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17180 B83-83-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 75 2,7 WCota St IL Shelton, WA 98584 5 Issue 28 .... -ay, February 1, 2012 .S One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Payette Forest Coalition to Commissioners Move Forward With Inmate Tackle New Medical Costs in by Dale FIsk The Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) met on Thursday (Jan. 26) near New Meadows to finish some old business and to start studying a major new Forest Service project. For the past couple of years the PFC has studied issues related to major Forest Service projects and submitted their carefully considered input to the agency. The Coalition, composed of volunteers representing various interest groups in our area, is still wrapping up their contributions regarding the 50,000- acre Mill Creek - Council Mountain Restoration Project. Now they are starting to study a big new project encompassing the Lost Creek and Boulder Creek drainages on the New Meadows Ranger District. One thing that is misunderstood by many people is that input from the public, including groups such as the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC), does not obligate federal agencies to follow their suggestions or to carry out their requests. The Forest Service is Meeting facilitator, Mike DeGrosky, led the January 26 meeting of the Payette Forest Coalition near New Meadows. required by law to abide by a number of federal laws that often leave them little latitude for alternatives. The Endangered Species Act is one of the big ones. It is not uncommon for legal requirements to conflict with each other, which is a frustration for the Forest Service and a source of misplaced outrage from the public, recommendations I will have more on this concerning roads in the in future issues of the Mill Creek - Council Record. Mountain project. Of the If nothing else, the PFC proposed alternatives feels it has helped the put forth by the Forest public understand, and Service, the PFC had feel more comfortable advocated for Alternative with, the issues involved 2. However, the Forest The first order of business at the meeting See PAYZrTE FOREST was to get a group COALmON PROJECT, consensus about back page TEA Party Meeting by Anita VanGrunsven Monday evening, January 30, in response to an e-mail, our Adams County TEA Party folks and friends came together to talk about what we hope to see in a Sheriff candidate. Lyle Sall offered the use of Council Coffee/Chamber offices to what turned out to be an overflow crowd! Instead of the Chamber Office, Barbara immediately began arranging chairs and tables in Council ' Coffee and people were sitting on every chair available, looped around past the coffee bar, and even crowded into the entryway to the Chamber Office! There is obviously a lot of interest in this issue! The purpose of the meeting was to be sure that at least one of the candidates running for Sheriff would be someone we could support before the deadline for filing for that office was past. It seems that that will not be a probleml We were fortunate to have three of the men running for Sheriff in attendance Royal Ranger Report so we were able to ask them directly about their thoughts on our issues. It appeared that their answers met with approval so we do not need to find someone else to run. When the candidates are all known, as a public service we TEA Party folks, working with any other interested group, plan to develop a set of questions and submit it to every candidate. We will ask The Record to publish the results. We also will host a public forum and invite everyone to come ask their questions. The position of Sheriff is too important not to have a well-informed citizen vote! Luke Riehle demonstrates a radio-controlled helicopter to some of the Royal Rangers of Outpost 9 at their first meeting on January 25th. by Geoff Cole Royal Ranger Outpost #9 held its first meeting on Wednesday evening, January 27th at the Assembly of God church. Seventeen out of a total of nineteen Rangers were in attendance and received instruction on the proper handling and sharpening of knives and hatchets in preparation for earning their Cut and Chop cards. Outpost nine engaged in some very competitive rhinoceros races and enjoyed a demonstration of radio-controlled helicopter techniques by Commander Luke. Rangers discussed upcoming Winter Camp on Island Bar of the Salmon River in March, and a fundraising "Man- Stuff Yard Sale" (yard sale will feature items geared towards men, such as tools, hunting and fishing gear, camping and sporting goods, horse tack - no clothes, dishes, dolls or other common feminine yard sale items.) Rangers will begin collecting donations for the "Man- Stuff Yard Sale" in February. The Rangers of Outpost #9 are Ethan Byers, Caleb Corse, Alex Graham, Austin Grandy, Chance Hackett, Colby Hackett, Teagan Hill, Zez Korte, Zachary Mace, Sanmy Mahon, Gage Mcritt, Thomas Pulliam, Andrew Scheline, Tomas Scheline, Miles Stanford, John Terry and Wesley Waddoups. Outpost #9 Leadership consists of Platoon Leaders Isaac Cole and Adam Cameron, Senior