions in the auger plant make it hard to keep electrical motors operating and this is the first replacement of a surge protector at the plant. The meeting ended with a spirit- ed discussion on how to define a vicious dog so that the city's ordinances could be tightened up to protect residents and their pets from harm by roaming dogs within the city. Sheriff saster at by Dale Fisk It was like a scene from a bad movie where the upstairs bathroom floods and the water comes down through the ceiling. It's one thing to see it in a movie, but having it happen in real life hits pretty hard. On the afternoon of December 29th, the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) got a late Christmas present.., from the Grinch. ACHS has been working con- stantly for more than three decades to restore the old Pacific & Idaho Northern Railway depot at New Meadows. Hundreds of thou- sands of dollars, garnered from a number of grants, have been invested in the project. The group recently finished some significant work on the inside of the building. Around 4:00 PM on the 29th a fire suppression sprin- kler head in the upstairs of the depot began spraying water. The good news was that there was no fire; the bad news was. .. well, obvious. Fortunately someone noticed the mal- function after about 15 to 20 minutes. But even that short amount of time was enough to do a lot of damage. According to Adams Will Adams County Commissioners Moose Meets Adams County Sheriff. Rich Green (Left) and Under Sheriff Richard Borger (right). by Dale FIsk Adams County Sheriff, Rich Green, called a special meeting at 1:00 PM on Monday (Jan. 9) at his office. Most of the sheriffs office staff gathered to hear what he had to say. Green made the following statement: "I've had to give this a lot of thought: actually I've been thinking about this for a couple years---doing a little reflec- tion on my career here. I realize how quickly time has flown. I've been in public service for a little over 30 years. Most of that has been in law enforce- ment. And I've had the honor of serving Our Lord and protecting the citizens of County Historical Society President Rodney Pratt, the sprinkler head that mal- functioned was in the P&IN President's office on the sec- ond floor, causing that room to be flooded, as well as the two new bathrooms directly below. Sheetrock on the ceil- ings and walls, plus carpet and vinyl flooring will have to be replaced. ACHS is hoping the upstairs flooring'and sub- floor will dry and not need to be replaced, as it is originalto the building. The Clean-up & Total Restoration Company is on site drying things out & will perform the repair work to put it all back together again. They are a large firm that specializes in just this sort of problem. The sprinkler system has been in place since 2001, and has been trouble free to this point. The warning portion of the system worked properly when the incident ocurred. Insurance will cover most, if not all, of the repair costs, but this may well delay plans for reinstalling the original floor- ing in the first-floor office and main lobby. To some extent, it depends on how long it takes for things to dry out. this county for almost the ;last quar- ter century. I've finally decided that I think it's time to let someone else serve the people of this county and not seek reelection this term. So I'll be retiring sometime next year." Green then said that Under Sheriff Richard Borger also had something to say. Borger then made this statement: "I've been a sworn police officer since I979. and this has probably been both the most challenging and rewarding position I've ever held. I couldn't ask for a better supervisor, and I don't think See SHERIFF GREEN. back page Council School Board Motor Vehicle by Lee Buy The Adams County Commissioners heard reports from three major depart- ments within the county government at their regularly scheduled January 9, 2012, meeting. Weed Supervisor Dave Klaw reported that his department has started on the 175 page application for obtain- ing a required permit for discharging pesticides into any seasonal water in the county. The Federal Clean Water Act now requires weed departments to be licensed to spray along or near any water in the area. Two current employ- ees of the Weed Department plan to take over the spraying on private lands this season because Ferrel Crossley is planning to retire this winter. Moose Mooshed A traffic accident involving a female moose happened last week at milepost 70 near New Meadows. The moose had o be put down after the accident. Road and Bridge Supervisor Tom Glen peeded permission to spent 81,469 on a Oafety switch for one of the snowplows ~efore the plowing season begins. Glen ~vill schedule Hughes Engineering to give their report on the condition of all ~ounty bridges later this month. The County has completed 871.000 in "oad improvements for the Walker Ranch Subdivision and that amount has been zharged against the developer's reserve or that property. The remaining paving york will be completed when more lots n the subdivision are sold. The depart- See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. back page by Dale Ftsk School Superintendent Murray Dalgleish summed it up this way: "We're going to have to reinvent ourselves here. We know we're are in a time of pretty massive change as far as the way the state wants to approach public education. They want to move much more toward technology and on-line courses, and that's going to be a little bit of a strug- gle for us in how we cope with all these changes." Mr. Dalgleish empha- sized the need to create a five-vear plan to deal with Financial issues and other challenges at the January 9 School Board Meeting. He outlined the five main issues: 1 Reduced rev- enues. The district has lost 20% of its funding in last two years, and will lose more. 2 Meeting new mandates with a reduced staff. 3--~Staffing. Recruiting and keeping good teachers. 4 How to inform the communi- ty about the challenges the schools face and how to motivate involvement. 5---Facility expenses and deferred maintenance issues. With Dalgleish stressed the consider is ~ooperating involved in the evaluation. need for a long-range with our neigl~bors more. There ,was much discus- plan to deal with theseA 'length3"| discussion sion of the composition of challenges that will only get worse in the future. stating: "We need to have a plan for the next few years. We need to have a strategic plan that says 'this is the way we are going to face these new mandates and the chang- es that are coming at us.' Before we can talk about calendars sched u le s courses we re going to offer or any of those types of things we have to come to grips with these issues. Because other- wise we're just going to be going from year to year trying to play catch up, and I don't think that's any way for us to do busi- ness. " Mr. Dalgleish has made recommendations, but the solutions will have to come from the Community, the school staff and the school board. He said one of the things we are going to have to followed abol K sharing this committee and how it teachers betw,,.en schools, would function. A teacher at any school School Board Chairman. can teach claa ~es at sever- Wayne Freedman said. al other schoe ls electroni- 'rhere are just an awful cally. Bigger s4:hools have lot of issues here that an advantag~ because we want to investigate they have bigger budgets, and come up with a cre- Mr. Dalgleishsaid, "The ative but reasonable way small districtS, and theto engage our kids, our poor districts are goingstaff and our community There are just lot of an awful issues here that we want to investigate... the options be is a four-day ~, Cambridge h to really struggle unless we find a way to cope. That's just the reality." One of lg explored chool week. as already gone to thi~ and the boarc is consult- ing them to learn how it is workin~ for them. Three other schools in the Long PIN I eague have gone to a fou :-day week: Horseshoe Bead. Garden Valley and Salmon River. Putting togetller a com- mittee to evah .ate a 4-day week was dis~:ussed. The school staff and the com- munity will need to be Walt Okamoto Announces in the future of Council's schools." A strategic committee. with subcommittees will be formed to address the entire range of challenges. The goal will be to deal with these issues without any increase in costs over what is currently being spent, and almost certain- ly with less in the future. schedule, "I think you almost have to go on the assumption that we're going to have less resources. The state has pretty mnch told us they're doing a 5% cut for the next four years." Dalgleish stated. Anyone who is interest- ed in participating in this committee is urged to call See COUNCIL SCHOOL BOARD. back page for What do you call drywall when it' s wet? Whatever you call it, it's not good. Multiple fans, stripped sheetrock and plastic sheeting decorate the old New Meadows depot as Clean-up & Total Restoration work to dry the place out. Water pooled in the heating ducts and other recesses will take a while to evaporate. Adams County By Deb Wilson "I will be running for Adams County Sheriff," declared Walt Okamoto during a surprise announcement at the Council Rod and Gun Club meeting Saturday night at Lakey's Caf6. Okamoto has spent over half of his life in law enforcement, includ- ing 10 years with Adams County, where he retired as Captain in 2008. Okamoto carefully considered his decision, and doesn't want run- ning to be about slander or blame. "I wouldn't do this if I didn't believe I was the right man for the job," he avowed. After his announcement Bobbie Matthews, long time resident of Council, stated "I think it's a good thing. It's just time for a change." Okamoto thanked the members of the Council Rod and Gun Club who have urged and supported him. Position