February 2019 Caldwell Perspective

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If you understood that, you are likely among Caldwell’s Basque population, and for the rest of you, it means Thank You to the finest Basque charity we know of. For fifty one years, organizers have put on a dance/ fundraiser in Caldwell. The first were “sheepherder balls” at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, but that venue was soon outgrown as the dances grew in popularity. The festive, colorful and rich

transport through Basque celebration, doubles as a highly successful fundraiser. This year the Oinkari dancers, some third generation, performed their high kicks and rhythmic twirls. The weightlifting competition is always a big draw, and brought competitors from other cities and states for lifting stones and carrying weights. Spectators cheered competitors on as their muscles tensed and

faces flushed. The dinner, wine, the smell of the chorizos, and music, all make for a festive, fun, cultural event. In the middle of the accordion music and twirling dance, a fatted sheep was brought into the event center where it was auctioned off, scores of times, to raise money for charitable giving throughout the year. The legacy event has provided over two million dollars over

by Tammy Dittenber, Caldwell Perspective Editor the years, that goes directly back into our community. Gina Bicandi Dowen stated donations have been made for such things as artificial limbs, eyeglasses, gasoline vouchers, transportation to out of state medical treatments, groceries, rent, power, and mountains of shoes and clothing. In addition, $15,000 a year is spent on meat to fill food boxes for local foodbanks. Caldwell is blessed to

have this amazing, vibrant, rich in culture, legacy event continue. The Euzkaldunak organization doesn’t help our community in big splashy ways, or send out press releases; they just go about quietly doing good, and when they see a need, they try to meet it. Those are my kind of people. All that good and a really amazing event too. How can it get any better?

Gina Bicandi Dowen, Euzkaldunak Charities Secretary and spokesperson for the event.

L to R: Alison Moulton, Michelle Kingsford, Valerie Christensen, Valden Christensen, Nathan Kingsford, and Dr. Travis Moulton enjoying the event.

Musicians launch the event each year.

Talie Elordi, CindyWeitz and Lynn Calvin Showing their support at the Basque Festival.

Weighlifters competing in the competition.

photo by Gina Dowen Photographics

The Children Basque dancers are always a big hit. These kids work very hard to provide a great performance sharing their heritage.

photo by Gina Dowen Photographics

Eskerrik Asko to Euzkaldunak!

SAVE THE DATES Chamber activity and participation has the positive effect of business retention and expansion, quality of life, economic development and may other elements. If you are interested in getting involved in the Caldwell Chamber or want to make a difference in your community, the Chamber offers several volunteer committees for you to take part. Working together in Caldwell, we can make a difference!

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Transportation Committee, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I Ambassadors Meeting, Burger Theory, Nampa Education Committee, Cruzen Library, C of I Agri-Business Committee, Stewart’s Bar & Grill NOONBREAK Luncheon featured speaker, Roger BUSINESS AFTER HOURS, Pioneer Title COFFEE CONNECT, Flying M Coffee Gov’t Affairs Committee, Acapulco Restaurant Travel & Tourism Committee Meeting

Please plan to attend the Chamber of Commerce Noonbreak Luncheon, February 12th at 11:15 a.m., Simplot Dining Hall, C of I. Call the Chamber of Commerce to RSVP before it’s SOLD OUT! February 1 Caldwell Rec Department-4th & 5th Youth Volleyball Deadline: Practice begins week of Feb. 25th, 618 Irving Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605,(208) 455-3060. Caldwell Rec Department6th & 7th grade volleyball, 618 Irving Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605,(208) 455-3060. 6-10 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. 5:30 PM: Craft & Conversation, Rubiayat Book Store (book store on the Plaza). February 2

3 PM: Science Forum, Rubiayat Book Store (book store on the plaza). 7 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. Hosting this month: Jim & Sharon Porter. 7 PM: Jeannie Marie sings at Orphan Annies, 801 Everett St. February 4 ELEVATE ACADEMY-Lottery Deadline, see back page. 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” a free weekly fitness walk/run event held every Monday year round. We track participation and our MMM athletes earn Meet Me Monday gear, Flying M Coffee Shop. 7 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave., Caldwell. 12 PM: Traditional Medicine, Library. February 5 12 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House.

February 5 (continued) 6:30 PM: Adulting-101 taxes, Library. 7-8:30 PM: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #1 meeting, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. February 6

ELEVATE ACADEMY-Lottery. 10:30 AM: Early Steam Day, Library. 6:30-8 PM: The Mixing Bowl, introduction on cutting techniques, Roberts Recreation Center Kitchen, $10 per person (208) 455-3060. February 7 10 AM-2 PM: AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street. 5:15 PM: “Meet me Monday” at Flying M Coffee. 6-8 PM: Social-Icing: 80’s Night, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. 7 PM: Mid-Winter Author Series, Library. February 8 Wine & Chocolate Weekend Begins: Sunnyslope Wine Trail 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Caldwell Rec DepartmentYouth 1st/2nd Grade Recreational Basketball League Registration Deadline, 618 Irving Street, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. 2 PM: Family Afternoon Movie: Goosebumps 2, Library. 6 PM: Readings followed by social hour with wine & snacks, Rubiayat Book Store (book store on the Plaza).

February 11 12 PM: Keto 101, Library. 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” a free weekly fitness walk/run event held every Monday year round. We track participation and our MMM athletes earn Meet Me Monday gear, Flying M Coffee Shop. February 12 2 PM: Home school Book club, Library. 6-8:30 PM: Vallivue School District Board Meeting. 7 PM: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave., Caldwell. February 13 5:30 PM: Caldwell Rambler’s RV Club: 6 PM-Meeting, Mr. V’s, Ray (208) 697-1357. 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Public Library. February 14

10 AM-2 PM: AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read, Library. 6-8 PM: Sweethearts on Ice, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. 6 PM: Dinner & A Show featuring Lizzy Hoyt, CaldwellFineArts.org. 7 PM: SIBA presents “The Art and Science of Life and Death in Sarong National Park,” at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Rd, Nampa.

February 15 Caldwell School District-NO SCHOOL, Parent Teacher Conferences. 2 PM: Crafters Club, Library. 6-10 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. February 16 1 PM: Chinese New Year, Library. 3 PM: Science Forum, Rubiayat Book Store (book store on the plaza). February 18 5:15 PM: “Meet me Monday” at Flying M Coffee. February 19 Vallivue School District-NO SCHOOL, Teacher In Service. 7-8:30 PM-City Council Meeting, CPD Community Rm, 110 S 5th Ave Caldwell. February 21 10 AM-2 PM: AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours Pioneer Title Co. 5:15 AM: “Meet me Monday “ At Flying M Coffee 6-8 PM: Social Skate: Middle Schoolers, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. 6:30 PM: CPL Board Meeting, Library. 7 PM: Mid winter Author Series, Library. 7-9 PM: Pathways and Bike Routes Committee Meeting, Hubler Airport Terminal Room 113, 4814 E. Linden Street, Caldwell. February 22 12 PM: Design Review Commission, CPD Community Rm.

February 22 7 PM: City Council Meeting at the CPD Community Room. 6-10 PM: Teen Night on Ice, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. February 23 1 PM: Mid Winter Author Series: Local Author Panel, Library. February 25 2 PM: Healing For Digestion, Library. 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday”, Flying M Coffee Shop. February 26 12-1 PM: Design Review Commission, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave, Caldwell. 6:30 PM: Adulting 101 Financial Literacy, Library. February 27 8-9:30 AM: Coffee Connect at FLYING M. 6 PM: Ask a Librarian, Library. 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Caldwell Public Library. February 28 10 AM-2 PM: AARP TaxAide Tax Preparation Service, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. 4 PM: Teen Science Cafe, Library. March 1 7 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. 6-10 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave. March 2 7 PM: Caldwell Train Depot Open House, 701 Main Street, Caldwell. Come on over to Caldwell’s Historic Train Depot Interpretive Center and take a look around at all of the Caldwell history on display!

