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The Adams County Record Editor's Notebook Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Page 3 I spent last week- end studying four large binders con- taining hundreds of pages of legal documents, let- ters, hearing min- sense that it's really hard for me not to use even stronger language than I'm using here. I never swore until I left home utes and more, detailing 40 after high school. Never. years of some of the most Then came basic train- outrageous behavior I've ing at Fort Ord in 1972. ever heard of. This pathetic It was like graduate school drama over the Cow Creek Road could be a cheap soap opera except that it's too ridiculous even for that. The Bilbaos have behaved like spoiled children who just will not take no for an answer. And it seems to me the Washington County Commissioners have been like lenient parents who can't seem to stand up to them. I realize it's not that simple, but this just seems like such a black-and-white, open-and-shut case of pure, unadulterated non- for obscene language. Did you know certain obsceni- ties can be used as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunc- tions, interjections, parti- ciples, gerunds, and parts of speech that don't even have names? But I digress. The point is, I'd like to use stronger language here, but I won't. What do we have here in Adams County that makes us want to live here? One of the biggest factors is public land. We have the highest unemployment in Idaho, but we can take off and go for miles through hun- dreds of square miles with- out asking anybody's per- mission. We can hunt, fish, hike, harvest wood to heat our homes or just enjoy the solitude. Public land, and access to it, is a precious treasure beyond any price. Within the past two years we've seen one major local road to the National Forest lost to the public just because selfish people had the unmitigated gall and the money to do it. The fate of another princi- pal road into the Forest has been threatened lately, and the conflict has yet to be resolved. And here we go again. The Washington County Commissioners say they have to determine if the Cow Creek Road was ever a public road. How can anyone question whether a road that has been in con- stant use since 1870 is a public road? Well, at least it was in use until some- one had the bright idea to Claim it for his own, made it unusable and then claimed it hadn't been used enough to be a public road. Ever hear the story of the boy who killed his parents and then demanded public support because he was an orphan? It is crystal clear that the road is a public road and has been for over a century. Court cases have verified this. It has also been made abundantly clear that the road was never abandoned by Washington County. They maintained the road until it was blocked. The argument has been made that the road does not access any public land. Well !! (Insert your favorite expletive.) It used to, until the road was bar- ricaded. Among the letters in the volumes of them contained in the binders that I read was one from the owner of land accessed by the Cow Creek Road who was whin- ing that the Washington County Commissioners had "allowed" him and oth- ers to buy land that they were told contained a "pri- vate road;' The implica- tion was that it was the commissioners' fault. After all, everyone knows a real estate agent would never lie to make a sale. The only real decision to be made by the Washington County Commissioners is whether it is "in the pub- lic interest" to keep Cow Creek Road public. It seems clear to me that, before the Bilbaos and others did everything within their power to take the road away from the public, the road was used, maintained by the county and benefi- cial to the community. The Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, state agencies, numerous organi- zations and hundreds (lit- erally hundreds) of people have submitted testimony saying they want the road left open for public access. The Washington County Commissioners should not let the selfishness of a few individuals take away this priceless legacy. Once it's gone, it will be gone forever. The Washington County Commissioners are tak- ing comment on the Cow Creek Road until August 31. Da/ Tues- Sun 8am to 8pro Daily Specials Friday and Saturday Prime Rib Special 3443 Hwy 95 16.5 miles North of Council 347-3900 9era [ STEAKHOUSE ] i iiMon 'Sat6:3Oamto Sun Mann Creek Country Store & Care B UC KY'S & Mon, Tues, Wed 7am to 8pm Thurs 7am to 9pm Fri & Sat 7am to 10:30pm Sun 7am to 7pm 1498 Hwy 95 Welser 549-2153 Whether You Run A Lrant or A Hot Dog Stand Advertise your eatery for week* *$10 a week pricing requires minimum 8 week commitment -- ad design included, ads will be .8