Friday, August 31, 2012

Burned Bear Cub Moved to Treatment Facility

Evin Oneale
Idaho Fish and Game
Southwest Region
An injured black bear cub, rescued from the Mustang Fire burning north of Salmon, and treated initially at Fish and Game’s Wildlife Health Lab has a new home.
Cub shown at Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Health Lab. Photo Credit: Tricia Hebdon IDFG
Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew transferred the bear to the Idaho Humane Society on Friday afternoon. “A number of facilities were considered during the evaluation process,” Drew noted. “It was determined that the Idaho Humane Society was the best fit for the cub considering his medical and other needs.”
Photo credit: Tricia Hebdon, IDF&G
The young bear’s condition continues to improve since it was rescued by National Forest and Idaho Fish and Game personnel on Sunday. “He weighs just 23 pounds, but his appetite is good and his wounds have stabilized and seem to be improving,” Drew said. “Perhaps most importantly, there appears to be no infection in any of his foot pads, despite second-degree burns on all four feet.”
The young bear has gained quite a following in the days since his rescue. “People from all over the country have asked after the bear,” Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale said. “Many have asked about contributing money to offset the cub’s medical treatment costs. I’m glad to now provide them with an avenue by which they can donate.”
Persons wishing to donate money for the black bear cub’s treatment can send it to: The Idaho Humane Society, Black Bear Fund, 4775 Dorman Street, Boise, ID 83705. Questions regarding donations can be sent to Christine Moore at

Wounded Cub Progressing Well

**Update, Noon, August 31, 2012: State Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Mark Drew, the vet who first examined the motherless bear cub at the Garden Valley Ranger Station, is still looking for a suitable location for the bear and hopes to identify it today. "Boo Boo" is eating well and they continue to bandage and re-bandage his burned paws. Dr. Drew is pleased with his healing, there is no sign of infection and the cub "seems to be out of the woods", according to Evin Oneale. 
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Nampa, ID

August 30, 2012
evin oneale
(208) 465-8465
Burned bear cub draws national attention

An injured black bear cub, rescued from the Mustang Fire burning north of Salmon, has quickly become a national celebrity.

The young bear's story of fire-related injuries and rescue by U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game personnel spread across the country in a matter of hours. In the days since, both Boise National Forest and Idaho Fish and Game offices have been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from people offering good wishes and monetary support. Many others have asked about volunteer opportunities to care for the young cub.

"We've heard from folks all across Idaho, and from other states including California, Texas and New York," Fish and Game conservation educator Evin Oneale said. "Each note or phone call has the same common theme - concern for this young bear. It's very gratifying to know that so many people care."

With second-degree burns on all four paws, the young bear faces a long recovery.

"Infection is the main concern right now," Oneale said. "At this time, our state veterinarian is evaluating local facilities that can give the cub the medical attention it needs to make a full recovery."

Meanwhile, the cub is being cared for at a Fish and Game facility where it is eating regularly and receiving necessary medical care.

Monetary donations have been one of the common themes among people contacting the office.

"We have no good mechanism to accept donations related to this bear cub's treatment," Oneale said. "Once a care facility is selected, we'll let people know where and how they can provide funding to cover the costs of care and treatment."



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Judge Faults Agency Approval of Mine Drilling Plan

Published: August 30, 2012

Idaho Statesman

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to revisit some of the decisions made when officials signed off on a mining company's plans to broaden its exploratory drilling in a historic mining district in the mountains near Idaho City.
U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge on Thursday vacated sections of the environmental assessment the agency produced on the CuMo Mine project, saying the agency acted arbitrarily a year ago in concluding the expanded drilling does not significantly impact water quality.

Lodge also ordered the Forest Service to step back and do additional research and analysis on the impacts drilling could have on groundwater; develop a strategy for monitoring water quality before, during and after drilling; and craft a plan to treat any waters contaminated during drilling.
In August 2011, the Forest Service gave Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines permission for exploratory drilling that would develop a more precise picture of the area's molybdenum, copper, tungsten and silver deposits.

