Saturday, Oct 22, 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.”

School Board Minutes (September)


September 13, 2016

The Arbon School Board met on September 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. members Jason Williams, Jake Evans, Jessica Ward as were Robin Claunch, Debbie Curry as was clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jason to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake 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 September was $22,094.74.  The school received $126,851.00 from the State Department, $309.74 from property taxes, $1,060.06 from REAP funds and $71.31 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $290,296.84. The Plant Facility received $23.40 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $54,331.22. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve the financial statement.

The Fun Run/Walk fund raiser will be held on September 24th at 9:00 a.m.  Debbie has someone coming to the school on October 1st at 9:00 a.m. to do a CPR class with staff and anyone else that is interested.  The school will pay for the staff out of the Professional Development monies.  The teachers are to compile a list needs that could be expended from REAP Funds.

The board will look in upgrading the school security system so more of the grounds would be monitored The Ten Year Maintenance Plan was reviewed, revised, updated and approved.  The board had the second reading for the duel enrollment policy #3112.

The board worked on some changes to the teacher, lead teacher, administrative job descriptions. The clerk/business manager/etc. position job will be posted in October.

The next meeting will be held October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

October 11, 2016

Fun Run Results

I would like to write a great big THANK YOU! to those who participated or donated to Arbon elementary’s Fun Run. We raised approx. $800 to go towards our goal for updating our playground equipment. Yipeee!!

Thanks again,

Debbie Curry & Robin Claunch

School Board Annual Meeting Agenda


October 11, 2016




A. FUN RUN – $795




Jessie Hubbard – Obituary

Jessie Hubbard (December 11, 1937 - October 3, 2016)

On October 3, 2016 our dear mother, Jessie Olsen Hubbard, was blessed to be reunited with her loved ones that preceded her in death.

Jessie was born to Delno and Mary Olsen under humble circumstances in a log cabin in College Ward, Utah, on December 11, 1937. She grew up in a very loving family, but had some hardships in her youth. She lost her mother too young to cancer, a sister to cancer, and a brother to a car accident

She and her family were very active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She later married the love of her life David L. Hubbard in the Logan L.D.S. Temple on September 12, 1958. They moved to Arbon Valley, Idaho and were blessed with 6 children. She drove school bus and enjoyed many callings in the L.D.S Branch in Arbon, Idaho. They later moved to Tremonton, Utah, then Pocatello, Drummond, Idaho then to her final home in Holbrook, Idaho.

She enjoyed camping on their property in Squirrel, Idaho. She loved her family and grandchildren and great-grandchildren which made her life that more enjoyable. She loved knitting, crocheting, baking, cooking and being of service to others, which showed in her service in the Malad Valley Nursing Home and Hospital.

We love her and will dearly miss her sweet spirit here on earth, but we know she has work in heaven to do now, keeping a watchful eye on all of us left behind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Lamar Hubbard, her daughters, Denise Hubbard Hill and Mary Hubbard Dunn. She is survived by her daughters, Shelly (Ron) Greenfield, and Ramona (Gary) Randall, her sons, David Hubbard and Ray (Brandi) Hubbard, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

You may visit with the family at the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 West 300 North, Malad, Idaho on Thursday October 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday October 7 at the Holbrook L.D.S. Church from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Funeral service will be held on October 7, at the Holbrook L.D.S. Church at 12:00 to 1:00. Burial will be at the Holbrook Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be sent to the family at

Business Manager & Clerk Job Opening



The Arbon Elementary School Board is accepting applications for the position of business manager/clerk at the Arbon Elementary School #383 for the 2016-2017 school year. The job description includes:

  • Reading, reviewing, researching, and guiding the district in pertinent information to comply with state requirements
  • Reports and plans for the State Department of Education
  • Yearly budget and annual reports for State Department of Education
  • Attend board meeting and pertinent state meetings
  • Preparing monthly financial reports for board
  • Monthly expenditures and payroll
  • Quarterly and year end reports (FICA and state, unemployment, W-2s, 1099s, etc.

