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The Adams County Record Cambridge Senior Chatter Turkey Alert! Today has been one really busy day so far, and it shows no sign of letting up. I guess I had better skip the meanderings of my mind and stay on point today ff I'm ever to get anything accomplished. Tomorrow we will go to Ontario for shopping, and on Tuesday March 20th we are heading to Nampa for shopping at Costco and wherever. Both trips are filled, which is good if you have already signed up, but not so good if you have been procrastinating in letting me know of your desire to join us. All I can say is if you missed this bus this time. we will have another trip in April. Peggy Tiedemann from Midvale has volunteered to take over the duties as "Volunteer In charge" of our food pantry. She has many ideas and I'm grateful that she is willing to take on this responsibility. We spent much of the morning "Training" and taking stock of the pantry area. This month our pantry will be open on Thursday, March 29th from 3:00 m 4:30 PM. Any residents of Cambridge. and Midvale are welcome to come and get food boxes. As I mentioned last month, our pantry ls no longer open to residents of Adams County, as there are two pantries located in Council to serve residents residing in that county. If you are a resident in Council, please check with the Council Senior Center or the Nazarene church for more information on distribution times. On Friday, April 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM we will be having an all you can eat "Idaho Potato Bar" fundraiser. We,have never done one of these, and I'm hoping that you will come and join us for some good eating and listening to some great music. The cost wilt be 87 for adults and 84 for children under the age of 12. Mark your calendars now, as it's only four weeks away! I know spring is near by Janice Cawyer 257-3358 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Council Senior Chatter as my "Wild" turkey, Stretch, is out in the road again challenging cars as they dare to drive past "his" house. Thank you to all of you using Salubria Road, for slowing down and giving him a chance to get out of your way. A woman told me last week that she got out of her car to take a picture of him and while be was all puffed out and strutting he started toward her so she got back into the car. I told her it was a good thing she did because his spurs can hurt (I should know as I have had many run-ins with the big guy). If you are of a mind to take pictures. please do it from your car's window, it's safer for everyone including the turkey. I guess that's it for me today, I hope you're enjoying these beautiful days we've been having. Oh and remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday, because Daylight savings time starts on March 1 lth this year. 50/50 Raffle A Success " On Wednesday, February 29, Council Mayor, Dr. Bruce Gardner, was our honored guest to draw the winning ticket of Council Senior Center's first 50/50 raffle. Congratulations to lucky lady, Goldie Privitskyl Goldie won half the pot and the center benefited from the other half. Thanks to all who participated, this fundraiser will help keep our doors open so we can provide warm nutritious meals for our congregate lunches and home delivered meals. We thank Norah York. our dedicated volunteer and awesome ticket saleswoman. She made this fundraiser a success. The center's next 50/50 raffle will probably take place this fall. Please participate; it's like being in Jack Pot here in Council. Speaking of gambling, our last bingo session was attended by a bigger and better crowd, and we are hoping for an even bigger and better crowd yet. The blackout pot is growing! Come out and play. We host bingo every other Friday, with a potluck starting at 6:00 and bingo at 7:00 PM. See you Friday, March 9 and 23 to play and have some senior redneck fianl For those of you who may not have heard, I am happy to announce that our March fundraiser is a fabulous Chinese dinner to be held Saturday the 24  at 5:00 PM here at the Senior Center. The cost of the dinner is $10 per person, which includes all you can eat egg roUs, sweet & sour chicken, and of course chow mein. Our guest chief is Greg, who is New Meadows Senor Center's cook. Our own local cook, Jerry Bowman, is teaching him how to bake, and she is learning how to prepare authentic Chinese dishes. Please come and support our center and enjoy some delicious food and great music by the Jammers. The proceeds go to fund our nutritional services. Just a little information for everyone: the center's 4  quarter 2011 cost per meal was: Congregate 88.56, and Page 9 by Tifani Holden Meals on Wheels 89.41. For every registered 60+ participant we get reimbursed less than the cost per meal from title III money that the federal government provides. Please support your senior centers; they are a vital part of the community. The center would like to give our love to Rusty and Judy Vanderpool. Their house burned down last Monday. Judy is the daughter of the late Herb Woods and the beautiful Jewell Woods who is a board member here at the center. If you would like to donate clothing or money on their behalf, feel free to drop them off at the center. We will be sure they receive your thoughtful donations. I would like to remind everyone that our bus goes down below to Ontario once a month; everyone is welcome to ride for a small donation, The next bus trip is Thursday, March 8. We have seats open, so