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17/00 BO3-O3-A SmallFownPapers 5026 California Avenue. SW Seacle, WA 98136 75 Volume 32 Issue 51 Thursday, July 16, 2009 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER COUNCIL INDIA N VA L L E Y BEA R/CuPFIUM N,f w Mt A oo w,; Inside this issue: Little League season retro- spective See Page 2 Amazing artifacts in Adams County See page 5 Sage-Grouse group plans BBQ See page 4 Looking back to 1966 See back page Correction Last week's list of porcupine race win- ners contained an error. The third place finishers were Bo Green and Tyson Ivey. We regret get- ting it wrong last week. Annual ritual yields unexpected rewards Ralph Yantis transfers another half-ton bale from the hay wagon to the hay barn at Yantis Ranch in Indian Valley. By Wendy Green Bountiful windrows snake between the river and Dry Creek. We have been haying sporadically for the past three weeks. The unusually long, cool spring in west-central Idaho set us back a bit. We have hauled just 498 bales so far--of the thousand-pound variety, though, not those puny 75-pounders. Ralph has swathed the next hay- field, but the hay is slow to dry. in spite of near hundred-degree tem- peratures this week. The baler sits waiting at the edge of the field. Maybe tomorrow we'll climb back on the tractors, but for the second year in a row. we did not fin- ish first cutting by the Fourth of July. All year long, I look forward to haying. I love the sensory aspects of it. We typically haul early in the morning, the ris- ing sun warming our faces and. if we're lucky, a soft breeze teasing our cheeks. Snow lies BOE ac jus ts values of one-acre homesites By Cody Cahill Rural one-acre home- Combined. tlese new The Adams County sites in the council and values, represent 38% Board of Equalization Indian Valley areas had decrease from the values (BOE), comprised of the been valued at $15,345, originally proposed by the three Adams County with the value of the Assessor'sOffice with the Commissioners. have amenities such as power, help from the Idaho State decided to make some septic and well deter- Tax Commission. across-the-board changes mined to be $21.250. "We felt the values for to the assessment values. The BOE decided to those one-acre homesites most notably, the values lower those amounts con- were not fair and equita- for the one-acre home- siderably. The one-acre ble." said Commissioner sites that was the sub- homesites will now be Mike Paradis. "We could ject of much controversy valued at 89,715, while not accept those num- when they were unveiled the value of the ameni- bers in good faith." in May. ties will be $13,205. In New Meadows, one in late patches on dis- tant peaks. The scent of new-mown hay mingles with the smell of diesel and grease and manure. A mule deer buck in stubby velvet browses in the shade of the cot- tonwoods along the river at the edge of the field. Robins and blackbirds pluck breakfast from among the stubble, while a red-tailed hawk scans the field for a careless See HAYING. back page acre homesites were dropped from $26,610 to $21,288, while ameni- ties were reduced from 921,250 to $13.205. The overall decrease for that area is 28%. Affected landowners are encouraged to con- tact the Assessors Office to determine for certain how these changes will affect their individual assessments. New Meadows P & Z, City Council propose c,.Ttother area of impact plan month. The base rate of S68 dollars per month will not be changed. The rate increase will predominately affect businesses and other customers that routinely go over the 7,000 gallon threshold. The current base number of gallons allowed is 10,000 and that will be dropped to 7,000. The city says the rate increase is necessary in order for the water fund to be adequately fund- ed. According to City Clerk tIac Quails, the water. ]und is currently below budget projections because foreclosures and delinquent water bills have left the city unable to cope with increasing operational costs and state-required testing. The city describes the changes as a move towards a more equi- table system that would encourage conservation by reducing the base rate but charging a higher rate per gallon used. that will take place on August 10 at 7 pm. The new proposal toss- es aside the original plan, which called for a uniform one-mile Area of Impact. and instead extends the impact area east towards Highway 55. and towards the north and west along Highway 95. At Monday's City Meeting, the council also voted to approve a new water fee structure that will affect water custom- ers that use over 7,000 gallons of water per By Cody Cahill After having their first proposal come under heavy scrutiny from resi- dents. New Meadows offi- cials have proposed a new Area of Impact expansion that includes only areas where growth is antici- pated in the future. New Meadows Planning and Zoning approved the new Area of Impact last week and this week the City Council gave their tentative stamp of approv- al. pending another pub- lic hearing on the matter Seasonertt pro to take on Adams County 00'00odeo announcing duties to announce the show. A friend later told him that he had missed his calling. Realizing that he was able to have fun and until he got married and started a family. It so happened at a rodeo with his kids one time that he was asked