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The Adams County Record Haying Continued from front page mouse. The Massey's wooden gearshift knob fits my hand like an avocado, except that it has been worn smooth by thirty years of use. As the trac- tor throbs and bounces across the field, towing another five-and-a-half ton wagonload of hay to the stack yard. I con- template my connection to those ranch hands who preceded me. I love the teamwork. just Ralph and Scotti and. me. maneuvering in time with each other in our hayfield dance. Amid the tractors" drone, wordless hand signals between drivers suf- fice. I envy the expertise of these two seasoned equipment operators and the confident but care- ful precision with which they place the unwieldy round bales on the wagon or in the stack. I've learned to appreciate the full-larder feeling of a barn packed high with neatly stacked bales. We defer to Ralph to decide when it's time for lunch. The three of us return to their century- old ranch house, where food preparation, too. is a team affair. Scotti shapes the patties as Ralph and I gather fresh greens from his garden, and I compliment him on his produce. He grills the burgers while she pours iced tea and I set the table. We eat unhur- riedly, talking about the weather, the crop, cows and politics. After lunch. I clean up the kitchen while Scotti completes a bit of bookwork or makes a call to a beef custom- er. Ralph tends to his irrigation or a mechani- cal chore before we head back to the field. These ranching rhythms came to me late in life. I lived nearly fifty years before learn- ing to drive tractor for my rancher neighbors. But it feels as though these pastoral tasks are carved into my bones. As a preschooler. I used to love to tag along with my granddad on his farm, getting myself dressed before dawn to wait out- side his bedroom door so I could follow him to the barn to milk. My mama confided to me the other day that she used to do the same thing when she was a little girl, tag- ging along with that same patient man. her dad l on his early morn- ing rounds. Going into a barn at daybreak still enchants me with its aged smells, cool. hid- den corners, and gentle rustling of animals stir- ring to the new day. I can hear the sound of milk streaming into the pail between Grandpa Gompert's knees. I can still see my grandma catching a chicken for Deputy Matthews Continued from front page some even traveled from weekend." Adams County as far as California and Sheriff Rich Green said Washington. "Our thoughts and Over the weekend, prayers are with Mr. it was learned that Air Zampogna's family dur- Force Captain Mark ing this very difficult Zampogna. the driver of time.- the vehicle that collided At Matthews' funeral with Matthews' patrol service. Pastor Darren car, died as a result of Newcomb read a letter the injuries sustained in from Zampogna's wife. the wreck. Jennifer. in which the "I. members of the widow expressed that Adams County Sheriffs she "holds no animosity Office and Deputy whatsoever and wants Matthews' family were the family to know her deeply saddened to learn heart is with them and of the death of Capt. the department." Mark Zampogna this Few new details have Thursday, July 16, 2009 supper, using her long stick with a crook in the end to snag it by a leg as it fled across the barnyard. I suspect the chicken nugget genera- tion is less well off with- out these images, this knowledge, these con- nections. I read somewhere recently that most Americans are now at least three generations removed from life on a farm. from growing their own food or even knowing where it comes from. Too bad. Perhaps this country would not be in such a disqui- eting plight if we had not strayed so far from Jefferson's vision of an America made up of self- sufficient yeoman farm- ers. Thread by delicate thread, we have severed the ties that sustain us. the connection with the land that feeds us. body and soul. But not all of us have become untethered. Some of us. like my fifth-generation ranch- er neighbors, remain grounded, l got lucky. I stumbled into Indian Valley to pass the rest of my days more sim- ply, more deliberately. Where it brings me joy to answer the phone and hear Scotti say, "O.K.. now!" That means we're meeting in the hayfield as the sun comes up tomorrow. emerged about the crash that is still under inves- tigation by the Idaho State Police. Authorities believe that Matthews' patrol car veered into the other lane. caus- ing the Zampogna vehi- cle to swerve into the other lane to avoid him. Matthews corrected back