August 2020 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 68 l AUGUST 2020


by Rachel Johnson


The Caldwell Night Rodeo board of directors released this statement in regards to the 2020 CNR. “For over 95 years, the Caldwell Night Rodeo has been an integral partner of the communities in Idaho’s Treasure Valley by providing a family-friendly, world-class rodeo experience and by assisting numerous local charities and service clubs through donations and fund-raising opportunities made possible by our annual event. As an organization, CNR is keenly aware of its many responsibilities to our community, thus it is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors must share the news with our devoted fans that the 96th Annual Caldwell Night Rodeo will not take place in August of 2020. For 2020, we will miss the camaraderie, the competition, and the congregation of community that is Caldwell Night Rodeo. Most of all, we will miss the Rowdies and the Civies and the electric atmosphere our fans create when they stand each night for our National Anthem and when they cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls in the arena. However, we are optimistic for the future, and are looking forward to seeing you all


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again at the 2021 Caldwell Night Rodeo ‘Where the Cowboys are the Stars!” It was shortly after the cancellation was announced that Ray Wolfe and Don Ogawa got to talking. The two Community service minded individuals were concerned about the effect the cancellation would have on the Caldwell Service Clubs. Various causes that the local clubs support: eradicating polio, supporting the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall and the local YMCA, promoting literacy, eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, supporting children with sight, hearing, diabetic challenges, and more. The CNR is a big part of their annual fund raising. Both knew that the annual Kiwanis Chuckwagon sweet corn was already planted by Crookham Company and thought maybe there was an opportunity to raise some money for the CNR service clubs. They landed on the concept of having a Community Produce sale. The concept was run by both the City of Caldwell and Crookham Company and the response was quick and highly supportive. George Crookham reported that it “literally took

seconds to agree to the concept. In fact, we liked the idea so much that we offered to include Onions bulbs and Popcorn seed”. The next step was to round up the various service clubs. Joey Palmer of the Kiwanis club agreed to lead the charge. It did not take much time to get the commitment from all the other services clubs. The Service Clubs have been meeting weekly and making great progress. One participant reported that “the commitment and solidarity to the project has been impressive”. On Saturday, August 22nd, the Caldwell Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist, Rotary, and Exchange Clubs will be selling Amaize™ sweet corn, onions, and popcorn. The sale will take place at the O’Connor Field House parking lot located off Blaine St. in Caldwell starting at 9 AM and running to 7 PM or until supplies are depleted. Joey Palmer reports that, “this is a first of its kind event so nobody knows what to expect for volume. However, we feel fairly comfortable that we will have 2,000 servings of each product available”. Customers will be able to purchase a baker’s dozen of sweet corn, six onions,

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and a 2 lb. bag of popcorn for just $15. Simply pull into the parking lot at the east entry (near Taco Time), stay in your car to submit your order drive-thru style, and exit at the west end of the parking lot. All volunteers will be practicing COVID-19

precautionary measures to keep customers safe. Cash and Credit Cards will be accepted. We hope to see you there for some fresh sweet corn, popcorn and some hearty onions!

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by Lynn Johnson, Caldwell Lions

Lion Lynn Johnson and C of I Student Leti Cancax Cua. Leti helped unload the truck and she is a health care and psychology student from Guatemala.

The College of Idaho has one of the largest foreign student population of all colleges in the US. Because of the worldwide pandemic there are about 150 students on campus that can’t go home. These students are not allowed to work or volunteer while they are here on a student visa. They were starting to run out of personal hygiene items. The Caldwell Lions Club donated over $300 of items for these students.



COVID-19 alert: Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirm details with event organizers.

August 8 9 AM-7 PM: 4th Annual Let Freedom Ring Fundraiser. Food, Beer Garden, Live Music, Drawings, Vendor Booths, Caldwell Memorial Park.

August 4 Sunnyslope Wine Trail: Passports available at www. Passports for throughout the month of August. Visit wine country! 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert: Voice of Reason, Indian Creek Plaza, Downtown.

August 5 10 AM-12 PM: Caldwell High School Registration (Canyon Springs and Caldwell Senior High Schools), 3401 S. Indiana Ave. August 6 7 AM-6 PM: Caldwell School Elementary Registration (Lewis & Clark, Washington, Wilson, Van Buren).

