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Page 10 Council Rod and Gun Club Receives Grant by Gene Foster The Council Rod and Gun Club has been awarded a grant from the Idaho Fish and Game Dept. The grant is for the purchase and installation of a well pump, construction of a pump house, and plumbing the water to the clubhouse. It also provides for the installation of electricity to the club house and wellhead. The grant will provide for the installation of a wood stove in the club house, so meetings and training may be conducted there. This Grant was initiated by club member, Walt Okamoto, who often conducts hunter safety training at the range. The Range will be in use the afternoon of April 7th. Idaho Fish and Game will be conducting a hunter safety class for our youth to facilitate their obtaining a hunting license. There will be a work day for all club members on Saturday, March 31st at 9:00 AM to clean up the range and make plans for the work to be done under the awarded grant. Jointed Goatgrass Inventory and Control Project Update by Chris Friend north as Jackson Creek. In 2011 the Adams The plan is to begin Cooperative Weed spraying around April Management Area and 1st on the southern Adams County Weed part of the planning Control entered into area in Washington a partnership with County, move to the Washington County north (Adams County) agencies to inventory, and to spray the Jointed quantify, prioritize Goatgrass when it is less and control Jointed than 6" in height. An Goatgrass and other independent contractor invading species in will be doing the spraying Washington County and of the above-mentioned the lower part of Adams roads, however, we do County. know of other roads that The summer of 2011 have been identified; was mainly used to map these roads will be and identify the problem sprayed by Adams areas in Washington County Weed Control. In and Adams County. the fall of 2012 these Surveying and some areas will be sprayed spraying was done on again. If you have any Mundy Gulch Road, questions please feel free Indian Valley Road, Ben to call Chris Friend-- Ross Road, Anderson Adams CWMA 741-0960 Road, Hanthorn Road, or Adams County Weed Cutoff Road, and other Control-253-4669. county roads as far 00AIIstate. u'ingdhands, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Garden Comer Strawbercies by Myra Weikal Have you started gardening yet? I haven't. The closest I've come is to walk around with a pair of clippers, retending to work, but really just watching things grow. Yesterday's sunshine has been replaced with gray skies and drizzle, so today we'll not be seeing a major change in activity. My pepper seeds have sprouted. Pretty soon I'll start some cauliflower plants -- yes, I'm going to try again to get a head or two of cauliflower that isn't bitter, even though my past experience has not been positive. It's a gardener's prerogative to keep an optimistic attitude and/or be forgetful about past failures. And that goes for strawberries as well. I've been reading through Bill Sorenson's books about growing "the Best Strawberries," and I want to try again to get a row of producing plants. I have The Adams County Record by Myrna Weiko.1 mweikal@mteconu net 355-5829 some plants of unknown variety that were given to me or picked up at the plant exchange, some of which did okay, others not at all well, and after reading the material I wonder if I might not be better off starting from scratch with a variety known to produce in our area. The first thing I need to decide is if I want berries all summer long for smoothies and nibbling, or if I want them all at once, for jam or freezing. I'm leaning towards the June-bearing, all-at-once sort, because once they are done I can move on to other things. The books suggest several methods for planting hill system; space-matted rows; matted rows; strawberry pots or barrels; strawberry rings; window boxes; trellises; and combination patches, where they are grown among asparagus or rhubarb plants. Additionally, I've talked to two people (Bill Sorenson is one) who plan to grow their strawberries in upright sections of pvc pipe. The idea, whichever method is used, is to get the plants up out of the mud, which can rot berries and crowns, and to make it easy to maintain the plants and pick the berries. For myself, I'm going with the hill system, which will mean making a hill about 3 feet across the top, and putting the plants in a double row about 12" apart. The books say to trim off all the runner plants that appear in the first year. One book suggests you take all the blossoms off the first year, too, to strengthen the plants so that next year's harvest is better. I'm not going to do that. I may only get one year out of the plants. Both books say to mulch with straw, rotten hay, pine needles (they can take slightly acid soil), or use plastic mulch. I have straw, but it tends to blow away when I need it most, and it comes with a lot of weed seeds. I was given a load of pine needles by neighbor Dave Winther, but I'm saving them for my blueberry plants. Mulch gives the plants a fighting chance to come back for a second year, so I know I will do something, but I haven't decided yet what. My soil is quite a ways from being ready to work, especially after last night's rain, so I have a little time to think about it. Meanwhile, I'm content just watching the perennials emerge from last year's dead leaves, and buds swell and open on the lilacs, forsythia and sand cherry bushes. Hollyhocks are popping up all over the place. I love them, but they don't always stay where they belong. There are big mats of green seedlings that I'm sure are button weed nurseries, but for today I'm going to enjoy the green and not worry (yet) about weeding. What M(00kes Up Your Credit Score? We each have a credit score given to us by one of the three major rat- ing companies. It doesn't matter too much what our score is until we want to renew a credit card or to buy something on credit. Then your score can make the difference between paying more in interest or even in getting the amount of credit you need to purchase an item. FICO scores are based on specific credit history with hundreds of input items used to Fred your score. These are the five main parts to your score. Payment History: 35% Payment history mea- sures how you have paid on your debts. It is the largest part of your credit score because ff you have Steve's Automotive & Towing Insurance surveys show we SAVE you 20% over other tow companies! 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In gen- eral, the more credit you have applied for, the more damage it will do to your credit score. More cred- it cards are worse than for mortgage applications since a person in search of new credit cards is pre- sumed to "need" more credit lines. Types of Credit: 10% The types of credit you carry matters and not all credit types are the same. Installment loans such as mortgage loans, auto loans, furniture loans, and student loans, for exam- ple, are considered as "better" than credit cards and charge account cards. This is because install- ment loans and mortgages eventually pay off to zero while consumer cards, by contrast can only go up. You can discover your credit score by requesting a free credit score report from one of the three lead- ing credit agencies. Once you know your score you can set about maintain- ing it or improving it by paying attention to the five items that affect your score. 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