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17/00 BO3-O3-A r--) Wesley Fire ravages Payette National Forest run south into the Weiser and Snake Rivers (Lick Creek, Bear Creek, Lost Creek, etc.), and north into the Salmon River (Rapid River, Boulder Creek, etc.) Both fires were started close together at nearly the same time -- the Wesley Fire (20N, 2W, Sec. 6SWNE) and Aspen fire (20N, 1W, Sec. llNENE). Both soon merged and became known as the Wesley fire. The fire was quickly blown northeast, with the wind pushing sparks ahead along the ridge all the way to Ant Basin by that night. Before darkness fell, the BY DALE FISK On Saturday, a huge fire cloud (pyrocumulus cloud) appeared on the northern horizon from a fire seven miles north of Riggins and east of Lucille. That man-caused fire had burned about 20,770 acres, mostly.in the John Day Creek drainage, by Tuesday. As if that fire wasn't pouring enough smoke into the air, at about 7:30 on Sunday morning, lightning ignited two fires just south of Lick Creek lookout. The lookout sits northwest of New Meadows on a ridgeline between the streams that See WESLY FIRE, page 10 .Erin Rohlman of New Meadows took this photo just 5 hours after ignition of the Wesley fire. Already, this enormous fire cloud, along with huge amounts of smoke, hung in the air above the fire. New Meadows City Council City ,Council approves several projects BY FREDERLAND project, even though the the proposal to conduct with a warra W,-to avoid The City voted to accept a The City Council of New Meadows agreed to request quotes from engineering firms to oversee the upgrades to ommercial Street north of Highway 95 to the New Meadows Schools. The City chose not to retain JUB Engineering for this firm may apply to the city to manage the project. Mayor Spelman has said in the past that she would like to see the City com- plete some projects and not spend so much time in just planning projects. No decision was made at this meeting regarding an aerial mapping of the city. There was a spirited debate among the coun- cil about whether to pur- chase a used or a new road grader for the city. The council decided that it makes more sense to purchase new equipment further expenses later on. contract with Richard J. The Idaho Transportation Jordan Construction for Department will renew constructing a new side- their agreement to main- walk along the park and tain Highway 95 and Highway 55 through New Meadows. The Department will upgrade signs along the routes and will add speed limits signs. for adding ADA com- pliant ramps at several crosswalks within the city. Idaho Power will move two power poles along Virginia Street for the project. 1-he Council agreed to spend $2,000 for cleaning sewer lines in the city as preventative maintenance. See New MEADOWS CITY COUNCIL, page 14 Adams County Commissioners Meeting Sheriff Department audit scheduled BY LEE BuY The Adams County Commissioners decided to apply for an equip- ment reimbursement grant of up to $25,000 to purchase a used industrial-grade baler for installation at the Council Recycling Center. The heavier baler would allow for bales of up to 1.5 tons and would allow plastics and other recyclables to be baled before shipping. The Commissioners are interested in selling recycled materials to a broader market to cap- ture more money from the recycling centers. The Goodrich Landfill is the only location in the county that will accept construction debris. County Building Inspector Don Horton felt that there has been some confusion in the community about where construction debris can be placed. County build- ing permits include a See ADAMS COUNTY COMIISSIONERS, page 18 " CONFESSIONS OF AHUNTER Read them on page 2 Tyler Renz BY DALE FISK It has been a busy year for new shop teacher Tyler Renz. After graduating from the University of Idaho in the spring, then marrying his fellow U of I student and sweetheart, Megan, in une, he started .his first full-:line teaching job here in Council. Megan is still in school at Moscow. Her family lives in Nampa and his is at Potlatch, so Council is a convenient midpoint for the couple. M egan and Tyler were both Ag-Ed majors. She took a year off while Tyler did his student teaching, and still has a year to a year and ahalf of school before getting her degree.. Raised at Potlatch, Idaho, Tyler likes Council's similarities to his hometown. The towns - New beginnings share a similar population and timber industry history. Potlatch's timber industry decline started earlier than Council's, with their sawmill closing in 1981. When the mill was built, it was one of the largest sawmills in the US and was the largest white pine sawmill in the world. Tyler enjoys the hunting and fishing opportunities here. He says he has tried golf, but didn't do well at it. His deer hunting around Potlatch was for whitetails. There are very few mule deer-up there. Tyler has a nice set of big whitetail antlers at the shop classroom. It makes for a nice trophy, but he remarked that saying the deer was not good eating would be an understatement. He has a well-organized plan for classes, and says everything is going well. The students seem to appreciate the effort that the community contributed to getting the shop program and building up and running. Tyler says it's amazing what the shop facility looks like now compared to before the push to renovate it. (This article is part of a series of such articles to introduce new teachers in area schools. Look for more in future issues.) THE SPORT REPORT Get the scoop on the game on page 13 DISPOSITIONS ARE BACK They start on page 15