A complete description and salary will be discussed during interviews.  The person hired will also need to be fingerprinted for a background check.

If you have any questions, you may contact any board member Jason Williams 335-2259, Jessica Ward 335-2267 or Jake Evans 335-2176.

Application may be requested and emailed to or picked up and dropped off at the Arbon School or sent to Arbon Elementary School #383, Cheri Evans, clerk, 4405 Arbon Valley Highway, Arbon, ID   83212

October 3, 2016

Cheri Evans, clerk

Heavy rains a mixed blessing for Idaho growers

John O’Connell/Capital Press Arbon Valley, Idaho, grower Jeff Campbell, son of Ken Campbell, plants fall wheat, benefiting from recent moisture.

ARBON VALLEY, Idaho — Recent heavy rainstorms throughout Idaho have stretched the irrigation supply for some growers, following a dry summer, and supplied the necessary soil moisture for dryland farmers to plant fall grains.

The return of moisture to the state has been a mixed blessing for other growers, however, delaying potato harvest and the planting of fall grain in fields coming out of spuds, and damaging some fourth-cutting alfalfa.

Ken Campbell, a dryland farmer in southeastern Idaho’s Arbon Valley, normally likes to plant his fall wheat in late August or early September. This fall, however, he was forced to wait until the end of September to start planting, during a break in the storms that supplied him with enough soil moisture to germinate his fall wheat seeds.

“We have 3 inches of rain here over the last 10 days. It’s the first rains we’ve had since early June,” Campbell said, adding more rain was in the forecast for the weekend. “Unfortunately, we’re still trying to get safflower harvested, and now we’re trying to plant at the same time.”

Before the storms arrived, however, Campbell worried about a mid-October insurance deadline, when he’d be forced to plant, even if the soil remained dry.

“We all felt like we’d probably get (rain), and we did, so I’m glad of it,” Campbell said.

John O’Connell/Capital Press Arbon Valley, Idaho, dryland grower Jeff Campbell, son of Ken Campbell, loads fertilizer into his planter Sept. 27 before planting fall grain. He benefited from recent rainfall that restored his soil moisture.

Sid Cellan, a dryland grower in Caribou County, said grain harvest and fall grain planting are mostly complete in his area — though the majority of the barley has remained in farm storages as the malting companies are still working through last year’s crop.

Cellan still has 50 acres of barley left to harvest but emphasized, “I don’t care if I get it in or not. It’s much-needed moisture.”

His region received 2.7 inches of moisture within the span of a week, and recently planted fall wheat has already begun to sprout. He said the moisture has also “mellowed” the soil and made his fall tillage much easier.

“There was some uncertainty at planting, but now we’ve got plenty of rain to get the grain up,” Cellan said.

Steve Howser, general manager with Aberdeen Springfield Canal Co., ran out of water and had to shut off his canal system a few weeks early. The recent rains have brought his natural flow water rights back in priority, and he’s reopened his gates, hoping to resume deliveries for sugar beet growers who moisten fields before harvesting. He said some growers have already started harvesting beets along the canal, benefiting from the rain.

“It’ll be very comforting if I can have water in the canal for them if they need it,” Howser said.

For other growers, the timing made the rainfall mostly a nuisance. According to a USDA crop progress report for the week ending Sept. 25, moisture damaged cut beans and alfalfa in Jerome and Twin Falls counties.

Caribou County potato farmers have had their spud harvests delayed by more than a week already, said Grace seed grower Marc Gibbs. Gibbs must harvest spuds before he can plant fall wheat in the same fields and noted his fall grain yields tend to drop by 10 to 15 percent when he plants after Oct. 10.

“The further we get behind we see reduced yields in this valley,” Gibbs said. “We can’t handle a lot more storms.”

John O’Connell

Published on September 28, 2016 10:30AM on the Capital Press

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