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The Adams County Record Candidate Forum Continued from front page on the Democratic Primary ballot will need to write "Alma Hasse" in the blank under "For State Senator" in order for her to get on the general election ballot. Hasse emphasized the importance of spelling her name correctly. Faulks, Pearce and Hasse all answered questions at the forum. State Candidates As I've said before, it would be impossible to list all of the questions asked and answered at the forum. Here are a few highlights. The issue of NRA endorsement came up, and all of the state candidates expressed' support for gun rights. The National Rifle Association sends out a complex questionnaire requiring essay-type answers, and then rates candidates according to their answers. All of the incumbents received A+ ratings, and challengers explained why they are somewhat taken aback at their less than perfect ratings in light of their long histories of support for gun rights and hunting. The state candidates were asked about the recent law that seems to take away local control in regulating oil and+gas drilling. The question also addressed "fracking" and the use of unknown chemicals in that process. Lawerence Denney spoke first, saying the statements made about the dangers of gas drilling are false. He said there are over a million gas and oil wells in the U.S. and very few problems with them. As to local control, he said, "As far as taking local control, I think we can work with our local elected officials. I don't think we're taking any control away from them at all. The complexity of the issue is something that I don't think a local government would want to deal with because they don't necessarily have the expertise, nor can they afford to hire the expertise to make decisions that could get them in a lawsuit if they make the wrong, decision. None of us want to hurt the environment. We all want to protect it, and I think we can do that. All the candidates said it's important to create jobs. Steve Worthley pointed out that even though, as Monty Pearce had said, it takes seven years to get approval to open a gold mine, we are still cleaning up after such mines, in some cases, half a century later. "I don't think there's anything wrong with taking the time to make sure that the most precious commodity in Idaho--pure fresh water-- is protected." he said. UAnd ff it takes a little bit longer, so be it. If you get out in front of these kinds of issues, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 them." He said the gas and oil companies coming to Idaho expect to spend $100 million here. He explained that the legislators investigated what the 44 other states have done and the mistakes they made to create Idaho's regulations. He said fracking was not a needed method in Idaho because the deep layers where the gas lies is composed of sand instead of the type of rock that requires fracking. "Idaho is one of the most heavily regulated states for drilling wells;' he assured the audience, uIt takes two days in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and some of those places to go drill a well; in Idaho it's at least 21 to 25 days, our local authorities; I think that's important:' Alma Hasse said everyone in the room wants jobs and clean water, and "If the two of them can coexist, that's fantastic:' She expressed passionately that, "What happened with 464 [the gas drilling regulation bill in question] was a total stripping of local control. I think those things are best left in the hands of local decision makers7 Kendall Nelson-lefts agreed with Hasse, saying, "The terrible cost of this type of energy is long-reaching. Both candidates for Adams County Prosecuting Attorney were present: Michael Robinson and Myron Gabbert. Both assessor candidates were also there: Robin lames and Stacy Swift Dreyer. The contest for assessor involves one candidate, Robin lames, who is currently occupying that office and has had on-the- job experience. Her opponent, Stacy Swift Dreyer, was asked what experience she had to be a good candidate for the assessor job. Dreyer pointed out her years of experience as an assistant bank manager. In that position she learned to deal with federal requirements and work with figures and finance. She emphasized the importance of her experience of providing courteous customer service. "My first priority is that I work for you, that I'm doing what's best for you,' she said. Robin lames outlined her ten years of experience in the Assessor's Office performing such duties as chief appraiser. She has represented the taxpayers at the county level, but also represented the county at the state level, and is familiar with state personnel and other assessors in the state. She said her work speaks for itself. Both the county prosecuting attorney and the assessor will be determined in the Primary elections, as all of these candidates are running on the Republican ticket. Candidates at the forum Thursday