Saturday, March 29


Monday, Spring Break is over and school is back in session.
Kids will be walking to and from school and school buses will be on the roads.
Please drive safely!!

Friday, March 28


Our Beloved Mother, Carma Tubbs Peterson, formally of Middleton, passed away surrounded by her family on March 26th 2014 at the age of 91. Carma was born on the 18th of September, 1922 in Malad, Idaho to James Heber and Rosa Janet Howell Yearsley. She grew up in Woodruff, Idaho and graduated from Malad High School. She married Dean William Tubbs on the 12th of April 1944 in the Logan LDS Temple, Logan, Utah. To this union 6 children were born. 
Dean was killed in a logging accident in November  1963. Carma married Victor Joseph Peterson in 1973; he passed away in 1999. Carma was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her greatest desire was for her children to follow her example of serving their fellow man. She is survived by her 6 children: Marvin (MaryEtta) Tubbs, Doyle (Anell) Tubbs, Jeanette (Richard) Hallam, Marie (Doyle) Waldron, Denise (Dickie) White, and Brent (Michelle) Tubbs,  4 step children; 
JoAnn Turner, Glenn (Kristi) Peterson, Gene (Rita) Peterson, and Lynn Peterson,  22 grandchildren, 51 great- grandchildren, and 7 great- great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dean and Victor and son-in-law, Elwin Turner,  granddaughters, Laura Tubbs and Jennifer Tubbs. Carma’s viewings will be held on the Friday, 28th of March, 2014 at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell from 6:00-8:00 pm and from 10:00- 10:45 AM., on Saturday  at the Middleton LDS Stake Center located at 23644 Old Highway 30, Caldwell, Idaho.  Her funeral service will begin 11:00 AM. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at LDS Middleton Stake Center.  The burial will be at the Ola Cemetery, Ola, Idaho beside her beloved husband Dean. 

Thursday, March 27


Ola Ladies Club members are asked to make cookies for the burial being held in Ola on Saturday.  Please have your contribution to the Hall by 2:00PM.  Thank you so much!! We're expecting about 50 people.


Carma Tubbs Peterson, former resident of Ola, has passed away.  Funeral Services will be held at the Middleton Stake Center, Saturday at 11:00AM.  The viewing is Friday evening at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell from 6:00PM-8:00PM.  Carma will be buried at the Ola Cemetery, the procession should be to Ola about 2:30-3:00PM Saturday.

The Ola Hall will be open.  Cookies and coffee will be served after the burial.
Plenty of Ola spring weather today, sun, snow, wind, rain and to finish the day off---a beautiful rainbow!
The Ola Library will be closed tomorrow (Friday), it will be open Saturday.


A flock of Snow Geese landed this afternoon.
To learn about these beautiful birds click HERE.

This is an interesting site to read and bookmark for daily news on the wildfire front.
 Click HERE to take you to WILDFIRE TODAY.

Wednesday, March 26


Now that the weather is getting nice, you probably are getting ready to do some burning.  If so, please make a quick call to Dennis Weaver at 584-9030, this will give the fire department notice in case a call comes in that someone sees smoke.  Also if you are burning and would like a little bit of security,  give Dennis a call and he may be able to arrange for a fire truck to be on site.

Tuesday, March 25

Anderson sentenced for murder - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Anderson sentenced for murder - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: Douglas Everett Anderson was sentenced this morning to 30 years for killing Darole, D.L., Carpenter, 78, July 8, 2013, in Emmett in a sentence…

Wednesday, March 19


The Methodist Church is sponsoring a Sports Camp June 23-26 at the school from 9 a.m.-12. We will be featuring Basketball, Soccer and Cheer leading. If anyone would have anything to share with the youth please call Janice at 584-3472. All the mentors we can get will be welcome. .
Kindergarten thru sixth grade but anyone will be welcome.
A preliminary meeting will be held next week Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Sunday School building at the Methodist Church.

Tuesday, March 18

SPEEDYQUICK USERS....There probably is an e-mail in your "IN" box requesting you to click the link and update your account. It may not be a good idea.


