July 2020 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 67 l JULY 2020


by Rachel Johnson

8 ACTIVITIES TO HELP KEEP YOUR KIDS BUSY! Pg. 10 THANK YOU TIM TEAL! Pg. 11 Ranch life is hard work, but the rewards are abundant.

I had heard mention of Blazing Hope Youth Ranch before. That said, I did not know what I was missing out on until I personally paid them a visit. I chose to stop by this location as they are referenced on Destination Caldwell’s “Agventure Trail” which I find to be a valuable point of reference for our community. My husband Matthew and I were able to spend some time with Director Michael Howard and truly came away enriched. What an uplifting experience it was to take a tour of the facilities as well as listen to Michael share his heart and vision for the ranch. Besides the beauty of the horses, the sounds of birds and specifically the sight of a Swainson Hawk, (who chose the top of a large tree to build its nest) were all a sweet reprieve. In fact, the word that comes to mind is peaceful. Michael first began his venture in 2006 with one horse in Nampa, ID. What an example not to despise small beginnings! He moved to the tenacre ranch in Caldwell several years later due to a large donation from an elderly local couple, who wish to remain anonymous. He credits God and people’s generosity to their continued success. They have made it through various hardships, for example in the “snowmageddon” of 2016 their barn collapsed. Miraculously all the horses survived as they were positioned outside

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and the barn collapsed in the middle due to the weight of the snow. Through fundraisers and donations, they were able to raise around $23K to help with a new barn. Michael welcomes everyone to the ranch. Though they are founded on their Christian faith, they welcome kids without any church background, as well as families within various church backgrounds. Their aim is to do a good job of loving kids and building connections. One of their mission statements is to have kids blossom into all that God created them to be. Their mission is to build relationships with children (and their families) in order to help them to develop and mature through the use of horses. Michael has been asked if they have “troubled kids.” His response? He says, “Yeah! Every kid that comes is troubled and every adult that comes is troubled.” Horses are a means for building relationships so that hearts are impacted, and relationships are built. No child is ever turned away or charged. As stated on their Facebook page, their kids are loved, affirmed, encouraged and believed in. Kids are taught basic horsemanship along with working enthusiastically, while training to be leaders. These kiddos have a great deal of fun as their lives are enriched. Additionally, life-long relationships with their peers and adult leaders are created.

Blazing Hope Ranch gets approximately 5,000+ visits a year. It will be less this year due to Covid, however they will routinely have as many as sixty or seventy at a time which includes high school groups, daycares, boy scouts, girl scouts, birthday parties, Hodowns and more. At Blazing Hope Youth Ranch, you will find volunteers of all ages. Children come out and typically work and ride for up to four hours at a time. They learn to clean pens, feed and water horses, bridle, brush , tack and saddle. They exercise the horses and ultimately, they are taught how to ride. As Michael says, besides teaching work at the ranch, they mentor kids on how to be enthusiastic about work. They have three levels of leadership in their program. Senior Leaders, Junior Leaders and Junior Leaders in-training. Siblings enjoy time together, and moms and dads volunteer too. Parents work to clean the water troughs, drive the tractor, help with maintenance, hay and more. These families are able to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while enjoying the benefits of interacting with horses and each other. Furthermore, one of their sixteen-year-old Senior Leaders uses the facilities to teach private lessons to both adults and children. They also have an Internship program for young people sixteen and

by Rachel Johnson, All Things Caldwell

above. Currently they have a twenty-four-year-old, Ammaris who has interned the past five or six months. She is presently working on her Animal Science Degree from BYU Idaho. Blazing Hope Youth Ranch currently has forty horses including six stallions, twentyfive to thirty American Blazer horses, one Idaho State horse (The Appaloosas) as well as a rescued Mustang from South Dakota. (They have rescued a few horses over the past few years!) They have seven twoyear old foals they entered into an “In-Hand” trail contest last year. (That’s where they are led over obstacles) which resulted in winning 19 ribbons and a $2500 prize. They continue to train the horses and will be able to compete in an upcoming 2-year-old hand trail contest, held at Dunnrite Ranch in Meridian. Fun Fact? The American Blazer Horse is a registered breed originally birthed in 1959 from Star, Idaho. Another Fun Fact? Amalgamated Sugar Co. in Nampa donates the charred sugary pulp residue for horse treats. Dairies and horse ranches typically buy it, but the Sugar Plant specifically donates it to the ranch. I found it has a slightly sweet smell, similar to granola. In the Spring or Fall, (when it’s not too hot or cold) Blazing Hope hosts Friday Night Rides. This includes BBQ, potluck and bonfires. They enjoy each other’s company and ride till dark.