August 6 (continued) 8:45 AM-6:45 PM: Caldwell Middle School Registration (Syringa, Jefferson Middle Schools). 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. August 7 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse.

10 AM-3 PM: 65th Annual Heap Herders Car Show & Shine, Caldwell Memorial Park. August 9 2-5 PM: Back to School Backpack Giveaway, Drivethrough event. Bring your kids and their supply lists. Enter Harrison Blvd next to Memorial Park from Grant St. August 10 9-11:30 AM: Lego EV3 Mindstorm Battle Bots, Calling all Lego enthusiasts, limited to 14 students ages 9-12. Roberts Recreation Center, (208) 455-3060. 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, free weekly fitness walk/run held year round. Athletes earn Meet Me Monday gear! Flying M Coffeehouse, downtown.

August 10 (continued) 7 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting, 1502 Fillmore St. August 11 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert: Audio Moonshine, Indian Creek Plaza, Downtown. August 15 6-10 PM: Hot Potato Festival, Indian Creek Plaza, Downtown Caldwell. August 17 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, free weekly fitness walk/run held year round. Athletes earn Meet Me Monday gear! Flying M Coffeehouse, downtown Caldwell. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave. August 18 5-9 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers Market and Concert: Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, Indian Creek Plaza, Downtown Caldwell.

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August 19 Caldwell School District: First Day of School, Early Release, Teacher Collaboration. August 19 (continued) Vallivue School District: First Day of School. August 20 6-9 PM: Downtown Get Down, Family focused night every third Thursday of the month thru December! Each month will have a different theme and admission is free, Indian Creek Plaza. August 22 9 AM-7 PM: Caldwell Service Club Drive Up Produce Sale (following all covid rules), O’Connor Field House Parking Lot. August 24 5:15-7 PM: Meet Me Monday, free weekly fitness walk/run held year round. Athletes earn Meet Me Monday gear! Flying M Coffeehouse, downtown Caldwell. August 25

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City Closures

Mayor Garret Nancolas

Effective Monday, July 20th until further notice, Caldwell city buildings again closed to the public due to a recent increase in the region’s coronavirus case numbers. Closures will be re-evaluated continually based on the public health situation and consultation from our local health district. City service departments will remain fully staffed and operational. Department representatives will be available to the public via phone or email. The safety of the public and City employees have remained the highest priority of the City from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Based on rapidly increasing case numbers in Caldwell and Canyon County, City leadership feels it is both prudent and responsible to take the necessary steps to protect the health of our employees and the public, and particularly the most vulnerable members of society. The City has been working extremely closely with Southwest District Health and other local governments throughout the duration of the pandemic. “I deeply respect our healthcare leaders and healthcare workers. They have been working around the clock to manage COVID-19 cases and to ensure that they are as prepared as possible. While caseloads have been reasonably managed by the health system in

our area up to this point, we must remain flexible in our response. The recent increase in case numbers, as well as hospitalizations, means that it is time to take a step backward and pause, and do what we can to contribute to the health and safety of the public,” said Mayor Nancolas. “We must all do our part to help out the community; respect your neighbor, stay home if you are able to and wash your hands often. We strongly encourage wearing a mask in public.” Our hearts are constantly warmed by our community’s selflessness and unity. Caldwell has always been a strong community that lifts up and looks out for one another and exhibits care and kindness towards one another. Amongst these kindnesses, many have chosen to use a mask while at a business or when in close proximity to others. While a mask mandate is not contemplated by city officials at this time, city leaders strongly encourage everyone to take this step to protect others in all public areas where social distancing of at least six feet is difficult to maintain. As always, please practice good hand hygiene and physically distance yourself from others when possible. “We are discussing this matter with our public health officials on an on-going basis,” said Mayor Nancolas, “And we recognize that the urgen-

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cy of this situation changes frequently and must be constantly re-evaluated.” “The level of community spread in Caldwell is currently high, or Health Alert Level Red, as indicated by the number of new cases reported daily in addition to other factors such as healthcare capacity over the past two weeks. Due to the current risk for exposure to COVID-19, Southwest District Health supports local businesses and governments in taking steps to protect their employees and patrons by requiring wearing face coverings or masks, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between non-household members, and staying home when sick or exposed to someone who is sick with COVID-19,” said Southwest District Health Director, Nikki Zogg. The following City buildings are affected: City Hall, the Caldwell Airport, Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell Fire Department, Caldwell Event Center offices, Parks and Rec offices, Planning and Zoning, Building, Engineering, Water, Waste Water Treatment, Cemetery, and Street Department offices. All city employees provide essential services to the public, and we would like to thank them