please come ride and shop. We leave at 8:30 AM. Be on time! Garden Comer Some Spring Plants are Peeking UP Things are getting willows given to me by garden chores start to greener out there. Peg Tiedemann are still call. I've been diligently What's peeking up in alive. I'll be working weight-lifting, hoping to your garden? In mine on their new home avoid the same fate this the daffodils on the over the next several spring. I sure hope it south side are just up, months, with the plan works. the shrubs are budding of transplanting them in Jennifer Neider asked nicely, daylilies by the the fall. me what I know about foundation are poking This is a good time to geraniums, and I had to up, and I see new ferny take a trash bag with admit to next to nothing. green leaves coming up you on your walk. Let's She said she had a through the gray on the get our neighborhoods lovely deep red-blooming yarrow, tidied up. If after an annual geranium she The dragon's blood hour or so of bending wanted to save last fall, sedum is really showing and lifting you feel so she clipped stems how it got the name some aches, I strongly and shoved them into -- tight whorls of the suggest you start dirt, kept them in the deepest claret red immediately training for house all winter. They you'e ,eer seen, adding, the upcoming gardening are now blooming, Way spatters of color to the season. Train as you coolI Will you share? borders. In the vegetable would for any athletic Bring some to the plant garden I think the kale sport: track, basketball, exchange? is showing signs of skiing, golf. Well, maybe I notice the killdeer coming back, but it is not golf. Anyway, are back. I also see lots so muddy out there, I I can tell you from of little sparrow-like haven't wanted to walk experience that it is very birds are flitting around in to check. I sincerely discouraging to hurt the black locust trees, hope the dappled your back just as the scouting out mates and improving nesting sites. They've enlarged a woodpecker hole and are darting in and out with nesting materials. With the trees still bare of leaves it's possible to see all the large twiggy nests left behind last season. Some may be magpie nests, and I kind of think they may reoccupy them each year. There seems to be a lot of magpie activity surrounding one nest within view of my dining in a U.K. paper about the blossoms that are particularly attractive to bees, and some that surprisingly are avoided by bees. "Biologists at the University of Sussex have been analyzing how effectively different species of flowers attract foraging insects. Preliminary results have revealed there is a 100-fold difference in the lure that some popular garden plants have for honeybees and room window. I know bumblebees. magpl:es cam :be"ea! ,:iThb.estp, taaethe  pests, but I like them Mexican giant hyssop, anyway. Their feathers seem to be particularly iridescent this time of year. As you plan your flower garden, remember the bees. Stan came across an article published which was particularly good for bumblebees, while borage was best for honeybees and lilac sage was second best, Wild marjoram and Greek Origanum were found to be most by Myma Weikal mweikal@mtecorra net 355-5829 attractive to wild solitary bees. Lavenders such as the white Lavender edelweiss and the blue lavender grossblau were also good for attracting the insects. In contrast some geranium species...are barely ever visited by the insects, and popular types of Dahlia...were found to be poor at providing food for foraging bees. In the UK honey bee numbers have halved in the past 25 years while numbers of bumblebees have fallen by aroild,,rQ/q since 1970 with three species going extinct and seven suffering serious declines." In the U. S., populations of four common species of bumblebee have dropped by 96% in just the past few decades. PNF Coalition Meeting Continued from front page The priority for expenditures will be to fund the restoration through private icontractors, thereby Stimulating local jobs. Several examples of ctions included in the business plan for FY12 were outlined: -Focus on goods or services in order .to partially finance irestoration costs. -The road package ,'portion of the plan ,lotals $500K, and :includes graveling and Veconstructing roads in _he Mill Creek/Council ,Mountain project area. , -Three aquatic ,restoration projects to ;improve fish passage. -An 800-acre :Cottonwood fuel ,reduction stewardship :contract, with a $500,000 stumpage value (NEPA completed). The contract will include biomass removal, building on recent experience. -15 miles of road decommissioning on the New Meadows District (NEPA completed). -Prescribed burns, 'possibly through contracting, late this -summer and early fall (Patrick Butte, Rapid "River). -The timber volume :target is 50,000 ccf/yr ,(25 million board feet). -To improve efficiency, /he Payette NF is pursuing an approach called "designation by prescription." The this approach. A demo will be scheduled this summer. The coalition committed to participate in four phases of landscape restoration: pre-project design, NEPA review, implementation, and multi-party monitoring. The revised goals for the Lost Creek/Boulder Creek Project were for the project. This step and handed out a ten- presented for discussion, is essential in order for page info packet covering and were adopted by the PFC members to those subjects. Copies consensus with three understand the laws of the Forest Plan- fairly minor changes, and restrictions within