February 2023 Caldwell Perspective

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With the closing of Norman Jewelers, it is truly the end of an era for the old business community of Caldwell. I remember the good old days when Caldwell was much smaller and had a much different business footprint. It was the place to go shopping for outlying communities like Homedale, Marsing, Wilder and Parma. Gone are J.C. Penneys, Sears, Idaho Department Store, Western Auto, Kings, Summers Office Supply, Model Market, Nafziger Men’s Store, Earl’s Clothing Store, Taylor’s Music, Royce’s Furniture, Pennywise Drug, the Saratoga Restaurant and Pollards to name a few. Only a few of the older businesses remain like Rostock Furniture and Caxton Printer.

After seventy-five years as a Caldwell business begun by Bill Norman, Dan’s father, Norman Jewelers is closing its doors for the last time on February 28th. Dan’s dad, Bill, established the business in 1947. After serving in the Navy, Bill pursued a degree in watchmaking and returned to

End of an Era! Norman Jewelers

Caldwell to pursue his business career, first having a watch bench at Caldwell Drug Store on the corner of 7th and Main. Not long after, he and his wife rented the space where Norman Jewelers is today at 213 So. Kimball Ave. from Canyon Abstract and Title Company and they eventually purchased it.

After graduating from BYU with a business degree, father Bill begged Dan to come back to work with him. Dan and Kathy married and moved to Caldwell, where he worked with his dad for 8 months before leaving to earn his MBA degree at ASU in Tempe, AZ. With his MBA in hand, Dan flew to southern CA to interview for a job and after a day in downtown LA, he said, “I am not a city boy” and came back to Caldwell to learn the business with his dad. This was a beautiful combination for success as his dad, Bill, loved the buying, selling, working on the bench and the talking to people part of the business while Dan took care of the business side. Dan

and Kathy have raised their children in Caldwell and at the store. Their son Jacob reminisced, “I tell people the store was/is as much a part of the family as the living room or the dinner table.” Of that, Kathy added, “The kids grew up in here, taking their naps.”

Normans have been generous with their time to not only their children, but also to the children of our community and to the city of Caldwell, helping make our community a better place.

Dan has sat on the Canyon County Planning and Zoning committee, been on the Destination Caldwell Board of Directors and was the initial BID (Business Improvement District) president. He was very involved with the start up help with the Plaza as he recognized the need for revitalization of our downtown, having said “We could either do something about downtown or we could turn it into a ghost town, as that is where we were headed.”

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of 1976, (forty-seven and a half years). In 2021 and 2022 they were given a “Best of Canyon County” award and recognized as the “Best Place to Buy Jewelry” by the Idaho Press Tribune. They had brought this business to a new level.

The city of Caldwell has seen a rebirth since the building of the Plaza with new businesses popping up and is a destination place

for other towns in our area, due to people like Dan and Kathy Norman and their efforts. It is never just about one couple, but they were certainly a part of the puzzle that helped put this together to make this possible.

Thank you Dan and Kathy Norman! We salute you and encourage you to enjoy your new adventure!

by Leora Summers, Caldwell Perspective Dan and Kathy Norman standing by the original Norman’s Jewelry Store sign photos by Leora Summers Dan Norman, a common sight at his jeweler’s bench where he has spent the past forty-seven and a half years.


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6-7:30 PM: Valentine’s Weekend Wine & Line. Join Country Dance ID at Famici Winery!

Ticket includes: Introductory Line Dance Lesson, One glass of wine, Cheese pairing. Have a partner? Bring them- if not come find one!! Singles are welcome. Famici Winery, 21026 Hoskins Rd.

February 12

12-5 PM: Huston Vineyards Wine & Chocolate Weekend, check www.hustonvineyards.com for details!

February 13

10:30 AM: Baby Storytime (ages 0-2), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

February 1

5:30-6:30 PM: Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave.

February 2

3 PM: Laundromat Storytime at Get the Funk Out Laundromat. (Caldwell Library Event).

February 3

10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+).

6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse. Come enjoy great food, dancing, drinks and outstanding door prizes donated by local merchants. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans. Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St.

February 4

12-4 PM: Depot & Interpretive Center Open House: Come one, come all to the Caldwell Train Depot Interpretive Center, and take a walk through the rail history of our area. Most of the year the Train Depot Museum is open from Noon - 4pm on the first Saturday of each month. Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main St.

2-3:30 PM: Kids ConnectParticipate in our provided activity or bring your own to share with friends. (ages 7-15), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

February 7 10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6-9 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.

6:30 PM: Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-6), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn

February 8

10 AM-12 PM: Tech Lab - Drop in anytime during the program to get personalized help on all your technology questions. (ages 18+), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

February 8 (continued)

7-9 PM: Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting CANCELLED.

February 9

Last Day to register for the Chamber of Commerce Noon Break Luncheon “Love Your Heart”. See February 14 event for more information.

2 PM: Thursday Read Book ClubWe will be reading and discussing “Khabaar” by Madhushree Ghosh (ages 18+), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

3:30 PM: Farmway Aftershool Program at the Farmway Village Community Center.

7 PM: SIBA Zoom meeting

“Western Grebe and Clarkes Grebe”, see page 14 for more info.

February 10

12-5 PM: Huston Vineyards Wine & Chocolate Weekend, check www.hustonvineyards.com for details!

10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+).

11 AM-5 PM: Greenleaf

Valentine’s Day Bazaar, Greenleaf Community Center, 21441 Main St./Hwy 19.

February 11

11 AM-4 PM: Greenleaf

Valentine’s Day Bazaar, Greenleaf Community Center, 21441 Main St./Hwy 19.

12-5 PM: Huston Vineyards Wine & Chocolate Weekend, check www.hustonvineyards.com for details!

3-7 PM: Gigi’s Corner celebrates Galentine’s Day. Enjoy friendships and hanging out with the gals. Food, Drinks & shopping, photo booth, drawings & limited swag bags. Please RSVP. 215 S. 9th Ave., 208-957-0653.

5-8 PM: Valentines Social at Oakes Bros Marketplace. Sip and shop at Oakes Bros Marketplace just before Valentine’s Day! Enjoy music from Crazy Love Duo, plus: 8 selections of appetizers 3 types of desserts 1 glass of wine or beer.

718 Main St.

2-2:30 PM: Knitting & Crochet Social (ages 18+), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6-8 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.

