October 2020 Caldwell Perspective

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Restored Caldwell Cougar Greets Students Once More

There’s a saying that you can’t really fix broken glass any more than you can unspill milk. Fortunately, for a Caldwell High School piece of art, that old adage didn’t apply-thanks to a team of amazing community-minded individuals with determined vision. After an unfortunate incident in 2017, the central art-glass panel of the Caldwell mascot was left shattered in pieces. The once proud cougar had been the focal point of a fine-panel work of art, years in the making. It had hung over the front door of the school building, welcoming students since 2005. The glass pieces had to be carefully gathered and were taken to an artist in Boise for reconstruction; however, the massive project seemed too difficult and costly to accomplish. As a result, the cougar was replaced with a simple clear glass, where it remained for five years. It was last year that educator Joyce Greenfield had a chance encounter with Sandy Dodson, a friend and former colleague at Caldwell High School. Sandy mentioned she was a loyal customer and had long admired the glass work of L and L Glasswork in Caldwell. If you didn’t know what to look for, you might easily pass by the charming little art shop on 16178 Homedale Road, a business nestled between acres of rural farmland. It was at this location, co-owners Victoria Linden and John Love pondered exactly how they would re-

create the broken cougar after Joyce presented them with the challenge. They graciously accepted, but as John truthfully realized, this wasn’t a normal project where, in his words, you “just cut a piece of glass out and throw it up there.” They both realized the project wasn’t out of the realm of possibility; just much more challenging than their usual brand of functional art glass, home décor, gifts, and other unique creations. The couple admits the enormous project sat in the back for several months until they found themselves with more time this spring when most of Caldwell shut down. They explained how, in spite of pandemic restrictions, “Everything just fell into place” since that time and the months that would follow. When they began tackling the project, the first dilemma they encountered was finding a glass panel with adequate dimensions. That answer came unexpectedly one day while John and Victoria were visiting with Melissa at Fusions in Eagle, their regular glass supplier. John mentioned the large project Caldwell had commissioned he and Victoria to complete, wishing he could find a piece of glass acceptable for their needs while staying on a limited budget. With a reminiscent smile, John remembers Melissa saying, “Come out back, I’ve got something to show you!” She led them outside, where, he saw, to his delight, “this 32-inch panel… complete.” Victoria added it

was “leaning up against their building and the weeds had grown up around it because it had been there for so long.” They both knew at that point they had found their golden ticket that would admit them to a place where they could complete the project. When they got back to the studio and opened up the panel, they were pleased to find that the broken cougar didn’t affect any of the other glass around it. John was able to take the broken piece out, of which only an outline of the original cougar remained as a reconstruction guide. They enlisted the help of Mauricio Quirante, a talented cover artist for Marvel Comics and lifelong friend whose varied original works adorn their studio walls. Together, they designed a new Caldwell mascot, one that would preserve the integrity of the original while having a uniqueness of its own. A proud alumnus of Caldwell High School, John felt his alma mater’s colors needed to be “big and bold.” They decided on a palette of blue, tan, and white-with amber for the Cougar’s eyes. A design was drawn up, which they took back to Joyce and Caldwell High School to be approved, which it unanimously was. There would be one more challenge before the cougar centerpiece could top the entry way of Caldwell High School: The interior cuts of glass. There were going to be a lot of them, in many jagged pieces like a puzzle needing

to be perfectly fused together. L and L Glasswork had been making bigger, outside cuts on projects for years, but they would need another team player to accomplish this final step. Again, their resourcefulness led them to Boise Metal Works, who possessed the ability to finish the project with a water jet machine. Their rare equipment had the ability to carve their cougar’s face design in detail with tiny pins until they all fit together meticulously. The glass was then put in place and fired at extremely high temperatures, and came out of the kiln as a beautiful work of art. It had been a full year since Joyce Greenfield had proposed a daunting job to Victoria Linden and John Love. The day finally arrived when the little- shop- (in the farmer’s field) that- could, watched the missing piece of a central art-glass panel take its rightful place in the doorway of Caldwell High School. Again, they used the talents of Mauricio Quirante to install the boldly colored Caldwell Cougar back where it belonged. First observers of the finished product were happy to note that all the pieces fit together-perfectly. Those who truly appreciate art know that each piece potentially carries a symbolic meaning, unique to the observer, and are quick to show a kind of reverence for the artist who created it. It is the hope of John, Victoria, and the team that worked

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John, Victoria in front of their one-of-a-kind glass creations.

