Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Direction for Garden Valley Senior Center!

Louie makes rounds through Crouch but does all his shopping at Granny's.

  After a spirited annual membership
meeting last week, the SeniorCenter will be moving forward into a new dimension.
  Members accepted a couple of constitutional amendments: 1) Most assuredly, the seniors in this valley are NOT “aged” nor will they be referred to again as “aged” in the Senior Center Constitution; 2) The minimum number of board members can be three, to a max of seven. The new board is comprised of: Mike Butler, C.J. Scharf, Jayne Carlson, Ruth Richter, Ed Koch, and Sue Sebastian. There is a slot for anyone interested in helping the center move into its new form.
  On to the Big Issue: For a year, the Center has been contracted with CCOA, their new agency for food services. The board was informed by CCOA that as of July 1, they would no longer pay for staff (coordinator, cook and assistant cook), and that they would only provide the Center with reimbursements based on the number of meals served.
  The board was left with the dilemma of trying to find ways to continue its meal services for what was sometimes only a group of less than ten. Meal attendance was very inconsistent, a budget would be hard to establish and follow, and how or why to pay for kitchen help with low meal attendance.
 The question of to keep or not to keep CCOA was made easier to answer in that there was no real benefit to keeping them—CCOA always took 23% of what they gave the Center, whereas the previous agency for many years, EOA, charged under 1%. Outgoing board member, Ken Patterson, said, “Many agencies took the money before we got it—CCOA was an indirect hit—we wound up with the bones instead of the meat!”
  The new Senior Center will be run by volunteers only, for the time being. Head Granny, Ruth Richter, and her co-hort, Peggy Parker, have offered to temporarily cover basic responsibilities--answering the phone, maintaining schedules, renting the facility—as they are often around the center.
  For meals, they will schedule a volunteer or a volunteer group who will provide one meal a month, along with an after-dinner activity. The center will provide a $100 stipend to help pay for the meal and partakers will be asked to make a donation as they have been doing. It can be a thematic dinner such as Full Moon, BBQ Burgers and Brats, Mexican night, etc.
  Center volunteers will continue to organize community fundraisers, like Bazaars, Home Tour, Rummage Sales, Talent Show and Bingo. Volunteers could schedule presentations as do the Friends of the Library; teach classes; offer general health services; provide service for the homebound; and promote the center as a place to visit, have a cuppa, use wifi, read, and catch up with each other. Stay tuned.
    The last regular Thursday breakfast at 9:30 am, will be on 6/27, with Ham & Eggs Scramble, Hash Browns, Biscuit and Fruit.
  Our last regular Dinner will be served at 6pm, Friday, 6/28. Rachel will cook Chicken-Fried Steak, Vegetable, Salad Bar and Trifle.
  But don’t despair: July 4 PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be from 8-11am, with Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Hash Browns, OJ and hot drinks, for $5. Bring yo family.
  Ione’s free Exercise Class will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm. Wear loose clothing and make friends while toning up.
  The Center can be reached at 462-3943 or, or stop in at 261 S. Middle Fork Road, when you see a car! Granny’s Closet is a good time shopping, with fantastic prices and merchandise and you can derive all sorts of the latest info from the grannies: Fri, 12-5 and Sat, 10 (again) -4. Feel like volunteering? Just say so. See you at the Center.