March 2 (continued) 6-10 PM: DJ Skate Night, Indian Creek Plaza Ice Skating Ribbon, Downtown Caldwell, 120 S. Kimball Ave.

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DESTINATION CALDWELL HIRES INDIAN CREEK PLAZA DIRECTOR Destination Caldwell has hired Lynn Calvin as Indian Creek Plaza Director. As Director, Calvin will oversee the day-to-day management of the Plaza and iceskating ribbon in downtown Caldwell. “We are very excited to officially welcome Lynn Calvin to the Destination Caldwell team! As a Caldwell native and community champion, marketing professional, and event guru, she is perfect for this role,” said Keri SmithSigman, CEO of Destination Caldwell. “Lynn will fo-

cus on having 250 events and activities in downtown Caldwell each year, focusing on events that highlight Caldwell’s market-fresh goods and locally produced wines.” Calvin has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. After pursuing a degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Seattle, Calvin returned to the Treasure Valley and has held marketing roles for notable organizations including Franklin Building Supply and the Snake River Stam-

Gordon Buck Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled For February 22nd, 2019 Caldwell’s next blood drive is scheduled for Friday, February 22nd, at the Church of Christ, located on the corner of Ustick and S. 10th Avenue in Caldwell. Appointments can be made from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This February’s blood drive is sponsored by the Caldwell Kiwanis Club in memory of Gordon Buck, who passed away on December 22, 2002. This is the 18th year of this memorial blood drive. The drive was originally organized by

by Leora Summers Gordon’s son, Dan Buck, through Kiwanis because Gordon was a longtime active member. The goal for this blood drive is 70 units. Your help is needed especially if you have the blood type “O”. Surgeries are currently being rearranged and even left on standby waiting for blood to become available for the person needing the surgery. To make an appointment, call Carole at 459-1423 or 1-800-REDCROSS.

pede Rodeo. In 2008 Calvin founded Push Marketing. Calvin currently is involved with many community events including Stampede for the Cure and the Canyon County Festival of Trees and previously served on the board for Camp River Run. “I am excited to serve Caldwell in a role that focuses on bringing more people downtown and showcases what Caldwell is all about; our welcoming community and rich agricultural heritage,” said Calvin. “I will be focusing on funding and re-

cruiting events in my first 90 days here, if you are interested in learning more about Indian Creek Plaza’s mission, I would love to meet with you.” Calvin started in her role

Fingers Crossed, No Shadow Groundhogs day was actually started by the German immigrants who settled in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil lives. In Germany they used a badger to make the prediction, but when they transplanted to Pennsylvania they found that there were not many badgers so they began using a groundhog. On Feb-

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as Indian Creek Plaza Director on January 14, 2019. She will be located at the Destination Caldwell office in historic downtown Caldwell at 106 S. Kimball Avenue. by Chantele Hensel, Publisher

ruary 2nd each year the groundhog predicts where we are expected to have 6 more weeks of winter or not. If the groundhog sees his shadow, the groundhog will run from it giv-

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Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody Do His Share Decades ago I was acquainted with a body of research involving an automobile with a broken window. Without going into the long drawn-out details, a theory emerged, referred to as the “broken window theory”, forevermore. The “broken window theory” shaped policing models, and social service methods. I’ve often been critical of the resultant policing models, but I always remembered the theory and observed it to be accurate. The theory, in short, is that deterioration in communities is contagious. One broken window opens the door to opportunists who steal, squat, pillage, and destroy. A few years ago, Caldwell Housing Authority built two new infill homes in a north end neighborhood. In order to build the new units, an old, uninhabitable manufactured home had to be razed. The wood stove was falling through the floor, rats and chickens had taken up residence underneath, and there was evidence the house

had been broken into and served as a place IV drug users frequented as a shooting gallery. As the workers tore the home down, cleared overgrown brush, and removed mountains of debris, it was interesting to watch the neighbors up and down the street. They trimmed their trees, mowed their lawns, hauled off their own debris, and took time to thank work crews for cleaning up their neighborhood. If broken windows are contagious, remediating broken windows is just as contagious. Around January 1, an elderly gentleman in the north end of Caldwell went missing. He suffers with dementia, it was frigid and his family was frantic to find him. He was gone a full day and by nightfall had not been found. The next morning, I got in my car and drove the north end from Kimball to 16th, railroad tracks to Denver, traveling the alleyways and looking for anyplace a cold, confused man might look to hide. There


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are scores of sheds, buses, old campers, garages, and other nooks and crannies someone could hide in. As I drove along the railroad tracks, from 12th to 16th on the access alleyway, I saw several large piles of garbage that had been illegally dumped on the railroad right of way. Because of the number of piles, it appeared more than one person had dumped…the broken window at work. One person dumps his load of junk, and the next person sees it and rationalizes his own bad behavior, and dumps the next load. There were mattresses, sofas, yard debris, piles of spent asphalt. I wondered what would possess someone to illegally dump in the middle of town. I noticed also, a resident whose property backs up to the alley, had amassed a huge pile of junk right across from a dump site, despite having a huge commercial dumpster right next to the pile. I phoned City of Caldwell and was assured the debris would

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be removed, and I believe it was by press-time. I phoned the Canyon County Landfill at Pickles Butte and learned anyone in Canyon County can dump up to 700 pounds of regular waste (furniture, mattresses, debris) for five dollars. You can dump a ton of waste for $14.00. Those are arguably the best rates in the entire country. Some other counties charge by the year, but if you only make one trip a year, Canyon County still wins the prize for affordability. Pickles Butte Landfill is located on the backside of Lake Lowell and is easily accessible from Caldwell and Nampa. So, realistically, there is no valid excuse for dumping loads of junk in town or in other places where dumping is illegal, and it IS illegal. Not only are these piles of refuse on the railroad right of way illegally dumped, but those responsible trespassed on private property, that’s clearly marked, in order to dump it. I hope this will be an educational piece for the Caldwell community. If you see anyone dumping along the railroad right of way, on a vacant lot, on BLM land, in a vacant subdivision, please call the police and report it. If you see anyone dumping junk near or in dumpsters that belong to businesses, or the City, please report it. Many times businesses find tires, batteries, old televisions, electronic waste, and other hard to dispose of items in their dumpsters, and are then forced to bear the cost of processing the waste. So, report illegal dumping or suspected illegal dumping, get a license plate number, photograph the

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vehicle, get a good description and call to report it. Another thing we can all do, as a preventative measure, is neighbor better. Walk your street and get the phone numbers of your nearest five neighbors. Put their contacts in your phone and give them your number. If you are planning a trip to the dump, or household hazardous waste drop, let your neighbors know. If they have something, maybe you can share the cost, or they can accompany you to the landfill. Not everyone has the resources to be able to haul off large items, but nearly someone in every neighborhood has the resources. What a great way to be a good neighbor and good community member; step up and help keep your neighborhood free from unnecessary piles of junk. The last Saturday in April is “Free Dump Day” where you can haul as much as you want, at no cost. Quarterly, free household waste stations are provided and the dates and locations are available on the Canyon County Landfill website. There are all manner of legal options. There is never a reasons to dump illegally. Caldwell is a good place to live. I’m, arguably, her oldest and loudest cheerleader. I am her defender and I think there are many who feel as I do about taking care of her and keeping broken windows from taking any more of a toll than they already have. This is our responsibility as citizens. We just need to care enough to speak up, step up, and clean up.