A typical Friday night would bring fifty to sixty people and in fact, the first Friday Night Ride of the season last year had about one hundred people come out to enjoy riding with their family and friends. Although the ranch is currently closed due to Covid-19, there are hopes to open back up to the public soon. On a 10acre ranch one would think that “social distancing” would be a pretty simple feat! As livestock is essential, they have continued having their Junior leaders busy working hard grooming and exercising the horses. I am so appreciative of the time that Michael Howard spent with us, as well as Rebekah Tomasetti and Katie Cortez who were at the ranch working with their children. Rebekah designed the Blazing Hope IDAHO shirt shared here, wore by Aliyah. Michael has a feeling that once they officially open back up, they will get slammed with people, and I would have to concur that this very likely will be the case. Lastly, I want to share some words from the children who work at the ranch. It was so much fun hearing from them! I asked them what their favorite thing about the ranch was and received the following responses. “I like all the people here and how they help each other with everything.” Johnathan, age 11. Continued on Page 4



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July 14 (continued) 5 PM: Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza. 6 PM: Summer Concert Series Ft. The Velvet Hour, Indian Creek Plaza. 6-8 PM: Vallivue School District Board Meeting. 7-9 PM: Planning & Zoning Hearing Examiner Meeting, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. July 16 4:30-6:30 PM: Business After Hours, Berkshire Hathaway HS Silverhawk Realty, 2805 Blaine St, Ste. #200. 6 PM: Downtown Get Down Water Party, Free, Indian Creek Plaza. July 17 6 PM: C-Town Karaoke Contest, Free, Indian Creek Plaza. July 18 6 PM: Mid-Summer Vintage Market, Free, Indian Creek Plaza. July 20 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, 110 S 5th Ave. July 21 5 PM: Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza. 6 PM: Summer Concert Series Ft. Dodgy Mountain Men, Indian Creek Plaza. July 22 7:30-9:30 AM: Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, 704 Blaine St. 6:30-9 PM: Caldwell Historic Preservation Commission, CPD Community Room, 110 S 5th Ave. July 23 11 AM-7 PM: Community Baby Shower, Caldwell Train Depot, 701 Main Street.

July 24 6 PM: C-Town Karaoke Contest Finals, Free, Indian Creek Plaza. July 27 5:15-6:45 PM: “Meet Me Monday” at Flying M Coffee, free weekly fitness walk/run. 7-8:30 PM: Caldwell School District Board Meeting . July 28 12-1 PM: Design Review Commission, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S 5th Ave. 5 PM: Farmers’ Market, Indian Creek Plaza. July 31 7 PM: Blues on Indian Creek Festival, Indian Creek Plaza. Library Events Every Monday 7 PM: Virtual Pajama Storytime on Caldwell Public Library YouTube. Every Tuesday: 11 AM: Kids discover! Together Time with Mr. Mark - YouTube, ages 5-12. Every Wednesday: 3 PM: Timeless Tales: a podcast, find us at https://anchor.fm/ Every Thursday: 4:30 PM: Virtual Teen Thursdays, Join Ellie and Michael for crafts, activities and cooking on Caldwell Public Library YouTube. Every Friday: 10 AM: Tai Chi, Serenity Park, 1100 Dearborn Street, Ages 18+ 11 AM: Virtual Rhythm & Rhyme (ages 2-5) Exmplre “musical instruments” you can make and silly rhymes on Caldwell Public Library YouTube.

