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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Elmore County Mystery Photo #4

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Where was this Elmore County Idaho Photo Taken?

Who's initials are carved in the tree?

To see the answer to this Mystery Phone, click the answer icon below.

 Elmore County Mystery Photo 4
Click to see a larger version of this photograph

- Dutch Em and Peg Leg Annie traveled by this spot.
- Elmore County declared a local disaster emergency to exist in this area a little over three years ago.
- Number 126.

Answer Can Be Found by Clicking Here or the icon below.

Answer to Mystery Photo

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 11:58

Idaho History Website to Explore

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The South Fork Revue Website

South Fork Revue website

I admit it!  I knew nothing about the history of Idaho but that is slowly changing, thanks in part, to the "South Fork Revue" website.  The author, Evan Filby, gave up is day job as a scientist and teacher to explore his other interests.  History is one of these interests.   Here are some of the subjects he covers and some snippets:

1.  Lewis and Clark:  "Two days later, they gazed at the Bitterroots and realized that they were stuck. Lewis noted that the mountains "were perfectly covered with snow. The Indians inform us that the snow is yet so deep on the mountains that we shall not be able to pass them untill the next full moon or about the first of June;"

2.  The Fur Trade Era:  "The HBC's long honeymoon finally ended in the fall of 1824, when Alexander Ross led the Snake Brigade. They had camped near where the Pahsimeroi River empties into the Salmon. Then a "pilaged and destitute" band of his trappers straggled into camp ... and they were not alone. "

3.  Gold! Rush & Settlement:
  "On August 2, 1862, a party led by George Grimes discovered gold in the Boise Basin, deep in the rugged wilderness around the upper forks of the Boise River."

If you have any interest in Idaho history give this website an hour of your time to get a feel of how we grew into the 43rd State.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this story.

Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 00:17

New Idaho Video's from Tim Bondy

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1.  Seafoam Road in the Challis National Forest ATV Video

Taken on the gravel roads northwest of Stanley Idaho on Sunday September 19th, 2010.  This area is quite scenic and the road into this portion of the National Forest gives you great access to the more wild spots of Idaho.  The Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness closely border this road giving you easier access to hiking trails and high mountain lakes.  Video is taken from the back of our Arctic Cat ATV.

Read my trip report on this trip at:

2.  Joesphus Lake Video

This video of Josephus Lake gives you an idea of of the semi-easy access to a high mountain lake northwest of Stanley Idaho.  Taken on the same day as the Seafoam Road video.  

3.  Mountain Home Idaho's Fall Harvest Festival

Video taken during the Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday October 2nd, 2010.  See an impromptu straight-line skate demo and the local band “Workin on Fire”.  The festival was held in downtown Mountain Home.  

Read my article about this event at:

I hope you enjoy these newly posted videos.  Please leave a comment...your e-mail address will be safe with me. I don't ever give out, rent, sell or divulge your information.       

Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 October 2010 09:49

Idaho Counties Voted – 42% to 82% of Us

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Idaho, Raise Your Hand if You Voted in the 2010 General Election

There have been a few interesting articles on the internet and newspapers trying to analyze the recent election. Some were quite partisan and some quite smug but all totally useless. I'm more interested in finding who, in Idaho, voted during the 2010 General Election. The Idaho Secretary of State tells us that almost 800,000 citizen voted. Sounds like a lot of people doesn't it?

Voter in Idaho by Counties

Mountain Home Voted Just Enough - We're Not Last!, We're Not Last!
The statistics show us that only 58% of Idaho's registered voters decided to cast a ballot on November 2nd, 2010. And when broken down in county by county numbers some locations showed more interest than others. Being a resident of Elmore County and Mountain Home Idaho, I was interested in what our numbers would look like. As the stick figure graph above shows, only about 5.2 out of every 10 potential and registered voters in Mountain Home voted. Elmore County took the 43rd spot in Idaho with Madison County preventing us from being last on the list.

Elmore County Voters are not last but second last

The Good News isn't Good Mountain Home
Looking at the good news, of the ~10,000 registered voters in Elmore County, 5,000 of us voted. The other good news is that even if all voters got out to the polls, the results for the races for Clerk of the Court, County Assessor and County Coroner wouldn't have changed. Of course, these positions were uncontested seats and that's not so great.

The Bad News is...
1. The 2 Elmore County Commissioner seats up for election could have easily gone to a different candidate. No complaining over the next few years when our county commissioners make decisions you can't live with.
2. If recreational opportunities in Mountain Home remain stagnant, the people who didn't vote in the WECRD election can proudly chant "Who cares!, Who cares!, Who cares!"