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Gail Nordby of Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Completes First Year at Institute for Organization Management

The opening of the 2019 tax season is upon us and tax practitioners are scrambling as the first day for the acceptance of tax returns has come and gone. The changes to the code are in place and the new form 1040 has made its debut. The 1040A and EZ have joined the dustbin of history leaving only the half page 1040 and a myriad of schedules in their wake. While heralded by some as simplification, the new design has actually added an additional layer of confusion on the already complicated filing requirements. Good tax software and/or the help of a professional will cut through the confusion and help insure your return is filed timely and correctly. One of the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a general lowering of U.S. tax rates. While the number of tax brackets remained at seven, the rates were lowered, with the exception of the minimum tax rate staying at 10% for the poorest Americans. The act nearly doubled the standard deduction from previous levels. Taxpayers choose between using the standard deduction or itemized deductions. Itemizing deductions means adding up all of the individual tax deductions to which you’re entitled and then subtracting them from your adjusted gross income (AGI). The standard deduction is a set amount that Americans can choose to deduct instead. Taxpayers can use whichever of the two methods is more beneficial to them. Although the standard deduction has roughly doubled,

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it doesn’t mean that people are getting double the tax break, the valuable personal exemption has gone away. In prior tax years, Americans could claim one personal exemption for themselves, their spouse, and one for each dependent. In the 2017 tax year, each personal exemption was an effective $4,100 tax deduction. A married couple with six dependent children could claim eight personal exemptions. You can see how the higher standard deduction may not be beneficial to large families. Tax reform was good for the Child Tax Credit, which was doubled to $2,000 per qualifying child under age 17. As much as $1,400 of this amount is refundable -- meaning that it can be claimed even if the taxpayer’s federal income tax liability is already zero. So even if a parent has little income or otherwise owes no federal income taxes, they can still take advantage and get this money back. Furthermore, the income phase-out thresholds are significantly higher than the previous levels, which make the credit available to far more than in previous years. The two popular tax credits for college expenses, the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit, both survived tax reform unscathed. These are designed to lower the tax bills of people who paid college tuition. The two main college savings accounts, 529 savings plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts remain in the revised tax code. The deduction for mortgage interest survived the tax re-

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form efforts, but it did receive two major modifications. The cap on the total deduction allowed has been reduced to the interest on up to $750,000 of qualified residence debt, or mortgage principal on a primary or secondary home. This is down from the previous limit of $1 million, although mortgages obtained before December 15, 2017 are grandfathered in to the higher limit. Also the previous additional limit that allowed taxpayers to deduct interest on as much as $100,000 of home equity debt has been eliminated. Interest on a home equity loan (such as a HELOC) may still be used as a deduction, but if and only if the loan was used to substantially improve your home. In this case, it becomes qualified residence debt and is counted as part of your $750,000 cap. The charitable contributions deduction was never really on the chopping block. The threshold for medical expense deductions was lowered to 7.5% of AGI from the prior threshold of 10%. The biggest tax deduction by dollar amount was the deduction for state and local taxes -- also known as the SALT deduction. Specifically: State and/or local property taxes, such as those paid on a personal residence, automobile, or other personal property and either State and local income taxes or state sales taxes, whichever results in the larger deduction. Starting with the 2018 tax year, however, the SALT deduction is limited to a total of $10,000. Many tax deductions sur-

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Gail Nordby, Projects & Events Coordinator, of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Tucson Arizona. “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute pro-

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by Michael Hensel, CPA vived the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, either in their previous form or with modifications. As part of the simplification, several deductions got axed. Here are the most significant tax breaks that Americans can no longer take advantage of: Moving expenses, Casualty and theft losses, The “miscellaneous deduction” category --This is one true simplification to the tax code. There used to be a long list of deductions that Americans could take to the extent that they exceeded 2% of AGI. This included things like unreimbursed employee expenses, tax preparation expenses, and more. Starting with the 2018 tax year, these deductions are gone, so some taxpayers with lots of these expenses may

feel the sting from this. One big uncertainty is what will happen to the Tax Code after 2025. The way the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is set up, the changes to the corporate side of the tax code are permanent, but the individual tax changes are mostly set to expire after the 2025 tax year. Here’s the problem. If the tax changes expire as scheduled after 2025 and our individual tax code reverts back to its previous form, it will effectively make taxes even higher than they were before for most Americans. There’s currently an effort underway to make the changes permanent (lawmakers refer to this as part of “Tax Reform 2.0”). However, with a split Congress, any further tax bills are likely to face an uphill battle.



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Citizens Academy is now in session and will go until mid-March! Which means about 15-20 citizens from the community who signed up for the class get more familiar with every part of the Caldwell Police Department and who CPD works with. So far they have heard from the Victim Witness Coor-dinator Liz Godina, Sergeant Ferrera (who is pictured), Lt. Seevers (who has organized this academy since 2002 and will be passing the torch next year as he is getting ready to retire), dispatch over at Canyon County and Chief Wyant.

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Third District Guardian ad Litem program provides voices for children in foster care due to abuse or neglect. The program is called different things in different locations and you many be familiar with CASA programs in surrounding areas. Guardians ad Litem do exactly what CASA volunteers do, in providing an advocate for children as they traverse an often frightening and sometimes lengthy process. The threshold for placement of children in foster care is fairly high. Child abuse or neglect serious enough to warrant foster care placement is serious, and simply being homeless or having a cluttered house are not reasons these children end up in

care. Children in care range in age from infants, some as young as days old, to older adolescents under 18 years of age. Guardians’ only purpose is to ensure the best interests of the children are considered throughout the process. Often older children are able to voice their own interests, and a Guardian is able to carry those interests into court, but infants and small children are incapable of sharing their own voice due to a lack of understanding of the process or trauma they are not ready to work through. Guardians are charged with shepherding their cases and their children in a way that considers the best interests of the child, wherever that takes

them. In Idaho, the children’s best interests are required to be addressed, and without volunteers to take the cases, attorneys are required to look after this piece of the child protection process. This normally entails public defenders, who already have incredible numbers of cases, taking on these additional cases. Tax dollars pay these attorneys, so in this regard, Guardians are direct tax relief, and the more Guardians, the more relief. Here are some statistics Guardians can reverse: 42% of foster children do not graduate high school; 97% of foster children do not graduate college; 75% of foster children are performing below

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grade level; teen girls in foster care are 250% more likely to become pregnant by the age 19; 65% of children in longterm foster care will develop mental illness; in some parts of the country 83% of inmates were formerly foster children. Here are some statistics that go directly to why Guardian volunteers are critical to the well-being of our children and communities: 50% of children with a Guardian volunteer will not re-enter foster care, but live safe in a permanent home; Guardians decrease the risk of foster children entering the juvenile justice system by 45%; there is an 800% higher likelihood a foster child will graduate high school if he/she has a

