Fish and Game Asks for Comment on Wildlife Plan Revision

BOISE • The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for public input on the 10-year revision of the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan.

When completed, the Action Plan is intended to conserve fish and wildlife by helping landowners, resource-based industries and land management agencies choose programs and on-the-ground activities that benefit those species that need the most help, Fish and Game said. All strategies suggested in the Action Plan are voluntary and will help prevent future endangered species listings.

The plan describes key conservation targets (fish and wildlife species and their habitats), threats to those targets such as noxious weeds and wildfire, and recommended actions to address the threats.

Submit your input by going online to the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan page on Fish and Game’s website at Idfg.idaho.gov/swap.

The deadline for submitting comments is Jan. 20.

Comments will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration prior to submitting the draft to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for review and approval.

Idaho’s State Wildlife Action Plan is part of a nationwide effort by all 50 states and U.S. territories. It falls under the umbrella of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program. Created in 2000, the program provides funding for the conservation of wildlife diversity in the states and territories, and Idaho receives about $550,000 annually through this program, Fish and Game said.

Idaho’s Action Plan was developed using input from working groups of Idahoans including sportsmen, conservationists, landowners and community leaders as well as agency representatives.

Learn Avalanche Basics Tonight, Saturday

HAILEY | The Sawtooth Avalanche Center will teach a class on avalanche basics tonight in Hailey.

The classroom session is set for 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 7, in Wood River High School's Performing Arts Theater. The center suggests a donation of $5 for a student and $10 for an adult.

The two-hour presentation introduces basic concepts about snow, avalanches and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. No preregistration is required.

Tonight's classroom session is required in order to register for and attend the optional field session on Saturday, Jan. 9. Suggested donation for the field session is $40.

CSI Plans Dual Credit Night

TWIN FALLS • High school students, parents, teachers and counselors are invited to attend the College of Southern Idaho’s dual credit night.

The information session is 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 at CSI’s Health Sciences and Human Services building on North College Road.

Event organizer Karrie Hornbacher and other volunteers will provide information about applying for admission to the dual credit program, funding and scholarships, and class advising.

The event is free and open to everyone. Register in advance online at csi.edu/admissions/dualcreditnight. Drawings will be held for four dual credit scholarships, each worth $195 or three credits.

Dual credit is the statewide program allowing high school students to take specially-designed classes during their junior and senior years that earn both high school and college credit.

Nearly 4,000 Idaho students are enrolled in CSI’s dual credit classes this school year. High school students pay only $65 per credit, compared with $120 per credit for regular students.

High schoolers can save thousands of dollars on their higher education costs and a year or more of time toward earning their college degree. Idaho also offers several scholarship programs to help high schoolers pay dual credit tuition.

Because of construction on North College Road, visitors are advised to access the Health Science building on North College Road only from the direction of Washington Street North.

For information, contact Hornbacher at 208-732-6276 or at khornbacher@csi.edu.

Pediatrician to Lecture about Health Care

TWIN FALLS • Longtime pediatrician Dr. Paul Miles is scheduled to speak at the January Herrett Forum at the College of Southern Idaho.

He’ll speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. His topic will be “The Importance of Co-Producing Your Own Health Care.”

Miles will talk about the evolving role of patients in our current healthcare system. What does patient-centered care really mean? What five things can we do to improve our interactions with doctors, nurses and other providers to assure better outcomes and make our care safer, more satisfying and less expensive? How do we become great patients?

Miles was a private practice pediatrician for 24 years before taking a faculty position at Case Western University and the University of Washington Schools of Medicine.

Since then, he has also held positions at Vanderbilt University, Duke University and chaired the board of directors for the American Board of Pediatrics in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Miles is currently a senior quality advisor for the American Board of Pediatrics and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at Duke and the University of Missouri Schools of Medicine.

The Herrett Forum is a monthly series of presentations generally held the third Wednesday evening of each month during the school year. Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of community individuals dedicated to bringing high quality presentations to Twin Falls.

No tickets are required for this free public lecture. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of the CSI campus at the North College Road entrance.

Due to the current construction on North College Road, visitors are advised to access the Herrett Center by entering the campus from either the Falls Avenue entrance or by taking North College Road only from the direction of Washington Street North.

