Friday, May 31


Speed limit on Highway 16 to be reduced

BOISE – The speed limit along a dangerous stretch of Highway 16 will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph next week.
The Idaho Transportation Department will reduce the posted speed limits along a four-mile stretch of Idaho 16 from the junction of Idaho 44 north to milepost 4.
Transportation officials are hoping the change will improve driver safety and lead to fewer crashes, or reduce the severity of crashes on that stretch of highway.  The speed limit from milepost 4 to near Emmett is already 55 mph.
ITD reports there have been 55 crashes in that area over the past five years.
Local law enforcement plans to increase patrols to support the speed limit change.
Several other changes are recommended in the next six months on Idaho 16 after a recently completed roadway safety analysis.  Here is a list of those recommendations:

-  Upgrade and improve visibility of existing signs
-  Review speed limits throughout the Idaho 16 corridor
-  More frequent patrols by law enforcement
-  Work with local planning and zoning agencies to promote more stringent access-management standards along the highway
-  Install breakaway sign supports that are more vehicle friendly in the event of a crash
-  Widen centerline and edgeline pavement markings and striping on curved sections to increase visibility
-  Reevaluate no-passing zones near Firebird Raceway
-  Review placement of stop bar locations at intersections
-  Remove roadside vegetation when possible to eliminate line-of-sight obstructions
-  Investigate adding lighting to intersections for safety


Monday, May 27

For those of you that would like to visit Reeta, she has been moved to St. Al's rehab, room #3438.  If you would like to call her I have her number, give me a call at 584-9030 and I will give it to you.
Wanda S. gave me these Irises. A beautiful gift from a beautiful lady! I think of her everyday but seeing these bloom makes me smile and will for many, many years to come.

Sunday, May 26

Saturday, May 25

Saturday, June 8th the Gem County Sheriffs Posse will be holding their annual rodeo.

Friday, May 24

More Ola news!!! Congratulations to Scott and Kirby, they had a girl! And you can visit Reeta at St. Al's, she's in room #5119


Friday   -  May 24th   -  10:00 am
Memorial Day Program 
Ola Cemetery
Presented by:
Ola School Students
Please come and join us.
Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, May 22

Springtime in Ola! Thanks Alan for the pic!
The Ola community is "Sending Hugs" to Reeta F.
and wishing her a speedy recovery!!

Monday, May 20

Missing Cow Meeting

Tom Blessinger announced that there will be a meeting of cattle ranchers to discuss missing cows. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 2:30pm at the Ola Hall.
The Branding Inspector and Sheriff's Department will be present.
For additional information, call Tom at 602-0124 or 365-7399.

Sunday, May 19

Ola Ladies had a nice day in Boise. Good food at Sizzler, good company, and the tree house was wonderful. Not pictured at the tree house were Ellen Hampton and Carol. Marie is such a gracious hostess and had lots of stories to tell about her trips to other countries and the building of the tree house. We are invited back on the last Saturday in September.

Friday, May 17


Dakota Stallions, senior at New Plymouth High, signed to play football in the 2014 season for the C of I. The best part is his best friend, Lance Jones from Garden Valley High, has also signed to play football for the C of I. Dakota will also play baseball for the C of I.


No host luncheon tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, at the Cole  Road Sizzler in Boise at 12:00  for anyone who wants to go?  We will meet at the Ola Hall at 10:00 am to car pool.  After the luncheon we will go to my friend, Marie Baldner's house to see her renovated tree house.  I had given her Brett Holt's name and she is so happy with his work.  She sent me pictures of the newly renovated tree house and it is fabulous. 

Wednesday, May 15


..... Monday is the Retired Teachers Luncheon.  Salads and/or desserts would be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions please give Joy a call @ 584-3522.

Tuesday, May 14


.....has invited the Ola Ladies Club members to lunch.  The luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 15th at the Syringa Hall in Sweet.  Lunch will begin at 1:00PM.

Monday, May 13


Kim Newman This is the answer from my on line conversation with Frontier.......
Christina: Okay! Kim, thank you upon review I have found an outage. Apparently (and I am not making this up) haha.... a farmer was digging with his backhoe and cut a line. I show that 290 reports have been made and I will add one for your home as well. From the outage report I show approximately 5,206 customers are being affected. Right now there is not estimated restoral and they're awaiting splicers and a repair kit to assess how bad (if) the damage is.