Caldwell Recreation Summer Camps and Events (208) 455-3060 Odd-Ball Sports: Memorial Park, Ages 9-12, $30 Fee, June 29-July 2 from 9-10 AM, unique activities that encourage exercise and teamwork outside of traditional sports. Drawing & Cartooning: Roberts Recreation Center Classroom 504 Grant St, Ages 6-12, $50 fee, July 6-10 from 10:30 -11:30, Pacific Northwest & Summer in America Theme. Junior Baking Camp: Roberts Recreation Center Kitchen, 504 Grant Street, ages 8-13 $50 Fee, July 13-16, from 11-2, each day will consist of baking a new recipe, baker will learn about parts of a recipe, how to measure ingredients, and kitchen safety. Junior Cooking Camp: Roberts Recreation Center Kitchen, 504 Grant St, Ages 8-13, $50 fee, July 20-23 from 11-2, each day will consist of cooking a new recipe, learning the parts of a recipe, measuring ingredients, and kitchen safety. Drawing & Cartooning: Roberts Recreation Center Classroom 504 Grant St, Ages 6-12, $50 fee, July 27-31 from 10:30-11:30, Animals Theme. Swim & Play: Memorial Park, Grades K-4th, $30 fee, July 27-30 from 12:30-2 PM, this camp allows kids to play a number of traditional and nontraditional sports before getting to cool off for the day in the Caldwell pool.

Canyon County Fair to Host 4-H and FFA Exhibits After many months of deliberating, weighing options, and reflecting on the one-of-a-kind experience that is the Canyon County Fair, the Canyon County Commissioners have come to an operational decision that makes the most sense for our exhibitors, patrons, vendors, and staff. While standard fair operations (concerts, entertainment, carnival, commercial vendors, food concessions and competitive exhibits) will not take place at the 2020 Canyon County Fair, we are working closely with the Canyon County Extension Office and area FFA advisors to offer 4-H and FFA youth the opportunity to exhibit their livestock and static projects, and participate in a market livestock sale. The information and schedules for 4-H and FFA exhibits are in progress, with details to follow. Questions about your 4-H or FFA project? Please contact: Canyon County Extension Office University of Idaho. 501 Main Street, downtown Caldwell, (208) 459-6003 https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/county/canyon

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plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds with less emphasis on animal products. This approach is more flexible than a vegetarian or vegan diet and individuals who follow this diet likely do still consume animal products (amount varies per individual). Not all plant-based eaters are “vegan” or “vegetarian,” but all vegans and vegetarians are plant-based eaters. All of these diets increase consumption of plant-based foods, which are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that can help reduce risk of chronic diseases. However,

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Military Spotlight: Drones in the Military We see drones almost everywhere today. They are not only for personal entertainment but are used by the film industry, police, forestry service and even the delivery business, to name a few. The military has a use for drones as well. They provide important overwatch and surveillance work in support of ground operations. Like the private sector, military also uses drones for deliveries. Delivering precision missile strikes, to be specific. Drones have been in use, in the military, since WW2. They were simple target drones back then. Modern military drones are called UAVs or Unmanned It’s been a challenge to produce a community newspaper when the entire community is shut down. My poor wife has watched almost helplessly as

Aerial Vehicles. There are other acronyms for these drones such as Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) but for this article, we will just refer to them as UAVs. There are many different UAVs in the military’s arsenal, and each has a specific job. These UAVs range from the very small Black Hornet, which weighs just over an ounce, to the 15,000 pound Global Hawk. Behind all of these are the men and women who fly these vehicles from remote locations. As of 2014, the Air Force has trained more UAV pilots than jet and bomber pilots. The other her dream has suffered along with the rest of our community, advertising revenue has dropped off because it doesn’t help if your business cannot

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“What I Have Been Doing” be open. Personally, with my health issues, I have been stuck at home venturing out for treatment and a little grocery shopping but not much more. I’ve taken to working around the house and found myself repairing our lawnmower, doing clean up projects, working in the garden, working on various vehicles (which I’m not qualified to do) and in general hanging out with our 11 year old son Audie while Paige and Chantele are up in Crouch at the Starlight Mountain Theater getting ready for the summer season, which has started strong and hopefully will out-

