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17/oo Bo3-O3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584 the @ In BY ALINE AND SHARRON PEDERSON Bare witness to one of the most spectacu- lar sights in the sky that you'll ever see. On Saturday, June 16th about 600 to 1000 racing pigeons wilt be released at dawn (between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m.) from the shell station in Council. (q-he race is scheduled for the 16th, but the race schedule could be altered if there is bad weather this Saturday for a race from Rogerson. Also, the release point right now is the shell sta- tion but it is possible they might change it to the fair grounds.) These pigeons are the thoroughbreds of the sky. It's the biggest and most fgrestigious thoroughbred pigeon race on the west coast. It's the Kentucky Derby of Pigeon Racing, starting in Council and ending up 600 miles later in San Francisco, California. Council has been the starting point for this illustrious race for the past 50-plus years. See PIGEON RACE, page 12 BY AL BECIKER The Heartland Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Idaho held their 5th Annual Mountain Trail Challenge on June 9th at Whitetail Ridge Arena near New Meadows. The weather greeted the 31 competitors with a mountain spring day. This competitive horse event engages horse and rider against typical challenges that may be encountered on forested mountain trails nowadays. There were 20 obstacles set up in a mountain trail environment that were each judged by an informed and experienced volunteer judge. Obstacles were changed and/or new ones added to make the course different from past years. Included this year were a bog crossing, steep rock hillsides, timber blow- down, a large log, boulder field, and others. Interestingly, this year the horses seemed to be less spooked at the llama obstacle. Dave Rittersbacher, who has brought up a llama each year, commented, "Maybe horses are getting more accustomed to meeting llamas on aIncluded this year was trail environment" At a "stick horse" class for least it'sa positivethe youngsters. A trail thought, course with obstacles See MOUNTAIN TRAIL CHALLENGE, page 7 Lee King of Council taking his horse through the Trail Challenge. ,Canceled" BY DALE FISK A dreadful weather forecast and cold temperatures prompted the last minute cancellation of the biker rodeo that had were already in place, local participants and a few out of town visitors went ahead with many of the planned activities on a "just for fun" basis. been planned for June 9 at: Ironically, even though tile Fairgrounds. dark clouds threatened Because preparations all day, and downpours were visible in the nearby mountains, the fairgrounds only saw a few short sprinkles. The full-blown biker rodeo has been rescheduled for August- 25--the Saturday after the music festival. Adams County Commissioners 17% BY LEE BuY County Clerk Sherry Ward said that the three main budget accounts of Adams County will face revenue shortages of over $240,000 if the 2013 Budget follows this year's spending goals. Assessor Robin James reported that the assessed values See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 11 The new Adams County Treasurer, Christy Wilson, was sworn in at Monday's commissioner's meeting. Tonjua Kamerdula (right) is Chief Deputy Treasurer. The commissioners also approved the hiring of Juanita Merritt (center) as Deputy Treasurer. BY DALE FISK For the last fiscal year, Council received $22,752.45 from fines that citizens paid. The towns in Adams County receive money from all infrac= tions (not felonies) com- mitted within their city limits, so technically the amounts here are not all from traffic tickets, but most of the totals are. What a town collects is not the whole story. For instance, New Meadows received an average; over the past three years, of $8,367 per year in fine money. Prosecution costs averaged $5,417 per year for the same period. New Meadows also pays the Sheriff's Department and annual fee of $30,600 to police the town. With lnes that fee added to the mix, a-he Fixed Fee the town's expense over To start with, each income from infractions offense has a fixed fee / is $27,650 per year. City fine. I'm just going to deal Clerk, Mac Quails esti- mates this to be an annual cost of $56.76 to each man, woman and child of New Meadows. For Council, the pros- ecution costs for the last fiscal year totaled $14,033.49. Council pays about $52,000 per year for law enforcement serviges. A while back I featured a short article about where the money from traffic tickets go. I've since done a little more digging and learned a couple things to round out picture. with speeding tickets here. The fixed fee for a viola- tion of 1 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit is $33.501 The fixed fee for 16 mph or more is $98.50. These fees are the same across Idaho. Where the fixed fee goes, depends on who pulled you over. The per- centages below reflect where portions of the fine go if you are pulled over by: City Police: 90 % to the City, 8.6 % to the State General Fund, 1.4 % to POST. See TRAVHC FINES, page 17 .ANOTHER SIDE TO THE WOLF ISSUE Read it on page 4 FINAL SCHOOL AWARDS Find them on page 20 Don't Talk About the Weather Read about it on page 22