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17100 BO3-O3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584 Capital For a Day The Meadows Valley High School gym was an active place last week when Governor Otter and members of his cabinet conducted business and visited with local residents. BY DALe-FISK their opinions, and seek New Meadows was answers from State the Idaho State Capital agencies. on April 25...for a day Governor Otter's goal anyway, is to visit all 44 counties Governor Otter says twice in his two terms as making sure government Idaho's governor. maintains its role as the "Many people might people's servant requires know New Meadows keeping in touch with all only as the little town at Idahoans. He also knows the junction of Idaho 55 that the strength of our and U.S. 95. But the town Republic relies on an and the people who live, engaged and informed work and play here are a citizenry, big part of what makes Otter and members Idaho's Heartland so of his Cabinet travel beautiful and important to a rural town in a to our resource- and different Idaho county tourist-based economies," every month. The Governor Otter communities become said. "New Meadows Idaho's Capital for a Day, is a town at a number and their residents the of intersections, and focus of the Governor that gives residents a and his administration unique and important for that day. Idahoans perspective on life in ask questions, share rural Idaho: Shop Plan Moves Forward BY THE COUNCIL SHOP COALITION Work on the Council High School shop building is progressing well. The roof has been repaired and the building has been insulated. The current proiect is construction of a new ceiling in the classroom. Then, the second week in May, ditch work for the piping needed to connect the shop building to the biomass plant will begin, On May 21st an engineering contractor will start installing the hydronic recirculation pump, the piping, the controls and control valves, and the heaters to provide an efficient heating system for the building. Local business people have donated their professional skills, use of their heavy equipment, and materials such as lighting fixtures, sand for bedding the pipe, and lumber-all to make sure the building is renovated. This renovation work will be completed this summer. All of this work will have been paid for with donated funds and grant money. But funding is still needed for a shop teacher. On May 15th, a supplemental levy to fund See SHOP PLAN UPDATE, page 16 BY DALE FISK As always, it's impossible to sum up all the questions and answers in the limited space available, but here are a few samples of what came out of the sheriff candidate forum on April 26. One of the first questions was about Sheriff Canc[idates Grilled why Adams County has the second highest law enforcement Staff to population ratio out of all 44 Idaho counties when we have a low population base to support it. At some point in the evening it was pointed out that even though the county has over 3,000 people, at least half of those are dependents / children, so at most around 1,500 people provide the tax base for everything the county needs to do. Vern Ludwig commented that the sheriff's department' has already used 67% of their annual payroll. He said he will do what it takes to correct this, bearing in mind that this of their numbers by not sheriff's department had has to be balanced with hiring the two positions to do determine how the safety of the people in that are now being asked many people spend 24 the community, for. hours or more within Walt Okamoto said Ryan Zollman said his Adams County throughout he will see that the jail goal is to not reduce the the year. They found and dispatch is staffed number of patrol officers, that the number is over according to required He said, as part of a grant 500,000 people. Zollman standards, but that patrol process a while back, the reminded everyone that officers may have to face salary cuts or reduction See SHERIFF CANDIDATE FORUm, page 16 Royal Rangers Invade Starkey Outpost #9 of the Royal Rangers converged on Starkey Hot Springs to do a thorough spring cleaning, The Rangers picked up thousands of pinecones and raked leaves, and were rewarded with a fun swim and barbeque. Council Celebrates Movin'Forward BY DALE FISK departments A near-capacity crowd of Council, gathered at the Council I n d i a n Elementary School on Valley and Saturday night to enjoy a Bear, plus delicious prime rib dinner the Council and to honor local people Ambulance who have served our / EMT community..The annual p r o g r a m. banquet is the principal The money fundraiser that helps the came from Chamber of Commerce proceeds of finance the Fourth of July the Thrifty celebration. The theme Shoppe in this year was "Council Council. The Movin' Forward." Foundation Cheryl Clayton, also gave representing the Adams scholarships County Health care to three Foundatiorb presented graduating checks to area fire seniors who Bill Woqdington, receiving his Man of the Year award from See CHAMBER BANQUET, page 26 ,- Wayne Freedman. See the full article on page 16 FROM TRAFFIC TICKETS GO? ROBERTS HONORED Do anyway? ! We tell you on page 25 Check it out on page 10 Find out on page 24