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17/00 B03-03-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. -'-, . 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584 Volunteers Rescue Packer John Park BY DALE FISK Many Meadows Valley folks remember Packer John Park as it used to be -- a quiet, shady and clean place to camp or picnic. Over the past several years that image faded as responsibility for the park shifted from one agency to another. Once a state park, Idaho authorities evidently thought it expendable and a burden on the state's budget. Adams County and the Adams County Historical Society took the reins as the state stepped out in 1992. About 2005 the county tried the live-in caretaker approach, The three volunteers in front of the dilapidated 1943 version of Packer John's Cabin. Left to right: Fred Erland, Janice Butner and Jean Schultz. but the man they found be more of a taker of care for the job turned out to than a care giver, and the See PACKZR JOHN PARK, page 13 BY DALE F]SK About 2:30 AM on July 5, Council fire volunteers rushed to the home of Joe and Melanie Friend," at 610 Illinois Avenue in Council. A fire had started on the back porch of the house, and quickly went up into the rafters of the manufactured home. Several children were in" the house, but all escaped unharmed. Although the cause of the fire was not deter- mined, some thoughtthe fire resulted from fire- crackers that were set off earlier. The roof was a total loss, and the rest of the structure and con- tents were badly dam- aged. The Friends have inad- equate insurance, and a local group has formed to help the family restore their home and belong- ings. Anyone who can help is urged to attend a fundraiser planning meeting on July 15 at the Council Valley Assembly of God Church at 2:00 Those willing to help or donate can call Judy York at 741-0028 or 253- 4266. Volunteer firefighters putting out the fire at the home of Joe and Melanie Friend. Photo'by Geoff Cole BY DALE FISK Senior Citizen Centers in Cambridge, Council and New Meadows, as well as other centers in southwest Idaho, are facing some hard choices due to the bidding process for nutri- tional services at a level higher up in the funding food chain. For most of the senior centers in Idaho, serving meals a few times a week is a major part of their effort, so this is a sig- nificant change. This initial article is an attempt to make sense of a complex set of circum- stances, and information is still coming in, so what is written here is incomplete. I will follow up with more next week. The Southwest Idaho Area 3 Agency on Aging (SW Idaho AAA) has accepted the bid of Canyon County Office on Aging (CCOA) to fulfill the nutrition services con- tract for our region. AAA gets its money from the federal government, and makes the decisions on who provides transpor- tation, homemaker and Senior center, the nutri- tional and transporta- tion services contract had been held by the Elderly Opportunity Agency, Inc. The Council Senior Citizen Center has announced that it will close its doors on July 20. respite care programs for (EOA) for many years, and senior centers in south- the local senior center west Idaho. has been happy with that According to Tiffanf agency's services. EOA's Holden at the Council service area includes the counties of Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington. According to their web site, "Funding for these ser- vices is provided through State and Federal grants, local fund raising activi- ties, private donations and community involvement: EOA's contract to pro- vide nutritional services to Southwest Idaho senior centers ends on July 20, and CCOA will take over. Back in March, Janice Cawyer wrote in her Cambridge Seniors col- umn: "I got the impres- sion that the higher ups in government and the aging network think that senior centers are irrele- vant and unimportant so the funding we used to get See SENIOR CENTER CHANGES, page 15 Adams County Commissioner Meeting County Plans a Busy Road and Bridge Season BY Lv.F, BUY The State of Idaho has gradually increased their use of the Adams County Jail, with twenty-six inmates housed there this week. The State inmate program has brought in over $95,000 in fees to the Adams County Jail this year, but that amount is far short of the $205,000 in revenue that was bud- geted for in 2012. The Sheriff's Department is now facing over $100,000 in lost revenues for this year, and will be. forced to use other county funds to pay expenses for 2012. Commissioner Chairman Bill Brown noted that the State of Idaho recently signed a contract with the State of Colorado to house prisoners there at a daily rate 40% higher than what they pay Adams County. Brown said that the State could help the counties who house state prisoners if they would raise their reimburse- ment rates and would also sign contracts with those counties. Adams County's Justice Fund is one of the three funds in the county budget which Bridge, and J.I. Morgan has reached the statutory Construction Company limit for tax levies. The got the $65,120 bid for Sheriff's Department will the work. Less than $500 face a challenge next year separated the winning to fully fund county oper- bid from the next lower ations, bid. Supervisor Glenn is Road and Bridge scheduling the bypass Supervisor Tom Glenn route over Goodrich announced that the Creek so that construc- County will begin three tion can begin next week ma)or construction proj- on the new bridge at that ects this month. Bids were location. Finally, the spill- opened for construct-way bridge at Ben Ross ing 1.4 miles of roadway Reservoir will be widened above Goodrich Creek and deepened to handle See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 16 New Meadows City Council Budget Issues Dominate Council Meeting BY LEE BtrY New Meadows will be celebrating its 100th Birthday next year, but at this time no special events have been planned by the City. Clerk Mac Quails reported that a new Centennial Kiosk will be built )ust to the west of the restrooms in Dorsey Warr Park. The State of Idaho will note the milestone in next year's information guide for the area. The new streetlight installed by Idaho Power is now in operation at the corner of Nora Street. The installation cost about $300 more than the esti- mate but included bury- ing the power to the pole. Black Mountain Software waived their $1,200 bill- ing for repairing the dam- agecaused by a computer virus to the City's billing software. The money can now remain in the 2012 See NEW MEADOWS CITY COUNCIL, page 16 LAKESHORE DISPOSAL'S PARENT COMPANY LOSES LAWSUIT Get the scoop on page 2 ADAMS COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE Plan Your Fair Experience on page 11 COUNCIL'S GOT SERIOUS "GIRL POWER" Check it out on page 18