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17100 BO3-O3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc.' 21 7 W Cots St Shelton, WA 98584 Issue 29 w~u~,~.Jay, February 8, 2012 One Section 005-120 YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Welcome in Back, Beth Laker Bauer by Dale Fist In Thomas Wolfe's novel "You Can't Go HoIne Again," the theme is that after you have left your small hometown and lived in a more sophisticated metropolis, you can't return to the narrow confines of your previous way of life. Since towns and people change, there is some truth to that, but one Council girl is living proof that coming home again has its rewards• Elizabeth "Beth" Laker graduated from Council High School in 2004 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Regis University in Denver in 2008. Not long after that she married Royce Bauer, son of Brian and Cindy Bauer of Indian Valley• Over the next few busy years, the couple started their --- own trucking-company;~ had a son Thaine who is now a year and a half old; Beth worked a year and a half at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, "paying her dues" on an all night 7:00 PM to 7:30 AM shift• While Royce is trucking sand and gravel in North Dakota for the time being, Beth and Thaine moved next door to her parents, Jed and Cathy Laker, in Council• And on January 26, Beth started her new job as the Registered Nurse at the Adams County Health Clinic. She is the Clinical Coordinator there and, as in most small clinics, she wears a number of hats. Beth's younger sister, Hannah who graduated here in 2007, is living a more temporary version of the coming home again story, coming back to Council to work part time as a teacher's aid at the Elementary School, while studying to earn her teacher's certificate. Improvement Along the Weiser River Trail Misty Robertson of McCall--staff hygienist at the Adams County Health Center--cleans Robert Stinnett's teeth as part of the "Give Kids a Smile" program. Dr. Monty Epic (right) has partici- pated in the program for several years, donating his time. by Dale Fist The dentist chairs at the Adams County Health Center (ACHC) in Council were kept very busy on Friday as Dr. Monty Epic of Council and Dr. Elliot from McCall saw patients from the Council and Cambridge areas. It was all part of "Give Kids a Smile," a national campaign to provide dental cleanings, Xrays, exams and some dental work for children who have no health insurance or Medicaid coverage. This is about the 5th or 6th time that ACHC has sponsored this event locally, which is held every year on the first Friday in February all over the U.S. Much of the funding and support is donated. At Council, the dentists donated their time, the ACHC staff was paid, dental supply companies donated some of the supplies, and ACHC provided the facility. by Dale F~sk As you look north driving out of Council on Highway 95, most of the mountains you see are part of a major restoration project being planned by the Forest Service. Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Payette National Forest will receive 82,450,000 toward continuing the Mill Creek - Council Mountain Restoration Project, plus irtitiating the new Lost Creek - Boulder Creek Restoration Project. The funding is being awarded under the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program. I'm not sure how many Council people realize that the New Meadows Ranger District--and this project area, more or See PNF GETS MtLUONS, back page This picture illustrates a goal of the restoration projects on National Forests--to "open up" much of the forest, reducing "ladder fuels" such as brush and small, crowded-t0gether trees. the Seven Devils? by Dale Fisk Jon Almack is a biologist who knows grizzlies about as well as anyone. He spent a couple decades in Washington State, trapping, tagging, collaring, tracking and studying the big bears. Jon was doing survey work near Hells Canyon a few years back and a hunter told him to watch out because there was a Grizzly Bear in the area. The man said he had proof; he had a video of the bear. Jon watched the video and immediately recognized the bear shown in it as a light-colored black bear. And it wasn't even a very big bear. This type of thing happens all the time. People are not very reliable as eyewitnesses, as has been shown over and over in court cases. Professionals who receive reports from people con- cerning just about anything have to develop a protocol by which to rate the veracity of what people say. In the case of animals, it might be things such as how close the