Guest Commentary

 

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..


USFS, Tribe committed to responsible resource management; land use at issue at Pittsburg Landing

The leaders of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and the Nez Perce Tribe wish to respond to questions regarding cattle grazing in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) near Pittsburg Landing. We want the community to understand why cattle grazing is occurring on this portion of the Hells Canyon NRA. Portions of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest overlap with the traditional homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Do right thing: Return money to taxpayers

We appreciate your service as our elected officials and the tough decisions that are made from the chairs you sit in. Now is the time to exercise the trust granted to you. Do the right thing and return to the taxpayers what they so willingly agreed to support when you did not have the SRS funds.

May 9, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


The fight to save the Union - attend May 14 caucus

On Monday, May 14, at the Grangeville Senior Center the Idaho County Democratic Party (ICDP) will hold a caucus to elect delegates for the Idaho Democratic Party Convention, June 29th-30, Caldwell. Attendees will draft the state party platform. All registered Democrats, willing to sign a pledge form are both eligible to nominate, to nominate themselves, to be nominated, and to vote for the candidates. I call on all of our Idaho County Democrat electorate to attend!

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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