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The Adams County Record Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Adams County Commissioners Continued from front page bers are eighteen years old, and most had voted in their first election, which, includes several local races. Southwest District Health Association Director Bruce Krosch presented their fund- mg request for 2013, which will include a 1.5% increase in fund- ing from Adams County, a $25,650.00 payment in 2012. Adams County continues to receive a smaller return on its SWDH contribution than the larger counties in the Association. In 2012 Adams County received direct services of $4.30 for each dollar of payment, while the larger Canyon County received almost $9.00 for each dollar it contributed. Director Krosch stressed that high- er health insurance pre- miums have forced the agency to reduce its staff from 108 employees to the current 93 employees to fit the available rev- enues. The formula for deciding each county's assessment is based on property values and pop- ulation, and both factors have been dropping for Adams County. In other business, the Commissioners awarded a $20,800.00 contract to CL Excavation for topsoil to be used on the Middle Fork Road flood resto- ration project. County Engineer Trevor Howard will oversee the contract, which will also involve Council High School students who will be replanting willows and other soil-stabilizing plants along the right- of-way. Several items of negotiation remain before the work on rebuilding Wilson Road above the flood-damaged area along Goodrich Creek can begin. Road and Bridge Supervisor Tom Glenn is anxious to get the proj- ect started because of our short construction season. John Crockett appeared before the Commission to discuss a proposed hydro- electric plant which would use water from the East Fork Irrigation District. East Fork Ditch Board member, Dick Thompson, expressed concern that the project could cause the group to lose their easements and cause them to be sub- .@ . )ect to a more hmlted Conditional Use Permit for their irrigation ditch- es. Crockett is in the preliminary phases of the proposed project, which could produce power from the irrigation water. The Commissioners chose to remain neutral on any support for the project until public comments can be heard. Sheriff Green contin- ued to delay settlement on a refund for a gun that was sold by mistake in 2010 to benefit the Drug Enforcement Fund. The Commissioners directed the Sheriff to make up the repayment from that fund, plus to use funds from the County Justice Fund. Commission Chairman Bill Brown refused to let the discussion become a blame session and stressed that it is time to refund the money to the rightful owners of the gun. The Sheriff reported that the jail currently has 19 State of Idaho inmates and eight county inmates this week. Pink Shme BY FRANK PRIESTLEY Pink Slime. It's another over-hyped, inaccurate catch phrase designed to scare consumers about the safety of our food supply. One of the biggest challenges agriculture faces today is fighting back against what sometimes seems like a constant barrage ofmisinformation about our food supply and what goes into producing it. Questions and concerns about our food supply often come under scrutiny, as they should. The act of putting, food in one's mouth is one of the most intimate things we do and scrutinizing the safety of food is very important. However, questions about the safety of our food supply can quickly become emotional and overblown, as is the case with so-called pink slime. To better understand this discussion let's first define what we are talking about. Lean finely textured beef (LFTB) is the product being referred to as pink slime. The phrase was first found in a USDA internal memo that was provided to the New York Times in 2009 resulting from a Freedom of Information Act request. Wliat consumers should first-understand is that LFTB is just plain old beef that is separated from the trimmings that result from the processing of cattle. Pieces of fat that are cut from carcasses contain small pieces of red meat. The meat that cannot be separated from fat with a knife is separated through a heating and centrifuge process. The meat is then treated with ammonia in gaseous state to kill bacteria and then mixed with beef that is ground into hamburger. This process makes beef processing plants more effcient and reduces the amount of waste left over. Before the process was adopted, this waste was used to make pet food and cooking oil. Why use ammonia? We understand why consumers would be concerned about a cleaning product being used to treat food. Ammonia and water, both naturally occurring compounds, have been used to make food safe since 1974 when the Food and Drug Administration permitted its use. LFTB receives a puff of ammonia to eliminate bacteria safely and effectively. When combined with moisture naturally in beef, ammonia hydroxide is formed, a naturally occurring compound found in many foods, in our own bodies and the environment. Food safety experts