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Pag e 12 Rock:Monster Wednesday, December 5,2012 The Adams County Record BY I'LELEN GLIDDEN [Editor's note: This is a true story and happened last week. See my Editorial. ] "Are you going to make a list of what you can't do, or what you cant "l-he thought came within her. Itwas neither day nor night. The pavement before her held the color of dusk. Finally she had a chance to do some shopping in the mountain town 35 miles from home. She had been laid up for more than two weeks, staying in a friend's cabin after a fall that broke her back. "Imagine! 9 bones in my back broken! Scapular, ribs and vertebrae with a lung puncture? She was glad to be out of the hospital, but weeks of healing lay ahead. One move that tested the freshly knitting bones reminded her of the truth. She really was hurt badly and it was important to protect her whole right side. As darkness grew she felt happy. She was bdted safely in her little van. She was glad the seat was comfortable for her back. It was so nice to drive the mountain road she loved. As usual, most of the waftic seemed in a hurry, passing at inopportune places. There was a light rain falling and her recent injuries made her drive carefully, no hurry to get home, 45 mph. She mused that the centerline and side lines had not been freshly painted. At this time of dusk it was difficult enough to see dearly even with headlights. There was a car behind her and an oncoming one, as she rounded a curve coming out of a road cut to a straightaway. In an instantl there it was, right in front of her, like a ghost growing out of the pavement. It was a huge boulder. No time! Her instincts made her stay stead) "Can't brake; can't cause the car behind to slam into me! Can't swerve! Too late!" She hit the monster straight on. She hoped the van would jump over it as the impact jolted her already broken body. Immediately she pushed the emergency flashers. She wondered the damage to the car behind, but it passed like nothing happened. Her van was still rolling, but it felt like it was falling apart like a crashing plane plowing to arth. She heard scrapping and breaking beneath her, yet she sat square in the seat. She hoped to coast to the right where there was a turnout. As the van rolled into gravel it seemed to crumble. A level headed woman (as was shown by her driving straight'until she could angle off the road), once stopped began to panic. She grew frightened that she may not be far enough off the highway and dear of other motorists. Her flashers were on, the interior lights and headlights too, but the shifter did not move. It was lifeless. The van stayed still. She panicked, "I can't walk away, rm already injured, it's dark and rm helpless!" "Where is my cell phone!?". "Over there, on the passenger floor!" She reached over wrenching her broken right side with pain grabbing for the phone. "Call 911!" No service in the canyon! A car comes by. She waves and shouts, but they don't stop. She stays in the van where at least she has light and heat. More vehicles pass wide, not seeing her waving to them. "ru try texting, need less power to text ? No go, no service. With a small light emitting from her phone she waves out the window and screams for the next motorist. He goes b wait...he slows, stops, backs up. Help at last. Her chest heaves and tears fall as he approaches her. He helps her out as she explains what happened. The panic is subsiding. He assesses the damage. The rock is firmly wedged finder the van. It was dragged some 100 yards imfil it acted as an anchor to bring her to a stop. "Ihey shut down the engine and lights leaving the flashers blinking in the darkness. She is helped to the warmth and safety of his car. She rela:ces as she is driven home. The next day friends take her to see her van. She calls it 'heroic' to hold together under that punishment and get her safely to the roadside. Although sturdy there is severe damage to the undercarriage. Her friends drive her to the scene of the accident where under pain meds humor enters her conversation and Mr. Rock Monster is brought home as a souvenir. She'll be seeing the doctor soon to assess new damage to her already broken back. There are some down moments, bfit under pain meds she feels good enough to do some work. After a few hours the pain intensifies... The question- "Make a list of what I can't do now, or foqus on what I can do.  "I'm broken, but not beaten. Tune and TLC will heal me. I choose to do what I can Helen and the Monster Rock that she hit. and leave the 'cants' behind. Oh, for a good night's sleep..? Wild Wet'West Continued froni front page a torrent, and rivers started to overflow their banks. A lack of freezing temperatures has let the last few weeks of rain saturate the ground. One mudslide blocked Highway 95 for several hours (see article in this issue), and numerous smaller mudslides occurred in the region on Sunday. Monday saw a break in the storm, but as the Record goes to press (Tuesday, Dec. 4), it has been raining much of last night and all day today. The rainfall reported below will lack today's measurements. Meteorologists tell us that more rain is on the way. Flood warnings and advisories are in effect for parts of California and the Northwest. On top of the past month's rain, New Meadows saw two inches of rain in 24 hours over the weekend, causing flooding throughout the valley. It -didn't reach the proportions of this spring's flooding, but some of the culverts and ditches are still too small to accommodate this much water. Some culverts also became plugged. The city has a plan in place to deal with these drainage problems in the near future. In perspective Adams County ranks 12th out of the 44 Idaho counties for amount of annual precipitation, with 21.37" on average. Washington County comes in 19  with. 16.87" and Valley County is 8 " with 24.68" on average. This was the scene on Sunday at the Highway 95 turnoff to South End Road by Morgan's headquarters at New Meadows. Photo by Fred Erland. The highest Clearwater County with 3K51" annual average precipitation. The lowest is Owyhee County with 9.04". Normal total precipitation for first two days of December, Adams County Kevin measured 2.5" of for October and rain -- about Mlf of our November is just total average December under 4 inches. This precipitation, and about year for those two 80% of the county's average months, McCall total for this month. recorded more The recent precipitation than twice that: 9 has not been consistent inches. Kevin Grays over the area. The Glendale weather SNOTEL sites operated station (about 10 by the Natural Resources miles north of Conservation Service shows Council) reports 9 these precipitation amounts, inches since October some of which are snow 12, which is about but are converted to actual when this rainy water, for Squaw Flat (east period started. For of Council), Bear Basin (just the period between south of'Brundage Mr.), Thursday (29 ) and Brundage Reservoir (just Sunday (2 na) Kevin west of Brundage Mr.) and measured 3.75"! Bear Saddle (near Bear) see And 1.75" ofthat fell the "Local Precipitation" on Sunday. In the inset. NgIVIIN i4klBIO & l @ldN i CALDWELL 454-9532 BOISE 343-0471