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VOLUME 8 - ISSUE 3 - Wednesday, July 18, 1984 Two Sections SECD No. 392990 i Council citizens arrested on pot charge Over 500 marijuana plants Iwlled up Saturday, July 14 by the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the State Department of Law Enforcement. The nationwide intimated mmeet value of a single marijuana plant is ,000.00. The Department of Law Enforcement rqpa-es the v00ue of ptants destroyed in Adams County this weekend to be over a millinn dollars. T00re wore "gnrden plots" fomd near Goodrich O'k A 10 per- cent sample was kept for evidence, the rest o the plants were burned at the Conmy dianp near Council. ,'aso =ed dr=8 parm=amuma and = lxxmds ot processed marijuana. Arrested were Don Ulmm and Joyee Benevedo of Council. bust was a jo/nt affort of the County Sheriff's ent and the Department of Law Enfor- cemmt, both agencies supplied men who kept the place under surveillance for several days prior to the a. John Roony, head of the Department of Law Enforcement for the State of Idaho, was oil hand for the arrests and seizure. After the plants were seized, a fly- over of the County in a police helicopter was done. Don Upton and Joyce Benevedo were arraigned Monday. Judge Bob Whiteman entertained no plea from the ddendants. Their rights were read to them and it was determined whether they were entitled to a eourtppointed attorney. He decided that Mr. Upton could afford his own attorney, but appointed Philip Gordon to act for Ms. Benevedo. The charges against the couple are unlawful manufacture and possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Marijuana is a Schedule I, non-narcotic drug and the penalties, ff found guilty, are up to 5 years imprisonment and-or a $15,000.00 free for each cotmt. Ms. Benevedo asked to be released on her own recognizance. After questioning both defendants to determine if they met the laws criteria for release on own recognizance, Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Kroll determined that a bond should be set, but he did recommend the Judge red"e the bond.Ms. Benevedo's bond was reduced from $7,500.00 to $2.500.00. Mr. Upton's bond was also reduced to $2,5OO.OO. Options to keep hospital open discussed, large crowd attends percent of all eligible voters in the Omnty must vote it in. A mill levy would be set. Under a taxing district, the bespltars budget must be justified to the County Commiseioners. Also the hospital would be answerable to the State Tax Commission and the Hospital Board members would be elected. instead of aed as they are now. Taxpayers already pay into several tax/ng tricts: sobeol, fire depart- regret, library and cnetery. Several people in the audience volunteered to help circulate petitions for the taxlng district. Tea percent of the voters must  the petitions in public rpon to a recent Board meeting was so over- wllJming the meeting had to be moved from the hospital to the Omrtlmme.  was filled to capacity. Hospital Board planned the meeUng for Wednesday, Jldy 11 as an inf meeU. Phane contact among the community that Wedmmky produced the overflow audimee. If the had been known about earlier there would have been an even larger wdo HOq30000I hoard Chah-man. Sharon Childers, opened the meeting to questions from the audlence. The questions  mmwm'! by Hospital onlm'tolmveauelmttou. .Adt=rn ,l-r  ,rid  mbqatmudor .......... dectlon? An ovdle election would Mr. Hmrt br|dly ontrmed the optkms they are amsldering  now. First, they are trying to set up a lpltal taxing district. Secoy, they are ing o the ,,, md outs of having the hospital run tly. He was IMeued that there was nda a huge mmmunlty ram-out for the meIng. He want= to reIve inlmt and Ide from the public md is ad to |mow tb mmmrt me hpmd. A hospital taxi district was - plained after a qumtion was rmelved i fim a member of the audnce. Inthe pt, the Com has provided Ip vr needed. e  Corn- are ve, however, because of the I percent initiative and low timber redes; the County no longer has the funds to help. A hospital uum distrct would allow fro- money to be raised far the hmqtal. When the beslal is hack on its feet, the district =mbe voted out. Administrators fed it is impoemnt the be.pi00 be seU- The bespital dlstrk't would not have to eover the entire county, however, 50 Saturday, July 21 Monday, July 23 have to  done in lem than a moath. and would r two-thirds of the diible voter, to pus. The taxing district would need only 50 percent. Also, fl,y have unUl October st to get the district voted in. Question: When would revenue be available fram the taxing district? January of I, however, ff voted in, the hwpltal could tmrvow money on the anfidpated taxes wld would get them over tbehump. Queetkm: How did the hospital get into this flmm__al bud? The hpltal has buen breaki evm for the past few years. This year, from January to April, it lost $=1),000.00 in income. While not geed, this could normally have been pldld up by a good 3 months. However, during the month of May, another $21,500.00 was lost. This was when matters became critical. Tbe has, tat has fixed costs, such as staff, supplies, utilities, plant main- tmnce, etc., that have to be met month whether there is one patient or tea. Patient load is the key. Just to operate, am average patient load of 3.9 per day m needed, the hospital is averaging one patient per day. Question: