Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Vacation!

The Garden Valley Daily News thanks you for checking in.

I am taking the next few months off and wish you a wonderful summer. Take care, be well and perhaps I'll see you when autumn leaves are falling.

Friday, June 24, 2011

To Honor Our Veterans and Their Families! July 4th in Garden Valley

 With that patriotic theme in mind, the GARDEN VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is pleased to announce the schedule for what promises to be another spectacular celebration of the 4th of July. All activities will be held on Monday, July 4th, in and around the CITY OF CROUCH:

08:00-11:00am Pancake Breakfast at the GV SENIOR CENTER kicks off the morning’s events with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, juice, and coffee for only $5.00.

8:30am Golf cart parade and 9:00am shotgun EMT Benefit Golf Tourney sponsored by TERRACE LAKES RESORT for the benefit of the CROUCH VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE.

09:00-09:20 11th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at GARDEN VALLEY PROPERTIES features CUB SCOUT TROUP 310 presenting the colors, the STARLIGHT MOUNTAIN THEATRE Singers, and General Jack Kane (Ret.) with a short and moving tribute to nation's birthday.

10:00am-4:00pm Street Vendors and Crouch Farmers Market in downtown Crouch with Children's Games in Weilmunster Park.

10:00-11:00am Fun Run/Walk at Weilmunster Park, sponsored by the DIRTY SHAME SALOON and GARDEN VALLEY FITNESS.

10:00-11:00 "Dress Up Your Favorite Pooch" event in Weilmunster Park. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place most patriotic pooch!!! Sponsored by CANINE CLIPPER and OUTFITTERS TRADING POST.

11:00am-4pm Don’t miss Cowboy Fast Draw behind the DIRTY SHAME SALOON. You, too, can be a Gunfighter - $5 for 10 shots. Be sure to dress the part for pictures with your favorite gunslinger.

10:30-11:30am Sign up for the River Race
Bus leaves GARDEN VALLEY MARKET at 11:30.

11:00-12:00 Bean Bag Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all11:00-1:00 Garden Valley Fire Department Static Display, there will be at least one engine at Weilmunster Park for the kids to check out! Sponsored by the GARDEN VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT

11:00-12:00am Bean Bag Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all

players. Sponsored by SUN COUNTRY SALON

12:00-2:00pm Middlefork of the Payette River Race, from the Community Church parking lot to the Crouch Bridge. Bring your favorite floating device!!! Winner will receive two seats on a half-day raft trip on the Main Payette River. Entry fee is $2.00 per person, which entitles you to a groovy IWU scarf and a shuttle ride to the drop off point. You must be signed up to win. All minors must have parents/guardians wavier signed, all adult entrants must sign a waiver and all participants must wear life jackets, no exceptions. If you don't have a life jacket you can donate $2.00 towards the fireworks fund and use one of IWU's. Sponsored by IDAHO WHITE WATER UNLIMITED

12:00-1:00pm Water Balloon Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for
all players. Sponsored by CASTLE MOUNTAIN HOMES

For the 4th of July weekend, Elizabeth’s Daycare and Learning Center will host the 1st Annual Kids Fair Fundraiser (Downtown Crouch on the curve)
~ ~ Sat 12-4, Sun 12-4 and Monday (the 4th) 10-5
Bounce House
Small Bounce House for Toddlers
Velcro Wall
Bungie Run
Games~ Prizes
Hot Dog eating contest
And much More
For more information please contact Ashley Catalono
462-2273 or

1:00-2:00pm Ring Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all players. Sponsored by MIDDLEFORK MAGIC ON THE RIVER, CABIN RENTAL AND CATERING

1:00pm – 2:00pm Rifle Fun Shoot at the Garden Valley Gun Range. Exploding target kits available for purchase starting at $5. Ladies first in the draw or the "Big Bang Finale."
Sponsored by - SAWTOOTH WILDERNES OUTFITTERS AND OUTFITTERS' TRADING POST. If you need more information, you can contact Darl at 208-259-3408 or

2:00-3:00pm Patriotic Potato Sack Race in Weilmunster Park, prizes for
all participants. Sponsored by MIDDLEFORK TRADING POST

1:00-4pm Horseshoe Tournament at GARDEN VALLEY MOTORS

4pm Duck Race on the Middlefork River sponsored by LES BOIS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Ducks are $5.00 each and can be pre-purchased at the Credit Union a couple weeks before the 4th or you can purchase them on the 4th at the Chamber Booth located next to the old Merc. Prizes are $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd.

