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17100 B83-e3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St [ 2__ Shelton, WA 98584 75 Volume 35 Issue 32 Wednesday, February 29, 2012 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER COUNCIL INDIAN VALLEY BEAR/CuPRuM NEW MEADOWS Fire Destroys House by Dale FIsk Early Monday afternoon the Council Volunteer Fire crew answered a call to a house fire at 2440 Orchard Road. By the time the trucks arrived at the two-story house, it was too far gone to save much except the first story subfloor. The house belonged to Mike Christianson and Sue Douglas who were renting it to Rusty and Judy Vanderpool. (Judy is the daughter of Jewel Woods.) The Vanderpools had just moved into the house and were in Ontaro, Oregon when the fire started. The Council Senior Center has put out a donation jar for people to donate to a fund to help the Vanderpools. This shot was taken from Lappin Lane by Kari Sorg as the fire was engulfing the Vanderpool house. The Fire Dept. volunteers putting out remaining hot spots in what was left of the Vanderpool house after the fire. Visitors from out of town Forest Roads Part II by Dale Kisk This the second of a two-part article, that began last week, about roads on our National Forests, and specifically the issue of closing or obliterating some of them. Old Grown-in Roads I was surprised to learn that some of the roads to be obliterated are old, grown in roads that people can't even drive on anymore. In fact some of them are so overgrown that one can't even walk along them. I wondered why anyone would want to disturb what seems to have healed over very nicely. Melanie explained that, basically, the compacted ground in those old roadbeds is negatively affecting the diversity and resilience of what will grow there and, for some roads, how stable it is for keeping the hillside from eroding or sloughing off. For ground- disturbing projects like the Mill Creek - Council Mountain Restoration Proj ect, the Forest Service is required to calculate how much of the land in the project area is classified as Total Soil Resource Commitment (TSRC) ground-- land that is essentially nonproductive and would take hundreds of years to recover natural productivity on its own. All those old grown-in roads are classified as TSRC ground. In describing TSRC ground, Melanie said, "You consider the whole See FOREST ROADS PART II, page 9 This herd of about 145 elk appeared Sunday evening just before dark, in the field east of Georgiana Parker's house near Frhitvale. Bill Brown Will Seek Reelection by Dale .b-'tsk Bill Brown, Adams County Commissioner, District 3 (New Meadows) and chairman of the commission, will be running for reelection this year. Brown serves on several committees that affect Adams County: Chair, Southwest District Health; Chair, Woody Bio-Mass Utilization Partnership; Vice Chair, Government Employees Insurance Plan [GEM PLAN]; President Commissioners and Clerks for the Association of Idaho Counties [AlC]. Bill has lived in the county pretty much all of his 60 years, and says his experience is a big reason the people should vote for him. He says, "I've sold Brown's Mountain Market to my youngest son Ricky, so it gives me more time to work. on the hard and time consuming issues of the County." Local Artist Places First Larry Russell recently competed in the "Idaho Artistry in Wood" Art Show in Boise. He won first place with his Northern Flicker that he carved out Of tupelo wood and painted with acrylics. The Idaho Artistry in Wood Show is one of the leading displays of wood art in the Western United Before (above) 9nd after (below) obliteration of a road in the , Mann Creek area. Where Is This? Last week's picture bottom of Dukes setting sun lighting it was pretty obscure, but Creek. The main way from low in the west. two people were very is to go out Highway Jim wins the bottle close to pinpointing the 71 from Cambridge, up of plum vinegar from spot. Jim Bumgarner Brownlee Creek, and Broken Tree Ranch's of Cambridge nailed then way up and over line of products from it exactly. The picture winding switchbacks Indian Valley. was taken from the with spectacular views, This week's photo south side of Dukes to a locked gate on the was sent in by Bill Creek, looking north road that goes north Daniels. It's a lot easier at the ridge between several miles to Dukes place to guess. The there and No Business Creek. clue is that the road Canyon. The Wildhorse The rock ridge in the to this spot is bone- River is down to the photo is called Knots jarring. The prize this west. There are only Butte. The center of it week is a wooden oven about three ways to get looks enough like the tool donated by Virgil there, none of which rear sight of a gun that Butler's "All About is by vehicle. You it may have had an Wood." The deadline can go over the top informal name along for entries is 4:00 PM of Cuddy Mountain those lines at one time. on Monday. and down the ridge, The butte is a stunning or come up from the site, especially with a States.