WinCo Co-founder Remembered for Willingness to Help Others

TWIN FALLS • People just naturally gravitated to Ronald L. “Bud” Williams.

Chris Greene often found himself sitting next to Williams, who co-founded WinCo Foods stores, during Rotary Club of Twin Falls meetings. He liked his thoughtful and caring nature.

“Bud was one of the good guys,” Greene said.

Williams, 87, died of acute myeloid leukemia Jan. 3 at his home with family.

When volunteers were needed for recent Christmas events, Williams — a member for the past 40 years — didn’t hesitate to sign up when others declined. And at Wednesday’s Rotary meeting there will be an empty spot where Williams would have sat, and one less person willing to step up and help out.

His passing was a shock to family and friends because, many said, he was in good health up until about a week ago. He had flu-like symptoms and pneumonia, but further tests diagnosed him with acute myeloid leukemia.

The family is also mourning the death of Williams’ son Tom, who died Dec. 18.

Chris Williams, who lives in Hailey, visited his father in October and said he was his usual energetic self.

“We played golf at Blue Lakes Country Club, had dinner and watched a CSI basketball game,” Chris said. “He got admitted to the hospital on Thursday and I came down Friday, and he died Sunday evening. He was 87, and we all have it in perspective that when you are an 87-year-old human being you could go at any time, but we were all caught off guard with this.”

Williams co-founded today’s WinCo Foods — originally Waremart — and owned and operated Williams Market grocery stores in Twin Falls, Filer and Ketchum. He grew up on a family farm outside of Idaho Falls and began work at the age of 12 in a grocery store.

His wife, Maureen, said many of her husband’s former employees have called her to offered their condolences.

“He worked with so many people,” Maureen said. “Anybody that he ever worked with he honored their work and appreciated them.”

The couple would have been married 52 years in June. They met through a friend when he was manager of a Safeway store in Caldwell. He was a widower with two little boys and she was recently divorced with her own two children. Williams moved to Caldwell after the death of his first wife, Charlotte, from lupus.

“It was a girlfriend that got us together. Neither one of us was looking to be set up,” Maureen said. “He was in pain still and I was young divorcee with two kids, but I just recognized him as such a good man. He loved his children. His children were extremely important to him.”

And Maureen wasn’t the only one who saw the good. Williams always had a lot of friends.

“Everybody liked him,” she said. “He had the ability to talk to everybody and treat everybody equally.”

Growing up, Williams’ son Chris remembered his father having a no nonsense personality, but it softened after retirement.

“I think it was because he was a small business owner. When they run a business, and their lives, they have high standards,” Chris said. “He and I had these conversations and he’d say, ‘Retirement has been really good to me.’ Really, in some way, he was enjoying his life. He had been working since he was 12 years. He was a little calmer and patient in retirement.”

Greene met Williams through his wife, Diane, who is good friends with Maureen.

“I find guys that are self-made interesting and that was one of the things that drew me to him,” Greene said. “Bud seemed to be naturally one of those guys everybody liked him. I never heard him say a cross thing about anyone. I never heard him gossip about anybody, something that most of us are guilty of. I sat with him at Rotary because I liked being in his company.”

Jill Skeem, another Rotary member, was shocked when she learned of Williams death. She said he and Maureen helped her set up for Death by Chocolate ever year.

“He was such a lovely man. He was always pleasant, always helpful,” Skeem said. “He always wanted to know what he could do.”

He also served on the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation board and was president in 2002. Williams was a longtime member of the American Legion and earned the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Fellow award for his significant efforts.

Growing up, Fran Dresen didn’t see much of her brother who was 14 years older than her. But as adults, the siblings reconnected and were always traveling together.

“I don’t have early memories of him, but I sure have some wonderful later memories,” Dresen said. “He was just a great supporter of any of his siblings and their children. We could always count on him. He loved to come to family reunions. All his nieces and nephews just loved Uncle Bud because he was kind and gentle and he took a great interest in each one of them.”

Dresen said her husband, Jim Dresen, considered her brother one is his closest friends and a golfing buddy. The two couples often spent time in McCall at the Williams’ condo. During the day, they would boat, hike and play golf. In the evenings, they gathered and played board and card games.

Asked how she would remember her brother, Dresen tried to hold back tears and said “he was bigger than life.”