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Efforts honor veterans’ commitment

Veterans, by putting their lives on the line for their country, communities, fellow servicemembers and fellow Americans, represent the ultimate sacrifice, which is at the core of their service. We honor veterans this Veterans Day by recognizing the foundation of their service and helping to ensure that their immense commitment is acknowledged and respected.

November 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

On Prop. 2: Critical to viability of rural hospitals, economies

Proposition 2 is critical to the health and viability of not only our rural hospitals, but more importantly, our local economies. Medicaid expansion benefits the hardworking members of our local small businesses, farms, and forest workers, in both emergency situations and important preventative care.

October 31, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Proposition 2 saves lives; vote yes

The greatest benefit of Prop 2 is it provides medical insurance to the working poor and the mentally ill in the “Gap.” People in the insurance “Gap” (those that cannot qualify for Medicaid because they make too much money and not eligible for subsidies by not making enough money) consist of approximately 62,000 Idahoans.

October 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Support critical sportsmen’s access

Approximately 9.5 million acres of public lands in the West are landlocked, meaning they are not accessible to hunters, anglers, and others. In Idaho, approximately 208,000 acres are landlocked. We have an excellent opportunity to fix some of these access issues with the inclusion of Making Public Lands Public (MPLP) provisions in LWCF reauthorization legislation.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Medicaid Expansion: The right, responsible thing to do

When voters consider expanding Medicaid to Idaho’s Gap Population (those who make too little for federal subsidies and too much for state assistance), it’s more than being compassionate to Idaho’s working poor. A recent Milliman study confirms that Idaho’s economy will be strengthened, and taxpayers’ dollars will be used more efficiently and effectively.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

Supporting all parts of opioid fight

Opioid abuse has crept into all parts of our country, destroying lives and requiring a range of skills and professions to fight it. There are big glimmers of progress in this effort, and we must continue to get all the needed tools in place to help those who are working hard to protect American families from this destructive problem.

August 15, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Fighting sex assault crimes in all of Idaho; St. Mary’s Hospital on board with initiative

Idaho is working on tangible changes to better protect and care for survivors of sexual violence from the moment their attack is reported, all the way through the legal process. The next phase of this fight against sexual assault in Idaho is to provide respectful and humane care to survivors – no matter where they live. The changes we’re seeing couldn’t have happened without Idahoans working together and putting victims at the center of their focus.

August 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho needs strong borders to protect our public waterways

A story broke this month about a boat being stopped at the Washington-Idaho border. At first blush, it might seem like an odd event to draw news coverage. However, it wasn’t the boat the inspectors were interested in – it’s what was on the boat that made them nervous. What they found on that boat were zebra mussels.

August 1, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Challenge to Idaho GOP to support act

Last week, Idaho County Republicans (otherwise known as your Idaho County Republican Central Committee) – the “pro-life” party - issued a formal challenge to all county Republican organizations throughout the State of Idaho: Join us in actively supporting and campaigning for the passage of the Life at Conception Act bills currently pending in the U.S. Congress. Of all bills pending in Congress, why are we focusing on the Life at Conception Act?

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


A path to cut govt. subsidies for media

For numerous years, newspapers throughout Idaho have received millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. For as long as Idaho has been a state, newspapers have benefited from laws that require government agencies to post public notices in newsprint. In 2017, government entities paid more than $3 million for such notices, exceeding what the Legislature appropriated from the General Fund for state-run media outlets.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


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..


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..