John and Mauricio installing the Cougar

so tirelessly on the project, that those passing by will take time to look up and see the restored cougar as something more than just an empty space that was filled; but as a gift to the community that has a story to tell; one that was born of creativity, resourcefulness, hard work and determination. Perhaps students, returning to school after enduring challenges of their own, will look up at their mascot and realize a greater meaning: Even shattered glass can be miraculously designed, rebuilt, refined by fire, and turned into a treasured work of art.



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October 2 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse, free event. October 5 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Comm. Room, 110 5th Ave. October 6 4:30 PM: Science Wizards. Weekly event for kids ages 6-12 to explore science with projects each week, fee $30. Roberts Recreation center, (208) 4553060. 5 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell. 6 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek, Concert: Scott Pemberton, Indian Creek Plaza. October 7 CALDWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early release Teacher Collaboration. October 8 5:30 PM: Junior Culinary Club. Students, ages 8-14 learn their way around the kitchen, recipe, share ideas and have fun making friend, fee $20. Roberts Recreation center, (208) 4553060. October 9 6-10 PM: Grateful Concert, a tribute band, Indian Creek Plaza, Downtown Caldwell. October 10 10 AM-3 PM: Google search optimization for your local business. Learn basic search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to get your business found on Google, Bing and Yahoo. Ages 16 and up, fee $150. Classes are October 10th & 11th. Roberts Recreation center, (208) 455-3060.

October 10 (continued) 10 AM-4 PM: First Annual Cornhole Benefit Tournament, Hosted by Stampede for the Cure. Register at www. stampedeforthecure.org. 11 AM: Let’s Paint. Grow in your confidence and learn we really CAN DO IT, fee $25 per person per session, Roberts Recreation center, (208) 455-3060. October 12 7 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting, District Office Board Room 100. October 13 5 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market, Indian Creek Plaza, 6 PM: Tuesdays on the Creek, Concert: Casio Dreams, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown. 7 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, CPD, Community Room, 110 5th Ave. October 14 CALDWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early release Teacher Collaboration October 15 6-9 PM: Downtown Get Down, monthly family focused night, Indian Creek Plaza, Downtown Caldwell. October 16 4-6 PM: Idaho Arts Charter Rock Band Concert, free concert by students for their Senior Projects, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown. October 17 5-10 PM: “Hope Down” hosted by Advocates Against Family Violence, tickets required, presenting sponsors: Homes of Idaho and Evergreen Home Loans. Ticket link available on www.indiancreekplaza.com October 19 7 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 5th Ave.

October 21 CALDWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early release Teacher Collaboration. October 24 1-5 PM: The Great Downtwon Harvest Festival. Food & wine, pumpkin carving competition, Halloween activities, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown. October 28 CALDWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early release Teacher Collaboration. 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect, First Interstate Bank, 620 S. Kimball Ave. October 30 VALLIVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT: No School. October 31

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Elections Office Working to Open Additional Polling Locations on Election Day The full list of Election Day polling locations will be released on Friday, October 2, following approval from the Board of County Commissioners. The list of Election Day polling locations will also be posted on the County website at www.canyonco.org/elections. While voters may use any of the in-person early voting locations to cast their ballots during the early voting period, the Election Day polling locations will be precinct-specific. Once the polling locations are approved, mailers will be sent to all registered voters informing them of their Election Day polling location. In-person early voting will be available to registered voters at the following locations: O’Connor Field House – S 22nd Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605; Oregon Trail Church of God – 23057 Old Hwy 30, Caldwell, ID 83607 Four of the in-person early voting locations open on October 19 as required by State statute, with the Caldwell location at O’Connor Field House opening a week earlier on October 12. The last day to vote early is Friday, October 30. Early voting hours are Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Voters are encouraged to preregister to vote ahead of the October 9 deadline by visiting idahovotes.gov or in-person at the Canyon County Elections Office, located at 1102 E Chicago St in Caldwell. Voters can also use idahovotes.gov to request an absentee ballot and check on the status of their absentee ballot request. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots returned after 8:00 p.m. on November 3 will not be counted.

