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Randal Stoker grew up on a small family dairy farm in the Magic Valley area of Southern Idaho. He was taught at a very early age how to appreciate the beauty of farm life and an appreciation for hard work.  As a third generation dairymen, Randal learned early from his father how to milk and tend to cows and calves and all about dairying.  He was also involved in 4-H and FFA and learned much about agriculture and the satisfaction of raising prize Jersey cows.

Randal and Carol have been best friends ever since middle school where they first met. In their early years of marriage they invested in their own small Jersey herd and marketed the milk in the Magic Valley.  Carol, a small town girl, learned the value of hard work and the benefits of farm living as she worked right along with Randal milking, processing and marketing their milk. Randal’s extensive background in the Dairy industry has included Idaho State Dairy Inspector, Dairy Cooperatives, Cheese processors, a degree in Agriculture Economics at Utah State University and for the past 16 years He has been employed as a Dairy Marketing Specialist with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services in Washington, D.C.  Always longing for and missing the West, they were grateful to return to their native state of Idaho in 2014, where he continues his employment with the USDA. Since their return, and in preparation for retirement they both have been actively engaged in the startup of their sheep cheese operation.

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SALMON — There are figures in every small community that represent many of its virtues and all of its citizenship.

Charles “Buzz” Wing, of Salmon, was such a man and his unexpected death this month, at age 55, has left a gap larger than the Idaho mountain town where he was born and which he called home.

Buzz was a son, brother, husband and father and he was more than that. A 29-year veteran of the Salmon Volunteer Fire Department, Buzz married his second wife, Luann “Boo” Robie, in Montpelier in 2000 while the pair was attending fire school.

On Nov. 1, the day Buzz died, he would have marked his 29th anniversary working at the Lemhi County Road Department, where he recently had been promoted to assistant supervisor.

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North Fork, Idaho: The Salmon-Challis National Forest Road Crew will be blasting rock on the Salmon River Road today,Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Crews anticipate the road will be closed from approximately 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The temporary closure is needed for public safety. Forest visitors should keep in mind that the closure could take place as early as 8:00 AM but no later than noon. The location of work is approximately 24 miles west of North Fork, near Dutch Oven Creek, which is located between Pine and Panther Creeks. For project specific information, please call Jay Winfield, District Ranger at 208-756-5247.

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Rick Poisel, Idaho state service officer, will be conducting an outreach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in rooms 515 and 516, building five, of College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S. 25th E.

All veterans, family members and widows or widowers of veterans are encouraged to attend. He will work with veterans one-on-one, answering questions on pension and compensation and assisting with the filing of all claims with the VA Regional Office in Boise. In addition, he will address VA health care eligibility and assist with the application process.

He will provide information on both of the local facilities which provide medical services to eligible veterans: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City and the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Pocatello, Ammon and Salmon. His services are free of charge.

This is not in Salmon, but local veterans can contact the county veterans representative in your area or call Rick at 208-235-7890, for information.

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