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Daniel Dopps Rodeo – 28 June 2008


Mountain home Idaho Rodeo Picture

I attended the Daniel Dopps Rodeo on June 28th, 2008 in Mountain Home and enjoyed it very much. This rodeo was as much fun, if not more fun than any other rodeo I've attended in the past.

I was surprised by the big crowd that was there on Saturday night. Not that I was surprised because there were a lot of people there but because the drive into Optimist Park was uncrowded and simple to get into the parking lot. I only had to wait behind two cars to get my ticket and park. The stands were packed so I did a lot of walking around.

Calf Roping in Mtn Home Idaho - Rodeo

Saddle Bronc Riding Video:
Watch a very grainy video I made during this rodeo in Mountain Home.



I enjoyed the saddle bronc portion of the event the most but the bull riding was also fun to watch.

Results of the Daniel Dopps Rodeo

Bull Riding:
1. Andy Michael Lively, 85 points on Slash T Rodeo’s Lizard, $1,113.
2. Heath Bronson, 83. $843.
3. Chad Cole, 82, $607.
4. Lee Woolsey, 76, $405.
5. Jacob Tyner, 74, $236.
6. Travis Atkinson, 73, $169.

Steer Wrestling:
1. Andy Brower, 4.0 seconds, $1,026.
2. (Tie) Seth Hadlock, Ryan Shaw and Travis Taruscio, 4.2, $672 each. [Tie]
5. Jordan Luenella, 4.4, $318.
6. Sterling Joe Lambert,4.6, $177.

Bareback Riding:
1. Nathan Bayes on Slash T Rodeo’s Desperado and Caleb Bayes on Slash T Rodeo’s Desperado, 83 points, $914. [Tie]
3. Jessy Davis, 81 points, $522.
4. George Gillespie III, 80 points, $261.

Tie-Down Roping:
1. Paul Cope, 9.1 seconds, $1,130.
2. Pete Jones, 9.4, $848.
3. Ryan Lickley, 9.8, $565.
4. Sterling Joe Lambert, 10.3, $282

Team Roping:
1. Colby Siddoway/Jesse Sheffield, 4.9 seconds, $1,157 each.
2. Tadd Thomas/Brad Freeland, Seth Gurney/Austin Adams, 5.7, $857 each. [Tie]
4. Jon Stafford/ Patrick Woodcock, 5.9, $559.
5. Brady Siddoway/R.D. Abplanalp, 6.3, $359.
6. Sean Santucci/Russell Cardoza, 6.4, $199.

Saddle Bronc Riding:
1. Mathew Morrison, 84 points on Slash T Rodeo’s Tall Timber, $1,083.
2. John Wright and Kurtis Koeppen, 81, $677 each. [Tie]
4. Jake Larson, 79, $271.

Links About the Daniel Dopps Rodeo

The Rodeo Website

Daniel Dopps Memorial Website

2005 Mountain Home News Story about Daniel

Visit Daniel Grave in Mountain Home

Daniel Dopps Bull Riding Statistics

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:10

Trinity Mountain Trip Report


On Sunday June 22, 2008 we decided to take a road trip into the mountain northwest of Featherville, Idaho. Once we fueled up the big ole Pickup Truck at Walmart in Mountain Home it was already close to 1:00PM. We knew we wanted to head to a place called Dismal Swamp. Armed with only a GPS unit and about 3 gallons of drinking water and soda, the dog, the wife and I headed up Highway 20.

Trinity Mountain of Idaho

Mountain Home to Anderson Ranch Reservoir
The drive from Mountain Home to the Anderson Ranch Reservoir was surprising green because of the cool and wet Spring we had this year. Quite a beautiful drive! The Reservoir was also surprisingly full today considering when we drove through this area on May 31st the lake was about 20-30 feet from being full. Today, I'm guessing the the lake was almost at full capacity.

Pine and Featherville
Both Pine and Featherville were looking a little touristy with lots of campers on the road and in the towns. We took Rocky Bar (gravel road) Road north out of Featherville and our first stop was the old town of Rock Bar. I've heard different stories but most people refer to Rocky Bar as a Ghost Town. I'll leave it up to you but I will say there are a few very old and deserted buildings in this location.

Heading into the Trinity Mountains
We headed further into the mountains on Trinity Mountain Road. I'm not sure but it seems like once you leave Rocky Bar the road changes name to Trinity Mountain Road. In any case, it wasn't too difficult to figure out what road to take. Just take the best looking road and you'll be fine. Once you drive through a series of tight switchback and gain elevation, the mountains become even more beautiful. We stopped at a couple places to take pictures and see the sights.