February 14

10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

11:30 AM-1 PM: Noon Break

Luncheon: “Love Your Heart” sponsored by WVMC. West Valley Medical Center presents “Love Your Heart,” with Dr. Lyndon Box, Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologist for National Heart Awareness Month. Join us for an interesting presentation from WVMC on how to keep your most important organ healthy! Wear red for heart health! Register by February 9th, Chamber Luncheon, Simplot Dining Hall, C of I campus.

1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6:30 PM: Bilingual Storytime (ages

2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn

February 15

10:30 AM: Music & Movement (ages 2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

3:30 PM: Afterschool Fun (ages

5-12): Food Science Experiments, Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

1:30-3:30 PM: Hearing Examiner Special Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.

February 16

10:30 AM: Toddler Storytime (ages 2-6), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

11 AM: Caldwell Public Library at the Caldwell Senior Center.

4:30 PM: Teen Thursday (ages

13-17): Food Science Experiments, Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6:30 PM: Thursday Read Book Club - We will be reading and discussing “Khabaar” by Madhushree Ghosh (ages 18+), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

February 17

10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+).

February 18

2 PM: Optimist Family MovieCome watch a PG movie at the library and enjoy free snacks. Visit our website to see movie of the month! (all ages), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

5:30 PM: Valentine’s Dinner at the Elks! Steak and Lobster Tail. For more info call 208-454-1448.

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February 22 (continued)

1:30-5 PM: Hearing Examiner Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.

3:30 PM: Afterschool Fun (ages

5-12): Bridge Building Challenge, Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6:30-8:30 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, Community Development Services, 621 Cleveland Blvd.

February 23

10:30 AM: Toddler Storytime (ages 2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

4:30 PM: Teen Thursday (ages 13-17): Bridge Building Challenge, Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn.

February 21

9 AM: Indian Creek Plaza closed for rink teardown.

10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library.

1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6 PM: Mardi Gras Crawl, DINE. DRINK. WIN! We’re turning downtown Caldwell into a Mardi Gras celebration, check out www. indiancreekplaza.com for details.

6-9 PM: City Council Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave.

6:30 PM: Bilingual Storytime (ages

2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn

February 22

10:30 AM: Music & Movement (ages 2-6), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

1:30-3:30 PM: Mobile Makerspace

Open House - Tour the makerspace at Serenity Park. (all ages), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

5:30-9 PM: Lift Up a Child, A Gala fundraising event benefiting CASA. Join us for an evening of fun and inspiration as we lift up children who have experienced abuse and neglect right here in Southwest Idaho. Cocktail/Evening dress, Nampa Civic Center 311 3rd St S Nampa. Tickets available at casabenefit.maxgiving.bid/tickets

February 24

10 AM: Tai Chi & Qigong (Hubler Airport Terminal) (ages 18+).

February 27

10:30 AM: Baby Storytime (ages 0-2), Library, 1010 Dearborn.

February 28

10 AM-12 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

10 AM-3:30 PM: Department of Labor at the Library.

12-2 PM: Design Review, Community Development Services, 621 Cleveland Blvd.

1-4 PM: WICAP at the Library, 1010 Dearborn.

6:30 PM: Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-6), Caldwell Library, 1010 Dearborn

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It is rare in today’s world to find a group who can combine authentic cuisine with a vibrant cultural celebration and a massive fundraising effort into a successful one-

night event. It’s even rarer for an organization’s members to continue giving the whole year through.The Caldwell Basque Charities is one organization that can be found doing exactly that.

With the help of a giving community, the vibrant Basque Charities have been able to raise well over 2 million dollars over the past five decades to assist people who have typically fallen through the cracks. One hundred percent of the funds have helped numerous families obtain basic necessities, receive life-changing medical

care, rebuild after disasters, and much more. This past Christmas, the charity donated $12,000 of meat and cheeses to local churches - helping them fill Christmas boxes to an underserved population in need.

array of Basque dances and music, beautifully performed by the very young to seasoned performers. A weightlifting exhibition preceded a

live auction, and the event concluded with a lively dance in which all attendees were encouraged to participate.

Friday, March 10, 2023 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Christ Community Church; 603 Everett St., Caldwell. This session is for adults only, ages 18 and older.

• Meet the experts, including K9 Newton.

• Understand how predators use today’s phone apps, chat rooms, and gaming systems to victimize youth.

• Gain insight on how you can protect your household and children.

• Observe K9 Newton demonstrating his unique skill.

• Question & Answer time at end.

Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. This session is recommended for ages 8 through 17.

• Meet the experts, including K9 Newton.

• Learn that apps can be dangerous as well as fun.

• Find out what the dangers can look like.

• Know how to stay safe.

• Watch K9 Newton at work.

• Question & Answer time at end.

For more information call (208) 453-1819 or email ccattaskforce@gmail.com

This year’s 55th Annual Basque Festival was held on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the O’Connor Field House. Many of The Caldwell Euskaldunaks (Basques) were second or third generation organizers and participants. The organization has a rich history, which began in 1968 with a “Sheepherder’s Ball” at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It didn’t take long for the traditional event to outgrow the small church and move to the larger Caldwell Events Center. The full-capacity crowd for 2023 enjoyed a traditional Basque dinner by Jesus Alcelay as they watched their bids in the silent auction. The audience was treated to an


$10 per person - tickets at the door

8 AM - 12 PM

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Remembering Jimmy Marcus: Caldwell Foundation to Offer New Scholarship in His Name

The Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity was formed in 1992 to help faculty, students, and residents of Caldwell School District enhance their pursuits in education. A diverse range of scholarships are available; including those for academic achievement, leadership, science, music, character, and more. Grants and funding for the nonprofit organization are generated from corporate and individual contributions as well as fundraising efforts. Over the years, there have

been many memorial donations as well.

This year, the CFEO is pleased to be offering the Jimmy Marcus - Class of ‘72 Memorial Scholarship to a graduating senior from Caldwell High School who has been accepted to the College of Idaho. The scholarship was born after the Caldwell High Class of 1972 fondly reminisced about their classmate, Jimmy, who passed away in 1975. As a result, the former students were able to personally raise enough funds to

begin the process of creating a new scholarship in his name. The CFEO’s secretary, Chuck Randolph, said he was impressed by what Jimmy’s friends were able to accomplish to keep his memory alive. Randolph, who taught Jimmy in Junior High, said he’s thrilled to see the name of “one of the most gifted, well-liked students I’ve ever met ‘’ join the impressive scholarship case in the foyer of Caldwell High School.

The Jimmy Marcus - Class of ‘72 Memorial Scholarship can be applied for by any CHS senior who has been admitted to the College of Idaho. Randolph said he is hopeful the scholarship will eventually be matched by the College over a four-year period.