person was to it. Was it at night? How long was the animal visible? The pros learn to ask non-leading questions like, " Did you see the bear from the side, and ff so, what shape was its back?" Jon Almack says one of the most. common factors in mistaking a black bear for a grizzly is that the shoulder blades of a black bear sometimes stick up and look like the hump on a griz- zly. The key difference is that a black bears shoulder blades move up and down as the bear walks, while the hump on a grizzly does not move very much. Jon told me that the chances of one or more grizzlies being in the Seven Devils are slim, and the odds of it being a problem ~ar imoved from elsewhere are basically zero. He recommended that I contact Chris Servheen, Ph.D., Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator foi" the past 30 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Chris is another one of those guys who knows grizzlies as well as, or bet- ter than, he knows people, Knowing the details about every grizzly that is relocated in the western U.S. is not just his hobby; it is his profession- -and his passion. I emailed Chris, ask- ing him if any grizzlies had been relo- cated to the Seven Devils. His reply: "No one ever relocated any grizzly bears into the Seven Devils area. This has no basis in fact. This area is very far from Yellowstone. Despite the fact that this never happened, why would anyone drive Yellowstone bears hun- dreds of miles to this particular place? Yellowstone grizzly bears have never been relocated into any areas of Idaho outside the Yellowstone ecosystem." As a scientist; Jon Almack keeps an open mind and doesn't like to say it's impossible that a grizzly could be in this area. Recently someone told him they were absolutely positive they saw a grizzly near Summit Gulch (about 17 miles NW of Council). But until some- one takes a picture or there is other evidencd, let's just say the odds are very poor. See Seven Devils GRZZZUES, back page by Dale Ftsk You may have seen it, a buzz of activity east of the highway just north of the Tamarack sawmill, part of what has been a consistent and ambitious effort by a group of people The Record is starting a new, fun page 2. feature• You may have seen somethingBusinessl Organizations! Would you similar in the Statesman outdoor like to get some free advertising?. Let the "Where is This?" feature by offering the prize. It doesn't have to be much. It's the fun that counts! called Friends of the Weiser River section• We will feature a picture, like us know if you would like to sponsor Trail (FWRT). The trail, of course, is the one to the right of some nlace I~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 1 the old P&IN Railway grade, now a in (or near} Adams County andask ~ ~~ | trail for non-motorized use. . . ~'~! ,.:~: ...... :. readers to ldentlfv that soot We may ] :,: Every year in January. FWRT g ~;~:~ ~:,:::~,,:~:,~ ,,.:,..,~.~., ..,,,~:~ :,,,, ,,~,,~,N ~:,~, .,~, ] et more than one correct answer. ~:z:? ~, .~,: ,,,,~,~ :;x,,o~e~!~N ,, :'submits applications to the Idaho so we will draw a name from those ] i~!; ~{;i~:~ii!~i% )~,i;i~ .... [ iDept, of Parks and Recreation, correct answers to determine the [ ....... ..... [ seeking funding for trail projects winner of a small prize. ] : . ~ . [ under the Recreational Trails This week's prize is a 85 gift ,., ....... ~ , : ..... .Program. Last January they certificate from the Council Coffee ~a~ ................................ [ ;submitted three applications that Company in downtown Council. .were approved. One of the grants Your photos needed! To keep this going, we are going to need your pictures• This is a chance to show people some of your favorite places. Please don't make them extremely hard to figure out; we don't' want it to be impossible, but it should make most people scratch their heads a little• If you can scan your photos and email them, that's the easiest way for us, but we'll take 'em any way we can get 'em. The same goes for giving us your answers. Our contact information is at the bottom left of funded construction of a 1,100-foot- long road from the highway and trail to the planned Wye Trailhead land Campground located northeast of the Tamarack mill. The road was completed in October. The reason it is called the Wye Trailhead is, when the rail line was shortened to only reach Rubicon, a wye was built so the trains could "turn around" to head back south• The Trailhead Campground at the See WEISFR RIVER TRAIL, back page ..................................... " ..... • - ...... • - ": i ...... i ........ 21..5.___Ii.L'_2L