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Middleton, Idaho

Volume 4, Edition Six

Idaho Unemployment Falls to 5% in July Page 3

September 2020

A New Look At Old Middleton: Munday's Ferry Page 6

Gearing Up For Hunting Season Page 9

Concerned And Impacted Residents Ask Questions to ITD Project Manager About Middleton Bypass Project.


his meeting was a follow up to a prior meeting. In the prior meeting, impacted landowners gave suggestions and alternatives to ITD. The project manager then took those ideas and converted them into a design for the most west portion of the bypass. There were 4 options shown in Mondays meeting. These options all deal with the basic area around HWY 44 and Hartley to Emmett Rd. ITD must convert the suggestions into a design that meets the criteria set forth by ITD and Federal regulations. Things like how sharp a turn can be, and how much of a straight section of road is needed to maintain speed, etc. The landowners in attendance voiced their opinions once again and seemed to be mostly in favor of one option. Even though this bypass will affect more than just the

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Middleton Patrons Pass $1.5 Million Levy


Reminder The Middleton Police Department has moved to the old L.A.B. (Library annex building) and is no longer at City hall.

Upcoming City Meetings City Council

Wednesday, September 16th Wednesday, October 7th All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.

Planning & Zoning Monday, September 14th All meetings start at 7:00 p.m.

Meetings are held at 6 N. Dewey Ave. Meetings subject to change. ~City of Middleton

iddleton Trustees and school officials are grateful today that school district patrons supported the $1.5 million levy in Tuesday’s election with 52.28 percent of the votes. Voter turnout was 31 percent, 1,869 people voted yes, and 1,706 voted no. “The Middleton Board of Trustees and staff offers our sincerest thanks for choosing to support Middleton Schools. Our hearts are grateful for all those who came out and supported the levy,” Superintendent Kristin Beck said. Beck credited the hard work of parent volunteers, led by Lori Bishop and Diana Furrow, who organized two “Yes for Middleton Schools” levy campaigns and raised funds for informational mailings and flyer distribution. Beck said she also appreciated staff members who worked to provide voters with accurate and credible information. “With state mandated budget cuts, we were facing some dire circumstances,” Beck said. “But now we can infuse the $1.5 million into the budget this year and next. That’s a huge relief for administrators and teachers who want to provide the best education possible for our students.” With levy passage, the district will be able to focus on restoring some of what has been cut as well as subsidizing

some of the fees that have been implemented for pay to participate. The Board of Trustees decided in June to ask Middleton School District patrons a third time to support the ongoing levy that supplements state funding after the levy failed in March and again in May. Board Chairman Kirk Adams said he appreciated the volunteers and voters who

worked to understand what the supplemental levy meant to the district. “I remember when I was hesitant to ask voters a third time, but I’m happy we did because voters understood the importance of this election,” Adams said. “Now we can focus on the needs of our students as we navigate these unprecedented times. I look forward to continuing our

work with staff, students and the community to build trust and prepare for the future.” ~Middleton School District, Press Release August 26, 2020

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Idaho Unemployment Falls to 5 Percent in July


daho’s nonfarm payrolls regained 14,000 jobs, and the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5 percent as the state’s economy continued to reopen. July’s unemployment rate dropped 0.8 percentage points from a revised rate of 5.8 percent in June and down from April’s historic high of 11.8 percent. Previous peak unemployment rates include 10.2 percent for December 1982 and 9.6 percent for June 2016 – the Great Recession peak. The number of unemployed Idahoans fell by 6,917 to 44,722 as total employment recovered by 12,843 to 856,251, up 1.5 percent from June. Idaho’s seasonally adjusted labor force increased by


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5,926 to 900,973. July’s gains put the labor force about 6,300 above its pre-pandemic level in March and pushed the labor force above 900,000 for the first time in history. July’s labor force participation rate – the percentage of people 16 years and older with jobs or looking for work – increased to 64.2 percent, from a revised 63.9 percent in June. Idaho nonfarm payrolls increased by 14,000 jobs, up 1.9 percent to 751,300 for July. All but two industry sectors experienced some recovery in July, with the most significant gains concentrated in government (+5.2 percent) and leisure and hospitality (+3.7 percent). Financial activities

experienced a small decline of 0.3 percent, while total natural resources job levels remained steady. Year over year, the total number of Idahoans with jobs dropped 0.2 percent (-1,874) while the number of unemployed increased by 18,870 (+73 percent). Idaho’s labor force continued to show overthe-year gains, up 16,996 people (+1.9 percent) from July 2019. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs were down 1.2 percent representing an over-theyear loss of 9,300 jobs. The three largest industry declines were in leisure and hospitality (-10.4 percent), information (-9 percent) and other services

