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Wade Douglas .......................... Page 3

Tom Braniff ............................ Page 27

Linda Hoxie .............................. Page 4

Tom Gray .................................. Page 30

Terry Oft ..................................... Page 6

Dan Shepard ........................... Page 34

Kelly Jensen ............................... Page 7

Scott Dayley ............................ Page 35

Chrystel Hohmann ............. Page 10

Joni Huff ................................... Page 37

Glenn Bishop .......................... Page 11

Bob Webb ...................................Page 39

Dan Chudleigh ...................... Page 14

Angie Allum ............................ Page 40

Perry Goodman .................... Page 17

Valerie Martindale .............. Page 42

Bob Speelman ........................Page 18

Dennis Taggart ...................... Page 46

Duane Petty ............................. Page 19

Claire Bower .......................... Page 47

Scott Lundy ............................. Page 22

Arwyn Larson ....................... Page 48

Jill Conant ................................ Page 23

Mo McLean ............................. Page 50

Rudy Marostica .................... Page 26

Ann Curtis ............................... Page 52

About this issue: his community is filled with people who serve us in a variety of ways, whether they are making our hair-styling experience as comfortable as possible, looking out for our welfare in law enforcement, fighting fires, treating our sick pets or teaching in the classroom. These people are important in our lives, whether we realize it or not.

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Douglas serves community as patrol officer WILLIAM LOPEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

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Service was something that Wade Douglas of Ontario knew he was interested in since he was a teenager, and, at 26, he has been providing that service to the community as a patrol officer for the Ontario Police Department for more than two years now. Almost immediately after graduating from college in 2009 with a major in business administration and a minor in criminal justice, Douglas applied at multiple law enforcement agencies and Ontario’s local law enforcement department snatched him up.

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“When he applied for the Ontario P.D. I knew he had applications out at other agencies,� Ontario Chief of Police Mark Alexander said. “It was very fortunate that we were able to have him come work for us.� Alexander said that what makes Douglas so valuable as an officer is his education coupled with the fact he grew up in the area and already had so many established connections. Being a police officer in a community such as Ontario comes with several challenges, Douglas said. “We’re a small enough de-


Hoxie finds niche as dispatcher 4 CHERISE KAECHELE ARGUS OBSERVER

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After a 12-week training course working with supervisors and dispatchers, receiving CPR and first-aid training and completing a two week postacademy course, she was ready to become a dispatcher. A few years later, in 1991, she and her husband moved to Payette hoping to find a better economy for jobs. Hoxie got a job with Payette County dispatchers and has not looked back since. Hoxie knows the importance of concentrating on her job and not allowing her emotions to get in the way of it. “You have to concentrate ...

on the job you need to get done,” Hoxie said. “That’s the hardest part. It’s not hard to stay calm, but it’s hard to not feel emotions.” She said the hardest part is when she is directing someone on how to perform CPR on a family member and hearing the emotion over the phone. “It gets pretty intense sometimes.” Hoxie said she remembers one call in particular when a child drowned in the canal. It still bothers her, she said. She remembers a lot of days that particularly stand out in reSEE PAGE 6

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Linda Hoxie, 49, never thought of being a dispatcher. She admits she was afraid to speak on a citizens band radio. But now, after 25 years, she loves it and said it has become a part of her. Hoxie is from Southern California and moved to Counsel when she was 15 years old. She and her husband, Mike, were married when Linda was 17 years old. Hoxie said her friend, who was a dispatcher, told her Adams County was looking for a dispatcher, but she didn’t

think she’d like the job. Hoxie had a number of different jobs beginning when she was 13 years old when she worked at a carpet factory. After that, she worked as a janitor, waitress, cooked and cleaned at a hospital and worked as a CPA. Nothing in her previous job history indicated a future in dispatching. In 1988, however, when she heard about the job opening and was offered the position and accepted it, she found she enjoyed it. “I was surprised when I got the job that I loved it. I just fell in love with it,” Hoxie said.

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he said. “This investigation took months, and when we were finally able to get a prime suspect, the look on her face was very rewarding to see,� Douglas said. Douglas also said it’s great to see others who serve the community in different capacities working together toward the same goal. A good example of this was the recent disaster at Lions Park during the America’s Global Village Festival, Douglas said. A vehicle crashed into stands full of people watching a performance, injuring more than 20 of them, Douglas said. “We had this huge event happen, and it was great to see paramedics, police and others work together so well during a major incident like that,� Douglas said. “I was really proud to serve along side so many people like that.� Douglas said that serving his community as a police officer is a very rewarding career. “I haven’t been doing this for too long, so I know I still have a lot to learn, but I’m definitely enjoying it,� Douglas said.

