Thursday, March 31

GREAT NEWS!!! - Investor Relations - News Release Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. today announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack in Boise, Idaho. The 37,000 square-foot store will be part of the Boise Towne Plaza shopping center and is expected to open spring 2012.

Wednesday, March 30


Join us Sunday, April 17 at 6pm at the Sweet/Montour Elementary School to hear from a wonderful couple that is serving the Lord in Zimbabwe, Africa. Rebecca is from Boise and Shelton is from Zimbabwe so they make a unique connection between us in Idaho and what the Lord is doing there in Africa! Read below for some brief info about their work or visit

Cattle rustlers on the rise - Emmett Messenger-Index: News


2 cowhides, recently butchered, were found by a

Gem County Sheriff's Deputy and

the Idaho State Brand Inspector along the road by Montour.

One of the cows belonged to Tom Blessinger.

Please attend the "Missing Cattle" meeting on Friday, 1:30 at the

Ola Community Hall.

Tuesday, March 29


CRAPO OFFICE TRAVELS TO EMMETT, MCCALL, NEW MEADOWS Senator’s staff plans for more regular remote office hours Boise - To better assist Idahoans with questions and issues concerning federal agencies and policies, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo’s office is increasing its presence in Southwestern Idaho cities. Crapo’s staff has begun a regular rotation of remote office hours on behalf of the Senator across the southwest part of the state. Crapo’s Regional Director Bryan Ricker will travel to a number of southwest cities and counties on a rotating basis each month. This month, Ricker will be in Adams, Gem and Valley counties, and can assist Idahoans with any questions or problems related to federal agencies or with problems regarding federal programs. Crapo Remote Office Hours schedule: Monday, April 4: Emmett Emmett City Hall, 501 E. Main St., 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 11: McCall McCall Public Library, Idaho History Room, 218 E. Park St., 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 12: New Meadows Meadows Valley Public Library, 400 Virginia Ave., 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. To directly link to this news release, please use the following address: Learn more about the issues before Congress at and sign up for Senator Crapo’s monthly e-newsletter.

Monday, March 28

Oregon ranchers seek right to shoot wolves | Idaho | Idaho Statesman

Oregon ranchers seek right to shoot wolves Idaho Idaho Statesman


Our volunteer firefighters are always educating themselves on ways to keep us safe. Whether taking classes online or attending weekend workshops, these volunteers are knowledgeable and prepared for any disaster that may occur. Here are some pictures of what they were doing this winter. We appreciate the time that they take out of their busy schedules to ensure our safety. A big thank you!

Sunday, March 27

A potluck and speaker Bill Betts brought several people to the Ola Hall Saturday afternoon. If you were unable to attend, you missed a great lunch and a speaker that captivated the audience with his knowledge of the Native American Indian. If you ever get the chance to hear Bill speak, make time!

The 2011 Ola phone list is printed and available for purchase!!

The cost is $3.00 and all proceeds go to the Ola Ladies Club.

A big thank you to all the sponsors!

To get your copy contact Joy or Judy.


We had a successful sale at the Sweet Community Flea Market for the Ola Rough Striders Relay for Life Team. Our team raised $488.50 at the sale and there are still some items that are being considered for purchase, so we look to clear at least $500! Included in this total is $55.00 for Papa Murphy's Peel-a-Deal fundraising cards. These cards are a great deal, they cost $5.00 and net $25.00 in savings on Papa Murphy's Pizza. We have plenty Peel-a-Deal cards left, so why not give Joyce a call and purchase one! All proceeds to go Gem Relay For Life! The Ola Rough Striders want to thank everyone who donated items, helped set up the table, and purchased goods at our sale!

Wednesday, March 23


Messenger Index, serving Gem CountyA free water quality test for county residents will take place Wednesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Bruce Evans for information 365-9569.
tomorrow you can drop your items off
for the Relay For Life table at the Syringa Hall.
The Syringa Hall will be open from 9AM-3PM.
The Flea Market is Friday and Saturday.

The FFA still has raffle tickets for the pig. These kids are trying to earn enough money for travel, rooms and meals for the state FFA conference in Twin Falls, April 6, 7, 8 and 9th of April. Help these kids get there by buying a ticket for $5 or 3 for $10. They have worked so hard, let's get them there. Tickets can be bought by calling Nathan @ 584-3287 or stop by the Ola Inn.


Are you looking for a patio bench or dining room chairs for your new home?
Consider choosing from a wide variety of pieces made by Ola's Cyle Kester.
Visit Cyle's showroom here.

Tuesday, March 22


Jim Fennell has been trying to describe the Geology of the Ola Valley for a few years. After reading this fascinating article, I think he has accomplished his goal. Thank you Jim for sharing this with us!
I have added the "Geology of the Ola Valley" link to the blog list off to the left for your future reference.

Monday, March 21

Sunday, the cook and the waitress turned their keys in to the Ola Inn. Many thanks to everyone for making the last six months a lot of fun!!

Friday, March 18

This weekend's full moon the biggest and brightest in 20 years. Take a moment to enjoy it!

Thursday, March 17

There's still a few garden seeds left.
Stop by the Inn and take what you need.

Wednesday, March 16


We will start collecting cans at the transfer station this Saturday. We would like the cans rinsed, crushed and tied in bags, but we will not refuse any aluminum cans. Please don't put garbage in our container. This was been a problem in the past. Thanks!!