(-6.8 percent). All of Idaho’s five Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) saw nonfarm job gains from June to July 2020. Job increases in two MSAs exceeded the statewide average – Lewiston (+4.3 percent) and Idaho Falls (+3 percent) percent. Year over year, three Idaho MSAs experienced job declines. Pocatello experienced the largest over-the-year job loss at 7.2 percent, while the Idaho Falls MSA saw a gain of 6 percent. Annually, unemployment insurance benefit payments were up 496 percent from a weekly average of $1,204,100 a year ago to $7,177,900 weekly

for July 2020. The number of claimants increased 622 percent to 28,289 from a weekly average of 3,919 a year ago. Nationally, the unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent, with the number of unemployed dropping by 1.4 million to 16.3 million. One year earlier, the national unemployment rate was 3.7 percent and the number of unemployed was 6 million. [https://www.bls.gov/ news.release/empsit.nr0.htm] Labor force data for Idaho’s counties and cities can be found at https://lmi.idaho.gov/ laus. For details on Idaho’s labor market, visit lmi.Idaho. gov. ~Press Release, August 21, 2020, Idaho Department of Labor

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When inspecting your battery, check the battery connections to make sure that they’re tight, clean and free of corrosion. Harsh winter weather can be hard on a vehicle’s battery, so you’ll want to check the battery and charging system before the cold sets in.

Check your wiper blades, defroster and heater

Not only is checking your vehicle’s heating, venting and cooling system important for comfort, but it’s important for your safety also. You’ll need it for defrosting and visibility in the colder months. You’ll also want to check your wiper blades to make sure they’re not cracked, torn or leaving streaks across your windshield. Generally, wiper blade should be replaced every 6 months. When you go to change your wiper blades, you should also check the level of your washer fluid in your car’s reservoir.

Have your brakes checked

It’s important your brake system is fully prepared to take on the winter weather. At Steve’s Auto Care you can bring your vehicle in for a free brake inspection, which includes the road test for braking systems, inspection of condition, level of brake fluid and inspection of your master cylinder.

Check your lights

Make sure your headlights and taillights, including brake

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ere is a before and after comparison of a tree we treated with iron injections on June 17th this summer and a recent shot taken on August 17th. Just two months and the change is very distinct! This tree is now more healthy and strong and not as vulnerable to disease and insect invasion. Chlorosis is one of the most common and most noticeable tree health concerns we see. Leaves turn bright green and eventually yellow due to a lack of chlorophyll. If not treated early the tree will eventually lack the nutrients it needs and will die. Because it is undernourished it will be more susceptible to insect invasion and disease. We treat chlorosis with an iron and sulfur rich micro-nutrient soil drench and/ or trunk injection depending

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etween economic uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic, it seems obvious that a lot of potential home buyers might want to put off the search for their perfect abode, but the data coming in from across the nation and here in the Treasure Valley certainly doesn’t reflect that. July 2020 existing home sales were up 5.86 million, or 24.7%, from June sales. The story is the same across the country with sales up 30.6% and median home prices up 4% in the Northeast, Midwest sales up 27.5% and median prices up 8%, sales in the South up 19.4% and median home prices up 9.9%, and sales in the West up 30.5% and median up home prices up 11.3%. Let’s dig into what’s happening

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Housing Boom in a Pandemic?

to create this intense demand.

Why Now?