Police: Suspects in Emmett church fires are in jail

Police: Suspects in Emmett church fires are in jail
Credit: Troy Colson/KTVB
EMMETT -- Police in Emmett say they have identified two males suspects involved in setting fires at two churches last month.
Fires extensively damaged the First Baptist Church and the Community Bible Church on the morning of April 27.
Emmett Police Chief Steve Nebeker says both suspects are currently in the Gem County Jail on other charges. Their names have not been released.
Nebeker says investigators have collected some valuable evidence and statements that link to two men to the arson fires.
The Emmett Police Department is working with the Gem County Sheriff's Office, State Fire Marshal's Office, FBI and ATF on the case.
The investigation is ongoing, and Nebeker says at this time no charges have been filed in connection to the arson case.
Police expressed their thanks to the community for their help in solving this case.  

Phones should be working now! A farmer hit a phone line with a backhoe.

Feds: Budget cuts to make wildfire season tougher

BOISE -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the nation is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes.
Jewell said Monday that a dry year is creating the potential for another extreme summer of forest and range fires.
Jewell spent the past two days touring the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. She was joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who said a 7.5 percent cut to the 2013 U.S. Forest Service budget means 500 fewer firefighters on the ground this year.
Even before Monday's visit, fire experts were predicting a grim scenario for this summer's fire season. A dry winter and early warming is creating heightened potential for West Coast states, central Idaho, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico.

Sunday, May 12


The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a WIND ADVISORY for our area effective from Monday 2 PM until 8 PM for strong sustained winds and gusts in excess of 45 mph. Check out: for further details.

Saturday, May 11


There will be another blood drive in Ola on Tuesday, May 28th from 10:00AM-2:00PM. This is at the Ola Community Center. If you would like to set up an appointment please call Darlene at 584-3429.  Also if you have any questions, click HERE 

Thursday, May 9


Help post office Stamp Out Hunger - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Help post office Stamp Out Hunger - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: The Postal Service and its letter carriers will hold their annual food drive on Saturday May 11. Idahoans are encouraged to participate by pla…

Tuesday, May 7

On Tuesday, May 21st the Ola Hall will be open from 8:00AM-8:00PM.  Not only is this the election of person's to fill vacant seats on the Emmett School District Board of Trustee but also a proposed levy.  Click HERE to review the brochure on the levy.

Messenger Index, serving Gem County
Candidate forum on Thursday
A candidate forum is scheduled to hear from six candidates running for the Emmett School District Board of Trustees — Shane Roe and Mark Maxfield are incumbents with challengers Donnie Wunder, Travis Whittemore, Robb Menlove and Manuel Guzman.
The forum will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 9 at Butte View Complex, 400 S. Pine St. 
Hosted by the Messenger Index, the candidates will answer questions and be able to visit with voters.
Election day is May 21 where the three highest finishing candidates will be elected to a four year term, the candidate coming in fourth will serve a two year term.

Monday, May 6


I need one more person that needs their septic pumped.  Goff's trucks can hold three households, I have two.  The rate in less if we get three.  Give me a call so I can set it up.  I'd like to schedule them by Thursday.  Kim....584-9030



Have you lost your dog? A small white (Jack Russell?) female, with black patch over eye has been found in Sweet. Please call 584-9030 if she is yours or if you have any information.

Sunday, May 5


Fiasco Town Band

This year's Ola School May Day program was fantastic!  The program "Welcome to Fiasco Town" was very entertaining.  The children were very enthusiastic as they sang, danced, played musical instruments  and acted out their skits.  They did an outstanding job!

Friday, May 3

Flea Market
May 17, 18 and 19th
11655 N. Highway 52
(2.5 miles east of Triangle-on the river side of the road)
Anyone that would like to set up a booth
Call Linda O'Kelly-584-3622

Wednesday, May 1


Dear  Ola Community,                    
    Please join us for the Ola School Mayday Program.  This year our plays are set in ‘Fiasco Town’ and will include lonesome cowboys, vexatious horse thieves, lost cows, and some surprising pest- control methods.
    We will also be entertaining you with old-time country dances and music.  The winding of the traditional May Pole and giving flowers to the Queens of the May will conclude our program. While we enjoy our refreshments, we will auction off some amazing donations and bakedgoods to help our school.
    We hope to see you at 6:00 pm on May 3rd at the Ola Community Hall.  You’ll love our Cowboy Biscuits and Tasty Horse-Thief Pies!

The Students of Ola School


Saturday, May 18th
Toadstool Billard Cafe

  • This year’s event will include a sit down dinner of Salad, Entree, non-alcoholic drink. Entree choices will be chicken Alfredo, pasta Alfredo or pasta with a red meat sauce also choice of apple or mixed berry crisp for dessert!
    (wine and beer available for purchase)
    $25.00 per person

    Contact Cindy for more information, to purchase tickets or to give a donation 869-8676

History of May Day