Crouch Water Project Moves Ahead

      At the June 12 Crouch City Council meeting, Crouch City Planner, Jerome Mapp, announced that a public hearing will be held on a requested lot split for the City’s new  water tower site. The one-acre split from the Bortles’ property off of Packer John Road will be considered by the Boise County Board of Commissioners on July 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in the Commissioners Chambers in the Miners Exchange Building, Idaho City.
  The public is invited to comment in writing by July 2, 5:00 p.m., and oral testimony will be accepted at the hearing. The council hopes to have a meeting with the public before July 9, to discuss the Crouch water project, which has been in planning for five years. Forsgren and Associates will present a readable map so residents may see where the water lines run.
  Forsgren engineer, Gary Ashby, says the project is targeted to go to bid in July, 2013, and will be announced in the Idaho World.
  City Clerk, Vickie Chandler, has completed her notary work, so as soon as she receives her stamp, she will be available as a notary.
  The Crouch Museum has not only gotten a facelift after its fire, it is receiving a makeover too. Exterior blemishes are being removed and loose boards tightened on. If you are looking for a volunteer project to work on and would like to be a part of the painting brigade, contact Vickie Chandler.
  The inside of the building is filling with glass-fronted cases, re-upholstered chairs, and the pictures and photos have been organized by the men of the museum board. Long time resident, John Tucker, has supplied stories for most of them, which will be attached. The city owns works by local, acclaimed artist, James Castle, and there are a few mementos. The board will welcome any donation or loan of historical items.
  Mary Wilson, president of the GV Center for the Arts, presented a design for their new sign, and asked for approval of it and waiver of the $150 fee for the 5-foot by 6 ½ foot sign. In her update on the center, she said they are receiving a donation from Treasure Valley Community College, of $20K worth of pottery equipment, including eight potter’s wheels and two kilns. Potter, Gail White, will hold classes in the back area of the building, which is designated to be the pottery studio.
  The council re-approved and adopted Ordinance 2013-01, which provides for a City Arts Commission, and Ordinance 2013-02, which provides for the creation of a Museum Board.
  Clerk Chandler was pleased to announce that almost all City businesses (99) have paid their license fees. She explained that the Old Crouch Mercantile Exchange Crafts Mall significantly raised the number and that the numbers include businesses and vendors.
  Syringa Club purchased two hanging baskets for the building and Chandler is very happy with the watering and gardening assistance she has gotten from GV High School junior, Gus Hinson. She says, “When he is ready to apply for college scholarships, we can write a recommendation.”
  The next Council meeting will be on July 10, at 6:30 p.m. The Amended Budget Hearing will take place on this date. Contact the City Clerk at 462-4687, for information.

Dog Days Can Lead to Dog Blues

   A recent walk led to the discovery of three dogs left on a ninety-degree day with only a tub of mud for drinking water. The dogs seem healthy and happy so this may not be considered a case of abuse but this kind of negligence can lead to overheating and serious complications, according to the ASPCA.

  Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so it is advised to give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun. 

  Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

  It is recommended to never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. "On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time--even with the windows open--which could lead to fatal heat stroke," says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.

  A few more hints to prevent the summer blues: Not all dogs are good swimmers so it is advisable to supervise them. Sensitive paw pads can burn, so be aware of ground temperatures. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets and avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.

  Remember that many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances. Call your
Veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435  begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance. 

Search Continues in Boise County for Remains of Teenager

  On Saturday, June 8, fifty searchers and two certified cadaver canines spread through the mountains above Pine Flats Campground to search for remains of Kyle Tolley, a 17-year-old male wearing only a t-shirt and shorts, and no shoes, who disappeared August 18, 2001, after a night of revelry and drugs.
  Boise County Detective, John Krempa, was contacted six weeks ago by Tolley’s family, who questioned the status of his disappearance. “None of the people who worked on the case have worked for the county for many years,” explains Krempa. “The only person who was familiar with the file was Forest Service officer, Rick Kline. I spoke to him, read the narratives and got a lot of the background.”
  On the morning of Tolley’s disappearance, Boise County Sheriff Gary Brown got a call from Pine Flats camp post, who stated that two campers reported three guys who were “really acting weird”.
  At the hot springs, Brown arrested two young men “out of their minds”, who were high and hallucinating (one was Tolley’s brother). At their campground, 400 yards east of the springs, the sheriff also arrested the wife of one of the men. She was high also but was coherent enough to state that Tolley had taken off up the hill, saying he was going to find the nearest McDonalds.

Dan Scovel, Search Manager for Idaho Mountain
Rescue, top right, advises searchers to ask
 if it doesn't look right: "make notes about
what you see; don't make anything up--you've
got to be truly factual."
  After booking the three people, Sheriff Brown returned for their car and did a quick search for Tolley, who had left behind over $300 in his wallet. Brown figured the kid had hitched a ride. It took the family two years to realize the transient Tolley was missing and to file a report.
  Why did it take ten years for the county to act on the report? Detective Krempa answers, “It happens all the time. You get a call—people scatter. It’s routine. Years ago they didn’t go out searching—our attitude has come a long way since then. When I got the e-mail, I tracked down family members and the narratives matched. I got a DNA sample. We talked to Idaho Mountain Rescue (IMR) and the Idaho State Police (ISP) and we guessed he never left the area. I feel we do need to make an effort and we are definitely doing that.”
  On the morning of the search, Boise County Sheriff, Ben Roeber, says the canines separately located a spot of interest the night before, where bones were discovered. “We’ll have the ISP specialists up today to determine whether they are human or not.”
  Delinda Castellon, Public Information Officer for IMR, explains that the cadaver canines are highly trained to differentiate between human and animal remains and no personal possessions of the victims are used.
  Sheriff Roeber says his department requested assistance from IMR. “They come well-prepared, with a command trailer, accounting for a search, a plan for the teams with radio contact between everyone—it’s a portable dispatch center.”
  Roeber explains that rather than just wait for the ISP specialists, they’re using the situation as a training exercise. “We have time on our side and we’re not sure what we’ve found. With the elapsed time, the evidence may be scattered and we don’t want to let the opportunity go, now that we have these services.”
  Later in the afternoon, Detective Krempa announces the discovered bones have not proven to be human remains. It is a disappointment for all but he says there have been several areas identified that they will excavate.
  .In answer to why the canines have scented out bones of a deer, Detective Krempa speculates: “They can catch a scent in the wind. They are supposed to be cross-trained to miss deer and elk. It’s possible they know more than we think—both dogs focused on the same spot though both were out separately. We will have to excavate.”
  The searchers and canines involved bring their services to the county for no remuneration—in fact, as Detective Krempa says, they all have to spend to be here. The common concern of different volunteers and the professionals was expressed by Delinda Castellon: “We feel privileged that the sheriff called us out on this. We all hope for success. There is a tremendous sadness here for the family—it would be great to offer some closure.”

