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News Gooding Fair & Rodeo

This evening starting at 7:00 p.m. the Gooding Parade will roll down Main Street. You can sign up for the parade at 14th and Main (just north of ISDB). After the parade, the Sidetrack Bar will host the Street Dance with Dirty Johnny, or you can head on over to the fairgrounds for Family Night at the Carnival ($1 Rides). PRCA Rodeo begins Thursday evening at 8 a.m. with Family Night. Friday night is Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, and Saturday night is 4-H Appreciation. The Garage Boys Band from Las Vegas will be playing each night after the rodeo (about 10:00). The 4-H/FAA Master Showmanship Contest will take place Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Beef Barn. The Market Animal Sale is Saturday at 10 a.m. (also in the Beef Barn) followed by the Buyer Appreciation BBQ at 11:00 (open to the public). For a full schedule of 4-H/FAA events, pick up a Premium Book. And don’t forget... Cowboy Church on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. in the Commercial Building.

Free 2 Succeed

The Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) releases about 3200 offenders from incarceration on probation each year. While these individuals must report on a regular basis to their parole officer, they are mostly left to fend for themselves regarding employment, housing, and recovery if their offence was drug and/or alcohol related. Because of this, many of these individuals will re-offend and be put back in prison. During incarceration, most inmates become acculturated to having all their needs supplied on a daily basis. There is some prison work available, but most inmates either can not or lack the desire to take advantage of those opportunities. The result is that they learn almost nothing about coping with life outside.

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The State of Idaho (as well as other states) are developing community mentorship programs to help offenders re-assimilate into their communities. The main goal of these programs is to prevent offenders from falling back into the old habits that got them into trouble. Free2Succeed is a volunteer program in which community mentors help offenders with counseling, training and education, relationships, and above all... accountability. While this is a state wide program, Free2Succeed is currently looking for individuals and/or organization in our smaller communities, such as Fairfield, to provide this service. Organizations can be religious on non-religious. Individuals must go through an interview with IDOC and attend mentor training. To learn more, contact Jeff Kirkman at 208658-2073, or go online to

News from the Heart of Idaho Camas • Lincoln • Gooding

August 16, 2017 Volume 41 ~ Number 33

Camas Commissioner Resigns

On Monday morning (August 14th) Camas County Commissioner Barbara Cutler resigned from the board due to a change in residence. Commissioner Cutler has been representing District 1 (east side of Fairfield and the county area east of Fairfield and north of Highway 20). However, she recently purchased a home on the west side of Fairfield making her official residence in District 2, thus disqualifying her from the seat she held. Technically, she could have finished her term, but recent litigation has shown a willingness on the part of certain individuals to object to any perceived impropriety. In her letter to the board, Commissioner Cutler said, “I want to thank the County for the opportunity I was given to serve on the Board and represent our great county...” The Republican Central Committee announced that they will be holding a meeting on August 23rd at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commissioner Room to accept nominations for a replacement commissioner. Three names will be sent to Governor Otter who will appoint a new commissioner. The two remaining members of the Board will continue to operate as normal, with one exception. Because of the interest in the airport issue, the Board decided to postpone any hearings on that issue until they have a full board. The Board did engage in a conversation with representatives from the Sho-Ban and Sho-Pai Tribes (because of the distance they traveled) and clarified that Camas County is addressing all airports in the county, not just one. In response to a question by the Sho-Ban representative, the Chairman of the Board, Travis Kramer, also stated that the county had no specifications on the Soldier Field airport. The widely discussed FAA form 7480-1 which indicates an airport 100’ wide by 8500’ long can not be used as specifications for actual construction. The FAA letter clearly indicated that the FAA does not approve or disapprove physical development. That is up to local zoning ordinances which the county has been trying to put in place but has been hampered by litigation. The Tribal representatives asked to be kept in the loop for future hearings regarding airports and offered to provide oversight for construction on undisturbed land in case artifacts might be found. Since Soldier Field is on private property, that would be up to the land owner.

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Land Board Boosts Payouts For Public Schools

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(BOISE) - The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) today approved a 6.4-percent year-over- year increase in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 payout from the eight endowment funds that support Idaho’s public school system, universities and other beneficiaries. Idaho’s public school system will receive $50,325,600 in FY19 -- 7-percent more than the FY18 distribution. Other endowment trusts provide long-term support to higher education, state hospitals for the mentally ill, state veterans homes, the Capitol building, the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, Idaho’s juvenile corrections system, and Idaho’s prison system. The total FY19 distribution to all beneficiaries, amounting to $78,206,400, sets a new record. The endowment fund that supports Idaho’s prison system saw the largest year-over-year increase at 11.6 percent. The money comes from economic activity on state endowment trust lands - mostly from the sale of timber - and earnings on investments. The Endowment Fund Investment Board (EFIB) manages the funds from the use of endowment lands and recommended the distributions. The Land Board also approved the EFIB recommendation to transfer $129.5 million of excess reserves to a permanent fund to offset population growth and boost overall distributions. “The recommendations represent an appropriate balance between the interests of current and future beneficiaries,” EFIB Manager of Investments Larry Johnson said. The Land Board provides direction to the Idaho Department of Lands in its management of more than 2.4 million acres of endowment trust lands in Idaho and the EFIB in its management of $2.1 billion in trust funds generated from the use of the lands. The Land Board is comprised of the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Controller, and Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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The Camas County P&Z administrator is asking for written comments to address the Comprehensive Plan concerning private and public airports. Written comments will be accepted up the Friday, September 15th. Please send your comments to: Camas County P&Z P.O. Box 430 - Fairfield, Id 83327 Email to or Fax to 208-764-2454