October 2020 At a special meeting on September 14, 2020 the Caldwell City Council decided not to participate in the Governor’s Public Safety Initiative (GPSI). The GPSI proposes to use federal CARES Act funding to pay for police and fire payroll expenses between March and December 2020. The payroll savings realized by the city would have been credited against property taxes in 2021. The CARES Act provides funding only for expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Further, the expenditures must have been unanticipated and not accounted for in the current Caldwell city budget. After carefully evaluating these criteria, the Caldwell City Council concluded that participation in the GPSI would be inappropriate for the city. Caldwell police and fire payroll expenses were budgeted for in the current fiscal year and the services provided by those departments were not “substantially dedicated” to addressing COVID-19 as required under the CARES Act and applicable guidance. The language of the CARES Act and unanswered questions about how it works with the GPSI largely contributed to the de-

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cision. “At this point, I can’t say that our department duties have been different over the last six months than they were before the coronavirus pandemic,” said Caldwell Police Chief Frank Wyant. “We have implemented new safety measures for this pandemic, but we have continued to serve the community of Caldwell in full capacity.” Caldwell acknowledges that other cities and counties participating in the GPSI may certainly have had different needs associated with COVID-19 and budgeted differently with respect to police and fire personnel. Caldwell was previously appropriated approximately $1.9 million under the CARES Act in March of this year to cover expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 crisis between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020. Caldwell has carefully tracked its expenditures and used approximately $140,000 of those funds to cover additional first responder expenses to date, including PPE and employee time. In addition, the Caldwell City Council had already previously planned to take 0% of the available 3% increase available to the city for property tax revenue for fiscal year 2021, effectively

saving taxpayers’ dollars. Caldwell leadership highly values the quality of life of residents and has worked hard to lower the property tax levy rate over the last decade. “Every dollar we spend is done with the safety and well-being of our citizens in mind,” said Mayor Nancolas. “As our population increases, so have our first responder demands. Fortunately, the amount we budgeted for fiscal year 2020, with the addition of CARES Act funds appropriated in March, has been sufficient to cover all COVID-19 related expenses. While we are grateful for the Governor’s willingness to work with local government on property tax relief, the program would not be appropriate for Caldwell at this time since we have not incurred enough reimbursable expenses.” “Since the start of COVID-19, the Caldwell Fire Department has worked regularly with Canyon County Ambulance, Sheriff and Emergency Management on the response to the COVID-19 impacts in Canyon County,” said Caldwell Fire Chief Mark Wendelsdorf. “To date, the expenses related to COVID-19 responses have been reimbursed to the city through the March

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for this fall and winter season. The Fire Department continue to work within the budgetary guidelines as set out in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.”


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Page 4 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE Chief Andrew Cater retired on September 30th after ten years of service to the City of Caldwell as Fire Marshal and 30 years in the fire service. Leading up to his retirement, Chief Cater reflected upon the years he served with Caldwell Fire saying, “I love Caldwell. It’s a great place and I will miss the people”. He is, however, ready to spend quality time with his supportive wife, Shari, and their family. Caldwell Fire Department would like to express their gratitude to Chief Cater for all his hard work over the years. Fire Prevention Week is October 4th-10th. This year we are reminding our citizens to be mindful in the kitchen. Test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries every 6 months. Remember to practice your home escape plan several times per year – Draw a map of your home indicating exits and know two ways out of each room. Have a safe meeting place that is fixed like a tree or the mailbox and make sure everyone in the home knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. STAY focused on the food Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen–even for a short