City of Caldwell for their continued hard work. Employees that are able to work remotely will be provided that option. The Library will maintain curbside pickup and remote services. See the attached form for details. The Caldwell Senior Center,

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staff member, who recognized him as Barb’s dog, and let him in. He took Joey down to Barb’s new place and found her lying on her patio, not able to get up. Joey had come to her rescue, much like the “Lassie” of the stories of long ago. Jim, who told me this story, said “for a dog that has done nothing his whole life, to suddenly become a little hero, is AMAZING!” I totally agree with him! Thanks for the amazing story of this little dog, who came to the rescue to save his master, just like Lassie!

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It was May 1,1970. TRANSPLANT DAY! After several months of being ill with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and being treated by Caldwell doctors, primarily Dr. Don Price, we were sent to Children’s Hospital in Denver for a work up for a possible kidney transplant for our 10 year old daughter Eleanor (Ellie) Payne from her father Frank. Very few transplants had been performed at that time and the use of immunological drugs was very experimental. Dr. Thomas Starzyl, the pioneer of transplant research was her surgeon. It was all research then with very little history preceding this, but we had a hope that she might live. The transplant took place at the VA Hospital in Denver, which shared transplant research with the University of Colorado Medical Center. This necessitated moving our family from Caldwell to Denver for the three months we needed to be there for the surgery, close monitoring and follow up care. Our family consisted of Ellie’s older sister Elizabeth and two babies, Jeanette age two and John nine months old, whom we had just adopted. In addition to grandma and an aunt, who came to help with the children the first three weeks, we made new friends who were wonderful help and often hosted us overnight when we flew

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to Denver for clinic during the next ten years. Frank stayed another month after surgery to recouperate, then returned to Caldwell to his construction job. All this happened while we were paying the mortgage on our house, plus a construction loan on a new house we had almost finished, and paying rent on a home in Denver…and he was the kidney donor! An interesting sidebar is that the home we rented in Denver was Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s parents’ home. Her father, Dr. Korbel was a University of Denver professor going on a three month sabbatical during the same three months we needed the home. They were wonderful people and so very kind to us. After graduating from Caldwell High School in 1978, Ellie went to Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, graduating in 1980 with plans to finish her college education at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma. It was not to be. Her transplanted kidney was failing and she had to go on dialysis until a kidney became available the following November, 1981. This second transplant was performed in Seattle. During this time the family moved to Spokane from Caldwell when Frank’s work on the new Hewlett Packard

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building was beginning. Ellie’s first job was at KAYU TV where she worked 18 years and where she met her husband Donald. She also made pottery at her home studio and enjoyed weaving, two skills she learned at Cottey. When the second kidney failed she was again on dialysis for a year before she got her third transplant in November, 2001, which was performed in Spokane. Due to an unsuccessful hip replacement in 2000 and the challenges of living so long on so much drug therapy, she has stayed pretty much at home with husband Donald and their two kitties. The many people who were so generous with their time, energy and love are too numerous to name, but whatever you did, or your family and friends did then lives on 50 years later in Ellie. Fundraisers included the first Basque Ball and Lamb Auction held in January 1970 and is still carrying on the tradition celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and honoring Ellie. THANK YOU! Another big fundraiser was a huge interdenominational Smorgasbord held at the school and organized by Faith Lutheran Church women in Caldwell. Friends from many churches participated in preparing food and hosting those who came. THANK YOU! We are so thankful for you all!


