May 2021 Caldwell Perspective

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Edition 77 l MAY 2021


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HONORING FALLEN OFFICERS! Pg. 7 DAY TRIPPING AROUND CALDWELL! Pg. 13 PEO Chapter House ladies all enjoyed Albertsons chocolates

Giving Service Beyond The Walls of our Homes

We may not be able to solve world hunger or world peace, but we believe that by serving alongside others in our communities we can unite in paving the way for a brighter future and local change. Individual efforts don’t need to be grand when we give a few hours here and there or give resources or extend kindness - even the smallest of contributions of time or resources quickly add up to make a huge difference in the lives of others and change our communities for the better. Perhaps, now more than ever, there is a need for good people and people of all faiths to come together to strengthen our community. When we work alongside others, we have opportunities to learn from each other, increase our love for community, correct misconceptions, and create new friendships through a mutual love for giving back to others. JustServe is a free community resource to help link community volunteer needs to volunteers willing to give of their time and/or their re-

sources to help faith-based, nonprofit, community, and government organizations. By volunteering your time or resources, you will enhance the quality of life in communities and assist those needing a lift up. We want to extend a BIG thank you to Albertsons Innovation Center in Boise. Albertsons reached out to JustServe with a donation of a pallet of chocolates and a pallet of cleaning supplies. We at JustServe have been extending Albertsons’ generous donation to our community organizations like Caldwell Meals on Wheels, Caldwell Senior Center, PEO Chapter House, Caldwell Salvation Army, WICAP, Hope’s Door, West Valley Humane Society, Caldwell Memorial Veterans Hall, El-Ada Food Pantry, and the Marsing HUB Food Pantry. Additionally, thank you baskets of chocolates were delivered to first responders like the Caldwell Police Department, Idaho Department of Corrections, Caldwell Fire Department, and the Homedale Fire Department. We

are blessed to have such kind and generous partners like Albertsons who strive to make a difference in our communities. Following is a sampling of volunteer needs posted on JustServe: • Indian Creek Plaza/Destination Caldwell: Volunteers are needed to assist with the event set-up and take-down at Indian Creek Plaza for the weekly Farmers Market. • Hope’s Door: Mother’s Day gifts are needed to brighten the day for the moms and women residing at the local domestic violence shelter. • Hope’s Door: Volunteers are needed to help with “Spring Clean-up Day” at Hope’s Door on June 19th from 8 a.m. to noon. • Harmony Park: Help fill a container with essential items needed for foster children and families. These items will be free of charge to the Caldwell Police Department and others in the city who work closely with foster families. Mark Your Calendar! The 2nd Annual Caldwell Com-

by Kelli G. Jenkins, JustServe Caldwell

Caldwell Police were given a note of thanks with Albertsons chocolates

munity Baby Shower will be held during July 2021 at the Caldwell Train Depot. More details will follow next month, but until then start planning to attend and join us in showering the littlest ones in our community with essential baby items. Join us in giving service beyond the walls of your home or chapels. Visit to see the opportunities and needs in our community then sign-up and JustServe!

Caldwell Meals on Wheels delivered Albertsons chocolates to all homebound citizens and volunteers



May 2021

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We Accept Medicaid and Have Secure Memory Care Units Available with a Memory Care Expansion Coming Soon. To learn more or arrange a tour, we invite you to contact us by phone or online today! Assisted living can offer comfort and peace of mind for both you and aging loved ones. Our residents enjoy private apartments with easy access to all of the services they need and daily activities, as well as the mental and emotional benefits of socializing with peers. May 5 6-9 PM: Cinco de Mayo. Indian Creek Plaza. May 6 6-11 PM: Brave Hearts Night at Indian Creek Steakhouse. All money raised will support Idaho Veterans. Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. May 7 10 AM: Tai Chi and Qigong, Hubler Airport Terminal, 4814 E Linden St. May 8 9 AM-2 PM: Childbirth Preparation Class and Online TourVirtual Education, West Valley Medical Center, 1717 Arlington Ave. 10 AM-1 PM: Mother’s Day Vintage Market. Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell. 12-5 PM: Celebrate Mom in the Vineyerd! Bring your mom, bring your lawn chairs, and celebrate with us all things pink! Huston Vineyards is excited to release our 2020 Chicken Dinner Rosé of Mourvedre. May 9 12:30 – 2:30 PM: GriefShare Grief Recovery Support Group, Calvary Chapel Caldwell, 911 Everett St., Caldwell, Debra Reynolds, Leader 208-9891212. May 10 7-8 PM: Urban Renewal Agency Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 5th Ave. May 13 10-11 AM: Tasty Tales Preschool Storytime, free and open to the public. Masks required and social distancing encouraged. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 2 PM: Thursday Afternoon Read, Caldwell Public LibraryFront Lawn, 1010 Dearborn St.

May 13 (continued) 7-8 PM: Human Rights Book Club - Robert E. Lee and Me by Ty Seidel-Zoom event. Register at Open to the public. “Pay-as-you-can” donation, benefiting Women’s and Children’s Alliance Children and Teen Library. Rediscovered books, 802 Arthur St. May 14 10 AM: Tai Chi and Qigong, Hubler Airport Terminal, 4814 E Linden St, 5:30-7:30 PM: Free Community Event to recognize our local law enforcement. Live music from Rochelle and the James Gang Band with a ceremony for Thin Blue Line of Hope, Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell. 9 PM: Enjoy live music at Indian Creek Steakhouse performed by Dave Nudo Band, Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. May 15 9 PM: Enjoy live music at Indian Creek Steakhouse performed by Dave Nudo Band, Indian Creek Steakhouse, 711 Main St. 2-5 PM: LIVE MUSIC: Spencer Batt, Kindred Vineyards, 14253 Frost Rd, Caldwell. May 17 6 PM: Estate Planning 101: Zoom, Virtual program presented by Sheli Fulcher Koontz from Angstman Johnson Law Firm. 7-8:30 PM: City Council Meeting, Caldwell Police Department Community Room, 110 S. 5th Ave., Caldwell. May 18 5-8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market. The Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market is held in conjunction with the Tuesdays on the Creek Concert Series.


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(209) 327-1211 May 18 (continued) 7-8 PM: Laura Jenski-Cooked Goose: A Motorhome Murder Mystery-Instagram LIVE, Rediscovered books, 802 Arthur St. May 19 11 AM: Indian Creek Apothecary Grand Opening, 705 Arthur Street. Join the Chamber of Commerce and Indian Creek Apothecary for their Grand Opening and Open House! 11 AM: Jacob Grant - NO PANTS! Preschool Virtual Storytime - Zoom, Register at Free and open to the public, Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 4-5 PM: Terri Libenson and Victoria Jamieson - Truly Tyler - CrowdCast - Registration available at Free and open to the public. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. LatinX Book Club - Cemetery Boys - Rediscovered Books Garden - Registration at Open to the public. “Pay-as-you-can” donation - benefitting Women’s and Children’s Alliance Children and Teen Library. Masks required and physical distancing encouraged. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St.

