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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.”

Arbon Hay Days 2016

6th Annual

Arbon Hay Days

Everyone is invited!

On July 9th , you are invited to the 6th annual Arbon Hay Days! If you live in Arbon, lived here in the past, want to live here, or are a friend of someone who lives here, you are invited (in short, absolutely everyone is invited). There will be plenty of food, shade from the sun, games for kids and adults, and music from our very own Brody Fitch! Come and visit with your neighbors and enjoy an evening of fun and relaxation.

Event Details
Date: Saturday, July 9th

Location: Hayden’s Pond (click to see a map).  There will be plenty of signs to direct you to the location on the day of the event.

Starts: 5:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM (Grilled burgers and hotdogs provided)

Music: 7:30 PM (Brody Fitch on guitar)

Bring: Camp chairs to sit on, salad and/or dessert to share

Questions: Call Jacob Andersen @ 208-932-4040 or Julie Hayden @ 208-335-2325

School Board Minutes and Expenses

ARBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

May 10, 2016

The Arbon School Board met on May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. members Jake Evans, Jason Williams, Jessica Ward, Kade and Shancy Lusk were present as were Debbie Curry, Robin Claunch and clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jason 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 Jason and seconded by Jake to approve them.  The total M & O expenses for May was $21,391.67. The school received $911.71 from property taxes. $2,515.50 from the State Department and $64.15 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $185,738.60. The Plant Facility received $21.05 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $51,764.07. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve the financial statement.

Fire drills are required once a month for schools.  The school calendar for the 2016-2017 school year was gone over.  American Falls has not finalized theirs yet.  As soon as they do Robin will send a copy of ours to the Board and to the State Department so ours is as close to theirs as possible.  The Spring Program is on May 24th at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  The Board will do more research on lightening and sound system for the school before they give Ryan a decision on his equipment.

Shancy asked the Board about duel enrollment.  Duel enrollment is a State Law and the Board would make the procedures.  Shancy is willing to get a couple of procedures from others school districts for the Board to look at.  They said that would be fine.  She also asked about changing the half days for kindergarten to Monday and Friday and have Tuesday and Thursday for the full days.  Jessica will contact the others parents and teacher aides that would be effected for the 2016-2017 school year before a decision is made.

Kade asked the Board what maintenance projects they would like completed during the summer break.  Fixing the leak in the basement is their first priority.  The cement stairs on the northwest side of the building will be replaced with new cement stairs or galvanized stairs and railing.  Kade gave the Board a couple of bids, $15,000 – $16,000, he received on replacing the gym flooring to give them an idea on what the cost would be.

Health insurance was discussed and will be left the same as last year.  Next year they will look at some different options.  A work session to work on the 2016-2017 school budget was set for Friday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m.    Jake did not receive word back on information for the auto dial for phones so he will check on another source.  The teacher, lead teacher, administrative job descriptions and the clerk/business manager/etc. position was tabled for this month.

The next meeting and budget hearing will be held June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Approved 06-14-2016

Property Taxes Due

Deanna Curry, Power County Treasurer and Tax Collector, reminds property owners that the delinquent date for the 2nd installment of the 2016 secured tax bill is June 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Payments must be received in this office or show a postmark of June 20, 2016.

Memorial Day

Go Rest High on that Mountain

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

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.

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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

ARBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
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

 

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