Home never sounded so good. It’s possible that social distancing is pushing buyers to look for that special place to call home. After all, most of us are spending more time in our homes than ever. When we’ve been cooped up, living in a small space or stuck in one we don’t love, the idea of a home that fits our needs is almost irresistible. Compounding the psychological reasons people are

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manship and materials used to create these often timeless pieces. Antiques also might be more affordable than many shoppers think. Savvy shoppers may find mid-range “brown furniture,” which constitutes some antique wood pieces, more affordable than reproductions. Homeowners and apartment dwellers who want their rooms to stand apart often rely on antiques to provide a unique ambiance. Antique shopping also is a “green” endeavor. Antiquing is an eco-friendly practice, putting to use items that have been recycled and reused. Antiques also can be a good investment, as they generally retain their value while adding

texture, contrast and personality to any room of the house. Understanding antiques can take time, but even the novice can develop an eye for pieces that strike their fancy. And thanks to the wealth of information about collectibles and antiques available online, shoppers have constant access to information about antiques at their fingertips. Shoppers may even be able to comparison shop on their mobile phones. Mid-range antiques can be particularly easy to buy thanks to the available inventory. Novices may want to begin by exploring mid-range antiques. As they gain more knowledge and expertise, shoppers who covet antiques can move on to high-end pieces that are more expensive. Some antiques are put in the same category as fine artwork and are considered just as valuable. Another reason to browse and shop antiques is to learn about the value of similar items homeowners may already own. For those looking to downsize a collection or simply liquidate an estate, antiquing is a great way to get hands-on experience. Rummaging through antique stores or markets can be a relaxing experience as well. And many antique enthusiasts find shopping for antiques is like a treasure hunt to find that coveted piece and unearth a bit of history in the process. ~Associated Press

looking to move in our current situation, interest rates are incredibly low. The weakened economy has led to low rates, making this a great time to buy for those who haven’t been financially impacted by the pandemic. Many current homeowners can get more house for the same monthly payment, or maybe even lower. The demand for homes in Idaho continues to rise. Inventory is lower than usual across the country, and we’re

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n the 1860’s gold was discovered in the mountains surrounding Boise Valley. But settlers in Middleton had another idea about getting rich. They sold fruit, vegetables, flour, and other products to camps in the Owyee County and Idaho City mines. These freighters worked hard for their gold. Transportation was difficult, requiring many miles




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A New Look At Old Middleton: Munday's Ferry

on bad roads, supplies taken in all kinds of weather, and without bridges across the Boise River. When the river was low, wagons could ford the River at certain spots. But during the spring runoff or when rain added to the River’s volume, the River flooded in low places and became a rushing torrent in others. The deep, fast water was particularly treacherous for loaded wagons. One way to cross the River was the Toll Bridge in Boise City (where the 9th Street bridge now stands). The fees charged by the bridge


owners increased with demand. Freighters and farmers became frustrated with the exorbitant prices charged and

into flour, and get blacksmithing done in Middleton. Another way to cross the River was badly needed. A ferry seemed like the answer. In 1868-1869, Middleton businessmen Tom Wood and Perry Munday constructed Munday’s Ferry on the Boise River in the canyon about three Location of Munday’s Ferry in Boise River Canyon miles west of between Caldwell and Middleton. Middleton. the long detour to Boise to get Munday and his partner purto the bridge. Local freighters chased their business license wanted a more convenient way for $25 and paid a $500 bond to cross; people living on the to begin operation. Prices south side of the River wanted were more reasonable than the a way to cross so they could toll bridge, and the ferry saved trade, have their wheat milled over 30 miles of travel to Boise

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City. The ferry continued in operation, with several owners, until 1923 when a bridge was built to span the River. Today, you can still cross at that same spot by turning off Highway 44 on River Road and going south into Caldwell through the canyon that Canyon County was named for. ~Dennis and Claudia Moberly

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at the Lee Moberly Museum, contributions help us build our stay curious, and come visit just as it did to every fam- collections. Your enthusiasm us the first Saturday of each ily, business and household. keeps us coming back every month. To contact us, visit our Fortunately, there is much month. Facebook Page, on Instagram, behind-theor by email historialsociscenes work etyofmiddleton@gmail.com ~Claudia Moberly to be done in a new Museum, so the Historical Society volunteers have not been idle even while To subscribe our doors to the remained locked from March through July. Work has Please call continued (208) 963-0030 to the building itself and $25 Per Year to displays (Or pick up a FREE August visitors try opening the vault door. housed there. copy in Middleton at the The work Burger Den, Ridley’s, progressed slowly because of Plans for a Veteran’s Day Gem Stop, Jackson’s or other businesses being closed, program are in the works, so the box at but with some operations re- stay tuned for more informaHomes of Idaho– opening, we have been able to tion as we move into fall. In 106 W. Main) make progress on electronics, the meantime, stay healthy, upgraded displays, and plans for the future. We appreciate each and every visitor over the last few months. Opening the doors again has been so exciting. Our July and August openings brought in families, travelers, new-comers and long-time resJOIN US! idents who are curious about Open the First Saturday of Every Month this place we call “home”. 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Some come looking for specific information, others come If you would like to visit the Museum with a group, email us at just to learn something new. historicalsocietyofmiddleton@gmail.com Your questions allow us to or call Claudia Moberly at share what we know, or cause 208-284-8675 to arrange a tour. us to do more research. Your