May 20 10-11 AM: Tasty Tales Preschool Storytime Rediscovered Books Garden. Masks required and physical distancing encouraged. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. Women’s Voices Book Club - The Smallest Lights in the Universe - Zoom - Registration at Open to the public. “Pay-as-you-can” donation - benefitting Women’s and Children’s Alliance Children and Teen Library. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. May 21 10 AM: Tai Chi and Qigong, Hubler Airport Terminal, 4814 E Linden St. May 22 11 AM: Jennifer Adams - I am a Kindness Hero Preschool Virtual Storytime - Zoom - Registration available at Free and open to the public. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 4-6 PM: Caldwell Christian Spring Music Fest, Caldwell Christian Church, 3207 E. Ustick. Bring your own lawn chair. May 23 12:30 PM: GriefShare Grief Recovery Support Group, Calvary Chapel Caldwell, 911 Everett St., Caldwell, Debra Reynolds, Leader 208-989-1212.

May 25 12-1:30 PM: Design Review Commission Design Review, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave. 5-8 PM: Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market. Music by Cliff Miller, Indian Creek Plaza downtown Caldwell. 7-8 PM: Patrick Gallagher ‘Til Death Do Us Part: A true story of Bigamy and Murder - True Crime with a Caldwell Connection - Instagram LIVE. Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. May 26 6:30-8 PM: Historic Preservation Commission Historic Preservation, Caldwell Police Department, 110 S. 5th Ave. May 27 10-11 AM: Tasty Tales Preschool Storytime DELUXE - Rediscovered Books Garden. Registration required at Rediscovered Books, 802 Arthur St. 5-7 PM: Uncorked at Indian Creek Plaza. host Uncorked. Bring your clients, family, friends, heck grab your neighbors because you won’t wanna miss this event. Uncorked will be every Thursday. May 28 10 AM: Tai Chi and Qigong, Hubler Airport Terminal, 4814 E Linden St.

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May 2021


Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Announces Executive Director, Cheryl Tunno, Has Resigned Board Chairman Keith Bushardt writes, “While her time with us has been short, Cheryl has been extremely influential in helping re-build our Chamber at one of the most challenging times in the history of the Chamber. To say she will be missed is a gross understatement. As the cur-

rent Chair of the Chamber Board, I have grown to have utmost respect for her leadership and vision.” Cheryl and her husband, Mark, have purchased a small 20-acre farm near Nashville, TN where they have dreams of opening a Bed and Breakfast. Chairman Bushardt continues,

“This is definitely a bittersweet event for both us (the Chamber) and Cheryl. While we send her off with well-wishes, prayers for success and thanks for her great service, we do it feeling the loss of a great leader in our community.” Chery’s last day is not yet clear, as the Board of Direc-

tors has just initiated the search for a new Executive Director to take Cheryl’s place. Cheryl has agreed to stay on during that transition to continue to serve the Membership and the community. Members will not feel any effects of this transition, as the Chamber has a capable Board of Directors and

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staff keeping the Chamber’s forward momentum ongoing. The Chamber meets monthly for it’s Noon Break Luncheon and launches its inaugural 3rd Thursday Perk up this Thursday, April 22nd at 8am, all of which will continue during the changeover.

A Letter To Caldwell Residents From Mayor Garret Nancolas It is with mixed emotions that I officially announce that I will not seek re-election to the office of Mayor in the wonderful City of Caldwell. Other than family, serving as Mayor has been the most humbling and treasured experience in my life! It is an honor and privilege to have been able to serve this incredible City for the past 33+ years! Two years as Planning and Zoning Member, eight years as Council Member,

and 23+ years as Mayor...It has been my distinct honor to have served with many wonderful Council Members, City Leaders, Business Leaders, Educators, Developers, Elected Officials, Religious Leaders, and the most professional and dedicated employees in the World! These amazing people inspired me, encouraged me, and trusted me. For that, I am eternally grateful! Watching this glorious

City change and prosper over the years is the most rewarding and humbling experience of my professional career. This City has blossomed and has returned to its rightful place as the Treasure of the Valley! It is a City that has placed Family at the top of its priority list! It is a great place where families can thrive, live safely, work, play and prosper! The Downtown has returned to the heartbeat of the City

and destination point for the Valley and Region. We have become the home of numerous, wonderful businesses and employers, creating good jobs for our hard working citizens. Caldwell is my home, and I am proud of her! I am so thankful for my wonderful and supportive wife and family! I could not have served without their love and support! I am so grateful for each of them and their encouragement,

understanding, and trust! I am also thankful for a kind and loving Heavenly Father, who answers prayers and has guided us throughout these past years! I humbly pray that He will continue to bless this City and its residents as we move forward through the coming years! Thank you to the Citizens of Caldwell for allowing me to serve as your Mayor!

Commissioners Announce Appointment of Steve Fultz as New Director of Development Services The Canyon County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Fultz as the new Director of the Canyon County Development Services Department (DSD). Fultz will replace Tricia Nilsson, who has served as DSD Director since 2013. “We are pleased to welcome Steve Fultz to the Development Services team,” said the Canyon County Board of Commissioners in a joint statement. “Steve is a team player with a vision for the future. He was instrumental in the revitalization of Downtown Caldwell and the development of Sky Ranch Business Park, which now has over 40 businesses that employ approximately 2,000 people. The network

Steve has built – not only in the local community but on a national scale – will be a big benefit in attracting more businesses to Canyon County. We are excited about the leadership Steve will bring to the County and look forward to having him join our team. The Board also wishes to thank the current director, Tricia Nilsson, for her dedicated years of service to Canyon County.” Fultz will bring a wealth of experience when he takes over as DSD Director on May 5. He began his career in Canyon County in 2003, working for the Caldwell and Canyon County Economic Development Council. In 2014, Fultz was named the City of Caldwell’s first Economic Development Direc-

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tor where he was an intergral part in the development of Skyranch Business Park and Indian Creek Plaza. Fultz also co-founded the Idaho Manufacturers Alliance and helped establish the Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway and Snake River Valley Wine Region. “As a resident of Canyon County for the last 18 years, it’s been my honor and privilege to serve the City of Caldwell and Canyon County in an effort to cre-

ate wealth in this community through investment and job creation.,” said Fultz. “I look forward to this next opportunity to serve greater Canyon County as we move forward to smart growth. I want to thank Mayor Nancolas and the city administration for the opportunity to work alongside them, and I want to thank the Canyon County Commissioners for this next opportunity. I’m looking forward to working alongside them and Canyon County

staff.”Fultz has a Master’s degree from Iowa State University in Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography and Sociology from Morehead State University in Kentucky. He and his wife Jenny live in Canyon County and have four children and three grandchildren. Fultz enjoys playing guitar, and on the weekends, you can find him playing for numerous Sunnyslope wineries.

