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17100 B03-03-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St 75 Jolume 35 Issue 27 Wednesday, January 25, 2012 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Adams County Commissioners Karen Hatfield to Retire from Assessor's Office by Lee Buy At the January 23 Adams County Commissioner's meeting, Karen Hatfield announced that she will be retiring at the end of February. Karen has served as County Assessor for the past 33 years, and feels the timing is right. She says the office has a well- trained staff and things are running smoothly. Since her position is not up for election this year, a replacement will be appointed. The details of who will make this appointment are not yet clear. Sheriff Rich Green reported to the Commissioners on Monday that medi- cal care and medicine for State of Idaho prisoners being housed at the Adams County Jail could cost as much as $57,000 per year for an average of 18 prisoners. The State of Idaho is requiring that the county provide the medical care with no additional increase in the daily rate the state pays the county. Jailer Steve Ogden said that the jail also incurs the liabil- ity; of dispensing medications up to four times a day without medically trained personnel. The state has only Wait Five Minutes "David Wilson and Pat DeHaas had their hands full last week clearing ice from drains and cul- verts around Council. Water was running everywhere." by Dale Fisk If you've lived here for more than week, you know exactly what that headline means. (If you don't like the weather....) Some of us had almost forgotten winter in Idaho was supposed to include dangerously slick roads, getting stuck in your driveway, crawling under a vehicle to i3ut chains on, and, at his Glendale International Weather Headquarters. That night it started raining. And raining. It rained all night. It rained the next day. It rained off and on that night. It rained the next day. If it lasted 40 days, the local churches were thinking about stockpiling Gopher Wood. (Look it up.) It finally stopped Kevin Gray's data raining, cleared off and was kind Weiser River Cattleman's Association 2012 Winter Beef School by Staff Reporter Over 100 area ranchers and com- munity members participated in the 2012 i Winter Beef School held at the Washington County Exposition Building in Cambridge last Thursday (Jan. 19). Ranchers heard speakers update informatio N on how to read Sales Catalog information to find the best fit for cattle purchases. Dr. Benton Glaze from the University of Idaho gave the ten best steps for determining the proper bull selections to upgrade a cattle herd. The bulside affects genetics more than the!cow side in all cases. I Dr. Glaze explained the Expected Progency Differences (EPD) that can be determined from the ten stepS, to help in choosing the best bull for any particular herd. Bulls are usable i over several years, and so it is important to get the best EPD when purchasing new stock. Courtney Kealey with IGENITY gave examples of how the 35% of the herd characteristics that come from heredi- beim housing eight prisoners at the faqllity this month and the Sheriffs Dpartment is running about $15,000 per month behind in revenues. The Sheriff has met with Adams County Health Clinic to see:what services the clinic could provide to the jail and at what cost. The Commissioners have scheduled another meeting with the Clinic and the Sheriff on Friday, January 27, at 10:00 am, to attempt to determine how much more it will cost to house state prisoners here in Council. Four more residents along Goodrich Creek Road appeared before the Commissioners to urge the County to speed up repairing or replacing the road damaged in the June, 2010, flooding It appears that the best location for the road will be along an existing irrigation ditch. That will require purchasing right of way and providing some replacement ponds for a landowner along the new route. FEMA had assumed responsibility for repairing the road but may not allow the new routing as a replacement. well, again, you know. So we watched the weather reports that said a big storm was coming. It didn't show up right when they said it would, so some of us thought, "Well, maybe they were wro.ng." One day it snowed a little skiff and the state snowplow truck came urgently roaring through Council with lights flashing and the plow grinding along the pavement, and you could almost see a thin line of white at the bottom of the blade between from Glendale Jan 17: first significant snow of the month, 5", water content = .39" Jan. 18: heavy snow all day, 14", water content = 1.32"- - total depth 18" before changing to rain that night. Jan. 19: rain all night, another 1.07" of liquid. Snow depth sank to about 8", water pooling everywhere. Jan. 20-21: didn't even freeze at night; more rain--.80" Running precip total now = 3.58" Jan 22: more showers[ Jan. 23: snow all night, until mid-morning--7", water content =. 