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YOUR 17100 B03-03-A SmailTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Issue 35 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 One Section 005-120 '~ Local volunteer loggers pitched in to harvest 19 truckloads of logs from a stand of timber donated to the shop building 7project. ~y Dale Fisk background. . Once in a while Generous Donors ~omething happens Evea HalTington Powers ~t Council that makes grew up on Hornet Creek, I~eople say, "Yes, we really the daughter of Verna ~tre the community that and Clara Harrington. pares!" Once in a while a She married Harold person or a group steps Powers and spent a up to the plate and really career in education. She does something that and Harold have bee,n haakes us proud. And it's very generous to our happening again, right community, donating how. money to help put We all know times are an addition onto the bard. The chips are down.museum, establishing Our school is in crisis a $1,000 annual mode, with state funding scholarship that is cuts more Severe than awarded to a Council anyone can remember, High School. s~ni6r each One program after year, and more. Evea died another has been cut just a couple years ago, but for Council's schools to Harold has gone above survive. One of those was and beyond what could shop classes, be expected once again. Recently a few people He donated a stand of organized to bring the timber from his land on shop program back. Crooked River, which has This might not seem just been harvested and like anything new; last sold to fund the shop year a bond levy was on program. The value of the ballot to fund the the 102,000 board feethe program, but it failed, donated was $17,4391 This time, the folks The timber was behind the effort are not harvested with donated waiting for someone else labor and machinery to do something, from several local I hesitate to single out logging operations and any one individual for individuals: credit, but it seems to Mahon Logging--Mark me that Mark Mahon and Joe Mahon, Jeff got the ball rolling, and I Miller. Walt Parker and think he deserves credit Derry Gossard. The for that. Others who have stepped up are mentioned See SHOP PROGRAM, below, but first a little back page @ by Dale Fisk On Wednesday, March 14, Governor Otter declared March 14-18, 2012, to be Idaho Flood Safety Awareness Week. Butch's timing on was amazing...and a little ironic. As part of one of the strangest winters on record, rain was drenching much of central Idaho on the day the governor made that announcement, and the flooding had already begun. On the 13th, water started getting out of control in New Meadows, swelling over the banks of ditches and inundating a few homes. That day, the city's sewer alarm went off, signaling that the sewer treatment plan had a major influx of water and/or sewerage that was overwhelming a portion of the treatment process. A frozen culvert backed up water and started some serious flooding down Katherine Street all the way to South Norris Avenue. City crews and local volunteers dug several trenches to let water move on. The next day, as the governor was declaring Flood Safety Awareness Week, the residents of New Meadows didn't need to See FLOODING Hrrs MEADOWS VALLEY, back page Part 2 tem? by Dale Ftsk This week I'm writing about the second way that people say wolves benefit the ecosystem. Remember, these are in no patg_icular order of importance. #2: Wolves keep elk from over- browsing riparian areas, which has several beneficial effects to associated fish, mammals and plants. (Riparian areas are the areas next to streams and rivers.) The following comes from Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg (2008) about Yellowstone after all the wolves were killed, about 1915: "Once the wolves were gone the elk began to take over. Over the next few years conditions of Yellowstone National Park declined drastically. A team of scientists visiting Yellowstone in 1929 and 1933 reported. he range was in deplorable conditions when we first saw it, and its deterioration has been progressing steadily since then." By this time many biologists were worried about eroding land and plants dying off. The elk were multiplying inside the park and deciduous, woody species such as aspen and cottonwood suffered from overgrazing." "The park service started trapping and moving the elk and, when that was not effective, killing them. This killing continued for more than 30 years. This method helped the land quality from worsening, but didn't improve the conditions. At times, people would mention bringing wolves back to Yellowstone to help control the elk population. The Yellowstone managers were not eager to bring back wolves, especially after See WOLVES & THF ECOSYSTEM, page 8 Royal Ranger Winter Camp by Goeff Co/e and rock-hounding, and ceremony, positive The Rangers enjoyed Special thanks to the decision making, and excellent weather and Waiters family for the black powder guns. hundreds of hot dogs tour of Mountain View Upcoming training at Winter Camp 2012 at Trophy Elk Ranch. The will be indoor/outdoor Island Bar campground boys were able to see range, canoe training on the Salmon River. buffalo and trophy and archery. Eighteen Royal Rangers elk and learn how the Winter camp was and five leaders spent shooting preserve and made possible by the the second weekend commercial elk meat purchase of a school of March digging for operation is managed, bus offered for sale "garnets at Ruby Rapids. In the past few weeks fishing on the Salmon the Royal Rangers have iRiver; time on the beach been learning about drill See ROYAL RANGERS, page 2 "Outpost #9 of the Royal Rangers spent an exciting three days at Island Bar on the Salmon River OK folks, it's time for another picture that's a little harder to guess... maybe. My feeling is that some hard-core hunters will know where this is. I took this picture while bow hunting a few years ago. Last week's picture was a scene thousands of people have seen because it was taken from a major Forest were really very few telling features in the photo, it's interesting that we got 12 correct answers. The photo was taken looking northeast from the west side of the little neck of Lost Valley Reservoir that comes to the dam. The winner from the 12 correct answers is Claude Canaday. He wins a wooden oven tool at Winter C-amp 2012, enjoying challenging activities, good food and excellent weather. Road. But since there donated by Virgil Butler .~ ................ II II I | I of "All About Wood." The prize for getting this week's picture location right is a dandy little spray bottle of Arnica Flower Liniment donated by D&L Herbs of Council. Ya'll keep sending in photos! And we can always use more prizes. Entries need to be in by 4:00 on Monday. Good luck!