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Page 2 Dear Editor, I received by latest edi- tion of the Record in yes- terday's mail, thank you! I just finished reading it and my local paper, the Orange County Register. I was struck by the marked difference in con- tent. I grew up in Council, but since my stint in the Marines and a cou- ple of tours overseas, I have lived in California. I have many fond memo- ries of my life in Council, memories that I am sure I have embellished over the years, so that I prob- ably remember a more idyllic Council than actu- ally existed. Today's Register front page contains these: Grand jury indicts sus- pect in serial killings. Family of Laguna slay- ing victim files $10M claim. Man guilty of trying to rape prostitute at knife- point. This is just local news, and unusually less grue- some than usualI I live in Garden Grove, which is in Orange County, not L.A. or even L.A. County. The L.A. Times reads like a John Grisham novel on steroids. Now you read the Adams County Record. Of course there is some mention of your upcom- ing election, some com- ment on politics, but the biggest and most talk- ed about subjects are what the Forest Service is up to and how it is impacting your lives and fdture use of the land and resources. Whether or not there are Grizzlies in the Seven Devils area. Have the sightings in tile mountains around Council in the past Bally been Grizzlies or own bears. Are there too many wolves, should tley have been trans- planted, are they a threat to big game, etc. and so on. Other stories about returning Council natives and what they are up to, stories about what just nice people doing nice things have been up to! Do not think I am being facetious or mak- ing fun of Council life! I am pointing out how lucky you are that you live where you do and that your paper is con- cerned about these things, that it has the space and time to care about them because Jack the Ripper does not Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Editor's Notebook live in your town. If he did, there would be no long trials with expensive lawyers to determine his guilt; he would already be buried with the rest of the trash, not turned loose because getting on a pair of leather gloves over the top of a pair of rubber ones proved to be difficult! Sure, Council is suffer- ing an economic down- turn right now, but on its worst day it is still better than here. I know, why do I not move back? Maybe I will, but I have to wait until my house is worth something again, my wife changes her mind about the cold winters, blah, blah, blah, and blah. I will see you all this summer! Johw Love, GIrden Grove, c.A Editor's note: John's letter is a little longer than the 400 word limit, even after some trimming on my part, but how could I cut more out of such a great letter? I believe John is a 1968 graduate of Council High School. He and Jim Mahon are planning a trip to Council this summer. District Ranger Seeks Information about Possible New Fire w ood Areas From the Payette able to ensure there National Forest, Council were no soil erosion or Dist. wildlife security impacts. In response to public Firewood was harvested requests for raore by the public along these firewood gathdrllg:.;aoads and the District opportunitte t'reeeived favorable District Ranger for e comments about the well. The public will be notified about roads that will be opened in news releases and through information at ,orest Servic.e offices,, ,, - If you know of roads closed by gates or earthen barriers that lead to areas with significant amounts of firewood, we would like to have that information. And, if roads that were opened in the two previous years still have significant amounts of firewood available, please let us know. A map showing the road and information on the estimated amount of firewood (truckloads/ cords) available would be appreciated. For more information on this program contact Jeff Canfield at 253-0127. The public may also visit our website for at: http: // main/payette/passes- permits/forestproducts/. Council and Weiser program. Ranger Districts asked The District Ranger is the public to identify again asking the public roads closed by gates for information on closed and earthen barriers roads with significant that lead to areas with amounts of firewood. significant amounts of Information will be firewood (10 cords or accepted from the public more) during the past until the end of March three years. 2012. The public has Areas identified by the responded and roads public will be reviewed have been identified and if any concerns from and reviewed for initial prior NEPA decisions closure rationale and can be mitigated, the concerns such as roads may be opened wildlife and water quality for firewood gathering protection Roads were during the summer of opened in the summers 2012 for approximately of 2010 and 2011 for one month or longer. about one month in July Roads opened the past and August. two summers, where By limiting the time firewood opportunities period when the roads still remain, could also were open we were be re-opened in 2012 as Your n P00ww00! Ross, CPhT Transfer your Rx today! ACHC PHARMACY Inside Adams County Health Clini I 2o5 N. Berkley, Council Idaho 208-253-4957 Where you are treated like family! I The Adams County Record Knowing more than checking the air in the tires If you generally skip reading about the school board meetings, af least check out what Mark Mahon is doing. Here's a guy who sees a need and is doing something about it. Remember my editorial a few weeks ago about the coach handing me the whistle? This week I'm starting a two-part article about roads on our National Forests, and it is exactly the kind of issue I was referring to. We can sit back and criticize the "Forest Circus," or we can actually try to understand the reasoning behind what they do. Here's another analogy that relates to such issues. Whether or not you find the humor of Cheech and Chong appropriate or funny, one of their sketches from years ago helps me make a point. In this sketch Cheech is trying to start his car. The engine turns over, but it won't fire. Chong comes along and, trying to help, asks, "Did you check the air in the tires, man?" My point is we can't intelligently criticize anyone or any thing unless we have a clue as to how it works. Whether it's blasting the Forest Service for obliterating roads or thinking the U.S. should go back to the gold standard, there is no doubt in my mind that the people responsible for the issues that we rant about sometimes look at us as if we just asked them if they checked the air in the tires. When the Forest Service asks for input on these big restoration projects, who are they going to listen to? They're not going to listen to someone who comments about whether there is "air in 6 the tires;" they are more likely to listen to someone who comments about whether there is "spark and fuel getting to the cylinders." To put it plainly, they are more likely to listen to someone who understands the principles of watershed hydrology and how roads affect them. In my article about problem dogs last week, I forgot to mention another good reason to keep track of your dogs. Wolves hang around a lot closer to our homes than people realize, and they do not like dogs. They seem to kill dogs whenever the opportunity arises. Between 2003 and 2009 there have been 61 verified dog kiUs by wolves in Idaho. Bear in mind that there may be several times more unverified kills. Ranchers are starting their calving season right now, and newborn calves are a favorite meal for wolves. That brings them in close to where that favorite food is. Dan Shumway had a calf killed within about 100 yards of his house. Other ranchers have told me similar stories. I'll have more on this in coming weeks. Call for Nominations 201 2 Max Dalton Open Government Award The Idaho Newspaper Foundation is now accepting nominations for this 14th annual award, which is given to a citizen or group judged to be an outspoken advocate of openness for public records or open meetings on the state or local level. THE I, MAX DALTON OPEN GOVERN M EN'! 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