"The very nature of drilling holes 1,500 to 3,000 feet into the ground seems likely to impact the underlying surface including the groundwater," Lodge wrote in his 45-page opinion. "The appropriate course would be for the Forest Service to have conducted some baseline study and analysis of the groundwater in the area in order to reach the finding of no significant impact."

While it's unclear how the Forest Service will respond, environmentalists say the decision deals a temporary setback to the Canadian company's immediate exploration plan. Boise National Forest officials did not immediately respond to telephone messages left Thursday by The Associated Press.

In his ruling, Lodge leaves it up to agency officials to determine if an amended environmental assessment is needed or a more exhaustive environmental impact statement is appropriate.

Messages were left Thursday for officials from Mosquito Gold.

The Vancouver-based company wants to construct more than 10 miles of temporary roads, build 137 drill pads and drill 259 holes in the exploratory phase of the project 35 miles north of Boise. Company officials believe the area holds the world's largest deposits of molybdenum, used in the manufacturing of steel products, and on its website, the CuMo project is described as the company's flagship project.

A coalition of environmental groups led by the Idaho Conservation League sued the Forest Service last year, claiming the agency and the company were overlooking the impact drilling could have on water quality in a drainage where streams and creeks ultimately flow into the Boise River system.

John Robison, the conservation league's public lands director, said state studies found soils in the historic mining district to be contaminated with arsenic and lead. Although the state report concludes the current risk to the public is low based on current land use, Robison argued a drilling process that uses pressurized water and other materials could introduce toxins and heavy metals into the groundwater and the area's highly interconnected underground hydrological network.

"The big winner here is the Boise River and a water system that is vital to Idahoans, irrigators, recreationists and fish and wildlife," Robison said. "The judge essentially found that the mining company and the Forest Service couldn't just cross its fingers and hope that nothing bad happens."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

P & Z Denies Appeal

P&Z Board of Commissioners, L-R: Dan Gasiorowski,
Lois K. Murphy, Clint Evans, Jack Kane, Jon Bart
and Rosemary Ardinger.
The hearing produced no fisticuffs and the most dramatic appeals were presented by one woman on each side, Mary Wilson and Cari Severance.

Wilson pleaded for their quality of life in Garden Valley: “This is the reason we paid $650 to appeal. When (Severance) ramped up activity at the gravel pit in the spring, we couldn’t hear someone talk. Our summer has been horrible. We’re so frustrated—we were either ignored or given the runaround—our anger turned to this appeal. We’re not trying to put them out of business; we just want the sound volume to go down and to live in peace.”
    Outgoing commissioners, Clint Evans, shown here, and
Jon Bart, were handed letters of thanks from the Boise County
 Board of Commissioners, by Rora Canody. Evans
mentioned the Alamar Hearings and said, "Jon, we tried!"
Cari Severance, left, and Mary Wilson.
  Cari Severance gave the history of her family lineage as supporters of Garden Valley and said, “The intent of Les Severance, in 1978, was to create an honest and hard-working business to support his family. Prior to recent complaints, we had only one formal but unfounded complaint. They fail to realize we have had very little to do with the State project...we simply offered an inroad and out-road to the State...we count on Garden Valley to support our family.”

Severance ended by quoting John Lennon. "...imagine all the people living life in peace..." The women appear to have the same goal in mind.

The first complaint against Severance Sand and Gravel by the current appellants was in 2006, regarding the gravel crusher noise coming down the Southfork river. According to them, no action was taken and they gave up. Cari Severance was not available to explain why the activity was recently “ramped up”.

Appellants say that it was due to state and county road construction projects this spring and summer.
Appellant, Pete Wilson, having his say.

The group of appellants, calling themselves “Citizens for responsible government”, attended the April 19, 2012, meeting of the Boise County Planning and Zoning Commissioners, to protest against the operation of an asphalt plant that Severance was requesting. The plant was denied because the board hadn’t yet studied the request; Severance then dropped it.
Appellants say that at that meeting, Rora Canody, P&Z Interim Administrator, advised the citizens group to “put their complaints in writing—document them”. After one-hundred and forty e-mails and sixty-eight recorded complaints, board members commented several times about it being “a bit much”.