Local resident, Jim Fennell, has this Kindle book available on Amazon.
 is available for download on your Kindle.
  Congratulations Jim!
**If anyone doesn't have an ereader, you can download a free Kindle reader for the PC from Amazon. 
**click the underlined title for direct link to Amazon


 from left, front row- Doug Zarybnisky, Jonathan Bjorkman, JC Hodgins, and Angie Waldner. Second row - Kimberly Riggs, Kealoha Harrison, Jessica Walsh, Wally Sutton, and Maren Jensen.  This picture was on FB this AM--Gem County shared a Messenger Index pic.

Monday, March 17


There was not an empty seat at the Ola Hall last evening.  We heard from historians and descendants from Ola about how our community got it's start.  From the Indians to the hotel owners the stories were funny to sad but always interesting.  There were songs from the Brave Hearts and poems from Bob Hartgrove and as always a bountiful potluck.  Thank you Tom Blessinger for an entertaining and educational evening. 

Friday, March 14


Bessie is 105 today!!  We hope this amazing lady has a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, March 12

 EE DA HOW LONG RIFLES, Blacks Creek Public Shooting Range and THREAT MANAGEMENT TRAINING, LLC are teaming up to provide free Concealed Weapons Permit training to staff of the school systems in southern Idaho.  Teachers, administrative staff, counselors, building maintenance, grounds maintenance, bus drivers…if you work for the school system you are invited to take part in this program.  This is our way of saying THANK YOU for helping our children grow to be responsible adults.

There will be two classes.  The first will be on Saturday 5 April 2014 and the second on Saturday 3 May.  Both programs will be held at the Hunter Education building, 109 W. 44th St. in Garden City (turn south on 44th off Chinden Blvd).  The classes will start at 9:00 am and will end at approximately 2:00 pm.  Participants will need to bring note taking material and a photo I.D. (i.e. - driver’s license). 

There is no preregistration required for these programs but seating is limited.

The instructor for this program, Joe Toluse, is a certified Use of Deadly Force Instructor, a Stressfire Firearms Instructor for pistol, carbine and shotgun and a NRA pistol instructor.


Prayers for Darlene M., she is in the hospital with pneumonia.
 Don't forget your ID.

Monday, March 10


the event at the Ola Hall on Saturday afternoon is a potluck,
the contribution of your favorite dish would be greatly appreciated.


Missing Cows for 2013
The total number of livestock (cows, calves, yearlings, and bulls) missing has been calculated for the 2013 grazing season. These losses may be attributed to theft, poisonous plants or predators.
The 2013 fall & early 2014 winter has been relatively mild and some of these animals could be still alive.
The total number of animals missing is 96 head of cows, 7 bulls, 80 calves, and 4 yearlings for the 2013 season.
Year Cows Calves Bulls Yearlings
2013 96 80 7 4

2012 70 57 53 15

2011 97 74 9 25

2010 200 104 7 25

The 2013 and 2011 livestock losses are similar. The numbers are quite significantly better than the 2010 year. The relative mild fall and winter could attribute to the high number and they could still be out on the range since there is little or no snow on the ground to drive them home.
The surveillance by the Sheriff's offices  and the Idaho Brand Dept as well as the constant vigilance of the owners and operators have greatly reduced the losses.
The value of the losses is:
96 cows @$1500/cow =  $144,000
80 calves @ $900/ calf = $72,000
7 bulls @  $2500/ bull = $17,500
4 yearlings @ $1000/yrlg = $4,000
For a total loss of $237,500

Submitted by Tom Blessinger

Sunday, March 9

Tonight at approx. 7:00, GCFD#2 responded to a chimney fire at Charlie W.'s house in Ola. The fire was quickly extinguished.


Areal Flood Watch
Mobile & Email AlertsStatement as of 5:43 AM MDT on March 09, 2014

... Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday morning...

The Flood Watch continues for a portion of west central Idaho. This includes the following areas... Boise Mountains... upper Weiser river basin and west central mountains.

* Through Monday morning.

* A mild and wet Pacific storm system will bring moderate to heavy rain and the potential for flooding across areas of southwest Idaho through Monday morning. Rising snow levels will result in additional runoff from snowmelt in the low and mid elevations. The snow levels will rise to around 7500 feet this evening... then lower to around 5000 feet Monday afternoon.

* Rainfall and snowmelt may lead to flooding of creeks... ditches... and storm drains. Additionally... mud and rock
slides... or debris flows may occur in steep terrain and on burn scars. Main Stem river flooding is not expected at this
time... but rivers will be running high. Persons near the Weiser river at Weiser should be on alert as the river is forecast to
crest near bankfull Monday evening.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.