into his lane and the two vehicles collided head-on. Matthews was declared dead on the scene. He was not wear- ing a seatbelt. Page 12 When You & I Were Young Maggy ITEMS OF INTEREST TAKEN FROM EARLY DAY FILES 1966 took the life of the driver, + Norris Sherman, and the A look back 43 yemm resulting explosion, set Mrs. LaITy Shaw was ago. Items taken from off a 200 acre fire along honored with a miscel- The Adam.. Counttj Brownlee creek, laneous shower Friday ImaderJuly, 1966. afternoon in the home **. of Mr. and Mrs. John Mahon. Sharilyn Mahon , Members of the Ed and Judy Fuller were Buchanan family of hostesses Caryl Fausett of Indian Valley held a New Meadows. who picnic Sunday at the :, is employed with Ji.I. home of his daughter. Morgan, Inc., was seri- Mrs. Irene Draper. All of Mr. Ralph Fields is ously injured in an acci- the children were pres- spending the week at dent Friday morning, ent to help their father home. Her father, Willie celebrate his 70th birth- J. Pottenger, is a patient %% day. Those present were in the McCall Memorial Mrs. Draper and chil- Hospital. He has been Galen Woods, son of dren. Mrs. Vern Bechtel very ill but is some Mr. and Mrs. Thurn and sons, Mr. arid Mrs. improved. Mrs. Fields is Woods of Coucnil has Charles Hunt and faro- helping her daughter-in- been promoted to airman ily all of Portland, Mrs. law, Mrs. Tommy Fierlds, first class in the U.S. Air Phil Martin and son. by keeping Joan Lea and Force. Great Falls. Mont.; sons, Judy part of the time Airman Woods is an Mr. and Mrs. Eldon while she is recovering administrative specialist Buchanan and sons of from a severe facial rash. at Kadena AB Okinawa. Boise. Mrs. and mrs. caused by an allergy. He is a member of the Allen Buchanan and Pacific Air Forces which family of Indian Valley. :t provides offensive-defen- A brother. Mr. and Mrs. sive airpower for the Merritt Buchanan was Mrs. Bob Wininger U.S. and its allies in the also present for the occa- and children, Carla and Pacific. Far East and sion. Ronnie returned home Southwest Asia. Thursday of last week ,o after taking her moth- %% er, Mrs. Surrelda Pope I feel the janitorial to her home at Cave A dozen large timber selection at the high Junction, Oregon. Bobby sales were made on the school was rigged. They and Ricky remained with Payette National Forest asked for written rec- their grandparents, Mr. this spring under the ommendations and the and Mrs. Frank Widner sustained yield program, names I submitted were at Midvale, while their The total volume sold never contacted. I also mother was away. was 94,433,000 board asked the school board feet of sawtimber. Two for a special hearing but : sales, totaling 18 million was refused. I would feet were postponed until like to prove that my Mr, and Mrs. Lawrence road rights of way can be work was satisfactory. Lancaster of Caldwell acquired to cross private As a taxpayer and a par- announce the engage- land. Another sale of ent, and a recent janitor, ment of their daughter. three million feet in the I feel that I ,rate more Janet Marie. to Selby Burgdorf area was offered consideration. -- Lloyd Joe Woods. son of Mr. but not purchased. The Wilson and Mrs. Clide Woods of current allowable cut on Council. the Payette is about 95 Miss Lancaster is a million feet. oo graduate of Northwest . Nazarene College and The Church of the is currently teaching in Nazarene in Council will Council. Her fiance is a conduct a ground break- graduate of Council High ing service on Sunday. School and is present- This will be a dedication ly employed in Council service of the grounds by Boise Cascade. An upon which the new August wedding is The crash of a Pacific lntermountain Express tanker on State high- way 71, 19 miles west of Cambridge about 11:00 o'clock Tuesday night Lo  s.anctu..,)l be bul!t. ......... llned. ADAMS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER, Inc. ...preserving the future of your health care MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY? / ARE YOUR CHILDREN AMONG THE THOUSANDS IN IDAHO, ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID BENEFITS, BUT ARE NOT ENROLLED. 9 IF YOU ARE UNSURE, ADAMS COUNTY HEALTH CENTER MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR MEDICAID BENEFITS. CALL ANDREA HALL or GENE SHOUP AT 208-253-4242 OR STOP AT THE HEALTH CENTER FOR MORE INFORMATION. Folks lined the streets of Council to watch the procession pass, waving their flags and taking the time .to remember the fallen heroes. . a:K  ,, @ , , , , . ., ................ ................ "I]i1' ,ill .......... i ............