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17/00 B03-@3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. CJ 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584-2263 It's Fair Time! The Adams County Fair kicks off this weekend It's the culmination of a year of work for 4-H youngsters, their patient and tolerant parents, 4-H leaders and extension agent Shanna Hamilton. And it's a busy week for the people putting all the displays together, judging, showing and all the little easy-to-forget details that it takes to make an event See FAIR TIME, page 11 ; Area Seniors Are Angry BY DALE FISK Senior Citizens and workers at Senior Citizen Centers all over southwest Idaho are disappointed, frustrated and angry about funding changes that will take place this month. Understanding the issue means unravel ing a complex alpha. bet soup of agencies. q-he Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) is a state gov- ernment agency under the oversight of the Executive Office of the Governor. The ICOA administers and ensures compliance of fed- erally funded programs under the Older Americans Act (OAA). Through a statewide network of six Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the ICOA adminis- ters services and programs to individuals in Idaho over the age of 60, their families, and vulnerable adults aged map.) To complicate mat- ters, AAA is under the umbrella of the Idaho Council on Governments (ICOG -- formerly Sage Community Resources). In spite of statements made last week, the Council Senior Center is not going to close. 99 18 and older. As I said last week, the Southwest Idaho Area 3 Agency on Aging (referred to from here on as AAA) is the agency in the hot seat on this. q-hey are respon- sible for taking bids from agencies that will fund 19 senior citizen centers in Southwest Idaho. (See For years, the Elderly Opportunity Agency (EOA) was awarded the contract to fund senior centers in southwest Idaho. And the senior centers seem to have been happy with the way EOA did things. But EOA had no corn- petition in bidding for the contract to fund Area 3 senior centers. This aroused the concern of an Idaho Senator from Canyon County who requested a review of the pro- cess of how the money is allocated through the six area agen- cies in the state. The Office of Budget and Management released documents in 2010 and 2011 saying they did not like the fact that there were no competitive bids within Area 3, stating, "The partici- pation of multiple potential providers helps to reduce costs and improve the qual- ity of services; the lack of See AREA SENIORS ANGRY, page 12 BY DALE FISK Anybody watching the news this summer has seen what a wild fire can do when it gets too close to a house. If your house or property has brush, trees or other fuel built up too nearby, it could happen to you. Adams County has a Fuel Mitigation Program Got Fuel? that can reduce or eliminate that fire threat, and it is absolutely free. If you are interested in having work done, all you need to do is call Don Horton at the Courthouse: 253-6125. Don will arrange for Warren Rice to come to your place and talk to you about what can be done and how he would go about it. People who have had work done are very complimentary of Warrens professionalism and respect for their property. Funding for this program comes from the Federal Government via Title 3, and employs three local men. Before and after shots of a fuel reduction project done for a local homeowner to reduce fire danger. The work is done free of.charge. (Note: the snow blower is visible at the lower left in both photos.) Adams County Commissioners County Insurance Costs Going Up Adams County will reap Marks who represents the For the third year in a row cal claims ratio is still over 26% of total tax receipts Agent Tim Marks cau- the benefits of keeping GEM Insurance Group said Adams County had a loss 94%. q-he premium increase for the expected 2013 tioned the Commissioners a low loss ratio in claims that Adams County will ratio of under 70% of their for 2013 should not be over revenues for the County. that "Obamacare, it's a submitted to their insur- only see a 3% increase in premiums for the year $20,000 for a total expense ance carrier in 2012. Tim health premiums for 2013. even though the histori- of $665,000 or just under See ADAMS COUNTr COMMSSmNERs, page 9 ; LIKE BACON? HELP THE 1 COUNCIL SCHOOL BOARD FAIR & RODEO SCHEDULES 1 SCHOOL SHOP PROGRAM ! Read about it on page 16 Find Them on pages 11 & 20 ........ l tzna uut ow on page  i