In photo: Anne Moser trained Watson, her giant schnauzer, who is certified in Cadaver and Lifeline Air Search

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Catch Music at the Library!

·       WHEN:  Thursday, June 27th, 2013
at 7:00Pm.

·       WHERE:  Garden Valley Library,
Old Crouch Road.

·       WHAT:  An evening of music featuring local guitarist, Shane Wilson and composer, John Rich.

·       ADMISSION:  Free to the public.   (Donations graciously accepted) 
·       Refreshments will be served by “Friends of the Library”.

·       WHAT IS NEW:  Come out and see the new patio addition to the Library.  meet these local artists, and enjoy the evening.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Garden Valley ~ Davey's Bridge Update

June 17, 2013
Davey’s Bridge

The Bridge is located at the turnoff to Crouch, at Middle Fork Road, off Banks Lowman Hwy

Construction Activities and Upcoming Work
Construction of the MSE Wall will continue through this week. The Bag Wall at Abutment 1 is near complete and the Bag Wall at Abutment 2 will be built concurrently with the MSE Wall. The deck steel will be placed this week. LCI will be making preparations for the deck pour scheduled for next week.

Traffic Delays
Legacy Contracting Inc is scheduled to work Monday thru Friday. Flagging operations may be required between the hours of 7AM and 8PM M-F with up to 15 minute delays.

Alternate Routes
No reasonable alternate routes currently available to bypass the construction site. If one is traveling west from Garden Valley and intends to stop in Crouch, Old Crouch Road can be taken to bypass the construction site.

Contact Information
Construction Manager: Sean Jackson, Project Engineer
Mailing Address: 1119-A Banks Lowman Rd
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Office Phone: 208-462-5166

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Hosts Wanted for Idaho Campgrounds

Horsethief Reservoir Seeks Summer Host

Horsethief Reservoir is a summer weekend fishing destination for thousands of Idahoans. But the right person could spend the remainder of the summer there in 2013, serving as host for the Fish and Game-owned reservoir and camping area.
“We’re looking for a person or persons to meet and greet the camping public throughout the summer and serve as ambassadors for the Department of Fish and Game,” recreation site maintenance foreman, Dennis Hardy said. “Providing information, troubleshooting for campers and gently enforcing area rules are just some of the duties associated with the position.”
Applications are currently being accepted for the position of camp host at the popular recreation site. This is an unpaid, volunteer position, and applicants must have a fully self-contained recreational vehicle. A small per diem is offered to help hosts defer some expenses.
Located just east of Cascade, the 260-acre site is situated within a forested area, giving it a high mountain lake appearance. Horsethief is managed as a rainbow trout fishery and is a popular summer destination for anglers and other recreationalists.
      For additional information or to apply for the volunteer host position, contact Dennis Hardy at Fish and Game’s Southwest Region office in Nampa, 208-465-8465 or by e-mail at

Martin Landing Summer Host Sought

With Martin Landing slated for a grand opening sometime in July, Fish and Game is looking for the right volunteer to serve as campground host for the newly renovated area that remains a work in progress.
Just last year, Fish and Game partnering with Canyon County Parks and Recreation to secure a $210,000 grant from Idaho Parks and Recreation to give the area – located just northwest of Parma on the Snake River – a much-needed face lift. Since then, a new access road, parking area, walking paths, tent camping pads, pit-vault toilets and 11 RV sites have been constructed at the area now known as Martin Landing. When completed, Martin Landing will be jointly managed by both partnering agencies.
Plans call for a volunteer campground host to be on site when Martin opens in July. “We’re looking for a person or persons to meet and greet the camping public throughout the summer and serve as ambassadors for Fish and Game, and Canyon County Parks and Recreation, F&G recreation site maintenance foreman," Dennis Hardy said. “Providing information, troubleshooting for campers and gently enforcing area rules are just some of the duties associated with this volunteer position.” The volunteer position does include a “host” RV site with full hookups.
For more information or to apply for this volunteer position, contact Hardy at /(208-465-8465) or CCPR Director Tom Bicak at

