Friday, November 1, 2013


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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Higher Boise County Budget Proposed

Contributed by Jayne Reed Hello Boise County Taxpayers- I am sure that you all remember that we are paying off the Alamar debt with a bond that we voted on last year. When deciding to tax ourselves to get rid of this debt, we wanted the County Commissioners to follow strict guidelines with the remaining tax dollars that we give the county. They are supposed to use any leftover funds from any account to help pay the bond. The Commissioners are supposed to hold the budget level or reduce it. WELL, if you look at the corrected budget that the paper printed this week, the Commissioners are proposing a higher budget. Commissioner Anderson stated in several meetings that she wants to keep the promise to the taxpayers and NOT have increases. The two new Commissioners, Barbara Balding and Vicki Wilkins, are not sure that the people understood that holding the budget level or reducing it, could POSSIBLY mean cuts in services until the bond is paid off. So consequently, Balding and Wilkins are “not comfortable” making those cuts without hearing from the people. Tell the Commissioners to keep the promise that was made last year and make the cuts to the budget! Our deadline to comment and hope the Commissioners will decrease the budget is Monday, August 26 at 5pm. We can fax comments to the clerk’s office at (208)392-4473, or send emails to all of the Commissioners:,, and The other option is to show up at the budget hearing on Tuesday, August 27 from 6-8pm at the Miner’s Exchange in Idaho City. Thank you, Jayne Reed

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wayward Black Bear Returned Home

Credit: Boise runner, Alexander Ford, snapped Blackie on Aug 22.
    After a short visit to the city of trees and the Fort Boise area, an adult male black bear was transported back to the forest without incident. (Angel is convinced that Blackie got sidetracked on his way home from Smokey's birthday party.)

First reported to authorities during the August 22 morning commute, the bear was seen on a hillside east of Horizon Drive just after 7 a.m., with other sightings reported in the hour that followed. Ada County Deputies responded and maintained visual contact with the bear until Fish and Game Officers arrived. “The Ada County deputies were instrumental in this operation and we greatly appreciate their help,” Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale noted. “With all the recreational activity that goes on in the Fort Boise area, it was critical to have the deputies there to keep people at a distance and monitor the bear’s movements.”

Fish and Game officers developed a strategy for tranquilizing the bear, which cooperated by bedding down in heavy brush along the cottonwood trail, just off Mountain Cove Road. “The challenge there was to get a clear shot at the animal,” Oneale noted. Eventually, the bear was darted and shortly after, loaded for transport to the Pilot Peak area between Idaho City and Lowman. Released without incident, the bear now sports both bright yellow and bright green ear tags.

More to Come?

This may not be the last black bear to visit town before winter hits. “Extended drought conditions have been tough on bears, and there’s no reason to think this bear will be the last one wandering into town looking for food,” Oneale said. “Homeowners living in more rural settings and those living on the doorstep of the Boise Foothills need to be particularly vigilant in securing potential bear attractants.” Pet food, garbage and bird feeders are examples of attractants that might bring an unwanted wild visitor to your property.



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fuel Driver Job Opening

or 208-382-4430.
Kennedy Fuel & Feed Supply
    Cascade, Idaho

4th Tuesday Dinner!

One of these people will not be showing her tartan undies at Dinner.
Old Diehards (Richters & MacAngel) will be there
for Pancake Breakfast too! AUGUST 31.
   4th Tuesday is August 27—brace yourselves for the Grannies’ special entertainment and look forward to enjoying yourselves with Smoked Turkey Roast, Potato Casserole, Vegetables, Salads provided by the Grannies, and Rhubarb Crisp for dessert. By donation.

    Last Thursday’s lasagna dinner with guests from the Meridian Senior Center was another success. Thank you for everyone who attended—it felt like the old days.

    Monday Lunches started with several “single” fellows wanting a light repast at noon and they got what they asked for: Soup or sandwiches, some fruit, leftovers from dinner, just like home. Anyone is welcome, just drop your donation into the box and join the guys at noon, every Monday.

