Saturday, December 24, 2011

Hospital District Gives Gift For All Seasons

GVHB board member, Barb Cobb, center, shows off  AED
to Crouch Volunteer Ambulance EMT Mike Butler
and Senior Center EOA Coordinator, Marcie Pyorre.
by Sonja Maurus

Six Automated External Defibrillators (AED) were purchased for the Garden Valley Community CPR/AED program just in time for the holidays. Public access AEDs are now located at:

1. Garden Valley Market
2. GV Senior Center
3. GV Community Church
4. GV School
5. Project Patch
6. Lowman
7. Terrace Lakes Resort - partnership

The GV Community AED Program has donated AEDS and CPR training to all recipients. **CPR/AED classes are available at GV Outreach Center

The goal of the Garden Valley Hospital Board Community CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program is to save lives by shortening the time to defibrillation in sudden cardiac arrest.

Heart disease is the single greatest cause of death in the US. Every year, almost 500,000 adult Americans die of heart attack. Over half (250,000) will die before they reach the hospital. These are called sudden cardiac arrest. Electrical changes in the heart are the most common cause of these sudden cardiac arrests. Defibrillation is the treatment and the earlier the better.

TIME IS THE ENEMY! If a person in sudden cardiac arrest is defibrillated within the first minute the survival rate can be almost 90%. Every minute from sudden cardiac arrest to defibrillation worsens the chance of survival by 10%.

YOU CAN BE THEIR BEST HOPE! Survival of sudden cardiac arrest depends on the people closest to the victim to:

1. Immediately recognize the problem

2. AED – defibrillate – IT’S AS EASY A PUSHING A BUTTON

3. Start CPR and Call EMS 1-800-632-8000

4. Emergency Ambulance Service continues treatment
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2011 was a busy year for the Garden Valley Hospital District (GVHD).

Dr Koenig moved to his new office in March. GVHB continues to provide financial support to enable the sliding scale care by Dr Koenig. GVHD transferred the X-ray machine to Dr Koenig at his new office. We continue to appreciate Dr Koenig and wish him well in his beautiful new office.

In April, GVHD advertised in The Idaho World, seeking community direction for best use of the old clinic building and GVHD dollars.

At the May meeting, four options were presented. Two had to be declined due to incompatibility with GVHD mission and/or physical building.

During our June meeting, GVHD voted to combine the two health care related options of a youth substance abuse prevention program and a health information and support services program. These continue the GVHD mission “To enhance, encourage, and educate the physical, mental and emotional well being of the Garden Valley community in a safe and positive environment”.

The next several months were spent in negotiations and paperwork while the building underwent repairs. The old clinic was given a facelift which included safety and energy improvements.

GVHD continued to support the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by providing funding for EMT training and patient care equipment to Crouch Volunteer Ambulance (CVAS). This year, the increasing incidents of off-road recreational injuries motivated the GVHD to contribute funds essential to Ambulance’s purchase of an off-road patient transport vehicle.

GVHD continued its support of GV School by replenishing first aid and hygiene supplies in both athletic and nurse offices.

In September, the repairs were all done and we re-opened the clinic building, renamed The Garden Valley Outreach Center.

The first program at the building has been the teen substance abuse prevention based upon the recognized Idaho Drug Free Youth (IDFY). Brent Waltman immediately took five teens to the IDFY conference focusing on youth leadership building positive choices for a drug free life style.

The Project Toward No Drugs (PTND) aimed at middle school students was launched in December.

CPR/AED training will be just one of the on-going health information classes available at the GV Outreach Center.

2012 promises to be an even busier year, with increasing health information programs and support services.

GVHD meetings are open to the public with the date, time and place posted at the GV Library and Post Office. Current board members include Jan Ward, Barbara Cobb, Sandy Bailey, Mary Powell, Carol Lynde, Sonja Maurus, and Mark Krepps. We are currently seeking a new board member to replace Carol who is leaving the board after over ten years of service.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

**Happy Holidays at Garden Valley Market**Shop Downtown Crouch**

Merry Christmas!

We want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and let you know what to expect at the Market through the Holidays.

Store Hours:
Christmas Eve (Saturday) – closed at 6pm
Christmas Day (Sunday) - 10am – 2pm – There will be no hot deli service, movie rentals, liquor sales, money orders or ups services on that day – just open enough to help those that may have forgotten important food, medicine, baby, or other grocery items they need.
New Years Eve and New Years Day are regular store hours – no changes.