5:15pm Parade contestants marshal into position at the STARLIGHT MOUNTAIN THEATRE parking lot. Note: Parade order is determined by arrival time.

6:00pm 4th of July Parade in downtown Crouch, Idaho. The Parade will start at 6pm from the STARLIGHT MOUNTAIN THEATRE parking lot and end at the Rodeo Grounds. All are welcome to participate. To register your parade entries please contact JOHN JAUREGUI at For more information regarding the parade, call 462-2437. GV Market will give out gift cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Get your entries ready now! Sponsored by the (NEW!) GARDEN VALLEY MARKET.

8:00pm Presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” begins at STARLIGHT MOUNTAIN THEATER; Parade winners and other prize awards will be announced at 8 pm at the Longhorn Stage.

•10:00pm Fireworks!! This event has been professionally produced by LYNN NOKES and his crew and continues to be a crowd pleaser as well as a fitting finale for this year’s Garden Valley To Honor Our Veterans and Their Families tribute.

ALSO, we are looking for someone with a vintage convertible to drive the Grand Marshall, GREG SIMIONE our Chamber past President (4 years) and co-owner of the new GARDEN VALLEY MARKET

For further information – contact any of the 4th of July Committee Members: JOHN COTTINGHAM, JOB CREATION AND RETENTION COUNCIL (GGVCC 4th of July Chairman) (462-3178), DIANE CAUGHLIN, GARDEN VALLEY PROPERTIES (GGVCC PRESIDENT) (462-4620), JULIE LESLIE, CASTLE MT. HOMES (GGVCC V.P.) (462-4620), CAROL SCHARF, HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (GGVCC Vendors Coordinator)(462-2902) and JOHN JAUREGUI, RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP (GGVCC Secretary) at 462-2437.

Organization: Garden Valley, Idaho, Chamber of Commerce; or (208) 462-5003. Follow us on Facebook at Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Information: JOHN JAUREGUI, RESCOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP (GGVCC Secretary), Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce, Ph. 462-2437, email:

Chamber members are in CAPITALS, so is you'd like further information on any of the companies or members, please go to our website at

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Garden Valley Market Open House !

Greg and Gerold hope you can come by this Saturday, between 10am and 2pm, for an Open House. During that time they’ll be happy to show you inside the new store and check out their progress to date. So, park downtown and enjoy the Farmers Market, their outdoor sales (at the Farmers Market, Old Ambulance Shed and walking towards the new store) and the nice weather we should see this weekend!

Can we bear such great automatic doors in Crouch?
Walk through the store on Saturday.
 back at the ranch
in the old Merc,
here are some great produce buys for this week!

Cello Wrap head lettuce: 99 cents each
Corn on the Cob: 3 for $1
Cucumbers: 39 cents each
Cello wrapped whole or sliced mushrooms:
2 for $4
Dole Spinach: $1.39
Dole Caesar Salad Kits: 2 for $5
Seedless Watermelon: 49 cents lb

Tomato’s Roma, Large and Cluster: 89 cents to $1.09 lb

Now available at the GV Chevron:

FOUR flavors for your soda, and FOUR flavors for your Hot Coffee!!!

They are now making fresh Salads to go...Great variety, including HUCKLEBERRY VINAIGRETTE.

Salads are freshly made at the Chevron, with nice side items to choose from,
such as Blue Cheese Crumbles, Cranberries, etc.

Krispy Kreme donut holes are back....Blueberry this week!!

Stop in and try some of their fun new grab and go foods.

The guys thank you for your incredible patience and wonderful support and  look forward to your next visit.

Nothin' Like Garden Valley on the 4th !

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Legal Counsel, Chair and Trustee Resign From School Board

The Garden Valley School Board Meeting held on Monday, June 6,  was a doozy. Many patrons walked from it, stunned by the behavior and attitudes they had witnessed.  

I am relieved to be able to offer for community perusal the resignations of honest people who have better things to do with their time than serve the current school board in any capacity.
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June 9, 2010


Madam Chair and Trustees
Attn: Board Clerk
Garden Valley School District
P.O. Box 710
Garden Valley, ID 83622

Re: Garden Valley School District

Dear Madam Chair and Trustees:

It is with some sadness that we must inform you that after more than 10 years of service to the Garden Valley School District we believe it is in the Board’s and this firm’s mutual best interest for us to resign as counsel for the Garden Valley School District.