Van Slyke Museum-An Educational Tribute to Agriculture for the Ages Just off Grant and Kimball streets in the center of town, sits a labor of love and commitment, to serve as a tribute to agriculture. The Van Slyke Agricultural Museum may be what many have observed as the “old box car” or “the old cabins” at Caldwell Memorial Park. Others may have never taken much notice at all. But there is so much more than meets the eye, and very soon, school children and residents can participate in interpretive walks through the museum. The McKenzie/ Curtis family cabin was moved from Curtis Park. The Johnston Brothers cabin was relocated from Dixie. Both cabins date from 1864 and were relocated to their present location in the 1930s. These cabins are being lovingly restored and will serve to inform of the pioneer settlements in our area. A new fire pit is planned for the space between the cabins. It is intended to welcome visitors to the exhibits and serve as a reminder of the fires pioneers might have used for warmth. CM Van Slyke amassed an unrivaled collection of antique farm implements. These implements

and artifacts will be on full display for visitors, with information about each and the utility it had in early farming. A special irrigation display will teach of the ingenuity involved in bringing dependable water supply to our desert, which was necessary for farmland to flourish here. The railcars were provided by the Crookham family, and are also in process of restoration. Rail played a huge role in the establishment of Caldwell, as well as its vitality. The master plan for the museum includes covered bleachers where subject matter experts can inform groups of students or other visitors about various topics of interested related to agriculture in the Treasure Valley. Yet another area will be devoted to crops as a food supply for residents. The storage and preservation of fresh crops in underground cellars, and the drying, bottling and other processing will be shown. In a day when nearly all of our food is preserved before it gets to our table, learning methods of putting foods “by” is a way of making the past relevant to families today. Funding for the project to date, has come from a

Guardian. Being a Guardian ad Litem is a way to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of children who desperately need an advocate. Please consider becoming a Guardian if you think you have time to do this critical work. The Third District Guardian program is in need of funding assistance. If your business or you personally would like to donate money to help keep this program running in our Third District communities, please contact Merrin Packer at 208-459-9969. Every dollar and every hour go directly to help change lives of neglected and abused children.

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combination of donations and grants. The Caldwell Civic Building Association, Heritage Trust, Historical Preservation group and others have all worked hard to see this important facility come to fruition. Questions about the museum can be directed to Chuck Randolph, Caldwell Historian, or Susan Miller, City of Caldwell.

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“Rollie” Roland Dale Lane passed in his home on January 11, 2019. He was comforted by his loving dog Leroy, family and friends. He was born July 9, 1941 in Denver, Colorado to Cliff and Lura Lane and was the oldest of 3 boys. Rollie loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. He enjoyed hunting arrowheads, playing horse shoes, and feeding the hummingbirds. Evenings were often shared with friends and cold beer on his back deck. He was tremendously proud of his grandsons Kole and Kam and he enjoyed attending their athletic events. He also shared in the adventures of Loudie and Karla on the road barrel racing. His true passion for wres-

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Caldwell Grieves The Loss of Rollie Lane Roland Dale Lane July 9, 1941-January 11, 2019 (Age 77)

tling was second to none. He followed both high school and college wrestling very closely. The State Wrestling tournament in Pocatello was especially important. He took great pride in his wrestlers and cherished the many friendships that developed through the years. The Rollie Lane Wresting Tournament is named after Rollie Lane, the Hall of Fame Wrestling Coach who spent 28 years coaching in Colorado, New Mexico, and Idaho. He is survived by his children Sherry Lane, Karla Lane, KC (Tina) Lane, and Kip Lane; step sons John Edwards and Scott Edwards; grandchildren Loudie Lane, Kole Lane, and Kam Lane; brothers Jack (Donna) Lane and Larry

(Gwen) Lane, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Patty. Funeral Services were held at Caldwell High School Auditorium January 19th. With a Celebration of Life to follow at 6:00 at the Caldwell Elks Lodge. NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: Rollie Lane was a special friend. He was instrumental in the success of many young athletes. Rollie believed in hard work and providing the youth a friendship, giving them the confidence to believe in themselves. Rollie was a very loving man and he will be missed by so many. Paige (my daughter), performed the National Anthem for his tournaments and even when

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Retired coaches Rollie Lane and Bill Cooper at the Rollie Lane Wrestling tournament. Paige would have an off morning singing by 8 a.m. (never Paige’s best performances), Rollie would meet her with a smile and a hug. I will miss his phone calls specifically before the tournaments asking if his singer is ready to sing the anthem again for him. Photo to Right: Paige Hensel & Rollie Lane

“I BELIEVE” September 2, 2018, the day we lost our beloved Caldwell cheerleader Archie Stradley, will remain with me always, as it will many. Archie was larger than life and always had a joke or story to share. He stood at many events to share his tidbits of knowledge and collections he had gathered throughout his life. One day I was sitting at my desk at the Caldwell Perspective and Archie came in the front door, of course with a smile, and a squeeze. He was

carrying a pink folder filled with paper. The first page in big bold text read “Something To Think About?” I had placed the folder in a drawer and in my moving the office to Maddy’s Plaza ran across the misplaced folder. I don’t know if they are original to his thoughts and feeling or if he had complied them from other sources, but I thought it would be nice to share tidbits of what was so important to Archie that he wanted to make sure to pass

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by Chantele Hensel, Publisher continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love. I believe…that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. I believe…that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. I believe…that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. I believe…that you can keep going long after you think you can’t. I believe…that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. I believe…that either you control your attitude or it controls you. I believe…that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I believe…that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time. I believe…that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up. I believe…that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel. I believe…that maturity has more to do with what types of ex-

periences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated. I believe…that it isn’t always enough, to be forgiven by others. Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive your-self. I believe…that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief. I believe…that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are. But, we are responsible for who we become. I believe…that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. I believe…two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I believe…that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you. I believe…that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to youyou will find the strength to help. I believe…that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being. I believe…that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon. I believe…that you should send this to all the people you believe in, I just did.

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Caldwell Student and Teacher Win Big at Invent Idaho Competition

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Five 6th graders and 5 teams of Vision Charter School juniors and seniors will be moving on to the State Invent Idaho competition,

March 1st and 2nd at the University of Idaho in Moscow. The prizes were announced at the end of the Southwestern Regional Competition last

Saturday, January 26th, held at JUMP in downtown Boise. Additionally, Mrs. Kara Evans was recognized as the Favorite Teacher, chosen by student voting. Vision’s State participants will join those from Southeastern and Northern Idaho for a chance to attend the National Invention Convention. According to their website, Invent Idaho is the premier student invention program in the Northwest, having provided a forum for thousands of young inventors in grades one through eight since its inception in 1989. The award winners: Best of Category for Adaptation: Breanna Green 1st in Grades 5-6 Nonworking Model: Morgan Bingham and Danya Chirinos 2nd in Grades 5-6 Nonworking Model: Colter Jorgensen 2nd in Grades 5-6 Working Model: Jolie Martin

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Love in All Its Iterations

I had intended to write this article using couples of various ages and life circumstances, and then a friend said something that made me rethink my intent. She is a single mother with three children. She said “This will be the fifteenth Valentine’s Day with no flowers or card.” Then I remember my own days watching co-workers have balloons, flowers, and huge arrangements delivered to our offices, while I received nothing. I thought of all the singles, widows, and others who hate to see Christmas removed from shelves, because they know Valentine’s Day is next. I’m spotlighting a beautiful Caldwell couple, who have touched my hearts and the hearts of all those they come in contact with. So, enjoy their story, but know that love is not a fairy tale, not all love looks the same, for some it is a sad day, and for others they share it with their mothers, daughters, grandchildren, sons, fathers, and neighbors. Their love transcends a traditional Valentine sweetheart, and that’s perfect with us. Love is love and we say, spread that love around! February marks the month of love. Often filled with flowers, chocolates, and jewelry, Valentine’s Day can be a high stakes holiday for many couples. But

The couple we are spotlighting is Randy and Liz Lyons. They have been married 35 years in March, he was 22 and she was 21 when they wed. They were students at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Randy was a farm kid and Liz had also been raised on a farm, one of eight girls. Randy played on the college football team and told his roommate, a fellow football player, as Liz passed one day, “I’m going to marry that girl”. His roommate laughed at him. Liz was dating the team quarterback. Randy said the quarterback, also a friend, got injured and was hospitalized. He loaded up buddies each day and visited him in his hospital room. He noticed Liz was walking to the hospital to visit him, so the next day he told the players they could not ride with him. He stopped and asked Liz if she’d like a ride to the hospital and she took him up on it. During these rides, they found out they had some things in common, and that might have been enough to fuel the romance, but for another young man who had his cap set for Liz.

