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17/00 B@3-03-A Fine Art Show at Hells Canyon Days Kaye York with her acrylic painting "Dwarf Huckleberry," winner of Best of Show See FINE ART SHOW, page 3 " The Curious Case of Mr. Okamoto BY DALE FXSK for investigating allegations military personnel have How the issue surfaced One phone call. It can of misconduct by Army something to hide, the For the January 4, 2012 be that simple. According officials at the rank of process is not simple; they issue of the Record, Deb to Jeff Howard, who made colonel or below. (The react in one or all of a list Wilson interviewed many such calls in his career, office also could be directed of ways: they get angry; Walt Okamoto for the when someone's military to investigate allegations threaten a lawsuit; say their "Community Spotlight" record is in question and against senior officers at records are secret, classified feature. An excerpt from they have nothing that article said: 66 - "From 1963-1965, tOcall,hidethe--recordsOne phoneare "I started getting emails and phone calls he worked highly provided and it's done. from former Special Forces mere- dlh A classified operations Case closed, bers and other military people." 1/7 in Naval Intelligence From 1999-2002 Jeff on reconnaissance served as the Dept. in Vietnam for the of the Army Inspector the rank of general.) The and unavailable; their Military Assistance General Sergeant Major, Agency is a part of the Army records were destroyed in a Command Vietnam and served as the Senior Special Staff and reports fire or flood. Studies and Observation Enlisted Advisor to the directly to the Secretary of Group (MACV-SOG). An Inspector General and the Army and the Army Agency Sergeant Major. Chief of Staff. The Agency is responsible In Jeff's experience, when See WALTER OKAMOTO, page 6 ; Midnight Gusher BY DALE FISK q-he day started just a little bit early for Council's Public Works crew on Tuesday. In the wee hours of the morning, the alarm went off at the sewer lagoon. Something was causing a very unusual amount of water to enter the lagoon. The city crew suspected a ma)or leak, but didn't know where it was. Meanwhile, about 3:00 AM Roy and Shirley Eastlick were awakened by the sound of gushing water. Across the street east of them, in the middle of the block behind the dentist's office, water was shooting several feet out of the ground. Thousands of gallons were cascading across a couple of nicely groomed lawns and gardens and into a drainage ditch. Dave Wilson and Pat DeHaas arrived at the scene water turned off, but not before over 500,000 gallons of water was emptied from the water tank on the hill. (I'm glad I'm not paying that water bill!) After working through the night, by around 9:00 AM Dave, Pat and new employee, Matt Harrington, had repaired the pipe and and found that the dead- just about had the hole end cap on a six-inch water main had broken and blown off, several feet under the ground At least it used to be underground; now it was in the bottom of a big muddy crater. They got the filled. Just another day in the life of the men who keep Council's infrastructure running. Next time you see them, tell 'era thanks. Dave Wilson compacts the fill around the repaired water main while Pat DeHaas supplies gravel with a front end loader. Payette National Forest Outlook BY DALE FISK It looks like it's going to be an active year on the Payette National Forest. At the May 21st Adams County Natural Resource Advisory Committee presentation, Council and Weiser District Ranger, Greg Lesch, handed out an update showing timber sales under contract on the Forest. There are approximately 42 million board feet of timber under contract, with a total of 7,860 acres of commercial treatment. At first glance the 42 million board feet appears to be more timber harvested than in previous years. Recent years have seen a 10 million to 15 million board feet harvested per year. The 42 million board foot figure includes a few sales that are completed, some that will be finished this summer, and some that will continue See PAYETTE NATIONAL FOREST, page 18 Help from Halfway Around the World BY DALE FISK Imagine you're a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, in an area where the enemy could attack at any time. Your unit depends on its state-of-the-art Multi- purpose All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV), but you've run into a serious problem -- the truck you are responsible for is not running right. A vital sensor is malfunctioning: Parts are six months away, and lives may depend on getting this rig running right. This is not an imaginary situation; it actually happened recently. The M-ATV is a new addition to the Army's fleet of vehicles. It looks like a big HumVee, but weighs 25,000 pounds and is See HELP, page 8 Mike Nelson with the flag sent to him by a grate- ful Army unit in Afghanistan. S.A.V.E.S THE DAY RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER Don't Miss It on page 4 DID You LOSE Us? Find out about our move on page 2 Where Is "Where Is This"? On page 20 is all we can tell you