The attorney/client relationship is a fiduciary relationship, meaning it is one based upon mutual trust and confidence. It is our belief that in the last six months this mutual trust and confidence has eroded to the point where the relationship is no longer a healthy one. This decision was prompted in a large party by Trustee Alan Ward’s most recent e-mail to other Board members asking “is the Board happy with their (legal) representation?” The very need to ask this question indicates a lack of trust and confidence and this firm will therefore resign as counsel so that the Board can move forward and retain new counsel.

By resigning, we will be better able to focus our time and energy on the clients with whom we enjoy a strong relationship, while correspondingly the Board can hire counsel which they believe will best promote the Board’s objectives.

Also, be advised that we will be withdrawing as counsel of record in the Keddy-Hector v Garden Valley School District, lawsuit.

We have enjoyed the opportunity to represent the Garden Valley School District and wish all of you the very best of success in the future.


Bret A. Walther

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June 13, 2011

I have come to the conclusion that this board has lost its focus and main objective: the children of Garden Valley School District. When I first joined the board, I was one of 3 board members who had children in our school district,  and who in my opinion had a vested interest in our school.

Alan Ward, Rob Hazen and Laurie Synder appear to have come with their own personal agenda. There is a vendetta to get rid of the current administration without any factual basis or without merit in any complaints. This is evident with the recent majority voting of this board.

This board has misused its authority and circumvented board policy and violated the Code of Ethics and Idaho Code (Open Meeting Law) for Board of Trustees.

The board and the district will undoubtedly incur further legal expenses due to the recent majority decisions. There is a double standard set by board members acting on their own and choosing to violate our policy.

It appears that the majority of our board members have ignored legal counsel, and thus the entire firm, Anderson, Julian, & Hull, legal counsel for Garden Valley School District, has withdrawn as our legal counsel.

I am not willing to continue serving on a board that believes the end justifies the means and is self serving. Again, this is not in the best interest of our children. Accordingly, I hereby tender my resignation from the Garden Valley School District, Board of Trustees, effective immediately.


Terry Dee Elmore

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To: Garden Valley School District Board,  June 11, 2011
I am convinced the board has recently taken a direction that is contrary to the oath of office I took at the onset of my appointment to the board.
The board has disregarded the open meeting law (Idaho Code). I believe members of the board have engaged in activities far outside of the parameters and responsibility for school board members as identified by the Idaho Department of Education and the ISBA.
In combination with the aforementioned actions, the board has also made numerous personnel errors and embarked on an ill-conceived and flawed administrative boondoggle. This administrative manipulation combined with previous errors will be expensive regardless of the outcome -- which is assuredly in question. The expense of litigation and decisions that are inherent to such administrative personnel actions will be borne by the school district.
Such expenses can only result in additional cuts to school programs. I believe these personnel and administrative actions the board is in pursuance of will bring additional financial hardship to the district. This is detrimental to our school and students. At worst, it can initiate the school district’s financial failure.
I cannot and will not be a part of or associated with the above such actions. I will not yield the oath I swore nor compromise my personal principles.
Consider this letter as my resignation from the Garden Valley School Board District.
Jeffrey E. Bass

Effective 1800 hours June 11, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Morning Musings

Since I can remember, Sunday morning has been my time for quiet reflection on a week well-spent. Much of this past week has been filled with disillusionment but that provides an active mind with more fertile sludge in which to hatch inspiration.

Speaking of sludge, the loo is a time-honored perch for contemplation. In European medieval households, the garderobe, as they called it, was often used as a reading room. Some castles and large houses even had a row of toilets lined up on the stone bench, with windows and it often functioned as the only quiet time a person could get of a day.

My father had a pair of funny paper ear coverings hidden in his desk, with ‘bull-shit protectors’ printed on them. They never came out of the desk though; why should they? He had the bathroom on Sunday mornings. I remember waiting for him and wondering what the heck he ever found to keep him in there so long. Now I know.

I’d like to share a few thoughts from some of my bathroom reading. Since this week’s contemplation must certainly consider my faulty perceptions of how people should behave and disenchantment of relationships and communication between humans, I’m on a hearty quest.