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period of time. • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking, or carry around a wooden spoon as a reminder. KEEP cooking areas clear Clear away clutter and give cooking appliances space to lessen the chance of a kitchen fire. • Keep anything that can catch fire–oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, towels, curtains–away from the stovetop. • Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. • Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop. PUT a lid on it You can take simple steps to keep a small kitchen fire from getting out of control. •Always keep a lid nearby when cooking, if a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool. • Never discharge a portable fire extinguisher into a grease fire because it can spread the fire.

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• In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until the oven is cool. After the fire, have the oven serviced before using it again. • If you have a microwave oven fire, turn the appliance off immediately and keep the oven Chief Andrew Cater door closed. Have the microwave oven serviced before using again. PREVENT scalds and burns Hot liquids and steam from the stove or oven can cause devastating injuries. • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. • Keep hot foods and liquids away from the table and counter edge. • Keep your face away from the oven door when checking or removing food so that the heat or steam does not cause burns. • Open microwaved food slowly, away from face. Let food cool before eating. • Keep appliance cords coiled and away from counter edges.

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The Idaho Pocahontas chapter announces the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest for 2020-2021. This is a national contest for all public and home-schools 5th through 8th grades. The American History contest topic is “The Boston Massacre”, which subject marks the 250th anniversary of this pivotal event that paved the way to the American Revolution. At the chapter level, one essay for

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a ‘Grove I do’ couple. The Grove adhered to strict COVID-19 facial covering guidelines. The Chandlers had their Aug. 21 wedding ceremony at The Grove, but decided to move their reception of 35 people to the Caldwell Train Depot in Canyon County. “We didn’t want to have our wedding pictures or wedding video to be all mask,” Allison said, “You keep those things for a lifetime and we didn’t necessarily want that reminder. It brings up a lot of sad things… that’s not something you want to memorialize forever and show your kids.” Central District Health’s current public health order for Ada County states “social gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.” Southwest District Health’s guidance for mass gatherings and public events, updated March 17 and applies to Canyon County, recommends the cancellation of gatherings and public events of 50 people or more. Despite everything, Allison said they were supposed to end up at the train depot and are grateful to be married. They hope to celebrate with all their

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with the similar goal you both have of exiting the thicket, fruit in hand, with as few scratches as possible. At the end of the day, we can have genuine respect for the energetic, organized mom who perfectly executes an evening of educational family fun while managing to look beautiful. At the same time, great admiration should be bestowed on the hopelesslyhg exhausted one who, with smeared mascara mixed with tears, puts on p.j.’s, draws the blinds by 6 p.m., and perfectly tricks her kids into bed early to save her sanity. When 2020 eventually comes to an end, the opportunity will come for your family to look in the rear window and be proud of what you endured, decided, and created together. You may even realize you picked more berries than you ever thought possible- a thought even more comforting than a freshly sliced piece of homemade bread- spread, of course, with a generous helping of blackberry jam. Want to learn, laugh, be supported, and connect with other parents? Join the Facebook ParenTrix group page, follow us @TrixParen on Twitter, or visit www.parentrix.com.

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October 2020 Many people struggle with their confidence throughout their life. It can be challenging to find the courage to be yourself in today’s society. As a result, here are 7 suggestions on how to increase your self-esteem and reduce your anxiety in your life. 1. Know your weaknesses and strengths: It is important to know what skills you have in your life. Taking a skills assessment test is a great way to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Once you realize your skill sets, the next step is

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walking, running, biking, etc.) has been shown to increase endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body and can help improve sleep. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-pace physical activity each week. 2. Eat more nutrient-dense foods. Good nutrition is an important stress management tool. Make sure to have an eating schedule in place to ensure regular meals and choose high-fiber foods and foods with