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“Caldwell Cop Blotter”

Friday July 24th the Caldwell Police Department in conjunction with The Indian Creek Steakhouse and the Special Olympics of Idaho held a “Tip A Cop” event to raise money for the Special Olympics of Idaho. The City of Caldwell will be hosting the summer games for the next three years. This

We said goodbye to one of our greats last month, Battalion Chief Brad Carico heard his last call on July 28th, after 39 years of dedicated service to the Caldwell community. Chief Carico was a integral part of the Caldwell

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event raised close to $6,000 to help fund the upcoming events. Thank you so much Indian Creek Steakhouse and the amazing residents in Caldwell for making this event so special. You are truly the best! We were recently surprised by this group of awesome ladies decorat-

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Admittedly, masks are not the most convenient, can be uncomfortable, and can get in the way of performing day-to-day activities, like eating or drinking. However, strong evidence is stacking up indicating that cloth face masks and coverings are a critical tool to slow and stop the spread of coronavirus. Wearing face masks, along with other preventative measures, including social distancing and frequent handwashing, are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

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recommendations were developed according to the daily/weekly average of number of positive cases in our counties. At this time Canyon County is at the red level, which is the highest risk level for being exposed to the COVID 19 virus due to the high number at this time of people identified with the virus. Currently (as of July 27th) we are in a much worse position with COVID numbers rising, than Ada County and we are in the #1 position in the state (from a rolling average of 7 days during July) for our COVID rate per population. I don’t like being #1. There are 15 people, with 13 of them living in Caldwell that Sam and I personally know that have/had COVID with 2 of them dying. It is here and it is real! So at this time, it is up to you on how you are going to help decrease the spread of this virus in our community and our county. I know what I am going to do. I don’t love wearing a mask, but I am going to wear my mask to protect

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L to R: Leora and Dr. Sam Summers report that ,to wear a mask or not to wear a mask, is up to you in Canyon County, since it was the recommendation, not a mandate, that was passed by the Southwest District Health Board during a July 23rd meeting at the Canyon County Courthouse. Your decision and nobody else’s. you and your families from me when I cannot socially distance, just in case I am positive and don’t know it yet. I hope that you might consider doing the same for me and my family. If we all work together on this and numbers decrease, maybe we won’t have a mandate imposed upon us. What are you going to do? At this time it is your choice. Be smart however you decide and most of all be safe! by The Caldwell Health Coalition

cally handmade cloth face masks. Just enter the zip codes for your location into these e-commerce websites to find local businesses online to support. 3. If you are feeling crafty, make one yourself by following do-it-yourself videos and directions online. Many patterns offer no-sew designs for those who may not have a sewing machine. Use fabric that is fun, stylish, and makes wearing face masks more desirable. Although face masks can be inconvenient, knowing that you are doing what you can to keep the community safe and healthy is priority. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( for more information on why face masks are encouraged and how to effectively use them yourself. For help with finding cloth face masks, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jackie Amende at jamende@ or 208-4596003 (co-facilitator of the Caldwell Health Coalition). To learn more about the Caldwell Health Coalition, visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.


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We have the best community! THANK YOU to all who “showered” moms and babies with love, generosity, goodness and needed baby supplies during the Caldwell Community Baby Shower held on July 23rd. It was an incredibly heartwarming day! We enjoyed spending time with everyone who participated in the baby shower including church groups, businesses, Project Linus, civic/service organizations, City of Caldwell employees, individuals, families, quilting ladies and pals. Together, we collected over 3,000 baby items! After the event, we filled six vehicles to deliver baby gifts to our community partner organizations. These baby items were distributed to the following organizations to ensure the baby items get into the hands and

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homes of those in need like “Baby Bundles” for the Assistance League of Boise Canyon County Branch that will distribute baby layettes to new moms who arrive at Canyon County hospitals without needed supplies to ensure a healthy start for babies; literacy materials were collected for the Southwest District Health Nurse-Family Partnership; baby gear was collected for the parent education project at the Caldwell Salvation Army Baby Haven; and, an abundance of baby supplies were given to teen parents utilizing Canyon Springs Alternative School “Tiger’s Den” and the Wilder COSSA’s daycare. Our community partners in Caldwell never hesitate to bless lives! THANK YOU to the City of Caldwell for providing a perfect venue of the

Miracle on Easy Street

The man in this picture is one of our heroes, along with the others who have helped complete this road to make this “Miracle on Easy Street” happen.