Woman’s Support Group

Shoshone meetings are still every Thursday at 5 p.m. for English speakers and 6 p.m. for Spanish speakers. “Find balance and social connections with other women in your community.” For more information call the Advocates, (208) 788-4191.

Camas Schools Registration

New Student Registration for Kindergarten through 8th Grade is this Thursday, August 17th, from 9:00 to noon. The first day of school is Monday, August 21st for 6th thru 12th Grades, and on Tuesday, August 22nd for Kindergarten thru 5th Grades.

Thanks to several members of the Camas Senior Center, the Camas County Historical Society will have the museum open most weekends through the end of September. The schedule is as follows: The College of Southern Idaho Symphonic Band is looking for musicians. All members

CSI Symphonic Band Needs YOU!

A BIG thank you to our volunteers. musicians, are invited to come join the ensemble. If you play a band instrument and have Tami Peck/Potter, Curiator

Bring Your Family and Friends to

Cowboy Church Sunday, August 20th ~ 9 a.m. Back end of the Commercial Building Gooding County Fairgrounds

Cowboy Poetry & Music, and Message by Scotty Brown, Justin & Mindi Palmer

been looking for a reason to dust it off and tune it up, this is your opportunity. The band, directed by George K. Halsell, will rehearse from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. Rehearsals begin Aug. 21 for its performance on Tuesday, Dec. 5. There is no cost to join. For more information, please contact Dr. Halsell at 732-6767 or at

Blaine County Republicans Hosts Republican Picnic Congressman Mike Simpson & Lt. Governor Brad Little to Speak

The Blaine County Republican Central Committee, will host a family picnic on Saturday, August 19th, from noon to 3 p.m. at River Sage Barn - 20 Prairie Sun Road in Bellevue, off Gannett Road. All Republicans are invited to attend and enjoy an old-fashioned family picnic. Congressman Mike Simpson, Lt. Governor Brad Little and Past Chair of the Idaho GOP Steve Yates will be featured speakers. Representative Steve Miller will offer the invocation. Janice McGeachin, Candidate for Lt. Governor and Tom Kealey, Candidate for Idaho Treasurer will attend and greet voters. The cost is $10 per person or $25 for a family of 2 adults and their children under 12. To RSVP, contact Suzan Stommel at or 720-6900. “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Ronald Reagan

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Camas Chamber Announces Awards

Ann & Jamie Peterson were recognized during this year’s County Fair as Persons of the Year. Both Ann & Jamie have given countless hours to chamber events, especially the Camas County Rodeo. While the rodeo is a great love of theirs, both of them have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure the rodeo continues to be a popular event in their community. The Chamber also announced “Employees of the Quarter” for 2017. The First Quarter award goes to Natalie Quinonez and the Second Quarter award goes to Connie Funkhouser. Both of these ladies go the extra mile in providing service to their customers.


Thank You

Hugh & Afton Koonce, and all of the 4-H Livestock producers in Camas County with to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to the following donors. Your support of the Camas County 4-H program is greatly appreciated. Again... Thank You! Adventure Motorsports Twin Falls Agri-Service Twin Falls Benmark Hill City Cally Grindstaff Fairfield Campbell Tractor Wendell Dr. Tom Crais Fairfield Farm Credit Service Twin Falls Fastener Store, Inc Gooding Gary & Mary McStay Fairfield Gooding Elks Gooding Hoggarth Auto Sales Twin Falls Hugh & Afton Koonce Fairfield Impact Autobody, Matt & Janet Croner Fairfield Iron Mountain Inn Fairfield Kathy & Gary Mennenga Fairfield L M Davenport Gooding Les Schwab Tire Mountain Home Les Schwab Tire Hailey

Mark & Sally Toone Gooding One Stop Parts Store Gooding Patterson Land & Livestock Gooding Paul & Lisa Kettleband Fairfield Pioneer Auto Body Gooding Representative Steve Miller Fairfield Riverside Trl/Boot & Saddle Jerome Sally Nelson Fairfield & AZ Senator Michelle Stennett Ketchum Sliman & Butler Irrigation Gooding Stampede Burger Gooding Steve’s Quick Stop Gooding Sun Valley Media Group Ketchum The Cliff Fairfield Thomas Helicopters Gooding Wood River Drilling/Freeman Family Fairfield Jack Shrum, Campbell Tractor Glenns Ferry