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Caldwell Market Shortens Distance From Farm to Fork The outdoor Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market in Caldwell begins Tuesday, May 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The market assists in making farm-fresh goods grown in Canyon County and surrounding rural areas accessible to the community. For 2021, the Caldwell Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market will be located on Arthur and 7th Avenue as a special extension of Indian Creek Plaza. The market was developed by Destination Caldwell in 2019 as a part of their community and agricultural initiative, which allows consumers of all ages, incomes and

backgrounds to participate in these farm to fork experiences. The first market will feature vegetables, free range eggs, farm-raised beef, award-winning wine from Hat Ranch Winery and local artisans. The Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market will also have food demonstrations showing customers ways to prepare their farmers market goods. The Caldwell market also accepts EBT, SNAP and Quest Cards. Destination Caldwell offers a 1:1 match, up to $10, with ‘Double Up Food Bucks’ which allows those who participate in the EBT and SNAP program to

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buy free fruits and vegetables, this offer is good for one match per market date per customer. “Now more than ever, we realize the importance of shopping local. This continues to be our mission here at Destination Caldwell at the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market,” said Valerie Armas, Destination Caldwell’s Program Coordinator. “We also realized how important it is to connect with your community and understand where your food comes from.” The Farmers Market Coalition states that shopping at farmers markets is a truly unique experience where

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farmers and shoppers get to know each other, creating a more personal relationship between the producer and consumer. The Coalition also emphasizes that local produce at farmers markets is harvested at the peak of the season, ensuring a higher nutrition content and fresh taste. The first market will be held in conjunction with the kick-off of Indian Creek Plaza’s summer concert series, Tuesdays on the Creek. Live music by Jukebox starts at 6:00 p.m., and happy hour from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market and Tuesdays

on the Creek summer concert series will take place weekly, rain or shine, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 18, through September 28, 2021. Event details and full concert schedule are available at­­.­­

Caldwell Municpal Pool Closed for 2021 The Caldwell Municipal Pool will be closed for the duration of 2021. During a routine safety inspection, an electrical problem was discovered which would require a costly repair. After thorough investigation, Caldwell city officials have determined that the most prudent course of action is to invest what would have been spent repairing the issue into the new pool,

which was originally slated to begin construction this year. While the pool will remained closed for the season this year, we are excited to announce that Caldwell will begin construction on our new municipal pool this Fall! The new pool will have expanded amenities and be larger than the current pool. Construction is expected to finish by Spring of 2022.

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Those that have already paid for pool reservations for 2021 will be issued a full refund. The Recreation Department will contact customers regarding refunds. We are terribly disappointed that we are not able to offer pool services to the public this year, but we look forward to welcoming you all back for the 2022 season!

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Easter EGGstravaganza photos by Valerie Christensen & Kelli Jenkins

by Valerie Christensen, Caldwell Perspective

Visiting the Easter Bunny

Winner of The Cutest Chick Contest, Elsie Sauer.

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Sisters Ximena, 7 and Natalia, 5, show off their plentiful Easter Egg harvests with their mother Alejandra

14 month-old Alexander Linares pauses to inspect a single Easter egg.

On Saturday, April 3rd, Indian Creek Plaza and Caldwell Train Depot turned into a pastel rainbow of springtime fun with 20,000 eggs and magical memories for Caldwell families. Destination Caldwell’s Spring EGGstravaganza didn’t disappoint with a visit from the Easter Bunny, train rides, local vendors, face painting, and more! The eggs for the hunt were hidden at the Caldwell Train Depot for each age group to find separately. A special time slot was also reserved for children with disabilities.

Another fun addition to the day was the Homes of Idaho-sponsored “Cutest Chick Contest,” open to kids ages 0-5. The creative chicken - themed costumes were displayed on Indian Creek Plaza’s stage. The grand prize went to 7 month-old “baby bird” Elsie Sauer, whose parents dressed her stroller up with a nest bearing her name. By the end of the afternoon, there were many smiling faces and a community already looking forward to next year!

Destination Caldwell Welcomes Event Manager to the Team

Melissa Sherman

Melissa Sherman joins Destination Caldwell and Indian Creek Plaza as the Event Manager. The event manager is a key position within the Destination Caldwell team, leading all

aspects of events including planning, staffing, vendors and entertainment. “I am very excited to welcome Melissa to our team,” said Sabrina Minshall, CEO of Destination Caldwell. “Her understanding and passion for agriculture combined with skills in event management and small business make Melissa a perfect fit. Indian Creek Plaza and downtown Caldwell are booming and our event calendar is packed. It is very important for us to have a top-notch team to help make our vision for Downtown Caldwell a reality. Melissa’s enthusiasm is contagious; she embraces our mission and under her

leadership, our events will only grow and improve.” Melissa has a strong background in agricultural education, event management, and fundraising. Within her very diverse ca-

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Caldwell Chamber to Welcome Oakes Brothers Main Street Marketplace with Grand Opening

by Tammie Halcomb, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

is listed on the National Historic Registry solidifying its place in history. The new owner, Garman Investment Properties, LLC, purchased it in January 2021, and has hit the historic ground running. The building boasts three levels of retail shopping, salon services and office/ workspaces and is centrally located in downtown Caldwell. Featuring entrances on both Main St. and Indian Creek Plaza, the Marketplace offers access to locals and tourists alike. Oakes Brother’s mission is to become a premier small business, locally sourced shopping destina-

tion for our urban and rural friends who are searching for unique, locally sourced art, food and beverage, apparel, furniture, and home goods. They are currently refreshing the interior and exterior of the building, with additional renovations planned to begin soon. To help welcome the new vision of the Oakes Brothers Main Street Marketplace, the Chamber is hosting a Grand Opening ceremony for them on June 2nd at 11 a.m. The Chamber hopes to welcome them to the neighborhood and usher in this new era of history for the Oakes Brothers Main Street Marketplace.