After months of digging deep deep trenches in front of house after house down West Easy Street to place city sewer lines for


a new subdivision going in here, the road was finally asphalted! This has been a long and arduous project. At least now some of the dust and the earthquake like shakes we have experienced can settle down. It has been like having earthquakes (with sound included) of about a 5.5 on the richter scale from time to time, making the hanging wine glasses tinkle and the house shake under my feet. We now have a road better than any road we have ever had here before. It has truly been “The Long and Winding Road” to completion! Thank you Lurre Construction and the City of

Caldwell Train Depot for the event; Albertsons for their donation of yummy chocolate chip cookies; Grocery Outlet for the assortment of beverages; Printcraft Caldwell for helping with the print material; and, the “Caldwell Perspective” for helping to promote the event too. Volunteers in our community are committed to making differences in the lives of those in need in our community. These community servants are full of goodness and generosity. THANK YOU to Alison Moulton for orchestrating the Caldwell Community Baby Shower. Alison and her committee were blown away by the community support and shared, “This is the first year we’ve tried an event like this, so we didn’t know what to expect. After the first 30 minutes, we were teary by Leora Summers

Caldwell for your combined efforts for this “Miracle on Easy Street!” But it’s not totally over yet. Now if they can only get that plot of land for the new subdivision completed, it will help with the rest of the dust that flies around here. But at least for now it’s a good start. PROGRESS! Amen!

eyed as we watched the tables pile up with clothes, books, and baby supplies. Sweet stories were shared and kindness was in abundance for the little ones. There is a very sweet thing about mothers helping mothers. It is hard to raise a baby any time, but the pressures of having a baby during COVID-19 are so much greater. We are so glad to be able to ease the pressure a little on new moms.” We hope to make this an annual event so begin planning for the 2nd Annual Community Baby Shower in July 2021. Do you want to serve others in our community? There are currently 50 opportunities posted on to

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around the evening campfire, decided it would be fun if someone went down to their campsite and give them a little “fake quake.” So off Sam and I went and saw Keith, another family member already up there ready to begin. When we got there, we three lined up under their bedroom and rocked them back and forth for about 5 seconds with about a 10 second interval between 5 different shakes as we silently snickered between “fake quakes.” We heard them rapidly talking between quakes and soon their door popped open and out they came. They ran into Sam, who told them he was just walking down to the beach, with us just behind him. They asked if we felt those quakes. Tom told us that Mandie kept saying, “It’s the big one! It’s the big one!” We all laughed and suddenly the “light went on,” and they knew the truth. So the next day we tried it on another sister and her hubby and after the 5th “fake quake” we heard her hubby say, “That’s enough!” So we quit! It was fun while it lasted! Part 2: Holy Smoke!

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We were having a nice little dinner with my sister Mandie and husband Tom down at our campsite. My sis brought down some margaritas, salsa and a great little creamy lime cilantro dressing to add to the dinner for four. When dinner was over, my sister yells “Sam is on fire!” I look and Sam, his silhouette shrouded behind an aura of flames, had our 5 gallon plastic gasoline container and was backing away from the fire pit, with fire running up the corrugated plastic pouring spout. He looked like he was on fire. She then shouted, “I think its’s gonna blow!” Brother-in-law Tom said, “I’ll throw my drink on the flames” to which we girls shouted, “No! Alcohol burns!” By then Sam, was backing away from the fire doing a fire dance, still holding the 5 gallon plastic container with flames crawling up the spout. Thankfully, Tom changed strategies and threw dirt on the flames, as the plastic pouring spout was melting higher with flames then shooting in every direction with Sam still doing his frantic fire dance. Soon after more dirt throwing, the fiery shroud around Sam dissipated and he appeared unharmed through the smoke. We checked him out and his shirt wasn’t even scorched and even more amazing, he still had his eyebrows! When asked how some-

Another month has come and gone. Paige and I are still loving our time at Starlight Mountain Theatre in the beautiful mountains of Crouch, Idaho. Each week we see familiar faces from the valley, always a treat. She’s busy most mornings these days working on the show Hello Dolly. She is pretty excited for her principle role of Ermengarde. I am especially praising technology and the ability to meet with people and watch as Paige grows in her love for being on stage and with her new found lifelong friendships. I am looking forward to

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Part 1: Quakes and Shakes! Before our annual camping trip to Stanley Lake Campground with the siblings and their families this year, there were multiple quakes around that area. I wondered if we should cancel as the quakes continued after that first larger one earlier this spring. Well, we went up anyway and I hoped for the best. I figured that we had lived a good life and if it was our time, so be it. We stayed for our allotted 10 reserved days and during our time there we felt quakes daily with some stronger than others ranging from 2.5 to 4.6 on the richter scale. My brother-inlaw Tom had an app on his phone that would tell you the severity and where it had originated. All of them seemed to be within about a 5-7 mile radius of us. My sister, Mandie, and I decided that whenever we felt one, we would yell, “Earthquake!” to make all in the campground aware that there was indeed another one. One night after Mandie and Tom went to their RV to go to bed, we siblings and families, who were

