Friday, August 17, 2012

New, public pavilion opened in Carey

Pioneers Alliance provides aerial tour of conservation areas

Express Staff Writer

Dozens of people gathered for the dedication of the Boyd L. Stocking Memorial Pavilion Saturday in Carey. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson cut the ribbon to officially open the facility. Courtesy photo

A group of Idaho politicians, conservationists and community leaders gathered at the Carey Fairgrounds on Saturday to dedicate the Boyd L. Stocking Memorial Pavilion.

The pavilion features a large covered meeting area. Public amenities also include two showers, picnic tables and a tent camping area.

The late Boyd Stocking, a lifelong resident of Carey, was a longtime employee of the Little Wood River Irrigation District, which dedicated $30,000 worth of construction materials for the pavilion.

"Boyd was loved by everyone in the community," said Vonnie Olson, Carey City councilwoman and chair of the Carey Economic Revitalization Group. "This was truly a community led project."

Opening statements at the dedication came from Carey City Council members Dustin Colton and Vonnie Olson, and Jim Peterson of the Little Wood Irrigation District.

Keynote speakers included Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson as well as Blaine County Commissioners Angenie McCleary and Larry Schoen.


The Pioneers Alliance, City of Carey and the Carey Economic Revitalization Group, as well as several private donations, also provided support for the pavilion.

The Pioneers Alliance is a cooperative effort by ranchers, local residents, conservationists and public lands managers to conserve and enhance the natural and cultural values of the Pioneer Mountains and Craters of the Moon landscape of south-central Idaho.

The Pioneers Alliance began the day with an aerial tour showcasing the Pioneers-Craters area. Following was a discussion of key issues and projects in the area. The tour was attended by landowners and representatives of various agencies with a stake in Pioneers Alliance land management projects.

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