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UAV2 oped ways to combat the enemy’s use of these UAVs by using counterUAV technologies (C-UAV) such as electronic jamming techniques, nets, shooting them and even birds of prey. The term Unmanned simply means there isn’t a physical pilot sitting in a UAV. Make no

mistake, our men and women of the armed forces are behind every launch, ground support and counter-UAV operation there is. They have earned their wings and we salute them. Come by D&J Enterprises and see some of the UAV related items we have including propellers and insignia. by Michael Hensel, Caldwell Perspective

last the virus (fingers crossed.) I’m not nearly as social as my wife, but I have recently found myself out driving, looking for signs of activities that are open and available. I was excited to see the kids on the plaza enjoying the fountains when the weather produced hot days near the end of May. I’m glad some of our favorite restaurants are opening, even with limited seating and proper social distancing. It’s good to know that old friends have not disappeared and hopefully will make it through this experience and adapt to the “new normal” that I see mentioned frequently.

Makes you wonder what changes will stick after we have passed through this crises. Face masks? Hand sanitizer? Constant hand washing? I’m guessing probably not, especially face masks are disappearing already. One thing that may last is this new push towards self-sufficiency, I haven’t cut my own hair yet and doubt I’ll ever get to that point, but other things that I may have hired out before are within the realm of possibility, as long as there’s a video showing me how to do it on the web! Well...probably not.

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“I’ve been going to the ranch for a little over a year. What I love about the ranch is the people. The people there are so kind and feel like family.” Serenity, age 13. “My favorite thing about the ranch is bonding with the horses.” Sawyer, age 12. I have been going to the


ranch for almost 2 years and am also a senior leader. “My favorite thing is making new friends.” Samantha, age 17. “I have been going to Blazing Hope for six years. I have always loved horses and used to dream about being able to ride and be around horses. I started out with no experience but I learned to ride and work hard. I became a Junior Leader two years later. I am now a Senior Leader. My favorite thing about the ranch is that I can go and not feel like I have to try hard to fit in or be someone other than myself. I can focus on the people and horses I need to teach, and also learn from them as well.” Faith, age 16. You may ask, how does one get involved? Please contact

Blazing Hope via their Facebook Page or give them a call to make an appointment. After the initial visit you don’t have to make an appointment to go out to the ranch, however you may consider finding out when help is most needed. There is no doubt that this ranch is having a positive impact on all of the children, teens, young adults and parents who are involved. Whether horses are in your background or not, you are invited and welcome to come out to the ranch and take a tour and ask any questions you may have. Blazing Hope Youth Ranch 26512 Farmway Road, Caldwell, Idaho 83607 (208) 614-0343

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Caldwell Lions Club Essay Winners

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The Caldwell Police Department is excited to announce the hiring of four new employees on June 22nd. Officer Palmer and Officer Butler were sworn

The Caldwell Lions Club is pleased to announce the winners of the District 39W Patriotism Essay Contest for 2020. Lion Lea Martinez, the Club’s Contest Chair, presented certificates and $50 to Rayleigh Josi and Baylee Smith of Notus Elementary School. The theme Baylee Smith and Lea Martinez was “How Important is Rayleigh Josi and Lea Martinez Patriotism in my ComDue to COVID-19 the love their community, their munity Today?” Three Club was unable to honor country and will be leaders schools participated in the these winners and their to continue to serve in the annual contest. The winparents at our usual week- future. ning essays were thoughtly club luncheon. We are ful, well written and met all sure these young ladies the rules of the contest.

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coming the new members of our family. We are hiring the best applicants to serve our wonderful community. Caldwell Police Department is now offering online crime reporting! Online reporting is intended for the reporting of cold case incidents that are not actively occurring and eliminates the need of waiting for an officer to respond to calls that may not require an in-