Hello Team,

We are moving right along with our activities and financial goals.
Blane has turned in $70.00. Good job! Each team member has a goal of $100.00.
Shanti suggested that we recycle aluminum cans. Alan Sutton said that we can place a collection container at the transfer station. So save your aluminum.

We will have a table at the Syringa Flea Market, the 25th and 26st, now it's time to start gathering our items. If you want a set price be sure to mark the item, otherwise we will let people barter at the time of the sale. Set up is Thursday, the 24th from 9:AM to 3:PM. If you would like to help set up or haul items down, please do. We will also have a donation container at the sale. If anyone else would like to sell please contact me.

We have ten team members that have registered on line. I encourage the rest of you to get with it and sign up. Once we have the flea market money those of you that have worked for the team in any way will have some of that money applied to your goals. If you reach your goal of $100.00 you will receive your Relay For Life T-shirt free of charge.

Dora and I were very heartened by the number of you that showed up for our first team meeting. Your enthusiasm was great and your ideas were wonderful. Let us keep up the spirit.

Mark your calendars. The next team meeting is May 7th at 10:am at the Inn.

Thank you!

Kiwanis feed Ola students - Emmett Messenger-Index: Features

Tuesday, March 15

Feds to negotiate with Wyoming over gray wolves | Idaho | Idaho Statesman

Feds to negotiate with Wyoming over gray wolves Idaho Idaho Statesman

The Ola Rough Striders Relay for Life Team has a sales table at the Syringa Club Flea Market March 25 and 26. Please donate your treasures to our team to sell and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Please take your donations to either Miller home or call Joyce at 584-9043 or Dora at 584-3194. Items can also be taken to the Syringa Hall on Thursday the 24th where we will be setting up our sales table.

Sunday, March 13


There was a good turnout for the 4-H fundraiser on Saturday night. Lots of great "white elephant" gifts for Bingo prizes and a great working staff to see that everyone was well fed. With the great attendance to enjoy the spaghetti dinner and the auction and bingo after dinner, the 4-H club earned about $750.00. Thanks to all!

Saturday, March 12

This is Olie. Olie is the dog that has taken up residence by the feed bunks off of the highway. Thank you Mike and Chris S. for taking care of him.

Thursday, March 10


As most of you know, the Ola Inn was been leased to Tracy and John Nunez. Alan and I have had so much fun getting the Ola Inn up and running. We would like to thank everyone that helped while we were in the cleanup process and our customers we had the pleasure of serving. Our last day will be Sunday, March 20th. The Inn will be closed from the 21st until the 29th giving Tracy and John the chance to move their stuff in and prepare to serve you.

Again, thank you so much!!


Tuesday, March 8

The Ola Rough Striders met Saturday, March 5 at the Ola Inn. We were excited to have 18 people come to learn more about our team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Joyce Miller discussed the impact of cancer in Ola and many had personal stories to share of how cancer is affecting their lives. Dora Miller shared some of her experiences at last year’s Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is essentially a fund raiser and the suggested goal for each team is $1000. We brainstormed together for ways our team will raise money and ideas included a 4th of July picnic, a dance, a Play Day in High Valley and a Historical Tour on 4x4’s.

We will have a sale table at the Sweet Syringa Club Hall on March 25th and 26th in Sweet, and are accepting donations for sale. If you would like to donate to our team, you may do so by going to the Relay for Life of Gem County website and clicking on the Donate button. Be sure to donate by team and select the Ola Rough Striders., while you're there, you may join our team, we’d love to have you!!!

Our next team meeting will be held May 7th, 10:00a.m. at the Inn.

Monday, March 7


Gem County Fire District #2 is celebrating the award of two FEMA grants. The first is for a new fire truck in the amount of $225,000. The second grant in the amount of $178,000, is for personal protection equipment which includes new turnouts and self contained breathing apparatus for each volunteer, also included will be a compressor and a cascade system to fill the oxygen cylinders. The fire district is required to pay a 10% match, or about $40,000 to receive the grants, which is considered a good investment for the return we receive.

The fire district also received a HUD Block Grant for $319,000 for the Sweet-Montour fire station which will be built on the land the Hartgrove family donated south of Sweet at Butte Rd. The Sweet, Ola and Montour communities are raising funds to help cover the match money and extra necessities for the station that the funding will not cover. ALL SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Saturday, March 5

Oops! Due to miscommunication the Ola 4-H Spaghetti Supper that was cancelled is now back on track. It will be Saturday, March 12th at the Ola Community Hall at 6:00PM.

WOW! Awesome Auction Items
  • High Desert Feed & Supply Gift Certificate
  • Cascade Kayak & Rafting Co. $45.00 Gift Certificate
  • 1 Week Stay at the Water's Edge Resort in Cascade
  • 2 Starlight Mountain Theater movie tickets

Many more...too many to list

Bring a bingo item to donate and get a free ticket for the door prize.

$5.00 per person will allow you to play all night.

Thank you!

Ola 4-H

Southern Idaho ranchers must remove cattle | Idaho | Idaho Statesman

Southern Idaho ranchers must remove cattle Idaho Idaho Statesman

Thursday, March 3


The Women's Retreat will be July 15th-17th this year. Our speaker will be Rev. Helga Jansons and the theme of this year's retreat in "Hope, Our Inheritance in Christ". If you are interest in attending, check out our website or call Joyce at 584-9043. Off to the right, are the ladies that attended in 2009.

Wednesday, March 2


Contact David, Katie or Jason Poole-584-3591 or e-mail

Tuesday, March 1

Exceptions will be the AM coffee guys and the Relay for Life meeting at 10AM.