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New ownership of the historic Oakes Brothers building is taking this old building and making it both new and giving reverence to its history. The Oakes Brothers building was originally built in 1905 by 3 brothers—the Oakes brothers. Those brothers operated their general store in the building for many years. In 1993 Luther Maddy purchased the building and turned it into Maddy’s Plaza where it housed many local businesses. Today, the Oakes Brothers building, which is named to give reference to the 3 original owners, is located in the Steunenberg Historic District and

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Oregon State University Extension Association of 4-H. Melissa brings in a special understanding of running a small business, as she and her husband, Jason, have previously owned a livestock company. Melissa is also an Idaho Alum after receiving her BS in Agricultural Education from the University of Idaho. “My family and I have

enjoyed visiting Indian Creek Plaza for many years so I am very much looking forward to this next chapter in my life as a part of the team,” said Melissa Sherman. “I have a strong background in agriculture education, event planning and working with non-profit organizations so what better place to be able to continue that than with Destination Caldwell as the Indian Creek Plaza Event Manager.” Destination Caldwell creates high-impact projects that leverage the community’s rich agricultural heritage and vibrant community spirit to build a prosperous future for Caldwell. In partnership with business and civic leaders, Destination Caldwell is making the community an even more desirable place to live, do

business, and visit. They place a focus on market fresh goods and farm to fork dining, as well as locally produced wine in their partnership with the Sunnyslope Wine Trail. Destination Caldwell also manages Indian Creek Plaza, a premier gathering space in the heart of downtown Caldwell. Indian Creek Plaza is located adjacent to the restored Indian Creek and holds year-round activities, including ice skating ribbon in the winter, to concerts and farmers markets during spring and summer. For more information, visit and https:// w w w. i n d i a n c r e e k p l a z a . com.

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Caldwell Public Library Re-Re Opening

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The Chamber of Commerce celebrated with the Caldwell Public Library on April 27th for the Re-ReOpening of the library for browsing, curbside pickup, contactless delivery, and computer appointments. More information on our COVID-19 response and schedule a curbside pickup appointment online at


Canyon County will Honor Idaho’s Fall Officers

by Joe Decker, Canyon County Public Information Officer

In honor of Idaho’s fallen law enforcement officers, Sheriff Kieran Donahue and the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office will host the ninth annual Canyon County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 14, at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene Community Park. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a police motorcade arriving at the park, followed by the posting of the colors by the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Idaho Governor Brad Little

and other honored guests will then deliver remarks, followed by the reading of the names of the 73 Idaho law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. A single rose will be placed on the stage in remembrance of each Idaho fallen officer. What: Ninth Annual Canyon County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony Who: Idaho Governor Brad Little, Boise Police Cpl. Kevin Holtry (Ret.), Idaho State Senator Patti Anne Lodge, KTVB News

Mother’s Day When we celebrate Mother’s Day soon, I’ll be reflecting on a unique milestone-my first one as an empty-nester. As my husband and I prepare to move from the house we’ve lived in for 16 years, we’ve had to sort through years of memories from our days as young parents and decide which things to discard and keep. I love watching my babies grow up in treasured pictures and am reminded of the growth they made through each stage. To me, every recital program, award, hand-colored greeting card, well-loved book, toy and stuffed animal tells a unique story not to be forgotten. My favorite home organization guru would be so disappointed in me. Every item belonging to my kids seems to want to stay because they’re literal links to wonderful memories from my past and theirs. I even verbally lecture the famous Ms. Kondo as if she was beside me in my storage room; holding up each item and asking if they truly did spark enough joy to take up valuable real estate in my new house. I then proceed to justify my empty discard pile by answering her cheekily, “Why yes, Marie, it all sparks joy!” I explain to her that a sweet chapter of my life is

closing as a new one begins and I deserve to be a sentimental keeper of all my treasures! I guess I just want permission to reflect on numerous mommy moments over the past 25 years. One of my favorite things about motherhood will always be the opportunity to have raised three beautiful human beings who taught and continue to teach me an important concept: unconditional love. Growing up, they truly saw me at my best and worst; loving me as I tried my best to parent, teach and guide them while making many mistakes along the way: I cringe at the memory of accidentally slowcooking my daughter’s beloved pet goldfish; the day I learned through experience that you shouldn’t multi-task cooking and pet maintenance while under the influence of sleep deprivation. She forgave me anyway. I remember the gratitude I felt when my son graciously thanked me for meager, Thursday-beforepayday dinner offerings; smiling as he gulped down each bite of leftover hot dog and macaroni. I’ll never forget my toddler comforting me with dandelion bouquets from the yard when she saw

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the stresses of life had become too much to disguise my tears. To me, those “weeds” were beautiful because they symbolized something we all need to give ourselves as mothers-the permission to be human. Mother’s Day can be hard for so many because we tend to dwell on our faults instead of our triumphs. As I look back on the years of parenting young children, I find it much more pleasant to reflect on the little sparks of joy instead of the forest fires I made. Maybe that’s why I like to collect and decorate with lots of fairy lights. I think they subconsciously represent a kind of symbolism every time I

Anchor Brian Holmes, Sheriff Kieran Donahue, and representatives from the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agencies. The public and media are also invited to attend. When: Friday, May 14, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (The public is encouraged to arrive by 1:45 p.m.) Where: Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene Community Park, 903 N. Michigan Ave. Caldwell.

by Valerie Christensen, Caldwell Perspective

add them to something. I like that they aren’t blazingly bold like fireworksor the mistakes we tend to blow up and repeat in our minds on a daily basis. Rather, their strands give a subtle, fairytale-like glow to everything they’re added to, even if that item is kind of mundane. They represent those precious little moments born out of ordinary and often grueling parenting days-like the spark of light filling your heart when an endlessly misbehaving child sur-

prisingly whispers “I love you, Mom” as they peacefully drift off to sleep. This mother’s day, challenge yourself and other moms to find those sparks of joy and celebrate them! When you mess up, buoy yourself up and give the kind of comfort or grace you’d give your best friend. I’m finding out that you don’t have to have to be perfect to store happy memories - and those are the ones worth keeping!

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Page 8 CALDWELL PERSPECTIVE There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling. SAFETY TIPS • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from


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under eaves and overhanging branches. • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Never leave your grill unattended. • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. CHARCOAL GRILLS There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney start-

ers allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel. • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use. • When you are finished grill-

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ing, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. Propane Grills Check the gas tank hose for leaksbefore using it for the first time eachyear. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak wil release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.

If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before relighting it.