After Liz and the quarterback broke up, there was a campus dance. Randy was there and saw Liz with another young man as her date. The young man went into the restroom, and in an episode Liz didn’t learn about for at least ten years after they were wed, Randy followed him in the restroom and with his broad shoulders leaned into the young man and said, “You need to walk out of here and leave. You should not come back. You should never speak to Liz again, or I will beat you up, and after I beat you up my large Hawaiian, football lineman friend will also beat you up.” The man left without saying a word and never spoke to Liz again. She said she always wondered why he just vaporized and then wanted nothing to do with her. They are both quick to admit that Randy for all his physicality is really a soft heart and wasn’t normally going about threatening to beat anyone up. In this case, it led to the union of two really amazing people. Randy said he’d often meet Liz at the Library and after having a less than stellar academic year, he

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watched how she organized her studies and began to shadow what he saw her do. He said she taught him how to be a good student. Randy and Liz have 3 daughters, Amanda, Molly and Hannah. The girls were raised in the Sand Hollow area on a farm and they bucked bails, moved pipe and fed and watered animals. That kind of simple country life is part of what Randy and Liz attribute the success of their marriage to. Liz said leading a simple life, without fancy cars, expensive homes, or accoutrements has been what she thinks has let them build the loving partnership they have. They shared some of their trials, as all marriages have, but their desire to have peace, simplicity, and sharing good senses of humor have carried them through. They spoke often of feeling as though they had guardian angels throughout their marriage who watched over them, and blessed them. They are proud of their daughters who are really awesome young women.

Liz said she thinks having a strong relationship with their dad made her girls strong, capable, young women. Randy teaches and coaches football at Homedale High School. Liz works for COSSA school as a behavioral specialist. They moved to Caldwell’s Historic District several years ago and have quickly come to LOVE Caldwell. I think Caldwell loves Randy and Liz Lyons! If you don’t know them, make it a point. Your life will have more breadth and depth for it. They are charms!

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New Year’s Resolutions and Weight Loss How many of you have made a New Year’s resolution? How many of you have broken it already? I would bet the most common resolution is either weight loss and, or getting in better physical shape. Recently new guidelines for physical activity have come out. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd edition was recently published providing current recommendations for physical activity for all Americans. This committee of researchers reviewed all available information to make these guidelines updated from 2008. There is strong evidence demonstrating that regular physical activity has health benefits for everyone regardless of age, gender or race. Unfortunately, 80% of U.S. adults and adolescents are insufficiently active. It is estimated that if all residents exercised at the recommendations it would cut health care costs by $117 billion annually! So, what are the benefits? For children and adolescents they have improved bone health, weight status, metabolic profiles, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, cognition and less depression. Adults have a lower all cause mortality, less cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack and hypertension. They have less type 2 diabetes, improved cholesterol levels, less cancer including bladder, breast colon, uterine, esophageal, kidney, lung and stomach. There is also, improved cognition and may delay the onset of dementia by 5 to 10 years! There is improved sleep, anxiety and depression. Arthritic complaints improve and there are less falls and fall related injuries. There are different types of exercise or activity. Aer-

obic exercise is also known as cardio or endurance training. Strength training or resistance training increases strength but not endurance. Balance training improves balance and prevents falls. Multi-component training combines components of all of these. Exercise can be described in time and intensity. Time is nothing more than the duration of the activity. Intensity is the level of exertion. Light activity can be described as slow walking while moderate activity is comparable to brisk walking and vigorous is comparable to jogging or running. Relative intensity can be measured from 0 -10 with sitting = 0, moderate 5-6 and vigorous 7-8. Another way to measure intensity is to take the “Talk Test.” With moderate activity you should be able to talk but, not sing and with vigorous activity you cannot say more than a few words at a time. Another approach is to measure your heart rate. Subtract your age from 220 and that approximates your maximum heart rate. You then take 50-70% of your maximum heart rate and that equals your target heart rate. For example, if you are 60, 220 - 60 = 160 max. HR x 50 to 70% = 80-112 is target heart rate. Generally vigorous activity is twice as intense as moderate so 15 minutes of intense is equal to 30 minutes of moderate activity with the same benefits. Also, remember 10 minutes, 3 times daily, equals 30 minutes. As time goes on, activity will become easier and people should try to increase the intensity and/or duration to continue to improve physical fitness levels. So, what are the activity guidelines by age group? Activity levels for preschool age children, 3 to 6, is to be active throughout the day and at least 3 hours daily.

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This will help with growth and development. School aged children and adolescent, 6 to 17 should have at least 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity daily. Adults should have 150-300 minutes of moderate activity or 75-150 minutes of vigorous activity weekly spread throughout the week. Also, adults should add 2 days of strength or resistance training weekly. Even adults over the age of 65 gain benefits and especially with strength and balance. Activity for adults with chronic health conditions and or disabilities should be included in these guidelines. However, the type and amount should be determined by the person’s abilities. In short, being physically active is incredibly important for everyone’s health with multiple benefits. Generally, we want to start slow and build incrementally as tolerated. If you have questions, they should be discussed with your health care provider. Back to our New Year’s resolution of weight loss. If you can get weight off and keep it off for 2 years, your chances of keeping it off goes up dramatically. Generally, the best weight loss programs and a 5% or less success rate at 2 years! However, all these programs have their champions. A study looked at these “champions” and studied how they did it? They all did one thing. They changed their life style and became physically active. Certainly, diet is important in getting weight off, but to keep it off, physical activity is critical!

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There is this mysterious “thing” that follows us around. It seems to know WAY too much about us and it causes mischief when we least expect it. It’s not a ghost or a monster but the unknown can tend to be a bit scary so here we will try to help take the mystery out of it. That “thing” is a credit report. It truly does have a lot of information about us, our bill paying, and spending habits. Additionally, it follows us around for years even if we have changed our habits. When you open credit at a store, financial institution, or online there is a very good chance they will “pull” a credit report (meaning they will buy a report from one of the three main credit reporting agencies – listed later in the arti-


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cle). This report is built from information provided to the credit reporting agency from retailers, financial institutions, collection agencies, mortgage holders, courts, and pay day lenders (to name a few). What they report: • When you obtained credit from them; • How much credit you received; • The terms of the credit (payment and number of payments); • If you obtained the credit in your own name (individual) or with someone else (joint); • Identifying information such as social security number, address, place of employment, and income; • And…..drum roll please….. IF YOU DID – OR DID NOT – PAY THE CREDIT ON TIME! These credit reports can also include a credit score. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer web-site, credit scores are made up of mathematical formulas that use the information in your credit report to calculate a value which suggests how likely you are to pay your

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fect your credit rating or your credit score. When you apply for a loan and authorize the lender to obtain a credit report, there is a “hard” pull and lots of these inquiries can potentially affect your credit score. Federal law allows you to obtain a copy of your credit report each year but does not require the credit reporting company to provide your credit score. You are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. You obtain this by ordering it online from https://www.annualcreditreport.com which is the only authorized website for free credit reports. You can also call 1-877-322-8228. You will need to provide your name, address, social security number, and date of birth to verify your identity. Some ways to keep your credit score from going too low: • Paying your bills on time • Not borrowing up to your credit limit on credit cards • Not having more credit than your income can sustain • Not allowing your bills to go to collection, small claims, or other courts A helpful link about free credit reports can be found at the Federal Trade Commission website at: https:// w w w. c o n s u m e r. f t c . g o v / articles/0155-free-credit-reports. This includes warnings about imposter websites. Three major credit reporting companies:

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“Cradle for the Cure” Youth Wrestling Event

CWC wrestlers posing with a representative from Mountain State Institute after presenting them with a check from the 2018 Cradle for the Cure event. It’s not what this team is capable of, It’s what they are willing to do.