night, left to right: Lawerence Denney, Steve Worff3ey, Judy Boyle, Monty Pearce, Jeri Soulier, Matthew Faulks, Alma Hasse, Kendall Nelson-Jeffs, Michael Robinson, Myron Gabbert, Robin James, Stacy Swift Dreyer. you can prevent them from happening or you can assign responsibility and go after the culprits if it happens. And it has happened before? Judy Boyle said that regulation of natural resources are the prevue of the state, adding: "That way there are not different standards in different counties. Although this is a new industry to us, it is not new to America. We will be the 45th state to have natural gas? Monty Pearce, who was accused (and found innocent) of ethics violations for not revealing his conflict of interest on this subject earlier in the process, said, "Montana has 6,600 natural gas wells, and no problems. They've had them for years. Utah's got them and they're building new schools now because of the tax that come in from and that's long.enough to take a look at it." Jeri Soulier outlined some of the ways that local control is better that state control because of local knowledge of complicating factors. "I think that it's wise to have the local citizens who know where there are high water tables, seasonal flooding, hand-dug wells with no record of it; she explained. Soulier said the state doesn't have records of such things before the early 1990s. Matthew Faulks reiterated the view that jobs from gas drilling are important, and that environmental concerns need to be carefully monitored. He didn't know of any regulation barring fracking if it becomes necessary. He stated, "I don't know the reason why we can't reserve our ordinary land use and planning and zoning with Page 7 Parks & Rec Board Meeting First Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at City Hall. Adams County Search & Rescue North -- First Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the MV Emergency Services Building South -- First Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Adams County Courthouse "[he American Legion Meets the first Thursday of every month at the American Legion Hall at 7:30 pm: Council School Board Second Monday of every month at 6 pm at the Council High School Library. Adams Soil & Water Conservation Dist Second Monday of the month 7:30 pm at the Adams County Extension Office. Adams Coop. Weed Management Area Second Tuesday of each month at 3 pm at the Adams County Weed Control building. For info call 253-4669. Adams Co. Sheriff Reserve Officers Meeting the second Wednesday at 7 pm in the Adams County Courthouse Council Valley Free Library Board Second Wednesday at 4 pm in the library. : Indian Valley Fire Department Second Thursday at 7 pm in the Indian Val- ley Fire Hall Alcoholics Anonymous Every Mon. & Wed. at 8 pm in the Council Valley Free Library. Call 741-0875 for more information. Natural Resource Committee Fourth Monday at 7 pm in the Adams Corm- New Meadows City Council Second Monday of every month at 7 pm at New Meadows City Hall. Council City Council Second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm at Council city Hall. Adams County Commissioners Second, Third & Fourth Mondays at 9:00 am in the Commissioners Room, County Court- house Community Worship Services Directory St. Jude's Cathoic Ghereh Highway 95, Council 1st & 3rd Sundays 3:30 pm Friday Mass - noon. GIIIu of the Nalanme 102 S. Exeter 208-566-4264 Pastor John Schaffer Discipleship 10 a.m. Morning Worship 1 ! a.m. Sunday Fellowship 12:00 p.m. Children's Church 11:15 a.m. lad Vahy Cmmlnl Omrch Pastor Brian Gbdhart 355-2020 Assoc. Pastor Isaac Ward 257-3812 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Worship Service 11:15 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Cench ofJeB OWet of Latin Day Sabra S Fairfield, Council 253-4330 Bishop: Douglas Llnford Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Com me Cumh 190 4th Ave. 253-6923 Interim Pastor Roger Hayden Worship Services at 7:00 p.m. Home al'rar Meets at 340 Commercial Street, Weiser, Idaho 208-318-8660 or 208-549-0669 Pastors Stephen and Debble Blount Sunday School 9:30 AM Services 10:30 AM g 6:30 P.M Bible Study Thursday 7:00 PM 1st  Oam of Celmcll St Judes' on Hwy 95 253-4486 Communion 2nd g 4th Sunday Worship Service Sunday 5:00 p.m. Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Netv Mmdom Uala Melhodk Owch 210 N. Heighho 347-2427 www.newmeadowsumc.org Pastor Andy 5am Homing Worship 10:30 a.m Children's Church held during worship cornel Oxmmm ChinCh 105 California Ave. 253-6461 www.councilcc.org Co-Pastors: Wayne Freedman & Les Sheneberger Homing Worship 10 a.m. Wed. Bible Studies 5:30 & 7:30 pm Mon. Women's Bible Study 7 pm Fri. Men's Breakfast Bible Study 7 am  For Ghak 3lmlm Felom Basement of Tater Tots Daycare 208-741-0410 Pastor.- Jon Sorg Services Sunday 11:00 a.m. Cemcm vahy Ammt or God 253-6430 Paston GeoffCole Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:.45 a.m. Power & Light Company Tue. 7 p.m. Bible Study Thurs. 7 p.m.