The following is Jimmy’s story as told by his family, Caldwell High School close friends and classmates:

The Caldwell High School Class of 1972 was highly regarded by teachers and administrators for its dedication, enthusiasm and spirit.

James “Jimmy” Marcus was a revered member of that class. He was a classmate

distinguished by his honesty, integrity, loyalty, compassion, humility and achievements. He was elected vice-president of the student body as a junior and president as a senior. He was a respected and respectful leader in the CHS Student Council throughout his high school years. Jimmy was chosen by the Caldwell Kiwanis Club as a representative to Idaho Boys State as a junior and, during that week in Boise, he was elected to the offices of Senator and Supreme Court Justice for the youth legislature by his peers. He was a member of CHS’s National Honor Society and he received The Degree of Honor Award and a listing in Merit’s Who’s Who of American High School Students. Jimmy’s academic achievements were exemplary and he graduated in the Top Ten in his class. Additionally, Jimmy excelled in his service to the community, his church and to people in need.

When Jimmy began grade school, he had a considerable speech problem and could only be understood by his family. Through his own determination, he conquered his disability and ultimately became highly regarded for his talents in all areas of public speaking. He earned awards in drama and speech and debate including being the recipient of the American Legion

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Oratory Award. Jimmy was very active in drama and enjoyed performing in many theater productions throughout high school and, later, in college. Other activities and club memberships included Thespians, Political Science, Ecology, and the National Forensic League.

Jimmy’s Sporting activities were many. He lettered in football, wrestling and track. He was an accomplished swimmer and spent summers working as a lifeguard at the Caldwell Public Pool. All water sports interested Jimmy and he even learned to scuba dive.

Jimmy was a kind and sensitive young man and spent much of his free time aiding in the welfare of others within the Caldwell community. He even traveled outside the area to help bring food and other items to people who needed care. The March of Dimes Service Award went to Jimmy who became chairman of the Caldwell area. He was active in TORCH (Teen Organization for handicapped Children) and worked with a federally-sponsored behavior modification program for training troubled youth. Being a member of Key Club and DeMolay allowed Jimmy to further build character and leadership development skills by encouraging service to the community.

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Church was important to Jimmy who was a member of the Boone Presbyterian Church in Caldwell. He served on the Standing Committee on Christian Education and was an officer of the Church Youth Group. He sang in the choir. Jimmy worked with the “Christian Caravan” helping children in a day camp in San Francisco and helping families in need in Seattle by delivering food and supplies. In addition to his church-related activities, he volunteered his time at “The House”, a community crisis center. Being a member of the staff there allowed him to help people in the community to “drop-in” 24-7 whenever there was a difficult crisis in their lives. He had a special interest in the telephone crisis hotline and he often manned it at night providing help for all kinds of people from all kinds of places. Those people were looking for help and “The House” volunteers, including Jimmy, provided it.

Traveling and meeting people were two of Jimmy’s passions. After high school he spent two months hitchhiking with a backpack throughout Europe. He chronicled his adventures and memories with hundreds of photographs and he seemed particularly enamored with Greece and Italy. He enrolled at the College of Idaho in the fall of 1972, perhaps not knowing that his world travels had just begun. By the fall of 1973, Jimmy had been selected as one of twelve students to participate in the Oxford Study Program in Oxford, England. While in residence at Warnborough House, he engaged in a unique foreign

fully comprehensive range of lectures, seminars and social and cultural activities directed by a staff of specialists from Oxford University. From Oxford, he joined about twenty classmates for a six-week College of Idaho Ancient History Tour to Greece and Italy led by Professor Franklin Specht. He sat in a performing arts amphitheater on the Acropolis, saw the site where Socrates died, communed with the Gods at Delphi and ran on the very first Olympic track. He walked through the streets of Pompei and he viewed Micheangelo’s great ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. He saw the Roman Coliseum. He returned to the C of I campus for the spring of 1974 but soon again left for another academic adventure in the fall of 1975, enrolling in the Hilo Cooperative Program jointly sponsored by the College of Idaho and the University of Hawaii. He completed his junior year in Hawaii.

Jimmy was a true scholar. He rose to the top of his academic class in high school and he made the Dean’s List throughout his collegiate career. His interests were many, so much so that he found it difficult to declare a college major. Review of his college transcripts revealed the breadth of his interests. A partial list of his college classes from those transcripts include Chaucer and his Times, Drawing, Drama, German language, Readings in German, Asian studies, Contemporary European Studies, Western Civilization, Urban Geogra-

Management, Business Law, Political Studies, Civil Liberties, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Skiing, Gymnastics and Tennis. His next academic travels were to take him to universities in New Zealand or Australia. But, on the 4th of July weekend in 1975, Jimmy tragically drowned in a sailboat accident in the open sea off the coast of Lanai, Hawaii. His body was found on July 7, 1975.

James “Jimmy” Davis Marcus loved life, all of it. He lived a spectacular life. Jimmy will always be remembered by his classmates as a young man with extraordinary intellect and a deep faith in the good of people. He was truly kind. His future was unbridled. Those of us lucky enough to have shared the stage with him for a time will never forget him.

The Class of 1972 could not have chosen a better representative than Jimmy for this scholarship. He was the leader of our class and everyone looked up to him though he stood only 5 feet 6 inches. His ties to the College of Idaho and to Caldwell made it an easy decision for his scholarship to be awarded to a worthy graduating senior from Caldwell High School who has been accepted to the College of Idaho.

Those wishing to donate to the Jimmy Marcus- Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund can send donations to: CFEO, Jimmy Marcus Fund, Box 122, Caldwell, Idaho 83606.

17 year-old Kylie Welch of Caldwell was honored by Mayor Wagoner on January 16 at 4 p.m. at the Caldwell City Hall. Kylie is Miss Teen Idaho Voice for Autism. Her platform is that anyone can be beautiful and be amazing no matter the obstacles.

Last month, she traveled to Alabama for the national

Miss National Teen Voice for Autism competition and she earned the title! Kylie is ready for her year as the national title holder, spreading awareness, and inspiring people all over the country and Mayor Wagoner will lead the way in honoring her for her efforts.