Skip (left) with 5 time PRCA NFR Barrel Man, Leon Coffee. be with his kids a new career was born. rodeo announcing. For the past 27 years Skip has announced rodeos throughout the United States. Among other great qualities. Skip is best known for his knowledge of rodeo, his ability to get the fans involved and his interaction with the cowboys. Skip's announcing resume is full of high- profile events from one-side of the coun- try to the other and it will be an honor to have him calling the action for rodeo fans here in Adams County. By Linda Rogers The Adams County Rodeo Board has arranged for a profes- sional rodeo announc- er to perform the announcing duties at the 2009 Adams County Rodeo. Skip Kallsen. who was introduced to the Rodeo Board by local rodeo announcer Gary Rogers, will be the 2009 Adams County Rodeo Announcer. Skip was raised into rodeo as a child, Skip started riding steers for fun at age 6. By 13 he was com- peting against the "Big Guys" in bull riding. He rode bulls and bareback horses Deputy Matthews laid to rest By Cody Cahill Deputy Leroy Matthews was laid to rest on Tuesday, capping a spectacle certain to be remembered throughout Adams County. A funeral procession that started in Mesa and included over 250 law enforcement vehi- cles led to a ceremony at Meadows Valley High School, where over 1000 people crammed in, and many more remained outside. It was a fitting tribute for a man remembered as a marine, a deputy, a friend and a family man. Law enforceme't personnel from prac- tically every county and department in the state were on hand to pay their respects and See DEPUTY MATTHEWS, back page Cuprum celebrates 1 O0 years By Leila CorneU Last Saturday's Cuprum centennial party was a great success with well over 200 from around the area and beyond enjoying the festivities of the day. A centennial parade was the first business of order and it seems fitting that those who were involved in the production and execution of this fabulous and timely display of local ingenuity be given proper acknowledgement at this time. With the support of the families and friends of Clinton Hedges. Karl and Michelle Ritch and others, this was one of the best and most unique parades that Cuprum has experi- enced in a good number of years. The parade was led with a banner signify- ing Cuprum's Centennial existence and was designed by the Karl Ritch family with Michelle and their daughter Shawna carrying the banner with utmost pride. The procession began at the East end of town and reached the Cuprum sign on the West end of town. reversed it's direction and displayed the ban- ner. floats and the parade participants once again through Cuprum. Smokey Bear was a welcome guest during the parade, riding atop a local Forest Service Fire Fighting truck. The younger participants were extremely excited to see Smokey, as was your con- tributor. Before the parade began the route had been deco- rated with flags and bal- loons and Chad Raynor was instrumental in see- ing that it was accom- plished in grand style, along with those afore- mentioned as his prot6- g6s. The Cuprum sign had received a new makeover to bring it back to life and we would like to extend our thanks to Mike Casey, Sharon Raynor, James Casey, Sam Paradis and Roger Robbiths in this endeavoring feat. The sign at the west end of town now reflects the pride and professionalism of those involved and those that call Cuprum home. Before the pot- luck luncheon began Bobbi Sanchez and Kay Bushman were called upon to organize the Branum and Arbogast clubhouse for a success- ful luncheon. The chefs who were busy barbe-" quing the hot dogs and hamburgers were James Casey, Sam Paradis and Roger Robbins: again a most welcome thank you is in order. After the barbeque Dawn Robbins delivered the successful entertain- ment of the younger gen- eration as she organized and entertained them with games and whatnot (More thanks on page 3). It's fair time! The 2009 Adams County Fair will kick off this Saturday with the 4- H horse show and proj- ect evaluation beginning at 8:30 am at the fair- grounds. The horse show will be the first of many events over the week that will entertain and amuse fair- goers. The rest of the weekly lineup is as fol- lows: On Monday, the exhibit hall will be open for dec- orating and booth con- struction beginning at 1 pm and ending at 8 pm. On Tuesday, the remain- ing 4-H and FFA animal projects will be entered between 2-7 pm, while the Home Economics judging contest will take place between 2 and 5 pm at the exhibit hall. The 4-H and FFA ani- mal projects will be judged on Wednesday beginning at 8 am, and the exhibit hall will be closed to the public until 2 pm. when' the judging concludes. At 2 pm on Wednesday, all open class entries. aside from fresh flowers. produce and fruit, must be entered, with booths in place and entered by 10 pm. Open class exhibits will be judged beginning Thursday morning, and the remaining exhibits (fresh flowers, fruit and produce) will be entered between 9:30 am and noon. Also on Thursday, there will be a small animal, goat and dog show and evaluation beginning at 10 am. Check out next week's Record for a full run-down of the weekend events at the fair and rodeo. t., ,Lit II, II,,,htHI]00I0000II'l]00, l , " , t ," G , . li,,lll, t,tlldl l[,3IAIIII00 14111]i:il i I',illlll,.i00lll.] ": ;.: :]