  Anyone wanting to cook up a pot, slap some nice sandwiches together, or provide your favorite dish for Mondays can call 462-3943 and let volunteers know.

  Granny’s Closet is still sizzling with great summer apparel and everything you might need for those camping and holiday cabin emergencies. There are always nice gifts to pick up for someone, good books to keep cool with and housekeeping necessities. If you like poking about for small discoveries, stop in on Fridays, from 12—5 and Saturdays, 10-4, and take your time.

  The Center is still dreaming about a pool table deal. If you have one you would like to either donate or sell at a good price, why not give us a call?

  The Syringa Club is moving along with its fundraiser Poetry/Prose/Art Book, with contributions by Boise County residents over 50, but the community hasn’t exactly responded with pants afire. Black and white sketches and photography are wanted and essays up to 800 words and poetry up to 40 lines are very welcome. The club is a service-oriented group of women who donate to community organizations and individuals but fundraising is only possible with generous cooperation. If you feel you have something to offer, contact Angel at 462-2511 or

  Yoga class by Shanti happens here every Friday, from 10-11:30. The word is that everyone is loving the classes and Shanti may have to start a yoga/meditation class soon, for serious practitioners. There is no charge for these classes. Bring a mat or rug and come prepared to relax and change your life.

   Ione’s Fit and Fall-Proof exercise classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 are just what the doctor orders for general health benefits. Men and women are welcome; there is no floorwork unless you prefer to bring a mat and adjust your work-out. This is perfect for the stretch, light strengthening, and balance-work needed for anyone. Classes are free, and plan on staying afterwards for light refreshments.

  The Senior Center building is a good deal for any meetings or events you may have. Prices are reasonable and better if you are a member. Rentals can include the kitchen, and we also rent out tables and chairs for your needs at home.

    Hours for the Center are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon, and whenever Granny’s is open, and whenever we have events. Contact volunteers at 462-3943 or Wifi, books for reading, and movies are available. Stop in and say hi!


Bikers Gather for Mountain Rendezvous

  The Big Guys, a core group of motorcyclists from Caldwell, joined by riders from various parts of the country, will descend upon Crouch the week-end of August 23—26, for what organizer, Lonny Willis, says may turn into a music festival as well as a bike rally.
  “This will probably take on a life of its own”, says Willis, “the county knows, the police department knows, it’s something that goes along with the motorcycle crowd. The event exposes the community to our guys—we’re not the bad asses on TV. We aren’t politically correct but we are personally responsible. We are doctors, lawyers, artists—but we are all bike enthusiasts.”

  This is the fourth annual Mountain Rendezvous, and the group hopes that this year, it will take off. “So far, we’ve gotten more response than any Big Guys events--ever,” enthuses Willis, “This is going to be a blast.”

  The blast, promoted by Big Guys and the Dirty Shame Saloon, will begin with pre-event registration at the Shame. Friday set-up is at River Pond Campground.

  According to Lonny Willis, this is a great opportunity for the community to be served by people they don’t know and enjoy bands they may not have heard.

  Registration for each bike is $35 for the week-end, $20 daily, or a $10 daily gate fee for the Beer Garden and band area, which includes one beer token. There will be a DJ at the campground all week-end long, with two bars for beer and one for liquor. Be aware that this is considered adult entertainment, though children may attend with a parent.

  Friday night, Last Man Standing will play at the campground from 6—10, and there will be a wet t-shirt contest for the ladies. Steve Wall Band will be featured at the Shame that night.

  The Motorcycle Race will take place on Saturday, at the campground, where Moto Kitty will play from 1—4. The Bike Rodeo includes Weenie Bite, Cone Race, Slo Drags, Keg Push and Bartender Races. Saturday will rock with music by Juke Daddys, from 6—10 p.m. and Blues Night happens at the Shame, with Steve Wall Band.

  Sunday’s Jam Session will include “The Cooler”.

