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17100 BO3-O3-A Smalff ownPapers 5026 California Avenue, $W Seattle, WA 98136 -5 / Volume 32 Issue 38 Thursday, April 9, 2009 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD' YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Inside this issue'. Shotput record broken See Page 10 Baseball and Softball seasons get underway See Page 7 Theatre group coming to Council and New Meadows See Page 11 The History of Evergreen and Tamarack 5 Vandal Collision raises questions about bike safety, laws By Cody Cahill A collision between a bicyclist and a vehicle caused quite the com- motion in the heart of downtown Council on Monday. The accident occurre d at around 1 pm, when a vehicle traveling east on Illinois Avenue in front of Ronnie's Market struck a bicyclist about to make the turn on Illinois Avenue towards S. Highway 95. Apparently, the driv- er of the vehicle, halted at the stop sign, pulled out on Highway 95 as an Idaho Power truck transporting salmon pre- pared to make the corner heading northbound. As the truck driver slowed to take the comer, the driver of the passenger vehicle made an attempt to dart in front of the truck, and in doing so struck the bicyclist, who was zipping down the street and about to make the corner when the col- lision occurred. Startled onlookers immediately alerted authorities and Idaho State Police Officer Craig Boll arrived quickly on the scene followed shortly thereafter by Adams County Sheriffs Department Captain Jeff Brown and local emer- gency responders. The accident tied up the downtown area for some time. which caused the procession for Charley Stovner to be delayed. According to Boll, the accident is still under investigation and as of press time, no citations had been issued. Boll indicated that the inves- tigation would likely be concluded soon. The bicyclist was transported to Weiser Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. Neither the driver nor the passenger of the vehicle appeared to be injured in the col- lision. The driver of the Idaho Power truck slammed on the brakes to avoid being part of the See ACCIDENT back page Massive crowd comes out to remember Charley Stovner nabbed By Cody Cahill A Council man is behind bars. charged with two felony counts of malicious injury to prop- erty after a late-night spray painting binge that left crude scribblings on or near a dozen down- town buildings last week Daniel Wyant was arrested on April 2 and is currently in the Adams County Jail awaiting arraignment. He was arrested after authori- ties were given several tips that eventually led Captain Drew Pajak to interrogate Wyant. at which point he allegedly confessed to the vandal- ism. Because of the amount of property tagged in the spree exceeds an esti- mated $1000 in damag- es. Wyant was charged with two felonies that could potentially carry a sentence of up to five years per count. Authorities believe that .alcohol was a major fac- tor in the crime. By Cody Cahill Though hearts were heavy, spirits were high as hundreds upon hun- dreds came out to cel- ebrate the life of Charley Stovner, who was tragi- cally killed in an equip- ment accident last week. Mourners crammed their way into a gym- nasium that may have never held so many peo- pie at one time before. The turnout was a fitting tribute to a man who clearly had a tremen- dous impact on those who knew him. As Pastor Wayne Freedman looked upon the massive audience he remarked. "it's amazing that a cowboy from a tiny place like Council. Idaho could touch so many people". Remembered as a cow- boy, a devout Christian. a successful business- man and entrepreneur, a dedicated husband and a loving father. Charley's life was celebrated by dozens of close friends who took the micro- phone [o share stories. The sometimes poi- gnant, often humorous tales revealed Charley as hard working jack-of-all- trades, an eternal opti- mist and a man with a consistent faith in God that was an inspiration to many lople. From his days as a road-weary traveling cowboy through his years as a successful busi- ness owner and employ- er. Charley was revered for his sense of humor and his ability to see the good in everybody and in every situation. The service was high- lighted by a slide show of images from Charley's 53 years and a num- ber of cowboy songs per- formed by Dale Fisk. and was capped with a stir- ring rendition of the folk standard "I'll Fly Away", led by Charley's son. Carl. Chamber of Commerce gets new Event Coordinator, plans for Awards Banquet Katie Wc i: nAll- American !boctrder Council's own Katie Ward represented the University of Idaho with four other stu- dents in Winter Park, Colorado at the 2009 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Championships in March. Katie Ward received 2nd place in Women's Slopestyle. 6th place m Women's Voluntee distribute th6usan00 Snowboard X and 12th place in Women's Half pipe. Katie received the honor of 1st team All- American for Slopestyle, 2nd team All-American for Snowboard X and 2nd team All-American. com- bined. Katie is a fresh- man at the University Of Idaho and is the daugh- ter of Kenneth and Sherry Ward of Council. pounds o f f o6 d By Cody CahiU The Council Chamber of Commerce has tabbed a new Event Coordinator to help plan and promote community events. Dee Starniri is taking over for Rene Smith. who is departing for materni- ty reasons. Starniri will be thrown into the deep end right away, as the annual Awards Banquet is fast approaching. "I've got a tough act to follow this year." Dee said. "I look forward to seeing those (business owners) I know. and meeting those l don't." The 2009 Awards Banquet will be dubbed "Celebrating Community" and will have a garden theme. "It's a wonderful oppor- tunity to show our appre- ciation to those amazing folks who help make our community such a great place to live," she said, Starniri says her first order of business will be to contact each business around town to request donations of merchan- dise or services for the silent auction and raf- fle that will take place at the awards banquet. She asks that local busi- nesses take some time to think about what they might contribute to the worthy cause. The Awards Banquet will take place on April 25 at 6 pm in the Elementary School Multi- Purpose room. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, Pins and Needles or by contacting Dee at 253-4706. " Starniri will also be helping to plan and pub- lieize other upcoming community events, such as this weekend's easter egg hunt. the upcoming Saturday City Market's at Council Floral and Garden. and of course. the Chamber's top event, the Fourth of July cel- ebration. Forest Service receives massive amounts of comments on Bighorn Sheep plan PNF The official com- ment period on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) on Bighorn Sheep Viability on the Payette National Forest (PNF) ended on March 16, 2009. Forest Supervisor Suzanne Rainville extended the comment period an addi- tional 73 days to give the public extra time to con- sider the document and develop their respons- es. Now that the com- ment period is finished the Forest is preparing to review the information sent by the public and collect additional techni- cal and scientific analy- sis and information. The Forest received over 15,000 comments on the draft document and has contracted an outside group to com- plete an analysis of the practical from an imple- comments. The PNF mentation perspec- thanks all of the people tive. The IDT will meet who took time to send monthly this summer, in suggestions and infor- to study the comments mation. The results of and assist the Forest the comment analvsis Supervisor in developing will be used by Forest the Final Supplemental Service Staff and the Environmental Impact Interdisciplinary Team Statement (FSEIS) and (IDT) to determine if any Amendment to the Land more alternatives need and Resource to be considered and if the proposed man- See BIGHORN SHEEP. agement directions are back page By Cody CahiU A large coalition of local volunteers helped haul and deliver thou- sands of pounds of food to residents who can use a helping hand. Last Thursdayl Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in conjunction with Thrivent. a Lutheran organization that donat- ed a truck to be used to haul the food. helped distribute food to over 130 local families. The food bags consist- ed of a wide variety of dry good and .fresh pro- duce. as well as meat and dairy products. Leftover food was donated to local orga- nizations, including the Council Senior Center. The distribution has handled very smoothly, considering the large turnout (an estimated 400 people lined up) and the short amount of time organizers had to unload and divvy, up the food items. It was the cumulative efforts of a number of dif- ferent are churches and other local volunteers that took what might have been a logistical nightmare, and turned it into smooth, efficient operation. A number of Idaho Department of Transportation employ- ees who lfve in the area helped with the unload- ing as well as seniors from Council High School, who aided in the effort as well, as part of their senior service proj- ects. In a matter of a couple hours, volunteers had helped unload a truck load of food and par- celed out equal amounts of each item on hand into separate food bags, which were scooped up by residents in an order- See FO01, back page