partment that we are a bit short-handed on resources,� Douglas said. “So that means we have to investigate everything from personal crimes to property crimes, and we must take on that investigation ourselves, from the beginning to completion.� That challenge, however, is part of what makes this job so rewarding and satisfying, Douglas said. “When you’ve been working on a case for a while and it finally comes to a close and you see that look of gratitude on people’s faces, it’s really rewarding,� Douglas said. Another big challenge is coming to work and just not knowing what is going to happen that day, Douglas said. Officers have to mentally prepare themselves for everything from a simple shop-lifting to an armed robbery. Already having had so many experiences in such a short time can feel a bit overwhelming, Douglas said. A particular memorable moment was when he helped out an elderly woman who had several items stolen from her,

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Terry Oft has fulfilled his goal of working with animals in his career as a farmer, and, though his operation is small compared with others, his focus is making impacting the cattle industry by producing top-quality bulls. “I started farming in 1974,� Oft said. He graduated from Nyssa High School in 1966, attended Treasure Valley Community College and graduated from Oregon State

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gard to the calls she received. There is always something new to do each day, however, and it certainly is never monotonous, she said. Hoxie has two children, Brandon, who is 28 years old and an agricultural high school teacher in Idaho, and Katie, who is 25 years old and works as a certified medical assistant at Saint Alphonsus. After the two children moved out of the house, Hoxie said she began doing a lot of crafts. She makes jewelry, loves to draw and has recently picked up painting. She calls it the “ADD of crafting.� On top of that, Hoxie builds websites and posts her different artwork on them as well as her traveling experiences. She plans to build the websites up and sell her artwork to go toward her retirement fund. She said she and her husband love to travel, and when they both have days off they go on a trip somewhere, she said. Their most recent trip was to Las Vegas as well as Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park,

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Malheur County Health Department nurse Kelly Jensen said she never considered herself very public or community-minded in the past. In fact, she did not go to college initially to pursue a career in nursing or public health, for that matter. That changed, however, in one day. Jensen said she was attending Boise State University and working as a waitress at Denny’s Restaurant in downtown Boise when one of her regular customers, a disabled veteran whom she helped

every day, suggested she shadow the staff at the Veterans Administration hospital, where he worked, one day. Her customer made the arrangements, and after her day of shadowing, Jensen said she knew she wanted to be a nurse. “So it was just lucky that he did that for me,� she said. “The very next semester I decided to get into nursing school.� She transferred to Treasure Valley Community College and received her associates in nursing. “I hadn’t actively been thinking about nursing,� she said. “I didn’t know what I wanted to SEE PAGE 12

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tion focuses on producing feed for his cattle. Oft said he was partial to both Hereford and Black Angus cattle, but the herd he had opportunity to buy was Black Angus, which has been his cattle of choice ever since. One major emphasis Oft has added to his operation is the annual bull sale put on with Bob and Mary Ann Maag, Deanne Maag and Cliff and Gayle Cook. “The sale has been very successful,” he said. Raising cattle is all about genetics or breeding to get the LARRY MEYER | ARGUS OBSERVER right traits, he said. “It’s turned into a high tech Terry Oft sits on his ATV in the driveway of his home south of Ontario. now if a bull does not reach interested in serving on the business,” he said. At one time, a 1,000-pound 1,000 pounds in year, it is a board as a way to help make the county a better place to bull was a record, Oft said, but cull. Oft is a member of the live, he said. It all started with American Angus Association the black fly, Oft said, but the and has been a delegate to the focus soon shifted to controlassociation’s national conven- ling mosquitoes that spread tion and served a year as presi- West Nile virus. dent of the Malheur County His service, however, has Cattlemen’s Association. been more than just about agriOutside of the industry, Oft culture and land. Oft, a basketserved on the Malheur County ball player in high school, Planning Commission for eight coached freshman basketball years and currently is chair- for 31 years at Fruitland High man of the Malheur County School and seven years at Vector Control Board. He was Ontario.

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jobs until working as an electri- gerly anticipating his 50th 11 Seneca Food in Payette. He has been there ever since. cian in his father’s business, birthday later this year, so long as it means one of his favorite “To be honest, I’m pretty Fruitland Electric, in 1989. Bishop’s father, Gene, a things to do: spending time dull,� Bishop said in beco-owner of the business, with his family. tween projects at his “I love to swim, and I love to passed away in 1993, Payette home. but Bishop continued spend time with my family,� he Bishop’s life has on with the business said. “That’s pretty much it.� been anything but Bishop and his wife, Karen, until 2002. Bishop’s dull. After graduating mother passed away in have four children, all daughfrom Fruitland High 1997, and co-owner ters, and all but one have School in 1980, Bishop Dave Koeppen bought grown and left home. His famjoined the U.S. Navy unthe business out after ily, including grandchildren, til his discharge in 1983. now stretch from Washington that. Following his time to Georgia. The couple have Now, in the servBishop seven grandchildren. ice, he Bishop has called the said traveled he is Treasure Valley home since the and ea- fifth grade when he, his brothdid er, Ken, and his parents moved odd SEE PAGE 17