WC Wrestlers Sofia Bidelman, Mattie Bidiman, and Lani Bidelman letting us all know It’s not just for boys anymore.

Caldwell Wrestling Club is holding its fourth annual “Cradle for the Cure” youth wrestling tournament and will take place on March 16, 2019 at the JA Albertson Activity Center on the College of Idaho Campus. There are two sessions. Competitors from age 5-8 will compete from 9:00am-1:00pm, and then competitors from age 9-high school will compete from

CWC Wrestler remembering if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. 1:30pm-4:00pm. This event raises money to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer in the community. It is an event run by Caldwell Wrestling Club Parents and Staff. It honors cancer survivors and remembers those who have lost their lives to cancer. Cradle for the Cure was started when CWC’s head coach’s mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She was one of the lucky ones and she battled hard to beat the nasty disease. Unfortunately, at the same time she was given the news that she was sick, other club parents and now coaches, lost their mothers to cancer. With all three of them closely affected by cancer at the same time they wanted to do something to help raise awareness and of course raise money to help others also going through what they were experiencing. Cradle for the Cure wrestling tournament has become the

by Elena Gomez clubs marquee event. Each year proceeds from the tournament support both our youth wrestling, and local families/ organization touched by cancer. Cradle for the Cure is a free event to the public, the past three years we have raised and donated thousands to people in our community who need a little assistance. The hard work that was put into this event last year paid off. CWC was able to deliver a check to Mountain States Tumor Institute for $4,052.00, what an honor. We want to build awareness of this dreaded disease and make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer HERE AND NOW! We are asking for your support, if you are able to donate in the following ways, please contact us on Facebook at CWC Cougar Wrestling Club or c4cwrestling@yahoo.com. Ways you can help: 1.) If you are a business, know a business, make a product, or for any other reason can donate an item that can be raffled off, we need your help. 2.) Contact us on Facebook or by email to purchase raffle tickets. 3.) Sponsor a table/mat (contact us for more info). 4.) Donate to concessions. 5.) Buy a shirt. 6.) Come to the tournament, participate in the silent auction, and eat at concessions. There is no entry fee to the event.


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The Deer Flat Master Naturalist Chapter is recruiting new members. The program starts Feb-ruary 15, 2019, so sign up now! Who? Adults who enjoy nature and are interested in learning more. What? Participants learn about Idaho’s natural resources and get involved in local conservation projects. To become a Certified Master Naturalist, you must attend 40 hours of classes and volunteer 40 hours working with local agencies and organizations to teach children about na-ture, help biolo-

LOCAL DIRT PERSPECTIVE damage to the branch you are pruning when it’s freezing. It’s like ice in an ice tray, the cubes are solid and in tact, you give the tray a twist and ice cubes shatter or crack. That’s exactly what happens when you star slicing trough a branch, it cracks the cell structure of the branch allowing disease or bugs access because the branch can’t seal its cut as normal. Be aware of your soils moisture, if we don’t have good spring rains you may have to supplement your landscapes water needs. As the soil warms, plants start to grow and need both water and fertilizer because when plants wake up they are hungry. Prepping your garden on these nicer days just saves you time when it is time plant your garden. Starting seeds in doors is a good way to get exactly what want or to try new stuff. I

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spend time in the fall looking for seeds to get online because they tend to sell out by winter. Seeds are in stores now along with seed starting kits. It really is fun to start seeds and then watch as they grow into your food. I want to encourage as many of you to do this, even on a small scale. Get your kids or grandkids involved, trust me they will appreciate it for life, that’s exactly how my entire career got it’s start. Following my grandfather around the greenhouse was a training ground you just can’t get in the classroom. I enjoyed my time with my grandfather and the lessons learned. It’s to bad he didn’t live long enough to see me in action. So it’s time to get off your duff and get gardening cause the days are getting longer and it’s calling your name. Okay maybe not, until next time, Pat.

February 2019

Dave’s Big Back Yard Winter, what winter? My snow shovel has lounged in the rafters of my storage shed while I have lounged in my recliner. A mild winter certainly gives a homeowner some down time, no lawn to take care of, no lawn to mow no weeds to spray and no shrubs to prune and very little snow to shovel. A mild February and fishing is on. Brownlee can be good for some large Smallmouth Bass. CJ Strike offers up a multi species banquet Perch, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass and Trout. If the ice stays on Lake Cascade in February, you can catch Perch and Trout thru the ice. If the ice leaves early there are always some hungry Trout cruising the shoreline, bank fishermen get a real shot at harvesting some husky Rainbows. If the ice is off local ponds fish and game will start planting catchable Trout in Febru-

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gists collect data, monitor wildlife, improve habitat, and more. When? Classes will be held 1-4 pm on Fridays from February 15-May 17. Where? Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center near Lake Lowell. Cost? $100 registration fee ($50 refunded upon completion of certification) Scholarships are available. Space is limited, so register now. Email mndeerflat@gmail. com to register. Call Sara Focht at 208-287-2906 for more info.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Remember January 2017? When I was growing up and a Vallivue School District student, East Canyon specifically, snow was great. It meant no school, sleeping in and playday with my trusty horse, Chex. Going to a rural school certainly had its benefits. Yesterday, I went out onto my deck, without a jacket and it was nice. I could have spent more time outdoors, but duty calls. So, I sat back down at my kitchen table (where I work when I am at home) and became sidetracked as I browsed through the archive photos of the Caldwell Perspective specifically February 2017, Snowpacalypse. Two years ago, almost to the day we were under snow. I am so thankful the winter of 2017 has not become our new normal. How about you? I am equally as thankful, that if I want a touch of winter,



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by Dave McCormick ary. In past years with a case of cabin fever I have put my float tube on Caldwell ponds and caught planters until I said enough is enough. I remember years ago fishing in a snow storm on a small lake by CJ Strike called Crane Falls. In those days it was a Trout fishery. I was totally into fly fishing and it was always a good early bet. Now the lake has Bass and Bluegill but Fish and Game still plant Trout. Don’t put the shotgun away just yet a mild day in February is a great time to shoot a round of sport-ing clay. I usually keep feeding birds until the Juncos disappear. Whatever outdoor endeavors you choose to pursue enjoy the early new birth of a new year.

