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Page 12 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 The Adams County Record Save big now on Julie Burkhardt awarded Ferrel Crossley with photos, gifts and a plaque Monday night as he stepped down from 32 years as board chairmanship for the Adams Soil and Water Conservation District (ASWC). The ASWC serves to educate and assist private landowners in voluntary sound land and water management practices in Adams County. ASWC has America's favorite ] been instrumental in acquiring resources for local water bank brand. Test-drive:a Ford during l restoration projects. by Deb Wilson ! by Dale Fisk Sen #12Woo Eiiiiil, $1 12TIE~ Get a iPad2 with EVERY vehicle purchased! Tyler Shelton has been in the Army for 10 months. He went to Afghanistan in December. And it's something that is always on the minds of his parents, Steve and Mary Grace Shelton of Council. This 20-year-old Council native says Afghanistan reminds him of home in some ways. He says, "If Afghanistan only had evergreen trees it would almost feel like home with the mountains that are here!" Most people think desert when they think of Afghanistan, but as photos in the Gauntlet Gazette (an Army newsletter) show, there is plenty of cold and snow there. Tyler is a driver for the Quick Reaction Force (QRF), which supports the 720th Military Police Battalion--a small element of Soldiers who conduct logistics and escort Missions to different Forward Operating Bases and Combat Out Posts (FOBs). In the short time he has been enlisted, Tyler has been promoted to Specialist. : He was the subject of a short feature article in the Gauntlet Gazette, which said, in part: "Shelton runs several missions a week with the QRF to different FOBs, and he stays pretty busy on COP Justice with Force Protection duties. His hobbies include playing sports, hiking, hunting, fishing - practically anything that will take him outdoors. Though he is far from home, he can take a little comfort in that Afghanistan has some similarities to his home town." The mission of Tyler's unit was also outlined in the newsletter: "In addition to the QRF Mission the Soldiers have a variety of duties they complete throughout the day. After waking up in the morning and heading out to the truck line, they conduct daily maintenance on their vehicles and weapons. Upon completion of maintenance, they have a variety of duties that must be completed." "They pull Force Protection, assist with providing life support systems on COP Justice, and assist other sections with their daily operations. When you think of the heavy lifters on COP Justice, you think of QRF. On mission days, these Soldiers put their game face on and travel to different Forward Operating Bases to pick up mail, supplies and transport personnel to meetings and key leader engagements. These Soldiers are the hardest working Soldiers I've worked with in my Army Career:' "Their ability to adapt and overcome any hardship is phenomenal. The Soldiers are counting down the days and waiting to see their families but in the meantime they are supporting the Battalion to the best of their abilities by applying outstanding work ethic and maintaining a high degree of motivation." Tyler will be in Afghanistan until November. Tyler Shelton (center, wi h snow in his mouth) with members of his unit in Afghanistan Obama Wins by a Landslide by Dale Fisk When it comes to who qualifies to be on the Democratic Party's primary ballot as a presidential candidate, some states are more picky than others as to who qualifies. When Adams County Democrats met for their caucus on Saturday morning, their choices were limited to Barrack Obama or "uncommitted." Speaking of committed, in a few other states where qualifications are less stringent than Idaho, there were some interesting presidential candidates on the ballot, the most interesting being "Vermin Supreme; a performance artist from Massachusetts, whose photo shows him wearing an upside down boot on his head. For some reason, he didn't qualify to b.e on the primary ballot in most states. All twenty Democrats at the caucus voted for Obama. County committee chair, Sally Cole of Council, was elected as the Adams County delegate to the 2012 Idaho State Democratic Convention. Denise Cobb of Council was chosen as the alternate. Idaho's primary election will take place on May 15. Vermin Supreme, who is run- ning on the "A pony for every American" and "Mandatory toothbrushing" platform, will not appear on the Idaho Democratic primary ballot. ill I I ~, .JIhl