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JustServe Caldwell: Community Baby Shower to Benefit the Smallest Community Members For many new parents, a baby shower is not only a way to celebrate a growing family, but a welcome financial boost to prepare all the gear and supplies a new baby requires. Many new moms in our community don’t get the chance for a baby shower and often become a parent without a strong community helping them prepare. Area hospitals even report that some mothers come to the hospital to deliver without even having an outfit to take the baby home in. JustServe.org, in partnership with several local organizations, hopes to fill these needs and serve the smallest members of our community. Join us for a Community Baby Shower on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the Caldwell Train Depot from 11 am - 1 pm and 5 -7 pm. Invite your family, church groups, local businesses and community friends to “shower” local parents with needed baby supplies. We will be collecting “baby bundles” for The Assistance League of Boise Canyon County Branch to distribute to new mothers through Canyon County hos-

pitals; literacy materials for the Southwest District Health Nurse-Family Partnership; baby gear for the parent education programs at Salvation Army Baby Haven; and, baby supplies for teen parents utilizing the Canyon Springs Alternative School “Tiger’s Den” and the COSSA daycare. One community member familiar with the needs of mothers is Andrea McRae, a volunteer with the COSSA school district. She became familiar with the school daycare program and noticed the great need for baby supplies. “I realized how difficult it was to be a teenager, a parent, and a student at the same time,” she remembers. She began organizing baby gear drives to benefit these young families, but reports that the students are in a period of great need right now due to COVID-19. Many have lost jobs and are struggling to provide for their babies. A local organization that is passionate about serving babies and their families is the Southwest District Health Department Nurse-Family Partnership. Headed by Adriana

French, this program focuses on the needs of first-time expecting mothers and continues with regular in-home visits until the baby is two years old. “Research shows this time period is the most helpful,” Adriana explained. “We are there to support and guide new moms through this journey they are on; to make sure the baby and mother are thriving and to teach skills. There’s no judgment. We give them information and they get to choose.” The Community Baby Shower will collect used and new children’s books to donate to this great program. Another group that will benefit is the Assistance League of Boise Canyon County Branch. Its Baby Bundles program seeks to ensure that every new baby born to a family in financial need will leave the hospital with a newborn layette that includes new clothing and essential baby products. Newborn babies gain a positive start to life by immediately receiving necessary wellness goods, healthcare supplies and a comprehensive package of baby essentials.

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tending Boise State University to pursue nursing. • Madelyn Cardwell, Nampa, graduated from Skyview High School and is attending Boise State University to pursue nursing. • Hannah George, Caldwell, graduated from Vision Charter School and is attending Northwest Nazarene University to pursue health communications. • Nadine Herrera, Parma, graduated from Parma High School and is attending Boise State University to pursue nursing. The Allied Healthcare Scholarship is open annually to students who attended local high schools in Owyhee or Canyon counties and/or currently reside in the hospital’s service area. Students must be current students or planning to attend a college/university in the southwest Idaho or eastern Oregon area to pursue an associate or bach-

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July 2020 October 2004, a strong storm blew into my life. Waves of grief crashed all around me. Its winds bent my body in ways I never dreamed possible. Even worse, I stood at the helm of a new ship called, “The Life Alone”. The crew of my ship abandoned me. They had their own ships to sail, their own crews to protect and provide for. This was going to be my solo mission. The storm was of Mars’ proportions. It circled my whole With Father’s Day recently passed, my mind was flooded with recollections of my own father, who passed away sixty years ago. Even after all those years I still think of him everyday. My one wish is that I could be half the man he turned out to be. He was a man of integrity, loved and respected by his fellow workers and relatives. My father was born just after the turn of the century With Independence Day coming and the constant reminder of seeing all the beautiful patriotic displays, I have been missing my Garrett, my middle son who is stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. I received a call from him a couple days ago. He and his wife, Nimsi are requesting leave to come home for a visit after he is back from a training being held in another part of the US. I cannot wait to see his smiling face! A year ago on July 7th, we dropped him off at the recruitment office to be taken to Fort Benning, GA for basic training. His birthday was ten days later and although he could not be there

body. Dust blocked the sun for months and months. Without the light of love, I began to weaken. My concentration was gone. I only thought of the past. I couldn’t focus on the future. In my mind, there wasn’t a future. There was only what once was. One day, the bow of my ship crunched onto the beach of an island. I was greeted by many people who were shipped-wrecked on this same small piece of barren land in the middle of an ocean (1904), he was born in a little town in South Dakota (Flahdreau). He tried to join the military (WWI), but was too young then after the Pearl Harbor attack although he was married with two daughters tried again, but was considered too old. I would give anything to be able to spend one more day with him. He would have loved hearing my stories and exploits in the Pacific Theatre in the early 1960’s. Dad lived a hard life in his early years. He suffered through the great depression, like many others. He tried farming in South Dakota in the 1930’s, then finally

