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Volunteers repair racially based graffiti at Nampa’s Wilson Ponds

Father-son duo Ron and Ross Carrico, owners of AMU Inc. in Nampa, applied asphalt sealer to cover the graffiti along a paved walking path at Wilson Ponds.
Father-son duo Ron and Ross Carrico, owners of AMU Inc. in Nampa, applied asphalt sealer to cover the graffiti along a paved walking path at Wilson Ponds. Idaho Fish and Game

The father-son owners of a Nampa-based commercial ground maintenance business spent Wednesday morning at Wilson Ponds south of Nampa eliminating some racially based graffiti that appeared over the weekend.

Ron and Ross Carrico did the work as volunteers.

“I grew up out here, so it’s hard to see this kind of thing,” Ron Carrico told Idaho Fish and Game. “I’d take Ross fishing here when he was younger, so giving back like this is simple. It just makes you feel good.”

The graffiti was spray-painted Friday evening on restroom facilities, a 100-foot wall, benches, several dozen signs and an asphalt walking path. Idaho Fish and Game estimated the damage at “thousands of dollars.”

The Carricos responded before Fish and Game had finalized its own cleanup plan.

“I was at the office Tuesday morning figuring out what needed to be done first, and in walks Mr. Carrico wanting to help,” said Dennis Hardy, recreation site foreman for Fish and Game in Nampa. “They are donating everything and they don’t want anything in return.”

Authorities are looking for the person or persons responsible for the damages. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Canyon County Sheriff’s office at 208-454-7531.

More fire restrictions in place

Part of Central Idaho around the Payette National Forest has added Stage 1 fire restrictions. The restrictions don’t affect the forest lands but are in effect in Zone 3 (Long Valley/Meadows Valley) and Zone 4 (Little Salmon) of the Payette Fire Restriction Area.

Zone 3: All BLM, state, and private lands located within Meadows Valley and the northern portions of Long Valley. Beginning at Highway 55, T16N, R3E, Section 23 SW corner, the southern boundary runs from this point west to the Payette National Forest boundary. It then follows the forest boundary northwest and the north to the Forest Service Road 074. The boundary then follows the road east to Highway 95, then continues east to the Payette National Forest boundary. The boundary line turns south and continues to follow the forest boundary south and east to the Payette-Boise National Forest boundary. Here the line turns west and travels to its junction with Highway 55.

Zone 4: All state, private and BLM managed land (except that located within NFS boundaries) south of the Main Salmon River to Smokey Boulder Road.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires are prohibited except within designated recreation sites or private land within a permanent fire structure. There is an exception for fire pans (3-inch-high sides with a metal grate on top) within a quarter-mile of the Main Salmon River.

The Boise and Sawtooth national forests also have issued fire restrictions this summer.

Sawtooth Salmon Festival is this weekend

The Sawtooth Salmon Festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday at the Stanley Community Center with a presentation by “Outdoor Idaho” host Bruce Reichert.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Stanley Museum.

More info here.