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complish all of your goals. You can always change your goals so that you can be more successful. 6. Talk to others: It is important that you talk to other successful people in order to get a better perspective of your life. Listening to other people’s challenges and accomplishments can go a long way in feeling better about yourself. You can also learn how to overcome the obstacles in your life. 7. Be persistent: Do not give up in achieving your goals in

Valley specifically, ER volume was down 36 percent in April 2020 compared to April 2019. While these numbers have rebounded some the past couple of months and are not quite as pronounced, there is still cause for concern. Cumulatively between April-June, our division’s ER volume as a network was down nearly 25 percent compared to 2019 – West Valley’s was down 22 percent. The stats show people are delaying care for more than broken bones. In June, the CDC reported that patients have been deferring treatment for acute conditions. There has been a 20 percent reduction in the number of patients presenting at hospitals with stroke symptoms, a 23 percent reduction in patients presenting with symptoms of heart attack and a 10 percent decline in ER visits related to uncontrolled high blood sugar. In too many instances, when cases such as this have presented at our hospital, it’s been later in the course of their illness and they have been sicker on arrival than we’ve typically seen. The danger of delaying or avoiding care for these and

other emergent conditions is clear. It can result in permanent disability or death. While these trends are disconcerting, they’re – in many cases – avoidable. We understand people may be anxious about visiting healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the fears are unfounded. Rest assured that our clinicians, nurses, and staff are committed to protecting our patients, colleagues, and all who come to our hospital and that West Valley is among the safest possible places to receive care at this time. Furthermore, compared to many hospitals in other states and countries, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have remained low at our hospital. West Valley continues to take extensive precautions to maximize safety. We have implemented health and safety standards above and beyond the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These precautions include limiting entry into our hospitals and implementing enhanced screening processes for patients, visitors, and staff. We have a universal masking policy requiring all

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ule. Ensure a schedule is in place to maintain sleep accountability. Start winding down before your scheduled sleep time by removing external light (TV, smart phones, and tablets), and choose to wind down instead by reading a book, writing in a journal, or chatting with your partner. If you do find yourself lying in bed and not being able to fall asleep, get up and find something relaxing to do like journaling, reading, or meditating.

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Staying in bed when you cannot sleep can actually induce even more stress. Try going back to bed after 30 minutes of relaxing activity. For questions and/or for more information on health and wellness, please contact Jackie Amende at 208-459-6003, jamende@uidaho.edu, or visit the Canyon County Extension Office (501 Main St. Caldwell, ID 83605).

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Page 8 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE The nights grew long; the air cooled; leaves changed color; migrating birds made their way south - fleeing winter. Fall was almost upon us – my favorite time of year. A walk through the forest was a trip to an art gallery. The trees compete, each a work of nature’s glorious art. A canopy of color shaded me. I stood under them, looked up and saw sunlight streaming through the branches. It struck each leaf and was reflected back with an un-imaginable brilliance. In the quiet of the forest, I heard a small snap. A single leaf floated delicately to the ground. A light breeze stirred the branches - a multicolored snow storm. The colored

flakes landed on my head and shoulders. They cover the seeds and nuts dropped earlier in the year. Some already had small sprouts reaching for the sky. The seeds of new life were soon buried under a cover of delicate and dying leaves, a cover provided by the tall trees standing over them. The leaves protected the future from the cold winter to follow. In spring, the leaves decomposed and provided rich nutrients to nourish a new generation. A week later I was back. I wanted to enjoy the season before it was gone. The leaves rustled under my feet. The air was scented with the odor of dampness and de-

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lings. The trees and I have weathered many storms. We swayed and bent under their force, but we stood over our young, sheltered them, and covered them when they were cold. My heart felt lighter. Fall was not the beginning of the end. It is the past protecting the future. One day, a storm will blow in; I’ll topple over – my winter. The young I sheltered, free of my shadow, will take my place to protect the next generation – my job complete.