West Valley Medical Center Receives 17th Prestigious ‘A’ Grade for Safety West Valley Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing West Valley’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national

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ful pre and post-surgical process. The program is aimed at utilizing effective pain management without opioids and reducing length of stay in the hospital for patients as well as potential complications. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. Leapfrog announced West Valley’s ‘A’ grade today as part of the spring 2021 grades. To see West Valley’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

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May 2021 Recently a story came to mind about how we are seen through the eyes of a child, specifically how I was seen may years ago through the eyes of my first-born daughter. One day my sweet little daughter, who was just learning to read, came up to me and said, “Daddy called you the ‘F’ word.” I couldn’t believe what I heard, so I asked her just what that ‘F’ word was, to which she replied, “FA-T!” Now I knew that he knew better than to say something like that so I replied, “He did not!” Then she said that he didn’t actually say that, he was thinking it because she saw his lips silently move spelling out “F-A-T.” Then she went on to say, “I don’t think you’re fat, I think you’re ‘thick!’” Imag-


Getting to Healthy – THICK no F-A-T!

ine that! THICK! So funny the things they come up with right? If only I was as thick now as I was then, it would be amazing! Wouldn’t that be true for a bunch of us? Since I began my journey in early February to better health through activity and diet, I have maintained a slow and steady weight loss. I am less “thick” now, a “thick” that is still much thicker than the days when my daughter was little, but less thick than I was in February. Have you seen those weight loss commercials on TV where the people say they have lost 18 lbs. in a month? You have to buy their food, etc. and then what happens when you go off their program? You have not done the

footwork to learn to shop or plan your own meals so you go back to your old ways. I think you have a better chance of maintaining a weight loss if it is slow and steady and you learn how to plan and eat healthier. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. I am not where I want to be yet, but maybe in three more months. What I do know is that I have been able to cut my blood pressure meds in half and maybe I can drop them at some point in time. They are so tiny and hard to cut in half, but that little pill cutter works pretty well. Also on my journey to better health, I have done two more. First, I got both my COVID vaccines and just had a sore arm for a few days. Everyone re-


acts differently, but I feel that the freedom we all gain is well worth it! Also, contrary to popular belief, I have no signs of turning into a monkey or anything else and Bill Gates hasn’t been tracking me and following me around wherever I go! He doesn’t even care! I may still get the virus, but I will not have the drastic illness that some have had which was caused by it. Do what you think is right for you, but this was definitely right for me. Then I made my mammogram and DEXA scan (bone density) appointments. I was told that I had to wait at least 5 weeks after my second COVID vaccination before the mammogram so I wouldn’t have a false positive for lymph nodes be-

My Fellow Veterans The treatment of PTSD has several facets. The first being readjusting the brain chemistry. This can only be done by a regimen of medications applied with the supervision of qualified medical providers. The VA provides the first steps necessary to do this. This is a vital step for regaining a semblance of normalcy. I was first issued PTSD in 1972 and there were booster shots issued randomly alone the way. As I fought it through the years, life was miserable, and I had a permanent residence in denial. This merely added to the load life provides. I fought the idea that I was a broken person. Counseling had no appeal, particularly since I knew that once something is said, it cannot be recovered and placed back in storage. The storage locker for these sorts of things had been filled with a deep black, tarry, wretched and depressing sludge did not need to see the light of day. Or so I thought. Psychological counseling is another facet of treatment the VA offers. Learning to cope with the physiological triggers [not the sort

of triggers that are based on facing ideas that are uncomfortable and require truth to be pliable as feelings change] and events is an important step to be coupled to a proper drug regimen. There is one especially important item that cannot be supplied by counseling and drug treatments and that is an instilling of hope. Lack of hope is why so many vets choose suicide. As with many human choices, suicide only makes the lack of hope and load of pain to be indelible and once chosen there is no option to change. It was very providential that I had a grasp on real hope when a medical provider told me that since I had had PTSD for so long that I would keep it as part of my personal baggage. Yea me. Secular counseling and medication address the ‘right now’ of living with the ravages of PTSD. Hope is the only item that provides for a long-term survival of the problem. Hope does not come from the bottom of a bottle. Hope is only viable when it is instilled into the deepest reaches of the

nasty blackness contained in the hopelessness of the sludge locker. These articles are hard for me to write because while I write I am ‘treated’ to a tour of the sludge locker, complete with large physical responses that are uncomfortable. Wandering around in dark scary places is easier with company, so it is easier to trudge through the sludge locker with a friend who offers peace and hope. The ultimate peace can be attained only through placing your trust in Jesus. Since Jesus has successfully gone through a far darker and hopeless sludge locker than we have, He knows the way. In 1 Peter 1: 3 we find that Jesus is the living hope that provides peace and joy to us forever. Acquiring this peace has a price. The price to be paid is that we must give up our will, pride, and selfseeking agenda and follow Jesus (Mark 8:35) to the light. In our society today there is a pervasive hopelessness that is plumbing new depths. The gist of this is that this life will only go downhill.

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cause you can have some inflammation in them from your vaccine and by then that should all settle down if there was some. So ladies, remember to get your annual mammograms and DEXA scans every few years. We want to save what we’ve got upstairs and don’t want to break those hips! Both need to last as long as we last if possible! So until we meet agin, take care, take a walk, be healthy and get some sunshine! by David Beverly

In contrast to this existential angst that is filled to the brim with an ever-increasing dread is the message of eternal hope brought to us by not just the teachings of Jesus, but in following Him as Savior and Lord. The choice is between squeezing in a continu-

ously tightening grip the existential angst that places our faith and hope in an ever-fading blackness, or to place our faith in Jesus who is the ever-shining eternal hope and who has already conquered the darkness. You are not alone.



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Continued from the April Caldwell Perspective. To read “Part 1” visit, link can be found on the News Page. To their impressive grasp of the obvious, Squinty calmly replied, “I would like to make an emergency call”. Normally when a heavy breathing voice declares an emergency one would expect a rapid clearing of the line. Instead, he heard, “Well, I suppose we could finish later. What do you think, Ethel?” “Well, I guess I could call back later this afternoon. How does around three sound?” “Well, it is against my better judgment, but okay”. Finally, Squinty had the line and could call Mom. He spun the dial on the phone to get connected with help. Instead of help, he got a busy signal. The next best choice was the Mom next door. So, out the door, he stumbled. The nextdoor mom’s daughter was playing in the yard (where else?), so Squinty called to her, “Get your mom, I need help”. Then the lights went out. The next dream-like memory was the real Mom, slightly hysterical – well, quite hysterical - rushing into the house next door. Out go the lights again. It made an interesting scene. Mom was in the state of hysteria, Squinty had taken up housekeeping in the state of shock. They made quite a pair. Hysteria pushed the accelerator pedal into warp