70" Snow depth = 14". And a sunny afternoon! Precipitation thus far for January = 4.28". Normal, here, for the entire month of January = 4.13. Not bad for 5 days. It can stop now. Commission Chairman Bill Brown said ttiat even though this is the common sense location for the road, it may not pass the muster with the federal government. The temporary easement the county had through a neighboring ranch expired on January 1, 2012, so it is necessary to move forward in get- ting a new route established so the road to seventeen properties can be rebuilt. County Extension Education Agent Shanna Hamilton will be hir- See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 2 the sparks. Those guys are dedicated! They have been chomping at the bit to fnally plow some snow, and they weren't gonna let it get ahead of them! On the 17th w'e got a snowstorm, and some areas piled up 4 or 5 inches. Then came last Wednesday (18th). Suddenly it looked like winter. It snowed hard all day. The Schools closed. We at the Record didn't know if the people who went after the copies of the paper at Ontario would make it back alive. I think most of the.Council area got between ten inches and a foot of the stuff. Kevin Gray got 18 inches of for the mud... and the flooding. Water was running across streets in town, and temporarily inundated Highway 95 at the usual places north of town. Thankfully, at higher elevations it kept snowing instead of raining. Skiers were happy. Finally. Over five feet of new snow dropped on Brundage Mountain in as many days. On Monday morning I woke up to about four inches of snow on the ground, and it was still coming down. I almost took my 4X4 pickup to town because I figured it would be snowing all day, and I kind of had plans to get home that night. So, as I write this it is Monday afternoon. People are walking by the front of the Record office wearing tee shirts and shorts. Well, not really, but the sun is shining, and somebody said it's a business meeting to set up the of Ocers balmy 38 degrees outside, of the group for 2012. / But wait five minutes. DonationAccount for Race fiice,---eK-C-p-t " tary can be used to upgradea herd; Improving the genetic base for a herd is an investment for the long term. The average cow begins to break even in the herd after the sixth year so it is important to choose the markers for selection that will upgrade the herd. John Valivka gave an optimistic view of the cattle market for at least the next two years. Feed prices and the costs of production are up, but the market value of cattle has remained high. It becomes a matter of having the right Cattle for the right market. Valivka said that most ranchers netted $150 per calf in 2011, and that 2012 will probably see ranchers continuing to liquidate stock. We have the smallest herd since 1952, but ranchers are producing three times as much beef for the mar- ket with this much smaller herd of animals. Calves averaged 640 pounds at sale last year compared with 340 pounds in 1952. Ranchers have relatively young pro- ductive herds this year, and the beef supply will continue to tightel up through 2013 according to Valivk The Weiser River Cattlen an's Association: continues to have )rob- lems with icattle rustling in the area. Fifteen head of cattle were rep(rted missing last week from an area ranch. The Beef School concluded w[h a lunch featuring local beef and a ]brief New Meadows Boy from his jaw bone. He will be having treatments done in Seattle, and has Vern Ludwig Announces Intention to Enter Sheriffs From the Meadows Valley Community News Letter. A donation account for Drew Howland has been set up at US Bank in McCall to help cover travel and medical expenses for he and his family. The account can be found under Drew Howland. Donations can be made at any US Bank or mailed to US Bank 905 N 2nd St McCall, ID 83638. Drew is a 3rd grader at New Meadows and has just recently had an egg-sized tumor removed i by Dale F/sk ari administrative Vern Ludwig position first and has announced by surrounding a long road ahead of his intention to myself with qual- him. The family wants run for Sheriff of ity people, that can to thank everyone for Adams County. be learned quick- their continued prayers Vern was born and ly," Ludwig stated. and support, raised in Council, Vern has been Drew's surgery was where he has been involved in the last week and the in family and pri- community and surgeon believes that he vate business for in the school over got the entire tumor, but over 30 years. He the years in a vari- the family is patiently has an extensive ety of capacities.. awaiting the results background in He's ready to roll from pathology. Drew managing people up his sleeves, & his family returned and budgets. He get to work, and to Meadows Valley this believes with surround himself week. hard work and a with good people. You can follow Drew's common sense He believes that progress and story approach he can Council is a great on Facebook by doing make this department be times. "I admit I do not place to live, and he a search for "Drew effective and run more have a law enforcement wants it to stay that way. Howland." efficiently in these tough background, but this is [ll;||it0000!0000:ltlIIill]00 IIIIlIlIIlUIIII]III00 TI ', [!ti10011t l:iil'l :l :]! ,]11] il] !00i[Ir00 lll|l]lllill00l00 - " -