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do.� Nursing, Jensen said, ap12 pealed to her because it encompassed so many different aspects of health care, and she was sure she could find an area that suited her. “It just seemed really interesting,� she said. At that point, Jensen said, she had no idea down what path nursing would take her or that it would ultimately lead to public health. Jensen graduated from TVCC and began working at Holy Rosary Medical Center — now Saint Alphonsus-Ontario — in 1999. She worked at the hospital for three years, and during that time she was also raising a family with young

children, and the long hours and nights she pulled at the hospital made it more challenging than she wanted. Opportunity to change jobs occurred with a phone call from a friend who worked with the health department who asked her to apply. Jensen said the regular work days and weekends off appealed to her, but, before she accepted the position, Jensen said she was not familiar with what the health department did, thinking staff mostly gave shots and distributed birth control pills. She soon learned, however, the health department does so much more than that. “I can’t think of all the things that we do,� she said.

 

      

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At the health department, Jensen is the immunizations coordinator and tobacco prevention and education coordinator, but she said, because the department has a small staff, everybody steps in when needed, and she often steps in to conduct a family planning examination. She also works with other clinics on their immunization programs and does various outreach efforts with area organizations. “I think working in a job where you know you’re helping your community is a really good thing, and, a lot of times, we’re helping the people who need it the most who are suffering from the greatest health disparities, and that feels good and it’s needed,� Jensen said. While the pace at the health department is different than at the hospital, Jensen said public health can be very exciting and she doesn’t miss working at a hospital at all. “I don’t ever feel bored,� she said. “Community outreach, I think, makes the job exciting.� Jensen said through her job she learns new things every day from new health information

 

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Working in the law enforcement field is not a job for everyone, but for Vale’s Bob Speelman, it is something he has wanted to do all his life. Speelman grew up in Baker County under the guidance of another law enforcement officer, his father. “My dad inspired me to become a sheriff officer,” Speelman said. “I liked what he did and the people he worked with.” Following a seven-year stint in the military, four with the Navy and three in the National Guard, Speelman took the

next step in his life and became a sheriff’s deputy. Speelman has been with the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office since 1994. “I really do like working for Malheur County. The folks here are really nice,” Speelman said. “It does not have as many trees as what I had growing up, but it is a nice place to work.” Speelman said his job description covers everything from simple disputes to search and rescue. Speelman has been a part of the search and rescue team for many years. “I am just proud of our agency and the guys that are in it,” Speelman said. “It makes

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with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a bunch of good people that I get to work with,â&#x20AC;? He said. â&#x20AC;&#x153; I have worked under three different sheriffs, and each one has brought something new to the business.â&#x20AC;? Speelman said one of the benefits to his position now, detective sergeant, is he gets to be at home with his family in the evenings most of the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the unfortunate things about being in law enforcement is those times I spent on the night shift,â&#x20AC;? Speelman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law enforcement is not for everybody. You have to have a different mentality. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a lot of things to heart.â&#x20AC;?

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things, both positive and negative, he said. 20 A couple of the more positive things Goodman remembers was a young girl, about 8, who visited the base every morning. Another highlight of this tour was building a soccer field outside of Kirkuk, Iraq, he said. “Within about three months the field was done, and we had kids playing on it,” Goodman said. One memory that really stands out in Goodman’s mind is that of an Iraqi national who worked for the base, Goodman said. This man drove equipment for them when out on missions, and, one time he stopped while convoying and ran after anoth-

er man in a field and assaulted him. “Turns out that the guy he was hitting was in the process of planting a roadside bomb,” Goodman said. “After everything settled down, the man that worked for us said that his country has never really had true freedom, and he didn’t want to lose it.” Since 2007, Goodman has been a full-time recruiter, and his days are now full of phone calls, interviews and helping young men and women find direction and a future with the Idaho National Guard. “There’s a lot that goes into this job,” Goodman said. “It doesn’t just end with putting them in. You have to sometimes make sure that they do

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learn how to be good humans and to care for one another. “I think getting to be a part of that is a real joy,” she said, adding she finds it especially rewarding when her students start to look outside of themselves and their own concerns and to the world around them and the role they have in it. “It’s like every day is a new package.”