County by County Voting Statistics for the 2010 Idaho General Election

Idaho County Total
Clark 425 82.10%
Gem 9447 73.00%
Butte 1687 69.00%
Bear Lake 3365 67.70%
Washington 5326 67.00%
Idaho 10249 66.00%
Lemhi 5258 65.20%
Power 3469 64.70%
Custer 2905 64.40%
Franklin 5997 63.80%
Adams 2695 63.60%
Lewis 2095 63.40%
Oneida 2633 62.90%
Bonneville 47802 62.10%
Clearwater 4855 61.60%
Gooding 6508 61.60%
Jefferson 12439 60.90%
Boundary 5962 60.70%
Cassia 9387 60.40%
Benewah 5120 60.10%
Owyhee 4879 60.10%
Teton 5752 59.80%
Valley 6585 59.50%
Boise 4717 59.40%
Bonner 23970 59.40%
Minidoka 8316 59.00%
Nez Perce 21656 59.00%
Shoshone 6770 58.90%
Camas 788 58.50%
Caribou 3920 58.50%
Kootenai 73521 58.10%
Bingham 20792 57.90%
Fremont 7029 57.90%
Payette 10548 57.70%
Lincoln 2180 57.50%
Canyon 78428 57.40%
Ada 215357 56.70%
Bannock 42783 56.00%
Jerome 8558 55.40%
Latah 22712 55.30%
Twin Falls 34438 55.30%
Blaine 12431 53.80%
Elmore 10550 51.80%
Madison 16227 48.10%
Total 790531 58.10%

Why didn't you vote and the excuse

Didn't vote in the 2010 General Election? Then you likely don't read the Bondyweb website but if you somehow got lost on your way to the National Enquirer website, leave a comment telling us why you didn't vote.

Tim Bondy

The Bondyweb.Com author
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 November 2010 07:13

Elmore County Land Fill Hours and Location

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Idaho's Elmore County Landfill near Mountain Home

  • Raise your virtual arm if you don't know when the Elmore County Landfill is open.
  • Raise your virtual arm if you have tried to find the phone number for the landfill.
  • Raise your virtual arm if you are sick of searching for information about our Elmore County landfill and want this information available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • But as I was told recently, Elmore County doesn't have the money nor skills to post this on the internet.  So give them a call if you need this info.  No reason for the Bondyweb to do the job of the local government.

Map of the location of the Elmore County Landfill in Idaho

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Things I didn't know about our landfill:
Landfill ID #: 2167
Date Landfill Opened: 1988
Date Landfill Might Close: 2070

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:45

Quick Take on the Elmore County Political Forum

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So, there was a political forum hosted by the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the Elks Lodge on Tuesday May 1st, 2012.  The one glaring, blaring and deafening subject at this forum was TAXES.  With the exception of just a few candidates, they all want to cut your taxes and improve things in Elmore County and/or the State of Idaho. 

Please!  Stop the madness!  You can fool some of the people...Okay, explain to me how the hell you are going to cut taxes for everyone and improve programs like education or give incentives for companies to relocate to our neck of the woods with less and less money. 

In any case, I'll be posting a more in-depth review of this political forum in the coming days.  It won't be nice but it will be truthful.


Tim Bondy  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 20:21

The Fires From Mountain Home

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A cluster of thunderstorms moved through the Mountain Home area on the evening of Thursday August 8th, 2013.  And being an extremely dry year, these thunderstorms ignited quite a number of fires in the mountains north of Interstate 84.  By Friday morning at 7:30am Highway 20 leading north out of Mountain Home was closed due to these fires.

  Aug 2013 Fire Photo from Mountain Home Idaho

By mid-morning fire born cumulus clouds (CU), tower cumulus (TCU) clouds and possibly even a cumulus nimbus (CB) were forming over the intense heat and strong updrafts from one these wildfires.  And they were quite visible from Mountain Home.


The map above shows the 2 wildfire areas visible from Mountain Home and in my photo.  By early Saturday August 10th, 2013 both the Long Tom and Mudd fires seemed to be under control per the fire service websites.  And Highway 20 out of town reopened on Friday evening (Aug 9th).

No need to say this but I's a tinderbox out there.  Watch what you're doing and be ready to take action if you see fire while you are out in the mountains of Idaho.


Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 06:30

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