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Packer party well attended

John and Barbara Packer know how to throw a party. And they seized the opportunity to give back to the community on their own, in spite of the cancelation of Idaho Days and the Preston Night Rodeo. Based on the assumption “if you reserve it, they will come,” Packers set a date, invited a car show, and scheduled fireworks. And the people did come.

The festivities Sat., Aug. 8, began with a “Go!” directed by Emily Jensen at 7 a.m., and 19 runners scrambled up Main Street for the official Fun Run of the day. Lacey Hansen gave the official times as most of the racers panted across the finish line from the mile run. Matt Crosgrove arrived first, with 5.54 minutes, followed by Owen Hansen from Melba at 6.42 minutes, and Harley Crosgrove at 7.41 minutes.

Steve Crosgrove waited patiently in the truck at the finish line for five more of his children to arrive with a promise of breakfast shortly. He admitted there is no secret for the kids’ achievement, “They just like to be active.” Lane Hansen, Owen’s five-year old brother was the youngest participant and exclaimed, “That’s the longest race I’ve ever done!” Cousin Baylor Hansen honestly remarked, “It wasn’t fun,” but his mother quickly reminded him that he completed a goal by finishing – at least some compensation for all the pain.

Meanwhile, remarkable old cars were carefully lining up in the park. Yawning trunks and hoods revealed immaculate paint jobs and mirror finishes. Rockin’ to music from the Beach Boys, proud owners registered their vehicles under the direction of Jeremy Naef, propped up tents, and admired the display. Naef’s son, Triton, was quick to point out intricate details on the creations from their Cowboy’s Auto Body and Customizing shop on Second East. Doug West brought nine vehicles from Preston, and the more than 85 entries — which exceeded last year’s Idaho Days participation — came from as far away as Wyoming, Salt Lake, and Boise. Ken Baxter left Island Park at 4 a.m. to arrive on time, showing off his exact replica of the 1932 bright yellow Little Deuce Coupe from the movie “American Graffiti.”

Locals were well represented. J. D. Cole from Whitney brought his ’67 Chevy and claimed he is a “bad influence” on his son-in-law Wes Fellows who displayed his ’63 GMC C-10. They apparently like each other well enough to work together a couple days a week. Ten-year-old Tucker and seven-year-old Wyatt Mooseman were all smiles under the tent with Grandpa Jeff Gale from Preston. They seemed willing enough to tend the ’55 Bel Air for the day as long as the treats held out.

Jason and Natalie Smith and their children, Colton, Sawyer, Savannah, and Wyatt from Franklin sauntered down the rows of cars enjoying the beautiful weather. Sawyer exclaimed that his favorite part was the “orange ones,” of which he quickly pointed out three.

Tate and Talee Porter were part of the entertainment, singing on stage, as was Bryce Wood, Steven Anderson and other performers. About 200 people attended, seated in groups in the park.

Although a breakfast and dinner were originally planned, they were canceled by the health department — so bottled drinks and the cotton candy were sold.

By dark, the park was surrounded by people in their vehicles to watch the fireworks. Attendees were thrilled with the show, saying they were some of the best they’d seen. A group of volunteers picked up trash after everything was over.

Woman nearly drowns on Bear River

A 57-year-old woman nearly drowned in the Bear River Saturday afternoon in Franklin County, authorities said.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. just west of the junction of Highways 34 and 36 northeast of Preston.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said it was reported that the woman had fallen off her inner tube and possibly drowned. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel responded and were able to locate the woman, pull her from the river and begin CPR, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman was transported to Franklin County Medical Center in Preston and then to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Authorities have not yet provided her name or an update on her condition.

Key-Lix eyes Weston for factory site

The August Weston City Council meeting was held outside again due to the oppressive heat and humidity of the evening.

The first of two major issues was the possibility of a company moving into Weston. KEY-LIX produces salt licks for livestock and is currently based out of Smithfield. The key issue the council had for the company’s representative Jed Archibald and Four County Alliance of Southeastern Idaho director Kathy Ray, was concerning water. They said that the factory would need a maximum of 1,600-2,000 gallons, although that would be for fire suppression and not everyday use. They also said the factory they are considering would most likely be built on the south end of town. The council suggested that the east side of the road next to the railroad track could prove difficult as they would be dealing with stipulations set by the railroad.

KEY-LIX is still examining its options before officially approaching the city for a building permit.

The second major issue is about water that flows through Weston Creek. At present, there are two ditches that the creek water runs through to pass through and around the city. Those ditches have been in place for about 100 years and are in dire need of replacement. The plan is to pipe the water under eight sections of road where it would then continue its current course.

Two representatives, Tyson Schvaneveldt and Maxine Waddoups, from the Weston Creek Canal Company, were there to present the council with the two options available for the project. Option one is to bore under the street and thread the pipe through it, option two is to cut out that strip of pavement, excavate a ditch and then place the pipe and bury it leaving it open for traffic to compact as it drives over it.

Of those two options, the second one is the cheapest, however, some concerns were raised by the council such as the level of the road for things such as the snowplow. Schvaneveldt assured the council that the roadbed would be patched to ensure a smooth transition for both cars and snowplows. The council approved the cutting option provided they could get a warranty on the road patches.

The final aspect of business for the evening was a brief overlook of the city budget. The meeting to finalize it has been set for August 19 at 7:30 PM.

Hank Smith featured at Dahle Auditorium

The West Side School District is sponsoring an evening with Hank Smith, Monday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Dahle Auditorium.

Smith is a popular, entertaining, motivational speaker and is a bestselling author of many books and audio CDs, including, “Be Happy,” “Unconquerable,” and “Running Down Your Dreams.”

From Mapleton, Utah, Smith earned his MBA from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University. He also has an MBA from Utah State University and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. In addition to his work in consulting with companies and families, Hank has presented at nationwide and international programs, several University Education Weeks and various forums around the country.

He enjoys marathons and hiking with his family.

Smith will discuss parenting strategies. The event is free and open to the public.