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The Zanks’ siblings (minus a few) and their families at Stanley Lake Campground in June before COVID 19 cases rose in alarming numbers in our area. There will not be anymore gettogethers like this in my family until group gatherings are safer when COVID numbers drop dramatically.

thing like this could have happened, he said that he thought the fire that he had tried to start a little earlier with lighter fluid had never started and was cold. But, apparently there were hot coals undetected underneath the wood and when he poured the gas on it, he found out otherwise, a little too late. So lucky the lesson learned, had no dire consequences. So thankful…… Part 3: Locked In! Who gets locked in their motor home? We do! How is that even possible for smart folks like us? I just don’t know. There is always something, isn’t there? Good grief! So when we get done with lunch and are ready to go fishing and try to open the door to the motor home to get out, we cannot open it for the life of us! How does that even happen? It is beyond me. So Sam struggles to open it and nothing happens. I struggle to open it and

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being home more as this is the last newspaper I will produce from the trailer. Originally the plan was that Michael would have been in the mountains, but before the move date he arrived Michael was doing some clean up around our property and picked up an old straw bale that had been laying around for a while. Just as he picked it up he felt a sharp pain from his neck to the lower part of his back. This began the visits to a chiropractor and when the pain did not subside after multiple visits we consulted his oncologist. It was recommended that

nothing happens. So what now you ask? Well, there is that “emergency exit” window in the back of the RV. Sam thought he’d give it a try. Good news! He got that open and climbed out and slid down to the ground. He went around to the door and popped the handle out and gave it a mighty jerk and voila, to our relief, it opened! Well, we then got out the screw driver and worked on the inner fixings of that door handle and got it to function adequately until we could take it home to replace it. Some part in it broke loose, but we got it fixed enough to open and close it for the rest of the trip with a little different approach. We now figure that it might be a good idea to put a cooler under the emergency exit so the trip down isn’t so far next time. I can’t wait to see what happens on the next camping trip! by Chantele Hensel, publisher

we have a CT scan and the results showed a tumor under his shoulder blade. So rounds of radiation were used and another scan was preformed. The tumor had shrunk; only to expose a larger tumor behind it that is invading his shoulder bone. With heads hung low and a heaviness, he tackled it head on with an even more aggressive radiation, 16 treatments and two types of chemotherapy. The way that they have to radiate the site has caused difficulty eating due to throat soreness. He is the strongest man I know. At the request of the radiologist Michael did have a bone scan and thank God the cancer has not spread to his bones. This past week I took our youngest to the mountains with Paige and I just to give Michael some space and less responsibilities. Audie had a great time. Watching Michael fight so hard has had its lasting impressions as the kids have seen what true dedication and commitment looks like. I am sure Michael is looking forward to a big steak dinner with all the sides when we get to the other side of this new treatment. Hopefully, it will subside soon, our 12 year wedding anniversary is the 23rd of August and Michael’s birthday is 2 days later. Praying for healing and a cure! I miss so many people in the community and look forward to having more time to catch up with your beautiful faces.


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Book Review by Amy Perry: Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker

Mildred Walker (Schemm) (May 2, 1905 – May 27,

1998), an American novelist who published 12 novels, was nominated for the National Book Award. She graduated from Wells College and from the University of Michigan. She was a faculty member at Wells College from 1955 to 1968. I have received many requests for this book over the last five years, so when a copy finally crossed my desk, I moved it to the top

of my reading pile. Winter Wheat is a classic “coming of age” novel published in 1944. This classic story is now a women’s history lesson and an accurate history of the settling of the west between World War I and World War II. The story opens with Ellen’s hopes of attending university in Minnesota. Away from the family wheat ranch for the first time, Ellen finds

Turn Your Grill Into a Pizza Maker Some say an outdoor kitchen isn’t complete without a pizza oven. A delicious pie straight out of a blazing hot oven can be delectable when dining al fresco, but pizza also can be made right on the grill. This recipe for “The Chicagoan” from Craig W. Priebe’s “Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas” (DK) utilizes grilled beef and sliced potatoes to give this grilled pizza a steakhouse flavor. Use a homemade dough or your favorite premade variety available at your local grocery store.

