Guest Commentary

 

Idaho can’t remain scroll-down state

Idaho’s chronic failure to invest in its people has made us a “scroll-down state.” That is, when you look at rankings for different categories that measure a state’s health and prosperity, you must scroll down to find Idaho.

July 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Recreationists must understand new, flawed Idaho trespassing bill

Idaho’s trespass laws have been criticized over the years, largely for being confusing or inconsistent. During the 2018 Legislature, Idaho lawmakers passed a sweeping bill that altered the meaning of “trespassing” and increased penalties for violators. Unfortunately, the bill was hastily drafted and pushed through into law, without meaningful input from sportsmen or law enforcement. If the goal was to eliminate confusion and inconsistencies in Idaho’s trespassing statute, the bill largely missed the mark.

June 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
  

Investment today brings doctors to stay

A recent article in the Twin Falls Times-News brings into sharp relief a major hurdle rural Idaho communities must overcome. The story focused, in part, on Doctor Keith Davis, who has served the people of Lincoln County since 1985. However, that was just the setup to the story. Doctor Davis is the county’s one and only doctor.

June 13, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Transportation department encourages public participation in online survey

The Idaho Transportation Department is currently in the process of updating the long-range transportation plan for the state highway system. The department is seeking public input through an online interactive survey. Prioritizing strategies, allocation of new revenue and decision-making trade-offs are the three areas of focus for our interactive survey. The transportation department asks for your participation in this process. he survey closes on June 6.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Public meeting June 11 to focus on EMS challenges

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are vital to the healthcare of every community. Providing urgent medical care at the scene and then timely transport to the nearest medical facility not only dramatically improves the health outcome of the patient, it is often the difference between life and death.

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


ITD survey to help prioritize projects

Idaho is the fastest growing state in the nation. To many, this is already old news, simply an announcement made by the U.S. Census Bureau in late 2017 that has come and gone in the headlines. But what this means for Idaho, and our infrastructure, doesn’t fade away like news headlines. The fact remains, and long-term impacts are imminent. So, what does this mean for our transportation infrastructure and what role does the Idaho Transportation Department play in navigating through the growth?

May 30, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


I plan on doing the ‘right’ thing

I have to say, I am very disappointed in the Idaho County Farm Bureau. Usually, the group is really good about asking knowledgeable folks to come address the membership about issues before taking such a public position. But in this case, they did not want to invite the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, commission chair or anyone with an understand of the issue to a meeting to offer an explanation of what processing a tax refund might entail.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Take care of, license those dogs

Warm weather is upon us…hopefully! With that, folks are starting to open windows, take evening walks and enjoy the outdoors. One thing that causes problems when folks are enjoying our wonderful area is dogs.

May 16, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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