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n important part of our family was the big old Majestic cast iron cook stove which sat in the kitchen of our house in Colorado. It was fueled with sage brush from our ranch or with cedar which my Dad would haul in the horse drawn wagon from the cedars which were several miles west of us. The ashes from this stove fell into a compartment below and were removed every day or two. On a freezing cold winter night, occasionally a newborn calf was brought into the house and placed in the large wood box behind the stove to keep it from freezing to death. When we moved to Greenleaf in 1940, the large stove was brought with us along with our round oak dining table, the Hoosier cupboard and our beds as they were all essential items. At our newly purchased farm near Greenleaf, we moved into a barn where we lived for a year and a half. Those items moved there with us. The cookstove was our only means of heat there and in the cold winter the heat from it was inadequate to

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Our Friend the Majestic

keep us comfortably warm as the heat rose into the rafters above, but it did help us to stay somewhat warm. Our family of ten then moved from the barn into a chicken house and lived there for five and a half years while Dad and Uncle Glen, who lived with us, built a house for us. This was during World War II and building materials were hard to buy during the war years. Also, my parents were always reluctant to go into debt so purchased material as they had money to buy. The trusty old cast iron stove with its warming oven above, the oak table and the cabinet moved with us again. The beds were moved into outside unheated rooms in the shack where we slept. The cook stove was fueled with coal at this time and had to be fired up most of the daytime as we had no electricity, so no refrigerator, making it necessary to cook three meals each day which we called breakfast, dinner and supper. Water had to be heated for doing dishes. Tubs and boilers of water had to be heated for

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washing clothes and the stove had to be kept hot to heat the irons for ironing the dresses which Mother and we five girls always wore… as women and girls seldom, if ever wore jeans or

slacks in the 1940s. The shirts for the men had to be ironed. There was no such thing as permanent-press fabric back then. Mother baked loaves of bread every week for our family as well as other baking projects. More tubs of water had to be heated for baths for ten people. That old cook stove was a real friend and necessity for our family, but in the summer in the chicken house, it kept us almost unbearably hot. The small building with tar paper on the roof was extremely hot even without the heat from the stove, but with it on

hot summer days, I have trouble even explaining the heat we endured. After our midday meal the men would return to the fields and we girls and Mother would take turns with some of us staying in to do the dishes and the rest of us going outside to sit in the weeds in the shade of the chicken house. In the winter however, the hot stove was a very welcome commodity, especially in the mornings when we sisters would wake up in the cold room in the shack with streaks of snow

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across our beds which had blown in through the cracks in the walls. We had to get dressed for school in the unheated room. When we finally went into the warm chicken house where our father had the fire in the stove going, the warmth was very welcome! I am actually grateful for how we grew up… living in this kind of poverty was good for our family. I am the only surviving member of the ten of us, but if they were still here, I believe they would agree that it made all of us more appreciative of any nice place or any luxury we had in later years… and we all had our share.

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Keep Idaho Beautiful

to and combat the growing problem of littering. I remember how my young brain was trying to compute how we ever had the idea that putting our trash anywhere but a trashcan was acceptable. But evidently it was and it was a problem that the State was trying to nip in the bud. There is also a National campaign called Keep America Beautiful that began back in the 1950s. Yet it is still amazing how much trash is found on the side of the roads even today. If you’ve ever seen the Sheriff’s Department out with

their crews, you’ve seen the large quantity of bright orange trash bags they fill from picking up trash along our roadways. Sure, some of it gets there unintentionally by flying out of pick-up beds or what have you, but a great portion of it is deliberately thrown out the window or dumped. This is something I simply cannot wrap my brain around. It is pretty hard to not pass a gas station somewhere along your route where you can dispose of the fast food trash in your car so what is the point in performing such a disservice to Idaho? A few weeks ago, we took an evening drive up to Montour to look for plums. Imagine my surprise when we pulled into the Wildlife Management Area there and found one of those naturally occurring queen size mattresses under the trees. Now you might be wondering where do queen size mattresses naturally grow? Well, I’m pretty sure it’s not on our Public Lands. This was disappointing to see but not nearly as disappointing as the mess