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Caldwell Lions Supports Caldwell Meals on Wheels

Caldwell Lions wanting to help out the teachers of the Caldwell School District came up with their Teachers Grant program. They provide 2 grants for $200.00 for each month. Teachers are asked to provide pro-

Caldwell Lions presents a big check to help supporft the Idaho Youth Ranch. The Youth Ranch unites for Idaho’s youth to provide accessible programs and services that

posals for what they would like to do with the money they receive. We really enjoy meeting with the classrooms and giving away the money to such deserving teachers! --

Caldwell Lions supports Caldwell Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels is a non-profit community program designed to meet the nutritional needs of seniors, 60 years of age or older, who are homebound and have difficulty preparing a balanced meal. This program serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

The check presentation was made at a successful open house Informational Dinner designed to offer

Caldwell Lions Present Big Check to Help Idaho Youth Ranch

nurture hope, healing, and resilience. Idaho Youth Ranch has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its outpatient counseling & therapy centers – including equine

therapy, Hays House youth shelter, and adoptions program. Located in Caldwell, the Hands of Promise campus is home to their Treasure Valley Equine Program. As part of a healing, 258acre rural setting, kids can begin their emotional recovery with this unique service.

The Lions are proud to support the Youth Ranch as it fits in perfectly with the club’s sincere support for area youth. Other “Youth” programs the club supports are YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Athletic Softball League, Teacher Grant Program, Peace Poster Contest, Patriotism Essay Contest, Pull Tab Contest and

club information to prospective new members.


The moneys donated by the club are raised from the food sold at its booth at the Rodeo Grounds during the Canyon County Fair, the Caldwell Night Rodeo,

and College of Idaho home football games. Another fund raiser for the club is the Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament. The club is very thankful for all its faithful volunteers.

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If you are a parent, chances are you’re constantly walking a tightrope when it comes to kids and screens. One of the kindest, most loving things parents can do for their children is to make sure their experiences are as safe and positive as possible. While it’s always best to spend quality screen-free time together, electronic entertainment can be used properly - especially when it’s part of a nag-free “contingency plan.” That is, “If the child does x, then they can have y.” A natural consequences for not doing the most important tasks first includes not having the desired screen time. If a child has earned the reward, the

Kids and Screens: Setting loving limits

android devices can be downloaded through the Google Play store, allowing parents to track their kids’ online usage and set up limits on how much time they can spend online each day. They can also monitor the location of the device and when it is on. Parents will need to create a separate Google account for their children.

parent then needs to navigate what they can view, which isn’t always easy.

The family television is likely the simplest to monitor because of more obvious rating displays and TV placement in common areas of the home. Monitoring internet and video games can be trickier, but the rewards of setting limits on the devices are multiple. As hard as parents may try to govern their childrens’ internet usage, kids’ curiosity often entices them to go online when adults aren’t looking. That’s where parental controls can be a godsend. Setting up such controls vary depending on the type of devices kids use.

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Amazon Fire devices come with built-in FreeTime. This tool bans ads and restricts purchases so kids can’t spend money without permission. FreeTime also lets parents restrict content to certain standards. Time restrictions are another feature that limit the amount of time kids spend online.

Apple’s Screen Time function helps parents restrict the use of specific apps, including built-in ones. Parents can specify which websites their children are allowed to view. It also can block purchases made through iTunes.

Video games may be even harder for a parent to navigate. First-person shooter games are very trendy, but they can have many adverse effects on impressionable youth. That’s one of the main reasons the AAP recommends limiting the time kids spend gaming to no more than

one hour per day. Studies have shown that children exposed to virtual violence may become numb to and even imitate what they view. Parents may not know that they can vet video games by using a standard ratings system located on each game package. The following are ratings parents can review when deciding whether or not a game is appropriate for their child: E: Generally suitable for everyone. Does not contain violence, crude language, or sexual content.

E10+: Generally appropriate for everyone ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and mild language than games rated E. Games that fall into this category also may contain minimal suggestive themes.

T: Suggested for players age 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, mini-

mal blood, simulated gambling, and/or use of strong language.

M: Suggested for gamers ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language. ·

AO: Suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. Typically contains the most extreme violent, sexual content and strong language. No matter the screen medium, keeping devices in common areas can allow parents to more closely monitor how much screen time their kids are spending and the content they’re consuming. Designating certain electronics as “family property” instead of something the child “owns” will help naturally place them in common areas. Parents can further monitor what their kids are playing and watching by participating with them.

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In a recent Destination Education YouTube episode, “where students are stars,” several Caldwell School District groups were highlighted, including 110 students who were able to participate in this year’s Choral Showcase. The event allows elementary and middle school students to sample what choir would be like if they were to join in High School. After being paired with current choir participants, the younger students were treated to a choir workshop, games, crafts, and a question and answer session. All students then rehearsed for a combined concert together

Our Community Caldwell Students Showcase Talents

that evening.

One Senior at CHS, Noelani, said it’s rewarding to see some of the students who participate in the showcase go on to join choirs in High School. “It’s fun seeing the development and the growth…” She said of her “new freshman buddies” - some of whom she continues to help with vocal performance. When asked, participants said the showcase was one of their favorite events to attend all year.

At Wilson Elementary School, there was recently another showcase - this time a talent show. Students were able to amuse

their classmates with a variety of numbers including dancing, singing, playing instruments, and even stand-up comedy! For many, it was their first opportunity to gain valuable experience, share talents, and perform in front of a large crowd.

As illustrated by shows and other events, it’s easy to see the abundance of talent that exists in Caldwell School District.

The past two weekends the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council hosted a Skate Day and a Bowling Day.

Both events allowed our 8th-12th graders to get out of the house, have fun, invite friends, and listen to some great people and speakers talk about living healthy lifestyles and making good decisions.

We had the Police Chief and Deputy Chief come out, a Psychology Professor from C of I come out, two pro motocross athletes from Project Filter, the Advisor of TRIO Upward Bound, a rep from Southwest District Health, a rep from Idaho Drug Free Youth, and a few employees from the City of Caldwell all come and provide insight, resources, and care for our students.

If you have an 8th-12th grader who is looking to get plugged in somewhere positive and want more info. Check out the Mayor’s Youth Advisory at www. cityofcaldwell.org.

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On February 22, 2023

The James Beard Foundation announced their 2023 Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists.

The James Beard Foundation® announced today its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists in advance of the James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One. The full list of 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists can be found below and on the James Beard Foundation website. Nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“Congratulations to all our 2023 James Beard Award Semifinalists! This is always an exhilarating moment as we kick off the Awards cycle and recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams across the country,” said Clare Reichenbach, CEO of the James Beard Foundation. “After a year of fundamental changes, we look forward to building on the progress made, celebrating those paving a better future for us all—through their talent and craft, service to others, and commitment to a better, more sustainable industry. We look forward to sharing more exciting details for the 2023 ceremonies in the coming days.”