drive and straightened out some of the curves in the road. Mom was out of control, the car preformed at its limits, and Squinty was down for the count. They survived the trip without seat belts or the use of brakes. Mom may have been in a bit of a hurry. Next memory was watching Mom push the big red button labeled, “Emergency” at the hospital back door. This part of the hospital doubled as a loading dock. Years later Squinty would wonder how fast Mom had driven him to the hospital. At that point in history, the emergency room was not the fully staffed place it is now. Apparently, the red button merely announced over the public address system that someone had bothered the button. And fade to black. Squinty now had developed shock to the level that approached dangerous. His awareness of the world around him approached the bare minimum. He also did not know that he neared an introduction to narcotics – dude. Had he known there were formalities in the offing, he would have worn clean socks and underwear. There were a few vague memories of a doctor hovering and back to dark it went. The next real memory was

of hurtling down a green tiled hallway for a couple of miles. He saw the ceiling lights whizzing by, and felt the gurney hit each joint in the floor with the wheels making a wooggity wooggity sound as they tried in vain to return to normal function. It was not a limo ride. Then nurse Ratchet started yelling Squinty’s name. The voice was insistent. Squinty could not reach his voice controls, so he did not respond, or care. And fade to black, again. The final awakening came sometime later. Squinty looked through a thick layer of gauze to see his Dad talking to nurse Ratchet. “Now I am in real trouble”. In those days, the dad administered corporal punishment in large doses with some frequency and lots of vigor. No alibi could get him out of this one. Squinty began to wonder why the view was framed in gauze. As it turns out, he was dressed like the Boris Karloff version of the Mummy. Minor things like speaking were filtered through a thick layer of gauze. From his forehead to past his chin there were a couple of miles of the stuff. It is a bit odd how the body will try to make sense out of the situation when the mind comes in late. The idea that Squinty had just tried to kill himself did not occur for a few years. He figured he had been incarcerated in a hospital. Something smelled burnt. His body was not responding to control inputs very well. No big deal as everything faded to black, again. As the day progressed the black parts began to be further apart. It was his first experience with pain killers and their effect on the body. Painkillers work by messing with the body’s ability to process the pain impulses.

Under their influence, the body loses its ability to feel pain, or speak coherently, or just about everything else. You do not even worry about the bladder overfill problem. The temporary philosophy is, “What, me worry? Don’t care”. When “dinner” appeared, Squinty discovered his arms worked again. The right one was in its own cocoon of gauze. There were fingertips that looked vaguely familiar. Dinner was a euphemism for food. Hospitals are not known for their cuisine. Couple that with a restricted view and the dominant hand encased in a pound of gauze and one has the perfect set up for disaster. Feeding one’s self became quite a job. The first hurdle was to find where, and if there was an opening for the mouth. If there was, where was it? Next was to figure out a way to hold the fork, which he was surprised to find he had been equipped with a sharp object. With tactile sensation in only the fingertips, this was going to be another experiment, not in the name of science. This one was for survival. After a few dry runs, he managed to figure out where the fork needed to be to connect with his mouth. It was sort of like mid-air refueling without looking. All was well, with a side of loopy. Dinner may or may not have been finished. It faded to black somewhere near the end. It is amazing what a little case of shock and some loopy juice will do for you. Sometime later Nurse Kratchet (Nurse Ratchet was off shift) came in to announce lights out. He wanted to see the blonde, good looking one who always has the light shining from behind leaving a glow about her. Evidently, she worked in first class and he was in steerage. Having announced lights out she spun on her heel

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and marched out. She worked under the worldview that claimed that her pronouncements were to be taken as gospel and he was to be sleepy. He preferred to think about the day that was just ending. It was incredibly quiet, except for the occasional squeaking sound of her shoes. The room was dark but not his bed. Maybe they used a night light system for kids who had just tried to blow themselves up. Shifting the miles of gauze on his head a bit he could see the empty bed next to him. The wall behind had a tall slit window and the light was coming from the nursing station that was elevated so that they could keep an eye on the inmates. Kids can be shifty. A kid with several miles of gauze on his head might blend into the crowd and make a break for it. And…fade to black. Somewhere in the dark Nurse Kratchet squeaked in and grabbed Squinty’s arm to see if it had a pulse and possibly blood pressure. Even a nine-year-old is not used to being grabbed in the middle of the night. So, of course having just had the blood pressure scared out of him, he did not have blood pressure. Her bedside manner screamed, “Hey…Kid, you awake?” When the blood started to pound in his ear, he knew he was awake. His eyebrows, if they had been in attendance, would have been lost in the gauze. It may have been the black powder, but he thought he could smell sulfur in the air. Black powder does not smell of sulfur. Nurses did at the time. The loopy juice must have been still working because he faded to black in short order. – To be continued in the June Edition of The Caldwell Perspective by Debby L. Wynkoop

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May 2021


My Poker Face

I don’t have a good poker face. Say something offensive, share some juicy gossip, or tell me exciting news, and my face becomes an emoji keyboard! For years, I had no idea. Because I always chose my words carefully, I figured people were none the wiser of my thoughts. Turns out just because I sometimes remain speechless, doesn’t mean I am expressionless. Which also means I can’t bluff when it comes to actually playing poker. Now, you may think because I grew up Homeschooled and sheltered, the only poker I am familiar with is the one used to stir the fire. But that would be incorrect, and an offensive stereotype if I may say so. I knew about poker where I learned about everything from the outside world: movies. When it comes to movies, Homeschoolers love two genres: Westerns, and Musicals. Which makes Roy Rogers a Homeschool icon! Growing up, Roy Rogers was the Homeschool equivalent of Zac Efron: every girl wanted to marry him, and every boy wanted to be like him. But as wholesome as Roy Rogers movies are (they make Hallmark movies feel like Quentin Tarantino films) there is one sin that is rampant throughout: gambling. Oh, and murder. For a baby-faced singing cowboy, Roy Rogers sure left a not-

so-happy trail of bodies behind. But gambling was the most influential to my brothers and I. Which is why we hosted poker games at our house. When you think of poker games, you may think of a green felt table, the smell of beer, and cigar smoke rising in the dimly lit air. Swear words and vulgarities outnumbering all other words. Crushed pretzels under the table, and perhaps a hidden weapon or two— depending on how high the stakes are. But this was not the image you would have found in our house. Sure, we had beer, but it came from a root. We had pretzels, but they were Organic Newman’s Own Spelt Pretzel Sticks that were 25 cents apiece, so no one dared step on one. They were also our cigar substitutes that we chewed on throughout our games. As far as vulgarities went, I think we kept it pretty tame, though I’m sure the word “sidewinder” was used every now and then, but only in extreme duress. But the best part of those games were the weapons. Oh, we had weapons all right. An arsenal of cap pistols that each of us carried in our pants pockets, leather holsters (if your parents were really rich), or just laid atop the table to intimidate. I’m sure we all looked ridiculous in our sweater vests, thick glasses, and pocket

protectors, imagining ourselves as gamblers from the old west. But what we lacked in appearance, we made up for in intellect (a common theme for Homeschoolers everywhere). We knew when to hold ‘em, and we knew when to fold ‘em. But more importantly, we knew when to cheat. That’s right. Our parents, who drilled into us the morals of right and wrong, let us be bald-faced liars during our games. We could bluff, cheat, steal, you name it. It was free rein. For two or three hours, we had carte blanche, and our sinful little souls reveled in it. The only catch was, we could get caught. Not by parents, but each other. That’s where the cap guns came in handy. If you guessed your pardner was cheatin’, you would scoot your chair back, pull out your peacemaker, and fire away. Or just accuse him of dishonesty, and failure to live up to the code of the west. But you had to be sure, and you had to be quick. If you drew first and yelled “bang” you were still in the game. Didn’t matter if you had cheated or not. But if the accuser got you first, your body would be searched for extra cards. Then your chips would be divided amongst the other players. A shoot first, and ask questions later philosophy if ever I heard of one. My brother once got away

