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Page 6 Indian Valley & Mesa News "But First" Disease Bob and Doris Baker had visits on Sunday from their son, Mark Briscoe of Council and grandson, Thron VanKomen and his boys, Tristan and Dion of Parma. The Ball family enjoyed Matthews visit home from Ft. Benning over the holidays. Now, they are anxiously await- ing his graduation from boot camp and his next return back home. Larry Boehm and Bev Galloway also enjoyed the visit from Larry's sis- ter in law, Dixie Delarm of Gresham, OR along with their other visi- tors the week past. This week, they went up the mountain to wish Dean Boehm a happy birth- day. Thursday, they trav- eled below so Bev could keep appointments with her chiropractor and to pick up new glass- es. Going home they attended a basketball game in Payette for grandson, Andrew Galloway. Sunday, they enjoyed a great dinner at the Indian Valley Trap Club. Jim and Lavonne Conner are excited as they received news that their newest great grand- daughter, Payton Maree Linan was born on Monday morning. Payton weighed in at 7 Ibs. 5oz. and measured 19 inches long. She makes their 7th great grandchild. Congratulations to you both. I was happy to hear that Don and Jackie Dowdy are back to feel- ing better this week and were able to get out and attend church. Bill and Ruth Reeder picked up Becca and Ethan Crosby at the Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Boise airport on Monday. Wednesday, they went back down for a doc- tor appointment for Bill. On their way home they stopped on the Oregon slope to visit friends Ted and Pat Roland. Sunday, they had Lynn Johnson and Becca and Ethan for dinner guests. Don and Joan Laker enjoyed seeing grand- son, Matthew Harvey on Tuesday. Matthew came to help them work on their rental house in Weiser, and then they all had lunch at The Golden Horse. They also enjoyed a call from granddaughter, Donevin of Gooding, who called to ask Grandpa just why he did the things he did as a child! Jenny Rininger enjoyed a birthday party held by close friends celebrat- ing her 18th birthday on Sunday. Mary has been taking advantage of the nice weather and actu- ally enjoyed being able to dry a quilt out in a fresh breeze. Craig and Ardis Boll enjoyed having daughter, Challis and her friend, Josh home from Moscow from Tuesday through Friday. Son, Harden returned back to school at the University of Idaho on Monday. Craig and Ardis enjoyed attend- ing basketball games for the girls on Friday in Cambridge and all the games held in Midvale on Saturday. Celestino and Robin Juica are slowly get- ting back in the work mode this past week after having the holidays off. Thursday evening, Robin and eight other Indian Valley Volunteer Firfighters enj oyed attending a CPR re-cer- tification class taught in Council by Mendy and Shaun Stanford. With so many in the valley being down and out with all these flu's and colds, I was con- cerned when Janet Meyer told me she and Ron were suffering from illness this past week. But, as always she sur- prised me and gave me a chuckle when she told me they were suffering from the "But, first" dis- ease! She says that this strange disease always hits them about this time of year as they start making plans for things to work on in the near future of spring. As she says though, when plan- ning they are always saying "But, first we must do this and but, first, we must do thatI" Thank you for my weekly chuckle, Janet. Sandy Coates sent me a quick note to ~emind everyone to start thinking about their favorite com- fort food which will be the The Adams County Record By Lynn Leatherman 257-3907 theme for the potluck to be held on the third Saturday of the month at the fire hall. I have spent the week busily crochetingAfghans for our grandson, Fox and his sister, Rose who is expected to make her appearance into the world anytime now. They are back in Wisconsin, so like always, Grandma is rushing madly to get things done and mailed. Now that we are into the second week of the New Year, I have decided that to stop procrastinating will be a good resolution to work onl May everyone remem- ber to keep those special neighbors and friends in the valley and on Mesa in their prayers this week. Hopefully we will have snow soon, so please stay safe and warm and have a great week. Community Spotlight Debbie and Cliff Barnett, a Story of the Ranching Life by Deb Wilson Debbie and Cliff Barnett of New Meadows dedicate their lives to their cattle ranch. Ranchers seldom get remembered as commu- nity leaders or famous citizens. Some people just work hard, without much public attention. Their beautiful acre- age meanders through pastures and timber along the streams form- ing the headwaters of the Little Salmon River. Ranching may look romantic, but it never makes life easy with its long harsh hours and rising costs. Today's ranching requires inten- sive research, record- keeping, marketing, and regulatory compli- ance. The Bametts feel attacked by environ- mentalists and health gurus, invaded by hunt- ers and wildlife such as elk and wolves, and stripped of control over their market. "We're at the mercy of the cattle buyers," Cliff explained. "You can't set your price except for the bulls." The Barnetts special- ize in producing show and registered breed- ing cattle. Originally Hereford breeders, they now raise Registered Angus, Saler ("Say-Lair") cattle, and club calves. Angus has been a well known, dependable breed for decades. Saler cattle, a French breed with a thick mahogany red or black coat, have gained prominence for their fertility, good meat and hardiness. Cliff likes to talk about their Salers. '~rhe calves are so amazing; they're vigorous from birth," he said. He described how their resilience in calv- ing eliminates the ardu- ous task of pulling the calves out of the mom. Strong but lower birth weight calves come out easier, and their rapid growth makes for better herd success. Saler ranchers con- tend their herds reduce environmental impact, because they're athlet- ic and prefer to roam around to different graz- ing areas, rather than just hang out at the creek bottom. The Barnetts appre- ciate their dispositions. "Lots of cattle come down over the mountain, and when the bulls get in fights, they