The James Beard Awards, considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors, recognize exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture

“Congratulations to our 2023 Semifinalists. It is exciting to see deserving talent across the industry be recognized for their achievement—and that the changes we made to our policies and procedures are still bearing fruit,” said Tanya Holland, Chair of the James Beard Awards Committee, James Beard Foundation Board of Trustee. “I am honored to be part of a program that can have a positive effect on so many.”

“We are so thrilled to recognize this year’s Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists, a truly diverse group of talented individuals across the culinary industry,” said Adrian Miller, Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee Chair.

The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards—established in 1990 and first awarded in 1991—are one of five separate recognition programs of the Awards. This Awards program celebrates excellence across a range of experiences, from fine-dining establishments to casual gems, and emerging talents to established masters. The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists are recognized across 23 categories, including the new Award for Outstanding Bakery. James Beard Awards policies and procedures can be viewed at jamesbeard.org/awards/ policies.

Best Chef: Mountain (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)

● Salvador Alamilla, Amano, Caldwell, ID

● Michael Annandono, Michaelangelo’s Big Sky, Big Sky, MT

● Dan Ansotegui, Ansots, Boise, ID

● Jose Avila, La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal, Denver, CO

● Andy Blanton, Cafe Kandahar, Whitefish, MT

● Paul Chamberlain and Logen Crew, SLC Eatery, Salt Lake City, UT

● Michael Diaz de Leon, BRUTØ, Denver, CO

● C. Barclay Dodge, Bosq, Aspen, CO

● Briar Handly, Handle, Park City, UT

● Suchada Johnson, Teton Thai, Teton Village, WY

● Young-Ho Kang and Peter Kim, The Angry Korean, South Jordan, UT

● Kris Komori, KIN, Boise, ID

● Chris Lockhart and Danny Mowatt, PREROGATIvE Kitchen, Red Lodge, MT

● Kibrom Milash, Kibrom’s Ethiopian & Eritrean Food, Boise, ID

● Paul Naugle, Izakaya

Three Fish, Bozeman, MT

● Cindhura Reddy, Spuntino, Denver, CO

● Earl James Reynolds, Stone Hill Kitchen + Bar, Bigfork, MT

● Ali Sabbah, Mazza, Salt Lake City, UT

● Penelope Wong, Yuan Wonton, Denver, CO

Upcoming Awards


(*Dates may be subject to change):

● February 22, 2023: Restaurant and Chef America’s Classics Awards announced

● March 29, 2023: Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, Leadership Award winners, and honorees for the Achievement Awards (Lifetime and Humanitarian of the Year recipients) announced live in Nashville, TN

● April 26, 2023: Nominees for the James Beard Foundation Media Awards announced live in New York City

The 2023 Awards ceremonies will be held in our proud host city of Chicago on the following dates:

● Media Awards: Saturday, June 3, 2023

● Leadership Awards: Sunday, June 4, 2023

● Restaurant and Chef Awards: Monday, June 5, 2023

Caldwell BID Amending Meeting

The City of Caldwell is considering amending the assessment for the Downtown Business Improvement District. The proposed change is to add a five percent cap and five percent floor to assessment changes. This will help buffer those assessed against market volatility as property values increase and decrease. The hearing on the proposed change is scheduled for February 7, 2023, at the Caldwell Police Department Community Room 6:00 p.m. (110 S. 5th Ave).

A preliminary meeting is

scheduled for tonight at 5:30 in the Caldwell Police Department Community Room (110 S 5th Avenue). This meeting will be conducted by the City Attorney for the City of Caldwell. We invite you to come and participate in a discussion on the ordinance amendment and to provide any comments or concerns you may have. This meeting will also be livestreamed for the convenience of any that are unable to attend. Please use the City of Caldwell YouTube channel link to access the livestream.

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I recently read a very interesting book, “The Happiness Advantage,” about how a positive brain fuels success in work and life. The mantra we all grew up with is, “if you work hard, you will become successful and thereby, become happy.” Success equals happiness, right? So why are some with so little happy, while some with so much are not? Recent research has shown that positive psychology and neuroscience have proven the relationship between success and happiness work the opposite. Happiness is the precursor to success and that happiness and optimism actually fuel performance and achievement.

“The Happiness Advantage” is when we are happy, our mindset and mood are positive and we are smarter, more motivated and thus more successful. It is easy to see why we aren’t happy. Just turn on the news at night and see what you see and hear. If all we hear is negative, it is easy to be-

lieve that all is negative.

What is happiness? Happiness is relative to the individual and is the subjective feeling of well-being. Scientists describe this as the experience of positive emotion, pleasure combined with deeper feelings of meaning and purpose. There are three measurable components; pleasure, engagement and meaning. The ten most common positive emotions are joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love.

“The Happiness Advantage” is not the belief that we don’t need to change. It is the realization that we can change and become more happy and optimistic and less stressed. So how do we work to train ourselves to be more happy? This book points out 7 principles.

1. “The Happiness Advantage” teaches us how to retrain our brains to capitalize on positivity and improve our productivity and performance.

2. “The Fulcrum and Lever” teaches us how we can adjust our mindset (fulcrum) in a way that gives us the power (lever) to be more fulfilled and successful.

3. “The Tetris Effect” teaches us how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see and seize opportunity wherever we look.

4. “Falling Up” teaches us to find the mental path that not only leads us up out of failure or suffering but teaches us to be happier and more successful because of it.

5. “The Zorro Effect” teaches us how to regain control by focusing first on small manageable goals and then gradually expanding our circle to achieve bigger and bigger ones.

6. “The 20 Second Rule” shows how, by making small energy adjustments, we can reroute the path of least resistance and replace bad habits with good ones.

7. “Social Investment” teaches us how to invest more in the greatest predictors of success and excellence, our social support network.

Each chapter has lots of examples on how these principals work and more importantly, how to use them to change our outlook and become more happy and more successful. I found it a very easy, but insightful read. Give it a try.

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The plane sat on the end of the runway with Squinty peering out at the blackness of the weather. He knew that tonight’s flight would have more

than two hazards.

As duty called, he sighed and advanced the throttle, and the plane began to accelerate into the blackness.

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We have a great home college basketball team with our College of Idaho Yotes! The January 27th game was fast-paced, exciting and scary at times. The next day they crushed Walla Walla with a 119-60 win. If you haven’t had the chance to attend one of these game, you still have three chances to see them play at home at the College of Idaho.