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“I think that experience in life helps you become better,” Conant said. Conant taught for eight years in Parma but had to take a three-year hiatus because of an illness, but during that time she still worked as a substitute. She began working in Nyssa right after her son graduated from high school, and she has taught every age group through her career. She currently teaches second grade. “Every age has something to like about them,” she said, adding every student, regardless of age, wants the same thing: to be listened to and acknowledged. She said the best part of her job is knowing the children she is teaching are part of the future and will grow up to be the community leaders and decision-makers and, hopefully, make the world a better place. “I don’t want to use ‘make a difference’ because I think it’s over-used,” she said of why she teaches. Conant said, in addition to teaching reading, writing, mathematics and other subjects, she is also helping them


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Rudy Marostica has been a baseball man for a very long time in Malheur County. “I have been involved with baseball forever,” Marostica said. “Officially, I got started in 1985. I began as an assistant. I was kind of the guy who would go get the coffee or the go-getthis-or-that guy.” Soon Marostica was promoted to assistant vice president for the Babe Ruth Baseball program and kept that title for about eight years. Next came the role as president for Babe Ruth, a position he held for 18

years. Following that, he became the assistant commissioner in the league and held that title for another 10 years before being promoted to district commissioner, a title he kept for 10 more years. “After that, I wanted to get away from it but still wanted to be involved with the Babe Ruth,” he said. “So I got the job of coordinating all tournaments.” Marostica said running the district and state tournaments is a huge job. Because of his hard work and dedication, however, Ontario has hosted a district or state tournament for the past five years.

This year, however, Ontario did not host any postseason tournaments because of the lack of volunteers needed to support such an event. Marostica hopes, next year, the volunteers will be knocking

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Selfless service to the community is nothing new for Malheur County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office Senior Deputy Tom Braniff, but for nearly 11 years now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been able to provide a necessary service to several cities in exactly the capacity he wants. Braniff, of Vale, is one of 12 Malheur County dispatchers tasked with answering 911 calls to dispatch police, firefighters and medical personnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing about this job is that a day can go from being boring with nothing going on, to crazy with a single phone call,â&#x20AC;? Braniff said. No matter how crazy things get, however, Braniff and the other dispatchers must remain calm to try and help de-escalate a situation in order to get the vital information needed by responders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important that we give the responders as much in-

formation as possible,â&#x20AC;? Braniff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going into a possible dangerous situation the responders need to know ahead of time to help eliminate as many of those dangers as possible.â&#x20AC;? Braniffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first day of work as a Malheur County dispatcher was, coincidently as he says, Sept. 11, 2001. He served his community for years before that, however, as a firefighter for the Vale Fire Department. It was actually while he worked as a firefighter that he was involved in an incident that cemented his desire to become a dispatcher, Braniff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were called out on a bad fire that burned about 80,000 acres,â&#x20AC;? Braniff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I listened for about 28 hours to dispatchers remain calm while managing the situation, and I knew that thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I wanted to do. I did some research and started applying for the job.â&#x20AC;? During the past decade that

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Long retired from his veterinary practice, Tom Gray, Vale, has retired again, this time from a labor of love helping residents of Pioneer Nursing Home. Gray has had a long career of service to the community and the county having come to the area in 1955 to work with Dr. L.M. Kroger after graduating from veterinary school. Dr. Charles Dake and Gray took over the clinic from Kroger when he retired. “Kroger trained several veterinarians in the region, (after they came out of school,” Gray said. Gray worked in Ontario for 22 years and then worked at the Treasure Valley Animal Hospital in Nyssa with Dr. Bert Ross until Gray retired.

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old, he said. Mary Gray has also been involved with history, having been a volunteer curator at the Stone House Museum. Some of the displays she set up are still there, she said. One of the projects of which Gray is proud is the creation of the historical maps showing the former and present post offices that at one time dotted the county as well as trails used in the past. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad they have put them in the fairgrounds,â&#x20AC;? Gray said. Another project that makes him proud is the historical markers about the Utter wagon train,

which met disaster using the Oregon Trail route that stayed south of the Snake River until it turned north. One site

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Because of his love of the small town atmosphere, City of Ontario Senior Engineering Technician Dan Shepard has been a part of the community his entire life. While growing up in Payette, Shepard’s parents made and sold rawhide in a shop situated at their home. “My parents have had the biggest impact on me, teaching me the value of hard work and living a frugal life at such a young age,” Shepard said. After high school, Shepard started working at Heinz.

