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Girl Scouts back flags to improve pedestrian safety

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With all the big, pressing, controversial, distressing issues out there, sometimes it’s nice to digress and just hit a few of the small ones. Ever given crosswalk flags a thought?

Splitting Kooskia off from district? Sheer lunacy

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Splitting off Kooskia from Mountain View School District 244 is not ridiculous or crazy as its board representative, Mike Dominguez, said at Monday night’s meeting. It is sheer lunacy, and it’s implementation – were patrons to be so foolish as to be led down that primrose path – would spell disaster for that community, and more importantly, its kids.

Evil travels US 95 — need for vigilance; supporting, monitoring police

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How close is too close? When the fugitive Kyle A. Odom, 30, was arrested for his alleged role in shooting a Coeur d’Alene pastor earlier this month, a portion of that news item perked our interest: After the incident, Odom drove to Spokane and headed south, and later the following day he boarded a flight at the Boise Airport to Washington, D.C. So what? Well, it’s a good bet his southern getaway route was U.S. Highway 95, meaning he traveled through a large portion of rural Idaho before the diligence of airport security allowed Odom — an alleged attempted murderer who contended Martians controlled the Earth — to continue on his delusionally merry way. But not before he likely passed by Cottonwood and Grangeville, and then right through Riggins. That’s close enough.

Before any firearms draft, district needs discussion, involvement of patrons

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School safety, and guns on high school campuses: The topic is so emotionally and politically charged that it seems unlikely that the matter can be brought down from the rhetorical heights – whether federal to local — which such adamant passions have driven it to. But it has to be if Mountain View School District 244 is to discuss its proposals for a firearm policy.

More than spuds: Idaho has much to celebrate

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You may love living in Idaho, but what do you really know about the Gem State? This Friday, March 4, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter kicks off commemoration of Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln’s signing the congressional act to make Idaho a territory on March 4, 1863.

Challenge GOP; need for political diversity

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Just so you know, next Monday, Feb. 29, filings open for state and county elected offices that Republicans will be filling come the November elections. That is, of course, if no other parties choose to file candidates.

City, police proactive on engaging citizens

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We challenge public entities within Idaho County to follow the lead by the City of Grangeville on proactive efforts to engage citizens.

Pair seniors with teens for prime benefits

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A recent Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey tells us our high school kids are involved in a few things we would rather they didn’t experience. While some seem like rites of passage or areas we may not have control over, there are other areas where we can step up and take action.

Cameras give justice necessary speed

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No one ever wants to see a law enforcement officer kill anyone, and bringing a firearm to bear is rarely necessary even in that dangerous line of work. Whenever it is necessary for an officer to draw down on a human being, there must be quick, clear accountability. Every. Single. Time.

Was occupation worth taking a man’s life?

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Did activist Robert LaVoy Finicum have to die? Opinions are heated on last week’s shooting of the spokesman for activists who have staged a month-long occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore. Was it justified, or was it an ambush and murder? That’s a conclusion we’re not ready to jump at, because more importantly we’re asking whether this whole situation justified actions that resulted in a man losing his life. And with this also brings to mind the role of law enforcement as public servants and protectors of the peace.

Continually evolving drug trends warrant renewed attention, vigilance

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If you know all about the trending illegal drug scene, then you can stop reading here. But, if you are like us, you likely have no clue as to the extent of what is really going on … and so perhaps, you should be paying better attention.

Love is a verb; it calls for action

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The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach. “I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.

Question with Wilks: Will they be good neighbors?

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Will they be good neighbors? That’s the question we ask ourselves when someone pulls up with the moving van into the vacant house next to us. Can we get along? Will they maintain their property to both its benefit and that of the neighborhood? Will they not be disruptive? Overall, will they reflect our values?

Maintain trust: Keep ISP patrol vehicles marked

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Unmarked police cars patrolling for driving violations has the appearance of a game of “gotcha” where officers are looking for an excuse to drop the hammer on drivers. It feels sneaky and deceptive; an enforcement tactic way we don’t feel is commensurate with the infractions – not misdemeanors or felonies, mind you – that highway enforcement officers largely deal with.

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