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17/ee Bel-es-.A SmallTownPapers, Inc.  \\; 217 W Cota St \\; J Shelton, WA 98584-2263" Mudslide channels traffic through Council, New Meadows BY DALE FISK About 7:00 last Thursday evening, 6,000 cubic yards of mud and debris slid down a fire- blackened hillside three miles north of Banks. Both lanes of Highway 55 and the road from 55 to Lowman were closed as a result. Recent rainstorms, combined with a steep mountainside denuded by fire led to the mudslide. The Idaho Transportation Department advised trav- elers to use Highway 95 to get to points north from the Treasure Valley, and since that was the only realistic alternative, they took it. Highway 55 traffic was added to the regu- lar Highway 95 traffic not that long ago, due to the same fire that led to the mudslide. The line of vehicles going north between Council and New See MUDSLIDE, page 10 i This was one of the many clusters of vehicles on Highway 95 on Friday evening, shown here at the Tamarack sawmill. The last time traffic of this magnitude was channeled through the saw- mill, the forklifts could barely make it across the highway. Downtown Council gets historical signs This sign at the northeast comer of the town square park, tells about build- hags that can be seen from this location, and also gives information about the steam tractors in the park. See DOWNTOWN COUNCIL GETS HISTORICAL SIGNS, page 3 - Brown project dominates New Meadows meetings BY FReD ERLAND Two recent New Meadows meetings were dominated by the ongo- ing controversy con- cerning Bill and Donna Brown's plans for a facility at 400 Norris Avenue. At the Planning and Zoning Commission meet- ing on September 3, the Commission approved applications to the New Meadows City Council for the design of a new building, the Conditional Use Application and the Variance Application "at the corner of North Norris Avenue (Highway 95) and Taylor Street, also known as 400 North Norris Avenue. (Block 84, Lots 10-18 of the City of New Meadows Plat Map) 7 The issue was rehashed, off and on,, at submitted and-the entire the City Council meet- project is in question. ing on Monday evening (September 9). The council set a public hearing date for the Conditional Use Permit, Variance & Design Review for Brown's pro- posal for October 21 at 7:00 PM. A few residents objected to the fact that no compre- hensive plan has ever been The council approved closed circuit cameras in city hall and the park rest- rooms. The city is asking the state to donate a sander truck to New Meadows. A tentative agreement has been reached with the school on the location of a well that is to be used for irrigation only., Industrial Park Liaison Gina Mencer reported on a strong odor at the park from the illegal killing of animals on site and poor cleaning of the dumpster, which has holes in it, and does not keep all animal waste inside as is required and appropriate. ,It was announced that two candidates will run for city positions in the next election. It was reported that JUB is finally getting work done, has sent one copy to the city and has filed the appropriate papers with DEQ. The sidewalk work is done, and the North Commercial project plans are about 30% done. Adams County Commissioner Meeting County requiring clearly displayed house numbers BY LI- BuY discussed ways to The new operator of improve the use of the the New Meadows Solid transit site, which has Waste Transfer Site been the subject of has raised some local criticism from the State hackles by requiring DEQ because of the way the household trash it had been operated. be bagged before it is The new operator has dumped at the site. suggested that the county The Commissioners locate a small compactor See AOAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 3 *- AREA FIRE UPDATES Find all the lnfo on page 2 Council School District Board meeting New web site will earn money for schools BY DALE FISK The initial issue addressed by the school board on Monday eve- ning was a decision on the district's budget for the coming year. The budget situation is dire and rather complex, and will be the subject of an article in the Record next week. /rincipal Bonnie Thompson informed the board of a web site, schoolstore.com, through which anyone will be able to shop at over 400 web sites. When online shoppers buy anything after going through this schoolstore.com web site (and entering the name of the school), a percent- age (which varies by seller) of the purchase price will be donated to the school. This system is not cur- rently set up for Council's schools, but more infor- mation will be forthcom- ing on September 23. Dave Howe was not present to give his usual Athletic Department report. The board approved an alternative gradua- tion track for a student. This student may not be able to take the ISAT test, which has been required for graduation but has now been replaced by a "Smarter Balanced Assessment." However there was an indication that the state will continue to provide the discontin- ued ISAT tests for stu- dents who require them for graduation for a few more years for just this reason. Superintendent Dalgleish said he was not quite ready to ask for a decision on a plan for the differential money given by the state and how it will be allocated to teach- ers. There is about $1,450 per teacher, and the school is allowed to take 40% of this total to put toward professional devel- opment. A meeting with the school board and staff will be held on September 24 to outline a plan. The board authorized advertising "in-house" for a teacher aid position for 10 days. Applications from two substitute teachers were examined and approved. LUMBERJACK SPORTS UPDATE Get the Scoop on page 8 I HISTORICAL TRANSPORTATION Presentation Coverage on page 16 a