In Music, the Way Home, Miriam Terese Winter says polarizing forces at work in the world “have contributed to a divided reality that fragments us inside and out. We seem to thrive on opposition, creating contexts and even contests that set us over against someone or something we must conquer in order to control. A hierarchic competitive mode permeates society and religion. This fundamental dualism is divisive and destructive to body, mind and psyche, and we cannot simply will it away. We need to take conscious steps toward unity in every sphere of our lived reality, make efforts at integration through all of our disintegrated lives.

“...When we are one with the divine presence and one with all of Creation, we are predisposed to open ourselves up to be one with another, extending our bonds of kinship beyond the borders of our here and now. Our circle of love is too often circumscribed by the limits of our experience. If we live parochially, we will love parsimoniously, trapped within the suffocating stance of insularity.”

Poet Edwin Markham wrote:

He drew a circle that shut me out~
heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
we drew a circle that took him in.

I have carried around the small book, Zen Seeds, Reflections of a Female Priest, by Shundo Aoyama, for twenty years. She combines personal experiences with the wisdom of sacred Buddhist texts and there is an answer here for just about any qualm I may have in my daily life.

In pondering over ‘four ways of seeing water’, after recovering from an illness, she muses: "It is natural that, since people lead different lives, they have many ways of seeing things. Each of them, thinking the way he or she sees things is absolutely right, measures other people by that standard and always judges the other party to be mistaken. This is where I fall short of enlightenment, and it is also the key to understanding the mundane world. How I feel, see things, and think at the present moment depends on the limited experiences, and knowledge accumulated in my past life, my present health, and my emotional ups and downs. That is a tentative interpretation or judgment, but never an absolute one. If I am aware of this basic element of human nature in the ordinary person or in the sick person within myself, no troubles or discord will take place in my life or in the world around me."

Aoyama goes on, “As long as human beings continue to be human beings, we will be unable to escape from our mundane way of looking at things. If we believe our personal way of seeing things is absolutely right, and if we persist in this, allowing ourselves to be totally carried away by our own viewpoint, then a vast difference will separate us from the Pure Land, or Other Shore, and we will remain in a world of suffering on This Shore.”

A woman who contributed to my love of dance when I lived in Laguna Beach was Gabrielle Roth. I met her as a dance teacher and that is how I know her in my morning ablutions here at home. In her book, Sweat Your Prayers, she says, “Every time I dance I shed the skins of separateness and I feel the frequency of tribe...we may present different aspects of ourselves to different people, but we too are one, not just in and of ourselves but one with each other, the earth and the universe. We touch one part of the whole; and another part feels it, there’s a resonance, an awareness of being in a bigger picture.”

When I moved to Garden Valley, I saw the whole and thought it was beautiful and friendly and a place I could be forever. As my vision of the perfect fragmented into the smaller particles of groups and cliques and organizations, my starry-eyed illusion had to be adjusted to include the human aspect, which added some consonant and dissonant notes to the masterpiece.

One favorite bathroom perusal is Edly’s Music Theory for Practical People. Ed Roseman is a multi-talented musician who says he also makes pottery and origami, brews beer and loves to juggle. What he says about music I believe applies to human relationships...and so it must, as our pulse beats with the pulse of the cosmos—we are music. He admonishes us to listen, to ourselves and to anyone else we are playing with. As he puts it, this is often the hardest part for a beginning improviser. If we play non-chord tones we will hear a higher level of tension.

I see this improvisation as being very human; it is how we create and find interesting harmony and there is nothing so bad about a bit of tension. It makes things more interesting and keeps us vibrating around each other in playful patterns. But a musician needs to know when to rein it in before everything goes out of whack.

Have a good week.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Syringa Club Tea Party Past & Picnic Fun This Week!

By Judy Prachyl  
There were three of us, Angel, Judy Prachyl, Ione Messick and Jayne Carlson, who had the privilege of being able to travel to the unique town of Sweet, nestled in the hills of Idaho just outside Horseshoe Bend.

The ride was fun and the rain actually held off until we were on our way back home. The Syringa Club ladies outdid themselves with the table set up, the decorations and food galore. All was absolutely delicious. Coffee, punch, and of course, Tea, were the beverages of choice.

When we signed in, we were separated and each of us placed at a different table so that we could meet new people and not huddle together in our own little circle,
as we are so inclined to do at functions where you do not know anyone else.

Judy and Margaret are now friends!

It worked out great because I for one have a tendency to shy away from talking to strangers and I met a lot of interesting and great

I was fortunate enough to be seated at a table with the current President, Margaret Berggren, Jr. Past President, May Hunter, and Secretary Judy McDonald.

