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Page 6 Indian Valley & Mesa News Wednesday. February 29, 2012 Waiting For Spring The big date to mark on your calendar is for The Indian Valley Improvement League meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 1:00 pm at Lakey's Caf. I was going to send special birthday wishes out to a very inspirational woman from Indian Valley who should have been celebrating on Thursday, but instead I am asking that we all remember to wish our beloved Alice Green some well wishes in our prayers. Larry Boehm and Bev Galloway were off to Payette to attend the great "Potato Feed" fundraiser for The River of Life Christian Center where Bev's grandson, Micah Galloway attends school. They joined Bev's son, Ken Galloway, and his family there, along with his wife, Jennifer's family. They were all stuffed from the many choices of toppings for their taters, but still managed to enjoy a piece of wonderful pecan pie for dessert. Wednesday, the couple enjoyed an evening out playing pinochle at the Indian Valley Fire hall with friends. Saturday, they attended the meet your candidate speech given by Don Allen, who is running for sheriff, finding the talk very informative. Sunday, they enjoyed their dinner at the trap club, and th6n stopped by the Indian Valley Store to check out the remodeling progress. Most important, Bey made it home in time to have her Girl Scout cookies delivered, so she had a very sweet and delicious treat that evening• Wanna Belle Coriell enjoyed having Diane White come up for the weekend from Boise to check on "Momma." The two had a fun time together visiting and Wanna Belle even received a permanent from Diane. Jill Doughton, Margaret Thomason and Charlie Hendrix enjoyed a sewing class held in Ontario on Tuesday. Margaret went along to watch and Jill sadly found out the sewing machine she had purchased didn't have all the pieces when she opened the box at the class. But, they still learned a lot and enjoyed a nice luncheon out at The Mongolian Barbeque afterward. Now, they are looking forward to an embroidery class to be held in March. Bill and Ruth Reeder enjoyed having Tony and Yvette Hensley and their three children, Danielle, Darnian and Valencia, out to spend the day on Wednesday. Lynn Johnson also joined the fun. Saturday, just great grandchildren, Danielle and Damian Hensley. came out to spend time with them. Judy and Tom Green are finally coming back to Indian Valley from their wonderful trip to visit their daughter, Janel, in Arizona. Janel decided not to return with them this time, as she will be starting school soon. They were sitting in the airport in Tucson, waiting for their plane as I spoke to Judy, and excited about returning home. Saturday, Judy enjoyed an afternoon out with the ladies making some new crafts and enjoying a wonderful luncheon the hostess prepared. Judy also figured she had better come home before son, William, eats up all her Girl Scout cookies that were delivered on Sunday afternoon! Connie Hornyak and daughter, Tammy Evans, enjoyed an outing to Weiser on Monday to shop for baby presents for Connie's new great granddaughter. Connie Community_ Spotlight The Adams County Record By Lynn Leatherman 739-5756 is still overwhelmed by the show of love and affection from her many friends throughout the area and again sends everyone a big hug who has helped her and her family in Ron's passing. Mary Rininger is thinking it is already springtime, as she is spending any sunny day out working in her yard. Actually she says she is just trying to catch up on the chores from last fall that weren't accomplished, but I promised I wouldn't tell thatl Robin Juica enjoyed being part of the two days training seminar held in Ontario for volunteer firefighters. The course was on firefighting essentials, and is a wonderful course. Robin said her duties were food and garbage, which left her a bit relieved, as the courses can be intense. Celestino stayed home, and was nice in doing all the chores so Robin could be on the road each morning at 4:00 a.m. Janet Meyer thought Ron was being a bit too helpful this past weekend• Ron insisted that they start clearing space in the freezer, but as he brought out containers of zucchini, he got her making zucchini bread, which was wrapped and put back in the freezer. As he moved on to bringing out the boysenberries and Janet was making boysenberry pies, she caught on to the method of his madness. Well, as this paper comes to print, we will see if March will be coming in like a lion or a lamb. Personally, I hope it comes in like " a lion, so by April we i will have gentle breezes - and sunshine for Easter morning. Enjoy "  your week and your - neighbors.   Norma Ratcliff--A Council C,c)wgirl Legend Still Lives a Bi00; Life by Deb Wilson Norma Ratcliff keeps a loaded pistol by her side, but it's only to scare the critters away from her livestock. "I never know what I'll have to shoot at during the night," she began. "Kevin Hyle just saw the biggest cougar three weeks ago." Norma's sparkling blue eyes, wide smile and confident composure radiate a welcome to human visitors, and she loves to show off her animals. She raises Boer goats and registered Quarterhorses on the 500-acre family ranch south of Council. The middle fork of the Weiser River runs through the sagebrush covered hills and pastureland. Her brother Bob Gilman lives on the other side of the river. Elk, bear and raccoons cross the land seasonally. Cougars and coyotes prowl, while her dogs Freckles and Katie and two llamas keep careful vigil. Goat pens and pasture spread across the back. Several horses graze in the side fields, five of them refugees from a neglectful previous owner. Morns and babies bleat their concerns during a tour of her goat pens. Amazingly this season she's already helped birth 6 sets of quadruplets, 6 sets of triplets, 5 twins and 5 singles. That's 57 kids out of 22 goats, with 2 sets of quads and a set of triplets born in one