Commander Luke Riehle, Assistant Commanders Jason Scheline and Jim Sorrells, and Ranger Chaplain Pastor Geoff Cole. If you would like more information on Royal Rangers, or if you wish to make a charitable donation to Outpost #9, please contact Pastor Geoff at 253-0222 or 741-0930. Spite of Uncertainties by Lee Buy The Adams County Commissioners, the Sheriff, and Adams County Health Center Administrator Denise Groves met in a spe- cial Commissioners meeting held on Friday, January 27, at the Courthouse. The County needed to negotiate a fixed rate for providing routine medical treat- ment and medicines for Idaho Department of Corrections prisoners housed at the County facility. The total cost of $37,000 was agreed upon as an estimate for the cost of healthcare for 18 state prisoners at the jail. In addition, the Sheriff requested profes- sional help in giving all jail prisoners their pro- scribed medications on a daily basis. That feature was estimated to add $10,000 to the cost of medical care at the Jail. The total cost for provid- ing medical care for both the county prisoners and the state Department of Corrections prisoners could total $66,000 for a twelve-month period. The issue came about when the State Department of Corrections requested that Adams County pay for all non-emergency medical care and medi- cines for state prison- ers housed in the jail. The Commissioners met with Administrator Denise Groves to attempt to handle the additional medical care through the local clinic. The Sheriff had received an estimate of $40,000, from Badger Medical in Boise, as a fixed amount to provide State prisoner medical care for twelve months. Administrator Groves emphasized that using a local institution would give the county more flexibility because the amount due would be based strictly on the services provided by the Clinic, not on a fixed annual contract amount. Commission Chairman Bill Brown said that if the county doesn't pro- vide medical services for the state prisoners the state could choose to stop housing prison- ers in Adams County. The Sheriff budget for 2012 includes $205,000 in projected revenue from the Department of Corrections, and because of this issue the state has only housed six to eight prisoners here this year. Brown continued by saying that the other option, ff the county can't afford to house state prison- ers, might be to get out of the jail service alto- gether as Boise County has done. The Commissioners passed a motion to pay non-emergency medi- cad care and medicine expenses for Department of Corrections prisoners housed in Adams County for at least the remain- der of the 2012 bud- get period which ends September 30, 2012. Brown said, "Thank you to Administrator Groves for being will- ing to negotiate with the county in solving paying for Department of Corrections prison- ers housed in Adams County." County Clerk Sherry Ward said that while some of the medical costs for In-county pris- oners Is Included in the 2012 budget, there could be a 837,000 shortage In the current year budget. The Sheriff Department started the fiscal year with no fund carryover and ended the first quar- ter with a large deficit primarily caused by the lack of state prisoners at the Jail facility. Jailer Steve Ogden said he would contact the state immediately to tell them of the county decision and to see if more pris- oners can be assigned to the county facility. Don Allen Announces Intention to Join Sheriffs Race by Dale Fisk Don Allen has announced his intended candidacy for Adams County Sheriff. Don grew up in Council and attended school here. He went on to become Divisional Vice President of a corporation with the task of turning around a bankrupt company, which he did, bringing that company to a 25% profit within six months. He was quickly hired as the Regional Vice President of this corporation, which made him responsible for $450 million in revenue. As Regional Vice President of a different company, he became responsible for growing a $12 million revenue stream into $I00 million, through acquiring 48 companies, increasing sales and city/private contracts. During this time he oversaw about 600 employees. Don says he will focus on three areas as he campaigns: fiscal responsibility, relationships and reputation. ''here is too much spending coupled with too little revenue," said Allen. We need to identify cost efficiencies and cost overlap so our citizens are getting the best value for their dollar." Alien announced that, ff elected, he will hire a part- time undersheriff, which will save the county thousands of dollars every year in salary and benefits. His nominee for the undersheriff is Rick Wiley, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement. Allen said, "When I was a youth in Council, I was not afraid of the sheriffs deputies. I respected the badge and looked to those individuals as role models. It is that reputation, one of role models, I seek to bring to this office. We will not unnecessarily harass or intimidate visitors or youth. We need to help our business community collectively say ve are open for business, come visit Adams County'. " l ..... Ill