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17/00 B03-O3A SmallTownPapers, Inc.  217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584-2263 Council gives soldiers a welcome home BY DALE FISK A number of local folks and visitors (including members of the Idaho Patriot Guard Riders) gathered at the Veteran's Memorial Peace Park on Saturday for a barbeque to welcome home two soldiers and honor others who didn't make it home. Sergeants Justin Howard and Matt Milson have just returned from a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 53rd Explosive Ordinance See WELCOME HOME, page 2 Sergeants Justin Howard (blue shirt) and Matt Milson (black shirt) cut their welcome home cake at the Peace Park BBQ on Saturday. Justin's father, Jeff Howard is on the far left. Local archaeology survey enters 5 th year BY DALE FISK True or False: If an archaeological site is found on your property, the government can limit what you do with your property. The answer is False. Idaho has some of the most lenient laws along these lines. Any artifact found on your land belongs to you. Here's a case in point. About 1985 Craig DeMoss unearthed one of the most significant archaeological sites in the United States on his land. The only interference from the government was a law that said he had to turn over any human remains. Everything else belonged to the DeMosses. They can sell it, lease it, mine it, or turn it into parking lot if they choose to. In spite of these facts, the Adams County Historic Preservation Commission (ACHPC) still finds people who are hesitant to let an archaeologist survey their land or examine their artifact collection. The ACHPC has brought an archaeologist to Adams County every summer for the past four years, and completed a successful 5 m season of their program last week. Dr. Lee Sappington, professor of archaeology and anthropology at the University of Idaho conducted his third survey of sites in the county where prehistoric artifacts have been found. Sappington and volunteers identified and documented six new sites, one of which will warrant a full-fledged dig next year if funding continues to be See ARCHAEOLOGY, page 9 , Information sought on Azurite engine BY DALE FISIC A man at Walla Walla con- tacted me and sent this pic- ture. It shows his big antique gas engine that he and his uncle got from a mine on Kleinschmidt Grade in the late 1960's. He said: "An old prospec- tor from the area told us of the engine at the Azurite mine, about half way up Kleinschmidt Grade, and my uncle purchased the engine from the mine owne= Xt is a in operation with the Brown very rare, early sideshaft engine but what has always intrigued me about the engine is its name "The Brown'. Less than 20 Brown engines exist and this engine being the largest known, at 20 horsepower. Collectors back east are surprised such a large rare engine would have made it out west and .ended up in a mine in Hells Canyort The ultimate find would be an early photograph of the mine engine. Not likely to hap- pen. In 1969-70 there were buildings still standing, a rod mill and shaker table and a pelton wheel. All is pretty much gone or grown over after a fire swept thru the area years ago." If anyone has any info about the Azurite Mine, this engine, or a picture related to either one, please let me know. Adams County Commissioners Meeting County cleans up with yard sale BY LEE BoY The Surplus Equipment yard sale that the county held last weekend resulted in total income of just over $16,000 for the county. The largest item sold was a crane located in Indian Valley that brought $4,000, and the smallest sale was the $1 paid for the old Courthouse phone system. .e ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 11 Commission Chairman Bill Brown wasn't sure just what he will do with all those black phones, and he wasn't too sure what his wife would think about having them around the ranch. While attending the sale, the Sheriff noticed some of the bald tires on the shop vehicles and recommended that new >- Council City Council meeting City weighs lagoon options BY DLE FxSK q-he city crew will be busy this week repairing potholes and collecting water samples for testing. q'he Council set August 6 to go over current ordinances to bring them up to date or eliminate outdated ones. There was some discussion about the fact that the Adams County Health Clinic has no water meter. The clinic pays a set monthly fee, and the amount of water used is unknown. Dave Wilson explained that when the hospital was built, a four-inch water line was connected directly to the building because they expected to use a lot of water. Putting a meter on a line that size would cost several thousand dollars, which is one reason it hasn't been done in recent years. The council members don't know if the clinic uses very much water, but the property has a well to supply irrigation sprinklers. Marvin Kerbs of Riedesel Engineering reported the amounts of three bids presented for the airport "resurfacing job. The bids ranged from a high of $231,841 to a low of $149,229. Kerbs had carefully examined all the bids and said as far as he could tell the low bidder, Big Red Asphalt Maintenance, quoted reasonable costs" and had the experience to do a good job. The council voted to contract with Big Red, unless any mitigating circumstances arise. Engineer Doug Argo said the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has proposed a compromise to narrowing the east section of Illinois Avenue as much as they had proposed last month in preparation for the highway bypass. .See Council CIrr COUNCIL, page 3 ,- Find the Recipe on page 6 [ Get the Scoop on page13 iI See our Exclusive Coverage on page 8 Find the Recipe on page 6 Get the Scoop on page 13 I See our Exclusive Coverage on page 8