Up Top – The Trinity's All Around
By the time we topped out at about 7,000 feet in elevation on Trinity Mountain Road, the temperature had dropped from 85F in Mountain Home when we left down to 72F up in this mountain paradise. I will say that there is no way to take pictures up in these mountains that can do justice to the view we saw up there. You'll just have to go up there and see for yourself.

Dismal Directions
We never made it to Dismal Swamp today. The coordinates I put into the GPS unit must have been a few or two miles off. In any case, we took a nice walk along a dirt road and enjoy the cool mountain day. The sun was shining brightly and the wind was just right. Now that we know the road is passable and not too far from home, we are sure to get back up into this area again.

Mountain Biking??????
I'd kind of like to take my mountain bike up to Rocky Bar and head up/down any road in this area someday. If anyone has every mountain biked these road, please let me know what you thought or pass on any hints?????

The Road Conditions:
Mountain Home to Featherville: Paved and nice.
Featherville to Rocky Bar: Gravel/Dirt road but easily passable in just a passenger car. Go slow and watch for large rocks and ruts though.
Rocky Bar and beyond: Gravel/Dirt road that deteriorates the further into the mountains you go. A person with a well maintained passenger car and some patients could make it most of the way. At one point there was a small tree (about 8-10 inches around) laying across the road. End of the road for those without a higher clearance vehicle.

Distance to Dismal Swamp (we must have been close):
Mountain Home: 75 miles
Boise: I'm guessing there is another way up there so I'll say about 110 miles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:45

Highest Idaho Gas Prices in Mountain Home Today


On Saturday June 21, 2008 I checked a handy-dandy website to find out who pays the most for gasoline in Idaho. It turns out that Mountain Home has the highest priced gasoline in all of Idaho.

Average price of Idaho Gasoline on June 21, 2008

Lowest of the Low in Northern Idaho
Lewiston and Post Falls pay around $3.92 for a gallon of gasoline.

Lowest price for Idaho gasoline on June 20, 2008

Highest Gas Prices in Mountain Home
Mountain Home got the “dishonor” of having to pay about $4.17 for a gallon of gas.

Highest price of gas in Mountain Home Idaho on 21 June 2008

High Price for the Good Life
When one lives in a great place, one has to pay the price? But because of the high prices of gas, we have had to limit our trips out of town. Hopefully once we get more settled in Mountain Home the price of gas will come down and we will do some more exploring of the mountain and deserts of southern Idaho.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:32

Nuclear Mountain Home?


Nuclear power in Elmore County, Idaho

Being relatively new to Mountain Home, I was wondering what my readers who live in this area think about the proposed building of a nuclear power plant in our backyard. Unfortunately I missed the meeting held in town on June 10th, 2008 and the one in Glenns Ferry on June 17th, 2008. I would love to watch the entire presentation put on by Idaho Energy Complex.

Mixed Feelings
1. Who could possibly want a nuclear power plant in their backyard?
2. Who could possibly turn away an excellent source of jobs and revenue for Mountain Home?
3. Do we really want big growth to occur when most people like the small town look and feel of Mountain Home?
4. If Elmore County leaders and resident do not approve the nuclear power plant, it will likely be built in another county that will take advantage of the jobs that come with it.

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Where Would the Nuclear Power Plant be Located

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Links of Interest: (Click on the links below)

11 June 2008: A KTVB (Boise) article and video with some good information about the nuclear power plant.

11 June 2008: Snake River Alliance article that has a strong bias but some good information.

11 June 2008: Another Snake River Alliance article with a few different points about the power plant.

11 June 2008: The Mountain Home News article giving some good information about safety and the economic impact the nuclear power plant would have on Elmore County

17 June 2008: The Mountain Home New article mainly covering the Glenns Ferry protests against the power plant.

17 June 2008: The Snake River Alliance reports how they interpreted the meeting, protest and arrest of one of their members.

18 June 2008: The Twin Falls Times-News article cover the disruption of the Glenns Ferry Meeting held on 17 June 2008.

Idaho Energy Complex: The company trying to build the nuclear power plan in Elmore County.

How is the Bondyweb.Com Leaning on This Issue?
I am currently leaning towards allowing the nuclear power plant to be built in Elmore County. Why?


Nuclear issue in Elmore County Idaho

1. Like it or not, we are dependent on energy from foreign sources and this isn't a good thing.

2. While nuclear energy is kind of scary, the alternative of not having enough energy is way more troublesome to me.

3. Alternative energy such as wind, geothermal and solar is very appealing, but I think there is more than enough room for nuclear power production. I've never heard anyone say “Jeez, we have too much electrical energy production” without saying “We'll have to charge you less”.

4. I'd hate to see Mountain Home grow to a medium sized city but sometime progress or growth can be good.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:02

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