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The Adams County Record Extension D Corner As the New Year approaches, I have a ten- dency to overwhelm myself with ideas for our programming efforts in Adams County -- so many ideas...so little'help! If any- one is interested in taking programs on, on a volun- teer.basis, please call and let me know what ideas you have. We really need volunteers/helpers in the New Meadows area for all 4-H Project areas. 4-H Leaders are always desired; we would be happy to assist you in becoming a volunteer. Ranchers Feeding Youth is coming back and work- ing our way into more schools in our rural area. In cooperation with the Weiser River Cattle Association, the local Farm Bureaus; Adams, Valley and Washington Counties, and the University of Idaho Extension office, Ranchers Feeding Youth is going to kick off the 2013 year! Our program is designed to better inform our youth and attending adults, about the cattle industry; we have 3 ta- tions' designed specifical- ly for school aged youth, teaching subjects like beef production, beef facts, beef by-products, food safety, and also a very interesting DVD on calving. Last year I designed age appropriate varied stations set up for. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Page 9 December Extension Corner By Shanna Hamilton -- 253-4279 groups and each station should take approximately 20 minutes. Each group will rotate to all 3 stations, and at the conclusion of our program we will be feeding the entire school a delicious USDA certified beef meal! This year I am hoping to get into all of the four schools I worked with last year and do a BEEF JEOPARDY game. I will still be working with the original program across the county and into Valley County as well. October and November were a couple busy months. We had around 25 participants come to the two large programs that were put on locally: Ranching for Profit and Ties to the Land. Both pro; grams were very interest- ing, and we hope to put on similar programs in the future. Annie's Project also tied up in November, and I was not the only Council townsperson to attend; it was really great to see a turnout from our city in a program that was not held so local. Annie's Project was held in- Parma six weeks this fall, and is a women's risk and business management course. I have also been gone quite a bit for a program called Leadership Idaho Agriculture (LIA). LIA offers concentrated study and hands-on experienc- es that provide enhanced skills for future leaders in agriculture, rural com- munities, agribusiness and governmental agencies. The program builds and sharpens personal leader- ship and communication skills through tours, guest speakers, panel discus- sions and group interac- tion. Our first session was 4 days in Moscow over Halloween, the second ses- sion we finished up the first week of December, the third session will be in Twin Falls in early January, and our final session will be in Boise over Presidents week. This program has already taught me a fireat deal, and I have made some wonderful contacts for future programming. Our office will be closed Dec. 24, until Wednesday January 2, 2012 when I will return to the office at 8:30 am. Important dates to remember: December 24 -- Jan 2 Closed January 12 -- 4-H Super Saturday, ADA County, Boise January 17 -- Winter Beef School, Cambridge For more information on any of the events above call the Adams County Extension office: 253-4279 Email: shannas@uidaho. edu Winter Travel Maps Available BY CASSANDRA KOLLENBERG Maps that display allowed over-snow vehi- cle winter travel on the Payette National Forest are now available at all Payette National Forest Ranger District offic- es. The Payette National Forest has areas with over-snow travel restric- tions regarding where and when motorized use may be used. In some cases types of travel are restrict- ed to insure user safety. Restrictions have also been developed to protect resources and to provide socio/economic benefits (improve safety for Forest visitors, and provide a mix of experience oppor- tunities). Restrictions reflect results of decisions made through admin- istrative and National Environmental Policy Act processes across the Forest. The maps are free and the forest is encourag- ing everyone that travels into the backcountry by various means; snowmo- bile, back-county ski and snowshoe to obtain a map at your nearest Ranger District. Maps will also be placed in map holders at primary winter trailheads and kept stocked to the best of the Forest's ability. Payette National Forest Supervisor, Keith Lannom, has again signed a special order to close portions of Granite Mountain to over-snow vehicle use from January 15th - March 31 in an effort to preserve the non-motorized recreation experience and safety of all visitors using the area. With this Special Order the Forest pr O - vides a back-country ski- ing opportunity without the presence of snow- mobiles in the same area. The Special Order pro- motes safety "and a non- motorized experience for the many recreationists desiring a back-country skiing experience free Pastor's Corner God's gift wrapping Wrapping presents has never been one of my favorite tasks. Some presents are works of art, mine usually end up "just works" I would like to thank my wife for the following procedure for wrapping a gift. First you have to get just the right style of paper suited for the one who is to receive the gift. Then you have to make sure it is the exact size to completely cover the gift. Next it must be positioned in the paper just so and secured in the proper places with tape. The whole process is completed with a ribbon by Wayne Freedman is color coordinated. And don't forget the label telling whom it's for and whom it's from. And there you have it the perfectly wrapped gift! But just because a gift is perfectly wrapped, doesn't mean it's the perfect gift. Some of the gifts I have received over the years that were not as attractively wrapped have contained gifts treasured for life. While gift-wrapping has its place, in the long run it's quickly forgotten when compared to the gift. God, too, wraps His gifts to man. If you look at most pictures of Christ, formed, with flowing hair, correct posture, natural beauty, and a regal bearing that makes Him stand out in any setting. But that's not the way Scripture describes the wrapping that God-used. In Isaiah 53:2 He is described this way. "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him." In none of the Gospel accounts is He described as being an unusually beautiful baby (most babies aren't though their parents think so), when He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. But instead He was cleverly disguised in nondescript humanity so that only those who would take the time to really get to know Him would discover the true value of this Gift offered to them and for them. Most people discarded God's Gift back then because they didn't think He was wrapped just right. I hope you don't make the same mistake this holiday season. He's the greatest Gift I've ever unwrapped in my entire life and the card on Him says He's for you, too! of snowmobile tracks, which are challenging to ski through safely. The popular east/west cat- ski route known as "The Boulevard" which leads from Goose Reservoir up into the bowls and over to the Granite Lookout will continue to be open to snowmobiles. The 2013 winter travel map depicts the closure area in detail. This same special order also opens Hitt Mountain and Squaw Point to over- snow motor vehicle use and aims to provide for additional snow- mobiling opportuni- ties in these areas. The removal of the restric- tion on motorized travel in these two areas should benefit motorized users. Winter Maps are also available to view on-line on the Payette National 'Forest website located at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ payette/, in the Quick Links box on the right click on Motor Vehicle Use Maps. The Over Snow Motor Vehicle Use maps for 2012-2013 snow season are located mid-way down the Travel Management Planning web page. Any com- ments on the 2013 PNF Map can be emailed to Payette National Forest Recreation Program Manager Jane Cropp at jcropp@fs.fed.us. Council Valley Free Library Book Shelf New Books at the Council Library Adult fiction Scones & Bones by Laura Childs A Heart For Home by Lauraine Snelling No Distance Too Far by Lauraine Snelling Non-fiction Staking Her Claim by Marcia Hensley Uncommon Common Women by Anne Butler Teardrops and Tiny Trailers by Douglas Heister My Mother Was Nuts by Penny Marshall Juvenile Where's Wallace by Hilary Knight Whompers and Whammies by Peter Stern When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan Note: There are still a few Historicaf Calendars for sale at the library. nicely tied r a bw that He is depiCted as Perfectly sEGR ,ICESI  I .1 VRS AUTO [MONUMENT COl Windshield ReDairs & Reolacements I a I , v0r ] 2rid & 4th Saturday I "We willcome to you" ] l]) ('/ $$ ?' | :  Pigs, sheep, and goats ]  Most Comprehensive Insurance [ [ I 454-9532 [ "'" 1901 E. 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