both paper copies and The proposed project which recommendations on CDs----were available boundary, encompassing can affect decisions at the meeting, and can just under 80.000 acres, by the Forest Service. be picked up at most was discussed. New Meadows District district offices or at The pre-projectprocess Ranger, Kim Pierson, the Forest Supervisor's includes a step to review gave an overview of the Office in McCall. the Forest Plan, and structure of the Forest Ranger Pierson management direction Plan and its terminology, described three Making your way through the Acronym Jungle NEPA Federal agencies, such as the Forest Service, use a lot of acronyms---abbreviations using the letters that stand for a name, like CIA. IRS, etc. They get so used to those acronyms that they often forget that the average person who doesn't constantly use them may not know what they are saying. In the process involved in the Forest projects that are either underway or just starting, the acronym, NEPA, is thrown around constantly. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a United States environmental law that established a national policy to protect the environment, and also established the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Whenever a federal agency begins planning for an action / a project, it is required to go through a NEPA process. Basically they have to determine if, and how, an action is going to affect the environment, and if it is, to propose steps to avoid or mitigate negatives effects. The first step is to determine if the proposed action is required to be analyzed under NEPA. If it is, there are three levels of analysis that a federal agency may choose from to comply with the law. These three levels include: preparation of a Categorical Exclusion (CE), preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA), a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), or preparation and drafting of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Categorical Exclusion (CE) The CE process is undergone when the agency thinks the CE list, or there are extraordinary circumstances, the agency must prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), or develop a new proposal that may qualify for a CE. Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) If an agency suspects an action might have an adverse effect on the environment, an EA is kind of a preliminary environmental study that takes a look at what effect the action might have on the environment without doing a full blown Environmental Impact Statement. Although it requires public involvement and input from other agencies, an EA is intended to be a short and to-the- point document that shows whether an EIS is needed. If an EIS is needed the EA gives the agency a head start on the process since some of the information is already gathered. Both EAs and EISs require alternatives to be developed and analyzed. If an EA shows that there will be no substantial environment effects, the agency may produce a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). When you hear a Forest Service person talking about a FONSI, they are probably not talking about the cool guy on the old "Happy Days" TV show, but they pronounoe it the same way. Environmental Impact Statement Compared to an Environmental Assessment, an EIS [s a much more detailed evaluation of the environmental impacts The crafting of EIS has many components including public, outside party and other federal agency geographic scales of planning, and the respective standards and guidelines that cover each: I) The entire Forest, 2) management areas within the Forest, and 3) specific smaller areas called Management Prescription Categories (MPC), It's a little like laws that govern the entire nation, which is divided into states. which are divided into counties. The relevant standards and guidelines can get more specific as the management area gets smaller and more. As in government, the three levels influence each other. It's important for the PFC members to understand the ins and outs of the relationships between the three geographic scales of planning and how the rules apply so that they can make intelligent and appropriate recommendations. In upcoming meetings, the Interdisciplinary Team will review existing conditions by resource category (Timber, Hydrology, Wildlife, etc.). Handouts for these reviews will be posted on the web site (http:// www. spatialinterest. info/PayetteForward. html). The next PFC meeting will at Ernie's Steak House Meeting Room at MeadowCreek. Agenda Topics: Project .process transfers tree selection to the stewardship contractor. Doubling the layout capacity during the field season is a major benefit expected from the action will not have a significant effect on the environment. Many proposed actions are on a list of actions that qualify for a CE. If a proposed action is on that list, the agency must make sure that no extraordinary circumstances exist that may cause a significant environmental effect. If the proposed action is not on input, plus development and analysis of alternatives. Bounds, Vegetation An agency does not have to do anEA before doing an /Fuels/Wildlife/ EIS if they believe there are going to be significant Appendix. The meeting environmental impacts. In fact this is the case with most date will we determined larger projects, such as the two Collaborative Forest by an online poll. The Landscape Restoration Projects on the Payette Forest, Record will publish the get It.