The Chicagoan

Makes a 12-inch pizza 1 russet potato, peeled and sliced about 1⁄4-inch thick 3 T. extra virgin olive oil 1 t. salt 1⁄2 t. ground black pepper 8 oz. top sirloin or strip steak 1⁄2 t. salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 grilled pizza crust 1 T. grated Parmesan 1 C. shredded mozzarella 1⁄2 C. shredded cheddar 1 C. chunky tomato sauce 1⁄2 C. thinly sliced red onions 1⁄4 C. sour cream 2 T. minced fresh chives 1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the sliced potato in a large bowl and toss with two tablespoons olive oil, salt and

pepper. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread the slices in a single layer. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the potato is golden and tender. While still hot, loosen the slices with a spatula so they don’t stick. 2. Prepare a grill for direct cooking over high heat. Season the steak liberally on both sides with the salt and pepper. Grill the steak over the hottest part of the fire for 4 minutes. Turn and grill for 4 minutes longer, until the steak is medium-rare and well charred. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes. Slice thinly. 3. Brush the grilled side of the pizza crust with the remaining one tablespoon olive oil and dust with the Parmesan. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar on top. Drop spoonfuls of the chunky tomato sauce onto the pizza. Top with the potato, red onion and the steak. 4. Grill the pizza with indirect heat. If your grill is still hot, move coals to one side or turn off one burner and allow the pizza to cook on the side without a direct flame. Grill the pizza for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and brown. The bottom may have a few black spots from charring. Optional: Broil the cooked pizza in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes more to caramelize the top.

love and believes her future settled. When her city fiancé is dismayed by his visit to the dry-land wheat ranch and calls off their marriage, complicated by a poor harvest, Ellen is left adrift and unable to return to university. The following winter is a time of maturing and learning to cope with life. Her adventures will seem horrific to the young women of today, but are much like


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5. Before serving, drop teaspoons of the sour cream onto the pizza, and garnish with the fresh chives. Grilling the crust To grill a pizza crust for this recipe, roll out to a 12-inch circle and place on a cookie sheet. Adjust the grill to reach a temperature of 400 F. Slide the dough onto the grill. The dough should take about 3 minutes to cook. Watch for bubbles. The crust will be soft at first and tear easily. To check doneness, lift the underside. It should be an even light brown with brown grill marks. Pick up the crust using tongs and place it on your cookie sheet. Flip it over so the grilled side is face up. This browned side becomes the top of your pizza.

my own mother’s stories of her girlhood. This is a well-written book, interesting as both a coming of age novel for girls as well as a historical novel. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in agricultural history, women’s history or Montana history.

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Neowise was discovered on March 27,2020 by NASA’s Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, thus the named “NEOWISE.” It could be seen beginning shortly after sunset in the northwest sky. Debi Jensen caught a great shot of the NEOWISE comet on her camera on the evening of July 15th between 11-12 p.m. For you camera smart people, she said, “My camera settings were F5, ISO 400, and 15-30 seconds for this shot! It’s interesting because with the long exposures, I was using the 15-30 seconds, the camera picked it up when I was having trouble seeing it with my eyes. You really need binoculars with your eyes to see it.” She also said, “How neat is it that we get to see something that no one else will see for the next 6,800 years? It was a beautiful warm evening to star gazing!” Thanks for sharing Debi! You always take the greatest pictures!


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Dave’s Big Back Yard My wife Karen and I traveled East bound on HI way 20 as we made the Cat Creek Summit, the wind was blowing. By the time we reached Fairfield the wind was blowing harder than a musician playing a slide trombone, meeting a semi was hold on the slip stream was like riding a rodeo bull maybe not for eight seconds. But the turbulence was ferocious. Arco, we turned north on Hi way 93 our first night’s destination was an RV park called Moose Crossing. The park was adequate with nice hosts. The wind was still blowing, Karen and I hunkered down had a bite to eat and played a game of backgammon before retiring. Next morning wind was gone we launched our boat on Mackay Reservoir. Wasn’t long, “Karen, I got one.” I snapped the fish off the down rigger and after a couple of jumps had a 14-inch Kokanee in the net. The Koke went into the