Teapots fillled the walls.
Created by Connie Baker & Kenny Lyn.

Charlie & Mable Klingback
"I resisted but Charlie persisted!

After stuffing ourselves with all the great food, Kenny Lyn Klingback read a story written by her husband’s great aunt, Mabel Klingbach. She described the trials, joys and hardships experienced in the late 1800s in the Emmett/Sweet/Ola area, where she and her husband, Charlie, homesteaded under Squaw Butte. Mabel described it as "a snug little house and an orchard planted." It left not a dry eye in the house.

After the drawing, and prizes were distributed, we said our thank-you and good-bye to our newly made friends and left with a feeling of happiness and good will.

Angel sat with Beverly and Nadene.

Ione, Angel and Jayne  with
the great old Sweet building, now Syringa.

This was a wonderful experience
and memories that will be cherished
for a long time to come.

Thank you to the Sweet/Ola Syringa Club for inviting us and we will certainly look forward to seeing you again.


Recipes for savory nibbles and yummy treats
were exchanged

Judy McDonald presides over the tea table.

Mae Hunter hosted a wonderful
tea last year in the midst of her
fabulous garden!

Syringa members from all over the area meet and greet
while waiting for more new faces.

Thank You From Garden Valley Syringa Club!

Picnic This Thursday, June 16
*Bring your potluck dish to share*
~Hosted by Carol Smith in River's Point~
All community women and friends welcome.
~Contact Angel at 208-462-2511~

Monday, June 6, 2011

Take a Seat! On the City of Crouch Council

The City of Crouch has a vacant Council seat coming open.

The position requires you to be a Crouch Resident and be available to attend the monthly meeting, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and occasional other dates.

The candidate for this position will serve until 1/1/2014 and does not earn monetary compensation. If you are interested in serving your community, please contact City Clerk, Kim Bosse, at 462-4687, Tuesday through Thursday, Noon till 4:00 p.m.

Will Radio Really Hit Waves?

Neighborly News
The quest to provide low power radio to Garden Valley has been in motion for years, driven by the dream of one man, Rex LeFevre. Co-hort Rich Smith provides some hard-core notes to contemtemplate and the possibilities Radio will bring to the valley.

By Rich Smith
Garden Valley Communications Inc.

KXGV is a low power (30-100 watt) LPFM radio station serving the Garden Valley area.

Purpose: To provide Garden Valley residents access to their own locally owned and operated public FM radio station.

* (Will be) Licensed under the FCC LPFM (low power FM) operating rules recently approved by Congress (Local Radio Act of 2010).
* Non-commercial; totally funded and supported by grants and contributions, and operated by local volunteers.
* 30-100 watt transmitter and antenna located on Garden Mtn. and hosted by the Garden Valley TV Translator District.
* On the air for 20-30 hours/week, presenting local and transcribed general programming.
* A member of the EBS (Emergency Broadcasting System), ready to support the valley with emergency information and local instructions in the event of an emergency.
* Local programming, including Garden Valley news, call in programs, music, current events, discussion programs, student generated programs, and special events such as GV High School football and basketball sports broadcasting.
* Sunday broadcasting of pre-recorded programming, sponsored by local churches.
* Although commercial advertising cannot be solicited or sold, sponsorship by local businesses is encouraged, and business sponsorship will be credited on the air.
* Because licensing is not expected until late 2011, begin limited operations with an internet radio service.

* Home for a small office and studio (less than 500sq. ft.) visible from road. Must be able to install a small microwave dish with a line of sight to Garden Mountain.
* Access to power, bathroom, telephone and broadband internet service.
* Furniture. Desk, table, chairs, etc.
* Purchase studio equipment including a master control board, microphones, head phones, computer and software, auto answer two-line telephone, transcription and editing equipment (computer controlled tape recorder and player, record player, CD player), battery backup system, tables, movable partitions, desk, blackboard and chairs.
* Open a web site and develop a web page.
* Select and purchase a 100 watt FM transmitter and antenna ($5,000), and microwave transmit/receive equipment ($2,000).
* Install microwave antenna, receiver, FM transmitter and antenna on Garden Mountain and perform limited testing until the FCC issues our permanent LPFM operating license.
* Purchase and install solar powered battery backup system
*Add three more persons to the Garden Valley Communications Inc. board.
*Solicit sufficient local volunteers to participation in and operate the station on air and off air. At least 5 additional volunteers will be needed on a part time basis to operate 20 hours/week. Student Members of the Radio Club will have after school access to the station.
* Form a Radio Club for GVHS students to participate and learn about radio and internet
* Solicit donations and grants to help purchase a transmitter, microwave equipment, and construct and equip a temporary broadcast studio.
* Startup costs estimated to be less than $10,000 and monthly operating budget is limited to $500, including rent, power, telephone, broadband internet, insurance, and maintenance.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

July 4th Just Around the Bend! Want to Help?