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with an extra card in his sock. For those few hours, we were deliberate delinquents. Evil masterminds. Cardsharps, or sharks: we were never sure what the correct term was. However, in this grisly, and unpleasant display of humanity’s corruptibility, lay one player who could never lie to save his soul. Yep, you guessed it. I don’t’ remember ever being successful with a bluff. My hands would shake. I would second guess myself. “I’ll raise four, no five hundred. No, wait, six hundred, no, three hundred. No…I fold.” Oh sure, I would eagerly join in on the accusing! That was just like my role as the tattletale of the family. What can I say? I was the youngest, and it is in the laws of nature that the youngest be a tattletale. However, once I started playing with people outside of my “poker buddies” I began to realize that not everyone was so lackadaisical about the rules. And they made a strange face when I would ask them “Where are the guns? Don’t we each get guns?” “Why?” “In case someone cheats!” I would say enthusiastically. This would create all kinds of confusion. However, there is one poker game, that I am sadly known for in some circles. Not because of my cheating, lack of ability to bluff, or even my poker face. Presi-

dent Warren G. Harding got in trouble because of who his poker buddies were, but I got in trouble because of my mouth. When I am at a party, I try to gauge the level of appropriateness the humor is being held to. When I am at my Grandparent’s, I keep things rated G, maybe PG if I am feeling lucky. Most of the time I stay within this range because it is what I am comfortable with, and I personally think that anything cruder, is neither clever nor funny. That being said, this particular night I was among friends who had already taken the humor levels to PG within minutes, and we were in PG-13 territory before I could use the edgiest joke I liked. “Did you know boogers are magnetic? They stick to fridges.” So edgy! But as we started playing cards, and I was two root beers in, I began to relax, loosen the tight vice grip on my filter, and have some PG-13 fun! I was wearing an unbuttoned flannel shirt with a t-shirt underneath. I won a hand, and as I pulled the chips towards me, I pretended to place a phantom card from my sleeve back in the deck. A man jokingly declared that I should “Take that shirt off!” The words came out faster than I could think of them, my eyes sparkled, and my mouth turned into a mischievous grin as I perfectly delivered the line: “It’s not that kind of poker.”

Vengeance on the Mountain, by Neil James

Neil James is a long-time resident of Southwestern Idaho with a personal connection to Silver City and the Owyhee desert. Vengeance on the Mountain is his debut novel. Bert Morgan, leading a small wagon train west, is badly wounded and left for dead while defending his pioneers from an attack by Indians; Martha Jean Brackett, with her baby son Clay, escape via the river; the remaining members of the wagon train are killed and all is set on fire. Martha Jean and Clay are rescued by a young Native American man who takes them back to his tribe. The tribe welcomes them and, in time, the young man mar-


ries Martha Jean, claiming the baby as his own. Meanwhile, Morgan recovers and sets out to notify next of kin. This is a classic western with tones of Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour with a dash of Gunsmoke thrown in. James does not delve into the politics of the white migration west. Major characters are well rounded, balanced, and easy to visualize. Vengeance on the Mountain does have some of the classic weak spots of a debut novel, but was a delight to read. I will be

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Local Dirt Perspective Hello spring again. The census was just released and there’s a whole bunch of new people in our cities and rural communities and on country roads. Spring is a very busy time for everybody but especially our farmers. They very often have to move big and very slow equipment about our country roads and sometimes on our more major roads. Please be patient but also remember all the attachments on the the equipment that stick out, we wouldn’t want damage to either party. So with that being said, I’ve had this discussion recently and far to often after

the fact and the damage has been done. Dead trees and shrubs, flooded basements or crawl spaces, to wet or to dry planter bed areas. The seen and unseen the “DRIP vs. SPRINKLER” debate. Now I’m somewhat divided on this subject only because I do see some benefit to using drip whether it be under the bedding material or in micro sprays. I think it’s good for steep hills where water run off is a problem or where sprinkler damage and spraying cars can cause a business financial harm. But there are some very big downsides and costly ones at that. 1st. Drip

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is only as effective as it’s installed. Drip emitters have very small footprints. Meaning one emitter depending on soil at a half gallon an hour rate will wet an area of 4 to 6 inches radius then gravity takes over and drops into the soil. So if spacing is not adequate and enough tubing used to cover an entire planter area then you are not watering every area roots tend to go. 2nd. If the design of the planter is for one tree or tree and a few shrubs and the drip is designed to cover just plantings, adding additional plants usually leads to failure. 3rd. This especially happens be-

cause of well, let’s just say ignorance or just forgetting the whole watering process by out of sight out of mind. You do not see it working or not, because it’s covered. The, it was green last year, statement, I’ve heard a bunch. Several things occurred here, the first is, as plants grow, they require more water so increasing water run times and frequency is required for time of year and maturity of plants, but if you over water, plants drown and can’t breathe ( thus my stance against weed fabrics). Next is, is the drip actually dripping, are they plugged? Is the filter plugged?

Is the valve working? Or pressure regulator so gummed up no water is getting through? This is difficult enough for the homeowner who had it installed let alone someone just moving in. There’s not enough instructions or way to leave all the variables available to keep everything running smoothly. I’ve ripped out many thousands of feet of drip tubing over my 40 years. I now use the KISS method. Keep it simple stupid. I like to see water work. There’s enough nozzles out there to cover every pattern. Until next time Pat.

