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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 http://bondyblogs.com  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

 
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Mtn Home School Stats – Students by Grade

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Ever wonder how many students are in each grade for your Mountain Home, Idaho schools? I found some statistics for the 2007 school year. I found it interesting there were more students in 9th and 10th grade than all the others.

Mountain Home Idaho Student Numbers by Grade

With 8 different schools in Mountain Home, there were 524 student attending class but this does not include pre-schools nor kindergarten.

 

Mountain Home Idaho Students by Grade Number of students
1st Grade 231
2nd Grade 250
3rd Grade 241
4th Grade 218
5th Grade 230
6th Grade 277
7th Grade 332
8th Grade 305
9th Grade 421
10th Grade 404
11th Grade 284
12th Grade 293
Total 524

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2008 22:43

How Many Canadians Cross Our Border

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I was talking to a local business owner and he said he has seen more Canadians visitors in the last 6 months than he had in the last few years combined. This got me thinking. Why are Canadians now coming to Mountain Home in bigger numbers recently. My guess is the exchange rate between the Canadian and US Dollar has made the difference.

Below you will find the statistics for all vehicle traffic entering the two Canadian ports of entry into Idaho. I also included the State of Montana number as a comparison. You'll see the number of vehicles entering Idaho from Canada has steadily increased starting in 2005.

What I didn't Know

  • There are only two border crossing location into British Columbia, Canada from Idaho. These are at Porthill and Eastport Idaho. Montana has 14 border crossing location with 3 different Canadian Providences
  • Idaho's border with Canada is only about 45 miles long. Montana shares a 550 mile border with Canada.
  • Border crossings in the western US are predominately open during daylight hours. Border crossings from Michigan and eastward are, for the most part, open 24 hours a day.

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 September 2008 00:52

Challenge the Primary Candidates BEFORE May 25th

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Time is running out to learn about the May 25th 2010 Primary Election candidates!


The Idaho "Primary" Election will take place on May 25th, 2010.  This means our political hopefuls will be asking for your vote.  Do you know anything about these people?  Elmore County has published their Sample Ballot for this important event.

 Sample Ballot for Democratic 2010 Idaho Primary
The Democratic Sample Ballot


Idaho Republican Primary Ballot for 2010
The Republican Sample Ballot

Do the Candidates Want an Educated Voter?
Will the primary candidates come to Mountain Home and give us some idea of who they are, what they stand for and why they deserve your vote?  Sure you can dig up information on the internet, get some sound bites on the TV or radio or even look at the political ads in the newspaper.  But is that a good way to make a decision on the people who will be making rules, laws and regulations that will greatly affect you in the next 2-6 years?

The Challenge to Candidates:
Come to Mountain Home at least once before the May 25th, 2010 Primaries.  Maybe drag your opponent with you so "the citizens" (a.k.a - The Voters) can see you, hear you and maybe get an idea of who you are.  I'm not saying you should hold a debate, but let us compare apples and oranges so we can make a semi-educated choice.  I would also think you should come here after normal working hours so most citizens can attend "the event".  It's the least the following candidates can do before asking us to vote for you.
 
Randy Lynn Bergquist
William Bryk
P. Tom Sullivan
Mike Crapo
Claude M. (Skip) Davis III
Walt Minnick
Dave Olson
Mike Washburn
Harley D. Brown
Michael L. Chadwick
Raul R. Labrador
Allan M Salzberg
Vaughn Ward
Mike Crawford
Brian Schad
Katherine Burton
M.C. Chick Heileson
Russell J. Mathews
Mike Simpson
Keith Allred
Lee R. Chaney Sr.
Jana M. Kemp
Ted Dunlap
Walt Bayes
C.L. "Butch" Otter
Ron "Pete" Peterson
Rex Rammell
Sharon Margaret Ullman
Tamara Wells
Paul Venable
Eldon Wallace
Joshua Blessinger
Brad Little
Steven Dana Pankey
Mack Sermon
Ben Ysursa
Bruce Robinett
Todd Hatfield
Donna M Jones
Ron Crane
Lawrence Wasden
Stan Olson
Tom Luna
Jim Jones
John Bradbury
Roger Burdick
Henry E. Hibbert
Tim Corder
Marla S. Lawson
Rich Wills
Pete Nielsen


Before you vote for any candidate on May 25th, 2010, think about it and ask yourself, "do you really know the person you are voting for?"  It's your responsibility to vote for the person you think will best represent YOUR interests.  The candidates don't have any responsibility to tell you how they will represent you.  Scarey, ain't it?