 At this Administrative Appeal on August 9, Mills Mountain View resident, Chris Parker, stated that in the appellants’ opinion, Severance violated the conditions of their Conditional Use Permit (CUP) on multiple occasions, over an approximate two month period, starting in May. He said, “Despite numerous complaints, we feel the P&Z did little to investigate...residents felt we were ignored, stalled, mislead, given contradictory statements and information—even threatened with charges of criminal harassment by the Boise County Deputy Prosecutor.”

Chris Parker races through his appeal.

Parker told the board that to support their assumptions, residents requested Planning and Zoning documentation of countywide CUP violations, for the last five years. He said the answer was zero: no CUP violations, no fines, no CUP enforcement action by the P&Z. He smiled...”Either we have some inordinately well-behaved businesspeople in Boise County...or enforcement is non-existent.”

  Clint Evans, sitting at his last P&Z meeting as chairman, explained that this was an appeal against decisions that Rora Canody had made as acting Enforcement Officer, regarding three conditions in the Severance gravel pit CUP: She agreed that the (according to appellants, view-obstructing and illegally sold) field dirt was a legitimate part of the sand and gravel operation and could be sold; she reported no noise violations; and said the dirt piles on the bluff did not impact it.

Richard Andrus
  During visual presentations by Canody and Severance legal representative, Richard Andrus, refutations were made against claims that the piles of dirt compromised the view from Scenic Highway 17 and the homes of the appellants. Andrus also said that the sale of the topsoil (under the CUP, to be used for minor reclamation) in no way affects the appellants’ quality of life. The attorney told the board that the appellants were misinterpreting the language of the Conditional Use Permit.

  Andrus also averred that Severance Sand and Gravel never operates on Sunday, before dawn or after dusk. With Canody’s low noise-level readings, Andrus remarked that the only credible information stated was by the decibel reader, saying that “stating an untruth over and over does not make it true”.

  Appellant, Ron Richter, commented, “I question the authenticity of the sound readings, since we can get a reading in the eighties from four blocks away...if you wish, please don’t come out over the lunch hour when the pit is shut down.”

  Ken Patterson, also a resident in Mills Mountain View subdivision, spoke: “I agree, making a statement over and over—no, it doesn’t make it true. And we heard Mrs. Severance give her pedigree—if you gave that of the appellants, we’re solid citizens too.”

  Chairman Evans began to close the hearing by saying, “Our P&Z has done an exceptional job keeping it going without resources...Rora even purchased a decibel reader to do the reading. I object to the appellants’ written appeal—it’s very derogatory to the P&Z department. (Mr. Parker) suggested having a qualified permit administrator...hire an enforcement officer...this board has no authority to do that. We’re just volunteers.”

  Evans recommended the board deny the appeal; citing piles of dirt at the school, the lumber mill, and the other gravel pit, he said, “I think the administrator did everything she could do. She’s a busy lady.” He told the appellants this would give them the opportunity to appeal to the county commissioners.

  The board then agreed that 60 decibels is a low noise level to expect from this type of operation and neighbor. It was suggested that the department should look at changing the requirements.

   Outgoing commissioner, Jon Bart, agreed that the 60 decibels was not reasonable but went on record as saying, “I’m very concerned about the noise. I think there are some problems. We may not have the evidence...but something there needs attention.”

   Commissioner Dan Gasiorowski recommended mediation between the two parties and County Prosecutor, Ian Gee, spoke up to volunteer: “I recused myself from advising the commissioners tonight, as in the past year, I provided legal advice to two or three appellants. I would act as mediator if you want to proceed to the commissioners.”

  When asked if they would be amenable to mediation, Richard Andrus replied, “I’m always open to conversation,” and Ken Patterson responded, “You bet!”
   As citizens rose to head home, commissioner Jack Kane announced his resignation "in protest to the addition of Jayne Reed to the Commission", saying there is no room on the board for someone who doesn't support Boise County businesses.
   Amid mutterings and gaping mouths, everyone filed out, hopefully to a have nice ride home to their respective dwellings in all corners of the county.