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helps them get what they want and need. Shepard has met many interesting people of the public, including his coworkers, he said. “They’re the hardest working people you’ll find,” Shepard said. Shepard’s work comprises a variety of duties, from helping people with permits and property lines to studying how intersections are working, he said. In the winter he even drives a snow plow down the very streets of Ontario he helped build. Recently, Shepard was one of the tour guides for the city manager candidates, and he showed them all the highlights of the community. Shepard said that working through the ranks in the city has been a rewarding process. He said he has worked with people of all different rankings, and their knowledge has been passed down to others. “In my career, I’ve accomplished everything I could,” Shepard said. Shepard said city staff may not be building skyscrapers, but they’re building sewers, roads and things people need. He is proud to know what has been done is good, quality work. “Every day is a challenge,” Shepard said. “Things are always changing, and, for me, I couldn’t have found a better job.” Shepard said education

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played a very important role in his life. In high school he was involved in FFA, where he participated in classes that taught him about public speaking and debate. While attending TVCC, he branched out from his degree in drafting and took a variety of classes. Shepard said that taking a class on surveying, although not required for his degree, tipped the scales in his favor when it came to applying for his job back in 1977. He is very supportive of TVCC and said that it is a great place to start. Shepard said, when not working, he enjoys reading, history, learning about current events and building scale models. He also donates blood regularly. In addition to earning him a living, Shepard said his career has benefited his life at home because he can answer his friends’ questions about government and he knows exactly how much bark he needs to buy for his flower beds, Shepard said. “The most amazing thing is looking at Ontario, seeing how far it has come in the last 35 years and knowing that I had an impact,” Shepard said.


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Bob Webb has been on the Adrian Fire Department for 45 years, and while he gives no hint of retiring, he is slowing down from running his garage, having sold his shop to the fire district, and now works at home. Webb has been fire chief for the past 37 or 38 of those years. A lot of his friends were on the department and encouraged him to become a member when he joined . â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of an addiction,â&#x20AC;? Webb said, of serving as a firefighter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for some of us to back away.â&#x20AC;? The department has no more than 15 people on its roster, although at one time it did have 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it is currently full, he said. It also operates a quick response unit, and some of firefighters also serve on the QRU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very fortunate to have five new younger members,â&#x20AC;?

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Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a rural area, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a large pool to draw from.â&#x20AC;? The department also has a history of good retention of members. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One guy has been (a member) longer than I have. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to quit,â&#x20AC;? Webb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as you can be helpful, that is the main thing,â&#x20AC;? Webb said about serving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It supports your community. Webb still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost the enthusiasm for responding to a call. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the middle of the night, if a call comes, you are wide awake SEE PAGE 43

just by the touch of their hands, whether it is through massage therapy, a pedicure/manicure or scalp massage. She said the final product and how it looks isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily as important as a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The words I like to hear are, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I love to come here to be pampered,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Huff said. Throughout the years, Huff has been involved in the community, putting on fundraisers such as cutathons for different individuals and cutting hair for Locks of Love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to say as much involved as I can, but my main focus has been my kids,â&#x20AC;? Huff said.

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For being only 32 years old, veterinarian Angie Allum said she has already accomplished so many of her goals in life. Originally from Burns, Allum moved to the Vale area three and a half years ago, just after she completed vet school at Ross University in the Caribbean. Despite the exotic locale, she said her goal was always to live in a small town and be a country veterinarian and own her own mixed-animal practice. She met all three of those goals at once when she purchased Dr. Boyle’s practice at Vale Veterinary Clinic.

Sometimes, she said, it surprises her how much she has accomplished in such a short amount of time. “I’m doing more than I even thought I would,” she said. Becoming a vet to begin with was a long-time goal of hers, one she decided upon in the fourth grade when she had to say what she wanted to be when she grew up for an assignment. She said her goal was to either become a veterinarian or a history teacher, but veterinarian was the much likelier choice even then. She grew up on a ranch, and her family raised a little bit of everything. She and her sister were active

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in 4-H, and, she said, they went to the vet a lot. She also determined she was not suited for being a history teacher. “I love animals,” she said. “I didn’t want a job where I had to do the same thing every day and stay in doors every day.” She did determine, however, that she was suited to become a vet. “I’ve always been into the gross and dirty things,” Allum said, although she admits she still has days where she has to remind herself she can do her job well. Her patients are typical for a country vet: goats, rabbits, dogs, horses, cows, pigs, cats and the like. She does not treat exotic animals like lizards or snakes or birds. While attend-

ing Ross University, which she said was a great experience, Allum did treat some exotic animals – monkeys and sea turtles, but she also treated her fair share of cows, goats and other livestock that the people raised on the island. “There was a lot more of that than you would expect,” Allum said. “It was a good experience to be out of the country for a little while.” She said she has gotten her roaming itch out of her system since moving to Vale, however, and has settled in fairly easily, and she really enjoys owning her own practice. She gets to bring her Old English Bulldog, Smoke, to work with her, and he frequently goes riding around with her on calls as well. Allum said when she was in college she would have said her favorite animals to treat were the larger animals, but now she thinks small animals are her favorite because they often pose more challenges, such as surgeries and their problems reSEE PAGE 44

