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17/00 BO3-O3-A SmalITownPapers 5026 California Avenue, SW Seattle, WA 98136 75 Volume 33 Issue 20 Thursday, December 10, 2009 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Matt Paradis honored this issue: Negative eight {-8) degrees in Bear! See Page 6 Council's banking his- tory See page 5 Recycling cardboard See page 7 November's Real Estate Report See page 1 1 Water, sewer issues in NM to be The City of New Meadows will need to upgrade its water and sewer systems in the coming years, and they want to involve resi- dents in the decision making process ....... To that end, the city will conduct an infor- mational meeting on Monday at 7 pm at the Emergency Services Building in New Meadows. The city has enlist- ed the services of Bill Jarocki, director of the Environmental Finance Center at Boise State University at Boise State University, to give a presentation on the issues the city is facing. Jarcoki has extensive experience working with cities to build, operate and finance water and sewer facilities. According to New Meadows City Manager John Franks, the city will soon be facing a critical need for added water and sewer capac- ity. The city is also facing scrutiny from the Department of Environmental QualLty regarding their storm drain system, which for the most part, currently goes directly into the river. :With these issues looming, the city hopes Monday's presentation will spark a dialogue between city leaders End residents about how they can best resolve the problems in the most timely, and c0st-effective manner. i. "The idea" is to start gathering information," Said Franks. "We want to get the community lhvolved in which direc- tion we should take."  Additionally, repre- Sentatives will appear on !ehalf of Congressmen Mike Crapo and Walt Minnick. According to Franks, the city has had discussions about their situation with Idaho's Congressional leaders and they have recommended that the ,.city come- up with a multi-year plan to make the necessary upgrades. Doing so may help the city secure grant fund- Schoo l Dis trict by Boise State coaches weighing roof Matt Paradis of the Boise State Broncos, poses with his former coach, Council High School headman Dan Shumway earlier this year at Bronco Stadiuim. that Paradis may be able to contribute to the high- ly touted Bronco defense in the coming years of his collegiate career. The scout team is a group of players on a team whose task it is to emulate future oppo- nents for the on-the-ros- The Adams County Record made attempts to interview Paradis about his honor, but due to the stringent nature of the Boise State Athletic Department media con- trois, such an interview could not be conducted before press time. Look 2008 Council High School graduate Matt Paradis, who is red- shirting this season for the Boise State Broncos nationally acclaimed football squad, was hon- ored by his coaches as the scout team defensive player of the year award. The honor suggests ter players, for it next week. discussed "Ethics" group seeks Adams By Cody Cahill County representatives This role in providing a presence for ethics is intended to help the pub- lic make informed deci- sipns at election time. as well as to cause elect- ed officials to consider ethics more actively in between campaigns. Ethics in Idaho (EI) is a new state wide Civic orga, nization whose MISSION is to monitor and enforce employee ethics in the legal field and public to include input from all Idaho Counties. The organization has identified programs to mprove communication between citizens and the .!flaho State Bar and Judicial Council. Ethics in Idaho 's Board of Directors are Helen Myrick, Anthony Williams, and Kermit Peterson, who explain why they helped form El on the website. Please Ethics in Idaho, a group dedicated to transparency and eth- ics among local goverri- men ts, seeks cpunty rep- resentatives and volun- teers throughout all of Idaho, and particuluarly in Adams County. Activities involve attending meetings and following local issues, g people about the orga- nization, making writ- ten document requests, rights assertion, and office, and its website go to www.ethicsinidaho. documenting real cases, has just been expanded org for more info. Demystifying elk and deer deer? That's one of the more common questions asked by the public at a Fish and Game check station this time of year. The answer is not only of interest to the hunter, but is essential to the biologist for determin- ing the recent history of the mule deer popula- tion as well as its cur- rent status and possible future fate. Rough esti- Photo Credit: Northern Praide By Jeff Rohlman, ' Regional Wildlife Manager Idaho Department offish and Game - Southwest Region How old is my mule options By Cody CahiU The Council School District Board of Trustees will open bids on Monday from roofing contractors competing to replace the old roofs on both the elementary and high school buildings. But it appears that the ongoing bid process is only the beginning of what will likely be lengthy deliberations on how the district should go about replacing the roofs, how much it will cost, and how to pay for it. The schoo district began discussing even- tual roof replacement over a year and a half ago, knowing that the roofs on each school had outlasted their estimated lifespan considerably. A greater sense of urgen- cy was taken last win- ter, when several leaks popped up fn the ele- mentary school. They asked sever- al roofing contractors to come take a look at the roofs and offer their assessments. The unan- imous decision was that. the roofs are in a state of failure and are in dire need of replacement. One of the outfits that responded to the initial request was The Garland Company, a corporation based out of Ohio with extensive experience working with school dis- tricts and other public entities on roofing, solu- tions. Garland created a report detailing the prob- lems associated with the roofs, and potential solu- tions to those problems. aging mates of deer age, such as whether the animal is mature or juvenile, can be obtained from overall body develop- ment and antler growth. Two other proven tech- niques - examining tooth replacement and wear on deer jaws and cementum annuli aging - provide more accurate estimates of an animal's age. Because deer start out with a set of "milk" teeth that are gradually replaced by permanent teeth, biologists can use tooth replacement in the lower jaw to age deer into one of four categories: fawn, yearling (one and a Holiday Happenings School. Dozens of ven- pling some of the many with their display full dors were on hand baked goods for sale, of raffle items that were showing off their creativ- and browsing amongst auctioned off at the ity, and healthy crowds the many creations on event. were found throughout display. Pictured Right, There was also a the day enjoying the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Christmas Craft event delicious food prepared Sensibly) President held at the Nazarene Garland has continued to guide the school dis- trict through the process, including drafting the bid proposal, but ques- tions have been raised as to their objectivity. The bid proposal seeks contractors to install a new metal roofing sys- tem after tearing off all existing roofing materi- als down to the exist- ing wood decking. The metal materials would be purchased by the school district from Garland, and would be installed by' the contractor with the winning bid, who would need to have spe- cial "Garland certifica- tior/". Last Friday, a meeting with interested contrac- tors was held at the high school, and many poten- tial bidders felt that the school district was limit- ing themselves by requir- ing a certain manufac- turers' product be used, and that only a certain solution, metal roofs, be considered. School Superintendent Murray Dalgleish deflect- ed some of this criticism by asserting that the dis- trict is not likely to jump at any one solution, or any one contractor, at this point. Instead, he said, the district is mere- ly trying to get a ballpark figure of what a potential solution might cost. 'q'he idea is to see if we can get a very solid, long term roof for a price that is reasonable," he said, "We're trying to establish Photos by Misty Springer Last weekend was a busy one for area arts and craft enthusiasts, as the Council Community Arts and Craft Fair .was See SCHOOL ROOF OPTIONS, back page half years old), two-year: old, and three years or older. A combination of incisor replacement (the eight lower front teeth, four on each side of the jaw), premolars (the three larger, mid-jaw teeth on each side of jaw) and molars (the three rear- most grinding teeth on each side of the jaw) is used to more accurately assess a deer's age. Fawn deer will have their permanent middle incisors by October of their first year. Tooth replacement is not as See DEER AGING, back page the proceeds supporting the Children's Ministries. Above left, Jon Sorg and Sarah Cook show off their homemade scarves, hats and other items at the church's craft event. ing for these projects. . held at the Elementary by Chris Patrick, sam- Charlie Hendrix poses Church in Council, with - .................. :=:--- ......... ' ..... i' " " ',  .' 'o i,' ii : ]':,: . ......................................