About those additional levied funds

It is with frustration that I find a need to clear up wild, confusing statements and irrational questions made by a former Idaho County Commissioner in a recent letter.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Carving out influence in redistricting; Eroding democracy in Idaho

Every 10 years voting districts must be redrawn to account for population shifts. The critical question: Who draws these new voting districts? In most states, the legislature draws the new districts, a fact that has proved harmful to democratic governance, because legislators draw voting districts to ensure their reelection and a manufactured party majority.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Special Education: Time for Idaho to act on its problem

As a parting gift before the new year, the Idaho Board of Education released a painfully grim picture for teacher recruitment and retention in its ironically named “Teacher Pipeline Report.” That report details a current, a woefully inadequate, current mechanism to attract and retain qualified teachers in the Gem State that is anything but a pipeline delivering the necessary flow of new talent.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Encourage vote on levy March 13

I would like to thank all of the people from the community who have worked to educate the public through social media and face-to-face conversation and to those who contacted me directly to discuss the upcoming supplemental election. The pointed questions and open discussion have shown me that the community is interested in the future of the school and also recognize the good things that the school is doing, to not only teach our children, but adapt to the societal changes that increase the burden on a difficult job.

March 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lincoln Days: GOP proud to honor

On March 9th, Lewis and Idaho County Republicans will host statewide, congressional and local candidates as part of the Lewis & Idaho County Republican Party “Lincoln Day Dinner.” From now through the end of April, nearly every county Republican Party across Idaho will hold a celebratory event honoring Abraham Lincoln, America’s 16th president and the first Republican to hold that office.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Community efforts address health of forests, rural communities

When it comes to forest management, controversies about forest fires, litigation, clearcuts, and agency gridlock often dominate the headlines. But behind the scenes, Idahoans are writing several success stories that don’t often make the news. That’s a shame, because when the timber industry, conservationists and others work together, the results are good for Idaho.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Talking about March 13 school levy: What is maintenance of effort?

You may have heard the term, maintenance of effort, in talking to people about the upcoming school levy election. It is a term that the State of Idaho uses to describe the portion of money that is required to be spent on specific programs or projects before money can flow back to the schools from the government.

February 7, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Lay the foundation: Time for Idaho affordable housing

Access to affordable and adequate housing affects everyone — from young families to senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Affordable housing and a livable minimum wage are the foundations of economic stability, upward mobility and long-term economic growth.

January 24, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

Hindsight Tells Us Mandatory Minimum Sentences Don’t Work

As the old saying goes, hindsight is 20-20. Unfortunately, in Idaho, hindsight can get you 10 to 15 – years in prison. Such is the legacy of our state’s mandatory minimum laws for drug offenses. With 25 years of data in hand, hindsight now tells us that mandatory minimums for drug offenses make no sense and should be repealed.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Drugs, alcohol: When the party is over

In this last week, Idaho County has had two major drug overdoses of young adults. Both were found unconscious. What brings a young person to this place in his/her life – willingly and self-induced? The answers can be complicated.

December 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Support for a Constitutional Convention?

Idaho’s 64th legislative session is just weeks away from convening, and on the eve of a highly contested 2018 election, there are several polarizing issues waiting in the wings of the capitol. One of those issues is whether Idahoans support a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of amending our U.S. Constitution.

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Christmas songs offer chance to increase your seasonal vocabulary

Have you been singing along with Christmas songs, heard a word or phrase, and wondered, “Hmmm. What’s that mean?” only to go on and forget about it until the next year when the song rolls around again? Here’s a few of the more unusual words or phrases from some popular Christmas songs and what they mean:

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Beyond sexual harassment training

We must promote talent and ability wherever we find it - not hold it back. Incorporating sexual harassment training into our workplaces is one more step in publicly denouncing sexism and violence toward women.

December 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Developing a skilled work force through registered apprenticeships

Not too long ago, St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood found itself in need of a medical lab scientist. After searching eight months for a qualified applicant, hospital officials worked with their local Idaho Department of Labor office to develop a registered apprenticeship program. Today the program is working so well St. Mary’s plans to set up a second apprenticeship for the same skill set.

December 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


The value we place on education

The community has asked that the district spend its reserve money and do what it can to be fiscally responsible. I will tell you that from a new superintendent’s perspective, the district has listened and may have listened too well.

November 29, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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