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Page 2 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 The Senator doctors to violate safety measures and medical protocol for victims of violence. They need more care not less care. This bill does not mandate a second ultrasound. Only one is needed, and in every abortion at least one is administered. This bill does inform women, hold the abor- along with her doctor. This bill does not require that the doctor find a heartbeat. He only has to indicate on the consent form whether a heartbeat was found or not. This bill does not cre- ate costs to the woman above and beyond what is already included in an accountable, and offer the unborn child one last chance to make the case to live. Ja0n rri 3, Prident, ght to Li of tdo Medlan, If> Ultrasound bill is misunderstood Dear Editor, With all of the con- troversy surround- ing Senate Bill 1387-- a Woman's Right to View--I wonder how many people have actu- ally taken the time to read the bill. The red herrings have morphed into piranhas. This bill does contain a medical emergency exception. Section 5 is clearly subject to Section 4. This bill does not mandate a transvaginal ultrasound. The woman gets to make that choice abortion, There is sub- tlonists stantial evidence and testimony from abortion providers that ultra- sounds are performed on every woman seek- ing an abortion. This bill does not traumatize rape victims. We don't want Thank You Dear Editor, We would like to thank everyone for the support and love we have been given over the past four weeks. The fire may have taken our personal items, but it did not take our spirit. Family, friends and strangers have given us so much love and encouragement. The spiritual uplifting we have received will always remind us of what we have, and that is our lives. Thank God we buildings and property didn't stay home and are spared and protected sleep in that day as it from the tragedy they was our one day of the are fighting. Please show week to stay in bed for your appreciation for an extra hour deal for these brave individuals Monday mornings, and attend the Fireman's We are very grateful to Ball coming in April. the fire departments that We can never say responded from Council, thank you enough times Indian Valley and New or with any stronger Meadows. These men meaning to show our and women train for gratefulness. God bless this event, and their you one and all. knowledge is evident Rusty and Judy when surrounding Vanderpool " Candidate Forur Three candidate -' forums will be held in "" Adams County before ? ' the primary election. The first forum will be m at New Meadows High ," School on Thursday, 'April 19. A dessert and soft drink social will begin at 6:30 PM, and ' the forum will start at 7:00 PM. All candidates for contested county offices (sheriff, prosecut- "" ing attorney and asses- "" sor) have been invited to participate. The public is '. invited to submit ques- tions for the candidates, be on the evening of All questions must be Thursday, April 26 at submitted in writing, Council Elementary and can be submitted School. This one is for at the forum (prefer- sheriff candidates only. ably before the forum The time and format is starts) or via email to yet to be announced. o: The last forum will new meadows@frontiel- be on the evening of, or by mail to Thursday, May 3 at "Candidate Questiom,, Council Elementary c/o Record, PO Box 1;, School. This one is for Council, ID 836127 You all county and relevant may also leave questions state candidates (Dist 9). at New Meadows Cit: The time and format is Hall or at the Recur( yet to be announced. office in Council. The primary,: election The next forum wil will beheldlVIay 15. ; Oambridge glumbi.g has Joined with Treasure Valley glumbi,g Itrai, Service! All Residential Plumbing Quality Serdce provided by Commercial Plumbing Mark Hetz in GalTLbridge, .I. Drain Cleaning Council, Midvale, Indian Valley, Sewer Camera and surrounding areas, e Bacldlow Devices + Hydro-letter For ANY plumbing issue, CALL us today, or visit us oNIi00e at Fruitland Cambridge 4S 2-006S0 00S7-4S00S Looking for Friends and Family of David Kent David Kent was raised In Welser and Council, Idaho. He was born on August 25th, 195 I. His mother's name was Lezzle Van]rant Kent. His grandmother was Netlde Vanxant. He went to Welser High School and he married Teresa Kent. If you remember David Kent or hls family, please contact Natasha Kent Chantey at 863.397-8300. The Adams County Record ctrce Debacle by Dale Fisk In light of the recent controversy over the state taking away local control of gas and oil drilling regulation, and since a couple people have asked about it, I thought it appropriate to feature the following two items. The first comes from the Idaho Senate Minority Leadership-- Senator Edgar J. Malepeai, Senator Les Buck, Senator Michelle Stennett: Yesterday, the six- member, bi-partisan Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to dismiss conflict of interest charges filed against Senator Monty Pearce by this office. This comes as no surprise, as GOP members telegraphed their intention to dismiss at the first