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October 2020 When steelhead runs were good I spent a fair share of my recreation time on the Salmon and Clearwater rivers in October. As the runs have dwindled my addiction to the sport has waned as well. I didn’t fish for them at all last Fall and the Fall before that I only fished a couple of days. Maybe I will spend a couple of days on the Salmon this

Fall, although hatchery runs are weak, one bright spot is that wild runs are better this fall not good but better. Catching a wild steelhead is truly a cathartic experience. I can still remember the first one I caught. It was near dark early November fishing from the bank in a snow storm I hooked up “Karen bring the net I got one”. The fish once inside the net, a triumphant first pump. 1988 I was hooked. I don’t think a

Dirt Perspective Let’s just admit it the year 2020 has not been anything we could’ve anticipated nor chose it if we could. So let me be the first to say, I’m glad it’s almost over. Not trying to be a bummer here but I’ll bet you’re thinking the same thing and that the old normal is looking pretty good about now. But on the bright side I’ve spent more time in the garden and I’ve actually had the chance to eat what I planted. I sure hope you took advantage of this time for gardening. My first surprise came when we had that spring frost and all my peach tree blossoms were on the ground like pink snow. I thought for sure I wasn’t going to get a single peach. I didn’t see any peaches until I noticed some deep red blotches inside the middle hiding under all the leaves.

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sure, just something his wife picked up. Well I said if you don’t know the type then it’s probably growing what it was supposed to. I explained that many times, plants are sold without a defined picture or detailed description of the type and growing details of the plant. It is best not to buy plants with just a general description of type on it. I suggest that you buy plants with very good descriptions of the type of plant on it to avoid growing something you don’t want. Or buy the seeds you want precisely and start them indoors so they’re ready to be planted outdoors when the weather is conducive. So I hope you don’t mind if I were to say 2020 please come to an end soon. Until next time, Pat

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Greg Chaney is in his third term in the Idaho House of Representatives serving Legislative District 10—which includes most of Caldwell. He is a member of the Revenue and Taxation Committee and is the Chairman of the Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee. Greg has worked and successfully passed a wide range of legislation ranging from increasing campaign finance transparency to removing the teenage act of “sexting” from being considered a felony violation of the state’s child pornography statute. Greg grew up in rural Canyon County, Idaho, where his family raised beef steers, replacement dairy heifers, and sheep. His father worked for a local dairyman as a farm manager. In high school, when Greg wasn’t working at home or engaged in a 4-H or FFA project, he was earning money building fence, irrigating, or milking cows on area farms. Greg graduated from Kuna High School and has a B.A. in Communications and Political Science from Boise State University. Greg completed his Juris Doctor degree at Concordia University School of Law in Boise in December 2017 and took the February 2018 bar exam. After admission to the Idaho State Bar in May 2018, Greg opened Chaney Law Office, PLLC in Caldwell, Idaho where his emphasis is on civil litigation and personal injury cases. Greg and his wife Sarah have 6 children between them ranging in age from 8 to 18. Sarah, a former 911 dispatcher, works as Greg’s paralegal and shares his passion for the law and justice.

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My great-great-grandfather moved to the Middleton area in 1876 and soon became unwavering in his commitment to help the region make the most of its boundless potential. A farmer and a banker, he helped encourage the growth of industry and agriculture and was later elected to public office as Canyon County Treasurer and Canyon County Commissioner. His pioneering spirit helped pass down a legacy of public service and dedication to the growth and advancement of Canyon County’s prosperity. Whether you’ve been part of our community for 5 months or 5 generations, your presence here adds to the legacy we pass on to future generations of Canyon County residents who will inherit the opportunities and challenges we leave behind. I’m committed to ensuring that as our economy progresses and prosperity grows, we maintain the best parts of our life as Canyon County residents: respect for Almighty God; a sense of community; a family-friendly culture where our children can be raised with traditional values and timeless principles; fiscal accountability and restraint in government; respect for the value of a hard day’s work; and, appreciation and consideration for one another. If this sounds like the kind of legacy you’d like to leave behind, I’d like to invite your cooperation in making it happen. Together, our legacy can be the safe and prosperous community we leave for future generations where families enjoy the best quality of life imaginable.

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