day. "I was so worn out after that, my grandson Kannon had to pull me up out of the birthing Bear Facts area," she confessed• Work like that could kill an ordinary person, but at 73 she's still managing it all on her own. She's promising to sell all but 10 goats this year. "I'm going camping at Burgdorf," she declared. She's ridden all over there on horses," she related. "We were raised poor but we always rode the best," she recalled, proud of her dad for his good holrse judgment. During rodeo season, she would ride 5 miles into town, win her track races, and ride home. times in her life that she has worked inside. She operated a switchboard at the Weiser telephone office, and then worked for the Idaho First Bank. "I hated it," she laughed. Married life and six children (Kelly, Kami, Kristi, Carl, Coni, Clark) kept her home running her family's ranch for several • years. Her children followed in her stirrups, competing in rodeo and sports. They all participated when she started the Council Valley High Country Riders in 1969. For 9 years she trained 50 young people at a time ( 146 members total) for area drill team competitions, horse play days, and overnight trail rides. Additionally she became president of the Little Britches Rodeo, and has maintained rodeo board membership for years. horseback. Hardiness and horses run in her family. Grandfather James Gilman from Nebraska [ homesteaded on Goodrich Creek in 1917. Her father Pete Gilman kept the family surviving during the Depression by working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). She remembers hearing cougars screaming as her family traveled and lived in tents. During their short stay in Indian Valley, she walked a mile and a half to school at age 4 with her sister, who was afraid of the numerous coyotes. She remembers riding horses to help her dad as they drove their cows and horses over the hill to their new Council ranch in 1944. She was only 5. Dad drove teams hauling apples at Mesa Orchard, where Norma was driving buck rake horse teams by age 10. She loved the hard work. "We milked 16 cows before and after school• We sold cream and made cheese. We lived on our Passionate about rodeo, she won Rodeo Princess in 1955 and Rodeo Queen in 1956 for Adams County Rodeo, and then took Washington County Rodeo Queen in 1957. Fearless, she bulldogged with Vicki Ford. She raced chariots. For years she competed in barrel racing• Dad started raising sheep when she finished school. They circuited the herd through Parma, Riggins and Council throughout the year. For two years she managed the lambing barn. Then came the only two Family pictures and she gets her energy she riding memorabilia replied, "I love life and I surround her. Pouring love working. People tell over various girls' photos, me I should retire, but she recalled, *I've been what else would I do?" Rodeo Queen advisor After three of her for so many kids." She daughters went into the became Grand Marshall Air Force, she returned of the Adams County to Council and her Rodeo. parents' ranch in 1989, After her and started her own divorce in 1977, horse and goat herds. she needed work Her family stays in to feed the kids. close contact, and keep "I walked into her traveling to new Boise Cascade sites like Japan and Air not knowing what Force bases all over the would happen," country. Her children she recalled, sent her on a grand They hired her as visiting tour last year their first female to San Diego, Abilene, heavy equipment Austin and Missouri. operator, an The trip was the last occupation time she would see her she worked in youngest daughter alive. intermittently for Coni died unexpectedly over twenty years, in Austin, Texas 8 In between months ago, an apparent equipment victim of an accidental operating she suicide. worked ranches, Norma had just buried at times driving her mom a few months cattle 200 miles before Coni's death. She in Hells Canyon, grieves deeply, but still 5 days in the feels extremely blessed Bear saddle area, and with her health and her at OK Cow Camp in family. The birth of so Whitehorse. For 17 years many new babies this while driving equipment year helps ease the tragic she also worked as a losses. A horseback ride relief marl truck driver, soothes the stress of any Her jobs were never day. ordinary or boring. She S h e s mile d worked in the fire camp unperturbedly when at Sesech. During her asked about her future work on the 2000 census and her bucket list. she rode into Yellow "I'm riding in the Pine on a snowmobile, senior barrel race next "I always got hired right year when I'm 74," on the spot whenever she promised. "Then I looked for work," she I'm jumping out of an said. airplane when I'm 80. She's also trained over Maybe I'll get married 100 horses in her life again when I'm 100." and raised all kinds of She'll probably do it on animals, including Sitka horseback. deer. When asked where by Tina Warner 2.. "4: ! b.% ] *BACKHOE - SNOW PLOWING i *DUMP TRUCK & TRAILER !: *ROCK & DIRT HAULING *SEPTIC SYSTEMS *D7F with RIPPER & U BLADE LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED BOX 158, COUNCIL, ID 83612 home his new brother. Joe and Sue Warner spent Saturday in Lewiston, where Joe and his sister, Pam Davis, did some shopping. Sue attended the meeting of:, J the Order of the Eastern Star. 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Happy Birthday, Iva! The girls and ladies Tina, Saturday evening. The Couch family made Valentine Cookies Sauni is having surgery is working on their to share with many in in Boise soon. bunkhouse. The have Cuprum. Iva Cook of Cuprum nearly all the beds Brittney and Micah celebrated her 93rd made. They are doing Crigler went to Ontario birthday the sixteenth of a beautiful job building to welcome their new February. Her daughter, them out of logs. One baby son into the world Leila Cornell and her of the family brought .on Monday• This makes two sons for them now. 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