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Page 6 Wednesday, January 13, 2016 The Adams County Record New business comes to Council BY DALE FISK Philip and Jackie Pochop have lived here for about a year, but we at the Record just heard about them and their new business just south of Council at James Gibleau's former shop. Philip is using his experience working on heavy equipment and trucks to continue that type of work, plus he is offering fabrication work and repairs for farm equipment. He also has a mobile unit if the repair needs to be done in the field. With the last name of Pochop, the natural name for the shop was "Porkchop's Repair: Jackie is from Oregon and didn't think much Porkchop Repair has been open for business since November 1. of the idea of moving to Philip's home state of Colorado, and he didn't want to move to Oregon, so they compromised on Idaho. They now live in the east part of Council, and are a welcome addition to our community. If you need a repair or fabrication job done, give Philip a call at 208-739- 5694 or 307-262-4304. Watch for their ad each week in our business directory; Downey Woodpecker BY FRED ERLAND This is a Downey Woodpecker at -2 degrees during our last cold spell. Notice the puffed up look, as all b'trds puff up to regulate body temperature. These delightful small Woodpeckers are only 6 inches long, while their kissing cousins, the Hairy Woodpecker, is 8 inches long and is identical in appearance. There are only a few differences between them. The main one is the bill length on a Downy is shorter in proportion to the head, while the Hairy is longer than, or very dose to the same length as, the head. Neither Bird migrates, so they are here to enjoy all year long. Both are insect eaters and love suet cakes in the winter. They drill nest holes in any wood that sounds rotten, soft or hollow. q?hey lay 3 to 7 eggs in a bare bole in a tree, incubated by both parents for 12 days. The nest will be located 12 to 30 feet above ground and Both are fun to watch and very hard to tell apart. Birders have long discussions about which species is in a picture, as they are so close in appearance, and if you do not get the side view the lined with chips. The Hairy "discussion" is on. lays 3 to 6 eggs, incubated The Great Baclo/ard Bird by both parents for 11 to 15 Count is coming in Februar days, with their nest 4 to 60 and is everyone's opportuni3y feet above ground. The Hairy to enjoy our winter birds,. nest is also lined with 'Haips." A New Year calls for upgrades on your current services! Give us a call and we can help you save even more in 2016 than you did in 2015! Cambridge (208) 257-3314 Boise (208) 229-1000 Lumberjack update BY ERIC ROSENGRANT The boys had Christmas break off of basketball but played again this last Fri- day and Saturday. Friday we went to Cascade and won 59-54. Saturday we played Notus at home and won 49-37. The boys's record stands at 9-3. This week we play Gar- den Valley Friday there and Salmon River Satur- day at home. The game times for Saturday are 3:00 boys JV, 4:30 girls varsity and 6:00 boys varsity. We are in league play now Photo by Eric Rosengrant and would love everyone the Lumberjacks. to come down to support Editorial by Dale Fisk One side If t had taken at face value the first article I read about the take over of the Malheur National W'ddlife Refuge, I would have been outraged at how badly the Hammond family had been treated by the BLM. But one side of a story seldom tells the whole tale. Here is a small sample of items from the other side of the story. Court transcripts and documents concerning U.S. vs Hammonds can be found here: www. thebakercountypress.com. Ammon Bundy says the Wtldlife Refuge has taken away the land of 100 ranches since the early 1900s. Apparently he's referring to those folks to whom the evil government gave away land, but who somehow failed to survive by ranching on a barren desert, after which the government bailed them out by paying them for that same land. Most of the people who homesteaded the dry, rocky land on Pleasant Ridge north of Council met the same fate, and my grandfather bought their land, so I guess he was evil to do that. BLM personnel documented years of efforts to compromise with the Hammond family, and repeated, flagrant violation of laws and regulations by Steven and Dwight Hammond. Subsequent court documents, some of which can be found on the Intemet, set out numerous instances of such behavior One bone of contention was the Hammonds driving cattle through the wildlife refuge, where the cows trampled and browsed the x~Jlows that the BLM planted there to repair damage caused by years of overgrazing. The Hammonds dairned they had a "right" to do what they were doing merely because they had done it in the past. Steve Hammond vowed that he would NEVER cooperate with the BLM. He threatened to kill refuge managers several times. Dwight Hammond threatened to wrap the 12-year-old son of one manger in a shroud of barbed wire and stuff him down a well. The BLM finally revoked the Hammonffs privilege of grazing on the refuge and started to build a fence to keep cattle out. Steve Hammond parked a piece of heavy equipment on the fence line property to prevent the fire from destroying their winter range and possibly their home. They said backfire was successful in putting out .the lightning fires, The real story is that Hammond set fires below firefighters, which endangered and disabled it.When BLM their lives (they escaped personnel were trying to drag ' without injury), and during it out of the he jumped up on it and lowered the bucket, which nearly injured a BLM employee. He was arrested, but the charges were eventually dropped. In 1999, after Steve Hammond in terf with a lawful hunt bring conducted by a hunting guide and his party, he was sentenced to 3 years of probation. 2001 fire On September 30, 2001 Steve Hammond claimed to have called authorities to tell them he was going to bum some land to improve the range. Records show he didn't call until 2 hours after setting an illegal fire. The fire was apparently a ruse to distract from an illegal hunt. (Hammond needed a permit to hunt in that area.) According to testimony from a commercial hunting guide, his two clients, and Dusty Hammond (Dwight Hammond's grandson and Steve's nephew) some of the Hammonds and their Mends "shot into a herd of deer on BLM lancE" The guide said four bucks were crippled, but the Hammond hunting party did not track or collect any deer. Immediately afterward, Steve Hammond handed out matches and instructed the party to qight up the whole country on fire7 The hunting guide and his two clients escaped the fire, but had no time to take their camp with thern- This was one of two fires for which Steve and Dwight Hammond were prosecute 2006 fire While BLM personnel were fighting a lighting- sparked range fire in 2006, the Hammonds set what they said was a "backfire" on their own a county wide bum ban and while a "red flag warning" was in effect. Dwight Hammond tried to run when caught lighting the fires, but was apprehended. Their claimed range restoration fire, set during hot, dry conditions, left ;~ the land ungrazable for two years while it recoverecL Aug 17, 2006-- Steve Hammond told a BLM employee that he and Dwight had been setting fires in the area for years, and later bragged tlmt they bad never been caught. The Hammonds daim the BLM & FWS "arbitrarily revoked their grazing permit without any given cause." In reali~, the BLM denied the renewal of the Hammonds' grazing permit, citing the arson convictions and other issues. Claims have been made that the Hammonds were tried for "terrorism" but records show otherwise, and that the jury never heard any such charge. These are just a few of the realities behind the many falsehoods being spread. We either have a society that functions under the rule of law, or we have anarch)~ and that's what those who took over the wildlife refuge are supporting. This is not to say government personnel are always right or fair, or that regulations are either. But to paint the Hammonds as completely innocent victims is not j~le. As we see in the news every day, jump'rag to conclusions and getling angr) even violent, based on a distorted, one- sided narrative is becoming all tOO cornnlon-