Since November, the Yotes have only had one loss to Arizona Christian.

After the January 28th win, they are still seated as number 1 in our conference. Come help cheer them on if you get the chance!

Upcoming Schedule

February 3

8:30 p.m. at Warner Pacific,

February 4

6:00 p.m. at Multnomah

February 7

7:30pm, Eastern Oregon (home)

February 10

7:30 p.m., Corban (home)

February 11

5:00 p.m., Bushnell (home)

February 17

8:30 a.m. at Northwest

February 18

6:00 p.m. at Evergreen

February 21

TBA, CCC Tournament

March 7

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from shoppers who turned to online florists for lastminute orders. They paid for a beautiful arrangement but got disappointing flowers – or nothing at all.

Yote Drew Wyman, No. 22, from Great Falls, Montana, scoring a basket at the January 27th game against Lewis-Clark State. Yotes won 74-63!

deals or trendy clothing that doesn’t match the promotional hype.

Better Business Bureau’s tips to surviving Valentine’s Day

Broken hearts. Lonely hearts. Coupled hearts. Valentine’s day brings up a variety of feelings and emotions for most. Some say it’s romantic, some say it’s nonsense, but experts say it’s a multibillion-dollar holiday. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent $23.9 billion last year, with the average person spending $175 on gifts such as flowers, candy, jewelry, and an evening out. Unsurprisingly, con artists want a piece of the V-Day action.

Better Business Bureau received more than 6,000 complaints against the floral and jewelry industries over the past year. For those looking to purchase a token of affection for a loved one, protect your heart and wallet with these tips:

Ordering flowers? BBB’s ScamTracker receives many reports each year

Pro tips: Research the seller. Don’t get roped in by flash sales and great deals without doing your homework. Look up the florist on BBB.org to read what other customers have said about their experience.

Before you buy, read the fine print. Find out the return policy, whether they have a satisfaction guarantee, how their delivery process works, and what additional fees they charge.

Buying something sparkly? From fake jewelry sellers to specialty gifts, consumers should always be on the alert for fake websites. Scammers can easily lift official photos, sale promotions, and logos directly from the websites of popular jewelry brands.

Pro tips: Pay with your credit card. Paying with a credit card provides additional protection if you dispute charges.

Think before you click. Be especially cautious about email solicitations and online ads on social media sites. Many sketchy retailers advertise great

Looking for love? Online dating and social media have made it easier to meet new people and find dates. Unfortunately, con artists create fake profiles on online dating sites, complete with compelling backstories and full-fledged identities. Over a short period, the scammer builds a fake relationship with you, exchanging photos and romantic messages.

No matter the story, the request is the same: they need money. But after you send money, there’s another request, and then another. Or the scammer stops communicating altogether.

Falling victim to a romance scam can be particularly devastating. Victims can lose thousands of dollars, and they’re often left feeling heartbroken and betrayed because they really believed they’d found a good partner. Read more about romance scams for safe online dating advice.

Pro tips: Be cautious about moving fast. A catfisher will begin speaking of a future together and tell you they love you quickly. They often say they’ve never felt this way before.

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In mid-January, Caldwell police officers, during a routine patrol after surveillance of suspects exhibiting suspicious behavior, conducted a traffic stop and detained a pair of suspects. A loaded pistol, drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated during that stop. YES, we do have a drug problem, not only in our country, but also in our community.

Among the deadliest of the drugs out in the public and selling on the street is fentanyl. It is everywhere and extremely dangerous. “Fatal Fentanyl Poisoning” is a huge problem. Forty-four percent of overdose deaths in Idaho in 2021 were involved with synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Fentanylrelated deaths in the US are higher than gun and auto-related deaths combined. In 2022, more than 10,000 lbs of fentanyl and

over 50 million fentanyl pills (more than double what was seized in 2021) was seized in the US by the DEA. This is enough to kill every person in the United States.

In proper medical use, fentanyl , a synthetic opioid, is used as an analgesic (a drug to reduce pain) and also is mixed with other drugs and used for anesthesia. It is considered an essential drug in medicine. Some people may have been prescribed fentanyl or other opioids as a legitimate pain killer to begin with and then became addicted and start looking toward “street drugs” to support their addiction. Others have been introduced to it as it was laced into the recreational drugs they were using to get high.

Fentanyl is sometimes used as an additive in counterfeit pills, disguised

as legitimate medications. These counterfeit pills can be so deadly because there is no consistency in the amount of fentanyl from pill to pill in the same batch. Recreationally fentanyl is mixed with heroin, cocaine and meth and is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Therein lies the problem.

The effects of fentanyl usually lasts under two hours. Adverse side effects may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, itching, drowsiness, confusion and injuries due to poor coordination. More serious side effects may include hypoventilation, hallucinations, low blood pressure, unconsciousness and others.

Opioid and fentanyl overdoses can be fatal. NARCAN (naloxone) is used to reverse these

According to the National Institutes of Health, exercise is an effective way for individuals to reduce their risk for heart disease. Exercise strengthens the heart and improves circulation, an increase in blood flow that raises oxygen levels in the body. That’s a

overdoses and if used in time, can save lives. If you suspect someone you are with is experiencing a drug-related opioid overdose, call 911 first and if you have NARCAN, and know how to use it, administer it. Police officers and paramedics carry NARCAN on their calls and can save a life.

In the US, pharmacies


significant side effect, as it helps lower an individual’s risk for various types of heart disease, including high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and heart attack. Exercise also is an effective way for individuals to maintain a healthy weight. That, too, benefits

stock NARCAN and are able to dispense it without a prescription. If you feel you may need to have NARCAN on hand in case of an emergency either for yourself or for someone else, check out your pharmacy. GoodRx and some insurances cover its cost. Getting this product through a pharmacy does not risk arrest.

the heart, as the American Heart Association reports that people who have excess body fat — especially if it is at the waist — are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke, even if they have no other risk factors.

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Drug and Fentanyl Crises in Caldwell, Idaho, and the US by Leora Summers
photo courtesy of the DEA FENTANYL, the synthetic opioid that’s roughly 50 times more potent than heroin.

February is a perfect time to give the gift of love by adding “serving others” to your goals and resolutions for 2023! By giving the gift of love and serving each other in our community, you are paving the way for much broader changes. Your individual efforts and contributions don’t have to be huge - a little here, a few hours therebut, together they all add up to make a real difference.