Crouch and Garden Valley are THE place to be for the 4th of July. The word from the Chamber:

Here's where we are so far with the events for the 4th of July. We're still waiting to hear about some of the possible events and Diane will keep you posted as we get more. If you, or your business, would like to help with the Chamber Booth or to sponsor an event, please let Diane Caughlin know. 

Les Bois Federal Credit Union will be sponsoring the annual Duck Race; Ducks are $5 each and can be pre-purchased at the Credit Union after a couple weeks before the 4th, or you can purchase them on the 4th at the Chamber Booth located next to the old Merc. Prizes are $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd; thank you so much Les Bois Federal Credit Union for your generosity! All proceeds will go towards the cost of the 4th of July Celebration!

Duck Race starts at 4pm on the 4th.

8:00-11:00: Kicks off the morning's events with a Pancake Breakfast at the GV Senior Center. $5 for Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Hash Browns, Juice and Coffee.

9:00-09:20: 11th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony at Garden Valley Properties.

*****Features Cub Scout Troup 310 presenting the colors, The Starlight Mountain Theatre Singers and Gen. Jack Kane (Ret), with a short but moving tribute to the nation’s birthday.*****

10:00am-4:00pm: Street Vendors and children’s games in the park.

10:00-11:00: Fun Run/Walk--starting place will be posted at a later date; the event is sponsored by The Dirty Shame Saloon and Garden Valley Fitness.

10:00-11:00: Canine Clipper has joined forces with Outfitters Trading Post to sponsor the "Dress up your favorite Pooch" event on the 4th of July in Weilmunster Park. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place most patriotic pooch!!!

10:30-11:30: Sign up for the River Race, bus leaves GV Market at 11:30.
12:00-2:00: Middlefork of the Payette River Race, from the community church parking lot to the Crouch Bridge. Bring your favorite floating device!!! Winner will receive 2 seats on a ½ day raft trip on the Main. Entry Fee is $2.00 per person, which entitles you to a groovy IWU Scarf and a shuttle to the drop off point. All minors must have parents/guardians waiver signed; all adult entrants must sign a waiver and all participants must wear life jackets, no exceptions. If you don’t have a life jacket,  you can donate $2.00 towards the fireworks fund and use one of IWU’s. Sponsored by Idaho White Water Unlimited.

11:00-12:00: Bean Bag Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all players.
Sponsored by Sun Country Salon

12:00-1:00: Water Balloon Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all players.
Sponsored by Castle Mountain Homes

1:00-2:00: Ring Toss Game in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all players.
Sponsored by Middlefork Magic on the River, Cabin Rental and Catering

2:00-3:00: Patriotic Potato Sack Race in Weilmunster Park, prizes for all participants. Sponsored by Middlefork Trading Post

Just got word, there will be a Horseshoe Tournament on the 4th of July at Garden Valley Motors! Thanks Garden Valley Motors for taking it on, I'll give you more information as we figure it all out!

Don't forget the Golf Scramble and Silent Auction at Terrace Lakes, all to benefit the very wonderful Crouch Volunteer Ambulance Service!!!

6:00pm: Thank you Garden Valley Market GV Idaho, for sponsoring the 4th of July Parade in downtown Crouch, Idaho. The Parade will start at 6pm from the Starlight Mt. Theatre Parking Lot and eventually end up at the Rodeo Grounds. GV Market will give out gift cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. For more information, please contact John Jauregui, at 462-2437.

10:00pm: Fireworks
We’re still looking for businesses to sponsor more events, some of the remaining ideas are:

Beachball Volley Ball
'Crocket' in the Park with squishy baseballs
Wiffle Ball Game
Crack and Whistle Game
Three Legged Race

If anything sparks anyone’s interest, please give Diane a call, or send her an email so you can talk about the possibilities!!!

Diane 462-4620 or

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Channel 7 KTVB Reports Story That Hasn't Happened Yet!

