Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth Arbon Valley has gone through changes over the past 100 years just like any town has.  However, if you see an old photo of your great-grandpa standing on a street with his field behind him, chances are you could pick out that spot and it would look exactly the same today.  This town is full of rich history as well as kind and honest people.
“Have you ever been down to Arbon Valley ?
I spend a lot of time there in my mind.
And if God doesn’t live in Arbon Valley,
I’ll bet that’s where he spends most of his time.”

Dryland wheat off to a good start in Eastern Idaho

This article was originally printed in the Capital Press.  Here is a link to John O’Connell’s article.

John O’Connell/Capital PressTwain Hayden plants spring wheat on April 18. Hayden said he has a good stand of winter dryland winter wheat thanks to ample soil moisture in the fall, and soil moisture is again good for spring seeding.

Dryland farmers throughout Eastern Idaho say they’re pleased by the growth and condition of their fall grain crops, which enjoyed strong germination thanks to ample soil moisture, and soil conditions also look good for planting spring grain.

A possible damper on this season’s dryland grain outlook is that certain crop diseases, such as stripe rust, also thrive in the cool, moist conditions that have replenished soil moisture.

In Arbon Valley, dryland farmer Hans Hayden applied humic acid to melt snowdrifts that lingered in his fall wheat fields to reduce the likelihood of snow mold. He had far less winter kill than expected.

“There’s a lot of good dryland winter wheat in the state of Idaho because everybody has got moisture,” Hayden said.

Hayden applied products in the fall to control aphids and protect against barley yellow dwarf, which appears to be widespread this season.

University of Idaho Extension cereals pathologist Juliet Marshall said the recent moisture should help crops infected with barley yellow dwarf outgrow damage, though test weights will still likely be down. She’s also seen rampant stripe rust infections in Brundage soft white winter wheat and recommends growers plant spring wheat varieties with resistance to stripe rust.

Complicating matters for dryland fall wheat growers, Marshall has seen several cases of wheat streak mosaic virus, which is spread by curl mites and is exacerbated by dry and hot conditions that may surface later in the season. Marshall said wheat streak mosaic symptoms are similar to barley yellow dwarf, and she’s seen several wheat samples that have tested positive for both diseases already.

Some good news for fall wheat growers is that May futures prices have rallied recently, with hard red winter contracts out of Kansas City rising a quarter to $5.44 per bushel from April 11 to April 19. Kansas State University Extension agricultural economist Dan O’Brien suspects the rally may be short-lived but attributes the gains to a weakening dollar, rumors of lower stocks in India and an “accumulation of short positions,” involving investors who borrow commodities from a broker to sell on the open market and make a profit by buying it back for less when the price drops.


John O’Connell/Capital Press
Twain Hayden checks his seeding depth after planting spring wheat on April 18. Hayden said he has a good stand of winter dryland winter wheat thanks to ample soil moisture in the fall, and soil moisture is again good for spring seeding.

John O’Connell/Capital Press Twain Hayden checks his seeding depth after planting spring wheat on April 18. Hayden said he has a good stand of winter dryland winter wheat thanks to ample soil moisture in the fall, and soil moisture is again good for spring seeding.

School Board Minutes and Expenses

April 12, 2016

The Arbon School Board met on April 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. members Jake Evans and Jessica Ward were present as were Debbie Curry, Ryan Weston and clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the minutes. The bills were reviewed. The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve them. The total M & O expenses for April was $21,066.90. The school received $855.69 from property taxes and $62.76 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $203,641.91. The Plant Facility received $20.59 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $51,743.02. The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the financial statement.

Teacher evaluations were reviewed and accepted. Debbie will check on the requirements for fire drills at the school. The board would like the teachers to practice lock-down drills once a trimester. Teacher workdays was brought up. Jake will address this in the teacher job descriptions/duties he is compiling. The teachers would like the stage put up around the end of April. They will try for around the 23rd.

The 2016-2017 budget hearing was set for June 14th at 7:00 p.m. Jake has some phone numbers for the CPR class. Jake has checked on the auto dial for phones and is waiting for a reply. Jake handed out the teacher and administrative job descriptions and duties that he has compiled along with a Lead Teacher description from the Idaho School Board Association. The Board will take these home to go over and have suggestions, changes, etc. for next month’s meeting. The clerk/business manager/etc. position was tabled for this month.