Saturday, August 25, 2012

Crouch Council

From L: Dana Hinson; City Clerk, Kim Bosse; pres, Richard Messick;
City Attorney, John McFadden; JAckie Krauppe; and Wendy Bates.
  At a public hearing on August 11, the Crouch City Council amended Zoning Ordinance 2012-02, to allow for radio stations as a conditional use in the zoning district designated as Central Business District.

  Board members of Garden Valley Communications, Inc, sat in support of the zoning change, as fellow board member, Tim Benedict, spoke to the Council: “We do take some pride in Crouch. We want to explore ways to partner...the radio started as Rex’s dream but has become our dream.” Benedict also made the request that Council wave the $150 permit application fee, but it was not granted.

  There will be a special Council meeting on Wednesday, August 22, on the Conditional Use permit for the radio station.

   The next discussion at the public hearing was on the adoption of the International Building Code. The Council was reminded by Bill Roberts that ninety-nine percent of the people who attended previous Boise County commissioner public hearings were against the International Code and supported the Uniform Code. “Boise County went ahead and passed it anyway,” he said, “and completely ignored the majority.” Council members pointed out that if they don’t adopt the International Code, Crouch residents will not be able to use the Boise County building inspector. (Boise County Commissioner, Jamie Anderson, responded that the County did not adopt a code, but there are considerations if you don't build to a code.) Decisions were tabled until the next regular meeting.

  The proposed budget for the fiscal year, October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013, was approved at $502,221.

   City Clerk, Kim Bosse, said the Community Hall water tested positive for coliform: “All that was required was that we treat it with chlorine beads,” she stated, “and then run five more tests that showed an ‘absence’ of coliform, and we would be good to go. This was done and all five of the tests showed an absence of coliform.”

  A grant for $5K was awarded by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation. The City had applied for the grant for renovation of the historic Garden Valley Library/Syringa Building, to house Crouch City Hall and historic displays.

  The needed work listed on the grant application added up to $60K; this included cabin repair, land grading, heating & air conditioning, carpet and pad, and a new roof. Bosse said that a firm commitment of what they will start with has not been made. “We are thinking the Land Grading should be the first item addressed, to keep the water from running into the building in the future and minimizing the continued sinking of the cabin portion of the building,” she told residents. “Currently the cabin is settling, as it was never set on a foundation, and the water run-off is rotting the wood--it is listing, pulling the roof with it.”

   The City will be asking for volunteers to help with this effort so they can stretch the $5K to help with some of the other repairs.

  The next regular Council meeting is September 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., at Crouch Community Hall, 1022 Old Crouch Road. For information, contact City Clerk, Kim Bosse, at 462-4687.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

GV Library Closed Thursday/Friday!



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Davey's Bridge Construction

Davey’s Bridge, Crouch Idaho

Legacy Contracting Inc. began replacement construction over Davey’s Bridge on the Middle Fork of the Payette River on the Banks Lowman Road during the first part of July, 2012. Flaggers are on site while the construction is active. Use caution while passing through. Delays have been minimal. The project is located between Garden Valley and Crouch.
The project will be staged construction, with two stages:  Stage One will maintain traffic on the existing road, while the first portion of the bridge is being constructed.  Stage Two will divert traffic across the newly constructed structure while the second portion is being constructed.

The project's completion date is November of 2013. The project will be inactive during the winter months due to incremental weather.  Please travel safely through the project limits.    