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the window of your car is not nearly as bad as illegally dumping on our Public Lands,

but it is no less objectionable. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Idaho is a wonderful place to live. We need to treat our public spaces better. Not just the Wildlife Management Areas and forests, but ALL of our public spaces. No one wants to drive around this State and see garbage. Please pick up after yourself and let’s keep Idaho beautiful. ~Deanna Brock Dbrock.gazette@gmail.com

Middleton Food Pantry Update

he Middleton Food Pantry has opened the building up for service to our clients. We are only allowing two people in at a time. This is for the safety of all concerned. Clients are encouraged to wear masks. While you are waiting outside, please keep a safe distance from other clients, again for safety. It is understood that during the current times, there are


we saw up in the foothills between Middleton and Emmett earlier this Summer. Piles and piles of trash and items from people’s homes just dumped throughout the hills. I cannot even fathom who in their right mind would do such a thing nor can I understand why. Who would do such a thing? Then there are the camping and hunting areas. “Pack It In, Pack It Out” the sign says. How often do you roll into a new campsite only the find the last group left behind their garbage? Boy, this just grinds my gears! How hard is it to take a garbage bag with you to tote out your own trash? And there is nothing more disappointing than being back on a remote trail and running into someone’s trash pile. We’ve resorted to carrying an extra trash bag with us to clean up behind these careless folks. Throwing a soda can out

families in need that are not normally in need. Please be assured that you are welcome to obtain food from the Pantry, no questions asked. All residents of Middleton School District are eligible. Please bring current State ID and Utility Bill showing your address in the Middleton School District. Our hours are Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Boxes of food are

distributed monthly, but all clients may come any Saturday for bread and produce as was our past procedures. We look forward to servicing you and to welcoming you to the Pantry. If you have questions, feel free to call Tim at 208-318-4750 or Carol at 208-407-7013. Thank you to the people and businesses of Middleton and our wonderful volunteers for your support and generosity. ~Middleton Food Pantry PO Box 100 Middleton, Idaho 83644

American Legion News

t was 12 years ago that Post 39 was formed. In August, 2008, two members and one spouse met with Harold Carson, District Commander, to form the Post and regular meetings were held monthly thereafter at the Sunrise Cafe. The Post currently has over 100 members. Post 39 has performed 18 funeral honors during August. Our Honor Guard presents a three-volley salute and can perform other duties. We do not charge for this service but donations are always welcome. We are always looking

for more members to serve in this group. We're looking forward to our regular monthly dinner and meeting on August 31st. Meeting times are at 7:00 p.m. on the last Monday of the month (usually) with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The Post home is located at 2 W. Main St. in Middleton, across the street from Clarity Credit Union and Jackson’s Shell Station. Veterans and their families are welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee, relax, get help with getting your benefits, or share conversation. We are generally open from 8:30

to 11:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday or by appointment; please call 208-713-6101. ~News Release, 8-23-2020; Bruce Irving, 208-713-6101, idlegion39@gmail.com

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abor Day was created by the labor movement to shine light on the achievements and contributions of workers. Without hardworking men and women, the economy would not thrive and the prosperity of a nation would be unlikely. Like many other holidays, Labor Day’s message may play second fiddle to the more widespread celebrations that take place. It’s easy to think that Labor Day commemorates the unofficial end of summer rather than the North American


ig game and migratory bird hunting is a billion-dollar industry that attracts millions of enthusiasts across North America. According to Statistics Brain, 12.5 million people over the age of 16 hunt annually, and 220 million days are spent hunting each year.