meeting, and the majority party employed dismissive antics during Senate business which highlighted a lack of regard for this serious allegation. Still, as the complainants, we are disappointed with the process as much as the result. While this has been an exceptionally difficult experience for all involved, as a self- regulating body, we firmly believe it was our duty to the citizens of Idaho to ask for a thorough review of Senator Pearce's failure to disclose a conflict of interest until his final vote on H464." said Senator Michelle Stennett. A member of Chairman Pearce's Resources and Environment Committee, Senator Stennett !added, After months of committee hearings-and votes, I was troubled a possible conflict of interest resulting from his oil and gas leases dating back to the 1980s and the discovery of only one lease obtained this past November." The committee determined that proving a direct financial benefit for the senator, and that he was among a very small class of individuals who would benefit from the passage of H464, was too high a standard for the ad hoc group to meet. In his floor debate, the senator was enthusiastic about the economic benefits leaseholders would reap from oil and gas drilling. Currently, less than 1% of Idahoans hold oil and gas leases. Comments made by some members of the committee reveal a belief that, at the very least, Senator Pearce violated the spirit of the conflict of interest disclosure rules despite the insurmountable burden to prove his violation of the letter of that law. "In an unusual interpretation of Senate rules, the onus was put solely on the claimants and any investigation by the committee was limited to the research done by our office which lacks subpoena power or the ability to take testimony under oath," said Senator Les Buck, an attorney. "We made every effort to meet these demands but the specific concerns we raised were not fully investigated and we were unable to prove in short order that Senator Pearce would enjoy a direct pecuniary benefit as a narrow class of leaseholders despite our contention that the term conflict., of, interest includes both a personal Throughout this unpleasant ordeal, there was consensus among all the participants on one issue: conflict of interest rules need to be strengthened and citizen legislators should receive regular training. "The line needs to be brighter so there is no room for doubt in the motives of senators tasked with balancing personal and public interests," said Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai. "The process could also be improved by maintaining confidentiality throughout the preliminary investigation. This would protect the defendant from undue media scrutiny and the complainant from slanderous accusations of political grandstanding," he concluded. Senator Pearce recently released a statement that read, in part: I welcome the committee's unanimous decision to clear me of the charges leveled last week. I did nothing wrong and have a clear conscience. However, I join the many Idahoans who are troubled by what has happened over the last several days. That is why I offer a hand of friendship to my colleagues, even those who made the baseless charges against me, and ask that we continually work to improve our standards and guidelines. We have an obligation to the public not only to maintain the highest ethical standards, but ' also to show them that wehave clear procedures and rules for how we by the senator's 11th and a pecuniary go about conducting the hour announcement of interest," he said. public's business. Closed! No, by Dale Fisk infamous for avalanches, of Highway 21 is home All winter the First it's open, then it's to about 60 avalanche Idaho Department of closed, then it's open chutes and 90 percent Transportation has been again. This stretch has of the avalanches in sending out notices been closed and opened the state that affect about a 12-mile stretch again seven times since highways. of Idaho Highway 21 November 1. During that This winter has been between the Grandjean time, 48 snow slides worse than average for Junction and Banner have tumbled down on avalanches, and stranger Summit. This section the highway, than usual (whatever of highway along steep This notorious "usual" is these days) for mountainsides is "Avalanche Alley" section changes in the weather. Vote Robin James Paid for by Campaign Fund to Elect Robin James for Assessor, Robin James Treasurer James Adams County Assessor "I am committed to dedicating my experience for the future benefit of our County." THE ADAMS COUNTY RECORD USPS: 005-120 Copyright 2012 The Adams County Record is published weekly at 100 Illinois Ave., Council, Idaho 83612-000R by Adams County Record Publishing Co LLC., Lyle Sail, Publisher. Periodical postage is paid at Council, Idaho. BUSINESS HOURS Open Monday -Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. 100 Illinois Ave. * Council, ID 83612 CONTACT US (208} 253-6961 * Fax: (208} 253-6801 Send submissions as e-marl text (plus JPEG attachments) to: LETTERS POLICY The Adams County Record welcomes letters to the editor. 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