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chamber Meeting June 13

From the office of the President
Garden Valley Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 10
Garden Valley, ID 83622

Agenda for June 13, 2013

Call to Order by President Diane Caughlin at 6:00 pm 
DINNER - Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Coleslaw and Dessert

Selected Delegates

 Fire Chief Jon Delvalle will update us on the new burn permit process and the upcoming fire season which, by all indications, could be a real "barn burner "as we used to say back in the day! Back by popular demand, and because it was short notice for the last meeting.  New Maps – time for new update presented by Julie Leslie

New Business

 4th of July-Update

 Steamer Bill from Golden Eagle Radio-Music Festival Fundraiser

Old Business

 Marketing Meetings (We’ve resumed the marketing meetings every Friday at Wild Bill’s at 9:00 am). Everyone is welcome. This time we will do our AAR for Spring Fling.

 GV Chamber Directory
Reports of Officers

Secretary-Minutes will be on the website for review prior to the meeting.

 Treasurer’s report will be posted online, same as above prior to the meeting
Please check the website to update your webpage on the website.
Member updates-open to all members to pitch their product or update us on what’s going on with their businesses.

Networking until the meeting is over.
Next Meeting is July 11th at the Scharf‘s for a potluck after we float from Bunch Dr. at 6:00
Adjournment 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Children's Library Youth Garden Needs Materials

 Contributed by Christie Jauregui
The Youth Garden setup at GV Library is in progress and they are looking for a few things to help pretty things up and keep things neat.  Contributions are gratefully accepted at the library with a huge ‘Thank You’!
•    Colorful scatter rugs so they don't track SO much dirt inside
•    Any old screw in the wall hooks ( They will use these on the garden posts for hanging up sweatshirts, coats, hats etc) They don't need to match... more fun if they don't
•    Shepard’s hooks that poke into the ground
•    Hummingbird or bird feeders ( and seed until they get the plants going for bird feeding)
•     Bird bath
•     Laundry basket full of wood chunks or like tree branch slices... for nature play ( stacking and sorting)
•     Recycle bin for plastic, paper, aluminum or however they need to be sorted here
•     Latex paint in YELLOW< PINK< PURPLE< BLUE for the tires
•     Cute outdoor bin or basket for left items ( water bottles, hats, etc)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Friends of GV Library Meeting

Friends of the Garden Valley Library
Meet Thursday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m.
Everyone is invited.
Meeting Minutes May, 2013
  The meeting was called to order at 10:20 a.m.  Members present included Kathy Passie. Kathy Smith, Angel, Al Scharf, Rich Wilson, and Jody Mabe.
  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved with corrections.  The Treasurer’s report was tabled until receipts from Spring Fling could be tabulated.  (Robbie later reported via email that we took in $106, although I assume that did not  include the $25 table fee.)
  Under Old Business, members discussed participation in Spring Fling.  Most vendors reported a slow day with few people from outside the community buying items.  We discussed other ways to market our goods, including asking the Chamber of Commerce or local merchants to display/market some of our wares, having our merchandise out during other Library programs, and making them more visible in the Library. Jody will look into a used display cabinet in Boise and Rich will check with Gerold and Greg to see if they have a spare one.
  In other Old Business, Jody thanked members for putting on such a successful program with Ernie Lombard.  We would like to schedule Carolyn Dufureena in either the summer or fall; Rich will check on her schedule.  Jody will also check with Lauren Finns about doing a winter program.  No recommendation was made as to scheduling Del Parkinson until we could ask him about a suitable piano.
  Under New Business, Angel announced the Nosy Neighbor home tour for June 1 from 10:00 to 4:00 with tickets available at the Garden Valley Market and the Senior Center.  This is a benefit for the Senior Center, and a number of homeowners have volunteered to open their homes for viewing.
There was no report from either Cass Meissner or the Landscape Committee, so the meeting adjourned at 11:25.  The next meeting will be Thursday, June 6.
Jody Mabe, Acting Secretary

Saturday, June 1, 2013

German Shepherd Puppy Lost

Have you seen a small German Shepherd Puppy in Garden Valley who answers to "Ruger"? He might be in the Castle Mountain vicinity. Call Kathy at 462-3438,462-4620, or Michael at 941-2879.