Why are there so few patients? The high cost of hospital care across the nation was stated as the number one reason. People have been utilizing alternative medical care. Council's hospital must pay the same prices for supplies as any other hospital. Expenses have been kept as low as possible the past few years. Also when this crisis hit, all employees, including the administration, took a l0 percent pay cut. The second factor is not having doctors available for 24-hour service. Many people in this area go to offier to,m f care. -- Negotiations are being conducted with a doctor to come into the area. With three doctors, the administration feels they can offer 24-hour service and guarantee a doctor to be at the hospital within 15 minutes of a patient's ado mission. Also being considered is having specialists come to the Council area periodically. They could be given hospital privileges. It is hoped that by providing better service, people from other areas such as Cambridge and Midvale would use the Council hospital. These t*eas used this hospital in the past. There was only one negative comment from the audience on this proposal of bringing in another doctor. Question: Would having more nursing home-type patients help. Not really, because the cost of care is more than can be charged. Question: Did Medicare over- payments contribute to this problem? No. The problem is simply not enough patients to carry operating costs. Question: How about Government regulation? Have they fouled up the works? Mr. Hart said rm, that in fact, a little more regulation in this case would have helped. Question: If the hospital closed, would it ever reopen? Probably not, because of all the grandfather regulations ap plying to it now, plus all the new regulations that would have to be met, Question (directed to Mr. Hart): Why in the article published in The Record were you so passive about this situation, Mr. Hart replied that he was passive at that time because they hadn't yet talked with the County Commissioners or anybody else, plus they are maintaining a positive attitude and don't warn to consider closing the hospital, they really want to keep it open. Mr. Holm pointed out that the hospital has a fine staff who provide excellent care. Also many people who have seen the hospital consider it an excellent building, with good layout and adequate facilities. The equipment is up to date. The Council Hospital does the ianudry for several other hospitals and receives revenue for this service. It was suggested by the audience that a complete financial record be published in both newspapers. In ad- dition, the public should be kept in- formed each week in the papers. Question: Has the administration checked into private companies? Yes. they are doing so. A private company could lease the hospital. To maintain its status as a county hospital, it could he written into the lease that they would have to take all patientS, meaning that the hospital cannot dlserlminate because of a potential patient's financial situation. Hospital Board member Ron Lowe pointed out that to support the hospital, Council would have to realize that the Continued on Page 2 Tuesday, July 24 'knudsy, July 25 Adams County Fair Week July 21 -- 28 FAIR EVENTS SCHEDULE 4-H Horse Show, Fair Grounds, 9:30 s.m. 4-H Demonstration Contest, 1:00 p.m.; 4-H Home Economic Judging Contest, 2:30 p.m., both at Council High School Enter all 4-H projects and all Open Class Live- stock 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., Fair Building Judging of all 4-H projects (except livestock) 9:00 a.m. in the Fair Building Enter all open class exhibits (except flowers and fresh fruit/produce) 1:00 to 10:00 p.m., Fair Building 4-H Style Revue, 12:30 p.m., Ferdinand's Family Restaurant (Country Club) Judging of all Open class entries (except flow- ers and fresh fruit/produce) 9 a.m. Enter flowers and fre fruit/produce, 9:30 to 1;:30 p.m. in the Fair Building, Judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. Enter and weigh all 4H Livestock, 2-7 p.m. Judging of 4-H Livestock, 9:30 a.m. 4-H Live,x)ck Sale and Presentation of "Statsmnan" Trophies, 1:00 p.m., Fair- grounds D.R. Barry of Indian Valley will be giving free pony cart rides st the Fairgrounds, 24 p.m. Parade Line-Up, 5:30 p.m. dlarp| In front of Pomona Farm & Gsrden...Hortes line up on north side of Main Street. Parade will begin prompUy at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be an Olympic one this year. Rodeo immedmlMy foliowi 00r=dav, JuJy 2(; Friday, July 27 Saturday, July 28 Sheriff Hileman holds up a $2,000.00 stalk of marijuana. Spread out on the sidewalk is the 10 percent of the seized marijuana crop kept for evidence. / t Sheriff Hileman pours diesel on a pile of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1,000,000.00. Entry blanks for Mrs. Adams Co. available Entry blanks for the Mrs. Adams enter hve of the following 10 County Contest can be picked up from June Davis. the County Extension office, or on Wednesday morning, July 25thwhen entries are turned in. All open class entries except for perishables such a flowers, fresh produce and baked goods are to be in at 9:00 Wednesday mornmg: the perishables have to be in by ]:00 p.m Thursday. Mrs. Adams County contestants mus be residents of Adams County, be categories: Sewing, Canning, Baking, Knitting, Crocheting or Needlework. Hobbies and