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The Adams County Record Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Page 15 BY DALE FISK Seventeen years ago, an era came to an end. There was a time when railroads ruled the world. Nothing much moved very far without them, and the companies who owned them were the richest and most powerful on earth. But that was before automobiles and trucks took over many of the jobs that once went to trains. Seventeen years ago, the' rail line between Weiser and New Meadows was taken out of service, and the rails and ties were removed. The Union Pacific Railroad gave their $12 million grade and right of way to a local organization called Friends of the Weiser River Trail (FWRT) 15 years ago, on August 1, 1997. From the Rails go Trails Conservancy web site: rail Railbanking (as defined by the National Trails System Act, 16 USC 1247 (d)) is a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency to use an out-of-service rail corridor as a trail until some railroad might need the corridor again for rail service. Because a railbanked corridor is not considered abandoned, it can be sold, leased or donated to a trail manager without reverting to adjacent landowners. The railbanking provisions of the National Trails System Act as adopted by Congress in 1983 have preserved 4,431 miles of rail . corridors in 33 states that would The interpretive sign and facilities along the paved section of the Weiser Ri'ver Trail at Council. otherwise have been abandoned. FWRT has maintained the 85-mile rail-trail with }rear no significant municipal lawsuits against the friends or county backing. FWRT group. In spite of a lack encountered opposition, of funding and support, they leveraged equipment and volunteer help to create and maintain a trail that was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2010. The corridor contains 60 trestle bridges, crossing the river, roads and highways. FWRT earns about $7,500 a year sponsoring a number of yearly events, including an annual relay run at the end of April between Council and from both courity Midvale. The three local governments and private chambers of commerce property owners along the way, several of whom filed support the trail due to its economic benefit, and the few sponsored events during the year do bring in significant local investment. The trail development and maintenance budget is approximately $125,000 a year, most of which is spent on local vendors, businesses and Contractors. Ridley grocery stores' Home Town Advantage program donates $6,000 a year to the trail, and all trestle repairs and most trail development have been funded by grants from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Other,than grants, membership fees are the largest consistent sources of revenue. The trail has been paved through the towns of Weiser, Cambridge and Council, using Transportation Enhancement (TE) grants. WE CAN Celebrates the end of the season at New Meadows Joyce Roberts, Food Service Director of 15 years, and Julie Lancaster, Assistant Cook, serve the Free/Reduced Hot Lunch for the New Meadows kids. Linda Rogers Bailey, Center, says the program "WE CAN" (Ways to at New Meadows wound enhance children's activi- up a fun season with ties and nutrition) pro- Mardi gras beads, apple- gram Coordinator .at the sauce/otter pops and "We Adams County Health Can" T-shirts for the kids. CHRYSLER Parts and Service Open On Saturday We Service all makes and models Quality Service Award Winning Factory Trained Technician Big City Selection All At One Location SrEVE"S Phone (208) 549-3310 - Toll Free (800) 658-5080 602 Highway 95 Weiser, Idaho 83672 ,hometownmotors,com /erizon HTC ONEv NO REBATE 2 yr plan with data required Samsung Character" NO REBATE 2 yr p~an with data required wireless I Verizon rate plan information was sourced online as of 8/2/12. Savirgs based on one smartphone on Best Value Unlimited Plan. SUBJECT TO ALLTELTERMS AND CONDITIONS; SEE [ z STORE OR ALLTELWIRELESS.COM We reserve the right to substi!ute the phone offered. Offers available in participating markets/locations for a limited time while supplies last. I Federal, state & local taxes & charges apply. AIItel may charge m0nthiy connectivity, regulatory, administrative & 911 surcharges as well as federal & state Universal Service Fund fees (all may vary by customer usage). These additional fees may not be taxes or government-required charges & are subject to change. See your Alltel customer service representative & your monthly bill. $25 non-refundable activation fee & possible early termination fee apply per line. Restrictions apply to business & prepaid customers. All product & service marks referenced are the names, trade names, trademarks & Iogos of their respective owners. Android is a trademark of Ooogle Inc.; use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions. Screen images are simulated. 2012 Allied Wireless Communications Corporation. All rights reserved. 100981