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Dayley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people I talked to at the high school didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually want me to build anything because they said that just gives them more things to take care of, and they would rather have me fix up some old Eagle Projects. I did a lot of weeding, and I repainted the flag pole that was an Eagle project of a former student at Fruitland.â&#x20AC;? While in high school, Dayley was involved with track, basketball, football, FFA, National Honor Society, student leadership and Natural Helpers. In the 2010-11 football season, Dayley was ranked No. 6 in the state of Idaho. He also served as vice president of his FFA chapter in 2011. Dayley said the most influential teacher in his life who impacted him more than others was his mother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom was one of my teachers in high school, so she kind of has to be my favorite, but besides her, Mr. Rob Carter, who was my math teacher and football coach,â&#x20AC;? Dayley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a good influence and always liked to

have students and athletes push themselves, and he is a genius.â&#x20AC;? His greatest influence in life, however, has been his older brother Greg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was an incredible athlete, and he is a really smart and fun guy to hang out with,â&#x20AC;? Dayley said. Now, with high school behind him, Dayley recently moved to Utah to begin taking summer term classes at Brigham Young University. After that, he is going to serve his two-year mission in Tucson, Ariz., after which he will return to BYU to finish school. In 10 years, Dayley said he hopes to be married with a child and a well-paying job. As a leader, Dayley said a person must be â&#x20AC;&#x153;willing to act and know how to get people to follow them and treat those people right, and do what is best for the group and do what is right no matter what.â&#x20AC;? he said he does consider himself to be a leader. He said his friends would describe him as strong, charismatic, determined, thoughtful, hardworking, respectful and dependable.

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Valerie Martindale had an aunt who was a nurse and helped take care of an elderly grandmother while growing up, both which helped set a course for her later career as a registered nurse and working in a hospice setting. Martindale said she was also drawn to teaching, but as she prayed about it, the opportunity for nursing came open, and

she was admitted to the nursing program at Boise State University. The teaching opportunities would come later. After graduating from nursing school, Martindale said she worked at various area hospitals, including St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Saint Alphonsus regional medical centers in Boise and Mercy Medical

Center in Nampa. She also worked in home health for the Central District Health Department and in a Healthy Choices Education Program, a program for senior citizens, teaching exercises and nutrition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoyed that a lot,â&#x20AC;? she said. Martindale said she became aware of the value of hospice-type care for terminal patients in

a church she and her husband, Randy, attended while he was in seminary in California. A couple in the church were helping a person care for a spouse with lung cancer, Martindale said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made such a huge difference,â&#x20AC;? she said. Having left nursing while her children were growing up, when Martindale decided to go back to work she got a parttime job as a nurse with XLHospice, which has offices at Payette and Nampa. While nurses always check vital signs, provide medications as needed for such things as SEE PAGE 43

    

     

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and ready to go,” Webb said. The department has four trucks: a pumper, a tender and two brush trucks. “When I started we didn’t have turnouts,” he said. Equipment then included a 1966 International pumper and a 1954 Chevrolet truck with a 1,200-gallon tank. Some of the more memorable fires, he said, include one started by lightning and burned south of Adrian. It started at 4:30 p.m. one afternoon, and firefighters were on the lines until 10 a.m. the next

day, Webb said. “The onion shed fire was another all-nighter,” he said, and, giving an indication of the conditions that night, he added there was an inch of ice on the highway. The department has also responded to mutual aid calls including the Rhinehart Butte and the Vines Hill fire. While the fire department is all volunteer, firefighters do received $3,000 a year from the Adrian Rural Fire Protection District, which is used to provide food and beverages for the group, Webb said.

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brings something new. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just when you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got something figured out, it changes,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding, however, that is what she wanted. She could, however, live with a few less emergencies that call her out in the middle of the night. While they are not fun, she said, they are part of the job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emergencies canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait, and if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be a country vet, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have emergencies in the middle of the night,â&#x20AC;? she said. Allum said, to be a good veterinarian, a person has to love animals and their owners and be open-minded. She said she hopes she is open-minded and can put herself in the pet or an-

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Owyhee County as well as several years working for himself and his brother-in-law in a flood-restoration business. In 1997, Taggart began his own business in Payette for flood restoration. Now, he juggles volunteering and owning his own business. Juggling the two does not hinder him at all though, Jolene Taggart said. “He’s fun to be with,” Blevins said. “We get done, and he’s joking around and playing. He doesn’t waste time. He gets in, gets it done and goes to the next one.” Jolene Taggart said, with his past experience of being a deputy and seeing what he did SEE PAGE 49

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Clair Bower inspects a problem on a vehicle in his shop. Bower has been working in auto mechanics most of his life and believes in top-notch service for his customers.