and scientists agree it is an effective way to ensure safer ground beef and to reiterate, it's been in use since 1974. The U.S. has the safest, most abundant and affordable food supply of any country on the planet. This most recent blow-up over LFTB resulted in three beef processing plants being shut down and over 300 people losing their jobs. If consumers don't want to purchase ground beef that contains LFTB, they have many options to choose from. But in our opinion, it's wrong for the media to create a controversy over a product with a safety record that has been proven over the last 38 years. Let's also not lose sight of the facts that the United States has the safest, most abundant and affordable food supply of any nation on earth and that our global population is expected to double by 2050 which will put even more pressure on our ability to produce food for the masses. We expect an increasing demand for processes like the one developed to create LFTB will be needed to increase the efficiency of our food production system. (Priestley is President of the Idaho Farm Bureau) Cambridge Senior Chatter Hells Canyon Days Taco Feed I'm writing this column endeavor or my words can on Friday, as I will be transition smoothly from making a trip to Boise my thoughts to the paper; on both Monday and today it's the former. Tuesday of next week. I'm On June first, we will not much in the mood to be having our "Hells write today, so this in all Canyon Days" all you can probability will be a short eat Taco Feed? This is our column. For me, writing best-attended fundraiser can be a frustrating and I hope this year will be no different. The Council Jammers will be providing the music for your listening and dancing pleasure. There will be lots to do, so please plan on starting the weekend off right by joining us for dinner on Friday, June 1st from 5 to 7:00 PM. The cost is still $7 per person and $4 for kids under the age of 12. Our monthly blood pressure clinic will be on Wednesday, May 23rd, and our foot clinic will be held on Friday Ma), 25th. An appointment is needed. Please call the center at Page 5 Thank You Dear Editor, The Indian Valley Fire Departmentwould like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to ACHC for their generous grant that will be used to purchase personal protective equipment for our volunteers. Tim Toomey, Fire Chief Dear Editor, A huge thank you to Coach Brian Joyce for volunteering his time to coach the boys' and girl's Jr. High track teams, for the 2012 season. Your generosity is very much appreciated. The Jr. High Sports Committee. Dear Editor, A huge thank you goes out to Ron Hasselstrom for giving of his time & labor to rid the old courthouse hill of the weeds. That is a big job for one man & one weed-eater, but Ron did it and it looks very nice. My grandkids even noticed him working away on the hill and commented to me how cool it was that he did that. Thanks Ron?? It looks Marvelous? Ted & lanie Cole Eastern Oregon Boat Ramp Usable As Brownhe Reservoir Rises FROM IDAHO POWER The popular Hewitt Park boat ramp on the Oregon side of Brownlee Reservoir is now usable as the reservoir's water level had risen to 2,045 feet above sea level by Monday, May 14. The only other public ramp currently usable is at Woodhead. Park in Idaho. The reservoir slowly is continuing to fill, however. Idaho Power owns and operates the reservoir, which stores water behind the utility's largest hydropower facility, Brownhe Dam. But spring flood control operations are governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps determines how much space must be held in Brownlee to accommodate spring runoff and reduce the risk of flooding downstream in the Snake and Columbia river systems. Conditions could require additional changes to the flood control operations. Boaters are encouraged to check updated Brownlee levels and the near-term forecast at www.idahopower.com/ ourenvironment. Complete d in 1958, Brownlee Dam has a generation capacity of 728 megawatts. Brownlee Reservoir has a surfac area of 15,000 acres and can hold more than 1.4 million acre feet of water when it reaches full pool at 2,077 feet Robotics Kits The Washington and Adams County 4-H offices received a $1,00 grant through the State 4-H participation fee funds to purchase fbur NXT LEGO Robotic kits! Two kits will be housed at the Washingto N County Extension office, and two in Adams County. We are looking for a leader or parent who would like to lead a robotics club next fall. Watch for a two- day robotics summer day camp in June. For more information, call the Adams County Extension office: 253-4279 by ]anice Vuich Cawyer- 257-3358 257-3358 to reserve your place on the list. Our Food Pantry will be open on Thursday, May 24th from 3 to 4:30 PM. I forgot to put up flyers for our last one, so our numbers were down slightly, but I will make sure that they are up next week. But, even if you don't see a flyer, the pantry is always on the 4th Thursday of the month and you can always call me at the center to confirm the date. I hope you have a great week!