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we celebrated as though he were. Those months of little communication and the hand-written letters will forever be in my heart. I recently, pulled them out and read them all again. During the kids trip home this visit I will be handing them over to our daughter in law for her to place them in the archive of her letters for a completed journal of Garrett’s journey through bootcamp and airborne school. The kids are doing great but both expressed that they are becoming home sick. I am thankful for the Mom’s of Fort Bragg Soldiers, they have become some of my best friends and we have a say-

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of humanity. Why were we ignored like lepers? We conversed about our situations and why our ships succumbed to the weathers of life, while others continued to sail forward. We were in pain and lonely. There was no sun. It was a cold and dreary place to be, but at least I was with others who battled the same emotional storms. One day, there was a break in the clouds. The sun was

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settled in California when I was 3 years old. He defeated alcoholism with determination and strength! In 1959, my sister and I were involved in a car accident that took her life. She died as I held her in my arms. My father had to identify her body in the hospital that moment put him in cardiac arrest at that time, but recovered. He only lived another year and died in 1960, I suspect from a broken heart. The last time I saw him was when he took me to the recruiting station in Riverside, California. As I enter the last chapter of my life, think about reunitby Chantele Hensel, Publisher

ing, “It doesn’t get easier, we just get stronger,” but some days it takes one of my fellow army moms to give me a pep talk and remind me we are the mother’s to the >1%ers. The tears I cry are tears of pride, except on the 17th when we will celebrate his 20th birthday from afar.

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Page 8 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE A thick cut of meat grilled over an open flame can make for a mouth watering meal. While such an endeavor likely won’t lead to any complaints around the dinner table, many people still shy away from grilling especially thick cuts of meat. A thick cut of uncooked meat can intimidate even the most devoted grilling enthusiast. Such cuts tend to take a long time to cook, and many a grilling devotee has put in that time only to end up with a dried out piece of meat. So what do? The following are some ways to master the art of grilling thick cuts of meat. • Reverse sear the steak.

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According to Omaha Steaks, reverse searing involves bringing the steak up to temperature via indirect heat first, then searing the outside second. Reverse searing ensures the outside of the steak does not become charred while the inside takes its time cooking. This requires using both direct and indirect heat. When using a gas grill with multiple burners, it’s easy to create direct and indirect heating zones by only turning one set of burners on. When using a charcoal grill, move the hot coals to one side of the grill and leave the other side empty. Omaha Steaks recommends maintaining a grill tempera-

ture between 250 and 300 F and placing the meat over indirect heat first, keeping the steak there until a digital thermometer reads roughly 10 to 15 degrees below the desired temperature of the meat. The steak can then be moved over direct heat so all sides can be seared. • Salt the meat overnight. People hesitant to salt their meat out of fear of overconsumption of sodium should know that it’s not necessary to use a lot of salt to create a flavorful piece of meat. A sprinkling of kosher salt over the surface of the meat is all that’s necessary. Once the meat has been salted, store it

in the refrigerator, uncovered, overnight, which allows ample time for the cut to fully absorb the salt, ultimately contributing to a juicy cut of meat. • Be patient. Once the meat has been taken off the grill, let it sit for awhile before slicing into it. The goal is to allow the juice inside the meat to redistribute so each bite is as mouth watering as possible. This is the same principle that leads Thanksgiving cooks to let turkeys sit for awhile when they first come out of the oven. While turkeys may require roughly 30 minutes of sitting, meat typically only needs between 10 and 20 minutes, with thick cuts requiring more