KTVB reporter, Scott Evans, is psychic. In an amazing feat of extrasensory perception, he divined a story about Garden Valley School Superintendent Dr. Mike Tomlin, which won't happen until Monday, June 6, 2011 !

Information about the supposed administrative leave of Tomlin was leaked psychically to Channel 7, by Idaho World Reporter Kathleen Wilson, who was at the May 31 special budget meeting, where nothing happened. Although board member Rob Hazen moved to go into executive session, this was not on the board’s agenda; board member Alan Ward, seconded the motion; the body then went into executive session. Wilson is quoted as saying the move appeared unexpected to Tomlin and the Chair of the Board, Terry Elmore. Trustee Jeff Bass was in Texas on fire call.

Those present at the meeting say when the board came out of executive session, they closed the meeting.

According to all eye and ear witness accounts, the placing of Tomlin on leave never occurred. Yet, according to Wilson and Evans, the information was leaked to them. How dependable is a leak that hasn't happened and cannot be corroborated? How responsible are reporters and the media if they do not corroborate their information? 'KTVB's Scott Evans called the district offices and asked for Tomlin. He was told that he was not there because he was placed on leave.'
Was this the school secretary they used as corroboration? 

Kathleen Wilson and Scott Evans and the media organizations they represent have once again provided fodder for the ruination of the reputation of Mike Tomlin. Is this the way we want to be informed? Is this upholding moral and humane ethics?

The facts are: There could be no legal corroboration of this non-event of an illegal executive session of the school board, and there could be no legal corroboration of any illegal executive session decisions without the illegal leaking of information by a school board trustee. Okay, aside from assuming that a television reporter should know that office staff  cannot legally corroborate executive session school board actions on personnel, legal or not, where did the secretary get this information? From a school board trustee, who handed her the illegal bombshell.

This meeting was illegal, as evidenced by the panicky dissemination of the emergency meeting agenda, which will take place on Monday, June 6, on which agenda is listed 'Consideration to place Superintendent on administrative leave.' 

So, let me get this straight. You unexpectedly called an executive session for a last minute amendment to a special Budget Hearing meeting, to get rid of your CEO, when you knew the second most senior trustee and supporter of Dr. Tomlin would be out of town. You sent Tomlin a letter in an illegal action, placing him on illegal administrative leave, then illegally requested his return of school keys, and gee, not even giving him time to return them!

Then, because he didn't return them (within hours?) of receiving the illegal letter, someone breaks into Tomlin's office. The vandalism is reported to Channel 7 news, but we can't know the culprits, who have admitted to the crime, because District personnel can't talk about personnel and this is now under investigation by the County Sheriff. But everyone else can talk , it seems.

Let's see. Who did leak the illegal info from the illegal session? It had to be a board member, yes. Who would want the keys back from Tomlin, so quickly that they would break into his office and do what we can't talk about? Probably the same person, correction, people, who wanted him out. Who called the sudden, unexpected executive session? What is it they could have been looking for in Tomlin's office? If it was evidence to use against Tomlin, it became contaminated by them. If  it was evidence he could have used against them, did they find it?

Well, if board members can illegally leak illegal information and journalists can leak the illegal leaks bigtime, making sure Tomlin has more incredibility than ever, I can suggest that you look at the facts and the people.

KTVB got one thing right if you make it 2008: 'Since early (2010), a group in Garden Valley has worked to remove Tomlin from his position. The school board has faced a handful of recalls and turnover since Tomlin was hired.'

Yes, this group is vicious, dishonest and self-serving. I suggest here that you watch who shows up in the removal-replacement category for Superintendent. I suggest you think about it very, very seriously. It has major implications of collusion and corruption.

Garden Valley School Flex Room
June 6, 2011
7:00 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approve and Adopt Agenda
5. The Board will convene for the purpose of holding an Executive Session

A. Executive session is planned to:
a. Consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student. [Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(b)]
b. To communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated. [Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(f)]

6. Re-convene in Open Session.

7. New Business

A. Consideration of Motion to Place Superintendent on Paid Administrative Leave Pending Due Process Hearing Regarding Proposed Discharge for Cause as cure for alleged open meeting law violation per Idaho Code Section 67-2347.
B. Consideration of motion for the appointment of an interim Superintendent.
C. Consideration of motion for board action on reported vandalism to district property.

8. Adjourn


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