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So I was wrong, we didn’t have a very harsh winter. I’m not a weatherman nor do I play one on tv. It just goes to show you that our climate changes often and rarely are two winters exactly the same. That being said right now this month is a very good time to put a pre emergence down in beds, turf areas and gravel drives and paths. You might notice some new green growth of weeds popping up and there are cool season weed sprays available, so just ask your trusted garden center. Once sprayed, spread some pre emergence in the area. It’s important to get it down as soon as possible to take advantage of spring rains. Pruning of trees and shrubs at this time is ideal, as long as it is above freezing outside. You do far more


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February 2019 In the late 1960s the only water park in our end of the valley was the vast farm land irrigation sys-tem. Places like “the flume”, “the cliffs”, “the checks” and “the rope” were familiar to most west valley kids as places to cool off and have fun, away from the watchful eyes of sensible adults. To find most of these places you had to have someone along who had been there as they were off the grid most of the time. The “flume” was about a fifty foot length of six foot in diameter pipe. When flowing at about half to one third full it made a

great water slide. Good sense was required here to not try it if the water level was too high or too low, though if good sense were always used, there would be no stories here. The “cliffs” was a twenty foot high bank on the opposite side of the canal from the road. While swimming across the canal to climb out the other side, it was always a good idea to check the depth of the landing zone. Again, a little sense prevented the fun time from turning into a trip to the emergency room for you, and your parents. The “checks” was a con-

Canyon County Water Park crete dam across the canal with gates in it. With a rope tied to the catwalk, you could water ski, if the water was flowing strong enough. Most times though, you would just lay on a skim board, now called a wake board, and cool off. I saw some kids just hanging onto the rope and od their own version of a “knee haul” but that looked like more torture than fun. The “rope” was that article tied to an elm tree branch overhanging the canal. By climbing the tree, grabbing the rope and swinging out over the water you could then drop a bout fifteen

Page 15 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE by Stan Soran feet into the canal. This place was usually crowded because it was on a main road and you could sometimes wait quite a while for a turn. Probably the most dangerous and therefore the most fun was skiing behind a car driven on the ac-cess road. The canal had to be inspected for a bank clear of obstacles and a decent distance be-tween check dams, bridges, etc. Also it was best to have a spotter in the car so that he could notify the driver if the fool on the other end of the rope ran into trouble. I tried this a couple of times setting a

speed record once, and permanently damaging my wrist from being dragged along the bank on another attempt. Though I wasn’t there, my friend Mike Rohm can attest to how solid wa-ter becomes when hitting it at a high speed. For me, this sort of summer fun ended soon after I left for “big” school. I can’t imagine these activi-ties kept on for long with everyone behaving and respecting other people’s property, but I still remember it as those sunny warm days of summer fun.

Southwestern Idaho Birders Association Presents: “The Art and Science of Life and Death in Gorongosa National Park”

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, at 7 PM, the husband/wife team of research biologist Rob Miller and artist Karyn deKramer will share adventures about their 2017 trip to Gorongosa National

Park in Mozambique while continuing the Intermountain Bird Observatory’s on-going research and conservation efforts in the park. They studied raptors, vulture abundance and behaviors, and observed all varieties of fantastic creatures. Rob and Karyn will provide an overview of their work and highlight their observations and experiences. Rob spent 21 years working for Hewlett-Packard before the birds called him outside. He has since earned a second B.S. degree in Biology and an M.S. degree in Raptor

Biology. He works for the Intermountain Bird Observatory as a Research Biologist leading their work on the Northern Goshawk, Short-eared Owls, on multiple woodpecker projects, migration studies in both North America and Europe, vulture and raptor populations in Mozambique, and providing general data management and analysis support for a dozen other projects. Karyn deKramer is a wildlife watercolor artist with signature membership in Artists for Conservation and the Idaho Watercolor Society. She

Rob’s Military Spotlight “The U.S. Hand Grenade There is a funny saying that a bullet may have your name on it but a grenade is addressed ‘to whom it may concern’. A grenade is designed exactly for that. It will cause damage indiscriminately. Although grenades have been in use for a very long time, around the world, we are going to concentrate on just the history of the fragmentation grenade used by the United States. The U.S. entered WW1 lacking some basic equipment including the hand grenade. We used British and French grenades until our War Department created the MK 1. Designed after a French grenade, the MK1 was nicknamed the pineapple grenade due to its knobby surface. Early use of this grenade exposed a lot of flaws including the need to manually arm it which soldier would sometimes fail to do. The enemy would properly arm it and throw it back at our soldiers. The MK 2 was quickly developed to replace it. The MK 2 was almost dummy-proof. You pull the pin, release the spoon and throw it. The grenade was armed automatically. These came out just before the end of the WW1 and were standardized in 1920. This style

of grenade was in use until the 1950s-1960s with the Navy being the last to use it. The MK 2 was replaced by the M26 fragmentation grenade which was nicknamed the ‘lemon grenade’ due to its shape. One of the improvements over the MK 2 was that the grenade burned quiet and didn’t leave a trail of smoke or sparks when you threw it. There are some variations to this grenade such as an impact version and ones with extra safety clips. The lemon grenade was introduced for use in the Korean War but the military still had a large inventory of MK 2 grenades to use up. It saw a lot of use in the Vietnam War. The immediate successor to the M26 was the M33 and the M67 grenades. The M67 was nearly identical to the M33 but had an important, extra safety clip. The round body of the grenade earned it the nickname of the ‘baseball grenade’. Its spherical body meant it could be thrown farther. The average soldier can throw one 98-115 feet. The M67 saw widespread use in Vietnam and is still in use today. The fragmentation grenades mentioned above are all considered defensive grenades.

There are offensive grenades such as concussion grenades which have a smaller kill radius and can be used while advancing. The military is designing new grenades. The Army wants a grenade that can be either concussion or fragmentation. They are calling this the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose grenade (ETMP). There is also a scalable grenade that can be stacked in three high as necessary. They are calling this the Scalable Offensive Hand Grenade. There are pros and cons for both of these. It is this writer’s opinion that the M67 and its concussion counterpart will continue to be a vital part of any soldier’s load-out. It is simple and effective. However, the collector side of me will always love the classic look of the MK2 pineapple grenade. We have some examples of these grenades at D&J Enterprises. Come and have a look. We’ll be glad to show them off.

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Page 16 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE In my early teens, I developed an interest in radios— especially older models that could receive short wave broadcasts. Short wave frequencies covered international broadcasts and ham radio traffic. Table model radios (radios small enough to fit on a table) were all the rage back then. That meant that people were getting rid of older upright floor models. They were large because transistor and printed circuits hadn’t been invented yet. Some of the old radios weighed at least fifty pounds and were more than three feet tall. One of my Dad’s favorite weekend haunts was the

The year drew to a close. What would I accomplish in the next? I looked up at the mountains in the distance. They were white now. Not long ago, they were brown. In the eighteen months I’ve lived in Idaho, I’ve had the opportunity watch the cycle of seasons make their changes on these mountains that I never tire of seeing. My first sight of them

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Main Auction, in Boise, off Fairview Avenue, near the river. We didn’t have a lot of new stuff in our home. Most of our furniture and appliances were acquired on Saturdays at the Main Auction. It also was a good place to find old radios cheap -- sometimes for as little as twenty-five cents. If I saw a model that interested me I could usually talk Dad into bidding. More often than not, we would win. Most of my radios dated from the 1920s or ‘30s. Some worked, some didn’t. Radios in those days were powered by vacuum tubes. The individual tubes were the size of modern 60-watt light bulbs. When you turned

on the radio, the filaments in the tubes would start glowing and the radio would hum. It took awhile for the radio to “warm up” to operating temperature. There weren’t more than about a dozen types of tubes, no matter what model radio you had. If I acquired a new radio that didn’t work, I would check to see if some tubes weren’t glowing. Then I would check my replacement collection see if there was a matching tube. I would replace the non glowing tube with one from my stash. Chances were pretty good that the radio would work. My replacement tube cache came from radios that I couldn’t fix. I saved the tubes

and threw away the innards. I would hook my latest acquisition to a horizontal wire antenna that ran from the house to the shop building a couple of hundred feet away. With the radio in short wave mode, I could hear broadcasts from many different parts of the world, like BBC London or even Radio Moscow. I almost always could hear the San Francisco police dispatcher. But I couldn’t hear the patrol cars because their transmitters weren’t as powerful as the main station. The tubes in the old radios generated enough heat to make a small room more comfortable in the winter. Nowadays, with the World