Handcrafts. Painting, Flower Arranging home grown). Photography, Homegrown Fruits. Home Grown Vegetables The items chosen are entered m open class competition, the winners are determined by the number ol ribbons won by a Mrs Adams Ounty con- teslants. Prizc are $15.00, $10. and $5.00 gift certificates redeemable at an married or have been married, and Adams count. business of choice. School complaint procedures What can you do if you want to make a complaint about something related to the school? The answer to this question is being formulated by a committee of people this summer. These people are: Irene Dodge, Patty Gross , Jan Hill. Dan Rickard and Evelyn Cairns. The committee hopes to solve some of the communication problems that came up during the past year when the School Board deliberated on a host of ticklish problems. At their initial meeting, the com- mittee discussed and came to some tenative definitions of terms: What is a grievance, a complaint, or an afflr- matwe act=on complaint. The group also discussed proposals for a procedure to be used when a parent has .a complaint against a school district employee. Those on the committee are committed to a pocedure that protects the employees from denial of em- ployment without good reason, or "'jtt cause." or without their constitutional right of "due process/' They are also committed to enabling persons who have complaints to be heard and to influence school decisions The committee is asking Council School District patrons who have an interest in this policy to talk to the committee members about their ideas. Chamber wraps up 4th of July Wilson's Supper Club was the setting for the July 16 Chamber of Commerce meeting. The overall report on the 4th of July's celebration was favorable. However, there were a few comments that the Chamber took note of for next year's celebration. it was suggested that flags or banners be put up during the m breakfast -- not to replace the flag-raising ceremony rather to add to the spirit of the day. AlSo more shaded places for the crowd plus places to sit would help. in addition, several people had suggested talking the Lions Club into holding their auction on the schoolgrounds with the rest of the activities. Rick Ritter. this year's 4th chairman, gave a special thank you to the School Bcmrd and administration for their help and support. He also suggested the Chamber donate money and labor to planting a row of trees on the edge of the schoolgrounds for future shade, providing the School Board agrees to the proposal. Ron Dean, breakfast chairman, thanked everybody for all their good help. Phyllis Yates shared that the purpose of the Chamber's 4th celebration is to provide a fun time for the people of Council to stay in this area over the holiday. It was not primarily to support businesses open on the 4th, but they do benefit in the long run. Clint Yates reported that the Pilots Association's share of the airlift revenue for this year and the past few years has been donated to the proje to repair the airport's runways. The booths did very well on the schoolgrounds. Norm Walker suggested the Chamber and the Fair price from a few days up to a month. Another possibility brought up was that the Chamber and the Fair Board look into jointly buying some portable toilets. Dr. Mutterer and Rick Ritter reported on the Upper Country Employment Enhancement program that is now being set up through the school. It is tunded by a grant from the Private Industry Council. Ai Harrington has been hired to head the program. His headquarls are in the White House on the school grounds. Ai is a Council native and has worked with Job Service in several parts of Idaho, so is familiar with both Council and the job market. Marc Whitehead. who is leaving at the end ,f July, introduced the new Shaver's manager. Gene Vogt. Chamber Secretary, Judy Mahon read the list of the 63 people and businesses who have not yet paid their Chamber dues. The dues are $10.00 for individual members, $2000 for businesses and $40.00 for corporations. It is important to pay up dues to maintain Chamber insurance coverage for those who have it. Cambridge Museum to open August 4 Six montl ago, amidst an inch of dust and stacks of artifacts, some of which were questionable, a handful of volunteers, catalogued, stored and cleaned out the old museum, wkdeh the fail before had received a fresh coat of paint (m the outside and new signs. Now. with a thorough cleaning, new paint and some building, museum volunteers are happy to say the museum will open on Angust 4th at I0:00 a.m.. with ribbon.c-ttlng ceremonies to be held on August 9 at 7:00p.m. The museum will o with five displays. 4 picture panels and mUCh more to come later. There will be live demonstrations you can watch or try your hand at. Come and join them in this momen- tous occasion Don't forget the horse parade that evening and opening night of t he rodeo, Crime Re00t -- July 3: Requested attempt to locate an overdue party. ated and report filed. July 4: Vandalism to federal property reported. Under investigation. July 5: Requested assistance from neighbor county in shooting complaint. Responded with road blocks and sur- veillance. Subject apprehended. July 6: Larceny of personal property reported. Property recovered. No charges filed. July 9: Break and enter reported with no loss. Report filed. July It: Suspicious person reported. Continued on Page 4