End of Summer at the Market

We hope you're enjoying the relatively smoke free atmosphere this week. At the Market we are saying goodbye to our Summer help as they head back to College and we're busy replacing our Summer selections with Fall items that have begun to arrive. 
Have you seen the BSU bottle holders and can holders - to keep your beverages cold? Located by the Checkout counter! Local produce is coming on strong and you'll find Idaho Peaches, Nectarines, Corn and Squash showing up in our produce department.
In our Meat Dept, we've begun to carry the Jennie O line of turkey products. This Friday, if you're in the neighborhood, think of stopping by between 12 and 3pm and visit with Cheryl Goo as she samples out Turkey sausage, burgers and bacon. It's a heart healthy alternative and it's also very good.
Finally, Gerold and I are taking a few days of R&R and we'll see you when we return. Until then, enjoy shopping at the Market and don't hesitate to contact Cammie Hall with any questions or concerns.
We look forward to your next visit!
Greg and Gerold
Garden Valley Market
208 462-3817

Keeping Up With Friends of GV Library

General News on
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library, L-R: Christy Jauregui, Georgianna Goetsch,
Kathy Smith, Kathy Passie, Rich Wilson,
Al Scharf, Mary Wilson and Jody Mabe.
The last meeting of the Friends was on August 9, 2012, with Kathy Passie, Richard Wilson, Al Scharf, Mary Wilson, Jody Mabe, Kathy Smith, Georgianna Goetsch, Anjali Angel and Christy Jauregui attending.
Our $4,000 check was presented to the Library as our contribution to the parking lot paving. The parking lot has been prepared and drainage graded so is now ready. We have no firm date as yet on the paving, but Richard is in communication with the paving company and it will be done as the Highway 55 project and fire activity allows.
President Jody Mabe is a good listener--bring your ideas!
The new canopy shelter ($159.50 from Big 5 Sporting Goods) is ready for use. Al offered, and we happily accepted, extra side panels to accessorize. This shelter will get lots of good use through the summer months. Thanks, Richard, for the legwork!
The Ice Cream Social was discussed and details finalized.
Christy Jauregui watches Rich Wilson hand out the
star of the Ice Cream Social,
 a Root Beer Float
We reviewed the current Farmers Market schedule. September dates (8, 15, 22, and 29, with Oct.6 for the Fiber Faire) will be discussed at the September 6th meeting. The Market does not seem to be drawing as many customers this summer, so we entertained the idea of setting up in front of the Garden Valley Market (next to the door) beginning Labor Day weekend. Mary suggested taking the totes’price down to $19 for the rest of August and offering them at $14.95 Labor Day weekend. Georgianna suggested moving back toward the canvas bags, with Jody Clark’s drawing of the Library, and we further discussed marketing (colors, etc.). It was also suggested we sell the totes at a book sale to fill with “free”books.
 Saturday, March 16th will be the date of our birthday and silent auction for 2013. Having learned a few things from our first effort, we will refine our donation process for best result. Richard has agreed to gather musicians (the Garden Valley Pickers? or Mild Irish Rovers, perhaps?) for the musical aspect of the event.
Library Director, Kathy Smith, left, resists another one, while Pete Wilson noshes,
Mary Wilson orders a cone and Rich and Jody watch the crowd arrive.
Speakers Bureau: Lauren Fins will be able to give us a firm date for her chocolate program (hopefully, Friday, February 8th, or Saturday, February 9th) as soon has she has her dates for traveling abroad confirmed. Richard will follow up to confirm Carolyn Dufurena’s presentation before we pursue scheduling anyone else. We’re hoping for a musical program to round out our offerings. Al suggested we look into a program about old mines and Idaho history by architect Ernie Lombard for the spring.
Jody reviewed our history and procedures of doing oral history interviews for Al and Mary’s benefit. Different adaptations to our more standard interviews were suggested, and they look forward to participating in the near future.

"Hey, Billy just wanted a taste of the Chocolate Mint--what's the problem?"

Linda Baker has a Catholic youth group from St. Marks offering to do community service to work at the Library in September. We agreed to provide refreshments.