I Want To Be A Mountain

came in September of 2008. The sides of the mountains were painted green with the leaves of sage brush. The days moved on. The weather cooled and the rain didn’t fall. The leaves browned. The mountain changed. Fall gave way to winter. I stood in the rain and watched the top of the mountains turn a dazzling white. Each week the snow crept further down the slopes

and long before the first snows fell in the valley, the mountains were covered with fresh powder. When the sun set, the lights on the ski slopes lit the side of the mountains a dazzling white at night. I’m not a skier, but I imagined the thrill of speeding down the side of those mountains – free, fast, and thrilled. Winter turned to spring. The snow in the valley disappeared and made its retreat up the slopes until it was gone once again. As the weeks passed, the green in the valley flowed steadily up the slopes like a reversed waterfall. The mountains were as I first saw them, green and lush.

by Wayne Cornell Wide Web, you don’t need short wave to communicate with other regions of the world. Short wave equipment is about as useful as film cameras. We do have an old upright radio that was used by Sara’s family when she was a kid. I refinished the cabinet but wouldn’t plug it in on a bet. I also have a couple of cabinets full of mechanical film cameras and accessories. But that’s another story. by Michael T. Smith

On this New Years Eve, the mountains are white again. On New Years Day they will be peppered with the dark dots of the distance skiers as they daringly fall down it’s slopes. I saw so many changes, but were they changes? The mountains are never changing. Like people, they only changed coats to fit the weather. They didn’t allow outside influences to alter what lie beneath their coats of changing colors.They were always the same. You could have faith in them. I’m in my third season of life. A little snow is gathering at my peak. Some of the sage brush is gone all together. My cloth-

ing changed to fit my season. Next year and all my years to follow, I want to be as constant as a mountain. Although my looks will change, I want to be reliable. My body will change coats many times, but when my day is done, I want people to say, “No matter what the seasons of life brought, he never changed inside. He never allowed the pressures of the seasons or the weathers of life to change what he was underneath. He was a mountain you could rely on to watch over those who looked up to him.” For this New Year and all the New Years that I have left, I want to be a mountain.

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will stop at nothing to get what he wants, including destroying his vessels in search of one strong enough to summon the most powerful spirits. Rone, a mercenary thief, lives and dies by his wiles, until his mother is thrown in prison for a crime he committed. When Sandis and Rone cross paths, both of their lives change, but both are haunted by their own need to fulfill personal missions and neither are comfortable with the levels of trust they must have in one another if they are to team up to fight forces beyond their control. By the author of the Paper Magician Trilogy, this is a fun new young adult science-fiction offering that strays away from the world of vampires and witches, but still has a

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Otis Julius-Local Caldwell Musician Caldwell musician Myles Clason is known for chasing his dreams. After 3 LP’s, selling out venues throughout North America and an International tour, he is now ready for new dreams under his refreshed Hip Hop / Rap project: Otis Julius. On January 4th, Otis Julius released two new singles titled Jawbreakers and Chasing Dreams. Jawbreakers brings out Myles’ love for the late 90’s animated program Ed, Edd and Eddy. The song details the life of the characters and gives a synopsis of the television series. Myles planned this release to drop exactly twenty years after the premiere of Ed, Edd and Eddy on the Cartoon Network on January 4th, 1999. Chasing Dreams exemplifies Myles’ look at life. In his early 20’s, Myles volunteered as a community builder in


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The Democratic Republic of Congo. When he came back, he realized what he needed to do to chase his dreams and that a life creating music was his dream. He explained his thoughts in a 2018 podcast: “I have a plan to enjoy my life, and that’s not going to happen for me if I work an 8-5. I quit my job and started to tour.” Myles’ energy and optimism shines through in Chasing Dreams. Check out Otis Julius on Soundcloud and Spotify.

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POETRY CORNER-Images about Town Hallowed Halls, Living Still by Deborah Wynkoop Walking past the corner of 12th and Dearborn I stop by the monument on a quiet morn I see the stone that marks the space Letting me know where learning took place The vibrant activity now is gone Replaced by a green, expansive lawn But in my head a whisper I hear Reverberating down to me from yesteryear

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February 2019

Caldwell Night Rodeo Raises 30K for Local Organizations Wednesday night Caldwell Night Rodeo presented checks to three non-profits they chose as beneficiaries to their Miracle on Blaine Street community fundraising event held in late November. “Every year we put a lot of thought into the non-profit’s we’d like to partner with. We look for those making an immediate difference in our community and we found that in the Caldwell Police Department’s Shop with a Cop event, Caldwell Fire’s Burnout Fund and One Church, One Child” said CNR’s Board Vice President, Nikki Zackary. Caldwell Police Department’s Shop with a Cop event selects local youth to treat to a morning pancake feed, a photo op with Santa and finally… a shopping spree at the local Walmart. Each officer pairs up with a youth and together they shop for toys and necessities for themselves and their entire family. Caldwell Fire’s Burnout Fund is there for individuals and families that have just discovered they lost their home and often, every worldly procession they’ve ever owned, to a fire. They help with lodging, clothing and other immediate necessities. One Church, One Child’s (an affiliate of Idaho Health and Welfare) efforts are aimed at assisting those with some of the littlest voices of their own, our Caldwell Night Rodeo Board, Caldwell Firefighters, On Church One Child (an affiliate fostered youth. They often partner with local churches for outreach and educa- of Idaho Health and Welfare), and Caldwell Police Officers who were present to recieve awards on behalf of their organizations. tion about foster care. While they support all fostered youth, they focus a good majority of their efforts on assisting those hardest to place in forever homes: “Giving back to our local community is part of our belief as a board and it’s also older youth, sibling groups & those with special needs. the focal point of our mission statement”. Since 2011, Caldwell Night Rodeo has given more than $125,000 to local To learn more about each organization, contact below: charities with funds raised from this holiday fundraiser. Throughout the year, One Church, One Child – Dial 211 or call 1-800-926-2588 CNR is busy with several other fundraising ventures for their Power of Pink Caldwell Fire’s Burnout Fund – Contact Dan Kinney at 208-455-3032 campaign (funding mammograms at West Valley and Saint Alphonsus for those Caldwell Police Department’s Shop with a Cop – Contact Cheryl Wendell at needing financial assistance) and the Patriot Fund that gives to local veteran’s cwendell@cityofcaldwell.org needing an extra hand. “It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for this country”, said Paul Adams, CNR’s Board Secretary/Treasurer.


by Leora Summers

I’ll Push You-A Camino Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair

by Lynn Johnson, Caldwell Lions Club

Rotary Youth Exchange Students on a flatbed truck in the McCall Winter Carnival’s Mardi Gras Parade. Rotary District 5400’s Rotary Youth Exchange Students who are in our area from other countries this year went to the McCall Winter Carnival. They met the students who will be leaving our District to go to other countries next school year. They stayed at Pilgrim Cove for the weekend of January 24-27 and while there, they gave presentations on their home countries to attendees as well as spoke of their experiences during their exchange here. They went skiing at Brundage and swimming at Zimms Hot Springs on that Friday. On Saturday, they rode on a flatbed truck in the Mardi Gras parade with signs they made with the countries from which they came with the names of the cities they went to when they arrived. The outgoing students made signs from where they live to where they are going next school year. You can see Caldwell’s Marty Gallo (2nd sign from the left) with his sign “Argentina to Caldwell.” Currently he lives with Caldwell Rotary Club President Jeff Hunsicker and attends Caldwell High School. Next to his right is Naida Camancho, of Caldwell, who will be going to Denmark next school year.

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February 2019

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