Working on automobiles is not for everyone, and even for those that like to tinker with their own car, things have become more and more difficult with the new technology the auto industry has on the road today. Gone are the days of heading out to the garage to tune up a vehicle or to do simple maintenance. Now, most folks have to take their car into a certified mechanic to get any work done. Claire Bower at Claireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Automotive in Ontario is just

the man to see for all car -care needs. Bower has all the tools needed to perform the repairs on the newer cars and the knowhow to fix up the classics. In 1978, Bower opened his own shop, and through 34 years of turning wrenches, he believes that service is the No. 1 quality of his shop. Bower was born and raised in Nyssa on a farm and learned his mechanic skills by fixing the things that broke down on the farm. Bower and his mechanics attend training schools about

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Arwyn Larson never thought she would become a college instructor let alone like her job. Larson, an anatomy, physics, microbiology and nonmajor science instructor at Treasure Valley Community College, became a teacher almost by accident, stemming from necessity rather than intent. Larson did not go to school intending to become a college instructor. She attended Oregon State University and got her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in animal science and minor in Spanish. When she graduated she decided she wanted to go

overseas, so she joined the Peace Corps and went to Thailand. When she returned to the United States she worked a variety of different jobs and got her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from OSU in reproductive physiology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At that point my goal was to work in a zoo, but I got married,â&#x20AC;? Larson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That changed my life plans.â&#x20AC;? She worked performing cattle embryo transfers for a company serving California, Oregon and Washington, and also worked with her husband SUBMITTED PHOTO at his feed lot in Olympia. Out TVCC science instructor at Phi Theta Kappa adviser Arwyn Larson stands of financial necessity, she be- with PTK members at the national conference this year in Nashville. gan working as an adjunct lab technician part time at St. Puget Sound Community Martin College in Olympia College for two years, Larson and then at South Puget Sound got her current job at TVCC. Community College. That, too, was almost by acciâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, it was never my dent. plan to teach because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reIt was really not a plan,â&#x20AC;? she ally like standing up in front of said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was sort of a thing that groups of people,â&#x20AC;? Larson said. happened.â&#x20AC;? At some point, however, she She said she and her husband realized she really liked it. planned to move to this area to â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like teaching a lot,â&#x20AC;? have more room to raise cattle, she said, adding that kind of but her plans changed when came as a surprise to her. they got divorced and she was SEE PAGE 51 After teaching at South

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Ontario resident Mo McLean has made a living around the pool for the past 15 years. Mclean currently works at the Ontario Aquatic Center in Ontario as a lifeguard and water aerobic instructor. “I like to swim and to teach water aerobics,” McLean said. “I took a class on lifeguarding, and a year later I got my W5, a water safety instructor.” Twelve years ago, Mclean became a lifeguard for the Ontario Aquatic Center and got started by simply taking a water aerobics class as some-

thing to do while her children were in school. The next thing McLean knew, she was being asked to take over the water aerobics class, McLean and it wasn’t very long before she decided to get her lifeguard training. Prior to becoming a lifeguard, Mclean worked in the airline business and in education. and she said being a lifeguard is by far the best job she has ever had. McLean said watching over the individuals in the pool is great. She said it is always nice

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living down here without any cattle. Fortunately, she said, the job at TVCC became available. “I think what I like about teacher at a college is I like the interaction with the students,” Larson, who has been teaching at TVCC for 10 years, said. She said she has new groups of students in her classes every quarter and that changes the dynamics of the classroom, even if she knows some of the students from other classes, which makes things interesting. “For me it has never gotten boring,” she said. Another thing she loves about working at TVCC is her role as Phi Theta Kappa adviser. “That has been a very interesting kind of journey for me,” she said. She said before former English instructors Janet and Don Asay took over the program, TVCC really did not have an active chapter. The Asays, however, really embraced the program and worked hard to make it an ac-

tive chapter. Toward the end of their careers at TVCC, they recruited Larson to get involved and, eventually, they turned the chapter over to her to carry on in their absence. Larson said she was reluctant to assume that responsibility initially because she is a single mother and she was concerned about the commitment involved, but she found she loved being PTK adviser as well. “It adds another dimension to your interaction with the students,” Larson said of being an adviser to any program. “Rather than just classroom instructor, it’s definitely a teacher-student relationship.” As opposed to her other students, she spends a lot of time outside of school with the PTK members, working with them on projects and taking them to competitions and conferences. “It has really given me an opportunity to interact with the students on a whole different level,” Larson said, she said because of the time spent together, she knows many of their spouses and children, and they know her more, as well. “The payoff is huge because it gives

me a connection with that group of students.” Larson’s work in the classroom is very important to her as well. She said it is important for her to respect the students and for them to accord her the same. She said it is also very important for her to learn their names and put humor into each of her classrooms. “But it’s very important to me to make the content challenging,” Larson added. “I never want the kids to feel shortchanged when they leave. I feel like I hold them to standards that they would encounter at a four-year college, and I really am very interested in what they do after graduation.” Larson said she stays in