Ryan asked the Board if they would be interested in purchasing his lighting and sound equipment. He is willing to train someone how to set up and operate them. The Board will take it under consideration and get back with him.

The next meeting will be held May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Approved 05-10-2016

A Special Thanks…

Arbon truly is a great place to live. So many caring folks.

I want to send out a special thanks to the men who came last Saturday morning and cleaned up the trash left from the leaves and trees in my yard. What a busy bunch. It sure didn’t take long and they had it all raked up and loaded to haul away. It sure looks better now.

A special thanks to Shanna Perkins for the pan of cinnamon rolls to perk us all up. Get it? Perked up by Perkins? HAHA!!

Thanks again, I really appreciate you caring help.

Rene’ Bradley

Students save money for new concrete hardtop

Students at a small elementary school in Arbon Valley have a new cement hardtop to play on.

With the help of the Idaho Lottery scratch for schools and other fundraisers students at Arbon Elementary School replaced an old blacktop with a new concrete playground.

“They are doing a lot of fun activities they haven’t done in a while,” said Robin Claunch, teacher.

That’s because the new hardtop kids are riding their scooters and rip boards used to be detreating.

“The cracks were getting several inches wide,” says Claunch.

The blacktop was in such bad condition that the kids played most of their games on the grass, but now they are excited to be back on the pavement.

“It’s really exciting because we can ride our rip sticks, our scooters, use roller skates, and if we set up the soccer goals we can use our rip sticks to play soccer,” said Libby Evans, student.

The project cost $12,000 to complete so the school of 16 students saved money for nearly three years. A large portion of money came from the Idaho Lottery “Scratch for Schools” which Idaho Lottery spokesman Dave Workman says is why the program is was created.

“Every school in the state has projects, every school has additional needs, and it’s one way that we help to further our mission by benefiting schools directly,” said Workman.

Students and teachers at Arbon Elementary say it wasn’t easy for a school of their size to raise large amounts of money but the end result was worth it.

“They love it even though it has taken out a few bruises, a few scrapes and stuff but they love being able to come out here and play,” said Claunch.

The elementary school now plans on saving more to expand the rest of their playground.


-This article was written by Jason Borba from KPVI 6.  Thank you, Jason, for permission to repost!



Arbon Elementary School District No. 383

Power County, Idaho

Public Notice is hereby given according to law, and the requisite action of the Board of Trustees of School District No. 383, Power County Idaho, that a special supplemental levy election will be held on May 17, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of said District their vote and determination on a supplemental tax levy.

The polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Arbon Valley Bible Church

4700 Arbon Valley Highway    Arbon, Idaho

An elector must be a registered voter who has resided in this state and in this school district at least thirty (30) days preceding the election.

The question submitted will be:


Shall the Board of Trustees of Arbon Elementary School District No. 383, Power County, Idaho, be authorized and empowered to levy a supplemental levy, as permitted by law in Section 33-802(3), Idaho Code for twenty-five thousand dollars $25,000.00) for the first fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 for two years for the purpose of paying all lawful expenses of maintaining and operating the schools of the District for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2018?

In Favor of        _____

Against             _____

The voter may express his/her vote by making an “X” opposite the word on his/her ballot, which expresses his/her choice.

Qualified electors who expect to be absent from the District on May 17, 2016, or who will be unable, because of physical disability or blindness, to go to a polling place, may vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots may be requested from the County Clerk.  The last day for the County Clerk to mail an absentee ballot to voters who requested an absentee ballot is April 1. Those planning on voting absentee will need to obtain and complete an application for absent elector’s ballot that may be brought into the clerk’s office or faxed to 226-7612 by May 17, 2016.  In- person absentee voting closes on Wednesday, May 13.  Electors applying by mail should submit their requests as soon as possible.  The absentee ballot must be received by the clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

By Order of the Board of Trustees

Cheri Evans, clerk

April School Board Agenda


April 12, 2016



  2. BILLS


  3. STAGE





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