Smoky Mountain Outfitter of Sun Valley

Outfitter & Guide Permit Re-authorization Proposal

FAIRFIELD, IDAHO – The Fairfield Ranger District is proposing to issue a 10-year specialuse permit to Bryant Dunn of Ketchum, Idaho, doing business as Smoky Mountain Outfitter of Sun Valley, to outfit and guide deer, elk, goat and grouse hunting; and to conduct fishing, backpacking, and summer recreation trail rides on National Forest lands within the Fairfield Ranger District, Ketchum Ranger District and Sawtooth National Recreation Area of the Sawtooth National Forest. Two temporary campsites and two assigned campsites will also be authorized in this permit. Smoky Mountain Outfitter has been issued special-use permits to outfit and guide on National Forest lands within the Sawtooth and Boise National Forests since 2003 and has provided satisfactory public service and resource protection. You can access the project documents on the project webpage at: project/?project=52302. Comments regarding this proposal will be most useful if received before September 3, 2017. Additional information may be obtained from Jennifer Stevens at the Fairfield Ranger District Office, 102 First Street East, Fairfield, Idaho 83327, phone 208-764-3202. Comments may also be emailed to: For additional information about the Sawtooth National Forest call 208-737-3200 or visit the Sawtooth National Forest website at and like us on Facebook at. https:// ‘USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer’

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Cup of Tee

Last week my old John Deere 60 tractor and I paired up and went to a tractor pull in Homedale, Idaho. Since my tractor doesn’t fit on my trailer because the wheel spacing is too wide, I ended up driving the tractor to the tractor pull 30 plus miles away. Once at the tractor pull I shifted a little too quickly and my tractor’s transmission and gear shift were separated. I spent the whole time of the tractor pull doing a field repair in order to pull, and to be able to drive back to my starting destination. On my way home, I got to thinking about what I have learned from my tractor. First of all, the paint doesn’t run the tractor. The same goes for our everyday life. One doesn’t need to put on special coverings to get through life. Be yourself without phoney airs. You’ll find things run a lot smoother if you don’t pretend. My tractor doesn’t go very fast. When you are in haste, accidents happen. Take your time and show down at corners (a bend in your everyday life style). Slow down at obstacles such as rough ground, holes, or ditches. When we stop and analyze the rough spots, answers or detours will be shown to us for a way to be safer. Good tires are important on a tractor or any vehicle that rolls. They allow good traction, support the vehicle weight, and keep the vehicle balanced. The same goes for us wearing good shoes. They allow us mobility in all seasons. Good shoes give you body better ability to carry your body’s weight, especially as we get older. A tractor with a flat tire will lean to one side. Good shoes (or tires) can give good posture. If you don’t take care of your shoes or tires, you’ll be down when you need them most. A tractor uses many fluids, especially when it’s

by Tee Hurd

hot. The same goes for people. You should keep your fluids levels up to reduce heat exhaustion and mineral depletion of your body. At the end of the day my tractor needs a little rest (after all, it’s not twenty any more). At the end of our day, we also need a little rest to keep us running strong and able to do things again the next day. Tractors operate under constant power. In other words, they are set to go a certain speed regardless of what’s ahead. In many instances of operating a tractor, one needs to think ahead and prepare for what’s coming up. We can never be prepared for all that happens in life, but if we think ahead for the future, we can eliminate many of the unforeseen circumstances that otherwise could be hardships. Tractors must follow the rules of the field and roads just like any other rig. Many of our rules of society are designed for the good of all of us. If you disagree, you can at least make mention of the problems. A tractor loves to go in a parade. There, people appreciate the work done for a restoration, or they appreciate the fact that the tractor is plain and stands for working people. Every day we should put our best foot forward and try to be better than we planned for ourselves. Our hard work will reward us. This is my “Cup of Tee” sitting on a tractor’s fender.

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Gerry E. Draper, 79, a resident of Hagerman, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at her sister’s residence in Blackfoot, Idaho. Geraldine Elaine Krenz was born on August 20, 1937 in Jerome, Idaho, the daughter of Sylvester “Bud� Krenz and Rhoda Mitchell Krenz. She was raised and educated in Jerome and Hailey. Gerry married Kenneth “Kenny� Gordon Draper on February 16, 1957 in Jerome, Idaho. Kenny preceded her in death in 1990. Gerry is survived by: her son, Aaron (Christine) Draper of Heyburn, Idaho; two sisters, Jackie (Newell) Bingham of Blackfoot and Holly Swanson of Wendell; a brother-in-law, Keith Jackson of Oakley; one granddaughter, Laaken Draper; and many beloved nieces, nephews and their families. Gerry was preceded in death by: her husband; her parents; her in-laws, Roy and Leah Draper; her son, Tony Draper; two sisters, Pamela Krenz and Shirley Jackson; and a brother-in-law, Dean Swanson. Graveside funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Bellevue Cemetery in Bellevue. Funeral services under the direction of Demaray Funeral Service.


Agustin Nopal Donu, 34, a resident of Paul, Idaho, died Friday, August 4, 2017 in Wendell, Idaho. No local service will be held. Funeral services will take place in his hometown of El Bingu, Cardonal, Hidalgo, Mexico. Local services and shipping arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Wendell Chapel.


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