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As the Payette County Museum administrator, Ann Curtis, Payette, has turned what was once a disorganized mess of historical artifacts into a comprehensive museum where families can research

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“At that period of time, women didn’t have as many options as they do now,” Curtis said of choosing a career. “Beautician, school teacher, secretary or nurse is all that we really had to choose from. I wasn’t into the health thing. I chose to go to beauty school, and it served me well for a lot of years.” She said going to beauty school taught her a lot about SEE PAGE 54

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and sent on their way. But it was just funny how she thought the Sears and Roebuck shop was better than ours.” Bower said one of the things he runs into regularly with today’s new cars are individuals who know how to work on the older cars and try to do work on the new ones themselves. “Usually, they just create a bigger problem,” Bower said. “We have all the right tools and equipment to do the job right.” Bower said with the number of years he has serviced the people of Oregon, they all seem like family. “It’s been nice, making all the friendships over the years, and it’s nice when I run into someone in town that I was able to help out,” Bower said.

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design and business. After graduating from beau54 ty school, Curtis came back to Payette. Her family first moved to Payette in 1889. Curtis married a man in the Navy after getting out of school and the two moved around throughout his time in the military. She has lived in and out of the Payette area her entire life, however. After Curtis got divorced, she decided to go back to beauty school and catch up. During her married years, she worked as a house wife. At the time she was going back to school beauticians werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessary, Curtis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So they sent me to Boise State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business

school,â&#x20AC;? she said. After school she went to work for an advertising company. During this time, she remarried her husband. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not too bright, what can I say?â&#x20AC;? Curtis said. She soon found herself going into the newspaper industry. She was a newspaper photographer for 25 years working at various newspapers in Wyoming, Oregon, Arizona and Idaho, including the Independent-Enterprise and the Argus Observer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get kind of burnt out after you do it for 100 years,â&#x20AC;? she said of photography, adding, however, with the technology age and the use of digital cameras, she has been getting back

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Curtis joked it will probably not be completed during her lifetime. The museum has eight rooms completely full with artifacts, storage rooms and the two main rooms with the exhibits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a daunting task to complete, but Curtis knows, once it is finished, it will make everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives a lot easier. Many people come to Curtis for information about their genealogy as well as research topics. When Curtis first began working at the museum she went through the numerous file cabinets and read every document there was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not that I retained the information, but I did read it,â&#x20AC;? she said laughing. She then organized the documents and photos and now has a system she understands and generally knows where most things are situated, including whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the storage rooms. If someone does come in with a research project, Curtis can generally remember if she has the information for which theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking. For Curtis to choose a subject SEE PAGE 55 XNLV39920

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to display, she said the inspirations usually come at 2 a.m. “I try to be put things together that make sense. I was watching a program that focused on a man who had 2,000 toasters,” she said. Curtis said she knew she had several toasters in storage, and she brought them out and put them on display, showing the way the toasters work with fake bread. “If the displays don’t make sense, then guests won’t look at them,” she said. “I do my best to tell stories out of them.” Curtis has also sewn period dresses to go on the mannequins in the display cases. Her mother was a seamstress, and Curtis said she hardly ever received new storebought clothes and doesn’t generally enjoy sewing. She sewed several dresses and aprons in the downstairs display case, however, to give a more accurate representation of the time period. Curtis gets to meet lots of new people and learn a lot of different things working at the museum. No day is the same,

she said. “It never occurred to me that I’d be working at a museum, but, then again, I never thought I’d work at a newspaper. Or anything else. My life has been ‘oh, guess what you’re doing this week’ most of the time,” she said laughing. On her day’s off, Curtis enjoys gardening. She also enjoys time with her friend, Winona Scott, whom she has known since she was 13 years old. Recently the pair went to the lavender festival in Emmett. They also plan to travel around Idaho, a place they have lived a large part of their lives, and see the sights and attractions they’ve never enjoyed before. Curtis has two sons, Alan, 48, and Daniel, 51. She will soon be going to the Smithsonian with her son Alan, and although she wishes she could skip Washington D.C. and just enjoy the museum, she is still anticipating the trip Curtis said she plans on staying in the Payette area when she retires. “After all, 90 percent of the Riverside Cemetery are my relatives,” she said.

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