Georgianna gave an update on the pavilion at the park, hopefully to be completed in September.
Mary introduced a general discussion concerning the long term vision for Garden Valley, community interest, and communications.
More eager ice cream and library devotees.
Georgianna reviewed the City Council’s plans for a museum committee for the Old Library/Syringa building.
Our meeting concluded about 11:20. Our next meeting will be September 6, 2012.
(Ed. note: New members are cordially welcomed. This is a relaxed group meeting--bring your coffee and join in on the planning of events for our great new library.)
Notes submitted by Friends secretary, Christy Jauregui

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Garden Valley Mall for Best Buys!

My one reserve, as I drive to the Garden Valley Dump, is that the fellows working there won’t cooperate with me. They can be a surly lot, when they choose.

My misgivings are realized when Mr. X replies, “I won’t say anything and I don’t want my picture taken.”

Bill decends from his trash-moving aerie
to see what the heck this person wants.
So many garden possibilities.

Whining more than a little, I grouch myself around to the back to the huge Metal Department, where Bill answers briefly, “It’s all garbage, so write it the way you want it,” his back already moving away from me.

So I decide to do just that, already making up bratty dialogue with a nose-picking, butt-scratching yahoo I name "Clyde". 
A planter or rustic table base?

Planking, firewood, so much lumber.

Meanwhile, I take photos and remember all the good “buys” I’ve picked up at the Metal department: chicken-wire, fencing, chairs, drip hoses, posts, vintage bed-frames for vines, wire racks, antique sled—the list runs on.

The Lumber, Firewood, Landscaping and
Bath/Kitchen Interior departments
are all in the back, near Metal.

After I visit Home Furnishings and the Paint departments in front, the must stop is Kitchen and Gardening, behind the dumpsters. By this time, Mr. X has deemed me a serious and perseverant reporter and deigns to give me dialogue—no names though.

Landscaping or Art?
“This is the Mall,” he churls through his sandwich, a bite of which he doesn’t offer when I pointedly say yum, what is it? “The paint, the furniture, this is all the Mall and for everyone. We ask that aluminum cans be kept separate—we store them back here.”
Railroad ties for so many uses.

The Mall is beginning to hop, so I jump to grab a shot of Linda Bass. I have already appropriated my new Pastry Board and though I lust after a nice bowl, I realize now that this is a bowl Linda will appreciate, which I tell her. I hear her say to Mr. X, “Naw, I’m just looking—you gotta do this.” She grins at me, and says, “Wow, it’s a vintage McCoy serving bowl,” and walks away with it, waving her other find--a magnified make-up mirror.
Arty patrons add their talents to the carpet tapestry.
Tiles, buckets of paint, glues, turpentine,
mattresses--a homeowner's shopping nirvana.

Mr. X says they save everything in this department for a couple of weeks: “If no one picks it up, we toss it.”

Crouch Volunteer Ambulance EMT, Donnie Adams, confides, “My husband, Gene, used to love coming to the Mall. He called it “Wally World”. It was kind of like the highlight of his week!”

The wood stove that keeps the
guys going all winter.

Know how much vintage ladders like these
cost in Beverly Hills?

12:30 shopping and dropping madness.

I am told by Mr. X that I just missed all of the action. “Between 12:15 and 12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Miller Contracting, out of Horseshoe Bend, picks up with his big compacting truck. He’s got accounts all over the county. When he comes, it’s a madhouse—cars everywhere.”

Perfect Bob, get it in the truck!

As more trucks arrive, my new friend X says, “This is a self-service transfer station. People are required to take care of their own garbage but I like to help out.”

He shouts to a man whose bag spills and gets up to grab some trash, remarking, “I charge them when they miss and make a mess.”

Angel's find.
As I leave, Bill is using a long pole to fetch aluminum cans and Mr. X hollers to me, “Hey, remember—‘anonymous County source’!”

You got it.

Linda Bass shares and shops.

 So, browse a little--maybe they'll do online orders.

Baby blankets, flannels, home needs...

Donnie Adams drops off trash
and visits the returns department.

Tony DeMasters displays exemplary habits
as rep for the Forest Service.

Bill fishes out aluminum cans.

Jack Gardner arrives in style from down the hill.
Dave Hoxie forks out his cash as a good citizen.

Fido gets a new home.

Let's do Lunch!