Hunters provide a necessary service besides keeping game animal numbers within reason. They are the eyes and ears on the ground, and help inform wildlife management decisions. Hunting also generates benefits from huntersupported organizations like conservation groups, habitat enhancement services and restoration outfits. Hunters require certain gear to ensure safe and

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Unique ways to celebrate Labor Day

worker, but those who want to celebrate more mindfully can

consider these ideas. •  Research local industry and schedule a tour of a factory, farm or another place of business that ties into this industry. •  While many people are off on Labor Day, essential workers may not be. Bring lunch to a police station or firehouse, or simply thank workers you come across, such as grocery store employees, for doing their jobs. •  Active military who are deployed may be missing

home, especially during national holidays. Send a care package to them that they can enjoy overseas. •  Purchase items made domestically to support national industry. •  Bosses can reach out to employees with words of praise and encouragement. Too often employees are told what they need to improve rather than what they are doing right. A few words of gratitude can buoy spirits. •  Employers can start the three-day weekend early by

Gearing up for hunting season

productive trips. Here are some must-have items for any hunter’s packing list.

Hunting knife

No hunting expedition is complete without a quality knife, which is an invaluable tool. Knives come in different sizes. Many hunters carry a fixed blade knife to field dress a kill and for self-defense against larger animals. Every day carry knives, or EDCs, also are another sound investment. EDCs may be paired with other gadgets to form a handy multitool, which is vital in many different applications.

Trail markers/ light strips

Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can mark their way to a hunting spot or tree stand and see the path in the dark thanks to illuminated light strips. This helps avoid getting lost at dusk and dawn.

Hunting apparel

Hunting apparel includes coats, pants, waders, boots,

hats, gloves, and much more. Depending on the game to be hunted, attire will be patterned in camouflage to blend into surroundings or blaze orange to set hunters apart and make them more visible to fellow outdoorsmen. Deer cannot distinguish color, so bright orange is commonly worn during deer season. Sales associates from popular outdoor equipment retailers can advise about appropriate attire. Considerations to habitat and weather should be made.

Storage pack

Hunters require a lightweight, accessible pack that provides easy-to-reach storage. A variety of options are available, and there are even models that have a tree stand work shelf, rifle and bow mount, as well as a removable small items organizer.

Swiveling bi- or tripod

A small tripod can help hunters stay on moving game and remain steady for the shot. Pivoting or swiveling action keeps a hunter’s movement smooth and on target.


Every hunter can benefit from a good set of binoculars. High-quality binoculars will feature glare- and fog-resistant lenses.

Tree stand

A tree stand platform gives hunters the advantage of an elevated position, which offers better vantage points and keeps them out of the scent line of prey. Tree stands should be coupled with safety harnesses. Investing in quality hunting equipment can make for a higher success rate and greater comfort while engaging in this popular hobby.

enabling workers to leave a few hours early on the Friday preceding the holiday weekend. •  Organize a company-based competition, like a chili cookoff, pie-eating contest or video game competition. This can boost morale and strengthen connections among staff. Labor Day is often dominated by backyard barbecues and trips to the beach. Those who want to be more in touch with the meaning behind the holiday can look for additional ways to celebrate it. ~Associated Press

The Canyon County Fine Arts Club of Middleton

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he tastes of summer are often amplified by fresh, regional produce. Peaches are a classic warm-weather fruit that provide just the right amount of sweetness to a variety of dishes. While it’s easy to pigeonhole peaches into breakfasts and desserts, they’re equally at home in more savory dishes. Fruit often pairs well with mild-flavored meats like poultry and pork. For a refreshing dinner that’s easy to prepare and cooks up in just about 30 minutes, try “Roasted Pork Chops and Peaches” from “Real Simple: Dinner Tonight Done!” (Time Home Entertainment) from

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to the package directions. Meanwhile, Roasted Pork heat the oil in Chops and Peaches a large ovenServes 4 proof skillet 1 10-ounce package cous- over medi cous (1 ½ cups) um-high heat. 1 tablespoon olive oil Season the 4 bone-in pork chops (¾ pork with 1⁄2 inch thick; about 2 pounds teaspoon salt total) and 1⁄4 teaKosher salt and black pepper spoon pepper 2 peaches, cut into wedges and cook until 1 small red onion, cut into browned, 3 to 5 minutes per thin wedges side. Transfer to a plate. 3 tablespoons white wine Add the peaches, onion, vinegar vinegar, and 1⁄4 teaspoon each ½ cup fresh basil leaves salt and pepper to the skillet, and cook, tossing, for 1 minute. Heat the oven to 400 F. Return the pork and any accuCook the couscous according mulated juices to the skillet.


Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the pork is cooked through and the peaches are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with the couscous and sprinkle with the basil. ~Associated Press

Foods with ample antioxidants

he term “antioxidants” Increasing antioxidant intake is frequently associ- may be best accomplished by ated with cancer pre- eating a variety of plant-based vention. Antioxidants are helpful, but many people may not fully comprehend the role antioxidants play in fighting cancer. Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with and neutralize free radicals, thus preventing them from causing damage, offers the National Cancer Institute. Free radicals Berries, by and large, are fruits that have are formed in the body some of the highest antioxidant levels. by exposure to ionizing radiation and other radia- foods that contain high levels tion. An excessive amount of of naturally occurring antifree radicals in the body can oxidants, rather than through negatively affect cells and po- supplementation. tentially lead to the formation So what foods offer the of various types of cancer and highest levels of potentialother diseases. ly cancer-fighting antioxiWhile the body makes dants? The largest and most some of the antioxidants it comprehensive study to date uses to scavenge free radicals into antioxidant levels was and render them ineffective, published in 2004 in the it also relies on antioxidants Journal of Agriculture and from food sources. Food Chemistry by the U.S. The Dana-Farber Cancer Department of Agriculture. Institute says that, to date, nine Researchers analyzed antioxrandomized controlled clini- idant levels in more than 100 cal trials of dietary antioxidant foods. In addition to pointing supplements for cancer pre- out many foods people already vention have been conducted knew to be antioxidant-rich, worldwide. Some studies have pointed to the benefits of antioxidant supplements, while others found that these supplements can actually elevate cancer risk or diminish the efficacy of cancer treatments.

researchers uncovered some surprises. Here’s a look at some of the best bets for beneficial foods that may be part of a cancerfighting diet. •  small red bean (dried) •  wild blueberry •  red kidney bean (dried) •  pinto bean •  cultivated blueberry •  cranberry •  cooked artichoke •  blackberry •  prune •  raspberry These foods rank high among those with the most antioxidants per serving, according to the USDA. However, many other foods also are great sources of antioxidants. These include russet potatoes, pecans, gala apples, walnuts, Indian gooseberries, cloves, and mint. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, particularly berries, can provide many of the antioxidants the human body needs to neutralize the potential damage caused by free radicals. ~Associated Press

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Losing sight

am not talking about the fact that I can see an elk from 2 miles away but cannot see my own phone from 10 inches. No not that kind of sight. I am talking about losing sight of who we are. There are zero doubts that this world is on the platform to board the crazy train. We are definitely in bizarro world. I do not think anyone ever thought we would see the things we are seeing today. It truly is unprecedented times. However, we as human beings are still fundamentally the same, and have not changed or evolved much as a creature for quite some time. What I think has changed is our level of respectability. Now, the word respect has never been something on which I have been willing to hang my hat. I personally do not take it to heart when I get “disrespected”. Its an emotion, and I do my best to keep those kinds of emotions in check. If being disrespected had a huge bearing on my life I would certainly never run for a public office again. With that being said, it seems as if many folks have lost their sense of civility and therefore show disrespect openly and freely. It is completely possible to disagree with someone and not talk to them in a manner that shows little regard for either their position, or them as a human being. We have seen this at every level of government from the federal to the local level. We have resorted to screaming insults and having tantrums, rather than civil conversations. We have seen blatant disobedience for the rule of law, and our law enforcement community in other

states. Disregard for positions that elected officials hold, at all levels, resulting in mob mentality. Being able to have a conversation with someone whom you disagree with is a basic human skill. I am as hardheaded and opinionated as any person I know, yet I am more than capable and willing to talk things out. In fact, I prefer to talk, and like to talk. Do we have to scream and yell at our legislators, our police officers, our mayors, and boards? Can we not have a conversation? I understand the frustration, I voice mine daily. If they do not listen, do not re-elect them. It’s simple. Our rule of law society works when we treat each other as human beings, not as the enemy. If you have an encounter with a police officer, don’t you think that being civil and polite will get you much farther than disregard and anger? Doesn't the same go with lawmakers, competitors, neighbors, and most human beings? I say this from a glass house, but I do try with conscience effort to maintain my civility. I am quite sure my HOA president will attest to my “opinions”. I am trying to live a life that will show my next generation how to treat people and that is representative of the lives I have seen taken early. I owe it to them. I am trying to not lose sight of how I want to be treated, and therefore treat others that way. We can disagree and still be human to each other. Now please open the schools, and the economy before I lose sight. ~Scott Brock

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