One web-based community bulletin board or tool to find opportunities to serve and discover needs in our community is through JustServe. JustServe. org is more than a program or a website, it is a movement that allows us to look outside of ourselves and developed connec-

For years when Michael and I first married we lived a privileged life. We were blessed with years that we could travel, I was able to stay home and care for the home and family. I had hours in a day to get a run in. I was able to be at every baseball game, work call for theatre, young marine gathering, and many opportunities to pull the lawn chairs out of the garage to go sit and watch construction equipment begin another project with our youngest who loved “diggers”. That was what is now referred to as “pre-cancer” days.

I loved giving of myself to causes I felt passionate about. The feeling of meeting a need is as essential to my life as the air I breathe. Receiving that assignment from God, which is truly where the desire and drive to produce this little publication rooted from in the first place. To highlight the greatness of Caldwell, the people, places and businesses working hard to make our community beautiful and thriving.

It’s been years since I wrote a story, but reflect on it often. I was sitting at the kitchen table in the “pre-cancer” days working on one of the earliest editions of the paper. I was struggling, becoming reacquainted with the programs I use to build the pages. I had the back door of our home open to listen to our youngest son, Audie who was outside playing in the backyard. He wanted me to come see something or play in the

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tions that will have a lasting impact on the lives of others. Our own lives and well-being will be impacted as we work sideby-side and learn from each other, misconceptions will be corrected, new friendships built, and our mutual understanding increases. By being actively engaged in our community and giving back to those in need of a lift up, our own mental health and self-esteem benefit too.

JustServe is FREE to use, for both organizations posting their projects, and volunteers signing up to serve others. It is quite simply a community resource that makes it easy for local volunteers to find opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all.

Following is a sampling of JustServe community organizations who do so much good to support and lift others and who also share their needs on JustServe:

• Advocate for Children in Foster Care

• Canyon County Branch of Assistance League of Boise

- Baby Bundles & Operation School Bell

• Caldwell Police DepartmentBlessing Box

• Caldwell Public Library - Community

• Caldwell Meals on Wheels

• El-Ada Food Pantry

• Harmony Park

• Homedale Schools Trojan Connection

• Homedale Senior Center

• Hope’s Door

It had been my experience that the moral rupture facet of PTSD is the most difficult to resolve. There are many reasons for this difficulty. The top two are: the need for outside help and the need to recognize that I am in a position that needs help from others.

Early in the military career self-reliance, get the job done, and I can continue regardless are built into the mindset of the service member. Somewhere along the way self-reliance develops into an undercurrent of “I am not broken and, therefore I do not need help”.

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soul looks like, or feels like, taking a mental inventory is an unproductive activity. Someone from the outside needs to come to the aid of a ruptured soul.

We could use your help! Do you know of a nonprofit, community, government, or faithbased organization who has a need for volunteers and/or donations? We all have relationships within our spheres of influences through work, school, family, friends and neighbors and so we ask you to ponder and help us identify those types of organizations who could benefit by posting their needs on JustServe and in turn give members in our community the benefits of service too. If you have and/or know of a nonprofit, community, government, or faith-based organization that might benefit by learning more about JustServe, please let us know by contacting Kelli Jenkins at: kelligjenkins@gmail. com.

Visit JustServe.org or download the JustServe app, register, and sign-up today to give the gift of love.

sandbox. I told him I would be outside as soon as I could and that the yard was such a mess I needed to tend to it. So innocently, he said, “come mere mom”, I walked to the back door to see my Audie with his arms stretched wide and he said, “but mom look at all these beautiful flowers” referring to the dandelions covering the lawn. It’s all in the Perspective. That story; that lesson has been a treasured gift.

Grief is a heavy fog. One minute your on top of the world the next the world is on top of you. During the years that have followed “the post cancer” days, through the connections in the community it is truly the Caldwell Perspective that has blessed me. I want to thank my friends for their love and support through this roller coaster ride, but mostly the encouragement to keep going. I appreciate you!

Military training does take into account the need to care for the physical body. A broken body is a hard deficit to overcome while continuing with ‘normal’ function. Efforts can know no bounds to care for physical injury and return the service member to duty status. Moral injury is a far different problem to solve.

In my military experience there was no recognizable effort spent to aid in becoming aware that my soul had been damaged and is in desperate need of repair. A respectable injury could be seen. Goldbricks have unseen injuries.

A broken soul is not treated by traditional medical methods. It is hard to place a splint on a soul while it heals. At times in the ‘heat of battle’ the body does not have time to recognize some injuries until time is available for a physical inventory. So, with no awareness of what a ruptured

The someone coming to the aid of a broken soul needs to have training in theology as it applies to soul repair. The General Patton approach to soul repair is counterproductive and will worsen the problem. However, this method, in various iterations, is used when either the person helping does not have a theological perspective to how to effectively treat the soul, or is ignorant of the complexities of soul repair.

For me, the most difficult part was admitting that I was a broken soul. It would be nice if I

were able to report that the rest was easy. It was, and is, not. However, once you become committed to the repair process life does get better. For those of us who get to keep PTSD as a lifelong companion, biblical counseling does provide a way to shovel out the accumulating mental goo that continues to work against us.

The hardest thing for vets to do is to admit they need help. Some do not want to be ‘stigmatized’ by the diagnosis of PTSD, others just do not think they are in need of help. The VA offers a number of therapies that can help and no one needs to know you are getting help. Do not wait, get help now. Your life will be better for it.

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Public can comment on big game season proposals beginning February 8

Open houses will be held in each region for hunters to weigh in on the seasonsetting process.

Idaho Fish and Game will be setting new big game seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, wolf and mountain lion, and gathering public input on proposals beginning on Feb. 8.

Hunters can easily check out the proposals on the big game season setting webpage. Proposals are expected to be posted midweek during the first week of February, and the comment period will run through Feb. 22 at idfg.idaho.gov/ comment.

Idaho Fish & Game

Big game seasons will be finalized by the Fish and Game Commission during its March 16 meeting in Boise. The application period for big game controlled hunts runs May 1 through June 5.

The public comment process will also include meetings and open houses hosted at Fish and Game’s regional offices at the time and dates listed below.

Southwest – Nampa

Feb. 13 — Mountain

Home, American Legion Hall, 325 S. 3rd St., 6-8 p.m.

Feb. 15 — Nampa, IDFG Regional Office, 15950 N Gate Blvd., 6-8 p.m.

Learn about the fascinating Western Grebe and Clark’s Grebe at this month’s SIBA meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 9, at 7 p.m. During the meeting, we will learn about the current breeding status of these declining waterbirds in Idaho and across the nation from Anne Yen, an experienced Wildlife Sciences graduate student at the University of Idaho in Moscow.