When you shop this week, you’ll see wonderful fresh produce and great value pricing at the Market. Some examples are:

Bananas - 69 cents lb
Orange Gift boxes - $7.49
Pineapple - 99 cents lb
Celery - 89 cents bunch
Pink Lady Apples - $1.09 lb
Grapefruit - 39 cents each
Pomegranates - 99 cents each

We have plenty of other fresh produce including a selection of organic products.

There is one more Bronco Game this Thursday! Don’t forget to pick up your platter of hot chicken wings, take 'n bake pizza, or chicken, to enjoy during the Bowl game.

Finally, if you’re looking for last minute gift ideas, don’t forget to check out all of the Shops in Garden Valley:

**For example, in addition to all of our Christmas items, we carry small kitchen appliances, toys, games, pet toys and more** Check out **The Red Rooster**Stitch n Snip**Granny’s Closet**Dahlias**Books in the Attic**Outfitters Trading Post**The Trading Post**Alpha n Omega thrift store**…..all with great gifts both large and small.

All Garden Valley Market Christmas items are on clearance pricing!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to all of our Customers and thank you so much for your support! We look forward to your next visit and we look forward to SNOW!!!!!!

Greg and Gerold, Garden Valley Market

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sno-Goers Fun Run Coming Up!

***The Garden Valley Snowmobile Fun Run, originally scheduled for January 7 has been postponed until late February due to lack of snow.

For more information, contact Dave Reimer 462-4547
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. The Garden Valley Sno-Goers will hold their annual FUN RUN fundraiser on Saturday, January 7. The event will take place at Terrace Lakes Resort just outside of Crouch, Idaho.

The event features a 50% payback fun run, raffle, door prizes, and a special Free Raffle for kids 12 and under.

 Registration is 9 a.m. to Noon. Entry Fee is $5. Raffle starts at 4 p.m. Parking available for RVs and trailers.

More Info: Dave Reimer 208-462-4547.

Proceeds support trail maintenance, grooming and community organizations.

The Garden Valley Snowmobile Club, Inc (the Sno-Goers), is a not for profit corporation.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

School Zone One Needs Trustee

At the December 13 Board meeting, the Board voted to accept the resignation of Trustee Dewey Fisher, due to the fact that he "has moved and no longer resides in Zone 1", although many would dispute that he was ever in the correct zone. Attached is the Announcement of Vacancy.

School Board Trustee Position, Zone I

The Board of the Garden Valley School District announces a Trustee vacancy for Trustee Zone I, effective immediately.

Requirements for the position include being a legal resident of the designated Trustee Zone, energy and enthusiasm for the District and its schools, the ability to work within the duties and responsibilities of school trustees, make difficult decisions, and the ability to spend the necessary time for training, meeting preparation, and meeting attendance and participation.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest answering the following questions:
1.      Why do you wish to serve on the Garden Valley School District Board of Trustees?
2.      What experience, knowledge, skills, or training do you have that would benefit the Board?
3.      What do you see your role on the board as being?

The deadline for letters of interest is 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2012, and should be sent to Lynette Craven, Clerk of the Board, PO Box 710, Garden Valley, ID  83622, or delivered to the District office at 1053 Banks Lowman Road.

Should the Board wish to conduct interviews, applicants will be notified and a date and time agreed upon.

The successful applicant will be sworn in at the next convening meeting of the Board, and will serve the remainder of the term associated with the vacant position – standing for re-election in May of 2013.

For questions about the Garden Valley School District, the application process, or boundaries of the vacant Zone, please contact Lynette Craven a or by telephone at 462-3756 or 462-4036.

Thank you for your interest in the Garden Valley School District

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Open House at Garden Valley Market!

Happy Holiday Season to our shoppers!

We cordially invite you to our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10th, from 10am – 3pm. Help us Celebrate our first Holiday Season in the new market and allow us to show our appreciation through Sampling of Special Food items, Recipe Sharing, One-Day Specials and Door Prizes.

The next 30-day deal flyer is available at the store and runs through December 27th! It’s called Home for the Holidays and is filled with smart pricing on basic holiday baking needs, meal ideas, and coupon savings.

In addition to all of the grocery values, we’re selling locally grown poinsettias, numerous holiday gifts, gift cards, toys, wrapping paper, decorations, lights, – all priced to move – check here first!!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Greg and Gerold
Garden Valley Market
208 462-3817

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Scoop on Terrace Lakes Septic Problems: Show Up Saturday!

By Ilene Johnson

Terrace Lakes is holding a fourth meeting regarding their septic system problems on Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m., in the Multi Purpose Room at Garden Valley School. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.
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This letter is to explain some misconceptions about Terrace Lakes Resort and their septic system problems.