drive their herds through the fences," said Cliff. "But the Saler bulls push their cows away from the fence, and the cattle herd togeth- er to protect the calves. Mothers even take care of each others' calves," he shared. Careful land manage- ment preserves habi- tat and increases food supply. Raising hardy cattle, combined with responsible planning and parasite control, lowers disease risk and the need for antibiotics. Debbie explained their goals in breed- ing. Purebred cat- tle require 15/16 of a breed. Full blood cattle require 100%, preserve the breed's genetics, and produce the most predictable offspring. Nationwide searching and careful breeding and culling for genera- tions of cattle have pro- duced prize winning, good disposition regis- tered Angus and full- blood Salers. Today the Barnetts claim one of the largest full blooded Saler populations in the country. In 2009 their ranch proudly host- ed the American Saler tour. The last few years they've broadened their interests. "Club calf breeding is lots of fun too," said Debbie. Club calves are a type of calf, not a breed. With the focus on conformation, disposition and great coats, club calves by the Barnetts feature nation- ally recognized sires, and are especially bred for FFA, 4H and Junior Stockmen. They can be of any breed or cross breed. Primarily show ani- mals, club calves dif- fer from general cattle because of their inten- sive muscular confor- mation. '~rhey're very square, and built like bricks," said Cliff. They can be a myriad of col- ors. The Barnetts support youth participation in club calf 4H and FFA programs. They also support Jackpot shows, which offer additional opportunity for competi- tion besides traditional county fairs, and require young participants to master grooming and show skills. Debbie and Cliff bought purebred heif- ers and started artificial insemination (AI) breed- ing 23 years ago. They run 90-100 females and their calves, plus a few select bulls. Partnering with other ranchers to buy some of their bulls allows for purchase of higher quality, more powerful breeders. Their calves sell locally and nationally. Debbie's no strang- er to hauling animals. Almost every January she has driven cattle to Denver for the National Western Livestock Sale while Cliff managed the home site. "Try driving a 24 foot stock trail- er through downtown Denver," she said. She hauls cattle to sales and shows all over the northwest. "Wyoming is the worst," she said. "Eighty miles an hour winds and driv- ing snow leave trucks jackknifed all over the road." She comes by her hardiness honest- ly. Her dad's dad, "a tough old German," she recalled, came here in the 1800's. Her dad, Bob Balbach, built his own saw mill and estab- lished hay crops and cattle herds on the 500 acre ranch taken over by Debbie and Cliff after his death. Debbie idolized her father and followed in his footsteps. She started 4H steers at age 10, and owned her own herd by age 12. Cliff and Bob worked together sev- eral years, logging and ranching. Above the living room couch hangs a picture of Cliffs grand- pa Ensley astride a horse with a tiny toddler Cliff in front. Ensley lived in the center of early New Meadows raising hogs and milk- ing cows. Cliff started bucking hay when he was still so small he never knew "which end was going to come up on top, bale or butt." Their children raised and showed steers too. But after 38 years of marriage Cliff and Debbie are alone. Their children Shanna and Dennis, their daughter- in-law Christina and their grandchild Justin died tragically in auto accidents two years apart (1994 and 1996), the actions of drunk and incapacitated drivers. "The pain never eases," sighed Debbie, "but you only have two choices. You can stay in bed and cry all day, or you can put your head down and keep it going." They buried them- selves in their work. In addition to cattle, Debbie trains Australian Shepherds. She rais- es chickens and milks cows, and still misses her sheep they sold a few years ago. A productive garden- er, she built greenhous- es that she had hoped would become a fam- ily business, before the loss of her children. In her rare spare time she paints ranch scenes. In the past she has written articles for Star News and cattle publications. She laughed in agree- ment when Cliff admon- ished her for having too many irons in the fire. They've had quite a parade transporting all i of their animals to their! New Plymouth ranch land for the last several winters. This year their New Plymouth property is up for sale, and they are settled in for their first New Meadows' win- ter since 2004. Today they are strug- gling with water erosion damage from harvested forest land above them. Debbie actively pursues involvement in property and water rights issues when she is able, such as her recent mem- bership on the Little Salmon River Water Advisory Group. "It's hard for people with outdoor occupations to find time to participate in groups to protect ourselves. I think that if timber, mining and agriculture joined forces they would survive," she said. They worry about the future of ranching, and the difficulty find- ing help and younger generations to carry on the ranch tradition. "It's sad watching good farm ground turn into cities," Cliff said, "and kids don't want to work at ranching anymore. Where is our food going to come from?" Bear Facts A Party to Remember by Tina Warner 258-4471 I missed Cuprum's with several joining in. New Years Party last Kathy said they had week. Larry Cornell a wonderful bunch of and Kathy Hogan enter- friends and neighbors. tained 49 guests, and Some played dice, pool as Kathy told me, it or just had a great visit was "elbow to elbow." making for a wonderful Roger Robins started party. the "Roast" on Larry KarenPackofCuprum i Call to place your ad today! .: Rentals .Automobiles i - Real Estate - Householditems - Help Wanted - Personals Animals .And much, much more ~ , e*~ 208-253-6961 spent some time in the dren Mike, Megan and Hospital in Weiser. She Lucas. is home now and feel- Jeff Jardine enjoyed ing much better, the weekend at his Dan and Sauni cabin on the hill with McGahey's visitors his son, LQgin, and his Thursday through mother Sandy Jardine. 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