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cooler they are really good table fare. After the first one they came pretty quickly. By noon we had all I wanted to clean and enough for the freezer. Limits on the 1,100-acre impoundment in the upper Snake River Region are liberal fifteen Kokanee a day. There are also planted Rainbows and Cutthroat trout in the reservoir. Upstream migration on the Big Lost River Provide Kokanee with natural reproduction. The Mackay fish hatchery provides enough Kokanee to stock reservoirs such as Lucky Peak that have little or no reproduction. The deepest place on the reservoir that my sonar found was a little over sixty feet. We caught most of our fish at around thirty feet. There is an improved campground at the reservoir. We were there on the fourth so the campgrounds were really full, one reason we chose Moose Crossing. With reservations we knew we had a place to stay.

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leaves and stems. I don’t think the damage is permanent to most of the plants but some won’t survive. If I had been home and aware of the spraying I could have used overhead sprinklers in the area to dilute the vapor and wash it off the plants before it’s absorbed. This wasn’t intentional but I tell you this so you are aware of neighbors and their spraying and hopefully communicating with each other will aid in prevention. 2-4D is the one of the chemicals that is known to vaporize and drift. I recommend the best time to spray is the evening where temperatures are dropping and your intended plants have time to absorb the chemicals, but please always read the label and follow instructions. A couple quick tips; afternoon shade for your tomatoes and work some new compost around your veggies for a perk up and take the heat off with afternoon watering. Until next time Pat.


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One of Caldwell’s Finest – Mr. Mike Job During a normal year, kids would be finishing up their summer agendas, playing with friends, last minute vacations with their families to tourist attractions and beginning their school shopping down the busy isles of the stores. The “normal” came to a sudden stop with no time to prepare for the closing of the previous school year and with the current restrictions many sit wondering what the next school year will look like. This applies not only to our children, but to their teachers and parents. Some children can adjust easily to change while others need time to prepare, they need to know the schedule in advance and change is very difficult for them. This brings us to Mike Job, he is the special education teacher at Washington Elementary. As a college student at Northwest Missouri State University, his school hosted a Special Olympics meet and it was a life altering event in Mike’s life. In 1977, following the completion of his degree, he moved to a small town in Iowa to launch

his career teaching special education. Four years later, in 1981 he relocated to Idaho with the encouragement of a friend sharing the details of our beautiful state, Mike moved to Caldwell, primarily to have the chance to ski more regularly. He had belonged to a ski club while living in Iowa and drove to Colorado to ski with his club and felt he needed closer access. For 40 plus years, Mike has worked with adults and children with special needs, including seven years that he was a special Olympics coach. For the past 10 years, he has been an employee at Washington Elementary and had planned to retire following the last school year. However, with the already abnormal changes he chose to help his students adjust and keep familiarity for them in any way he can. With only days’ notice, Mike Job and 4 paraprofessionals who work alongside of him contacted the families of the 19 kids in his classroom and prepared packages for the kids to take home. On Monday, March

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Katherine Tiffany, Melissa Rice, Mike Job, Liana Tiffany, Karla Zavala, Gary Johnson, Hannah Rice bubbles, sidewalk chalk, cookies made by the Sweet Spot Bakery and other “I miss you” treats. In years past, Mike had attended the preschools to observe his upcoming students and become known to them before the closing of the school year. This year, Mike took each of his students who could not come by and his upcoming students the same packet to their homes. While working in his yard a car pulled up out front a set of twins in Mike’s class had brought their teacher a gift. They brought food and a rock with a hand print on it that read, “Made with Love”. When Sylvia Hunt, called the Caldwell Perspective she said, “Mike Job is exceptional and I am so proud of him. He went

above and beyond to make the end of the school year special for the kids.” Being a neighbor, she witnessed the parade of cars waiting their turn to see Mr. Job, their teacher. Mike is far too humble to accept those words, he said, “he is only one among his many exceptional colleagues.” Mr. Job, thank you. Postponing your retirement, because it is the best for the children; organizing an end of year party, because you also needed to see the children’s faces; working day and night learning a new skill (sewing face masks for the upcoming school year), because you want them safe; sounds pretty exceptional to me!

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