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171@8 B@3-O3-A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St Shelton, WA 98584-.2263 a BY ERIN ROHLMAN Saturday, October 6. 3 types of Chilies, Alvin's Over 25 people feasted, Some of the dishes sound potatoes, Dan's Potatoes, and at least 12 Dutch almost too good to be true: Pear Cobbler, and ovens were prepared atCowboy Beans, Shrimp Chocolate Cake. Makes the Dutch Oven Gathering Gumbo, Pork Verde, your mouth water, doesn't in New Meadows last Basque Rice, Enchiladas, it? Some of the Dutch Oven Gathering attendees shown here are (left to right): Dwight Liggett, Colton Chandler Emie Chandler, Julie Chandler, Jana Lee Zillner, Dan Zillner, Linnea Hall Philip Good, Steve Mehen (in shadows), Jeff Luff, and Alvin Hall. BY DALE F~SK On Monday Ken "Hoot" Downey discovered that one of his cows had been shot and killed in a pasture near Orchard Road. The shooting evidently happened over the weekend. The cow was shot in an area where there are a number of nearby homes, so the bullet could easily have hit one of them. Downey said, "I'm convinced it wasn't hunters: "Ibis shooting seems to be part of a rash of such shootings recently. Paul Nichols found a steer dead in a pasture below his house last week. The bullet had fragmented and the nature of the wound caused speculation that it could have been a ricochet. Regardless, it's a strange occurrence. In early September one of Rod Greenwood's cows on Hornet Creek was found dead in a stream about 70 yards off the road. She had been healthy and active just before that. A week later another, previously See CATTLE KILLED, page 11 ' Ken "Hoot" Downey with a cow that was shot near a number of homes over the weekend. .q BY DAILI~ FISK Many in the Council area have heard rumors of an investigation and ongoing conflict between Adams County officials. Over the past couple of weeks, we here at the Record heard the rumors, but those involved have been advised by legal counsel to say nothing. So we were left with little to print except hearsay, so we didn't print anything in previous issues. What we do know is that about two weeks ago several plain-clothed state officials with pistols on their hips marched into the courthouse with a warrant and confiscated file cabinets and boxes of records from the office of Adams County Clerk Sherry Ward. It has now become known that Ward was accused of misspending funds by paying Weed Department and Indigent Department expenses out of the 911 fund. In response to requests for more information Ward said, "I have not done this; the reports show no misuse." According to CPA Tim Folke, the financial software program Ward uses is easily misunderstood unless one is familiar with it. Printouts can be incomprehensible, and Executive sessions are just manual continues: "It is someone may have about the only exceptions the Attorney General's jumped to conclusions to Idaho's open meeting opinion that public after seeing one. law. According to the agency cannotconduct Nothing else is being Idaho Open Meeting an executive session released on the matter Law Manual, executive to consider general except that the state session is "any meeting personnel matters, police are doing the or part of a meeting of but can only meet investigation, a governing body whichin executive session Executive Sessions is closed to any persons to consider general Meanwhile, atMonday's for deliberation on personnel matters, but County Commissioners certain matters" The only to consider those meeting (October 15), three executive sessions were conducted. See COMMISSIONERS, SHERIFF CLASH, page 5 Adams County Commissioner Meeting a L~.~. BoY Commission Chairman Bill Brown clearly wasn't expecting the presen- tation from Southwest Health District honoring his ten years of service to the group at Monday's Commissioner Meeting. District Director Bruce Kosch recapped the many accomplishments of Commissioner Brown who has also been the Chairman of SWHD for the past nine years. Brown received a let- ter of commendation mounted on a plaque that will be hung in the Commissioner's meet- ing room. Adams County Health Clinic Director Denise Groves has been nominated to fill Brown's position on the SWDH Board. Hiring outside counsel to represent the county in some current litigation over public access along Cottonwood Road occu- pied the Commissioners. They decided to hire in road case Attorney Susan Weeks of Coeur d'Alene at a rate of $155 per hour plus expenses, which was a 28% discount from her usual rate of $215 per hour. Attorney Weeks has won several cases similar to the Adams C6unty case where public access was chal- lenged by a landowner. ~-he Commissioners had decided that it was nec- essary to hire outside counsel to defend the county's position after having lost public access on two other roads in the county. Jason Hansen present- ed the latest coverage offered by ICRMP for the County's assets and lia- bility insurance. Six items of coverage have been eliminated or reduced in the 2013 coverage. Clerk See ADAMS"CouNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 11 Moyer family loses home ny DALE FISK In the early hours of Saturday, October 13, the John and Linda Moyer home at 3098 Fruit-vale- Glendale Road north of Fruitvale erupted in flames. John awoke in time to get Linda and their two daughters out of the house safely, but they had no time to save anything. Linda is the Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Meadows Valley School, where she has taught for seventeen years. John is retired. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, and caused a power outage in the Fruitvale and Council area for about an .hour. The family has moved into a house at New Meadows for the time being. A fund has been established at US Bank in Council to help the family get back on their feet. Donations can be mailed to: Moyer Family Fund, c/o US, Bank, PO Box 8, Council, ID 83612. KIMBERLY GEORGE IN THE SPOTLIGHT ReadaboutHeron page 10 LUMBERJACKS SUFFOCATE SALMON RIVER SAVAGES Get the Gory Details on page 15 SLOW COOKER VENISON STEW Get the Recipe on page 20 *