Thanks for visiting and commenting on this story.



Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author




Last Updated on Saturday, 24 April 2010 02:51

Restaurant Review – Wah Hing in Kellogg Idaho

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While on vacation is Kellogg, Idaho we had dinner at the Wah Hing Chinese Restaurant on June 3rd, 2010.  We didn't really think the billing it got in the local phone book stating “Authentic Chinese Cuisine” could live up to that claim.  But it did!

Wah Hing Restaurant in Kellogg Idaho
This is an old building across the street from Wah Hing's in Kellogg Idaho  

I'm not a gourmet or even a lover of Chinese food but Wah Hing's certainly served some excellent tasting food.  My wife, a lover of Chinese food and who recently spent two weeks in China, has the expertise to rate true Chinese cuisine.  She gave it 4 of 5 stars.  The only things that she/we rated down was the chicken wings and one other chicken dish.  The wings were a little too crunchy and the chicken dish had too much plum sauce.  

If you are in the Kellogg area and want some excellent Chinese food, stop in at Wah Hing's.

Link to more reviews and a map of Wah Hing Restaurant in historic downtown Kellogg, Idaho.

Address:
Wah Hing Restaurant
215 McKinley Avenue, Kellogg, ID 83837-2503
(208) 783-3181‎

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this business article.


Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 21:13

Vote for Judy Mayne and Art Nelson for WECRD Directors

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Vote for Nelson and Mayne for WECRD directors

November 2nd, 2010 is our time to take control of our country, state and city. I am throwing my full support behind Art Nelson and Judy Mayne for the Western Elmore County Recreation District director positions for this coming general election. We need good, strong leadership and common sense for this elected position...for all positions and offices.

I talked to Art Nelson about one week ago on the phone. Even being an eternal skeptic when it comes to all things political, I felt Art might just be the breath of fresh air the WECRD needs. Then I spent some quality time talking to both Art Nelson and Judy Mayne at the Mountain Home Fall Harvest Festival. They made a believer out of me in just a few short minutes.

Why Vote for Art and Judy?
These two individuals have a plan!!! A plan that could benefit all Mountain Home residents within 12-18 months. A plan that puts recreation first and all the old grand plans in the waste basket. A plan that will give us the recreation that was promised to us. A plan that will likely come in either on budget or maybe, something unheard of these days...under budget? But a plan that makes sense and is obtainable! In short, I think Art and Judy will effectively utilize our tax dollars and get things done efficiently and quickly.

As of the post time of this article, Art and Judy were just putting together their website. I'm sure in the coming days more information about their plans, objectives and vision will be all laid out for you to read. If not, e-mail them and get the story first hand.
Web Address: http://www.recreationnow.net/

General election WECRD sample ballot 2010 Idaho

Vote for Judy Mayne and Art Nelson and throw the old and moldy politicians to the curb this November.



Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author


2010-10-26 23:46:24Tim thank you for your response and especially for not taking what I said as a personal attack. This is one of my faults without meaning too. It sounds like you really do want to hear both sides of the story. Agree •Fresh blood. To me this would be the YMCA. From what I know of the Y they will not purpose something or be involved with something that can not be sustainable. However they will be the first to tell you that not all YMCA's are sustainable. But they have more expertise then anyone here in Mountain Home. Problem •No Consensus. I have been involved since the inception of this project and it does not appear anything has changed, no matter who is involved, you always have two sides and no consensus. Public input •Door to Door. This means literally house by house, group meetings, bazaars, sporting events, standing on the street. This has been done, I know because I did it personally for 10 years. •Recreation components (not just recreation activities in a big building. ( track, exercise room, fitness equipment, pool) •Collaboration- meaning working together (not my way or no way) •Sustainable- ( building something that would hopefully be standing on its own with out the tax $) •Existing programs (not using the monies for existing programs that is controlled by the city, county or school district) This is how I would break this down Both sides: Building No guarantee of sustainability No start date for their plans. ART/Judy - -Recreational activities -spending existing tax monies to help fund schools, youth center and city parks and recreation with programs and activities. -No pursuing pool option -Pursuing ideas that have already been looked at. -Recreation Now-Plan to spend money now but no real plan of bringing this money back in. Marsha/Jana -Recreation components -Pursuing the pool -Open to the recommendation of the CDLC and YMCA(new ideas) -Recreation activities-continue to allocate monies towards current activities. -Plan to bring monies back in not just spend it. I am a certain people want a pool but are they willing to pay. No guarantees. Concern Art and Judy are in the mind set we were 10 years ago. The only difference is they now have $ they can utilize and spend. They have no plans of charging for all these groups to use the facility so if you give away everything for free how is the facility ever going to stand on it's own with out tax money. certain people want a recreation-center with actual recreation components. I am certain people do not want to use the WECRD $ collected to date to go back to existing city, county, youth center programs. I know for certain if they change back to a house hold fee via a levy(currently) my taxes along with anyone that owns a home with a taxable amount under $70,000 will go up. Jana and Marsha, will have to move forward with or without the pool, after they get the recommendation from the YMCA. Or the District is at risk of being dissolved. Last I am almost certain if Art and Judy are elected and start spending money how they have purposed the District will be dissolved. So people will have to choose recreation now or smart recreation after we have the recommendation from the YMCA. (if the YMCA even wants to continue) .
2010-10-26 10:10:53Teri: Thanks for the well thought out comment! I noticed your whole comment wasn't pulling through on my site. That is now fixed so something good came out of this whole thing...at least for me :-). As far as the nuts and bolts of your comment, I will be going to Art and Judy's meeting tonight and will bring your comment so they can explain their side of it. This will help me learn and that's what this is all about. As to you saying “I have no business stating things as they are fact”? Well, yeah I do, just like you have done in your comment. But I understand what you are saying. There are at least 2 sides to every story. I'd like to address the second part of that paragraph where you say “Have you not listen to the citizens or just those you surround yourself with”. No, I just listen to the people I surround myself with but that is because I don't have the ear of “the citizens”. Maybe you can suggest where I can listen to more citizens? I was at the Meet the Candidates Night last night and learned that the two sides are polarized. Fresh blood in the WECRD seems to be the only way to get things moving. Teri, I'd love to hear what you have to say about this subject. What is your solution to this problem? I'll gladly open my website to a full and complete response from you. The people of Mountain Home and Elmore County deserve to hear everything you have to say. I'll publish every word, exactly as it's written within 24 hour of receiving it. Please seriously consider doing this, OK? But be fast about it as there are precious few days left to get the word out. Thanks, Tim Bondy
Last Updated on Monday, 04 October 2010 12:59

Owyhee's Horsehead Spring Hike and Rock Hound Trip

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Owyhee Mountain Horsehead Springs area

Horsehead Spring in the Owyhee Mountains is located just off Mud Flat Road 20 miles south of Grand View, Idaho. This hike generally follows a mostly dry creek bed (I'll call it Horsehead Creek) that gradually became more remote and scenic. It doesn't take much effort to find some solitude and pretty views in this area.

Rock Hounding was a Bust
The route I took on this 4 mile round trip hike was rather barren of any rocks worth collecting. About the only thing I found interesting was some lava columns comprised of what I think was vessicular basalt. And these types of columns are rather common in this area of the Owyhee's. In short, I'd say you can cross this area off your rockhounding "wondering" list. I've hiked other peaks in this area and found nothing interesting, but your mileage may vary.

The Horsehead Spring Hike
The day started off with a few light rainshowers but eventually the skies cleared and it turned out to be a magnificent November Idaho fall day. As with every Owyhee hike I've taken, I encountered no one else out there.

Fall colors in the Owyhee Mountains of Idaho

The Horsehead Creek draw was a nice hike as I gained almost 2000 vertical feet up to my stopping point just short of the true Horsehead Spring. There were scattered clumps of trees in the draw displaying with their waning fall colors. The bright yellowy-orange foliage certainly contrasted nicely against usual tan-brown-silver colors of the landscape in this area.

As there are virtually no hiking trails in the Owyhee's, this hike was mostly cross-country. But this is ranching country. Most every valley or draw you chose to hike there will be cow trails. In places the cow trails along Horsehead Creek were better maintained than some National Forest Service trails. This makes for easier going through the brambles of sagebrush and thorny bushes close to the dry streambed.