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May 2021 I grew up in the 17 hundred block of Arthur Street, a quarter mile east was the railroad track and Indian Creek an outdoor playground for every season. Spring brings back memories of catching multiple species of fish, mostly trout but also perch crappie and numerous varieties of what we called trash fish, now considered non game fish. Guy Pilote lived one block Southeast and we became friends before first grade and are still friends today. Those early years found us either fishing

or exploring or shooting our most prized possessions daisy be be guns. The Idaho meat packer was just North of Indian Creek there holding pens drew English Sparrow like a magnet. Pilote and I would sneak around the perimeter and shoot sparrows. One day we decided to cowboy up. We entered the office and asked the man behind the desk if it would be okay to shoot sparrows. He replied “ya been doing it haven’t you”. Sheepishly we confessed “yes.” He came back

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“they’re a nuisance. You boys be careful” “yes sir.” With permission granted sparrows were not safe any where on the property. Be be guns gave way to more powerful pellet rifles, as the care free days of adolescence slipped passed the event horizon, Indian Creek became just another boyhood memory. Back to the present. I attended the weigh in at Lake Lowell which took place on Saturday April 17th. Big bass was 3.81 winning weight was 14.74 almost a three lb. average.

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That first tournament is always a good barometer of how the Lake will fish over the spring and summer. The weigh in forecast indicated good numbers of fish, but those 4 to 6 pounders that were present in the 80’s and 90’s just not in the mix. I received a report back from Lucky Peak Reservoir. Kokanee are biting with many in the 16 to 17 in range. Also, a recent report from Owyhee Reservoir crappie are biting in the upper reaches, much slower near the dam. Typical of Owyhee Reser-

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Day-Tripping in our Area...Walters Ferry and Map Rock

voir. That crappie bite will migrate down reservoir as waters w a r m . S m a l l m o u t h bass are biting on the Snake River, channel catfish as well. By the time the Perspective is in your mail box the afore mentioned fisheries should be doing even better. Take advantage.

A replica of the Muiredach Cross which is a sculptured Christian cross made in Ireland in AD 922.

Sculpture depicting “Put your hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee.”

Map Rock! One of several etched in the area.

So awhile back, I wanted to get out of the house and go somewhere, but not far, and this was just the ticket! I think it was about a hundred million years ago that I went to Map Rock and Walters Ferry for the first time and I hadn’t been back since. I forgot how really close those places were to Caldwell.

So much has changed at Walters Ferry since I was there. It is the home of Cleo’s Museum and Nature Trail and is a truly amazing place to visit. It is only about 27 miles from Caldwell and is well worth the trip. Take the whole family. There are paved walking paths and all kinds of displays along the way that are fun for kids

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and adults alike. There is even a bit of Africa mixed in with exotic animals to see within the walking area. Once you go there, you will be impressed that there is so much to see that you might have to go back again at another time with more friends and family to be sure that you didn’t miss anything. There is not a fee to enter either. You can pack a lunch if you want because there is a covered picnic table on the grounds for you to use and enjoy. There are also peacocks and peahens walking around and of course, it is by the river.

After you leave Walters Ferry, if you trip on down the road towards Marsing, you will come upon Map Rock. You will have to keep your eyes open to find it, but it is on the right-hand side of the road. Watch for the signs. There is a little pull out for you to park and a little trail that goes up to those basalt rocks that sport those petroglyphic etchings believed to have been made by Northern Shoshone Native Americans before the westward expansion of settlers to Idaho in the 19th century. Very COOL! So go explore and have

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At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rd, a downtown visitor may have been surprised to see The Incredible Hulk and Superman walking down the streets of Caldwell, blue pinwheels in hand. They were among a group of other costumed characters and “ordinary” citizens who were united in one extraordinary purpose - to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention. The walk and celebration were all part of a nation-wide effort designated for the month of April. Sponsored by the Nampa Family Justice Center, the walk began at the Caldwell Police Department and finished at the Canyon County Courthouse. At the end of

the walk, pinwheels were planted on the Courthouse lawn, followed by an Easter egg hunt, hot dogs and goodies at Justice Park. This year’s theme was “Thriving children and Families: Prevention With Purpose.” The pinwheel is a nationally recognized symbol for prevention because it represents the fact that every child deserves a wonderful childhood and the preventative efforts concerned citizens should take to make sure they do. It’s important to realize that Idaho is no exception when it comes to its hardto-fathom child welfare statistics. Only last year, St. Luke’s CARES (Children at Risk Evaluation

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Services) documented 107 inpatient instances that consisted of physical abuse, neglect, and “accidental” injuries. This number is startling, considering it was almost a 50 percent increase from 2019. Twenty-eight children were admitted to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital as pediatric trauma cases. Tragically, five of those injuries resulted in fatalities due to abuse or neglect. Statistics like these are eerily on par with the time of pandemic lockdown, as more parents were being forced into home offices and kids adopted online learning models. Many children became trapped in inescapable, stressful family situations with their abusers.* That safe person, an important mandatory reporter in whom a child could usually confide, wasn’t easily accessible.

May 2021

Caldwell Meals on Wheels

Caldwell Meals on Wheels board is proud to announce the launch of their website! The site is complete with historical information, ways to apply to receive meals and volunteer sign up. Donations are now able to be accepted online as well. If you have a couple hours a day you would like to help, visit to sign up. It became much harder for teachers, caregivers, religious leaders, or other trusted adults to check on the children they held previous concerns for. Events like the superhero walk are important because they involve the community coming together to promote the social and emotional well-being

of children. Prevention will always be the best defense to ensure they grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment. *St. Luke’s now offers a new helpline, resources and classes to help parents navigate the many issues of parenting. Call (208) 706-5770 for assistance.

Celebrate the Life of Antone “Skip” Bicandi

Antone A. Skip Bicandi November 24, 1946 – December 4, 2020 Skip Bicandi died after a brief illness in Caldwell, Idaho on December 4, 2020. He was a man of God and now rests in his

Savior’s arms. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, three sons: Aaron (Carol), Nina and Ella; Tony (Maggie), Dylan, Memphis and Cash, Tucker and Paisley; Elliott and daughter Andrea. Step-daughter Sarah (Sam), Christian, Reese and Sydney. He was preceded in death by his father Angel, mother Ann, uncle Tony Mell. Skip was a fun loving, happy man. After graduation from Homedale High School where he set numerous athletic records, some of which still stand, he joined the Navy, served time on Midway Island in the Seabees, was honorably discharged after which he joined his father Angel on the family farm. One of his many strengths included his in-

tuition about agriculture. What he didn’t learn, he figured out through trial and error. Skip was not afraid to try new ideas and concepts. He was ahead of his time, a master of his trade, cheerfully providing assistance both abroad in some third world countries and in the western United States to any and all who asked. We shall all miss his great laugh, sense of fun and generous spirit! Memorials may be given to Christ Community Church, 603 Everett, Caldwell, ID 83605 or any charity of your choice. Please join us for a memorial service to be held at 11:00 A.M. at the Christ Community Church at 603 Everett st. in Caldwell on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

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