For more information about the meeting and how to join on Zoom, please email sibainfo1@ gmail.com.

Did you know that both Western and Clark’s Grebes perform elaborate courtship dances by running next to each other on the water? It is certainly a beautiful example of avian “romance”!

Coming up later this month is the combination SIBA and GEAS (Golden Eagle Audubon Society) field trip to Hagerman Valley on Saturday, Febru-

ary 11, 2023. There are many species of birds that can be observed in this area during the winter, so please make plans to attend! Anyone is welcome to come, but you must

register ahead of time on the GEAS website (goldeneagleaudubon.org) under “Event Calendar” or by contacting Wayne Smith at smithagconsulting1@ gmail.com.

Applications for Spring Turkey Controlled Hunts Open February 1

Application period runs through March 1 and includes youth-only controlled turkey hunts

Turkey hunters looking to apply for 2023 spring controlled turkey hunts can apply from Feb. 1 to March 1. Information on the spring 2023 controlled turkey hunts can be found in the 2022-23 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules book. Hunters must have a 2023 hunting license in order to apply for controlled hunts. Here’s how to apply:

• Online: Hunters can apply on the Fish and Game website. There is an internet service charge of 3% of the transaction in addition to the nonrefundable application fee ($6.25 per person for resident, and $18.00 per person for nonresidents).

• Licensed Vendors: Taken electronically at any Fish and Game office or license vendor.

• Telephone: Applications can be placed over the phone by calling 1(800)554-8685. The

charge for processing telephone applications is 3% of the transaction plus $6.50. This is in addition to the nonrefundable application fee ($6.25 per person for resident, and $18.00 per person for nonresidents).

• Do not mail in applications. They will not be accepted. Controlled hunts are hunts with a limited number of tags allocated by a random drawing, unlike a general season hunt, which allows hunters to purchase tags over the counter. Controlled hunts are often desirable because of location and timing, and success rates are usually higher than general season hunts.

Controlled hunt tags are valid in the controlled hunt for which a hunter was

drawn or in any open general hunt during the calendar year for which the tag is valid. See pages 24-25 for the list of controlled hunts. A turkey hunter may only harvest one bird per controlled hunt tag.

Junior hunters must be between the ages of 10 and 17 to participate in controlled youth hunts, but a 9-year-old may buy a junior license to apply for a controlled hunt, provided the hunter is 10 years old at the time of the hunt they are applying for.

Controlled hunt applications for spring 2023 turkey close on March 1. Successful spring turkey applicants will be notified no later than March 20. Hunters with a valid email address on file will be notified of their status via email. Any leftover tags for spring turkey controlled hunts go on sale April 1.

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The fall and winter hunting season comes to an end as the days grow longer and hopefully warmer. I had one good hunt on the WMA (Wildlife Management Area) near Parma. The birds are planted, but since wild pheasants are about as rare as Biden supporters in Canyon County, It’s the only game in town. After the hunt, I recalled a day from my youth and first rooster pheasant I bagged. I was twelve years old and armed with an old Iver Johnson single shot sixteen-gauge shotgun, the relic had been handed down to my Dad from his Grandad. I still possess the sixteen though it’s long since been relegated to the back of my gun safe. On that fall day Grandad,

Brrrr it’s cold out there AGAIN. For you new transplants welcome to the ever changing Idaho weather. It is predictably unpredictable, to say the least. Why do I always mention weather you say? Well of course unless you own a greenhouse that you have total climate control of, then you need to know the weather daily

I believe, was tired of walking but allowed me to take one last hike down the railroad right of way that bordered his ranch before he sold and moved closer to town his ranch was just north of what is now part of Ridgeway Golf Course. I traversed maybe a quarter of a mile East on the right of way when magic happened. A rooster pheasant flushed from the heavy cover his flowing tail feathers waving in the breeze cackling as wings propelled him airborne, away from his earth-bound bipedal pursuer. Instinctively I shoulder the old scatter gun the hammer fell as did my first rooster pheasant. I hurried toward the spot where the load of number sixes grounded the bird.

in order to know how, when, where and what to plant in your garden and planter spaces. Also knowing proper time to prune and prepare so that you don’t harm shrubs or don’t fall behind on garden and landscaping chores. During this past January, 2023, on my own property, I saw pasture grasses starting to green up and some

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Eager to claim my prize, the splendor and beauty of Ringnecked pheasant is beyond measure particularly when it’s the first one you are carrying back to Grandads pick up, I was wearing a smile you could see a mile. My Grandad’s generation were not huggers. Fist bumpers or high fivers. I can’t recall his words but I remember the approval in his voice and the delightful look in his eyes as I climbed into the pickup cab. Many years have come and gone since the fall of 1962 but maybe none more as memorable. If we get some nice days in February, I will be on Lucky Peak trolling for Kokes. CJ Strike is another early Spring bet for a multitude of species.

of my earlier blooming shrubs buds start to swell up a bit because of the extended warm snap we were experiencing. For some it might have crossed their minds that winter was over and you wanted to get started on spring. Well, yes, something could have been done but really not much. You could’ve worked the soil in your garden or planter spaces, maybe added some mulch or compost, or maybe did some light pruning of dead or broken branches (like I should’ve done). But we’re only in mid-January not even halfway through winter. I typically don’t prune anything until early to mid-March. Deep freezes can do great harm to recently pruned shrubs because taking the old protective canopy off the top opens the younger less protective

heart of the plant exposed to harsher elements. So wait a little longer for those chore’s. The things that should be done however are getting your tools ready like sharpening cutting tools and shovels. Evaluating the performance of your garden and soil. Adding amendments at this point is of great benefit for sustainability of the soil. Remember growing plants and vegetables takes lots of nutrients out of the soil so it is vital to replace them on a constant basis. Also don’t plant the same plants in the same spots every year because different plants use nutrients differently and deplete the soils. So unless you’re a botanist and know exactly what’s been removed and to replace then just keep it simple and rotate locations and plants to allow the soils

to replenish. This is why I have preached shared gardening with neighbors and family and why backyard grass is unproductive work and garden space is food. Onion farmers will grow on a certain parcel of land but then won’t plant onions on that same ground for years because of what the onions take out of the soil. That soil is still good for other crops and can be highly productive and even help replace and repair the soil for onions again. There’s a lot of science in farming and that’s why America is so highly productive. So learn a little science behind what you grow, don’t just cast seeds and hope for the best. Until next time, Pat.

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