Saturday, March 8


A very sad day for Ola.  Ollie passed away yesterday morning.  Ollie died on the job,  protecting the herd that he loved.  For the past several months his cancer had gotten worse and finally took his life at the corner of the Ola Cemetery.  Thanks to Mike and Chris Samson, Ollie lived a good life while he called Ola home.  He was well taken care of and allowed to live life exactly on his own terms.  I think that's what we all loved about him.  We'll miss seeing you with your cows, RIP big white dog!

Friday, March 7


Ola Community Hall
Saturday, March 15 at 4:00PM

Join us Saturday, March 15th for a program on Ola history. Speakers from some of Ola's oldest families will speak on the history of settling in Ola and growing up in this beautiful little valley. The band Bravehearts will play and of course, a famous Ola "spread" will be served. Many thanks to Tom Blessinger and Ola Ladies Club for putting on this exciting event!

Wednesday, March 5



The Ola Rough Striders/Relay For Life team is having a table at the Sweet Flea Market next week, March 14th and 15th. (Friday and Saturday)  If you have any "yard sale" items that you would like to donate, please give Norma-584-3408 or Linda-584-3176 a call to arrange for pick up.  The team will be setting up on Thursday the 13th. 

ALL proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to the American Cancer Society by the Ola Rough Striders/Relay for Life team .

Tuesday, March 4

Areal Flood Watch
Mobile & Email Alerts Statement as of 10:13 AM MST on March 04, 2014

... Flood Watch in effect from Wednesday morning through late
Thursday night...

The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a

* Flood Watch for a portion of west central Idaho. This includes
the following areas... Boise Mountains... upper Weiser river
and west central mountains.

* From Wednesday morning through late Thursday night.

* A mild westerly flow will bring warmer temperatures to the
region through the middle of the week... resulting in increased
low and mid elevation snowmelt. Additionally... moist storm
systems will bring significant rainfall to the area. The first
storm is expected to move through the area Wednesday and
Wednesday night... followed by a stronger storm on Thursday. Snow
levels will rise to 7000 to 8000 feet Wednesday night... then
gradually lowering to 5000 feet Thursday night.

* Rainfall and snowmelt may lead to flooding of creeks... ditches
... and storm drains. Additionally... mud and rock slides... or
debris flows may occur in steep terrain and on burn scars. Main
Stem river flooding is not expected at this time... but rivers
will be running high.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on
current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Commissioner will not seek re-election - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Commissioner will not seek re-election - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: Gem County Commissioner Carlos Bilbao said Monday that he will not seek re-election for his commissioner seat. Bilbao, 78, gave his age as the…

Monday, March 3

Woman dies in crash on Highway 16 - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Woman dies in crash on Highway 16 - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: EMMETT — A 43-year-old Emmett woman was killed Monday morning in a traffic accident at the intersection of Highway 16 and Emmett Road.
UPDATE: Fatality reported on Highway 16

A woman was killed this morning in an traffic accident on Highway 16 and Broadwood Lane. According to Ada County Dispatch, at 5:03 a.m. a call came in to report an injury accident. The Ada County Sheriff's Department responded.
Two passengers were transported with injuries from the first crash. Later, a second vehicle hit the horse in the road and overturned. The woman killed in the crash hit a horse in the road, drove off the highway, went about 300 yards through fields and fences and hit rock wall.
The horse has died. A second horse was found running loose was corralled while deputies work to identify the owner.

Fatality reported on Highway 16 - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Fatality reported on Highway 16 - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: According to Ada County Dispatch, this morning at 5:03 a call came in to report an injury accident with a rollover on Highway 16 and Broadwood…


EAGLE, Idaho -- One person is dead after the unidentified driver of a vehicle struck a horse on Idaho State Highway 16 near the Firebird Raceway Monday morning.
The deadly crash happened just after 5 a.m.
KTVB Photojournalist Eric Turner reports another unidentified vehicle came upon the scene moments later and hit the same horse.
Ada County Sheriff's Deputies say the second vehicle veered off the highway and rolled. We're told the occupants walked away without injury.
Law enforcement officials have closed down that portion of the highway. A detour is available for drivers via a nearby dirt road.
The highway is expected to be closed for the next few hours.


Give yourself extra time to get to work if you travel Highway 16 this morning.
6 a.m. roads are detoured due to traffic accident.