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The Adams County Record School Roof Options Continued from front page a base price." School Board Chairman Kevin Gray agreed. "I think this is meant to be a starting point,"he said. "We're still explor- ing our options." Gray added that the board and the admin- istration are swimming in unchartered waters when it comes to a huge project like replacing the roofs on two large build- ings. "New information keeps popping up, it's very educational to all of us," he said. "There is a steep learning curve." The district continues to get multiple sugges- tions from various con- tractors and manufac- turers, but naturally, these ideas are often self-serving for the con- tractors. Thus far, the school district has not made any attempts to procure an Objective, third-party consultant to help them through the process. "I'm not really sure its possible to get an unbi- ased consultant," admit- Swine flu update ID Dept of Health and Welfare Public health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated against 2009 HIN1 flu before the holidays to help pre- vent the spread of illness as families and friends gather together. Since last week, the 2009 HINI vaccine has been available to Idahoans between the ages of 6 months and 65. Idaho's local public health dis- tricts are now in the pro- cess of opening vaccine to all people over the age of 6 months. Infants less than 6 months of age cannot receive the vaccine. Help protect infants you will visit with this holiday season by getting vacci- nated now. HIN1 Vaccine: As of December 8, Idaho has been allocated a total of 412,100 doses* of 2009 H 1N 1 vaccine. This rep- resents a substantial increase over the past couple of weeks. Most available vaccine is in the shot form with lim- ited supplies of nasal spray vaccine. (*Vaccine allocation numbers can change daily; allotments by the CDC are made on a day-to-day basis.) ' Those interested in receiving the vaccine are encouraged to check with their local public health district for information about upcoming clinics and vaccine availability. Health district web sites can be accessed at www. panflu.idaho.gov. Confirmed cases and hospitalizations: Reports of flu are decreasing in Idaho and around the country. However, influenza is unpredict- able, and health offi- cials expect continued flu activity throughout the winter. Since Sept. 1, there have 812 labo- ratory-confirmed H 1N 1 cases reported in Idaho. A total of 381 influenza- related hospitalizations Thursday, December 10, 2009 ted Gray. The district expects to open a number of bids on Monday evening at their regular board meet- ing, potentially contain- ing a variety of different options and costs. Gray described the bid pro- posal's prevailing option, metal roofing supplied by Garland, as "the Cadillac option", which may come with too high a cost to consider. Should that prove to be the case, the district will have to look at lower cost solutions. have been reported since Sept. I. About 95 percent of lab-confirmed cases in Idaho have in people under the age of 65. The highest number of hos- )italizations have been in children less than 10 years of age. This is high- ly unusual for influenza infections and supports the importance of con- tinued efforts to immu- nize young children to prevent severe H 1N 1 dis- ease. Those in the target populations who have not yet been vaccinated should continue to seek the vaccine. Deaths: HIN1 infec- tions have contributed to the reported deaths of 18 Idahoans. Reports of additional deaths are under investigation to determine whether HIN1 is a factor. For more information on HIN1, please visit www.panflu.idaho.gov. 12/14 Commissioners Agenda 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Cogeneration po,wer plant update/Reez grant update. 2:30 to 3:30 pm: Weed Stim.]us grant update -Dave Klaw The public is welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings. Any person needing special accom- modations to participate in the above noticed meeting should conct the Clerk's office prior to the meeting between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm, 201 Industrial Avenue, Council, Phone 208 253 4561 Board of Adams Cancellation of taxes County Commissioners Certificate of Tentative Agenda Residency Monday, December 14 Sage Invoice starting at 9 am Liquor license renew- Location: s Commissioner Room Motor vehicles: selling of the Adams County junked vehicle Courthouse Solid waste revenues to Old Business: revaluation fund discus- Lakeshore Agreement sion w/Dan Chadwick Transportation Plan Itinerary update 9 am: Open Meeting, New Business: Amendments to Agenda Claims -Bill Brown 9:30 am: Indigent Executive Session Claims Idaho Code 67-2345, 10 am : Road & Bridge subsection 1 (a-j) Matters Personnel Issues 10:30 am : Sheriff Indigent Matters Matters Approve minutes for 11 am : County audit November 23, 2009 -Tim Folke - Hunting for memories hunter education with her in January, the first step leading to a lifetime of hunting stories to tell and memories to share. It was roughly 30 years ago that I first ven- tured into the Middle Fork. By my side, coach- ing me through my first deer hunt, was my Dad. I remember thinking that you had to go to the highest, steepest, most far distant peak in order to find an excep- tional deer. To his cred- it, my Dad entertained this thinking for the first few years. I know Jacob will be no different. As a matter of fact. I know exactly where Jacob will drag me that first morn- ing of the hunt, I also know that he will awak- en me several times dur- ing the night question- ing whether it is time to get up. And I know that my Dad will be smiling from the warmth of his bunk as he sifts through memories of me doing the same to him. I was unsure if Dad would be able to accom- pany us this year. It is a shame what Parkinson's disease can do to a per- son's body. The desire to climb high is there but the body simply won't cooperate with the mind. It is not unlike the old lab that sleeps deep and dreams of those many days in the duck blind and the successful retrieves in frigid water. Both hunters have the desire to Continue the hunt. yet Father Time has a way of bringing reality home. But Dad will be there on the trail watching as we make our accent. His eyes will follow our movement up the ridge. His ears will listen for that ever hopeful shot as its report echoes from the canyon walls telling the story as it fades down river. I wonder if his thoughts will then turn to his first deer hunt with his Dad. Hunting is so much more than getting meat for the long, cold wip- ter. Hunting is about building relationships and friendships and especially about creat- ing memories. Don't let an opportunity to build relationships and create memories slip away. If you know a young per- son who desires to learn about hunting, yet has no one to teach them, consider being a men- tor. Idaho provides ample opportunity to get kids in the woods each fail. Whether you are a parent that needs help introducing a child to hunting" or someone who wants to mentor a youth hunter, give us a call. We can give you the assistance you need to start making your own memories. By Scott Reinecker, Regional Supervisor, Idaho Department ofFish and Game - Southwest Region I love this time of year. To me, nothing beats a clear cool morn- ing wrapped in a slight breeze that entices the turning leafs to let go and freefall silently to the frost-bitten ground. My eyes and ears are drawn skyward as Canada geese rise off the lake and spread across the valley to feed in har- vested corn fields. On mornings like this, my mind contentedly turns to thoughts of past hunting expeditions into the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. For many years, these have been special trips. This year, however, will be excep- tionally special to me; my 12-year-old son and best friend Jacob, will have the opportunity to test his skills at hunting his first deer. The icing on the cake lies in know- ing that his grandpa will accompany us on this trip as well. I have encouraged Jacob to keep a jour- nal of his adventures... something I wish I had started some 30 years ago. Just think of the memories that he will be able to share with his grandkids. And his sister Sarah - now 10 years 01d - is not far behind him. I look forward to attending Deer Aging Continued from front page criticai to aging fawns as their body size and shorter head are fairly reliable indicators of their age. Yearling deer (15 to 17 months old in October) will have most - if not all - of their permanent incisors, but will still retain the three cusped (that is, three peaks) third premolar which will be well worn. TWo-year old deer (27 to 29 months) have all of their adult teeth, but the permanent, third premo- lar back will have only two cusps and may be partially or fully erupted with little or no stain- ing or wear. Three-year old deer have all their permanent teeth with dark staining and some wear visible. It is difficult to accurately age a deer older than three years using the tooth replace- ment and wear method. If the exact age of older mule deer is an importan t question being asked by wild- life managers or wildlife researchers, the cemen- tum annuli method is called upon to accurately determine a deer's age. Like many other wildlife species, deer add a layer of cementum to the root Page 12 of each tooth each year of their lives. By examin- ing a cross-section of an extracted tooth (under a microscope), the cemen- tum rings can be count- ed, providing an accu- rate age for the deer in question. So now you know the basics for aging a deer. Next time you pass through a check station, test your knowledge and work with the biologist to see ff you can bet- ter determine the age of your animal. JeffRohlman lives in New Meadows Benefits for of jobless workers extended again Idaho Dept. of Labor Thousands of jobless Idaho workers who had already exhausted all their state and federal unemployment benefits will begin receiving addi- tional federal benefits late this week under legislation approved a month ago. Beginning Wednesday, the Department of Labor will notify over 8,500 workers that they are eli- gible for additional pay- ments and what proce- dures they should follow to secure the extended benefits. The latest federal extension provides up to 14 more weeks of ben' eflt payments. Computer reconflguration delayed payment of the latest round of extended ben- efits until this week. Eligible workers contact- ed by the Department of Labor will receive ben- efits for every week of unemployment dating back to the week of Nov. 9. Additional benefit pay- ments will also go to workers who are cur- rently receiving federal .,-,, J>Jt'" . .... extended benefits and to those who exhaust their state benefits and become eligible for fed- eral extended benefits before Dec. 27. Unemployed workers exhausting regular state benefits after Dec. 26 will not be eligible for any extended federal benefits unless Congress extends the current expiration for that program beyond Dec. 31. Also expiring at the end of this month unless Congress extends the Dec. 31 expiration is the $25 weekly supplemental federal payment added to each benefit check. No worker filing an initial claim for state benefits after Dec. 26. will be eli- gible for that supplemen- tal payment. Including the latest extension, Idaho work- ers could receive a maxi- mum of 99 weeks of ben- efits - up to 26 weeks under the regular state program and the rest under federal extensions approved because of the recession. The rapid and severe impact on Idaho of the recession that began in December 2007 pushed payment of unemploy- ment insurance benefits to an unprecedented level in 2009. Through early December the state" paid a record $597 mil- lion in state and federal unemployment benefits to over 120,000 claim- ants. The old record was $247 million in 2008. That has drained the Idaho Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and required the state to borrow $81.6 million so far from the federal government to continue state benefit payments, Twenty-three other states and the Virgin Islands have borrowed another $22.4 billion, and Idaho expects to borrow anoth- er $125 million over the next 15 months. Because of a record benefit demand that drained the trust fund, unemployment insur- ance tax rates for Idaho employers will reach the legal maximum in 2010 and likely remain at that level for the fol- lowing two years. 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