Take Your Fourth of July Burgers Up A Notch The year 2020 is one few people will soon forget. Life changed dramatically and perhaps forever in 2020, when the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 forced billions of people across the globe to make sacrifices in an effort to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The sacrifices made in response to COVID-19 are perhaps most noticeable on holidays, when people accustomed to gathering with family and friends were unable to do so, or only able to do so on limited terms. Despite those restrictions, people continued to celebrate on holidays like Easter and Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July does not figure to be

any different. Fourth of July celebrations often take place in the backyard by the grill, and this year marks a perfect opportunity to expand your culinary repertoire. This recipe for “Best Burger With Blue Cheese Butter” courtesy of Eric Treuille and Birgit Erath’s “Grilling” (DK Publishing) offers a new take on a backyard barbecue staple. Best Burger With Blue Cheese Butter Serves 4 1 lb. ground chuck steak 2 t. salt 1 t. black pepper 4-1⁄2-inch slices blue cheese butter (see below) 4 sesame hamburger buns, halved Combine ground steak with

salt and pepper. Divide into 4 equal-sized pieces and gently shape into 4 burgers about 1-inch-thick. Grill burgers and warm buns according to instructions below. Top burgers with butter and serve hot in sesame buns. Outdoor cooking: Grill over hot coals for 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium rare, or 5 minutes per side for well done. Place buns cut side down on grill until warm and lightly golden, 1 minute. Indoor cooking: Preheat a ridged cast-iron grill pan over high heat. Cook for 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium rare, or 5 minutes per side for well done. Place buns cut

side down on grill pan until warm lightly golden, 1 minute. Blue-Cheese Butter Makes 15 servings 16 T. unsalted butter, softened 4 oz. (1 C. crumbled) blue cheese 2 t. black pepper Place ingredients in a food processor or blender; pulse until well blended. Wrap in foil. Place in the freezer until hard, about 45 minutes. To serve, roll back foil and cut into 1⁄2inch slices. When slicing from frozen, warm the knife under hot water first. After slicing, always tightly rewrap the unused flavored butter roll in the foil before returning to refrigerator or freezer. Best Burger Variations • Herbed Burger: Add 2 tea-

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Another month down! I’m living in the camper at Starlight Mountain Theatre. I have just a couple more shows to costume and then will be in the valley more. Sitting behind my sewing machine in the mountains listening to these talented young adults is so peaceful! They just began rehearsing the Scarlet Pimpernel, I have never seen this musical, but I am certain it will easily be my favorite, right in front of Les Miserables. Our little 980 sq. ft. home feels enormous when I am home. The weather has been beautiful with temperatures getting

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Book Review by Amy Perry: A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell is a paleoanthropologist known for work on cannibalism and craniofacial biomechanics. A Thread of Grace is her third book. A Thread of Grace opens in on the northwestern coast of Italy in 1943. The story has a rich cast of charac-

ters, but follows three from beginning to end. Renzo Leoni is a drunk, Werner Schramm is a Nazi doctor and Claudette Blum, a fourteenyear-old Jewish girl. Renzo wears many faces in his resistance to Nazi take over, but answers to no one. Werner Schramm is the evil Nazi

doctor that is responsible for thousands of deaths and Claudette is just a child at the beginning of the story. A Thread of Grace covers the last two years of World War II from Italy’s point of view. This is one of the books recommended to me by Rediscovered Books and

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Summer time in Caldwell brings about the fresh veggies and roadside stands. For over a decade, Sweet corn season along Karcher road has been announced by the arrival of large 4 ft by 8 ft white signs covered with info and funny sayings. Gina the Corn Lady, as her customers have named her, has offered her bounty of Authentic Ambrosia Sweet Corn to all who wanted to drive to the farm and buy it. “Those signs have brought in a lot of folks over the years. We have a great base of customers from all over the Treasure Valley stretching into several parts of Oregon, Nevada and Washington. People come from all over. We have even gotten Thank you letters from Florida, New Mexico, New York and Alaska, from people whose family members who have shared our corn via mail.” But as time marches on, and the landscape changes, adjustments take place. Gina the Corn lady has moved! Don’t worry! The same great corn will still be available, just in a new location, ½ mile West of the farm. Gina has joined the team at Lakeview Fruit on the corner of Karcher Road and Riverside Road. The building used to house the Saxton Fruit Stand for many years. The stand is currently owned by two local farm

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