I am pleased that Terrace Lakes Resort has finally made the news in Boise County.
It is too bad that it sheds such a bad light on the Resort. We have about five-hundred happy members and property owners that are very helpful and supportive and we are truly thankful for them.

I would like to clarify some of the negative publicity and rumors about our situation that has been publicized.

I tried to have a letter published in the Idaho World when we first had our Septic Tanks capped off three days before Labor Day weekend, by Central District Health Department (CDHD) and the Department of Environmentel Health (DEQ), after being given four days notice. The letter was to let everyone know about what was happening so there would not be much doubt as to our problem. At that time, we had to start pumping and hauling all of the effluent from our septic system to South Fork Landing. This included the clubhouse, pool, nine rental rooms and forty private properties, of which only ten are full-time residents. These are the properties close to the creek and around the edge of the golf course. I wanted the letter published so everyone would be aware of the facts about our situation.

The letter could not be printed unless we paid $400 or wrote four letters to the editor, to come out over a four-week period. If you would like a copy of the letter I would be happy to send it to you.(Or see GVDailyNews post 10/24/2011.) It is the whole story. I have sent this letter to all of our members and property owners because it is so important that they are all aware of our problem. It is also important to us that the public is aware. Terrace Lakes started in 1965. How we survived this long is a miracle. It is a good thing I believe in miracles.

Central District Health Department (CDHD) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) called two meetings last week, one in Garden Valley and one in Boise. They cannot attend our meeting on December 10, because I was told it was unacceptible.

It was announced last week, and came out in the paper, that our system that was installed in 1983 has been failing for over 30 years. Actually, our system was installed in the 70s before CDHD was formed.

We realize we have to put in a new Sewer System; $345K is the bid. We have been working on this for two years and have already spent about $80K, and we have nothing but some plans and permits to show for it. We were shut down, and now it is costing us $10,000 a month to pump and haul. We do not have the money to put in a Sewer System and we cannot get a loan because we are not a municipality or non-profit. Small businesses cannot get a loan. But, that is of no concern to the powers that be.

These are more facts regarding an article that was in the November 30 edition of the Idaho World:

1. We paid for meters to put on the properties that are on the septic, in order to monitor where all the excess water is coming from that contributes to what is causing our system to fail.

2. Lon Allen was in the article last week. He has two rentals at Terrace Lakes and brings in about $875 a month. He knew about this before he spoke at that meeting. His two rentals were using approximately 1,000 gallons a day because of a toilet and a shower in the two rentals that were running and had been for a long time. That did not include the household use. Lon fixed the problem before the meeting. So it looks like the meters are already working. Sometimes the only way to get people to conserve and pay attention is to charge them.

3. Terrace Lakes drinking water system did not fail. We were running short of water because of an excessive amount of sprinkling and we have a flat fee for water. We upgraded our water system to the tune of $1,285,000 that was completed in 2009.

Within twenty-four hours after the upgrades were completed and the system was approved by DEQ, we received notification that we had to put in two new Sewer Systems.

Times are tough right now for everyone and it is a terrible time to have this happen.

Our members are our sustenance and if we had to close our doors it would affect all of Garden Valley and for that matter, all of Boise County.

The letter that is referenced will be sent to any one who would like a copy.

Yours truly, Ilene Johnson, Secretary
Terrace Lakes Recreation Ranch, Inc.

For a copy of the full story, contact me at Terrace Lakes, 208-462-3250, Sat, Sun, or Mon, or 377-2121, in Boise, Tues thru Fri.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Public Hearing on Alder Creek Bridge

Boise County to Receive Comment on South Fork Payette River Bridge at January 9 Hearing

GARDEN VALLEY – Boise County will hold a public hearing on the South Fork Payette River Bridge project, Monday, January 9, 2012, between 4 and 6 p.m., at the Crouch Community Hall, 342 Village Circle. Bridge reconstruction is scheduled for 2012.

At the hearing, project information will be provided in an open house format and a hearing officer will be available to take oral or written testimony.

The 82-year-old South Fork Payette River Bridge (also known as the Alder Creek Bridge, Silver Bridge or Wetzel Bridge) is deteriorated to the point that it is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.

Boise County and the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council(LHTAC) are working with J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. of Boise, to design and prepare a bid package for construction of the new bridge.

Public comments can be sent to: Southfork Payette River Bridge project team, c/o The Langdon Group, 250 S. Beechwood Ave, Suite 201, Boise, ID 83709-0944, or email comments to: To be considered in the official comment period, comments must be received by Jan. 23, 2012.

Contact: Bryant J. Kuechle, The Langdon Group, 800-252-8929