   Games will be played throughout the week-end—don’t forget the Poker Run--and awards and trophies handed out. Pull up those shirts and pull down those trousers to show off your best tattoos. There may be a frozen t-shirt contest thrown in too. More events are being added.

  If you bring Fido, George at the campground requests that you keep him in your area, clean up after him, and use a leash when walking.

  Lonny Willis acknowledges that the event “is certainly fun!” He says, “But as soon as it’s done, we evaluate and start planning for next year. It gets intense around March. We want to do things differently to keep it fresh but also have to fall in line with the traditional. Our main agenda is to bring everyone together for a good time.”

  The community is welcome to enjoy the festivities. For details, call Willis at 208-250-8507. To register for the week-end, call the Dirty Shame, at 462-2100. For River Pond Campground, call 462-8000 or 818-860-1825.



La Flambé Poi Dancers are Poetry in Motion

  Poi is a form of dance executed by gracefully swinging tethered weights in rhythmic and geometrical patterns. Rooted in the culture of the Māori people of New Zealand, who dance with poi in traditional ceremonies, poi has merged with modern day dance and is popular around the world. Contemporary poi spinners use flags, LED poi, and other tools which express beautiful, dramatic patterns.
La Flambe performs Saturday, August 24, at 9pm, Downtown Crouch

  La Flambé was born when former Garden Valley resident, Marilyn Rich, began poi instruction at the Garden Valley Fitness Center, in 2009. Current members say that Rich’s passion, along with the joy that poi conveys, “was contagious and caught on like wildfire among the women”.

  When requests started coming in to spin fire, ribbons, and LED poi at fund-raising, special, and just-for-fun events, the performing arts group, “La Flambé”, was born. Their skill sets include LED, fire and ribbon poi, along with hula hoops and fire fans. Long after Marilyn Rich moved away, the group continues to thrive and demonstrate the enthusiasm Marilyn inspired.

  On Saturday, August 24, at 9 p.m., La Flambé will perform a free fire and LED light show in front of Golden Eagle Radio in downtown Crouch, to drum up support for their dream to attend workshops at Lake Tahoe Flow Arts Festival this September, where
they'll learn from top artists from around the country.

   Raffle tickets are on sale now, which offer the chance to win prizes, including a professional-grade hula hoop, a hypnosis session, or a signed and framed picture of the Springs Fires, by local, esteemed Idaho photographer, Kari Greer. Raffle tickets will be drawn and winners announced at the show. Tickets may be purchased from La Flambé members and at Boardwalk Stores--Syringa Floral and Gifts, Red Rooster and Raven's Nest--which will be open for the evening, with special sales offerings and light refreshments.

 Though you need not be present to win items on the raffle list, there will be a few select raffle items not on the list, including a carpet cleaning service and hair care at Sun Country Salon, that will be drawn only for those present.
   This is a sassy group of women that you don’t want to miss: Sophia Plonka lives with her grandparents, though she traveled all over the world with mom and dad, while they were with the circus.  Dee Polley works, walks, gardens and spins in Garden Valley. Liz McInally is a joyful hula-hooping madwoman, who can be seen selling hoops everywhere she can.

  Anna Ross, owner of Raven’s Nest, creates gorgeous jewelry and leads mandala painting classes and other workshops.  Courtney Ignatich brightens the lives of patrons at the Garden Valley Market with her wit and smile and as a juxtaposition, just won the Cross Fit Paleo challenge. Melanie Elenes has a beautiful voice and performs at various functions. Bela Elenes, 12-years-old and fearless, loves to perform, and inspires everyone.

  Stacie Smith is a year-round athlete, participates in school and
community events, along with a full-time job, and active family (whew!). Mila Ignatich is going into second grade and loves to read, giggle, spin poi, hula hoop and live life.  Sharon Svenson is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and sells a line of Life Changing CDs: Check her website and Facebook at Svenson Hypnosis.

  To find out more about La Flambé, or if you are considering booking them for a special event, see and like them on Facebook @ LaFlambeSisters or email: