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17/00 BO3-O3-A It's Almost Here! by Dale Fisk It could be the sub)ect of a Norman Rockwell painting--- neighbor helping neighbor in the best tradition of small town life. The Community That Cares pulling together. You've probably seen the goodie baskets at US Bank. And those are just part of the items that are being auctioned for : a night at Yellowstone Lodge, a cord of wood, and on and on. Much of this booty will be won by the highest bidder in the silent auction that has already started and will stay open until sometime during the Ball. Other items will cribbage board, a big be auctioned at a live cooler full of Coors beer, auction at the event. And The Council Emergency Services building will party hardy on Saturday night! the Fireman's Ball this weekend (Saturday, 14m). There are quilts, a power washer, a handmade See ANNUAL FIREMAN'S BALL, page 17 ; Shop Progress by Dale Fisk Energy Seal of McCall started the process of installing insulation in the Council High School shop building on Monday. They are spraying about six inches of R30 foam insulation on the main ceiling, which will get a fire-resistant coating. In the classroom section, they will be blowing insulation on top of the new ceiling. There will be an open house at the shop building on Thursday evening (April 12) from 6:00 to 7:00. Come see what's going on and ask questions. Q&A Speaking of questions, the shop committee has come up with some anticipated questions: Q: Why do we need a shop program at the school? A: Shop classes can serve as an integral part of a student's education. They will learn real world skills that could lead into a career in numerous fields. Many Council High graduates remain in rural towns where skills like welding, animal science, woodworking, etc. are vital components of everyday life. Q: What is the current condition of the building and the program? A: The State of Idaho has classified the shop building and classroom as unoccupiable due to deficiencies. Steps are being taken to correct the deficiencies. When all of the work is completed, we will have a better, more energy efficient building. Q: Why doesn't the school district pay to fix the shop? A: The cost to repair the roofs over both the elementary and high schools used up all of the district's facilities money that was saved up over the past few years. Q: What work will be done on the building? A: Many extensive repairs and updates are scheduled for the building. They include: fixing the roof, replacing the ceiling in the classroom, updating the plumbing in the See SHoP BUILDING PROGRESS, page 2 ; Energy Seal workers masking-off items around the ceiling in the shop building on Monday, in preparation for spraying foam insulation. SHERIFF CANDIDATE Q&A See full coverage on page 6 & 7 THIS WEEK'S "WHERE IS THIS" FEATURE Check it out on page 20 Do Wolves Benefit the Ecosystem.; Part 5 by Dale Fisk It has been claimed that wolves benefit the ecosystem by eliminating diseased animals in a herd, and thereby helping to stop the spread of disease. According to a paper issued by the Defenders of Wddlife: "By reducing prey numbers, dispersing these animals on the landscape, and removing sick animals, wolves also may reduce the transmission and prevalence of wildlife diseases such as chronic wasting disease and brucellosis. The extent of such an impact, however, remains to be seen. So far, it is based exclusively on results of simulation modeling because of the current lack of overlap between CWD and occupied wolf habitat7 There are a few diseases that affect deer and elk that are only spread by blood sucking insects, so there's no way wolves could slow the spread those in any significant way. The only transmissible diseases of much concern for deer or elk seem to be brucellosis and chronic wasting disease (CWD). However, there are a couple of parasites that are cause for concern. Brucellosis The primary effect of brucellosis is fetuses aborted before term. Infected cattle, elk and bison can transmit the pathenogen, Brucella abortus, during abortion or giving birth. Other animals in the herd can acquire the infection through contact with infected reproductive fluids or tissues (aborted fetuses, placentas, fetal fluids) or through infected milk. Brucellosis can infect cattle, goats, camels, dogs (wolves), and pigs. The bacteria can spread to humans ff you come in contact with infected meat or the placenta of infected animals, or if you eat or drink infected, unpasteurized milk or cheese. People working in jobs where they often come in contact with animals or meat -- such as slaughterhouse workers, farmers, and veterinarians -- are at higher risk. A wolf's "job" is very much like that of a slaughterhouse worker, which makes wolves susceptible to the disease, and also makes it likely that they ould spread it. Jim Beers is all too familiar with this disease. He said: "Brucellosis (called undulant fever in humans and with which I was stricken as a teenager) is transmitted by all canids (it was thought I got it from my dog) as well as ungulates. How can wolves killing and eating sick animals not spread the disease to others they bite or to places (feces, saliva, etc. on vegetation) they frequent? Like CWD, sick animals are often at first not apparently 'sick and weak'. Wolves don't 'disperse' these infected animals, they kill and eat them. Then they spread what the prey had" Chronic Wasting Disease Chronic wasting disease has been found in free- ranging and captive deer and elk in 14 states and two Canadian provinces. After years of apparent containment in north central Colorado and SE Wyoming, CWD has spread into Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and has recently crossed to the west slope of the Colorado Rockies. Much of the spread of the disease appears to be associated with game farms which of necessity concentrate the domesticated wildlife. The prions (malfolded proteins) See Do WOLVES BENEFIT THE ECO SYSTEM, page 16 Susan Korte -- In the Community Spotlight Read all about it on page 10 & 11 , j,