My Hike Location by Coordinates
Note: Copy/Paste the above lat/long into Google Earth or Google Maps will give you the exact location.

Animals, Hunters, Cows, Ranching and the Environment
Hunters are always a concern when I hike Game Management Unit 40 in the Owyhee's during Oct/Nov. Thankfully I saw no hunters but that doesn't mean they didn't see me. I saw many places were big game bedded down recently. Obviously the deer, elk and/or antelope saw and smelled me and headed towards a safer place before I got near them. It appears as if the upper portions of this hike would be prime hunting grounds for the adventurous hunter. But there aren't any roads or ATV trails close so filling a tag means a rough trip out with 100-150lbs of dead weight.

The numerous cow trails along Horsehead Creek is a blessing and a curse all in one. The easier hiking is offset by the sheer amount of cow poop in places. While all the cow patties I stepped over, in and around were old, it certainly still attracted clouds of flies. Once I got into the rougher sections of this BLM and State land, the flies magically disappeared.

The only animals I saw during my hike were 7 or so rabbits and lots of the normal birds. This is coyote territory and I saw plenty of evidence these animals call Horsehead Creek their home. While this creekbed is dry, I found 4 places with standing water in the low spots. I'd like to head up to this area again during the morning or early evening for some wildlife viewing.

I've done a fair amount of hiking and rock hounding in this general area. I've been off the beaten trail to places I'd never expected many or any people have ever been to. But these are the places I've found trash and other signs of stupid people. On this Horsehead Creek hike, the land was clean except the ever present ranching stuff.

rock hounding the Owyhee Mountain of Idaho

Land and Fences
All the land I traveled on during this hike was either "owned" by the BLM or the State of Idaho. One would think fences wouldn't be a problem out in this isolated area but they are. Grazing allotments seem to blanket the Owyhee's and I suspect each allotment is fenced off??? Even where there are gates, they are difficult to figure out how to open them. This leaves the hiker, hunter or rock hound only one option and that is to find a place to climb over or under these barriers.

Advice to Hikers and Rock Hounds
Owyhee County is close to Mountain Home and a perfect place to get out to experience our vast public lands. Hiking is wide open down there and with a little research, you can easily avoid private lands. For rock hounding, the wide open public land is an invitation to get out to find some cool rock, gems and geology. All this land is as close as 45 minutes from Mountain Home. Using Mud Flat Road means you get to avoid bad roads completely.

More pictures from this rock hounding and hiking trip: http://picasaweb.google.com/tim.bondy/HorseheadSpringsHikeInTheOwyheeMountains?feat=directlink

Have any questions about this article? Want some digital products from this hike? Leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Tim Bondy

The Bondyweb.Com author


Last Updated on Sunday, 07 November 2010 14:24

Photo-of-week – Deer Creek and Little Canyon Creek

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A photo at the confluence of Little Canyon Creek and Deer Creek in Idaho's Bennett Hills



Deer Creek Canyon in Idahos Bennett Hills
Click to see a larger version of the Deer Creek Photo

Sunday, March 13th 2011: This hike was suppose to be much longer but the ground in the Bennett Hills was soft, muddy and not a good time to be off-trail. My original plan was to hike up Peak 4678 northwest of the lower portion of Deer Creek but I had to stay west of Little Canyon Creek.

Overall, this was the worst hikes I have ever taken. It was so muddy and soft I basically hopped from rock to rock the entire 2 miles. As of March 13th, 2011 I do not recommend any form of recreation off Bennett Mountain Road until it dries out.

Details of the Photo
Photo Taken: 43.128857, -115.283954 or about ½ miles off Bennett Mountain Road.
Looking: Northeast up the Deer Creek Canyon.
Date and Time: March 13th 2011 at 3:32pm or 2132 UTC.

Comments?
I'll be the first to admit I shouldn't have taken this hike. But I did my best to stay off the mud and on the rocks. It was an ankle twisting trip. Have any similar trip that you have taken? What do you think of the Photo of Deer Creek? Leave a comment.

tim-bondy-idaho-blogger


Last Updated on Saturday, 19 March 2011 07:55

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